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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

The Ivy Room, Stephanie & David

The term “Triple Threat” is typically reserved for actors and actresses in showbiz, however Stephanie and David brought the term to wedding planning – a great sense of humor, graciousness, and style. And when I say style – this couple really hit it out of the park. When they teamed up with Jessica from HMR to take Stephanie’s love of the color marsala, bold details, and out of the box ideas into their October wedding, I just knew it was going to be really, really good.

When I first met Stephanie and David, their graciousness and hospitality was evident right from the start. When we started talking about their vision for the wedding day, their answers always came back to making it the best day for their guests. We tackled their desire head on, beginning with transportation for all guests to and from the ceremony – making their trip from downtown hotels easy and enjoyable, with coolers filled with waters and easy pick-up locations. The next approach was through food and drink, and Abby from Boka Catering Group helped Stephanie and David come up with an incredible menu, drinks, and worked in Stephanie’s Croatian heritage into the mix as well with glasses of specialty liqueur, which greeted guests as they entered the reception. The mix of farm tables and round tables with luxurious leather banquets designed by HMR provided their family and friends with unique seating and a stunning atmosphere to dine and celebrate the newlyweds!

With family and friends continuing the unofficial theme of hospitality through some of the most heartfelt speeches I have ever witnessed and surprises for the bride and groom, their guests were in no doubt left with a wedding that was unique, personal, and flowed seamlessly into dancing and late night fun. Front of House kept the party on the dance floor until the very end! We are so excited to share the incredible photos from Pen/Carlson and are so happy for Stephanie and David!

A little note from Stephanie & David:

The entire day was incredible. We cannot thank you enough. You know, a lot was said at the rehearsal dinner about David’s love of rom coms. To steal a line from one, Allison Young, you are our Ambassador of Quan. We love you!

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Ceremony: Alice Millar Chapel
Reception Venue: Leslie Fuller, The Ivy Room
Getting Ready Suite: Trump Hotel
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Photography: Brett and Kiri Carlson, Pen/Carlson
Videography: Tom Buttaccio, XO Pictures
Band: Ken Arlen’s Front of House
Floral and Décor: Jessica Griffin, HMR Designs
Lighing: Frost
Catering: Abby Kritzler, BOKA Catering Group
Linens: La Tavola Linens & BBJ
Rentals: Tablescapes
Hair Styling: Michelle Foust, George The Salon
Makeup: Sami Young, Sonia Roselli Studio
Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s
Invitations & Day of Paper: Kara Gordon, Magnificent Milestones
Wedding Dress: Ultimate Bride, Oscar de la Renta
Planning: Allison Young, LK Events

Jennifer & Tyler, Germania Place

I met Jennifer and Tyler at the beginning of the year and was thrilled when they hired LK Events for their wedding. Tyler proposed to Jennifer in the summer of 2011 and a fall wedding was in the plans. They fell in love with Germania Place for the reception and had their ceremony at the beautiful St. Alphonsus Church in Lakeview.

Jennifer and Tyler knew they wanted a “Chicago style” wedding for many of their out of town guests. Tyler chose Mastro’s Steakhouse for their intimate Rehearsal Dinner and hosted a welcome reception there as well. Jennifer and Tyler were able to take beautiful photos with their Bridal Party around the city before the ceremony, as the weather was perfect.

Taylor, at Richard Remiard Designs, adorned the guest tables with stunning crystal candelabras, Parisian style candlesticks, and Murano glass vases. White orchids, cream and blush garden roses, hydrangea and lizianthus filled the vases along with a lush bed of rose petals on the table tops.

Front of House was incredible and kept the dance floor packed all night long. Guests enjoyed a sweets and ice cream station provided by the bride and groom’s favorite local chocolatier – Kilwins. We ended the reception with a surprise Sparkler Exit for the bride and groom.

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Getting Ready Location: Hotel Palomar
Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera (purchased at Ultimate Bride)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Shoe Designer: James Ciccotti
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Tuxes: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Ceremony Location: St. Alphonsus Church
Reception Location: Germania Place
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Sonia Roselli
Photographer: Wedding Creativo
Entertainment: Front of House
Floral, Décor and Lighting: Richard Remiard Designs
Wedding Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Ice Cream Station: Kilwin’s
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Invitations and Day Of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Reception: Mastro’s Steakhouse


Sarah & Alan, The Blackstone Hotel

I was thrilled when Sarah called me to help coordinate her wedding. Sarah and I went to high school together and I was so excited to help Alan and her with the plans for their March wedding! Sarah and Alan were both interviewing for their medical residency programs before they tied the knot. Both of them were matched a few weeks before their wedding! It was a busy but yet exciting time for the two of them!

They chose The Blackstone Hotel for their ceremony and reception. The ballroom at The Blackstone Hotel is beautiful – with windows overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan and the newly renovated space were perfect for their wedding reception. The incredibly talented Natalie with Hello Darling created the gorgeous ceremony and reception décor. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Art Hall while we set the ballroom for dinner. Front of House was amazing as always and kept the party going all night long. It was a blast spending the year helping Sarah and Alan. They are the sweetest couple and I know it was hard planning a wedding in Chicago and not knowing where they were going to be moving afterwards! Through it all it was obvious that they were the perfect match. And now that they have started their life as newlyweds in New York it was a real pleasure to have been able to help my high school friend and her new husband.

Congrats Sarah and Alan!


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Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Blackstone Hotel
Getting Ready Location: President’s Suite, Blackstone Hotel
Hair: Kate Whelan
Make Up: Dana Jasper
Photography: Artisan Events
Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Band: Front of House
Floral, Décor, Lighting: Hello Darling
Catering: The Blackstone Hotel
Cake: Cake Chicago
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Badgley Mischka