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Mackenzie & Neil, The Shedd Aquarium

There is so much to love about the Second City and I love working with couples that choose Chicago as their destination for their wedding. That was the case with Mackenzie and Neil, who live in San Francisco. We had a terrific initial consultation over the phone and the first time that we met in person was at their tasting at the Shedd Aquarium about 4 months before their wedding. So while we did not have that much face to face communication prior to their wedding day, we had an absolutely amazing time together!

As we arrived at the W Chicago Lakeshore on the wedding day, the ladies were in the midst of their beauty appointments with Pin Me Up Chicago. There was a lot of activity and stylish accessories being shown and the very artistic Colin from Colin Lyons Wedding Photography was capturing all of these moments. Before we knew it, we were all gathering together on the mini bus for photos around Chicago. Colin was able to capture not only Mackenzie & Neil’s amazing personalities and their love, but also gorgeous views of our fair city. I once again fell in love with Chicago after seeing all of these photos!

When Mackenzie and Neil could pose no more, we headed to Shedd Aquarium to prepare for their ceremony. Tulip greeted us with the incredible bouquets and sassy boutonnieres – they tied into the Shedd’s decor and Mackenzie & Neil’s vision for their day. After taking a short reprieve while guests arrived, it was time for the procession. It was a beautiful moment – happy parents and happy bridesmaids and groomsmen walking towards the Chicago skyline to Between Two Lungs from Florence + the Machine. Then, a favorite moment of mine, was Mackenzie & Neil’s Spice Ceremony that blended together different spices representing things in their lives to help sustain their marriage.

After the I Do’s, guests mingled in the tented terrace for a lively cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres like a Gazpacho Shooter and Crab Rangoon. Guests were able to check out the aquarium exhibits, like the Jellies, and then they were escorted into the Caribbean Reef for dinner. When Mackenzie and Neil were introduced to their guests, they cut their cake with the special Star Wars cake topper – adorable! Dinner included a Petite Filet with Scallops or a Trio of Duck with Alliance Bakery cupcakes for dessert. The night concluded with dancing under the charming Shedd Aquarium clock! Congratulations Mackenzie & Neil!

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Bakery: Alliance Bakery
Beauty: Pin Me Up Chicago
Florist: Tulip
Food & Beverage & Venue: Shedd Aquarium
Hotel: W Chicago Lakeshore
Musicians: Music By Design
Photographer: Colin Lyons Wedding Photography
Photo Booth: Music By Design
Rehearsal Dinner: Francesca’s on Taylor
Transportation: Chicago Motor Coach

Sara & John, SAIC Ballroom

It was such an honor to work with Sara and John in coordinating their wedding last Fall. This was a couple who has been together for 8 years and on their wedding day it was amazing to see the love they feel for one another. During their wedding day I caught them just looking at each other and you could tell they felt like they were the only two people in the room. It was amazing to witness that!

Sara and John had a specific vision for their wedding day – stress free and classic. When I first met with them they were beginning to stress out about the logistics of their wedding day. With most of their families coming to Chicago from out of town, they were really looking for someone to be an advocate for their families. Logistics is a forte of LK Events and we were easily able to work together to put their mind at ease.

When LK Events arrived at the Palmer House Hilton on their wedding day, we were amid the most calm wedding party that we had ever seen. Of course there was excitement for Sara and John, but this really was a group of family and friends that enjoyed being with each other. From their First Look to The First Dance, Colin Lyons captured all the details and amazing moments of the day. Sara and John had their first look at the Art Institute – aren’t they the cutest couple!?!

After the beautiful ceremony at Holy Family Church, everyone made their way to the School of the Art Institute Ballroom for the reception. Stems did a beautiful job bringing Sara and John’s vision to fruition and the room had a proper elegance about it. The tall candelabras were my favorite! Guests were treated to the culinary delights from Kenmare Catering, including a four-course meal featuring Halibut and Beef Tenderloin. After dinner, Sara, John, and all of their guests hit the dance floor with the Peter Hennes Orchestra. Many guests took advantage of the flip flops and sunglasses and stayed on the dance floor all night celebrating Sara and John’s wedding day! Congratulations again to Sara & John!

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Reception Venue: School of the Art Institute
Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Church
Caterer: Kenmare Catering
Photographer: Colin Lyons Photography
Florist: Stems
Reception Musicians: Peter Hennes Orchestra
Bakery: Crème Cakeshop & Bakery
Transportation: Chicago Trolley Company
Stationery: Erickson Design
Getting Ready Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Hair Stylists: Salon U