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Meg & Alex, Peninsula Hotel

I had so much fun planning Megan and Alex’s wedding. Megan was one of the sweetest brides I have worked with and Alex had the greatest sense of humor. There was something about the two of them though – they had such a connection and every time we got together we shared plenty of laughs.

Megan and Alex fell in love with the Peninsula Hotel and decided to host their ceremony and reception there.  Soon after we booked the Peninsula, we contracted with Becca Kaufman. Music was so important to them and I just knew Becca would be the perfect fit for this couple!  Becca and her band learned, “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” for their first dance and it was beautiful!  Every time I hear that song I think of Megan and Alex; it was such a special part of the evening!

Megan and her bridal party walked down an aisle adorned with mirrored cubes filled with fluffy white hydrangeas.  Heffernan Morgan created a stunning arch backdrop with crystal strands and hanging white peonies in front of a white drape.  She carried a stunning bouquet of all white peonies accented with a locket enclosed with a picture of her grandfather.  The oval dining tables were dressed with lush mirror cubes of fluffy white hydrangeas, white peonies and floating candles.  We added phalaenopsis orchids and glass globe candlesticks for the round tables and completed the look with taupe and soft pink sequin linens.

Chad Husar and I Do Films captured every moment of this incredible wedding weekend.    I was honored to help plan Megan and Alex’s wedding; hard to believe it’s been a year! Congrats you two!

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Planner: Lauren Knuepfer, LK Events
Getting Ready Location: The Peninsula Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Location: The Peninsula
Entertainment: The Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Photography:  Chad Husar
Videography: I Do Films
Floral and Décor: HMR, Jessica Griffin
Lighting: Frost
Hair and Make Up: Sonia Roselli
Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Ice Sculpture: Nadeau’s
Rehearsal Dinner: Public Hotel
Rentals: Halls Rental
Linens: BBJ Linens
Transportation: VIP Valet Services

Molly & Alex, Esperanza Resort in Mexico

I had the pleasure of planning Molly and Alex’s wedding in Cabo San Lucas in May.  We started planning their destination wedding in late September as their wedding was to take place in Molly’s parent’s backyard.  After a few months of planning, Molly and Alex decided they wanted something smaller and intimate, with their closest family and friends.  I will never forget the day we sat down to discuss options in Cabo, a place that was very special to them.  I was so excited to begin the plans because I knew we would make this work in 8 months!  And we did!

Esperanza is an Auberge resort located next to the Baja Peninsula overlooking the Sea of Cortez.  Guests were welcomed to the resort with personalized totes that included Mexican tequila, shot glasses, local margarita mix, limes and salt, sunglasses, playing cards and a schedule of events to get through the wedding weekend.   Wednesday night we celebrated the birthday of Molly’s brother at a private party at El Dorado.  The chef prepared fish tacos and ceviche on site and guests enjoyed the stunning ocean view.

The Welcome Party was held on Thursday night at La Palapa in Esperanza. There were food stations of ceviche, empanadas, fish tacos, quesadillas and plenty of margaritas.  We had wish lanterns for guests to write their wedding wishes and they were sent off as the sun was setting.  For dessert we served churros with chocolate and caramel sauce and surprised the guests with a fireworks show!  It was the perfect way to kick of the wedding weekend.

Vendors started to arrive on Friday along with the LK team.  Preparations for the weekend began!  Guests enjoyed a day of golf at Cabo Del Sol or a Pool Party at Cocina Del Mar entertained by DJ Spider, flown in from LA.  In the early evening, we had the ceremony rehearsal on the beach.  The bridal party, family and close friends headed over to Corazon de Alcachofa for an intimate Rehearsal Dinner.  Later that evening, the LK team oversaw the installation of the pool cover, which was quite a site!  We were so excited for the next day.

