Lauren + Charlie – The Details

Earlier this week, we featured Lauren and Charlie’s ceremony and reception. Now we’ll highlight some details from their event.

All photos by Dennis Lee Photography.

Lauren wore a beautiful lace dress by Monique Lhuillier.

Her shoes added a playful touch.

Lauren carried a beautiful umbrella. This usually guarantees dry weather… and we did avoid rain for most of the day!

Their color scheme was black and white with pops of bright yellow. Here is the ceremony set up.

The flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow.

Runners on the dinner tables coordinated with the damask pattern. Vibrant flowers brightened up the space.

The cake perfectly matched the color scheme.

Lauren made the rosettes on the escort cards. It was such a pretty DIY project.

Congratulations again on a fabulous wedding!

Lauren + Charlie – The Reception

Yesterday’s post showed Lauren and Charlie’s ceremony. Now we’ll look at the party!

All photos by Dennis Lee Photography.

The maid of honor and best man gave some great toasts!

They shared their first dance to “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson.

After cutting the cake, the bride took a nibble off the decorations!

Winding up to toss the bouquet.

And Charlie threw the garter into the crowd!

The couple spent lots of time on the dance floor. This always makes me happy!

Guests always love stepping out on the balcony for the fireworks show.

In the last post, we’ll check out some details from their wedding.

Lauren + Charlie – The Ceremony

Lauren and Charlie were planning their ceremony and reception at Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, a location where I had previously coordinated a wedding. It’s always interesting to see the same space decorated in a totally different way!

Cake Amy Beck Cake Design
Caterer Phil Stefani Signature Events
Ceremony + Reception The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier
DJ Toast and Jam
Florist All Things Elegant
Linens Elite Chair Covers
Makeup Starlight Makeup
Officiant Meaningful Moments
Photographer Dennis Lee Photography

All photos by Dennis Lee Photography.

Almost ready at the hotel. Lauren was very calm the morning of the wedding.

Ready to go out and meet her groom.

Lauren and Charlie opted to have a first look before the ceremony.

The bridal party took photos at River Esplanade Park.

The groomsmen were a bit more animated!

Here’s a creative use of your surroundings!

Crystal Gardens is such a pretty, lush backdrop for a ceremony.

Members of the bridal party each took a moment to bless the couple’s rings.

In the next post, we’ll look at their reception.

Real Wedding: Megan + Matt

Most of my real wedding posts are all about the details. As a wedding planner, I am usually obsessed with the personal touches that couples add to make a wedding their own. However, when I saw Megan and Matt’s photos, I couldn’t help but drool over the portraits. Megan looked stunning
All photography is by Eric O’Connor from Allori Photography.

Band: Spoken Four
Berghoff Catering
Berghoff Catering
Holy Name Cathedral
A Perfect Event
Hair Stylist + Make-up Artist:
Starlight Make-up
Hotel Block:
Embassy Suites
Officiant: Monsignor Michael Hess
Allori Photography
Murphy Auditorium
The Bus Bank + Amm’s Limosuine
The bride getting ready in her hotel room.

A close-up of the bride’s fabulous make-up. Look at those lashes!

Doesn’t she look so happy?

Matt waiting to see his bride.

A fantastic groomsmen shot.

I love the blue light effect.

Framed to be picture perfect!

My second favorite Catholic Churches in the city.

More pictures are coming tomorrow!