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Hitched: Irene & Adam’s Morton Arboretum Wedding – The Details

We left off after Irene and Adam’s intimate 11/11/11 (at 11AM!) wedding ceremony. Their reception was actually held the following evening at the Morton Arboretum’s Gingko Room, located inside the Visitor’s Room. And now I’d like to share with you their details.

Photos by Dan Gin Photography.

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As guests entered the Visitor’s Center, they were welcomed by two giant red Chinese banners and walked through a Chinese double happiness symbol for good luck, all created by Art of Imagination.

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Some of the cutest escort cards, with paper cut-outs of the 12 Chinese zodiac symbols.

Instead of a guestbook, guests signed a traditional Chinese signing cloth.

Both Irene and Adam have a science background, so it was only natural that guests should sip the signature lychee martini cocktail from mini test tubes!

These beautiful red paper lanterns added ambiance and a Chinese touch to the beautiful room.

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Menu cards designed by Spilled Ink Press looked elegant over the gold brocade napkins.

Elegant florals by Trudy’s Flowers.

Just about the cutest cake topper ever!! They love their dogs and actually met each other at a dog park!

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Irene’s mom planned the most spectacular candy table… guests went CUH-RAZY over it!

Adam is a chemist, and brewed his own beer favors and printed the most adorable custom labels… AMAZING!

One more post coming up with reception photos!

Wedding Planner: Charlene, Sweetchic Events
Photographer: Dan Gin Photography
Venue & Catering: Morton Arboretum
Lighting & Decor: Art of Imagination
Flowers: Trudy’s Flowers
Menus: Spilled Ink Press
Makeup Artist: Wendy City Faces
Hair: Amy Dexter
Rolls Royce: Classic Chassis

Hitched: Irene & Adam’s Morton Arboretum Wedding 1

I am so excited to finally share Irene and Adam’s amazing 11/11/11 wedding with the blog! They had so many fun ideas that were so uniquely them, it was truly a pleasure to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together.

Irene & Adam’s wedding was a two-pronged affair… first, there was their 11/11/11 intimate, family-only wedding ceremony, which took place AT 11AM! It was held at the beautiful Founder’s Room at the Morton Arboretum and then the next day, the reception was held at Morton’s Gingko Room.

Here are some of my favorite getting ready and ceremony shots from 11/11/11 by the talented Dan of Dan Gin Photography.

I think these are just about the cutest welcome bag cards I’ve seen! And it totally looks like them!

This is the mini-itinerary that we put together for all of our couples and their bridal parties… pocket-size!

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Gorgeous bouquet featuring lush fuchsia and red peonies and red roses by Trudy’s Flowers.

Irene chose a stunning blush pink Vera Wang from David’s Bridal gown… ruffles and tiers and chiffon, oh my!

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The intimate ceremony in the Founders Room for family only!

Adam is a chemist, so instead of the typical Unity Candle lighting ceremony, they opted to do something completely out of the box… they created Elephant’s Toothpaste! (Look it up)

Stay tuned for more photo goodness from their reception!

Wedding Planner: Charlene, Sweetchic Events
Photographer: Dan Gin Photography
Venue: Morton Arboretum
Flowers: Trudy’s Flowers
Makeup Artist: Wendy City Faces
Hair: Amy Dexter
Rolls Royce: Classic Chassis

Tip: Using Chicago Restaurant Week for Your Wedding

Whether you’re a self-professed foodie living in Chicago or you’re planning a Chicagoland wedding from another state, there’s a good chance you’ve spotted news about Chicago Restaurant Week this February 17-26. Not much goes hand-in-hand with the Chicago food scene better than the Chicago wedding scene; Sweetchic Events has been quoted about working with foodie couples to create the perfect cultured wedding feast, and we notice more people developing a matrimonious post-wedding dining experience for their guests.

