Real Chicago Wedding: Julia & Jake, University Club of Chicago

What happens when you book your wedding date on a weekend where there are literally no hotel rooms available (thank you gigantic city-wide medical convention) and virtually all of your guests are traveling in for the wedding? Well, you move your wedding date of course!

Yes, this is how wedding planning began for our sweet clients, Julia and Jake. They had originally planned for a June 4th wedding and ended up getting married on a rainy, cool April 30th. Julia and Jake’s wedding day was an elegant, classy affair held at the University Club of Chicago in the stunning Cathedral Hall. They chose a springy palette of whites and greens with touches of Bells of Ireland, as a nod to Julia’s Irish heritage and StemLine Creative did an amazing job pulling it all together. Their guests danced the night away to the incredible sounds of the Becca Kaufman Orchestra.

Be sure to scroll to the end of the post for the killer team of vendors, but take your time with these jaw-dropping photos from Emilia Jane Photography!

Happy {almost} anniversary, Julia and Jake! We loved planning with you!

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Vendor Team

Venue: University Club of Chicago
Photography: Emilia Jane Photography
Floral & Decor: StemLine Creative
Entertainment: Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists
Wedding Dresser: Caroline Shaw
Officiant: Rev it Up
Photobooth: Shutterbooth Chicago
Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Getting Ready Location: Langham Chicago

Real Chicago Wedding: Leta & Joe, The Murphy Auditorium

Last December we had the pleasure of working with Leta and Joe on their holiday-inspired wedding at the beautiful Murphy Auditorium. With holiday cheer all around us, we thought it would be fun to revisit their festive wedding day!

All photos were taken by Matt Mason Photography.

Leta and Joe got ready at the Viceroy Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast. They chose to surround themselves with family in their wedding party, including Joe’s daughters, Leta’s sister and their niece and nephews. We love to see couples surrounded by family on their wedding day!

One of our favorite moments of the whole day was Leta’s first look with her darling father. He was so moved when he saw her for the first time in her stunning wedding dress! Leta and Joe’s first look in the sun-filled, bright penthouse at the Viceroy was so lovely as well.

The couple and their wedding party went up to the rooftop for photos and then headed over to the Murphy to prepare for the ceremony!

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Leta and Joe’s ceremony was officiated by their dear friend who personalized it so beautifully for them. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room during their vows!

All of the jaw-dropping floral and decor you see was done by The Flower Firm. Leta had a very specific vision (that included as many Christmas trees as possible!) and Ashley and her team executed it flawlessly. We used a simple line of pipe and drape to hide the band’s equipment and serve as a crisp white ceremony backdrop. So obsessed with all the stained glass and architectural elements at this venue!

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While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, we were all busy flipping the event space from ceremony to dinner and dancing. It was all hands on deck for an hour as we completely transformed the space. Paramount Events and their team did an amazing job getting the tables set and served the guests the most delicious dinner. Flower Firm stunned, yet again, with the holiday-inspired centerpieces. It was so festive and twinkly in the room!

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As soon as dinner ended, the one and only Chicago Catz kicked off the opening of the dance floor with some very special dances. In addition to Leta and Joe’s first dance, Leta had a sweet dance with her father and Joe chose to dance with his twin daughters. It was so adorable!

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This was such a special day and we’re so grateful to Leta and Joe for including all of us! The team they assembled was top-notch and the day went off without a hitch! Happy holidays, everyone!

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Three cheers for a rockstar team!


Venue: The Murphy Auditorium
Photography: Matt Mason Photography
Floral & Decor: The Flower Firm
Catering: Paramount Events
Entertainment: Chicago Catz
Lighting: Frost
Getting Ready Venue: Viceroy Chicago
Hair: Changes Salon
Makeup: Dawn Bliss Beauty

Real Chicago Wedding: Jessica & Alex, LondonHouse Chicago

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since Jess and Alex’s lovely LondonHouse Chicago wedding. 10/14/17 was one of those days you ask any Chicago wedding professional about and we go immediately to the weather - it was a complete wash-out! It rained all day, and I mean poured. Jess and Alex were so great about it though, and didn’t want to change any of their plans that day. It was so amazing to see them enjoy every second of their wedding day and not let the weather dampen (hah!) their spirits. They had some really great moments and fun details, all perfectly captured by Ed & Aileen Photography. Enjoy!

