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Kylie & David, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Kylie & David met in acting class at Lake Forest College, and while they have been together 9 years, they are a young couple with deep affection and respect for one another. When I met with them 8 months before their wedding, they were feeling overwhelmed with the decisions and options for their wedding. Kylie & David both had clear ideas on how they wanted their day to look and feel, but had no idea where to start. To begin with, we reviewed their planning timeline to understand when decisions had to be made. Yes, there were a couple of things where we were already behind schedule, but seeing a clear To-Do schedule helped calm the anxiety they were feeling.

Keeping family a focus of their day, I introduced Kylie & David to Rebecca Marie Photography & Design and it was an instant connection. Rebecca is all about family and she takes gorgeous images – from the details of Kylie’s dress, to capturing their affection, to the family portrait with Woogie (their dog), and all of the other details in between. Pure perfection! I also brought the couple to Molly and her team at Limelight Catering. Kylie & David wanted to have food stations for their reception and to showcase their background with Italian cuisine, Central American cuisine and a Chicago Steakhouse. Limelight did not disappoint! From the Garganelli with Pork Ragu to the Tapado, guests were continually at the stations filling their plates.

Kylie’s favorite color is purple and she loves butterflies. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum was the perfect location for Revel Décor to come in and bring a purple inspired English Garden to life. Through our consultations with Erin at Revel Décor, she created such masterpieces like the ceremony structure. It was a four-sided structure accented with brilliant, textural floral and accents of trailing greenery. It was presented in an asymmetrical design with a combination of hydrangea, garden roses, peonies, football mums and other large blossoms in the color palate of soft purple, peach, ivory and touches of soft blue with trailing greenery and elements of wild banyan root and curly willow.

The final touch to Kylie & David’s beautiful celebration was the music. Kylie had her heart set on a harpist for the ceremony and I knew that BeatMix Music would be able to make this happen. Kylie chose to walk down the aisle, with both of her parents, to Storybook Love. There was not a dry eye in the place! Congratulations Kylie & David! I was so honored to have been on this journey with you and I hope you are enjoying sunny CA.

A little note from Kylie & David:

Thank you so much for everything! We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect wedding day. All of our friends and family are still talking about it!

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Bakery: Sprinkles & Sweet Mandy B’s
Beauty: Friend of Bride
Floral/Decor: Revel Decor
Food & Beverage & Rentals: Limelight Catering
Rehearsal Dinner: D.O.C. Wine Bar
DJ: Chris from Spin
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: Beat Mix Music
Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography
Getting Ready & Room Block Hotel: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Stationery & Signage: Courtney Callahan Paper
Transportation: Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Video Booth: A Posh Production
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

 

Elizabeth & Jason, Peggy Notebaert

Just pinch me because I feel like one of the luckiest girls alive. Every day I wake up and am able to work with amazing couples, like Elizabeth and Jason. While we had a short time together, their love for each other and the love their families had for the two of them is something I will not soon forget.

Elizabeth was able to get ready in her mother’s home and it provided a gorgeous backdrop to her absolutely stunning Jenny Packham gown. It is like the dress was absolutely made for her! I know that Tuan Bui had fun during this Getting Ready session because the light was great and Elizabeth was radiant. Elizabeth and Jason were able to enjoy a private First Look before we put them in a car for more photos at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Guests began arriving to the museum once photos wrapped up and the ceremony was set. Elizabeth worked with Nancy Krause Floral Designs to provide four altar pieces that were faux mercury glass cylinders with arrangements of dark purple dahlias, peach garden roses, black baccarat roses, dark purple clematis, seeded eucalyptus and assorted greenery. The French Country chairs and altar pieces were the perfect compliment to the Ravine at the museum. There were so many details from the ceremony that were unique to Elizabeth and Jason…from the processional song of “Jynweythek Ylow” to the reading of “A Marriage” by Mark Twain to the handfasting and to having two of their dear friends officiate the ceremony.

After the “I Do’s”, guests made their way indoors for the cocktail hour and noshed on Wisconsin Brat Bites, Charred Shrimp Tacos and Truffled Mac & Cheese in a Parmesan Cone. They were able to meander through the Wilderness Walk and the Butterfly Haven before we called them into the South Gallery for dinner. Nancy and Limelight Catering had worked in collaboration to provide an ethereal garden for the guests. The Head Table was a farm table with an heirloom lace table cloth with the ladies bouquets and white lanterns as an accent. The guest tables featured cascading asymmetrical centerpieces in various containers along with Julia China and Vintage Glassware.

Elizabeth and Jason were introduced into the room to “Little Liza Jane” by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and then cut their wedding cake from Vanille Patissiere. An heirloom handkerchief was the inspiration for the cake design and they captured that beautifully. Elizabeth’s father gave a short welcome to all of the guests and then the entrée of Local Porter-Braised Beef Short Ribs with Stone Ground Cheddar Grits was served. Style Matters had guests on the dance floor until we had to bid our farewell for the evening. Congratulations to Elizabeth & Jason!!

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Bakery: Vanille Patissiere
DJ: Style Matters
Florist: Nancy Krause Floral Designs
Food & Beverage: Limelight Catering
Gelato: Black Dog Gelato
Rehearsal Dinner: Blue Door Farm Stand
Hotel Room Block: Public Chicago
Photographer: Tuan Bui Photography
Stationery: Jane Weber, ink!
Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Wedding Coordinator: LK Events

Kathleen & Mike, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Loyal. Patient. Loving. Witty. Friends. These are the words that I use describing Kathleen and Mike. Our journey together was one that spanned 16 months and one that bloomed into a fantastic friendship. I was truly honored to be a part of their very special day and they are a reason as to why I love my job so much!

