Chicago DJs Dani Deahl and Fei Tang had returned to Gramaphone Records many times since their first date at the venerable Lakeview record store two years ago, but when they showed up Sunday, it wasn't to spin vinyl — it was to tie the knot.

Deahl and Tang, both 30, said "I do" in front of 50-some guests Sunday afternoon in a unique ceremony Gramaphone owner Jason Bradley said was a first for the 44-year-old record shop.

(See photos of Deahl and Tang's wedding and reception below.)

With help of Big City Bride wedding planner Claire Weller, the couple added a few personal touches to the small shop, including a shocking pink aisle runner, ombre flowers and records dangling from the ceiling.

Deahl told HuffPost Chicago neither she nor Tang is religious, so getting married in a record store rather than a church or other traditional venue felt the most natural.

"We had no bridal party and had our parents ordained as ministers so they could marry us," Deahl said. "We thought it was more meaningful to have them marry us versus someone we didn't know, plus it was a representation of the melding of two families."

The pink and black record store wedding was hinted in the couples' invitations, said Weller.

"The save the date was a ticket stub, and the invite was a 45, custom designed," Weller said. "The invitation even had a custom sleeve with stickers on 'record.'"

Tang designed the invites to mimic a Ticketmaster stub, but Deahl said the design may have been too good:

"Some of our family members were momentarily confused when they got them in the mail because they were so exact, they thought they were actual event tickets."


The music-loving pair first met in 2010 at the weekly Porn & Chicken dance party after Tang, who organizes the bash, invited Deahl to spin "so he could ask me on a date." The pair hit it off and on Record Store Day 2011, the two went to Molly's Cupcakes for their first date, and later to Gramaphone to deliver the treats to the busy staff.

"A couple weeks after [our first date] we had a Vegas wedding themed Porn & Chicken where Fei fake proposed to me with a tin wedding ring that was on the bar," Deahl said. Shortly after, Deahl said jokes into running away to Vegas to get married turned into a genuine decision to get hitched.

Tang eventually replaced the tin wedding rings the pair had been wearing for almost two years with a custom-designed ring for Deahl made with pink diamonds set upside-down with the pointy side out. Weller said the couple's wedding bands are engraved with the sound waves of each other saying "I do."


The decision to veer away from more traditional trappings on the big day was more or less an easy one for Deahl, who said she was inspired by Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle after he spoke to her following her Lollapalooza DJ set in 2011.

"[John] told us to stay true to what we wanted and not give in to surrounding pressures that were bound to come our way," Deahl said. The singer revealed he received blowback from some guests at his own wedding when he chose to have a vegan reception, but reminded the couple the wedding should first and foremost reflect who they are.

"We weren't setting out to be weird or out of the box for the sake of doing it -- we felt it was important to be genuine and thoughtful with all the details so it truly reflected who we were as people."

Deahl said some relatives were surprised by the choices, saying they had never seen anything like it. Rather than lighting a traditional unity candle at the ceremony, the couple instead opted for shots of Jameson at the altar.

Still, the pair didn't toss tradition out the window entirely. The couple honored their parents with a traditional tea ceremony at the home of Tang's mother (his father is deceased) as a nod to Tang's Chinese heritage.

The couple also held on to traditions like the mother-son and father-daughter dance: Tang and his mother danced to Tupac's "Dear Mama" while Deahl and her dad rocked to Adele's cover of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love."

Weller said the couple was "willing to break all the rules" when it came to planning the ceremony and reception. "Planning with creative people is awesome, and they really took the reins on this," Weller told HuffPost. "They're very successful, hardworking people, and they really brought it all together."

According to Deahl, the personal touches helped foster a sense of intimacy among couple and their guests, with plenty cutting loose by the night's end.

"We even caught my 92-year-old grandma taking shots of Jameson out of the bottle."

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  • Rock The Cradle Of Love

    For couple Dani Deahl and Fei Tang's May 5 wedding, family members walked in to an orchestral version of Swedish House Mafia's "Save The World." The bride came down the aisle to Modjo's "Lady" ("which was the first record I ever bought when I decided I wanted to be a DJ," Deahl told HuffPost.)

  • DJ Duo's Hi-Fi Wedding

    The couple chose a black/pink/gray color scheme, with the bright fuchsia matching a streak in Deahl's hair. Deahl said she rocked a pair of custom shoes from Chicago designer <a href="" target="_blank">(and one-time "Project Accessory" contestant) James Sommerfeldt. </a>

  • DJ Duo's Hi-Fi Wedding

    Molly's Cupcakes — the location of the couple's first date — did the cake and cupcakes. The black strip at the bottom of the cake is the pitch calibration pattern on the platter of a Technics 1200 turntable.

  • DJ Duo's Hi-Fi Wedding

    The couple held the reception at <a href="" target="_blank">Red Door in Bucktown</a> (of which Tang is a partner). "We tried to do a fusion of Chinese food and Italian food to represent both of our families -- we had items like General Tso's lobster arancini balls and whole steamed branzino in a soy ginger sauce."

  • DJ Duo's Hi-Fi Wedding

    Wedding planner Claire Weller said instead of table numbers, each table had a bottle of wine with a different music genre on the label.

  • DJ Duo's Hi-Fi Wedding

    The couple carried the record theme (as well as the fuchsia and black color scheme) all the way to the top of their cake.

  • DJ Duo's Hi-Fi Wedding

    "When we first started talking about the logistics of the wedding, we knew we didn't want anything traditional. We didn't like the idea of having a ceremony in a church, picking a package out of a book or anything that didn't speak about who we were," Deahl told HuffPost.

  • DJ Duo's Hi-Fi Wedding

    Rather than lighting a unity candle, the couple poured shots of Jameson into each other's mouth at the altar. "We even caught my 92-year-old grandma taking shots of Jameson out of the bottle," Deahl said.

  • DJ Duo's Hi-Fi Wedding

    Though they're hardly a "traditional" couple, Deahl said she and Fei wanted to include some nods at their respective Italian and Chinese heritage. Guests munched on custom hot pink raspberry-flavored fortune cookies with one of five sayings in the inside, including the one pictured that reads: "Love is like peeing your pants — everyone can see it, but only you can truly feel its warmth"

  • DJ Duo's Hi-Fi Wedding

    "it seemed only natural to hold the wedding in Gramaphone Records -- a spot that not only held immense history to me as a DJ growing up in Chicago, but the location of our first date," Deahl told HuffPost. Gramaphone was the place where "Fei looked over at me browsing through stacks of vinyl and decided right then in his head that he was going to marry me." The couple asked Gramaphone if they could get married there on May 5th, the anniversary of the couple's first date. "He unflinchingly said yes and committed to helping make it happen," Deahl said.