One of the hardest parts of planning my own wedding was deciding on a color palette. I’m a total color lover through and through. So why I didn’t think of blanketing my wedding with the whole color spectrum; I don’t know. It seems like a complete no brainer and one that this wedding executed impeccably. With florals and decor by Botanicals, Inc along with planning by Designer Event Chicago, the River East Art Center turned into a color savvy party complete with cutest (and I’m sure scrumptious) mini hotdog treats. It doesn’t get much more Chicago than that! See all the festivities captured by Artisan Events in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… I have a hard time articulating how August 27, 2011 went — most adjectives just don’t suffice. My husband Adam and I just refer to it as the “Best Day Ever. ” That seems like the closest description, although it still falls miles short. We wanted the day to be fun, social and jovial — like a rooftop get-together or block party (but in heels) with a nod to our favorite city and hometown, Chicago. 

Our fabulous wedding planner, Katie Goggin from Designer Event Chicago, understood our vision and quickly recruited the ultimate team of vendors, as well as the stunning River East Art Center. The Entertaining Company whipped up Chicago-style party appetizers with an upscale twist, followed by a delicious meal. Roeser’s Bakery customized cupcakes and topped our cupcake tower with the Chicago landscape from our invitations.  Botanicals gathered bright flowers and fruits for that “just picked from a farmers market” vibe, and Gold Coast All Stars packed the dance floor every second of the evening covering everything from Motown to Kanye. We chose Artesian Events for our photography because we were looking for an editorial feel to our photos — one that perfectly captured the energy and love in the room. Tina did an incredible job grabbing fabulous moments throughout the night, keeping our wedding party focused and snapping those small, yet incredibly important, details.

I know Adam and I will have lots of fabulous days.  However, this one, I feel, will always remain the best day ever, and it’s because of the irreplaceable team that helped bring it together.

Wedding Photography: Artisan Events / Wedding Venue: River East Art Center in Chicago, Illinois / Wedding Planning: Katie Goggin of Designer Event Chicago / Floral Design + Decor: Botanicals, Inc. / Catering: Entertaining Company / Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Roeser’s Bakery / Band: Gold Coast All Stars

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