When we heard that Meghan and Connor were planning their June 9th wedding around the blooming season of Meghan’s favorite flower, we understood. Everyone loves perfectly pink peonies, right? But there was a deeper meaning. The peonies Meghan had in mind were growing in both grandmas’ gardens in Green Bay! And so, two days before the wedding the blooms were cut and escorted to Green Bay florist, Divine Nature, to be arranged in textured golden vessels. Meghan and her family drove the precious peonies to Chicago and on June 9th the grandmas’ garden-grown peonies took pride of place as centerpieces and floral toppers on the geometric patterned wedding cake. And here’s the other twist, this was no ordinary wedding cake but also a birthday cake! Meghan was a bride and birthday girl all in one day. After making their grand entrance and blowing out the birthday candles, the newlyweds joined friends and family for dinner served by Jewell Events Catering. As special dances got under way, guests were invited to enjoy the delicious doughnut display. Congratulations Meghan and Connor … and to the Grandmas on their beautiful peonies! Photography: Courtney Cimo Photo + Film | Catering: Jewell Events Catering | Floral Arrangements: Peonies – Divine Nature, Bouquets – The Petal, Vow-inscribed canvas backdrop – Stephanie Fiore.
This collection of top wedding dress stores in Chicago has something for every personality. Whether you’re searching for a feminine silhouette layered in lace, a trendy wedding cape, or something architectural and avant garde, this list has you covered.
Alice in Ivory
A bridal boutique catering for the modern romantic woman, Alice In Ivory carries 150 gowns from designers like Theia, Hayley Paige, and Rue De Seine. The store interior, decorated with crystal chandeliers and ornate gilded mirrors, has all the feel of a romantic Parisian boutique.
1117 W Armitage Ave | Lincoln Park | 312.533.9326 | aliceinivory.com
This Lincoln Park boutique offers two distinct lines for two distinct brides, Sarah Seven and Bride by Sarah Seven. The Sarah Seven collection gowns are sleek and simple with understated architectural details. The Bride by Sarah Seven collection is full of flowing chiffon and detailed, ultra-feminine lace gowns designed for a bold bride ready to make a statement. The bright and airy Chicago flagship boutique reflects the design of both collections, pairing sleek gown displays with original detailing of the vintage space.
532 W Arlington Pl | Lincoln Park | 773.270.5939 | sarahseven.com
Nestled on Chicago’s prestigious Oak Street, this appointment-only boutique carries designers from all over the world such as Berta, Peter Langner, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. The light-filled, all-white interior provides the perfect backdrop for their collections of luxury gowns.
106 E Oak St | Gold Coast | 312.337.6300 | ultimatebride.com
Providing heirloom gowns and bespoke designs for modern brides, Mignontte Bridal, is situated in the heart of Lakeview. Over 15 years ago, owner and designer Kpoene Kofi-Nicklin started out selling her handmade gowns on Etsy. Great demand for her designs led to the opening of Mignonette Bridal. Gowns range in price from $2,500-$4,500.
1747 W. Belmont Ave | Lakeview | 773.880.9141 | mignonettebridal.com
The sleek Vera Wang flagship salon sits at the corner of Rush St and Oak St in the prestigious Gold Coast. The salon carries some of Wang’s iconic bridal gowns in addition to the newest bridal collections and accessories. Vera Wang’s latest bridal collection embraces contemporary forms and delicate fabrics for a romantic, avant-garde vibe.
945 N. Rush St | Gold Coast | 312.379.5355 | verawang.com
This River North store offers an elegant boutique environment with outlet store prices. Brides can select from a collection of designer gowns, all off the rack, for 25 – 75% off retail prices. Walk-ins are welcomed, walk out with your gown same-day!
209 E. Illinois St | River North | 312.245.2790 | glamourcloset.com
Inspired by the latest European fashion trends, this Ukrainian Village boutique carries a collection of gowns for the bride seeking elegance and grace, clean lines, style, and individuality. Their 2018 Dolce Vita collection features lace detailing, beading, separates, and a balance of classic and contemporary silhouettes.
2236 W. Chicago Ave | Ukrainian Village | 872.802.4415 | vieroweddingdresses.com
A bridal store by Anthropologie, BHLDN (pronounced Be-Hold-En) offers vintage-inspired, beautifully crafted wedding attire, décor and gifts. Situated at 8 East Walton St, in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, the BHLDN boutique was designed with the urban bride and party-goer in mind – offering brides and their wedding party the opportunity to experiment with headpieces and jewels in the accessories salon, as well as explore their assortment of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses.
