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A Garden Wedding, Galleria Marchetti

One of the greatest pleasures of my job is getting to plan one of my oldest friend’s weddings.  Leslie and I have been friends since pre-school so when Scott called to tell me he was proposing, needless to say, I was ecstatic!  I knew this was going to be a fun wedding, not only because Scott and Leslie have impeccable taste…but this was also going to bring us childhood girls back together again!  

Leslie and Scott fell in love with Galleria Marchetti for many reasons.  The outside courtyard was perfect for their ceremony and cocktails and the newly renovated tent provided the most intimate dinner in the heart of the city.  We kicked off the wedding weekend at Jane’s Restaurant and headed back to the Langham Hotel where Leslie got ready in the morning.  Leslie and Scott had their first look right outside the Langham that provided the picture perfect backdrop for these two! A little rain didn’t stop us from taking photos around the city before heading back to Galleria Marchetti for the ceremony.  The rain did prevent us from an outdoor wedding; however, we were able to set up the most beautiful ceremony inside the tent. Fleur Couture adorned the back of the chairs with a garland made up of lemon and bay leaves and lined the entrance with clusters of polished nickel lanterns with mossy green accents. 

Leslie carried a garden style hand tied bouquet of seeded eucalyptus, bay leaves, white peonies and Juliet garden roses.  The bridesmaids carried coordinating bouquets of seeded eucalyptus, blush peonies and garden roses. Each dining table evoked a fresh picked garden feel with a focus on greenery and complimenting spring blooms.  We used classic nickel lanterns surrounded by mercury glass bowls of plumosa, white peonies and ranunculus on some guest dining tables and rustic wooden boxed filled with white hydrangea, berries, apricot stock and queen annes lace adored the others.  Paper Plane Paperie designed the wedding logo that we carried throughout the invitation suite and paper details.  We accented the menu cards with a bay leaf sprig that gave the napkins the perfect pop of color on the neutral tables.

Artistrings’ trio performed for the ceremony and after Leslie and Scott recessed to, “Love Story,” the party continued with Cage and Aquarium keeping the dance floor packed all night and Sapan capturing it all.  We had such an incredible day for Leslie and Scott and it was an honor for us to be a part of it all!  Congrats you two!!

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Wedding Planning: LK Events, Lauren Knuepfer
Venue and Catering: Galleria Marchetti
Rehearsal Dinner: Jane’s
Photographer: Sapan Ahuja
Event Design: Fleur Couture
Entertainment: Cage and Aquarium
Ceremony Music: Artistrings
Officiate: Groom’s Uncle
Wedding Cake: Alliance
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Dana Jasper
Invitations and Day of Items: Paper Plane Paperie
Tables: Halls Rental
Linens: BBJ Linens
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Dress: Amsale
Shoes: Pelle Moda
Groom’s Tuxedo: Tommy Hilfiger
Groom’s Shoes: Johnston and Murphy

Chicago Botanic Garden, Mariana & Joey

Mariana and Joey’s wedding weekend began after their rehearsal with a lovely Rehearsal Dinner at Skokie Country Club and then they continued the celebration with a Welcome Party at Trifecta Grill.

The morning of the wedding B. Beautiful Chicago and Kristin Ruengpinyophun made sure the ladies’ makeup and hair were picture perfect. Steven from Steven Rosenberg Photography and Will and Vadim from Imagination Designers were there to capture all the getting ready fun and special moments throughout the day. Joey and his groomsmen headed over to the Chicago Botanic Garden for some photos and then Mariana and her bridesmaids headed that way as well. Once Mariana and Joey’s first look was complete it was time for group photos.

After photos were finished it was time for the Wedding Party to head to Glencoe Union Church (which you might recognize this church from the movie Sixteen Candles). After a wonderful ceremony performed by Reverend David Wood it was time to make Mariana’s childhood dream complete as we headed back to the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden for their reception.

Nicole from Fleur Couture added beautiful touches to the English Walled Garden. As guests entered the garden she hung mossy M and J Letters that were accented with fresh blooms on the garden gate doors. The large beautiful tree by the little pond was adorned with garden style arrangements in mason jars hung from navy ribbon and lanterns. The place card table had two large billowy garden style arrangements on both ends composed of hydrangea, garden roses, stock, dahlias, babies breath, curly willow and other seasonal florals in shades of ivory, blush, butter & apricot in ivory iron garden urns. The escort cards were placed atop green moss filled beveled mirrored boxes and mixed in between the boxes were votive candles and large open blooms. Guests enjoyed Crab Cakes, Goat Cheese Croquettes, Pork Tenderloin, Ratatouille Bruschetta and Roasted Scallops.

