Real Weddings

Classic Wedding At The Racquet Club

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We are thrilled to share this wedding designed by our amazing Bliss Beau, Jesse Deckard! Jesse and the wonderful couple planned every last detail to perfection. From the navy and silver accents to the pillar candles, this wedding was full of classic beauty! Our favorite part? The adorable individual-size wedding cakes for each guest!

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Vintage Bridgeport Art Center Wedding

[vc_row full_width="" parallax="" parallax_image=""][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] We are so excited to share this pretty vintage wedding designed by our very own Bliss Beau, Jesse Deckard! Jesse and the lovely couple carefully crafted this beautiful, rustic-meets-modern wedding. The color palette of champagne, lavender, blush and gold, mixed with the industrial-feel of the Bridgeport Art Center, created a stunning scene. The couple especially enjoyed the after party at the Ritz Carlton- complete with 80’s music, Chicago-style dogs, and French fries! See the full feature on The Knot.

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Luxury Lake Geneva Outdoor Wedding

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]We could not be more thrilled to share this dreamy wedding designed by our always amazing Bliss Beau Jesse Deckard! He spent months working with this sweet couple, who could not have been more in love, planning each and every detail to absolute perfection. From the cocktails served to guests as they arrived to the fireworks show at the end of the night this entire day was pure bliss for our amazing couple. See the full feature on Strictly Weddings.

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Glamourous Rookery Building Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

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One of our adorable couple's exceptionally glamorous wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty. You can read about and see more of their lovely day here!

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Mandy + Matt Featured on Mod Wedding

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The lovely Many and Matt's elegantly modern wedding was featured on Mod Wedding. More amazing photos can be found here!

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Featured by Kehoe Designs!

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Thank you SO much to always fab Kehoe Designs for this lovely blog post about Jesse's truly dreamy countryside wedding! You can see more about the elegant event on The Knot!

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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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A Dreamy Wedding Wednesday

Cheers to Wedding Wednesday and we thought we would kick this one off with a dreamy video of Jesse's very special June wedding in Lake Geneva. Such a magical day filled with love and memories that this entire family will cherish forever. We feel so honored here at Bliss to have had the opportunity to plan, design and orchestrate such an unbelievable event! Enjoy the video from One Fine Day Productions that we assure will put a tear in your eye, a smile on your face and happiness in your heart!

Thanks to all of the fabulous vendors for helping make this beautiful day come to life!

Event Planning & Design: Jesse Deckard of Bliss Weddings and Events
Floral & Decor: Kehoe Designs
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Tenting: HDO/Party Time Productions
Photography: Avery House
Videography: One Fine Day Productions
Entertainment: Rendezvous
Catering: Blue Plate Catering
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals
Printables: Cheree Berry Paper
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Makeup: Facade Makeup Artistry
Hair: RC Beauty

 

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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Real Wedding Teaser - Inspiration Board

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One of our favorite clients of all time was married this past fall.

The wedding ceremony took place at the super-charming St. Chrysostom’s church, nestled on a residential street in the Gold Coast.  And the reception?  Bliss fave - Chicago History Museum.

JEH had a personal style meant for us.  Layers of J. Crew and accents of Kate Spade – modern updates of classic styles.  When she said she was toying with a color palette of Navy, Fuchsia, Kelly Green and Glittery Gold we thought we would die!

We would be honoured to help bring THAT vision to life!

As a little teaser, we would like to share the inspiration board we created in the early stages of our planning process.  This visual, conceptual tool was used as inspiration for everything from attire to stationary to florals and linens.

 

Stay tuned to see how the inspiration board came to life this past October!

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Real Wedding & One Heck of a Year!

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It was one year ago this week that a favorite Bliss Client married the man of her dreams (truly – they are mad about one another!).

It was a beautiful winter - not exactly wintry - wedding.  And since their big day, Maggie and Tony have already been blessed with a (ridiculously gorgeous) baby girl, Avery.  Because of this, I thought I’d share a few photos from the most glamorous day of their lives.

Maggie and her gaggle of girls dressed at the Ritz Carlton Chicago (also the location of the reception).  Everyone wore coordinating monogrammed button-downs, gifted by the bride, as a comfortable and practical way to relax during the hours of hair and make-up!

Maggie’s beautiful custom dress was designed in collaboration with Mira Couture and featured the bride’s new monogram embroidered in blue.

The ceremony was held at Old St. Pat’s (the oldest standing church in the City – it survived the Chicago fire!) and could easily accommodate the couple’s 300+ besties. The chalice that was used for communion is a special family heirloom given to the bride’s grandparents in Ireland.

