Historic Saint James Chapel in Chicago? Check. The world-famous Drake Hotel overlooking Lake Michigan? Check. Throw in the December holidays and this is a wedding with ultimate elegance.
Courtney and Chris's winter wedding is destined to be a refined affair. Case in point - her Monique Lhuillier dress: glamour all the way. Since Chris already purchased his Paul Smith tuxedo (yay! great choice!), he just needs a few 'ornaments' to make the whole ensemble sparkle.
First off - black patent leather and suede dress loafers from Dolce & Gabbana. I'll be honest: I am not a fan of traditional tuxedo shoes (probably because the nicest pair is virtually indistinguishable from the rental version). But these are perfect. A vintage-looking James Bond-esque watch adds a dash of stylish masculinity, while Georgetown cufflinks are a nod to where the couple first met. I guess you could call me a non-traditionalist when it comes to men's clothing, because I am also proposing no cummerbund. Who needs it? A crisp white tuxedo shirt and rich black belt are just right. A black silk moire or black velvet (it's cold outside!) bow tie top it all off. For a boutonniere - the classic white dendrobium orchid. Simple luxury.
Courtney's dress is the kind you dream about when you are little. I picture her with something in her hair - an antique crystal comb or pin (to blend with the Drake Hotel location) or a beautiful flower from her bouquet. The perfect wedding party gift? Vintage jewelry that each girl can wear the day of.
And last but not least, my dream wedding gift for the couple - gorgeous luggage they can keep forever.
Happy Thursday! xoxo Abbey from Providence Classic
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