8 E. Walton St | Gold Coast | 312.573.2573 | bhldn.com
Hailing from New York City, Lovely sees itself as the original indie bridal shop for cool brides. Lovely offers cutting-edge wedding gowns from emerging designers. Appointments available Wednesday – Sunday. Dresses range from $2,000 – $7,000.
1657 N. Wells St | Old Town | 312.285.2990 | lovelybride.com
This luxe Gold Coast boutique is home to a collection of gowns from some of the most sought after domestic and international designers such as Lazaro, Ines Di Santo, and Ramona Keveza. Owners Melissa Russell and Natalie Bauer pride themselves on the Bella Bianca philosophy – to deliver the finest couture bridal fashion while creating a once-in-a-lifetime moment for their brides.
12 W. Maple St | Gold Coast | 312.787.2377 | bellabianca.com
Located in Andersonville, Honey Bridal stocks handcrafted dresses and separates from independent designers. Styles range from understated jumpsuits to full-on ball gowns. Owners and sisters, Dana Karlow and Hallie Borden, see Honey as a fresh take on bridal in Chicago – relaxed, inclusive, and a little bit irreverent, serving up cocktails and good music for each appointment.
5135 N. Clark St | Andersonville | 773.809.3382 | honey-bridal.com
Founded by designer Alyssa Kahle, Alyssa Kristin’s collections are designed and created right here in Chicago. The gowns are thoughtfully designed so that each piece features a distinctive element – a dramatic train, a unique neckline, a removable skirt. Alyssa Kristin offers low-cost customizations on all of their gowns, encouraging their brides to have fun – mix & match tops and skirts, add a sleeve, lower the back or add some train.
505 N. LaSalle Dr., #575 | Gold Coast | 773.887.2812 | alyssakristin.com
Dimitra’s Bridal Couture
Touting a fashion-focused approach, Dimitras Bridal Couture, carries a coveted selection of couture wedding gowns by designers such as J’Aton Couture, Reem Acra, and Marchesa. Bridal consultants meet one-on-one with each bride to discuss the wedding vision before pulling bridal silhouettes and styles that are best suited for the bride and her wedding.
1009 N. Rush St | 312.787.0920 | dimitrasbridal.com
Designers Hwang and Kenneth Park are the husband-and-wife team behind VWIDON and VWIDON Atelier. Having launched their first bridal collection in 2001 Hwang and Park continue to design contemporary wedding gowns for fashion-forward brides. All VWIDON gowns are designed and made in right here in Chicago.
740 N. Franklin St., Suite 11 | River North | 312.654.9078 | vwidon.com
The Jenny Yoo collections incorporate rich and luxurious fabrics to create elegant, feminine, refined looks for brides and bridesmaids. Attention to detail, cut, proportion ensures each dress receives the most feminine and flattering fit for the modern bride or bridesmaid. Jenny Yoo’s new Superior St showroom is outfitted with pink tufted seating and warn brass elements that embody the feminine brand.
311 W Superior St., Suite 404 | River North | 312.642.2327 | jennyyoo.com
Luxe Bridal Rack
At Luxe Bridal Rack you’ll find hundreds of high-end gowns for a fraction of retail prices. New to the Chicago bridal market in 2017, this Logan Square boutique, is committed to providing a shopping service that is truly special.
2167 N. Milwaukee Ave | Logan Square | 773.917.5893 | luxebridalrack.com
Another significant player in the Gold Coast Bridal District, Mira Couture, has been marrying brides with couture gowns for nearly 50 years. Equal parts bridal boutique and couture atelier, brides can peruse the selection of luxury gowns or work with in-house dress makers and designers to create a bespoke piece. Mira Couture also carries a selection of evening gowns and cocktail attire.
1 E. Delaware Pl | Gold Coast | 312.255.1699 | miracouture.com
Image credits in order of appearance: 1: Alice in Ivory gown at Chez. Photo by Christy Tyler Photography. 2: Mignonette Bridal Two Piece. Photo by Studio 29 Photography. 3: Models wearing Alyssa Kristin gowns. Photo by Erin Stubblefield Photography.
On a blue sky day in early June, Alexis and Corey said their wedding vows at Chez, beneath a dramatic canopy of florals and crystal chandeliers. Ghost chairs were arranged in the round, creating an intimate ceremony setting that allowed friends and family to surround the couple. With the team from Kehoe Designs at the helm, every decor detail was carefully considered. The design intermixed a unique palette of textures and styles that ranged from vintage gold metallics and rustic wood to classic crystal and ethereal chiffon. Organically styled floral, such as garden roses, peonies, and burgundy clematis were tied-in with garden-like elements of smokebush, seeded eucalyptus and privet berries. Dozens of towering candles were placed on dining tables and beneath the glass staircase offering a romantic back drop for the mirrored head table. After their first dance and cake cutting, Alexis and Corey joined their guests for dinner by Jewell Events Catering. Flow Entertainment provided the entertainment for the night as guests danced and enjoyed a sweet smore station late into the night. What a day! Congratulations Alexis and Corey.
