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Irene & Rich, The Racquet Club of Chicago

Congratulations to Irene and Rich who welcomed their son, Luis Felix Paris into the world on March 9th.  He is absolutely beautiful and we could not be happier for you all!

We had so much fun on Irene and Rich’s wedding day.  We began the day getting ready in Irene’s home with her closest friends and family by her side.   After getting dressed in her Amsale gown, Irene met Rich for their first look at the South Gardens of the Art Institute.   Photos continued around the city and then we came back to the Racquet Club to get ready for the ceremony.

Irene carried a textural bouquet composed of blush and white peonies, white ranunculus, blush and white roses and elegant stephanotis blossoms. Guests were greeted by a striking display of monobotanic and monochromatic bouquets in varying glass cylinder vases on mirrored pedestals.  Irene and Rich exchanged vows framed by a collection of pedestals hosting lush floral in an asymmetric configuration.

Irene is from Venezuela so many of their guests were traveling internationally.   It was so important that their friends and family felt comfortable and at home while enjoying the wedding reception. Heffernan Morgan brought in tufted brown leather bars and dark wooden and iron bistro tables for the lounge that allowed their friends and family to sit back and relax throughout the evening.  Guests enjoyed mini chicken empanadas and lamb lollipops and the Racquet Club’s famous sausage en croute along with a gorgeous raw bar display.

The dining tables were adorned with blush peonies, ivory hydrangea, bright green viburnum and pink roses.  We completed the look with tapered candles, pillar candles and etched glass votive candles.  After a delightful dinner of red wine braised short ribs and seared mahi mahi, guests were invited back into the lounge for cake, assorted desserts and dancing. Kent Drake was there to capture it all.  Irene and Rich have one of the most beautiful relationships and I was honored to be a part of their wedding.

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Ceremony and Reception: The Racquet Club of Chicago
Photography: Kent Drake Photography
Ceremony Music: Artistrings
Reception Entertainment: The Chris Sarlas Orchestra
Wedding Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Floral and Décor: Heffernan Morgan
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Linens: BBJ Linen
Tables: Chicago Farm Tables
Officiant: Bruce Otto, Spirited Weddings
Make Up: Brian Sutherby @ Muse Beauty
Hair: Angelair Salon
Hair on Site: Lauren Logan
Getting Ready Location: Bride’s Home
Honeymoon Suite: The Thompson Hotel
Dress: Amsale
Rehearsal Dinner: Sixteen @ the Trump International Hotel and Tower
Post Wedding Brunch: Fig and Olive
Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Transportation: VIP Valet Services

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

Ashley & Aaron, The Field Museum

I was ecstatic when Ashley called me to tell me she was engaged! I planned her brother’s wedding a few years ago I knew this was going to be so much fun! Ashley and her family are family to me; my parents were with her in Italy when Aaron proposed – in Italy! Doesn’t get much better than that J And so it began….

When Ashley and Aaron walked into Stanley Field Hall at The Field Museum, we knew this was the place for them. They were beaming! We walked outside on the Northeast Terrace and Ashley told me that this was the place she wanted to marry Aaron. The Field Museum holds a special place in my heart and I was so excited to begin the planning for the next year.

Music was very important to these two and we contracted Greenlight who kept the dance floor packed the entire night. Ashley’s brother is an incredible musician and he wrote and performed a song for her during the reception. It was awesome!

Jessica at Heffernan Morgan designed this elegant affair for Ashley and Aaron. Ashley loved sunflowers so Jessica created a gorgeous Escort Card display with various heights and risers wrapped in custom navy and white fabric. The sunflowers held each guests’ escort card. The ceremony aisle featured beautiful arrangement of ivory and green hydrangea, yellow snap dragons, petite white spray roses and vibrant yellow roses. We used these arrangements near the lounge vignettes inside Stanley Field Hall for the reception; they looked incredible!   We had square and round dining tables adorned with the rich yellow, green and ivory floral combinations and added antique gold etched glass candles and votives that completed this garden party. We brought in lounge groupings on shag rugs accented with petite floral centerpieces that made Stanley Field Hall so warm and inviting. Guests were served from sleek double mirrored bars which matched the mirrored stage surround that added a touch of glamour to the dance floor area.

Ashley carried a soft and textural bouquet of pale yellow garden roses, white ranunculus, light yellow spray roses, butter garden stock and white freesia.  Aaron wore a white ranunculus with freesia for his boutonniere.

