This wedding! Romantic. Elegant. Classic. Soft. So much to say about this gorgeous wedding. Let’s start from the top. Mary Therese had a specific vision for her gorgeous wedding. Her inspiration stemmed from the Chicago Cultural Center, with its history, architecture, and gorgeous lines, it really is a gem in the heart of the city!
Her neutral color palette of champagne gold, ivory, and blush was chosen since Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center is very ornate. As for the bridal party, Mary Therese loved the elegance of the blush pink flowers against the richness of black. With gold Chiavari chairs, ivory linens, and a dimly lit room with a focus on the beautiful dome. All I have to say is PERFECTION!
Everything about the wonderful Mary Therese was chic, from her clutch purse to the jewels donning her. And those shoes! Beyond stunning! And I can’t get over the dress! Can you tell we just adore her?!
As with any gorgeous wedding, we source our blooms locally to ensure the best of the best. And the dahlia’s for this wedding were no exception! The bridal bouquet was the perfect blend of soft romance, with the touches of dahlias, roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, and stock.
The centerpieces were a perfect complement to the decor of the Preston Bradley Hall. Candles elevated by ornate stands balanced by lush blooms and elegant centerpieces amid stemmed candle holders. The perfect harmony of simple elegance.
MT has a keen eye for detail and even designed her own stationery! She has a design background and she utilized the romantic and art deco feel inspired by the dome of the Cultural Center.
Special thanks to Food Evolution Catering for always being fabulous to work with during setup! And it doesn’t hurt that they have the most delicious food! Millions of thanks to Two Birds Photography for sharing their amazing talent with us! The beauty of the day is captured perfectly with every shot. I still get goosebumps when I scroll through the entire day.
Thank you to Mary Therese and Jim for having us “floralize” your beautiful day. It truly is an honor to have worked with such an amazing couple. Wishing you a million years of happiness!
Ceremony: St. Christina’s
Reception: Chicago Cultural Center
Planner: Lindsay Green Weddings & Events
Photographer: Two Birds Photography
Florist: Zuzu’s Petals
Catering: Food Evolution Catering
Cake: Sweet Food Chicago
Decor: Prestige Wedding Decoration
Band: 312 Chicago, Stitely Entertainment
Videography: One Fine Day Videography
Transportation: Windy City Limo
Hair: Salon 95
Makeup: Christina Errico + Julie Salazar
Stationer: Custom Designed by Mary Therese
Table Numbers: Greenstar Paperie
Want to hear straight from the bride? This wedding got picked up by Style Me Pretty, so we wanted to include the couple’s backstory from the blog!
Jim and I met at a country concert through mutual friends in September of 2011. We hit it off instantly and found that we had more than a just few friends in common. Growing up about a mile apart, it felt like we had known each other forever. It wasn’t long after the concert, Jim asked me out on our first date. When we began dating, I was living in Lakeview and we were both working downtown. We fell in love that year exploring the city – from new restaurants and shows, to baseball games and concerts, to walks along the lake and weekend trips. We dated for another three years and in March of 2015 Jim proposed at Navy Pier to have a backdrop of the city we both love so much. To top it off, after the proposal, Jim surprised me with an engagement party to celebrate with all our family and friends. It was definitely one of the happiest days of our lives.
When we began wedding planning, we knew we wanted to have a full Catholic mass. Jim and I both come from strong Irish Catholic families on the Southside of Chicago, and chose St. Christina Church in the neighborhood where we both grew up. We also knew we wanted to have the reception downtown, and after visiting the Chicago Cultural Center, we left in awe. Preston Bradley Hall, with the world’s largest Tiffany dome, was one of the most beautiful rooms we had ever set foot in. Our decision was made and we (quickly) booked our date for August 27, 2016.
With the two major items set, the details began falling into place. My mother helped me pick out my wedding dress which was very special to me. Not only did I feel it suited my personality, but the venue as well. I loved how it was simple with a touch of glamour on the capped sleeves; yet the full skirt gave it a presence under the large dome. For a personal touch, I designed all the wedding stationery from our invites and programs, to the signs and menus, using quartz paper, gold ink and blush accents.
All of our vendors that we brought into the Cultural Center were absolutely amazing and, in my opinion, made our wedding live up to the beautiful venue.
The morning of our wedding it was pouring rain but by the time we headed to the church the sun was out. Our wedding mass was exactly how I envisioned; we were surrounded by our family and friends, with our wonderful bridal party standing by our side, and our godparents and Jim’s grandfather playing a special part. I’ll never forget my Dad walking me down the aisle trying not to cry, or the overwhelming sense of calm that came over me after we said our vows.
After the mass, the bridal party headed downtown to take pictures at the south garden of the Art Institute, which is one of my favorite spots in the entire city. I absolutely love the trees, ivy and greenery; it inspired our summer wedding. After the Art Institute, Jim and I took a few pictures on the LaSalle Street bridge which has that iconic, downtown Chicago feel before heading to our reception.
When Jim and I walked up the grand staircase and into Preston Bradley Hall, it was truly magical. Seeing the entire room set up, lit with candles, it was exactly how we envisioned and more. We had the absolutely best day and night of our lives celebrating with all our friends and family in one room. We could not have asked for anything more.
A special thanks to our wedding planner, Lindsay Green Wedding & Events and her team who took care of every detail the month and day of our wedding. From coordinating the vendors ahead of time, to getting ready in the morning and cleaning up after the reception, they made everything run smoothly so we could truly enjoy every minute of our day.
After the wedding, we received our amazing photos (Two Birds Photography) and video (One Fine Day Productions) and could not have been happier with how they captured every detail. Jim and I feel truly grateful for our beautiful wedding day and wonderful memories we will have for a lifetime.