Follow Us!

Tag Archives | REM Productions

Kathy & Basil, Fusion Wedding

I had the pleasure of working with Kathy and Basil, planning their fall wedding atThe Adler Planetarium.  Kathy lived in Ft. Myers during the planning, Basil was in Boston and his Mother was in Ohio.  I actually love planning weddings for out of town clients, because we get to spend such quality time together when they come into town.  That’s exactly how the planning process was when Kathy, Basil and May would come into town.

Kathy and Basil chose The Adler Planetarium for their wedding reception due to its iconic Chicago location and view.  We created an intimate setting for cocktail hour outside on the terrace, overlooking Lake Michigan.   White Planter boxes filled with greenery lined the perimeter of the lower terrace and varying potted trees enclosed the space for guests to enjoy sips and small bites catered by Food For Thought.  We used a beautiful zebra wooden bar with a custom grey fabric panel insert to coordinate with the bride’s colors.  Grey and yellow lounge groupings allowed guests to relax before dinner.

We used individual sunflower blooms for the Escort Cards and guests were seated at a mix of Rectangle Grey Farm Tables and Square Dining Tables.   The tables were adorned with white hydrangea, yellow garden roses, yellow ranunculus, while phalaenopsis orchids, white anemone, dusty miller and brunia.  We used coordinating pillar candles and mercury glass to complete the look.  HDO tented the upper terrace and we used that space for a cigar bar.  Inside the tent were tufted black leather sofas, zebra wooden bars and wooden tables to create the masculine bar.

Guests enjoyed an incredible custom menu designed by the Bride and Groom and Food For Thought‘s executive Chef, which included: Heirloom Tomato Salad for the first course and Moroccan Zucchini and Eggplant in a Squash Tajine for the second course.  The entrée was a trio or Chicken Shish Taouk, Pan Roasted Halibut and Beef Filet, followed by a Cheese Course and a Dessert Station, Gelato Bar and Wedding Cake.   We even surprised the guests  with a firework show at the end of the evening.  We had so much fun planning their wedding and I will never forget this incredible family!

Thursday @ Alhambra Palace

LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3413 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3414 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3415 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3416 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3417 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3418 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3419 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3420 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3421 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3422 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3423 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3424 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3425 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3426 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3427 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3428 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3429 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3430 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Alhambra-Palace_3431

Henna Ceremony at Hotel Palomar

LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3432 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3433 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3434 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3435 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3436 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3437 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3438 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3439 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3440 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3441 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Hotel-Palomar_3442

Wedding at Adler Planetarium

LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3443 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3444 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3445 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3446 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3447 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3448 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3449 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3450 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3451 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3452 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3453 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3454 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3455 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3456 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3457 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3458 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3459 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3460 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3461 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3462 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3463 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3464 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3465 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3466 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3467 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3468 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3469 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3470 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3471 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3472 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3473 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3474 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3475 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3476 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3477 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3478 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3479 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3480 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3481 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3482 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3483 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3484 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3485 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3486 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3487 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3488 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3489 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3490 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3491 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3492 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3493 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3494 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3495 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3496 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3497 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3498 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3499 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3500 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3501 LKEvents-Fusion-Wedding-Adler-Planetarium_3502

Planning: LK Events
Rehearsal Dinner & Henna Party: Hotel Palomar
Welcome Dinner: Alhambra Restaurant
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Palomar
Ceremony: Private Residence
Photographer: Avery House
Video: REM
Reception: The Adler Planetarium
Catering:  Food For Thought
Wedding Cake: Cake
Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Fireworks: Melrose Pyrotechnics
Floral, Décor: HMR Designs, Jessica Pfleugl
Lighting: Frost
Hair and Make Up: Bride’s Company, Michael Anthony and Muse Beauty
Henna: Unnati Shah
Tent: HDO
Photo Booth: Smile Booth
Transportation: Karr Limousine Service

Christine & Manny, Fulton’s On The River

I always looked forward to my meetings with Christine and Manny as they are a couple that is always happy, warm, kind and considerate. Who wouldn’t want to be around that? We would always meet at the Caribou between both of our places and there was always much laughter and merriment as we went through their wedding details.

The JW Marriott suite was alive with laughter, music and hairspray when I arrived on their wedding day. Tammy from Leathem Photography captured all of the little details including the handkerchief gifts for Christine’s mother and mother-in-law. With the girls all primed for the wedding day celebration, we traveled up to St. Vincent de Paul Parish to meet up with Manny and his groomsmen. Christine and Manny had decided they wouldn’t see each other before their ceremony, so we helped orchestrate the arrival of both groups at the church.

Christine & Manny’s ceremony was very heartfelt and prayerful and really reflected their faith as a couple. It was beautiful to witness. After the celebration at the church ended, Christine, Manny and their wedding party took photos in the church and then we boarded the mini bus for some photos by the Chicago River. Tammy was able to capture some stunning images – both of this amazing couple and our beautiful city.