Guests arrived at a Private Villa Garden and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne.  The bridal party freshened up after spending the late afternoon taking photos.  Los Mosquitos Quartet entertained guests during the pre-ceremony cocktail hour.  As soon as they moved down to the beach, guests began to follow and take their seats.  Molly and Alex were married on the beach, under a stunning chuppah.  It was fully covered in curly willow, white hydrangeas, white roses and white phalaenopsis orchids. Clear glass candles hung under the chuppah offering ambient light as the sun was setting.  Guests were seated on benches, couches, ottomans and chairs.  The custom made wooden platform allowed the bridal party to walk down the aisle with ease.  Immediately following the ceremony, guests walked back to the Pool Terraces.  The Gentleman of Leisure began playing and the dance floor opened.  After 30 minutes of dancing and the sun had set, guests took their seats on wooden tables adorned with custom runners, collections of floral that included clear glass vases of varying heights filled with white hydrangeas, roses, peonies, phaleonopsis orchids and curly willow.  Lamps hung above the tables with curly willow, roses and clear glass candles.  Dinner was served family style – grilled Caesar salad, crab cakes and Ahi tuna to start.  Followed by roasted chicken, sea scallops and beef tenderloin.  For dessert, guests enjoyed a beautiful station of petite sweets and of course, the Mother of the Bride’s famous carrot cake that the pastry chef re-created several times until he perfected the recipe!

Guests danced the night away on the white wooden platform that covered the main pool area of the resort.  We brought in lounge furniture and small tables, wooden bars and floral for guests to relax while enjoying the view of the Sea of Cortez.  Right before 10 PM as the dance floor was getting crowded, we surprised guests with a firework show while the Hora began. A few hours later guests made their way to El Bar for some late night quesadillas and s’mores, entertained by DJ Spider and DJ Chris.

The next morning, a farewell brunch was served at Cocina Del Mar and El Bar.  Later that day, a pool party continued entertained by DJ Spider in the exact location of the wedding reception.  We removed the pool cover installation and every table, chair and décor element between 2 and 6 am to bring the pool back to life for the next day!  This was one of LK’s most memorable weddings and we owe it all to the team of vendors we were so fortunate to work with.  The Esperanza team, Elena Damy, The Gents, transportation, hair and makeup….no detail was overlooked and we had Chris and Lynn and I Do Films there to capture every moment.  Congratulations Molly and Alex and thank you for letting us be a part of this incredible wedding celebration!

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Wedding Planner: LK Events
Photographer: Chris + Lynn Photographers
Ceremony and Reception Location: Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Videographer:  I Do Films
Save the Dates, Invitations and Day of items: Magnificent Milestones
Bride’s Gown (Ceremony): Vera Wang
Bride’s Gown (Reception): Monique Lhullier
Grooms Attire: Custom Made Tuxedo
Floral, Decor, Lighting, Furniture: Carlos and Elena Damy
Cake : Martha Melman’s Special Occasion Carrot Cake recreated by Esperanza
Entertainment: The Gentleman of Leisure
DJ’s: DJ Spider and DJ Chris Kennedy
Makeup: Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty
Hair: Kelly Cardenas Salon
Transportation: Esperanza
Rehearsal dinner: Corazon de Alcachofa
Officiant: Reverend Marco Arechiga

Ashley & Aaron, The Field Museum

I was ecstatic when Ashley called me to tell me she was engaged! I planned her brother’s wedding a few years ago I knew this was going to be so much fun! Ashley and her family are family to me; my parents were with her in Italy when Aaron proposed – in Italy! Doesn’t get much better than that J And so it began….

When Ashley and Aaron walked into Stanley Field Hall at The Field Museum, we knew this was the place for them. They were beaming! We walked outside on the Northeast Terrace and Ashley told me that this was the place she wanted to marry Aaron. The Field Museum holds a special place in my heart and I was so excited to begin the planning for the next year.

Music was very important to these two and we contracted Greenlight who kept the dance floor packed the entire night. Ashley’s brother is an incredible musician and he wrote and performed a song for her during the reception. It was awesome!

Jessica at Heffernan Morgan designed this elegant affair for Ashley and Aaron. Ashley loved sunflowers so Jessica created a gorgeous Escort Card display with various heights and risers wrapped in custom navy and white fabric. The sunflowers held each guests’ escort card. The ceremony aisle featured beautiful arrangement of ivory and green hydrangea, yellow snap dragons, petite white spray roses and vibrant yellow roses. We used these arrangements near the lounge vignettes inside Stanley Field Hall for the reception; they looked incredible!   We had square and round dining tables adorned with the rich yellow, green and ivory floral combinations and added antique gold etched glass candles and votives that completed this garden party. We brought in lounge groupings on shag rugs accented with petite floral centerpieces that made Stanley Field Hall so warm and inviting. Guests were served from sleek double mirrored bars which matched the mirrored stage surround that added a touch of glamour to the dance floor area.

