This beautiful real wedding features lots of sweet, romantic moments and plenty of sophisticated style to inspire you! We love how this wedding shows off so many pretty Chicago backdrops, especially those in the riverfront wedding party portraits. For their reception, Melissa and Peter chose to follow a contemporary color palette with linear elements and carried it through everywhere from their bar signage to their tablescapes.

Both the bride and the groom wanted an event that drew inspiration from their energetic and fun-loving lifestyle, while also highlighting their appreciation for family and good friends. And we think you'll agree that they definitely succeeded.

Thank you to Melissa Mercado for sharing another lovely real wedding with us!

bride and groom walk through garden after wedding ceremony

Our Favorite Things:

  • The embroidered handkerchief that Melissa gave Peter on their wedding day (such a fantastic idea)
  • The modern black, white, and gold place settings
  • Melissa's stunning mermaid wedding dress with strapless lace bodice

sparkling wedding jewelry and halo setting engagement ring
wedding sash embellished with crystal and opal finish stones
bride getting hair ready before wedding
white and blush bouquets filled with peonies, roses, and lilies
sparkling and strappy silver shoes with gold heels
groom adjust bow tie in mirror
embroidered wedding handkerchief from bride to groom
bride in lace bodice wedding dress holds white and blush bouquet
groom in tuxedo and bride in hotel lobby for first look moment
riverfront and boats in Chicago
bride and groom kiss on Chicago bridge before wedding
bride in mermaid gown and groom in tuxedo walk on bridge in Chicago
wedding party in black suits and metallic dresses with view of Chicago skyline
modern black and white wedding program
tall ceremony flower arrangements with roses, tulips, and hydrangeas
violinist and guitarist playing at outdoor wedding ceremony
guests at wedding wait for outdoor garden ceremony to begin
bride and groom smile during outdoor wedding ceremony
Illinois garden wedding ceremony with tall flower arrangements
bride with wavy hair smiles up at groom during wedding vows
bride and groom smile over their shoulders while they walk in garden
tulips in tall gold vases on welcome table at reception
simple and modern escort cards on table with candles
elegant wedding reception with tall hydrangea, rose and tulip centerpieces
modern place setting with gold charger and black satin finish napkins
framed modern bar sign next to two signature cocktails

Photography: Melissa Mercado | Venue: Audubon Hall at Independence Grove | Florals: Avant Gardenia | Cake: Oak Mill Bakery | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Officiant : I Do Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Total Image | DJ: Style Matters | Videography: Wedding Masterpiece Films