StrictlyWeddings.com Chicago partner, Jai Girard, shared this beautiful wedding for our Featured Wedding Section.
The wedding was November 2, 2013 at the Intercontinental O'Hare. They loved this space as it gave them a whole wing of the hotel for the wedding. 300 guests were present and they flew in from all parts of the country and some from Canada.
Patrick and Lindsay met in February 2008 at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. There was definitely interest on both parts, yet it wasn't until the fall semester that their mutual interest grew into a stronger attraction and they began dating.
On Sunday November 18, 2012, Lindsay's 2 best friends took her to brunch before they had a girls day of baking and relaxing. Lindsay had been quite suspicious for a while about a possible proposal. Patrick's parents were flying in that afternoon for Thanksgiving and they were planning on going to dinner at a local favorite spot. As Lindsay stepped off the elevator to Patrick's apartment, an overwhelming feeling overcame her. Lindsay knocked and Patrick opened the door to a candlelit condo filled with rose petals. Within seconds he was down on one knee asking to marry her and she said yes! The evening celebrations continued with an amazing dinner at their favorite spot, Joe's, with their family. Following dinner, Patrick had arranged for all their family and friends to celebrate the engagement. It was the perfect start to a yearlong celebration.
The bride and groom and best family friend searched far and wide for her wedding gown. The search took them from NYC to Boca Raton to Miami and Chicago. 96 dresses tried on and nothing could compete with Vera Wang.
For the wedding, Lindsay knew she wanted a grand celebration of their love. The most important aspect was making the wedding feel like a dream. She wanted a space large enough for our crowd of 300 guests and a big dance floor was a necessity. The theme was ultra modern chic with a color palette of whites, silvers and grey tones. The theme ultimately being called "50 shades of grey" which was carried out by the brides mother, Peggy. The decor was all acrylic with silver and rhinestone details. The floral arrangements were huge bulbs of baby's breath to represent clouds and mimic the tulle details of the brides custom Vera Wang wedding gown. The white patent leather dance floor monogrammed with the couples initials created a space that felt more like a custom created celebration instead of a hotel ballroom. The candy bar was created by the bride and her mom alike as their shared love for sweets was apparent and needed to play a large role in the wedding. The waiters served appetizers, desserts and even tequila shots in chocolate shot glasses with key lime tartlets for chasers on he dance floor so that guests never needed to leave it.
The brides father, Randy, made a special surprise during his speech. As a cheers to his new son in law, he toasted the him and welcomed him to the family with Shamrock Shakes. The groom had no idea and the execution was perfect. The bride's father always joked that his daughter would get married at rock and roll McDonald's and that he would serve shamrock shakes. We'll he got one wish!
Wedding Venue & Reception: Intercontinental O'Hare
Gown: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhullier
Wedding Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Something borrowed: Diamond bracelet from grandmother
Something Blue: baby toe painted blue
Something Old: married in the wedding ring my great great grandmother, grandmother and mother were married in
Wedding Planner: Randy Schuster
Floral and Event Design: HMR Designs (Rishi Patel)
Cake: Cake Chicago
Photography: Jai Girard
Video: Larry Wayne
Linens: BBJ Linen
Dresser: Caroline Shaw, The Wedding Dresser
Catered: Intercontinental O'Hare
Candy: Gotta Sweet Tooth
Entertainment: Larry King Orchestra
Make-Up: Stella Mikhail
Hairstylist: Erin Ahern of Salon Buzz