Classic Elegance at The Drake Hotel Wedding from Shane Welch Photography
September 9, 2013
Classic WeddingsBallroom WeddingsReligious Institution
It never fails.  Classic Chicago weddings always leave me speechless.  It's true... no matter how many beautiful affairs I lay my eyes upon, I am never quite prepared for just how truly amazing they are, or how chock-full of pretty they can be.  And when it comes to speech-defying beauties, this Drake Hotel soiree is most definitely ranking high atop the list with a gold meets pink color palette, two seriously stunning sweeties and moment after moment of pure elegance.  See it all captured by Shane Welch right here.
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From the Bride... Our wedding day was what I had dreamt it to be and more. After several days of rain leading up to the wedding, it ended up being a beautiful Spring day in Chicago- 71 degrees, partially sunny with a slight breeze. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather.

The bridal party started the day by getting make-up done by Kayla Consolo of Make U Bella Artistry in the Executive Suite at the Drake Hotel. Hair was done by stylists at Salon Buzz located a couple of blocks away from the hotel. I absolutely loved my hair and make-up. It was simple, elegant and timeless. By mid-morning our photographers, Shane Welch and Samuel Grove from Shane Welch Photography, arrived to photograph the bridal party getting ready.

My wedding dress was an Oscar de la Renta two-piece, ball gown with a heavy lace bodice and silk taffeta skirt. The seamstress from Ultimate Bride hemmed the front of the dress 4 inches short so the beautiful pleating of the underskirt was visible. The dress fit like a glove! I added a cathedral veil for extra drama but, the most unique and stunning part of my ensemble was my 1930s Ert earrings passed down to me from my grandma. I also wore a vintage pearl bracelet and a vintage diamond tennis bracelet.

The ceremony took place at Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Lincoln Park. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony. It was so special to have an entire church filled with all the people in our lives that love and support us. In between the ceremony and reception, the bridal party went to Montrose Harbor for additional photos. Our photographer, Shane Welch, scouted different areas a few days before our wedding and discovered a beautiful bird sanctuary along Lake Michigan with Chicago's skyline as the background. The setting was the perfect mix of nature and industrial!

The reception was held in the Gold Coast Room of The Drake Hotel, a Chicago landmark. The blush colored peony, rose and lemon leaf centerpieces by Anthony Gowder Designs, Inc. were soft and feminine which complimented the gilded ballroom beautifully. The finished room was absolutely breathtaking. We showcased our cake in the middle of the dance floor during dinner. Thanks to Amy Beck Cake Designs, our ombre blush and ivory butter cream cake was 5 tiers with each tier a different cake and frosting combination. The top of the cake was adorned with blush and pink peonies. A champagne toast parade started off the celebration and was followed by dinner, speeches and dancing. Our first dance was to "I Got You Babe" and was choreographed by Alex at Arthur Murray Studios. The band, Peter Hennes Orchestra, performed the song which definitely added to our special moment. The band played up-beat music the entire night as our guests danced the night away.

We had such a blast the entire day and night! I would not have changed one single thing. Our vendors were all amazing. We owe a special thank you to The Drake Hotel's Assistant Director of Catering, John Moses. We couldn't have pulled off such a spectacular day without his expert advice, patience and dedication to our wedding!