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Kristen & Mike, Greenhouse Loft

Kristen and Mike were such a sweet couple and I knew from the first day I met Kristen, we were going to have a blast working together. I loved working with the two of them and every detail that went into this wedding was so memorable and made for such a great planning experience. Kristen and Mike were married at Greenhouse Loft in Chicago, a venue that had recently opened and was under complete construction when Kristen and Mike first chose it for their wedding venue. Greenhouse Loft is located in the historic Green Exchange Building and it was extremely important to Kristen and Mike to incorporate green details into their own wedding day. Kristen and Mike wanted to incorporate their alma maters into their wedding day as well, as both of their college experiences were so important to them.

Kristen spent four years on the cheerleading team at the University of Michigan and ended up finding her dress at a boutique in downtown Ann Arbor. That was so special to Kristen as her college town is so very dear to her heart. She incorporated the beautiful lace detail from her dress into her Amy Beck wedding cake as well. We also had the Wolverine Bride and Redbird Groom as their cake topper! Navy was one of her wedding colors, she wore a UMichigan Garter and her mother sewed UMichigan charms onto the heel of her Kate Spade shoes – “Go Blue!” At the reception, we served Bride and Groom specialty cocktails, Blueberry Vodka and Lemonade called “The Maize N’ Blue” and to represent Illinois State for Mike we served Red Sangria, “Redbird Sangria.”

We had a beautiful ceremony in the courtyard of Greenhouse Loft and Dolce Strings performed music that was meaningful to the Bride and Groom. Songs included, Coldplay’s “Paradise,” and Journey’s, “Don’t Stop Believing.” Kristen and Mike’s ring bearer carried an adorable wooden sign that read, “Uncle Mike, Here Comes Your Bride!” We hung stem-less wine glasses on shepherd hooks (that Kristen’s dad drilled holes in!) that we used as floral vases.

Guests enjoyed reading wooden signs that Kristen had made and we placed them all around the Loft with lyrics to their first dance song, Adele’s, “Make You Feel My Love. Kristen spent time creating all of her own personalized invitations, place cards and guests’ favors which were mason jars guests could use to fill up their own candy from a personalized candy station that filled the center of the room. Kristen’s sister designed the table numbers and head table place cards and signage. The entire family played such a role in all the planning for Kristen and Mike, which made the day so intimate and meaningful. Hearty Boys created ethnic food stations from all over the world that symbolized Kristen and Mike’s heritage and favorite cuisines. DJ Chris Vittorio with Spin Productions kept the dance floor packed all night long and Heather Parker Photography captured every moment and every personalized detail of Kristen and Mike’s wedding day!

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Wedding Planner: Lauren Knuepfer with LK Events
Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
DJ: Christopher Vittorio with Spin Productions
Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Strings
Flowers: Allison Denny with Stems
Caterer: The Hearty Boys
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Cake Topper: The Pink Koala on Etsy
Wedding Videography: R.E.M. Videography
Wedding Favors: DIY Mini Mason Jars for Candy Table (Mason Jar Tags with “Thank You” Message from Etsy)
Wedding Tags for Guest Favors: Leafy Vine Design & The Pink Koala on Etsy
Wedding Hairstylist: Livia Caporale
Wedding Makeup Artist: Brian Sutherby
Bride’s Wedding Day Jewelry: Earrings from The Left Bank Jewelry
Wedding Stationery: Paper Source (Custom Made)
Wedding Gown Make and Style: Modern Trousseau (Custom Made)
Wedding Bridal Boutique: The Gown Shop
Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel via The Gown Shop
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade (navy Charm shoe)
Groom/Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse
Groom’s Tie: JoS A. Bank
Groomsmen’s Ties: Tie Bar
Bridesmaid Dress Make and Style: BCBG (Navy Palais One-Shoulder Cocktail Dress)
Bridesmaid Wedding Day Jewelry: Five Little Gems on Etsy 
Flower Girl Dress: Target
Flower Girl Shoes: Target
Flower Girl Bow Headband: Claire’s
Ring Bearer Sign: 4 The Love of Hannah on Etsy 
Other Wood Signs: And The Sign Says on Etsy
Ceremony Officiant: Judge Clint Hull (friend of Kristen’s family)

 

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Kristi & Jon, Adler Planetarium

The moment I met Kristi, I knew we would be friends for life. And we are. Not only because we both share a love of wine, but because I felt like I was talking to one of my best friends from childhood during our initial meeting. Kristi is the sweetest girl I know; she has the most energetic and outgoing personality and makes everyone feel like a close friend. I knew we were going to have a blast planning her wedding for the next year.

Kristi and Jon walked into the Adler Planetarium and fell in love; we knew that was the place for them to have the reception. Kristi is modern and tres chic, but simple and classic; we knew we had the perfect setting for her wedding reception. I will never forget walking into Blumen Design, for Kristi’s floral sample and she screamed when she saw her floral design – with excitement! Amy and I still laugh about that to this day; she was just so overjoyed with everything and that made the planning process so much fun, for everyone involved.

Kristi and Jon’s wedding day was picture perfect. She looked exquisite in her Saison Blanche Couture bridal gown and her bridesmaids looked gorgeous and cheerful in their bright yellow dresses with hot pink bouquets. Her reception was stunning – black linens and chairs, hot pink and yellow floral and pink up lights – incredible against the city skyline. There was not a dry eye in the room as their best friends and family talked about Kristi and Jon during their reception. It was an honor to be a part of such a beautiful wedding for this beautiful couple, inside and out (and now friends for life!) Thanks Kristi and Jon!

 

Special thanks to our vendors:

Bridal Attire: Saison Blanche Couture with Laskers Jewelers
Groom’s Attire: Richard Bennett
Bridesmaids: Bridal andFormal, Inc.
Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse
Bakery: Amy Beck Cake Design
Makeup: Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup
Caterer: Food For Thought
Floral: Blumen Design
Hotel: Union League Club of Chicago
Lighting: Spin Light Design
Ceremony Musicians:
Entertainment: DJ Chicago
Photographer: Vrai Photography
Videography: R.E.M. Video and Photography
Wine Labels: Etsy
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Ceremony Site: United Methodist Church Chicago Temple
Reception Venue: Adler Planetarium