Garfield Park Conservatory wedding: Regina + Ben

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Art Deco style wedding | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

There’s so much gorgeous greenery going on in these photos from Bryan and Mae. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg really. On top of the lush gardens, Garfield Park Conservatory in Chi-town also has dazzling, light-filled rooms with glass ceilings; beautiful Prairie style architecture; and that fabulous mosaic fountain backdrop for the ceremony. Regina + Ben sure know how to pick a venue.

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Regina says, I’ve always loved elements of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and the Arts and Crafts/Prairie Style, so I tend to gravitate towards vintage things along those lines. Ben likes things a bit more modern, so I guess you could say our wedding was “modern-vintage.” It really wasn’t important to either of us to stick to a theme or style, though, but to incorporate as many personal touches and DIY details as possible.

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Art Deco style wedding | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Can we all just take a moment to admire Regina’s 1920s Art Deco-style Jenny Packham gown? OK, now we can move on…

Art Deco style wedding | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Regina’s bouquet recipe: white garden roses, scabiosa pods, mini succulents, and accents of brunia, sage, and naked eucalyptus

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Art Deco style wedding | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Art Deco style wedding | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Regina’s mother is a weaver, and she designed the chuppah to come apart after the wedding to become eight shawls in total—one for each of the five bridesmaids, one for Ben’s mother, one for Regina’s mother, and one for the bride herself!

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Love it when couples work together on the DIY details. Regina collected silverware on eBay for months to make the decorative backdrop. Then, Ben and his best man strung them all together the day before the wedding.

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Art Deco style wedding | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

Garfield Park Conservatory | photo by Bryan and Mae | 100 Layer Cake

More from Regina… Our recessional song, “Marquee Moon” by Television, is really special to us. But because it’s 10 minutes long and changes tempo quite a bit, we didn’t want to play it during our dance set. As it turned out, after walking down the aisle at exit, we had an unplanned private moment to dance to this song without anyone watching or knowing (our wedding party led the guests out a different exit). Time seemed to slow to a regular pace in this moment, and everything instantly felt real. With our song playing, we had our first dance in private, and we got to reflect on the ceremony with each other in a beautiful, hidden garden. We just kept saying how much we loved each other, and how happy we were to finally be married. This is what the whole day was all about, so it will always stick out as the best part.

Photographer: Bryan and Mae / Videographer: Sally O’Brien at Sally Films / Event Planner:  Smitten Bride + bride of Bustle and Ball/ Venue: Garfield Park Conservatory / Hair: Nicole Cisternino from Trianon Salon / Makeup: Shayna Shapiro / Florist: Juliet Tan / Cake: Swedish Bakery / Mini Donuts: Glazed and Infused / Catering: Blue Plate / Invitation Designer: Bella Figura & Bustle & Ball / Lighting: Art of Imagination / DJ: Emily Augustin from Toast & Jam / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham from Ultimate Bride / Shoes: Nina & Chie Mihara / Headpiece: Jenny Packham / Engagement & Wedding Rings: Stanley Brown Jewelist and Susan Elizabeth / Lipstick: Cruella by NARS / Groom’s Suit, Shirt, & Tie: Brooklyn Tailors / Shoes: Billy Reid / Wedding Band: Stanley Brown Jewelist / Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth / Shoes: Nina / Necklaces: Susan Elizabeth / Groomsmen Pants, Vests, & Ties: Brooklyn Tailors

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Anni on Sep 4, 2013

Love this wedding, Garfield Park Conservatory is one of my very favorite places in Chicago.

Caitlyn | The Aerialist Press on Sep 4, 2013

In love with this venue and its stunning greenery! The table details also tie everything in nicely!

Selina on Sep 4, 2013

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the hanging spoon display, so unique!

Powerbrides on Sep 4, 2013

Those are some lucky bridesmaids! Would kill for one of those dresses.

Crinoline and Couture Bridal on Sep 4, 2013

The flatware backdrop at the bride and grooms table is so unique, as well as the convertible chuppah!

William James on Sep 4, 2013

YAY! You guys are awesome….thanks for such a fabulous photos! :) What a great wedding day! :) YAY!

Taylor on Sep 5, 2013

Awww, I was just there 2 months ago and thought what a lovely place for a wedding if I lived in Chicago. I am getting married in a botanical garden in MO in 2 weeks. Just beautiful!!

Chateau Des Charmes Photographer on Sep 5, 2013

Beautiful looking wedding and venue!

gowns on Sep 5, 2013

Great weddings! It exudes both romance and playfulness. I love how Bryan is able to capture the couple's relaxed and happy vibe

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