The bride wore her great grandmother’s dreamy mink stole to ward off the January breezes.

As the cocktail hour came to an end, The Shannon Rovers lead guests to the ballroom for dinner with a heck-of-a-dramatic parade of drums and bagpipes.

The muted palette of creams, champagnes and mixed metallics provided the perfect wintry setting for Maggie, Tony and their guests.  A combination of linens were used alternately around the room:  rose gold sequins, silver silks as well as silver sequins.  Icy acrylic chairs allowed the special linens do all the talking.

Floral and décor was designed by our very own Jesse Deckard (back in his Event Creative Days).  Going for a snowy-mounded effect, Jesse used monofloral bundles and clouds of gypsophelia (ok, ok, babies breath), Dutch hydrangea and velvety dusty miller foliage.  He also used various crystal and metallic containers and votive cups paired with raw, natural peeling birch bark trunks.

The couple danced to Keith Urban’s You’re Everything, performed by Larry King Orchestra.   Lifesize birch trees were strung with crystals and suspended candles and cornered off the (massive) dance floor (that was packed in mere moments!)

The evening was filled with some seriously sentimental touches ....A truly beautiful and heart-melting toast by the brides other –and original- favorite man: her father, as well as a surprise toast given by the bride’s 27 cousins!

And although Maggie and Tony had visions of fluffy snowflakes creating a swirling snow-globe setting for their January winter wedding, Mother Nature keeps us Chicagoans on our toes and, instead, delivered a few days of unexpected warmth leading up to their celebration.  Instead of snow-boots, the couple’s most necessary accessory ended up being the oversized umbrellas that allowed them to sneak out of their reception for just a few kisses under the twinkling streetlights of Michigan Avenue.

I was so truly and completely honoured to have been a part of this special couple’s planning journey – and I so appreciated witnessing the love, admiration and adoration among their close-knit families as well as one another.  Bliss wishes them the happiest of anniversaries!

Xx Kara

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Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: Old St. Pat's

Reception Venue: Ritz-Carlton

Event Design: Jesse Deckard through Event Creative

Dress: Custom Mira Couture

Irish Pipe Band: The Shannon Rovers

Photographer: Gerber Scarpelli

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REAL WEDDING: ERIN + ERIC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" image="5861" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][vc_column_text]A gorgeous August day set the perfect backdrop for Jesse's first full service wedding with Bliss and what better couple to celebrate than high-school sweethearts, Erin & Eric.  A rich color palette of deep navy and eggplant mixed with crisp white and foliage green set the stage for a natural garden inspired ceremony and reception.  Olivia Leigh captured every moment of this day perfectly and you can see even more from this event over on her blog right here.  

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VENDORS:

Event Planning & Design: Jesse Deckard for Bliss Weddings & Events

Floral/Decor: Carli Staffa with HMR

Lighting: Event Creative

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photography

Videography: I DO Films

Venue/Catering: Chicago Botanic Gardens & Culinary Landscapes

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Real Wedding: Meghan + Steve

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Meghan & Steve are such a fun and laid-back couple to be around that planning their wedding was a total joy!  When they came to us, they weren’t sure exactly what they wanted for their big day other than great food, beautiful décor and an abundance of personal touches.  When we decided on the Redfield Estate in Glenview for their ceremony and reception, we just knew the gorgeous lush grounds would be the perfect fit for an intimate celebration with both romantic and rustic touches. Even though their ceremony had to be moved indoors at the last minute due to weather, Meghan & Steve remained happy and telling jokes the whole time.  The indoor space for the ceremony turned out to be a beautifully intimate space which we covered in plenty of organic greenery and garland to bring the outdoors in.  Thankfully the weather cleared and guests moved to the courtyard for cocktails where they picked up escort cards placed on individual stems of craspedia set up in a bed of green moss.

Working with a color scheme of soft grey, mustard yellow and clean white, Fleur created laid back florals in a mix of vintage milk glass and turquoise glass placed on grey washed farm tables.   Timeless elegance was added to the tablescape with luxe crystal cut chargers, lace table runners and etched glass stemware.

After a delicious dinner, guests danced the night away taking breaks to snack from the abundant cheese bar or the sprawling sweets table adorned with several types of cake and an array of mini sweets all displayed on vintage cake pedestals.  As a late night surprise for the groom, a custom cigar roller accompanied a cigar & whiskey bar!

vendors:

venue: Redfield Estate

photography: Avery House

coordination: Renny with Bliss Weddings & Events

floral: Fleur 

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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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