A Modern Spring Wedding at Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois

What happens when a modern Chicago venue is paired with bold floral details? A spring wedding that newlyweds Andrea Kitamura (31 and a consultant) and

What happens when a modern Chicago venue is paired with bold floral details? A spring wedding that newlyweds Andrea Kitamura (31 and a consultant) and James D. Vonderhaar Jr. (31 and a trade support engineer) describe as a "city-chic garden party." Fun florals and a citrus and purple color scheme brought their vision to life. "We wanted to keep our overall look very classic with a modern city feel," Andrea explains. The seven bridesmaids all wore the same knee-length floral gown from Donna Ricco purchased right off the rack at Nordstrom. "I instantly loved the colors and print," Andrea says of their nontraditional dresses. "I used the palette as the inspiration for the entire wedding." Dressed in an ivory tulle Monique Lhullier gown paired with a simple birdcage veil, the bride and her groom exchanged vows in a mid-afternoon ceremony at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in front of 120 guests. "It was up to Jim and I whether we wanted the stage doors open or closed, so we decided to keep them closed for the ceremony to help with sound," Andrea says. "I’m so glad we did, because it helped our voices be heard and made the space feel more intimate." Sleek chiavari chairs and a muted color palette added just the right amount of modern elegance to the open, airy reception space. Immediately following dinner catered by Jewell Events, guests enjoyed a post-meal cigar and scotch bar at the groom's request. "Two of Jim’s favorite things are a nice glass of scotch and a cigar, so Jim picked out five bottles of scotch and purchased some good cigars to share with our guests," the bride explains. "We even passed out matchbooks from The Knot that read 'The Perfect Match.' Our planning staff created a fantastic outdoor smoking lounge near the seats outside of the stage and our guests had a blast sitting outside in the beautiful weather taking in the view of the skyline surrounding the park."

"For my bridal bouquet, I found a few inspiration photos of bouquets that I liked and placed my trust in Stemline Creative to create something that I liked," the bride says. "I was over-the-moon happy with the amazing bouquet that they presented me on our wedding morning."
Each of Andrea's seven bridesmaids wore a floral print Donna Ricco dress bought off the rack at Nordstrom. "I instantly loved the colors and print and used the palette as the inspiration for our entire wedding," Andrea says.
The groom pinned a calla lily and craspedia boutonniere on his classic Vera Wang Collection gray tuxedo from Men's Warehouse.
The bride accented her Monique Lhullier gown with Alexander McQueen shoes, a green peacock feather hair clip and a rhinestone belt made by Ms. Couture in Chicago.
Elegant Bridesmaid Updo
Chicago-based jeweler Wedding Bands & Co. created these vintage-inspired rings for the couple.
Modern Wedding Reception at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The couple gifted guests with bud vases from CB2. "They were cute and fit in perfectly with our garden party theme," the bride says. "They also worked out perfectly because we used them to display our escort cards as a leaf-shaped attachment with tulips."
Modern Ceremony at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The mid-afternoon ceremony was held on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage in downtown Chicago. "It was up to Jim and I whether we wanted the stage doors open or closed, so we decided to keep them closed for the ceremony to help with sound," Andrea says. "I’m so glad we did, because it helped our voices be heard and made the space feel more intimate."
Modern Wedding Reception at Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Purple and White Flower Arrangement in Silver Vase
Millennium Park Wedding Reception