It is always an honor when an industry friend selects Chez for their own wedding, so we were delighted to host Chicago wedding photographer, Colin Lyons, and wife Amy for their wedding reception last summer. Following a church ceremony, the newlyweds arrived at Chez to celebrate with family and friends. Colorful decor and a whimsical groom’s cake set the tone for the fun-filled reception. An elaborate paper flower wall provided a beautiful photo booth backdrop. Guests enjoyed dinner by Jewell Events Catering and danced to music by DJ Jennefa before a dramatic sparkler send off – the grand finale the the perfect day. Congratulations Amy and Colin!
After their first look on the rooftop of the Dana Hotel, Kristin and Dino made the short trip to LaSalle Street Bridge and Michigan Avenue to capture some urban wedding day photos with Cattura Weddings. Back at Chez, the teams from Food For Thought and XO Design Co. were busy preparing for guests to arrive. The aisle was lined with towering floral arrangements that would later become centerpieces. All eyes were on Kristin as she made her grand entrance on the glass staircase wearing an intricate sequin gown from Allure Bridal. After an emotional ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner, served by Food For Thought, before dancing the night away to music provided by Black Third Entertainment. Congratulations Kristin and Dino! Photography: Cattura Weddings| Floral & Decor: XO Design Co. | Catering: Food For Thought | Month of Coordinator: Michelle Ganti Events | Entertainment: Back Third Events |Bride’s Gown: Allure Bridals |Maid’s Dress: Monique Lhullier | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Make-up: Nancy Jackson and Anna DiStaola | Hair: Marlene Hosepian |First look location: Dana Hotel and Spa
Late last fall, just days after Thanksgiving, Amanda and Patrick were joined by family and friends as they said their vows at St. Joseph Church. While the wedding party made some stops around town with photographer Kent Drake, the team from Revel Decor was busy putting the finishing touches on wedding reception decor details at Chez. Lux table linens, burgundy napkins, and dozens of candles decorated each table. After making their grand entrance on the glass staircase, Amanda and Patrick joined their guests for dinner, served by Blue Plate Catering, and afterwards danced to music by The Connexion Band. Congratulations Amanda and Patrick.
Photography: Kent Drake Photography | Ceremony Location: St. Joseph Parish | Floral & Decor: Revel Decor | Catering: Blue Plate Catering | Bride’s Gown: Flora | Grooms Suit: Vera Wang | Cake: Bon Bon Bakery | Bridesmaid’s dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Music: Connexion Band
1: Industrial Chicago
The striking contrast of a perfectly styled couple against the grittiness of the city is a popular look for wedding day photography. Whether you pose in front of an abandoned warehouse or beneath the “L” tracks, these backdrops offer the opportunity for more editorial styled shots.
2: Chicago’s Murals
Add some color and texture to your wedding album by posing in front of one of the many murals that appear throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods. One such mural is located just outside Chez. The mural featuring Jimmy Durante and the Chez Paree ‘Adorables’ calls out the incredible history of Chez and The Chez Paree supper club.
3: The Lakefront
It might seem like an obvious one, but if you’re getting married in Chicago you can’t miss the opportunity for wedding day photo on the lakefront. There are numerous places along the Lake Michigan shore that are ideal for capturing your wedding day with the beauty of nature and the Chicago skyline as your backdrop. North Avenue Beach, Olive Park, The Adler Planetarium, and Promontory Point are some of the favorites of Chez couples and their photographers.
4: Michigan Avenue
The Mag Mile sits just two blocks west of Chez so many of our brides and grooms make it their last stop on the way to Chez for their wedding ceremony. The Wrigley Building and the Michigan Avenue median are ideal if you’re looking to feature Chicago architecture in your wedding day photos.
5: La Salle Street & The Board of Trade
The iconic Board of Trade building offers a breathtaking backdrop for urban wedding photos. Just watch out for traffic whizzing by.
6: Chicago’s Bridges
With dozens of bridges traversing the Chicago river it’s easy to add this shot to your wedding day photography schedule. La Salle St. bridge, Kinzie St. bridge, and State St. bridge are the most popular.
7: Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park is the ideal spot for wedding couples looking for a more natural backdrop for their wedding photos.
