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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

Kirstin & Maurin, The Racquet Club of Chicago

Kirstin and Maurin met working together here in Chicago. Maurin is originally from France and when they got engaged, they knew they wanted an intimate setting that would be comfortable for their out of town guests, especially Maurin’s family. The Racquet Club of Chicago is so warm and intimate; it’s the perfect setting for a November wedding.

Kirstin and Maurin saw each other for the first time on their wedding day, at the outdoor terrace of The Public Hotel.  It was chilly (but nothing like todays weather!) and Amanda of Amanda Hein Photography captured beautiful images of them on the terrace with their bridal party.  They then went off to take pictures around Chicago before making their way to The Racquet Club of Chicago for family photos and the wedding ceremony.

Kirstin carried a gorgeous tear drop shaped bouquet of lush floral in shades of white, cream and champagne with hints of lavender and soft foliage.  We adorned the guest tables with textural arrangements in white and champagne spray roses, hydrangeas and touches of foliage.  We used an abundance of candles and mercury glass to dress the tables.

Scratch Weddings provided the entertainment for the evening and guests had a blast dancing the night away in the library.  We had the perfect wedding weekend for this darling couple.  You can see it in the images; they are so in love!  Thank you, Kirstin and Maurin, for letting LK Events be a part of your day!

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Getting Ready: The Public Hotel
Reception Venue: The Racquet Club of Chicago
Photographer: Amanda Hein Photography
Wedding Planners: LK Events
Invitations: Paper Source
DJ: Scratch Weddings
Floral and Décor: Stems
Catering: The Racquet Club of Chicago
Wedding Cake: The Racquet Club of Chicago
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Valet: The Racquet Club of Chicago
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty Pro
Dress: Lazaro
Bridesmaid Dress: Jim Helm
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse

Marisa & JP, The Palmer House

We had a wonderful time planning Marisa and JP’s wedding. Marisa worked with us here at LK Events and assisted on many weddings. We loved having her on site and so did our clients! She was so enthusiastic, extremely detailed and was a joy to work with. When she got engaged to JP we were ecstatic!

Marisa and JP met at The University of Iowa. Several years afterwards, JP proposed to Marisa in Chicago with a surprise celebration that included both of their families. The planning began soon after!

After getting ready at Marisa’s childhood home in Oak Brook, we headed to the ceremony at Ascension of our Lord Parish. It was officiated by JP’s childhood priest, which made it very special. We transported guests to the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago for the reception. Marisa and JP loved the traditional and classic feel of the Grand Ball Room. The Palmer House Hilton Hotel was a convenient place for guests but offered a stunning reception site. We decorated the tables with tall birch branch centerpieces and exquisite floral and lighting by Erin Patrick Designs.

Marisa and JP had so much fun during the planning but especially on the wedding day. Ron Bedel Orchestra played continuously during dinner and the reception, so guests danced and celebrated all evening long. Avery House captured every moment of their day and One Fine Day productions created a magical wedding video we will post soon. It was a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple.

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Getting Ready Location: Marisa’s Parents Home
Ceremony Location: Ascension of our Lord Parish, Oak Brook
Reception Location: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago
Honeymoon Suite: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago
Band: Ron Bedel Orchestra
Photographer: Avery House
Videographer: One Fine Day
Photo Booth: Smile Booth
Floral, Décor and Lighting: Erin Patrick Designs {vendor has closed}
Bride’s Dress: Lazaro
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Tuxedo: Vera Wang
Transportation: Windy City Limo
Hair and Make Up: Morgan Perris Salon
Invitations: Ashley’s Stationary
Bridesmaid Dresses: Wtoo
Jewelry: Bella Bianca

PS, stay tuned later this week for the videos from Marisa & JP’s wedding, we are obsessed!!

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