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Kate Riordan & Evan Elsner

February 8, 2014 | Chicago Cultural Center

The couple was all smiles in their big-day looks: Kate’s fun, sparkly gown and Evan’s dapper tux by Formally Modern Tuxedo.

Benjamin Adams pumps from the Nordstrom Wedding Suite sparkled next to florals by Kehoe Designs.

Kate rocked a Monique Lhuillier dress from Ultimate Bride, with golden confetti-like flecks throughout.

Renny Pedersen of Bliss Weddings & Events planned and coordinated the fete.

The gold-and-fuchsia theme was perfected by Kehoe Designs.

In lieu of a traditional cake, the couple chose a sweets table with a cheesecake bar and a selection of mini desserts from Food For Thought.

The Couple
Lawyers Kate and Evan met during their first year of law school. Evan had one of their favorite restaurants play “The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)” by Flight of the Conchords while he proposed.

The Details
The couple used the Harry Potter series as wedding-day inspiration. “We’re big fans and didn’t care if people thought it was nerdy,” Kate says. From cocktails named after potions to tables named after places from the books, they pulled it off.

The Party
As a nod to the bride’s heritage, Irish band The Chancey Brothers kept the cocktail reception lively.