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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

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


Blair & Rob, Chicago History Museum

Even though a couple’s wedding day is nothing about me, there are some couples that just bring me so much joy and laughter. This was the case with the stunning Blair and debonair Rob. Our journey together in planning their wedding was filled with fun and continually crossing off items on our To-Do lists!

When our team arrived at Public Chicago on the morning of the wedding, Blair and her ladies and her mom were in the midst of all of their beauty appointments with Lauren Logan and Brian Sutherby. There was much excitement in the air and soon we were putting Blair into her wedding dress. It was a very special moment as this was her mother’s wedding dress and doesn’t she look stunning? We then brought up Rob to have a look at his bride and their moments were absolutely priceless.

Rob, Blair and their Wedding Party then left with Taylor Lord for some fun photos around Chicago! We then joined up with them again at the Chicago History Museum for a few more photos until guests began arriving. Allison from Stems completely transformed the South Gallery with beautiful large arrangements with lush floral, branches, foliage and vines. This is definitely one of our favorite ceremony set-ups! When guests entered the room they were greeted with Ginger Rosemary Lemonade and lovely prelude music from artistrings.

Rev. Dave Angle performed a lovely ceremony for Blair and Rob and soon we had guests out on the Plaza for the Cocktail Hour. It was a beautiful July day and guests enjoyed the Specialty Cocktail of Bees Knees and hors d’oeuvres like Ahi Tuna on a Lotus Root Chip and Chile Rubbed Chicken in a Crispy Wonton. While guests mingled and congratulated Blair and Rob, the North and South Gallery was transformed into an elegant summer evening reception. From the ivory shantung linens to the fruitwood versaille chairs and the stunning centerpieces, the room was a perfect picture of elegance.

Blair and Rob chose for just the two of them to be introduced into the room for dinner and both of their fathers provided a short speech before dinner was served. The meal that evening featured Blair’s recipe for Blue Cheese Grits alongside a duet of Flat Iron Steak and Pan Seared Chicken. The guests absolutely devoured it all! But there was still room for some delicious Red Velvet Cake from Amy Beck Cake Design. Then to top off the celebration of Blair and Rob, the Gold Coast All Stars kept all of the guests on their feet all night. What a wonderful evening and congratulations to Blair & Rob!

PS – Please check out some of Blair’s thoughts on her wedding and follow her at The Fox & She.

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Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Gown: Redesigned Mother’s Wedding Gown
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make-Up: Brian Sutherby
Bakery: Amy Beck Cake Design
Florist: Stems
Food: Food For Thought
Bridesmaids Luncheon: LuxBar
Rehearsal Dinner: Gibson’s Bar & Restaurant
Hotel Room Block: Public Chicago
Musicians (Ceremony & Cocktail Hour): artistrings
Musicians (Reception): Gold Coast All Stars
Officiant: Rev. Dave Angle
Photographer: Taylor Lord
Stationery & Calligraphy: The Bride
Transportation: V.I.P. Valet Services
Venue & Beverages: Chicago History Museum
Wedding Planner: LK Events

Andrea & Mike, Chicago History Museum

Andrea and I went to college together, so of course I was so excited when she asked me to help plan her wedding. Andrea and Mike chose the Chicago History Museum for their wedding reception and their ceremony was held at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago.

Andrea and her bridesmaids got ready on the wedding morning at Public Hotel in the heart of the gold coast. This iconic landmark is decorated in a “no color” palette making it a perfect backdrop for photographing any bride. Andrea looked stunning in the lobby photos Kris Kasperek captured and her and Mike were able to spend some time back at the hotel post ceremony to get more shots there.

The bride’s mom designed and created her bolero and also created personalized fur stoles for each of the bridesmaids. I loved them so much I have had Andrea’s Mom create them for other clients of ours! They are gorgeous!

Andrea carried a bouquet of peach Juliette garden roses with ivory Polo and white Majolika roses. We decorated the guest tables with silver footed bowls filled with lush mounds of Juliette roses, white hydrangea and peach peonies. Skyline kept the party going all night long! Congrats on coming up on your one year anniversary Andrea and Mike!

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Getting Ready Location: Public Hotel
Event Planner: LK Events
Photographer: iKLiK Photo, Kris Kasperek
Ceremony: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
Reception: Chicago History Museum
Floral and Decor: Stems Chicago
Catering: Berghoff Catering
Cake: Berghoff Catering
Transportation: Windy City Limos
Entertainment: Skyline  of Arlen Music Productions
Invitations: Bride Designed and Printed
Hair: Michelle
Make Up: Dorie Mae
Dress Designer: Enzoani Dakota
Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Jewelry: Bracelet – vintage piece from Randolph St. Market
Tux – Calvin Klein
Groomsmen Tux’s – Calvin Klein
Bridesmaid Dresses – Bill Levkof


Katelyn & JJ, Chicago History Museum

Katelyn and JJ are such an adorable couple and I had a blast planning their wedding with them. Just looking at these photos brings back so many memories; we had the best time!

JJ proposed to Katelyn on a winter night in Chicago, right before Thanksgiving. With a surprise proposal to Katelyn and a night spent celebrating with family and friends, JJ created the perfect evening for his soon to be bride. After listening to Katelyn and JJ tell their story, I knew this was going to be a wedding to remember.

Katelyn knew exactly what she wanted, which made the planning so much fun! Originally from Dallas, she wanted to incorporate a Southern flair to the day, but she also wanted to keep the look elegant and romantic. The Chicago History Museum was the perfect setting for their fall reception. Katelyn wanted to incorporate her love for purples, aubergines, and blush tones. Jessica at Heffernan Morgan created gorgeous centerpieces with aubergine dahlias, garden roses, hydrangeas and a mix of mercury glass to complete the look.

Magnificent Milestones designed the custom menu cards for the guests, along with her invites and all other day of items. We created a time line of events on the menu card so guests knew what to expect during their meal and between courses. Blue Plate served mini buttermilk waffles with fried chicken and braised mole chicken in tortilla cups along with several other southern hors d’oeuvre for cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed “KK’s” Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonades and “JJ’s” Crown and Dr. Pepper – favorite drinks of the bride and groom. The first course was a fried green tomato salad, followed by a choice of blackened chicken with grits or braised short ribs with macaroni and cheese. It was a delicious southern menu and guests loved it! The Sarlas Orchestra kept the guests dancing all night long. Katelyn and JJ’s wedding was incredible and we had an amazing team of vendors for the best couple!

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Wedding Dress: Amsale
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino
Jewelry: The Left Bank Jewlery & Bridal Finery
Fur: Gift from the Groom, Vintage
Tux: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew
Getting Ready Location: The Drake Hotel
Ceremony: St. Joseph Church
Reception: Chicago History Museum
Invitations, Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Catering: Blue Plate
Cake: More Cupcakes
Cupcakes: More Cupcakes
Hair: Beauty on Call
Make Up: Brian Sutherby
Photography: Chad Husar
Floral, Décor, Lighting: Heffernan Morgan
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Band: Chris Sarlas Orchestra
Ceremony Musicians: Artistrings

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