November at the Chicago Cultural Center

Digging through the archives, we realized that we never blogged about this beautiful wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center! One of the most majestic venues in the city, with views of Millennium Park it’s a location not to be missed whether you’re a tourist or planning your wedding. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Stoffer Photography. And a special nod to Shannon Gail Events for coordinating all the incredible details!

Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.  Bridal Bouquet.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.  Bridal Bouquet & Bridesmaid Bouquets
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.  Flower Girl Halo.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.  Elevated Centerpiece.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.

Please Be Seated!

A regular question we receive is, "What's the difference between an escort card and a place card?" The answer is actually very simple.  Your escort card will direct you to the table where you will be enjoying dinner.  The place card will direct you to the exact seat.  Place cards are often at an event that is a little more formal.  Often, we see the head table has place cards, but not the rest of the guest tables.  We love designing escort card displays, they are often the first introduction to the wedding!  Here are a few fun ideas that we've created in the past!

Candles by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography.  Escort display at the Langham Hotel, Chicago.

You can keep it very simple!  We love pillar candles and simple flat cards with gorgeous calligraphy like this display at the Langham Hotel.  Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography

Escort Display at the Chicago Cultural Center by Fleur Inc.  Photo by Olivia Leigh, planning by Estera Events

Make it historical.  Our vintage card display box was used at the Chicago Cultural Center, a former library.  We added lovely foliage and blooms for an overgrown garden touch.  Photo by Olivia Leigh.

European flower market inspired escort display by Fleur Inc at Galleria Marchetti.  Photo by Artistrie Co, planning by LK Events

This was a favorite of ours.  The escort table at Galleria Marchetti was designed after a European flower market.  Clusters of blooms and individual stems were packaged, and at the end of the evening they were the take away gift for guests!  That's our kind of send off gift!  Photo by Artistrie Co

Escort flower wall by Fleur Inc at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  Photo by Annie Steele, planning by BCR Events.

One of our most popular escort displays is our greenery and floral wall.  This versatile wall can be created with foliage, floral, a variety of fabric and more.  We've used velvet and lovely ornaments around the holidays, and boxwood as well.  This design fits so well in many locations, but especially the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  Photo by Annie Steele.

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller Photography at the Ritz Carlton

Garden elegance is a term we often hear, and feel as though this design perfectly captures the feeling.  Golds, greens and lots of glow created a beautiful welcome for guests at the Ritz Carlton.  Photo by Amanda Megan Miller

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks, Planning by Estera Events

And finally, the classic chalkboard design!  A welcome that will never be old.  It can be rustic or a little more polished.  It was the perfect entrance for this rehearsal dinner at Summer House.  Photo by Kina Wicks.

Winter Celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center

What a celebration, we loved this wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center.  Held on one of the coldest days of the year (The high was five degrees, the loading dock just a block from lake Michigan and it was an all day set up), but truly one of the warmest families we've ever worked with.  Combining Catholic and Jewish religions, we created a custom, 12' tall boxwood chuppah with a few Irish touches.  And candelabras, gorgeous, elevated arrangements, garlands and wreaths.  We'll never forget this magical day!  And a true dream team staring Five Grain Events, Becca Kaufman Orchestra, J & L Catering, Elegant Event Lighting, Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists and all the images from Jill Tiongco Photography.  

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& here are 2 images from our cell phone.  :)

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