Many thanks to strictlyweddings.com Chicago Wedding Planner Hope Weis for providing us with such a fabulous featured wedding. The memorable photography is by Chicago’s KingenSmith Photography, the wedding’s fab floral design is by strictlyweddings.com partner Kehoe Designs, and the lovely invitations and accessories were designed by talented partner Andrea Liss of Hannah Handmade. The wedding reception was held at The Ritz Carlton Chicago, another partner.
Often we will take the words that the wedding planner or bride provide us and rewrite. In this case, the bride’s words are just right and sum up the beautiful wedding you’re about to see perfectly!
In her words … Patrick and I met at a bar while we were both attending college at SMU in Dallas. We hit it off right away and actually ended up dancing together that night, something we both would have never imagined doing! We spent the next five and a half years dating. We knew we wanted to get married eventually but both had some growing up to do before then.
I remember the private moment I shared with my dad seconds before walking down the aisle. I will never forget the huge smile on Patrick’s face as he watched his bride coming down the aisle.
We would not have changed one detail about the wedding planning process and, most importantly, our actual wedding day. Hope, our wedding planner, made the planning fun and easy and without her we would have been lost! The chapel was breath-taking, the walk to the reception with our wedding party was hilarious, the ballroom was stunning and the dance floor was packed! Heather and Rick captured all of the private moments they promised they would and so much more. What more could we ask for?! I was marrying the most amazing man, in the city I love, surrounded by all the people we love. Every detail fell into place and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, romantic day.
For the bridesmaids dresses, I chose the color midnight in a floor-length, lux chiffon fabric from the After Six collection for the Dessy Group. Ivory and with purple details and greenery for the flowers. Our theme was understated elegance and I really wanted the details to be romantic and classy.
Bride & Groom: Kate Crane & Patrick McMillan, Jr.
Consultant: Hope Weis Consulting
Band: The Party Faithful
Florist: Kehoe Designs (Tom Kehoe)
Photographer: KingenSmith Photography
Videographer: Klein Video Services
Venue: The Ritz Carlton Chicago
Church: St. James Chapel at Quigley Seminary
Wedding Cake: Sarah’s Pastries & Candies
Hair: George the Salon; Michelle Forst
Makeup: Stella Mikhail
Invitation & Accessories: Hannah Handmade