As guests arrived at Fulton’s on the River for the cocktail hour, Christine, Manny & the Wedding Party boarded a River Taxi and pulled up to the patio balcony waving to all of their friends and family. Such a unique entrance! Guests were treated with passed appetizers of Firecracker Shrimp and Beef Tataki and soon we were moved inside for dinner. After an amazing meal of Filet Mignon or Seared Salmon, the dancing began. It was a night of celebration for both Christine and Manny featuring their beloved Dibs – the DePaul Blue Demons mascot – and a Chicago Blackhawks win over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final – Manny is a huge fan!! Congratulations again to such a beautiful, faith-filled, and fun couple, Christine & Manny!

Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2534 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2517 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2518 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2519 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2532 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2520 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2521 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2522 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2523 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2524 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2525 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2526 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2527 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2528 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2530 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2531 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2533 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2536 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2537 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2538 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2535 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2540 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2541 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2539 Wedding-Fultons-Chicago-Planner_2529
Hair & Make-Up: Salon V
Florist: Sweet Pea Floral
Hotel for Guests: JW Marriott
Lighting & Draping: Elegant Event Lighting
Musicians (ceremony): Choice Music Chicago
Musicians (reception): Toast & Jam
Photographer: Leathem Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Lou Malnati’s
Stationery: Clementine Ink + Paper
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue (ceremony): St. Vincent de Paul Parish
Venue (reception) and Food & Beverage: Fulton’s on the River
Videographer: R.E.M. Video & Photography
Wedding Coordinator: LK Events

Kate & John, The University Club of Chicago

I had the absolute pleasure of growing up with Kate and our parents are dear friends.  When they called me to plan their wedding, needless to say, I was ecstatic!  Kate and John chose The University Club for their fall reception and was a perfect venue for their October nuptials.  Kate grew up going to many events at The University Club and it was also where her aunt was married so it held a very special place in their hearts.

Kate and John knew they wanted a very unique but classic and elegant look and Allison at Stems created that for them.  Kate carried white and ivory garden roses with white mums while the bridesmaids wearing classic black, carried petite nosegays of white garden roses and stock.  The escort cards were placed on a bed of fresh sheet moss with a focal arrangement of tall willow branches and hanging candles in a vase wrapped in fresh birch bark.  We carved the couple’s initials in the birch bark.  The guest tables had different lanterns (many of which the bride provided) and we used pillar candles, fresh moss, succulent blossoms, white mums, birch bark and willow branches.  We adorned the branches with hanging candles so we had amber candlelight throughout the cozy room.

We had a beautiful October day for Kate and John’s Wedding.  Kate got dressed at her parents home and we took photos outside after Kate put her wedding dress on.  Kate and her parents took a classic vintage Rolls Royce to The University Club, where she and John had their first look.  The couple then headed around Chicago with Chad Husar of Husar Photography while he captured some great shots of them and the bridal party.  We had such an incredible wedding day for this sweet couple.  Chris Sarlas, of Sarlas Music, kept the party going all night long; it was a blast!!

LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2808 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2809 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2810 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2811 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2812 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2813 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2814 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2815 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2816 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2817 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2818 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2819 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2820 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2821 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2822 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2823 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2824 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2825 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2826 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2827 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2828 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2829 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2830 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2831 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2832 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2833 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2835 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2836 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2837 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2837b LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2838 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-University-Club_2839

Getting Ready: Parents of the Bride’s Home
Ceremony: Holy Family
Reception: The University Club
Photographer:  Husar Photography
Videographer: REM Productions
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Floral and Decor: Stems
Lighting: The University Club
Ceremony Music: Artistrings
Reception Music: Sarlas Music
Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call
Linens: BBJ
Rentals: Halls
Rehearsal Dinner: Smith and Wollensky’s
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Invitations: Family Friend

0

Kristen & Mike, Greenhouse Loft

Kristen and Mike were such a sweet couple and I knew from the first day I met Kristen, we were going to have a blast working together. I loved working with the two of them and every detail that went into this wedding was so memorable and made for such a great planning experience. Kristen and Mike were married at Greenhouse Loft in Chicago, a venue that had recently opened and was under complete construction when Kristen and Mike first chose it for their wedding venue. Greenhouse Loft is located in the historic Green Exchange Building and it was extremely important to Kristen and Mike to incorporate green details into their own wedding day. Kristen and Mike wanted to incorporate their alma maters into their wedding day as well, as both of their college experiences were so important to them.

