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Olga and Brad: The Langham Hotel

August 19, 2015

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Olga and Brad tied the knot in Barbados in May, but they brought the celebration back to the Windy City due to their Chicago roots. One week after their wedding ceremony, they held a fabulous reception, and we had the honor of planning this special occasion! The reception took place Memorial Day weekend at the Langham Hotel in Chicago.

Guests were greeted at the cocktail hour with delicious hors d’oeuvres, including sushi rolls and tomato soup with mini grilled cheese, and live music performed by Matt with Okyne Media.  Kehoe Designs created quite the first impression on the place card table with a collection of tall vessels in various sizes with submerged florals and vibrant magenta and purple hues. After mingling, guests made their way into Devonshire Ballroom to view a video of Olga and Brad’s Barbados ceremony before enjoying dinner and dancing.

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The ballroom was breathtaking! Half of the guest tables featured high tall glass vibrant floral arrangements accented with candlelight that provided a warm glow throughout the room. The other half of the tables had low lush arrangements filled with greenery and stylized purple and magenta floral, supplemented by romantic candlelight.

Olga and Brad sat at a sweetheart table for two, which was adorned with a beautiful floral centerpiece in colors that coordinated with the guest tables. We enhanced the romantic and elegant setting with soft uplighting, pin spots, and a soft pool of texture lighting on the dance floor.

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The evening concluded with a decadent sweets table, featuring mini mason jar pies, an assortment of cupcakes, chocolate french silk tartlettes, and brownie bites. It was a fabulous (2nd) celebration for Olga and Brad!

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Wedding Day Details: 

Date: May 23rd, 2015 / Coordinator: Jaclyn and Ashley, JDetailed Events, Inc.  / Photographer: Neil Stern / Reception Location: The Langham Hotel / Floral and Decor: Kehoe Designs / Entertainment: Okyne Media 

 

 

Amy and Blake: Chicago Botanic Garden

August 14, 2015

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Amy and I became fast friends through the planning process. She would glow with excitement at each planning meeting and had a clear vision of what she envisioned for her and Blake’s summer wedding. Amy and Blake picked one of our favorite venues, the Chicago Botanic Garden, for their reception and the historic Old St. Patrick’s Church for their ceremony. We had a blast bringing Amy and Blake’s vision to life throughout the year of planning!

There was so much excitement in Amy’s suite when we arrived on the wedding day. Amy looked stunning in her silk taffeta Amsale dress with french lace detail. Amy carried a gorgeous lush all-white bouquet full of peonies, ranunculus, and hand-wired gardenia blooms. The bridesmaids wore long slate-blue dresses and each carried a different bouquet to create an ombre effect.

Amy and Blake had a beautiful ceremony at Old St. Patrick’s Church. After saying “I Do,” they hopped in a classic, vintage white car and made their way to Chicago Botanic Garden to celebrate.
HMR Designs transformed the McGinley Pavilion at the Chicago Botanic Garden into a gorgeous garden elegant affair. We incorporated both round and rectangular tables topped with a mix of blush and taupe linens. The round tables hosted a collection of myrtle topiary, pillar candles, and mono-botanic blooms of coral charm and blush peonies, ivory roses and blush spray roses and salmon ranunculus. Mercury glass and clear votive candles completed the design.

A lush garland of lemon leaf foliage ran down the center of each rectangular table, accented with coral and blush peonies, ivory and peach spray roses, and blush roses. A beautiful greenery garland connected Amy and Blake’s chairs at the head table. Botanical menu cards were tucked in each napkin topped with a sprig of fresh lavender.

Guest enjoyed a fabulous meal by Culinary Landscapes and delicious wedding cake featuring passionfruit, red velvet, and devil’s food with chocolate ganache before dancing the night away to the sounds of Gold Coast All Stars.

A sparkler exit concluded the evening, and it was a perfect wedding day for Amy and Blake!

