Lauren & Josh
Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL
This couple brought their love of the city and a lush, sophisticated style together in this urban wedding.
On their first date in downtown Chicago, Lauren and Jason realized they were practically neighbors, so for their big day, it was important to find the perfect venue to showcase their beloved city. They searched all over until they came upon the Chicago History Museum. The bride immediately envisioned their first dance ensconced underneath a chandelier on the black and white marble checkered floor, and knew it was the one. The views of Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast skyline not only let guests absorb the surrounding foliage and cityscape, but the brick façade and classic architecture also crafted the ideal setting for photography. Life in Bloom ushered the lush beauty of the outdoors inside with tablescapes featuring elevated greenery and accents of gold.
The bride wore a traditional bridal gown with intricate lace detail. The bridesmaids wore soft blush pastels and the groomsmen provided contrast in sharp black tuxes. There were sentimental touches throughout, including a locket holding Lauren’s late grandparents’ wedding picture tied around the bridal bouquet with lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress, while her grandmother’s lace handkerchief lie in her clutch. Guests enjoyed a sophisticated dinner of sirloin filet, grilled salmon, wild mushroom ravioli and three-layer ribbon-textured cakes decorated with fresh flowers. Late-night snacks of mini Chicago hot dogs, milkshakes and sliders rounded out the evening to play up the Chicago theme. After an evening of non-stop dancing, the happy couple was off to Fiji to make more memories.
From the couple:
“Take time to research vendors — if you pick solid and reliable vendors, it saves a lot of headaches in the long run. We had the best vendors, and cannot imagine the day and year of planning without all of them. Utilize websites and personal recommendations to pick those you feel a connection with, and that fit your vision and style.”
Planning: Clementine Custom Events
Venue: Chicago History Museum
Photography: One July Photography
Floral: Life In Bloom
Stationery: Kelly Reif Stationery Studio
Catering: Limelight Catering
Cake: ECBG Cake Studio
Entertainment: Orchestra 33
Videography: The Alcantaras
Photobooth: Snapbooth Entertainment
Transportation: Aries Charter Transportation
Women’s Hair/Makeup: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry
Bridal Gown: Bri’zan Couture
Getting Ready Venue: Kimpton Hotel Allegro