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 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."