A Bright Spring Wedding at the Botanic Gardens in Chicago, Illinois

Sangeeta Hardy (25 and a program specialist) and Joseph Brummitt (27 and a relationship manager) planned an elegant garden party for their spring nuptials in Chicago, Ill. with a color palette of white and pops of vibrant pink hues.

The Windy City’s Botanic Gardens provided a breathtaking backdrop for the day, with its lush greenery, bright blooms and natural elegance. “We loved how the McGinley Pavilion opened up to the water and felt that the Botanic Gardens offered such wonderful and elegant decor that was perfectly in the line with the classic and elegant feel we were going for,” says Sangeeta.

After a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Clement Church, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the Botanic Gardens for a night of dinner and dancing. Cocktail hour was an al fresco affair and took place in the Searle Courtyard. Guests were able to explore the grounds as they nibbled on bite-sized eats like bacon-wrapped dates, petite crab salad on crostini and wild mushroom risotto cakes with braised spinach and tomato jam. They then moved to a tent for the reception. Crisp white linens and twinkling chandeliers set an elegant tone for the decor, while clusters of floating tulips in hurricane vases and small bundles of bright pink peonies, lilacs and garden roses brought an air of modernity and energy to the room. A cherry blossom motif graced all of the stationery elements, tying into the spring garden theme and cheerful color palette.

After dinner, guests noshed on sweet treats, like donuts from Glazed and Infused and pies from Bang Bang Pie. “Joe and I love dancing, so we really wanted everyone to be on the floor the whole night,” says Sangeeta. “Mark from DJ Chicago did not disappoint. He did a phenomenal job of reading the crowd and the dance floor truly was packed the whole night.” Halfways through the evening, Joseph, his brothers and best man surprised everyone with a surprise dance to “Type of Way” by Rich Homie Quan, a Michigan State football tradition.

A tip for the taking from Sangeeta: “Take time out of planning to go back to normal life as a couple. It’s easy to become so wrapped up in planning that it’s all you talk about. Joe and I made sure to have nights where we were just hanging out, instead of always planning or crossing things off of a checklist.”