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A Garden Wedding, Galleria Marchetti

One of the greatest pleasures of my job is getting to plan one of my oldest friend’s weddings.  Leslie and I have been friends since pre-school so when Scott called to tell me he was proposing, needless to say, I was ecstatic!  I knew this was going to be a fun wedding, not only because Scott and Leslie have impeccable taste…but this was also going to bring us childhood girls back together again!  

Leslie and Scott fell in love with Galleria Marchetti for many reasons.  The outside courtyard was perfect for their ceremony and cocktails and the newly renovated tent provided the most intimate dinner in the heart of the city.  We kicked off the wedding weekend at Jane’s Restaurant and headed back to the Langham Hotel where Leslie got ready in the morning.  Leslie and Scott had their first look right outside the Langham that provided the picture perfect backdrop for these two! A little rain didn’t stop us from taking photos around the city before heading back to Galleria Marchetti for the ceremony.  The rain did prevent us from an outdoor wedding; however, we were able to set up the most beautiful ceremony inside the tent. Fleur Couture adorned the back of the chairs with a garland made up of lemon and bay leaves and lined the entrance with clusters of polished nickel lanterns with mossy green accents. 

Leslie carried a garden style hand tied bouquet of seeded eucalyptus, bay leaves, white peonies and Juliet garden roses.  The bridesmaids carried coordinating bouquets of seeded eucalyptus, blush peonies and garden roses. Each dining table evoked a fresh picked garden feel with a focus on greenery and complimenting spring blooms.  We used classic nickel lanterns surrounded by mercury glass bowls of plumosa, white peonies and ranunculus on some guest dining tables and rustic wooden boxed filled with white hydrangea, berries, apricot stock and queen annes lace adored the others.  Paper Plane Paperie designed the wedding logo that we carried throughout the invitation suite and paper details.  We accented the menu cards with a bay leaf sprig that gave the napkins the perfect pop of color on the neutral tables.

Artistrings’ trio performed for the ceremony and after Leslie and Scott recessed to, “Love Story,” the party continued with Cage and Aquarium keeping the dance floor packed all night and Sapan capturing it all.  We had such an incredible day for Leslie and Scott and it was an honor for us to be a part of it all!  Congrats you two!!

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Wedding Planning: LK Events, Lauren Knuepfer
Venue and Catering: Galleria Marchetti
Rehearsal Dinner: Jane’s
Photographer: Sapan Ahuja
Event Design: Fleur Couture
Entertainment: Cage and Aquarium
Ceremony Music: Artistrings
Officiate: Groom’s Uncle
Wedding Cake: Alliance
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Dana Jasper
Invitations and Day of Items: Paper Plane Paperie
Tables: Halls Rental
Linens: BBJ Linens
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Dress: Amsale
Shoes: Pelle Moda
Groom’s Tuxedo: Tommy Hilfiger
Groom’s Shoes: Johnston and Murphy

The University Club of Chicago, Allison & Matt

Allison and her bridesmaids got ready in the Presidential Suite at the Blackstone Hotel.  After hair and make up completed, Allison put on her Vera Wang gown and saw her father for the first time.  It was such a beautiful moment and we love when our couples get to spend special moments with their parents before heading out for photos.  Allison and her bridesmaids met the groomsmen and Matt for the couple’s first look and additional bridal party photos around the city before the ceremony took place at Old St. Pat’s.

Allison carried a stunning organic hand tied bouquet of garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and vibernum.  Her bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet with accents of pale and deep green.  Guests were greeted by a stunning escort card display of dramatic bells of Ireland and blooming bridal veil in a footed urn.  We covered the table with moss and duvalia ferns and placed the escort cards in antique silver trays, provided by the bride’s parents. 

The guest tables were decorated with three different designs in a lush variety of height and texture.  Stems used lush boxwood, camellia, ferns and hanging amaranthus to complete this garden inspired summer wedding. Allison and Matt sat at a gorgeous sweetheart table that was adorned with a laurel and bay leaf wreath, organic boxwood and an abundance of pillar candles.

