True Romance at the Newberry Library

Courtney and Andrew had their wedding ceremony and reception at the beautiful Newberry Library in Chicago. Their colors were eggplant, magenta and lime with some ivory here and there. Flowers included hydrangea, cymbidium orchids, mokara orchids, dendrobium orchids, Bells of Ireland, callas, peonies, and anemones. What to see FABULOUS pro photos of this wedding? Check out Danielle's blog. Courtney and I used to work together at Wilton and she actually used to live in my neighborhood too! We were introduced to each other by the fabulous makeup artist, Cynthia Sally, who actually did Courtney's wedding day make up...and she looked so gorgeous! Courtney's bouquet was a total stunner. It was a huge, round, full mix of magenta and fuchsia peonies, purple hydrangea, eggplant mini callas, green cymbidium orchids, jaguar spotted pink mokara orchids, and purple anemones. The girls carried bouquets of white hydrangea, bi-color cream and purple mini callas, jaguar spotted mokara orchids, green and Bombay dendrobium orchids, and green hypericum berries. Courtney and her sister also had little pink butterfly brooch in honor of their mother in each of their bouquets. The flower girls carried pomanders made of purple hydrangea with lime green satin handles. For the guys, Andrew wore a double eggplant calla bout, Courtney's son Jaiden wore a single eggplant calla, and the rest of the guys wore bi-color cream callas with purple throats. The corsages were made with callas and orchids. Everything coordinated perfectly. For the ceremony, we did white hydrangea hung from every-other chair with eggplant ribbon and two altarpieces on pillars. The ceremony was given by Officiant Terry Brady, who is an awesome officiant and member of Chic Wed Pros (a wedding group I am a co-creator/editor and member of.) For the cocktail hour, we created 3 lime-lined square vases with purple hydrangea in them for the cabaret tables and 3 clusters of candles surrounded by petals and bling for the highboy tables. We also decorated the photo booth and guest book tables with bling and petals. The escort card table was the main focal point and was a large manzanita tree with a base covered in assorted flowers with orchids, bling and votives hanging from the branches. I made Chicago-themed escort cards for the guests that matched the Chicago-themed table numbers I created for the reception. Courtney and Andrew also had a fun photo booth from one of my favorite photo booth companies, Photo Booth Express. They have great booths and awesome design (I actually do work freelance work for them!) At the reception, we did vases for the bouquets on the sweetheart table and reused the flower girl pomanders on the back of the bride and groom chairs. The altarpieces framed the table and it looked just perfect. We did 2 different styles for the centerpieces: one was a trio of submerged cylinders with callas and orchids and floating candles at top and the other was a cylinder vase with a bunch of tall callas wrapped in eggplant satin and bear grass wisps in the bottom with a submersible purple LED light in the bottom. They also rented my rectangle gift card holder with monogram and its counterpart-the Wishes and Advice vase. Everything looked FABULOUS! I loved working with my friend and former co-worker and neighbor Courtney! She is awesome! I am so happy for her and Andrew. I know they are going to have a lifetime of happiness! Congrats you two!

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