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Winter Love at Chicago History Museum, Amanda & Blake

Amanda and Blake are one of the many couples that we have worked with that met online and one meeting with them and I could tell that they were kindred spirits and the perfect match. When Amanda reached out to us, they had already booked their venue and band, and realized that they wanted some guidance over the next six months so that no detail would be forgotten. This is our forte!

We set up monthly planning meetings to review their planning checklist and through wedding detail discussions over sangria at Barcocina, we were soon approaching their wedding day. It was a bitter cold day in January, but it was all smiles at the Public Hotel while both Amanda and Blake got ready. We love the blank white space at the Public Hotel, because it is a perfect backdrop for those special moment photos, which Olivia Leigh Photographie captured beautifully. Amanda’s dad giving her the thumbs up is priceless!

Amanda, Blake and their wedding party braved the frigid temperatures to grab photos with our iconic city architecture. If you’re getting married in Chicago, you make the sacrifice to capture these works of art. Speaking of which, we had Amanda & Blake run into the Art Institute of Chicago to have some private moments before we made our way to the Chicago History Museum.

Amanda had chosen a rich Winter color scheme of ivory, cream, burgundy, blush, sage and gold. This came through in all of the florals provided by Fleur and the paper goods provided by her future brother-in-law. It was a very elegant affair with just the right pops of color. Amanda & Blake brought in a few little elements to make their day unique – the specialty cocktail named after their adorable dog, Lucy, and the chocolate cake recipe from Amanda’s mom.

Guests enjoyed a meal of grilled petit tender of beef and herb crusted halibut from Blue Plate before hitting the dance floor with Front of House. Olivia was able to capture the love, the silliness, and the fabulous party that occurred in the celebration and I could not be happier for this beautiful couple. Congratulations, Amanda & Blake…and congrats on the arrival of your new son!

Note from the couple:

Blake and I are so appreciative of everything you did for us leading up to and during the wedding. Our wedding day, and more importantly the experience we and our family and friends had, would not have been possible without your organizational prowess, calming presence and overall planning rockstar-ness. We were truly able to relax and enjoy the day with you by our side – and we are forever grateful for that.

 

Cake: Alliance Bakery
Beauty: Korena & Sami from Sonia Roselli Studio
Food + Mini Desserts: Blue Plate
Floral/Décor: Fleur
Getting Ready: Public Hotel
Musicians: Front of House
Officiant: Tom Maluga
Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Reception: Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Room Blocks: Public Hotel, Hotel Lincoln
Stationery: Friend of couple
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue & Beverage: Chicago History Museum
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

Klari & Mike, The Field Museum

From the first meeting I had with Klari & her mom I knew this was going to be fun!  Klari & Mike wanted a private ceremony with just the two of them so they were eloping to North Carolina in July and they wanted an amazing celebration in October with all of their family and friends.  When we were doing our site visits looking for their venue it was apparent that the search was over when we walked into The Field Museum as Klari just glowed when she walked in the door and envisioned having her Celebration there.  Done and done!

Something I have to let you know now as you will see this throughout the story of their day is that I was obsessed with their details!  Klari’s nickname is “Bee” so our décor team came together to effortlessly find creative ways to bring this into their celebration (more on this later).

Kara at Magnificent Milestones helped us incorporate cute little Bee’s on their custom paper items.  Bee’s appeared on various pieces of their invitation suite, the outside of envelopes, menus, escort cards and of course there was a honeycomb liner for the envelope.

At the start of Cocktail Hour their guests were greeted with Moscow Mules in the traditional copper mugs.  While guests were enjoying Cocktail Hour they also took time to sign Klari & Mike’s Jenga Guest Book.  HMR gave the guests a preview of the beauty they would see the rest of the evening with their amazing Escort Card Table design of an architectural arrangement of crisscrossed orange eremurus coming from a bed of chartreuse moss all designed in a white box.

Matt from Matt Lewis & the Union Band, Klari & Mike led the guests in a trumpet & tambourine parade down the stairs into dinner.  Blue Plate tempted their tummies with a Baby Arugula and Fig Salad that was accompanied by Corn and Poblano Chowder.  Guests dined on Chaippetti Lamb Loin and the Pan Seared Halibut for dinner.

We have to talk about décor, as this was such a collaboration of our décor team with Jessica from HMR & Maggie from Frost!  The round tables were dressed with Hunter Green Bengaline Linens and then a tall white square vase and gold cube were each filled with a textural and interesting design of white football mums, orange ranunculus, umbrella fern, pin cushion protea, chartreuse celosia, fern shoots and eucalyptus foliage.  Then there was an air plant that sat under a glass dome and all of this was surrounded by a collection of pillar and votive candles.  We brought in rectangle farm tables and dressed them with the White Taurus Runner (that is a honeycomb pattern – of course)!  Then the tables featured a collection of white, copper and gold vessels filled with white, orange and chartreuse floral and foliage.  White resin candlesticks and mercury glass hurricanes sat amongst the floral with additional votives scattered about.

The look would not have been complete without the round bar with copper top.  When guests needed to give their feet a rest due to the amazing Matt Lewis & the Union Band we brought in high back sofas, upholstered metal arm chairs, gold benches and wood tables for them to take a break on.

And then there were the draping and lighting elements Maggie from Frost put together.  There were washes of color on the balcony arches and dance floor.  Pinspotting on the centerpieces and uplighting on the south dome, columns, elephants & totem poles – how often can you say you had uplighting on elephants & totem poles at your celebration? Frost hung fabric panels that had a honeycomb wash on them.  The details didn’t stop there with the multiple strands of mini lights strung across the room.