Ashley carried a soft and textural bouquet of pale yellow garden roses, white ranunculus, light yellow spray roses, butter garden stock and white freesia.  Aaron wore a white ranunculus with freesia for his boutonniere.

The menu planning was such a blast for all of us! Ashley and Aaron wanted to incorporate their love for Italy and Italian foods and Blue Plate worked with us to customize a perfect menu for them. We started the seated dinner off with an Antipasti Course; a Burrata Salad with sliced red and yellow tomatoes and next was the Pasta Course; Truffled Pecorino Gnocchi with a Parmesan Cream and White Truffle Oil and for the Secondi; guests’ choice of Cracked Pepper Crusted Beef or Herb Roasted Chicken Breast. Guests enjoyed a Gourmet Cappuccino Station and a Dolci Station with Italian and American petite sweets for dessert. We served Mini Sliders, Mac and Cheese Cups, Mini Grilled Cheese and Chocolate and Vanilla Milk Shakes for Late Night and guests were treated to a Candy Station with Ashley and Aaron’s favorite candy and Mini Gelato Cones as they departed.

Ashley and Aaron had the most perfect day and it was an honor for me to be a part of it. Matt and Vanessa with Avery House captured every precious moment from these two. We loved every minute of working together and I am so happy for them!!

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Planner: LK Events
Photographer: Avery House
Videographer: I Do Films
Honeymoon Suite: The Palmer House
Ceremony and Reception Location: The Field Museum
Dress: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August Newberry Long, Tangled Up in Blue
Groom and Groomsmen Tux: J Crew
Flower Girl: J Crew
Ring Masters: J Crew
Bride’s Shoes: Bridal Tom’s
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment: Greenlight
Catering: Blue Plate
Cake: Cake Chicago
Invitation and Day Of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Officiant: Bride’s Cousin
Floral and Décor: Heffernan Morgan
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty
Photo Booth: Smile Booth
Rehearsal Dinner: Quartino’s
Thursday Night Welcome Party: Parents of the Bride’s Home
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Sunday Brunch: The University Club

Jen & Joe, Napa Valley

Planning Joe and Jen’s Wedding was one of the many highlights of last year, especially because the groom happens to be my little brother. We had an absolute blast planning their Napa Valley nuptials!

Jen grew up in the Bay Area and always knew she wanted a Wine Country Wedding. After visiting Napa Valley and Sonoma to look for venues, we decided on The Vintage Estate in downtown Yountville. The Vintage Estate was incredible – large enough to hold 250 + guests, ceremony, reception and dinner could be held outside and we could continue the dancing and reception late into the evening in their barrel room.

We had the most incredible team of vendors. Vrai Photography and I Do Films flew out to Yountville for the weekend to capture every moment, starting with the Rehearsal Dinner at Merryvale. Déjà vu Band from Chicago also came out to celebrate with the couple and kept the dance floor packed until the early hours of the next morning. Sharla Flock Designs created the most beautiful table arrangements consisting of hydrangeas, roses, dahlias and foliage to capture a natural, organic feel for this outdoor wedding. We brought in wooden farm tables, wooden wine barrels for cocktail rounds, tons of candles and lanterns along with hanging café lights to create an intimate feel during this outdoor reception. We placed the escort cards into wooden boxes filled with fresh grapes and vines and displayed them on a wooden farm table. Magnificent Milestones created the beautiful save the dates, invitations and all of the day of items for Jen and Joe. It was incredible!

We had the best wedding weekend starting a Bridesmaid Luncheon at Chandon, Groomsmen Luncheon at Quintessa and the Rehearsal Dinner at Merryvale – which was held in the stunning Cask Room. We adorned one long table with candelabras and an abundance of floral and it was such a beautiful setting. The bridesmaids and groomsmen got ready in separate suites at The Vintage Estate and Joe and Jen had their “first look” at Quintessa – a special place for both families. We took pictures around the estate and made our way back to The Vintage Estate where the ceremony was held outside and guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre in the lawn while dinner was being set up. Guests enjoyed dinner made from the freshest ingredients from the valley and paired with the couples’ favorite Napa Valley wines. We served dessert and late night snacks in the Barrel Room as guests danced the night away. It was the perfect setting and an unforgettable wedding weekend! Congrats Jen and Joe!

