An Elegant, Poppy-Hued Chicago Wedding at The Ivy Room

Real Weddings

After both moving to a small town in Missouri, Lacy and Pat had turned to the internet to help them meet someone who lived nearby. Fate (and odd work schedules) brought the two together for their first date on Valentine's Day, when a successful dinner date led to a competitive night of bowling, and they've been inseparable ever since.

In April of 2012, Pat and Lacy took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming with her parents and sister. Their shared love of skiing brought them to the top of a more difficult slope, while her family took an easier route to the bottom. Pat asked Lacy to help him with his ski boot and, after checking to make sure his buckles were fine, Lacy stood up to find Pat with a ring in his hand. On May 4th, 2013, Pat and Lacy invited 170 guests to an elegant, colorful celebration in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Lacy fell "madly in love" with J.Crew's Poppy King lipstick and included the orangey-red hue throughout the wedding. Gold touches and ivy details—a nod to the ivy-covered façade of their venue—completed the invitation suite.

For her "something blue", Lacy wore a sapphire ring that she borrowed from her good friend's mom. The antique design contrasted beautifully with her ornate, modern gown.

Lacy's Stephen Yearick gown was a real show-stopper. The bling, beading and intricate leaf pattern immediately caught her eye. Says Lacy, "I love to stand out and I love bling, but I also like to be classy and elegant. This dress had it all." She paired her wedding dress with a rock star updo, giving the gown some extra edge.

Lacy accessorized her embellished gown with even more bling, wearing vintage earrings and bracelets as well as an antique brooch in her hair. "I had a veil made, but I didn't wear it," says the bride. "It did not work with my hair style and the overall look. I bailed on it on my wedding day - my mom was a little sad."

Springtime in Chicago can be wet and cold, but Pat and Lacy got lucky with the weather. Pat's cousin drove the pair around the city in a beautiful Mercedes so that they could take pictures in some of Chicago's iconic settings.

Lacy's love of J.Crew's poppy hue hit a high point when the brand designed bridesmaids' dresses in the same vibrant color. She let her bridesmaids pick their dress style and asked them to wear funky, bright or patterned shoes. She gifted them with jewelry to make their looks unique.

The bride's bouquet was all about bright, fun colors. The loose, romantic shape got a modern twist from the combination of coral, ivory, poppy, fuchsia and green. Peonies, ranunculus, parrot tulips, sweet peas, garden roses and hypericum berries were wrapped in Lacy's grandmother's handkerchief.

The five bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets using similar elements to Lacy's. Peonies, roses, tulips and hypericum berries were the perfect match for the bridesmaids' colorful dresses.

The ceremony took place at The Ivy Room. Lacy "loved the French doors that opened into the courtyard to help bring the outside in."

Tall vases, rimmed with lace, featured floating candles. The candles were accented by petite arrangements of peonies and roses in vibrant pinks. Lace ribbon was draped along the edges of the aisle.

Lacy's father escorted her down the aisle. She and Pat were wed by her father's best friend, who is like a second father to the bride. The ceremony featured a Unity Tree ceremony, during which a young tree was planted in dirt from the couple's childhood homes. The couple is preparing to plant the tree outside of their home in Missouri.

Pat and Lacy worked with Hello Darling to carry the touches of poppy and gold through to the reception, using bright linens and gilded candles to decorate the entryway.

Escort cards, in shades of pale peach and taupe, featured a lace pattern.

The reception was designed to be relaxing, pretty, and timelessly elegant. Stone-colored linens were topped with peach napkins. Centerpieces featured peonies, lisianthus, ranunculus, garden roses and spray roses in coral, poppy, fuchsia, and ivory hues. Gold mercury votive holders completed the tablescapes.

Other tables featured tall vases wrapped in lace and filled with floating candles. Small arrangements of coral an fuchsia peonies added a pop of color.

Instead of a wedding cake, Pat and Lacy treated their guests to an assortment of their favorite sweets, from chocolate chip cookies to salted caramels to chocolate-covered pretzels.

The dessert table also featured a tower of miniature cupcakes and dessert bites in the couple's favorite flavors, from salted caramel and red velvet to strawberry cheesecake.

Lacy and Pat's first dance was to Etta James's At Last. They hired a fantastic band to keep their guests on the dance floor all night. In fact, the band's availability was what led the couple to choose their wedding date!

After the wedding, Lacy and Pat jetted off to Turks and Caicos for some much-needed relaxation. Says Lacy, "We are so thrilled to not have to do any more wedding planning!" Her advice for brides is that it's worth it to spend a little extra money in order to have really fantastic vendors. "We had no stress on the wedding day, and everything was perfect," she says.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Ivy Room || Coordinator: Kelly of Sip Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick || Hair: Jaclyn Thompson || Makeup: Jen Kozlarek || Shoes: Nine West || Wedding Bands: Ahee Jeweler || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Groom's Suit: Halberstadt's || Invitations: Lindsay Arneson Creative || Paper Products: Courtney Callahan || Floral & Event Styling: Natalie Walsh of Hello Darling || Catering: Limelight Catering || Music: Larry King Orchestra || Photographer: Katie Lewis Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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