Kara and Joel in Clarendon Hills, IL

A seasoned wedding pro and her longtime love host a chic fête that mixes bold colors with preppy-yet-refined details.

For Kara and Joel, choosing a wedding venue was a bit of a conundrum because the bride, a Chicago-based wedding planner and floral designer, had worked at most of the venues in town. "I was worried I'd feel like I was working on my own wedding day," says Kara. However, the country club in Clarendon Hills, which she visited with her family while growing up, felt just right.

The custom-designed bridal gown by Alice Padrul featured tiny chiffon blossoms—perfect for the flower-loving girl I am," says Kara, who carried a lily of the valley bouquet.

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