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The Art Institute of Chicago, Erin & Joey

Erin and Joey’s story began while they were both attending the University of Illinois. After college they moved to Chicago and a few years later Joey proposed on their rooftop followed by a romantic dinner out. They celebrated with friends the next day and then the wedding planning began.

They kicked off their wedding weekend with their Rehearsal on the Grand Staircase at the Art Institute followed by their Rehearsal Dinner at III Forks.

Their wedding day started with some pampering for the ladies from the amazing makeup artists and stylists from BrideEyes, Makeup by Beth, and the Charles Ifergan Salon while the guys had a relaxing morning at Erin and Joey’s condo. Amanda Hein Photography was onsite to capture all the special moments of their day.

Erin and Joey had their first look in the beautiful gardens of the Art Institute and then joined their families for photos. Then it was time for these two to get married. While the string quartet played Halo by Beyonce all eyes were on Erin as she walked up the Grand Staircase in a stunning Lela Rose gown with both of her parents. She carried a beautiful bouquet that was a mix of ivory polo roses, white majolica spray roses and white Eskimo roses with delicate white ranunculus blooms tucked throughout.

Hello Darling dressed the dining tables in a mix of ivory shantung, harvest shantung and ivory contessa linens. Some of the tables were decorated with a pair of vintage medium cut glass vases of varying sizes & silhouettes with textural round bouquets of white hydrangea, white stock, white lisianthus, ivory polo roses, champagne sahara roses and ivory majolica spray roses with accents of pale green seeded eucalyptus. Tucked around the blooms were two silver mercury glass candlesticks topped by optic glass hurricanes and a collection of gold and sliver mercury glass votives and globes. The other tables had a pair of silver mercury stemmed glass candlesticks tucked next to a trio of three petite vintage cut glass vases filled with textural round bouquets of white hydrangea, white stock, white lisianthus, ivory polo roses, champagne sahara roses and ivory majolica spray roses with an accent of pale green seeded eucalyptus. Silver and gold mercury glass votives and globes were placed around the candlesticks.

Toast & Jam started the reception with the Wedding Party introductions and then introduced our newlyweds. After the introductions Erin and Joey gave their thank you toast followed by Reverend Jennifer Burns Lewis giving the blessing. The guests were served a lovely duo of a Peeky Toe Crab Salad and a Cheddar Heirloom Tomato Soup. Once the guests were served then Erin’s Maid of Honor & Joey’s Best Man gave their toasts. After the toasts guests dined on Grilled Hanger Steak and Housemade Gnocchi with Heirloom Tomatoes. While guests were dining on their entrees Erin’s Father gave his toast and then danced with his daughter. Then it was Joey’s Fathers turn to give his toast and then Joey danced with his Mother.

We started the party with Erin & Joey’s first dance. After dancing for a bit they cooled themselves off with some yummy gelato from gelato cart provided by Black Dog Gelato Company. Everyone danced the night away until the last song that was played which was Mirrors by JT.

It was an honor being a part of Erin and Joey’s Wedding Day! We wish them all the best, congrats you two!

Caterer: Bon Appetit
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Artistrings
Ceremony Venue: Woman’s Board Grand Staircase at the Art Institute
Décor: Hello Darling
DJ: Toast & Jam
Gelato: Black Dog Gelato Company
Gentlemen’s Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Hair: Charles Ifergan Salon
Hotel: Waldorf Astoria
Makeup: BrideEyes & Makeup by Beth
Officiant: Reverend Jennifer Burns Lewis
Photographer: Amanda Hein Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: III Forks
Reception Venue: Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room Art Institute
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones
Transportation: Odyssey
Valet: 5 Star Valet
Wedding Dress: Lela Rose

Dena & Travis, The Rookery

This wedding brings back so many happy and cherished memories of our planning discussions, meetings and the amazing day I had with Dena & Travis at The Rookery.  I met Dena and her mother, Anne, about six months prior to their wedding as they did a tour of the venue and I knew that we were going to have a fabulous experience together. I loved their soft spoken mannerisms, love for food, and their vision for an elegant and unique Chicago wedding.

From the start of the day, I knew it was going to be a marvelous wedding day because my cab driver was singing along to a love song as he transported me to the W Chicago City Center. When I walked into the bridal suite, Dena and her bridesmaids were finishing their hair and make-up appointments with Zee Gustafson and there was much excitement in the air. Rebecca of Rebecca Marie Photography and Design captured so many little details before Dena and Travis had their First Look.

Travis went ahead to Olive Park, while Dena, the Wedding Party, and parents all boarded the mini-bus to the park. Dena and Travis had a very special moment together – doesn’t she look like a model/angel – and I loved when they practiced dancing and their dip together.  After more wedding party and family photos, we all headed to The Rookery to relax a little before the ceremony began.

Guests arrived through the gorgeous entrance into the ivory draped room facing the grand staircase. Not a dry eye was to be found after the heart-felt ceremony concluded and guests were very ready to celebrate with Dena & Travis. They made their way upstairs to the mezzanine to congratulate Dena & Travis and partake in cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Meanwhile, the amazing teams at Jewell Events Catering and Scarlet Petal transformed the main floor for dinner.

After a wonderful meal of Pear & Gourmet Greens Salad and either Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Breast or Grilled Bistro Beef Filet, everyone enjoyed some cupcakes from Bittersweet and a lively dance floor, courtesy of DJ Chicago.  As the evening concluded, guests were able to take home a little piece of Chicago with the adorably elegant Garrett’s Popcorn bags. What an elegant celebration for two very dear people – congratulations Dena & Travis!!  PS – I miss our chats, Anne!

