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A Stylish Soiree at Trump Hotel in Chicago

When one of my best friends called me to tell me her boyfriend proposed  (after digging her car out of the snow one night), I was ecstatic.  I am sure Sean didn’t intend to be stuck outside in the blistery cold Chicago weather before dropping down on one knee, but it made for a pretty cute story. Samantha and I have been friends since college and have had some incredible memories together. Samantha and Sean are two of the most sincere people I have ever met and together, they make a pretty cute couple.

Samantha and Sean fell in love with the Trump Hotel. They knew it was the perfect place for them to celebrate their nuptials and for their guests to enjoy a fun, fall evening. I had so much fun planning Samantha and Sean’s wedding because the two of them, along with Samantha’s mom, planned everything together.  I love when the groom gets involved in the planning and throughout every meeting it was apparent that Sean was there because he wanted to spend time with Samantha.  It was incredible to see two people enjoy this process so much because they were spending time together, and of course, having some fun along the way.

Samantha carried an elegant and timeless bouquet of white roses and hydrangea.   Her bridesmaids carried a smaller bouquet of all white roses to complement Samantha.  Jessica at Heffernan Morgan created a warm and intimate setting for the ceremony with an abundant array of candles.  We had two mirrored pedestals at the start of the aisle that each hosted tall silver candelabras with pillar candles. Continuing down the aisle was a series of low mirrored risers that each hosted an abundance of soft, romantic candlelight.  Samantha and Sean were married under a gorgeous Chuppah designed of modern open frame chrome legs and a white lattice top.  Suspended from the top and within the legs was a plethora of hanging votives.  Samantha and Sean’s ceremony made all of us tear up!  Rabbi Chalom told stories throughout Samantha and Sean’s relationship that made us all laugh and cry.  It was incredibly heartfelt.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre overlooking the city while we turned over the room to get ready for dinner service.  We used the silver candelabras on half of the guests’ tables with petite hydrangea arrangements surrounding the base.  We added a trio of varying height cylinders with floating candles to complete this elegant look.  The remaining dining tables featured a trio of tall glass vases with dramatic cascading white phalaenopsis orchids and surrounding candles.  We also elevated these arrangements with a mirrored light box that illuminated them from below.  The room looked incredible, especially once we opened the drapes for guests to enjoy the night skyline.  Greenlight kept the dance floor packed the entire evening and Tammy Leathem and Wedding Masterpiece were there to capture it all.

I was honored to stand next to Samantha while she married the man of her dreams.  I am so excited for what is to come for these two – a baby boy in January!!  Congrats Samantha and Sean!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your incredible day!

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Honeymoon Suite: The Trump Hotel
Ceremony and Reception: The Trump Hotel
Photographer: Leathem Photography
Videographer: Wedding Masterpiece
Entertainment: Greenlight
Floral and Décor: Heffernan Morgan
Lighting: PSAV, Trump Hotel
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Jessica Bernardi Meeker
Invitations: Invitations Creations, Highland Park
Rehearsal Dinner: Nico Osteria
Dress: Anne Barge
Shoes: Jimmy Choo and Converse
Tux: Armani
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Angela & Trip, The Langham Chicago

Working with amazing couples and talented colleagues in Chicago is why I love my job so much. When I first met Angela and Trip, I knew that we were going to have a fun journey together and that they were going to have a beautiful wedding day. I was not wrong.

Angela and Trip really made a weekend out of their wedding because they wanted to show off the city that they love. The day before the Wedding, Trip had a Groom’s Brunch at Hash House A- Go-Go and then took his groomsmen on a river boat cruise. Angela and her ladies had a luncheon at Jane’s with a mani-pedi party at Polish & Pour. We then had a Rehearsal at Saint Clement with a Dinner/Welcome Party following that at Little Goat. What a way to start the festivities!

On the morning of the wedding, Angela and her ladies gathered in her suite at The Langham, Chicago, for hair and make-up appointments. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, except for the fact that we were still waiting for a bridesmaid to get into Chicago. Unfortunately, her flight was affected by some disturbance at O’Hare and she had grabbed the Amtrak Train and was traveling straight through to be by her friend’s side. That is definitely a best friend!

