Chicago Wedding

Natalie & Adam: A Uniquely Modern Wedding

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A huge thank you to MODWedding for recently featuring one of our amazing couples', Natalie and Adam, truly unique and chic contemporary wedding! You can see all the gorgeous photos here!  

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Bliss Feature by Bridentity Crisis

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are so honored to have been mentioned by our lovely clients Kristin & Ted in this fabulously written article by Bridentity Crisis today! You can read about Kristin & Ted's beautiful wedding and hear what they had to say about Bliss here!  

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Becky & Nilay: A Boldly Beautiful Affair

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Becky and Nilay's two — you heard us right, two! — magnificent celebrations were infused with touches of contemporary glamour and cultural beauty, making for a truly magical day that was just as vibrant and joyous as this amazing couple that met while they lived next to one another in a dorm at their alma mater, the University of Chicago.

While it may have taken Becky and Nilay eight years following their first encounter to begin dating, they could no longer deny their love for one another and have been inseparable ever since.

The former dorm neighbors became engaged and wanted a wedding day that was a perfect representation of their multi-cultural backgrounds. The day began with a beautiful Hindu ceremony in the ornate ballroom of the JW Marriott. Becky walked down a flower-petal-lined aisle in a dazzling gold and red sari while surrounded by oodles of bold-hued flowers. Following their first ceremony, the couple said their 'I Do's' in an evening Christian ceremony that took place at the uniquely modern Bridgeport Art Center.

Guests then headed to the ultra modern and chic Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center for the couple's reception. From sequin-adorned table cloths and accessories to lush pink floral centerpieces to a 60' projector screening the couple's favorite videos and songs, this reception was filled with bold hints of glamour, modernity and pure bliss.

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Invitations Cherree Berry Paper / Cake Bittersweet / Videographer Studio This Is / Linens Private Label Linens / Rentals Tablescapes / Caterer Blue Plate / Makeup and Hair RC Beauty

You can also check out Strictly Weddings for more photos of Becky and Nilay's gorgeous wedding.

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Bliss Featured on Style Me Pretty Midwest

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Real Wedding: Jenny + Drew

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As a follow up to this Inspiration to Reality teaser – I thought you deserved to see how the dreamy day really came together.

The couple was gifted a beautiful mid-October day. There was a crisp and fresh note to the air as guests arrived at St. Chrysostom’s Church for the ceremony. Nestled on a residential block in the heart of the Gold Coast, the church opens up to a beautiful courtyard that seemed built to perfection, for a dramatic Grand Exit.

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During the ceremony, we hung the church doors with greenery wreaths, complete with the couple’s married monogram.

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And as friends and family of the newlyweds poured out of the church doors, each snuck fistfuls of bold fuchsia petals to shower the glowing couple as they departed.

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Guests arrived to The History Museum for a cocktail hour held (cozily) indoors in Robinson Gallery. The escort card table featured a floor-length sequin linen, blue china vases with bundles of fuchsia garden roses and spray roses, and a collection of special photos of family members on their wedding day, captured years prior.

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Crisp white linens and white chiavari chairs were paired with whimsical navy and white striped chair cushions and darling lacquered urns of boxwood spheres.

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The bridesmaids’ bouquets were collected at the start of the cocktail hour (free hands for bubbles and bites!). They were composed of fuchsia garden and spray roses bound by navy and white striped grosgrain ribbons.

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The low centerpieces were designed in oblong white ceramic vases and also featured a lush mound of monochromatic fuchsia roses.

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Alternating centerpieces gave the room dimension and volume. The elevated centerpieces were composed of an oversized tailored burst of foliage, accented at the base by (faux) candlelight and petite floral arrangements.

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The cake was especially delicious…baked by the bride’s (and the wedding planner’s!) favorite bakery in town – Sweet Mandy B’s.

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The ceremony altar arrangements also got double-use as pretty focal pieces at the reception.

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The couple dined with darling, special flatware.

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Once the escort card table had been cleared, we loaded the shimmering sequins with platters of sweet treats, bowls of candies and lollies and sacks of cotton candy.

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Vendors:

Planning and Design – Bliss Weddings & Events

Photography – Amanda Hein Photography

Ceremony Venue – St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church

Reception venue – The Chicago History Museum

Floral, Lighting and Décor – Carli at HMR Designs

Catering – Nicole of Blue Plate Catering

Wedding Cake – Sweet Mandy B’s

Orchestra – Party Faithful

Videography – Studio This Is Film

Stationary and Printables – Clementine Ink + Paper

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The Knot Chicago: Erin & Eric

