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A Bright and Cheery Summer Soiree, Harold Washington Library

Planning weddings means we are surrounded by pretty flowers and gorgeous details throughout the year, but what usually stands out most is the bond we end up forging with the families whom we work with. This was one of those families. Their warmth, insatiable humor, and kindness ensured that our year spent planning Jenna and Scott’s wedding was beyond enjoyable.

When I first met Jenna and Scott, the conversation revolved around having the best band to get the dance party started. Knowing their family and friends who would be in attendance, a great band was high on their priority list. When they made the decision to hire The Chicago Players, I just knew that the following June would live up to their expectations for a classic dance party!

As soon as we finalized the band, we spent the rest of the year dreaming up ways to infuse their personal style into the wedding day. Fleur decked out the Winter Garden Ballroom with some of the biggest coral charm peonies I have ever seen! Jenna and Scott infused so much personal style into their paper goods from the invitations and literary quotes on the cocktail tables to the custom water color cocktail in honor of their pup, Augusta. It was an incredible day spent with such a loving family and I am so honored to have been there for their journey. Wishing you all the best!

Photography: Christine Ciszczon, Gerber & Scarpelli
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Venue: Harold Washington Library
Band: The Chicago Players
Floral/Décor: Kelly Marie Thompson, Fleur Inc
Paper Goods: Chena Designs
Beauty: Sonia Roselli
Photo Booth: Smilebooth & Custom Backdrop by Jayne Weddings
Transportation: VIP Valet
Planning: Allison Young, LK Events

The University Club of Chicago, Allison & Matt

Allison and her bridesmaids got ready in the Presidential Suite at the Blackstone Hotel.  After hair and make up completed, Allison put on her Vera Wang gown and saw her father for the first time.  It was such a beautiful moment and we love when our couples get to spend special moments with their parents before heading out for photos.  Allison and her bridesmaids met the groomsmen and Matt for the couple’s first look and additional bridal party photos around the city before the ceremony took place at Old St. Pat’s.

Allison carried a stunning organic hand tied bouquet of garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and vibernum.  Her bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet with accents of pale and deep green.  Guests were greeted by a stunning escort card display of dramatic bells of Ireland and blooming bridal veil in a footed urn.  We covered the table with moss and duvalia ferns and placed the escort cards in antique silver trays, provided by the bride’s parents. 

The guest tables were decorated with three different designs in a lush variety of height and texture.  Stems used lush boxwood, camellia, ferns and hanging amaranthus to complete this garden inspired summer wedding. Allison and Matt sat at a gorgeous sweetheart table that was adorned with a laurel and bay leaf wreath, organic boxwood and an abundance of pillar candles.

Allison and Matt surprised their parents with a personalized note that was at their place settings when their parents sat down for dinner.  It was such a special moment watching both parents read these notes from their children before dinner was to start.  We love touches like this one!

Larry King kept the dance floor packed all night long and Gerber and Scarpelli and Wedding Masterpiece were there to capture it all!  As they celebrate their first anniversary next week, we are thinking of you both and wishing you nothing but love, laughter and happily ever after!  Congrats Allison and Matt!

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Getting Ready Location: The Blackstone Hotel
Wedding Planner: LK Events
Photography: Gerber and Scarpelli
Videography: Wedding Masterpiece
Ceremony: Old St. Pat’s
Reception: The University Club
Entertainment: The Larry King Orchestra
Floral: Stems
Lighting: Frost
Wedding Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Shoe Designer: Charlotte Olympia
Tux Designer: Martin Greenfield
Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale 
Hair: Dana Sokolewicz
Make Up: Carissa Bruce
Invitations and Day of Paper: Clementine Inc.
Linens: BBJ Linens
Chairs: Halls Rental
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Rehearsal Dinner: The Chicago Yacht Club

2015 In Review

We are so thankful for the couples that we were able to work with in 2015! Their journeys of love, their family dynamics, and their wedding day vision had our hearts full all year long. They had us at historic venues and clubs in Chicago, private residences in Lake Geneva, and even in Door County WI. We are so honored to have spent this year with you and celebrated with you!

THANK YOU Stephanie & Chris, Kendall & Ben, Kathryn & Jed, Stephanie & Brian, Klarrise & Jay, Sima & Jonathan, Katie & Dave, Leslie & Scott, Kylie & David, Laurin & Andy, Allison & Matt, Sara & Jon, Irene & Rich, Katy & Karl, Eleni & Steve, Claire & Billy, Stephanie & Pat, Jennifer & Wick, Katie & Connor, Analisa & Andres, Andrea & Lupe, Megan & Darrin, Hilary & Nick, Lindsey & Valbon, Stephanie & David, Liz & Lou, Mollie & David, Ashley & Jim, Elena & Rob, Samantha & Sean, Sarah & TJ, Melanie & Richard, and Becky & Jeff for bringing us into your lives! We congratulate you on being newlyweds and wish you many blessings in the years ahead!