Allison and Matt surprised their parents with a personalized note that was at their place settings when their parents sat down for dinner.  It was such a special moment watching both parents read these notes from their children before dinner was to start.  We love touches like this one!

Larry King kept the dance floor packed all night long and Gerber and Scarpelli and Wedding Masterpiece were there to capture it all!  As they celebrate their first anniversary next week, we are thinking of you both and wishing you nothing but love, laughter and happily ever after!  Congrats Allison and Matt!

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Getting Ready Location: The Blackstone Hotel
Wedding Planner: LK Events
Photography: Gerber and Scarpelli
Videography: Wedding Masterpiece
Ceremony: Old St. Pat’s
Reception: The University Club
Entertainment: The Larry King Orchestra
Floral: Stems
Lighting: Frost
Wedding Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Shoe Designer: Charlotte Olympia
Tux Designer: Martin Greenfield
Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale 
Hair: Dana Sokolewicz
Make Up: Carissa Bruce
Invitations and Day of Paper: Clementine Inc.
Linens: BBJ Linens
Chairs: Halls Rental
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Rehearsal Dinner: The Chicago Yacht Club

Irene & Rich, The Racquet Club of Chicago

Congratulations to Irene and Rich who welcomed their son, Luis Felix Paris into the world on March 9th.  He is absolutely beautiful and we could not be happier for you all!

We had so much fun on Irene and Rich’s wedding day.  We began the day getting ready in Irene’s home with her closest friends and family by her side.   After getting dressed in her Amsale gown, Irene met Rich for their first look at the South Gardens of the Art Institute.   Photos continued around the city and then we came back to the Racquet Club to get ready for the ceremony.

Irene carried a textural bouquet composed of blush and white peonies, white ranunculus, blush and white roses and elegant stephanotis blossoms. Guests were greeted by a striking display of monobotanic and monochromatic bouquets in varying glass cylinder vases on mirrored pedestals.  Irene and Rich exchanged vows framed by a collection of pedestals hosting lush floral in an asymmetric configuration.

Irene is from Venezuela so many of their guests were traveling internationally.   It was so important that their friends and family felt comfortable and at home while enjoying the wedding reception. Heffernan Morgan brought in tufted brown leather bars and dark wooden and iron bistro tables for the lounge that allowed their friends and family to sit back and relax throughout the evening.  Guests enjoyed mini chicken empanadas and lamb lollipops and the Racquet Club’s famous sausage en croute along with a gorgeous raw bar display.

The dining tables were adorned with blush peonies, ivory hydrangea, bright green viburnum and pink roses.  We completed the look with tapered candles, pillar candles and etched glass votive candles.  After a delightful dinner of red wine braised short ribs and seared mahi mahi, guests were invited back into the lounge for cake, assorted desserts and dancing. Kent Drake was there to capture it all.  Irene and Rich have one of the most beautiful relationships and I was honored to be a part of their wedding.

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Ceremony and Reception: The Racquet Club of Chicago
Photography: Kent Drake Photography
Ceremony Music: Artistrings
Reception Entertainment: The Chris Sarlas Orchestra
Wedding Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Floral and Décor: Heffernan Morgan
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Linens: BBJ Linen
Tables: Chicago Farm Tables
Officiant: Bruce Otto, Spirited Weddings
Make Up: Brian Sutherby @ Muse Beauty
Hair: Angelair Salon
Hair on Site: Lauren Logan
Getting Ready Location: Bride’s Home
Honeymoon Suite: The Thompson Hotel
Dress: Amsale
Rehearsal Dinner: Sixteen @ the Trump International Hotel and Tower
Post Wedding Brunch: Fig and Olive
Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Transportation: VIP Valet Services

Audrey & Patrick, Galleria Marchetti

My job is never a “job” when I’m working with a couple that is so sweet and witty. Audrey and Patrick were just this type of couple and I had an amazing time working with them on planning their wedding.  Their vision was a laid back, not stuffy, beautiful and fun event. A priority of the day was to Dance Dance Dance! We shared many laughs throughout the months of planning and I loved working with Audrey on all of the little details that brought together their special day.

