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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

 

Stephanie & Chris, Morgan Manufacturing

It was an honor to help plan Stephanie and Chris’ April Wedding last year. Stephanie and I have known each other for years as she used to be the events coordinator at the Chicago History Museum while I was working at Food For Thought.  Together, we planned countless weddings and became fast friends.  When she got engaged to Chris, needless to say, I was ecstatic.  Stephanie has impeccable taste and after choosing Morgan Manufacturing for her wedding venue, I knew this was going to be an incredible wedding weekend.

Food was one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process to them since they had traveled all over the world (and would soon be living in China) so we wanted to create a menu that was a reflection of their travels but also unique and fun for their guests.  Food For Thought designed Stephanie and Chris’ worldly menu that consisted of a Dim Sum Station with bahn mi’s, shu mai and pot stickers served in mini bamboo plates with chop sticks and accompaniments, a South American Station with skewers, mini chorizo sandwiches, rice and beans and plantain chips served on a black griddle top and a Middle Eastern Station with shawarma, gyros, gnocchi and a traditional Greek salad.  We ended the evening with mini Chicago style hot dogs and fried cheese curds (thanks to Chris’ alma mater), Madison, Wisconsin style….with Tiger Sauce.   Chris also flew in Milkbar (the bride’s favorite bakery in New York City) to surprise her with her wedding cake and cake truffles.  Stephanie was so surprised and loved it!

Revel Décor provided a gorgeous landscape of botanical based floral that was seasonal and organic – exactly what Stephanie had envisioned for her wedding day.  Stephanie carried a lush white bouquet with herb elements and black ”berry” accents (navy centered anemones and black seeded eucalyptus).  The bridesmaids wore varying shades of grey and held red anemones and red ranunculous.  They looked amazing all put together!

The ceremony was held inside Morgan Manufacturing and Revel hung a cluster of natural Manzanita branches showcasing draped greenery that hung behind the couple. We lined the aisle with pedestals and candles adding a glow to the walkway.   We had three looks for the reception design each on wooden rectangle dining tables.  One table had a greenery garland with botanical elements, votive candles and mixed metal candle holders.  The second look had a collection of candles and botanical elements that included lisianthus, anemones, white roses, black berries and greenery.  The third design had a knotted drift wood piece on the dining table with succulents, airplants and white floral finished with an ambient glow from the candles.  The reception looked stunning and we finished the look by hanging a large Edison bulb chandelier over the dance floor. The room looked amazing!  Amanda Hein captured this day beautifully while the Gold Coast All Stars kept the dance floor packed all night!

Stephanie and Chris met in graduate school at Northwestern.  They are two of the funniest people I know and they were always making each other laugh.  We had the best time together but more importantly I was honored to be a part of a dear friend of mine’s wedding.   Stephanie and Chris are a perfect match and I am so excited to see where life takes them.  For now, they are beginning their life as a married couple in China.

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Wedding Planner: Lauren Knuepfer, LK Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Morgan Manufacturing
Honeymoon Suite: The Westin, River North
Floral and Décor: Revel
Lighting: Sound Investment
Photography: Amanda Hein
Catering: Food For Thought
Linens: BBJ Linens
Entertainment: The Gold Coast All Stars
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Make Up: Shayna Shapiro, NARS Cosmetics
Hair: Megan Manzer
Invitations and Day Of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Rehearsal Dinner: Lux Bar
Transportation: VIP Valet Services

Becky & Dave, Adler Planetarium

Becky and Dave’s relationship is the perfect example of absence making the heart grow fonder as the two met at a friend’s wedding while Becky was living abroad in London. Once Becky was back stateside, they still were doing long distance with Becky in Chicago and Dave in Kalamazoo. Dave proposed over a romantic dinner and beautiful sunset.

Fast forward to their wedding weekend, the festivities started with their rehearsal at Wicker Park Lutheran Church followed by their rehearsal dinner at Harry Caray’s.

Goran Coban Salon and KC Harder & Rocio Panther teamed up to get the ladies ready and then the ladies headed back to the JW Marriott for photos. The guys had an easy morning while they hung out at the DoubleTree Magnificent Mile. Brian Kinyon Photography was onsite to capture the day. Priest from Limotainment took excellent care of our Wedding Party while V.I.P. Valet Services & Windy City Limousine took care of our guests.

