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A Sweet Love Affair at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Lisa & Jay

Lisa & Jay contacted us six months before their wedding. They had a very clear vision on what they wanted for their wedding and they really wanted a professional to help them make sure all of the details were covered on the day of the wedding. We were so excited to be a part of their special celebration.

It’s not often where we have a couple not want to see each other before they walk down the aisle, so Lisa & Jay’s “First Touch” was one of the sweetest moments we have seen in a long time. Jennifer Claire captured the moment so beautifully and it was exactly the moment that Lisa and Jay wanted before they finally saw each other during their ceremony. We love the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the aisle of the Rose Terrace is simply idyllic.

We loved that Lisa & Jay embraced pops of color in their celebration and unique details like Jay’s wooden bow tie and Lisa’s wooden earrings. They also hand engraved all of the wooden place cards at each table. We also loved that they, and their guests, were able to enjoy a perfect summer evening in multiple areas of the Chicago Botanic Garden. After the ceremony, we escorted guests to the English Walled Garden for cocktails and pass hors d’oeuvres such as the citrus glazed shrimp, avocado & cilantro crème on sweet potato chip and the seared scallop with truffled corn veloute in an Asian spoon.

Throughout my time with Lisa & Jay, I could tell that they were a relaxed couple that takes in the moment of each day. This was definitely the case during the group photos that occurred during the cocktail hour. They were overflowing with happiness – just look at their faces! Once we wrapped up photos, we then invited guests to McGinley Pavilion for the reception. Guests oohed and aahed over the centerpiece cakes and took their fill on the beautiful meal provided by the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Congratulations, Lisa & Jay! May you continue to have the sweetest moments throughout your marriage!

Cake & Centerpieces: Fabiana’s Bakery
Hair & Makeup: Pin Me Up Chicago
Floral: Lake Forest Flowers
Food & Beverage: Culinary Landscape
DJ: Nick from DJ Chicago
Officiant: Pastor Dave Johnson
Photographer: Jennifer Claire Photography
Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
Videographer: Chelsea Bliefernicht
Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

Chicago Botanic Garden, Mariana & Joey

Mariana and Joey’s wedding weekend began after their rehearsal with a lovely Rehearsal Dinner at Skokie Country Club and then they continued the celebration with a Welcome Party at Trifecta Grill.

The morning of the wedding B. Beautiful Chicago and Kristin Ruengpinyophun made sure the ladies’ makeup and hair were picture perfect. Steven from Steven Rosenberg Photography and Will and Vadim from Imagination Designers were there to capture all the getting ready fun and special moments throughout the day. Joey and his groomsmen headed over to the Chicago Botanic Garden for some photos and then Mariana and her bridesmaids headed that way as well. Once Mariana and Joey’s first look was complete it was time for group photos.

After photos were finished it was time for the Wedding Party to head to Glencoe Union Church (which you might recognize this church from the movie Sixteen Candles). After a wonderful ceremony performed by Reverend David Wood it was time to make Mariana’s childhood dream complete as we headed back to the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden for their reception.

Nicole from Fleur Couture added beautiful touches to the English Walled Garden. As guests entered the garden she hung mossy M and J Letters that were accented with fresh blooms on the garden gate doors. The large beautiful tree by the little pond was adorned with garden style arrangements in mason jars hung from navy ribbon and lanterns. The place card table had two large billowy garden style arrangements on both ends composed of hydrangea, garden roses, stock, dahlias, babies breath, curly willow and other seasonal florals in shades of ivory, blush, butter & apricot in ivory iron garden urns. The escort cards were placed atop green moss filled beveled mirrored boxes and mixed in between the boxes were votive candles and large open blooms. Guests enjoyed Crab Cakes, Goat Cheese Croquettes, Pork Tenderloin, Ratatouille Bruschetta and Roasted Scallops.

As guests entered McGinely Pavilion for the reception they took in all the beauty that surrounded them. There were tables with tall clear glass curvy vases topped with airy arrangements of ivory hydrangea, butter, yellow and ivory roses, peach and blush hypericum berries, deep blue delphinium, blush spray roses, blush dahlias, apricot stock, ivory Hawaiian orchids, ivory wax flower queen annes lace, seeded eucalyptus, trailing jasmine with votive candles hanging from curly willow branches. Other tables had low mercury glass footed vases filled with a cascading mix of similar floral in the taller arrangements including some curly willow touches.

Dan from The Indigo Band announced in our newlyweds and they cut their gorgeous cake from Three Tarts Bakery. After the cake cutting Mariana’s parents welcomed their guests and Reverend David Wood blessed the meal. The Best Man and Maid of Honor toasted the happy couple while guests enjoyed their Romaine, Radicchio and Watercress Salad. Guests dined on Filet Mignons, Roasted Salmon or Wild Mushroom Ravioli all cooked to perfection by the team from Culinary Landscape. Mariana’s Father took another moment to speak about his daughter and his new son-in-law. And then it was Mariana and Joey’s turn to honor their families and friends.

