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Winter Wonderland at Chicago History Museum, Emily & Kyle

When I first met Emily, she had a wonderful inspiration for her wedding at Chicago History Museum. With almost a year to plan this wedding, we met frequently to review her planning timeline and have me answer any questions and provide referrals for her team of event professionals. It is during those moments that a friendship blossomed and I was so honored to help her and Kyle plan the most perfect winter wonderland wedding.

Emily has an elegant sense of style and that came through in her choice of a wedding gown and the exquisite bridesmaid dresses. So divine! Emily and Kyle fell in love with Timothee & Bethany Tabailloux and this husband & wife duo thoughtfully chose items to include in detail photos and carefully orchestrated the stunning First Look on Ava Terrace at the Public Hotel. All of these photos are picture perfect. Emily loved the work from Stems and Allison did not disappoint in bringing Emily’s vision to life. From the second greenery bouquet that we could use outdoors, to the adorable chair wreaths, not one detail was missed in this beautiful winter design.

There are some weddings that seem to run like clockwork, and Emily and Kyle had that day. There was excitement during the hours of getting ready, but once the couple and their wedding party arrived at the Chicago History Museum, you could tell they were ready for a wonderful celebration. The excitement of the snow falling just added to the joy of the day. Emily & Kyle had a very thoughtful ceremony that included a reading from Scripture, an excerpt from Hamilton, and a quote they hold near and dear. I also loved that they chose to process into more traditional music and then used a contemporary piece for their recessional to bring the guests into cocktail hour.

Guests noshed on passed hors d’oeuvres of deviled eggs and spicy shrimp corn dogs and then enjoyed their meal of either braised beef short rib or Lake Superior trout, courtesy of Food For Thought. The treat from Elysia Root Cakes was a double chocolate and vanilla bean cake with chocolate fudge and salted caramel buttercream filling. Absolutely marvelous! Emily and Kyle spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away to the musical talents of Time Chicago…with only a small break to pose for the dazzling snowy night photo.

Congratulations, Emily & Kyle! I wish you all the happiness in the world!

A little note from the couple:

Thank you so much for being an instrumental part of our wedding planning and execution! You were a joy to work with and it was so lovely getting to know you over the past year! We truly don’t know what we would have done without you – you perfectly brought our vision to life. We have received so many compliment son you and your team – our guests were very impressed with the seamless and beautiful day.

Emily’s Dress: Aire Barcelona from Mira Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Wraps: Mark & Graham
Gentlemen Tuxes: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Beauty: Shannon O’Brien & Blowout Junkie
Favors: For Your Party
Floral/Décor: Stems
Food & Beverages: Food For Thought
Musicians: Time Chicago, part of BeatMix Music
Officiant: Rocky Supinger
Photographer: Tim Tab Studios
Getting Ready Hotel/Room Block: Public Hotel
Invitations: Ellis Hill
Transportation: Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue: Chicago History Museum
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

 

Sara & Jon, Cafe Brauer

Whenever people ask me if I love my job, my answer is always yes – because of couples like Sara and Jon. This couple is filled with so much love, energy, and warmth that it always puts a smile on my face when I think of our time spent planning. Even before getting engaged, Sara and Jon developed a love for Café Brauer. Walking past it daily gave them both an appreciation for the architecture and beauty of the building, so it was only natural that they decided to start their lives as Mr and Mrs there!

I am always so excited when I get to work with a groom who is as enthusiastic about planning as his bride to be, and that was the case with Jon. We started the wedding weekend off right with a fun and lively rehearsal dinner in the clubroom of their apartment building overlooking Lincoln Park. Jon was very excited to plan this evening with lots of Chicago touches for so many out of town friends and family. We had gorgeous farm tables adorned with décor designed by the brides sister and a Taco Bar courtesy of a favorite restaurant for Sara and Jon – Big Star. It was a great way to get everyone excited for the wedding celebration the following day.

Ruby The Fox set the stage with a custom designed suite honoring Sara’s love for pink and gold tones and her modern vision for the day. The signage was highlighted with lush florals gorgeously designed by Stems Chicago. The room was filled with soft pink garden roses, peonies, black and white anemones, ranunculus and lots of lush greenery to warm the space in Café Brauer and highlight the architecture. Sara was surprised by her students the week of her wedding with long strands of paper cranes, which her students learned were symbols for peace and to grant wishes for the recipient. We used them to adorn the archway where Sara and Jon got to say their vows – so sweet!

Dabble Me This expertly captured every moment of the day and Toast & Jam kept the dance floor packed all night long. I am so happy for Sara and Jon on their marriage and even happier that I get to call them friends. Congrats to you, S+J!

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Getting Ready Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Café Brauer
Catering: Christine Picerno, Tigerlily Events
Rentals: Hall’s
Linen: BBJ Linen
Officiant: Rev. Jeff Ginsburg, Chicago Weddings
Photography: Christine Brizendine, Dabble Me This
Videography: David Causa, DC Experience Media
Florist: Allison Denny, Stems
Cake and Sweets Table: Janet Lee, Flour Cake and Pastry
Invitation Suite and Day-Of Paper Goods: Megan Kenney, Ruby The Fox
DJ: Emily Agustin, Toast&Jam
Makeup Artist: Shannon O’Brien
Hair Stylist: AJ Shultz, Your Stylist AJ
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Wedding Dress: Tara Keely from Girls in White Dresses
Wedding Shoes: Jefferey Campbell
Jewlery: J Crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Suit Supply
Planning: LK Events Chicago

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