Photo: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Crista and Bill were introduced by a mutual friend in 2004, soon after the bride moved to Chicago. "My friend Rachel said she knew someone in the city I should meet—she thought we'd hit it off," says Crista. "She actually said, 'Wait, I think he might love you—seriously,' which was a little scary, but she was right. He did love me and it turned out I loved him, too."
Crista wore a Banana Republic necklace and a gown by J.Crew. "The dress had tiny embroidered disks that fell on the tulle overlay like confetti," she says. Her bridesmaids wore aqua dresses from J.Crew and carried violet bouquets of orchids, succulents, and berries. All flowers were by Kehoe Designs.
The ceremony and reception were held at the Museum of Contemporary Art. "Bill and I visited the museum many times while we were dating, so it was the perfect venue," Crista says. The modern structure is known for its winding leaf-shaped staircase.
Following the ceremony, the party moved to the upper terrace for cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and glasses of Ruby Cuvee, a sparkling wine from Southern California's South Coast Winery, which was where Crista and Bill got engaged.
The escort-card table featured an architectural arrangement of stacked square vessels, each containing a monochromatic bouquet. An exhibit by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson was on view at the time of the couple's nuptials. Eliasson's depiction of the color spectrum, titled Your Eye Activity Field, hung in the main hall, where the reception was held. "We were very inspired by the painting," says Crista. "And Bill had the idea to decorate the tables with flowers in the different colors shown in the painting."
In keeping with the "color spectrum" theme, Renee Price of Kehoe Designs created floral arrangements in purple, green, yellow, and red. The "purple" tables featured high and low arrangements of orchids, calla lilies, and violet-tinted succulents. The "green" tables were decorated with sculptural arrangements of grapewood branches, chrysanthemums, calla lilies, and orchids. During the reception, guests enjoyed a choice of roasted filet mignon, organic roasted chicken, or grilled artichoke tortellini. All catering was provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering.
Photos: Olivia Leigh Photographie
During dinner, friends and family members offered toasts and embraces. The couple's friend Rachel, who originally introduced Crista and Bill to each other, also offered heartfelt sentiments. Guests could also view the entire Eliasson exhibition during the reception. "It meant a lot to us that our guests were able to see some spectacular art at our wedding," says Crista. "The museum is such a meaningful place to us, and to be able to share with our guests a part of our life together was incredibly special."
Favor boxes were filled with curry- and wasabi-flavored truffles (the bride's favorites) from Vosges Haut-Chocolat. "Since most of our guests were from out of town, we wanted to offer some of our favorite locally made treats," says Crista.
Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew || Ceremony and Reception Site: Museum of Contemporary Art || Flowers: Kehoe Designs || Stationery: Starshaped Press || Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap || Music: Toast & Jam || Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering || Favors: Vosges Haut-Chocolat || Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie
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