The morning of the wedding, Ashley of Ashley Biess Photography was able to capture many special moments Audrey had with her sisters, friends and mom. There was much laughter, as well as a relaxed vibe in the room, and that is exactly what every bride needs. The little details of Audrey’s Vera Wang gown and the invitation suite from Spilled Ink Press were also captured in our pre-ceremony time together, but soon we were off to Galleria Marchetti.

Audrey and Patrick did not want to see each other prior to the ceremony, so we kept them separated until the big moment! There was nothing but smiles for everyone in attendance when Patrick waited for Audrey at the end of the aisle. Audrey and Patrick were married by a family friend with a gorgeous, and not too hot, August sun shining down on them. It was beautiful!

After the I Do’s, guests mingled in the courtyard area for a lively cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres like Arancini and Walnut Toasts.  As guests made their way into the tented ballroom area for dinner, they were greeted with a spectacular escort card table with a French Flower Market feel from Fleur and color coded escort cards. Dinner included a Grilled Tuscan Steak and Chicken alla Vesuivio with Sweet Mandy B’s Cupcakes for dessert. As Audrey and Patrick requested, the dance floor was soon packed and they were able to Dance Dance Dance! Congratulations Audrey & Patrick!

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Photographer: Ashley Biess Photography
Florist: Fleur
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Stationery: Spilled Ink Press
Reception Venue: Galleria Marchetti
Caterer: Galleria Marchetti
Planning: LK Events
DJ: DJ Chicago
Ceremony Music: Parkwest Strings
Beauty: Beauty on Call
Bridal Gown Designer: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Amsale
Bridesmaid Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaids
Hotel: Park Hyatt Chicago
Men Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Photobooth: ShutterBooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Carmine’s
Transportation: Metropolitan Limousine

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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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

 

Annie & Ian, River East Art Center

Annie was in the middle of her residency while we planned her wedding and she knew exactly what she wanted – which always helps when it comes to a limited schedule!   Annie and Ian had an interfaith ceremony at Holy Family Church, one of my favorite churches in Chicago.   Dolce Strings provided the wedding ceremony music and I always love working with them. Miraculously, we missed the storm that strolled through the city, as we were in the middle of the ceremony. Annie and Ian took their photos prior to and you can’t even tell there was a storm in Heather’s beautiful photos!

Guests were then able to enjoy cocktails outside on the terrace of the River East Art Center with music by Spanish Guitarist, David Chiriboga and hors d’oeuvre from Blue Plate Catering. Renee Price, Senior Consultant for Kehoe Designs, designed a stunning reception .  We used lucite versaille chairs, gunmetal twist linens and eggplant lamour napkins.  The tables were decorated beautifully with clear glass vases of varying heights and sizes, cascading mokara and dendrobium orchids and lush purple hydrangeas. Surrounding the vibrant floral were dozens of floating candles and votives. David Young of  Entourage of Ken Arlen Music, kept the dance floor packed the entire night.  It was a beautiful wedding and reception and I am so glad Heather Parker was there to capture it all!

Reception Venue: River East Art Center
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Caterer: Blue Plate Catering, Elinor Brown
Floral Designer: Kehoe Designs, Renee Price
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Wedding Gown: Amsale
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang
Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Wedding Band: Entourage of Ken Arlen Music
Lighting: Kehoe Designs, Chicago Illinois
Ceremony Location: Holy Family Church, Chicago Illinois
Cinematography: REM Video Chicago, Illinois
Cake Designer: Amy Beck Cake Design, Amy Beck, Chicago Illinois
Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Strings 
Hair Stylist: Alice Salazar 
Makeup Artist Nika Vaughan