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A Langham Love Story, Kim & Kurt

I’m not sure where to begin with Kim and Kurt. They are two of the hardest working and kindest people I know. They are extremely intelligent and completely in love with each other. When I get to work with couples like them, my job is not even a job, because I just want to be around them and talk for hours. I had the most fun planning their wedding.

Kim and Kurt booked The Langham before hiring me and it was the perfect setting for their celebration. They both got ready at the hotel and Kim was the epitome of the sophisticated bride, with Kurt as the dapper gentlemen that he is. I loved how Chad from Husar Photography captured the absolute joy between the two of them during their First Look. The photos of Kim and Kurt around Chicago look like they just stepped out of a magazine!

Kim and Kurt chose to have their friend officiate their ceremony, with Kurt’s four children playing a role during the ceremony. It was an intimate gathering and I was so grateful to have witnessed their profession of love. Kim chose to keep the décor for the ceremony minimal so that guests could focus on the view of Chicago from the ballroom windows. It is one of a kind!

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour while we flipped the ballroom and then we invited them all back in for an intimate dinner party. Kim and Kurt are foodies and loved the idea of their reception being like a 5-star restaurant dining experience with their closest friends and family members. The Langham provided an exquisite menu of an Iceberg Wedge Salad and a choice entrée of Grass-Fed New York Strip or Organic Salmon. Elysia Root Cakes provided the lovely wedding cake with a nod to The Langham’s signature pink color. Guests enjoyed the two flavors of lemon cake with blueberry and raspberry filling and an almond cake with lavender honey and salted caramel filling. The ambiance of the room was perfection with DJ Harsh providing the background music to keep guests entertained, and Exquisite Designs had the perfect amount of floral to highlight each table and not take away from the intimate dinner party experience.

It was a perfect celebration for this beautiful couple. Congratulations, Kim and Kurt!

Note from the couple:

Nicole was recommended to us by Allison at The Langham.   As soon as we met with her we knew we would enjoy working with her and felt we were in good hands.  We were not disappointed!!! Both my new bride and myself own our own businesses and split our time between Chicago and Atlanta.  So we needed someone with strong organizational skills as well as someone that can execute.  Nicole is all of that and more. Her responsiveness, demeanor, attention to detail, and desire to make a great experience for us was perfect.  She was genuinely invested in us and expressed itself in everything she did for us – that was remarkable.

All the vendors she suggested for us were fantastic – we could not have begun to deal with trying to pick out photographers, florists, wedding cake designer, stationery, etc.   She also helped so much with all the other myriad of decisions we had to deal with.  So thankful for that!!

We loved working with Nicole and could not have imagined working with anyone else.  She truly is amazing at what she does.  Thank you, Nicole for helping make our wedding day so special!


Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Florist: Exquisite Designs
DJ: DJ Harsh
Photographer: Husar Photography
Stationery: All She Wrote
Venue (Food & Beverage, Getting Ready, Room Block): The Langham
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

Meg & Alex, Peninsula Hotel

I had so much fun planning Megan and Alex’s wedding. Megan was one of the sweetest brides I have worked with and Alex had the greatest sense of humor. There was something about the two of them though – they had such a connection and every time we got together we shared plenty of laughs.

Megan and Alex fell in love with the Peninsula Hotel and decided to host their ceremony and reception there.  Soon after we booked the Peninsula, we contracted with Becca Kaufman. Music was so important to them and I just knew Becca would be the perfect fit for this couple!  Becca and her band learned, “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” for their first dance and it was beautiful!  Every time I hear that song I think of Megan and Alex; it was such a special part of the evening!

Megan and her bridal party walked down an aisle adorned with mirrored cubes filled with fluffy white hydrangeas.  Heffernan Morgan created a stunning arch backdrop with crystal strands and hanging white peonies in front of a white drape.  She carried a stunning bouquet of all white peonies accented with a locket enclosed with a picture of her grandfather.  The oval dining tables were dressed with lush mirror cubes of fluffy white hydrangeas, white peonies and floating candles.  We added phalaenopsis orchids and glass globe candlesticks for the round tables and completed the look with taupe and soft pink sequin linens.

Chad Husar and I Do Films captured every moment of this incredible wedding weekend.    I was honored to help plan Megan and Alex’s wedding; hard to believe it’s been a year! Congrats you two!

