Chelsea and Andrew’s lavish wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens was a dream! Their initial vision for their wedding was a farm dinner surrounded by their closest friends, family, and goats. The natural choice for this city-dwelling couple was to select the scenic Chicago Botanic Gardens as the backdrop for their wedding. Unfortunately, no goats were in attendance, but they were able to create a cozy atmosphere where no detail was overlooked.  

Chelsea and her wedding party prepped at the Publishing House B&B with the help of Solo Salon and Rare Bird Beauties before getting into their thoughtfully coordinated, yet unique bridesmaid gowns. Chelsea’s Mira Zwillinger Gown was a showstopper, and Andrew agreed. He was speechless when he saw her.  

At the gardens, Andrew and Chelsea’s chuppah was overflowing with an abundance of colorful, summery florals and Cornelia McNamara’s Flowers also surrounded their with delphinium so it seemed as if they were standing in the middle of a friend of flowers.  

The feeling of bounty and thoughtfulness carried over to their reception. Fresh produce accented the floral centerpieces, mismatched china and vintage glassware topped the farm tables, and Steracle Press sourced a handmade paper with seeds, dried floral and lavender for the menus. Guests could take them home to plant along with their mini potted succulent with a custom planter stick that was used as an escort card. Meg, the mother of the bride, painted the artwork for the invitations and we were able to incorporate bits of her art into many of the other printed goods.   

Guests were able to relax on stunning lounge groupings from Bowery and Bash when they needed a break from the packed dance floor. It was a warm summer evening, but the Chicago Players kept everyone moving and shaking. The cake and sweets from Bon Vivant were also a huge crowd-pleaser. They looked amazing displayed on Festive Frog’s colorful vintage cake stands.  

It was truly an honor to work with such a wonderful family who not only had so much fun with the details of the wedding day, but also cared greatly about supporting women-owned businesses and locally sourcing items. They were so much fun we couldn’t help but sneak a little tiny goat figure into their table’s centerpiece to surprise them.  

Lavish Wedding at Chicago Botanic Gardens Vendor Team


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