 

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Wedding Day Details: 

Wedding Date: June 20th, 2015 / Wedding Planner: Jaclyn, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Ceremony Location: Old St. Patrick’s Church / Reception Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden / Band: Gold Coast All Stars / Decor Company: HMR Designs / Wedding Cake: Cake Chicago / Photographer: Gerber and Scarpelli / Videographer: Poetic Productions / Transportation: Classic Wedding Car & VIP Valet Services / Wedding Dress: Amsale / Stationary: Sincerely Martha  / MakeUp Artist: Darcy Lynn McGrath / Brides Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid / Mens Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo /  Signage Calligraphy: Caitlin Leman /  Getting Ready Location: JW Marriott 

 

Colleen and John: Butterfield Country Club

June 3, 2015

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Colleen and John’s May 16th wedding was the perfect start to the season! The day began with hair and make up at Colleen’s parents home in River Forest. Everyone was calm and relaxed enjoying the warm weather on the outdoor patio. Colleen was glowing when Erin with Revel Decor delivered the most beautiful bouquets full of lush open peonies and the most adorable babies breath flower crowns for the four flower girls.

The bridesmaids wore gorgeous light blue long dresses and carried light pink peony bouquets. Colleen looked stunning in her strapless Vera Wang gown and gold Manolo Blahnik heels. To top of the look, she had the most stunning veil embroidered with floral lace.

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The ceremony took place at St. Luke’s Church in River Forest – the same church Colleen attended growing up. The front steps were accented with a duo of lovely, soft olive green foliage, white blooms and accents of babies breath, brilliant white roses and soft clusters of hydrangea.

Clusters of olive toned greenery and soft white floral including peonies, hydrangea, mums, and roses hung from each of the pews.

The ceremony was lead by family friend which made it such a personal celebration for all. Colleen and John said their “I-do’s” and recessed down the aisle to bagpipes.

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After the ceremony, guests made their way to Butterfield Country Club and enjoyed speciality cocktails including “hers” – prosecco and raspberry and “his” – vodka stone sours on the beautiful veranda overlooking the golf greens. Personalized koozies, matchbooks, and cocktail napkins were displayed on the bars for that extra special touch. Guests also enjoyed the fabulous sushi station and passed hors d’oeuvres. Despite the weather predictions, the sun came out just in time for photos on the golf course.

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Adorable paper details including escort cards, instagram signs, thank you cards, table numbers, and sweets table signage were displayed through out the space. Before entering the ballroom, guests stopped by the stunning place card table. The table was covered in unique candle presentations in various shapes and sizes, which included clear glass, gold candlesticks, floating and pillar.  A bold floral statement full of rich white hydrangea, white roses, white peonies and tucks of gold seeded eucalyptus was displayed in the center of the candlelight.

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Revel Decor designed two different centerpieces to offer a nice variance among the tables. One half of the tables featured a rich clear glass statement with a hurricane filled with pillar candlelight highlighting the center of the table. At the edges, three compositions of white hydrangea, roses, and peonies along with wisps of gold eucalyptus were artfully arranged amongst the flickering votives in antique gold containers.

The second design was a low arrangement composed of similar white florals with a trio of stemmed floating candlelight at varying heights framing the edges. A garland composed of botanicals accented the back of the bride and groom’s chairs.

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After a delicious meal, guests enjoyed an elaborate sweets display including chocolate covered strawberries, oreo shooters, mini cheese cakes and assorted cookies to name a few. High Society Orchestra had everyone up and dancing the night away.

The evening concluded with McDonald’s burgers and fries late night. It was a perfect wedding day for Colleen & John and we wish them many years of love & happiness!

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Wedding Day Details: 

Wedding Date: May 16th, 2015 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Ceremony Location: St. Lukes, River Forest / Reception Location: Butterfield Country Club / Floral and Decor: Revel Decor / Entertainment: High Society Orchestra / Photographer: Gerber and Scarpelli, Nick Gerber / Videographer: Mirar Productions / Wedding Dress: Ultimate Bride, Monique Lhuillier / Brides Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Transportation: Chicago Trolley / Stationary: Fitzgeralds Fine Stationary 

Colleen and Matt: Bridgeport Art Center

March 13, 2015

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We kicked off 2015 with a fabulous celebration for Colleen and Matt! The wedding day began in Oak Park, Illinois, where the girls got pampered in floral robes, and the guys enjoyed hot shave appointments to get ready for the big celebration.

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Colleen looked stunning in her Vera Wang wedding dress and gorgeous pearl jewelry borrowed from her grandmother. Her beautiful winter-white bouquet consisted of white and ivory roses and freesia, accented with dusty miller. The bridesmaids wore gold, sequin long dresses and carried white roses and ranunculus bouquets. The guys looked sharp in classic black and white tuxes.