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Vintage Estate, Yountville, CA
Getting Ready Location: The Vintage Inn
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Floral and Décor: Sharla Flock Designs
Lighting: The Lux Productions
Invites and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Cupcakes and Dessert Station: Sift Cupcake
Catering: The Vintage Estate
Photography: Vrai Photography
Videography: I Do Films
Linens: La Tavola and Classic Party Rentals
Farm Tables and Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment: Déjà vu
Hair and Make Up: Sherrie Long
Rehearsal Dinner: Merryvale
Bridal Luncheon: Chandon
Groomsmen Luncheon: Quintessa
Day of Coordinators: Stacy McCain Event Planning

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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Lauren & Bryan, Spring Lake, Michigan

Since it happens to be my two year wedding anniversary this month, I thought it would be nice to share mine!

As a wedding planner in Chicago, planning my destination wedding in Spring Lake, Michigan seemed like a breeze, at first. I absolutely love my job as a wedding planner and I am so blessed to be able to do this for so many beautiful brides, who I become dear friends with throughout the process. However, planning a wedding for myself, was not easy. I was engaged for two years but didn’t start the planning process until a year out. That gave me time to really think about what I wanted to do, how I wanted to do it, and focus on my companies’ first year in this business.

I am so fortunate to be able to work with incredible vendors in Chicago and I learned very quickly, that I had to start from scratch to find vendors in Michigan. After a few months of research, I was so fortunate to have found the most amazing vendors to work with. On the other hand, I am extremely lucky that they chose to work with me! It’s not easy working for someone who does what you do. I have the utmost respect for anyone in this industry and that made me enjoy the process even more. I will be life long friends with all of my vendors.

Needless to say, I realized I needed some additional help. There was no way I could do this all on my own….and actually enjoy my wedding weekend. I was able to find an incredible planner who came in and pulled everything together for me. Without her, I could have never been able to relax and enjoy the wedding weekend. A few of my other vendors were from Chicago: Deja Vu Band, managed by my sister, Jen Knuepfer, Vrai Photography, I Do Films and HDO Tent. To spend a weekend as a bride with these vendors, whom I have worked with throughout the past few years, was just a blast!

I knew I wanted something different for our Michigan wedding. I see the most beautiful weddings in Chicago and I get to be a part of so many wonderful moments and memories and I knew that was what I wanted for Bryan and myself. Spring Lake is a dear place to us and our families. My Dad enjoyed his summers here growing up, and my family spent summers and weekend visits together here. It is a place we will be coming to for many years to come. I knew since I was a little girl, I wanted to have my wedding in Spring Lake; the most beautiful place on earth to me.

Bryan and I love being near the water, love boating and all the activities that come with it. We also love warm weather and spending time outside. I knew I wanted a nautical feel, to reflect the place we were at, but also a comfortable, casual, warm and intimate setting. I absolutely love lanterns, candle light, hydrangeas and everything navy! Since flowers don’t come in navy, we kept them light and natural and used the navy in other accents. I also wanted the floral to look as though it was picked from our garden; blue and clear hanging mason jars filled with wild flowers throughout the ceremony and reception provided the natural feel I was looking for. I mixed and matched patterns and designs, to create a nautical, but elegant look.

Food was extremely important to me as well and I really wanted the farm to table presentation and quality with local ingredients. Our caterer presented the most beautiful food that was in season, locally grown and absolutely delicious! Of course, we had to end the meal with blueberry and peach pie (from Crane’s – a local bakery) – a perfect way to satisfy the sweet tooth.

Our bridesmaids arrived by boat, and walked off the dock while the groomsmen lined up at the altar from another side of the yard. It was breathtaking. I walked down the steps from our house on a small hill, facing the lake. It was the most surreal moment walking down that aisle. All I could think was “this is actually happening!” It was the greatest feeling in the world.

