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Heather & Patrick
Kristin Larson | Photo: Genevieve Nisly Photography | June 20, 2014
One couple found love in the Big Apple, then tied the knot at home in the Windy City at The Museum of Contemporary Art.
It was truly love at first sight when Patrick “Pat” Kosiek laid eyes on Heather Coyle during their first day of class at NYU Stern School of Business in September 2008. “We all had to introduce ourselves, and when she stood up, I remember a light went off in my head; I knew I wanted to meet her,” he says.
Later, during a networking event, they struck up a conversation and bonded over their mutual connection to Chicago: Pat is from Arlington Heights, while Heather’s father’s side of the family is based in the northwest part of the city. They instantly hit it off, and before long, the classmates were dating.
After graduating in 2010, the couple made their home in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan; she got a job as a client manager for American Express, while he took a high-stress position in media investment banking at Citigroup. It was actually the stress factor that helped him pull off a surprise engagement in January 2013. He called Heather one afternoon after a big meeting with his boss, hinting that it didn’t go so well. She rushed to meet him at the pier near his office, expecting the worst. But as he spoke, Pat’s bad-news demeanor quickly changed, and he dropped to one knee and proposed. “I went from being worried to surprised—it was not what I was expecting at all!” says Heather.
Just eight months later, the two tied the knot in front of 150 guests at the MCA Chicago. Because they both had ties to the city, they knew the museum’s location off of Michigan Avenue would be the perfect place for family and friends to convene. Pat, clad in a custom tux by Tom James, and Heather, dressed in a stunning Amsale ball gown, exchanged self-written vows during a heartfelt ceremony in the venue’s garden. “I was extremely nervous, but it was so meaningful,” says Heather.
Inside the museum, top wedding planner Ali Phillips of Engaging Events by Ali expertly executed the bride’s modern yet whimsical vision for the black-tie reception, using a palette of gray and white with pops of pink. Colette Clancy of The Flower Firm created alternating white-and-bright floral arrangements for the tables, incorporating fresh hydrangeas, roses and hibiscuses. And illustrator Rosemary Fanti captured the action in a unique way: by drawing color sketches of the event as it happened.
Following a three-course dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering, guests grooved to tunes by the Becca Kaufman Orchestra… so much so that one partygoer had a wardrobe malfunction. “We had one guest who split his tuxedo pants on the dance floor!” laughs Pat. They took it as a sign of a wedding well done. Says Heather, “It was such a beautiful way to kick off the next chapter of our lives.”
Ceremony The Garden at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Reception Museum of Contemporary Art
Invitations Bella Figura Letterpress
Planner Ali Phillips of Engaging Events by Ali
Florals Colette Clancy of The Flower Firm
Caterer Wolfgang Puck Catering
Cakes Elysia Root Cakes
Wedding Gown Amsale from Amsale flagship store in New York City
Shoes Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tux Custom by Tom James
Entertainment Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Bridesmaid Dresses J.Crew
Videographer XO Pictures