Archives for August 2013

Louis & Kara’s Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding

A month before their June wedding, Louis and Kara realized they needed a bit more help tying up some loose ends, and so they enlisted my help to pull together their natural and romantic wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Despite the distance from the city, the CBG is one of my favorite venues! It is so gorgeous on its own, it hardly needs much decoration. Florist Alex with Exquisite Designs kept the centerpieces relaxed and natural in shades of cornflower blue, white, and green.

One of my very favorite elements of their wedding was Kara wedding gown and her bridesmaids dresses… Kara’s mom made all of them by hand! They were simple, elegant, beautifully tailored, and fit each lady to a T. So unique and special, and made with love.

Photographers Life on Prints candidly captured their day and shared these beautiful photos with us.

1. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Groom Getting Ready.

2. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Shades of Blue and White Invitations.

Kara’s wedding gown, created by her mom!

3. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Custom Made Gown by the Mother of the Bride.

4 .  Custom Made Wedding Gown. Hand Made by Mom.

6. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Bride Walking with Parents Down the Aisle.

7. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Groom Getting a First Look of Bride at Ceremony

I absolutely love ceremonies in the English Walled Garden! You could not dream up a more romantic setting!

8. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Ceremony in the English Garden.

They also did a traditional hand-fasting ceremony.

9. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Ceremony in the English Garden. Tying the Knot.

10. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Ceremony in the English Garden. The Kiss.

11. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Exquisite Designs. Bride in custom made gown. Bouquet of white peonies, blue scabiosa, blue muscari.

12. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom.

13. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom by waterfall.

14. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom on Bridge with Weeping Willow.

15. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Exquisite Designs. Groomsmen in Grey Suits wth Blue Ties and Blue Boutonniere with Dusty Miller.

A lovely shot of Kara and her bridesmaids, and you can see all the lovely custom-made dresses!

17. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Exquisite Designs. White and Blue Bouquets accented with Dusty Miller. White Peonies, Blue Muscari.

Onto the reception in McGinley Pavilion.

18. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. McGinley Pavilion Reception.

19. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Exquisite Designs. Escort Card Table with Blue , Green, White Hydrangea with accents of delphiniums.

Beautiful, rustic centerpieces with blue and white hydrangea, white lisianthus, blue delphiniums and accents of greenery in silver mint julep cups, and surrounded by floating candles and silver mercury glass votives.

20. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Exquisite Designs Low Centerpiece arrangement with blue and white hydrangea with accents of blue.

21. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Exquisite Designs. Low Centerpiece arrangement with blue and white hydrangea with accents of green.

22. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events.  Exquisite Designs. Low Centerpiece arrangement with blue and white hydrangea with sumberged willow

23. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Exquisite Designs. Class Cylinder Trios with Submerged Curly willow and floating candle.

24. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. First Dance.

25. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events.  Father Daughter Dance.

26. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events.  Mother Son Dance.

27. Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding. Life on Prints. Sweetchic Events. Kiss at Table.

Vendors:
Photography: Life On Prints
Ceremony and Reception: Chicago Botanic Garden
Catering: Culinary Landscapes
Wedding Coordinator: Sweetchic Events
Band: Swing Assembly
Florist: Exquisite Designs
Officiant: Jeremy Binckes (friend)

Jen & Eric’s Rookery Wedding – Part 2

 Here is Part 1 of Jen and Eric’s soft, romantic wedding at the Rookery!

The spiral staircase at the Rookery is almost reason enough to host your wedding there!

34.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom on Rookery Staircase.

35.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom on Rookery Staircase. Shot from above.

36.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bridal Party.

37.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vale of Enna. Escort Card Table Gold Manzanita Tree with Accents of Pink and White Orchids and Mini Lanterns.

38.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Gray and Pale Pink Escort Cards.

39.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Elegant and Classic Reception

40.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Classic and Elegant Rookery Reception.

41.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Classic Pocket Menu inside Silver Linens.

I love the giant gold candelabras Vale of Enna used on the tables with a lush spray of roses, hydrangea and orchids at the top!

42.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vale of Enna. Gold Candelabrum Centerpieces with Ivory Hydrangeas, Blush and Ivory Peonies, Roses, and orchid

43.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vale of Enna. Gold Candelabrum with Ivory Hydrangeas, Blush and Ivory Peonies, Blush Roses, and Orchids.

44. Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vale of Enna. Lush array of ivory and champagne roses, peonies, soft pink  orchids. Mercury glass votice holde

45.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bittersweet. White and Ivory Wedding Cake topped with pale pink roses.

46.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Cake Cutting.

47.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom at Sweetheart Table.

Jen and Eric wanted to pay respect to Eric’s Korean heritage, and so they had a  48.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Paebaeck Ceremony Set-Up

49.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Paebaeck Ceremony Ducks.

A traditional hanbok.

51.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Paebaek Ceremony. Bride's Traditional Dress.

53.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Paebaek Ceremony

54.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Paebaek Ceremony

55.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. First Dance.

58.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Kiss during First Dance.

 

VENDORS

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Rookery Building
Caterer: Jewell 
Photographer: Kevin Le Photography 
Wedding Coordinator: Lindsey of Sweetchic Events
Florist: Vale of Enna
Ceremony Musicians: String Theory
Baker: Bittersweet
DJ: Toast and Jam
Lighting and Drapery: Art of Imagination
Make-up & Hair: Grace Lin
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
Paebaek Ceremony: Vogue Fashion

Jen & Eric’s Rookery Wedding – Part 1

Here at Sweetchic, we are always thrilled when we get to coordinate a wedding at the Rookery! Our Associate, Lindsey, had the pleasure of sending Jen and Eric down the aisle this past June with the help of a stellar team of vendors. Eric and Jen wanted a romantic and soft wedding in shades of pinks, ivories and metallics, and we achieved just that! Jen flew her friend and photographer, Kevin Le of Kevin Le Photography, to Chicago to document their day and the resulting photos are simply beautiful!

Jen and her bridesmaids got ready at the elegant JW Marriott, which is conveniently across the street from the Rookery.

2.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. JW Marriott

Makeup artist, Grace Lin, came all the way from southern California to transform Jen and her bridesmaids!

3.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride Getting Make-Up Done.

4.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride Getting Make-Up Done.

5.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride's all lace dress.

6.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride's lace dress with personalized hanger.

7.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Ring on Heel of Shoe.

I’m in love with this shot of Jen… the lighting, the pose, the Rookery building in the background. Perfection!

8.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride.

9.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vale of Enna. Soft Pink and Champagne Bride's Bouquet with Ivory Stephanotis with Pearl Centers.

Beautiful bouquets in soft pinks and ivory by Vale of Enna.

10.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vale of Enna. Blush Pink Bridesmaids Dresses. White and Ivory Rose with Pale Pink Rose Accent Bouquets.

11.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Groom with Ring.

First Look on the second floor of the JW Marriott; Eric anxiously awaits his bride.

12.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vale of Enna. Groom waiting for First Look. Pale pink ranunuculus and stephanotis with pearls boutonniere.

13.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. First Look.

15.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom in front of artwork.

16.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bridal Party.

The classic wedding party shot in front of the Federal Reserve Building.

18.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bridal Party outside of Board of Trade.

Sweet pomanders with pink spray roses hung from the gold chiavari chairs.

19.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vale of Enna. Pale Blush Pink Spray Rose Pomander Aisle Decor.

A dramatic floral arrangement in a tall gold vessel welcomed guests to the Rookery.

21.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vale of Enna. Guest Book Table. Tall White Hydrangea, Blush Peonies and Rose Arrangement in Gold Trumpet Vase

Cute postcards for guests to fill out for Jen & Eric… “A recipe for a happy marriage…”

22.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Card Guest Book.

23.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Recipe for a Marriage card guest book.

24.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Ceremony.

Jen’s trip down the aisle included a long walk down the dramatic staircase, dotted with gold mercury glass votives.

25.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Father and Bride entrance down stairs in Rookery

26.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Father and Bride Entrance.

27.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events.

28.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events.

29.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Ceremony.

30.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Putting on Ring.

31.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events.

32.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Ceremony Kiss on Cheek.

33.  Rookery Wedding. Kevin Le Photography. Sweetchic Events. Recessional.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

VENDORS

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Rookery Building
Caterer: Jewell 
Photographer: Kevin Le Photography 
Wedding Coordinator: Lindsey of Sweetchic Events
Ceremony Musicians: String Theory
Florist: Vale of Enna
Baker: Bittersweet
DJ: Toast and Jam
Lighting and Drapery: Art of Imagination
Make-up & Hair: Grace Lin
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
Paebaek Ceremony: Vogue Fashion