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Victor + Kristin’s Public Hotel + Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Photography

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Victor + Kristin’s chic and elegant wedding affair was all dressed up in an elegant city style. From a grand arrival in a 1954 classic wedding Bentley car touring the town, to private access to capture skyline photos op top of the PUBLIC Hotel rooftop, V+K’s spring wedding was a grand event we were honored to be selected to photograph.


When we first met with Victor and Kristin, we fell in love with their day’s plans to include exchanging wedding vows under the famous Tiffany Dome at the Chicago Cultural Center and photos at the PUBLIC Hotel, two of the city’s most fascinating historical and architectural landmarks. As these photos reveal from morning prep through evening festivities, it was clear that this classy couple was ready to make a little history of their own.


The day began at the PUBLIC Chicago Hotel where the bride and groom prepared in individual suites decorated in a crisp, clean and simple white motif. As a premier Chicago Gold Coast establishment (it was adapted from the old Ambassador East Hotel and famous Pump Room Restaurant), the PUBLIC Hotel spared no expense in its approach to ultra contemporary décor that carried from the lobby up to the open-air rooftop. After a reveal of the dazzling bride to the groom, the couple exchanged first looks of one another outside the State Street hotel neighborhood’s classic brownstone residences. It was up on the top of this classic landmark building’s rooftop that we captured some glamorous photos of Victor and Kristin, and their bridal party who were outfitted in blush pink bridesmaid dresses and classic black tuxes. With the dramatic Chicago city skyline behind them and the rest of their lives in front of them, it was as if they were on top of the world.


Our day lead us from one incredible venue to another. Upon leaving the PUBLIC Hotel rooftop wedding photo session, we stopped next at the lakefront for bridal party photos in front of the skyline, followed by next a drive South to prepare for the couple’s elegant and sophisticated wedding ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall. The Preston Bradley Hall Ballroom was personalized from floor to ceiling in a palette of the bride’s white, ivory, black and blush pink color theme, and delicate arrangements of French anemones hung from the aisle seating. A white organza-draped altar anchored the room in simplicity and femininity; a stark contrast to the stunning blue, green and gold Tiffany Dome that lie overhead. With all of this grandeur and grace, it’s no wonder that presidents, royalty, diplomats and community leaders are often welcomed in these palatial halls of the Chicago Cultural Center


At the close of the ceremony, the Preston Bradley Hall combined with the neighboring G.A.R. Rotunda room to host what would become a classic city reception mixed with a little of the groom’s Spanish heritage. From the cutting of the five-tier wedding cake to the couple’s first dance, every moment was enhanced by the Chicago Cultural Center’s overhead, stained glass dome and surrounding, extravagant gold adornments. It was an ultimate expression of modern romance that hasn’t forgotten its roots in old Chicago culture and history.


