Simple Elegance Chicago Riverfront Wedding

The Kitchen Bistro in Chicago is a riverfront wedding venue that features a beautiful view, locally sourced food, and the most gracious staff you could ever want for your wedding.

At my clients' request, I won't be sharing their names or images in this post, but I promise you'll love this incredible mix of traditions.  It includes the groom’s classic American taste, the bride’s Lebanese heritage, and the funky, non-traditional personalities of both the bride and groom.

They had an intimate ceremony with 50 guests in The Kitchen's back room, where their closest friends and family members read pieces of poetry and excerpts from classic literature. The bride and groom shared vows they personally wrote (the bride speaking in Lebanese!) and then the newlyweds led their ceremony guests to the bar for a celebratory champagne toast.  The rest of the guests arrived in time for cocktail hour featuring a homemade beer brewed by the groom’s father.  How special is that?!  Everyone sat down for an amazing family style dinner and, between courses, listened to speeches in 5 different languages with beautiful violinists playing in the background.  Yes, the bride and groom understood every speech... After dinner the gelato bar opened along with the “party DJ” from Arlen Music. The bride and groom both shared dances with their parents and then danced the night away. 

This wedding was so filled with their heritage and heart and I am so honored to have been a part of it! 

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Photography: Jacqueline of Olivia Leigh Associates (Olivia Leigh Photographie)

Floral: Fleur

Venue: The Kitchen

Music: Arlen Music Productions

Calligraphy: The Constant Scribe (place cards and escort cards); BlueBird Paper Company (Calligraphed Signage)