Eclectic Urban Chic wedding at Salvage One in Chicago


It’s the best way to start your new week.

The wedding was held at a unique, amazing venue in Chicago (Salvage One) and tied with a grey, oversized satin bow.

Matt and Kim’s handcrafted, creative weddings are full of beautiful details. The wood-burned table numbers, DIY fabric bouquets, DIY bouts, and all the colorful, eclectic details in between are to be admired. In honor of Kim and her mother, teal was the dominant color throughout the day. It’s amazing.

Two Birds Photographic was on hand to capture the joy, beauty, and awesomeness of Matt’s and Kim’s wedding day.

The Flowers

The bouquets and boutonnieres were made by twisting and gathering mismatched fabric squares into bunches. The centerpieces are vases and jars that I bought from resale stores, along with mismatched bouquets. My bouquet consisted of sunflowers because they were my mother’s favorite.

The Ceremony

When I heard the processional song, and everyone turned to me and my family and stood up, I almost lost it. Matt and I were together for over nine years, and we’ve been engaged for about four. A lot of planning and effort went into making this day ours. It was amazing to see it all come together and get married!

We had a friend preside over our ceremony. He read an excerpt from Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. And we also included a Fred Rogers quote (Mr. Rogers).

Decor & Details

As I made all of the Bridesmaids’ bouquets and boutonnieres with fabric by hand, I created small program booklets. I drew the faces of all the members of our bridal party and family. My Aunt made a vintage handkerchief for our dessert table. I wrapped my bouquet in a handkerchief that she had created.

Our guests were able to take photos and add them to our guestbook. They also received a favor. We burned numbers, dates, and wedding themes into square pieces of wood. Salvage One is responsible for the vintage chandeliers, mismatched tables, and other decor. Unique and one-of-a-kind.


We had a mashed potato bar for dinner, which is my personal favorite! We had a full bar and a cocktail battle between Dark and Stormys and Moscow Mules. (Dark and Stormy won).

The desserts were made by family and friends, including a red velvet wedding cake that my Aunt baked and a three-tiered Spiderman groom cake, which Matt’s sister, mother, and cousin surprised us with.

The Wedding Music

The Shins New Slang was the music of our bridal party while I walked with my father and brother down to Queen Somebody to Love. Matt & Kim Daylight was our recessional, and we did our first dance to Arctic Monkeys Baby I’m Yours.

The Photographer

After looking at the Two Birds Photography site, I knew that Jake and Jennifer would be documenting our day. They had a unique eye for composition and color. They let their subjects’ personalities and the event shine through. Our pictures were stunning, and they were easy to work with.

Final Thoughts

Our DIY touches, delicious food, including mac and cheddar bites as appetizers, a beautiful venue, and our dancing made this day perfect!

Thank you to Kim and Matt, who shared their wonderful day with us. Two Birds Photography is also for beautiful photos.

Who else loves Kimberly’s grey bow with satin? Aren’t these fabric bouquets amazing?!

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