The Chez Wedding Pop-Up Showcases the Best Wedding Vendors in Chicago
Chicago’s best wedding vendors gathered at Chez wedding venue to lend their expertise and blend their wedding ideas with different inspirations. Representatives from the Chicago wedding industry included Kehoe Designs, Revel Décor, Limelight Catering, and Jenny Yoo Collection to name a few participants.
Chez put together several “dream teams” of the absolute best and most creative wedding vendors that are working in Chicago today. Teams were formed by partnering industry experts from different companies and asking them to create one-of-a-kind vignettes, or fully interactive experiences, that would simulate the look and feel of an exquisitely themed wedding celebration.
Engaged couples were then invited interact with the vignettes and borrow some inspiration, snapping photos of the wedding flower arrangements, jotting down tasting notes from the different wedding catering solutions and speaking with expert wedding planners on how they might pull off such a look for a Chicago wedding
Ultra Violet Theme for Wedding
One of the teams tasked with demonstrating an unique wedding was the combination of Kehoe Designs (décor and floral), Food For Thought (catering), Studio M Chicago (stationery), The Festive Frog (goblets and place settings), and BBJ Linens. All the different elements were overseen by the planners of Storybook Weddings & Events to come up with an interactive setting draped in rich colors that were inspired by the Pantone™ Color of the Year, Ultra Violet.
According to Joshua Jones of Kehoe Designs, “we infused the vignette with a bold splash of violet, deep purples, fuchsia and magenta. Our goal was to juxtapose the vibrancy of color against a neutral combination of smoky gray, black and white while creating textural art that gave guests a fresh take on floral design.” The arrangements and place settings were set on top of a mirrored table, adorned with romantic tableware and surrounded by a combination of ghost chairs and gray upholstered seats.
Food For Thought invited wedding guests to sample their tartine bar, featuring tartines with applewood smoked lake trout, sweet-n-sour blue and blackberry, and toasted sesame and citrus marinated purple beets
Botanical Wedding Inspiration with The Flower Firm
The Flower Firm blossomed with their botanical wedding theme. The designated wedding planner, Events by Grace, helped create a color palette of black, white, green and gold. Wedding catering was supplied by Blue Plate, and they served guests champagne with frozen fruit purée sticks to mix in with the bubbly, and provided a glimpse of an innovative take-away box — that could inspire great wedding favor ideas — was filled with savory and sweet brunch items.
Rustic Wedding Ideas with Bold Color
Foliage is trending strongly for weddings in 2018. To create a rustic wedding theme, Art of Imagination combined a collection branches and crystals such as quartz and amethyst. In the front of space, a sweetheart table designed by Sweet Chic Events showed how to repurpose a wedding ceremony backdrop for the bride and groom’s table. Angled outward from the sweetheart table was the build-your-own snack bar with pomegranate champagne cocktails from Jewell Events Catering. The wedding theme incorporated Pantone™ Color of the Year Ultra Violet with wedding greenery and rose-gold
Dark Eclectic Wedding Style by Revel Décor
Another look demonstrated at the event was put together by Revel Décor and Shannon Gail Events, with tasty bites supplied by Limelight Catering. Their bold wedding theme featured a black lacquer table surrounded by burgundy and black leather chairs, and neatly juxtaposed by a patterned rug. The dark color scheme was complemented by a rich wood bar with tortoise shell, drape and wall with mirrors to create a dark and eclectic experience. The floral hanging piece showcased a linear design. Limelight served an acai smoothie, beet cured smoked salmon fingerling potato crisp with caviar and crème fraiche, and topped it off with a crepe station.
While guests made their way through each display of top wedding trends, other wedding industry experts were on hand to provide advice on the best Chicago wedding ideas. J Toor was there as a resource on bespoke men’s suiting and Jenny Yoo Collection was representing the bridal style section with wedding dresses and new bridesmaid dress trends.
Chicago wedding photographer Christy Tyler was in attendance to document the event and lend perspective on how to best capture memories with stunning wedding photography. Kate Johnson Artistry provided tips on wedding hairstyles and make up while Okyne Media Lab kept people moving with smart, contemporary wedding DJ services. Okyne Live also demonstrated the versatility that the best wedding ideas incorporate, bringing a live harp musician to pluck the strings while guests mingled and interacted
For an indulgence of the sweet tooth, Amy Beck Cake Design was there to display several of the best ideas for wedding cakes, including the memorable geode cake that is sure to sparkle at many weddings this season.
A huge thank you to all participants. We’re looking forward to next year’s wedding pop-up already!