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Downtown Chicago Wedding at The Duck Inn

Love, Weddings

March 29, 2023

Witness a beautiful love story unfold between Abbey and Shawn as they have the most beautiful Downtown Chicago Wedding at The Duck Inn.

Abbey & Shawn’s Love Story

Abby and Shawn met back in 2011 at a Halloween party through a mutual friend. As soon as they met eyes, it was almost as if there was an instant connection. Gravity pulled them together and for the rest of the night, they were inseparable. Shawn, having to travel across the world the next day for work, reluctantly left Abbey. However, they were able to exchange numbers and keep in contact… or so they thought. The moment Shawn arrived in Hong Kong, his phone was lost.

Abbey waited patiently since Shawn promised to keep in contact with her, little did she know that his means of communication was somewhere in Hong Kong. Then, it wasn’t until a few days later in a Facebook message, that Abbey learned what happened. To make it up to her, Shawn asked Abbey on their first date to a Blackhawks game as soon as he returned from his work trip. From that point on, their love story was sealed.

The Proposal

With your partner, it is not uncommon to develop your own traditions. For Abbey and Shawn, they visit Three Lakes, Wisconsin every summer for a few weeks. One of their favorite places to visit might I add. Here is where Shawn’s great aunt and uncle have a property, where they were staying. This is important to the story! They spent that morning on August 13th, 2021 paddleboarding, something that they do every time while they are at Three Lakes. It wasn’t until they got back to the docks where Shawn whispered sweet words to Abbey before dropping to one knee and proposing.

As they walked back to the house, Abbey’s parents were there waiting to congratulate them. Surprisingly as they walked back up to their home, was a big group of friends who drove from Chicago to surprise Abbey and celebrate this new journey. Afterward, they all went to a Friday night fish fry to celebrate. It was the perfect moment for both Abbey and Shawn and thus, the wedding planning shortly began.

The Duck Inn | Chicago Wedding Venue

The Duck Inn is a neighborhood gastro-tavern and dining room located near the Chicago River. Undeniably, The Duck Inn is stunning. This Chicago wedding venue/restaurant is housed in a pre-Prohibition era tavern with cozy retro design aesthetics that still make you feel at home.

One of the key features of this beautiful Chicago wedding venue is the fact that they tailor to your needs as a couple. Their venue is completely customizable which allows for an intimate and personal wedding day experience. With a private garden just out back with a guest capacity of 100-seated guests, this makes it the perfect wedding reception space. Not only that, but the Duck Inn offers buffets and seated family-style menus as just some of the few dining options that they have. You also have the option to buy out this Chicago wedding venue for the night for a private celebratory wedding experience. You’re getting a cozy and beautiful experience within a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere.

Important Information For Your Chicago Wedding at The Duck Inn

Below, is some important information that you’re going to want to know for your Chicago Wedding at The Duck Inn.

  • The entire wedding venue can be bought-out for your wedding day
  • Their main dining room can have a private eating experience for up to 70 guests
  • All-inclusive options to hold an immediate reception inside or a ceremony outside

If you want to see more info about having your Chicago wedding at The Duck Inn, click here!

Downtown Chicago Wedding at The Duck Inn

For Abbey and Shawn’s wedding day, they really wanted to focus on capturing their love in an authentic and genuine way. First, Abbey and her bridesmaids got ready at the Viceroy Chicago Hotel before meeting up with Shawn and his groomsmen at The Duck Inn. The theme for their wedding day surrounded dark emerald greens, golds, and burgundy with pops of fuchsia and peaches. It was the perfect combination of dark and moody with pops of color, that tied perfectly with their wedding venue.

Next, in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony in the backyard garden of The Duck Inn, Abbey, and Shawn exchanged their vows. It was a beautiful and intimate setting surrounded by all of their closest friends and family. It was the perfect way to celebrate their love story. Beyond that, we took a few portraits in the surrounding neighborhood of this Chicago wedding venue and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. After, the twinkling lights were lit and the ceremony space was then turned into a cozy reception space for Abbey, Shawn, and their guests to dance the night away. This was a perfect ending to their love story, and forever in awe of how beautiful everything turned out.

Cheers to Abbey & Shawn!



Check out the amazing vendors who came together for this gorgeous Downtown Chicago Wedding at The Duck Inn

Photography: Iron + Honey Photography

Venue: The Duck Inn

Wedding Planner: Something Blue

Dress Designer & Shop: Ines Di Santo & Ultimate Bride Chicago

Makeup & Hair: Alyssa Lynn Makeup + Hair

Tuxedo: Suit Supply

Florist: Indie Floral – Jessica Marino

Cake: Ferrara’s Bakery

DJ: Cage + Aquarium – Justin Ferranti

Stationery: Minted

Transportation: Atlantis Cars

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