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Winter Love at Chicago History Museum, Amanda & Blake

Amanda and Blake are one of the many couples that we have worked with that met online and one meeting with them and I could tell that they were kindred spirits and the perfect match. When Amanda reached out to us, they had already booked their venue and band, and realized that they wanted some guidance over the next six months so that no detail would be forgotten. This is our forte!

We set up monthly planning meetings to review their planning checklist and through wedding detail discussions over sangria at Barcocina, we were soon approaching their wedding day. It was a bitter cold day in January, but it was all smiles at the Public Hotel while both Amanda and Blake got ready. We love the blank white space at the Public Hotel, because it is a perfect backdrop for those special moment photos, which Olivia Leigh Photographie captured beautifully. Amanda’s dad giving her the thumbs up is priceless!

Amanda, Blake and their wedding party braved the frigid temperatures to grab photos with our iconic city architecture. If you’re getting married in Chicago, you make the sacrifice to capture these works of art. Speaking of which, we had Amanda & Blake run into the Art Institute of Chicago to have some private moments before we made our way to the Chicago History Museum.

Amanda had chosen a rich Winter color scheme of ivory, cream, burgundy, blush, sage and gold. This came through in all of the florals provided by Fleur and the paper goods provided by her future brother-in-law. It was a very elegant affair with just the right pops of color. Amanda & Blake brought in a few little elements to make their day unique – the specialty cocktail named after their adorable dog, Lucy, and the chocolate cake recipe from Amanda’s mom.

Guests enjoyed a meal of grilled petit tender of beef and herb crusted halibut from Blue Plate before hitting the dance floor with Front of House. Olivia was able to capture the love, the silliness, and the fabulous party that occurred in the celebration and I could not be happier for this beautiful couple. Congratulations, Amanda & Blake…and congrats on the arrival of your new son!

Note from the couple:

Blake and I are so appreciative of everything you did for us leading up to and during the wedding. Our wedding day, and more importantly the experience we and our family and friends had, would not have been possible without your organizational prowess, calming presence and overall planning rockstar-ness. We were truly able to relax and enjoy the day with you by our side – and we are forever grateful for that.

 

Cake: Alliance Bakery
Beauty: Korena & Sami from Sonia Roselli Studio
Food + Mini Desserts: Blue Plate
Floral/Décor: Fleur
Getting Ready: Public Hotel
Musicians: Front of House
Officiant: Tom Maluga
Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Reception: Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Room Blocks: Public Hotel, Hotel Lincoln
Stationery: Friend of couple
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue & Beverage: Chicago History Museum
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

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

Lindsay & Beau, Cuneo Mansion and Gardens

Lindsay and Beau’s picturesque wedding is one of the many reasons why I love fall weddings in Chicago.  Just looking at these stunning photos from Olivia Leigh Photography brings back memories of the gorgeous wedding day we had for Lindsay and Beau.

Lindsay and Beau fell in love with the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens and knew it was perfect for their ceremony and reception.  They were married on a perfect fall Sunday in October and friends and family from all over the country came in to celebrate with them.

Lindsay had many personal details for her wedding day.  She gave out custom pashminas for the guests in case they were chilly during the outdoor ceremony, we served flavored lemonade and sparkling water for pre ceremony beverages and Lindsay made personalized programs and favors for her guests to enjoy.  Lindsay and Beau have a shared love for wine and we included a Wine Ceremony into their nuptials.  Lindsay and Beau wrote a note to one another and sealed it into a box with their favorite wine that they would then open and read on their 10 Year Wedding Anniversary.

Fleur Couture designed the ceremony and reception floral.  We used soft shades of ivory and white hydrangea, roses, dahlias and herbs for a natural garden feel. Toast and Jam kept the dance floor packed throughout the evening and Olivia Leigh Photography was there to capture every moment!

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Venue: Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photography
Planner: LK Events
Caterer: Bauer’s Catering
Floral and Décor: Fleur Couture
DJ: Toast and Jam
Getting Ready Location: Double Tree, Vernon Hills and Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Honeymoon Suite: Swiss Hotel, Chicago
Dress Designer: Elizabeth Fillmore
Jewelry; Vintage
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: n/a (each girl wore a different dress/designer)
Tux Designer: J. Crew
Hair: Lauren Thompson
Make Up: Katie Sojka

 

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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