Shelby & Ben's Supper Club Soiree

Shelby and Ben's wedding is featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Inside Weddings.

Shelby and Ben first met in high school during a student council leadership retreat. The groom admits that ever since sophomore year of high school he knew Shelby was the one. Throughout the length of their ten-year relationship the couple talked about marriage frequently. Yet when Ben came to visit during spring break, Shelby had no idea what her soon to be groom had planned. A sentimental note written by one of Ben’s students turned into a personal love letter asking Shelby to be his wife.

This past fall Shelby married her best friend in a traditional Catholic church with personal touches spread throughout. The bride's mother, an interior designer, helped to inspire a modern supper club atmosphere for the reception. "The whole thing was beautiful,” said the groom. "HMR Designs really outdid themselves with the decor."

After an intimate cocktail reception, guests headed straight to the dance floor. “The band played the first set and got everyone hot and sweaty and ready to celebrate,” said Shelby. Ben requested live entertainment and Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra was a perfect fit. The band kept the couple and all of their guests on the dance floor the entire night. Shelby’s advice to future brides and grooms, “Make sure to be fully present in the day and stop to enjoy the most important moments.”

Consulting: Stacy Saltzman-Swislow, Photography: KingenSmith, Venue: Ritz Carlton Chicago, Make-up artist: Stella Mikhail Hair: Erin Ahern, Wedding Gown: Elizabeth Fillmore, Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade, Floral Design & Decor: Rishi Patel of HMR Designs, Entertainment: Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra, Ben "DJ Swizz" Swislow, Holy Name Cathedral Musicians, Lighting: Diamond Event Group,  Linens: Linen La Tavola, Videography: Xpress Video Productions, Cake: CAKE Chicago, Bridesmaids Dresses: La Petite Robe Di Chiara Boni, Calligraphy: Nico and Lala Invitations: Brian Breezer for Paperworks Design Co., Rentals: Tablescapes Evant Rentals


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