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Becky & Dave, Adler Planetarium

Becky and Dave’s relationship is the perfect example of absence making the heart grow fonder as the two met at a friend’s wedding while Becky was living abroad in London. Once Becky was back stateside, they still were doing long distance with Becky in Chicago and Dave in Kalamazoo. Dave proposed over a romantic dinner and beautiful sunset.

Fast forward to their wedding weekend, the festivities started with their rehearsal at Wicker Park Lutheran Church followed by their rehearsal dinner at Harry Caray’s.

Goran Coban Salon and KC Harder & Rocio Panther teamed up to get the ladies ready and then the ladies headed back to the JW Marriott for photos. The guys had an easy morning while they hung out at the DoubleTree Magnificent Mile. Brian Kinyon Photography was onsite to capture the day. Priest from Limotainment took excellent care of our Wedding Party while V.I.P. Valet Services & Windy City Limousine took care of our guests.

Becky wore a beautiful ball gown and carried a bouquet of white roses, callas and cymbidium orchids. Fleurs de Lisa made a wreath out of white hydrangea for the Unity Candle that their Grandma had made, and placed white hydrangea with bows down the aisle. Pastor Jason Glombicki from Wicker Park Lutheran Church performed a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony for Becky & Dave. After the ceremony, the Wedding Party went around the city for photos and then arrived at the Adler Planetarium in time for Cocktail Hour.

Fleurs de Lisa showed their talent and beautiful work by creating three gorgeous centerpieces. The first featured white hydrangea, fuschia stock and white callas that set atop a tall square vase. Then there were white-fuschia orchids with tall cylinders of white callas, tulips and dendrobs with floating candles. The final centerpiece were beautiful fuschia tulips in a simple square vase. Food for Thought delighted everyone with their entrees of Herb Crusted Whitefish and the Dijon Rubbed Grilled Beef Tenderloin and gave exceptional service throughout the night.

Chris from Spin started the reception with the Wedding Party introductions followed by Becky & Dave cutting their beautiful cake from Luscious Layers and then their first dance. The Father of the Bride gave a welcome and a toast followed by a Blessing from the Father of the Groom. During the first course, the guests listened to toasts given by the Maid of Honor and Best Man. While everyone was finishing their yummy dinners Becky and Dave gave their toast and then Becky danced with her Father and then Dave with his Mother.

After the dances were over, Chris from Spin invited everyone to the dance floor and kept the party going. Guests would take breaks and hit the amazing sweets table from Luscious Layers that was set up of with all types of cupcakes, cream pies, lemon squares, brownies and whoopee pies.

It was a wonderful day and we were so glad to be a part of it. It’s been so exciting keeping in touch with Becky and Dave and getting updates on their first year of marriage, where they have not only bought a new home but they are expecting their first baby this year too. So exciting and congrats Becky and Dave!

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Beauty: Goran Coban Salon
Florist: Fleurs de Lisa
Food & Beverage: Food for Thought
Rehearsal Dinner: Harry Caray’s
Dessert: Luscious Layers
Hotels: JW Marriott, DoubleTree Magnificent Mile
DJ: Spin
Photography: Brian Kinyon Photography
Transportation: Limotainment, V.I.P. Valet Services, Windy City Limousine
Ceremony Venue: Wicker Park Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: Adler Planetarium

Kathy & Basil, Fusion Wedding

I had the pleasure of working with Kathy and Basil, planning their fall wedding atThe Adler Planetarium.  Kathy lived in Ft. Myers during the planning, Basil was in Boston and his Mother was in Ohio.  I actually love planning weddings for out of town clients, because we get to spend such quality time together when they come into town.  That’s exactly how the planning process was when Kathy, Basil and May would come into town.

Kathy and Basil chose The Adler Planetarium for their wedding reception due to its iconic Chicago location and view.  We created an intimate setting for cocktail hour outside on the terrace, overlooking Lake Michigan.   White Planter boxes filled with greenery lined the perimeter of the lower terrace and varying potted trees enclosed the space for guests to enjoy sips and small bites catered by Food For Thought.  We used a beautiful zebra wooden bar with a custom grey fabric panel insert to coordinate with the bride’s colors.  Grey and yellow lounge groupings allowed guests to relax before dinner.

