Happy Holidays!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As we wrap up 2015 and prepare for the holidays, we must take a moment to let all of you know how thankful we are for your friendship and support.  It has been a whirlwind of a year. Weekend after weekend we have had the privilege of watching beautiful love stories unfold.

Here are just a few weddings from this year we have had the honor of planning! So many smiles….so much love! 




We couldn’t have such successful wedding days without the help of an amazing team of vendors. Thank you to all of our wedding ninjas! We are so lucky to have such a strong team by our sides. Also, BIG hugs to all of amazing photographers – thank you for allowing us to relive wedding days!

It has been a busy year and for that we are thankful. With almost every Chicago wedding venue under our belt, we are so ready to tackle 2016! Simply, but sincerely we wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Thank you for making our year so special. Wishing you all the best! XOXO BCB TEAM!

Modern Luxury Brides: Real Wedding Feature

This couple. Their love. This wedding. This Modern Luxury Brides feature is bringing back ALL the feels! It was an incredibly special June wedding day planned by Big City Bride and Chrissy Magliano. A timeless wedding dress, beautiful bride, handsome groom, incredible love story, swoon-worthy decor and rocking team of vendors! 
BIG thanks to Modern Luxury Brides for the feature! It is an honor to see our work in your publication. 

Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday season arrived and while it often proves to be one of the busiest times of the year, it is incredibly special. As Chicago wedding planners we LOVE this time of year! This is our “booking” season. So many couples are engaged during holidays and their wedding planning journey begins. For those newly engaged and looking for a 2016 Chicago wedding date Big City Bride can help. As far as celebrating the holiday season, our friends at The Morton Arboretum have filled us in on their tree light festivities. This is such a magical event to attend and is the perfect way to get into the holiday season. This is also a beautiful venue to wed and you might consider it for your special day! Find more information here

From The Morton Arboretum…

Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns this November  with more lights, sights and sounds that will transform a Chicago-area wintertime walk in the woods into a colorful, inspiring experience like no other.  

From November 20, 2015 to January 2, 2016, visitors are once again invited to walk Illumination’s one-mile path, surrounded by 50 acres of trees bathed in theatrical LED lighting in shades of vivid electric blue, hot pink and neon green. Along the way, a series of “experiences”–programmed lighting, video and sound seamlessly integrated into the landscape–encourage visitors to see trees in a different light. Visitors can interact with trees that respond to voice or touch, find out how a tree responds to a big hug, or control the action of videos projected upon the Arboretum’s towering trees.

“With cutting-edge lighting and sound, Illumination not only amplifies the unique beauty of trees in the wintertime, it also offers visitors of all ages the unique opportunity to connect with the trees around them,” said Sue Wagner, vice president of education and information at The Morton Arboretum. “Last year, visitors came from every corner of the country to see the magic of Illumination. With new experiences and enhancements to our most popular elements, the 2015 season offers surprises for both new and returning visitors.”

Brand new experiences in 2015 include dazzling lighting effects on Meadow Lake, and Ornament Hill, where a series of glowing orbs of varying colors and sizes placed on the Arboretum’s Frost Hill create a glittering vista visible from many locations on the trail.


Several Illumination experiences will be updated with new effects, including:

?      Symphony Woods – The music and light experience of Symphony Woods will feature a new program, with updated music recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra;

?      Garden of Light – Music has been added to LED lights moving in sync with music over the Arboretum’s historic hedge garden, for a stunning multi-sensory experience;

?      Tree Harmony – This year, singing to the trees will activate a series of programmed LED lights that rain down from the trees like shiny strands of tinsel.

Many other fan-favorite Illumination experiences will be updated for the 2015 season, including Hug a Tree, where visitors can hug a tree and watch it respond, Crystal Promenade, where 24 beautiful chandeliers of varying sizes lightthe forest, and Seasons Greetings, where visitors control the movements of a projected image using towering hemlock trees as a giant movie screen. 

Illumination tickets go on sale October 1, 2015. For more information about Illumination: Tree Lights at The MortonArboretum, visit mortonarb.org/illumination.

About Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a wintertime walk in the woods like no other. Illumination invites visitors to see trees in a different light on a one-mile walk surrounded by 50 acres of the Arboretum’s trees, brought to life with LED lights, interactive elements and sound. Live entertainment and warming stations add to the wintertime experience. Featured in local and national media including Cond Nast Traveler and USA Today, Illumination has quickly become a winter tradition, welcoming more than 210,000 visitors from 40 states since its 2013 debut season. The event is built in partnership with noted experiential lighting designers Lightswitch, and features energy-efficient, eco-friendly LED lighting.


About The Morton Arboretum

Established in 1922, The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois. As the champion of trees, The Arboretum is committed to scientifically informed action, both locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world. On 1,700 acres are 220,000 plant specimens representing 4,100 different kinds of plants, along with specialty gardens, educational exhibits, the award-winning Children’s Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store and the Gingko Restaurant and Caf. The Morton Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, welcoming more than 932,000 visitors and serving 39,250 member households in 2014. Learn more at mortonarb.org.


Thank you to  The Morton Arboretum for providing the information for this post!