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] The Bliss Buzz continues welcoming Chicago into spring! We could not be happier to have one of our gorgeous summer weddings at The Chicago Botanic Gardens featured in the new issue of The Knot Chicago. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="10799" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text] Our Bliss Beau, Jesse Deckard, started his full service planning career, building off of his extensive design background, with a bang; creating a fete inspired by the charm and ease of the couple and their relationship. Erin & Eric (also known as E2 celebrated with 200 of their friends and family last August on a beautiful Chicago summer day. Their ceremony took place in the Rose Garden under an ethereal yet organic canopy of whites and greens with simple chiffon blowing in the breeze. With the ceremony lead by the bride's aunt, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Cocktails took place in the ever so charming gated English Walled Garden surrounded by blooming beauty and the reflection pond. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="10231" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="10242" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="10238" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text] Guests were welcomed into McGinley Pavilion where the setting was filled with rich navy, crisp white and green accented by bold purples in classic garden realness. Warm candlelight hues bathed the serene setting and rustic garden lanterns twinkling with pillar candles were suspended above by organic wild smilax vines. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="10278" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="10287" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

Taking a break from dancing, guests could grab a cocktail of their choice just outside of the dining room from the custom E2 bars and rest their dancing feet in the lounge areas.

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Thank you again to The Knot Chicago for showcasing this truly perfect Chicago summer wedding that celebrated the love of E2. Congrats Erin and Eric and thank you so much for allowing us to make your wedding dreams’ come true!
 
 
Vendors:
Floral & Decor: HMR Designs
Lighting & Furniture: Event Creative
Video: I Do Films
Save the Dates & Invites: Cheree Berry Paper
Day of Printables: Magnificent Milestones
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth

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Ashley & Johnny on Style Me Pretty

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We are so honored to have one of our fab summer weddings from 2013 featured on Style Me Pretty. Ashley & Johnny had the perfect outdoor ceremony in Wrigley Square on the type of day we can all only dream about right now. After the ceremony the wedding party led guests to cocktail hour at Terzo Piano and then to dinner and dancing in Griffin Court at the Modern Wing. The decor of prisms and ombre throughout the entire event was so chic.

 

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Please head on over to the feature on Style Me Pretty to see more photos of this stunning affair.

xoxo

Renny

Vendors

Photography: averyhouse

Ceremony: Wrigley Square

Reception: Modern Wing - Art Institute

Decor: Kehoe Designs

Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper

Band: Rendezvous

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It's Peony Season!!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We look forward to the short springtime peony season every year like it is Christmas!!  We just love seeing those beautiful shades of pink and fuschia peonies pop up at the flower mart (not to mention the luxe look of white peonies!).   These fluffy flowers add such a beautiful touch to a bridal bouquet or a feminine addition to a centerpiece.  Here are few images of peonies that are inspiring us right now - including a little snapshot of the massive peony bouquet we have brightening up the Bliss Weddings Studio currently!  

 

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{gorgeous peony bridal bouquet from our wedding at The Chicago Cultural Center}

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{escort table adorned with peonies at one of our weddings at Avery House}

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Style Me Pretty Feature

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We could get lost in all the pretty that Style Me Pretty serves up all day long and yesterday we got an extra special treat when they featured Carey & Matt's wedding captured by Jeffrey & Julia Woods. Check out the beautiful wedding and all the details right here.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="6492" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Real Wedding: Carey & Matt

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]  Take a look at the stunning Fall wedding of Carey & Matt planned by Renny on October 13th.  The Chicago Illuminating Company served as the venue for both the dramatic and modern ceremony as well as the glamorous reception that had guests celebrating well into the night!  Jeffrey & Julia Woods Photography was on hand to capture every beautiful moment from the stunning couple to all the little personal touches sprinkled throughout the event in the couple's color scheme of rich navy, bright pink, grey and white.  The vibrant colors of Fall were also in full force to set the backdrop for some breathtaking bridal party shots in the courtyard of the Illuminating Company.  Even though it may have sprinkled a little earlier in the day, the weather cleared up just in time for the emotional ceremony set under a dramatic Chuppah created by Event Creative.  Guests were whisked to the cocktail hour in the cozy bar off of the courtyard  and greeted with a pink hued signature cocktail.  Dinner was served under the 40 foot ceilings of the main dining room complete with lucite candelabras and seemingly floating white hydrangea centerpieces adorning the tables.   The beaming couple and their guests then danced the night away only stopping for quick breaks to sit in the glossy white modern victorian lounge set up bordering the dancefloor!   Congrats to Matt & Carey!

 

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Real Wedding: Kristin & Ted

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renny had the pleasure of planning a wedding this past August for an adorable duo, Kristin and Ted. After saying their I Do’s at the St. James Cathedral, their beyond stunning reception took place at the historical Drake Hotel. Positioned right along Lake Michigan, The Drake Hotel was the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous reception that had hints of a preppy, nautical vibe (not to mention, Ted proposed to Kristin outside the Drake under the gazebo). The décor centered around a classic navy and pink palette with stunning pops of gold as seen through the flowers by Cornelia McNamara, while the table numbers were street names of Chicago that had personal meaning to both Kristin & Ted. The cake was by a local bakery on Oak Street, Sarah’s Candies, and was positioned under the couple’s wedding monogram that hung above the head table. Olivia Leigh Photographie was there to capture all the special moments, we had a hard time choosing them for our blog! Congrats Kristin & Ted!  