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Planner: Lauren Knuepfer, LK Events
Getting Ready Location: The Peninsula Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Location: The Peninsula
Entertainment: The Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Photography:  Chad Husar
Videography: I Do Films
Floral and Décor: HMR, Jessica Griffin
Lighting: Frost
Hair and Make Up: Sonia Roselli
Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Ice Sculpture: Nadeau’s
Rehearsal Dinner: Public Hotel
Rentals: Halls Rental
Linens: BBJ Linens
Transportation: VIP Valet Services

Kate & John, The University Club of Chicago

I had the absolute pleasure of growing up with Kate and our parents are dear friends.  When they called me to plan their wedding, needless to say, I was ecstatic!  Kate and John chose The University Club for their fall reception and was a perfect venue for their October nuptials.  Kate grew up going to many events at The University Club and it was also where her aunt was married so it held a very special place in their hearts.

Kate and John knew they wanted a very unique but classic and elegant look and Allison at Stems created that for them.  Kate carried white and ivory garden roses with white mums while the bridesmaids wearing classic black, carried petite nosegays of white garden roses and stock.  The escort cards were placed on a bed of fresh sheet moss with a focal arrangement of tall willow branches and hanging candles in a vase wrapped in fresh birch bark.  We carved the couple’s initials in the birch bark.  The guest tables had different lanterns (many of which the bride provided) and we used pillar candles, fresh moss, succulent blossoms, white mums, birch bark and willow branches.  We adorned the branches with hanging candles so we had amber candlelight throughout the cozy room.

We had a beautiful October day for Kate and John’s Wedding.  Kate got dressed at her parents home and we took photos outside after Kate put her wedding dress on.  Kate and her parents took a classic vintage Rolls Royce to The University Club, where she and John had their first look.  The couple then headed around Chicago with Chad Husar of Husar Photography while he captured some great shots of them and the bridal party.  We had such an incredible wedding day for this sweet couple.  Chris Sarlas, of Sarlas Music, kept the party going all night long; it was a blast!!

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Getting Ready: Parents of the Bride’s Home
Ceremony: Holy Family
Reception: The University Club
Photographer:  Husar Photography
Videographer: REM Productions
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Floral and Decor: Stems
Lighting: The University Club
Ceremony Music: Artistrings
Reception Music: Sarlas Music
Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call
Linens: BBJ
Rentals: Halls
Rehearsal Dinner: Smith and Wollensky’s
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Invitations: Family Friend


Megan & Adam, Cafe Brauer

I had so much fun working with Megan and Adam for their Fall 2011 Wedding. Megan and Adam were engaged in 2009 and we had almost two years to plan their nuptials. We had so much fun together during the planning process – morning brunches, summer lunches, and afternoon meetings finalizing vendors and getting to know one another. Due to their work schedule, we decided to plan as much as we could a year before their wedding date, which meant finalizing all of their vendors a year out. We planned their ceremony in the Foreman Pavilion of the Lincoln Park Zoo with a reception following in Cafe Brauer. The weekend began with an Indian celebration at Reza’s and Friday’s Rehearsal Dinner was held at Adobo Grill – where Megan and Adam had their first date. The wedding day was beautiful; we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Chicago fall day. Food was especially important to them and we chose Molly at Entertaining Company. She created a custom menu for them and the we ended the dinner with Megan and Adam’s favorite dessert – cheesecake and carrot cake. Mark with Kloeckner designed the exquisite ceremony and reception décor. Megan wanted to incorporate peacock feathers so we did so in the floral centerpieces and the napkin folds which was her mother’s idea. It all came together beautifully! Toast and Jam kept the party going all night long, while Chad Husar Photography and I Do Films captured every moment of the day. I am grateful to Megan and Adam for hiring me, knowing my wedding was a month before theirs. We had an incredible wedding day for them and I know we will be friends forever! LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0077 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0079 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0078 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0080 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0081 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0082 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0083 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0084 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0085 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0086 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0087 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0088 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0089 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0090 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0092 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0091 Ceremony Venue: Lincoln Park Zoo, Foreman Pavilion Reception Venue: Cafe Brauer Getting Ready Location: Belden Stratford Hotel Photographer: Chad Husar Photography DJ: Toast and Jam Ceremony Musicians: Stanley Paul Orchestra Catering Company: Entertaining Company Videography: I Do Films Florist: Kloeckner Floral Rehearsal Dinner: Adobo Grill Invitations: Magnificent Milestones Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones Transportation: VIP Wedding Cake: Tipsy Cake Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call