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Mara Stankiewicz & AJ Ow

September 14, 2013 | Hutchinson Commons, University of Chicago

AJ looked dashing in a tuxedo from, and Mara dazzled from head to toe in an ivory Allure Couture gown from Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn and Benjamin Adams London ankle-strap kitten heels.

Bridesmaids’ Exquisite Designs bouquets popped against their dark gray Alfred Sung dresses.

Mara personally designed and printed the menus, which featured all pescatarian-friendly options.

The Continental Bakery crafted a five-tier yellow cake with strawberry and lemon Bavarian cream and chocolate buttercream.

Florals and decor by Exquisite Designs and Charlene Liang of Sweetchic Events in Hutchinson Commons

Vintage-inspired details, classic glassware and softly glowing candles graced the tabletops.

The Couple
Mara and AJ met at a grad-school mixer, and he proposed in their Oak Park apartment. “AJ made his loving speech and asked me right then and there, in my pajamas and in our shared space,” Mara says.

The Details
For a unique, vintage feel, planner Charlene Liang of Sweetchic Events used centerpieces with old-school books and flowers and a sweets table with Chicago-style popcorn, cotton candy and classic candies, like Cherry Mash and Goo Goo Clusters.

The Party
The Bopology swing band kept the vintage vibe going, as young and old guests alike danced.