Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum by Jen Lynne Photography
September 1, 2011
I have been totally swept right off my feet by this gorgeous wedding from Jen Lynne Photography.  I adore the wild centerpieces and florals and the sweet, natural details that fit so perfectly within the walls of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  It is one part organic, one part elegance and all romance through and through.  The rich, jewel-tones and gray palette are right on target for a perfect autumn celebration. Check it all out in the full gallery!

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From the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum... For Jen and Alex, the only thing more romantic than falling in love in high school Shakespeare class may have been their wedding day. Jen and Alex’s wedding started with the inspiration of an eclectic mix of vintage elements that were reminiscent of a French market and whimsical, wild flowers.  Tucked away in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, the couple selected the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum as the venue to showcase their inspiration.

The spring showers only enhanced the romantic details of Jen and Alex’s wedding day. Nature was brought indoors as the couple wed under a stunning chuppah created by Cornelia McNamara, set against a wall of windows in the Museum’s Lobby framing both Lincoln Park’s North Pond and the Museum’s Courtyard that was full of new spring blooms.

Walls of glass windows lined with candles illuminated the rain droplets, creating a one-of-a-kind romantic glow for the couple’s reception in the Nature Museum’s South Gallery. One of the favorite details of the reception were the two French Country inspired Etegeres from Tablescapes that LOLA set together and fashioned as a dessert station filled with sweets from Blue Plate and cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B’s. The Etegeres provided a layered feeling for the sweet station with different levels of shelving and drawers that were pulled out and filled with multi colored Sevres dessert plates, also from Tablescapes. Another favorite touch was mismatched vintage Heirloom flatware from Tablescapes that were wrapped with hemstitch napkins and bundled with raffia.

Guests were able to write wishes to the couple at a DIY post card table that LOLA set together, adorned with vintage photographs from the couple’s parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days. The postcards will be mailed throughout Jen & Alex’s first year as newlyweds, bringing to mind the details – and the romance – of their wedding day.

Wedding Photography: Jen Lynne Photography with Yazy Raclawski / Wedding Flowers: Cornelia McNamara / Event Consultant: Lauren Carter, LOLA Event Productions / Wedding Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum / Catering: Blue Plate Catering / Linens: BBJ Linen / Special Event Rentals: Tablescapes / Ceremony Musicians: Mary Monica Music / Reception DJ: Chris Somera, Mary Monica Music / Cupcakes: Sweet Mandy B’s / Hotel: The Elysian Hotel