Photography: 1. Industrial Chicago: Amanda Megan Miller Photography, Amanda Megan Miller Photography, Elite Visions Photography, 2. Chicago Murals: Colin Lyons Photography, Christy Tyler Photography, Allison Williams Photography, 3. The Lakefront: G Reyes Photography, Megan Saul, Tim Tab Studios, 4. Michigan Avenue: Ed & Aileen Photography, Esenam Photography, Jeremy Lawson Photography, 5. La Salle Street + The Board of Trade: Jeremy Lawson Photography, Tim Tab Studios, Michelle Lytle Photography, 6. Chicago’s Bridges: Tim Tab Studios, Amanda Megan Miller Photography, Tim Tab Studios, 7. Lincoln Park: Michelle Lytle Photography.
After their first-look on the rooftop of the Ivy Boutique Hotel, Emma and Tunji strolled east along Ontario St to Chez where they said their vows in front of family and friends. Dozens of white calla lillies and candles set the tone for the elegant event. A menu influenced by traditional Nigerian dishes was served by Food For Thought. After dinner, the newlyweds changed into Nigerian dress and danced the traditional money dance. Congratulations Emma and Tunji.
A curated list of Chicago event planners with the most inspiring Instagram accounts. From photos of extravagant events to behind-the-scenes details of event planning action, this group of planners covers it all. Follow this list for the best quality wedding and event inspiration.
@debililly | 10.5K Followers
A daily dose of the most incredible inspiration from celebrity party planner and author Debi Lilly, this Instagram feed seamlessly places images of floral details and party festivities alongside shots of travel and time with family.
@lkeventschicago | 5.5K Followers
Highlighting the talents of the LK Events team and the fantastic network of vendors they work with, this feed features images of beautiful weddings and events, exquisite florals and smiling newlyweds.
PAULETTE WOLF EVENTS
@paulettewolfevents | 1.4K Followers
Images of large scale events, live performances, and tips on event planning fill the Instagram feed of this national event management and event planning company.
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President of Kesh Luxury Group and author of “The Art of Floral and Event Design”, Akeshi Akinseye, fills this Instagram feed with images of opulent florals, destination weddings, and peeks behind-the-scenes at Kesh Luxury Group.
LIVEN IT UP EVENTS
@livenitup | 4.1K Followers
Towering wedding cakes, rustic and romantic weddings and shots of creative cuisine fill the Instagram feed of Liven It Up Events, offering a look at the incredible work of their talented team of event planners.
LOLA EVENT PRODUCTIONS
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JENNIFER ANDERSON EVENTS
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CLEMENTINE CUSTOM EVENTS
@clementinechicago | 5.5K followers
Behind-the-scenes shots and details of custom weddings planned by the Clementine Custom Events team make this Instagram feed fun, fresh and filled with inspiration.
BLISS WEDDINGS & EVENTS
@blisschicago | 6.9K followers
Filled with details of real weddings and colorful florals, the BLISS Weddings & Events Instagram feed demonstrates the team’s talent at creating events that are sophisticated, playful, inspired and cohesive.
On October 15th, 2016 Sarah and Christian were joined by their loved ones for their ceremony and reception at Chez. Their day began at the W Hotel Lakeshore for their first look, and then headed to Lake Michigan with their wedding party and photographer, Louie A Weddings.
Every detail of the day was planned by Linsday Gaeta of Storybook Weddings. While the wedding party took photos, Phil Cooper and the team of Kehoe Designs were putting the final touches on floral arrangements and each romantic detail for the ceremony. The mood for the ceremony was set by Bill Pollack String Quartet. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Jewell Events Catering.
Once the ceremony space was flipped for the reception, guests were invited back in to take their seats. Tables were covered with sequined linen and lined with Chez’s mirage ghost chairs creating a charming atmosphere. Kehoe Designs made sure every table was impeccable with elegant floral arrangements set in various gold and glass vessels. The tables were completed with custom escort cards by Minted.
After cutting the cake, the couple and their guests danced and enjoyed music from Style Matters. Congratulations Sarah & Christian!
Photography: Louie A Weddings | Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven | Maids’ dresses: J. Crew | Groom’s Suit: Mens Warehouse | Groomsmens’ Suits: Mens Warehouse | Planning: Lindsay Gaeta of Storybook Weddings & Events | Floral & Design: Phil Cooper of Kehoe Designs | Caterer & Cake: Jewell Events Catering | Ceremony Music: Bill Pollack String Quartet | Reception Music: Style Matters | Menu & Program: AJ Powills | Escort Cards: Minted