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A Summer Classic at the University Club of Chicago, Adriana & Stephen

With Adriana and Stephen, we had 6 months to plan their perfect Chicago wedding, while both of them lived out of Chicago. Yes, that poses some challenges, but we made efficient use of the time when they were in Chicago to cross items off their planning checklist.

Adriana chose to get ready at her parent’s home in Northbrook and it provided a stunning backdrop to her stunning gown and accessories. Amanda Miller captured every last detail with flawlessness. The ladies all traveled to St. Joseph Catholic Church for the traditional Catholic ceremony presided by the same priest that presided over her parents’ wedding ceremony. We love those special touches!

After the ceremony, Adriana and Stephen took some private time with Amanda to capture photos of just the two of them and we are just swooning over these portraits. Meanwhile, their wedding party, parents, and guests enjoyed a lavish cocktail hour before heading to Cathedral Hall at the University Club of Chicago for dinner and dancing.

Alexandra from Exquisite Designs took the vision that Adriana and her mother had and wowed all of us with the lush tall centerpieces for every table. Our favorite feature though, was the garland and candles lining the staircase when guests walked up to cocktail hour. It felt so decadent!

Guests enjoyed the very heart-felt toast by Adriana’s father, which also included an impromptu serenade by many of the men in Adriana’s life. After a choice entrée meal of a Duet of Agnus Beef Mignon with Crab Cake or Prime Veal Chop, guests hit the dance floor with the Stu Hirsh Orchestra. It was an unforgettable, classic summertime, Chicago wedding. Congratulations Adriana & Stephen!

Beauty: Vanessa Valliant Make-up
Ceremony: St. Joseph Catholic Church
Floral: Exquisite Designs
Food & Beverage, Cake, Venue, Brunch: University Club of Chicago
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Reception Musicians: Stu Hirsh Orchestra
After Party DJ: Okyne Media Lab
Photographer: Amanda Megan Miller Photography
After Party Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Linens: BBJ Linen
Chairs & Lounge Furniture: Tablescapes
Day of Stationery: A Perfect Event
Signage: Reenie Rose
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company and VIP Valet Services
Videographer: Marshall Camera Films
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

DeAwna’s Fundraiser, Floating World Gallery

I had the absolute pleasure of co-hosting a fundraiser a few weeks ago, for a dear friend of ours, DeAwna McGinley. DeAwna is an extremely talented wedding and event photographer in Chicago and was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Kelly, owner of Clementine Custom Events and Emily, Event Manager and Wedding Coordinator at Bon Appetit Catering at the Art Institute of Chicago and I helped to coordinate the incredible event with the help of so many dear friends and fellow vendors:


DeAwna was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma last year and underwent a bilateral mastectomy inDecember. Due to her invasive surgeries and extensive chemo treatments following the procedure, DeAwna had to deal with the significant loss of income, as she is unable to shoot weddings for 2013. DeAwna was looking forward to an incredible wedding season ahead and this was a major set back for her. We wanted to do something special for her, as service providers in this industry, we make our living by booking services for our clients.

Together, with the incredible team of vendors above (and my brothers and husband for bartending), we hosted a beautiful soiree at the Floating World Gallery in DeAwna’s honor. We had over 100 guests come to celebrate DeAwna’s strength and determination. Rebecca Marie capture beautiful moments of the fundraiser and we are so thankful to have these memories. Words cannot begin to describe the incrediblesupport and donations we received from so many clients, vendors, friends and family and we had such a successful event for DeAwna. We raised more than we could have dreamed of, and for that we are truly grateful. We love you DeAwna!

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