Hotel Arista was recently featured in the September / October 2013 Edition of "Chicago Style Weddings" Magazine. Check out the entire feature on pages 268 & 269. Katie and Jimmy were such a pleasure to work with on planning their dream wedding! A beautiful palette of Platinum, Fuchsia and White set the tone for a wedding that no guest could ever forget! The ballroom was draped with sheer white draping and the dance floor was covered in white vinyl with the couple's signature logo and lounge furniture. Elizabeth Wray designs helped to create a room that was not only breathtaking but magical. The cocktail hour began with guests being greeted with butler passed hors d' oeuvres and champagne cocktails with a purple orchid as the garnish. Dinner began with a First Course of Wild Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil & Parmesan Crouton and Second Course of Classic Caesar Salad. A decadent entree of Pekin Duck Breast and Filet Mignon was served. After dinner, guests danced the night away to beats provided by Back Third Entertainment and enjoyed late night snacks. The highlight of the evening was a special surprise mini-wedding cake presented to Katie's Parents for their 30th Wedding Anniversary. Best wishes to Katie and Jimmy!
Davina Arceneaux Director of Catering, Wedding Specialist
The modern and elegant wedding of Danielle and Scott was a fete that will be remembered by guests for years to come. We started planning this beautiful wedding a year in advance. Upon meeting Danielle, I remember her excitement about her upcoming wedding and her bright smile and big personality. The fun never stopped as we embarked on a unique and inspirational journey towards planning the wedding of Danielle's Dreams!
There was not a dry eye in the house as the two exchanged vows in the Hotel Arista Ballroom. A harpist played as guests arrived and the room was finished with soft lighting and beautiful floral.
Guests dined on hors d' oeuvres during cocktail hour including Rustic Bread with Goat Cheese Mousse & Crispy Basil, Chilled Shrimp Cocktail Shooters and Tortilla Chips with Grilled Skirt Steak and Jalapeño Guacamole. As the doors to the ballroom opened, jaws dropped at the romantic soft colors and breathtaking floral designs.
The entire ballroom was uplit in white up lighting with a custom gobo light. Tables adorned with Silver Beaded Charger Plates and Ivory Linens provided intimate tables for guests. The bride added special touches by alternating custom vases with pearls and floating candles along with floral pieces provided by her florist.
Dinner Service included a Bibb Lettuce Salad with Hearts of Palm, Blueberries, Candied Pecans and Blueberry Vinaigrette and their choice of Herb Crusted Salmon with Smoked Bacon Corn Sauce or New York Strip with Red Wine Sauce served with Jumbo Grilled Asparagus and Creamy Orzo Pasta with Chives and Marscapone followed by a Custom Wedding Cake.
The night was truly magical. The evening ended with dancing to an amazing DJ. The room was filled with fun, laughter and love.
I would like to wish Danielle and Scott the best as they start their new lives together. Thank you for allowing myself and Hotel Arista to share in your day.
Kathryn and Kurtis really wanted to make it their day and together planned a wedding that would touch on who they are and the things most important to them as a couple.
Kathryn tells the story of her wedding …
The ceremony site was an easy decision… it was outside in the Hedge Garden at the Morton Arboretum, which is where we had our first date, and where Kurtis proposed. The Reception was at Hotel Arista, which initially caught our interest with its clean and natural, yet modern, style (similar to ours). We were more than sold once we tried their food, and when they were named the only LEED certified Hotel in Illinois, it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit.
Being the detail oriented people that we are, almost every aspect of the day was personal in some way, and being the outdoorsy people that we are, the garden feel that started at the Arboretum naturally spread into the entire day.
My favorite color is yellow and Kurtis’ is orange, so we wanted to stay in that range. Once we found the perfect color in the bridesmaid dresses, everything grew from there. I call it marigold. We like to match, so we really didn’t stray from that color… from the bow ties down to the soup.
The monogram took on a life of it’s own. We both love symmetry, so the reversing the second “K” for symmetry was an idea I had had for months, the bracket effect with our final design simply won out over the hundreds of options we designed. The save-the-dates and invitations stemmed from the monogram, and I designed the cake to match the invitations.
We made the cork boards (to display the place cards) ourselves, mostly from corks we had saved for years, to show our love for wine and it tied into our “green” efforts. The table numbers were painted on rocks, our signature drink was made from organic vodka, and in lieu of favors, we made a donation to our local forest preserve district.
We opted for a sand ceremony which was only appropriate for two beach lovers in the Midwest, and it allowed our family and friends to have a role in the day, representing they roles they have in our lives.My dress was the second one I tried on, and the only one that made my mother, Aunt, and MOH cry. Our flowers were calla lilies – white and “marigold” only. I wore my grandmother’s bracelet that was a gift from my grandfather and the necklace my mother wore the day she married my father was wrapped in my bouquet. My favorite photo of the day was taken right at the spot Kurtis proposed in the Spruce plot at the Arboretum. We didn’t plan our wedding with a theme, but I think our earthy, yet classic style showed through in the end.
Ceremony: Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL / Reception: Hotel Arista, Lisle, IL / Photographer: Artisan Events, Inc. / Videography: Artisan Events, Inc. / Cake: Cocoa Bean / Florals: Expressions / Band: Al Sofia / Bride’s Attire: Rivini / Groom’s Attire: Perry Ellis / Invitations: Thia & Company