29 Feb

The raw interior, brick walls, cement floor, and industrial lighting of A New Leaf‘s downtown Chicago location hit the mark in delivering the urban feel Thu + Richard were looking for in a venue. For all the other aesthetics Thu wanted to incorporate – the whimsical, romantic, and modern with a touch of vintage nuance – there were the details (and an adorable tandem bicycle send off). There to prove this was the fairytale wedding of independent, resolute, and tenacious Thu to the kind, patient, and understanding Richard, were the stunning photos captured by Kate Headley.

short cocktail wedding dress

illustrated wedding invitations

Setting the tone of your wedding with fun and creative invites is key. When you’re lucky enough to have a close friend with design skills, it doesn’t hurt to ask. More than likely they’d love to help. Like Olivia, Thu’s bridesmaid. She gifted her talent and left them with something to last beyond the wedding.

ceremony in church

bridesmaids butterfly bouquet

butterfly bouquet

Sound advice on how to be the best bride to your bridesmaids:

I definitely wanted my bridesmaids to represent themselves and their personal style. We chose Jenny Yoo dresses after shopping all over Chicago and looking at dozens upon dozens of dresses. I picked a color, pebble, and let the maids choose whatever style that they felt most comfortable in! It was a huge struggle for me to choose a color for them. From the very beginning I wanted the color eggplant but through the planning process I realized I didn’t have to be a slave to the colors I chose for the wedding! Your vision evolves so much and at times you feel enigmatic! I also had them pick any accessories or shoes to accent their outfits…fascinators, belts, earrings, whatever looked fabulous! I also created a style card for them so they were able to carry it with them and coordinate their accessories. The style card had pictures of each dress they chose, styles of shoes for ideas, fabric color swatches of their dress & wedding colors, hand sewn onto a natural, brown card stock!

groomsmen in tux

I wanted our bouquets to be whimsical and unstructured.  I love, love peonies but they were out of season so I asked for dahlias and garden roses.  Anything other than that was fine by me.  I just wanted the flowers to look soft, whimsy, and subdued.

purple and orange reception

wedding cake table

craft bag wedding favors

bride and groom on bike

And they rode off happily ever after…Congratulations Thu + Richard!

Photography: Kate Headley / Flowers: A New Leaf / Wedding Coordinator: Honeybee Weddings / Ceremony Location: St. Clement / Reception Location: A New Leaf / Invitations + Favors: Handmade by the Bride + Groom / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Wedding Dress: Demetrios / Veil: Demetrios / Hair: Misako @ Michael & Michael Salon / Reception Dress: Sarah Seven / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Groomsmen’s tie: Tie Lab / Transportation: Empire Limousine / Cake + Dessert table: Sarah’s Pastries / Caterer: Hel’s Kitchen / DJ: Dustin at Toast & Jam / Caricature Artist: Barton McGee / Food truck: Gaztro Wagon

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Comments

  1. Wow! The moment we took a peek at this wedding, we realized it had to come from Chicago–specificall A New Leaf.

    We try to keep up to date with the venues in our area, and these guys know how to pull off a party.

    Congratulations Thu and Richard for putting it all together, and lovely work on the invitations and program!

  2. Thanks for including our hand made guestbook drawing at your beautiful wedding! How fitting!

  3. Thank you for sharing this beautiful wedding! The bridesmaids look so great in our Pebble dresses- this has been a color a lot of brides are gravitating towards so we are so glad to be able to show them these photos! thank you :)

  4. Thank you 100layercake for featuring our beautiful wedding! It was THE MOST amazing day ever! All the hard work, love, labor, & wonderful help from our awesome vendors & friends made our wedding day a fairytale!

  5. Wow the ceremony location is absolutely stunning! Those trees! I had a first vintage wedding this summer, can’t wait!

  6. This is absolutely the most amazing wedding I have ever seen!! It’s something even disney couldn’t create for a princess. Their wedding was a symbol of two people becoming one. You can see how they incorporated their individual personalities within their destination photos, and different reception activities throughout their entire wedding. This was more then just a wedding it was a night at the royal ball meets private party with your closest friends…have you seen the video?! http://vimeo.com/30019456 It’s amazing like they’ve been together forever!

  7. Love love love the invitations!! They’re super cute!

    And wow at the dessert table! DE-LI-CIOUS!!

  8. the bouquets looked nice and beautiful. Multiple colored flowers are in style today instead of using one colored kind of flowers.

  9. Beautiful photos! It’s so evident the bride worked so hard planning this…loved everything she did…she should be so proud!

  10. Love this wedding! Very creative, beautiful floral and the spirit of the couple really shines. The couple on the bike is priceless. The flower girl’s butterfly bouquet is adorable. And I love that they were married in my parish – St. Clement is the best!

  11. @Charlotte – thank you! It was a lot of effort & love and so worth every moment! I thank my fantastic photographer for capturing every wonderful moment!

    @Nicole – I love St. Clement, it is the BEST! The most wonderful community & Fr. Ken is inspiring! Thank you for your kind words!

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