Lauren and Stu were an absolute blast to work with–they were both super excited about every element of the planning process, and their joy was infectious! I so enjoyed celebrating their union with their families over Labor Day weekend last year.
The couple got dressed and ready at the stunning JW Marriott Hotel in the loop. Lauren and her bridesmaids were in one of the most beautiful suites I’ve ever seen which overlooked the Chicago Board of Trade. Dawn Norman of edit Faces did her makeup magic on Lauren and the girls while Paula Cutri styled hair.
Once they were dressed, Lauren and Stu shared their first look in the lobby of the JW Marriott. They were so excited to see one another! I feel lucky to be able to present for so many of these special moments between a bride and groom on wedding day–you can just feel the incredible love they have for each other.
After the big reveal, Lauren, Stu, and their bridal party loaded on to their Windy City Limo bus to drive down to the museum campus for photos with Peter of Thompson Wedding Photography. The sky was blue and the lake calm: the perfect backdrop for photographs that will grace the bride and groom’s walls for a lifetime! [clear]
Lauren and Stu were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony with a few personal elements added in. I loved the touch of signing the ketubah during the ceremony in the presence of all of their guests! The Wishing Wellput together the stunning purple bouquets which Lauren chose to forgo during pre-ceremony photos to make sure they were as fresh as possible for the ceremony. [clear]
The Metropolitan Club has a lovely room for a reception, but the “wow factor” came into play as the sun was setting during cocktail hour. The views from the 67th floor of the Sears Tower (as a lifelong Chicagoan I can’t bring myself to call it by its new name…) are absolutely breathtaking, and really set a beautiful backdrop for Lauren and Stu’s big celebration!
The reception got started with a bang as Orchestra 33 started off with a big dance set before speeches and dinner. I always enjoy when couples choose to dance between courses. It makes timing the meal a bit trickier, but pays off when energy remains high for the entire length of the reception.
As the bride and groom relaxed at their sweetheart table, the couple was celebrated by their loved ones with adoring speeches. A delicious meal was served by the Metropolitan Club amidst breaks for hitting the dance floor.
Dessert was a delicious cake created by Sarah’s Pastries. The bride was determined to serve a chocolate Sears Tower along with each slice, but the cost was prohibitive. Lauren and her mom came up with the amazing idea of purchasing the chocolate mold from Sarah’s and making the treats themselves! Now that’s impressive!
As an added benefit to their guests, ShutterBooth was set up just outside of the main room. The group had a lot of fun jumping in and out of the booth in various arrangements and costume pieces. Lauren and Stu ended up with a fantastic guest book cataloging how much everyone enjoyed their wedding! [clear]
What a fun group! Lauren and Stu, by your wedding day I truly felt like “one of the gang”. It was so wonderful working with you and I wish you all the best as you enjoy the remainder of your first year of marriage–and beyond!