Staci and Gary’s high energy receptions was one of my favorites to plan start to finish. I loved that Staci and Gary had truly claimed this as ‘their wedding’. This celebration was designed to fit. This is not your typical wedding.
Staci and Gary’s family live on opposite sides of the country, so when they had the opportunity to have a formal affair on the West coast they jumped at the chance to make their Chicago fete’ as fun and laid back as possible. This way family and friends who couldn’t make the trip out to California would still be able to gather and celebrate the couple.
The jumping off point of our wedding planning centered around Staci’s favorite color palette, all shades of turquoise and aqua. They also knew what band they wanted to play, Mallrats. With this in knowledge in hand we set out to find the perfect venue that was bold enough to support their colorful taste and comfortable enough to embrace the “soundtrack of the 90’s” rock. For a touch of a mellow vibe Laura Joy of Belleisle was the ideal choice for the cocktail hour sound.
When Staci saw Catalyst Ranch for the first time she fell in love. The cool retro decor in bright hues fit right in with their own quirky sense of style and panache. With that component checked off our list, we began focusing on who would capture this fun event.
Kathy and Becky of K&B Photography were the dynamic duo that got the gig. With double the memory capturing power of a single photographer we knew that they would be able to capture every detail of the day.
One other highly important detail for the couple was that they wanted to include Mexican Cuisine. Both Staci and Gary have Mexican heritage and family. To get authentic Mexican food, La Cocina Fusion was the ideal choice for catering! They did such a wonderful job. Everything from the taco bar to the signature cocktail, Palomino, were huge hits. La Cocina Fusion even provided the lovely zarapes, mexican blankets, for the buffet which coordinated great with the venue decor and brought an additional personal touch. One special request from the bride was that she would be able to add Cozy Noodles crab rangoon to their cocktail hour menu. The caterers were happy to help coordinate this.
Vintage tables were set with alternating shades of turquoise napkins at each place setting along with personalized Chicago themed cookie favors by By the Park. The table number frames, a steal at $1 each from Ikea, matched the color theme like a dream. The table numbers themselves were designed and printed by Invitations Etc. Steve has a great attention to detail and insured us a beautiful color match.
Larger signs at the reception were also printed by Invitation Etc. but were designed by Etsy shop Jade Forest Design. Chicago framed guest book sketch was purchased from Near and Dear Designs, also found on Etsy.
One of the most unique request from the bride was that there would be no fresh flowers. We accomplished this with the help of Bloom by Tina and Dollie. They created wonderful planted succulent arrangements for each table and surrounded them with silver mercury glass votives to echo the vintage style of the room.
Sweet Mandy B’s made a delicious and fun cake featuring the Chicago skyline and the couple’s favorite graphic novel hero, Batman. Photobooth services were provided by The Booth Revolution. The glittery scrapbook was the perfect touch of fun and was designed by the Etsy boutique Pink Fish Shop. The night was just as the couple wanted. High energy, good food, and great friends.
Catering: Cocina Fusion | Specialty Food: Cozy Noodles | Band: Mallrats | Florist: Blooms by Tina & Dollie | Favors: By The Park | Stationery: Invitations Etc. | Large Sign Design: Jade Forest Design | Photobooth: The Booth Revolution | Silk Flowers & Table Number Frames: IKEA | Photographer: K&B Photography | Bakery: Sweet Mandy B | Makeup: Elana Darrus | Wedding Now Planner: Allie House