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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

The Ivy Room, Stephanie & David

The term “Triple Threat” is typically reserved for actors and actresses in showbiz, however Stephanie and David brought the term to wedding planning – a great sense of humor, graciousness, and style. And when I say style – this couple really hit it out of the park. When they teamed up with Jessica from HMR to take Stephanie’s love of the color marsala, bold details, and out of the box ideas into their October wedding, I just knew it was going to be really, really good.

When I first met Stephanie and David, their graciousness and hospitality was evident right from the start. When we started talking about their vision for the wedding day, their answers always came back to making it the best day for their guests. We tackled their desire head on, beginning with transportation for all guests to and from the ceremony – making their trip from downtown hotels easy and enjoyable, with coolers filled with waters and easy pick-up locations. The next approach was through food and drink, and Abby from Boka Catering Group helped Stephanie and David come up with an incredible menu, drinks, and worked in Stephanie’s Croatian heritage into the mix as well with glasses of specialty liqueur, which greeted guests as they entered the reception. The mix of farm tables and round tables with luxurious leather banquets designed by HMR provided their family and friends with unique seating and a stunning atmosphere to dine and celebrate the newlyweds!

With family and friends continuing the unofficial theme of hospitality through some of the most heartfelt speeches I have ever witnessed and surprises for the bride and groom, their guests were in no doubt left with a wedding that was unique, personal, and flowed seamlessly into dancing and late night fun. Front of House kept the party on the dance floor until the very end! We are so excited to share the incredible photos from Pen/Carlson and are so happy for Stephanie and David!

A little note from Stephanie & David:

The entire day was incredible. We cannot thank you enough. You know, a lot was said at the rehearsal dinner about David’s love of rom coms. To steal a line from one, Allison Young, you are our Ambassador of Quan. We love you!

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Ceremony: Alice Millar Chapel
Reception Venue: Leslie Fuller, The Ivy Room
Getting Ready Suite: Trump Hotel
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Photography: Brett and Kiri Carlson, Pen/Carlson
Videography: Tom Buttaccio, XO Pictures
Band: Ken Arlen’s Front of House
Floral and Décor: Jessica Griffin, HMR Designs
Lighing: Frost
Catering: Abby Kritzler, BOKA Catering Group
Linens: La Tavola Linens & BBJ
Rentals: Tablescapes
Hair Styling: Michelle Foust, George The Salon
Makeup: Sami Young, Sonia Roselli Studio
Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s
Invitations & Day of Paper: Kara Gordon, Magnificent Milestones
Wedding Dress: Ultimate Bride, Oscar de la Renta
Planning: Allison Young, LK Events

Samantha & Stephen, The Art Institute of Chicago

I had the absolute pleasure of planning Samantha’s brother’s wedding in May of 2012.  When her mother called to tell me her daughter was engaged, I was thrilled!!  I adore this family and was so excited to begin the planning for Samantha and Stephen’s wedding.

Samantha and Stephen reside in Michigan but getting married in Chicago was very important to her, as this was where she grew up. The Art Institute held a very special place in their hearts, due to Stephen being an artist.  They fell in love with the Modern Wing and decided to have their ceremony on Bluhm Terrace and the reception in Griffin Court. 

The weekend began with a Welcome Party at Café Ba Ba Reeba, a favorite restaurant of the bride’s family.  The next day, the bridesmaids enjoyed a morning of manicures, while the groom and groomsmen enjoyed hot shaves.  After the rehearsal on Friday, guests were invited to a Shabbat Dinner at the Fairmont Hotel.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall day for Samantha and Stephen’s Wedding.  Samantha and Stephen spent the day taking photos around Chicago prior to the ceremony. Guests arrived just as the sun was setting, and we began the beautiful ceremony on Bluhm Terrace.

