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Vintage Glam at Blackstone Hotel
Erin and Dan were married at the beautiful Holy Name Cathedral and had their reception at the posh Blackstone Hotel. The overall theme was vintage glam, with colors including black, ivory, gray/silver and dark purples, olive, and fuchsia. Erin wanted everything to have a more vintage, antique-feel to it, so we went very rich with textures and silver mercury glass. She was also open to pods, anemones, and parrot tulips, so we made sure to include these fabulous seasonal blooms in addition to a bunch of others including peonies, heather, seeded eucalyptus, gumdrop eucalyptus, silver sage, hydrangea, Dutch tulips, ranunculus, lisianthus, roses, hanging amaranthus, brunia, trachellium, spray roses, and sweet pea with pheasant feather accents. Let me start by saying Erin's bouquet was one of my favorite bouquets I have ever made. Easily. I loved it and the bridesmaids bouquets, which were more simplified, smaller versions of Erin's bouquet. Erin's bouquet contained a textural mix of anemones, hydrangea, lisianthus, ranunculus, peonies, lotus pods, sweet pea, parrot and Dutch tulips, brunia, trachellium, spray roses and hanging amaranthus. The handle was wrapped in ivory satin, with ivory satin overlay and a purple gem brooch that Erin provided adorned the top of it. The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of Erin's bouquet, sans amaranthus and some other blooms. Their handles were wrapped in black to match their dresses. Dan and the rest of the men in the bridal party as well as the fathers, and grandfather had ranunculus bouts with brunia and feather accents and exposed stems. The mother corsages were pearl wrist bracelets with a mix of ranunculus, spray roses and lisianthus with delicate organza bows. We also did a toss bouquet that had a combo of the bouquet flowers and textural shape. For the ceremony, we only had to do a Blessed Virgin Mary Offering and 2 Parent/Sign of Peace Flowers as the church is so stunning, it doesn't need any floral decoration. For the reception, we created a large manzanita tree arrangement for the escort card table/foyer that had 3 purple floral orbs with hanging amaranthus and hanging votives in the branches, and a rich, textural floral base at the bottom. We put out Erin and Dan's escort cards in a radius of rows around this large piece. Erin expertly designed the escort cards herself along with the donation cards and table numbers! Erin also provided a cute birdcage which we added design element to, including a vintage clipart sign and floral and moss elements to the top and inside. Inside the reception space, we did 2 styles of centerpieces for the guest tables which included a trio of simple, textural flowers surrounded by mercury glass votives and a mixed centerpiece surrounded by mercury glass votives and 3 elevated glass votive holders. The head table was adorned with 3 chic display stands (the bride found at Homegoods) which were decorated with votives, single flower heads and little floral clusters. We also added vases for the bouquets and more votives to the table as well. We also did the beautiful cake, which had simple ivory floral clusters and an adorable custom birdies topper that Erin ordered from Etsy. It was so beautiful! As venues go, we found Blackstone to be one of the easier, more accommodating Chicago venues to work at and the staff were so nice and helpful. It is great when a venue is both stunningly beautiful and easy to work with! I also look forward to seeing Erin's photos taken by the talented Sallee Photography--their work is amazing! It was a total pleasure doing Erin and Dan's wedding. Erin is friends with my past bride Amy L as well as cousins of my past bride Carolyn. I also went to high school with Erin and we reconnected, both through these weddings and Facebook of course! I was honored to be a part of her big day.
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