After their thank you speech Mariana and Joey had their first dance followed by the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances. And now it was time for The Indigo Band to let loose and get this group on the dance floor and my goodness they kept them on the dance floor all night to the point that I wasn’t sure we were ever going to get them off of it. After the band played their final song was when some of the remaining guests broke into a capella singing and if memory serves me correctly Mariana had a part in this as well. It was such a fun night for everyone!

I was very honored to help Mariana and Joey with their wedding planning process. Throughout their wedding day I was able to see so many loving looks, genuine smiles, laughter and pure happiness. I love catching up with them and always look forward to the next time I see them.

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Band: Indigo with Arlen Music Productions
Brunch: Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
Cake: Three Tarts Bakery
Caterer: Culinary Landscape
Church: Glencoe Union Church
Floral: Fleur Couture
Hair: Kristin Ruengpinyophun
Makeup: B. Beautiful Chicago
Officiant: Reverend David Wood
Paper Items: Yellow Bird
Photographer: Steven Rosenberg Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Skokie Country Club
Room Block: Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker and VIP Valet
Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
Videographer: Imagination Designers
Welcome Party: Trifecta Grill

Laurin & Andy, Chicago Botanic Garden

Laurin and Andy met at a Cubs Game on the Fourth of July in Chicago and were engaged five years later in England, where Andy is from.  A few weeks later, they chose the Botanic Gardens for their ceremony and reception. Since Andy’s family was traveling from Great Britain, they knew they wanted a special place for the guests to enjoy this celebration.  Laurin and Andy also wanted to showcase the wonderful city they live in, so after the rehearsal took place at the Gardens, guests enjoyed a classic steak dinner at Gibson’s in Chicago.

The morning of the wedding, Laurin and her bridesmaids got their hair and make up done at Salon Buzz. After getting ready, Laurin headed up to the Botanic Gardens for the first look with Andy. Photos around the Gardens with their bridal party followed.

Laurin carried a romantic teardrop bouquet of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, freesia and eucalyptus. This fresh garden bouquet looked beautiful with her Vera Wang gown. Andy and his father had traveled to Scotland to select the pattern for his custom kilt.

The bride, a designer, created all of her paper items and even customized signage that we placed around the Gardens.  Every element of her designs was carried through the reception and we completed this look with her floral.  Each of the long rectangle tables showcased a pair of tall summery fresh floral arrangements in shades of blush with textural accents and trailing greenery.  Surrounding the tall pieces was a collection of silver lanterns, silver compotes filled with coordinating floral and greenery and an abundance of candles.  The round tables were adorned with antique silver compotes filled with an array of soft floral and greenery for a fresh picked garden look.  Nicole at Fleur Couture added a lush garland with mixed foliage and a mixture of candles for the head table.  She also added silver lanterns around the lounge areas outside where guests could sit and relax while taking a break from dancing.  Style Matters kept the dance floor packed all night long.  Congrats to Laurin and Andy!!

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Ceremony and Reception: The Chicago Botanic Garden
Catering: Culinary Landscape
Photography: Avery House
Ceremony Music: Artistrings
Wedding Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
DJ: Style Matters
Floral and Décor: Fleur Couture
Hair and Make Up: Salon Buzz
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: J Crew
Andy’s Kilt: Vintage family tartan of the Ewing Family
Invitation Suite: Designed by the bride, Laurin Ewing
Getting Ready Location: The Godfrey Hotel
Officiant: Tom Maluga
Transportation: VIP Valet Services

Sara & David, Chicago Botanic Garden

As we dig ourselves out of Winter Storm Linus, we are reminded of a stormy Saturday this past summer and Sara & David’s beautiful wedding at the Chicago Botanic Garden. As our team arrived at Renaissance Chicago North Shore, we were actively reviewing the weather reports to predict how the evening would play out. We had to make the call at 2pm on whether or not the Ceremony would be held outdoors and at that time we had too great a risk of thunderstorms, so we had the staff at Chicago Botanic Garden set up their indoor ceremony space.

This decision did not stop the smiles we saw while both Sara and David were getting ready. Cristina G Photography captured all of the details and special moments of their preparation. We then loaded David and his groomsmen onto the shuttle to Chicago Botanic Garden. Once they arrived, the shuttle came back for Sara and her bridesmaids. Cristina decided the English Walled Garden (the original ceremony location) would be the perfect location for Sara and David to have their First Look. How stunning and in love is this couple?!?

