March 26, 2020
We will never pass up a fun themed wedding, it’s where we really can explore some creativity and do some things differently than normal. Katherine and Ben went for the 20’s theme during their December 30th wedding. And for Katherine, the Roaring 20’s fun started first thing in the morning when she adorned herself with her family pearl necklace, gold vintage jewelry, embellished tear drop earrings, and of course the long white elbow length gloves. Katherine’s sweetheart neckline dress had a sheer beaded overlay which she removed later in the evening. Besides the functionality of it providing a little extra warmth for her late December wedding, it also added a regal touch to her entire look.
Katherine and Ben headed down to a private hallway in the hotel to share their first look. It was sincere and led them off to a great start for the day. They went to the Rookery, Field Museum and a few other locations to take pictures with their wedding party. Being as thoughtful as Katherine is, she gifted all the bridesmaids white shawls to wear while they were outside. It also was super stylish if you ask us!
They married at the First United Methodist Church which was just a few blocks away from the Blackstone. After the ceremony, guests headed straight to the cocktail reception back at the Blackstone. This cocktail hour was full of Roaring 20’s gear, including their welcome sign, a typewriter (that had a personal message for the guests if they looked close enough), old paparazzi polaroid cameras, vintage books and a huge gramophone in the center of their place card table. It was a fun experience for guests to walk through cocktail hour and see what else they decorated.
Now once in the ballroom, they had stunning tall centerpieces with cala lilies, feathers, crystal jewels and lots of other fun floral and greenery. They had table numbers were actually locations that were special to Ben and Katherine, in lieu of actual numbers.
After dinner, they had a fun surprise for their guests. The newly weds learned how to do the Charleston Dance, and they actually taught their wedding party too. So with the music playing, they started doing the Charleston and soon asked the wedding party and all other guests who know the steps to join them. We went around with a bowl of Charleston Chews as a little fun way to thank those who participated!
Planner: Ohana Events
Venue: The Blackstone Hotel
Ceremony: First United Methodist Church
Photographer: Sandra Ortiz
Florist: Westgate Flowers
Props: Zap Props
DJ: SoPrime Entertainment
Hair/Makeup: Angel Face
Transportation: Windy City Limo