There’s something so classic and glamorous about a ballroom wedding – especially preceded by a rooftop ceremony…
Says the bride of the venue choice: “The Peninsula Chicago is a very memorable place for both of us. Before Jonathan moved to Chicago, he stayed here during every trip. Eventually, the staff recognized him and always went above and beyond to ensure that his visit was nothing short of spectacular. Naturally, we had our few first dates here, and the staff and bartenders made our dates very special and lighthearted. On one occasion the bartender jokingly sent Jonathan a glass of wine so full he couldn’t even lift it!”
“My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing Jonathan for the first time. It was surreal. He literally was the only person I saw. As a young girl, I’d imagine walking down the aisle, but I never quite imagined who would be at the end. Jonathan was a picture perfect groom, better than anything my imagination could have conjured up!”
The escort card display was modern and understated, with cards standing in beds of moss.
“It has been two months and guests are still raving about the wedding. So while it was certainly a great wedding, it was an absolutely incredible party! From our guests, to the atmosphere, décor, and all the small details, it reflected our personalities and our style. It embodied all the things that we’ve come to share with those closest to us. Even if I hadn’t worn a wedding dress and Jonathan hadn’t worn a tux, it would have been an unforgettable night!”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our biggest inspiration came from one of our favorite restaurants, Fig and Olive in Beverly Hills. While all of their locations serve the same great menu, the decor at the Beverly Hills location is by far the most stunning. It is beautiful without feeling overdone. It is simple, romantic, and inviting. We also both really wanted to have an outdoor ceremony that still felt intimate and personal.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. During the planning process, Jonathan constantly said that it was “my” day, and I’d always answer by saying it was his day too. To help make it his day as much as it was mine and ours, I planned a few surprises. The first was the sign the flower girls carried in place of flower baskets. It said, “Uncle Johnny, Here Comes Your Bride.” It was a great way to start the ceremony. The second surprise was an homage to his favorite band, Green Day. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, we had a cake parade. The cake that lead the parade had a cake topper in the shape of the iconic Green Day heart grenade. The third surprise was an a cappella song performed by my very talented and musically inclined family (including my mom and dad!). The song was “Time of Your Life” by Green Day.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice was to make sure we enjoyed the night because it really does end so quickly! I know so many couples who didn’t eat at their own wedding. We actually ate our dinner while it was warm!
What advice do you have for other brides? Hire or designate a planner. Even if it’s just for the month of the wedding, it’s totally worth it. It’s great to have a non-biased third party you can rely on!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Choose the things you’d like to splurge on and make sure you take care of those first – it will make your other decisions easier as long as you’re sticking to a budget. This is another thing that your planner can help you with. We hired Estera Events and they were amazing! On several occasions they provided us with alternatives that were not only less expensive, they were better options than what we originally had in mind. Finally, be honest with yourself and your partner about the budget during the entire planning process. There are so many details that can fall through the cracks, only to add up at the end.