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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

A Bright and Cheery Summer Soiree, Harold Washington Library

Planning weddings means we are surrounded by pretty flowers and gorgeous details throughout the year, but what usually stands out most is the bond we end up forging with the families whom we work with. This was one of those families. Their warmth, insatiable humor, and kindness ensured that our year spent planning Jenna and Scott’s wedding was beyond enjoyable.

When I first met Jenna and Scott, the conversation revolved around having the best band to get the dance party started. Knowing their family and friends who would be in attendance, a great band was high on their priority list. When they made the decision to hire The Chicago Players, I just knew that the following June would live up to their expectations for a classic dance party!

As soon as we finalized the band, we spent the rest of the year dreaming up ways to infuse their personal style into the wedding day. Fleur decked out the Winter Garden Ballroom with some of the biggest coral charm peonies I have ever seen! Jenna and Scott infused so much personal style into their paper goods from the invitations and literary quotes on the cocktail tables to the custom water color cocktail in honor of their pup, Augusta. It was an incredible day spent with such a loving family and I am so honored to have been there for their journey. Wishing you all the best!

Photography: Christine Ciszczon, Gerber & Scarpelli
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Venue: Harold Washington Library
Band: The Chicago Players
Floral/Décor: Kelly Marie Thompson, Fleur Inc
Paper Goods: Chena Designs
Beauty: Sonia Roselli
Photo Booth: Smilebooth & Custom Backdrop by Jayne Weddings
Transportation: VIP Valet
Planning: Allison Young, LK Events

Lesley & Bobby, The Trump Hotel

Some might say that Lesley and Bobby met by chance that fall day at the Badgers Football Game but with Bobby living in Chicago and Lesley in LA I would say it was actually fate that brought them together. They decided to get married in Chicago so more of their family members would be able to attend and Bobby proposing on the Terrace at the Trump Tower made it an easy choice for where they would host their reception.

Their wedding weekend started with their Rehearsal at Covenant Presbyterian Church followed by their Rehearsal Dinner at Del Frisco’s.

The day of the wedding the amazing ladies of Sonia Roselli got the girls picture perfect while the photographers from Studio This Is and the videographers from One Fine Day started documenting their wedding day.

Once boutonnieres were pinned and bouquets handed out we headed to Covenant Presbyterian Church making sure to keep Lesley tucked away so Bobby wouldn’t see her until she walked down the aisle with her dad. Lesley wore a full ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and the bottom of the dress was all hand sewn lace and of course a long train. Her bouquet was white peonies in various stages of bloom. The altar of the gorgeous church was decorated with a tall cylinder clear vase on each side with overflowing white hydrangea, white peonies, coral charm peonies and juliette peach garden roses. After Lesley and Bobby said I do they were off for photos around the city with their wedding party.

The amazing team from Fleur decorated the guest tables with arrangements of overflowing coral peonies, peach juliette garden roses, peachy pink ranunculus and a few white polo garden roses atop a clear glass cube vase. And then in two smaller clear glass cube vases were a collection of coral peonies and juliette garden roses.

Dan from The Gold Coast Orchestra introduced the newlyweds into their reception where they went straight into cutting their gorgeous cake from Cake. Their guests listened to toasts from Lesley’s dad, their siblings and Bobby’s Best Man while they dined on their Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Lemon Grass Poached Halibut and Roasted Vegetable Tian.

Lesley still had one more surprise for Bobby, which was a Groom’s Cake in the shape of his Wisconsin Badger Mascot. After dinner it was time for Lesley and Bobby’s thank you toast and their first dance along with Lesley’s dance with her Father and Bobby’s with his Mother. Then it was time for the dancing to begin. We did sneak them away for sunset photos on the terraces – with that view at sunset how could we not? Their guests were treated with some late night snacks among those of course were Chicago-style hot dogs and mini root beer ice cream floats.

It was such a beautiful and meaningful day with family as the focus. I feel so fortunate that Lesley and Bobby entrusted me with their wedding day. Wishing you two and Doug the dog a lifetime of happiness!!
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Band: The Gold Coast Orchestra
Beauty: Sonia Roselli
Cake: Cake
Church: Covenant Presbyterian Church
Florist: Fleur
Hotels: Trump Tower, Conrad Chicago, Hilton Chicago
Lighting: PSAV
Officiant: Pastor Jason S. Glombicki
Photographer: Studio This Is
Photo Booth: Clowning Around Entertainment
Rehersal Dinner: Del Frisco’s
Rentals: BBJ Linens
Stationery: Sugar Paper
Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company, Odyssey Transportation
Venue: Trump Tower

 

Stephanie & Brian, Intercontinental Chicago

I first met Brian and Stephanie on a warm fall evening on their rooftop deck while we crossed our fingers that the first weekend in May would bring similar temperatures. Chicago weather cooperated for once and brought Brian and Stephanie a picture perfect day! Our journey together spanned just seven months, but quickly grew into a fantastic friendship filled with lots of laughter and creative planning!

Stephanie and Brian had a weekend full of celebration in Chicago with a family night out at River Shannon, rehearsal dinner at LuxBar and a Friday night official kick-off to the wedding at none other than Butch McGuire’s!

The wedding morning began with Stephanie, her bridesmaids, and close family getting pampered by Brian Sutherby and Richard Inocencio at The Intercontinental while Vanessa from averyhouse was capturing all of the pretty details and laughter from years of friendship. Meanwhile, Brian and his groomsmen were downstairs enjoying a custom burger bar at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse.