Angela was soon stepping into her stunning Lazaro gown and then Amanda Hein was bringing her to the Plaza to meet her fiancé. These photos!! Amanda truly captured the spirit of Angela & Trip and their love of Chicago. After some more photos inside The Langham with their wedding party and family, we all traveled up to Saint Clement for the wedding ceremony. I always love seeing couples getting married in the parish I call home and Angela and Trip’s ceremony was very touching.

We shuttled guests back to The Langham, Chicago, where they were greeted with passed sparkling water and wine, along with Specialty Cocktails – the Bride’s Moscow Mule and the Groom’s Old Fashioned. They also noshed on a North Carolina Style Pulled Pork Slider and Mini New England Lobster Rolls while mingling with Angela and Trip. We soon brought everyone into the Devonshire Ballroom for dinner and Cornelia McNamara had provided a spectacular fall, romantic and classic atmosphere, with beautiful paper accents from Courtney Callahan. After Angela and Trip were introduced as husband and wife, they had their First Dance to “Home”. Guests were delighted with the culinary skills at The Langham and Rendezvous soon had them on the dance floor for a party that lasted until after midnight. Congratulations to my newest friends, Angela & Trip!

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Gown: Lazaro
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair Stylists: Ashley Young Styling
Make-up Artist: Cherie from Sonia Roselli
Florist: Cornelia McNamara
Ceremony Musicians: Chicago Musical Connection
Reception Musicians: Rendezvous
Photographer: Amanda Hein Photography
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Little Goat
Room Blocks: The Langham Chicago, Westin Chicago River North, Conrad Chicago
Stationery: Courtney Callahan Paper
Transportation: Chicago Trolley Company and M&M Limousine & Bus
Ceremony Venue: Saint Clement
Venue, Food & Beverage: The Langham, Chicago
Lighting: PSAV
Wedding Planner: 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

Sarah & Andy, Metropolis Ballroom

When I first met Sarah & Andy over a Skype call, I knew that we were going to be a great match in planning their wedding. They had a very clear vision for what they wanted on their wedding day and just needed someone local to help them with all of the details. We had many laughs over the year that we worked together and they continue to be a beautiful couple on the inside and outside. I am thrilled to share their story and the beautiful images from their wedding day.

Sarah & Andy’s wedding day began with the ladies getting ready at DoubleTree – Arlington Heights by Emily Collins and the incomparable Sonia Roselli. There was a relaxed, yet excited vibe between Sarah, her mom and her bridesmaids. Of course, all of these ladies were stunning without the help of hair and make-up, but Sarah truly looked like a model on her wedding day. The amazingly talented Olivia Leigh was capturing all of the little details and joining in on the merriment in the room. Meanwhile, Andy and his groomsmen were down the hall finishing their look for the day – gray suits and ties with boutonnieres from Fleur Couture.  Olivia coordinated Sarah & Andy’s First Look around the hotel and we were then off to Alice Millar Chapel for the ceremony.

The Northwestern University campus is idyllic and was the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous couple. The photos of Sarah, Andy and their wedding party capture a beautiful combination of old world and modern design. Guests arrived at the chapel bearing gifts and well wishes and the ceremony was a touching reflection of Sarah & Andy’s love. After the I Do’s, guests made their way to the Metropolis Ballroom for much merriment. The Campbell and Vail Rooms were the scene for the cocktail hour that included passed hors d’oeuvres like Blackened Scallops and Pastrami Smoked Salmon on Endive.

After introductions from Chris at Spin, family members were also introduced, which gave a nod to the couple’s Korean tradition. Sarah & Andy cut their gorgeous cake and then dinner of Pepper Seared Filet & Chicken Breast Medallion or Italian Grilled Sea Bass was served. Guests then took to the dance floor with a few dance-offs occurring between family members throughout the night. Sarah & Andy also entertained their guests with the smilebooth  and late night s’mores – both were things that guests returned to more than once! Congratulations to the sweetest of couples, Sarah & Andy!

