Joanna + Brian’s Chicago Wedding

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Joanna and Brian’s Chicago wedding was incredibly special. Every wedding detail was a representation of their style, passions and personalities. The historic Chicago History Museum was the perfect venue allowing both a picturesque ceremony setting along with an elegant reception area.

Chicago wedding planner, Claire Weller worked alongside the couple providing them with creative inspiration all while developing a cohesive vision and plan for their big day! 




Instead of traditional rows for seating, their ceremony featured a circular design. Chicago wedding planner, Claire Weller designed this layout to bring intimacy to the ceremony. Joanna and Brian were literally surround by family and friends as they exchanged vows. 


The Chicago History Museum has one of the most magical ceremony entrances. The grand staircase serves as the perfect entrance for the bride! 


The place cards were held together by adorable gold animal figurines symbolizing a passion of the bride and groom – Animal Rescue. 


Their passion carried through to reception where each table had a photo of an animal and their story. The bride and groom sponsored an animal for every table. 


Every place setting was sealed with a bow!


Big City Bride Chicago wedding planner, Claire Weller designed a room perfectly fitting for our couple featuring a bold color palette + lush floral!


The Chicago Room features a display stained glass pieces from the collections of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Comfort Tiffany 


Joanna and Brian’s day was uniquely theirs. To all our couples dreaming of creating a wedding that represents them, as a couple…Remember, be resourceful and don’t be afraid to break the rules! Weddings have a certain format, but it is okay (and usually great) to break the mold and incorporate the unexpected.  Do what feels right, but consult your experts if you get stuck.  Your wedding planner can help bring your ideas to life. 

Photo Credit: Chicago Wedding Photographer, Riverbend Studio