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A Stylish Soiree at Trump Hotel in Chicago

When one of my best friends called me to tell me her boyfriend proposed  (after digging her car out of the snow one night), I was ecstatic.  I am sure Sean didn’t intend to be stuck outside in the blistery cold Chicago weather before dropping down on one knee, but it made for a pretty cute story. Samantha and I have been friends since college and have had some incredible memories together. Samantha and Sean are two of the most sincere people I have ever met and together, they make a pretty cute couple.

Samantha and Sean fell in love with the Trump Hotel. They knew it was the perfect place for them to celebrate their nuptials and for their guests to enjoy a fun, fall evening. I had so much fun planning Samantha and Sean’s wedding because the two of them, along with Samantha’s mom, planned everything together.  I love when the groom gets involved in the planning and throughout every meeting it was apparent that Sean was there because he wanted to spend time with Samantha.  It was incredible to see two people enjoy this process so much because they were spending time together, and of course, having some fun along the way.

Samantha carried an elegant and timeless bouquet of white roses and hydrangea.   Her bridesmaids carried a smaller bouquet of all white roses to complement Samantha.  Jessica at Heffernan Morgan created a warm and intimate setting for the ceremony with an abundant array of candles.  We had two mirrored pedestals at the start of the aisle that each hosted tall silver candelabras with pillar candles. Continuing down the aisle was a series of low mirrored risers that each hosted an abundance of soft, romantic candlelight.  Samantha and Sean were married under a gorgeous Chuppah designed of modern open frame chrome legs and a white lattice top.  Suspended from the top and within the legs was a plethora of hanging votives.  Samantha and Sean’s ceremony made all of us tear up!  Rabbi Chalom told stories throughout Samantha and Sean’s relationship that made us all laugh and cry.  It was incredibly heartfelt.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre overlooking the city while we turned over the room to get ready for dinner service.  We used the silver candelabras on half of the guests’ tables with petite hydrangea arrangements surrounding the base.  We added a trio of varying height cylinders with floating candles to complete this elegant look.  The remaining dining tables featured a trio of tall glass vases with dramatic cascading white phalaenopsis orchids and surrounding candles.  We also elevated these arrangements with a mirrored light box that illuminated them from below.  The room looked incredible, especially once we opened the drapes for guests to enjoy the night skyline.  Greenlight kept the dance floor packed the entire evening and Tammy Leathem and Wedding Masterpiece were there to capture it all.

I was honored to stand next to Samantha while she married the man of her dreams.  I am so excited for what is to come for these two – a baby boy in January!!  Congrats Samantha and Sean!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your incredible day!

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Honeymoon Suite: The Trump Hotel
Ceremony and Reception: The Trump Hotel
Photographer: Leathem Photography
Videographer: Wedding Masterpiece
Entertainment: Greenlight
Floral and Décor: Heffernan Morgan
Lighting: PSAV, Trump Hotel
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Jessica Bernardi Meeker
Invitations: Invitations Creations, Highland Park
Rehearsal Dinner: Nico Osteria
Dress: Anne Barge
Shoes: Jimmy Choo and Converse
Tux: Armani
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Lesley & Bobby, The Trump Hotel

Some might say that Lesley and Bobby met by chance that fall day at the Badgers Football Game but with Bobby living in Chicago and Lesley in LA I would say it was actually fate that brought them together. They decided to get married in Chicago so more of their family members would be able to attend and Bobby proposing on the Terrace at the Trump Tower made it an easy choice for where they would host their reception.

Their wedding weekend started with their Rehearsal at Covenant Presbyterian Church followed by their Rehearsal Dinner at Del Frisco’s.

The day of the wedding the amazing ladies of Sonia Roselli got the girls picture perfect while the photographers from Studio This Is and the videographers from One Fine Day started documenting their wedding day.

