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Kate Spade Inspiration at the Adler Planetarium, Courtney & Grant

I was so excited when I began working with Courtney and Grant because they had such a clear vision of how they wanted to celebrate their wedding day. They are both very hard-working and focused individuals, but they wanted to bring their fun-loving spirits to their celebration and that was evident in every aspect of the wedding – from the nod to Kate Spade to the exuberant bandleader and musicians leading the dance floor.

I enjoyed meeting with Courtney and Grant every month at their home to go through the planning checklist and cross items of their list. We had so much fun collaborating on the details and a friendship grew from our time together. Because we met so often at their home, I loved that Courtney chose to get ready at their home and there was much laughter and excitement among all the ladies as they got ready. We then transported all the ladies over to the Intercontinental Chicago so that Courtney and Grant could have their First Look. From there, we did photos around Chicago and Bethany at Maypole Studios captured all of the moments with perfection. I love the iconic La Salle Street photos!

When we arrived at the Adler Planetarium, Food For Thought was busy transforming the reception space for our celebration. The décor provided by Platinum Events was on point with the stately gold urn focal piece for the escort cards and the absolutely lush explosion of neutral florals on the guest tables. The nod to Kate Spade with the cake from Elysia Root Cakes and the stationery items from Magnificent Milestones was the cherry on top of the celebration. Yes, we are still obsessing over these little details!

Courtney and Grant chose to exchange their vows with the city of Chicago in the background and guests were holding back tears during the emotional ceremony presided by Tom Maluga. Guests then enjoyed a beautiful hour outdoors for cocktails – grabbing photos of the Chicago skyline, lounging on a few couches and noshing on little bites like the Buttermilk Fried Shrimp and Braised Beef Beignet. We then invited guests inside for a choice entrée of Dijon Rubbed Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Pan Seared Crab Cakes or Roulade of Chicken Breast from Food For Thought. David Rothstein Music kept guests entertained well into the night and everyone enjoyed the view of the Navy Pier fireworks to cap off the celebration. Congratulations, Courtney & Grant!

Note from the couple:

We had so much fun working with Nicole of LK Events on our wedding for the last year and a half.  We decided to hire a full wedding planner due to our busy schedules and the fact that we didn’t know the Chicago wedding market and wanted someone to help us find great vendors within our budget.  Nicole did just that.  Every single vendor she suggested was AMAZING and all within our budget; there is no way we would have found them all ourselves.  It was also evident what a great relationship Nicole had with them and how much they enjoyed working with her too, which made the experience that much more positive.  Nicole was always willing to work around our schedules and meet us at our house, which helped us immensely.  She was extremely responsive and was great about keeping us updated on our budget all of the time. I also loved how she was genuinely invested in us and our wedding vision and made so many great suggestions for us along the way (she made up the perfect hashtag, came up with a really cute way to display our place cards, helped us put together our ceremony, etc).  She also has so much wedding experience and was able to navigate us through many decisions we had to make or to determine what the right wedding etiquette even was!  It was so rewarding to always have that sounding board and to have someone you trust guiding you through.

Nicole truly shined though the day of!  She had an insanely detailed schedule to keep us all organized and was always there making sure we were on track and no detail was missed.  She was even, on the fly, able to sew one of my bridesmaids into her dress (who accidentally ordered it two sizes too big and wasn’t able to get it taken in)!  I was stunned at how well she did it – you couldn’t even tell! There was no issue Nicole couldn’t solve.  Above all else, Nicole is dedicated, patient and kind no matter how stressful the situation.  It was such a delight working with you Nicole, thank you for everything!!!

 

Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Hair: Jennifer & Analicia from Salon Blue
Make-up: Branden & Gary from Arch Apothecary
Floral/Décor: Platinum Events
Food & Beverage: Food For Thought
Getting Ready: Intercontinental Chicago
Linen: BBJ Linen
Musicians: David Rothstein Music
Officiant: Rev. Tom Maluga
Photographer & Photo Booth: Maypole Studios
Rehearsal Dinner: Howells & Hood
Rentals: Hall’s Rental
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue: Adler Planetarium
Videographer: Poetic Productions
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

 

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

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