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Hitched: Boris & Karen’s River East Art Center Wedding – Part 2

In case you missed part 1 of Boris and Karen’s wedding

The River East Art Center is such an unique venue! So with that in mind, why would they have a traditional ceremony set up? Instead, we did a modified “ceremony in the round”, with the guests surrounding them! We kept the color palette very clean, white and modern. The acrylic pedestals were the perfect compliment to the huge existing white pillars, and it almost looked like the glass cylinders were floating! Photos by Fragola Productions.

One of Karen’s bridesmaids was super crafty and helped design and create all of the paper pieces!

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They had one of their close friends officiate the ceremony, which made it even more personal!

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Surrounded by love :)

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A quick wave to the fans before making their grand exit!

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I love the precious moments of love and friendship immediately after the ceremony, hugs all around!

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And a few tears of happiness…

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As a nod to their Chinese heritage, they also held a Chinese Tea Ceremony during cocktail hour. They served their parents and immediate family members tea, and in exchange received red envelopes of “lucky money” and gold jewelry.

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Venue : River East Art Center
Photographer: Fragola Productions
Caterer: Food For Thought

Planner: Sweetchic Events 
Floral & Decor: Flower Firm 
Ceremony Musicians: Parkwest Strings
Linen: Chaircovers by Sylwia
Make-Up: Mary Yu
Hair: Beauty on Call
Cake: Bombon Bakery

Transportation: Windy City Limousines
DJ: Spin Chicago

 

Hitched: Boris & Karen’s River East Art Center Wedding – Part 1

The September wedding of Boris and Karen was especially meaningful to me because Boris is a long-time friend of my husband, Borton! They grew up together, and nearly 20 years later, they are still close. So when Boris and Karen approached me to help plan their wedding, I was beyond thrilled… and doubly so when they told me their venue: the River East Arts Center! We pulled together an all-star cast of vendors to execute their big Chinese-American wedding, starting with photographer Leo from Fragola Productions, who provided these gorgeous shots. There was so much gorgeousness that we had to split this into 3 separate posts!

Since my husband was a groomsmen, we offered up our condo for Boris and the groomsmen and ushers to get-ready! Here they are, just hanging out… (So weird to see my own place in someone else’s wedding photos! :))

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Boris’ brother Alvin, performing his Best Man duties…

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Boris wanted to thank each and every one of his groomsmen and ushers for their friendship and support…
he even wrote a speech!

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Which was of course caught on camera(s)

And they celebrated with a shot of something stiff…

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Karen got ready at the W Hotel Lakeshore, conveniently just a block away from the REAC.

Karen’s wedding gown was custom made... I’ll have an entire post coming up about the custom process,
from Karen’s perspective!

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Gorgeous bouquets by The Flower Firm. I must say that Karen’s purple bouquet of vanda orchids, lisianthus, and tulips was probably one of my favorite bouquets of all time. I also loved the accents of green cymbidium orchids and green trick in the Bridesmaids bouquets! A perfect combination…

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A few shots of the beautiful bride

The guys had some time to kill as they waited for the ladies to finish getting ready.

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Borton, Boris and Chris, having a little too much fun as they waited…

First Look time! I love this photo; the smiles on their faces are priceless. 

“Blot, don’t smudge!”

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They headed to Olive Park for some bridal party photos.

Part 2 and 3 to follow!

Venue : River East Art Center
Photographer: Fragola Productions
Caterer: Food For Thought

Planner: Sweetchic Events 
Floral & Decor: Flower Firm 
Ceremony Musicians: Parkwest Strings
Linen: Chaircovers by Sylwia
Make-Up: Mary Yu
Hair: Beauty on Call
Cake: Bombon Bakery

Transportation: Windy City Limousines
DJ: Spin Chicago

 

 

Head Tables & Other Alternatives

One question I often get from my clients is where they should sit? And where should the Bridal Party sit? Here are some options:

SWEETHEART TABLE

The Bride and Groom have their own private “Sweetheart Table” together.
PROS:  They have some time to themselves to take in the day, actually enjoy their dinner, and then have the freedom to wander and visit guests. As for the Bridal Party, they can be dispersed amongst the guest tables and be seated with their dates and friends.
CONS:  It’s fun to sit with your Bridal Party! Some say, “We have our whole lives to be alone”.

{Photo courtesy of I Luv Photo}

 

FAMILY TABLE

One trend I’m seeing is very small Bridal Parties (or NO Bridal Party!), so it can be wonderful for the Bride and Groom to sit with their immediate family!
PROS: If your family is close, then there’s probably no one you’d rather sit with on your wedding day!
CONS: Unless you don’t get along with your family, I’m not sure if there are really any “cons”!

{Photo courtesy of Steve Koo Photography}

 

TRADITIONAL HEAD TABLE

The most traditional style head table is the one-sided version, where it’s typically just the Bridal Party (no dates), and they sit along one side of a looooong rectangular table.
PROS: You get to sit with your Bridal Party, who most likely are some of your favorite people in the world!
CONS: This style of head table doesn’t usually allow for the dates of your Bridal Party to sit together. If most of your BP is single, then this is a great option!

Traditional Head Table layout Sweetchic Events

{Photo courtesy of SecondPrint Productions}

HEAD “FEASTING” TABLE

This is my favorite because it is a more modern spin on the traditional head table shown above. You have your Bridal Party (and often their dates!) sitting with you, and the seats extend to the other side of the table, and sometimes the ends of the table. I like to leave the area in front of the Bride and Groom empty so that guests have a good view.
PROS: If most of your BP have significant others, they will probably like this option!
CONS: None, in my opinion!

Head Feasting Table layout Sweetchic Events

 

37 Chicago History Museum Wedding Dennis Lee Photo Sweetchic Events Flower Firm tablescape {Photo courtesy of Dennis Lee Photography}