Tradition Meets Personality in a Culturally Inspired Chicago Wedding

by BridalPulse

Both Filipino, Michael and Janelle bonded over their shared heritage while at college at Loyola University Chicago—a friendship that blossomed into a romance. The duo’s relationship has always circled around fun, friends and family (to propose, Mike enlisted their friends and relatives to create a scavenger hunt throughout Naperville, IL), so it stands to reason that the wedding followed suit. A traditional ceremony was followed by a non-stop party reception, flawlessly incorporating cultural tradition with personal touches. So put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to let loose!

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fall wedding in chicago bride and groom portraits

Primping Party

Perhaps nothing embodies this couple’s tradition-with-a-twist mentality more than Janelle’s dress from Bella Bianca. “The a-symmetrical organza skirt represents my crazy personality,” she muses, adding, “The top is elegant and regal with sequins but not too flashy with bling.” Mom, bride and bridesmaids joined each other for hair and makeup. Royal blue dresses for the maids of honor matched Janelle’s rhinestone-heeled pumps, complemented by the bridal party’s sangria-hued dresses from David’s Bridal. Island-bright bouquets—and boutonnieres for the gents—mixed irises, orchids and roses for an added splash of color. The only thing more cheerful than the color scheme was the party’s smiles as they posed for photos outside the church.

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bride getting ready for chicago wedding in the fall

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bride ready for chicago wedding in the fall

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Take Me to Church

“Our ceremony was very solemn and awe inspiring,” offers Janelle. Held at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville, the ceremony contained a full mass. The couple incorporated Filipino traditions with a coin bearer, candle sponsors, cord sponsors and veil sponsors. After the breathtaking ceremony, more lighthearted fun was in store. “The whole bridal party went to Portillos in between the ceremony and the reception for a snack,” laughs Janelle. “We were still dressed to the nines!”

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bride and groom getting married in a church in chicago

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bride and groom just married in a church in chicago

bride and groom just married in a church in chicago

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bride groom and bridal party in chicago

bride groom and bridal party in chicago

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bride and groom just married in chicago

bride and groom just married in chicago

Roaring Reception

Janelle calls the reception “a dinner and a show that didn’t stop!” With 300 guests in attendance, the night included a vocal performance, flash mob, dance and traditional Filipino dancing. The bride and groom even broke it down to the traditional Filipino “Tinikling” dance in their wedding day attire. And to top it off, a glow stick rave! Other personal touches included a photo book for guest sign-in, a photo booth and place cards with photo booth frames. The father of the bride even created a cake cardholder. Janelle and Mike embodied their backgrounds with a cultural dessert table and Filipino sweets for favors. The bride sums it up best: “Out wedding style was inspired by our personality. We take pride in our culture. Our wedding depicts who we are – elegant and fun.”

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traditional filipino dance at wedding - tinikling

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traditinoal filipno money dance

traditinoal filipno money dance

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