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Colleen and John: Butterfield Country Club

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.




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.



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.





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.


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.






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!



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

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

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