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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

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!!

Sara & John, SAIC Ballroom

It was such an honor to work with Sara and John in coordinating their wedding last Fall. This was a couple who has been together for 8 years and on their wedding day it was amazing to see the love they feel for one another. During their wedding day I caught them just looking at each other and you could tell they felt like they were the only two people in the room. It was amazing to witness that!

Sara and John had a specific vision for their wedding day – stress free and classic. When I first met with them they were beginning to stress out about the logistics of their wedding day. With most of their families coming to Chicago from out of town, they were really looking for someone to be an advocate for their families. Logistics is a forte of LK Events and we were easily able to work together to put their mind at ease.

When LK Events arrived at the Palmer House Hilton on their wedding day, we were amid the most calm wedding party that we had ever seen. Of course there was excitement for Sara and John, but this really was a group of family and friends that enjoyed being with each other. From their First Look to The First Dance, Colin Lyons captured all the details and amazing moments of the day. Sara and John had their first look at the Art Institute – aren’t they the cutest couple!?!

After the beautiful ceremony at Holy Family Church, everyone made their way to the School of the Art Institute Ballroom for the reception. Stems did a beautiful job bringing Sara and John’s vision to fruition and the room had a proper elegance about it. The tall candelabras were my favorite! Guests were treated to the culinary delights from Kenmare Catering, including a four-course meal featuring Halibut and Beef Tenderloin. After dinner, Sara, John, and all of their guests hit the dance floor with the Peter Hennes Orchestra. Many guests took advantage of the flip flops and sunglasses and stayed on the dance floor all night celebrating Sara and John’s wedding day! Congratulations again to Sara & John!

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Reception Venue: School of the Art Institute
Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Church
Caterer: Kenmare Catering
Photographer: Colin Lyons Photography
Florist: Stems
Reception Musicians: Peter Hennes Orchestra
Bakery: Crème Cakeshop & Bakery
Transportation: Chicago Trolley Company
Stationery: Erickson Design
Getting Ready Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Hair Stylists: Salon U