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Bridal Gown: Jenny Yoo
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Bakery: Bittersweet
Beauty: Epoch Studio Salon
Beverages: Binny’s Beverage Depot
Draping: Art of Imagination
Favors: Garrett’s Popcorn
Florist: Scarlet Petal
Food: Jewell Events Catering
Hotel for Guests: JW Marriott Chicago and W Chicago City Center
Musicians: DJ Chicago
Officiant: Rev. Tom Maluga
Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design
Rehearsal Dinner: Osteria Via Stato
Stationery: The Studio (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue: The Rookery
Videographer: R.E.M. Video & Photography
Wedding Planner: LK Events

Tiffany & Brandt, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

I just love getting referred to new brides from past brides – especially when they are best friends! After planning three of her friends’ weddings, Tiffany contacted me about planning her own nuptials to her fiancé, Brandt and I was so excited! Not only did this give me a chance to work with such an incredible person who is now a dear friend of mine, but I was able to re-connect with my past clients and now we get together often. I am so fortunate to have made such close friends simply from planning their weddings. These relationships are the reason I love what I do; being able to plan weddings for fabulous brides who become dear friends of mine in the process.

Brandt proposed to Tiffany at a charity event in front of their friends and family and even had a friend record it live so Tiffany could always remember the moment she got engaged. Brandt put so much thought and detail into this incredible proposal that Tiffany knew she wanted to do the same for their wedding. They were married at St. Alphonsus Church in Lakeview and chose the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for their reception. Since we had a dancing crowd – we kept the South Gallery open for dessert and dancing and were lucky enough to have a gorgeous September night in Chicago, where we could dine outside on the terrace.Guests enjoyed Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonades in Mason Jars along with a “southern inspired” dinner thanks to Blue Plate Catering.

Jesse Deckard (formerly with Event Creative) designed the guest tables that were adorned with mercury glass globe risers, illuminated from within and topped with ivory floating candles, surrounded by hydrangeas and deep purple dendrobium orchid blossoms. We used leather crystal studded tufted boxes filled with a bed of purple seafoam statis, purple hydrangea, garden stock and dendrobium orchids on the remaining guest tables. We suspended paper lanterns over the dance floor illuminated in purple along with hundreds of twinkling candles on the window ledges surrounding the South Gallery.

Tiffany surprised Brandt with a Tipsy Cake grooms cake featuring an Ed Hardy T Shirt with a Protein Shake – he loved it! Guests danced the night away, thanks to Dustin with Toast and Jam. Christina Noel and  I Do Films captured every moment of this magnificent wedding weekend. Congrats Tiffany and Brandt! LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3631 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3632 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3633 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3634 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3635 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3636 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3637 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3638 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3639 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3640 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3641 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3642 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3643 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3644 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3645 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3646 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Notebaert_0079 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Notebaert_0078

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Ceremony: St. Alphonsus Church
Reception: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Photography: Christina Noel
Videography: I Do Films
Cocktail Musicians: Artistrings
Caterer: Blue Plate Catering
Cake: Amy Beck
Groom’s Cake: Tipsy Cake
Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Floral, Decor, Lighting: Event Creative
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
DJ: Toast and Jam
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo
Tuxedo: Formally Modern
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Shannon O’Brien
Rehearsal Dinner: Diag Chicago

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Adam & Phil, Portland, Maine

Adorable. Committed.  Journey. Friends. These are the words I use to describe Adam & Phil and my experience in working with them in planning their wedding. When we first met, they were thinking of having their wedding in 5 months in the Chicago suburbs. We ended our wedding planning adventure a year later in Portland, ME. So amazing!

The weekend started with a welcome gathering at the Portland Regency Hotel for all family and friends that had arrived early. The next day Adam and Phil hosted a traditional Maine Lobster Bake. All guests boarded the Peak’s Island Ferry and enjoyed the culinary delights from The Maine Lobsterbake Company. I will never forget that New England Clam Chowder and all of those red lobsters!

Adam and Phil were a very calm couple and that is captured in the First Look photos from Kevin Weinstein Photography. He was able to show the beauty and history of Portland, along with this very dashing couple!  After their walk around downtown Portland, Adam & Phil headed to First Parish for their long-awaited ceremony with family and friends.

Guests then made their way to The Portland Company for cocktails, dinner and dancing.  Sarah from Watershed Floral really captured Adam & Phil’s vision in the décor and my two favorite elements were the wall of bud vases and then the white clay vases that Adam created for his wedding. They really were a work of art!  Another piece of art was the custom menu that we worked on with Leslie at Aurora Provisions. She was able to meld Adam’s roots in Maine and Phil’s roots in Alabama to provide items like Lobster BLTs and Cajun Shrimp Pops – delicious! As guests finished dinner, DJ MelBee  was on the 1’s and 2’s and no one was sitting down. Congratulations again to my friends (and new parents), Adam & Phil!

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Attire/Tuxes: Formally Modern Tuxedo (Chicago)
Caterer & Rentals: Aurora Provisions
Florist: Watershed Floral
Lighting: Ambience Event Services
Musicians (ceremony & cocktail): Stretta Ensembles
Musicians (dinner & dancing): DJ MelBee
Officiant: Rev. Michael Piazza
Photographer: Kevin Weinstein Photography (Chicago)
Rehearsal Dinner: The Maine Lobsterbake Company
Room Block Hotel: The Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
Stationery (invitations): All She Wrote (Chicago)
Stationery (programs, menu cards, escort cards): Papier Gourmet
Venue (ceremony): First Parish
Venue (reception): The Portland Company – Building 6 – Room with a View
Wedding Planner: LK Events (Chicago)

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