Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Married: Maria & James - April 4, 2009

Last November, my friends James and Maria asked me to step in and help them plan their upcoming wedding.  With 6 months left, they still needed a florist, DJ, linens, and lighting! Of course I gladly agreed – James and I have been friends ever since we were mere kids in high school – so it meant a lot to me to see them through this exciting time.

All eye candy below courtesy of Millicent Wong Photography.

Maria1Maria was stunning in her Vera Wang gown and simple drop veil…

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James and Maria taking pictures downtown

JamesMariaBP Outside the MCA

I adore this next series of ceremony shots - you can just SEE the love in their eyes!

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Ceremony3The draping behind the alter just happened to match their wedding colors!

Ceremony4I love this shot of James’ young nephew! Priceless…

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MesonSabikaThe reception was held in the lovely pavilion at Meson Sabika in Naperville.Tapas, yum!

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The draping and chandeliers get me all giddy…

TeaCeremony1To honor their elders, James and Maria took part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

TeaCeremony3Maria wore a gorgeous red Qua and they served tea to their parents and in return received gold jewelry and lucky red envelopes. 

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Their delicious cake was from Whole Foods! Who knew that WF could do wedding cakes?! 

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Their “cardbox” was actually a vase encircled with a ring of flowers on the top. The vase and the flowers were large and tall enough to make it difficult for people to reach in and snatch anything… (not that they would of course, but you never know…). Half of their centerpieces were glass apothecary jars filled with moss, anemones, tulips, and more… I wish we had pictures of their other centerpieces which were simple, low rounds full of lush blooms in a similar color scheme!

Reception2Oh lighting, how I love thee, you can transform a room!

PurpleCandyBarThe yummy purple and gold candy bar! No surprise, this was a HUGE hit with the young AND old!

 SweetchicEventsCandyBar Candy bar duty… I kept those containers full for as long as possible (not long)
    WhitePeonyBouquetThe best thing about having an April wedding? Peonies, of course! Just kidding…  

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Congratulations, my dear friends! Thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

Ceremony: Gary Church, Wheaton
Ceremony Musicians: String Theory Trio
DJ: Chris of Spin Productions
Florist: Petal Play, Lemont
Lighting/Draping: Art of Imagination
Linens: Chaircovers by Sylwia
Photographer: Milly Wong
Reception: Meson Sabika