A Night at the Aquarium

Megan and David’s Labor Day weekend wedding in Chicago was a fantastic day.  The venues of Second Unitarian Church and the Shedd Aquarium were perfect locations for this modern couple with a natural style.

Eco-friendly wedding stationery was important to Megan.  Woman Craft  created beautiful, herb scented, invitations, programs, table numbers and placecards. All handmade items that were made from recyclable papers reducing the carbon footprint of this wedding.

Programs from Woman Craft

 After a very personal ceremony at 2nd Unitarian church in Lincoln Park


185 guests were shuttled to the Shedd Aquarium in the heart of the Chicago Museum Campus.  Using shuttle buses for the guests was not only a convenience but also prevented 70+ extra cars from being on the road during a busy holiday weekend another eco-friendly touch by the bride and groom.

Wedding guests were wowed by the whales, dolphins and sea lions in the Ocenarium during cocktail hour.

At 8 pm everyone was led into the Caribbean Reef room for dinner where guests dined along side inhabitants of the reef including a green turtle, stingrays and parrot fish.   


Each table was elegantly pinspotted by Frost Lighting to show off the gorgeous Ivory Contour tablecloths and Federal Blue Shantung runners and napkins from BBJ Linen and the hydrangea centerpiece designed by Anthony Gowder Designs.  Tucked inside the gracefully folded napkin was the menu for the evening and a charity favor card. 


The Main Foyer hosted dancing and a delicious cupcake display by Bleeding Heart Bakery.  Guests could choose to eat their chococlate peanut butter, sangria, pink lemonade or corn dog cupcakes or take home their dessert delights in specially designed boxes.


The night took an unexpected turn when following the traditional dances the bride changed from her long, elegant wedding gown into a dress that has to be described as whimsical, beautiful and made for dancing.  The couple then treated their guests to a specially choreographed cha-cha followed by an invitation for everyone to make their way to the aquarium’s terrace to watch the final fireworks for the year from Navy Pier. The celebration continued throughout the night with the wonderful sounds from the Chicago Groove Collective

A special thank you to Glen Abog for sharing all of these gorgeous pictures.

Thank you to Megan and David for allowing Red Letter Event Planning to be part of your day. May you have a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness.

Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day

Sweet Treats

In the next few weeks we will be featuring some of the fantastic vendors we have lined up for the Engaging High Tea Bridal Fair on November 14 at the Kenilworth Club.

Cacao (cocoa) Sweet and Treats bakery was started about a year ago after the owner; Candice was laid off from her job.  The downturn in the economy was her impetus to start her custom baking enterprise.  The results are delicious cupcakes, whoopee pies and the absolutely decadent cake truffles. Yes, I said “cake” truffles. 

Picture bite sized desserts with all the richness of your favorite truffle with the surprise of a moist cake inside. Candice’s creative offerings range from seasonal flavors such as pumpkin pie to more traditional ones like triple chocolate and red velvet.

Candice told us she didn’t so much learn to bake but instead as she worked in her grandmother’s and mother’s kitchen she just had an innate ability of mixing flour, sugar and of course chocolate into delicious sweets.

Cacao makes fantastic favors, they will search out the best packaging for your event, while matching your colors and theme perfectly.  The most popular favor which are 2 cake truffles costs $3 and comes fully assembled ready to go for your guests.  You can order Cacao items at their Etsy store.

At the bridal fair Cacao will have samples of all their delicious desserts beautifully displayed, like the pictures below.

A Cacao Sweets and Treats Display

Cake Truffle Pops

Plan to  join Cacao Sweets and Treats and all the other engaging vendors on November 14 at the Kenilworth Club Bridal Fair.  Registration is now open.

Tweet your name and email to @redletterevent  before November 5 to be entered into our drawing for 2 free tickets to the Bridal Fair.

Till next time I hope your next special event is a Red Letter Day