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Biz Murphy & Christopher Keiser

August 22, 2015 | Ceremony & Reception: Saddie & Cycle Club 

Christopher and Biz dreamed of a casual outdoorsy wedding with urban refinement. 

HMR Designs combined white florals and greenery in metallic vases to create naturally elegant centerpieces. 

Biz poses with her bridesmaids, who wore their own dresses. “I wanted each of them to shine in their own way,” says Biz.  

Elysia Root Cakes created a textural chocolate-and-vanilla cake with fresh blooms. 

The couple’s adorable nieces and nephews charmed as flower girls and ring bearers, donning flower crowns and miniature Ralph Lauren suits.  

THE COUPLE
High school sweethearts Biz Murphy and Christopher Keiser proved their commitment early on by staying together through their college years despite studying at two different universities. Post-academia, the pair moved back to Chicago, and it wasn’t too long before Christopher proposed while on a family vacation at Biz’s parents’ lake house in New Buffalo, Mich.

THE DETAILS
The pair made things official 13 months later with an outdoor wedding at Saddle & Cycle Club. The processional was set to a string quartet rendition of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” before Biz walked down the aisle in a gorgeous Vera Wang gown.

THE PARTY
The couple wanted to make the reception feel as though guests were up in Michigan by their family lake homes while still having a Chicago vibe, so the room was bathed in pale blue and white coupled with a variety of neutral florals. Perhaps one of the most memorable gifts the newlyweds received was a pair of first-class plane tickets to Hawaii—courtesy of Biz’s sisters—where they basked in tropical luxury at the St. Regis Princeville and Four Seasons Resort Maui.

WHAT WE LEARNED
“Take advantage of the time you have to connect with guests at the rehearsal dinner. This allowed us to work the remainder of the room on the wedding night without having to stop at every table,” says Biz.

WEDDING RESOURCES
Venue Saddle & Cycle Club
Planner Estera Events
Flowers & Decor HMR Designs
Bride’s Gown Vera Wang 
Groom’s Suit Ralph Lauren 
Invites Sarah Drake Design 
Cake Elysia Root Cakes
Music The Chicago Players
Videographer Epic Motion 
Hair & Makeup Hair: Your Stylist AJ; Makeup: Andie Cumber
Linens BBJ Linen 
Favors Custom matchbooks, Magnificent Milestones