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Chic Chicago Wedding at The Rookery

Chicago has chic weddings down to a science, and this stunning soiree at the The Rookery planned to perfection by Sweet Chic Events with gorgeous lighting and draping by Art Of Imagination is no different. Studio Starling was behind the lens to make sure we didn’t miss a single gorgeous detail, and they are all waiting for you right here.

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Summer
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From the Bride…Since many of our guests were from out of town we wanted the wedding to be a reflection of Chicago with the venue to reflect as much as all of our embellishments. The venue is housed in the first skyscraper in the city of Chicago. We tried to incorporate the city into as much as we could, each table marker was a neighborhood we had a connection to, place cards showed the city skyline, the beers we served were all from Chicago breweries, we collected milk glass for all the centerpieces, and hobnail votives that matched the cake, and the giveaway was Garretts Popcorn. My mother the day before the wedding even gave me a bracelet to wear on my wedding day that matched the iron motif of the building. We had great vendors that were easy to work with. Our photographers and florist understood us from the start and were able to see our vision through. The best part was to see how much fun our guests had, and them dancing away to our awesome band.

From Studio StarlingTheir event and ceremony were held at the stunning Rookery. With this architectural icon as their starting point, the couple used the theme of Chicago architecture throughout their wedding plans. We made photographs on LaSalle street, near the Calder and also traveled to Olive Park for a skyline view. Inside the venue Sweet Chic Events pulled the event together with flowers by Scarlet Petal and architecture themed table numbers, cards and signage, all designed by the bride’s adorable sister.

Although the day started a bit stressful for the couple, the act of going outside, walking around our beautiful city and having fun making photographs really helped the day be fun and carefree.

From Sweet Chic EventsIt was a pleasure working with Rebecca and Ty on their wedding. The Rookery is one of the most beautiful and historic event spaces in Chicago and their wedding vision was a lot of fun to be a part of. Theirs was truly a labor of love and all of the details were amazing and personalized. It was a pleasure working with this wonderful couple and helping make their day truly special!

Photography: Studio Starling | Planner: Sweet Chic Events | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Oak Mill Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Jewell Catering | Hair And Makeup: Kim Piech | Brides Dancing Shoes: Tom's | Floral: Scarlet Petal | Hotel: JW Marriott | Lighting And Draping: Art Of Imagination | Music: The Party Faithful | Transportation: Windy City Limo | Venue: The Rookery

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Blush & Gold Orchard Wedding

Blush + gold is the color palette of the moment, but it’s not without good reason. One part sweet and another part sophisticated, it strikes the perfect balance of girly gone glam and this Midwest beauty planned by Michelle Durpetti Events is yet another reason to love. Shot through the lens of Jen Lynne the gallery is busting with goodies and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t shed a few happy tears during the film from Brittania Drew!

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Fall
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FarmOrchard
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From the Bride… While Alex and I consider ourselves Chicago city-dwellers, we always knew we wanted a wedding that was God-honoring and tucked away in a beautiful setting that would be filled with lots of sweet, quiet moments.

After being engaged for less than 72 hours, we booked the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms. The venue was everything we could have ever dreamed of. Located in Rockton, IL, it was the perfect back drop to our vision of our wedding day – rustic, serene, and tucked away in the country of northern Illinois. Our families stayed at the gorgeous Copperstone Inn, a bed-and-breakfast adjacent to the Pavilion. We were married on a hill underneath two oak trees on what turned out to be a gorgeous, cool fall day in September.

Our blush and gold décor theme was the perfect complement to the rustic but elegant structure of the Pavilion. We worked with Anna of Beautiful Day Linens to choose the perfect blush lamour to add warmth to the open space. We used La Tavola’s copper sparkly linen for our escort card table. Faith, of The Floral Company, worked with us to create beautiful arrangements that fulfilled both of our desires for blush-family florals with a rustic touch. Faith hand painted each of the gold planter boxes for our centerpieces! Kathy of Sugar Jones bakery created the most delicious blush-frosting cupcakes that guests continue to rave about. Our favors were warm cinnamon-sugar cider donuts and half pints of apple cider from Edwards Orchard nearby.

When we met with Paul of Abreo restaurant in Rockford, we discussed our vision for a very rustic and seasonal, farm-to-table culinary experience. We could not have chosen a better caterer to partner with! Paul knocked it out of the park with a menu consisting of beef short ribs and roasted chicken paired with roasted root vegetables and fresh herb parmesan polenta. Our guests said it was “the best wedding food” they’ve ever had!

Other details from our wedding day included DIY projects we tackled throughout the months leading up to our wedding – Craigslist hunting for a large window for the fireplace mantle, a Polaroid photo booth, and designing our gold-foil and blush invitation suite.

Our wedding would not have been what it was without the amazing support of our families and friends, and the creative direction of our vendors especially our wedding planners Michelle Durpetti Events, Kacie Benjamin of The Pavilion, photographer Jen Badalamenti of Jen Lynne Photography, and videographers, Laura and Stephen Drew of Brittania Drew. We were so blessed by this amazing group of people who worked seamlessly together. Because of their collaboration and flawless execution of our creative details, we were able to enjoy all the sweet and joyous moments of our beautiful day!

Photography: Jen Lynne Photography | Videography: Brittania Drew Photo & Video | Wedding Planner: Michelle Durpetti Events | Cake: Sugar Jones | Jewelry: The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery | Catering: Abreo | Hair & Makeup: Arch Apothecary | DJ: Spinnin Discs | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Pavillion At Orchard Ridge Farms | Floral & Decor: The Floral Company | Linens: Beautiful Day Linens | Rentals: Northpark Rentals | Vintage Rentals: The Savoy Flea

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Elegant Chicago Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden

There isn’t a single thing I don’t love about this wedding. And when I say love, I mean head over heels, squeal-worthy love. With the help of Estera Events and HMR Designs this couple took tradition and gave it a gorgeous twist of their own, leaving us with a gallery from Julia Franzosa Photography that is simple perfection. Soak it all up here.

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Winter
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From Julia Franzosa PhotographyBy getting married at Bridgeport Art Center’s brand new Sculpture Garden, Lucy and Brian set out to make their wedding a bit different than the traditional, and they did an incredibly amazing job by utilizing gorgeous decor options. A hanging floral chuppah was the centerpiece of their ceremony, which was turned into the dance floor for the reception. The mixed grays, peaches and other natural tones with foliage and wood, too! Not too mention Lucy looked perfect in her Jenny Packham wedding dress and Brian absolutely dapper in his suit. The escort display was a design of beautifully hand calligraphed kraft paper tags hanging garden hooks embedded in moss. A little bit of November rain didn’t effect portraits of the bridal party — and a gorgeous vintage shop next door, Coyle + Herr, allowed Lucy + Brian’s entire wedding party in to take photos in their gorgeous space!

Photography: Julia Franzosa Photography | Event Planning: Estera Events | Floral Design: HMR Designs | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Invitations: Sarah Drake Design | Catering: Shallot's Bistro | Hair: Elena Denning | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Band: SWAY Chicago | Linens: La Tavola | Location: Bridgeport Art Center - Sculpture Garden | Makeup: Rachel Reiman

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