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A Classic, Cosy Wedding at the University Club of Chicago

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Sean Cook

|Planning by 

Chicago Vintage Weddings

The traditional, classic theme of the University Club of Chicago was exactly what Anna Sinegal and Andy Janopoulos were looking for for their February wedding. “[It] felt like walking into something out of first class on the Titanic,” Anna says. To help plan and design their celebration, the couple hired Kate Reavey of Chicago Vintage Weddings, and Steracle Press set the tone for the day with a beautiful invitation suite.

For her wedding dress, Anna went the custom route with Mira Couture. After two years of detailed designing, the bride finally said yes to her dress and paired the gown with Jimmy Choo flats. Anna’s “something borrowed and blue” was a pair of sapphire teardrop earrings from her mother, and the finishing touch was a diamond necklace that her grandparents gifted her for her college graduation.

On the day-of, the bride got ready with Shannon O’Brien Weddings makeup artist Jose, who gave her a natural look. Hairstylist Sal Misseri of Reverie Salon pinned back a few of Anna’s tresses for a romantic look.

The groom never passes on an opportunity to put on formalwear, especially a tuxedo. For the ceremony, Andy had a bespoke tuxedo made at Daniel George and paired it with Italian loafers. For the finishing touch, he wore a pair of cufflinks and a watch that Anna had perviously gifted him.

On February 19, 2022, guests walked under a floral arch, constructed by Atmosphere Events Group, and took their seats under a mosaic-covered ceiling with chandeliers. At the end of the 30-minute ceremony, officiated by Nicole Zenner of Zen Events, the couple recited their vows in front of a 10-foot-wide fireplace and shared their first kiss as a married couple.

For the reception, the newlyweds and their loved ones enjoyed a seven-course meal followed by various delicious desserts, an ice cream bar, and a multi-tiered wedding cake by Flourish Cake Design. Emily Rose Ink crafted beautiful menus and the other day-of stationery.

The new mister and missus had their first dance to “Warm” by SG Lewis, and at the last notes, everyone swarmed the dance floor to kick off the party. The band, Greenlight, was incredible and ended up playing an hour longer than expected.

Once the lingering guests bid the couple adieu, Anna and Andy sauntered back to their hotel suite after 14 hours of revelry and got some well-deserved shut eye.