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French Elegance at Chez, Melanie & Richard

When I first met Melanie’s mother, Jodi, I knew that we would have a fun few months finalizing all of the details for Melanie & Richard’s December wedding at Chez. Jodi is witty and has the most open heart, that you can’t help but be best friends with her! She found all of the people that became our team of professionals and I assisted with final meetings and deadlines.

Jodi has impeccable style and that was shown in the team she chose – Chez, Jeremy Lawson Photography, Entertaining Company and Kehoe Designs…just to name a few. I loved that Jodi incorporated some of her own china and antique finds to the final look of the wedding. Those are some of the details that make a wedding so unique, and Melanie & Richard had a wedding that was uniquely their own!

Melanie & Richard chose to have a First Look and then take a few iconic photos with their wedding party around the city. It was a clear and crisp December afternoon and everyone was in high spirits as we hopped in and out of cars to capture photos in downtown Chicago. Meanwhile, Chez was being transformed into a French Country style, with a twist. Vince from Kehoe Designs brought in key elements, like gold baroque console tables to accent the escort card table, a stunning floor to ceiling chuppah with exquisite draping, and vintage mirror tables for guest dining. Everywhere we turned that night, we were in awe of some other detail.

Melanie & Richard signed their Ketubah prior to the ceremony beginning and there was such an air of excitement and of love when Melanie walked down the steps and the aisle to Richard. There was not a dry eye. With the shout of “Mazel Tov”, guests were moved into the cocktail and lounge area of Chez while the room was flipped for dinner. It was a spectacular display…from the floral/décor from Kehoe Designs, the personal (and rented) china, the exquisite meal from Entertaining Company, and the stunning four-tier cake from Elysia Root Cakes. What a memorable celebration!

Congratulations, and Happy Anniversary, Melanie & Richard! I was so honored to have helped you enjoy your special day!

A little note from the couple:

We just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you helped us with before and during the wedding. You were so attentive and organized and really made sure that we were happy with everything. There is NO way we could have done everything without you. My mom and I were joking that we were just twiddling our thumbs the week before the wedding because you had everything covered! You were so great during the wedding too and I felt like I was really able to enjoy it and not worry about all the details. So thank you SO MUCH.

Melanie’s Dress: Anna Maier from Ultimate Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Helm from Cenzina’s
Mother of the Bride Dress: Mira Couture
Gentlemen Tuxes: Black Tie Formalwear
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Beauty: Cynde Cosmetics & Salon Soca
Floral/Décor: Vince Hart from Kehoe Designs
Food & Beverages: Entertaining Company
Musicians: Bluewater Kings Band
Officiant: Rabbi Evan Moffic
Photographer: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Getting Ready Hotel/Room Block: Ivy Boutique Hotel
Invitations: Magnificent Milestones
Venue: Chez
Videographer: Vanilla Video
Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

Kate & Tim, Chicago History Museum

I was really looking forward to meeting Kate and Tim. They were in town from DC one weekend in June and the fun began! We were exactly one year out when we met on a Sunday morning over coffee and we immediately clicked. I felt like I was talking to old friends and was so excited to begin the plans with them.

Kate didn’t move to Chicago until a few months before her wedding so plans were done via email and on several in town visits. Kate was so detailed and organized and she knew exactly what she wanted. She chose Food For Thought to cater her wedding at the Chicago History Museum and Flora Chicago for her floral and décor. While finalizing the menu and decor we moved forward with Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography and the bride’s friend, James Kittendorf, who is a super talented videographer in Michigan, where Kate is from.

It was a very hot Friday in June, but we had a blast! The weather was perfect, photos were exquisite and the Chicago Room at the History Museum was bright, cheerful and full of love and laughter. Kate and Tim are so in love and such a happy couple – you can tell instantly from these photos. Enjoy!

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Getting Ready Location: Drake Hotel
Ceremony: St. Mike’s
Reception: Chicago History Museum
Catering: Food For Thought
Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s
Invitations: Paper Plus
Photography: Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography
Videography: James Kittendorf
DJ: Jeff Rutter
Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call
Dress: Jenny Lee
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Tuxedo: Black Tie Formalwear
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Cocktail Musician: Dan Hayes Orchestra
Floral: Flora Chicago