Classic Chicago Black Tie Wedding at Rivers Restaurant
October 23, 2014
Classic WeddingsEateryReligious Institution
If I could pick my favorite type of wedding, it would be an intimate, yet elegant dinner party under twinkling lights. One where conversation flowed right along with the wine and each guest felt like the most important person there. So I think it's safe to say I'm basically obsessed with this chic, Chicago soiree from Azuree Wiitala. Every detail was curated with love, and the result was beyond.
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From The Bride...When my husband Tim and I moved to a city we'd never set foot in last September, we'd already been engaged for 8 months. We hadn't thought about our wedding at all and hadn't even talked about a date.

Then we fell in love with Chicago.

We wanted to share our new home, along with it's rich history & awe inspiring architecture, with our friends and family from our respective hometowns. Only three of our guests were from the area. All the others flew in from Long Island, Boston, Toronto and Vancouver to share the day with us. We kept referring to it as a destination wedding in our backyard. To showcase the tradition & history of the city we decided to say 'I do' at the second oldest church in Chicago, which is nestled in Little Italy. From there, guests moved east and settled in for the night on a patio on the River. With boats going by and lights from the nearby city buildings, it was a perfect representation of summer in the heart Chicago.

Everything we did was inspired by italian elegance & simplicity with unique DIY touches. I planned everything myself, designed, ordered and put together all the florals, as well as designed the centerpieces, and all the decorative details. My veil was handmade by my Mom. One of my favorite details of the day was the dripping wax effect created as the candles melted down. I think it proved to us that the truly beautiful moments in life aren't something you can plan for. I think it's safe to say 100+ more people fell in love with Chicago on Aug 2nd.