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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

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