This Music-Loving Couple Said I Do in a Famous Music Venue!

Minimalist Music Hall Wedding

Cal and Rob have always been lovers of music, adventure, and a twist on the traditional. After spending years attending Thalia Hall to see great acts like Smashing Pumpkins, Estelle, and Bright Eyes, it was only fitting that they have their wedding at the Chicago landmark.

With the help of Rosewood Weddings (and some creative Pinterest DIY’s!), the couple held a gorgeous, minimalistic wedding with musical elements incorporated all throughout. Photography by Alisha Tova was the cherry on top. Each photo from the day elicited feelings of joy and excitement that will make anyone’s heart sing.

Meet the Cast

peach and neutral wedding invitations against hexagonal tile

Clean, minimalistic wedding invitations are a staple for chic couples. This neutral invitation suite with a pop of pink offered a classic, but stylish look.

pink feather bag

Minimalist Music Hall Wedding

white dahlia bouquet

This beautiful bouquet by Field and Florist perfectly complemented Cal’s sleek white wedding dress by Prea James.

Minimalist Music Hall Wedding

bride and groom sitting in a coffee shop

We made sure to not follow tradition for the sake of tradition and instead incorporated styles and ideas that were important and special to us. Our wedding venue was a concert hall that we attend regularly and was where we had one of our first dates.

bride and groom looking at camera through a window

bride and groom smiling at camera through a window

Cal, a Pinterest Account Manager, DIY’ed much of the wedding to fit her tastes. Now THAT is a Pinterest board we want to take a look at!

Pre-Show Glimmers

bride and groom walking on crosswalk

The couple took to the streets of Chicago to take some glamorous photos before the wedding ceremony. This shot feels like a wedding version of Abbey Road!

bride and groom posing against white brick wall

gold bridal rings

Minimalist Thalia Hall Wedding

Want some more info on Cal’s Prea James dress? We’ve got you!

I love to do my research and am also very picky (nightmare bride combo) so I ended up visiting about 10 boutiques. Most of the time I went alone, not only because 10 trips would be torture for my loved ones, but because I didn’t want anyone to sway my decision. I had my last appointment booked at Lovely Bride Chicago with only one dress in mind – Mira by Prea James. I’m so glad I had some of my best friends with me for this visit as it would have been slightly sad to be drinking my celebratory wine alone. It was also exactly one year from our wedding date, so I took it as a sign.

Music Hall Wedding With Mismatching Bridesmaid Dresses

Cal’s gals made a splash in their gorgeous mismatched dresses!

Lights, Camera, Love

white arch wedding signage

A minimalistic welcome sign surrounded by greenery and white florals made for a pleasant entrance for the wedding’s guests.

Minimalist Music Hall Wedding

Minimalist Music Hall Wedding

With Thalia Hall being the site of their wedding, Cal and Rob put a ton of thought into their musical choices for the evening. Their favorite song by Fleetwood Mac made for a clear choice for their first dance.

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard

Recessional: Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin

First Dance: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac

acrylic floral stands

Acrylic floral stands elevated (literally!) these cute and simple flower arrangements to decorate the stage.

bride and groom saying vows on music hall stage

bride and groom kissing on music hall stage

Cal and Rob said their vows to one another on a stage where many of the musical greats have stepped foot. These two now get to join that list, and do so in holy matrimony! How many musicians can relate to that??

pastel mismatched bridesmaids

bride and groom walking on brick road

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

If you do what you want it will be uniquely you. If you both don't eat cake, have an ice cream bar instead. Why throw such an expensive party if it's not filled with your favorite things?


cassette tape seating chart

The reception is where Cal’s background at Pinterest truly had a chance to shine. Guests were treated to a DIY retro cassette tape seating chart display. How cool is that!

record guest book

Pink vinyls were another musical-themed experience for the guests to interact with. It was the perfect way to offer sincere messages of love and luck for the now-married couple.

rattan chair wedding reception tables

Minimalist Music Hall Wedding Reception

It was important to Cal + Rob to have an East Coast Style reception, which is where you have dance sessions throughout the meal. This style of reception was wildly fitting for a concert hall – guests loved getting up and down to dance through some sets!

Wedding reception dessert table

bride and groom first dance

bride and groom kissing

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Probably crowd surfing to the Thalia Hall stage during "American Girl"...only downhill from there.

The couple would like to leave this off with one last note:

We would be remiss not to mention how insanely lucky we are to have had our vendors. We fell in love with every single one of them and they all executed our vision to a T. Be sure to trust your gut during your initial consultations. 

These amazing vendors created the most stunning day! Congrats to Cal + Rob!

photography: Alisha Tova // venue name: Thalia Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA // event design: Rosewood Weddings // planning: Rosewood Weddings // florals: Field and Florist // groom attire: Indochino // videography: Golden Hours // paper goods: Hall Creative Co. // catering: Thalia Hall // tabletop rentals: Rosewood Weddings // furniture rentals: Borrow Curated // linen rentals: BBJ Linens // music: Bluewater Kings Band