Courtney & Clay's River East Art Center Wedding - Part 1

Happy Friday, it's hard to believe it's mid November (although the cold weather is proof enough)! Sweetchic is finally done with our 2013 wedding season, and we have some wonderful weddings to share with you. First up: Courtney & Clay were referred to us by one of our favorite 2011 brides, Emily. Apparently, Emily's twin sister, Allison, introduced Courtney and Clay, and the rest... is history! Courtney was such a joy to work with throughout the process, she is SUCH a cheerful, happy person! And better yet, she was SO relaxed about the wedding! She didn't let the little things get to her, and trusted her dream team of vendors that she hired to get the job done!

One of our favorite photographers, Dennis Lee, was on hand to capture every moment, as was Ben Mahoney of Leap Wedding Films!

Courtney had a "First Look" with her Dad, even before her First Look with Clay! It was truly a memorable and sweet moment... and everyone in the room nearly lost it! I absolutely loved this idea, it was so special!

Time for their First Look!

I loved their preppy color palette, navy blue and kelly green. Courtney asked all her girls to wear a navy dress - any navy dress of their choice - and most of them already had bridesmaids dresses from past weddings in navy!

One of my favorite photo spots in Chicago, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond, in Lincoln Park!

I love the River East Arts Center... I'm sad to say they're no longer a reception venue as of 2014!! We held their ceremony "in the round" so that they were surrounded by their family friends on all sides.

The branches and wooden pedestals brought in from Revel Decor added some "rustic" elements that Courtney loved.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: River East Art Center
Wedding Planner: Sweetchic Events
Videographer: Leap Weddings
Ceremony Musicians: Parkwest Strings
Decor: Revel Decor
Caterer: Food For Thought
Band: Peter Hennes Orchestra
Ceremony Officiant: Diane Dardon
Linen: Chaircovers by Sylwia
Make-Up:  Juli Valdez
Hair: Salon BuzzBaker: Il Giardino Del Dolce
Transportation: Windy City Limos