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Summer Love at Greenhouse Loft, Sarah & Jeremy

I have been blessed to work with some families multiple times and that was the case when Amanda’s parents met me at her wedding and said, “You have to help us out again in six months!” That is how I came to work with Sarah and Jeremy for their lovely celebration last summer.

Sarah & Jeremy are such easy-going people, yet they had every detail in place when we started working with each other two months before their wedding day. Sarah chose to get ready in their apartment and TimTab Studios captured all of the little details, like her stunning dress from Kelly Faetanini. Meanwhile, Jeremy got ready in a downtown hotel and we orchestrated their first look at the Civic Opera House. Look at these photos!! They are the sweetest couple in love!

Sarah, Jeremy and their wedding party braved the very warm June temperatures to grab photos around the city and then we made our way to Greenhouse Loft. On display at the venue were a number of Jeremy’s creations, like the welcome sign, escort card display, along with Fab Flora’s beautiful centerpieces. We can’t get over the size of those peonies!

Sarah and Jeremy chose to have a friend officiate their ceremony and that provided a very sweet and unique element to their ceremony. I personally loved that they chose to have a harpist play their ceremony music, as it is a beautiful sound that we don’t often hear at weddings. Guests then enjoyed a beautiful evening outdoors for cocktail hour and were brought back inside for a fabulous meal provided by FIG Catering. Guests had a choice of fontina and prosciutto stuffed chicken breast or a grilled flank steak. FIG Catering also provided the variety of cakes for dessert and guests were able to nosh on those in between dance breaks from Rachel at Toast & Jam. Let’s just say there were some pretty sweet moves on the dance floor that night.

Congratulations, Sarah & Jeremy! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Note from the couple:

Thank you so much for all you did to make our wedding day perfect! We knew you had every last detail covered, which truly allowed us to enjoy our day surrounded by family and friends! You’re amazing at what you do, and we are so lucky that we got to work with you.

Cutting Cake: Flour
Beauty: Dana & Kelly from Pin Me Up
Food + Rentals + Cake: FIG Catering
Wedding Dress: Kelly Faetanini
Floral/Décor: Fab Flora
Getting Ready: Home & Westin Michigan Avenue
Ceremony Musician: Harpist Claire Happel
DJ: Toast & Jam
Photographer: TimTab Studios
Room Blocks: Westin Michigan Avenue, Days Inn on Diversey
Stationery: Designed by Groom
Transportation: Chicago Trolley
Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

Refined Summer Elegance at Union League Club of Chicago, Jennifer & Wick

I find that most of my couples have high demand careers and have limited time to plan a wedding. This was true for Jennifer and Wick last year. We strategized when they would have some down time so that we could schedule multiple planning meetings to knock out decisions. I also had the joy of working with Jennifer’s mother, Linda, throughout the planning process and through multiple phone calls, that included a bit of laughter, we were able to put together an amazing team for Jennifer & Wick’s wedding day.

My first thought was to introduce Jennifer & Wick to averyhouse to capture their day. They connected right away and Vanessa was able to navigate our rainy wedding day to capture all of the perfect details. Isn’t Jennifer’s First Look with her Dad so priceless? I loved that Jennifer and Wick were able to see each other for the first time on the terrace at the Public Hotel. It is such an iconic backdrop!

Jennifer, Linda and I absolutely bonded over planning the décor for the wedding. I knew that Jessica at HMR Designs would understand their vision and be able to take it to the next level and we were not disappointed. Everything about the Main Dining Room at the Union League Club of Chicago was enhanced to showcase a style of refined elegance. From the entrance drapery, to the King’s Table, to the custom dance floor, the room was absolutely stunning!

Jennifer’s father, Jim, made one of the best welcome toasts that I have heard over the past 12 years and that set the tone for a very celebratory evening. (You can hear some of it in this highlight reel from Delack Media Group). The Union League Club of Chicago put on an impressive culinary display with a duet entrée of petite filet with blue cheese crust and a jumbo lump crabmeat cake. Once dinner wrapped up, guests were on the dance floor with the High Society Orchestra for a dance party that included baskets of flip flops for tired feet, passed mini hummers for those with a sweet tooth, personalized sunglasses for the cool cats, a dress change for Jennifer, and a wedding wand send off for Jennifer and Wick.

