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A Langham Love Story, Kim & Kurt

I’m not sure where to begin with Kim and Kurt. They are two of the hardest working and kindest people I know. They are extremely intelligent and completely in love with each other. When I get to work with couples like them, my job is not even a job, because I just want to be around them and talk for hours. I had the most fun planning their wedding.

Kim and Kurt booked The Langham before hiring me and it was the perfect setting for their celebration. They both got ready at the hotel and Kim was the epitome of the sophisticated bride, with Kurt as the dapper gentlemen that he is. I loved how Chad from Husar Photography captured the absolute joy between the two of them during their First Look. The photos of Kim and Kurt around Chicago look like they just stepped out of a magazine!

Kim and Kurt chose to have their friend officiate their ceremony, with Kurt’s four children playing a role during the ceremony. It was an intimate gathering and I was so grateful to have witnessed their profession of love. Kim chose to keep the décor for the ceremony minimal so that guests could focus on the view of Chicago from the ballroom windows. It is one of a kind!

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour while we flipped the ballroom and then we invited them all back in for an intimate dinner party. Kim and Kurt are foodies and loved the idea of their reception being like a 5-star restaurant dining experience with their closest friends and family members. The Langham provided an exquisite menu of an Iceberg Wedge Salad and a choice entrée of Grass-Fed New York Strip or Organic Salmon. Elysia Root Cakes provided the lovely wedding cake with a nod to The Langham’s signature pink color. Guests enjoyed the two flavors of lemon cake with blueberry and raspberry filling and an almond cake with lavender honey and salted caramel filling. The ambiance of the room was perfection with DJ Harsh providing the background music to keep guests entertained, and Exquisite Designs had the perfect amount of floral to highlight each table and not take away from the intimate dinner party experience.

It was a perfect celebration for this beautiful couple. Congratulations, Kim and Kurt!

Note from the couple:

Nicole was recommended to us by Allison at The Langham.   As soon as we met with her we knew we would enjoy working with her and felt we were in good hands.  We were not disappointed!!! Both my new bride and myself own our own businesses and split our time between Chicago and Atlanta.  So we needed someone with strong organizational skills as well as someone that can execute.  Nicole is all of that and more. Her responsiveness, demeanor, attention to detail, and desire to make a great experience for us was perfect.  She was genuinely invested in us and expressed itself in everything she did for us – that was remarkable.

All the vendors she suggested for us were fantastic – we could not have begun to deal with trying to pick out photographers, florists, wedding cake designer, stationery, etc.   She also helped so much with all the other myriad of decisions we had to deal with.  So thankful for that!!

We loved working with Nicole and could not have imagined working with anyone else.  She truly is amazing at what she does.  Thank you, Nicole for helping make our wedding day so special!


Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Florist: Exquisite Designs
DJ: DJ Harsh
Photographer: Husar Photography
Stationery: All She Wrote
Venue (Food & Beverage, Getting Ready, Room Block): The Langham
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

Kathryn & Jed, The Langham Chicago

Sophistication and grace would be the two words to describe Kathryn & Jed and their wedding day. They have a timeless style that was woven throughout their wedding day. From Kathryn’s gorgeous Vera Wang gown to the gardenia blossoms at each place setting, it was a classic celebration captured by Elena Banzini Photography and LEAP Weddings.

Kathryn & Jed worked together to incorporate personal items into their day, like Kathryn’s ceremony procession to Clair de Lune, having their friend read an excerpt from “Gift By the Sea” during the ceremony, and introducing their wedding party to the tune of Cissy Strut.

Vince Hart from Kehoe Designs worked with Kathryn and her mother to create a spring, Southern look to The Langham’s Devonshire Ballroom. Using flowering branches, white orchids, white tulips, mint hydrangea, and touches of green camelia foliage, guests were transported to a lovely, spring garden. Guests then enjoyed a first course of Maine lobster risotto with English peas, red sorrell, vanilla bean oil and espelette. A choice entrée of organic salmon or slow-roasted filet mignon followed, with the granddaddy of a finish…a custom four-tier cake from Elysia Root Cakes.

