The University Club of Chicago, Allison & Matt
Allison and her bridesmaids got ready in the Presidential Suite at the Blackstone Hotel. After hair and make up completed, Allison put on her Vera Wang gown and saw her father for the first time. It was such a beautiful moment and we love when our couples get to spend special moments with their parents before heading out for photos. Allison and her bridesmaids met the groomsmen and Matt for the couple’s first look and additional bridal party photos around the city before the ceremony took place at Old St. Pat’s.
Allison carried a stunning organic hand tied bouquet of garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and vibernum. Her bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet with accents of pale and deep green. Guests were greeted by a stunning escort card display of dramatic bells of Ireland and blooming bridal veil in a footed urn. We covered the table with moss and duvalia ferns and placed the escort cards in antique silver trays, provided by the bride’s parents.
The guest tables were decorated with three different designs in a lush variety of height and texture. Stems used lush boxwood, camellia, ferns and hanging amaranthus to complete this garden inspired summer wedding. Allison and Matt sat at a gorgeous sweetheart table that was adorned with a laurel and bay leaf wreath, organic boxwood and an abundance of pillar candles.
Allison and Matt surprised their parents with a personalized note that was at their place settings when their parents sat down for dinner. It was such a special moment watching both parents read these notes from their children before dinner was to start. We love touches like this one!
Larry King kept the dance floor packed all night long and Gerber and Scarpelli and Wedding Masterpiece were there to capture it all! As they celebrate their first anniversary next week, we are thinking of you both and wishing you nothing but love, laughter and happily ever after! Congrats Allison and Matt!
Getting Ready Location: The Blackstone Hotel
Wedding Planner: LK Events
Photography: Gerber and Scarpelli
Videography: Wedding Masterpiece
Ceremony: Old St. Pat’s
Reception: The University Club
Entertainment: The Larry King Orchestra
Wedding Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Shoe Designer: Charlotte Olympia
Tux Designer: Martin Greenfield
Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale
Hair: Dana Sokolewicz
Make Up: Carissa Bruce
Invitations and Day of Paper: Clementine Inc.
Linens: BBJ Linens
Chairs: Halls Rental
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Rehearsal Dinner: The Chicago Yacht Club