- The Hamptons
- Modern Luxury Hawai'i
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Orange County
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
Sloane & Aaron
Jaydine Sayer | Photo: Nakai Photography | April 2, 2014
A North Shore bride marries a groom from New York in a vintage-inspired fete at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago.
Certain that Aaron Wyler’s height was exaggerated on his match.com profile, Sloane Baker sent him a note to call him out on it. New to the dating site, it was her first time connecting with someone on it. And her last: Aaron made good on his 6-foot-2-inch claim a few days later when they met for a date at The French Market.
The story of how they met online sums up the yin and yang of their relationship. Sloane, who grew up in Riverwoods, can be impulsive and feisty. Aaron, who is from New York, is more measured. A tie that binds them together? Laughter. “We love to laugh with, and at, each other daily,” says Sloane. “Playful banter keeps things fresh.” That was key three years later when the couple’s engagement in Mexico didn’t go exactly as planned: The proposal cake asked, “Would You Marry Me?” and was covered in kiwis—which Sloane is allergic to. But the duo’s sense of humor helped keep it all in perspective.
To create a wedding that embodied the warmth of their relationship, they turned to a trusted pro, Jan Ehrenberg, owner of Parties, Events & More in Wilmette. Ehrenberg has planned parties for Sloane’s family for more than 35 years, including the weddings for her two older sisters and a cousin.
The couple chose The Ritz-Carlton Chicago because of its beautiful neutral tones, crystal chandeliers and the ability to have a ceremony in the round in the hotel’s ballroom. All of these elements played well with the celebration’s theme of vintage elegance. The event’s aesthetic ante was upped with an array of rich textures (lace, satin, pearls and mirrored surfaces), metallic colors, loads of blush-toned flowers and unique touches like place-card tags attached to vintage skeleton keys from Etsy. The custom-made chuppah was a showstopper, domed and dripping in pearls, flowers, crystals and glass. “It was magical looking up into it,” says Sloane. “And I loved having a ceremony in the round. Even though there were 250 people, it felt so intimate.”
Sloane had a great “in” when it came to the wedding cake: Her mother, Ronny, is a decorator at Deerfields Bakery. Each of the cakes’ four layers was designed with different textural elements, including ruffles, pearls and floral swirls, and was topped with a large reflective “W” for the newly married couple’s last name.
Guests were wowed by the cake as they entered the ballroom for Sloane and Aaron’s first dance. Fittingly, they started with a soulful Etta James song and ended with a choreographed dance, and lots of laughs, to Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie.”
Ceremony & Reception
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
Parties, Events & More
Floral & Decor
Richard Remiard Design
Cake & Parting Favors
Gown & Veil
Galia Lahav Haute Couture
Wedding & Engagement Rings
Zadok Jewellers, Houston, Texas
Blue Orchid Salon & Spa, Highland Park
The Ritz-Carlton, The Tremont Chicago Hotel