As guests entered McGinely Pavilion for the reception they took in all the beauty that surrounded them. There were tables with tall clear glass curvy vases topped with airy arrangements of ivory hydrangea, butter, yellow and ivory roses, peach and blush hypericum berries, deep blue delphinium, blush spray roses, blush dahlias, apricot stock, ivory Hawaiian orchids, ivory wax flower queen annes lace, seeded eucalyptus, trailing jasmine with votive candles hanging from curly willow branches. Other tables had low mercury glass footed vases filled with a cascading mix of similar floral in the taller arrangements including some curly willow touches.

Dan from The Indigo Band announced in our newlyweds and they cut their gorgeous cake from Three Tarts Bakery. After the cake cutting Mariana’s parents welcomed their guests and Reverend David Wood blessed the meal. The Best Man and Maid of Honor toasted the happy couple while guests enjoyed their Romaine, Radicchio and Watercress Salad. Guests dined on Filet Mignons, Roasted Salmon or Wild Mushroom Ravioli all cooked to perfection by the team from Culinary Landscape. Mariana’s Father took another moment to speak about his daughter and his new son-in-law. And then it was Mariana and Joey’s turn to honor their families and friends.

After their thank you speech Mariana and Joey had their first dance followed by the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances. And now it was time for The Indigo Band to let loose and get this group on the dance floor and my goodness they kept them on the dance floor all night to the point that I wasn’t sure we were ever going to get them off of it. After the band played their final song was when some of the remaining guests broke into a capella singing and if memory serves me correctly Mariana had a part in this as well. It was such a fun night for everyone!

I was very honored to help Mariana and Joey with their wedding planning process. Throughout their wedding day I was able to see so many loving looks, genuine smiles, laughter and pure happiness. I love catching up with them and always look forward to the next time I see them.

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Band: Indigo with Arlen Music Productions
Brunch: Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
Cake: Three Tarts Bakery
Caterer: Culinary Landscape
Church: Glencoe Union Church
Floral: Fleur Couture
Hair: Kristin Ruengpinyophun
Makeup: B. Beautiful Chicago
Officiant: Reverend David Wood
Paper Items: Yellow Bird
Photographer: Steven Rosenberg Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Skokie Country Club
Room Block: Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker and VIP Valet
Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
Videographer: Imagination Designers
Welcome Party: Trifecta Grill

Laurin & Andy, Chicago Botanic Garden

Laurin and Andy met at a Cubs Game on the Fourth of July in Chicago and were engaged five years later in England, where Andy is from.  A few weeks later, they chose the Botanic Gardens for their ceremony and reception. Since Andy’s family was traveling from Great Britain, they knew they wanted a special place for the guests to enjoy this celebration.  Laurin and Andy also wanted to showcase the wonderful city they live in, so after the rehearsal took place at the Gardens, guests enjoyed a classic steak dinner at Gibson’s in Chicago.

The morning of the wedding, Laurin and her bridesmaids got their hair and make up done at Salon Buzz. After getting ready, Laurin headed up to the Botanic Gardens for the first look with Andy. Photos around the Gardens with their bridal party followed.

Laurin carried a romantic teardrop bouquet of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, freesia and eucalyptus. This fresh garden bouquet looked beautiful with her Vera Wang gown. Andy and his father had traveled to Scotland to select the pattern for his custom kilt.

The bride, a designer, created all of her paper items and even customized signage that we placed around the Gardens.  Every element of her designs was carried through the reception and we completed this look with her floral.  Each of the long rectangle tables showcased a pair of tall summery fresh floral arrangements in shades of blush with textural accents and trailing greenery.  Surrounding the tall pieces was a collection of silver lanterns, silver compotes filled with coordinating floral and greenery and an abundance of candles.  The round tables were adorned with antique silver compotes filled with an array of soft floral and greenery for a fresh picked garden look.  Nicole at Fleur Couture added a lush garland with mixed foliage and a mixture of candles for the head table.  She also added silver lanterns around the lounge areas outside where guests could sit and relax while taking a break from dancing.  Style Matters kept the dance floor packed all night long.  Congrats to Laurin and Andy!!

