We had the pleasure of meeting Tracy a few months ago when she came in looking for accessories for her wedding day. After spending some time with the bride and her friends we just knew that her wedding was one that we would have to share with you! Photos courtesy of Jai Girard Photography.
Tracy had big ideas for her dream wedding to James. It would be a winter wonderland themed affair that was luxurious, modern, and classic all rolled into one. The couple used ice sculptures, white orchids and the Chicago city skyline as the main elements to achieve their desired luxe look.
St. Michael’s Church in Old Town was the setting for their wedding ceremony. The couple selected December 27, 2013 for their nuptials, they wanted the wedding between Christmas and New Year’s and knew the church would still be beautifully decorated from the holiday. Although the wedding was just days after Christmas, there was nothing “Christmas” about this wedding.
The reception was held at the Trump in Chicago, which gave the perfect backdrop of the Chicago city skyline.
The bride wore a Vera Wang ballgown accompanied by a bouquet of red roses while the bridesmaids wore black strapless ballgowns paired with bouquets of white roses. The contrast of color made a big statement.
Tracy also wore a Fabulous Furs white ruched faux fur wrap and muff from Bella Bleu along with the Ti Adoro Crystal Triple Drop Earrings. Her bridesmaids also wore Fabulous Furs black faux fur wraps.
Incredible ice sculptures were found throughout the wedding. One martini luge was shaped as the Chicago city skyline with martini’s being poured down the Willis Tower. Another sculpture featured white orchids frozen in huge blocks of ice.
Tables were decorated with white orchids and 3 different centerpieces incorporating candles, crystals, and feathers.
The Chicago city skyline was also found on the couples whopping 8 tier cake. Tracy loves cake so they had 4 different types. The grooms cake was a John Deer tractor with a Mizzou tiger driving and the groom, James, carrying a Redbull. James loves Mizzou football, graduating from Missouri, and works for Redbull.
The menu reflected everything Tracy loves about food. Lobster tails were put on ice while coconut shrimp appetizers were passed. The first course featured seared scallops (the brides favorite) with a sweet potato puree while the main entree was a tenderloin served with truffle potatoes and haricot vert.
Tracy and James chose the Becca Kaufman Orchestra to provide the music for their reception. The bride says “they were amazing”.
We are so happy Tracy and James allowed us to share their beautiful wedding day with you. Bella Bleu wants to wish the couple a lifetime full of love and happiness. Congratulations Tracy and James!
Wedding Planner: Rachel Bradley Events
Ceremony: St. Michael in Old Town
Reception: Trump Hotel Chicago
Photographer: Jai Girard
Videographer: R.E.M. Video and Photography
Groom’s Cake: Tipsy Cake
Band: Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Flowers: Richard Remaird Event Designs