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The LondonHouse was the perfect setting for their quintessential Chicago wedding - breathtaking views of the city, stunning architecture and just a short walk to many of the best Chicago landmarks. The ladies spent the morning in the bridal suite getting beautified by the team at Bianca Sansosti Artistry, while the guys cleaned up and got ready just down the hall.

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One of the best features of the the LondonHouse is, of course, the stunning cupola on the top floor of the building - this is where you get the best views of our gorgeous city. Naturally, Jess and Alex decided to have their first look up there and we dodged some major raindrops to get them out there. I’d say it was worth it for these EPIC photos!

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After that stunner of a first look, Jess and Alex met up with their wedding party to head up to Lakeview for photos outside Wrigley Field. Did we mention they’re Cubs superfans?! They even got an interview with WGN!

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Perhaps one of the most memorable moments the entire day was when Alex surprised Jess with a visit from their beloved puppy, Wrigley. (Remember, they’re super fans!) He arranged for their dog walker to meet them across the street from the hotel on the riverwalk and got her over there under the guise of taking more photos. The rain and nearly 2 hours of photos were starting to get to Jess, but that all changed when she saw Wrigley walking towards her. We’re so in love with these photos of her reaction!

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After everyone came in and dried off, we got ready to send this lovely couple down the aisle. Jason and his team at Flowers for Dreams created the most beautiful chuppah to honor Alex’s Jewish heritage, including his family’s tallit that was strung from the top. The bold paper elements were provided by Magnificent Milestones, who always does such a wonderful job executing our clients’ visions!

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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a delicious and festive cocktail hour just outside the ballroom while the amazing teams at LondonHouse and Flowers for Dreams transformed the ballroom from ceremony to reception. The centerpieces from Flowers for Dreams were beautiful and understated and the long head table was just stunning! Jess and Alex’s guests grooved all night long to the sounds of Bluewater Kings Band. They had the dance floor packed all night long!

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Real Chicago Wedding: Aubyn & Danny, Kimpton Gray Hotel

Aubyn and Danny were married on a beautiful day in late June at the stunning Kimpton Gray Hotel, using both their ballroom and restaurant. Niki coordinated this wedding and formed a wonderful bond with the couple right away, working closely with them to make sure all the final wedding details came together with ease. It was such a pleasure to work on this wedding with the fantastic team at The Gray and such an extra bonus to walk away with awesome new friends!

All of these gorgeous photos are courtesy of Peter Gubernat Photography.

BONUS: Check out their incredible wedding film from Red + Olive. We dare you not to cry!

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Aubyn has a booming personality and Danny has a very chill demeanor – they both are hysterical and SO in love with one another! Their love for each other was so evident all throughout their wedding day.

They held their wedding ceremony in the stunning ballroom in The Gray. We can’t get enough of the modern chandeliers in there! After the ceremony, guests proceeded literally down the hall into the hotel’s restaurant, Boleo. This space is edgy, modern and moody - perfect for a knockout dance party. Maybe the most interesting thing about this venue is its fully retractable roof, bringing a bit of the outside in! Guests danced the night away under the stars.

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Aubyn and Danny met when they were in a band many years ago, called Farraday. Aubyn is still one of the singers in the very popular Chicago band, Gold Coast Allstars, so as you can imagine, having one of its band members get married, the band played a little “EXTRA” at Aubyn and Danny’s Chicago wedding! As you will notice in the amazing photos, their wedding was quite the party!

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Vendor Team:

Photographer: Peter Gubernat Photography
Video: Fox + Ivory
Floral: Redberry Floral
Venue: Kimpton Gray Hotel
Music: Gold Coast Allstars
Hair & Makeup: Pin Me Up

Real Chicago Wedding: Tess & Mike, South Shore Cultural Center

Today this lovely couple celebrates their second anniversary, so I thought it would be fun to revisit their beautiful wedding day! Tess and Mike were married on a {very hot} Saturday in early June at the historic South Shore Cultural Center. We were lucky enough to have the very talented Amanda Hein Photography there with us to capture all of the wonderful moments!

