Sara & Mark’s Room 1520 Wedding – Part 1

We have some catching up to do with posting our 2014 weddings, but they’re so pretty, we just have to share! I love it when our couples embrace color! Sara and Mark envisioned a vibrant wedding in hues of coral, bright pink, and orange, in their beautifully neutral wedding venue, Room 1520. Gorgeous photos by Studio Finch. I love the coral and orange wedding invitations they chose via Minted.

1. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Orange and Pink Watercolor Invitation. Minted.

It’s awesome when grooms have some fun with their attire, even with a small detail such as their SOCKS!

2. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Groom. Wedding Socks. Groom socks. Leopard socks.


4. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Wedding Dress. Lace Wedding Dress. Classic Bridal Shoes.

Sara’s look was pure romance… all-over lace in a soft, draping silhouette.

5. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Coral Bridesmaids Dresses. Wedding Dress. Lace Dresses.

6. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Classic Bride.

First Look at Olive Park!

7. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. First Look. Groom waiting for First Look.

8. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. First Look. Olive Park.

9. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Vale of Enna. First Look. Olive Park. Coral Bridal Bouquet.

10. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Vale of Enna. Orange Ranunculus Boutonniere. Coral Peony. Orange Spray Roses. Orange Protea Bouquet

11. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Olive Park. Bridal Party. Coral Bridesmaids Dresses.

12. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Groomsmen. Olive Park

13. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Vale of Enna. Modern Vintage Wedding. Summer. Coral Orange.

14. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Vale of Enna. Summer Bloom Bouquet. Peonies, Roses, Ranunculus, Geranium Leaves. Coral Orange.

15. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Olive Park. Chicago Skyline. Modern Vintage. Summer

16. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Olive Park. Chicago Skyline. Modern Vintage. Summer.

17. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Olive Park. Chicago Skyline. Summer

18. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Navy Pier. Chicago Wedding. Summer.

19. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Chicago Theater. Chicago Landmark.

20. Room 1520 Wedding. Sweetchic Events. Studio Finch. Kinzie Street Bridge. Urban. Industrial Chicago

Part 2 coming up next week!

Vendors

Venue: Room 1520
Photographer: Studio Finch
Wedding Planner: Charlene Liang, Sweetchic Events
Florist: Vale of Enna
Caterer: Blue Plate
DJ: Style Matters
Videographer: Samuel Lee
Hair: Chicago Bridal Hair & Make-up
Make-up: Beautiful Yu
Transportation: Windy City Limo

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Martha & Ricardo’s Kitchen Chicago Wedding

There is nothing more exciting than a bride who knows exactly what she wants and has poured her heart and soul into finding every single detail. And let me tell you, there are A LOT of details. This black & gold, Old Hollywood glamour wedding could not have been a better portrayal of Martha & Ricardo – classic & fun.

Kitchen Chicago was the perfect location for a vintage, rustic vibe, with lush green and white floral centerpieces by Asrai Garden enhanced the sequin lined tables. Sprung Photography captured the most vibrant photos of their glamorous day which was filled with so much laughter and sweet tears.

1. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vintage Wedding Dress.

2. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. DIY Bouquet.

Our beautiful, art deco bride – check out the vintage hair & make up!

3. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Hollywood Glamour. Vintage Bride.

Martha & Ric’s two sons were the ring bearers — so adorable!

4. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vintage Bride. Hollywood Glamour.

Martha actually DIY’d the gold mason jar pew decor which lined the whole church aisle.

5. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. DIY Aisle Decor. Gold Mason Jars. Custom Unity Candle. White Roses.

6. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events

7. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events

8. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events

9. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events.

10. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Kiss

Martha& Ricardo really wanted to feel “urban Chicago” in their photos – Sprung Photography delivered!

11. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Urban Chicago. Rustic. Vintage.

12. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Urban Chicago. Groosmen. Rustic. Vintage

13. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bridesmaids. Urban Chicago. Rustic. Vintage

14. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Vintage Rustic. Chicago

16. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events.

Let the custom details begin :)

17. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Custom Chicago Wedding Sign . Buckingham Fountain.

The lush, gold urn arrangements by Asrai Garden were full of greens, feathers….and REAL grapes!

18. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Asrai Garden. Sequin Backdrop. Escort Cards. Gold Urn Florals

19. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Sweet Mandy B's. Wedding Cake. Monogram Cake Topper. Hollywood Glam.

Cafe Lights. Enough said.

20. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Feast Table. Cafe Lights. Vintage. Rustic. Hollywood Glam. Sequins.

21. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Asrai Garden. Sequin Table Runner. Hollywood Glam Centerpieces. Custom

22. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Wine Bottle Tags. Sequin Table Clothes. Goblet Centerpieces. Roses.

23. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Asrai Garden. Gold Urn Centerpieces. Hollywood Glam. Sequins. Gold.

Martha had a custom Dia De Los Muertos statue made of her family — even the dress matched!

24. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Dia De Los Muertos. Statue. Cloche.

25. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Asrai Garden. Hollywood Glam. Black. Gold.

We love the idea of a reception dress — when its all sequins — we love it even more.

26. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Gold Sequin Dress. Reception Dress. Cake Cutting.

27. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events.

28. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Cafe Lights.

These two had me moved to tears. The love between them is always so visible.

29. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events.

Their first dance was to “Across the Universe” – where they sang to each other the whole time.* tears *

30. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. First Dance

31. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. First Dance.

32. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Father Daughter Dance.

33. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Mother Son Dance.

Now that’s love.

34. Art Deco Wedding. Kitchen Chicago. Victoria Sprung Photography. Sweetchic Events. Cafe Lights. Hollywood Glam. Sequin Dress.

 

Vendors:

Reception Venue: Kitchen Chicago
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Mt. Carmel
Photographer: Sprung Photography 
Wedding Coordinator: Courtney, Sweetchic Events
Caterer: Hue-Gah Catering 
Florist: Asria Garden 
Videographer: Sean Loftus Videography
DJ: Rebecca, Toast & Jam
Lighting: Elevated Event Design
Linens/Rentals: Arlington Rentals 
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s 
Make-up: Briette Madrid 
Hair: Ramsay Marston Hair 
Transportation: Windy City Limo
Sequin Linens/Flatware: Ultrapom
Chairs: Chicago Chair Rental Collection 

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Tips for Booking a Wedding Hotel Block

It’s always a courteous gesture to reserve room blocks for your out-of-town wedding guests. They may not know the best hotels or the closest hotels to your venue. Or you may want the majority of your guests to stay at the hotel where you are staying on your special day. Keep in mind not all guests and out-of-towners will use the room blocks you provided them. A lot of your guests may be loyalty members to specific chain or will use discount bookings sites such as Expedia or Travelocity.

What is a hotel block?

AKA a ‘wedding room block’, is a selection of rooms (usually 10-15 rooms) that are put on ‘hold’ for your wedding guests. These rooms are often offered at a discounted rate (but it really depends on what is going on in the city that weekend!). The wedding block will usually be labeled under the Bride and Groom’s last names, making it easy for guests when they make reservations. **When making reservations over the phone, it’s very important that your guests say that they are  here for that specific wedding so they receive the correct rate**

How do I book a hotel block?

By contacting the hotel’s “Group Sales” office. Many hotels will have a specific person who deals directly with wedding room blocks. You’ll provide them with the dates that you’re looking to hold (normally, checking in one day before the wedding, and checking out the day after), and how many rooms you think you’ll need to hold. This is all based on how many out of town guests you have. If the majority of your guests are from out of town, you may consider having several blocks at different hotels at different price points. The Group Sales will send you over a contract, and from there is like normal contract business :)

Who pays for it?

Unless you decide to pick up the tab for everyone, the guests will pay for the room themselves.

Key words:

Courtesy Room Blocks: A lot of hotels in Chicago offer courtesy blocks, where they will hold these rooms for you, and if not every room gets booked before the cut-off day (explained below), they will ‘put the room back on the market’, without cost to the bride and groom.

Attrition: When a hotel says they can offer you “10 rooms for $198 per night, with 90% attrition” this is what they mean:

If by the end of your cut-off date,90% of the room block HAS NOT been reserved, you will be charged for the rooms that were not sold. For example, if your guests booked 7 out of 10 rooms, with 90% attrition, you would be charged for the 2 rooms that were not picked up.

How do I inform my guests about the blocks?

Send a printed “Accommodations” card with your invitations stating where the room blocks are, and that they should request “Name of Wedding Room Block” when they make reservations. A lot of hotels offer web links for you to put on your wedding website, that directs your guests to reserve within the room block.

Disecting the Contract 

What is a “Cut-Off” date?
This is the last date that your guests can book a room under the wedding room block and still receive the group discounted rate. After this date, the rooms are “put back on the market”. This date is usually one month before the wedding day, perfect timing with when your guests need to respond!

What are Concessions?
Upgrades. Concessions are bonuses the bride and groom receive for having awesome guests who booked this hotel block. Some hotels will offer the bride and groom a complimentary suite upgrade if their entire room block or percentage of their room block is booked. Sometimes they even offer complimentary suite upgrades for the parents!

Things to watch out for…

  • When Group Sales gives you a single rate, be sure to ask what types of rooms that includes (king, queen/queen, etc). In contracts, if only one rate is listed, be sure to check underneath in the “Rates” section, as if may state there is an extra fee on top of the given rate for a queen/queen room.
  • How long the rates are available for. Some hotels will list in their hotel contract that these discounted rates will be available to your guests 3 days before, and 3 days after the event. It’s nice to relay this information on to your guests, as they may want to make a longer vacation out of it.
  • Welcome Bag Policy. It’s a nice idea to welcome your out of town guests with a surprise gift when they arrive — but you’re probably going to pay delivery charges. Different hotels have different policies.

    Wedding room blocks can be confusing to navigate, so we hope this helps! 

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