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Door County Nuptials, Megan & Darrin

I don’t even know where to start with the journey that I had with Megan, Darrin & their parents. Theirs was one of the more memorable weddings that I have worked on, from beginning to end. Their wedding was a team effort – they provided the direction and I helped to curate our team to make their dream a reality. Plus we had a lot of fun and laughter together along the way.

Megan knew that she wanted to get married at her parent’s home in Fish Creek, WI. The next step was to find the right tent company to bring their vision to life. Arena Americas was able to provide the custom size, clear tent that would set the stage for this elegantly eclectic celebration in Door County, WI. Given Megan & Darrin’s hip and laid-back style, I knew I had to introduce them to John & Maura of Stoffer Photography. Their personalities meshed so well and John & Maura were able to capture every detail of the wedding weekend. I absolutely love the sweet First Look, magical First Dance, and the celebratory fireworks, which were a surprise for Darrin!

It was important to the family to use as many local event professionals and it was a fun experience to broaden my network and work with some great companies from Green Bay and Door County. There was Chives, who provided guests with culinary treats like Whitefish Bruschetta, a Raw Bar presented in a canoe, and a family style dinner that featured Fried Perch with Lobster Remoulade. Jeff from Twigs created lush garlands around the ceremony structure and on our wood tables and we brought in re:find Joy to help us with brass accent pieces. Mary from Alpha Delights created the perfect wedding cake for Megan and Darrin, but also provided an abundant and decadent sweets table for the guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

The comfort of their guests was very important to Megan and Darrin, so we researched multiple accommodations to be able to offer guests, including some VRBO homes. (This proved to be a bit of a challenge because September is still in the tourist season in Door County and our room blocks expired months before the wedding date.) They created custom welcome bags for each guest and provided trolley transportation throughout the weekend. Family and friends were also invited to the Rehearsal Dinner the day before the wedding, and the Brunch, the morning after the wedding. It really was a weekend celebration!

There were so many moments of the actual wedding day that stand out to me: the relaxed but excited atmosphere when the girls were getting ready that morning in the house, the string octet playing All of the Lights while Megan walked down the aisle, witnessing Megan and Darrin exchange their vows in front of all of their families and friends, the teamwork we had in creating a magical environment for guests in the tent, the heartfelt welcome by Megan’s father, the surprise performance of “The Cover Girls” during dinner, and a packed dance floor all night long thanks to The Becca Kaufman Orchestra. It was a night I will never forget and I know Megan, Darrin, their families and friends will not forget either!

Congratulations Megan & Darrin! I was truly honored to be a party of your beautiful celebration!

A little note from the couple:

It is difficult to find the words to express our gratitude to Nicole and LK Events for everything that was done help Darrin and I make our dream wedding a reality. Nicole’s graciousness and enthusiasm set the tone for our planning and for the wedding itself.
Nicole was on top of everything!  Her connections with reputable vendors and her ability to keep everyone on task took all of the weight off of our shoulders.  She and her team made multiple trips from Chicago up to Wisconsin to meet with our families and vendors over the planning year to ensure first hand that everything was taken care of.  All I had to do was send Nicole an email about an idea I had about music, bridesmaid gifts or photography and she would respond right away that she would take care of it…and she always did!
On the weekend of the wedding Nicole and her team worked tirelessly to coordinate set-up so that Darrin and I could spend time with our family and friends who had traveled to celebrate the weekend with us.  All that was left for us to do was sit back and enjoy some champagne!

Post-script from Nicole:

The logistics of planning this wedding in Door County, along with the teamwork from everyone involved and the fun that I had with the couple and their families prompted me to submit this wedding for the 2016 NICE Award for Best Logistical Achievement. We were announced as a nominee and the award ceremony was held in Chicago on April 12, 2016. We are very pleased to say that we won the Award! It truly took an amazing team of event professionals to bring the wedding to life!
I also submitted this wedding for the 2016 ILEA Esprit Awards for Best Wedding over $150,000. This was the first time I had submitted my work for an Esprit Award and we were truly honored to be announced as a nominee. The award ceremony was held in Austin, TX, on August 13, 2016, and we were shocked and humbled to have won the Award! With that, I again thank everyone listed below for every part they played in Megan & Darrin’s celebration!

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Bakery: Alpha Delights
Floral: Twigs
Food & Beverage: Chives
Furniture: AFR Event Furnishings
Area Rugs: Bowery & Bash
Rehearsal Dinner: Horseshoe Bay Golf Club
Lighting: ACME Corp Production Resources
Linen: BBJ Linen
Musicians: BeatMix Music & The Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Officiant: Rev. Bob Laubenstein
Photographer: Stoffer Photography
Photo Booth: Shutterbox
Restroom Rental: United Site Services
Room Blocks: Homestead Suites, The Whistling Swan, Cedar Court Inn, The Ashbrooke, Landmark
Stationery: Kate Weidlich (friend of couple)
Tent and Rentals: Arena Americas
Additional Rentals: Lakes Area Rental
Additional Rentals: Hall’s Rental
Additional Rentals: re:find Joy
Transportation: Door County Trolley & Lamers Bus Line
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

The University Club of Chicago, Allison & Matt

Allison and her bridesmaids got ready in the Presidential Suite at the Blackstone Hotel.  After hair and make up completed, Allison put on her Vera Wang gown and saw her father for the first time.  It was such a beautiful moment and we love when our couples get to spend special moments with their parents before heading out for photos.  Allison and her bridesmaids met the groomsmen and Matt for the couple’s first look and additional bridal party photos around the city before the ceremony took place at Old St. Pat’s.