Becky wore a beautiful ball gown and carried a bouquet of white roses, callas and cymbidium orchids. Fleurs de Lisa made a wreath out of white hydrangea for the Unity Candle that their Grandma had made, and placed white hydrangea with bows down the aisle. Pastor Jason Glombicki from Wicker Park Lutheran Church performed a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony for Becky & Dave. After the ceremony, the Wedding Party went around the city for photos and then arrived at the Adler Planetarium in time for Cocktail Hour.

Fleurs de Lisa showed their talent and beautiful work by creating three gorgeous centerpieces. The first featured white hydrangea, fuschia stock and white callas that set atop a tall square vase. Then there were white-fuschia orchids with tall cylinders of white callas, tulips and dendrobs with floating candles. The final centerpiece were beautiful fuschia tulips in a simple square vase. Food for Thought delighted everyone with their entrees of Herb Crusted Whitefish and the Dijon Rubbed Grilled Beef Tenderloin and gave exceptional service throughout the night.

Chris from Spin started the reception with the Wedding Party introductions followed by Becky & Dave cutting their beautiful cake from Luscious Layers and then their first dance. The Father of the Bride gave a welcome and a toast followed by a Blessing from the Father of the Groom. During the first course, the guests listened to toasts given by the Maid of Honor and Best Man. While everyone was finishing their yummy dinners Becky and Dave gave their toast and then Becky danced with her Father and then Dave with his Mother.

After the dances were over, Chris from Spin invited everyone to the dance floor and kept the party going. Guests would take breaks and hit the amazing sweets table from Luscious Layers that was set up of with all types of cupcakes, cream pies, lemon squares, brownies and whoopee pies.

It was a wonderful day and we were so glad to be a part of it. It’s been so exciting keeping in touch with Becky and Dave and getting updates on their first year of marriage, where they have not only bought a new home but they are expecting their first baby this year too. So exciting and congrats Becky and Dave!

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Beauty: Goran Coban Salon
Florist: Fleurs de Lisa
Food & Beverage: Food for Thought
Rehearsal Dinner: Harry Caray’s
Dessert: Luscious Layers
Hotels: JW Marriott, DoubleTree Magnificent Mile
DJ: Spin
Photography: Brian Kinyon Photography
Transportation: Limotainment, V.I.P. Valet Services, Windy City Limousine
Ceremony Venue: Wicker Park Lutheran Church
Reception Venue: Adler Planetarium

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

Citlaly & John, Union Station Chicago

Citlaly and John both agree on how their journey began but when you ask who spoke to who first that day on the trolley well that part is still up for debate even to this day.  What isn’t up for debate, however, is how much these two are madly in love with each other.

The morning of the wedding the ladies headed over to Zazu Salon in Hinsdale to start getting ready with Citlaly’s Man of Honor supervising the process.  After hair and makeup they went back to Citlaly’s parent’s house to finish getting ready and begin taking photos and video as soon as David Wittig Photography and XO Pictures arrived.  In the meantime John and his guys were getting ready at the Palmer House waiting in anticipation for their trolley from Chicago Trolley and Double Decker to arrive so they could head out and get some photos and video of their own before heading to the church.

Citlaly donned in a gorgeous mermaid style Vera Wang gown with a cathedral length veil and carried a gorgeous peony and rose bouquet as she was was escorted by her father down the aisle at Holy Family Church.  If you’ve ever stepped foot in Holy Family Church you already know how breathtaking it is.  So Lauren with Fleur de Lis Florist kept things simple and elegant with a variety of arrangements composed of white hydrangea, tuberose, garden and spray roses and various greenery.  The ceremony was performed by visiting Father Adan Sandoval and there was even music by a Mariachi Band!  The Mariachi Band continued the celebration at Union Station by playing during Cocktail Hour and even a few songs during the reception.

Their guest book was a variety of postcards for people to write messages to the happy couple and then a friend takes the cards and is responsible for mailing them a card once a week until the cards run out.  Such a fun way to keep the wedding magic going!

