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Natalie Horween & Jeffrey Pauska

 July 23, 2016 | Thompson Hotel Chicago

Natalie and Jeffrey threw a sophisticated black-tie affair at Thompson Hotel Chicago.

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The bride’s organic-inspired bouquet featured white florals and berries with pale blue accents.

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Guests retrieved their escort cards from a fluffy layer of baby’s breath.

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Artful gold chargers set the stage for an incredible meal by the Thompson’s catering team.

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Debi Lilly translated the couple’s vision of elegant and romantic with neutral florals and gold accents.

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THE COUPLE
An annual trip to the Michigan cottage Natalie Horween spent sun-soaked summers at as a child provided the perfect nostalgic occasion for Jeffrey Pauska to pop the question. The college sweethearts ventured across the bay to a group of islands to have lunch, and when Natalie decided to go for a dip, Jeffrey shocked her when he got down on one knee in the waist-deep water with a classic platinum Cartier sparkler.

THE DETAILS
The couple decided on a traditional Jewish ceremony, but special touches made it almost as personal as the proposal. Natalie and Jeffrey’s close friend, whom they met while on a birthright trip to Israel, officiated the ceremony, and the couple spent the full 24 hours before the ceremony apart (which, according to Natalie, proved almost impossible).

THE PARTY
Guests headed to the Thompson’s upper level for the gold- and white-themed reception, snacking on hazelnut honey-glazed ricotta crostini and bacon-wrapped dates while snapping pictures on Polaroid cameras scattered on the tables. After dancing the night away, the couple jetted to Italy and Greece, where they sailed along the Amalfi Coast and toured Santorini’s ancient architecture—the perfect first chapter to a new life together.

WEDDING RESOURCES 
Venue
Thompson Hotel Chicago
Planner & Decor Debi Lilly, A Perfect Event
Bride’s Gown Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes Valentino 
Bridesmaids’ Dresses J.Crew
Groom’s Tux Brooks Brothers
Invites Vera Wang
Cake Alliance Bakery
Music Chicago Players
Hair & Makeup Red 7 Salon