Archives for November 2013

Courtney & Clay’s River East Art Center Wedding – Part 1

Happy Friday, it’s hard to believe it’s mid November (although the cold weather is proof enough)! Sweetchic is finally done with our 2013 wedding season, and we have some wonderful weddings to share with you. First up:

Courtney & Clay were referred to us by one of our favorite 2011 brides, Emily. Apparently, Emily’s twin sister, Allison, introduced Courtney and Clay, and the rest… is history! Courtney was such a joy to work with throughout the process, she is SUCH a cheerful, happy person! And better yet, she was SO relaxed about the wedding! She didn’t let the little things get to her, and trusted her dream team of vendors that she hired to get the job done!

One of our favorite photographers, Dennis Lee, was on hand to capture every moment, as was Ben Mahoney of Leap Wedding Films!

1. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Wedding dress hanging in window.

2. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride Looking in Mirror.

3. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Groomsmen. Cheers.

4. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Groom Reading Card from Bride.

7. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Revel Decor. Groom's miniture cala lilly boutonierre.

 

6. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Revel Decor. Ivory Garden Rose Bouquet with Bead Keepsake.

9. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride putting on dress.

 

Courtney had a “First Look” with her Dad, even before her First Look with Clay! It was truly a memorable and sweet moment… and everyone in the room nearly lost it! I absolutely loved this idea, it was so special!

11. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. First Look with Father of the Bride.

12. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride reading card from groom.

14. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Personalized Wedding Day Map.

15. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Groomsmen.

 

Time for their First Look!

16. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Groom waiting for First Look

17. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. First Look.

18. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events.  First Look.

19. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. First Look.

 

I loved their preppy color palette, navy blue and kelly green. Courtney asked all her girls to wear a navy dress – any navy dress of their choice – and most of them already had bridesmaids dresses from past weddings in navy!

20. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bridesmaids in Navy Blue Dresses.

21. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom near Chicago River.

23. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.

 

One of my favorite photo spots in Chicago, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond, in Lincoln Park!

24. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bridal Party. Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pond.

25. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom. Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pond.

27. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events.

 

I love the River East Arts Center… I’m sad to say they’re no longer a reception venue as of 2014!! We held their ceremony “in the round” so that they were surrounded by their family friends on all sides.

29. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Revel Decor. Ceremony.

 

The branches and wooden pedestals brought in from Revel Decor added some “rustic” elements that Courtney loved.

30. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Revel Decor. Ceremony Aisle Decor. Tall Hydrangea and Curly Willow.

32. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Ringbearer with Here Comes The Bride Sign.

33. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Brides Entrance.

34. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events.

35. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Ceremony

36. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. Revel Decor. Navy Blue Dresses. White Rose, Bells of Ireland Bouquet.

37. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events.

39. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events. The Kiss.

40. River East Art Center Wedding. Dennis Lee Photography. Sweetchic Events.

 Stay tuned for Part 2!

VENDORS:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: River East Art Center
Photographer: Dennis Lee Photography
Wedding Planner: Sweetchic Events
Videographer: Leap Weddings
Ceremony Musicians: Parkwest Strings
Decor: Revel Decor
Caterer: Food For Thought

Band: Peter Hennes Orchestra
Ceremony Officiant: Diane Dardon
Linen: Chaircovers by Sylwia
Make-Up:  Juli Valdez

Hair: Salon Buzz
Baker: Il Giardino Del Dolce
Transportation: Windy City Limos