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Classic Chicago Wedding at the Blackstone Hotel

Editor’s Note: This one’s from the archives but I think you’ll enjoy it (again)!

Beth and Eric held a  classically beautiful wedding at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago but some of the outdoor shots may just trick you into thinking they’re somewhere Southern! / Photos by J Wiley Photography.

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Says the bride, “We stayed at the Blackstone by chance a couple of years before the wedding. When it came time to pick a venue in downtown Chicago, we remembered the hotel and its unique combination of funk and elegance. When we visited and saw the two-story ballroom complete with amazing views of Chicago and a gorgeous chandelier, we were sold. We tried to match the style of the wedding to the setting — traditional luxury with modern touches.

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Eric’s favorite memory was watching Beth walk down the aisle and realizing that he would get to spend the rest of his life with her. Beth’s favorite memory were the short ribs (also walking up the aisle and realizing she would get to spend the rest of her life with Eric, but those short ribs were really tasty).

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We met at Michigan Law School and so had the band play Hail to the Victors as we made our entrance into the reception. Beth also surprised Eric with a University of Michigan groom’s cake. But our favorite were the 1,000 cookies Eric’s mom made for our hospitality suite.

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We didn’t really have a vision for the day itself, but we had a vision for the day after. We imagined waking up on Sunday, May 27 to a beautiful, sunny morning in Chicago. We imagined looking at each other and recounting the most amazing day of our lives. And then we imagined our guests rolling out of bed — bellies full, slightly hungover, and feet sore from too much dancing.

Beth’s advice: “Take a longer honeymoon. And don’t give your boss your contact information.”

Credits: Photography: J Wiley Photography / Venue& Catering: Blackstone Hotel / Florist: Kehoe Designs / Band: Colby Beserra and the Party Faithful / Cake and Sweets: Take the Cake Bakery / Officiant: Isabel Daniels (friend of the couple) / Planning: Elizabeth Tulipana with Anticipation Events; Jaci Hollarbush (The Blackstone on-site coordinator) / Papercut ketubah: Wendy at UrbanCollective / Dress designer: Augusta Jones / Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo / Eric’s tux: Hugo Boss / Make-up artist: Marnee from Cynde Hoffman Cosmetics / Hair stylist: Ginger Damato / Invitations: Eric’s sister, Rachel Bukstein


  1. The ballroom is stunning, and I like the modern floral arrangements. My groom is from and went to school in Michigan, so he would have loved this for our wedding!

  2. love these two! thanks for posting this lovely wedding, it was so fun to work with them.

  3. The wedding hall is so so beautiful… Loved the bouquet, it looks so divine.. great photographs… What a fun looking wedding. Such a smiley bride…:)

  4. Brutus Brutus

    Beautiful wedding. Go Bucks!

  5. Varuna Jithesh Varuna Jithesh

    Good post..

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