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Victor + Kristin’s day of details:
Wedding Colors: White, Ivory, Black, and Blush Pink
Theme: Chic Elegance, Modern Vintage Glamour, Spanish Romance
Venue: Chicago Cultural Center ceremony in the Preston Bradley Hall, cocktail reception in G.A.R. Rotunda + evening dinner, dancing reception in Preston Bradley Hall under the Tiffany dome
Hotel Prep Location: PUBLIC Chicago Hotel
Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Bridal Dress Designer: Brides by Demetrios, Young Sophisticates Collection Style 2854
Dress Shop: Brides by Demetrios, Streets of Woodfield, Schaumburg
Veil: Cathedral length with rhinestone details by Brides by Demetrios
Bridal Shoes: Menbur, “Rea”
Bride’s Jewelry: Swarovski
Hair: Korena Robinson from Sonia Roselli
Makeup: Sonia Roselli from Sonia Roselli Make Up Studio
Bridesmaids Shoes: Nude peep toe pumps selected by each bridesmaid
Bridesmaids Dress: Abby Bridal, sweetheart organza bridesmaid gowns in pearl pink
Ceremony / Cocktail Hour Musicians: Flamenco Guitarists Gypsy Influence, Alberto Álvarez and David Chiriboga
Caterer: Blue Plate
Menu: Hors d’oeuvres: Sope with Braised Chicken, Beef Carpaccio Bruschetta, Bacon Wrapped Date Stuffed with Chorizo, Sweet Corn Blini with Smoked Salmon, Mini Maryland Crab Cake, Moussaka Cup. First Course: Baby Arugula Salad with Avocado, Parmigiano Reggiano, Tomato Focaccia Croutons, Easter Egg Radish, Cherry Tomatoes, Lemon Vinaigrette. Entrée: Filet of Beef and Tilapia with Spring Garlic Marmalade or Phyllo Purse of Braised Artichokes, Wild Mushrooms, and Leeks.
Cake: Lovely A Bake Shop, 5-Tier French Anemone Red Velvet and Carrot Cake
Desserts: Hand dipped chocolate strawberries, chocolate dipped coconut macaroons, bite sized cheesecakes with chocolate petals, miniature cupcakes by Lovely A Bake Shop
Flowers: Natural Beauties Floral, romantically chic bouquets of white French anemones with black centers, white peonies, blush la perla roses, white tulips, white stock, blush astilbe, white hydrangeas, porcelina spray roses, and white ranunculus
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Decor: BBJ Linen, Ivory lamour linens, black chiavari chairs, and champagne pink lamour napkins from
Guest Gifts: Hand painted, individually wrapped Handcock skyline sugar cookies Lovely A Bake Shop
DJ: Andrés Baños from Windy City Mix
First Dance Song: Stand by Me (Bachata) by Prince Royce
Transportation: 1954 Bentley R Type Sedan, Classic Wedding Car Chicago
Limo Bus: Limo Envy
Cinematographer: I Do Films

Sean + Emily’s Palmer House Hotel Wedding

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“We can’t believe Spring is here and how fast the recent months have flown by. It feels like just yesterday when we were outside in the chilly December weather photographing Sean and Emily’s Chicago Winter engagement photography session and now… these two are happily married! Sean + Emily planned an early in March wedding day. It was a formal event, with classic details, style and utter sophistication. A mix of cultures and traditions from both the bride and groom’s families were tied into the day, including an Irish bagpiper during their exiting down the aisle at the ceremony, photos at the father of the Groom’s alma mater the University of Chicago, and later Persian music and gifts at the reception. The lavish Empire Room ballroom hosted the couple’s reception dinner and dancing. The Empire ballroom is located inside one of the most famous of hotels in Chicago The Palmer House Hilton Hotel. When planning the decor and florals for the room, S+E hired a florist located nearby their Hinsdale home where they could work closely with and refine the details of the space. What stunning results and we believe it was exactly what they sought out to achieve, a jaw dropping room and presentation to their guests.


“For the ballroom, we wanted the decor to reflect the beauty in our church and the Palmer House. We saw the hotel and room as regal, with romantic touches, so we spent a lot of time with Sadie Belman our florist at The English Garden Flower Shop creating the centerpieces. We wanted people to gasp when they walked into the Empire Room. We were not looking for something conventional such as flowers low on the table. Because the room is so special, we wanted to add height with a grand, mystical feel.”


Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton hotel offers a number of historically stunning rooms and grand ballroom spaces. Photographically, we found the hotel to have an abundance of amazing photo settings around every corner. ( And great for couple’s who enjoy romantic and magazine style Chicago editorial wedding photography as Sean + Emily love, where we incorporate the room. ) If your searching for a stylish venue with historic and architectural details, the Palmer house is a excellent downtown hotel venue. Sean + Emily choose the hotel’s Empire Room, and the room defines the word luxury and grandeur. With it’s rich tapestries, painted molding and metallic embellishments, a centered in the room stage where historically celebrity performers took that same stage, and balconies on the sides, The Empire Room is one of the most captivating atmospheric settings we have photographed a reception within. Undeniably the most memorable of of element in the ballroom is its gold, ornate ceiling details. The rich elegance of the room, gold and brilliantly gleaming chandeliers offers an unmatched feeling for the bride + groom to feel truly like a celebrity and royalty for the day. With recent renovations in 2009, the Palmer House has undergone a complete restoration back to the hotel’s architecture from its 1920’s era glamour. Historically the hotel has been re-constructed a few times, from it’s original and first construction dating to 1871. The original building was a casualty of the Great Chicago Fire, rebuilt in the 20’s, and today stands as the second largest hotel and acclaimed the fanciest post-fire in all of the City. It’s a legendary space and the perfect setting which defined Emily + Sean’s classic and formal wedding theme. We decided to not only photograph the couple inside at the hotel before dinner began, but also at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel. Another architectural significant building, the Rockefeller’s cathedral with it’s circular drive, Porte Cochere “covered doorway” entrances, and towering limestone and concrete walls presented another amazing setting for incorporating historical architecture and wedding photography together in pictures.


Thank you Emily + Sean in choosing us as your engagement and Chicago wedding photographers. What an amazing day it was, truly a memorable fairytale event. We can’t help but to feel like we’ve become close friends. We enjoyed the entire day, our photo shoot outside at the University, catching smiles as the cold March wind provided the perfect excuse for you two to get closer and warm up, the day’s Irish and Persian elements, and spending the day with you documenting all the celebrating. We hope you, family and friends enjoy seeing the photos. More will be coming soon.”


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Sean + Emily’s Vendor Details:
Theme: Classic + Formal Wedding
Ceremony: St. Thomas More and photography at Rockefeller Chapel University of Chicago
Reception: Empire Room at the Palmer House Hilton
Bridal Dress: Badgley Mischka
Bridal Dress Shop: Ultimate Bride, 106 E Oak Street, Chicago
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Jewelry: Family Heirlooms
Bands: Custom from Browning and Sons Fine Jewelry, Hinsdale
Engagement Ring: Family Heirloom Reset
Hair: TJ from Zazu Salon, Hinsdale
Make-Up: Morgan Byrnes, Freelance MUA
Bride’s Veil + Lace Bolero: Custom by Ultimate Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm
Catering + Day of Coordination: Jane S. Himmel of Palmer House Hilton
Dinner Details: Soup: asparagus and green pea; Salad: champagne and saffron poached baby pear, ripe brie cheese, dried cranberries and candied walnuts, with balsamic vinaigrette; Entree: grass fed filet of beef encrusted with blue cheese and a pinot noir reduction-or-phyllo pouch stuffed with sauteed spinach, mushrooms, onions, and sundried tomatoes, with a red pepper reduction
Cake Dessert: Red Velvet, Yellow Cake, Layer with Buttercream and Chocolate Fudge Frosting by Take the Cake
Flowers: The English Garden Flower Shop, Clarendon Hills
Invitations: Sass n Class, Hinsdale
Church Exit: Red Rose Petals + Irish Bagpiper
DJ: James Traut from Big Fish Productions
First Dance: Tu Recuerdo, Chambao
Transportation: White Vintage Rolls Royce from Chicago Trolley Rental
Videography: Keith Jorgenson of Poetic Productions


Favorite Memory: Emily said the entire day was so perfect. But she said Sean had the most perfect of all answers. Simply he said and Emily says “I have to agree seeing him at the church and promising our life together was by far the best memory I have of that day. :)”


Honeymoon: With a love of traveling Sean and Emily are hoping to spend 3 weeks in Switzerland and Italy exploring. Honeymoon plans include starting in Geneva, Switzerland and then driving through the Alps to Milan. On Emily’s “bucket list in life” ( that Emily says Sean has promised her they will complete together ) they plan to attend a horse race ‘the Palio’ in the center square in Sienna, Italy. After leaving Sienna, they plan to drive down the breathtaking Amalfi Coast and end the trip in the Island of Sardinia, and do nothing but swim, sail and drink wine in the Mediterranean.



♥ Check out our recent photo blog photos post of Sean + Emily’s Winter engagement photography session.

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