I am so glad that I was able to help Klari & Mike bring their vision to life for their Celebration and that Amanda Hein was there to capture it all.  And I LOVE that these two get to celebrate their wedding twice a year – once for their Ceremony and once for their Celebration!

 

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Band: Matt Lewis & The Union Band
Beauty: Sonia Roselli
Catering: Blue Plate
Favors: Sertodo Copper
Floral: HMR
Hotel Blocks: Club Quarters, JW Marriott, Palmer House & University Club
Lighting: Frost
Photographer: Amanda Hein
Stationary: Magnificent Milestones
Transportation: VIP Valet
Venue: The Field Museum

 

Katie & Luke, Harold Washington Library

One of the greatest joys as a wedding planner is being a part of my closest friend’s wedding celebrations. I don’t know of a better way to start off the year!

Katie was always good at making decisions and she definitely knows what she wants. Katie and Luke chose to get married in the winter (her favorite time of year) at Old St. Pat’s with the reception at Harold Washington Library. It was a fitting venue for Katie who loves a good read.

We incorporated some personal touches that Katie designed, in the details; invitations that resembled library cards, catalogue cases for the escort cards and book ends for décor on the escort card table. Each dining table was named after Katie and Luke’s favorite book titles. Kio Kreations created a winter wonderland in the Winter Garden of Harold Washington Library . We adorned the tables with lush white hydrangea, astilble, stock, garden roses and seeded eucalyptus in mercury and silver pilsner vases.

The bridesmaids wore custom-made fur stoles (a gift from the bride) around the city to keep them warm along with their winter boots. Katie carried an all white bouquet of peonies and phaleanopsis orchids wrapped in her dress remnant with a feather trim and a vintage silver brooche. We surprised Katie and Luke with a horse drawn carriage after the mass at Old St. Pat’s. After spending a few moments together, Katie and Luke joined the bridal party and headed over to Harold Washington Library for the reception. Blue Plate Catering provided a seasonal menu, including an asparagus and goat cheese salad with butternut squash soup (the bride and groom’s favorite) as a first course. We served dessert from an all white sweets station that included mini wedding cakes from Cake Chicago, iced sugar cookies, glazed donuts and cake pops. We even served hot spiced apple cider as guests departed to keep them warm.

I was honored to be a part of Katie and Luke’s day and we had the best time planning their wedding. Congrats you two!!

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Getting Ready/Honeymoon Suite: Intercontinental Hotel
Ceremony: Old St. Pat’s
Rehearsal Dinner: Osteria Via Stato
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Floral and Décor: Kio Kreations
Dress designer: Alvina Valenta
Shoes: Benjamin Adams from The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery
Bridesmaid dress: Jenny Yoo
Invitations & print items: Mc & Co Design
Fur Vests: Designed by one of LK’s past clients, Kristin Koury

Jennifer & John, The Field Museum

One of the many highlights of last year was planning Jennifer and John’s wedding. Jennifer and John met at Vanderbilt University and started dating soon after they graduated. Jennifer is originally from Dallas and John is from Atlanta and they currently live in Houston together. You may be wondering why this adorable couple chose to get married in Chicago. They lived here together for a year while John attended law school and both fell in love with the city. They wanted a summer wedding and knew Chicago would be the perfect destination for their guests who were all traveling from afar.

Each time Jennifer and her Mom came to Chicago – we would make the most of our time with the planning and meeting their vendors. I will never forget spending time together while they were in town; we had a blast! Jennifer and John fell in love with the Field Museum; it was a place they visited often while living here and a perfect way for their guests to experience one of the cities’ most iconic venues.

Heffernan Morgan and Frost worked their magic on creating the most gorgeous look outside on the terrace for their ceremony and inside Stanley Field Hall for the reception. We adorned the aisle with fresh rose petals and Jennifer and John were married under a wrought iron arbor decorated with greenery and ivory and peach blooms. We also hung a crystal chandelier that added a touch of glam for this outdoor setting. Cocktails took place on the north terrace overlooking the city. We set up the Escort Cards on a bed of peach and blush blooms in mirrored boxes for guests to take and find their seats. Guest tables were decorated with ivory and green hydrangeas, peach spray roses, open blush garden roses, café au lait dahlias, garden stock and coral roses. We used mercury glass votives, footed glass bowls, varying candlesticks and etched clear glass. We lit each table and the entire Hall with ambient lighting that gave the room a warm glow as the sun went down. Jennifer and John were introduced into the reception and cut their incredible cake from Amy Beck and John was surprised by Jennifer’s thoughtful groom’s cake, which was a Game of Thrones theme. He loved it! The Gentleman of Leisure kept the entire dance floor packed all night and Vrai captured every moment. Before departing in a classic Rolls Royce, Jennifer and John exited their reception by walking down the south steps as guests tossed fresh rose petals for them. We had an unforgettable wedding weekend for Jennifer and John!

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Getting Ready Location: The Drake Hotel
Ceremony: The Field Museum, Northeast Terrace
Reception: The Field Museum, Stanley Field Hall
Wedding Dress: Ines de Santo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Floral and Décor: Heffernan Morgan
Lighting: Frost
Invitations: Hand Calligraphied in Dallas
Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Photographer: Vrai Photography
Caterer: Blue Plate
Entertainment: The Gentleman of Leisure
Make Up: Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty
Hair: Lauren Logan
Rehearsal Dinner: Gibson’s Steakhouse
Friday Night Dessert Reception: The Drake Bros’
Sunday Brunch: The Drake Hotel
Officiant: Reverend David, Reverend By Request
Transportation: VIP Valet Service
Something old: A piece of my mom’s wedding dress was wrapped around my bouquet
Something new: A diamond necklace
Something borrowed: A veil from my husbands great grandmother
Something blue: Chanel light blue nail polish