Give me a rich color palette, a killer dress, a candlelit reception plus the cutest crew of littles you ever did see, and officially won my wedding loving heart. Add in the planning talents of Bliss Wedding & Events, and Tec Petaja behind the camera and it’s officially next level. Join me in The Vault to see a city celebration done so very right.


From Tec Petaja… Claire and Peter knew from the start they wanted their wedding to be an intimate affair. Their goal was to have everyone feeling like dinner guests in their home, in the heart of downtown Chicago. They chose the Harris Rooftop Terrace in Millennium Park for its location but wanted the vast space to become warm and cozy.

To do this, they hired Renny Pedersen of Bliss Weddings & Events to transform the space to achieve their dinner party vibe. Renny partnered with Jesse Deckard, design chief at Bliss, to drop the 30 foot ceiling down to 15 feet to create a soft, warm tented effect.

Candles, seasonal floral in deep jewel tones, herbs in terracotta pots, topiaries, succulents, and grasses covered the mirror-top tables creating a glamourous yet comfortable feel. Natural linens and hundreds of other textures were used throughout the design and the garden-meets-city vibe. It was a chilly Chicago evening, but walking into the reception guests would never know it thanks to the ambiance (and space heaters!)

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Photography: Tec Petaja | Wedding Planning + Design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Kehoe Designs | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Food For Thought | Lighting: Frost Chicago | Band: The Party Faithful | Transportation: VIP Valet | Venue: Harris Rooftop Terrace In Millennium Park | Linen Rentals: BBJ