Lauren + Tom, the reception

Yesterday, I blogged about Lauren and Tom’s morning and ceremony. Now, we are on to the reception which was held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Chicago!

All photos by Bella Pictures.

After the ceremony, guests headed outside for the cocktail hour. The views were magnificent. The couple recreated a view of the skyline with this ice sculpture.

Guess where the bridesmaids were sitting? Below is a photo of their vibrant bouquets along with the small table arrangements for the cabaret tables.

When guests headed back to the second floor, they stopped to pick up their escort card. The cards had a picture of the Eiffel Tower as a nod to the couple’s honeymoon destination.

The head table was gorgeous. The couple opted for an ultra modern clear table with Ghost chairs. I adore Ghost chairs! I love the look! It may be my favorite Head Table to date!

The cake was made by the Hotel Baker. The cake topper featured the couple, and their adorable dog, Red. Lauren and I are friends on Facebook and I hear about this dog (and his crazy antics) all the time! I thought this was a cute way to include their non-attending pet.

The couple had a gobo with their monogram. The monogram was used throughout the reception.

The menus were so cute! I love that the couple included a nice note to all their guests.

Examples of the visually stunning place settings.

This is such a great picture of the head table, but the couple look awfully cute together!

Lauren and her Dad are super close. He was one of the most involved Father of the Groom’s that I have worked with to date. He knew every detail of the wedding!

After dinner, there was a dessert buffet. Actually, the term dessert buffet doesn’t do it justice. There was more desserts that I have EVER SEEN at a wedding. It was delicious!

And if that wasn’t enough, the couple also had a gelato bar.
The bar was made of ice and lit underneath.

Since there was more than enough dessert, the couple had to go containers with a slice of cake. The lid had a sticker with their monogram.

Congratulations Lauren and Tom! I hope that the both of you are enjoying your first year as Newlyweds!

M+D: Our Head Table and the First Course

When we sat down after our bridal party introductions, I was so happy with our head table.  I’ve seen many head tables that have simple decor.  It just wasn’t my style.  I opted to line the head table with a dozen trio of vases with dyed water that had a floating candle as well as rose petals, the perfect stemware, and place cards.   The table was monochromatic scarlet red with silver accents.

Our gorgeous head table with the stemware that I obsessed over!

Since we were having a formal wedding, we had place cards as well as escort cards.  The calligraphy was done by Marilyn, my Day of Coordinator.

On the back of each chair for the bridesmaids and close family, we put flip flops on the back of the chairs.  My bridesmaids told me that it was better than the Tiffany jewelry.

Our toasting flutes.  I begged my husband for us to register for this crystal to compliment our china.  He doesn’t like the flat bottom style.  I snuck and added these to the registry.  When he saw them on the table, he was surprised but not upset.  The servers pouring our last minute addition, Iron Horse champagne.

The first course was served once the bridal party was seated.  Another nod to my Italian past was our selection of our first course.  We started our totally customized meal with a pasta course.