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!

Lauren + Tom

DJ: Okyne Media Lab
Kehoe Designs
Mario Tricoci
Sharon Daniel Salon
Ceremony Musicians:
Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra
Photographer: Dave Suarez at
Bella Pictures
Ceremony + Reception Venue:
Renaissance Chicago
Chicago Trolley

All photos by Bella Pictures.

Lauren gets ready with her maids.

I don’t think Lauren ever stopped smiling all day. Literally.

I love this picture! It seems such a husband and wife thing to do. The couple, right after, their First Look.

Lauren + Tom, photos in the city.

Guests were greeted to a massive array of flowers when they arrived on the second floor.

The ceremony was gorgeous. The aisles were lined with floating petals and flowers.

A view of the ceremony room from the entrance.

The guests are seated before the processional.

Lauren walks down the aisle with her Dad.

The couple hold hand during their vows.

The kiss!

The recessional.

Tomorrow, I’ll have a second post of the couple’s reception.