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Arizona Destination Weddings ~ Sarah & Stephen ~ Galleria Marchetti Wedding ~ Chicago, Illinois

Throughout the past 19 years in the wedding industry, whenever my planning staff and I have left for a destination wedding taking place in a location other than in Arizona, we generally headed to a Pacific beach resort, but in this case, we left the sunny desert in the middle of winter and arrived in the heart of downtown Chicago to celebrate the wedding of my son Stephen and his lovely bride Sarah.  I was honored when they asked me to design their wedding in her hometown.  Sarah’s vintage color scheme, like her beautiful ivory gown, was accented with blush pinks, golds and champagnes. Her adorable bridesmaids fussed over their baby sister with love and emotion while Stephen’s brother Michael flew thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to serve as the best man.  The couple chose the exceptional St. James Chapel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile for their ceremony and the downtown Galleria Marchetti venue for their celebration.  Wanting to include everyone in the celebration, their little puppy Maggie also made an appearance on top of the cake.  Adding a little of the Wild West to the party were favor bags filled with goodies from the groom’s home state of Arizona, especially his favorite Cactus Candy lollipops. Our wedding designs were accented with paper products from Arizona based Celebrations in Paper and Chicago based Life in Bloom. Here’s to Sarah & Stephen, may you live a long and happy life together!  Photos by our family friend, Chicago girl, and now Arizona based photographer Ruby Rideout Koprivica.  See Video by Melissa Argenzio


Author: Suzanne Taussig

Scottsdale, Arizona based destination wedding planner and designer