The Wedding Story of Adara and Nicholas Smith

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Carri Fras
July 11, 2018

Sentimentality was at the heart of Nicholas’ proposal to Adara. She recalls, “Nicholas proposed on the top level of a parking garage in downtown Chicago. We had traveled to Chicago multiple times while dating and always ended up parking at this particular garage. You could see “The Bean” at Millennium Park from the top. It somehow became a spot for conversations, chips and queso and even car repairs on one unfortunate trip (but special all the same).”

As a wedding planner herself, Adara was more than prepared to begin the planning process. She says, “Nicholas proposed on Saturday and by Monday I had booked the venue, florist, DJ and caterers.” She was also sure of what she did (and didn’t want) for her wedding which made the process that much smoother.

Most of the couple’s inspo came from the antique/vintage theme that they already loved. Adara adds, “I had a good deal of input from my boss (a.k.a. friend and wedding planner). I knew what I liked, but had a hard time making decisions. She helped bring everything to life.”

​Adara chose the stunning Morris Estate as her wedding venue. She says, “We chose the venue, not only because I work there but, also because it perfectly fit the theme and feel that we wanted. The Chapel is known for its charm and classic beauty while the Supper Club, with its 1930's vintage jazzy decor, set the ideal scene for our reception.”

Adara found her perfect “Audrey Hepburn-esque” dress at Blushing Bride. Adara says, “It was a simplistic and elegant, lace Allure dress with a soft, mermaid silhouette accompanied by a vintage feel lace bolero to top it off. It was absolutely gorgeous. Many guests even asked if it was a family heirloom.”

The couple wanted every detail of their day to be unique and have a purpose. Adara explains, “We wanted to incorporate as many personal touches as we could. All of the vintage aspects of the day represented something that my husband and I share in common. We actually had two different guest books. At the Chapel, we asked guests to highlight their favorite verse in our new family Bible, and at the Supper Club, we had a 1960’s Smith Corona (conveniently branded) typewriter that our guests could leave us words of love and wisdom. Nicholas collects (and uses) vintage Polaroid cameras which were a fun prop to add to the photo booth that already consisted of old hats, glasses and jewelry.”

Adara and Nicholas opted to to have a sweet coffee and donut bar instead of a traditional cake. Adara says, “The coffee and donuts were exquisitely displayed using an antique wallpaper table and vintage coffee urns alongside bowls of fresh fruit. We each chose our favorite blend to share with our guests, one of them being Madcap Coffee out of Grand Rapids. It seemed fitting considering our first date took place at a nearby coffee shop.”

As a graphic designer, Nicholas designed the wedding invitations. Adara says, “For the escort cards, we used an antique card catalog that held vintage postcards that I hand wrote with the name of each guest and their table number. We also carefully handpicked all of the music that would be played throughout the day from when our guests were being seated in the Chapel to our epic entrance into the reception to the last song of the night. Music is very important to us and we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding day.”

Always wanting a fall wedding, Adara selected rich, seasonal colors, including burgundy. Her centerpieces of gold mercury bowls were filled with stunning florals, including merlot dahlias, quicksand roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, agonis grass, ivory majolica spray roses, dusty miller, calcinea, and gold salal. The head table wowed as well. Some of its gorgeous features included a garland down the center, succulents, geometric gold terrariums and mercury gold containers filled with moss and coordinating blooms.


Advice From the Bride

“Choose your vendors wisely and quickly!” says Adara. “It’s an important event on an important day. You want to work with the best people for the job. You want to feel confident that they have everything under control. You want to be able to trust them and for them to understand you and your personal style and taste. The good vendors will get booked quickly so grab them while they are still available!”


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Adara says, “We advertise through WeddingDay Magazine at The Morris Estate. I have worked with multiple people at the company and have enjoyed every part of it. I am honored to have my own wedding featured with you!”




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