One of Chicago’s best weddings of the year, no question. It takes so much creativity and courage to break the wedding mold and create a day that is not only unique, but specific to the couple. Dani Deahl and Fei Tang planned the most elegantly edgy wedding you will ever see. To introduce this Chicago wedding we must first introduce this amazing Chicago couple.
Dani Deahl is a music producer, blogger and world renowned DJ. Perhaps you’ve seen her perform at Lollapalooza (twice) or at Electric Daisy Carnival…just to name a few shows that impressed us! Fei Tang is also known as Phives, a beloved Chicago DJ as well. Fei is owner and resident DJ for Porn and Chicken Dance Party which has been named Chicago’s #1 dance party for the last three years. To top it off, Fei is a partner in Red Door Chicago, a Bucktown restaurant absolutely worth checking out.
But we’ll share more photos (thank you Caroline Dixey Photography) and more details because no magazine or article could possibly show you everything you need to see!
Designer and friend of the bride, James Sommerfeldt, designed Dani’s wedding shoes. Having also designed her Lollapalooza shoes Dani worked closely with James to design her completely custom shoes….finished with a blue insole. BHLDN desined Dani’s tea length dress which Dani accented with the ombre dyed sash by James. She chose a beautiful bridal bouquet of ranunculus flowers in a range of pinks.
You need to know their first date in order to know how perfect their wedding was. Dani & Fei’s first date was picking up cupcakes at Molly’s Cupcakes and sharing the love at Gramaphone Records for Record Store Day. We planned their wedding in the same sequence…with a pit stop at the Shedd Aquarium (since Fei loves it) for photos. Their wedding photos at Molly’s Cupcakes are playfully perfect (yes, there are swings!) From there they made their way in a pink party bus (to match the pink wedding theme inspired by Dani’s signature pink hair) to Gramaphone Records for their untraditional wedding ceremony. Parents of the bride and groom officiated the ceremony with brothers standing near by for a family only ceremony. A record backdrop and pink aisle set the scene and windows were blocked by custom record posters. Rather than a unity candle they chose a ceremonial shot of Jameson to make it official. (Just a reminder…there are NO rules to wedding planning! Cheers to that!)
With Fei as a partner in Red Door it made perfect sense to show off the restaurant and the amazing food! A tent covered the courtyard and allowed for a magical dinner outside in May. Long tables were accented with gunmetal linens and black leather runners. Translucent chairs added a modern touch to the outdoor wedding. Two black chairs were reserved for the bride and groom. Ombre flowers took the decor from fuscia to white. Black and pink menus highlighted the incredible five course meal and each place setting was set with custom written pink fortune cookies (not just cute…actually delicious!) Custom designed wine bottles labeled with music genres helped guests find their seats. As candy lovers, they chose an epic display of pink and black sweets for their after 9 o’clock party guests….opening up the party to friends after their family focused dinner.
After nine o’clock, Red Door and the tent filled with friends who filled the disco ball lighted dance floor as DJ friends rocked the party. Late night food was served, cake was cut and the photo booth opened. It was an absolutely celebration!
Below is a favorite shot from the end of the night. Claire Weller, Fei Tang, Dani Deahl and Dani’s mom Rosemary (please note she’s holding fried chicken, a late night snack.) These people are so kind and so creative. It was an asbolute treat getting to know this couple and their families. In fact, the fun didn’t end with the wedding…we then had the great priveledge of planning a corporate rave event to showcase Big Deahl Productions…Chicago’s premier tabletop production company (filming the most delicious and beautiful food and beverage TV commercials out there.) It was a priviledge to work alongside these talented music producers, party producers and film producers…to produce such important events as their wedding!
Wedding Planning: Big City Bride, Claire Weller
Photography: Caroline Dixey Photography
Wedding Ceremony: Gramaphone Records
Wedding Reception: Red Door Chicago
Custom Wedding Shoes & Ombre Sash: James Sommerfeldt
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Cupcakes & Wedding Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes
Wedding Decor: KLA Designs
Tent: Tent Professionals