This venue holds a particularly special place in my heart, as it is where my grandparents were married in the 1940's when it was a private country club. I'm always struck by this feeling of being connected to them when I walk through the doors and I just love that! It's incredible to think that much of it hasn't changed in all of those decades - one of the many things I love about working in a city so full of history.

But, I digress - back to this stunner of a wedding!

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Tess spent the morning with her mother and bridesmaids at her parents' GORGEOUS Victorian home in suburban Riverside. The ladies were so relaxed as they got their hair and makeup done by stylists and artists from Solo Salon. Amanda snapped photos of Tess and the ladies on the lush green grounds of their house - it made for the most perfect backdrop!

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While the ladies were busy getting beautiful, the guys were across town getting ready at the University Club. This was an impressive group of groomsmen, who all looked so dapper in classic black tuxes.

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The couple's first look and ceremony both took place in the Dining Room - this room is just stunning with its floor to ceiling windows, black and white checkered floor and hand-painted details.

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Following their sweet first look, Tess, Mike and their wedding party and parents went outside for some fun, sun-filled photos because...lakefront! One of the many perks of the Cultural Center is its proximity to our beautiful Lake Michigan and they really took advantage of it!

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Obsessed with Tess's all-peony bouquet from Violet Flower Shop!

Obsessed with Tess's all-peony bouquet from Violet Flower Shop!

Tess and Mike's ceremony was definitely one to remember. It was heartfelt and so full of emotion and don't even get me started on those darling ring bearers!!

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From the ceremony, guests moved into the Solarium for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. For the escort card table, we used their personal collection of silver platters, milk glass and vintage cake stands. It was such a playful way to display the cards and loose greens were the perfect addition!

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Such fun guest favors!

Such fun guest favors!

For this wedding, it was so great to get to use all 3 spaces in the South Shore Cultural Center - we moved from the Solarium to the Theater for dinner and dancing and this was when things really got fun!

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Their favorite limoncello cheesecake was handmade by Tess's mother!

Their favorite limoncello cheesecake was handmade by Tess's mother!

Tess's family has a long-standing tradition of surprising the happy couple with a group Irish dance and this one did not disappoint! When Tess and Mike were introduced into the reception, we ushered them right up on to the stage where they watched about 80 of their closest family and friends perform the Siege of Ennis, a very intricate Irish line dance. It was the most amazing thing to watch and Tess and Mike couldn't believe their eyes! The photos of their reactions are some of my favorite of the whole day!

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After the excitement of that performance, guests were treated to a delicious spread from Wishbone Catering and the most incredible sweets display from Bittersweet Bakery. They danced the night away to the sounds of the Chicago Groove Collective, but not before we had some very special dances. Tess and Mike danced for the first time to a song beautifully performed by their friend, Lily and Tess performed a traditional Irish dance with her father. Everyone loved it! 

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This day was so full of special, personal touches, which is what we strive for for all of our clients' weddings! It was a wedding we won't soon forget! Hope you enjoyed the beautiful photos from Amanda Hein!

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How gorgeous is Tess's pink sapphire ring?!

How gorgeous is Tess's pink sapphire ring?!

Guests had so much fun in photo booth from the Traveling Photo Booth!

Guests had so much fun in photo booth from the Traveling Photo Booth!

CREATIVE TEAM


Venue: South Shore Cultural Center
Photographer: Amanda Hein Photography
Floral & Decor: Violet Flower Shop
Catering: Wishbone Catering
Dessert: Bittersweet Bakery
Cocktail Music: Mike Knauf Music
Band: Chicago Groove Collective
Hair & Makeup: Solo Salon
Linens: Windy City Linen
Photobooth: Traveling Photo Booth
Transportation: M&M Limousine Service

Real Chicago Wedding: Nida & Aamer, Zhou B Art Center

I have such a soft spot for weddings steeped in culture and tradition, and particularly ones that are so different from my own heritage. It's such a cool perk of the job - getting to learn about other cultures through their wedding traditions. Nida and Aamer's families are from Pakistan, and so they chose to include many traditional elements in their wedding day, while also blending in some of their own personalities. It made for a very unique wedding experience for their guests!

