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Caroline Boneham & Brian Roche

November 1, 2014 | Fourth Presbyterian Church The Langham Chicago

All eyes were on the bride’s custom Carolina Herrera lace gown.

Caroline and her bridesmaids cozy up in ivory and garnet shawls for a photo op.

The tables were adorned with soft autumnal arrangements of dahlias and garden roses.

The sweeping views from The Langham Chicago provided the perfect urbane backdrop to the modern yet classic affair.

A vintage 1940s Packard limousine, a surprise from Caroline’s father, was waiting outside the church to transport the couple to the reception.

THE COUPLE
A classic blind-date setup arranged by a mutual friend launched their relationship, so it’s no surprise that Caroline and Brian’s engagement was equally iconic. After dinner at the sophisticated yet old-school RL, Brian took Caroline over to The Langham, Chicago known for its timeless British style, where he proposed in a flower-filled suite holding a white gold art deco engagement ring from H. Horwitz Co., Caroline’s family jeweler. The next day—St. Patrick’s Day—both families arrived for a celebratory brunch overlooking the bright-green Chicago River.

THE DETAILS
With the moon rising and the sun setting, the bridesmaids, dressed in plum, walked down the candlelit altar of the Fourth Presbyterian Church to the strains of “Clair de Lune.” An eight- person choir sang while a flock of birds glided past the window, and Brian and Caroline (wearing a custom Carolina Herrera gown) were married.

THE PARTY
With a vision of a modern yet classic soiree, the modernist Mies van der Rohe-designed Langham proved to be the perfect backdrop. The evening began with a full menu of classic cocktails and live jazz to set the mood. Guests dined on filet mignon and halibut, and pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and a big band orchestra provided the perfect finish to the elegant evening. 

WHAT WE LEARNED
“We were so glad we did a cellphone-free ceremony! When we came down the aisle, we saw everyone’s faces instead of seeing their phones as they tried to photograph us,” says Caroline.

WEDDING RESOURCES
Day-Of Coordinator LK Events 
Photographer Clary Pfeiffer
Bride’s Gown Carolina Herrera, custom, at Ultimate Bride 
Groom’s Tuxedo Oliver & Rowan Bespoke 
Bridesmaid’s Gowns Joanna August and Amsale, at Bella Bridesmaids
Rings H Horwitz Co. 
Invitations Allie Hasson 
Cake Elysia Root Cakes
Music Stu Hirsh Orchestra
Vintage Car Classic Wedding Car