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An Autumnal Affair at the Iconic Drake Hotel

Hard to believe Ashley and Jim’s October 31st wedding was almost a year ago! From the moment I spoke to Ashley over the phone, I knew we would become fast friends; we clicked immediately! I was so excited to plan Ashley and Jim’s nuptials, especially because they happen to be friends with past clients of mine from Food For Thought. Ashley and Jim are two of the most sincere people I have ever met. They are absolutely adorable together and no matter what decision was being made, they always put each other and their family first.

After looking at a few venues, Ashley and Jim chose the Drake Hotel. Ashley had a feeling all along that the Drake was “the one” and they fell in love with the Grand Ballroom for their October wedding. After choosing Kent Drake to document the wedding weekend and Déjà vu to entertain us all night, we focused on floral and décor and selecting the perfect invitations and day of paper from Magnificent Milestones.

Erin at Revel Decor designed this autumnal affair where she created a brilliant fabric archway for the ceremony with suspended votive candles hanging throughout the entire installation. Pops or orange orchid blossoms hung amongst the glowing candles giving an illusion of floating candlelight and blossoms. Since it happened to be on Halloween, Ashley wanted to give her guests a little fun and seasonal accent. We greeted guests with metallic gold painted mini pumpkins that held escort cards designed by Magnificent Milestones. The tables were adorned with rich orange and white botanicals consisting of hydrangea, roses, orchids and calla lilies and touches of green and burgundy floral hanging. We added foliage and branches to add height to the tall pieces and an abundance of candlelight throughout the entire ballroom.

Ashley and Jim had one of the most heartfelt ceremonies and it was truly an honor being a part of the planning experience and wedding weekend. I am fortunate to call Ashley a dear friend and we couldn’t be happier for you and Jim! Congratulations on one year and thank you for choosing LK Events!

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Ceremony and Reception: The Drake Hotel
Wedding Planner: Lauren, LK Events
Photographer: Kent Drake Photography
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Krystal Hall (bride)
Jessica Bernardi-Meeker (bridesmaids and family)
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Dress: Jenny Yoo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Banks
Entertainment: Deja Vu
Officiate: Bruce Otto, Spirited Weddings
Invitations and Day of Paper: Magnificent Milestones
Rehearsal Dinner: Osteria Via Stato

Kristen & Mike, Greenhouse Loft

Kristen and Mike were such a sweet couple and I knew from the first day I met Kristen, we were going to have a blast working together. I loved working with the two of them and every detail that went into this wedding was so memorable and made for such a great planning experience. Kristen and Mike were married at Greenhouse Loft in Chicago, a venue that had recently opened and was under complete construction when Kristen and Mike first chose it for their wedding venue. Greenhouse Loft is located in the historic Green Exchange Building and it was extremely important to Kristen and Mike to incorporate green details into their own wedding day. Kristen and Mike wanted to incorporate their alma maters into their wedding day as well, as both of their college experiences were so important to them.

Kristen spent four years on the cheerleading team at the University of Michigan and ended up finding her dress at a boutique in downtown Ann Arbor. That was so special to Kristen as her college town is so very dear to her heart. She incorporated the beautiful lace detail from her dress into her Amy Beck wedding cake as well. We also had the Wolverine Bride and Redbird Groom as their cake topper! Navy was one of her wedding colors, she wore a UMichigan Garter and her mother sewed UMichigan charms onto the heel of her Kate Spade shoes – “Go Blue!” At the reception, we served Bride and Groom specialty cocktails, Blueberry Vodka and Lemonade called “The Maize N’ Blue” and to represent Illinois State for Mike we served Red Sangria, “Redbird Sangria.”

We had a beautiful ceremony in the courtyard of Greenhouse Loft and Dolce Strings performed music that was meaningful to the Bride and Groom. Songs included, Coldplay’s “Paradise,” and Journey’s, “Don’t Stop Believing.” Kristen and Mike’s ring bearer carried an adorable wooden sign that read, “Uncle Mike, Here Comes Your Bride!” We hung stem-less wine glasses on shepherd hooks (that Kristen’s dad drilled holes in!) that we used as floral vases.

Guests enjoyed reading wooden signs that Kristen had made and we placed them all around the Loft with lyrics to their first dance song, Adele’s, “Make You Feel My Love. Kristen spent time creating all of her own personalized invitations, place cards and guests’ favors which were mason jars guests could use to fill up their own candy from a personalized candy station that filled the center of the room. Kristen’s sister designed the table numbers and head table place cards and signage. The entire family played such a role in all the planning for Kristen and Mike, which made the day so intimate and meaningful. Hearty Boys created ethnic food stations from all over the world that symbolized Kristen and Mike’s heritage and favorite cuisines. DJ Chris Vittorio with Spin Productions kept the dance floor packed all night long and Heather Parker Photography captured every moment and every personalized detail of Kristen and Mike’s wedding day!

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Wedding Planner: Lauren Knuepfer with LK Events
Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
DJ: Christopher Vittorio with Spin Productions
Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Strings
Flowers: Allison Denny with Stems
Caterer: The Hearty Boys
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Cake Topper: The Pink Koala on Etsy
Wedding Videography: R.E.M. Videography
Wedding Favors: DIY Mini Mason Jars for Candy Table (Mason Jar Tags with “Thank You” Message from Etsy)
Wedding Tags for Guest Favors: Leafy Vine Design & The Pink Koala on Etsy
Wedding Hairstylist: Livia Caporale
Wedding Makeup Artist: Brian Sutherby
Bride’s Wedding Day Jewelry: Earrings from The Left Bank Jewelry
Wedding Stationery: Paper Source (Custom Made)
Wedding Gown Make and Style: Modern Trousseau (Custom Made)
Wedding Bridal Boutique: The Gown Shop
Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel via The Gown Shop
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade (navy Charm shoe)
Groom/Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse
Groom’s Tie: JoS A. Bank
Groomsmen’s Ties: Tie Bar
Bridesmaid Dress Make and Style: BCBG (Navy Palais One-Shoulder Cocktail Dress)
Bridesmaid Wedding Day Jewelry: Five Little Gems on Etsy 
Flower Girl Dress: Target
Flower Girl Shoes: Target
Flower Girl Bow Headband: Claire’s
Ring Bearer Sign: 4 The Love of Hannah on Etsy 
Other Wood Signs: And The Sign Says on Etsy
Ceremony Officiant: Judge Clint Hull (friend of Kristen’s family)

 

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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