These beautiful photos are courtesy of Kat Hartigan of Kat/Eye Studios

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Aamer wore pieces that belonged to his grandfather, including his watch. His beautiful headpiece was hand-carried from Pakistan, in pieces, by a family member and reassembled that morning. It was incredibly heavy!

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After getting ready at the Fairmont Hotel, Nida and Aamer had their first look at the beautiful, lush Lakeshore East Park, just behind the hotel. It was the perfect backdrop and the weather could not have been more delightful!

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In Pakistani tradition, it is customary for the groom to travel to the wedding accompanied by his family members, in a processional called a Baraat. Following their first look, the couple parted ways so that Aamer could have a traditional Baraat with his family and friends. When they arrived at Zhou B Art Center, Aamer and his party were escorted up to the entrance by a dhol drummer and flautist, where they were greeted by Nida's parents and escorted inside. This was one of the most magical parts of the day; to see the two families come together with such joy and anticipation was so memorable. I especially love the photo below where Nida and Aamer's mothers are embracing - so beautiful!

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Nida and Aamer were very clear in their design direction from the very beginning; they wanted it to be contemporary and modern with elements of warmth and approachability. Sophia and her team at Kehoe Designs executed this design so flawlessly.

The ceremony decor was incredibly breathtaking! I even heard a few wedding guests literally gasp as they walked into the space! The gorgeous drapery was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony, and the lighting overhead and down the aisle made the space feel so magical.

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Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios

Following the ceremony, guests were greeted with refreshing mocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres from LM Catering. While they sipped on their drinks, guests perused the massive seating chart, that was hand-drawn by Reenie Rose, on a beautifully ornate mirror. 

Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios

It was so much fun working with Nida, Aamer and Kehoe Designs to design their dinner and dancing space. Zhou B Art Center is such a blank slate with plenty of concrete, pillars, raw ceilings and so much natural light! Aamer spent much of his childhood in Hong Kong, so one of the things he knew he wanted to incorporate was an assortment of Chinese lanterns. We opted to suspend them from the ceiling, which really made the space feel so full and brought your eyes up the moment you stepped into the room! Nida and Aamer knew they didn't want to overdo it with floral, so the blooms they did include had sentimental value for them, which was so special. Their unique table numbers, designed by Magnificent Milestones, were such a fun illustration of the cities where they were born, Chicago and Lahore, in Pakistan.

Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios

Guests were really ready to party once dinner was over! We kicked dancing off with a beautiful medley of songs performed by Nida's siblings and nephews, and a few heartfelt toasts given by some of their dearest friends. DJ Damaniac from DesiBel Entertainment and his talented musicians kept Nida, Aamer and their guests dancing for hours - even Aamer got in on the fun!

Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios

We ended this incredible day with a sparkler exit and a quick outfit change for Nida! So much fun!!

Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios
Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios

Before we go, I have to share a few more great photos of Nida and Aamer. Kat from Kat/Eye Studios captured their dynamic personalities so perfectly!

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Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago Wedding Coordinator-Clover Events-Zhou B Art Center-KatEye Studios

CREATIVE TEAM


Venue: Zhou B Art Center
Hotel: Fairmont Chicago
Photographer: Kat/Eye Studios
Videographer: Smiling Toad Productions
Floral & Decor: Kehoe Designs
Catering: LM Catering
DJ: DesiBel Entertainment
Hair & Makeup: Bianca Sansosti Artistry
Invitations & Day-of Papers: Magnificent Milestones
Seating Mirror: Reenie Rose
Linens: Windy City Linen
Photobooth: Shutterbooth Chicago
Transportation: M&M Limousine Service

Real Chicago Wedding: Katie & Wyatt, Chicago History Museum

When you think of an outdoor ceremony on August 12 in Chicago, you assume HEAT! Last August 12, though, Katie and Wyatt got so lucky with a perfect 70-degree sunny day. We could not have asked for a more beautiful evening for a ceremony on the outdoor plaza at the iconic Chicago History Museum.

