Gold and black with plenty of greenery is always such a sophisticated color palette, and it matches perfectly with an Art Deco wedding theme. Martha and Ricardo exchanged their vows in the heart of Chicago, with Victoria Sprung Photography, Sweetchic Events, and Asrai Garden by their sides. The wedding day was full of darling details, from the bride’s gold sequin reception dress to the Day of the Dead figurines.
From the bride, Martha: Ricardo and I, along with our sons, Leo and Max were already a family but we wanted a beautiful celebration and reflection of our love to share our joy with everyone that is special to us. It could not have turned out better. The ceremony was beautiful and the entire night was so amazing that we were pinching ourselves at the end of the night. We told everyone the wedding was a joyous blur because that’s exactly how it felt to us, just one night of pure, unadulterated joy. We danced all night and loved it all. We just wish we could do it again… and again.
We were trying to include glamorous and vintage elements by husband and I both love while also incorporating important cultural traditions. I didn’t set out to have a color scheme but I kept gravitating to gold and black, after a while I stopped fighting it. I just wanted something that felt pulled together and beautiful. I can’t say I DIY’d a whole lot, I was more of a creative director. I did make the bridesmaid’s bouquets myself with flowers from Fiftyflowers, I’m very proud of those. I was sporting a blister on my hand that day to prove it. My mother made by veil by hand, French Chantilly lace on silk tulle, it took her hours and is totally precious to me so I guess that’s the most important DIY.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Trust your gut about vendors and be honest about your budget. If someone is not as responsive as you would like or doesn’t understand your vision, feel free to walk away. Most importantly, get a planner, especially if you have a lot of details you want to see come together in the end but don’t want to be the one making sure it’s done right. My planner was Courtney Brust from Sweetchic and she was liberating. We felt like guests at our wedding and that was invaluable. The day went by so fast and I loved it every minute. In hindsight I know we would have been upset to have precious time taken up by making sure details were taken care of properly, and we had a lot of them.
Bride’s Processional: Clair de Lune, Debussy
First Dance: “Across the Universe,” The Beatles
Cake Cutting: “By My Baby,” The Ronettes
Father/Daughter Dance: “Mi Niña Bonita”
Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Victoria Sprung Photography / Event Design: Sweetchic Events / Bride’s Bouquet, Altar Arrangement, Boutonnieres: Asrai Garden / Bridesmaid’s Bouquets: Bride / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Reception Venue: Kitchen Chicago / Wedding Dress: Tara Keeley “2306” / Reception Dress: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Veil: Bride’s mother / Bridal Sash: Sara Morgan Bridal / Crystal Comb: Percy Handmade / Jewelry: Ben-Amun / Hair: Ramsay Marston / Makeup: Briette Madrid / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway / Groom’s Attire: Indochino / Caterer: Hue-gah / Wedding Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s / DJ: Toast & Jam / Lighting: Elevated Event Design / Flatware and Linens: Ultrapom Rentals / Sequin Table Runners: Sparkle Pony / Napkins, Wine Tags: Foryourparty.com / Couple Figurine: LaCasaRoja / Photobooth: Magbooth / Gold Foil Invitations: Devco Foil / Paper Goods: Merrymint Designs / Transportation: Windy City Limo / Videographer: Sean Loftus