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Emily Vandevender & Oscar Young

February 18, 2017 | Nellcôte

Emily and Oscar shared a romantic moment outside of Nellcôte.



The gorgeous lace back of Emily’s Pronovias gown.  

The centerpieces included anemones, white hydrangeas, lisianthuses, fringe tulips, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus and foliage. 

Emily’s stunning custom Erin Gallagher emerald-cut engagement ring included heirloom diamonds.  

The invitation was custom-designed on handkerchiefs—an homage to Emily’s dad and brother, who carry a handkerchief daily.


THE COUPLE Emily Vandevender and Oscar Young first dated and fell in love while attending Illinois College, but the pair were on and off. When they both ended up working in Chicago and hanging out with the same group of college friends after graduation, it was inevitable that they’d rekindle their romance.
THE DETAILS All of Chicago shared in the warmth of Emily and Oscar’s wedding day when the temperatures soared to a record-breaking 70 degrees. But for this longtime couple and their close-knit group of friends and family, the weather was just one of many factors that made their afternoon celebration special. The elegant Nellcôte restaurant set the stage for a charming cocktail brunch reception following the ceremony. The sparkling sunlit space was festooned with floral arrangements that included anemones, fringe tulips, sweet pea and lisianthuses, designed by Renee Price at Kehoe Designs.
THE PARTY The couple’s personalized ceremony was officiated by Emily’s brother and recognized both sets of parents for their inspirational long marriages. The bride wore a lace-backed gown with an artfully draped train by Pronovias, and the groom wore a suit rented from The Black Tux—a company Emily is “obsessed” with. Given Emily’s position as a senior catering manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, it’s only fitting that she and Oscar, who works in medical sales, honeymooned at the Four Seasons in Costa Rica, where they enjoyed the luxury of the resort and the thrill of zip lining through the rainforest canopy.

Wedding Planner
Lori Stephenson, Lola Event Productions
Bride’s Gown Pronovias, Blue House Bridal
Bride’s Shoes Sam Edelman, Nordstrom
Bride’s Jewelry Pavé lace orbiting stud earrings, Alexis Bittar, Bloomingdale’s
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Hair: Ada, Salon V; makeup: Curtis, Charles Ifergan
Groom’s Suit The Black Tux 
Rings Hers: Erin Gallagher Jewelry; His: Wm. MarKen Jewelers
Florals Renee Price, Kehoe Designs
Catering Nellcôte
Invitations The Everyday Co. (with Stephanie Buttel of Lace and Beau); envelopes, reply cards and reception cards: Magnificent Milestones
Entertainment TC2, Beatmix Music