This Chicago wedding by Bliss Weddings & Events is the perfect pairing of preppy meets elegant. All the little details that were included into the day, the moss initals, fun chalkboard signs and adorable drink stirrers, make this classic celebration feel intimate, personal and oh-so pretty. Dennis Lee Photography captured the sweetest moments and loveliest details. See them all in the full gallery!
From Katie Kozlowski of Bliss Weddings & Events… Whitney and Rob are fun, friendly, family-oriented and have impeccable taste. They wanted to bring special touches of their personality to their inspired Chicago wedding at St. James and the Ivy Room, all while keeping the wedding comfortable, elegant and special. We wanted it to feel as though Whitney and Rob had invited all of their closest family and friends to their home away from home for a special celebration. Using the preppy palette of navy, ivory, pink and natural greens, we complemented the dreamy Ivy Room courtyard with moss-letters in their initials, delicate blooms and cutie details, like stir sticks for the bars with the couples’ monogram and a hand-written dinner menu on a chalkboard (Whitney’s a teacher!). Once guests got inside for dinner, polished tables with mismatched china, tiny lapel wax blooms on each plate, and different centerpieces on each table set the stage. We used a variety of candlesticks, vases and blooms, as well as soft pin-spotting, up-lighting and drapes to welcome guests to dinner. No detail was overlooked, with a candy bar to pay homage to the bride’s love of sweets, and a surprise video-speech from the groom’s brother stationed in Afghanistan. And of course, there was the fun: A Polaroid camera and scrapbook provided guests with a chance to leave their personal message, The Larry King Orchestra kept guests on the dance floor all night, and Chicago-themed late night snacks recharged the dancers.
Wedding Photography: Dennis Lee Photography / Ceremony: St. James Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois / Reception: The Ivy Room at Tree Studios in Chicago, Illinois / Wedding Planning: Katie Kozlowski of Bliss Weddings & Events / Decor: Kehoe Designs / Catering: Calihan Catering / Wedding Invitations + Programs: Magnificent Milestones / Day-Of Paper Goods: Courtney Callahan Paper / Wedding Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Hair + Makeup: Sonia Roselli