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When it was nearly time for the ceremony, the bridal party took off in a trolley, and Colleen shared a limo with her father to the church. The ceremony took place at the church Colleen grew up attending. Matt was all smiles as he saw his bride walk down the aisle.

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Meanwhile, setup was underway at Bridgeport Art Center – Skyline Loft as we prepared for the arrival of 400 guests. The Skyline Loft is located on the top floor of the building and showcases amazing panoramic views of the Chicago skyline.

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Colleen and Matt requested wedding portraits from their married guests ahead of the big day, which we placed all around the cocktail-filled elevator that carried guests up to the reception space. A perfect personal touch to kick off the evening!

Event Creative designed the room to perfection. The escort cards were displayed on a wooden farm table with a cafe light backdrop, and chic lounge groupings were placed around the cocktail hour space – a stunning first impression!

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Guests were greeted with champagne upon arrival and Blue Plate Catering passed a variety of fantastic hors d’oeuvres including buttermilk waffles with fried chicken, braised yucatan pork mini tacos, and mac and cheese cups.

Event Creative designed three different centerpieces for the guest tables. One featured beautiful shades of pale pink and white floral, a collection of milk glass, mercury vases, and candlelight. Some tables had high, clear vases overflowing with Hawaiian dendrobium orchids, and the third centerpiece design had a birch square box overflowing with pale pink floral accented with a trio of mercury candle risers. With white string cafe lights strung over the dance floor and crystal chandeliers hung above the head table, the brilliant tones of blush pink were lit up through the entire space.

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Guests enjoyed a delicious meal before heading over to the extravagant candy bar overflowing with goodies and a decadent sweets table, consisting of churros, donuts, mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors, and cheesecake lollipops.

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 The High Society Orchestra had guests up and dancing the night away. It was a perfect wedding day for Colleen and Matt, and we wish them many years of love and happiness!

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Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: January 17th, 2015 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Venue: Bridgeport Art Center – Skyline Loft / Caterer: Blue Plate Catering / Floral and Decor: Event Creative / Photographer: Gerber and Scarpelli / Band: High Society Orchestra / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Hair and MakeUp: Elena Denning and MacDaddy Salon

Blythe and Daniel: The Pavillion at Orchard Ridge Farms

March 2, 2015

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We absolutely love this winter wedding! Blythe and Daniel selected the stunning Pavillion at Orchard Ridge Farms for their winter nuptials. The Pavillion sits on a charming 130-acre private estate exuding rustic elegance. It features a captivating view of the countryside, sliding glass door exteriors, and a 40 foot masonry fireplace.

Blythe and her bridesmaids began hair and make up bright and early in the most adorable farm house near the Pavillion. Blythe presented her bridesmaids with a gorgeous fur shawl and Daniel selected a unique craft beer for each one of his groomsmen. As it was just about time for Blythe and Daniel’s first look, Blythe stepped into her perfect blush wedding gown with lace detailing on the top and bottom accented with a crystal belt. To top off this already stunning look, she wore a white fur shawl and Badgley Mishka shoes for her “something blue”. Each bridesmaid selected a long dress full of sequins and sparkle!

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Tree stumps covered in blooms were placed on each side of the ceremony aisle. Blythe and Daniel said their vows in front of the fireplace that was decorated with garland, birch containers, candlelight and floral clusters creating the perfect back drop for the couples “I do’s”.

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After the ceremony, we transitioned the room for dinner and dancing. The guest tables were topped with soft blush linens, pillar candles, hydrangeas, stock, roses, and greenery. The dreamy head table consisted of a long garland runner with floral accents and romantic candlelight.

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All enjoyed a fabulous meal by Mary’s Market Catering while dancing in between courses to live music performed by The Chicago Catz. The evening continued with an after party at the Ironworks Hotel and a special appearance from the Taco Gonzalez food truck. It was a magical wedding day for Blythe and Daniel. Thanks to Stoffer Photography for capturing all of these sweet moments!