So how can Chicago Restaurant Week help plan your upcoming Chicago wedding? You have a few options:

  • Go on relatively inexpensive restaurant dates (the multi-course prix fixe menus range from $22-$44 per person) as a way to get away from the stresses of wedding planning
  • Familiarize yourself with local fare you might be interested in serving at your wedding
  • Use Restaurant Week to investigate local restaurants that also offer catering packages
  • Explore hotspots with private rooms that would be perfect for a wedding rehearsal dinner

With more than 200 restaurants in the city and suburbs participating in Chicago Restaurant Week this year, how can you even begin to narrow down your choices? Believe us, it’s a really tough decision with many delicious options. Here are our five picks for participating Chicago restaurants fit for rehearsal dinner, catering, wedding showers and event space options:

1. Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush (437 N. Rush, Chicago) – A catering, shower, or rehearsal dinner option

437 Rush offers private dining areas for showers, large events and wedding rehearsal dinners (from 25-300 guests), and with four restaurants and Navy Pier cuisine under their belt, the Phil Stefani group also has a grip on the Chicago wedding catering industry. During Chicago Restaurant Week, 437 Rush has a prix fixe menu ranging from filet mignon and short ribs to lasagna and chicken. Did we mention the Clintons are regulars?

The Newsroom private dining area at 437 Rush

2. 676 Restaurant & Bar (676 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago) – A rehearsal dinner or shower option

We first considered 676 Restaurant & Bar in the Omni Hotel as we compiled a list of rehearsal dinner options for a client, but it was the menu and local approach to dining that intrigued us—and piqued our appetites. Chef Daven Wardynski has a specialty for organic, sustainable fare that includes using honey from his own hive and vegetables grown on the hotel sundeck in his unique creations. The restaurant has two semi-private dining spaces for up to 40 guests, and a Restaurant Week prix fixe menu featuring a variety of food straight from Midwestern farms and fisheries.

The semi-private Tower Room at 676 Restaurant, which overlooks beautiful Michigan Avenue – photo via AC Miller Photography

3. Vie Restaurant (4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs) – A rehearsal dinner or shower option

Vie Restaurant may be located in the suburbs (about 18 miles from the loop), but it has gotten major attention from the likes of the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel and Chicago Magazine, even being named by as one of the top 40 restaurants in the United States. Chef Paul Virant’s creations have been called “magical,” and he has years of experience working in top Chicago restaurants Ambria, Charlie Trotter, Everest, and Blackbird under his belt. The restaurant has private dining options for up to 85 guests and a prix fixe Restaurant Week dinner menu that mixes seasonal fare with dessert options that will make your mouth water.

The private dining space at Vie Restaurant, shown here as a reception venue – photo via Imaginative Studios

4. Carlucci Rosemont (6111 N. River Road, Rosemont) – A rehearsal dinner, shower, or wedding option

Carlucci Rosemont has something that just about everyone can enjoy: hearty, authentic Italian cuisine reminiscent of a family kitchen and home cooking. A perennial Chicago Magazine critic’s choice winner and a favorite of Wine Spectacular, Carlucci’s several private dining areas can accommodate 10-300 guests and showcase exposed beam ceilings and European chandeliers. If you have visiting family members and friends staying near O’Hare, the location could not get much more convenient. Carlucci’s prix fixe Restaurant Week menus include salmon, steak, handmade pasta, and most importantly: tiramisu.

The private Palio room at Carlucci Rosemont

5. The Dining Room at Kendall College (900 N. North Branch, Chicago) – a rehearsal dinner, shower, or wedding option

Kendall College has widely been recognized in the media for being the best culinary institute in Chicago; impeccable online reviews call it an elegant, fine dining experience focused on sustainability and eco-friendly efforts. Chefs-in-training prepare seasonal fare for patrons under the helpful watch of experienced kitchen and service instructors, and all gratuities are used for scholarships and student supplies. The Kendall College private event spaces display magnificent views of the city skyline and can accommodate 40-100 guests, which may be a unique option if you’re hoping to plan a chic event on a budget. The Restaurant Week option allows diners to choose from any of the college’s current menus, giving everyone more delicious bang for their buck.

The Kendall College dining room set up for a luxurious wedding fit for foodies.

Are you planning on visiting any local restaurants during Restaurant Week? Do you have any picks to add to our list?