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Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Veil: Shin Bu Bridal
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Proper Suit
Groom Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Bakery: Gladstone Bakery
Beauty: Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio
Ceremony Venue: Alice Millar Chapel
Florist: Fleur Couture
Reception Venue: Metropolis Ballroom
Hotel: DoubleTree – Arlington Heights
Ceremony Musicians: Laura Kim’s String Quartet
DJ: Spin
Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Photo Booth: smilebooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Maggiano’s at Old Orchard
Stationery – Invitations: Inclosed Studio
Stationery – Day of: Crafty Pie Press
Transportation: Odyssey Transportation

Jennifer & John, The Field Museum

One of the many highlights of last year was planning Jennifer and John’s wedding. Jennifer and John met at Vanderbilt University and started dating soon after they graduated. Jennifer is originally from Dallas and John is from Atlanta and they currently live in Houston together. You may be wondering why this adorable couple chose to get married in Chicago. They lived here together for a year while John attended law school and both fell in love with the city. They wanted a summer wedding and knew Chicago would be the perfect destination for their guests who were all traveling from afar.

Each time Jennifer and her Mom came to Chicago – we would make the most of our time with the planning and meeting their vendors. I will never forget spending time together while they were in town; we had a blast! Jennifer and John fell in love with the Field Museum; it was a place they visited often while living here and a perfect way for their guests to experience one of the cities’ most iconic venues.

Heffernan Morgan and Frost worked their magic on creating the most gorgeous look outside on the terrace for their ceremony and inside Stanley Field Hall for the reception. We adorned the aisle with fresh rose petals and Jennifer and John were married under a wrought iron arbor decorated with greenery and ivory and peach blooms. We also hung a crystal chandelier that added a touch of glam for this outdoor setting. Cocktails took place on the north terrace overlooking the city. We set up the Escort Cards on a bed of peach and blush blooms in mirrored boxes for guests to take and find their seats. Guest tables were decorated with ivory and green hydrangeas, peach spray roses, open blush garden roses, café au lait dahlias, garden stock and coral roses. We used mercury glass votives, footed glass bowls, varying candlesticks and etched clear glass. We lit each table and the entire Hall with ambient lighting that gave the room a warm glow as the sun went down. Jennifer and John were introduced into the reception and cut their incredible cake from Amy Beck and John was surprised by Jennifer’s thoughtful groom’s cake, which was a Game of Thrones theme. He loved it! The Gentleman of Leisure kept the entire dance floor packed all night and Vrai captured every moment. Before departing in a classic Rolls Royce, Jennifer and John exited their reception by walking down the south steps as guests tossed fresh rose petals for them. We had an unforgettable wedding weekend for Jennifer and John!

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Getting Ready Location: The Drake Hotel
Ceremony: The Field Museum, Northeast Terrace
Reception: The Field Museum, Stanley Field Hall
Wedding Dress: Ines de Santo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Floral and Décor: Heffernan Morgan
Lighting: Frost
Invitations: Hand Calligraphied in Dallas
Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Photographer: Vrai Photography
Caterer: Blue Plate
Entertainment: The Gentleman of Leisure
Make Up: Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty
Hair: Lauren Logan
Rehearsal Dinner: Gibson’s Steakhouse
Friday Night Dessert Reception: The Drake Bros’
Sunday Brunch: The Drake Hotel
Officiant: Reverend David, Reverend By Request
Transportation: VIP Valet Service
Something old: A piece of my mom’s wedding dress was wrapped around my bouquet
Something new: A diamond necklace
Something borrowed: A veil from my husbands great grandmother
Something blue: Chanel light blue nail polish

Lindsay & Chaz, Chicago Botanic Garden

I had so much fun planning Lindsay and Chaz’s wedding. Lindsay and Chaz knew they wanted to get married at the Chicago Botanic Garden since Lindsay grew up close by and spent much of her childhood there. It was the perfect setting for a fall wedding. Three Branches Floral Design designed the floral and we had so much fun putting all the final details together. Lindsay carried a lush bouquet of deep burgundy callas and orchids and looked magnificent in her Monique gown.

We adorned the tables with vintage hydrangea and eggplant tea leaves in silver candelabras, submerged orchid blossoms and an abundance of candle light. The tent was so intimate and warm on this chilly fall day. The weather didn’t hold us back from having the perfect ceremony in the Rose Terrace with cocktails outside in the English Walled Garden. Guests enjoyed the Gentleman Of Leisure’s string quartet for the ceremony and cocktail hour and the dance floor in McGinley was packed all night. It was an incredible evening for two lovely people and we had the Angel Eyes Photography capturing it all.

