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A Classic Formal Wedding in Chicago, IL

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Mary Kate & Ryan in Chicago, IL
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So as not to distract from 
her dress, Mary Kate 
held an all-white bouquet 
of roses and peonies.
Amy Crum/Blumen Floral & 
Event Design
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To contrast Mary Kate’s 
all-white look, the girls carried hot pink peonies 
and purple orchids.
Amy Crum/Blumen Floral & 
Event Design
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All the guys—even the young ushers—dressed 
up in classic black tuxes.
Groom: Hugo Boss; groomsmen: Formally Modern Tuxedo, Chicago
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Mary Kate’s young cousin carried the wedding rings on this wow-worthy pillow made entirely of purple carnations and an orchid.
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The design, colors and 
fonts on the ceremony programs resembled the wedding invitations.
Kara Gordon/Magnificent Milestones
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The couple married at 
St. James, one of the oldest churches in Chicago.
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Amy Crum/Blumen Floral & 
Event Design
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A soaring white floral arrangement marked 
the escort card display.
Kara Gordon/Magnificent Milestones
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Tented cards, which were printed with a monogram designed to resemble the CTA logo, rested on top 
of an “L” car figurine.
Kara Gordon/Magnificent Milestones
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Guests waved custom 
rally towels (printed 
with “Ryan & Mary 
Kate’s Opening Day”) as 
the couple entered the reception to the stadium song “Chelsea Dagger.”
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Mary Kate chose bright flowers that wouldn’t get lost against the historical, ornate reception venue.
Tablescapes Party Rentals; BBJ Linen
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Glass chargers showed 
off the menu cards, which 
were tucked underneath. 
A single pink orchid topped each dinner napkin.
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In lieu of cake, the couple taste-tested desserts all over the city and decided to serve a tower of Sprinkles cupcakes in six flavors.
Sprinkles Cupcakes
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“You Are the Best Thing” 
by Ray LaMontagne was 
the first song Mary Kate and Ryan ever danced to, 
so it was a perfect choice 
for their first dance.
The Stitely Orchestra

Mary Kate & Ryan in Chicago, IL

The Bride Mary Kate Guise, 33, works at the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce The Groom Ryan West, 36, a self-employed trader The Date July 23 Mary Kate and Ryan wanted to show off the city to their out-of-town guests, so they decided on a theme centered on the Chicago “L,” dressing up their day in a bold color palette of purple, silver, pink and green. The overall look was bright, classic and totally Chicago.
- Vi-An Nguyen
Their Ingredients
  • Riverbend Studio
  • Big City Bride
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • Amy Crum/Blumen Floral & 
Event Design
  • Groom: Hugo Boss; groomsmen: Formally Modern Tuxedo, Chicago
  • Kara Gordon/Magnificent Milestones

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