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Summer Love at Greenhouse Loft, Sarah & Jeremy

I have been blessed to work with some families multiple times and that was the case when Amanda’s parents met me at her wedding and said, “You have to help us out again in six months!” That is how I came to work with Sarah and Jeremy for their lovely celebration last summer.

Sarah & Jeremy are such easy-going people, yet they had every detail in place when we started working with each other two months before their wedding day. Sarah chose to get ready in their apartment and TimTab Studios captured all of the little details, like her stunning dress from Kelly Faetanini. Meanwhile, Jeremy got ready in a downtown hotel and we orchestrated their first look at the Civic Opera House. Look at these photos!! They are the sweetest couple in love!

Sarah, Jeremy and their wedding party braved the very warm June temperatures to grab photos around the city and then we made our way to Greenhouse Loft. On display at the venue were a number of Jeremy’s creations, like the welcome sign, escort card display, along with Fab Flora’s beautiful centerpieces. We can’t get over the size of those peonies!

Sarah and Jeremy chose to have a friend officiate their ceremony and that provided a very sweet and unique element to their ceremony. I personally loved that they chose to have a harpist play their ceremony music, as it is a beautiful sound that we don’t often hear at weddings. Guests then enjoyed a beautiful evening outdoors for cocktail hour and were brought back inside for a fabulous meal provided by FIG Catering. Guests had a choice of fontina and prosciutto stuffed chicken breast or a grilled flank steak. FIG Catering also provided the variety of cakes for dessert and guests were able to nosh on those in between dance breaks from Rachel at Toast & Jam. Let’s just say there were some pretty sweet moves on the dance floor that night.

Congratulations, Sarah & Jeremy! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Note from the couple:

Thank you so much for all you did to make our wedding day perfect! We knew you had every last detail covered, which truly allowed us to enjoy our day surrounded by family and friends! You’re amazing at what you do, and we are so lucky that we got to work with you.

Cutting Cake: Flour
Beauty: Dana & Kelly from Pin Me Up
Food + Rentals + Cake: FIG Catering
Wedding Dress: Kelly Faetanini
Floral/Décor: Fab Flora
Getting Ready: Home & Westin Michigan Avenue
Ceremony Musician: Harpist Claire Happel
DJ: Toast & Jam
Photographer: TimTab Studios
Room Blocks: Westin Michigan Avenue, Days Inn on Diversey
Stationery: Designed by Groom
Transportation: Chicago Trolley
Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

Kristen & Mike, Greenhouse Loft

Kristen and Mike were such a sweet couple and I knew from the first day I met Kristen, we were going to have a blast working together. I loved working with the two of them and every detail that went into this wedding was so memorable and made for such a great planning experience. Kristen and Mike were married at Greenhouse Loft in Chicago, a venue that had recently opened and was under complete construction when Kristen and Mike first chose it for their wedding venue. Greenhouse Loft is located in the historic Green Exchange Building and it was extremely important to Kristen and Mike to incorporate green details into their own wedding day. Kristen and Mike wanted to incorporate their alma maters into their wedding day as well, as both of their college experiences were so important to them.

Kristen spent four years on the cheerleading team at the University of Michigan and ended up finding her dress at a boutique in downtown Ann Arbor. That was so special to Kristen as her college town is so very dear to her heart. She incorporated the beautiful lace detail from her dress into her Amy Beck wedding cake as well. We also had the Wolverine Bride and Redbird Groom as their cake topper! Navy was one of her wedding colors, she wore a UMichigan Garter and her mother sewed UMichigan charms onto the heel of her Kate Spade shoes – “Go Blue!” At the reception, we served Bride and Groom specialty cocktails, Blueberry Vodka and Lemonade called “The Maize N’ Blue” and to represent Illinois State for Mike we served Red Sangria, “Redbird Sangria.”

We had a beautiful ceremony in the courtyard of Greenhouse Loft and Dolce Strings performed music that was meaningful to the Bride and Groom. Songs included, Coldplay’s “Paradise,” and Journey’s, “Don’t Stop Believing.” Kristen and Mike’s ring bearer carried an adorable wooden sign that read, “Uncle Mike, Here Comes Your Bride!” We hung stem-less wine glasses on shepherd hooks (that Kristen’s dad drilled holes in!) that we used as floral vases.

Guests enjoyed reading wooden signs that Kristen had made and we placed them all around the Loft with lyrics to their first dance song, Adele’s, “Make You Feel My Love. Kristen spent time creating all of her own personalized invitations, place cards and guests’ favors which were mason jars guests could use to fill up their own candy from a personalized candy station that filled the center of the room. Kristen’s sister designed the table numbers and head table place cards and signage. The entire family played such a role in all the planning for Kristen and Mike, which made the day so intimate and meaningful. Hearty Boys created ethnic food stations from all over the world that symbolized Kristen and Mike’s heritage and favorite cuisines. DJ Chris Vittorio with Spin Productions kept the dance floor packed all night long and Heather Parker Photography captured every moment and every personalized detail of Kristen and Mike’s wedding day!

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Wedding Planner: Lauren Knuepfer with LK Events
Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
DJ: Christopher Vittorio with Spin Productions
Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Strings
Flowers: Allison Denny with Stems
Caterer: The Hearty Boys
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Cake Topper: The Pink Koala on Etsy
Wedding Videography: R.E.M. Videography
Wedding Favors: DIY Mini Mason Jars for Candy Table (Mason Jar Tags with “Thank You” Message from Etsy)
Wedding Tags for Guest Favors: Leafy Vine Design & The Pink Koala on Etsy
Wedding Hairstylist: Livia Caporale
Wedding Makeup Artist: Brian Sutherby
Bride’s Wedding Day Jewelry: Earrings from The Left Bank Jewelry
Wedding Stationery: Paper Source (Custom Made)
Wedding Gown Make and Style: Modern Trousseau (Custom Made)
Wedding Bridal Boutique: The Gown Shop
Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel via The Gown Shop
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade (navy Charm shoe)
Groom/Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse
Groom’s Tie: JoS A. Bank
Groomsmen’s Ties: Tie Bar
Bridesmaid Dress Make and Style: BCBG (Navy Palais One-Shoulder Cocktail Dress)
Bridesmaid Wedding Day Jewelry: Five Little Gems on Etsy 
Flower Girl Dress: Target
Flower Girl Shoes: Target
Flower Girl Bow Headband: Claire’s
Ring Bearer Sign: 4 The Love of Hannah on Etsy 
Other Wood Signs: And The Sign Says on Etsy
Ceremony Officiant: Judge Clint Hull (friend of Kristen’s family)

 

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