Winter Wonderland {Nicole + Valentin}

When we laid our eyes on Nicole and Valentin’s wedding pictures, we felt like we’d died and gone to winter wonderland heaven.

Nicole and Valentin were wed in Chicago at St. Hyacinth Basilica Church followed by a reception at Venuti’s Banquets. They chose a winter wonderland wedding theme with vintage touches. There to capture the details was Miller + Miller.

Miller + Miller explained, “Nicole executed her and Valentin’s winter wonderland theme wedding fabulously. [They] decided on wintery yet monotone white and metallic elements of snowflakes, icicles, white puffy snowballs, ice cubes, fur, feathers, crystals and metallic embellishments [that were included] in the reception, bridal party jewelry and ceremony’s decorations. The reception was luxurious, dreamy and nostalgic with draped metallic white fabrics and a punch color with dark and light blue lighting.”

We’re seriously fond of the couple’s first glance in Union Station, the luxurious reception details, the fur wraps worn by the bridesmaids and flower girl, the breathtaking church, the blue reception lighting, and the first dance that was complete with real falling snowflakes.

The bride shared a few details, which you’ll find after the jump.

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From the bride:

“I am a very detail oriented and sentimental person. So that being said, almost everything in the wedding was custom designed. The fur wraps on the bridesmaids and flower girl were sewn for them from etsy, with their names inside. The bridesmaid necklaces were designed by me. Each girl had a unique vintage snowflake pin embedded and I used quartz in the necklace. My shoes were purchased online, but the beading was taken out and replaced with fox fur trim. I also used vintage snowflake clip earrings as shoe clips.

I had always envisioned a Winter wedding since I was a little girl…something about the winter is just so romantic to me. That being said, my absolute dream was to have it snow during our first dance. Val and I worked with Jay (our dj & event/lighting) to make my dream a reality.

I absolutely wanted to put together a wedding that I’d never seen and so I went to pull in my inspirations. I got to thinking and imagined what about winter I love and I wanted the atmosphere to have a ‘cool’ affect with blue lighting but everything else white. My overall inspiration for the day was a combination of vintage (feathers/crystals) and modern  lighting/design).”

Congratulations Nicole and Valentin and thank you for sharing your glamorous wedding pictures.

Nicole and Valentin’s Style Guide

Photographer: Miller + Miller

Ceremony: St. Hyacinth Basilica Chicago church

Winter Reception: Venuti’s

Wedding Dress: Demitrios

Shoes: Purchased online but designed by Nicole

Hair by: Rockstar Salon

Makeup by: Cynthia Sally

Vintage Birdcage Veil: Edward Berger Veil

Bridesmaids Dress: Mackenzie Michaels

Tuxedos: GQ Formalwear Tux

Limo Bus: Limo Envy

Cake and Sweets Table: Oak Mill Bakery

Flowers: Palomino Floral Designs

DJ and Lighting: Something 2 Dance 2

  1. Nicole Petkova says:

    Thank you so much for the feature! It feels good to know all our hard work was captured in these photos!

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  3. Corlis Gray says:

    Beautiful wedding! I love the colors and the group photos!

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”