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Hitched: Suisui & David’s Waldorf Astoria Wedding – Part 2

In case you missed Part 1 of Suisui & David’s beautiful wedding ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria, photos by Pen Carlson.

Suisui’s bouquet consisted of glorious, fluffy blush pink peonies… I love how some of them are still tightly furled!

Photos at Washington Square Park, a block away from the hotel during cocktail hour!

 The food at the Waldorf is simply divine… seriously!!

Delicious and beautiful too!

During cocktail hour, we transformed their ceremony into the reception space!

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DONUT BAR for dessert!!

Thank you Suisui & David for letting us be a part of your wedding, and I hope all is well for you in California! XOXO!

Venue: Waldorf Astoria
Photographer: Pen Carlson Photography
Planner: Sweetchic Events
Floral: Vale of Enna
Ceremony Musicians: Parkwest Strings
Lighting/Decor: Art of Imagination
Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Jeff Ginsburg
Hair/Make-Up: Starlight Makeup
Baker: Sarah’s Pastries
DJ: Spin DJs
Photobooth: Shutterbooth 

Hitched: Suisui & David’s Waldorf Astoria Wedding – Part 1

Happy Friday!

I had the pleasure of meeting Suisui at the beginning of the year, and they were hoping to plan their wedding on a short time-frame before they moved to California over the summer. We had about 4.5 months to pull together their soft and romantic wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Can I just say that Suisui was an absolute JOY to work with!?! I understood her style and the elegant affair she dreamed of, and thus she trusted me and my suggestions, unquestionably. Wedding planner bliss!

And now for the gorgeous photos by Pen Carlson.

The best thing about an early June wedding is spring flowers!! Peonies!

I loved the fabric treatment and lighting by Art of Imagination, and gorgeous orchid spray florals and aisle treatment by Vale of Enna!! Talk about my dream team :)

I am in love with these giant arrangements of white and blush pink dendrobium orchids by Vale of Enna! Hundreds of stems went into each arrangement!

Suisui.David.Waldorf Astoria. Pen Carlson Photography. Sweetchic Events. Escort Cards.Guest Book. White and Pink Escort Cards. Thumbprint 'leaf' Guest Book

During their wedding ceremony, they actually performed an unique tradition that I had never heard of before, the Chinese Wine Ceremony! They drank wine from two glasses, linked together by red thread. They first sipped from their own glasses and then exchanged glasses to finish the wine. This symbolizes that their lives together will be harmonious.

Stay tuned for part 2!

Venue: Waldorf Astoria
Photographer: Pen Carlson Photography
Planner: Sweetchic Events
Floral: Vale of Enna
Ceremony Musicians: Parkwest Strings
Lighting/Decor: Art of Imagination
Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Jeff Ginsburg
Hair/Make-Up: Starlight Makeup
Baker: Sarah’s Pastries
DJ: Spin DJs
Photobooth: Shutterbooth 

Hitched: Melissa & David’s Wilder Mansion Wedding – Part 2

Part 1 of Melissa & Dave’s wedding day; photos courtesy of Dennis Lee Photography.

 Guests signed cute tags for the couple’s wish tree.

 After their lovely outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, guests headed inside the Wilder Mansion for dinner.

With their more intimate guest count, we created a seating chart instead of traditional escort cards.

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The Wilder Room, all set for dinner. We created two loooong feasting tables, which suited the space perfectly!! We kept the color palette very neutral with white linens, fruitwood chiavari chairs, white flowers with green accents. I loved that this felt like a warm, intimate dinner in someone’s beautiful home!

Pure Kitchen Catering provided a delicious family-style feast.

Larkspur created a gorgeous and lush tablescape with a mix of mason jars and milk glass, hydrangea and ivy

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Green trick and white stock in a milk glass vessel.

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The newly minted family… on a cake!

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Congratulations, Melissa & Dave! I’m so thrilled to have a part of your day!

Venue: Wilder Mansion
Photography: Dennis Lee Photography
Wedding Coordination: Sweetchic Events
Ceremony Musicians: Music by Lise
Caterer: Pure Kitchen Catering
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Larkspur
Hair/Make-up: Beauty on Call