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  • Writer's pictureBeth Boelter

Craig and Summer’s Vintage Wedding Reception at Row 24 Events, Chicago

Updated: May 11, 2021

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The happy couple leave their Row 24 Events Chicago Wedding Reception in style

We had the absolute joy of coordinating rentals and styling for Summer and Craig's wedding reception at Row 24 Events, Chicago, and we want to share a little about the process with you. Summer contacted me nearly a year before their wedding reception, all the way from Oakland, CA! Upon finding Row 24 Events, she was thrilled with the open, warehouse-style of the Venue, as well as exposed brick and vintage feel. With this in mind, we worked together on design for a Lounge Seating package, Sweets Table package, Guest Sign in package, and tabletop décor for all the high boys.

The happy couple enjoy a moment away from their guests in the vintage, industrial Chicago venue.
Bride and Groom at Reception Loft

When asked, Summer graciously told me a little bit about their love story, and it’s too sweet not to share it with you. Craig and Summer met while she was visiting a friend in the Bay area, and upon moving to the San Francisco area a few months later, she decided to ask him on a date! In her words, “we realized we had a deep connection with each other that we just had never experienced before. It was magical.”

After a few years of living their best life, adopting a dog, and buying a house, they both knew that being married to their best friend was what they wanted, and they pretty much proposed to each other! It may not have been the proposal she had envisioned as a young girl, but it was the perfect proposal for them and their relationship!

Planning a big wedding was out of the question, so Summer began to look for venues that were intimate, and that could be just about them and those closest family and friends. Eventually, they decided on a semi-secret elopement, to Paris. Following their beautiful elopement wedding, they enjoyed their honeymoon in Europe, and then returned to Chicago for their reception.

Summer knew that she wanted to include vintage elements into the décor, and found Elements Preserved. In Summer’s words, “Beth was an angel sent from above. She helped me with so much of the planning process and understood the difficulty of planning our reception from across the country, and stood beside me (figuratively), for a year planning out this day with me.” “By helping me decide on a theme and the perfect rentals based on our venue and guest count, she took so much stress off my plate. I was able to go to Europe and enjoy my elopement and honeymoon with minimal worry, knowing Beth had my back. She worked well with our day-of-coordinator, Lauren, from Naturally Yours Events, and together they were able to design our perfect party.”

Summer’s suggestion for those planning weddings and special events was simple: “focus on what really matters to you, and leave the rest to the pros. Hire a coordinator or planner, get tasty food, and good music. The rest will work itself out. (Oh, and hire Elements Preserved, of course).”

When asked what she found beneficial or important about her experience with Elements Preserved, Summer shared the following: “Despite my wedding being nearly a year ago, I still keep in touch with Beth; that’s how much I enjoyed working with her. Yes, you could hire those big-name rental companies to rent from, but if you want personal attention and a special touch, you go to Elements Preserved. It’s a completely different experience.”

We hope you enjoy the love that’s so evident in the photos captured by By Mari Photography. We set up a #sweetstable, using our Post Office Table, Tasso, and styled it with vintage milk glass serving pieces. Sweets were provided by Bang Bang Pies. Creating a sweets table is always a great way to focus on adding something special to the dessert selection, and we used eucalyptus stems, and gold geometric vector vases scattered throughout the table. A variety of pizzas from Wooden Paddle were available for guests throughout the evening, as well.

Vintage sweets-table filled with vintage milk-glass serving pieces holding desserts
Sweets Table
The sweets table held a variety of fried pies, donuts and other baked treats.
Vintage Sweets Table

For the guest sign in area, we styled our Baroque Bar, with vintage leather suitcases, old books, a vintage demi-john, and Brass Candlesticks, all part of our vast inventory. The theme for the night was clear – one of love, travel and adventure with a vintage vibe!

Vintage Buffet served as a guest sign-in table, and was filled with travel decor accents.
Vintage-Buffet as Guest Table

The Lounge seating area was filled with guests pretty much all night, and included our cozy Regal Red Chesterfield, with coordinating leather chairs, bench, Nutting Industrial Cart, accented with Brass Candlesticks, more leather suitcases, a vintage radio, and beautiful leather vintage books! We have many Lounge packages to choose from at Elements Preserved, and here are just a few more to take a look at our Rental Packages.

red chesterfield sofa was the cornerstone for the lounge seating area for the night

The bride and groom enjoyed a few moments alone on the Lounge Seating, which included a vintage table and accent pieces.
Bride and Groom enjoying a moment alone

Craig and Sumer’s beautiful wedding cake was displayed on our small white table, Alabaster, complete with life-like depictions of themselves and their furry family. It was a stunning creation from Sugar Fixe, with dripping gold and fresh fruit. We used our gold pedestal cake plate to hold the wedding cake.

All in all, it was a night to remember! Thanks for hosting, Row 24 and thanks for choosing us for your rentals and styling, Craig and Summer!

gold cake plate holds wedding cake decorated with couple and puppies

The bride and groom were excited to share their wedding cake with guests
Cake Cutting by Bride and Groom
Guests gather to watch prior elopement wedding on monitors, while at wedding reception, Row 24 Events.
Table decor included mercury glass candles, geometric vector vases, and dried flowers.
Table Decor
Everyone enjoyed the happiness that was so evident between the bride and groom
First Dance


Desserts: Bang Bang Pies

Photography: By Mari Photography

Rentals and Styling: Elements Preserved


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