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Sarah Ginascol & Christian Powills

October 15, 2016 | Chez

Sarah stunned in a lacy Sarah Seven sheath.


Sarah’s bridesmaids wore lacy marsala gowns from J.Crew.

Kehoe Designs created this floral chandelier that served as a focal point for the ceremony and reception.  

Jewell Events Catering created a rustic marble cake with strawberry mousse. 

Centerpieces of astilbe, scabiosa, snowberry, dahlias, roses, antiqued hydrangeas, succulents and silver dollar eucalyptus were complemented by candlesticks and crystal orbs.


THE COUPLE Christian Powills left no details to chance when he proposed to Sarah Ginascol, whom he met unexpectedly when he tagged along to a bar with a friend. He planned a surprise sunset picnic on the beach, complete with electric candles, a friend playing guitar and more friends hiding in the bushes to capture the moment. “He got down on one knee and said many beautiful words,” Sarah recalls. “After all the excitement, we were too amped up to eat!”
THE DETAILS Eleven months later, the couple said their vows, with a few happy tears, in a ceremony that was equally personal and detailed. Sarah wore a lacy Sarah Seven gown and her stepmother’s wedding earrings when she walked down the aisle—Christian’s favorite moment—at event space Chez. Above the couple hung a lush arrangement of flowers and greenery, in autumnal reds, soft greens and blush pinks, flanked by chandeliers. The friend who officiated managed to work in a few Star Wars references, a nod to Christian and Sarah’s shared love of those movies.
THE PARTY Next came drinks, dinner and dancing at Chez, in a space surrounded by romantic blush draperies. Sarah loved goofing around on the dance floor with her six bridesmaids, and the night ended with Chicago-style hot dogs and chocolate truffle lollipops. “Everyone danced and had a blast,” Sarah says. The couple saved their honeymoon for the chilly Chicago winter months, enjoying time on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Wedding Planner
Lindsay Gaeta, Storybook Weddings & Events
Bride’s Gown Sarah Seven
Bride’s Shoes Nina, Macy’s
Bride’s Makeup Jen Brown, Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists
Groom’s Suit Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Dresses J.Crew
Groomsmen’s Suits Men’s Wearhouse
Florals and Decor Kehoe Designs
Catering Jewell Events Catering
Invitations Yellow Bird
Entertainment Ceremony: Bill Pollack string quartet; reception: Style Matters