I’ll never stop professing my love for Chicago weddings. And it’s all because of weddings like this on at Room 1520 by Samantha Simmons. They just seem to have this fabulous layer of chic added to everything single moment of the big day, and this one planned by Tiffany of Soiree Weddings & Events is no different. It’s elegant, filled with stunning florals from Exquisite Designs and packed with personal touches – and it’s all waiting for you right here.
From the Bride… Our story started five years ago, 2008, in Chicago when I met the person that I knew I would spend the rest of my life with. As native Chicagoans we enjoyed in many places around town, our favorite of which was sharing a Lou Malnati’s pizza. We dated for less than a year before Jeremy was offered a job in sunny Los Angeles. After I extended myself an invitation, we were on our way to our new life.
Fast forward four years to our engagement which was a complete surprise to me! Jeremy arranged my days off of work and whisked me off to a romantic weekend at the Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas. He planned a private dinner on the beach where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
For our wedding we considered many different locations, even our current home of Los Angeles but we soon realized that we could only get married in Chicago. Chicago is where we met, where our families still live and the city that will always be our home. When we started planning the wedding we planned our must have list; an intimate wedding, great music and an amazing dinner. I figured that it would be so easy to plan a wedding from Los Angeles, was I wrong. When a day of wedding appointments was all but ruined by flight cancellations and delays because of fog, we landed with enough time to make one appointment. Arriving at 7pm on Thanksgiving Eve, almost 5 hours late we were able to taste the most amazing food prepared by the team at Boutique Bites. We booked with them that night and luckily I was able to find equally awesome vendors and a wedding planner to help me design our wedding.
This all started with the venue, we knew that we wanted a space to make our own. When we visited Room 1520 I was able to see that the blank canvas and beautiful chandeliers would be the perfect location for our wedding, even though Jeremy couldn’t! I told him to trust me, that this place would be amazing! For the design I really wanted to do modern wedding with a very romantic feel. To do this I chose blush, black and gold as the wedding colors and incorporated a lot of mercury glass. One of the items that really made the space were the flowers which consisted of white hydrangeas, white roses and cafe au lait dahlias in mercury glass footed bowls. With the help of a great florist I was able to get the flowers that I envisioned without going over budget.
The most enjoyable part of wedding planning was to make our day as personal as possible and incorporate our bulldogs. To do that I spent countless hours melting wax to make soy scented candles for wedding favors and designing our wedding programs that included a picture of our two bulldogs, Capone and Bugsy. And one of the most meaningful projects was cutting yards of tulle to make dresses for my three nieces that were part of the wedding party as the two flower princesses and ring princess. My countless list of projects and planning an unforgettable honeymoon in South Africa were only made possible by my wonderful fiancé ordering many nights of takeout!
Photographer: Samantha Simmons | Cinematography: Leap Weddings | Wedding Planner: Soiree Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Exquisite Designs, Inc. | Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Boutique Bites | Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Johnson | Lighting: MDM Entertainment | Band: Emma Harrison | Suit: Rocky's Custom Clothes | Officiant: Rabbi Yoni | Transportation: Classic Wedding Car | Venue: Room 1520 | Wedding Venue: Room 1520 | Cake Topper: Lynn's Little Creations | Rentals: Tablescapes | Sash: Beau Bouquet | Sweets Table: Sweets Table Chicago