We were lucky to be the Chicago Assyrian Wedding DJ for an amazing wedding celebration over the past weekend. Nina Youkanis and Scott Gallo chose the amazing Chicago Cultural Center as their venue to celebrate this momentous event. Scott who is a decorated member of the US Airforce married Nina Youkanis a registered nurse in Chicago IL. The evening was full of rich culture and tradition enjoyed by all guests.

 

CEREMONY

 

Ceremony under the Tiffany Dome

Ceremony under the Tiffany Dome

The evening started out with a breath taking celebration planned by Amy Harloe & Lauren of Happily Ever After by Amy, Wedding Planning Service. The ceremony space was breath a taking spectacle held under the Tiffany Dome at the Chicago Cultural Center. The staff of Elegant Event Lighting added to the look with Drapery and Lighting. Floral Events made sure the floral designs were stunning! The bridal party walked in to music provided by musicians, Zach & Anel (Violinists) & Nicholas (Cellist). Dream House Productions provided the sound.The officiant for the evening was Scott’s god father Rick Johnson who did an amazing job telling the guests of how Scott & Nina met and blessed them for a bright future as husband and wife. The crowd erupted in joy when Rick, announced the newly weds Scott & Nina Gallo.

 

COCKTAIL HOUR

 

The ornate and beautiful GAR rotunda. Photo from Patrick Emerson via Flickr.

Photo from Patrick Emerson via Flickr.

The guest enjoyed the next hour at the Gar Rotunda for cocktails. Jessica Self  & Kristin Kramer of Jewell catering made sure the delicious hors d’oeuvre’s were available to every guest and a drink was in everyones hand. Dream House Productions set the mood with ambiance music with a playlist that consisted of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Micheal Buble’ and, Ella Fitzgerald to name a few.

RECEPTION

 

Reception under the Tiffany Dome

Reception under the Tiffany Dome

 

INTRODUCTIONS

Once again all the vendors including the very helpful Cara Corbett of The Chicago Cultural Center helped transform the space for the next part of the night. The Reception started off with a beautiful entrance that most of the guests had never experienced before. Instead of guests been seated during this event, everyone was invited on to the dancefloor. The crowd was lively and partook in the celebration whiles the bridal party and the couple were introduced to a traditional Assyrian Welcome. The ladies waved thier Yalekhtas’s (Scarfs) in the air while the men cheered and high fived the bridal party. Once the Bride and Groom enterted the room the crowd gathered in a large circle and danced to the traditional Assyrian Khigga.

TOASTS

After the welcome speech from the proud father of the groom, Steven Gallo and a blessing from uncle Rick the crowd settled down for dinner fit for a king. Once again Jessica Self & Kristin Kramer, and the staff of Jewell Catering did a phenominal job. The best man speech was next and John Gallo, the brother of the groom knocked it out of the ball park. Marina Youkhanis, the cousin of the bride was next and delivered a heart felt toast to Nina & Scott.

SPECIAL DANCES

Next, Nina & Scott celebrated their first dance as a married couple and picked She’s Everything by Brad Paisley to dance to. Right after that, Nina joined her dad on the dancefloor to a Luther Vandross song, Dance With My Father. To end the special dances Scott and his mom took the dance floor and danced to the classic tune My Wish by Rascal Flatts.

OPEN DANCING

Last but not least was the open dancing. Once the dancefloor opened it was a non stop dance party! The guests enjoyed everything from traditional Assyrian line dances to classic jams spanning hits from yesteryear to the current charts. Dream House Productions and DJ Ruki Dole kept everyone in the room tapping their toes and dancing till midnight. It was a celeration that will not be forgotten for a long time to come! Thank you to Scott + Nina Gallo for trusting us and inviting us to perform for them!

 

VENDORS

 

DJ – Dream House ProductionsDJ Ruki Dole
Venue – The Chicago Cultural Center – Cara Corbett
Drapery & Lighting – Elegant Event Lighting
Chair Rentals – Your Day Event Rentals
Catering – Jewell Catering – Kristin Kramer & Jessica Self
Photography & Feature Photo – Rebecca Haley Photography
Floral  – Floral Events
Wedding Coordinator – Happily Ever After By Amy – Amy & Lauren

 

If you are in the market for a PROFESSIONAL WEDDING DJ SERVICE in the Chicagoland area or any of the states surrounding us please don’t hesitate to contact DREAM HOUSE PRODUCTIONS. You can fill out an inquiry or simply call us at (312) 841-1081.

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