Susan + Dave, the wedding

Yesterday, I posted about the morning of Susan and Dave’s wedding. Here is the rest of their lovely day. Besides a spot of rain in the morning, the day couldn’t have been more perfect.

All photos by Peter Thurin.

The pillars at Union Station make for a gorgeous wedding photo.
I love that the couple’s chose a unique Signature Drink, Martini’s. The drink had a significant meaning to the couple as you can read below.

Some of the delicious Martini’s that were offered to guests at the cocktail hour.

Not quite a martini… but an enjoyable kiddie cocktail for an adorable little girl.

Not that there was any doubt, but the couple had their seats decorated.

Isn’t this photo make your heart swoon a bit? It was taken before the guests arrived.
They are such a sweet couple!

Susan wanted to keep the room decor understated with her choice of white linens and soft pastels for her flowers.

The centerpieces were all slightly different but romantic full roses were at every table.

A centerpiece at another table shows that although they were different, there was the same feel creating a cohesive look.

Right before the couple was about to be introduced!

There was another couple that was having their anniversary the same day. Dave and Susan ordered them a cake.
It was a lovely way to share the day!

Cafe Brauer is pretty during the day but it is gorgeous at night once the lights are dimmed.

Rather than serve dessert, the couple had a gorgeous cupcake buffet from Sweet Mandy B’s.

Real Weddings: Dina + Derek

Dina hired me about about a year before her wedding.  Her fiance, Derek, came to the consultation as well.  I could tell that the both of them cared deeply about every wedding decision. Dina mentioned that she had experience is design.  I had no idea how talented she was!  Her DIY projects are some of the best work I have ever seen.  

Dennis Lee, the couple’s photographer, also featured the couple on his blog.

Chair CoversElegant Presentations
FloristAnna Held
Make-upSonia Roselli
PhotographerDennis Lee
Rehearsal DinnerSopranos Restaurant

Dina was done with hair and make-up.  She hung her dress above the bed, which made for a gorgeous photo.
When Dennis arrived, Dina was just hanging out in the room with me. There was no entourage. He looked around, a bit incredulous. Dina was the epitome of a relaxed and low-key bride.
Dina embellished her dress with a brooch inside the bow on her sash. I loved this look.
Dina inside the trolley. Most trolleys don’t offer such comfortable and photographic seating.

There was no need to calm down this bride.  
Right before she is to walk down the aisle, she breaks into laughter.

I am often asked the appropriate age of a Flower Girl or Ring Bearer.  At 14 months, she made it down the aisle like a Professional without any tears or drama!

Dina is escorted down the aisle by her Father.

The couple stand before their family and friends.

The First Kiss, while they are holding hands.

The couple are greeted by guests blowing bubbles.

This is why October is the most popular month to get married in Chicago. The photos look amazing!

It’s nice to have a Bridal Party portrait where everyone isn’t lined up in a row.

Fall is my least favorite season but this picture is gorgeous.


It’s a great idea to drop off your Bridal Party and take a few photos with just the two of you.


When the couple headed to Art Institute, the party was already in full swing.


I think the banquettes in the balcony are lovely.


Nothing beats a first dance than on a classic black and white dance floor.


The couple opted to have a coffee and dessert station so that guests could choose the type of cake.  The menu is one of the many DIY projects by Dina.


Check back tomorrow for photos of the details!

Bridal Event: To Have or To Hub

Sunday, February 15th
12- 3 PM
HUB 51
51 W. Hubbard
RSVP here

Complimentary admission and valet provided.


At Lettuce Entertain You’s 1st Annual Bridal Fair, looking for venues has never been easier. Guests can peruse venues for wedding events including rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers, brunches & more–all brought together for you in one room.


Sample cocktails & cuisine from 20 restaurants, and find the latest in wedding gowns, music, floral, invitations, hair, makeup & more.

Fashion will be provided by Ultimate Bride and Jenny Yoo.

Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier and Lettuce Entertain You Beverage Director, will dispense wine advice for guests. Not sure what to pour on the big day? Join us and get one-on-one advice from Alpana.

Real Wedding: Jacey + Dan: The Details

Continuing from yesterday, here are more gorgeous photos from Jacey and Dan’s wedding.
Peonies are the brides’s favorite flowers.

Jacey was a DIY Bride.
To create a cohesive look for all of her paper goods, Jacey use the same fonts and monogram.
Below is her program.

The entry of the Grand Piazza is also the entry to the Museum. Guests were greeted by a table in the foyer with a centerpiece and a framed engagement photo of the couple.

Double Duty– Escort Cards as Favors.
Jacey and Dan gave each guest a clear bookmark sleeve for their photobooth photos. The bookmark was also used as an escort card. Jacey created these orgami corners to hold up the bookmarks. While beautiful and super creative, the escort cards fell over like dominos three times during the set up. My fingers were double crossed that the breeze would stop before the guests arrived. (It did.)

Since the Cocktail Hour was on the roof deck, Jacey had parasols for the guests incase the sun became too much. While thoughtful, the biggest fans were the littliest guests.

One of the High Boys for the Cocktail Hour.
Jacey had this gorgeous print material as a splash of color on each High Boy. It was complimented by floating orchids in square vases with some votive candles.
Also on the table is an example of the Bar Menu with her Signature Drinks.

A view of the decor in the reception venue. Flowers were from Kio Kreations

Jacey and Dan wanted an old school photobooth. Always a great choice for a wedding, MDM provided the service along with a DJ.

The first course was a Tower of Mango salad by Levy Catering.

Jacey adored her Ann Wood bird cake toppers on her otherwise unadorned white cake.
The wedding was that fun! Thanks for looking!