Where, oh where, do I begin with this magnificent downtown Chicago wedding? I think I will start with the style – because it’s eclectic in an artful-meets-Great Gatsby-meets-global style so perfectly in tune with this cosmopolitan couple that it permeates everything they touch. The bride, bold enough to rock a serial updo in the style of a certain British songstress, in contrast with a demure Ines Di Santo gown–and he in a classic Brioni tux and bowtie–well let’s just say this wedding will forever be a fashion favorite.
I can honestly say I’ve never met a couple quite like Tracey and Ron. Against the classic backdrops of the Waldorf Astoria, the Chicago Cultural Center, and a serene Michigan Avenue garden, their vivacious personalities shine so, so bright. They are full of vim and aplomb. Emotional and true romantics, in the very best sense.
And that’s just the tip of all the fabulousness that happened at Tracey and Ron’s soiree at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute.
There might have been live butterflies. Display peacocks that looked frighteningly real. A mariachi band. Oh, and celebrity chef Tony Mantuano, on hand to carve up a whole leg of jamon Serrano and to sign cookbooks. Yes, that happened.
The internationally jetset couple met overseas while both on business. They had their first date in Spain. Tracey and Ron reside in New York but had to tie the knot at the Modern Wing in Chicago. Why? Because the artist Chagall gifted the America Windows to the Art Institute, and Tracey has admired this artist since Ron proposed to her in the Paris Opera House–under a Chagall ceiling.
Some of my all-time favorites are wrapped up in this wedding reception that was held at Terzo Piano in the Art Institute. That includes Kehoe Designs and their signature way of crafting the most unique and interactive wedding experiences – sleek lounge style areas bedecked in jewel-toned accents, mixed in with a progressive open dinner seating concept that encourages mingling among guests.
There was no shortage of artful details at this wedding. And did you see this lavish cake?? (Designed by Tracey, obviously.)
Tracey and Ron, you are both so full of heart and soul. May the future ahead be as bright and burgeoning as those magical fireworks by the bridge!
Tracey and Ron’s Wedding Guide ::
Venue, Modern Wing of the Art Institute Chicago (ceremony), Terzo Piano (reception) // Bride’s Attire, Ines Di Santo gown, Stuart Weitzman shoes // Bride’s Hair, Jefferson Wilson // Groom’s Attire, Brioni // Flowers, Kehoe Designs // Event Designer, Kehoe Designs // Wedding Consultant, Lauren Knuepfer // Food, Bon Appetit Management Company // Cake, Cake Chicago // Music, Symphony Sounds and “Weaponry” Style Matters