Susie and Justin’s Chicago Hideout wedding was simply, mind blowing. The day started out pouring rain, massive thunderstorms, and turned into a double rainbow. Throw in a kitty who let me put the wedding bands on her head like a hat, and a rock and roll bride and groom who also play in a brass section, and there you have it, mind blown. I asked Susie to describe their amazing relationship below:
“Before I met Justin I was a fan of Mucca Pazza. A fellow fan introduced me to Justin on the patio of the Hideout before a show in 2009. I had decided I needed to join the band, so I started hanging out with those folks, and at a show that August (also at the Hideout) Justin first flirted with me and we danced together on that checkered floor. By the end of the summer Mucca Pazza needed another trumpet player, so I was invited to a rehearsal, and 2 days after that Justin and I had our first date.
While we were dating, we each played many shows at the Hideout, and we continue to. We will both be playing there, in different bands, on Dec 23rd. He plays every year for the Makeout Party, and we have called Veggie Bingo there together.
Justin proposed on Christmas Eve on the roof of the Goodman, after 7 years of dating. Afterwards, we went down to Petterino’s for champagne and he suggested the Hideout as a venue. He had just booked it for his 40th birthday party and thought “Why not get married then? We have the venue booked, our family will be in town, we have music booked, it’s perfect!” I shot the date down, because a March wedding yuck, and have your wedding as your birthday. But The Hideout was decided then and there.
The band, Expo 76, is one which we have both played with. Justin is one of their regular horn players, and I have sat in or subbed with them a few times. They’re like family.
The dress is easy. It’s a bridesmaid dress that I got at House of Brides. My landlord’s daughter works there, and she understands my style. She is the only reason I even considered stepping foot in a bridal shop. I had it altered to show my footwear.
Justin’s sister is an art teacher and made the clay centerpieces with the dried flowers and did the chalkboard. The readers are not only dear friends, but also are both actors, my friend Andrea from high school, and our neighbor Andrew who also performs at the Goodman with Justin. We’re very lucky to have such talented friends and family!”
Thank you so much, Susie and Justin, please enjoy your wedding photography. Biggie thank you to Megan Allen for rocking it as an associate photographer!
Want to see more of Susie and Justin’s Chicago Hideout Wedding Photography? Check out the slideshow!