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The Ritz Carlton Chicago: Melissa & Ryan

I had so much fun getting to know Melissa & Ryan this past year. They have been together for over 10 years and I was able to notice their strong relationship and foundation right away. It was very important that the wedding day portrayed their personalities and was an evening enjoyed by all – and that’s exactly what it was!

Melissa & Ryan got married on a beautiful spring day in May. After getting ready in a gorgeous suite at the Ritz Carlton Chicago, the bridal party made their way across Michigan Avenue to the Fourth Presbyterian Church where the ceremony was held. It was a beautiful ceremony from start to finish with personal touches along the way and a bagpiper recessional.

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After the ceremony, the bridal party departed for photos around the city and the guests made their way over to the Ritz Carlton Chicago for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The ballroom looked stunning with ivory linens, plenty of candle light, white, peach and blush floral, and accents of Tiffany blue (Melissa’s favorite color).

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One of my favorite moments, and a moment I always look forward to on a wedding day, was revealing the ballroom to Melissa. Melissa cried with tears of joy and happiness!

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It was such a beautiful evening full of so much love for Melissa and Ryan. We wish them many many years of love and happiness!

Wedding Details:

Wedding Date: May 17th, 2014 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events  / Photographer: Molly Grace, Vrai Photography / Ceremony Location: Fourth Presbyterian Church / Reception Location: The Ritz Carlton Chicago  / Florist: Bunches A Flower Shop  / Wedding Cake: Alliance Bakery  / Invitations & Day Of Paper Items: Elizabeth Grace / Entertainment: Spin Productions

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Germania Place Wedding: Katie and Patrick

I was so honored and excited to plan Katie and Patrick’s wedding, especially because Katie and I have been best friends for over fourteen years, which made the planning process even more special. The couple met at Vanderbilt University, moved to Chicago post graduation, and were engaged just a few years later.

Katie and Patrick really wanted their wedding day to portray their personalities, relationship, and family traditions and that’s exactly what we did! Patrick is from New Orleans so incorporating some southern traditions was a must!

Katie and her wedding party got ready in the gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor Suite at the Public Hotel. Katie looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, which had an adorable custom bow in the back!

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The ceremony took place at St. Michael’s Church in Old Town and the reception was at the Germania Place. Virginia Wolff Florist took Katie’s vision of spring elegance and made it a reality with her lush bouquet of peach David Austin roses and pink tulips for the bridesmaid bouquets.

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After a beautiful ceremony, guests entered the Royal Ballroom where they enjoyed passed champagne and fried green tomato shooters. After the cocktail hour, guests were escorted to the Grand Ballroom for dinner and dancing. The tables were covered in candlelight, white hydrangeas, garden roses, stock, and lilies.

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Greenlight (Rendezvous Music) stole the show and had guests up and dancing in no time! One of the many highlights from the wedding day were the food stations that Katie and Patrick designed with Kenmare Catering & Events. Each station was customized to represent the cities that Katie and Patrick met and grew up in. The first station was the Nashville “where they met” station which included braised pork shoulder and truffle mac and cheese. The Chicago “Katie’s hometown” station included a chef carving station, and the New Orleans “Patrick’s hometown” station had cajun barbecue shrimp and grits and a fried oyster bar – delicious!Germania Place Chicago Wedding J Detailed Events_0210

The wedding day was perfect from start to finish, and we wish Katie and Patrick many many years of love and happiness!

Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: April 12th, 2014 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc.  / Day of Coordinator: Ashley Miller, JDetailed Events, Inc.  / Church: St. Michael’s / Venue: Germania Place / Catering: Kenmare Catering & Events  / Photographer: Gerber + Scarpelli / Videographer: Poetic Productions  / Entertainment: Greenlight Band, Rendezvous Music  / Florist: Virignia Wolff  / Invitations: Magnificent Milestones  / Hotel: Public Hotel  / Wedding Cake: Creme Bakery / Brides Dress: Augusta Jones  / Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Brides Headpiece: BHLDN / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate, Bella Bridesmaid

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