Kristy and Brandon were married in an intimate wedding ceremony with fifty of their closest friends and family surrounding them at the historic Biggs Mansion in Chicago …

Now the home of Il Mulino, the venue instantly appealed to them. Built in 1874, the mansion ~ with its fifteen-foot ceilings, marble fireplaces, gorgeous woodwork, crystal chandeliers and grand staircase ~ offered the perfect ambiance for Kristy & Brian’s beautiful day.

Kristi and Brandon’s wedding was sent to us by two of our fabulous LBB members, RedBliss Invitation Design and Birch Design Studio

Kristy and Brandon’s florals were chosen to compliment the architectural detail of the historic building, as well as evoke a romantic feeling. For her bouquet, Kristy knew she wanted a luscious, cascading bouquet of white phalaenopsis orchids. Brandon had a matching orchid as his boutonniere. As a focal piece for the ceremony, a simple, elegant fabric canopy was created to fit into a large bay window. The structure was detailed with a charming, vintage-inspired wire chandelier as well as floral and foliage accents. For both the ceremony and reception, varying sizes of low containers presented antique-tone florals, including champagne, ivory, pale pink, and lavender. This romantically muted floral palette beautifully juxtaposed with the mansion?s interior details. Floral arrangements were placed on the wood hutches, fireplace mantels, and ornate tables. Abundant candlelight throughout the venue was key to creating the soft, timeless ambiance Kristy and Brandon desired.

Rich mahogany opera chairs complimented the mansion’s detailed woodwork. Alternating antique china patterns and crystal glassware created perfect place settings atop a creamy taupe lamour table linen. This careful attention to detail created a table that looked as if it was pulled from the Bigg family’s original china cabinet. Custom paper goods, including invitations, menus, escort cards, as well as table numbers, were a central focus of Kristy’s vision and were inspired by the antique chandeliers of the Bigg mansion. Her color palette combined jet black, soft metallic silver, and silky white to develop an art deco-inspired motif. Everything was personalized for the guests ~ even the menus.

And the best thing we’ve seen in a long, long time …

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Kristy chose to serve her favorite cupcakes from Swirlz in Chicago. To tie this unique idea to her nostalgic decor, cupcakes were placed in individual vintage tea cups.

Did we just hear a long collective oooooooohhhhhhh?

Chandeliers and crystal and lovely lush roses ~ gorgeous! But cupcakes in antique teacups? Love.

You can see more of the beautiful photos from Kristy & Brandon’s wedding in their photo gallery {here}!

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Thank you SO much to Birch Design Studio and Christine at Red Bliss for sharing!

Wedding Credits:
Photographer~Cara Garbarino, Garbo Productions, Wedding Gown~Amsale, Event Planner~Birch Design Studio, Event Designer~Kehoe Designs, Invitations & Stationery~RedBliss, Cake~ Swirlz Cupcakes, Car Service~Classic Chassis, Location~Il Mulino, Chicago, Makeup~Wendy Kimmel, Hair~Ginger Damato

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