Allison carried a stunning organic hand tied bouquet of garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and vibernum.  Her bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet with accents of pale and deep green.  Guests were greeted by a stunning escort card display of dramatic bells of Ireland and blooming bridal veil in a footed urn.  We covered the table with moss and duvalia ferns and placed the escort cards in antique silver trays, provided by the bride’s parents. 

The guest tables were decorated with three different designs in a lush variety of height and texture.  Stems used lush boxwood, camellia, ferns and hanging amaranthus to complete this garden inspired summer wedding. Allison and Matt sat at a gorgeous sweetheart table that was adorned with a laurel and bay leaf wreath, organic boxwood and an abundance of pillar candles.

Allison and Matt surprised their parents with a personalized note that was at their place settings when their parents sat down for dinner.  It was such a special moment watching both parents read these notes from their children before dinner was to start.  We love touches like this one!

Larry King kept the dance floor packed all night long and Gerber and Scarpelli and Wedding Masterpiece were there to capture it all!  As they celebrate their first anniversary next week, we are thinking of you both and wishing you nothing but love, laughter and happily ever after!  Congrats Allison and Matt!

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Getting Ready Location: The Blackstone Hotel
Wedding Planner: LK Events
Photography: Gerber and Scarpelli
Videography: Wedding Masterpiece
Ceremony: Old St. Pat’s
Reception: The University Club
Entertainment: The Larry King Orchestra
Floral: Stems
Lighting: Frost
Wedding Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Shoe Designer: Charlotte Olympia
Tux Designer: Martin Greenfield
Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale 
Hair: Dana Sokolewicz
Make Up: Carissa Bruce
Invitations and Day of Paper: Clementine Inc.
Linens: BBJ Linens
Chairs: Halls Rental
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Rehearsal Dinner: The Chicago Yacht Club

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

Lauren & Daniel, The University Club

I had so much fun meeting Lauren and her mom, Kimberly, the year before Lauren and Daniel’s wedding. Lauren is full of energy, funny and outgoing. She was so excited to talk about the plans that would be happening in the coming year. Lauren was finishing school in Chicago and had met Daniel a few years prior. They chose the Michigan Room of The University Club for their wedding reception. They loved the elegant charm of the classic ballroom but we gave it a modern twist with the colorful floral and décor that Lauren and Daniel chose.

The invitations and programs were kept simple and beautiful with creams, gold and black text. The bridesmaids each carried a different color bouquet of orchids that popped against their black dresses. Renee, from Kehoe Designs, designed the stunning monobotanic floral arrangements for the guest tables. We used an artistic collection of square vases filled with Hawaiian orchids, hydrangea, spray roses and peonies for each table. The colors of fuschia, emerald and orange were stunning. The tables were square with crisp white linens and clear Versaille chairs to enhance the vibrant colors of the centerpieces.

Lauren and Daniel’s wedding was so much fun! Spoken Four kept the dance party going all night and the guests were loving every minute of it.

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Vendors:

Getting Ready Location: The University Club
Rehearsal Dinner: The Signature Room
Ceremony Location: Holy Name Cathedral
Reception Location: The University Club
Floral and Décor: Kehoe Designs
Cake: The University Club
Invitations & Paperie: Yellowbird Store
Hair: Maxine Salon
Make Up: Beauty on Call
Linens: BBJ
Rentals (Chairs, China, Glassware): Halls Rental
Transportation: Windy City
Photography: Pen / Carlson
Band: Spoken Four
Wedding Dress: Ultimate Bride
Photobooth: Shutterbooth

Perrin & Rick, Murphy Auditorium

I find so much joy in helping couples celebrate their love, especially when those couples are so much in love. From the moment I met Perrin and Rick, they exuded romanticism and I knew that their wedding would be the most romantic event.

Perrin and Rick were planning an intimate wedding surrounding themselves with their closest family and friends, which included Rick’s two daughters. They were so darling at the wedding and truly happy for their dad! Perrin loved including them in the day and they all had a great time getting their hair done at Charles Ifergan Salon early in the afternoon.  Perrin then had some time alone to get into her stunning dress, all while Rick spent time with his buddies and daughters.

We had to coordinate the arrival times of both Perrin and Rick, as they chose not to see each other prior to the ceremony. They were both so excited for the day and could not wait to walk down the aisle! From the Processional to the First Dance, Justin from Studio Verite Photography captured all of the details and romantic moments of the day. I love how the streets of Chicago were captured in these photos of Perrin and Rick!

After the heartfelt ceremony at The Murphy Auditorium, everyone made their way to the foyer for the cocktail hour.  The room was flipped and Hall’s brought in all of the custom tables and chairs, while Frost provided more lighting to set the tone of the reception. Botanicals were outstanding in capturing Perrin and Rick’s vision and each centerpiece was a beautiful arrangement. Guests were treated to the culinary delights from Limelight Catering, such as Charred Corn & Shrimp Ceviche and Truffled Mac and Cheese, as well as dinner entrees of Beef Filet and Roasted Alaskan Halibut. After dinner, Perrin, Rick, and all of their guests hit the dance floor with The Nick Kitsos Band. No one wanted the night to end! Congratulations again to Perrin & Rick!

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Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Murphy Auditorium
Caterer: Limelight Catering
Photographer: Studio Verite Photography
Florist: Botanicals
Rentals: Hall’s
Lighting: Frost
Ceremony Musicians: The Innocenti Strings
Reception Musicians: The Nick Kitsos Band
Getting Ready Hotel: The Peninsula
Hair and Make-up Stylists: Charles Ifergan Salon