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)

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