Whoever said the devil is in the details must have planned a wedding. There are so many moving parts in planning for “the biggest day of your life”. Fortunately for me - I had my mom to help make sure I crossed all of my T’s and dotted my I’s along the way. (Actually she still does all my “proofing” for me and I can count on an email or text for every blog typo made - she’s the best ;)
Anyway…I wanted to share a few of my favorite details from the wedding. Let’s begin with the paper products. Since the wedding was held in Chicago, I used the city as my “theme.” Gourmet Invitations did a fabulous job of capturing the town in all of the beautifully designed pieces. We chose shimmery muted metallic tones and classic fonts with photos of the Chicago Skyline, Water Tower, Chicago River and Bridges in the background of each piece.
In addition to the invitations, we had dinner and dessert menus at each place setting. We used a similar design for the place cards. Both pieces had a printed “CJ” letter logo, intertwined in the spirit of our union.
As I mentioned, one of the stars of the wedding was the city of Chicago. It is the city where Jay and I met and fell in love. It made sense to tie the knot where it all began.
We chose the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower as our reception venue.
The hotel is situated in the heart of the Gold Coast, a charming neighborhood within steps of the Magnificent Mile.
I’ve always loved the Sofitel hotels. The architecture, the service, the food, the fresh flowers! With its glamorous french flare, I knew quickly it was the perfect spot for the reception.
Brides prioritize certain elements of the wedding. For me, attire was not at the very top of the list. It was important to me to feel beautiful but I didn’t think that I needed to spend a fortune on the dress of my dreams. I found a Mikaella dress at a wedding boutique in Skokie, IL that I still love and am glad I didn’t have to break the bank to have. It’s a simple design with a sweetheart neckline and ruches that sweep across the dress. Hopefully, it will stand the test of time.
For the men I chose a very traditional suit. All the groomsmen wore silver vests with silver ties. Jay and my Dad wore solid black ties and black vests.
I chose to spend a chunk of the budget on rings and flowers.
Natalie and Dan from Zuzu’s Petals took my breath away with their beautiful bouquet and table designs. Not to mention they are awesome to work with!
My bouquet was comprised of white mini callas, garden roses, hydrangea, and white lisianthus collared with white ostrich feathers to match the small detail on my dress.
The bridesmaids bouquets were comprised of lisianthus, Vendela roses, white hydrangea and Picasso mini callas in eggplant and white.
The tall table arrangements were placed in trumpet vases topped with hybrid delphinium, reflexed Anastasia roses, jumbo white hydrangeas and white dendrobium orchids. For a touch of green variegated pittosporum was added to the top and dendrobium orchids were submerged in the water. Clear crystals were draped from the designs and the whole centerpiece was highlighted by the pin-spot lighting above and the purple up-lights around the room.
Zuzu’s also topped the cake with stunning reflexed roses.
I chose Hazelnut and White Buttermilk Cake with Caramel Cream Filling and Raspberry. It was to die for. I would do anything for more!
Instead of a guest book, I had guests sign a black and white print of the city that I now have framed and hanging in our house.
We also had a candy table decked out with purple, gold and white sweets. I still laugh when I think about Mom, Dad and me running from candy store to candy store tying to buy up all the purple candy. It’s harder than you would think!
We also had mini cheeseburgers and mini milkshakes passed around the dance floor to keep everyone energized!
In the end, everything came together perfectly. More perfect than I could have ever imagined. The event coordinator at the hotel took me into the ballroom before all of the guests went in to show me how everything came together. It made me cry.
The setting was overwhelmingly beautiful. I felt (and still do) so lucky to have so many people there to enjoy it with me. All the hard work was worth it and I am thankful to everyone who brought my vision to life!
Tomorrow = Getting Ready/Ceremony