Connie and Brian: The Reception

Yesterday, I wrote about Connie and Brian’s morning as well as the Catholic ceremony and Korean tea ceremony.  Today, it is all about the reception at Terzo Piano.

All photos by Avery House.

Connie really wanted purple to dominate their decor.  Their escort cards were the traditional card in an envelope style.

Honey Bee Weddings has worked at Terzo Piano many times but this was the first client that wanted to transform the space.  We added uplighting, linens, and three gorgeous centerpiece designs by Revel Decor.

Amy Beck designed a cake that mimicked the bride’s gown.

One of the centerpieces sat on mirrored boxes to create a truly modern centerpiece.

Some brides mention a flower or a color that they would like to be used on their wedding day.  Connie was very specific: She wanted purple dendrobium orchid blossoms in the tall centerpieces.

The last centerpiece was my favorite: low and lush arrangements with tons of color saturation to create a linear tablescape.

Magnificent Milestones designed menus that reflected the modern look of the invitation suite and included their monogram.

The bride and groom had their monogram made into a gobo.


I love this photo because you can see the details of the dress and the cake.

Garter tosses are a rarity these days but you wouldn’t know it by looking at this expressive crowd of gentleman!

A kiss in front of the Restless Rainbow.

No one could have imagined the installation on terrace.  I thought that it was beautiful.  The shocking colors did make me think of a rainbow!

The bride and groom took photos on the walkway.  

Dancing the night away!

Connie + Brian: Morning and the Ceremonies

My first meeting with Connie and Brian was over the phone.  They lived in New York City and were looking for a Chicago based planner.  I was really in awe (and impressed) when they told me that they met in high school.  I have friends that have been married for ten years that are high school sweethearts but I have never planned a wedding for a pair!

Many months later, it was the big day.  Connie looked so beautiful and the couple looked like they were having so much fun.  It was a wonderful wedding and I was so glad to be apart of it.

Ceremony: St. Hyacinth
Reception: The Modern Wing
DJ: DJ Erik
Florist: Revel
Hair and Make-up: Sonia Roselli
Videographer: Chris and Oliver
Cake: Amy Beck

All photos by Avery House.

Connie and Brian’s gorgeous custom invitations by Magnificent Milestones.

Connie with her very sweet and beautiful Mother.

Do you get pampered any day like your wedding day?

Connie puts on a bit more lipstick before heading out the door to meet Brian.

A stunning bridal portrait.

The Bride and Groom take a few photos after their first look.

I love this photo downtown.  I’ve never seen a shot like this before and simply love it.

The entire bridal party in front of the Chicago Theatre.

The fine gents.

Back at the church, the ushers are ready to go.

Moments before she walks down the aisle, Connie has a laugh with her Dad.

I love that the photographer caught Brian looking at Connie.

After the ceremony, everyone headed to the Modern Wing for the Korean Ceremony.

Connie in her Korean tea ceremony attire.  

Tomorrow, we will have more photos of the couple and their reception!

Kristen + Scott: The Details

As mentioned earlier this week, Kristen and Scott were recently featured in Brides Magazine. My first post highlighted Kristen and Scott’s ceremony. My last post showed their reception photos.

All photos by Olivia Leigh.

The flowers in Kristen’s jewelry were complemented by her beautiful Oscar de la Renta shoes.

I love all things paper, and I definitely appreciate a cohesive stationery suite. Here are their programs.

The bridal bouquet incorporated hydrangeas and orchids.

They used a book from the Art Institute as a guest book. It was fun for out of town guests to flip through the colorful pages about Chicago.

Their modern centerpieces included moss, orchids, carnations and succulents. Here is the arrangement on the head table.

These books from the Art Institute doubled as favors and escort cards. I did the calligraphy on the belly bands, which matched the invitations.

Decor included letters from Anthropologie and framed family photos.

This was such a fun wedding. Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day!

Kristen + Scott, Part Two

As mentioned earlier this week, Kristen and Scott were recently featured in Brides Magazine. My last post highlighted Kristen and Scott’s ceremony. Let’s take a peek at their reception photos.

All photos by Olivia Leigh.

The bride and groom took photos in The Art Institute prior to cocktail hour.

Cutting into their delicious cake: red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and almond cake with creme brulee filling.

The couple shared their first dance to “This Year’s Love” by David Gray.

Taking a spin with her dad on the dance floor.

Kristen removed the peplum from her dress, and wore her necklace as a belt for the reception. She also added bold earrings.

Kristen and Scott snuck away for a few private moments during the reception.

The next post will feature some details from their wedding.

Kristen + Scott: Part One

I first met with Kristen about six months before her wedding. She and Scott are both from New Jersey but now live in Chicago. Since they had so many out of town guests, they selected a venue that was uniquely Chicago: Terzo Piano in the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Their wedding was also featured in Spring/Summer edition of Brides Chicago Magazine, on newsstands now. Read about it here.

Cake Sarah’s Pastries and Candies
Caterer Bon Appetit
Ceremony St. Michael in Old Town
Cocktail Music Jacob Sweet
Hair and Makeup Sonia Roselli
Florist Hello Darling
Photographer Olivia Leigh Photographie
Reception Terzo Piano, The Art Institute of Chicago
Reception Music Style Matters

All photos by Olivia Leigh.

Getting beautiful before the ceremony. Sonia’s brushes are so soft, having your makeup done is a rather relaxing experience.

Ready to go! Kristen’s accessories were so fun and different. More on that later.

Walking down the aisle with her dad. This is a great shot of her dress, by Oscar de la Renta.

The deacon was the maid of honor’s father, so the ceremony was very sweet and personal.

I loved these bridesmaid dresses by Vera Wang, and the girls did, too.

You have to laugh at the unexpected cameos you get when taking photos around the city!

Though we had some rain before the ceremony, I think the lighting is beautiful and dramatic.

Tomorrow, look for some photos from their fabulous reception.