Brian, Stephanie, and their wedding party took advantage of the gorgeous spring weather to capture photos around Michigan Avenue before heading to Fourth Presbyterian Church for their ceremony. Reverend John Vest led a touching ceremony full of sweet personal details as his final ceremony with the church. Just as Brian and Stephanie were pronounced as husband and wife, guests were surprised with a recessional lead by traditional BagPipes!

Guests were welcomed to cocktail hour with a gorgeous display of candles and vases filled with Bells of Ireland and Thistle amongst family wedding photos as a nod to the couple’s Irish and Scottish roots. The reception began in The Grand Ballroom to the sounds of The Party Faithful surrounded by lush floral by the talented Fleur. Cherry Blossoms, bold burgundy peonies, ivory dahlias, aubergine ranunculus, and lots of eucalyptus accentuated the ornate ballroom with a romantic flair that perfectly complemented Stephanie’s Kelly Faetanini gown and Brian’s emerald velvet jacket.

Guests dined on a fresh spring salad, followed by their choice of shortrib or arctic char with seasonal vegetables. After dinner, Stephanie and Brian and their family and friends danced the night away!

I was honored to be a part of Brian and Stephanie’s weekend and had the best time planning their wedding. Congratulations you two!

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Photography: Vanessa Wheeler, averyhouse
Makeup: Brian Sutherby, MUSE Beauty Bar
Hair: Richard Inocencio,  Salon Blonde
Getting Ready Locations: The Intercontinental and Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Ceremony Location: Fourth Presbyterian Church
Bagpipes: Dave Johnston, Chicalba BagPiping
Floral: Kelly Marie Thompson, Fleur
Lighting and Drape: Patti Herioux, MDM Entertainment
Rentals: Hall’s Rentals
Reception: Chris Schmidt, The InterContinental Mag Mile
Band: Colby Beserra, The Party Faithful
Invitations and day-of paper: Lynda Judge, Greenstar Paperie
Planning: LK Events
Bride’s Attire: Kelly Faetanini, Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Attire: Armani
Bridesmaid Attire: Joanna August
Rehearsal Dinner: LuxBar
Bridal Luncheon: Summer House Santa Monica

Audrey & Patrick, Galleria Marchetti

My job is never a “job” when I’m working with a couple that is so sweet and witty. Audrey and Patrick were just this type of couple and I had an amazing time working with them on planning their wedding.  Their vision was a laid back, not stuffy, beautiful and fun event. A priority of the day was to Dance Dance Dance! We shared many laughs throughout the months of planning and I loved working with Audrey on all of the little details that brought together their special day.

The morning of the wedding, Ashley of Ashley Biess Photography was able to capture many special moments Audrey had with her sisters, friends and mom. There was much laughter, as well as a relaxed vibe in the room, and that is exactly what every bride needs. The little details of Audrey’s Vera Wang gown and the invitation suite from Spilled Ink Press were also captured in our pre-ceremony time together, but soon we were off to Galleria Marchetti.

Audrey and Patrick did not want to see each other prior to the ceremony, so we kept them separated until the big moment! There was nothing but smiles for everyone in attendance when Patrick waited for Audrey at the end of the aisle. Audrey and Patrick were married by a family friend with a gorgeous, and not too hot, August sun shining down on them. It was beautiful!

After the I Do’s, guests mingled in the courtyard area for a lively cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres like Arancini and Walnut Toasts.  As guests made their way into the tented ballroom area for dinner, they were greeted with a spectacular escort card table with a French Flower Market feel from Fleur and color coded escort cards. Dinner included a Grilled Tuscan Steak and Chicken alla Vesuivio with Sweet Mandy B’s Cupcakes for dessert. As Audrey and Patrick requested, the dance floor was soon packed and they were able to Dance Dance Dance! Congratulations Audrey & Patrick!

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Photographer: Ashley Biess Photography
Florist: Fleur
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Stationery: Spilled Ink Press
Reception Venue: Galleria Marchetti
Caterer: Galleria Marchetti
Planning: LK Events
DJ: DJ Chicago
Ceremony Music: Parkwest Strings
Beauty: Beauty on Call
Bridal Gown Designer: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Amsale
Bridesmaid Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaids
Hotel: Park Hyatt Chicago
Men Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Photobooth: ShutterBooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Carmine’s
Transportation: Metropolitan Limousine

Megan & Stephan, Private Residence

I find that it’s pretty easy to become friends with my clients. When you spend month after month together, planning their dream day over glasses of wine and laughter, a bond is always formed. This is what happened with Megan and Stephen and I this past year. This darling couple had a clear vision for their wedding day and it included a reception at Megan’s childhood home, surrounded by family.

Megan & Stephen’s relaxed elegance was seen throughout their wedding day. One of my favorite photos of the day was of Megan & Stephen presenting flowers to the Blessed Mother. It’s a picture perfect moment. After a beautiful ceremony at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, the guests boarded a trolley that transported them to the home reception. They were greeted with cocktails, passed appetizers, and a solo pianist. While the wedding party took some photos around Naperville, guests were invited to play lawn games and mingle throughout the main level of the home, deck and tented area. Megan, Stephen and the wedding party arrived at the home and Twin Strings began playing. Then the main course food stations opened for everyone’s enjoyment. The evening continued with speeches from family members, scrumptious pie dessert, and a DJ. What a beautiful day for my new friends!

Special thanks to our vendors:

Bakery: Cheap Tart
Caterer: Chef by Request
Florist: Fleur
Hotel for Guests:  Chicago Marriott Naperville
Reception Musicians: Backthird Entertainment
Photographer: Doug McGoldrick Photography
Rentals: M&M The Special Events Company
Stationery: Elizabeth Grace
Transportation: Naperville Trolley & Tours
Ceremony Venue:  Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Private Residence