A Romantic Glam Wedding at Chicago Illuminating Company in Chicago, Illinois
When fashion blogger Liz Schneider (28) is planning a wedding, you just know it's going to be good. The Sequins and Stripes founder and her fiancé, David Adams (29) worked closely with Nicole Zenner of LK Events and their florist, HMR Designs, to pull off a romantic reception at the Chicago Illuminating Company – with plenty of glam details, of course. "The venue felt old-school Chicago and was the perfect place for all of our out-of-town guests to get a taste of the city that we love," Liz explains. Despite the venue being an easy choice, Liz surprisingly had a tough time choosing the perfect gown for her September fête. "I tried on 19 dresses before I found the one!" she says of her embellished Monique Lhullier design. "When I finally tried it on, my dad started crying. That's when I knew." Set against an ivy-covered backdrop in a covered, outdoor courtyard, the couple exchanged vows before surprising guests with one very unexpected performance. "We had a trumpeter sit in our audience and stand up to play 'You Are The Best Thing' once Dave and I were announced as husband and wife!" Liz says. Distressed mirrored tables, mercury glass vases and gold sequins linens added just the right amount of glitz to the couple's indoor reception, while blush-hued blooms lent a romantic aesthetic to the space. Post-dinner, guests were treated to mini Chicago-style hotdogs, milk shakes and a swiss dot carrot cake topped with one supremely unique detail. "We used my grandmother and mother's cake topper," Liz says. "It's now engraved with three generations of wedding dates!"