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chicago wedding photographer | kirstin + michael | cd&me

For over a year Kirstin and Michael spoke of their madhatter tea party wedding and their descriptions, although vivid, could never have prepared me for what I was about to see.  When I arrived at CD&ME on the morning of their wedding I felt myself transitioning into the Madhatter’s world and for this reason alone I wanted to share this beautiful wedding with you.

The personal touches and Alice in Wonderland references were endless.  The table tops included tea pot centerpieces with bold violet hued flowers spilling out of them, vintage door knobs and bottles that read “drink me”, vintage decoupaged books, skeleton keys from Kirstin’s grand daddy’s farm, playing card table names, parting gifts that read “take me” and mixed matched china and tea cups at every setting.  The sweet heart table had a graphic Alice shoji screen backdrop and an Alice in Wonderland plate layered in yummy cookies for the bride and groom.  The foyer held the skeleton key escort cards and a life sized mirrored door with the talking door knob.  Outside on patio was a croquet set with flamingo mallets, playing card wickets, and plush hedge hog “balls”.  Directional signage lead guests to and fro and over and around to a custom hand painted bags set and around the bend to a large scale chess set.  At the end of the ceremony guests blew bubbles from bottles that read…ummm, “blow me”.

The personal touches included a brooch bouquet custom made by the bride’s sister that featured brooches from ancestors generations apart.  Kirstin and Michael’s favorite color, deep purple accented the entire space including his attire and her gorgeous shoes and petticoat, and the pocket squares and ties tied together with the whimsy of the decor.  This was a very special wedding that truly represented the bride and groom.

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