A 'Great Gatsby'-Inspired Wedding at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago in Chicago, Illinois


                                        "I wanted our guests to feel as though they were transported back in time," Kristen Gestel (26) says of her

"I wanted our guests to feel as though they were transported back in time," Kristen Gestel (26) says of her "Great Gatsby"-themed wedding to Alex Wilkinson (27) last May. Armed with an elegant black, gold and champagne palette, the couple channeled art deco-inspired elements (including one ultra-glam wedding cake courtesy of Alliance Bakery) to bring to life their urban wedding at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Gold-framed escort cards and art deco-themed programs gave the couple's celebration an elegant feel, while classic elements—including all-white flower arrangements—popped against the venue's luxe, gilded detailing. "The grandeur and history behind the hotel's Crystal Ballroom fit our theme perfectly," Kristen says. Our favorite ultra-luxe detail? Chic black-and-white dinnerware that paired perfectly with rose and hydrangea centerpieces crafted by Bella Flora of Westmont, Illinois. For a peek at all the "Great Gatsby"-inspired decor, check out these chic shots from Elizabeth Greve Photography, below.

Kristen and Alex fell in love with the luxe Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.
Guests were greeted with custom black-and-white programs that were created with the couple's gilded "Great Gatsby" theme in mind. "I wanted my guests to feel as though they were transported back in time," Kristen says of their art deco-inspired celebration.
Aside from customized coasters, guests were also gifted with simple fold frames from Favor Warehouse that doubled as escort card displays.
Bella Flora of Westmont, Illinois, created a classic bridal bouquet using a fresh mix of ivory roses that were then paired with an elegant satin bouquet wrap.
To dress up his classic black Vera Wang suit from Men's Wearhouse, Alex pinned a single ivory rose boutonniere to his lapel—a look that mirrored the blooms in Kristen's bridal bouquet.
One small detail that immediately sold Kristen on her white lace Jasmine Galleria dress? The intricate beaded back. "It didn't take long to realize that once I put on the dress, it was the one," she says. "The back truly sold me, and the gold detailing was reflective of the art deco theme."
Newlyweds Kristen and Alex exchanged vows in an intimate, religious ceremony at a Joliet, Illinois, church before retreating to Chicago's Loop for their wedding reception at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago.
With delicate beading and an unexpected open-back detail, Kristen's white lace Jasmine Galleria dress was the epitome of vintage glamour. "That gown encapsulated everything that I wanted in a wedding dress," she says. "It didn't take long to realize that once I put it on, it was the one." Our favorite detail? Gold detailing that perfectly reflected the Kristen and Alex's gilded "Great Gatsby" theme.
To go with the Crystal Ballroom's gold detailing, Kristen and Alex incorporated bold black-and-white details throughout their reception space—including tall flower arrangements and elegant gold chargers.
Dresses in black off-the-shoulder dresses, Kristen's bridesmaids playfully waved black napkins around to signify the start of a speech during the couple's reception.
Westmont, Illinois, florist Bella Flora worked closely with the couple to create large, black-and-white flower arrangements using an assortment of hydrangeas and roses. To add to the elegant feel of each arrangement, clear crystals were draped across each centerpiece.
Gold chargers popped against black-and-white dinnerware and linens for a look that was glam and elegant.
Chicago's Alliance Bakery created a square, four-tier cake complete with black and gold accents. The art deco-inspired dessert even came complete with three flavor combinations: chocolate banana, vanilla raspberry and red velvet cream cheese. "We wanted a cake that would represent our 'Great Gatsby' theme and allow guests to choose their own flavor," Kristen says.
While searching for her dream wedding dress in Lombard, Illinois, Kristen fell in love with a beaded Jasmine Galleria design with an open back. "The gown encapsulated everything that I wanted in a dress," the bride says. After setting aside a few dress options, Kristen ultimately chose the dress that she saved for last. "It didn't take long to realize that once I put it on, it was the dress for me. It's the epitome of vintage glamour."