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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

Katie & Luke, Harold Washington Library

One of the greatest joys as a wedding planner is being a part of my closest friend’s wedding celebrations. I don’t know of a better way to start off the year!

Katie was always good at making decisions and she definitely knows what she wants. Katie and Luke chose to get married in the winter (her favorite time of year) at Old St. Pat’s with the reception at Harold Washington Library. It was a fitting venue for Katie who loves a good read.

We incorporated some personal touches that Katie designed, in the details; invitations that resembled library cards, catalogue cases for the escort cards and book ends for décor on the escort card table. Each dining table was named after Katie and Luke’s favorite book titles. Kio Kreations created a winter wonderland in the Winter Garden of Harold Washington Library . We adorned the tables with lush white hydrangea, astilble, stock, garden roses and seeded eucalyptus in mercury and silver pilsner vases.

The bridesmaids wore custom-made fur stoles (a gift from the bride) around the city to keep them warm along with their winter boots. Katie carried an all white bouquet of peonies and phaleanopsis orchids wrapped in her dress remnant with a feather trim and a vintage silver brooche. We surprised Katie and Luke with a horse drawn carriage after the mass at Old St. Pat’s. After spending a few moments together, Katie and Luke joined the bridal party and headed over to Harold Washington Library for the reception. Blue Plate Catering provided a seasonal menu, including an asparagus and goat cheese salad with butternut squash soup (the bride and groom’s favorite) as a first course. We served dessert from an all white sweets station that included mini wedding cakes from Cake Chicago, iced sugar cookies, glazed donuts and cake pops. We even served hot spiced apple cider as guests departed to keep them warm.

I was honored to be a part of Katie and Luke’s day and we had the best time planning their wedding. Congrats you two!!

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Getting Ready/Honeymoon Suite: Intercontinental Hotel
Ceremony: Old St. Pat’s
Rehearsal Dinner: Osteria Via Stato
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Floral and Décor: Kio Kreations
Dress designer: Alvina Valenta
Shoes: Benjamin Adams from The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery
Bridesmaid dress: Jenny Yoo
Invitations & print items: Mc & Co Design
Fur Vests: Designed by one of LK’s past clients, Kristin Koury

Kathryn & Zach, Harold Washington Library

I had the pleasure of coordinating a friend’s wedding this past May. The groom, Zach, and I have known each other since the 6th grade and when his fiancé called me about their wedding, I was ecstatic. When Kathryn and I met to discuss her wedding I knew immediately we would become friends. We had a blast chatting about her ideas and visions for her wedding day.

The planning began immediately and Kathryn and Zach selected Harold Washington Library for their venue. We then booked Deja Vu Band, Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography and Fleur Couture to handle their floral and décor. Although we knew the G8-NATO Summit was taking place in Chicago that weekend, we weren’t informed until February that the Library would be used for Federal Government purposes. Our invitations were printed, Save the Dates had been sent and all vendors were booked, so I knew we had a challenge ahead of us. I immediately contacted everyone in my network, the City of Chicago and all of our vendors to inform them of the situation and prepare them for a back up plan. Nothing was going to stop this wedding from happening – not even NATO!

We ended up having a fantastic wedding weekend! We started at Osteria Via Stato for their rehearsal dinner with family and close friends (and an awesome groom’s cake – thanks to Amy Beck Cake Design). On Saturday, Kathryn and Zach had their first look at the park outside the Sofitel. After photos around Chicago and staying clear of the protests, Kathryn and Zach were married at St. James in Lincoln Park. The reception at Harold Washington Library was stunning! Deja Vu kept the dance floor packed all night long and Blue Plate catered an exquisite meal for the guests. We are so fortunate to Harold Washington Library for their support and all the vendors involved given the circumstances with NATO. Kathryn and Zach had an unforgettable wedding weekend!

Special thanks to our vendors:

Reception: Harold Washington Library
Church: St. James
Catering: Blue Plate
Floral: Fleur Couture
Band: Deja Vu Band
Dress: Lazaro
Shoes: Nina
BM Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Grooms Tux: Jos A Banks
Cake: Take the Cake (now known as Cake)
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Make Up: Brian Sutheby
Invitations and Paperie: Kustom Kreations
Photographer: Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography
Hotel: Sofitel
Rehearsal:  Osteria Via Stato
Groom’s Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design