Chic Chicago Wedding From Magnificent Milestones
December 7, 2009
By: eddye

Kara Underwood Gordon, LBB member and owner of Magnificent Milestones has shared some photos from her own September wedding and we know you're going to love it!

Magnificent Milestones J. Crew Bridesmaids Chicago

Kara and Michael went to great lengths to combine their individual personalities and their common Irish heritage into one gorgeous event. They were married at The Ivy Room, a wonderful spot in downtown Chicago for an indoor OR outdoor wedding. As you peruse the photos, keep in mind that Kara designed all the invitations and other paper pieces used throughout the day!

Magnificent Milestones Chicago The Ivy Room

How clever is this program? Here's a little info from Kara ...

We all got ready for the wedding at The James Hotel. Beauty On Call did everyone's hair and makeup. It was so fun ... Champagne was flowing!  My bouquet was made of lady slipper, yellow and green cymbidium orchids.  The boutonnieres also were made of lady slippers. Michael's last name is Gordon and he was able to find the Gordon tartan plaid for his bowtie!

Rick Aguilar Studios Chicago Magnificent Milestones

Wedding Bouquets Keyhoe Designs Chicago

Our wedding reception was fairly formal, but I didn’t want it to be stuffy. So instead of using the navy and yellow (our wedding colors) and a bunch of fluff for the cocktail hour, we used only white, yellow & green, had comfy vignettes, tubs of beer and bag games welcoming the guests. The Irish horsd'œuvres consisted of corn beef sandwiches served atop of a mini Guinness, salmon lollipops, Sheppard’s pie, fish and chips and more. It went over well!

Cocktail Hour Bridesmaids Dresses J. Crew

Wedding Party Designer Wedding Gown VWIDON

Kara's beautiful gown was custom-designed by VWIDON in Chicago. Jewelry was designed by Amy Draper and hair flower is by Erin Lindsay Janish. Both the hair flower and jewelry are available at Smitten Boutique ~ where Magnificent Milestones calls home.  Bridesmaids Dresses are by Priscilla of Boston.

Now ~ on to the spectacular reception!

Kara Michael Table Setting Wedding Reception

from Kara ...

The reception was filled with high & low centerpieces of yellow, white and green. The curtains, the mirrored bar and mirrored DJ table, damask navy linens, ghost chairs, pinspot & textured wash lighting and the chandelier fixture was added to the space to give it some additional character.

Chandelier The Ivy Room Chicago

Invitations, table cards, menu ... all paper pieces designed by Kara and printed by Real Card Studio.

Wedding Invitation Menu Table Number Magnificent Milestones

Their gorgeous cake was from Take The Cake and stunning floral designs by Kehoe Designs.

Wedding Cake Take The Cake Chicago

Guest Book The Chicagoan Kara Michael

Covers from the lost magazine The Chicagoan were used for Kara and Michael's guest book. Another really clever idea.

Kara and Michael also had some pretty great Late Night Snacks ... More than anything, I have a huge sweet tooth ... so instead of burgers and fries for the late night indulgence (as many couples are doing), we opted for "brownie burgers!" The brainchild of our fabulous caterers Entertaining Company, in Chicago, the brownie burgers were a tremendous hit!

Brownie Burgers Entertaining Company Chicago

Assembly of a Brownie Burger ...

Use pancakes for the "bun". The brownie is the patty. Condiments for the burger include Pomegranate Jelly (no ketchup on these babies) and White Chocolate (subs for Mayo). But what's a burger without fries? Shortbread cookies are the obvious stand-in for fries. Very, very modern twist on an age-old favorite!

Congratulations to Kara and Michael on a fabulous Chicago wedding ~ so many well-thought out details! Just gorgeous!! Thanks SO much for sharing!

Kara & Michael City Chicago