Monday, December 21, 2015

Real Wedding | Victoria & Joe

Couple | Victoria & Joe, 9-5-15
Ceremony & Reception | Prairie Production
Ceremony Officiate | Joel Skene, friend of the couple
Photographer | Hetler Photography
Caterer | Wanderlust Catering
Bartender | Spritzology
Disc Jockey | Toast & Jam
Personal Flowers | Posh Petals
Centerpiece FlowersHamilton Dahlia Farm
Linens | Special Occasions West
Cake | A Baker's Tale
Photobooth | Magbooth
Pearls Events Service | Planning, Design and Set Up

Victoria is my younger sister and assisting her with the planning, design and execution of her Chicago wedding day was something I had always assured her I'd do. It feels like Joe has always been a part of our large family (I'm the oldest of five kids), so when Labor Day weekend rolled around, and they made it official, we were all excited to celebrate with them in their hometown of Chicago.

The wedding weekend prep began early in the week for me. My mom and I cut over 200 dahlias at Hamilton Dahlia Farm, and my mom picked up all the linens from Special Occasions West. I also called in a few favors from my colleagues Michelle at Red Heels Events and Elizabeth at Posh Petals; Michelle let us borrow her chargers & candles, and Elizabeth hooked us up with all the vases for the reception.

Greg, my husband, and I met the rest of our family in Chicago on Friday afternoon and we had the ceremony rehearsal on the rooftop of Victoria and Joe's townhouse - it was perfect weather! Joe's parents treated everyone to a lovely rehearsal dinner at Goose Island Friday night, and Saturday morning arrived quickly after a good night's rest at the newly renovated Renaissance hotel.

Hair & makeup with the ladies happened in our parent's giant hotel suite, which always works out well for the getting ready portion of the day. Joe got ready at home before meeting Victoria at their wedding venue, Prairie Production, for their first look, couple photos, wedding party & family photos.

It was a hot day in September, but thankfully the outdoor ceremony space was in full shade by the time cocktail hour began. Victoria & Joe greeted their guests into cocktail hour, and then the wedding party walked down the aisle for a very casual, standing-only ceremony led by Joel Skene, a friend of the couple.

After the ceremony, guests made their way inside for dinner, dessert and dancing. It was a very fun day filled with great family & friends who made the trip to Chicago for the weekend!

I've shared a few of my favorite photos here, but Hetler Photography has MANY more on their blog post here.

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