Once boutonnieres were pinned and bouquets handed out we headed to Covenant Presbyterian Church making sure to keep Lesley tucked away so Bobby wouldn’t see her until she walked down the aisle with her dad. Lesley wore a full ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and the bottom of the dress was all hand sewn lace and of course a long train. Her bouquet was white peonies in various stages of bloom. The altar of the gorgeous church was decorated with a tall cylinder clear vase on each side with overflowing white hydrangea, white peonies, coral charm peonies and juliette peach garden roses. After Lesley and Bobby said I do they were off for photos around the city with their wedding party.

The amazing team from Fleur decorated the guest tables with arrangements of overflowing coral peonies, peach juliette garden roses, peachy pink ranunculus and a few white polo garden roses atop a clear glass cube vase. And then in two smaller clear glass cube vases were a collection of coral peonies and juliette garden roses.

Dan from The Gold Coast Orchestra introduced the newlyweds into their reception where they went straight into cutting their gorgeous cake from Cake. Their guests listened to toasts from Lesley’s dad, their siblings and Bobby’s Best Man while they dined on their Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Lemon Grass Poached Halibut and Roasted Vegetable Tian.

Lesley still had one more surprise for Bobby, which was a Groom’s Cake in the shape of his Wisconsin Badger Mascot. After dinner it was time for Lesley and Bobby’s thank you toast and their first dance along with Lesley’s dance with her Father and Bobby’s with his Mother. Then it was time for the dancing to begin. We did sneak them away for sunset photos on the terraces – with that view at sunset how could we not? Their guests were treated with some late night snacks among those of course were Chicago-style hot dogs and mini root beer ice cream floats.

It was such a beautiful and meaningful day with family as the focus. I feel so fortunate that Lesley and Bobby entrusted me with their wedding day. Wishing you two and Doug the dog a lifetime of happiness!!
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Band: The Gold Coast Orchestra
Beauty: Sonia Roselli
Cake: Cake
Church: Covenant Presbyterian Church
Florist: Fleur
Hotels: Trump Tower, Conrad Chicago, Hilton Chicago
Lighting: PSAV
Officiant: Pastor Jason S. Glombicki
Photographer: Studio This Is
Photo Booth: Clowning Around Entertainment
Rehersal Dinner: Del Frisco’s
Rentals: BBJ Linens
Stationery: Sugar Paper
Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company, Odyssey Transportation
Venue: Trump Tower

 

Gina & Max, The Trump Hotel

I had so much fun getting to know Gina and Max throughout the wedding planning process.  Gina and Max met in college and had been together for over ten years.  It was important that their Chicago wedding was personal and representative of who they are as a couple. Tom Maluga (their Officiant) helped them write the entire ceremony and they each wrote their own vows.  The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Pompeii, a very meaningful church to both Max and Gina.   We booked Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography because I knew Gina and Max would love her work and of course, her incredibly upbeat personality.  Speaking of upbeat personalities – Becca Kaufman Orchestra could not have been more perfect for this couple and their guests.  Gina is originally from St. Louis so we worked with Milestone Pro videography and they were fantastic! Jesse at Event Creative designed a stunning reception at The Trump Hotel.  We draped the doors leading into the ballroom with a gunmetal twist for a dramatic entrance. Pink and white orchids and green hydrangeas submerged and cascading created a vibrant and glamorous feel to the room.    Guests enjoyed the Shutterbooth so much that the props were worn on the dance floor all night!  Gina even wore a custom cowboy hat veil and boots for her introduction with Max…and I don’t think those ever left the dance floor.  We had a blast!

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Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Pompeii
Reception Venue: The Trump Hotel
Getting Ready Location: Lakeview Suite at The Trump Hotel
Catering: The Trump Hotel
Wedding Cake: cake
Photography: Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography
Videography: Milestone Pro
Band: Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Ceremony Musicians: Artistrings
Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call
Floral Design and Drape:  Jesse Deckard of Event Creative
Lighting: Jesse Deckard of Event Creative
Invitations: Papyrus
Wedding Dress: Marisa
Wedding Shoes: Nina
Transportation: VIP
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
Officiant: Tom Maluga

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