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Ceremony and Reception: The Chicago Botanic Garden
Catering: Culinary Landscape
Photography: Avery House
Ceremony Music: Artistrings
Wedding Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
DJ: Style Matters
Floral and Décor: Fleur Couture
Hair and Make Up: Salon Buzz
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: J Crew
Andy’s Kilt: Vintage family tartan of the Ewing Family
Invitation Suite: Designed by the bride, Laurin Ewing
Getting Ready Location: The Godfrey Hotel
Officiant: Tom Maluga
Transportation: VIP Valet Services

Emily & Devin, Hotel Arista

It is such a wonderful thing to see when my past couples’ siblings get engaged and decide that they too want to work with LK Events This was the case with Emily and Devin and I could not have been happier to help plan their beautiful wedding day last summer in Naperville.

It was a gorgeous, sunny summer day when our team arrived at Hotel Arista on the morning of the wedding. Emily and her ladies were enjoying beauty time with Christy and Melanie from One Bridal Company. There were a number of oohs and aahs when Emily’s hairpiece was put in and she stepped into her dress. What a glam look for this beautiful bride!!

After Emily and Devin enjoyed a private First Look, captured by the amazing Rebecca Marie Photography & Design, they moved into their Ceremony area for additional photos with their wedding party and families. The ballroom had been transformed with beautiful draping by Elegant Event Lighting and candles and more candles from Fleur Couture. Very soon, we were ushering guests into the Ceremony area and the wedding party walked down the aisle to “Let Her Go” – including our little flower girl and ring bearer in their wagon! Rev. Tom Maluga performed a lovely ceremony for Emily and Devin and then guests were ushered into the Pre-Function area for cocktails. Guests enjoyed snapping photos in the Shutterbooth and noshing on Brie Crostini with Bacon Jam and Panko Crusted Spicy Chicken Lollipops.

While guests mingled and congratulated Emily and Devin, the Ballroom was transformed into an elegant, modern and garden inspired reception. From the grey spandex linens to the custom menus from Greenstar Paperie to the custom white vinyl dance floor and the stunning centerpieces, the room was a perfect picture of modern elegance. Emily and Devin chose to have their parents and entire wedding party introduced into the room for dinner and then they enjoyed their First Dance together. It was an unforgettable, choreographed performance to “Prime Time”.

Everyone enjoyed the meal of Flat Iron Steak or Mahi Mahi and were soon out on the dance floor to the rockin’ beats of Entourage. Congratulations again to Emily and Devin!

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Wedding Planner: LK Events
Hair & Make-Up: One Bridal Company
Bakery: The Cakery
Florist: Fleur Couture
Lighting & Draping: Elegant Event Lighting
Rehearsal Dinner: Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Hotel Room Block: Hotel Arista
Musicians: Entourage
Officiant: Rev. Tom Maluga
Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Stationery: Greenstar Paperie
Venue, Food & Beverages: Hotel Arista
Videographer: XO Pictures

Sarah & Andy, Metropolis Ballroom

When I first met Sarah & Andy over a Skype call, I knew that we were going to be a great match in planning their wedding. They had a very clear vision for what they wanted on their wedding day and just needed someone local to help them with all of the details. We had many laughs over the year that we worked together and they continue to be a beautiful couple on the inside and outside. I am thrilled to share their story and the beautiful images from their wedding day.

Sarah & Andy’s wedding day began with the ladies getting ready at DoubleTree – Arlington Heights by Emily Collins and the incomparable Sonia Roselli. There was a relaxed, yet excited vibe between Sarah, her mom and her bridesmaids. Of course, all of these ladies were stunning without the help of hair and make-up, but Sarah truly looked like a model on her wedding day. The amazingly talented Olivia Leigh was capturing all of the little details and joining in on the merriment in the room. Meanwhile, Andy and his groomsmen were down the hall finishing their look for the day – gray suits and ties with boutonnieres from Fleur Couture.  Olivia coordinated Sarah & Andy’s First Look around the hotel and we were then off to Alice Millar Chapel for the ceremony.

