Zach and Mike planned their Illinois wedding from their home in Arlington, VA, so all of our communication throughout the planning process was via phone and email. I arrived a little early on their wedding day to scope out the new garden space at their venue, Warehouse 109, and happened to catch the two of them walking in at the same time. They immediately greeted me with big hugs, and we ended up walking the grounds together as they did some last minute set up and practiced the timing of their ceremony entrance. Zach played “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship on his phone, and they made their way down the aisle together, complete with laughing and excitement and disbelief that the real thing was just hours away now.
The two of them got ready together soon after, and they poured me a glass of champagne as well as we cheersed and sipped and Cher’s” Walking in Memphis” came on the playlist. Zach excitedly turned it up as they continued helping each other with their suspenders and cuff links, and it felt a whole lot like I was just hanging out with two of my best friends, because that’s just the way Zach and Mike make people feel.
I loved the intentionality these two planned their wedding day with – they wanted to focus on fun and family and friends and enjoying each moment, and they certainly did just that. Their family members began trickling in as they finished getting ready, and they were greeted with hugs and kisses and then more glasses of champagne were poured. Once the ceremony time did arrive, Zach and Mike rode the golf cart up to the garden as their family and friends craned their necks, and they walked each other down the aisle to Starship as planned and it was perfection. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much during a ceremony as I did at theirs – they wrote their own vows and cracked jokes and interacted with their guests, and all of it was everything I never knew I had wanted a ceremony to be until I was in the midst of it.
The evening that followed was exactly what they had told me they were envisioning, and then some – they mingled during their cocktail hour, and their sisters and fathers and friends gave beautiful toasts in their honor, and their people filled the dance floor and Zach and Mike jumped right in with them. In his vows, Zach mentioned that once they moved in together, he felt like he was in the middle of an ongoing sleepover with his best friend – and based on the joy and humor and enthusiasm these two bring to each other and their loved ones, I think life is going to feel like way for them for a long, long time.
Venue: Warehouse 109
Mike & Zach’s Tuxes: The Black Tux
Florals: Village Flower Shop, Aimee Evans
Cake Pops: Milette’s Cakes
Catering: My Chef
Hair [Best Women]: refleKTion salon
DJ: Toast & Jam, Chris Salveter