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The Art Institute of Chicago, Erin & Joey

Erin and Joey’s story began while they were both attending the University of Illinois. After college they moved to Chicago and a few years later Joey proposed on their rooftop followed by a romantic dinner out. They celebrated with friends the next day and then the wedding planning began.

They kicked off their wedding weekend with their Rehearsal on the Grand Staircase at the Art Institute followed by their Rehearsal Dinner at III Forks.

Their wedding day started with some pampering for the ladies from the amazing makeup artists and stylists from BrideEyes, Makeup by Beth, and the Charles Ifergan Salon while the guys had a relaxing morning at Erin and Joey’s condo. Amanda Hein Photography was onsite to capture all the special moments of their day.

Erin and Joey had their first look in the beautiful gardens of the Art Institute and then joined their families for photos. Then it was time for these two to get married. While the string quartet played Halo by Beyonce all eyes were on Erin as she walked up the Grand Staircase in a stunning Lela Rose gown with both of her parents. She carried a beautiful bouquet that was a mix of ivory polo roses, white majolica spray roses and white Eskimo roses with delicate white ranunculus blooms tucked throughout.

Hello Darling dressed the dining tables in a mix of ivory shantung, harvest shantung and ivory contessa linens. Some of the tables were decorated with a pair of vintage medium cut glass vases of varying sizes & silhouettes with textural round bouquets of white hydrangea, white stock, white lisianthus, ivory polo roses, champagne sahara roses and ivory majolica spray roses with accents of pale green seeded eucalyptus. Tucked around the blooms were two silver mercury glass candlesticks topped by optic glass hurricanes and a collection of gold and sliver mercury glass votives and globes. The other tables had a pair of silver mercury stemmed glass candlesticks tucked next to a trio of three petite vintage cut glass vases filled with textural round bouquets of white hydrangea, white stock, white lisianthus, ivory polo roses, champagne sahara roses and ivory majolica spray roses with an accent of pale green seeded eucalyptus. Silver and gold mercury glass votives and globes were placed around the candlesticks.

Toast & Jam started the reception with the Wedding Party introductions and then introduced our newlyweds. After the introductions Erin and Joey gave their thank you toast followed by Reverend Jennifer Burns Lewis giving the blessing. The guests were served a lovely duo of a Peeky Toe Crab Salad and a Cheddar Heirloom Tomato Soup. Once the guests were served then Erin’s Maid of Honor & Joey’s Best Man gave their toasts. After the toasts guests dined on Grilled Hanger Steak and Housemade Gnocchi with Heirloom Tomatoes. While guests were dining on their entrees Erin’s Father gave his toast and then danced with his daughter. Then it was Joey’s Fathers turn to give his toast and then Joey danced with his Mother.

We started the party with Erin & Joey’s first dance. After dancing for a bit they cooled themselves off with some yummy gelato from gelato cart provided by Black Dog Gelato Company. Everyone danced the night away until the last song that was played which was Mirrors by JT.

It was an honor being a part of Erin and Joey’s Wedding Day! We wish them all the best, congrats you two!

Caterer: Bon Appetit
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Artistrings
Ceremony Venue: Woman’s Board Grand Staircase at the Art Institute
Décor: Hello Darling
DJ: Toast & Jam
Gelato: Black Dog Gelato Company
Gentlemen’s Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Hair: Charles Ifergan Salon
Hotel: Waldorf Astoria
Makeup: BrideEyes & Makeup by Beth
Officiant: Reverend Jennifer Burns Lewis
Photographer: Amanda Hein Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: III Forks
Reception Venue: Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room Art Institute
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones
Transportation: Odyssey
Valet: 5 Star Valet
Wedding Dress: Lela Rose

Perrin & Rick, Murphy Auditorium

I find so much joy in helping couples celebrate their love, especially when those couples are so much in love. From the moment I met Perrin and Rick, they exuded romanticism and I knew that their wedding would be the most romantic event.

Perrin and Rick were planning an intimate wedding surrounding themselves with their closest family and friends, which included Rick’s two daughters. They were so darling at the wedding and truly happy for their dad! Perrin loved including them in the day and they all had a great time getting their hair done at Charles Ifergan Salon early in the afternoon.  Perrin then had some time alone to get into her stunning dress, all while Rick spent time with his buddies and daughters.

We had to coordinate the arrival times of both Perrin and Rick, as they chose not to see each other prior to the ceremony. They were both so excited for the day and could not wait to walk down the aisle! From the Processional to the First Dance, Justin from Studio Verite Photography captured all of the details and romantic moments of the day. I love how the streets of Chicago were captured in these photos of Perrin and Rick!

After the heartfelt ceremony at The Murphy Auditorium, everyone made their way to the foyer for the cocktail hour.  The room was flipped and Hall’s brought in all of the custom tables and chairs, while Frost provided more lighting to set the tone of the reception. Botanicals were outstanding in capturing Perrin and Rick’s vision and each centerpiece was a beautiful arrangement. Guests were treated to the culinary delights from Limelight Catering, such as Charred Corn & Shrimp Ceviche and Truffled Mac and Cheese, as well as dinner entrees of Beef Filet and Roasted Alaskan Halibut. After dinner, Perrin, Rick, and all of their guests hit the dance floor with The Nick Kitsos Band. No one wanted the night to end! Congratulations again to Perrin & Rick!

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Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Murphy Auditorium
Caterer: Limelight Catering
Photographer: Studio Verite Photography
Florist: Botanicals
Rentals: Hall’s
Lighting: Frost
Ceremony Musicians: The Innocenti Strings
Reception Musicians: The Nick Kitsos Band
Getting Ready Hotel: The Peninsula
Hair and Make-up Stylists: Charles Ifergan Salon