Brought to you by Sprung Photo and the La Bride team, this Chicago downtown wedding of Mike and Ethel is a blend of modernity with a Filipino twist. Ethel the Filipino bride, brought along some Filipino culture into this wedding, a traditional Filipino dress called Filipiniana and both Mike and Ethel had an amazing array of guest coming over from internationally for their Chicago wedding.
From Papell Studio’s silver heels, to ornate diamond earring and a whoppingly big princess cut diamond ring, Ethel and Mike leave nothing to their imagination for this celebration of their union.
With a more traditional hairpin setting Ethel’s long wavy hair into a bun, she gets help when donning on her sweetheart neckline wedding dress. With a tight fitting bodice of textured white, her waist was emphasized with a belt-like adornment, while her back was set in placed with a series of laces.
At the same time, Mike was handsome in his sheen layer of dark green vest and tie over a white suit. Meanwhile, batman cuff links as a gift from Ethel added a cheeky element to his suit.
There as no specific theme for their wedding. Although Ethel did quite some research prior to the wedding, everything came naturally and about the end they just went with their instincts. Besides that, their multiracial bridesmaid and groomsmen team set this wedding apart. The bridesmaid in striking blue gowns, except Ethel’s maid of honour, Mercedes in a darker navy gown. To let the bride stand out more, the groomsmen had similar suits on, the only difference represented in the tie which was a duller shade and with stripes on it.
For the ceremony, it all started with cute children holding pillows leading the way to the altar! Next was Ethel being guided down the aisle by her parents, each looking teary yet deep down extremely joyous for this event. With a striking yellow bouquet of sunflowers and pure white flowers, one definitely could not miss this bold and all-smiles bride! The moment the bridal party finished walking into the church and Mike first saw Ethel, looking amazing in her wedding dress, he wiped his eyes.
After their vows, they took some more shots walking away from the ceremony area, this time married and happily striding away from the aisle. More intimate shots were taken soon after, allowing them to relax and chill a little before their reception. Dim lit churches with beautiful hanging lights and stained glass windows became a backdrop. Even some corner of the reception hall decorated with white fabric was fully made used for the shots.
More cheerful and bright yellow ornate the reception hall. Occasionally with some white and twigs to further bring out the vibrancy and colour. The cake was a simple white three tier with an abstract yet beautiful carving on top. Cards were set out in place to guide the guests to their respective seats. Meanwhile, more vibrant greens and blues hung over the entire functioning hall, with some draping in chandelier like forms, highlighting the grand setting at which the reception was held.
A classical guitar was placed on the reception table, where guests are encouraged to sign their names, acknowledging their presence and allowing them to sent heartfelt wishes and maybe add an extra advice and tip or two for their marriage.
Then, we see Ethel walking in with her traditional Filipiniana brought all the way from the Philipines by Mercedes. Beside her is a confident looking Mike, holding her hand as they are welcomed with further clapping from the guests.
Bridesmaid speeches were given, blessings were bestowed and more stories were shared to the guests, resulting in laughter and more claps. The reception ended with more livelier dance and even Ethel being a sporty bride behind the DJ sets!
Thanks again to Ethel and Mike and their wonderful wedding. We wish them the best in their future endeavour!
Photography: Sprung Photo