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  • Writer's pictureAfton Vangsness

Nicole + Serge: Warm Winter Wedding on a Cold Chicago Day

On a snowy day in February, these two brought the heat with amber tones, cozy textures, mood lighting, and the best style.

All photos courtesy of Jules Kennedy Photography

Afton Events wedding in Chicago

From the moment I first spoke with Nicole, I fully understood her style and vision and couldn't wait to help bring it to life. Nicole and Serge didn't want the ordinary. They wanted personality, trendy elements, and to stand out from the crowd. With a winter wedding, they wanted their guests to feel warmth and intimacy and that is exactly what we got. We vibed immediately!

Chicago bride and groom in winter

Everything took place at Fairlie, a Chicago wedding venue that gives us industrial vibes and was the perfect setting for a cool, yet warm wedding day. The day started with hair by Hannah Aubrey Hair and makeup by Shannon O'Brien.

The bride's style was simplistic yet unique with her stunning dress by Alexandra Grecco. The stationery and accessories matched the effortlessly chic tone of the day.

Serge wore a chocolate velvet tuxedo from Indochino, which went perfectly with the luxe winter setting.

Look how chic these two are!

Because Fairlie has ample space, the ladies and gentleman were able to hang out onsite separately prior to the first look.

This may be one of my favorite first look photos...

Bride and groom at first look

The bridesmaids perfectly encompassed the color palette with their mismatched dresses in different shades and textures.

Bridal party in mismatched dresses

Groomsmen photography Chicago

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The floral design by Splendor of Eden packed a punch with warm colors, minimal greenery, and a modern shape.

Wedding party in Chicago

Jules Kennedy Photography absolutely killed it with all of these stellar photos!

Nicole and Serge got some family photos with their pups as well. I love a dog-friendly wedding!

Bride and groom with their dog

The ceremony was all about candles, so as the sun set the flames set the tone for the evening.

Wedding ceremony at Fairlie Chicago

Wedding welcome sign

Innocenti Strings played as the wedding party walked down the aisle.

The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the couple which is always the best!

Wedding ceremony at Fairlie in Chicago

Chicago wedding ceremony by Afton Events

Now THAT is a kiss!

Cocktail hour took place in the same area with fun elements like disco ball escort cards and a stunning photo backdrop with floral and large disco balls.

Disco ball escort cards

Disco balls with floral

Nicole and Serge stepped out into the cold for some blue hour photos, which may be even more stunning than golden hour photos!

Winter wedding portraits in Chicago

Bride and groom walking in snow

Early sunsets during winter meant it was completely dark for dinner, and we played off of that with the cozy table settings. Full of candlelight, amber bud vases, colored taper candles, and vintage-inspired glassware, it was a MOOD!

Candlelit wedding reception

Wedding reception by Afton Events

Hearty Boys did an incredible job with the food, service, and table settings!

Chicago wedding reception by Afton Events

The reception kicked off with a champagne tower to get the party started!

Bride and groom drinking at wedding

A grand entrance, toasts, and candlelit dinner followed.

Grand entrance on stairs

Head table at wedding

Nicole and Serge shared their first dance and then the party really started with DJ Archi!

First dance

First dance photography

Everyone had a blast on the dance floor, and a late night snack from Portillo's kept the guests going!

I feel so lucky to be able to work with couples like Nicole and Serge. They have an eye for style, let me have so much fun with their wedding design, and were so great to work with throughout the planning process! The Afton Events team had a blast on their wedding day!

Sunset wedding photography

Chicago wedding venue

Industrial chicago wedding

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Khalimsky!



Vendor Team -

Planning and Design: Afton Events

Videography: Sauer Productions

Venue: Fairlie

Catering: Hearty Boys

Ceremony Music: Innocenti Strings

Dress Designer: Alexandra Grecco

Bridal Shop: Alice in Ivory

Tuxedo: Indochino

Transportation: M&M Limousine

Stationery: Minted


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