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Liz & Dave, Chicago Illuminating Company

I am not even sure how to begin to tell about the journey I had with Liz & Dave in planning their wedding day. It was one filled with laughter, planning pretty details, and setting a foundation of a friendship. I was so honored to work with these two…and their families and amazing team of creative partners!

We started the wedding day at the Four Seasons with Liz and her ladies having hair and make-up done by Sara & Melissa from Sonia Roselli Studios. It’s not like these girls needed a lot of extra primping to look absolutely stunning! Meanwhile, Dave and his gentlemen were relaxing in another room and even spending some time with Webster, Dave & Liz’s dog. As Tim Tab Studios and Chris & Oliver arrived at the Four Seasons, we had the wedding party finalize their preparations and let Liz and Dave have some personal time to open each other’s wedding day gifts. What a very special moment!

Once Liz and Dave were dressed in their finest and ready to go, we had them arrive separately at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for their First Look. How cute are these two!?! I don’t think they ever stopped smiling all day! The Lyric Opera was a perfect location to keep Liz & Dave and their wedding party out of the rain we had that day. But it was also fun to grab some umbrella pictures at the Museum Campus. It was so amazing to have the clouds break and sun come out for the rest of their special day! These shots from Tim and Bethany are award-winning!

While photos were being captured around the city, we were also managing the set up for the ceremony and reception at Chicago Illuminating Company. Guests arrived and walked down the brick alley to the tent covered courtyard. They were able to grab some flavored water before finding a seat, all while being serenaded by musicians from the Becca Kaufman Orchestra. Jessica from HMR Designs had worked with Liz on a romantic setting with a boxwood wall backdrop with two large arrangements flanking the couple. The use of the French Country chairs in this setting was absolutely perfect!

Rev. Tom Maluga performed a lovely ceremony for Dave and Liz with a special blessing from Father FitzGerald. Then it was time to celebrate with the new Mr. & Mrs.! Guests were welcomed into Room 21, which was decorated with hiboy and cabaret tables with cameo shantung linen and white ruffle linen with gold stich. There were also large round ottomans for additional seating. Meanwhile, the staff from Entertaining Company was passing Prosecco with a fresh raspberry garnish, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin, Pear & Smoked Gouda Quesadillas and Cucumber Yellowfin Tuna Lillipops…just to name a few.

Guests were then brought into the main event space for dinner. The room was a perfect mixture of sequins, stripes and pure elegance. From the drapery to the mixture of table sizes and textures to the gold rimmed glassware to the crystal versaille chairs and the low, lush floral arrangements – it was such a romantic picture. Liz and Dave had their parents and wedding party enter the dining room to “Bust a Move”, while they entered the room as husband and wife to “You Make My Dreams”. Guests enjoyed a lovely meal with a Wild Field Greens first course and a Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin & Seabass duet entrée.

After a lovely speech from Liz and Dave, they hit the dance floor for their first dance to “Into the Mystic.” The Becca Kaufman Orchestra performed this and the parent dances and then the dance floor was open. So was the dessert station!!! Between the beautiful and yummy carrot cake from Elysia Root Cakes and the mini desserts (like the warm doughnut holes and nutella crepes) from Entertaining Company, guests were in heaven. For those guests that needed a break from the dancing, we transformed the brick alley into a cigar bar. So many details and so many pretty things for a couple that I am honored to call my friends. Congratulations Liz & Dave!

PS – Please check out some of Liz’s thoughts on her wedding and follow her at Sequins & Stripes.

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Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Hair & Make-Up: Sonia Roselli Studios
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Favors: Matchbooks from Magnificent Milestones
Florist: HMR Designs
Food: Entertaining Company
Bridesmaids Luncheon: Fred’s at Barney’s New York Chicago
Rehearsal Dinner: River Roast
Welcome Reception: Glascott’s Saloon
Post Wedding Day Brunch: Thompson Hotel
Hotel Room Block: Four Seasons, Thompson Hotel, Hilton Chicago
Musicians: Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Officiant: Rev. Tom Maluga
Photographer: Tim Tab Studios
Stationery & Calligraphy: Holly Hollon & Emily Irwin at Paper Plane Paperie
Transportation: V.I.P. Valet Services
Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company
Videographer: Chris & Oliver
Wedding Planner: LK Events

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

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

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

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

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