Lauren at Fleur de Lis Florist and Maggie at Frost Lighting worked hand in hand to design amazing décor at Union Station.  Maggie used uplighting in amber tones on the marble columns and installed sheer ivory panels on which she projected textured lighting.  She used color washes to create movement and texture during dinner and ramped it up for dancing.  Citlaly’s father had these amazing marble tea light candle holders made for each guest to be used as their Escort Card along with marble pedestals that Lauren used for centerpieces during dinner.  Her centerpieces of gorgeous arrangements of white hydrangea, cream, blush and pink colored garden and spray roses and accents of gardenia blossoms sat atop pink shantung linens.

Citlaly and John wanted the food they served to their guests to be a reflection of their life together as a couple and so decided to team up with Anna and the amazing staff at Food for Thought to make their favorite things and home recipes come to life for their guests.  With John being from Wisconsin there was no doubt that there was going to be a cheese station.  But if we were going to have a cheese station we also needed to have housemade authentic guacamole to represent Citlaly’s Mexican background and we had to have Jalapeno Margaritas for the specialty cocktail.

After dinner Citlaly and John cut their cake and gave their toast which led into a slide show they had put together for their guests.  Shortly into dancing we had the La Vibora de la Mar which is a Mexican traditional dance where Citlaly and John stand on chairs while holding her veil like an arch for all of their guests to dance underneath their archway and through the tables.  It was such a fun and exciting dance to witness.  Clowning Around provided the flip book photobooth which was a huge hit with their guests…the life size cutouts of Oliver and Bella were very popular.

For dessert they had an assortment of sweets but the show stopper was made by Selene from Cakes from Atlantis who brought their journey to life with a three-part cake symbolizing their lives together up to their wedding day.  The first cake represented where their journey began upon a trolley where they first met.  The second cake showed John’s proposal over a fun game of Scrabble and the last cake was a replica of the ceiling at Union Station with John, Citlaly, Oliver & Bella (their furry kids) figurines.

We loved working with Citlaly and John on their wedding and enjoyed all the personal touches that they incorporated into their big day.  We love you both and wish you a lifetime of happiness.

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Wedding Planners: LK Events
Salon:Zazu Salon
Photography: David Wittig Photography
Videography: XO Pictures
Transportation: Chicago Trolley and Double Decker
Honeymoon Suite: Palmer House
Dress: Vera Wang
Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Church
Reception Venue: Union Station
Florist: Fleur de Lis Florist
Cake: Cakes from Atlantis
Music: DJ Chicago
Photo Booth: Clowning Around
Mariachi Band: Pedro Medina
Officiant: Adan Sandoval
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Caterer: Food for Thought

Kathy & Basil, Fusion Wedding

I had the pleasure of working with Kathy and Basil, planning their fall wedding atThe Adler Planetarium.  Kathy lived in Ft. Myers during the planning, Basil was in Boston and his Mother was in Ohio.  I actually love planning weddings for out of town clients, because we get to spend such quality time together when they come into town.  That’s exactly how the planning process was when Kathy, Basil and May would come into town.

Kathy and Basil chose The Adler Planetarium for their wedding reception due to its iconic Chicago location and view.  We created an intimate setting for cocktail hour outside on the terrace, overlooking Lake Michigan.   White Planter boxes filled with greenery lined the perimeter of the lower terrace and varying potted trees enclosed the space for guests to enjoy sips and small bites catered by Food For Thought.  We used a beautiful zebra wooden bar with a custom grey fabric panel insert to coordinate with the bride’s colors.  Grey and yellow lounge groupings allowed guests to relax before dinner.

We used individual sunflower blooms for the Escort Cards and guests were seated at a mix of Rectangle Grey Farm Tables and Square Dining Tables.   The tables were adorned with white hydrangea, yellow garden roses, yellow ranunculus, while phalaenopsis orchids, white anemone, dusty miller and brunia.  We used coordinating pillar candles and mercury glass to complete the look.  HDO tented the upper terrace and we used that space for a cigar bar.  Inside the tent were tufted black leather sofas, zebra wooden bars and wooden tables to create the masculine bar.