Renee Price, Senior Designer with Kehoe Designs, designed the wedding décor for Samantha and Stephen.  Samantha carried a single arching stem of white phalaenopsis orchid blooms while her bridesmaids carries a single calla lilies finished with a navy ribbon to match their dresses.  The ceremony aisle was adorned with white boxes that held square glass vases with submerged calla lilies and accented succulents.    The rustic wood chuppah had soft sheer fabric embellishments on the sides and the families’ tallit hung from the top. Magnificent Milestones created a perfect entrance statement sign that read, “Pick a Seat, Not a Side.”

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre on Bluhm Terrace and in Terzo Piano before making their way downstairs to Griffin Court for dinner and dancing.  Samantha and Stephen danced to “Something Beautiful”.  After cutting their wedding cake, guests enjoyed a seasonal apple salad for their first course.  Filet and chicken were served for dinner followed by CAKE Chicago‘s Wedding Cake and a selection of petite sweets from Bon AppetitThe Party Faithful kept the dance floor packed all night while Vrai Photography and Smiling Toad captured every moment.  Samantha and Stephen are two of the sweetest people, and I am lucky to call them friends of mine today.   Congrats you two!

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Photographer: Vrai Photography
Videographer: Smiling Toad Productions
Floral, Décor and Lighting:  Kehoe Designs, Renee Price
Save the Dates, Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Ceremony: Cantor Deborah Bard
Entertainment: The Party Faithful
Linens: BBJ Linens
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty
Sunday Brunch: Fairmont Hotel
Shabbat Dinner: Fairmont Hotel
Welcome Reception: Café Ba Ba Reeba
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Wedding Cake: CAKE Chicago
Wedding Dress: Reem Acra
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids Choice of Navy Dresses

Teage & Chase, The Signature Room

I had the absolute pleasure of coordinating Teage and Chase’s wedding at St. Clement in Lincoln Park and The Signature Room  for their wedding. Teage and Chase met while attending undergrad at Depaul University and knew they wanted a Chicago wedding. After a few venue tours we decided on The Signature Room! Teage and Chase loved the stunning city views and it was very convenient for out of town guests as well.

Teage loved all things violet, blush and ivory. Nicole, at Fleur Couture created gorgeous centerpieces. We used clear glass decanter vases with lush mounds of blush, violet and ivory floral and an abundance of candlelight that gave the room such romantic feel, especially at night. Spin Productions provided ambient lighting around the room and BBJ Linens provided Athena Crystal overlays on the dining tables that gave an elegance to the table settings.

Artisan Events and REM Productions captured the entire day and Teage looked stunning in her Mikaella wedding gown. We served the “Teage Tini” and the “Chase Manhattan” as guests arrived upstairs on the 95th Floor – two favorite drinks of the bride and groom. The bride’s brother, a fantastic singer and song-writer, sang their first dance song and there was not a dry eye in the room! The weather was perfect, the dance floor was packed (thanks to Spin Productions) and guests enjoyed every minute of Teage and Chase’s beautiful wedding weekend!

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Getting Ready Location: The Four Seasons
Ceremony Location: St. Clement
Honeymoon Suite: The Four Seasons
Reception: The Signature Room @ the 95th
Rehearsal Dinner: Park Grill, Millennium Park
Photography: Artisan Events
Videography: REM Productions
Floral and Décor: Fleur Couture
Invitations and Stationery: Greenstar Paperie
Linens: BBJ Linens
Chairs and Chargers: Halls Rental
Lighting: Spin Productions
DJ: Spin Productions
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Jewelry: Nadri
Necklace: Bride’s Grandma
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bride’s Dress: Mikaella from Crystal Bride
Sash & Veil: Crystal Bride
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Joanna August
Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedo  {Calvin Klein}
Groomsmen Ties (Purchased separately): Hugo Boss
Bride’s Hair: Renee Feldman The Bridal Hair Expert
Bridesmaids’ Hair: Beauty on Call
Bride and Bridesmaids Make Up: Dana Jasper
Rings: Long & Company
Bride earrings & bracelet: Nadri
Bridesmaids bracelets: Nadri
Brides necklace: Borrowed from her Grandmother