A ‘W’ Hotel Wedding that Wows in Chicago

Kristin and Michael had their wedding and reception at the W Hotel City Center in Chicago. Their colors were black, white and silver/pewter and flowers included hydrangea, roses, cymbidium orchids, and dendrobium orchids. It was a very modern, sleek and sophisticated venue so the decor had to fit perfectly and it did! In anticipation of the event I designed a bunch of paper pieces including the monogram for the gift card holder, Chicago-themed menus, 11 custom El Stop table numbers made with photos taken by the bride, custom El Train escort cards, 10 signs for the popcorn/treat buffet and 4-page programs for the ceremony. The logo I designed for Kristin and Mike was also used as a Gobo at the reception which was splashed on the wall and looked fabulous! I really love doing paper products to go along with our flowers--they really compliment each other so well! For the personal flowers, Kristin carried a bouquet of hydrangea, roses and sweetheart roses with cymbidium orchids. It was stunning. The girls carried a smaller version of her bouquet with dendrobium orchids and a couple of mini cymbidium orchids instead of large cymbidium orchids and the handles were wrapped in pewter satin. The guys all wore orchid bouts except for the fathers, who wore roses and the mother of the bride carried a single white rose instead of wearing a corsage. Everything was white and elegant. For the ceremony, we went all out making the room look even more beautiful. We put cylinders at the ends of the chairs lining the inner aisle. We added petals on both sides along the aisle as well. We put down and aisle runner that the ushers later rolled out that started at the altar which was decorated with 10 rectangle pedestals which my husband and I just recently built. Atop the pedestals were a variety of vases with floating candles and flowers as well as a custom Unity candle. All of this sat in front of the beautiful mantle in the room. All of the candles made for such a breath-taking atmosphere. For the reception, I decorated a huge silver tree that Kristin bought at Z Gallerie. I added fresh floral around the base and orchids to the branches along with bling crystals. It was huge and really worked well as the focal point on the escort card table. In the same area, I did my signature gift card holder with custom monogram to hold the cards. It was flanked by a tall submerged cylinder and a small vase that Kristin bought for notes to the bride and groom. On the cake, I put orchids on the top and down one side and rimmed the base of the cake with petals. The head table was banquet-style seating and we filled the center of it with petals, votives, vases for the bouquets and the vases from the altar display from the ceremony. For the popcorn/treat buffet, Kristin and Mike rented 10 vases from us which I labeled with custom signs. The staff at the W were so helpful and filled them all for us. Kristin designed favor containers with tags that were placed at each place setting for the guests to later fill with treats. For the centerpieces, we did 2 styles: one was the submerged cylinders from the ceremony aisle clustered into groupings of 3 heights and the other was a mirrored rectangle base with hydrangea and a sand-blasted manzanita branch inside with orchids and hanging votives. Both styles totally worked with the space and the candlelight along with the fuchsia uplights around the room really made the room come to life. I cannot say enough good things about the W Hotel and staff. They were awesome and could not have been nicer or more helpful. I think Kristin and Michael chose and awesome venue and I was so happy to be a part of their big day. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. DeGraff!

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