Guests enjoyed an incredible custom menu designed by the Bride and Groom and Food For Thought‘s executive Chef, which included: Heirloom Tomato Salad for the first course and Moroccan Zucchini and Eggplant in a Squash Tajine for the second course.  The entrée was a trio or Chicken Shish Taouk, Pan Roasted Halibut and Beef Filet, followed by a Cheese Course and a Dessert Station, Gelato Bar and Wedding Cake.   We even surprised the guests  with a firework show at the end of the evening.  We had so much fun planning their wedding and I will never forget this incredible family!

Thursday @ Alhambra Palace

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Henna Ceremony at Hotel Palomar

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Wedding at Adler Planetarium

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Planning: LK Events
Rehearsal Dinner & Henna Party: Hotel Palomar
Welcome Dinner: Alhambra Restaurant
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Palomar
Ceremony: Private Residence
Photographer: Avery House
Video: REM
Reception: The Adler Planetarium
Catering:  Food For Thought
Wedding Cake: Cake
Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Fireworks: Melrose Pyrotechnics
Floral, Décor: HMR Designs, Jessica Pfleugl
Lighting: Frost
Hair and Make Up: Bride’s Company, Michael Anthony and Muse Beauty
Henna: Unnati Shah
Tent: HDO
Photo Booth: Smile Booth
Transportation: Karr Limousine Service

Carolyn & Eddie, Adler Planetarium

Carolyn and Eddie were such a joy to work with. I will never forget the summer day I met Carolyn and her Mom at one of my favorite cafés in Lincoln Park, Floriole Café and Bakery. We hit it off immediately; they were so much fun to talk to and just excited to get the wedding plans started. And that we did!

Carolyn and Eddie knew they wanted a Chicago wedding. They chose the Adler Planetarium after visiting a few venues and fell in love with the gorgeous skyline view. We decided to have their ceremony in Lincoln Park, in order to give their guests a full “Chicago” experience.

Amanda Hein and White Wedding Cinema captured every moment of the wedding day. We started with hair and make up at the Radisson Blu Hotel where the girls and guys finished getting ready. We transported all of the wedding guests by bus to the Foreman Pavilion at the Lincoln Park Zoo where the ceremony was held. Carolyn and Eddie were married under a gorgeous chuppah designed by Kloeckner and the Meetinghouse Company. After Carolyn and Eddie were pronounced husband and wife, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre by Tigerlily on the south end of the Pavilion before heading over to the Adler for yet another cocktail hour, overlooking Lake Michigan. Food For Thought served the bride and groom’s favorite cocktails, Cava Sangria and Watermelon Ginger Aqua Frescas. We had a Martini Bar offering Lemon Drops, French and Pineapple Infused martinis and guests enjoyed more hors d’oeuvre while listening to one of Sarlas’ acoustic guitar players. Kloeckner designed each table with Carolyn’s favorite flowers – a collection of hot pink roses, hydrangea, orchids and roses. Once guests were invited inside Galileo’s, we introduced the bridal party and went straight into dancing. Carolyn and her Dad surprised the guests (and Eddie!) with a choreographed dance to “The Way You Look Tonight.” It was such a special moment as was the rest of the evening. The room was filled with love, laugher, friends and family and endless dancing thanks to Sarlas Orchestra! Congratulations to Carolyn and Eddie!

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Getting Ready Location: Radisson Blu Hotel
Rehearsal Dinner: The Chicago Yacht Club
Ceremony: Foreman Pavilion at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Reception: Adler Planetarium
Dress: Vera Wang
Floral and Décor: Kloeckner
Floral and Décor for Ceremony: The Meetinghouse Company
Lighting: Spin Productions
Catering: Food For Thought
Ceremony Catering: Tigerlily
Transportation: Odyssey
Hair and Make Up: Bride’s Stylist and Artist
Photography: Amanda Hein Photography
Videography: White Wedding Cinema
Valet: Sam’s Valet
Ceremony, Cocktails and Reception Entertainment: Sarlas’ Orchestra
Cake: Orland Bakery (Orland Park)
Dessert Station: Kirstin’s Bakery (Burr Ridge)
Invitations/Day of Items: Greenstar Paperie
Day of Items: Design Studio Creations

Kate & Andrew, Adler Planetarium

I met Kate and Andrew in the fall of 2011 and I knew the moment we started talking on the phone, we would get along great. I was so excited to start the planning process with them! Kate is one of my close friends today and I am so lucky to have been a part of their wedding planning.

