I wanted to share another beautiful wedding with you from the Harold Washington Library! The Winter Garden room is always so bright and airy, it almost feels like your outdoors (a rare find in downtown Chicago). If you're guest list is growing, consider this spacious venue as an option for your ceremony and reception.
We decorated the guest tables with contrasting dark manzanita branches adorned with stark white dendrobium orchids. Hanging votives illuminated at various heights throughout the trees. It looked fabulous amongst the marble walled interior.
A big thank you to our talented photographer friend, Chad Husar, for supplying us with his stunning images you'll see below. Of course we have to extend a big hug to the star of the show, Heather Meibach of Heather Ever Present, for making the entire event and planning process seamless.
Bridal Bouquet of Peonies and Phalaenopsis Orchids
The Happy Couple
The ceremony begins...
The processional aisle leading up to the 14ft tall chuppah
I've always loved visiting the Museum of Science and Industry. I remember as a child, picking up a bag of dehydrated ice cream was the closest thing I would ever get to becoming an astronaut.
A few months ago I took my 5 year old son to visit the museum for the first time. He just loved watching the live tornado and storm exhibits. What a fantastic backdrop for a wedding reception!! Lucky for us, we decorated our first wedding reception in the museum's rotunda last week. The bride, Kara, really entrusted us to make her day unforgettable. She adored fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids and ostrich plumes, so we went out and bought ourselves enough to make a dramatic statement.
Planning a wedding is somewhat like a mathematic equation. If you follow the right formula, most likely you'll end up with a beautiful and memorable day. If you miss the mark on one thing, you might just end up falling flat. It's all about the details!!
Lynne and Chris seemed to pull it all together seamlessly. From the invitation right down to the color of the cake, their black and white theme portrayed a modern, yet elegant vibe. The ceremony and reception were both held at the Park Hyatt in downtown Chicago.
Lynne wanted rich reds for the personal flowers, so we paired velvet black beauty roses with black berries for the bridesmaids. She carried a classic round bouquet of roses.
The reception space carried out her crisp and clean palette of white with undertones of black. Wrought iron lanterns were used to cast a warm glow throughout the room. Tucked beneath the lanterns were groupings of hydrangea, scabiosa, ti leaves, kangaroo paw, and roses. Other guest tables were decorated with groupings of floating candles accented by similar flowers used beneath the wrought iron lantern. Serendipity Portraits did a beautiful job capturing the details.
I think what draws me to most wedding magazines are the photos, especially when they are printed in a storyboard fashion. That's what is so great about Wedding Essentials. Published quarterly out of Indiana, Wedding Essentials features weddings from a large footprint, reaching all the way into Chicago. Lucky for us, Noopur and Scott (one of our Indian Fusion weddings) were asked to tell their story along with beautiful photos from their special day. What's even better about this magazine is that you can view it all online for free!! Click on the photo below to read more about their experience leading up to their wedding and about their big day.
The greatest part about getting married in Chicago are the fabulous locations along the waterfront. One that I love in particular is the River East Arts Center. Selfishly, I love how you can rent out an art gallery and have the beautiful works on display for your guests to enjoy. The location on top of things is just perfect - right off the riverfront in Streeterville.
Ashley and Stephen celebrated their wedding day at River East on a beautiful December evening. We transformed the space by using modern table arrangements and colored uplighting. Below are the absolutely stunning photos taken by Dennis Lee Photography. Enjoy!
Congratulations, Ashley and Stephen!! We're so happy for you both.
I just love intimate weddings at Spiaggia. The location on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Oak St. can't be beat. The view of the magnificent mile and Lake Michigan is such a stunning backdrop for a ceremony! Plus, one of Spiaggia's famous chef's, Sarah Grueneberg, competing for the title of "Top Chef" is still in the running on the hit Bravo tv show. What more can you ask for in a reception location?
Our bride, Jenny wanted each of her attendants to carry their own unique bouquet in their own color palette. The outcome was just beautiful. Then she carried a colorful bouquet of all of the flowers carried by each of her attendants. Here are a few photos captured by the incredibly talented Steve Koo. Enjoy!!
I can't wait for the photos to be released from this wedding! I have a personal fondness for Napa Valley as I have always drawn inspiration from this romantic vineyard. Our bride, Noreen, came to us with some magazine photos that reminded me of such a place. Together, we found the perfect balance of floral to capture the essence of the northern coast. Here's a teaser, but stay tuned for more.
It was a beautiful summer day in August when Liz and Andrew tied the knot. The wedding took place at Madonna Della Strada Church and the party continued after at the stunning Chicago History Museum. Here are a few sneak peeks capatured by the talented Jennifer Driscoll. Click here to view the entire gallery.