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Sloane & Aaron

A North Shore bride marries a groom from New York in a vintage-inspired fete at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago.
 

Aaron Wyler and Sloane Baker (wearing a gorgeous Galia Lahav Haute Couture gown and veil, and Siman Tu jewelry) in The Ritz-Carlton Chicago lobby.

The bride’s Badgley Mischka pumps

Wyler’s custom-made boutonniere

Vintage keys dangled from each place card.

The bridesmaids’ bouquets were speckled with sparkling brooches.

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago’s ballroom decorated with crystals and pearls courtesy of Richard Remiard Design

At the end of the evening, guests took home sweet treats from Deerfields Bakery.

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.”

THE LIST

Ceremony & Reception
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Wedding Planner
Parties, Events & More

Floral & Decor
Richard Remiard Design

Cake & Parting Favors
Deerfields Bakery

Invitation Suite
Papagraphics

Band
Greenlight

Gown & Veil
Galia Lahav Haute Couture

Jewelry
Siman Tu

Wedding & Engagement Rings
Zadok Jewellers, Houston, Texas

Hair
Blue Orchid Salon & Spa, Highland Park

Makeup
Cynde Hoffman

Groom’s Tuxedo
Urban Offering

Guest Accommodations
The Ritz-Carlton, The Tremont Chicago Hotel