REAL WEDDING | Allison + John | Stunningly Chic Hotel Wedding in the Windy City by Amanda Wilcher

I am so excited to bring you this wedding.  There are just so many things I love about it, I hardly know where to start.  First off, the bride’s name is Allison.  So I love her already, obvsNext, the whole thing was shot by the beyond talented Amanda Wilcher, so it’s essentially guaranteed amazeballs.  Third, this wedding is a peonyfest and, if you know me at ALL, you know that I’m very much into peonies, so I can’t complain there.  Fourth, wait until you find out which song Allison chose for her father-daughter dance.  Now, last but not least, and perhaps more importantly than any other detail mentioned today (I know, WHOA)… I just adore how incredibly fun this wedding looks like it must have been!  In fact, I have no doubt it was a fabulously happy affair, given the smiles I can see on everyone’s faces – and they’re the genuine kinds; not the forced kinds, which makes a big difference in photos.  The color palette of champagne, pink, pink and a little more pink is an absolute plus, too – it’s done so tastefully.  Aaaaand it doesn’t hurt that Allison happens to be breathtakingly gorgeous.

P.S. – My shoe lovers out there are going to LOVE what she’s got on her feetsies… a pair of the pinkest, sparkliest, HOTTEST looking Christian Louboutins you. have. evuh. seeeeeen.  Seriously, they are en fuego.

Ohh!  I almost forgot; this couple loves their dog SO MUCH that he makes an appearance in quite a few places you’ve probably never even considered putting your dog while planning your wedding!  So be sure to keep an eye out for that cuteness!

A few words about her Big Day from our bride, Allison:

Our wedding day was everything I ever dreamed it would be.  We were surrounded by the best family and friends two people could ever ask for. The day started off with the girls getting ready at the Sofitel Chicago.  John sent up flowers and a wonderful breakfast for us.  I couldn’t wait to put on my wedding dress but I especially couldn’t wait to put on my pink Christian Louboutin shoes!! (My favorite accessory) We had a champagne toast to celebrate the start to a great day and went off to meet the guys!  John and I had our “first meeting” where he proposed almost a year before.  That moment when we saw each other will never be forgotten, mostly because John cried and he never cries.  We then went and took pictures all around Chicago because we love our city and wanted it captured on our wedding day.  Our ceremony was outside and even though it had been sunny all day, right as our pastor announced to kiss the bride, it started raining!!  GOOD LUCK!  We couldn’t believe it.  Our reception was perfect.  I wanted it very classy and elegant with a hint of PARTY (hence the pink).  And since our beloved PUG Olivia could not be there with us, she was there in spirit as the table cards and place settings.  My sister, my best friend gave the best MOH speech and it was hilarious; she and I are truly “2 bodies with 1 soul”.  We then danced the night away starting with the father/daughter dance to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance.”  That got the PARTY started and it didn’t stop until the horse and carriage took us away for a tour of the city.  It was a beautiful day filled with so much love we could have burst.

My color palette was like a darker champagne color and white, with deep pink accents.  I didn’t want to overdo it on the pink.  The bridesmaid’s dresses were J.Crew and the color was called Fawn.  I used mostly peonies, calla lilies, roses and orchids.

My advice to other brides is don’t sweat the small stuff, it will all come together and work out.  And even if it doesn’t no one else will notice!  Just take it all in and don’t forget to PARTY ON!

This is one of my favorite images from their wedding day.  Can you stand it?  Can you stand the raw emotion of this moment?!!  This is what it’s all about… it’s so important not to forget that.

Photography: Amanda Wilcher / Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridal Collection / Bridesmaid Dress: J. Crew / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair and Make-up: B. Rose Salon / Photo Booth: Jen McCarty at Shutterbox Entertainment / DJ: Spencer Lokken of Style Matters DJ Inc. / Ceremony Chairs: Nichole Scott at Indestructo Rental Company / Programs, place cards, etc.: Courtney Kieras / Flowers: Botanicals, Nikki Lee – HM Designs / Chicago Park District: Tim Burdick / Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s / Cinematographer: David Jones of Copymaster Video

So, my friends, tell me… what’s your favorite part of Allison and John’s wedding?  Mine happens to be the pug.  Yup, the pug beat out the peonies. :)

One more thing: get psyched – it’s now officially THE WEEKEND!

High kick, woot!

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): Color, Pink, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Kristin on February 25, 2011

    Amazing. Those shoes are to die for – and I love how pink was an accent, and not overdone.

    Also, the pug is simply adorbs.

  2. Brandy on February 25, 2011

    I’m so glad that glitter heels are in for weddings – they are fabulous and add the perfect POP! What a fun couple!

  3. Amanda Wilcher on February 25, 2011

    Thank you again! p.s. your blog is looking smokin’!! xoxo

  4. BR on February 25, 2011

    Love the use of their pug for the table numbers! Also, I think her shoes are HOT! Looks like a ton of fun!

  5. nina {nina renee designs} on February 25, 2011

    Love the pink accents…the bridesmaids look fabulous, too!

  6. Erin on February 25, 2011

    I love this wedding. And her story is so cute! I pray that my wedding day turns out this happy! :)

  7. Megan on February 25, 2011

    This wedding is amazing. I love the bridesmaid dresses and their shoes!!! Great color combination!

  8. Lauren Elise on February 25, 2011

    Other than the amazing pug doggie, I love the bridesmaid dresses, the color and style {and pockets} are fabulous and they look great with the pink shoes. I’m all about that pop of color. I’ve officially decided with this post that for my best friend’s wedding in September, where I’m the maid of honor, I’m wearing glitter heels…it’s official, it’s happening!

  9. jacin {lovely little details} on February 25, 2011

    one of my favorite venues!! the bride is stunning, love the pink loubs!

  10. lizzie on February 25, 2011

    that dog holding the street signs is too great! i LOVE seeing all of those street names again! i miss it! i hate seeing names like “longhorn f*cking way” just kidding about the f*cking.

  11. Lena on February 25, 2011

    Holy hell, that’s one good wedding! The pug labels are truly ingenious, and those SHOES! You were right-this was divine.

    Have a wonderful weekend, darling!

    xo, Lena

  12. Koru Kate on February 25, 2011

    The pug!!! I wanted so badly to incorporate our beagle into our wedding cause we love him so much. I wish I’d seen this wedding about one year earlier! Love, love the other details too

  13. Norah on February 25, 2011

    That pug is the CUTEST. Love the innovative way they got him involved. Also, great colors – similar to what we’re doing for our wedding!

  14. erin * sparkle & hay on February 26, 2011

    how stunning!!! classy and elegant but with so much heart & personality. what a beautiful day!!!!

  15. Chris on February 27, 2011

    What a beautiful bride and I love the pug cards, so cute! I really like weddings like these. Simple but full of elegance.

  16. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on February 28, 2011

    Well hello, you fabulous, fabulous shoes! Plus, who doesn’t love a puppy?:)

  17. Elaine @ Events by Elaine on March 1, 2011

    Those shoes are awesome! Love the punch of color.

  18. Sarah (A Paper Proposal) on March 1, 2011

    This wedding is GORGEOUS, but I love how genuine it is! Totally agree with you about the smiles. I love how the couple incorporated their pug into the day, too, because I would do the SAME THING!

  19. Sabina on March 2, 2011

    I was really impressed to see that the bride wore red shoes. I am used to white shoes..but I like the idea.

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