Floral-Focused Country Club Wedding

Samantha and Mike’s Royal Melbourne wedding was one of the most authentic and heartfelt weddings I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of.  Samantha has great style and is a self-proclaimed perfectionist, so it was no surprise to me that she made all her own signage, hand stamped each place card, and thought of special details to bring to the hotel for photos while getting ready.  

The floral arrangements that Samantha and Mike chose created beautiful backdrops for their day by adding asymmetrical detail to the ceremony chuppah, a lush runner to the head table, and height to the guest tables.  Gold chargers, chairs, and a touch of candlelighting, completed the romantic feel.

For the ceremony, Jewish and Catholic wedding traditions were woven together perfectly by a rabbi and priest duo.  It was so unique and one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen.   Most impressively, the chuppah stayed in place during 35 mph gusts of wind (!) while they signed the Ketubah, exchanged vows, heard readings from the bible, and broke the glass - making for the coolest picture, I must add.  Even the couple’s dog, Parker, was a part of the ceremony acting as the ring bearer.

From the first look with Samantha’s dad, to the sweet moments before they walked down the aisle, to the [happy] tear-filled toast, their father/daughter bond was undeniable.  (I’m literally tearing up as I’m writing this.)  

After fabulous toasts, father/daughter and mother/son dances, a delicious plated dinner and the cake cutting, guests were invited onto the dance floor with the hora and the party really began!

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Newberry Library Literary Themed Wedding

Margaret and Brian's love for all things literary was reflected throughout their wedding from the invitations and renting a school bus to centerpieces and table names (the head table was "The Great Gatsby", their favorite book - how cute is that, ya'll?!). The Newberry Library, a landmark in Chicago since 1887, couldn't have been a more perfect venue for these book-lovers to host their guests on such a special day.  

Every part of the wedding was perfectly thought out and both families were intimately involved in the planning. Margaret's grandmother did all the alterations to her dress, hand glittered her shoes and added a piece of her mother's wedding dress to where the bustle buttoned. During the ceremony, Margaret and Brian placed notes that they had written to each other in a box that her dad made, along with a bottle of wine, to open on their 5 year anniversary or "in case of emergency".

This was definitely one of my favorite weddings to date - hope ya'll enjoy!

Design and Coordination: Haviland Events

Venue: The Newberry Library 

Florist: Scarlet Petal

DJ: Toast and Jam

Caterer: D'Absolute Catering

Photographer: Jolie Images