Shirley’s Korean name means “snow” so creating a winter garden wedding was the perfect choice for Shirley and Nick! The Harold Washington Library was the perfect place to create a garden in December, and the first nod to our venue was the bookmark RSVP insert in our invitations by Steracle Press.

HMR Designs took the color palette of white, lilac and soft hues of blue and added a layer of sparkle and texture to the soaring arches we brought into the Harold Washington Library. If you looked closely, you could see small glass icicles hanging from the branches and tufts of sparkly snow nestled into the tabletops amongst the floral and candlelight.

The showstopper of the reception was the stunning cake by Flourish Cake Design. One of the ONLY requests our father of the bride had during our planning journey was that “the cake should be taller than the bride,” and it did not disappoint! The cake was served alongside rolling tea and mochi carts that guests loved. It was the perfect end to our delicious meal from Entertaining Company.

During the planning process, it also became an ongoing joke that Nick LIKES Malort. Anyone from Chicago knows that this Malort is more of a “rite of passage” than a drink to enjoy, so we had some fun with our signature drink signage with the saying: The Groom Recommends a “Chicago Handshake” and The Bride Recommends NOT trying the “Chicago Handshake!” We had quite a few brave guests willing to “drink like a local” and try the Pabst Blue Ribbon and Malort combo.

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