Dave & Kirsten’s Tattooed & Quirky Chicago Wedding

Dave & Kirsten’s kooky and personal wedding was created as a perfect reflection of them as a couple. Their love of tattoos, fashion and all things vintage was their inspiration and what really shone through on their day.

The bride knew she wanted a flattering tea-length dress but after a fruitless search in dress shops and even online, she decided the best way to get her perfect gown was to create it herself. She went to the drawing board and drew out her ideal dress which she then brought to a seamstress who worked with her to make it. She accessories with a blue birdcage veil which she picked up from a vintage shop in Chicago. She picked the colour to match her bridesmaid’s dresses. Finally, to complete her look she wore one of a kind jewellery all made for her by friends.

As wedding gifts to each other, the tattoo-loving couple both got matching bird tattoos and as an extra special gift to his bride, Dave restored a 1968 Lincoln Continental which he surprised Kirsten with on the day! How amazing is that?!

As a final, super personal touch, instead of favours, the couple made a donation in their honour to Mia’s Children – an orphanage that educates and houses homeless children in Bucharest, Romania. Kirsten used to work for this foundation and so this was something very close to her heart too.

Thank you to Dave & Kirsten and photographer Roya for sharing this awesome wedding today

Photography Credit: Roya Jade Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Pauls Church, Wicker Park Chicago
Reception Venue: Columbus Park Refectory
Bride’s Dress: Custom made
Birdcage Veil: Vintage
Bride’s Jewellery: Custom made
Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein
Groom’s Shoes: Converse
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dessy
Cake: DIY – by a friend
Flowers: Ridge Wood Gardens
DJ: a friend
Car: 1968 Lincoln Continental – Groom restored it as a wedding gift to his bride!


  1. Love the blue veil…posted a link on my page! I love the photo of them together with the young bridesmaid…wonder if she is the groom’s daughter. Such a sweet photo. ♥ Love all the colors and the vintage feel…beautiful couple and wedding.

  2. Kirsten (the bride)

    Thanks for all the great comments everyone, this is Kirsten the bride. Dave and I really tried to make sure our day reflected us and our style, but even more so our love for Christ. What the pictures don’t reveal is that our wedding day was the hottest day of this past summer in Chicago, about 94 degrees! Sweat was dripping down our backs, especially in the church where there was no A/C! But we loved our day and we’re glad you all enjoyed our photos – Roya, our photographer is super talented. She’s available to travel so check out her website at http://www.royajade.com.

    And yes, the young bridesmaid is my husband’s daughter – my beautiful step-daughter.


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