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Elizabeth & David’s Ivy Room Wedding – Part 2

Here is Part 1 of Elizabeth & David’s beautiful wedding at The Ivy Room!

Limelight Catering created a seriously scrumptious menu including seared tuna on lotus root chips, and truffled mac & cheese in a parmesan cone…

Sweetchic Events. Averyhouse. Food For Thought

The Flower Firm created dramatic decor with dramatic arrangements in autumnal colors of eggplant, burgundy, greens and grey.

The gorgeous ivory wedding cake by Amy Beck Cake Design mimicked some accents on Elizabeth’s dress.

Sweetchic Events. Averyhouse. Amy Beck Cake Design.

I loved the leafy gobo lighting treatment covering the walls! We also created a dramatic feasting table for the Bridal Party.

The grey succulents were absolutely perfect!

I loved Elizabeth’s bouquet with garden roses, succulents and brunia berries… it was gorgeous!

We put together a yummy candy table that their guests loved!

45. The Ivy Room. Avery House. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom with Charlene. Chicago Wedding Planner.

The party was not complete without a Smilebooth!

54. The Ivy Room. Avery House. Sweetchic Events.


Thank you Elizabeth & David for letting me share in your gorgeous wedding day!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ivy Room  
Photographer: Avery House

Wedding Planner: Sweetchic Events
Ceremony Musicians: White Lake Quartet
Officiant: Cantor Aviva Katzman

Caterer: Limelight
Decor & Floral: Flower Firm
Baker: Amy Beck Cake Design 
DJ: Toast and Jam 
Hair & Makeup: Sonia Roselli
Transportation: Windy City Limos
Photobooth: Smilebooth



Happy Anniversary Sara & Iain!

Happy Anniversary to  Sara & Iain!

Slightly belated, but on June 23rd, last year, Sarah & Iain said “I do!” at the Douglas Dawson Gallery.

11. Sara.Iain. Douglas Dawnson Gallery. Steve Koo Photography Sweetchic Events.

Steve Koo Photography
(see the rest of their intimate garden wedding here, and here)

How to Re-Use Your Wedding Ceremony Flowers

When you want to maximize your floral budget, opt to re-use your ceremony décor so that it pulls double duty at your reception. Below are just a few examples of how this can be done beautifully! When you work with your florist, discuss this in advance so he/she can plan out your centerpieces and decor with this in mind.

Here, the tall centerpieces were used to flank the aisle and create some extra drama to the ceremony decor.

fleur.kenny kim photography Photos by Kenny Kim Photography | Florals by Fleur

Or use your bridesmaids bouquets to elegantly line the front your sweetheart or head table.

bouquets re-used on sweetheart table wedding Photos by Kenny Kim Photography|| Florals by Fleur
See the rest of Leslie & James wedding at the Rookery here, here and here!

Even low centerpieces can be used to line your ceremony aisle! Using these tall, stemmed candle holders offer height along the aisle… but aren’t so intrusive that they’ll get in the way of dinner conversation. TIP: Just be sure to have your florist ribbon off the center aisle and also along the rows of chairs so that guests don’t accidentally step into the aisle and knock the delicate stemmed candle holders over!!

tallcandleholdersreused Photos by Brian Kinyon; Florals by Vale of Enna

A more modern look is created by placing your centerpieces on clear acrylic pedestals to line the aisle. The centerpieces almost look as if they are floating!

Flower Firm. Fragola Productions Photos by Fragola Productions | Floral by Flower Firm
See the rest of Boris & Karen’s wedding at the River East Arts Center here, here and here!

Here, purple hydrangeas are moved from petite vases on the ceremony chairs and to the soon-to-be sweets table at the reception. Remember that flowers can also be transplanted from one type of container to another container for a different look.

purplehydrangeaaisledecorandsweetstableaccents Photos by Yazyjo | Florals by Scarlet Petal
See the rest of Chin & Stephen’s wedding at Cafe Brauer herehere and here!

Of course, you’ll need to work out the logistics with your wedding coordinator and florist! There needs to be a clear plan so that the switch from ceremony to reception is seamless. Have fun repurposing your beautiful ceremony florals!