When Agnieszka Zymon first met Ernst Berlin, he was lounging at home in his pajamas — Berlin’s roommate had invited Zymon over, and Berlin was relaxing before a night out with friends. “It was not an ideal first meeting,” Berlin laughs. Despite this unceremonious introduction, the two clicked. Soon after, they were co-running Berlin’s family business, which provides activities for elderly Chicagoans — and just one year later, they were married. The couple invited 110 guests to their ceremony and reception, held at the Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio). Bursts of greenery and long wooden tables evoked the outdoors, giving the reception an informal feel. “We have friends and family from every part of our lives, and we wanted to cater to everyone,” says Berlin. “We didn’t know exactly what we wanted, but when we walked into the room we both started crying.” After dinner, guests took to the floor for a few hours of dancing. The night wound down with plenty of laughter. “I barely remember it, it was such a good time,” says Berlin.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by David Witting Photography