Maura and Shane’s Radisson Blu Aqua Wedding

An opulent wedding at Chicago’s Radisson Blu Aqua Building.

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With the exception of a brief, but heavy rain shower, Maura and Shane were married on a beautiful Saturday in May at St. Alphonsus Church with a reception following shortly after at the Radisson Blu in downtown Chicago.

The type of people who know no strangers, the kind and fun loving couple were celebrated by over 400 people. Maura was gorgeous in a beaded Ersa Atelier wedding dress that featured a removable tulle skirt. Shane wore a traditional black tux for the ceremony, which he swapped out for a striking midnight blue jacket just before cocktail hour.

Can we talk about the reception details?

The reception room was breathtaking—centerpieces seemed to burst with white flowers and drip with crystals.  Flanking the entrance were two handcrafted trees arranged by Yanni Design Studio, a favorite florist of the family, each assembled with birch bark, hydrangeas, and orchids.

What a party, full of speeches that took you from tears to belly laughter, countless signature cocktails (a twist on the classic Manhattan), and so much dancing. The show-stopping moment came when Maura surprised everyone by borrowing a pair of drum sticks and laid down “Uptown Funk” without missing a beat. Needless to say, the crowd went wild, but none more so than Shane.

Curious about Shane and Maura’s wedding vendor? See the list below:

Ceremony Venue St. Alphonsus
Reception Venue – Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Planner: Hope Weis Consulting
Lettering & Paper Products – Double Trip Press
Decor & Flowers – Yanni Design Studio
Cake – Vanille Pâtisserie
Bridal Gown – Dimitra’s Bridal Chicago
Custom Suiting – Romualdo
Tuxedo Rentals – THE BLACK TUX
Transportation – Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.
Rolls Royce Rental – Classic Wedding Car
Mass Bagpipe Recessional – Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band
Mass Singer – William C. Dwyer – http://www.williamcdwyer.com
Reception Band – Cagen Music

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For more our wedding photography, check out the links below:

Kimmy + Braden’s Backyard Wedding in Barrington Hills

Ovation Chicago Photography – Caroline + Nic are Married!

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