08 August 2011

wedding details reveal part one: the venue

08 August 2011
i am super excited to introduce a new series today - wedding details reveal! over the coming weeks and months,i will be sharing details about our big day (without giving away the whole enchilada) and today i have for you... our wedding venue!


neither j or i are from chicago originally, but having the wedding here is so meaningful for us. it's where we met, fell in love, and now live. it's where we'll start a life (and maybe a family??) together and i couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else.

the ceremony will be held at the historic assumption catholic church in downtown chicago. the church was built in 1881 and was the first church specifically geared toward the italian-speaking catholic population. the church itself is beautiful, with traditional stained glass windows and a long aisle.

j and i are both catholic so choosing a church for the ceremony was a must. we wanted something downtown and close to the venue, but the priest from our neighborhood parish will be presiding, which means so much to us. the church is beautiful and just over a mile from the reception site!

the reception will be held at hotel monaco, a boutique hotel overlooking the chicago river. i actually found the hotel on the knot (where we also found our photographer). side note: i consider myself to be a pretty savvy researcher, especially with something as important as our wedding vendors, but the knot turned out to have great, affordable, under-the-radar recommendations that yelp and industry magazines did not. anyway, j and i fell in love with the venue right when we walked in. the whimsical decor is french-inspired - elegant, yet fun at the same time. it's a mix of warm lighting and rich, gold hues with pops of color, pattern and modern touches.

just looking at these pictures again has me giddy about next may. stay tuned for part two of the wedding details reveal! i'll give you a hint: april showers bring may...

17 comments:

Liz {Sequins And Stripes} said...

So exciting! I LOVE Hotel Monaco, my mom and I were just discussing how chic and cool it is. I can't wait to see more on this feature! Congrats!

Things That Sparkle said...

I love this feature, so much fun! And wow your venue is gorgeous. Cannot wait to hear more details!!

Carly said...

Ash, I love the Hotel Monaco. What a fabulous location. I just know your wedding will be gorgeous.

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

yah! i am so excited for you! the church and the hotel are both just gorgeous. i cant wait to see more wedding details. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Christel @ Captivated by image said...

It's so great to see what you've planned, this all looks really gorgeous.

MG said...

Ah that church is so beautiful as is Hotel Monaco! Your wedding is going to be the bomb.com.

Holly said...

omgeeeeee what a gorgeous location!!

classiq said...

The church and hotel look amazing, Ashley! I am sure they will help make your wedding day unforgettable! xoxo
Ada

Taylor said...

LOVE!!!!! Can't wait to find out more! These are perfect choices!

Chicago Cuisine Critique said...

How exciting! Can't wait to hear more. I'm sure it's going to be perfect.

Rhiannon {Hey Gorg} said...

Yay!! Everything looks stunning! I can only imagine how gorgeous your big day will be :)

erica marie said...

It looks gorgeous!!

erica

erica marie said...

It looks gorgeous!!

erica

jacin {lovely little details} said...

so so gorgeous!!

la petite coquine said...

I'm squealing all over the place-obviously, I love this new feature! And your venues? Just perfect! All our close friends from Baltimore work in a Kimpton hotel, too-we love 'em!

Julip Made said...

So exciting! Love the new feature and can't wait to see more as the planning progresses!

aaron john said...

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and get fully satisfied and i am very much moved by thier settings and helping environment

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