It was such a pleasure to be a part of Tracey and Jim’s big day. Generally with my planning clients I have the chance to meet and spend time with both bride and groom well before wedding weekend. However, since Jim is in the military, and was on base in Colorado, we didn’t have get to meet in person until the day of the ceremony rehearsal! Luckily Jim approved of all of the choices Tracey and I had made together and he was able to just enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Wedding day began at Chicago Marriott Naperville where the incomparable Livia Caporale and Andie Cumber worked their magic on the ladies and Jim and his groomsmen enjoyed a few drinks. The skies were gray and the forecasts threatened rain, but we just crossed our fingers and hoped for things to turn, and boy did they! Tracey and Jim were able to share their first look on the lawn in front of the Marriott before heading over to the ceremony. Bethany Fritz of Maypole Studios was on hand to capture this beautiful moment.
As a practicing Catholic, it was very important to Jim to be married in a Catholic Church. Since he lived in Colorado, he wasn’t a member of any of the area churches, so we really had to hunt to find a suitable location for their ceremony. Despite their usual policy of only doing members’ weddings, St. Joseph Parish in Downers Grove graciously invited the couple to say their marriage vows in their stunning bright and modern sanctuary.
The bridal party climbed into their Windy City Limousines to take some photographs around the grounds of Morton Arboretum while the Five Grain Events team went directly to the Gingko Room to begin setup.
Every piece of the decor at the had been well-thought-through by Tracey to help bring together her wedding day vision combining both clean & modern and more rustic elements. Scarlet Petal created the alternating centerpieces of beautiful blush low arrangements and all-white mono-floral groupings against a sea of charcoal shantung linen from BBJ. Meetinghouse Companies string cafe lights on Morton’s outdoor pergola to help draw guests outdoors to enjoy one of the first really beautiful evenings of the spring.
Classic Fare catering laid out a delicious meal for all of Jim and Tracey’s guests to enjoy. Each of the tables was named after a favorite place the bride and groom had traveled together. The escort cards indicated each guest’s menu selection via the location and style of the chevron design. Such a cute idea thought out by stationery designer Lolo Lincoln.
Cake was a really important element to Tracey and Jim, so we spent a lot of time and effort selecting the baker, style, and flavors of their wedding cake. Once we tasted Cocoa Bean’s incredible cakes (especially their delicious cheesecake–Jim’s favorite) I knew all the effort had been worthwhile.
After several great speeches and special dances, Dustin with Style Matters DJs, brought the party to the dance floor. The kids were the first ones out, and the rest of the guests joined shortly thereafter. As the evening came to a close, friends and family of the bride and groom were able to stock up on color coordinated sweets from the candy station and a bag of Garret’s popcorn before heading home.
Tracey and Jim, it was truly an honor to help you achieve your beautiful wedding day. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!