SPLASH Feature: Ever After Alecia Tan & Evan Bern

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SPLASH, Chicao’s dose of style, society and celebrity shared Alecia Tank + Evan Bern’s beautiful Chicago wedding. Their love was magical and their celebration was perfect. Chicago wedding planner, Crystal Moriarty, planned the celebration of their dreams!

Now…about their engagement, you must read this feature! See full article here or story details below.


While studying at California’s Gemological Institute of America in 2008, Evan Bern caught the eye of his classmate, gemologist Alecia Tank. During a class outing at a local bar, Tank playfully snatched Bern’s drink to lure him on the dance floor. “We had a quick dance and that was the first time we connected,” Bern recalls.

Six years later, after the two moved to Chicago together, Bern, now vice president of his father’s jewelry store, Marshall Pierce & Company, took Tank to the Grainger Hall of Gems at the Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore) — an activity she assumed was all business. “I told her Marshall Pierce had donated a ring for PR services and I had to make sure it was set up correctly,” he says. “When she found the ring, which was actually part of the exhibit, I proposed inside the museum.” After a shocked and thrilled Tank said yes, a boat pulled up to the museum’s dock packed with 65 of the couple’s closest friends and family members. “He put so much thought into it and involved so many of our loved ones,” says Tank. “He really swept me off my feet.”

Their Oct. 4 nuptials brought 300 guests to the Saint James Chapel (835 N. Rush) and, later, The Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) for a jewelry-embellished reception under the Tiffany stained-glass dome in Preston Bradley Hall. A fall wedding called for a rustic yet elegant vibe, complete with driftwood centerpieces with fresh blooms, and jewel tones incorporated into everything from the cake and flowers to the bridesmaids’ dresses. On each dinner plate, guests found a small, white tray — used by jewelers to determine the color of stones — with an image of a diamond on a place card. “The different diamonds determined what meal they were going to get,” Bern explains.

Following a decadent dinner featuring specialty cocktails, duck crepes and braised short ribs, The Chicago Players took the stage to perform a rendition of the couple’s favorite song, Umphrey’s McGee’s “Hajimemashite,” for their first dance. “It was an emotional moment,” Bern says. “It’s just a song that has always hit home for us.”

Photographer: Jeremy Bustos of Studio This Is

Bride’s gown: Manuel Mota for Pronovias, Schaffer’s Bridal, 5525 Mills Civic, West Des Moines, Iowa; Schaffers.com

Bride’s jewelry: Alecia Tank; Amtjewelrydesign@gmail.com

Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com

Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren, 750 N. Michigan, Ralphlauren.com; Brooks Brothers, 713 N. Michigan, Brooksbrothers.com

Rings: His designed by Alecia Tank; Hers designed by JB Star, Marshall Pierce & Company, 29 E. Madison, Marshallpierce.com

Bridesmaids’ jewelry: Dana Rebecca Designs, 676 N. Michigan;Danarebeccadesigns.com

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Amsale, Bella Bridesmaid, 1 E. Delaware; Bellabridesmaids.com

Wedding planner & dcor: Big City Bride, 954 W. Webster; Bigcitybride.com

Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design, 636 N. Racine; Amybeckcakedesign.com

Catering: Jewell Events Catering, 424 N. Wood; Georgejewell.com

Florist: KLA Designs, 2007 W. Grand; Kladesigns.net

Entertainment: The Chicago Players, (312) 898-4073; Thechicagoplayers.com

Invitations: Zephyr Weddings, 411 2nd, Coralville, Iowa; Zephyrweddings.com