Hello, dear Readers! Today is Sweetchic's official FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY from the day we were incorporated! It's hard to believe that time has flown by so fast, and here I am today... with a business that I love, wonderful clients, a team of amazing women, a beautiful office space, and the friendship of fellow vendors that I adore. I am lucky indeed! In honor of my 5th Anniversary, I am re-posting photos from my Very. First. Wedding. EVER! I met Rebecca and Brian back in 2007 at a mutual friend's birthday dinner. They were engaged and in the early stages of planning their wedding... and I (not-so-casually) mentioned that I was in the process of starting my own wedding planning business in the near future. Much to my surprise, Rebecca emailed me a few weeks later and the rest is history!
Rebecca and Brian were one of the kindest, sweetest and most easy-going couples I have had the pleasure of working with. I lucked out when they ended up being my first clients, and I got to help them plan their gorgeous wedding at the University Club Chicago. Thank you Albert from Secondprint Productions for these beautiful photos that I love, to this day! This wedding also began my long-standing partnership and friendship with floral designer extraordinaire, Grace from Vale of Enna!
Fluffy white ranunculous boutonniere
Rebecca and Brian were a beautiful couple!
Stunning fireplace floral treatment by Vale of Enna, I love all the vibrant shades of fuchsia, oranges and greens!
Aptly named "Cathedral Hall", this amazing ballroom at the University Club is perhaps one of the most dramatic venues in Chicago, and the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony. The gothic architecture is something straight out of Hogwarts Academy!
Post-ceremony fist pumps!
In honor of their Chinese heritage, they also held a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony during cocktail hour.
During cocktail hour, Cathedral Hall was transformed into their stunning reception, complete with warm amber uplights around the room, and floral motif gobo lighting on the dance floor.
A petite collection-style centerpiece with purple mokara orchids, hot pink garden roses, fuchsia peonies and pale green hydrangea.
Tall centerpieces featuring curly willow, bells of Ireland, fuchsia peonies and garden roses and mokara orchids.
About 2 weeks before the wedding, Rebecca fell in love with a cake design that incorporated delicate lace appliques. The in-house baker at the University Club said that they wouldn't be able to replicate the lace... so I did some homework and ordered the lace applique molds and had them shipped directly to the Club, as a surprise to Rebecca. Needless to say, she loved her cake!!
Their enormous head table, lined with tall water pieces from their ceremony.
After the First Dance, the bridal party surprised guests with a lip-synched performance to Sugar Pie Honeybunch!
CHEERS, Rebecca and Brian! I am so appreciative that you entrusted your wedding to me, as a total novice! :)