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Rookery Building Civil Union by Kevin Weinstein

March 19th, 2013
Rookery Building Wedding by Kevin Weinstein

Our work at the Rookery Building was recently part of a civil union that was historic in a small way – it was the first such union performed at the 130+ year-old Chicago landmark. Kevin & Patrick were such a sweet couple – the way they showed affection during the ceremony touched everyone in the audience.

The two had a Scottish -inspired Jewish ceremony complete with a chuppah that brought both their cultures in a unique way. For their event we draped both the lower and upper levels with our standard ivory linen fabric, along with a dramatic entryway display of light and fabric – scroll down for the images.

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Visit Kevin Weinstein‘s website to view his portfolio. Toast and Jam kept the party moving all night – visit their website. Catering by George Jewell. Chuppah & florals by Anthony Gowder.

Kevin Weinstein

Posted in: Civil Union, Rookery Wedding, Venue Partners

A Sophisticated Rookery Building Wedding with DIY Touches, as Featured on Style Me Pretty

January 22nd, 2013

This Rookery Building wedding is the epitome of the class, elegance and sophistication inherent in the building. We’ve talked at length about the history and charm of the venue and when a wedding like this comes along, it all comes together in a brilliant way that is just gorgeous.

Of course, the editors at Style me Pretty took note and promptly featured it on their website. Scroll through for the stunning photos and be inspired by the setting, the clean lines, DIY touches and the gorgeous, beaming couple.

Style Me Pretty Featured Wedding

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We love this clean and minimal display created by Juliet, from Cattleya Bridal. Using a collection of pillar votives in varying sizes created this stunning place-setting look. We could see so many brides using this idea – even a DIY bride could easily recreate this look, it’s so versatile! You will see, the couple opted to wrap both levels of the interior in fabric, creating a seamless, complete look that added to the feeling of elegance throughout the evening. Wrapping the second level is, of course, optional, but more and more Rookery couples opt for that look on their big day.Rookery building wedding  Rookery building wedding Rookery building weddingRookery building wedding

You can see the rest of the feature and the stunning details here. Florals by Cattleya Bridal. Wedding planning by Soiree Weddings & Events.  Photos by George Street Photo & Video.

George Street Photo & Video

Posted in: All in the Details, Event Fabric, Rookery Wedding, Venue Partners, Venue Spotlight

Real Wedding: Rookery Building Wedding

December 22nd, 2012

Here’s another beautiful Rookery Building wedding. A real Chicago wedding from earlier this year, this wedding ceremony was a simple and minimal affair where the decor played off against the ornate and beautiful detailing of this historic venue.

A traditional Jewish ceremony, this lovely couple opted for a clean and minimal chuppah structure that allowed a good number of people to stand underneath and allow all the guests to see into the ceremony space. The bride was led to the chuppah by her parents and our fabric upgrade at the top of the stairs was a great and economic choice to enhance the look of the pictures, without requiring the couple to drape off the entire second floor.

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Posted in: Real AOI Weddings, Rookery Wedding

Venue Spotlight: The Rookery Building

October 19th, 2012

Rookery Building Feature
The Rookery Building, is located in downtown Chicago, right in the heart of the Old Financial District and is one of the most unique venues in the entire city. Now 124 years old and boasting architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, the venue is one of the hardest to book for brides – events are typically scheduled far more than the usual year in advance!

Art of Imagination has been exclusive at this elegant wedding venue since 1996 – we are lucky to work with every bride that comes into the space. Thanks to a unique hanging fabric design we developed exclusively for the building, we are able to mask the store fronts that face into the space, without detracting from the amazing architectural details.

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Press Mention: Art of Imagination in People Magazine

October 8th, 2012

We have been the exclusive light & decor vendor at the amazing Rookery building since 1996 and although for us, every wedding we create and design is very special, it’s not every day that the bride and groom also happen to be “Amazing Race” winners! And since we’re so used to working at the Rookery, we sometimes don’t meet the brides until the day of their event – and so, we almost missed this tidbit!

 It’s a good thing they clued us in, as People Magazine featured the stunning, romantic, ceremony both in print and online. Cindy Chiang was walked in by her father from the front hallways -for the ceremony, the couple opted for the basic ivory linen draping all along the perimeter, along with an upgraded panel at the top of the stairs – perfect for taking formal portraits with the bridal party & family. After the ceremony, the party moved just a few blocks away to the amazing & historic Chicago Cultural Center.
We are glad to have been a part of Cindy and Ernie’s Special Day – and are excited to celebrate many more such moments with our 2012 and 2013 Rookery brides!
Posted in: Press Mention, Rookery Wedding