Well, I can’t believe it’s been two years since we were in Chicago for this wedding. 2020 was a crazy one, so we were lucky to get to this beauty before lockdown. It was the perfect setting for the winter wedding our bride wanted. We worked with her sister before to do a coastal affair in Charleston, so this was the perfect contrast. There was so much love around Mark and Carolyn’s wedding day, that you couldn’t even tell the weather outside was frightful. Thank you to the Drake Hotel, and to Corbin Gurkin for the lovely images.
Lettered Olive went above and beyond with the paper pieces. Save the dates start it off with emerald green velvet backing and ink, with gold accents. The backing also includes a custom embossed monogram. The weekend party packet includes a super fun Chinese New Year themed welcome party invite, a note to “shop” the welcome suite, and farewell brunch invitation. Finally, the formal wedding invitation speaks elegance, but is printed on an unexpected octagon card. Metallic borders compliment the emerald green ink .
Instead of traditional welcome guest bags, guests visit a “shopping suite”. Guests chose which of the offerings they want or need or their stay. That way they aren’t bogged down with having to carry home too many items. It was a HUGE hit.
Our bride stuns in a Carolina Herrera gown. I mean, those sleeves! And, I love creating the bouquets for my brides. Like, her over the top cascading dream, for example.
Our couple opts for a “first look” at the hotel, before heading over to the church.
The grand cathedral where the ceremony took place, is only about a block away, so guests could walk from the hotel.
After cocktail hour in the hotel’s historic lobby bar, guests grab a glass of champagne on their way into dinner. Guests names and table numbers were included on handwritten tags.
The ballroom already has such lovely details in the guilded columns, handpainted wallpaper, and crystal chandeliers. So, adding creamy carpet gives more of a true wedding feel. Tables are set with cream velvet linens, and topped with mini lamps and custom lampshades. Each place setting includes gold etched place card tags, and are tied with emerald green velvet ribbons.
The sweet and simple cake is topped with a collected antique topper.
After a surprise parade by the reception bands horn players, the after dinner lounge is revealed. Guests enter a dreamy lounge with a large square bar focal point. And, plenty of spots to grab a seat and people watch.
Once dancing is long underway, late night food arrives in the lounge. Offerings include sliders, Chicago deep dish pizza in custom printed boxes, and milk and cookies.
The Jordan Kahn orchestra keep guests going on the dance floor.
Guests send off the bride and groom using streamer poppers. And, what a fun exit, getting to use the historic lobby.
We can’t wait to go back to Chicago!