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Amy and Blake: Chicago Botanic Garden

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!




A Chicago Wedding by JDetailed Events



A Chicago Wedding by JDetailed Events



A Chicago Wedding by JDetailed Events

A Chicago Wedding by JDetailed Events









A Chicago Wedding by JDetailed Events









A Chicago Wedding by JDetailed Events

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 



The Chicago History Museum: My Wedding

In honor of our 2nd anniversary, I thought I would share my own wedding on our blog!

We had the best day celebrating with our family and friends. John and I knew right away that we wanted a Chicago wedding. Since we are both from the same home town, this may have been a surprise to our family and friends, however, we were really looking for an experience for our guests and to have our special day in our favorite city!

There are so many incredible reception locations in the city, but we knew The Chicago History Museum was the perfect venue for us. We fell in love with the beautiful chandelier in the Robinson Gallery, the history surrounding the space, the beautiful and elegant Chicago Room with black and white tile, and the stunning outdoor plaza. Plus, with so many out of town guests, it was the perfect location to show off the city that we both love!

After our ceremony at St. Clement Church, our guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the outdoor plaza of the museum while listening to music from John Sabal, a guitarist from Stitely Entertainment. They were then escorted to the Chicago Room for dinner in which the tables were assigned with classic Chicago inspired name cards. After a fabulous meal by Food for Thought catering, our guests enjoyed dancing the night away. The evening was topped off with Lou Malnati’s pizza and Chicago style hot-dogs!

I am so grateful for our amazing vendors and special thanks to LK Events for allowing me to truly enjoy my own wedding day! We were so fortunate to have all of our family and friends with us to celebrate and are so thankful for our parents support and the effort they put in to making our special day one we will never forget!


Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: August 11th, 2012 / Ceremony Location: St. Clement Church / Reception Location: The Chicago History Museum /Catering: Food for Thought / Planner: LK Events / Floral and Decor: Event Creative, Jessie Deckard / Photographer: Becky Hill  / Videographer: Poetic Productions / Stationary: Magnificent Milestones / Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Stitely Entertainment / Reception Entertainment: Style Matters / Wedding Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design / Transportation: VIP Valet Services / Getting Ready Location: Waldorf Astoria / Hair and MakeUp: Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty Bar and Beauty on Call / Rehearsal Dinner: LuxBar

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