The morning of the wedding was a beautiful day in late May with the sun shining and the getting ready suite at Hotel Palomar was just as bright. Kathleen and her bridesmaids were enjoying being pampered by Julia and Diana from Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio. Ben of Ben Elsass Photography and Tom from XO Pictures were capturing as many of the details as possible, including the exchange of bridesmaid gifts, the reading of Mike’s letter to Kathleen, and Kathleen’s gift to her mom. Once all of the ladies were ready, we boarded the trolley and made our way to Lincoln Park for the First Look.

While Kathleen was with her bridesmaids, Mike and his groomsmen were getting ready at his home. He then walked over to our photo location and waited for his bride. It was a beautiful and intimate moment for Kathleen and Mike to see each other before their ceremony and something we recommend for all of our couples. Then, Kathleen and Mike walked hand in hand to Saint Clement for their ceremony.

After a lovely faith-filled ceremony, the guests were invited to explore some of Kathleen & Mike’s favorite Lincoln Park locations while the couple and wedding party took more photos together. They all made their way to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum that evening and were greeted with passed appetizers like a Spring Pea Falafel Skewer and a Crispy Potato Basket. Guests also enjoyed the amazing display of escort cards provided by Spilled Ink Press. This was a collaborative effort with Kathleen & Mike wanting to incorporate their love for greeting cards into their wedding day, so each table was assigned a greeting card and a snippet of the card was featured on each escort card. Such a unique idea!

Guests made their way up to the South Gallery, where Allison from Stems provided a clean, modern, tailored and romantic décor theme that featured shades of green, white, cream, grey and navy. In between some special dances and toasts, guests enjoyed a dinner featuring a Mesclun and Mache Salad and a Crispy Parmesan Crusted Chicken Scallopini or Roasted Bistro Beef Tenderloin. Dessert was a three tier wedding cake with Hazelnut Cake and Salted Caramel Buttercream filling from Alliance Bakery and Kathleen even enjoyed a special vegan cake from Chicago Diner.

The party continued with fresh beats from Emily from Toast & Jam and much laughter at the Shutterbooth. Oh what a night! Congratulations to my newest friends, Kathleen & Mike!

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Planner: LK Events
Gown: Hayley Paige purchased at Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Monitor Formalwear
Ties: J. Crew
Beauty (Hair): Salon Soca
Beauty (Make-up): Sonia Roselli Studio
Florist: Stems
Bakery: Alliance Bakery
Vegan Bakery: The Chicago Diner
Food & Beverage: Limelight Catering
Rehearsal Dinner: Frontera Grill
Brunch: Hub 51
Hotel Room Block: Hotel Palomar, Club Quarters, Days Inn Chicago
Musicians (Ceremony & Cocktail Hour): Chicago Musical Connection
Musicians (Reception): Emily at Toast & Jam
Photographer: Ben Elsass Photography
Videographer: XO Pictures
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Stationery: Spilled Ink Press
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Ceremony Venue: Saint Clement
Reception Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Tiffany & Brandt, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

I just love getting referred to new brides from past brides – especially when they are best friends! After planning three of her friends’ weddings, Tiffany contacted me about planning her own nuptials to her fiancé, Brandt and I was so excited! Not only did this give me a chance to work with such an incredible person who is now a dear friend of mine, but I was able to re-connect with my past clients and now we get together often. I am so fortunate to have made such close friends simply from planning their weddings. These relationships are the reason I love what I do; being able to plan weddings for fabulous brides who become dear friends of mine in the process.

Brandt proposed to Tiffany at a charity event in front of their friends and family and even had a friend record it live so Tiffany could always remember the moment she got engaged. Brandt put so much thought and detail into this incredible proposal that Tiffany knew she wanted to do the same for their wedding. They were married at St. Alphonsus Church in Lakeview and chose the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for their reception. Since we had a dancing crowd – we kept the South Gallery open for dessert and dancing and were lucky enough to have a gorgeous September night in Chicago, where we could dine outside on the terrace.Guests enjoyed Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonades in Mason Jars along with a “southern inspired” dinner thanks to Blue Plate Catering.

Jesse Deckard (formerly with Event Creative) designed the guest tables that were adorned with mercury glass globe risers, illuminated from within and topped with ivory floating candles, surrounded by hydrangeas and deep purple dendrobium orchid blossoms. We used leather crystal studded tufted boxes filled with a bed of purple seafoam statis, purple hydrangea, garden stock and dendrobium orchids on the remaining guest tables. We suspended paper lanterns over the dance floor illuminated in purple along with hundreds of twinkling candles on the window ledges surrounding the South Gallery.

Tiffany surprised Brandt with a Tipsy Cake grooms cake featuring an Ed Hardy T Shirt with a Protein Shake – he loved it! Guests danced the night away, thanks to Dustin with Toast and Jam. Christina Noel and  I Do Films captured every moment of this magnificent wedding weekend. Congrats Tiffany and Brandt! LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3631 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3632 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3633 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3634 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3635 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3636 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3637 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3638 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3639 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3640 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3641 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3642 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3643 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3644 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3645 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3646 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Notebaert_0079 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Notebaert_0078

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Ceremony: St. Alphonsus Church
Reception: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Photography: Christina Noel
Videography: I Do Films
Cocktail Musicians: Artistrings
Caterer: Blue Plate Catering
Cake: Amy Beck
Groom’s Cake: Tipsy Cake
Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Floral, Decor, Lighting: Event Creative
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
DJ: Toast and Jam
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo
Tuxedo: Formally Modern
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Shannon O’Brien
Rehearsal Dinner: Diag Chicago

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