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Ceremony: Rose Terrace, Chicago Botanic Garden
Cocktail Hour: English Walled Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden
Reception: McGinley Tent, Chicago Botanic Garden
Catering: Culinary Landscape
Dress: Monique Lhullier, Style Amaranth
Bridesmaid Dresses: Two Birds
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Grooms Tux: Ralph Lauren
Groomsmen Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Floral and Décor: Three Branches Floral Design
Lighting: Frost
Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment: Gentleman Of Leisure
Invitations: Yellowbird
Day of Items: Bride Designed
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Transportation: VIP Valet
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Make Up: Dorie Mae
Hair: Lauren Logan
Rehearsal Dinner: Francesca’s

Roxane & Denis, The Ivy Room

Roxane and Denis started dating in high school and I was so excited when they got engaged. We had a blast planning their August wedding! Roxane and Denis knew they wanted an intimate Chicago wedding and reception and The Ivy Room was the perfect place for their summer nuptials.

Boka catered a delectable menu for Roxane and Denis that consisted of southern style passed hors d’oeuvre (pheasant empanadas, sweet corn chowder, corn and ricotta beignets to name a few) and a stationary farmhouse cheese and fruit display. We served a pressed watermelon, heirloom tomato and Burata salad and braised short rib with a truffle risotto cake for dinner. We ended the dinner with the hummingbird wedding cake from Table 52, Roxane’s favorite restaurant.

Paper Plane Paperie created all of Roxane and Denis’ save the dates, invitations and day of items. We re-created her calligraphy for the oversized chalkboard menus that were displayed inside the dining room and also used the light blue chevron pattern in her dining table runners. HMR Designs draped the ceiling and windows with ivory sheer fabric and hung crystal chandeliers to give the ceremony room an intimate feel and created a gorgeous dance floor setting. We used white hydrangeas, garden roses, green trick, green hydrangea and white lisianthus in silver urns on the tables surrounded by a collection of candlelight from wrought iron candlesticks and pillars. It was absolutely beautiful!

We had such a blast planning Roxane and Denis’ wedding. Avery House captured every moment and detail of their wedding weekend and The Party Faithful kept the dance floor packed the entire night. Congrats Roxane and Denis!

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Getting Ready Location: The Trump Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Ivy Room
Photographer: Avery House
Caterer: Boka
Floral and Décor: HMR Designs
Lighting: Frost
Officiant: Bruce Otto, Spirited Weddings
Invites and Day of Items: Paper Plane Paperie
Entertainment: The Party Faithful
Wedding Cake: Table 52
Bride’s Dress Designer – Monique Luhlier
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Monique Luhlier
Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Brides’s Jewelry – David Yurman earrings, wedding gift from Denis
Broach on flowers: Borrowed from Sister
Groom’s Custom Tuxedo – Wilfred Newman
Groomsmen’s Ties: were Hugo Boss
Groomsmen’s  Suits – Men’s Warehouse
Groomsmen’s Custom Shirts- Wilfred Newman
Transportation: VIP Valet
Rehearsal Dinner: Carnivale
Hair and Make Up: Kathy Jacob

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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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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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

 

Kate & Tim, Chicago History Museum

I was really looking forward to meeting Kate and Tim. They were in town from DC one weekend in June and the fun began! We were exactly one year out when we met on a Sunday morning over coffee and we immediately clicked. I felt like I was talking to old friends and was so excited to begin the plans with them.

Kate didn’t move to Chicago until a few months before her wedding so plans were done via email and on several in town visits. Kate was so detailed and organized and she knew exactly what she wanted. She chose Food For Thought to cater her wedding at the Chicago History Museum and Flora Chicago for her floral and décor. While finalizing the menu and decor we moved forward with Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography and the bride’s friend, James Kittendorf, who is a super talented videographer in Michigan, where Kate is from.

It was a very hot Friday in June, but we had a blast! The weather was perfect, photos were exquisite and the Chicago Room at the History Museum was bright, cheerful and full of love and laughter. Kate and Tim are so in love and such a happy couple – you can tell instantly from these photos. Enjoy!

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Getting Ready Location: Drake Hotel
Ceremony: St. Mike’s
Reception: Chicago History Museum
Catering: Food For Thought
Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s
Invitations: Paper Plus
Photography: Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography
Videography: James Kittendorf
DJ: Jeff Rutter
Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call
Dress: Jenny Lee
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Tuxedo: Black Tie Formalwear
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Cocktail Musician: Dan Hayes Orchestra
Floral: Flora Chicago