Chancellor Ballroom Wedding

Liuqing and Yansong were a pleasure to work together with to create their vision for their Chancellor Ballroom wedding day.  They are both students at the University of Illinois and were so in love they didn’t want to wait to get married until they returned home to China. 

They planned to be married in the Japanese Garden at the U of I Arboretum and the flowers were to be a big focal point of the decor.  Her vision for the ceremony was flower bunches attached to the chairs with rose petals lining the aisle leading to a grand floral-covered arch.  We were able to use beautiful local dahlias, an abundance of sweet-smelling garden roses, and other fragrant blooms to create a magical setting for their wedding.

They hired us to move this floral arch to the I Hotel where their reception was held to be used as a backdrop for their sweetheart table.  The guest tables were decorated with coordinating floral arrangements on tall gold stands with candles, greens & blooms surrounding the stands on the tables.

Of special interest were the 4 beautiful gowns the bride wore throughout the day as per Chinese culture.   These beautiful gowns were made by a neighbor of the bride’s family who lives in China.  The couple’s parents brought the gowns with them from China. The bride and groom also performed a beautiful, graceful, and moving first dance together that would rival any professional dancers!

Their parents traveled from China for the ceremony of this special couple whose love and devotion to each other were evident in every way throughout their special day.

From the bride: The color palette was white, blush, red, and burgundy. As red color is believed to bring good fortune for weddings in Chinese tradition, so I want to have some red color in the theme.

The most anticipated moment of my wedding is definitely the processional. That’s always a dream scene for girls.

My favorite part of my wedding was the emotions in the eyes of our family and friends.

Wedding advice: Firstly, hiring a wedding planner and day of wedding coordinator can ease a lot of stress. Even though there might be event coordinators at the ceremony and reception venues, they will not know your wedding as much as your wedding planner does. An experienced day-of-wedding coordinator can make the best decision for you when any incident happens.

Secondly, it’s important to meet and talk to the vendors in person, and search for their previous works to see whether you like their style or not.

Thirdly, you need to have a rough idea of the theme and style you want for your wedding.  It makes the communication with vendors more efficient by bringing some inspirational photos to the meetings with your vendors.

Associated Vendors

Event Planner: Inspire Your
Ceremony Location: U of I Arboretum – Japanese Garden
Favors and Gifts: Sugarfina
Restaurant: Hopscotch: Cakes & Confections
Reception Venue: Chancellor Ballroom at I Hotel
DJ: Elite Entertainment
Calligrapher: Apricity Ink
Floral Designer: Fancy Florals By Nancy
Photographer: Rebekah Albaugh Photography