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Jennifer + Richard at The Blackstone

Downtown/East Side Venues, Weddings

A Magical Winter Celebration at the Historic Blackstone Hotel

Jennifer and Richard got married on a cozy December evening at a ceremony at St. Vincent DePaul Parish, followed by a stunning reception at the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago. They danced the night away to music expertly curated by Cage + Aquarium surrounded by their families, wedding party and friends, plus a special appearance by their dog Luigi! With Flowers For Dreams incorporating rich tones of deep navy, green and white in all of their designs, the historic Crystal Ballroom was the epitome of a romantic winter city wedding. Angela Renee Photography was there to capture the beauty and emotion of the day, and we’ve chosen some of our favorite shots below. Check them out! 

A Joy to Plan for a Longtime Friend

From AFE owner and lead planner Jen: “I met Jen K. (the bride) way back in 2002 when we were both just little babies working at Abercrombie and Fitch — oh yeah, we were cool. Jen K. was my boss! We quickly became friends after I showed off my amazing jean wall folding skills AND learned to butter her up with taco salads on lunch breaks. We remained friends for years and when Jen K. got engaged to Rich, I had the absolute pleasure of being the planner that helped my longtime friend through the process.”

Three Reasons We Loved This Wedding

  • Planner Jen is best friends with the Bride Jen and Groom Rich’s puppy, Luigi. They have mastered the art of the selfie together. 
  • Jen & Rich’s wedding party didn’t divide along gender lines — we love when couples choose to celebrate their best friends however best suits them! 
  • Bride Jen graduated from DePaul University with two graduate degrees and worked at the school for a very long time, so it was incredibly special for the couple to be able to get married there. 

It was such a joy to plan a wedding for a couple we already knew so well, and wish Jen and Richard many happy years together! 

Vendor Team

Ceremony: St. Vincent DePaul Parish // Reception Venue: The Blackstone Hotel // Photographer: Angela Renee Photography // Music: Cage + Aquarium // Floral + Decor: Flowers For Dreams // Hair + Makeup: Genacelli Salon // Transportation: M&M Limousine

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