Kate and Andrew had dated for five years before he popped the question. Kate is originally from Minnesota and Andrew is from the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. With guests coming in from around the country, they knew they wanted a memorable Chicago location for their wedding and reception. After only a few venue visits, they fell in love with the Adler Planetarium and the rest of the planning began!

I was thrilled when they chose Kristina Carter with Vrai Photography and I Do Films Videography to shoot their wedding weekend. Jessica at Botanicals created a beautiful setting in Galileo’s. We suspended a collection of colorful lanterns over the dance floor, adorned every table with vibrant orchids, fresh stock and candles. Despite the uncertain weather forecast, we decided to have the ceremony outside on the Adler‘s northwest terrace. It was a little breezy but the guests were in awe of the incredible Chicago skyline and the picturesque views. The Bradley Young Orchestra kept the dance floor packed all night long. I will never forget how much fun Kate and Andrew were during the planning but even more so, on their wedding day. Enjoy!

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VENDORS:

Ceremony and Reception: Adler Planetarium
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhulier
Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid: Assorted black jersey long – mainly Amsale & Two Birds
Groom’s Tuxedo: Isaia Aquaspider
His Shoes: Ferragamo
Caterer: Food For Thought, Exclusive Caterer
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Palomar
Ceremony and Reception Band: Bradley Young Orchestra
Photography: Vrai Photography
Videography: I Do Films
Floral and Décor: Botanicals by Heffernan Morgan, Jessica Griffin
Lighting and Installations: Frost
Photobooth: Shutterbox
Officiant: Bruce Otto & Reverend David
Save the Dates, Invitations and All Day Of Items and Signage: Magnificent Milestones
Wedding Cake and Dessert Table: Tipsy Cake
Rehearsal Dinner: The Signature Room at the John Hancock, 95th Floor
Make Up Artist: Brian Sutherby, MUSE Beauty
Hair: Cathy Battistoni
Transportation: Victoria’s Flying Lady and VIP Valet Services

 

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

Meg & Dave, The Field Museum

I met Meg and Dave two years before his and her wedding date and I still can’t believe how fast the time flew!  Meg and Dave live in Ann Arbor and when they came into town for the planning meetings, we would not only get much done in that short time, but we would talk and laugh for hours.  Meg and Dave are two of the sweetest, most loving friends I know and I was so fortunate to have been a part of their wedding.

Meg and Dave met on an archeological dig in Pompeii….need I say more?  The two of them started dating when they returned to the states and were engaged a few years later.  They knew they wanted a unique Chicago wedding and after a few venue tours, we walked into the Field Museum and they both fell in love – not only because of the beautiful architecture and iconic history this museum has, but it truly captured who they are as a couple.

We had an incredible design team who transformed Stanley Field Hall into a stunning reception site.  Jesse Deckard @ Event Creative gave the room an intimate feel with French Regency style lounge furniture, vibrant lighting and cascading colorful orchids.  The ceremony was held inside, as it was a little too cold to be outside on the northeast terrace but it was magnificent none the less.  Meg made her grand entrance from the south dome stairs with her brother during her processional and guests enjoyed fantastic food by Food For Thought during the reception and danced non-stop, thanks to Déjà vu.

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Ceremony Venue: Field Museum
Reception Venue: Field Museum
Hotel: Hilton Towers, Michigan Ave
Rehearsal Dinner: Hilton Towers, Michigan Ave
Photography: Amanda Hein
Band: Déjà vu
Catering: Food For Thought
Floral and Décor: Jesse Deckard @ Event Creative
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Invitations: Magnificent Milestones
Transportation: VIP
Wedding Cake: Cake
Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call
Dress: Vwidon
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Dessy
ShoesNina
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss