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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

Carolyn & Eddie, Adler Planetarium

Carolyn and Eddie were such a joy to work with. I will never forget the summer day I met Carolyn and her Mom at one of my favorite cafés in Lincoln Park, Floriole Café and Bakery. We hit it off immediately; they were so much fun to talk to and just excited to get the wedding plans started. And that we did!

Carolyn and Eddie knew they wanted a Chicago wedding. They chose the Adler Planetarium after visiting a few venues and fell in love with the gorgeous skyline view. We decided to have their ceremony in Lincoln Park, in order to give their guests a full “Chicago” experience.

Amanda Hein and White Wedding Cinema captured every moment of the wedding day. We started with hair and make up at the Radisson Blu Hotel where the girls and guys finished getting ready. We transported all of the wedding guests by bus to the Foreman Pavilion at the Lincoln Park Zoo where the ceremony was held. Carolyn and Eddie were married under a gorgeous chuppah designed by Kloeckner and the Meetinghouse Company. After Carolyn and Eddie were pronounced husband and wife, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre by Tigerlily on the south end of the Pavilion before heading over to the Adler for yet another cocktail hour, overlooking Lake Michigan. Food For Thought served the bride and groom’s favorite cocktails, Cava Sangria and Watermelon Ginger Aqua Frescas. We had a Martini Bar offering Lemon Drops, French and Pineapple Infused martinis and guests enjoyed more hors d’oeuvre while listening to one of Sarlas’ acoustic guitar players. Kloeckner designed each table with Carolyn’s favorite flowers – a collection of hot pink roses, hydrangea, orchids and roses. Once guests were invited inside Galileo’s, we introduced the bridal party and went straight into dancing. Carolyn and her Dad surprised the guests (and Eddie!) with a choreographed dance to “The Way You Look Tonight.” It was such a special moment as was the rest of the evening. The room was filled with love, laugher, friends and family and endless dancing thanks to Sarlas Orchestra! Congratulations to Carolyn and Eddie!

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Getting Ready Location: Radisson Blu Hotel
Rehearsal Dinner: The Chicago Yacht Club
Ceremony: Foreman Pavilion at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Reception: Adler Planetarium
Dress: Vera Wang
Floral and Décor: Kloeckner
Floral and Décor for Ceremony: The Meetinghouse Company
Lighting: Spin Productions
Catering: Food For Thought
Ceremony Catering: Tigerlily
Transportation: Odyssey
Hair and Make Up: Bride’s Stylist and Artist
Photography: Amanda Hein Photography
Videography: White Wedding Cinema
Valet: Sam’s Valet
Ceremony, Cocktails and Reception Entertainment: Sarlas’ Orchestra
Cake: Orland Bakery (Orland Park)
Dessert Station: Kirstin’s Bakery (Burr Ridge)
Invitations/Day of Items: Greenstar Paperie
Day of Items: Design Studio Creations