The menu planning was such a blast for all of us! Ashley and Aaron wanted to incorporate their love for Italy and Italian foods and Blue Plate worked with us to customize a perfect menu for them. We started the seated dinner off with an Antipasti Course; a Burrata Salad with sliced red and yellow tomatoes and next was the Pasta Course; Truffled Pecorino Gnocchi with a Parmesan Cream and White Truffle Oil and for the Secondi; guests’ choice of Cracked Pepper Crusted Beef or Herb Roasted Chicken Breast. Guests enjoyed a Gourmet Cappuccino Station and a Dolci Station with Italian and American petite sweets for dessert. We served Mini Sliders, Mac and Cheese Cups, Mini Grilled Cheese and Chocolate and Vanilla Milk Shakes for Late Night and guests were treated to a Candy Station with Ashley and Aaron’s favorite candy and Mini Gelato Cones as they departed.

Ashley and Aaron had the most perfect day and it was an honor for me to be a part of it. Matt and Vanessa with Avery House captured every precious moment from these two. We loved every minute of working together and I am so happy for them!!

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Planner: LK Events
Photographer: Avery House
Videographer: I Do Films
Honeymoon Suite: The Palmer House
Ceremony and Reception Location: The Field Museum
Dress: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August Newberry Long, Tangled Up in Blue
Groom and Groomsmen Tux: J Crew
Flower Girl: J Crew
Ring Masters: J Crew
Bride’s Shoes: Bridal Tom’s
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment: Greenlight
Catering: Blue Plate
Cake: Cake Chicago
Invitation and Day Of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Officiant: Bride’s Cousin
Floral and Décor: Heffernan Morgan
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty
Photo Booth: Smile Booth
Rehearsal Dinner: Quartino’s
Thursday Night Welcome Party: Parents of the Bride’s Home
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Sunday Brunch: The University Club

Kathy & Basil, Fusion Wedding

I had the pleasure of working with Kathy and Basil, planning their fall wedding atThe Adler Planetarium.  Kathy lived in Ft. Myers during the planning, Basil was in Boston and his Mother was in Ohio.  I actually love planning weddings for out of town clients, because we get to spend such quality time together when they come into town.  That’s exactly how the planning process was when Kathy, Basil and May would come into town.

Kathy and Basil chose The Adler Planetarium for their wedding reception due to its iconic Chicago location and view.  We created an intimate setting for cocktail hour outside on the terrace, overlooking Lake Michigan.   White Planter boxes filled with greenery lined the perimeter of the lower terrace and varying potted trees enclosed the space for guests to enjoy sips and small bites catered by Food For Thought.  We used a beautiful zebra wooden bar with a custom grey fabric panel insert to coordinate with the bride’s colors.  Grey and yellow lounge groupings allowed guests to relax before dinner.

We used individual sunflower blooms for the Escort Cards and guests were seated at a mix of Rectangle Grey Farm Tables and Square Dining Tables.   The tables were adorned with white hydrangea, yellow garden roses, yellow ranunculus, while phalaenopsis orchids, white anemone, dusty miller and brunia.  We used coordinating pillar candles and mercury glass to complete the look.  HDO tented the upper terrace and we used that space for a cigar bar.  Inside the tent were tufted black leather sofas, zebra wooden bars and wooden tables to create the masculine bar.

Guests enjoyed an incredible custom menu designed by the Bride and Groom and Food For Thought‘s executive Chef, which included: Heirloom Tomato Salad for the first course and Moroccan Zucchini and Eggplant in a Squash Tajine for the second course.  The entrée was a trio or Chicken Shish Taouk, Pan Roasted Halibut and Beef Filet, followed by a Cheese Course and a Dessert Station, Gelato Bar and Wedding Cake.   We even surprised the guests  with a firework show at the end of the evening.  We had so much fun planning their wedding and I will never forget this incredible family!

Thursday @ Alhambra Palace

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Henna Ceremony at Hotel Palomar

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Wedding at Adler Planetarium

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Planning: LK Events
Rehearsal Dinner & Henna Party: Hotel Palomar
Welcome Dinner: Alhambra Restaurant
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Palomar
Ceremony: Private Residence
Photographer: Avery House
Video: REM
Reception: The Adler Planetarium
Catering:  Food For Thought
Wedding Cake: Cake
Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Fireworks: Melrose Pyrotechnics
Floral, Décor: HMR Designs, Jessica Pfleugl
Lighting: Frost
Hair and Make Up: Bride’s Company, Michael Anthony and Muse Beauty
Henna: Unnati Shah
Tent: HDO
Photo Booth: Smile Booth
Transportation: Karr Limousine Service

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

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

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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VENDORS:

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