Cocktail hour was next to the ceremony site, overlooking the small beach and the waterfront. The bridal party went on a boat ride immediately following the ceremony, while guests sipped “Lake Breezes” in Mason Jars, munched on passed hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed a fabulous cheese station, by “The Cheese Lady.” We were then invited up to the dinner tent by the harmonious sounds of a Bag Piper, which got guests moving! The dinner tent was stunning; Hanging lanterns, beautiful floral, soft lighting and just an overall romantic and intimate feeling.

My grandmother passed away days before our wedding. I was very close with her and was a blessing to have my entire family with me, to celebrate her and we felt her presence all weekend long. It was a very emotional week leading up to it, and of course the wedding day was filled with tears and laughter; but all joyful. It down poured all morning – probably one of the biggest rain falls I have seen in Michigan! Even though my entire wedding was outside, somehow it cleared up an hour before the ceremony and we were able to do everything, just the way it was planned. She was my Angel in the Outfield.

I will always remember this day; not only because of the beautiful details and the hard work the vendors put into the production, but because we were so fortunate to have all of our family and friends travel to Michigan to celebrate with us. My parents worked so hard to create the perfect wedding for us and I am truly grateful for their support. Bryan and I didn’t leave the dance floor all night (we owe that to our band) and to my surprise we ended the night with a firework show! It was truly magnificent and now I know how all of my brides feel on their wedding day, loved and so blessed. It was magical!

To see my wedding on Style Me Pretty, click here!

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Wedding Photography: Vrai Photography
Wedding Cinematography: I Do Films
Floral Design: Modern Day Floral and Event Design
Event Design: Modern Day Floral and Event Design + HDO Tent
Day-of Coordination: Turn Key Management
Getting Ready Location: Harbor House, Grand Haven Michigan
Event Planning: LK Events
Tent: HDO Tent
Catering: Christine Ferris Catering
Ceremony + Reception Location: Private Residence
Invitations + Paper Goods: Magnificent Milestones
Day of Signage: Greenstar Paperie
Rentals: Halls Rental
Linens: BBJ
Bride’s Shoes:Tory Burch
Wedding Dress: Ann Barge
Music: Deja Vu Band

 

Laura & Greg, Chicago Botanic Garden

I absolutely adored Laura and Greg and I knew when we first met, the year was going to be filled with lots of fun and laughter. Greg and Laura are such a sweet and genuine couple and we became fast friends during the planning process.

Greg and Laura met while attending law school in Chicago. Laura is originally from Nebraska and Greg is from Atlanta. Greg proposed on the coast of Georgia and they decided to have a Chicago wedding. With family and friends coming from all over the country, they knew they wanted a beautiful outdoor setting. They chose the Chicago Botanic Garden for their wedding reception and we found a beautiful church near downtown Evanston for their intimate ceremony.

Fleur Couture designed the stunning ceremony and reception floral. We tossed hundreds of rose petals as Laura and Greg exited the church into a vintage car after their ceremony. We hung custom moss monogram letters in the English Walled Garden for cocktail hour. Guests signed Chicago vintage post cards for a unique “guest gook” and Laura designed sweet thank you notes to each of her guests on the back of her menu card. The tables were adorned with hydrangea and babies breath filled mason jars and an abundance of candles that softened the reception tent. Frost Chicago hung café lights across the dance floor and we brought in lounge vignettes for guests to sit and mingle on during the evening. Laura was exquisite in her Monique Lhuillier gown and I don’t think there was a moment when she and Greg weren’t smiling and laughing. It was an incredible evening filled with family, friends, love and laughter.

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Vendors:

Wedding Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Getting Ready Hotel: Hotel Orrington
Ceremony Venue: St. Athanasius
Reception Venue + Catering: Chicago Botanic Garden
Wedding Coordination: Lauren Kneupfer from LK Events
Wedding Cinematography: I Do Films
Floral Design: Fleur Couture
Band: Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Honeymoon Suite: The Westin
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Transportation: V.I.P. Valet Services
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Jewelry: Family Heirlooms
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Jenny Yoo
Hair + Makeup: Beauty On Call

Kate & Andrew, Adler Planetarium

I met Kate and Andrew in the fall of 2011 and I knew the moment we started talking on the phone, we would get along great. I was so excited to start the planning process with them! Kate is one of my close friends today and I am so lucky to have been a part of their wedding planning.

