Archives for January 2012

Hitched: Blanca & Sean’s Westin Chicago Wedding, Pt 3

So Blanca & Sean took their pictures and the ceremony went off without a hitch… and now it was time to celebrate!

I created this simple framed seating chart to be displayed during their cocktail hour. (If you noticed, the table numbers are written in Spanish as a slight nod to Blanca’s hispanic heritage)30 Westin River North chicago wedding sweetchic events dayna schroeder seating chart photo frame

 

The tall arrangements from the ceremony were repurposed as centerpieces!

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I love how the vibrant centerpieces *pop* against the champagne colored linens and pink napkin accents.

We created napkin “bellyband” menus… a little something different from the typical menu tucked into a pocket-fold napkin!

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A shot of their lovely sweetheart table, which also shows the row of windows overlooking the Chicago River that line the east side of the ballroom!

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You can actually see the beautiful detailing in the chandeliers in this photo below! They look like feathers…

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Sean absolutely loves chocolate chip cookies, so of course those had to be their wedding favors!

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Blanca and Sean, you were such a pleasure to work with!! I wish you guys all the best!

Venue: Westin River North
Wedding Planner: Sweetchic Events
Photographer: Dayna Schroeder Photography
Florals: Vale of Enna
Stationery: Sweetchic Events
Officiant: Ron Crowley
String Duo: Parkwest Strings
Hair & Makeup: Beauty on Call
Wedding Cake & Cookie Favors: Oak Mill Bakery
Mini Bus: Windy City Limos

TIP: How to Choose Your Bridal Party

{Originally posted on January 19, 2011}

Weddings can be chock full of drama… and sometimes, one of the hardest decisions is who will be in your bridal party? Here are some of the questions I hear most often from my brides and grooms:

Do we have to have a bridal party at all?
Absolutely not! Consider it a favor to yourselves if you opt not to have a bridal party at all. Sometimes the decision can be so difficult with so many people pulling you from different sides that it just makes sense to keep things simple. All you need is each other.

**NEW TIP**: Does it have to be reciprocal?
If your old friend Jane from college asked you to be a bridesmaid in her wedding 5 years ago, but you have since drifted apart, then NO need to ask her to stand for you in return! Life goes on, people move on…

Do we have to have the same number on attendants on each side?
Nope, this shouldn’t be a decision based on numbers. It should be based on the most important people in your lives… the ones you couldn’t imagine not having by your side on your wedding day. If you have more groomsmen, then your bridesmaids are lucky enough to be flanked by two dapper guys, and vice versa!

But my best friend is a guy/girl…
No big deal, they deserve to be by your side anyways! No need to stick to old traditions in this case.

What if I have two best friends?
I find this more common for women, so I’ll address it as such. If they are both equally important in different ways, then it’s perfectly fine (even the right thing to do!) to have two Maids of Honor. Or maybe one of them is married and can have the title of Matron of Honor. Better to have them share the duties than to have one of them slightly soured by not being picked for the role of “best supporting actress.”

But let me emphasize one thing… don’t pick/ask your attendants too early! I’ve heard so often the tale of the newly engaged bride-to-be who immediately asked her seven BFFs, only to regret it six months later when things went awry with one or two of them. Take some time to really consider it and think about who are most important to you and will be there for you in the long term (…and not that new coworker of yours who you’ve just recently been hanging out with more!).

For even more tips, check out Hollie’s tips on the wedding party!

Steve Koo Photography via Bertha & Nick’s Galleria Marchetti wedding

Hitched: Blanca & Sean’s Westin Chicago Wedding, Pt 2

After their photo session at Union Station, it was time for the ceremony! Photos by Dayna Schroeder Photography.

Grace from Vale of Enna did a spectacular job creating the aisle and faux alter. I typically don’t see gladiolas used that often in wedding florals, but I’m really loving how they looked! And FYI, they are also a very economical flower.

Vases of submerged gladiolas in shades of fuchsia, purple and orange, topped with a floating candles lined the long aisle. At the alter, lush arrangements of tall gladiolas, willow branches and hanging candles atop clear acrylic pillars flanked the Unity Candle table.

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A close up of the low and tall arrangements.

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The simple tea-length wedding programs I created for the ceremony.

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Blanca looked radiant on the arms of her father and her brother.

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TIP: A 5-foot wide cloth aisle runner makes a huge difference in creating an elegant look, especially when the ceremony is in a brightly carpeted area.

A nice shot of the Astor Ballroom with it’s beautiful, unique chandeliers in the Westin River North. You can’t see it from this photo, but along the right hand side there is a wide bank of windows overlooking the Chicago River!

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The new Mr. & Mrs.!

To be continued…

Venue: Westin River North
Wedding Planner: Sweetchic Events
Photographer: Dayna Schroeder Photography
Florals: Vale of Enna
Stationery: Sweetchic Events
Officiant: Ron Crowley
String Duo: Parkwest Strings
Hair & Makeup: Beauty on Call
Wedding Cake & Cookie Favors: Oak Mill Bakery
Mini Bus: Windy City Limos