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Sculpture Garden Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center

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Chandeliers, candles, lush and textured Fall floral, rows of tress, and a warm cozy loft. Sarah got exactly what she always dreamt of for her wedding...at least according to her mom's memory of her childhood wedding drawings "with all the chandeliers!" Bridgeport Art Center’s Sculpture Garden Venue provided the perfect loft space and attached outdoor ceremony courtyard.
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The couple and their families all got ready for the day at the Langham Chicago. They opted to not have a wedding party, but Sarah’s friends joined her in the bridal suite for a celebratory breakfast to begin the day. It was a really sweet time to get to spend with the people closest to her as they shared memories, laughs, and tears.
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The couple wanted to have a private location for a first look, so we set them up on the terrace of the North Gardens at the Art Institute. For such a perfect early autumn day, the gardens were quiet and Sarah got rows of trees as the backdrop for her first look!
These two may top the charts of the couple we’ve worked with that was the most fun to just hang out with. Since they had no bridesmaids and groomsmen, we got to go on a relaxed photo tour around the city with the two of them and their families. Claire Weller, of Big City Bride, tagged along which inevitably increases the fun factor by about a million.
The light was purely magical while we were taking portraits. Butterflies danced around Sarah’s hair while afternoon light cascaded over the couple.
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Kehoe Designs created this beautiful autumn bouquet with textured florals and greenery.
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Ping Tom Park is the best secret photo location in Chicago. This amazing mural was recently completed there and we love the willow trees and skyline views at the park as well. Plus, it’s conveniently located in Chinatown and the South Loop so it’s on the route from most downtown hotels (The Langham, the Peninsula, The Gwen, etc) to venues like Bridgeport Art Center, the Chicago Illuminating Co, and Revel Motor Row.
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We love the lush green decor and draping that Kehoe Designs created for the Sculpture Garden ceremony.
The bride was overjoyed when she saw the ceremony and reception spaces for the first time. Since cocktail hours at the sculpture garden typically take place both indoors and outdoors, we always photograph room shots and details prior to the ceremony to ensure that we are able to capture all the decor - especially when it’s as beautiful as this work by Renee Price at Kehoe Designs!
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Emotional photography during the ceremony captures the feelings of the moments the bride and groom have been looking forward to years. This bride couldn’t hold back tears as she read the vows she had written to her groom.
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Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden weddings like this one make us swoon! Renee Price and Kehoe designs did a fantastic job with the decor and did we mention how much we adore working with Claire Weller from Big City Bride? Seriously - hire Claire.
Can’t get over these gorgeous cascading florals over the side of the tables.
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The gold crusted cake from Alliance bakery was so beautiful!
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