Kate and Andrew had dated for five years before he popped the question. Kate is originally from Minnesota and Andrew is from the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. With guests coming in from around the country, they knew they wanted a memorable Chicago location for their wedding and reception. After only a few venue visits, they fell in love with the Adler Planetarium and the rest of the planning began!

I was thrilled when they chose Kristina Carter with Vrai Photography and I Do Films Videography to shoot their wedding weekend. Jessica at Botanicals created a beautiful setting in Galileo’s. We suspended a collection of colorful lanterns over the dance floor, adorned every table with vibrant orchids, fresh stock and candles. Despite the uncertain weather forecast, we decided to have the ceremony outside on the Adler‘s northwest terrace. It was a little breezy but the guests were in awe of the incredible Chicago skyline and the picturesque views. The Bradley Young Orchestra kept the dance floor packed all night long. I will never forget how much fun Kate and Andrew were during the planning but even more so, on their wedding day. Enjoy!

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VENDORS:

Ceremony and Reception: Adler Planetarium
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhulier
Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid: Assorted black jersey long – mainly Amsale & Two Birds
Groom’s Tuxedo: Isaia Aquaspider
His Shoes: Ferragamo
Caterer: Food For Thought, Exclusive Caterer
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Palomar
Ceremony and Reception Band: Bradley Young Orchestra
Photography: Vrai Photography
Videography: I Do Films
Floral and Décor: Botanicals by Heffernan Morgan, Jessica Griffin
Lighting and Installations: Frost
Photobooth: Shutterbox
Officiant: Bruce Otto & Reverend David
Save the Dates, Invitations and All Day Of Items and Signage: Magnificent Milestones
Wedding Cake and Dessert Table: Tipsy Cake
Rehearsal Dinner: The Signature Room at the John Hancock, 95th Floor
Make Up Artist: Brian Sutherby, MUSE Beauty
Hair: Cathy Battistoni
Transportation: Victoria’s Flying Lady and VIP Valet Services

 

Megan & Adam, Cafe Brauer

I had so much fun working with Megan and Adam for their Fall 2011 Wedding. Megan and Adam were engaged in 2009 and we had almost two years to plan their nuptials. We had so much fun together during the planning process – morning brunches, summer lunches, and afternoon meetings finalizing vendors and getting to know one another. Due to their work schedule, we decided to plan as much as we could a year before their wedding date, which meant finalizing all of their vendors a year out. We planned their ceremony in the Foreman Pavilion of the Lincoln Park Zoo with a reception following in Cafe Brauer. The weekend began with an Indian celebration at Reza’s and Friday’s Rehearsal Dinner was held at Adobo Grill – where Megan and Adam had their first date. The wedding day was beautiful; we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Chicago fall day. Food was especially important to them and we chose Molly at Entertaining Company. She created a custom menu for them and the we ended the dinner with Megan and Adam’s favorite dessert – cheesecake and carrot cake. Mark with Kloeckner designed the exquisite ceremony and reception décor. Megan wanted to incorporate peacock feathers so we did so in the floral centerpieces and the napkin folds which was her mother’s idea. It all came together beautifully! Toast and Jam kept the party going all night long, while Chad Husar Photography and I Do Films captured every moment of the day. I am grateful to Megan and Adam for hiring me, knowing my wedding was a month before theirs. We had an incredible wedding day for them and I know we will be friends forever! LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0077 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0079 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0078 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0080 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0081 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0082 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0083 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0084 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0085 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0086 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0087 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0088 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0089 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0090 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0092 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0091 Ceremony Venue: Lincoln Park Zoo, Foreman Pavilion Reception Venue: Cafe Brauer Getting Ready Location: Belden Stratford Hotel Photographer: Chad Husar Photography DJ: Toast and Jam Ceremony Musicians: Stanley Paul Orchestra Catering Company: Entertaining Company Videography: I Do Films Florist: Kloeckner Floral Rehearsal Dinner: Adobo Grill Invitations: Magnificent Milestones Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones Transportation: VIP Wedding Cake: Tipsy Cake Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call