The Ivy Room is a great wedding venue in Chicago for many reasons; one being its tall beautiful Ivy wall in the courtyard. That is one of the reasons our client chose the stunning venue, so they could have their ceremony and cocktail hour outside with the stunning backdrop. We were VERY close to having the entire wedding indoors because the temperature dropped heavily the morning of the big day. The bride and groom were both pretty upset, but we were able to compromise. We still performed the ceremony outdoors while the sun was setting, but moved the cocktail hour in so guests were comfortable.
We definitely thought about the weather a few weeks prior to the wedding though, figuring it’s a late October wedding in Chicago and temperatures are never consistent. We suggested to our client that they should provide hot cider, pashminas (which they ended up purchasing from Charming Charlie) and blankets to cozy up with while watching the vows. We placed them hanging on random chairs so guests could sit with one if they wanted.
Now, lets go back to the beginning where it all started. Susie and Lars are the sweetest couple; they met at Lake Forest College and were together for 5 years before Lars proposed in Norway. Besides Lars being from Norway, Susie is Jewish, so customs and wedding traditions definitely had to be intertwined.
The ladies started off getting ready at the Langham. Purple was Susie’s favorite color, and she treated all of her bridesmaids with an embroidered robe to get ready in.
After getting ready, the bridesmaids took their luscious purple bouquets that were surrounded in dusty miller, to meet the groomsmen. They traveled to a few locations around the city, and finally arrived back to the Ivy Room to prepare for the ceremony.
As guests found a seat for the ceremony, they faced a beautiful chuppah; designed by the bride and groom but executed by Cornelia MacNamara. Cornelia hung strings of flowers from the corners, and covered the chuppah with part of Susie’s grandmother’s wedding dress.
After the final kiss, everyone headed inside for cocktail hour. Throughout cocktail hour, every guest took their respective place card off of the clotheslines, and took a picture of themselves with an old fashioned polaroid camera to replace it. Now, the bride has a picture of every guest in a book!
One hour later, guests were invited to enter the main room where a live band, Chicago Catz, kicked off the festivities. This was a New York Style wedding, so there was dancing that took place in between courses. This is a hard type of dinner style to perfect because the caterer has to time out when they think the next course will happen. If the band plays one extra song than our timeline says, it may throw off the food. We partnered with Limelight Catering for this wedding, and it went off without a hitch. Their level of expertise was exactly what we needed to have a delicious and beautiful dinner.
The happy couple cut their cake during dinner service, and smushed it into each other’s mouths! After the cake smushing, they had Limelight cut the rest up and put on a cake display table. Because the couple did not want to waste any cake, they also provided to-go boxes for the guests so they could take it home if they pleased!
The wedding was finished with lots of live music and a few traditional Jewish dances. Many laughs and many smiles, which is what we love to see at the end of a long day.
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-The Effortless Events Team