Whimsical and urban are two adjectives you don’t see paired together too often, but MaryBeth and Houston’s Chicago wedding combined the two styles perfectly and I’m loving it! Wanting a wedding filled with all of the things they loved, there were no rules or constraints involved in creating their wedding- if they liked it, then they included it in their wedding! From Texas-inspired food and music, to a chic plum and blush color palette, the end result was simply amazing… and Artistrie Co. captured everything beautifully! MaryBeth is here with us today sharing all about her wedding planning experience:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My husband! He helped every step of the way, and probably made more of the decisions than I did! Most people are surprised to hear that, but because our work schedules are so hectic, we made sure it was a team effort! Thankfully for me, he has great style:) We also had day-of coordinators that were fantastic. Their company name is C1 Revolution. I can’t say enough about them!
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
We were looking for someone who understood our vision and supported our unique style. We ditched a lot of the traditional elements, so it was important for us to have people who ‘got us’. We also wanted someone who was organized, someone who would think of EVERYTHING, and that’s what we found with C1 Revolution. They made all of stresses disappear!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I wouldn’t say we had one inspiration, and that’s what I loved about our wedding! If we liked it, we included it! I love Chicago so our venue was very urban, but my husband is from Texas so a lot of our food and music reflected that. Despite our urban setting, we still had victorian furniture and lace table clothes, yet our invites were considered ‘indie’ or ‘hipster’. Like I mentioned before, if we loved it we included it! All of our faves under one roof. (We did the Texas two step to a Group Love song for our first dance, that sums it up perfectly!)
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Ahhh, how do I choose? Two of our good friends from LA played/sang during our cocktail hour on the rooftop (with views of the entire Chicago skyline)! We love these friends to the moon and back, so them playing for us was really special. It added a personal touch and they rocked it!
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
I was given a lot of advice from friends and family, but most of it could be summed up with these two lines, ‘make sure you enjoy it, it goes by fast’ or ‘you’re not going to please everyone, so don’t try’. While all of this is true, the best piece of advice I got from a friend was “Don’t HOST your wedding, ATTEND your wedding’. You are not there to work. Sure, you want everything to go perfect, but let’s be real, it’s not going to be perfect (ok, it will be perfect, just not what your definition of ‘perfect’ is before the big day). When you’re ATTENDING a party are you worried about putting out the dip and making sure everyone’s having a good time? No, and you shouldn’t be at your wedding either. You have hired professionals to do their job, let them take care of it. Enjoy all of your hard work and ATTEND (not host!) the best party of the year! Like they say, it goes by fast!
Oh my goodness- MaryBeth’s advice to ATTEND your wedding (and not just host it) is so great! This is why you hire professionals my friends- so you can attend and enjoy your wedding!
I love how this couple included what they loved most, and that’s how their wedding design came about. Are any of you doing something similar, and being inspired entirely by what you love? I’d love to hear more!
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Artistrie Co. // Pre Ceremony Location: Acme Hotel // Jewelry:Akira // Dress Designer:Blue by Enzoani // Event Planner: C1 Revolution // Caterer: Chef By Request // Shoes: Crown Vintage at DSW // Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Forever 21 // DJ:Fun Fun Fun DJs // Reception Venue: Lacuna Artist Lofts //Event Designer: M&M Special Events //Apparel: Men’s Wearhouse // Bridesmaid Dresses: Morilee // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Penguin // Cinema and Video: Pogi Studios // Floral Designer: Prairie Basket Floral Design //Lighting: SC Lighting Designer // Transportation: Second City Trolley // Design and Decor: Shadow Box Dreams // Ceremony Location: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Tie Bar // Dress Store: White Satin Bridal