world’s fair soiree

From Tara of Roots of Life Photography “This project is near and dear to my heart. It started as an aha moment Jen Ganson of Dare to Dream Weddings and I had one night while thinking about the wedding industry and our prospective roles in it.

With the recent and sweeping legislative passing of gay marriage across many states, Jen and I thought it interesting that we hadn’t really seen many published gay weddings or styled shoots on the major wedding blogs celebrating these important victories. It was then that we knew we wanted to create an event that celebrated the love of a beautiful (real) couple, their style and this momentous time in our nations history.”

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From Roots of Life Photography – “When we began planning this event, we wanted it to feel dapper and elegant all while paying homage to the past. While rifling through some antiques one day, I came across an authentic 1893 Chicago World’s Fair ticket (then called the World’s Columbian Exposition). I did some research and was inspired by all the celebration and societal advances the Fair brought to the world.

I couldn’t help but feel that this would make an excellent theme for our styled wedding soiree. Being a born and bred Chicagoan, I enjoyed connecting with the history of this city. I learned that in addition to recognizing the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the New World by Europeans, the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition fair also served to show the world that Chicago had risen from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, which had destroyed much of the city in 1871.

The fair showcased many important advances in technology, architecture and the arts. The presence of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison at the 1893 Fair, along with delegates from all over the world and the creation of new architecture and artistic endeavors showed that this fair was something special.”

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“There were two unique elements from this fair that I wanted to incorporate into our soiree:

1. The original ferris wheel which served as the centerpiece for the fair. *A friend has a beautiful replica that I got to borrow.*

2. An urban legend stating that an early version of Cracker Jacks were created and presented it to the public at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 (wedding favor!)

All in all, the World’s Fair represents progress, innovation and cultural exchange. It is fun to look back on the pages of history and see how these cultural endeavors are still sought after today. In reflecting on the times we live in now & how incredible it is to witness these legislative changes, I can’t help but feel humbled to watch our country making a huge shift towards embracing love in different forms.”

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“We couldn’t have done any of this without our AMAZING vendors who made this dream shoot a reality. Our venue, The Dawson, served as the perfect backdrop for an elegant affair. How about that sweets table?! Lovely A Bake Shop created the perfect (and delicious) pie and tart display that I am still drooling over it. I personally tasted every single item on that table, TO DIE FOR!

Shayna at Steel Petal Press provided incredibly timeless stationary for the soiree. Her skyline sweets table menu, save the date & response card offered that classic Chicago feel that I wanted and the letterpress gives it that extra touch of class. The table setup from Classic Party Rentals and floral provided by Flowers By Cassandra as well as the many unique vintage artifacts I cultivated really pulled everything together.

Lastly, I want to honor our real couple, Jerimiah and Michael, styled by Kpoene of Mignonette Bridal with gorgeous rings by Simply Wood Rings. Their love inspired us all that day. Hearing their story and their words to one another during the ceremony was so moving and special. It was an honor to capture.”

See more gorgeous same-sex wedding inspiration shoots here and here.

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Photography & Styling: Roots of Life Photography // Event Coordination: Dare to Dream Weddings // Floral Design: Flowers by Cassandra // Pie & Tart Bar: Lovely – A Bake Shop // Paper Goods: Steel Petal Press // Linens & Tableware: Classic Party Rentals // Mensware: Mignonette Bridal // Entertainment: Yazz Jazz // Rings: Simply Wood Rings // Venue: The Dawson in Chicago.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.

Comments

  1. Mountainside Bride says:

    As a trained historian, I love this shot. My field is actually turn of the twentieth century tourism, so I’m familiar with the World Fairs. One comment that struck me was the one about a lack of gay weddings. When I first started blogging (five years ago) I reached out to a number of photographers and gay-centered bloggers to publish real weddings from them. I was turned down nearly 100% of the time because of “privacy” and because I’m in a straight marriage. I’ve always respected these decisions and hope that at US laws change that gay weddings will be in the normal editorial flow of many wedding blogs.

  2. artfullywed says:

    I love the World’s Fair-themed details, and the color palette is so gorgeous! The food looks delicious, too!

  3. You Mean The World To Me says:

    I love the ideas and the inspiration behind this shoot.

  4. The dessert table with pies and tarts is a great idea for any wedding!

  5. This is such a unqiue theme and I adore how many inventive details they incorporated!

  6. Love the theme!!! And I’d absolutely feature more gay weddings if they were as beautifully styled and photographed as this! 100% for sure.

  7. Great concept and beautiful tribute to early world’s fairs and what they represented — human progress! I would love to see more same-sex weddings and styled shoots in the wedding media.

  8. There is so much I love about this! A blend of the modern and vintage and everything else! Beautifully done.

  9. Love everything about this! That Ferris Wheel centerpiece <3 <3

  10. I LOVE the wooden engagement rings. Also the florals and the food styling. Great shoot! Divine <3

  11. That venue is amazing and I love the colors!

  12. Really love this shoot. Where is the bridesmaid dress from?

  13. Thank you for the feature Burnetts Boards! This was such a meaningful concept & I am so happy it is being well received.

    Also, the bridesmaids dress is the brand Xscape & was bought at Macys.

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