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Nora Boneham & Mollie Kryka

February 6, 2016 | Ceremony: Fourth Presbyterian Church | Reception: Chicago Athletic Association  

Mollie, in a lacy Liancarlo gown, and Nora, in a custom creation by The Dress Doctor, stunned on their wedding day.

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The couple’s bridesmaids wore cozy handwoven wool wraps by Avoca.

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Aiming to channel a vintage dinner party vibe, the couple served classic cocktails crafted by the hotel’s Cherry Circle Room restaurant.

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Walnut farm tables were decked with candles and wintry greens.

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The couple’s four-tier buttermilk and cinnamon mascarpone cake was adorned with a minimalist monogram of the brides’ first initials.

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Nora Boneham and Mollie Kryka fell in love after serving as teammates on University of Wisconsin-Madison’s rowing team. When Nora decided to ask her longtime girlfriend to be her teammate for life, she proposed at the Public Chicago Hotel’s 17th floor Ava room while 25 of their closest friends and family hid in an adjacent space for a surprise celebration.

Ten months later, the couple’s family and friends gathered again at Fourth Presbyterian Church for the brides’ heartfelt and superpersonal nuptials. The ceremony kicked off with a 45-minute jazz quartet set, and the pair were officially announced wife and wife after a symbolic reading from Obergefell v. Hodges—the monumental Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage across the country.

“The ultimate goal for our wedding was to make it feel like an intimate candlelit dinner party with some really good jazz music,” remembers the couple, who, along with planner Bridget Rogers of Shannon Gail Weddings and Events, transformed the Chicago Athletic Association’s gorgeous ornate ballroom into the perfect setting. Guests took dance breaks to Stu Hirsh Orchestra’s tunes between dinner courses, and the whole room laugh-cried during the brides’ sisters’ speeches. At evening’s end, the pair capped off the evening with a lively afterparty in the CAA’s Game Room before jetting off on a romantic Montana getaway. 

Venue Chicago Athletic Association
Planner Bridget Rogers, Shannon Gail Weddings and Events
Flowers Pollen
Brides’ Gowns Nora: Custom, The Dress Doctor; Mollie: Liancarlo, Ultimate Bride
Brides’ Shoes Cole Haan
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bella Bridesmaids
Cake Cake Chicago
Music Ceremony: Lucy Smith Jazz Quartet; cocktail hour and reception: Stu Hirsh Orchestra
Videographer Love Brain Films
Hair & Makeup Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists