Caress and William

Chicago, Illinois



Photography | Emily-Melissa Photography | @em.tog

Venue | Parkway Ballroom | @parkway_ballroom

Ceremony Venue | Quinn Chapel AME

Design and Decor | LD Events Decor | @ldeventsdecor

Event Planner | Marjin Events

Floral Designer | Florea Flower Bar | @floreaflowerbar

Men’s Attire | Jojayden Custom Suits | @jojayden

Veil | Jade Bridal

Shoes | Badgley Mischka | @badgleymischka

Accommodations | Sophy Hotel | @sophyhotel

Bakery | Fabiana’s Bakery

DJ | DJ Toure | @djtoure

Cinematography | Visual Lyricist

Rentals | Chicagoland Luxe Rentals | @chicagolandluxerentals

From the Photographer

Caress and Will met years ago as students of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. Caress had a crush on Will first. In true high school fashion, word got to Will. He caught Caress in the hall one day.

“So, I heard you like me?”

“Yep.” Caress responds.

Unexpectedly, that was the end of the conversation until they reunited years later. But, since then, they’ve developed a love that’s palpable to anyone around them. The wait was well worth it. Being that both Caress’ and Will’s have familial ties to Bronzeville, they centered their theme around the Southside. The ceremony and cocktail hour was on Blanc Gallery’s beautiful patio with the reception following next door at Bronzeville’s historically famous Parkway Ballroom.


Chicago’s destination of choice for the African American community from 1940 to 1974, the Ballroom has hosted icons notables for whom which ‘icon’ would be an understatement: Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, and Nat King Cole. This historic Black-owned venue was the perfect place to host their nuptials.

Some of my favorite things about their wedding:

• Their cake table was absolutely fabulous!

• The Delta Sigma Theta stroll and the Alpha Phi Alpha walk.

• For the most part, it was an overcast day. Not a drop of rain until it was time for the ceremony to begin. The rain would let up only a moment later to reveal a beautiful blue sky and the spectacular summer sun. And minutes later, as the bride started down the aisle, a rainbow appeared behind her.

• They were very socially conscious in choosing their wedding vendors. 80% of their wedding dollars went to small businesses.

• Odes to the ancestors. Their ceremony featured an African drum circle, libations ritual and the jumping of the broom.