Thankfully the weather cooperated with us and Sara, David and their wedding party were able to walk around the gardens and capture some amazing moments. All too soon, guests began arriving and we were ready for Sara & David to walk down the aisle. They had a family friend officiate the ceremony and I loved that their readings were an excerpt from Anna Karenina and i carry your heart with me – beautiful reflections!! After recessing out to “Autumn from Four Seasons”, the guests remained in Krehbiel Gallery and were greeted with passed wine and Grape Lollipops, Chipotle Chicken and Citrus Glazed Shrimp.

Guests then made their way through the Gallery to McGinley Pavilion for the reception. With such a stunning view, guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of toasts and a dinner of Chicken Breast infused with Summer Truffle. The rain held off until dancing and between the beats from Leslie at Toast & Jam and rolls of thunder, the guests celebrated the happy couple. Congratulations, Sara & David!

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Beauty: Enrique Enriquez
Bakery: Gerhard’s
Florist: Lake Forest Flowers
Food & Beverage: Culinary Landscape
Rehearsal Dinner: Lovell’s of Lake Forest
Hotel Room Block: Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, Courtyard Chicago Highland Park/Northbrook
Musicians (Ceremony & Cocktail Hour): Quartet Parapluie
Musicians (Reception): Leslie at Toast & Jam
Officiant: Honorable Frank Bailey
Photographer: Cristina G Photography
Stationery: how impressive!
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Christine
Transportation: Odyssey Transportation
Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
Wedding Coordinator: LK Events

Lindsay & Chaz, Chicago Botanic Garden

I had so much fun planning Lindsay and Chaz’s wedding. Lindsay and Chaz knew they wanted to get married at the Chicago Botanic Garden since Lindsay grew up close by and spent much of her childhood there. It was the perfect setting for a fall wedding. Three Branches Floral Design designed the floral and we had so much fun putting all the final details together. Lindsay carried a lush bouquet of deep burgundy callas and orchids and looked magnificent in her Monique gown.

We adorned the tables with vintage hydrangea and eggplant tea leaves in silver candelabras, submerged orchid blossoms and an abundance of candle light. The tent was so intimate and warm on this chilly fall day. The weather didn’t hold us back from having the perfect ceremony in the Rose Terrace with cocktails outside in the English Walled Garden. Guests enjoyed the Gentleman Of Leisure’s string quartet for the ceremony and cocktail hour and the dance floor in McGinley was packed all night. It was an incredible evening for two lovely people and we had the Angel Eyes Photography capturing it all.

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Ceremony: Rose Terrace, Chicago Botanic Garden
Cocktail Hour: English Walled Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden
Reception: McGinley Tent, Chicago Botanic Garden
Catering: Culinary Landscape
Dress: Monique Lhullier, Style Amaranth
Bridesmaid Dresses: Two Birds
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Grooms Tux: Ralph Lauren
Groomsmen Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Floral and Décor: Three Branches Floral Design
Lighting: Frost
Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment: Gentleman Of Leisure
Invitations: Yellowbird
Day of Items: Bride Designed
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Transportation: VIP Valet
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Make Up: Dorie Mae
Hair: Lauren Logan
Rehearsal Dinner: Francesca’s

Laura & Greg, Chicago Botanic Garden

I absolutely adored Laura and Greg and I knew when we first met, the year was going to be filled with lots of fun and laughter. Greg and Laura are such a sweet and genuine couple and we became fast friends during the planning process.

Greg and Laura met while attending law school in Chicago. Laura is originally from Nebraska and Greg is from Atlanta. Greg proposed on the coast of Georgia and they decided to have a Chicago wedding. With family and friends coming from all over the country, they knew they wanted a beautiful outdoor setting. They chose the Chicago Botanic Garden for their wedding reception and we found a beautiful church near downtown Evanston for their intimate ceremony.

Fleur Couture designed the stunning ceremony and reception floral. We tossed hundreds of rose petals as Laura and Greg exited the church into a vintage car after their ceremony. We hung custom moss monogram letters in the English Walled Garden for cocktail hour. Guests signed Chicago vintage post cards for a unique “guest gook” and Laura designed sweet thank you notes to each of her guests on the back of her menu card. The tables were adorned with hydrangea and babies breath filled mason jars and an abundance of candles that softened the reception tent. Frost Chicago hung café lights across the dance floor and we brought in lounge vignettes for guests to sit and mingle on during the evening. Laura was exquisite in her Monique Lhuillier gown and I don’t think there was a moment when she and Greg weren’t smiling and laughing. It was an incredible evening filled with family, friends, love and laughter.

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Vendors:

Wedding Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Getting Ready Hotel: Hotel Orrington
Ceremony Venue: St. Athanasius
Reception Venue + Catering: Chicago Botanic Garden
Wedding Coordination: Lauren Kneupfer from LK Events
Wedding Cinematography: I Do Films
Floral Design: Fleur Couture
Band: Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Honeymoon Suite: The Westin
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Transportation: V.I.P. Valet Services
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Jewelry: Family Heirlooms
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Jenny Yoo
Hair + Makeup: Beauty On Call