Congratulations Jennifer & Wick! I was so honored to be a party of your beautiful celebration!

A little note from Linda, the Mother of the Bride:

The weekend was fabulous and YOU are a huge reason why.  We cannot begin to thank you enough. You anticipated our every move and were there to lead us, guide us, nudge us, and HELP us.  It was never more evident than when we arrived at our table and my flip flops were under my chair and Jim’s cigar box was on his…and then magically in our room later as were the baskets, vase, leftovers! Thank you for helping make our daughter’s wedding day seamless, beautiful and memorable. We are very grateful!

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Bakery: Bittersweet
Beauty: Pin Me Up
Ceremony: St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church
Floral: HMR Designs
Venue, Food & Beverage: Union League Club of Chicago
Rehearsal Dinner & Post Wedding Day Brunch: University Club
Musicians: High Society Orchestra
Photographer: averyhouse
Chairs: Tablescapes
Getting Ready & Room Block Hotel: Public Chicago
Room Blocks: University Club and The Westin Michigan Avenue
Day of Stationery: All She Wrote
Day of Calligraphy: Stacey Shaprio
Transportation: V.I.P. Valet Services
Cinematographer: Delack Media Group
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

 

Sima & Jonathan, The Stonegate

Sima & Jonathan were only a few months away from their wedding date when they met with us. They were feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with the planning process and were seeking someone that could calm them and be responsive to their questions and needs. One of the most important aspects of Sima & Jonathan’s wedding day was to celebrate their love while blending their cultures and families. For them, this meant having two ceremonies in one day, which required the management of a lot of details.

Through final wrap up meetings and reassuring communication, Sima & Jonathan were able to go into their celebration with a sense of peace and excitement. From the Baraat and Jain Ceremony to the Christian Ceremony and a packed dance floor of guests, this cultural celebration was captured by Jennifer Kathryn Photography and Oak Street Films. So many of the details of their wedding day incorporated Sima & Jonathan’s style – the Jain Ceremony programs from India, the Christian ceremony that they wrote out together, the attire for the day, and the breathtaking décor.

Sylwia Spirala from Yanni Design Studio worked with Sima to create an ivory, crystal and gold look for the Jain Ceremony. That look was repurposed for the Christian Ceremony and reception, with the addition of purple dendrobium orchid petals. Guests were not only dazzled by the décor that transformed The Stonegate event spaces, but their appetites were taken care of by the culinary delights from The Stonegate and Saffron Dining. Lunch included Puran Pooli and Fettucini Alfredo, while dinner featured Dal Makhani, Paneer Makhani and a Baked Vegetable Purse.

Sima & Jonathan chose a different song to introduce their wedding party and families into the reception and saved Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk as their First Dance. With two additional dance performances during the reception, Sima & Jonathan showcased their love of each other and each other’s families! Congratulations Sima & Jonathan!

A little note from Sima & Jonathan:

You were a huge part of making the last few months of wedding planning, and the day of, such a pleasure and success and for that many, many heart-felt thanks and appreciation to you!

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Beauty: Jessi Olseng-Atkokaitis (Hair), Dana from Pin Me Up (Hair),
and Morgan Byrne from Morgan Marie Beauty (Make-up)
Indian Cuisine Catering: Saffron Dining
Floral/Décor: Yanni Design Studio
Wedding Party/Family Bouquets & Boutonnieres: SK Flowers
DJs: Garv and Anand from desiBel Entertainment
Photographer: Jennifer Kathryn Photography
Getting Ready & Room Block Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Hoffman Estates
Christian Ceremony Programs & Menu Cards: All She Wrote
Escort Card Calligraphy: Mary Zabrin
Venue, Food & Beverage, Wedding Cake: The Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre
Videographer: Oak Street Films
Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Zenner from LK Events