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Elegant Fall Wedding at University Club, Sarah & TJ

I met Sarah almost a year before her wedding day and distinctly remember our two days of traveling around Chicago to find the perfect venue for her and TJ’s wedding. The couple had already decided that they were going to have their wedding ceremony at Saint Clement, and they wanted to find the perfect reception venue to celebrate in. I was very excited that they chose The University Club of Chicago, as Cathedral Hall is an elegant and iconic room in Chicago.

Sarah found Todd James Photography through a friend and he captured the day so beautifully. From the first snowfall of the season, to the faith-filled ceremony, to the beautiful reception in Cathedral Hall, the celebration and joy from Sarah & TJ emanate from their photos. Getting caught in the first snowfall was not planned; however, we all embraced the moment and laughed our way through snowflakes in our eyes and wet snow in our shoes! Along with Todd, Aaron Bean was also onsite to capture all of the moments on video, especially the getting ready karaoke moment from the ladies, such a treasured moment.

Given Sarah’s personality and vision for her wedding day, I knew that she had to meet Alexandra from Exquisite Designs. The two of them hit it off right away and Alexandra designed a beautiful color story and centerpieces that were the perfect look for a fall wedding. I’m completely in love with the Sarah’s bouquet and the lush head table garland. Sarah also has a similar paper goods obsession that I do, so I knew the perfect place for her stationery items would be at Magnificent Milestones. From the menu cards with quotes on them to the matchbooks with their hashtag, they were the little details that helped to make Sarah & TJ’s celebration truly unique. I also loved that they had Allie Hasson create a custom crest to be used as their guest book!

The final touch to Sarah & TJ’s celebration was the music. They wanted a packed dance floor and I knew that Sarah & TJ would love Gold Coast Events and they were over the moon with The Chicago Players. The special surprise was that Sarah’s family organized a flash mob on the dance floor to “Shut Up and Dance” and the look on her face is priceless! Congratulations Sarah & TJ! I was so honored to have been on this journey with you!

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Beauty: Sonia Roselli Studio
Florist: Exquisite Designs
Rehearsal Dinner: Topo Gigio
Ceremony Musicians: Thomas Yang String Trio
Reception Musicians: The Chicago Players
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Photographer: Todd James Photography
Linens: BBJ Linen
Lighting: Frost
Room Blocks: Palmer House Hilton, Blackstone Hotel
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones
Crest Guest Book: Allie Hasson
Transportation: Trolley Car & Bus Company
Ceremony Venue: Saint Clement
Reception Venue, Food & Beverage, Getting Ready: University Club of Chicago
Videographer: Aaron Bean Cinema
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

 

Hannah & Steven, Chicago Yacht Club

We love learning about the journey of each of our couples and for Hannah and Steven, their journey began with Hannah asking Steven for a pencil when they were taking their CPA exam. Their journey also included two weddings to celebrate with both families. Their wedding in May took them to China to celebrate with Hannah’s family and I had the pleasure of working with Steven’s mom to help plan and coordinate the wedding in Chicago, three months later.

On the day of their wedding, Hannah and Steven spent a relaxing morning getting themselves ready for their ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral. We love these images of the two of them dressing and prepping and their adorable First Look. Don’t you think that Hannah’s dress is like a work of art?

Deacon Strom presided over a lovely ceremony in this beautiful cathedral and afterwards, Nick from Rebecca Marie Photography & Design captured family portraits. Guests then had a few hours to enjoy the beautiful Chicago afternoon before making their way to the Chicago Yacht Club. Guests were ushered up to the 2nd floor cocktail hour space where Alex from Exquisite Designs had brought in some whimsy with white and lavender paper lanterns.

Guests were then brought downstairs for dinner with both of Hannah & Steven’s parents being introduced into the room with the couple. In keeping with the feel of the Yacht Club, Alex’s floral designs included monochromatic elevated designs feature white phaleanopsis orchids, white calla lilies and lavender hydrangea in glass vases with mirrored/chrome candles. Everyone enjoyed the culinary delights from the Chicago Yacht Club, which was inspired by the blending of Hannah & Steven’s families. The first course was Confit of Duck Ravioli, the second course was a Spiced Thai Salad, this was followed by a Lemon Sorbet Intermezzo, then the entrée was a Braised Short Rib & Grilled Sea Bass duet, with the final course of Wedding Cake and Cookies. Even with full stomachs, guests could not stay off the dance floor because the Chicago Groove Collective was grooving all night long. The only time that guests left the dance floor was for the Navy Pier Fireworks – what a fabulous way to celebrate! Congratulations Hannah & Steven!

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Florist: Exquisite Designs
Rehearsal Dinner: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Hotel Room Block: Hyatt Regency
Musicians (Cocktail Hour & Reception): Chicago Groove Collective
Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design
Stationery: Steel Petal Press
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Ceremony Venue: Holy Name Cathedral
Venue, Food & Beverage, Wedding Cake: Chicago Yacht Club
Wedding Planner: LK Events

Sarah & Jeff, Art Institute of Chicago – Modern Wing

Some couples have many celebrations around their wedding day and that was how I came to meet Sarah & Jeff. They had decided to have a small ceremony in Napa in May, a Chicago reception in June, and a Michigan reception in July. I was lucky enough to work with them for their Chicago reception with family and friends at the Art Institute of Chicago – Modern Wing.

Sarah and Jeff had a weekend celebration in Chicago with a rehearsal dinner at Carnivale on a Friday night. Guests were treated to appetizers like Shrimp Ceviche and Veal Empanada and entrees like Arrachera and Paella. Shutterbooth was also on hand to capture the festivity of the evening!

The next day found Sarah and Jeff having a relaxing day together and Sarah having Pin Me Up Chicago treat her to hair and make-up appointments at her home. We met the beaming couple that afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago – Modern Wing and Rebecca from Rebecca Marie Photography & Design whisked them away for photos together and with their families.

That evening, we gathered the couple and their guests back up in Bluhm Terrace for Cocktail Hour. Guests were greeted with passed appetizers of Cantonese Spring Rolls and Coriander Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloins under a canopy of red Chinese Lanterns and a beautiful Chicago evening. As they made their way into Terzo Piano, guests picked up their escort cards which featured Chinese Red, the Double Happiness symbol and beautiful calligraphy from Stacey Shapiro. Incorporating elements of Chinese culture into their wedding day was important to Sarah and Jeff, as they met in Shanghai when both of them were working there.

Alexandra from Exquisite Designs provided a clean and modern décor that featured mixed collections of white tulips, white hydrangeas, white roses, white lilies and white spray roses in clear glass square vases lined with black ti leaves. For some contrast in the room, the round dinner tables featured a tall arrangement of open cut white calla lilies in a clear glass tall cylinder vase. With a couple of speeches to kick off the night, guests enjoyed an amazing dinner from Bon Appetit with monogrammed Petit Fours for dessert and DJ Rob spinning the 1’s and 2’s. Congratulations to a spectacular couple, Sarah & Jeff!

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Beauty: Pin Me Up Chicago
DJ: Spin-Chicago
Florist: Exquisite Designs
Food & Beverage: Bon Appetit
Rehearsal Dinner: Carnivale
Rehearsal Dinner Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Hotel Room Block: Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, The Palmer House Hilton
Linen: BBJ Linen
Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design
Calligraphy: Stacey Shapiro Calligraphy
Reception Venue: Art Institute of Chicago – Modern Wing
Wedding Planner: LK Events