A New Leaf Chicago Wedding of Craig and Snow

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Before Snow and Craig's intimate wedding at A New Leaf in Chicago, we spent the afternoon touring the city with them for pictures.  We started the day off with the couple getting ready at The Drake Hotel.

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Snow and Craig were attracted to the creative portraiture work that we do here at Wedding Creativo, so we planned the schedule and locations for the afternoon after discussing their preferences and aesthetic tastes.  Every couple is different regarding how much time they want to dedicate to portraits.  Snow and Craig planned for a brief wedding ceremony with only two bridal party members, but it was just the two of them going around the city for portraits, so we were able to stop at more locations than if they had a large bridal party to transport around.  They also made sure to schedule a few hours for their "city safari" so that we could be more creative and go at a relaxed pace.  One of our favorite parts of doing portraits before the ceremony is coming up with a creative idea for the "first see" or "reveal," which is a private moment between the bride and groom when they see each other for the first time on the wedding day. 

Since it was just the four of us traveling around, we also suggested the idea of getting a classic car for transportation.  Snow and Craig loved that idea, and contacted Classic Chassis on our recommendation.  They selected a vintage 1940 Cadillac limousine. The car has a name - Godfather II, and it is a beauty.  We love driver Pete! He is a sweetheart, knows the city like the back of his hand, is relaxed and cool, and is one of our all-time favorite chauffeurs.

The groom wore a grey suit and tie, while the bride's color accents were light blue and white with her calla lilies and wildflower bouquet.  She also wore red patent leather shoes in honor of her family's cultural tradition for the bride to wear red.  The ceremony and reception were decorated with with white and blue hydrangeas, brown manzanita branches, and simply elegant brown and light blue linens.  The wedding cake featured the bride and groom's monogram and minimal detailing in brown, and was made by Maggie Roeder Cakes.  For the ceremony, the warm glow of candle light provided the ambiance for their intimate gathering of family and friends.

For their readings, the couple chose passages from their favorite books.  Snow's was the Dr. Seuss classic Cat in the Hat.

Hearty Boys, one of our favorite catering companies, provided the delicious dinner, sweet table and linens. For the cocktail hour guests snacked on scallops wrapped in bacon, mac and cheese squares and spiced figs. The main courses included steak, chicken, and sweet pea tortellini, which was amazing and the dish many of the guests were raving about.

Their ceremony was filled with lots of humor, and on the whole, Snow and Craig chose simple, yet meaningful, unique ways to celebrate their marriage.

Snow was also one of the first brides we noticed bringing back the patent leather shoe trend.  We've been seeing lots of brides wear them lately in a wide variety of hues.  Her burgundy red heels were stunning, and inspired us to create this fashion board featuring some hot patent leather styles.