The Northwestern University campus is idyllic and was the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous couple. The photos of Sarah, Andy and their wedding party capture a beautiful combination of old world and modern design. Guests arrived at the chapel bearing gifts and well wishes and the ceremony was a touching reflection of Sarah & Andy’s love. After the I Do’s, guests made their way to the Metropolis Ballroom for much merriment. The Campbell and Vail Rooms were the scene for the cocktail hour that included passed hors d’oeuvres like Blackened Scallops and Pastrami Smoked Salmon on Endive.

After introductions from Chris at Spin, family members were also introduced, which gave a nod to the couple’s Korean tradition. Sarah & Andy cut their gorgeous cake and then dinner of Pepper Seared Filet & Chicken Breast Medallion or Italian Grilled Sea Bass was served. Guests then took to the dance floor with a few dance-offs occurring between family members throughout the night. Sarah & Andy also entertained their guests with the smilebooth  and late night s’mores – both were things that guests returned to more than once! Congratulations to the sweetest of couples, Sarah & Andy!

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Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Veil: Shin Bu Bridal
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Proper Suit
Groom Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Bakery: Gladstone Bakery
Beauty: Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio
Ceremony Venue: Alice Millar Chapel
Florist: Fleur Couture
Reception Venue: Metropolis Ballroom
Hotel: DoubleTree – Arlington Heights
Ceremony Musicians: Laura Kim’s String Quartet
DJ: Spin
Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Photo Booth: smilebooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Maggiano’s at Old Orchard
Stationery – Invitations: Inclosed Studio
Stationery – Day of: Crafty Pie Press
Transportation: Odyssey Transportation

Lindsay & Beau, Cuneo Mansion and Gardens

Lindsay and Beau’s picturesque wedding is one of the many reasons why I love fall weddings in Chicago.  Just looking at these stunning photos from Olivia Leigh Photography brings back memories of the gorgeous wedding day we had for Lindsay and Beau.

Lindsay and Beau fell in love with the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens and knew it was perfect for their ceremony and reception.  They were married on a perfect fall Sunday in October and friends and family from all over the country came in to celebrate with them.

Lindsay had many personal details for her wedding day.  She gave out custom pashminas for the guests in case they were chilly during the outdoor ceremony, we served flavored lemonade and sparkling water for pre ceremony beverages and Lindsay made personalized programs and favors for her guests to enjoy.  Lindsay and Beau have a shared love for wine and we included a Wine Ceremony into their nuptials.  Lindsay and Beau wrote a note to one another and sealed it into a box with their favorite wine that they would then open and read on their 10 Year Wedding Anniversary.

Fleur Couture designed the ceremony and reception floral.  We used soft shades of ivory and white hydrangea, roses, dahlias and herbs for a natural garden feel. Toast and Jam kept the dance floor packed throughout the evening and Olivia Leigh Photography was there to capture every moment!

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Venue: Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photography
Planner: LK Events
Caterer: Bauer’s Catering
Floral and Décor: Fleur Couture
DJ: Toast and Jam
Getting Ready Location: Double Tree, Vernon Hills and Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Honeymoon Suite: Swiss Hotel, Chicago
Dress Designer: Elizabeth Fillmore
Jewelry; Vintage
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: n/a (each girl wore a different dress/designer)
Tux Designer: J. Crew
Hair: Lauren Thompson
Make Up: Katie Sojka

 

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Teage & Chase, The Signature Room

I had the absolute pleasure of coordinating Teage and Chase’s wedding at St. Clement in Lincoln Park and The Signature Room  for their wedding. Teage and Chase met while attending undergrad at Depaul University and knew they wanted a Chicago wedding. After a few venue tours we decided on The Signature Room! Teage and Chase loved the stunning city views and it was very convenient for out of town guests as well.

Teage loved all things violet, blush and ivory. Nicole, at Fleur Couture created gorgeous centerpieces. We used clear glass decanter vases with lush mounds of blush, violet and ivory floral and an abundance of candlelight that gave the room such romantic feel, especially at night. Spin Productions provided ambient lighting around the room and BBJ Linens provided Athena Crystal overlays on the dining tables that gave an elegance to the table settings.

