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Darcy's Diary: Go Inside Martha Stewart's Annual Weddings Party in Chicago

Check out my favorite highlights from the event!

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Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

This weekend we celebrated another great Wedding Party at The Radisson Blu in Chicago with our partners Claudia Hanlin of The Wedding Library and LoveBird Events. Whether you are getting married in Chicago and looking for great local vendors or just looking for some serious wedding inspiration—these photos will get your wheels turning! Thanks to everyone who attended and also made the date possible, and a huge thank you to the vendors that participated. Take a look at the event, and prepared to be inspired for your big day.

 

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Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

Here we have our special projects editor Anthony Luscia, Rebecca Lockward of The Wedding Library, Meghan Andalman of Lovebird Events, Claudia Hanlin of The Wedding Library, and myself. A huge thank you to these ladies for helping to put on this event!

wedding party fleur chicago wishing flower wall
Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

Fleur Chicago designed this interactive inspiring wishing wall. Each flower had an inspiring message attached, and the guests would choose one and read the message while looking into the mirror.

 

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martha stewart weddings party stained glass cake
Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

How stunning is this cake? Elysia Root Cakes created this amazing wedding cake with a stained glass motif inspired by the floral arrangement that Fleur made. Your wedding cake and floral arrangements may seem like an unlikely pairing, but the color scheme translates so well!

wedding party tablescape with flowers
Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

Fleur created gorgeous tablescapes for guests to look at (and want!). The variety between the tall and short centerpieces add depth to the table, along with the candles that add a romantic vibe.

 

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Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

Alliance Bakery created this whimsical marbled wedding cake, complete with flowers.

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Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

During the event, I had a book signing for Martha Stewart Weddings: Ideas and Inspiration. I loved meeting readers and discussing their upcoming wedding days.

 

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Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

It's not a party without a drink! The Radisson Blu showed how to create a signature cocktail that's personal to you and your fiancé. That pink is bright and great for summer weddings.

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Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

If you have a bridal shower or bachelorette party coming up—you need this cake topper!

 

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Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

Spin Spun handed out champagne infused cotton candy to guests—a great idea for a late night snack!

wedding party caramel popcorn
Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller Photography

And since we were in Chicago, we had to have Garrett Popcorn, specifically the Chicago Mix—a must! How cute would a popcorn bar be with this snack?

Thank you again to all of our vendors:
 
BAKERS
Alliance Bakery
Elysia Root Cakes
 
BEVERAGES
Le Grand Courtâge Meadowood Napa Valley

BRIDAL FASHION
Macy's Bridal Salon by Demetrios
 
BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Adrianna Papell
Amsale Bridesmaids
Ceremony by Joanna August
Donna Morgan
Hayley Paige Occasions
Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids
Paper Crown Bridesmaids
The Dessy Group
twobirds Bridesmaid
Wedding Library Bridesmaids
 
CATERERS
Goat Group Catering
One Off Hospitality Group
 
DESTINATION & HONEYMOON VENUES
Aruba Tourism
Explore Charleston
Meadowood Napa Valley
Sandals Resorts
 
FLORAL DESIGNERS
Cornelia McNamara Flowers
Fleur
flowers by stem
 
HAIR & MAKEUP
Bridal Makeup by Maria Canero
goldplaited
 
HEALTH & FITNESS
Plexus Worldwide
Secret Deodorant
The Bar Method Chicago
 
LINEN
BBJ Linen
 
MENSWEAR
The Tie Bar
 
MUSIC
Élan Artists
Okyne Medialab, Inc.
 
PHOTOBOOTH
Smilebooth
SnapBooth
 
PHOTOGRAPHERS
Amanda Megan Miller Photography
Beth Leung Photography
Friends First Photo & Film
Kristina Lorraine Photography
Rebecca Marie Photography
Studio This Is
 
REGISTRY
Bloomingdale's Cuisinart
Lenox
Williams Sonoma
 
STATIONERY
Wedding Library Stationery
 
SWEETS
Garrett Popcorn Shops
Spin-Spun All Natural Confections
 
TRANSPORTATION
Windy City Limousine
 
TRAVEL SERVICES
JetSetStyle
Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting
 
VENUE
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
 
VIDEOGRAPHERS
Friends First Photo & Film
One Fine Day Productions
Wholehearted Wedding Film Co.
 
WEDDING ACCESSORIES
Artifact Uprising
Baublerella
 
WEDDING PLANNERS
Lovebird Events
Wedding Library
 
WEDDING SERVICES
Elizabeth Anne Designs
Joy
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About the Author

Darcy Miller

Darcy joined Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 1992 to work on the launch of Martha Stewart Living and has been actively involved with Martha Stewart Weddings since the first issue in 1995. An avid scrapbooker and scrapboxer, she is also our resident celebrations expert and makes regular media appearances showing beautiful entertaining ideas for weddings and all of life’s other happy...

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