Kathryn & Jed chose to work with a choreographer for their first dance and they were such a striking pair, gliding over the dance floor to the Chicago Catz’s rendition of Love Is Here to Stay. Congratulations to Kathryn & Jed, a couple who will never go out of style!

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Wedding Gown: Vera Wang
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Beauty: Sara & Cherie from Sonia Roselli Studios
Floral/Décor: Kehoe Designs
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: artistrings
Reception Musicians: Chicago Catz
Photographer: Elena Banzini Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Sepia
Friday Night Welcome Reception: Stout Barrel House
Rehearsal Dinner Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals (chairs, chargers): Hall’s Rental
Room Blocks: The Langham and The Kinzie Hotel
Invitation Suite: Hannah Handmade
Ceremony Programs: All She Wrote
Escort Card Calligraphy: Mary Zabrin
Venue, Food & Beverage: The Langham, Chicago
Videographers: Josh & Rob from LEAP Weddings
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

Angela & Trip, The Langham Chicago

Working with amazing couples and talented colleagues in Chicago is why I love my job so much. When I first met Angela and Trip, I knew that we were going to have a fun journey together and that they were going to have a beautiful wedding day. I was not wrong.

Angela and Trip really made a weekend out of their wedding because they wanted to show off the city that they love. The day before the Wedding, Trip had a Groom’s Brunch at Hash House A- Go-Go and then took his groomsmen on a river boat cruise. Angela and her ladies had a luncheon at Jane’s with a mani-pedi party at Polish & Pour. We then had a Rehearsal at Saint Clement with a Dinner/Welcome Party following that at Little Goat. What a way to start the festivities!

On the morning of the wedding, Angela and her ladies gathered in her suite at The Langham, Chicago, for hair and make-up appointments. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, except for the fact that we were still waiting for a bridesmaid to get into Chicago. Unfortunately, her flight was affected by some disturbance at O’Hare and she had grabbed the Amtrak Train and was traveling straight through to be by her friend’s side. That is definitely a best friend!

Angela was soon stepping into her stunning Lazaro gown and then Amanda Hein was bringing her to the Plaza to meet her fiancé. These photos!! Amanda truly captured the spirit of Angela & Trip and their love of Chicago. After some more photos inside The Langham with their wedding party and family, we all traveled up to Saint Clement for the wedding ceremony. I always love seeing couples getting married in the parish I call home and Angela and Trip’s ceremony was very touching.

We shuttled guests back to The Langham, Chicago, where they were greeted with passed sparkling water and wine, along with Specialty Cocktails – the Bride’s Moscow Mule and the Groom’s Old Fashioned. They also noshed on a North Carolina Style Pulled Pork Slider and Mini New England Lobster Rolls while mingling with Angela and Trip. We soon brought everyone into the Devonshire Ballroom for dinner and Cornelia McNamara had provided a spectacular fall, romantic and classic atmosphere, with beautiful paper accents from Courtney Callahan. After Angela and Trip were introduced as husband and wife, they had their First Dance to “Home”. Guests were delighted with the culinary skills at The Langham and Rendezvous soon had them on the dance floor for a party that lasted until after midnight. Congratulations to my newest friends, Angela & Trip!

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Gown: Lazaro
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair Stylists: Ashley Young Styling
Make-up Artist: Cherie from Sonia Roselli
Florist: Cornelia McNamara
Ceremony Musicians: Chicago Musical Connection
Reception Musicians: Rendezvous
Photographer: Amanda Hein Photography
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Little Goat
Room Blocks: The Langham Chicago, Westin Chicago River North, Conrad Chicago
Stationery: Courtney Callahan Paper
Transportation: Chicago Trolley Company and M&M Limousine & Bus
Ceremony Venue: Saint Clement
Venue, Food & Beverage: The Langham, Chicago
Lighting: PSAV
Wedding Planner: LK Events