Artisan Events and REM Productions captured the entire day and Teage looked stunning in her Mikaella wedding gown. We served the “Teage Tini” and the “Chase Manhattan” as guests arrived upstairs on the 95th Floor – two favorite drinks of the bride and groom. The bride’s brother, a fantastic singer and song-writer, sang their first dance song and there was not a dry eye in the room! The weather was perfect, the dance floor was packed (thanks to Spin Productions) and guests enjoyed every minute of Teage and Chase’s beautiful wedding weekend!

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Getting Ready Location: The Four Seasons
Ceremony Location: St. Clement
Honeymoon Suite: The Four Seasons
Reception: The Signature Room @ the 95th
Rehearsal Dinner: Park Grill, Millennium Park
Photography: Artisan Events
Videography: REM Productions
Floral and Décor: Fleur Couture
Invitations and Stationery: Greenstar Paperie
Linens: BBJ Linens
Chairs and Chargers: Halls Rental
Lighting: Spin Productions
DJ: Spin Productions
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Jewelry: Nadri
Necklace: Bride’s Grandma
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bride’s Dress: Mikaella from Crystal Bride
Sash & Veil: Crystal Bride
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Joanna August
Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedo  {Calvin Klein}
Groomsmen Ties (Purchased separately): Hugo Boss
Bride’s Hair: Renee Feldman The Bridal Hair Expert
Bridesmaids’ Hair: Beauty on Call
Bride and Bridesmaids Make Up: Dana Jasper
Rings: Long & Company
Bride earrings & bracelet: Nadri
Bridesmaids bracelets: Nadri
Brides necklace: Borrowed from her Grandmother

Laura & Greg, Chicago Botanic Garden

I absolutely adored Laura and Greg and I knew when we first met, the year was going to be filled with lots of fun and laughter. Greg and Laura are such a sweet and genuine couple and we became fast friends during the planning process.

Greg and Laura met while attending law school in Chicago. Laura is originally from Nebraska and Greg is from Atlanta. Greg proposed on the coast of Georgia and they decided to have a Chicago wedding. With family and friends coming from all over the country, they knew they wanted a beautiful outdoor setting. They chose the Chicago Botanic Garden for their wedding reception and we found a beautiful church near downtown Evanston for their intimate ceremony.

Fleur Couture designed the stunning ceremony and reception floral. We tossed hundreds of rose petals as Laura and Greg exited the church into a vintage car after their ceremony. We hung custom moss monogram letters in the English Walled Garden for cocktail hour. Guests signed Chicago vintage post cards for a unique “guest gook” and Laura designed sweet thank you notes to each of her guests on the back of her menu card. The tables were adorned with hydrangea and babies breath filled mason jars and an abundance of candles that softened the reception tent. Frost Chicago hung café lights across the dance floor and we brought in lounge vignettes for guests to sit and mingle on during the evening. Laura was exquisite in her Monique Lhuillier gown and I don’t think there was a moment when she and Greg weren’t smiling and laughing. It was an incredible evening filled with family, friends, love and laughter.

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Vendors:

Wedding Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Getting Ready Hotel: Hotel Orrington
Ceremony Venue: St. Athanasius
Reception Venue + Catering: Chicago Botanic Garden
Wedding Coordination: Lauren Kneupfer from LK Events
Wedding Cinematography: I Do Films
Floral Design: Fleur Couture
Band: Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Honeymoon Suite: The Westin
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Transportation: V.I.P. Valet Services
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Jewelry: Family Heirlooms
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Jenny Yoo
Hair + Makeup: Beauty On Call

Melissa & Zach, The Peninsula Hotel

In celebration of our recent Valentine’s Day (yes, I know I am a little behind), I wanted to share my best friend’s wedding with you. Enjoy!

As a wedding planner in Chicago, I knew coordinating my best friend’s wedding was going to be one of the best experiences I could have. I was able to spend this past year doing what I love most, with the friend I love most. More importantly, I was able to work with some of my favorite vendors in Chicago and I cannot thank them enough for creating such a perfect day for Melissa and Zach.

Melissa and Zach were engaged in March. We had originally planned for a June 2013 wedding; until Melissa realized she didn’t want to be engaged for over a year. What meant more to her was marrying Zach…not planning the wedding. That’s where I came in! The next five months were filled with meetings, tastings, samples, site visits, and dress fittings – all completed before Melissa (who is a second grade teacher), started school again in August.