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Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: December 12th, 2014 / Wedding Planner: Jaclyn, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Pavillion at Orchard Ridge Farms / Caterer: Mary’s Market / Photographer: Stoffer Photography / Videographer: Lexoria Films / Entertainment: The Chicago Catz / Floral and Decor: The Wishing Well Florist / Linens: Beautiful Day Linens / Cake: Cake Creations / Hair and MakeUp: Elena Denning / Accommodations: The Ironworks Hotel / Late Night Food Truck: Taco Gonazlez

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2015

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Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

We are so excited for our 2015 I Do’s! 

Check out some adorable engagement shoots featuring a few of our 2015 couples.

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Hannah and Patrick: Galleria Marchetti

January 23, 2015

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Hannah and Patrick have been friends of mine since college, and I was so honored to be a part of their big day! They are such a fun-loving couple and were all smiles and laughs, despite the wind and rain that day.

The bridal party got ready at the Conrad Chicago in matching floral robes. When the beautiful bride stepped into her Pronovias wedding dress, the bridesmaids snapped photos to capture the special moment. Hannah completed her stunning look with a vintage purse and a BHLDN belt. Pistil & Vine provided the floral, which completed the girls’ looks with classic bouquets of ivory, peach and a touch of green.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the Conrad Chicago, the groomsmen stayed well hydrated and in good spirits while enjoying gorgeous city views before heading off to the ceremony!

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The ceremony took place at Saint Clement Church, nestled right in the heart of Lincoln Park. After the ceremony, guests celebrated the newlyweds with ribbon wands under umbrellas before the bridal party took off to take pictures around the city.

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Hannah and Patrick got engaged on Lincoln Park Zoo’s Kissing Bridge, so coming back to this area was a must on their wedding day!

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Guests gathered at Galleria Marchetti for the reception, under the newly renovated tent. Pistil & Vine carried the day’s soft, romantic look through with lanterns, mercury glass and a hint of blush for each table’s centerpiece.

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Childhood photos of the bride and groom accompanied the table numbers.

The wedding cake and cupcakes were courtesy of Hannah and Patrick’s close family friend. The desserts didn’t stop there though. The couple incorporated their alma mater into the festivities with an Indiana University sweets table filled with red and white candy for guest’s to take home with them at the end of the evening.

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The evening continued with many laughs, and Standing Room Only kept the dance party going well into the night. I could not have imagined a more beautiful wedding day for such a wonderful couple!

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See the video recap by I DO video here.

Wedding Day Details: 

Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Miller, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Wedding Date: October 4th, 2014 / Ceremony Location: St. Clement Church / Reception Location: Galleria Marchetti / Photographer: Dawn E. Roscoe Photography / Videographer: I Do Video Productions / Floral and Decor: Pistil and Vine / Entertainment: Standing Room Only / Getting Ready Location: The Conrad Chicago / Wedding Dress: Pronovias 

Robin and Cyrus: Elawa Farms

January 9, 2015

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This Lake Forest wedding is one of my absolute favorites! Robin and Cyrus’s wedding was full of personalized touches that made this wedding stand out from all of the others. From incorporating their dog, Bear, into the wedding party to Robin’s father’s band getting the guests up and out of their chairs all night long, every detail was meaningful to them and truly represented their families.

The day began at Robin’s childhood home where her wedding dress hung on display in the window. While the girls relaxed in their monogrammed button downs, the groomsmen got ready at the Deer Path Inn. Robin’s engagement ring originally belonged to her grandmother, and she wore a matching bracelet along with her best friend’s veil on her big day. After everyone was ready, the groomsmen joined the girls for Robin and Cyrus’s first look before heading to the shores of Lake Michigan for pictures.

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The ceremony & reception took place at the beautiful, sprawling Elawa Farms. Their ceremony was on the top of a hill that looked down upon gorgeous gardens that guests would have a chance to walk through on their way to the reception. The girls wore sweetheart blush dresses while the men all wore Vineyard Vines ties, with Cyrus (and Bear) in matching bow ties. Acoustic guitarists set the tone for the ceremony before giving way to a bagpiper leading Robin and her father down the aisle. It was breathtaking!

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At the conclusion of the ceremony, Robin and Cyrus departed for a quick, private walk through the grounds. Guests were invited to walk the statue and boxwood-lined path down to where a sparkling rosé bar awaited them as they headed toward the cocktail reception. Monogrammed koozies in the day’s peach and navy colors kept guests’ drinks cool.

