Aileen & Kevin :: A Galleria Marchetti Wedding

I knew Aileen & Kevin’s wedding was going to be special, for quite a few reasons… and I also knew that it would be a dream to photograph. I had no indication of what to expect, but I knew my dear friend and amazing wedding planner, Tiffany Munster of Soirée Weddings and Events was helping this sweet couple realize their wedding dreams. And ALL weddings Tiffany plans are exquisite! It was the only clue I needed to be insanely excited for their big day to arrive. Let me tell you, even with the high expectations I had for this event, they all still managed to blow me away. I cried like a baby during their vows and probably took a million pictures of their beautiful decor and all the pretty flowers! And then in the middle of of the dance floor fun the DJ played Living on a Prayer… that made the day complete for me! Pure perfection as I like to say!

Are you ready to see this beautiful Galleria Marchetti wedding? I will sprinkle a little bit of Tiffany’s story of how it all came together throughout the blog post.

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We looked at many venues in Chicago, but there was always one that stood out.  At each venue we looked at, they kept comparing them all to this “one.”  It was newly renovated tented space, Galleria Marchetti.  A lush English garden tucked away in the middle of Chicago’s skyscrapers and El trains, the whimsical grounds offered the perfect setting for Aileen and Kevin’s nuptials.  So finally after looking at several other venues, I said asked the question they were both thinking “why are we looking at anything else?  Nothing is going to compare to Galleria Marchetti, right?”.  

They went home to discuss it, and later that night I got the green light from them.  Let’s move forward with July 27th at Galleria Marchetti…”Let the fun begin!”
We started to dream up the theme and design.

The garden and tent’s new oversized orb-like crystal chandeliers were what hinged much of the design.  We wanted their guests to feel like they were transported into the pages of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel..escorted to a lavish party suitable for the company of Daisy, Jay, Nick and Jordan.  We wanted the guests to have that feeling, without going overboard or being literal with the theme.  The 20′s were hinted, but we wanted the decor and floral to look very natural and organic – not as deco-structured that is common with 20′s themed parties. The bride then found the perfect gown.  A simple sweetheart strapless gown, with an attachable peplum that she added for the reception.  Then came the vision for the hair, the make up and the stationary.    The Bride had her heart set on a vintage car.  A vintage Bentley picked up the couple after their first look and chauffeured them around Chicago for photos before dropping them off to Galleria Marchetti for the ceremony.

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 Aileen loved picking out the flowers.  A former Cali girl, she admired all the natural floral scents that graced her California home.  She very much wanted to bring some of those flowers and scents into her wedding day.  We knew that flowering Jasmine Vine must be represented in her bouquet – a little piece of Cali and a piece of her heart.  Aileen’s Irish roots also played a big role as well.  We wanted to honor her heritage and also her grandmother who couldn’t come to the US for the wedding..what better way than with gorgeous monochromatic centerpieces made up of lush green Bells of Ireland?  They were hosted in a metallic trumpet vase and served as the lovely elevated floral arrangements that complimented the height of the tent.

For the low arrangements, we opted for green hydrangea, tea colored roses, Bells of Ireland, Queen Anne’s Lace, peach dahlias, fern foliage and hanging amaranthus.  Accented with a multitude of candles that covered all the tables and added twinkle to the whimsy of the night.  The couple used some left over stationary to create custom table numbers, which tied the deco theme together.

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 Kevin loves magic and magic tricks, so the couple sourced some vintage playing cards –which happen to be Chicago World’s Fair souvenirs that donned images of Chicago landmarks —  to use as the place cards.  The mother of the bride hand wrote each guests name on a playing card – the card number indicated what table number they were seated at, and the color (red or black) indicated their meal choice.  So clever!  A sign directed guests to “Pick a Card, Any Card – Just make sure it has your name on it. Go to the table that matches your number and set the card down by your glass. Your meal will magically appear!”   It also served as fun keepsake for the guests.  The guest book was a collection of vintage Chicago postcards, guests were asked to write out a card for the bride and groom and drop in inside a wire birdcage.  The bride even embellished the pens with ribbon and feathers!

The couple had many talented friends, many of which were musicians.  They had their friends take part in the wedding by playing music through the cocktail reception.  They also thoughtfully curated the music for the wedding by creating a playlist of not only their favorites for the ceremony, first dances and parents dances, but they had a playlist that took their guests though each decade.  Starting with the 20s and finishing the night with music from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and today.  Another friend emceed the event while one of the groomsmen DJ’d the later part of the evening.  

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 Everything was so special and had so much meaning.  It had meaning to the couple and also to the guests.  Aileen and Kevin even encouraged the guests to identify the multiple meanings in the events of the day with the “Rule of Two.”  Many of the songs, details and moments had multiple meanings to the couple – revealing even more importance. 

The day turned into night, the dance floor was packed and Aileen and Kevin hugged all their guests as they left.  ”The best night of their lives” was written all over their faces, and it was.  One of our favorite weddings with one of our favorite couples! 
Many, many, many thanks to all the amazing vendors that made Aileen & Kevin’s wedding so special!
Wedding Planning and Design - Soirée Weddings and Events
Florist – Vale of Enna (Sarah Anderson)
Hair & Makeup – Kate Johnson Artistry
Officiant – Cliff Schwandner
Transportation – M&M Limousine Service
Classic Car - Classic Wedding Car