Classic and Chicago weddings just go hand in hand. That city just knows how to host a timeless fête. Case and point? This beauty of a wedding captured by Jeffrey And Julia Woods at the Chicago Cultural Center. Complete with florals from Heffernan Morgan Designs and a reception that will make you swoon, this gallery will have you thanking your lucky stars that Chicago weddings are so chic.
From The Bride…When people say it is the best day of your life, they are not exaggerating. Tim and I could not believe what a whirlwind of fun, family and friends our wedding weekend was. Having so many important people in our lives in one space together meant everything to us.
Tim and I met in college over the summer when we were both counselors at a camp in northern Michigan. It was a classic case of summer lovin’ that never ended. We both ended up moving to Chicago within a year of each other and dated ever since. Our friends would describe us as fun-loving and laid-back, and we wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities.
Our first plan was to have everyone celebrate at the camp where we met, but the property is not set-up for weddings. On to Plan B; Chicago!, which in the end was actually Plan A and a lot easier for all our guests. We love our city and wanted to share the best of the best with our guests. I’m an event planner professionally, so I am constantly challenged to create unforgettable experiences and knew this was a big one for me. There was really only one venue that we considered – the Chicago Cultural Center (formerly the public library). A destination in itself for tourists, we knew this was a knock-your-socks-off reception setting for our visiting guests.
I’d always pictured a beautiful outdoor ceremony surrounded by greenery – hard to come by in downtown Chicago. We got creative and decided on the Tiffany Garden in Grant Park. The grand Buckingham Fountain and the Chicago skyline was our backdrop and having the ceremony “in the round” created an intimate environment and prevented us from being a spectacle on a busy day in the park. French country chairs and a wrought iron chuppah with intertwined vines and white flowers looked at home in the garden space.
The bridesmaids wore shades of blush and were contrasted by groomsmen in black tuxedos and black Nikes – the groom’s shoe of choice. The floral incorporated trailing greenery, blush peonies and black and white anemones.
The party made its way over to the Cultural Center and we felt like we were in a different time entering the main hall. The room carries a lot of weight on its own, so we simply wanted to accent it. Sound Investment lighting designers brought in amber uplights, which set off the blue Tiffany dome, and organic leafy light patterns that enhanced the dance floor. Tables were set with gold lamour linen, vintage silverware, crystal etched glasses and other delicate curios. Eucalyptus garland runners intermixed with vintage silver candelabras and ornate pewter bowls overflowing with romantic tangled flowers and fruit.
With just 2 hours to turn the room from a public concert (that ended at 5pm), our vendors kicked a** and transformed the space beautifully. Everyone knocked it out of the park, Botanicals nailed the tablescape and Entertaining Company stole the show with an unbelievable menu. Amazing friends of mine, who are designers, helped create super custom invitations and paper suite, which added to the fun. In the end, I wouldn’t have changed a thing!
Photography: Jeffrey And Julia Woods | Photography: George Burns | Videography: Rusty Dog Films | Floral Design: Heffernan Morgan Designs | Wedding Dress: Ultimate Bride - Romona Keveza | Ceremony Venue: Tiffany & Co Celebration Garden | Reception Venue: Chicago Cultural Center | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Entertaining Company | Hair: Sara Allott | Lighting: Sound Investments | DJ: Fig Media | Band: Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band | Linen: BBJ Linen | Makeup: Jen Brown | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Wildfire | Rentals: Halls Rental