We used individual sunflower blooms for the Escort Cards and guests were seated at a mix of Rectangle Grey Farm Tables and Square Dining Tables.   The tables were adorned with white hydrangea, yellow garden roses, yellow ranunculus, while phalaenopsis orchids, white anemone, dusty miller and brunia.  We used coordinating pillar candles and mercury glass to complete the look.  HDO tented the upper terrace and we used that space for a cigar bar.  Inside the tent were tufted black leather sofas, zebra wooden bars and wooden tables to create the masculine bar.

Guests enjoyed an incredible custom menu designed by the Bride and Groom and Food For Thought‘s executive Chef, which included: Heirloom Tomato Salad for the first course and Moroccan Zucchini and Eggplant in a Squash Tajine for the second course.  The entrée was a trio or Chicken Shish Taouk, Pan Roasted Halibut and Beef Filet, followed by a Cheese Course and a Dessert Station, Gelato Bar and Wedding Cake.   We even surprised the guests  with a firework show at the end of the evening.  We had so much fun planning their wedding and I will never forget this incredible family!

Thursday @ Alhambra Palace

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Henna Ceremony at Hotel Palomar

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Wedding at Adler Planetarium

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Planning: LK Events
Rehearsal Dinner & Henna Party: Hotel Palomar
Welcome Dinner: Alhambra Restaurant
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Palomar
Ceremony: Private Residence
Photographer: Avery House
Video: REM
Reception: The Adler Planetarium
Catering:  Food For Thought
Wedding Cake: Cake
Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Fireworks: Melrose Pyrotechnics
Floral, Décor: HMR Designs, Jessica Pfleugl
Lighting: Frost
Hair and Make Up: Bride’s Company, Michael Anthony and Muse Beauty
Henna: Unnati Shah
Tent: HDO
Photo Booth: Smile Booth
Transportation: Karr Limousine Service

Carolyn & Eddie, Adler Planetarium

Carolyn and Eddie were such a joy to work with. I will never forget the summer day I met Carolyn and her Mom at one of my favorite cafés in Lincoln Park, Floriole Café and Bakery. We hit it off immediately; they were so much fun to talk to and just excited to get the wedding plans started. And that we did!

Carolyn and Eddie knew they wanted a Chicago wedding. They chose the Adler Planetarium after visiting a few venues and fell in love with the gorgeous skyline view. We decided to have their ceremony in Lincoln Park, in order to give their guests a full “Chicago” experience.

Amanda Hein and White Wedding Cinema captured every moment of the wedding day. We started with hair and make up at the Radisson Blu Hotel where the girls and guys finished getting ready. We transported all of the wedding guests by bus to the Foreman Pavilion at the Lincoln Park Zoo where the ceremony was held. Carolyn and Eddie were married under a gorgeous chuppah designed by Kloeckner and the Meetinghouse Company. After Carolyn and Eddie were pronounced husband and wife, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre by Tigerlily on the south end of the Pavilion before heading over to the Adler for yet another cocktail hour, overlooking Lake Michigan. Food For Thought served the bride and groom’s favorite cocktails, Cava Sangria and Watermelon Ginger Aqua Frescas. We had a Martini Bar offering Lemon Drops, French and Pineapple Infused martinis and guests enjoyed more hors d’oeuvre while listening to one of Sarlas’ acoustic guitar players. Kloeckner designed each table with Carolyn’s favorite flowers – a collection of hot pink roses, hydrangea, orchids and roses. Once guests were invited inside Galileo’s, we introduced the bridal party and went straight into dancing. Carolyn and her Dad surprised the guests (and Eddie!) with a choreographed dance to “The Way You Look Tonight.” It was such a special moment as was the rest of the evening. The room was filled with love, laugher, friends and family and endless dancing thanks to Sarlas Orchestra! Congratulations to Carolyn and Eddie!

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Getting Ready Location: Radisson Blu Hotel
Rehearsal Dinner: The Chicago Yacht Club
Ceremony: Foreman Pavilion at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Reception: Adler Planetarium
Dress: Vera Wang
Floral and Décor: Kloeckner
Floral and Décor for Ceremony: The Meetinghouse Company
Lighting: Spin Productions
Catering: Food For Thought
Ceremony Catering: Tigerlily
Transportation: Odyssey
Hair and Make Up: Bride’s Stylist and Artist
Photography: Amanda Hein Photography
Videography: White Wedding Cinema
Valet: Sam’s Valet
Ceremony, Cocktails and Reception Entertainment: Sarlas’ Orchestra
Cake: Orland Bakery (Orland Park)
Dessert Station: Kirstin’s Bakery (Burr Ridge)
Invitations/Day of Items: Greenstar Paperie
Day of Items: Design Studio Creations

Kate & Andrew, Adler Planetarium

I met Kate and Andrew in the fall of 2011 and I knew the moment we started talking on the phone, we would get along great. I was so excited to start the planning process with them! Kate is one of my close friends today and I am so lucky to have been a part of their wedding planning.