Hope you enjoy these incredible photos from Emilia Jane Photography as much as we do!

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Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

The ladies got ready in the spacious Elizabeth Taylor Suite at the Ambassador Chicago Hotel, where they sipped champagne while Bianca Sansosti Artistry worked their hair and makeup magic. 

Katie's custom wedding dress from Alyssa Kristin Bridal was absolute perfection paired with her gorgeous bouquet of orange and peach from Revel Decor.

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

Can we talk about this ridiculous letterpress invitation suite from Bluebird Paper Company?! The colorful envelope liner and sketch of the Chicago History Museum were hand-drawn by Katie Cochara, the owner of Bluebird. I love how simple and elegant it is, but it still manages to make such an impact!

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

The suite's balcony overlooking our beautiful city served as the perfect first look spot for Katie and Wyatt!

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

After the couple's portraits at the Ambassador Chicago, it was time to head out for Wedding Party photos! Katie and Wyatt wanted a combination of skyline and lake, so North Avenue Beach and the Lincoln Park Zoo were the perfect fit. So obsessed with these summery, sun-drenched photos!

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Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
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While the Wedding Party was out and about, our all-star team was busy setting up at the Chicago History Museum. The ceremony and cocktail hour were held on the plaza outside overlooking a beautiful city park. Like I said earlier, it was such a gift to be able to be outdoors for these parts of Katie and Wyatt's day - you better believe we had rain and extreme heat back-up plans just in case Mother Nature decided to do something crazy!

Guests were greeted by beautiful melodies played by a few of the talented musicians at BeatMix Music. Revel Decor did an amazing job of dressing up the plaza for the ceremony with lush, garden-style arrangements flanking the aisle.

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

As guests headed over to enjoy cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres from Limelight Catering, they picked their escort card off this amazing boxwood wall. The "push pins" were actual flowers called "billy balls!" Such a fun, unique touch!

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

The Chicago Room at the History Museum is one of my favorite rooms in the entire city. One of the things I love most is that, even though I have worked there countless times, it looks so unique and different each time. We worked with the incredible team at Revel Decor to bring in some super cool, custom elements that helped to completely transform the space. When guests came in from cocktails, they were greeted by the custom bar and bar-back that looked like they were made for the space! I wish I could post 100 photos of the room, because it was SO GOOD!

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

Each of Katie and Wyatt's guests found their seat at the table by looking for their personalized menu card. I love how Bluebird Paper Company carried the sketch of the History Museum onto their wedding day papers as well! This was such a great way to keep the details cohesive!

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

The cake from Bittersweet Pastry was so simple and so elegant with its marble-like base tier, accented by beautiful blooms from Revel!

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

Katie and Wyatt's guests danced the night away to the dynamic and energetic TC2 Band - the dance floor was packed all night!

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

We ended this wonderful day with the most delicious sweets table from Limelight Catering, including "W" cookies as a nod to their last name and their love of the Chicago Cubs!

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

To sum this wedding up in a word: PERFECTION. From the couple, to the weather, to the creative team - it was just a magical day! More details on our amazing team are below.

Thanks for reading!

Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding
Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Chicago History Museum-Katie Wyatt Wedding

CREATIVE TEAM

Venue: Chicago History Museum
Hotel: Ambassador Chicago
Photographer: Emilia Jane Photography
Floral & Decor: Revel Decor
Catering: Limelight Catering
Band: TC2
Ceremony Musicians: BeatMix Music
Hair & Makeup: Bianca Sansosti Artistry
Bakery: Bittersweet Pastry Shop
Invitations & Day-of Papers: Bluebird Paper Company
Officiant: Spirited Weddings
Linens: BBJ Linen
Transportation: M&M Limousine Service