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Liz and Sean: Chicago Botanic Garden

It was a true pleasure to work with Liz and Sean! We met one year before the big day and jump started the planning right away. It was no surprise that they selected the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden for their ceremony and reception. Liz and Sean spent many dates at the garden prior to getting engaged so as soon as Sean popped the question – they had no doubt where they wanted this special occasion to be!

Despite the downpours through out the wedding day, there was so much love and excitement.  To compliment the gardens, we chose a bright and airy color scheme of coral, orange, white, and navy blue which were present everywhere from the paper items to the floral.

The ceremony took place in McGinley Pavillion overlooking the beautiful water and landscape. The look on Sean’s face as Elizabeth walked down the aisle was priceless and a moment I will never forget! After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the English Walled Garden while we transitioned the Pavillion from ceremony to dinner.

Place cards were displayed on a bed of floral and the guest tables were adorned with navy blue linens, coral napkins, and bright peonies, hydrangea, stock, and roses – the perfect setting for a summer wedding!

Guests enjoyed a fabulous meal while watching the sunset before Connexion Band had everyone up and dancing the night away. It was a perfect day for Liz and Sean and we wish them many, many years of love & happiness!

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Wedding Day Details: 

Wedding Date: July 18th, 2015 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Photographer: Averyhouse / Ceremony & Reception Location: Chicago Botanic Garden / Floral and Decor: Simply Flowers / Paperie: Magnificent Milestones / Band: Connexion Band / Transportation: VIP Valet Services / Lighting: Frost / Ceremony Musicians: Artist Strings / Hair and MakeUp: Elena Denning / Wedding Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design

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Robin and Cyrus: Elawa Farms

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

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The Chicago Botanic Garden: Daisy and Bing

I met Daisy and Bing ten months before their wedding. I instantly connected with their vision for their wedding day and we jump started the planning right away. Daisy and Bing knew they wanted a romantic garden style wedding so I knew the Chicago Botanic Garden would be our first stop during our venue visits.

Quickly after visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden, they knew it was the perfect venue. We decided to have the ceremony in the beautiful Rose Terrace, the cocktail hour in English Walled Garden, and the reception in McGinley Pavillion.

Daisy and Bing are the sweetest couple and we quickly became friends through out the planning process. Their guests were coming in from all over the world so it was very important that the evening was perfect and enjoyed by all – and it sure was!

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To keep with their romantic garden theme, we chose a color scheme of gold, whites, and soft blush. The flowers consisted of romantic garden roses and lots of peonies – Daisy’s favorite flower. The very talented Jessica Griffin with HMR Designs designed the decor to perfection!

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The wedding day was flawless from start to finish and Jenelle Kappe Photography did an amazing job capturing the entire day.

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And, as if the photos aren’t enough to fall in love with this wedding – here is a recap video by Poetic Productions.

Daisy & BIng Wedding Day Recap Video

We wish Daisy and Bing many many years of love and happiness!

Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Chicago Botanic Garden / Photographer: Jenelle Kappe Photography  / Videographer: Poetic Productions  / Floral, Decor & Lighting: HMR Designs / Ceremony Music: Artist Strings  / Reception Entertainment: Toast and Jam / Invitations & Paperie: Magnificent Milestones / Wedding Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design  / Wedding Dress: Marchesa from Ultimate Bride / Grooms Attire: Saint Laurent / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid  / Getting Ready Location: Trump Chicago 

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