A Glamorous Classic Wedding in Chicago, IL

The Bride Melissa Rutten, 28, a public relations consultant The Groom Benjamin Bradford, 33, an attorney at Jenner & Block The Date September 4  Witho

The Bride Melissa Rutten, 28, a public relations consultant The Groom Benjamin Bradford, 33, an attorney at Jenner & Block The Date September 4 Without a specific color palette or theme in mind, Melissa and Benjamin took inspiration from the JW Marriott’s traditional, neutral-colored ballroom and chose to use mostly dreamy whites and ivories mixed with a few seasonal colors like plum, green and magenta. Ornate place settings and cloud-like draping created an elegant and formal atmosphere, while vivid purple and yellow lighting lent a club-like edge to the party.

Simple White Rose Bouquet
Personalized Dinner Napkins
Floral fondant cutouts and black-satin bands adorned the cake, giving it a traditional, yet grand look.
The dinner tables took on a sophisticated vibe with ivory linens and glitzy gold leaf chargers.
Dramatic Ballroom Reception
Pedestal Floral Aisle Arrangements
Simple ivory booklets tied with cream ribbon fit right in with the classic white ceremony décor.
Crystal Wedding Bracelet
Elegant Ballroom Ceremony
Candles set in mixed glass containers created a warm glow, while low arrangements of eclectic green and plum flowers, like spider mums, lilies, scabiosa pods and dahlias, gave the tables lots of texture.
Pink and Green Centerpiece
Crystal Hair Accessory
Melissa wanted to wear a “statement gown that commands attention.” Her Vera Wang mermaid-style dress, complete with a dramatic pleated skirt, did the trick.