Melissa and Zach met here in Chicago, and live in River North. They knew they wanted a city wedding and a convenient location for their out of town guests. They chose The Peninsula Hotel, which offered a beautiful terrace for their (two hour) cocktail reception and a stunning ballroom that was gorgeous at night. We booked Kristina Carter with Vrai Photography right away, and Ray Pryor with Emotia for videography. Both vendors I work with all the time, who I knew would capture every precious moment of their wedding day.

The moment Melissa tried on the Vera Wang strapless Gemma gown, we knew she had chosen the one. With a dusty taupe sash, organza blossom hem and a tissue French tulle, we knew she would be a knock out….and of course, she was. It was edgy but elegant and Melissa wore that dress so well. I will never forget the moment when she walked down that aisle – she was exquisite (and I was balling).

Nicole Pandola, owner of Fleur Couture created gorgeous centerpieces that matched Melissa’s modern and contemporary style with a classic and traditional feel.  We used hydrangeas, callas and orchids and surrounded each table with dozens of candles at varying heights to capture the romance and elegance of the day.

Deja Vu rocked out from the start of the reception to the last hour of the evening and guests enjoyed every minute.  Zach and Melissa have a love of country music and Déjà vu learned several songs as a surprise to the couple.  Michelle, the bride’s only sister and Matron of Honor, had the best speech I have ever heard.  She wrote and rapped the entire song to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme, and got the crowd cheering and laughing so hard; it was incredible.

Melissa’s wedding to Zach was the highlight of my year. She was so humbled by the entire wedding planning experience and for that, I am truly grateful. She didn’t stress about the flowers, linens or chairs…she didn’t worry about the food, her hair or her walk down the aisle – the only thing she cared about was marrying her best friend. And that she did. Congratulations to my best friend; thank you for allowing me to play a part in the planning of your wedding and for reminding me everyday how lucky I am, to do what I do!

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Wedding Planner: Lauren Knuepfer of LK Events
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s
Reception Venue: The Peninsula Hotel Chicago
Hotel Location: The Peninsula Hotel Chicago
Hair and Make Up: Antoinette White
Florist: Fleur Couture
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Band: Deja Vu
Photographer: Vrai Photography
Video: Emotia
Invitations and Paperie: Magnificent Milestones
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Kathryn & Zach, Harold Washington Library

I had the pleasure of coordinating a friend’s wedding this past May. The groom, Zach, and I have known each other since the 6th grade and when his fiancé called me about their wedding, I was ecstatic. When Kathryn and I met to discuss her wedding I knew immediately we would become friends. We had a blast chatting about her ideas and visions for her wedding day.

The planning began immediately and Kathryn and Zach selected Harold Washington Library for their venue. We then booked Deja Vu Band, Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography and Fleur Couture to handle their floral and décor. Although we knew the G8-NATO Summit was taking place in Chicago that weekend, we weren’t informed until February that the Library would be used for Federal Government purposes. Our invitations were printed, Save the Dates had been sent and all vendors were booked, so I knew we had a challenge ahead of us. I immediately contacted everyone in my network, the City of Chicago and all of our vendors to inform them of the situation and prepare them for a back up plan. Nothing was going to stop this wedding from happening – not even NATO!

We ended up having a fantastic wedding weekend! We started at Osteria Via Stato for their rehearsal dinner with family and close friends (and an awesome groom’s cake – thanks to Amy Beck Cake Design). On Saturday, Kathryn and Zach had their first look at the park outside the Sofitel. After photos around Chicago and staying clear of the protests, Kathryn and Zach were married at St. James in Lincoln Park. The reception at Harold Washington Library was stunning! Deja Vu kept the dance floor packed all night long and Blue Plate catered an exquisite meal for the guests. We are so fortunate to Harold Washington Library for their support and all the vendors involved given the circumstances with NATO. Kathryn and Zach had an unforgettable wedding weekend!

Special thanks to our vendors:

Reception: Harold Washington Library
Church: St. James
Catering: Blue Plate
Floral: Fleur Couture
Band: Deja Vu Band
Dress: Lazaro
Shoes: Nina
BM Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Grooms Tux: Jos A Banks
Cake: Take the Cake (now known as Cake)
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Make Up: Brian Sutheby
Invitations and Paperie: Kustom Kreations
Photographer: Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography
Hotel: Sofitel
Rehearsal:  Osteria Via Stato
Groom’s Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design