Intimate Hotel Reception Inspired Styled Shoot

High up in a lavish Chicago hotel, this styled shoot puts a twist on reception inspiration with an intimate mock session between the bride to be and groom to be. What better way to prepare for a reception on a smaller scale than to have a private one with your other half? From trying on the reception dress, to tasting the sweet treats that will be available to your guests, this is a different and exciting way to count down to the actual event.

In this styled shoot, the groom to be has surprised his beautiful bride to be with a surprise mock wedding reception in their hotel room. An intimate, quiet, and fun way to prepare for the actual big day to come. 

For a more non-traditional look, blue is a beautiful color for your wedding dress or reception dress, an option one might not think of right away given how popular blush is. But if you're going off-book, best to try all of the possibilities. And be sure to mix it up in your bouquet as well, mixing roses and tulips or whatever your flowers of choice.

Whether you're sending our save the dates, invitations, or both, stationery sets the tone for what your loved ones can expect to see on the big day. But don't be afraid of contrast. The stationery above is a darker blue than what we see during the reception but it works. Be consistent in your tone but don't be afraid to play around with your colors.

There's nothing more welcoming than beautifully designed table settings. When choosing a flower arrangement, be sure to go low enough so that guests can see each other while conversing across the table throughout the night or high enough that it's not an issue. Candles always set a romantic mood and may very well be prerequisites for your reception. There are so many other details involved in creating an inviting table and this styled shoot provides such a warm tone, perfect for a morning or daytime wedding.

The reception is not complete without the most delicious of treats. From the highly anticipated cake to the treats surrounding it, including but not limited to macaroons, cupcakes, and cookies. What will really impress guests and yourself when you look back on the photos...color coordination among the sweets. It's the little things.


Photographer: SyPhotography
Floral + Styling: Cheri Denise Events 
Wedding Cake: Delish Cakes
Hair + Makeup: Elana Darrus 
Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher
Models: Model Logic Midwest
Stationery: Paper Envy

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