On the cloudy but serene afternoon of September 4th, 2022, Karen Pryor and Adam Gluskin took vows to spend the rest of their long and prosperous lives together. The two exchanged eternal vows that will forever shape their future together under an arbor of florals at the culturally rich and elegant Emil Bach House in the northwestern part of Chicago, Illinois.
When I first met Karen Pryor and Adam Gluskin, there was no question at all that these two were beautifully in love. Both being food connoisseurs, it made so much sense for their engagement session to be in the heart of Chinatown, where they shared dumplings at a local restaurant called Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings (QXY). I could not wait for their big day to finally arrive and capture the same magic that brought them to this point.
The venue was breathtaking. Emil Bach House is a historic landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, built in 1915 for the Bach family. Located near the shores of Lake Michigan on Chicago's north side, the home contained geometry, efficient scale, and modern window designs that lit up the wedding party inside as they readied for the day ahead. Both wedding parties were on their respective floors of the Lang House (the neighboring building of the venue), getting ready for the event, and the energy was electric. Family members gathered on the first floor and socialized together as everyone awaited the show's stars to emerge.
The couple had their first moment together before the events began with a first look at the Tea House. Elated giggles and grins ensued the second their eyes locked. After some time to take in the day together, the couple joined friends and family in the Emil House for the signing of the ketubah, a Jewish marriage contract that is validated before a wedding. The couple, a rabbi or cantor, and witnesses all participate in the signing of the ketubah.
The wedding began moments after with songs sung by the rabbi and a bride overcome with joyful tears the full walk down the ceremony aisle with mom and dad by her side. Adam and Karen said their "I Do's" before smashing the glass and partying out of the ceremony to begin an eventful reception.
The reception kicked off with a surprise appearance of traditional Asian dragon dance. The couple fed the lion well with envelopes full of cash (for good fortune)! The Chinese lion dance is performed at weddings to bless the couple in order for them to have a long and happy marriage. It is also said to help ward off evil spirits from being detrimental to their life together. The night proceeded with some heartfelt speeches and a delicious dinner of short rib and lamb, and they danced the night away as, now, one giant family.
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