Kate and Andrew had dated for five years before he popped the question. Kate is originally from Minnesota and Andrew is from the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. With guests coming in from around the country, they knew they wanted a memorable Chicago location for their wedding and reception. After only a few venue visits, they fell in love with the Adler Planetarium and the rest of the planning began!

I was thrilled when they chose Kristina Carter with Vrai Photography and I Do Films Videography to shoot their wedding weekend. Jessica at Botanicals created a beautiful setting in Galileo’s. We suspended a collection of colorful lanterns over the dance floor, adorned every table with vibrant orchids, fresh stock and candles. Despite the uncertain weather forecast, we decided to have the ceremony outside on the Adler‘s northwest terrace. It was a little breezy but the guests were in awe of the incredible Chicago skyline and the picturesque views. The Bradley Young Orchestra kept the dance floor packed all night long. I will never forget how much fun Kate and Andrew were during the planning but even more so, on their wedding day. Enjoy!

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VENDORS:

Ceremony and Reception: Adler Planetarium
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhulier
Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid: Assorted black jersey long – mainly Amsale & Two Birds
Groom’s Tuxedo: Isaia Aquaspider
His Shoes: Ferragamo
Caterer: Food For Thought, Exclusive Caterer
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Palomar
Ceremony and Reception Band: Bradley Young Orchestra
Photography: Vrai Photography
Videography: I Do Films
Floral and Décor: Botanicals by Heffernan Morgan, Jessica Griffin
Lighting and Installations: Frost
Photobooth: Shutterbox
Officiant: Bruce Otto & Reverend David
Save the Dates, Invitations and All Day Of Items and Signage: Magnificent Milestones
Wedding Cake and Dessert Table: Tipsy Cake
Rehearsal Dinner: The Signature Room at the John Hancock, 95th Floor
Make Up Artist: Brian Sutherby, MUSE Beauty
Hair: Cathy Battistoni
Transportation: Victoria’s Flying Lady and VIP Valet Services

 

Kristi & Jon, Adler Planetarium

The moment I met Kristi, I knew we would be friends for life. And we are. Not only because we both share a love of wine, but because I felt like I was talking to one of my best friends from childhood during our initial meeting. Kristi is the sweetest girl I know; she has the most energetic and outgoing personality and makes everyone feel like a close friend. I knew we were going to have a blast planning her wedding for the next year.

Kristi and Jon walked into the Adler Planetarium and fell in love; we knew that was the place for them to have the reception. Kristi is modern and tres chic, but simple and classic; we knew we had the perfect setting for her wedding reception. I will never forget walking into Blumen Design, for Kristi’s floral sample and she screamed when she saw her floral design – with excitement! Amy and I still laugh about that to this day; she was just so overjoyed with everything and that made the planning process so much fun, for everyone involved.

Kristi and Jon’s wedding day was picture perfect. She looked exquisite in her Saison Blanche Couture bridal gown and her bridesmaids looked gorgeous and cheerful in their bright yellow dresses with hot pink bouquets. Her reception was stunning – black linens and chairs, hot pink and yellow floral and pink up lights – incredible against the city skyline. There was not a dry eye in the room as their best friends and family talked about Kristi and Jon during their reception. It was an honor to be a part of such a beautiful wedding for this beautiful couple, inside and out (and now friends for life!) Thanks Kristi and Jon!

 

Special thanks to our vendors:

Bridal Attire: Saison Blanche Couture with Laskers Jewelers
Groom’s Attire: Richard Bennett
Bridesmaids: Bridal andFormal, Inc.
Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse
Bakery: Amy Beck Cake Design
Makeup: Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup
Caterer: Food For Thought
Floral: Blumen Design
Hotel: Union League Club of Chicago
Lighting: Spin Light Design
Ceremony Musicians:
Entertainment: DJ Chicago
Photographer: Vrai Photography
Videography: R.E.M. Video and Photography
Wine Labels: Etsy
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Ceremony Site: United Methodist Church Chicago Temple
Reception Venue: Adler Planetarium