Cheers to Love, Laughter & Happily Ever After!

Love,

Lauren, Nicole, Jennifer, Allison & Lara

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Photo credits: Amanda Hein Photography, averyhouse, Cristina G Photography, Dabble Me This, Elena Bazini Photography, Gerber & Scarpelli, Jennifer Kathryn Photography, Kent Drake Photography, Rebecca Marie Photography & Design.

Beckley & Matt, Chicago Club

A beautiful Fall day + a couple in love = a perfect wedding day. That is the day we shared with Beckley & Matt. Their wedding day began with the ladies getting ready at The Chicago Club. There was a joyful vibe between Beckley, her mom and her bridesmaids. There were gifts, mimosas, much laughter…and hairspray. The fabulous Maggie from Gerber + Scarpelli was capturing all of the little details, including Beckley’s gorgeous gown.

Beckley & Matt chose to have a First Look at The Chicago Club and then a photo session with their wedding party and immediate families. When all of the photos were wrapped up, everyone boarded the shuttle bus and headed to the ceremony. Beckley and her dad rode in style to the ceremony, in a 1962 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce – it was beautiful!! And talk about beautiful…St. Clement is one of the most spectacular churches in Chicago. That is where Beckley and Matt exchanged their vows in front of their family and friends.

After the ceremony, guests boarded shuttle buses that took them to The Chicago Club for the reception. The cocktail hour took place in the Lounge with guests noshing on Australian Lamb Chops and Mini Crab Cakes. Guests were then invited upstairs for dinner, where Fill It With Flowers had provided fabulous décor and centerpieces. Beckley & Matt decided on a kings table for their reception and enjoyed their three-course meal surrounded by family and friends.

After dinner, guests made their way back to the Lounge for dancing. The Chris Sarlas Orchestra rocked the house and guests continued to pack the dance floor all night long. A few guests were able to break away for the Dessert station, but everyone mostly wanted to dance, dance, dance!! Congratulations again to Beckley & Matt!

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Bride’s Attire: Ultimate Bride
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Beauty (Hair): Salon V
Beauty (Make-up): Ashton Kollak
Florist: Fill It With Flowers
Food & Beverage & Venue: The Chicago Club
Rehearsal Dinner: Bistro Margot
Musicians (Reception): The Chris Sarlas Orchestra
Officiant: Father John Beckley
Photographer: Maggie from Gerber + Scarpelli
Transportation: Windy City Limousine and Classic Wedding Car
Ceremony Venue: St. Clement

Siao & Kegan, The Quadrangle Club

I first met Siao and Kegan a couple of months before their wedding. They had been planning a beautiful December wedding and were starting to realize that they needed someone to help coordinate their special day.  I love being able to help couples feel like they are a guest at their own wedding and was so honored to help out Siao and Kegan.

They had a vision for their wedding – classic with a modern twist and DIY.  We felt all of that on their wedding day! We arrived at the Sofitel the morning of the wedding and Siao was enjoying some time to herself in getting her hair and make-up done. She was so relaxed and ready for her wedding day!  From their First Look to The First Dance, Mike from Gerber + Scarpelli captured all the details and beautiful moments of the day. Look at the striking intimate photos of Siao and Kegan during our visit to Union Station and Hotel Sax!!

After the inter-faith ceremony at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, everyone made their way to The Quadrangle Club for the reception. Siao and her family put together the custom centerpieces and menu cards that fit their classic with a modern twist vision. Guests experienced the culinary treats of Buffalo Burger Sliders and Samosa Cakes and a three-course meal featuring Braised Short Rib and Grilled Wild Salmon. After dinner, Siao, Kegan, and all of their guests hit the dance floor with the spinning skills of Monastero Entertainment. Many guests took a mini break from the dance floor and visited the sweets table and photo booth throughout the night! Congratulations again to Siao and Kegan!

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Reception Venue/Caterer: The Quadrangle Club
Ceremony Venue: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Photographer: Gerber + Scarpelli Photography
Reception Musicians: Monastero Entertainment
Flowers: Russ Wholesale Flowers
Sweets table: Family and Friends
Cupcakes: Molly’s Cupcakes
Transportation: M&M Limousine Services
Getting Ready Hotel: Sofitel