 

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The gorgeous St. James Cathedral.

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The navy and pink palette carried through to the guest's ribbon wands.

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Feature: Charlotte & William, Charlotte's Bridal Shower

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Gracing the front page of Style Me Pretty Illinois today is our Summer Styled Bridal Shower for our fabulous faux bride, Charlotte. We came up with our fancy faux couple, Charlotte & William, last fall when we wanted to showcase the progression of wedding-related celebrations. Their fall engagement party at the Chicago Botanical Garden's Pullman Barn was the perfect start to our journey with the dreamy couple. And now onto the Shower...

 

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"From Charlotte's Shower to yours"....Guests took home a basket of indulgences!

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The Bubbly Bar:

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Venue and Vendors: Thank you to all the wonderful vendors that contributed to Charlotte's Bridal Shower! The event, hosted by her bestie, was at the ever-stylish Vintage Charm in La Grange.

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The monogrammed that adorned the backs of all the guest's ghost chairs along with all perfect paperie was done by Courtney Callahan of Courtney Callahan Paper.

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The fancy florals were done by Natalie at Hello Darling. Genius with the gold dusting of the flowers

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The sweet tooths were taking care of by the delicious and adorable Chicago Wedding Candy Buffet. Can we please note that they hand stuffed each fortune cookie with a note from Chalortte!?

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Tunes by the Grant Hendrickson Band and photographs by Dennis Lee Photography.

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DIY Wedding Wands

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now that our thumbs have recovered from the hot glue, we are proud to share how you can get the charming send-off that's an easy and affordable way to tie in your day's colors! Follow our DIY steps and enjoy the smiles and waving wands as you enter your get-a-way car!  

 

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Materials:

1. Any 12" wooden sticks (we use Woodsies)

2. Glue Gun & Glue

3. Your choice of Ribbon (add in sequins for extra glam)

4. Scissors

Step One: Cut your Ribbon's into your desired length.

Step Two: Tie a knot or wrap the ribbon around the wooden stick.

Step Three: Secure the knot or wrapped ribbon with a drop of hot glue.

Step Four: Press firmly so the ribbon will be able to withstand any overly excited guests or ribbon wand amateurs.

Step Five: Have someone handing them out to the guests following the ceremony or place them on each guest's seat along with their program! Enjoy!

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Au Revoir!

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Feature: Danielle on The Knot Live

The love between "The Knot" and Danielle & Eric's backyard tent wedding in Evanston, IL grows even more strong with Danielle's segment on "The Knot Live". Who can blame them? Their wedding was already featured in The Knot, Special Chicago Guide with a fancy three-page spread and now they are back for more darling details of their rustic chic tent wedding. Watch Danielle as she talks about how she was able to incorporate several personal and meaningful details into her big day, details on the bridal party's attire, her AMAZING gown, the color story and a certain piece of advice that has us blushing! (Pressed for time? Skip to Danielle's segment at 21:15)

Real Wedding: Whitney & Rob

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Bliss Weddings & Events is delighted to be featured on Style Me Pretty Illinois today! Katie, of Bliss Weddings & Events, created a beautiful wedding that incorporated tiny touches important to the bride and groom that fit into the preppy, elegant style of their big day. Large monogram moss letters, a chalkboard menu and bar sign, a fully loaded candy bar, mix matched vintage plates, plenty of votive candles and their closest friends and family filled the beautiful space of The Ivy Room. The bride, Whitney, chose the perfect preppy palette: Navy, Ivory, pink and touches of natural greens. The couple said their I do's at Chicago's gorgeous St. James Cathedral, before dancing the night away with the help of The Larry King Orchestra. We are so grateful to have been able to help these lovebirds with their special day and wish them the absolute best from the Bliss Belles! Katie's write up on Style Me Pretty Illinois about Whitney and Rob: "From Katie Kozlowski of Bliss Weddings & EventsWhitney and Rob are fun, friendly, family-oriented and have impeccable taste. They wanted to bring special touches of their personality to their inspired Chicago wedding at St. James and the Ivy Room, all while keeping the wedding comfortable, elegant and special. We wanted it to feel as though Whitney and Rob had invited all of their closest family and friends to their home away from home for a special celebration. Using the preppy palette of navy, ivory, pink and natural greens, we complemented the dreamy Ivy Room courtyard with moss-letters in their initials, delicate blooms and cutie details, like stir sticks for the bars with the couples’ monogram and a hand-written dinner menu on a chalkboard (Whitney’s a teacher!). Once guests got inside for dinner, polished tables with mismatched china, tiny lapel wax blooms on each plate, and different centerpieces on each table set the stage. We used a variety of candlesticks, vases and blooms, as well as soft pin-spotting, up-lighting and drapes to welcome guests to dinner. No detail was overlooked, with a candy bar to pay homage to the bride’s love of sweets, and a surprise video-speech from the groom’s brother stationed in Afghanistan. And of course, there was the fun: A Polaroid camera and scrapbook provided guests with a chance to leave their personal message, The Larry King Orchestra kept guests on the dance floor all night, and Chicago-themed late night snacks recharged the dancers."  

