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Elegant Fall Wedding at University Club, Sarah & TJ

I met Sarah almost a year before her wedding day and distinctly remember our two days of traveling around Chicago to find the perfect venue for her and TJ’s wedding. The couple had already decided that they were going to have their wedding ceremony at Saint Clement, and they wanted to find the perfect reception venue to celebrate in. I was very excited that they chose The University Club of Chicago, as Cathedral Hall is an elegant and iconic room in Chicago.

Sarah found Todd James Photography through a friend and he captured the day so beautifully. From the first snowfall of the season, to the faith-filled ceremony, to the beautiful reception in Cathedral Hall, the celebration and joy from Sarah & TJ emanate from their photos. Getting caught in the first snowfall was not planned; however, we all embraced the moment and laughed our way through snowflakes in our eyes and wet snow in our shoes! Along with Todd, Aaron Bean was also onsite to capture all of the moments on video, especially the getting ready karaoke moment from the ladies, such a treasured moment.

Given Sarah’s personality and vision for her wedding day, I knew that she had to meet Alexandra from Exquisite Designs. The two of them hit it off right away and Alexandra designed a beautiful color story and centerpieces that were the perfect look for a fall wedding. I’m completely in love with the Sarah’s bouquet and the lush head table garland. Sarah also has a similar paper goods obsession that I do, so I knew the perfect place for her stationery items would be at Magnificent Milestones. From the menu cards with quotes on them to the matchbooks with their hashtag, they were the little details that helped to make Sarah & TJ’s celebration truly unique. I also loved that they had Allie Hasson create a custom crest to be used as their guest book!

The final touch to Sarah & TJ’s celebration was the music. They wanted a packed dance floor and I knew that Sarah & TJ would love Gold Coast Events and they were over the moon with The Chicago Players. The special surprise was that Sarah’s family organized a flash mob on the dance floor to “Shut Up and Dance” and the look on her face is priceless! Congratulations Sarah & TJ! I was so honored to have been on this journey with you!

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Beauty: Sonia Roselli Studio
Florist: Exquisite Designs
Rehearsal Dinner: Topo Gigio
Ceremony Musicians: Thomas Yang String Trio
Reception Musicians: The Chicago Players
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Photographer: Todd James Photography
Linens: BBJ Linen
Lighting: Frost
Room Blocks: Palmer House Hilton, Blackstone Hotel
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones
Crest Guest Book: Allie Hasson
Transportation: Trolley Car & Bus Company
Ceremony Venue: Saint Clement
Reception Venue, Food & Beverage, Getting Ready: University Club of Chicago
Videographer: Aaron Bean Cinema
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

 

Becky & Nick, Chicago Winter Wedding

With the temperatures falling in Chicago again, I am instantly reminded of Becky & Nick’s winter wedding from earlier this year. Nick’s mother had contacted LK Events to help with the logistics of the wedding, because she wanted to ensure the couple enjoyed their day and were not too stressed out for the months leading up to the wedding day.

Becky & Nick chose to have a “First Look” at Bond Chapel on the University of Chicago campus and Stoffer Photography captured this moment so brilliantly. How romantic are the historic buildings, the falling snow, and this adorable couple? Guests began arriving at Bond Chapel as the snow really started to fall and it added to the whimsical feeling of the day for Becky & Nick. A very unique touch to their wedding ceremony was that Becky’s father performed the ceremony. Not many brides are able to say that!

After the vows and rings were exchanged, guests were then ushered out of the chapel and transported over to the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. They were greeted with hot apple cider and hot chocolate as they mingled together and left messages for the couple in their guest book. Guests were then invited upstairs for cocktail hour and were treated to French Gimlets or a Hot Toddy, along with passed hors d’oeuvres like North African Spiced Meatballs and Butternut Squash Soup.

The 9th Floor Performance Hall was transformed by Lynn at Pollen into an elegant, natural, and effortless garden. The color palette revolved around soft neutral tones of blush, pale peach, champagne, ivory and grey with seasonal flowers and succulents as the feature. After both sets of parents welcomed guests to the reception, the Buffet opened, featuring Poached Atlantic Salmon and Sliced, Pepper-Crusted Bistro Steak. After the heartfelt speeches from the two matron’s of honor and best man, Becky and Nick enjoyed their First Dance with the snow continuing to fall outside. Congratulations to Becky & Nick!

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Coordinator: LK Events
Bakery: Sugar Fixe Patisserie
Beauty: Sine Qua Non Salon
Florist: Pollen Floral Design
Food: la petite folie
Rehearsal Dinner: Berghoff
Hotel Room Block: Palmer House Hilton
Musicians (Reception): DJ Perception
Photographer: Stoffer Photography
Photo Booth: Chicago Casino Suppliers Inc
Transportation: Metropolitan Limousine
Ceremony Venue: Bond Chapel
Reception Venue: Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts

Karri & Doug, Oak Brook Hills Marriott

As we slowly move into Spring this year, I am reminded of the start of my wedding season last year. Even though we had some weather and flooding concerns the week of Karri & Doug’s wedding, their day dawned with sunshine and good favor. With the couple and their attendants getting ready at The Palmer House Hilton, there were many beautiful areas to capture their “First Look” and wedding portraits. Wally from Timothy Whaley & Associates did an amazing job keeping us on time and soon we were off for photos around the city.

Prairie Trailways provided us with the trolley transportation to the Wells Street Bridge and the Cancer Survivor Park for some “in the moment” photos of Karri & Doug with their attendants. We had a beautiful April day together! Soon we were off to Old St. Patrick’s Church for their gorgeous Catholic ceremony. Once their vows and rings were exchanged, we all ventured to the Oak Brook Hills Marriott with transportation provided by Prairie Trailways.

Karri and Doug took some time for photos on the property before we let guests into the hotel’s tented reception area. Karri had worked with All Flowers by Marisa for the purple and grey décor elements – such stunning vignettes! Guests were able to nosh on a Chilled Seafood Display and Scallops wrapped in Bacon and check out the custom cake topper.  I loved it because Karri & Doug’s humor shone through!  Dinner featured a Roasted Amish Chicken Breast or a Filet Mignon and after some heartfelt toasts, we were ready to begin dancing. The most memorable dance was the Mother/Son dance because Doug’s mother surprised him. While MDM Entertainment started the dance with “In My Life” by the Beatles, the song switched to “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica and Doug’s mother transformed to a headbanger! The guests went crazy over that!

Congratulations again to Karri and Doug…and to their little bundle of joy that will arrive this year!

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Florist: All Flowers by Marisa
Food & Beverage & Reception Venue: Oak Brook Hills Marriott
Getting Ready Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Ceremony Musicians: Old St. Patrick’s Church
Reception Musicians: MDM Entertainment
Photographer: Timothy Whaley & Associates
Photo Booth: Photo Booth Express
Rehearsal Dinner: Giordano’s
Transportation: Prairie Trailways
Ceremony Venue: Old St. Patrick’s Church
Wedding Coordinator: LK Events