Alison Victoria, star of DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers,” has been tearing apart and rebuilding kitchens across the country for more than five seasons. But when it came to the décor for her own engagement party with fiancé Luke Harding, the expert designer took the night off. Victoria kept things simple at the June 1 bash, requesting only flowers and candles to fill Lincoln Park’s A New Leaf (1818 N. Wells).
As for the dress code, Harding and Victoria went all-out: In honor of their engagement in France and favorite film, “Midnight in Paris,” the pair asked their guests to don 1920s Parisian-inspired attire. The groom-to-be wore a custom three-piece suit by Adrian Park, accessorized with a cane and straw hat, while the bride sparkled in a Rebecca Taylor dress layered with a tulle Reem Acra skirt and embellished with pearls and crystals. Even Victoria’s 82-year-old grandmother, Alice Karacostas, pulled out her pearls for the occasion. Tesa Cigar Co. doled out freshly rolled cigars, and artist Rosemary Fanti sketched party-goers as they mingled, sipped Moscow Mules and snacked on croque monsieur sandwiches, baked brie and raspberry filo bites. Victoria and Harding ended the evening on the dance floor with family and friends — including the entire “Kitchen Crashers” crew — and grabbed the mic for an impromptu karaoke session. The couple will tie the knot at the Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton) in November.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos courtesy Chris Guillen Photography