There’s just something about a traditional wedding, with the grand dress and the ballroom reception, that sends my heart all a flutter.  And this Chicago stunner by Artisan Events, Inc. is the kind of soiree that sends my heart racing AND leaves me completely speechless.  It’s true.  From the beautiful ceremony and reception locations to the fabulous florals and lighting by Kehoe Designs to those sweet as can be flower girls, these nuptials are as fairytale-esque as they come.  All planned to complete perfection by Bliss Weddings and Events, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars that we have an entire afternoon to bask in all of this gorgeous.  Join me in the gallery for all of the pretty!

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From the Bride… Because we did most of our planning from abroad, I relied heavily on my wedding planner Renny from Bliss Weddings and Events.  We made important decisions from the reception venue to the band to the photographer strictly from looking at their websites.  Our full trust was given to Renny and boy did she nail it.  We absolutely loved all of our vendors.

The style of our wedding was a romantic, grand, old elegance feel with a touch of our world travels.  I enjoy soft colors and romantic flowers like peonies, along with soft draping and uplighting to attain that elegant feel.  Cornflower blue with hints of soft pink coupled with shades of ivory and champagne was the color scheme.

Because we met and fell in love in Chicago, we both knew we wanted an urban wedding.  An outdoor element was also desired.  That proved to be difficult to find in such a large city.  Ultimately we decided to have our ceremony within Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square.  I was a bit apprehensive about this ceremony venue knowing it would draw large crowds and be very noisy.  It ended up being one of my favorite parts.  From the moment we saw pictures of the Chicago Cultural Center, we knew it would be our reception venue.  After waiting patiently, a weekend in June opened up!  It was the perfect location and fit my elegant wedding vision perfectly.  The Tiffany Dome, which is the largest in the world, really made an impression.

Kehoe Events couldn’t have applied my vision for our reception any better.  The Chicago Cultural Center dripped with romance.  Candles everywhere, mirrors on tables that made a beautiful reflection and an abundance of flowers that finished off the look.  It took my breath away.  The cake was not only beautiful but also tasty.  Our guests raved about the food from Blue Plate Catering.  Hors d’oeuvres were samples of some of our favorite foods from India, SE Asia and Argentina among others.  Indigo rocked having had our guests on the dance floor until the clock struck midnight.  Our photographer, Amanda Sudimack and company from Artisan Events and our videographer, I do Films were both a joy to work with and they captured all the special moments from our Big Day.

A very unique and touching moment was a tribute to my mother.  Wanting to get her a special gift as an outward sign of what she means to me, a song writer was hired to write an original song for my mom.  Jeff Meegan wrote the most amazing song for her and even performed it at our wedding.  My mom was speechless and there was hardly a dry eye in the room.

It was truly our dream wedding.

Wedding Photography: Amanda Sudimack of Artisan Events, Inc. / Wedding Planning: Renny Pedersen of Bliss Weddings and Events / Wedding Ceremony Location: Wrigley Square – Millenium Park / Wedding Reception Location: Chicago Cultural Center / Hair & Makeup: Beauty on Call / Wedding Cake: take the cake / Floral Design & Lighting: Kehoe Designs / Catering: Blue Plate / Band: Indigo / Videography: I Do Films / Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper

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