Eric and Brent’s wedding celebration was one of the most joy-filled events I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of! Laughter, sighs, and cheers filled the air with a wonderful energy as these two said their “I dos” and celebrated with their closest loved ones!
Erica and Brent spent their wedding weekend at the historic Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. With her family and best friends around her, Erica and the ladies spent the morning enjoying brunch, sipping champagne, and being pampered by hair stylist, Jenny Villacis, and makeup artist, Andie Cumber. Meanwhile, Brent and his groomsmen went to brunch before making their way back to the hotel to get ready.
With the help of her Mother and Maid of Honor, Erica slipped into her gorgeous wedding gown, hand-crafted by Mignonette Bridal, and draped an elegant strand of pearls around her neck. She was an absolutely stunning bride!
Soon it was time for Erica and Brent’s first look! With a toast, the ladies were out the door. Amy Jo Royall Photography had Brent outside waiting for Erica under the iconic awning of the Palmer House Hilton. Despite being on a busy street, the moment they locked eyes it was as if they were the only ones there. They were brought back to reality when a sweet couple passing by offered their congratulations!
Soon the family and wedding party joined in for a photo shoot outside of the hotel. Amy Jo Royall Photography was able to capture the joy and enthusiasm for this marriage! Even those who were far away were still able to a part of the celebration. It was so special to see this couple completely surrounded by so much love!
It was time for the bride and groom to make their way the exquisite event space, Ovation, for their wedding celebration. Along with being a beautiful locale, Ovation includes a ride to the event in a classic Rolls Royce! Erica and Brent looked fantastic (and so excited) to be on their way to their wedding!
Emotions were high as the wedding party lined up and made their way down the aisle. Officiated by Erica’s uncle, Erica and Brent’s ceremony was personal and moving with a poignant reading, personal vows, lots of laughter, and a few happy tears!
It was now time to celebrate the new Mr. and Mrs.! Hugs were all around for the bride and groom at their cocktail hour.
Erica and Brent also utilized the gorgeous sunshine and beautiful day, to get some photos around Ovation after their ceremony. Amy Jo Royall Photography captured some amazing photos of this sweet couple!
Meanwhile, as guests enjoyed delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, Erica and Brent’s vendor team was hard at work setting up for the dinner reception, which turned out beautifully. Ovation’s handsome rustic long tables along with Field & Florist’s vibrant and fresh florals created a stunning ambiance that was both elegant and cozy. Carol’s Staffing helped to ensure all the service needs for the reception were taken care of expertly.
When it was time for dinner, guests cheered and clapped as the wedding party made their way to the head table, and the bride and groom were announced into the room!
Their night continued with much jubilation! Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet provided by Big Star Catering, while heartfelt and endearing toasts were made in honor of the bride and groom! Style Matters DJs kept the energy high with great music to accompany the evening, and Amy Jo Royall Photography was able to capture the pure joy and emotion of the night!
Erica and Brent got the dance floor going with special dances with their parents, followed by their first dance as husband and wife. Before long the dance floor was full as Style Matters got the party rockin’!
Together, Erica and Brent had a quiet cupcake exchange, opening the dessert table created by Sweet Mandy B’s to guests.
Boogying down was the theme for the rest of the night. Style Matters DJs had guests of all ages got out on the dance floor! Guests who wanted a break from the dance floor enjoyed popping in and out of Ovation’s photo booth or even grooving from the lounge furniture! Love and jubilation was overflowing for the happy couple making it a truly memorable and special evening!
Erica and Brent, thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of such a fun and special celebration! It was truly a joy and honor to play a role in your big day, and I wish you both many blessings in your future together!