Sunday, January 17, 2010

Joan and Pat's Wedding

It might not be standard procedure for a wedding coordinator to blog about her own wedding, but I figure it's just another way to showcase my work until the next wedding in March :)  We were trying to pull off a wedding for a large number of guests on a reasonable budget and I think we succeeded! I did not, of course, day-of coordinate my own wedding. My good friend Sara did a fabulous job with that (and as a bonus, her husband who is starting his videography business came with the package)!

Pat and I got engaged last August and I knew immediately I wanted a fall wedding; it's my favorite time of year! After looking at the options for our large wedding (250) we ended up deciding on November 7th at Galleria Marchetti. Our ceremony would be held in the beautiful sanctuary at First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park. Because Pat is Catholic and I'm Jewish we had to find a "neutral" location at which to be married. We had a priest and a rabbi officiate and the staff at First U couldn't have been nicer in accommodating all of our requests!

The day turned out to be a STUNNER. I mean, really--68 degrees in November?? How could you ask for more? My 6 bridesmaids, my mom, and I all had our hair and makeup done by two wonderful ladies who came to my parents house--so convenient. I found our makeup artist at the Clinique counter at Macy's--Karla Chihu--and we got our hair done by Gigi Philip.  Although people teased me for doing so much within weeks of becoming engaged, it was so worth it because we had all the best vendors! 

The ladies were transported to the church by a trolley from Chicago Rolls Royce and Trolley Company--we chose a trolley because it fit our whole bridal party, plus parents and grandparents and the significant others of our siblings for photos after the church! 

After photos we went straight to GM. They REALLY outdid themselves--they had set up a little plate of fruit and cheese plus champagne in the bridal room for Pat and I to nibble on while we let the moment sink in.

The room looked fabulous.  We threw purple linens on all the tables, and combined with our florist's work (DK Floral Events) and the beauty of the GM Pavillion it looked like a million bucks!

Lucky me, my aunt is a calligrapher, so she hand-calligraphed all the place cards which gave the event a really elegant feel.

After dinner and the usual speeches and first dances I kid you not, our guests were on the dance floor like wildfire! We definitely have our fantastic band, TVK Orchestra, to thank. That was one of the areas (in addition to the reception location) where we splurged and it was SO worth it.

The wedding was a blast and I think everyone in attendance would say the same!  

***Photo credits:  Melissa Marie Photography***
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