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The barn housed Robin and Cyrus’s escort table, which featured handwritten notes from the bride and groom to each guest. Through the barn doors, tables were lined for guests to dine al fresco. Long feasting tables adorned with window boxes and birch wood holders were overflowing with fresh garden greenery and placed along the custom navy and white table runners. Café lights were strung from above, and each guest found their place setting courtesy of a wooden place cardholder and a napkin tied with a navy & white stripped ribbon.

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After a wonderful meal by Froggy’s catering and a picture-perfect sunset, Robin’s father’s band, The Del Crustacean’s, invited guests back into the barn to dance the night away!

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Wedding Day re-cap Video

Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: September 28th, 2014 / Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Miller, JDetailed Events / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Elawa Farms / Rehearsal dinner and Groomsmen Getting-Ready Location: Deer Path Inn / Photography: Angela Renee Photography / Video: Smiling Toad Productions / Catering: Froggy’s Catering / Floral: Art Quest Limited

Happy New Year from JDetailed Events!

December 29, 2014

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As the new year approaches, I wanted to take some time to reflect back on a wonderful 2014. We are so lucky to have been a part of so many celebrations. We are so thankful for the brides and grooms we had the pleasure of working with in 2014, our families for their unending support, and our vendor and venue partners. I am so thankful for Ashley, Moira, and Francesca for sharing my passion and joining me on this exciting journey! We had a blast ending the year with this fun photo shoot thanks to Molly Grace with Vrai Photography.

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More about Jaclyn

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As we look ahead, we’re excited to be a part of many more milestones in 2015 and in years to come!

Hannah and Ryan: The Langham Hotel

December 17, 2014

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I had so much fun planning this spectacular wedding day with Hannah and Ryan. They selected the timeless, sophisticated Langham Hotel located right downtown Chicago. The ballroom is so romantic with floor to ceiling windows, sparkling chandeliers, and gorgeous skyline views. It was the perfect location for this elegant affair!

There was so much excitement and energy when I entered Hannah’s hotel room the morning of the wedding. She couldn’t stop smiling and was so happy to be surrounded by her closest friends and family while getting ready to say “I do”!

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Hannah and Ryan did a first look right outside of the hotel along the Chicago River. One of my favorite moments of a wedding day! Ryan lit up when he saw his beautiful bride looking stunning dressed in white. The bridesmaids each wore a unique and elegant black long dress and carried gorgeous pops of color in their wildflower bouquets.

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As the bridal party went off to take photos around the city, we prepared for guest arrival! The ceremony space incorporated tons of white from the aisle to the sheer fabric Chuppah and all of the candles surrounding. Since we were transforming the same ballroom for the reception, we wanted to create an entirely different feel for the dinner and dancing portion of the evening.

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The ceremony was perfect and as you can see from the photos, the smiles never stopped!

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As guests made their way outside of the ballroom for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and bluegrass performed live by Gold Coast All Stars, we began transforming the ballroom. We brought in long rectangle farm tables for a touch of rustic elegance for the head table. The guest tables surrounding were covered in soft fawn textured linens. Tabletops were adorned with garden flowers consisting of dahlias, stock, kale, and lavender in colors of yellow, red, purple, pinks, and greens to create the happy and bright atmosphere that Hannah and Ryan hoped for. In addition to the city lights, the room was covered in candlelight and up-lit in amber and we surrounded the band stage in mirrored planter boxes topped with pillar candles and mercury glass hurricanes.

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As guests entered Devonshire Ballroom for dinner, they couldn’t help but head straight to the dance floor. Gold Coast All Stars kicked off the evening with some crowd pleasing songs and Hannah and Ryan’s first dance.

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The evening was full of fabulous food, tear-jerking speeches, and an incredible dance party topped off with an ice-cream buffet and fresh donuts from Stan’s, Hannah and Ryan’s favorite!

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We wish Hannah and Ryan many years of love and happiness!

Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: August 16th, 2014 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Venue and Catering: The Langham Hotel Chicago / Floral and Decor: HMR Designs / Entertainment: The Gold Coast All Stars / Photographer: Morgan Matters Photography / Rentals: Tablescapes