 

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A special mom and daughter moment. They were truly a hilarious duo

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Whitney and Rob at the St. James Cathedral.

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A beautiful bouquet for the bride!

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It's all in the details!

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Wouldn't be complete without some moss covered initials!

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Polaroids of all the guests made a memorable guestbook for the couple to take home.

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Beautiful tablescapes.

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Whitney was stunning in Vera Wang.

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The dessert bar took care of everyone's sweet tooth that evening.

:: Photographs by Dennis Lee Photography ::

 

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Real Wedding: Danielle & Eric

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With the gorgeous weather Chicago had this past weekend we wanted to feature this outside wedding of past clients that we adored, Danielle & Eric. A wonderful list of vendors helped to make this backyard tent wedding at a Private Residence in Evanston a complete success. The bright floral arrangements were done by Event Creative, while Olivia Leigh Photographie captured all the moments of their big day. Guests sat comfortably at farm style tables and ate a wonderful meal by Food for Thought Catering. Danielle wore a fabulous gown by Carolina Herrera and was careful not to get any icing on it from her Sweet Mandy B's Cupcakes! We couldn't have had more fun planning this rustic-glam celebration off of the gorgeous shore of Lake Michigan. Thank you to everyone involved!

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Real Wedding: Berkley & Bob

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As you know, I am a bit behind in posting weddings.  But I am working on it!  There is so much to show you.

I had the true pleasure of working with the gorgeous Berkley and darling Bob last year on their October wedding.    They wanted a grand space, something unique and quintessential CHICAGO!  Well, that is exactly what they got at the spectacular Union Station.

I am sure not many of you have been to a wedding at Union Station - Let alone an event.  Most of you past through there on your way home from work and would never even think twice about it being used in a different way.

They love the architecture, the ceiling,, the height, the grandness and the history. And so did I.

Their ceremony was to be at the beautiful and private Cancer Survivor Gardens in perfect weather.  We had a back up for an indoor ceremony location at the Murphy Auditorium.  They couldn't loose as these are both gorgeous!

It ended up Pouring rain that day, but no one even flinched.  We went to plan B and it was perfection.  This was one of the most "Chicago" weddings I have ever planned.  There was something in the air that day.  I felt like I had stepped back in time almost.  It was magical.

The bride LOVES Black, White and Pink.  We threw in some persimmon orange and some silver to glam it up.

Enjoy the details!

It ended up being a really chilly day. So the day before we ordered 200 Pashminas and offered them at the Ceremony to keep cozy in the Windy City.

 

 

 

 

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Feature: Reveal Collaboration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I still can't get enough of this dream filled collaboration we did with the amazing Studio This Is and the fabulous Event Creative. We are so excited it has a full feature today on Style Me Pretty's National.

Can we do it again Jeremy, Jesse and Kara?

Check it out here:  http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/10/17/reveal-collaboration/

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Real Wedding: New Year's Eve

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Hi Everyone - Okay, so I am a BIT behind in my blog postings. Better late than never.  Please take a look at this absolutely gorgeous wedding from the fabulous Miss Kara Superfine with Bliss Weddings & Events. I can't get enough of all the yummy details.  

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Real Wedding: Katie & Cherian

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Oh boy.  Do we love what we do.  We get to work with the absolutely best clients in the world! Meet Lovely Katie and Cherian.  Not only are the both stunning, they are  one of the nicest, coolest couples we have ever worked with. We were in love with them and loved every minute we worked together on their Labor Day wedding at the beautiful Drake Hotel. We used classic white and green with accents of a deep blue purple and gold.  The amazing photographer was Olivia Leigh Photographie.  We wanted a fun exit from the church so we used oversized white pearlized balloons.  Such a fun and unexpected exit. The guests loved it! Katie wanted a classic look with a modern twist. Huge gorgeous palm fronds in feminine glass vases were set on every other table while the other tables incorporated an Indian pookalam design out of botanic elements and votive candles.  The tables glowed!  You will see the pookalam design carried through their amazing invites designed by Katie and her maid of honor and all the printables. We sweoon over this wedding.  So dreamy!

 

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