Chicago Wedding by Olivia Leigh Photographie
May 23, 2011

After fawning over every perfect detail of this modern wedding, I am 100% positive that a city affair is where it's at. Of course, the next adorable backyard soiree might have me dreaming of wide open fields but right now I am all about the cityscape. And every detail is exactly suited for this chic little number. The stunning, modern florals crafted by Hello Darling, the FONTastic papergoods by SmockSpark, the killer images by Olivia Leigh Photographie – how could you go wrong with that lineup? Say I DO to the rest of this Chicago beauty in the gallery.

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From Olivia Leigh Photographie... The bride and groom, Kristen and Scott, were married on a very rainy day in September. Kristen looked phenomenal (!) in a couture Oscar de la Renta ensemble, complete with a removable peplum skirt and horsehair flower, along with a necklace that converted into a belt later in the evening. The ceremony was held at a historic neighborhood church, Saint Michael's, that was just breathtaking inside. A family friend presided over the ceremony, making for a still-intimate ceremony despite the grandeur of the environment!  After the ceremony, we went on a bit of a photo adventure to several locations throughout the city, and the wedding party and immediate families also stopped for lunch at a restaurant/bar in Kristen and Scott's neighborhood, PJ Clarke's. This spoke to how relaxed the entire day was -- it was pretty amazing to see Kristen in Oscar de la Renta and her maids in Vera Wang, eating at a bar in the afternoon! It ended up being a really special part of the day that allowed everyone to slow down and have some fun.

Following photos, we made our way to my always-favourite Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. With the rain finally cleaning, guests sipped cocktails on the stunning terrace with views looking over all of downtown Chicago. Dinner and dancing followed in the museum's restaurant, Terzo Piano, where Hello Darling did an amazing job on modern floral decor. Orchids, globes of flowers, succulents, and manzanitas echoed the modern architecture and clean lines.  Kristen and Scott had a lovely set of personalized paper goods that reflected the modern and artistic flair of their event. The reception featured intimate toasts and such a warm, family feeling. Having known each other for over a decade and with both of their families hailing from New Jersey, it truly felt like all of their guests knew one another, and the whole day was filled with such warmth and familiarity. It was such a joy!

Wedding Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Michael's in Old Town / Wedding Reception Location: Terzo Piano of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago / Wedding Dress, Accessories & Shoes: Oscar de la Renta via Ultimate Bride / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang / Wedding Invitations & Paper Goods: Smock + Spark via Magnificent Milestones / Floral Design: Hello Darling / DJ: Style Matters / Day of Coordinator & Calligraphy: Marilyn of Honey Bee Weddings / Hair & Makeup: Sonia Roselli