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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

Sara & Jon, Cafe Brauer

Whenever people ask me if I love my job, my answer is always yes – because of couples like Sara and Jon. This couple is filled with so much love, energy, and warmth that it always puts a smile on my face when I think of our time spent planning. Even before getting engaged, Sara and Jon developed a love for Café Brauer. Walking past it daily gave them both an appreciation for the architecture and beauty of the building, so it was only natural that they decided to start their lives as Mr and Mrs there!

I am always so excited when I get to work with a groom who is as enthusiastic about planning as his bride to be, and that was the case with Jon. We started the wedding weekend off right with a fun and lively rehearsal dinner in the clubroom of their apartment building overlooking Lincoln Park. Jon was very excited to plan this evening with lots of Chicago touches for so many out of town friends and family. We had gorgeous farm tables adorned with décor designed by the brides sister and a Taco Bar courtesy of a favorite restaurant for Sara and Jon – Big Star. It was a great way to get everyone excited for the wedding celebration the following day.

Ruby The Fox set the stage with a custom designed suite honoring Sara’s love for pink and gold tones and her modern vision for the day. The signage was highlighted with lush florals gorgeously designed by Stems Chicago. The room was filled with soft pink garden roses, peonies, black and white anemones, ranunculus and lots of lush greenery to warm the space in Café Brauer and highlight the architecture. Sara was surprised by her students the week of her wedding with long strands of paper cranes, which her students learned were symbols for peace and to grant wishes for the recipient. We used them to adorn the archway where Sara and Jon got to say their vows – so sweet!

Dabble Me This expertly captured every moment of the day and Toast & Jam kept the dance floor packed all night long. I am so happy for Sara and Jon on their marriage and even happier that I get to call them friends. Congrats to you, S+J!

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Getting Ready Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Café Brauer
Catering: Christine Picerno, Tigerlily Events
Rentals: Hall’s
Linen: BBJ Linen
Officiant: Rev. Jeff Ginsburg, Chicago Weddings
Photography: Christine Brizendine, Dabble Me This
Videography: David Causa, DC Experience Media
Florist: Allison Denny, Stems
Cake and Sweets Table: Janet Lee, Flour Cake and Pastry
Invitation Suite and Day-Of Paper Goods: Megan Kenney, Ruby The Fox
DJ: Emily Agustin, Toast&Jam
Makeup Artist: Shannon O’Brien
Hair Stylist: AJ Shultz, Your Stylist AJ
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Wedding Dress: Tara Keely from Girls in White Dresses
Wedding Shoes: Jefferey Campbell
Jewlery: J Crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Suit Supply
Planning: LK Events Chicago