Cinco de Mayo Wedding Inspiration

We here at Soirée Weddings and Events have been dreaming of festive Cinco de Mayo weddings all day! Here’s a little Mexican inspiration just for you!

The Tablescape: Succulents and Citrus

The Bridesmaids: Bright and Embroidered

The Party Favors: Tequila, Succulents, & Custom Chiclet Boxes

The Signature Cocktail: Citrus Paloma

The Dessert: Margarita Cupcakes

Anyone else feeling festive? We’ll leave you with just a few photos from one of Soirée’s very own Mexican weddings:

Carlee & Dan’s gorgeous Cancún wedding: June 9, 2013!

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Bright and beautiful photos by Shelley Anderson of Cage and Aquarium Photography.

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Anniversary Heather & Mark!!!

Our Soirée team would like to wish Heather and Mark a happy one year anniversary!

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Heather & Mark exchanged vows and celebrated at Chicago’s Newberry Library. Uniting two families and two religions, Heather and Mark had an interfaith wedding ceremony complete with a chuppa adorned with floral from StemLine Creative.

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Bouquets, centerpieces, and floral decor were all artfully created by Avant Gardenia.



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Guests enjoyed a delicious meal from Food for Thought, and for desert a cake from Cake Chicago to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

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Happy Anniversary Diana & Doug!

The Soirée Team would like to wish Diana & Doug a happy one year anniversary!

chicago wedding museum of contemporary artOn July 20th, 2013 Diana & Doug said their vows at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Chicago wedding floral bouquetsSweet Petal designed all of the floral for Diana & Doug’s big day, including these romantic and modern bouquets.

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Photographer Diana Lupu artfully documented every moment, including these modern his and hers shots we adore.

Chicago Wedding Museum of Contemporary ArtView More: and Diana said “I do” in the museum’s Sculpture Garden, followed by an outdoor reception.

View More: dined in style savoring every bite from Wolfgang Puck Catering.

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Carlee+Dan: Destination… Cancun!

Here’s to remembering a beautiful beachfront wedding on this cold Chicago day!  Carlee & Dan looked absolutely fabulous as they enjoyed their fun, beach-themed wedding in Cancun.  Here’s a look back…

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Wedding Planner and Event Design: Soirée Weddings & Events

Venue:  Me Cancun, a Melia Resort

Cater: Me Cancun

Photographer:  Cage & Aquarium

DJ:  Cage & Aquarium

Floral:  Eufloria

Audio/Visual:  J&S Audio Visual

Doug+Diana: The Museum of Contemporary Art

As wedding season comes to a close, we are now embarking on “planning season.”  The weekends slow down a bit, but pick back up in Spring.  During this off-season, and as we start to get the photos back from photographers, we would like to take a look back at the events we did in 2013.  We will feature a few every month, for your viewing and planning pleasure!

We were so happy to be a part of Diana and Doug’s big day this past July at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  It was the perfect setting for a stunning couple!  Here are a few of their beautiful photos by Diana Lupu:Chicago Weddings View More: View More: More: View More: View More: View More: View More: More: View More: More: View More: View More:

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Coordinator: Soirée Weddings & Events

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Cater: Wolfgang Puck Catering

Photographer: Diana Lupu Photography

DJ: Cage & Aquarium

Floral: Sweet Petal

Lighting: MDM Entertainment

Cake: Magnolia Bakery

Dress: Nicole Miller

Accommodations: W Lakeshore – Chicago

Field trip to the Field Museum

The Soirée team recently met up with Katie Knox, special events account manager at the Field Museum for an eye-opening walk-through at this historic and breath-taking Chicago venue. The quintessential space for the adventurous couple who loves to travel and is constantly exploring everything the world has to offer, there are many aspects about the museum that many are unaware of as a wedding or event venue.

Upon setting foot inside the enormous Stanley Hall with its gleaming white 300 million year-old limestone floors, higher-than-high ceilings and the surrounding upper balcony, it is apparent that any wedding here would be absolutely jaw-dropping. However, not every couple needs this much space for their wedding.

Luckily, Field offers multiple smaller event spaces with price tags and guest capacities to match, making it a venue for almost any couple’s budget and design aesthetic.

Stanley Hall can seat up to 1,500 guests for a seated dinner and 7,500 for a reception. The museum’s smaller spaces can contain anywhere from 50 to 500 guests. Some of these smaller spaces provide a more intimate setting where your guests can sit amongst some of the museum’s famous exhibits. But others, such as the East Atrium and Pavilion provide a more traditional venue feel but with the same grace and opulence of Stanley Hall.

The museum also allows ceremonies to be held outside on the beautiful outdoor patio area where guests will enjoy views of the city skyline and the lake.

Not only does the museum provide a variety of space options, it is also a venue where a variety of design options can be brought to life. Especially in Stanley Hall, as Katie related to us, a multitude of different ideas can be played out design-wise. “We are ready to customize anything,” Katie says.

The Field has their own list of approved vendor options for couples to choose from, including Hall’s Rental Company and Frost Lighting.

Walking through the different rooms of the museum with Katie, we couldn’t help but think about the endless potential that this venue has to offer. We hope to be planning a wedding here in the near future!

Check out some of the shots we took on our tour with Katie below!

Not getting married but want to check out the exhibits at the museum?  The Field Museum is open every day except Christmas, 9am-5pm.

Basic Admission for Adults is $15, Children (3-11) are $10 and Seniors/Students are $12.  City passes are available here

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Matt + Suzanne: classic elegance (Part II)

In the last post: Matt + Suzanne: tribute to a tradition, we featured a styled shoot on a beautiful Spring day in May, with vintage-styled elements and apple blossoms in bloom!

Now I take you to Part II

Let’s transition from an uncharacteristically warm day in the early Spring to an uncharacteristically warm day in Late Fall.  October 22, 2011 to be exact.                        The setting: St Louis…

There was lot’s going on that day in St. Louis, the Cardinals were playing game 3 of the World Series, it was Parents Weekend at Washington University, and of course…         Matt and Suzanne were getting married!

Sherry Rosenberger of Metropolitan Picture Company perfectly captured the exquisite details of the day.  Every heartfelt moment was magically translated into the photos.

engraved invitations by the talented Kara Gordon of Chicago’s Magnificent Milestones

Suzanne’s gorgeous lace gown by San Patrick

the lovely and proud mother of the bride!  oh and — the Jimmy Choo’s speak for themselves!

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10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen – now that’s a wedding party!

Suzanne let the bridesmaids pick their own black dress – in any style, fabric or length – how cool is that?

This dress was made for Suzanne – ahhh I just love a cap sleeve gown

now off to the Shrine of St. Joseph to get married!

timeless, historic and classic – perfect for Matt and Suzanne’s traditional ceremony!

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and… they’re married!!

off to the reception 🙂

the incredible venue at night – Forest Park World’s Fair Pavilion

I loved the way we paired the ivory linen with the black chiavari chair – and the how the cake reflected the colors and style of the room

Suzanne, Matt and their guests enjoyed a night of fun, family and friends… along with delicious food, a fantastic band…and an incredible space filled with beauty, love and joy – it was one of my favorite weddings to date!

One last thing I would like to leave you with …

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All images by: Metropolitan Picture Company

Caterer: Pairings  Florist: Wildflowers Band: Arvell & Company  Bakery: Lubeley’s Bakery Dress Boutique: Bella Bianca Invitations: Magnificent Milestones