Kristen spent four years on the cheerleading team at the University of Michigan and ended up finding her dress at a boutique in downtown Ann Arbor. That was so special to Kristen as her college town is so very dear to her heart. She incorporated the beautiful lace detail from her dress into her Amy Beck wedding cake as well. We also had the Wolverine Bride and Redbird Groom as their cake topper! Navy was one of her wedding colors, she wore a UMichigan Garter and her mother sewed UMichigan charms onto the heel of her Kate Spade shoes – “Go Blue!” At the reception, we served Bride and Groom specialty cocktails, Blueberry Vodka and Lemonade called “The Maize N’ Blue” and to represent Illinois State for Mike we served Red Sangria, “Redbird Sangria.”

We had a beautiful ceremony in the courtyard of Greenhouse Loft and Dolce Strings performed music that was meaningful to the Bride and Groom. Songs included, Coldplay’s “Paradise,” and Journey’s, “Don’t Stop Believing.” Kristen and Mike’s ring bearer carried an adorable wooden sign that read, “Uncle Mike, Here Comes Your Bride!” We hung stem-less wine glasses on shepherd hooks (that Kristen’s dad drilled holes in!) that we used as floral vases.

Guests enjoyed reading wooden signs that Kristen had made and we placed them all around the Loft with lyrics to their first dance song, Adele’s, “Make You Feel My Love. Kristen spent time creating all of her own personalized invitations, place cards and guests’ favors which were mason jars guests could use to fill up their own candy from a personalized candy station that filled the center of the room. Kristen’s sister designed the table numbers and head table place cards and signage. The entire family played such a role in all the planning for Kristen and Mike, which made the day so intimate and meaningful. Hearty Boys created ethnic food stations from all over the world that symbolized Kristen and Mike’s heritage and favorite cuisines. DJ Chris Vittorio with Spin Productions kept the dance floor packed all night long and Heather Parker Photography captured every moment and every personalized detail of Kristen and Mike’s wedding day!

© 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Greenhouse-Loft_3617 © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Greenhouse-Loft_3610 © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Greenhouse-Loft_3613 © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Greenhouse-Loft_3624 © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography © 2012 Heather Parker Photography LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Greenhouse-Loft_3627 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Greenhouse-Loft_3628 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Greenhouse-Loft_3629 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Greenhouse-Loft_3630

Wedding Planner: Lauren Knuepfer with LK Events
Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
DJ: Christopher Vittorio with Spin Productions
Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Strings
Flowers: Allison Denny with Stems
Caterer: The Hearty Boys
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Cake Topper: The Pink Koala on Etsy
Wedding Videography: R.E.M. Videography
Wedding Favors: DIY Mini Mason Jars for Candy Table (Mason Jar Tags with “Thank You” Message from Etsy)
Wedding Tags for Guest Favors: Leafy Vine Design & The Pink Koala on Etsy
Wedding Hairstylist: Livia Caporale
Wedding Makeup Artist: Brian Sutherby
Bride’s Wedding Day Jewelry: Earrings from The Left Bank Jewelry
Wedding Stationery: Paper Source (Custom Made)
Wedding Gown Make and Style: Modern Trousseau (Custom Made)
Wedding Bridal Boutique: The Gown Shop
Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel via The Gown Shop
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade (navy Charm shoe)
Groom/Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse
Groom’s Tie: JoS A. Bank
Groomsmen’s Ties: Tie Bar
Bridesmaid Dress Make and Style: BCBG (Navy Palais One-Shoulder Cocktail Dress)
Bridesmaid Wedding Day Jewelry: Five Little Gems on Etsy 
Flower Girl Dress: Target
Flower Girl Shoes: Target
Flower Girl Bow Headband: Claire’s
Ring Bearer Sign: 4 The Love of Hannah on Etsy 
Other Wood Signs: And The Sign Says on Etsy
Ceremony Officiant: Judge Clint Hull (friend of Kristen’s family)

 

0

Teage & Chase, The Signature Room

I had the absolute pleasure of coordinating Teage and Chase’s wedding at St. Clement in Lincoln Park and The Signature Room  for their wedding. Teage and Chase met while attending undergrad at Depaul University and knew they wanted a Chicago wedding. After a few venue tours we decided on The Signature Room! Teage and Chase loved the stunning city views and it was very convenient for out of town guests as well.

Teage loved all things violet, blush and ivory. Nicole, at Fleur Couture created gorgeous centerpieces. We used clear glass decanter vases with lush mounds of blush, violet and ivory floral and an abundance of candlelight that gave the room such romantic feel, especially at night. Spin Productions provided ambient lighting around the room and BBJ Linens provided Athena Crystal overlays on the dining tables that gave an elegance to the table settings.

Artisan Events and REM Productions captured the entire day and Teage looked stunning in her Mikaella wedding gown. We served the “Teage Tini” and the “Chase Manhattan” as guests arrived upstairs on the 95th Floor – two favorite drinks of the bride and groom. The bride’s brother, a fantastic singer and song-writer, sang their first dance song and there was not a dry eye in the room! The weather was perfect, the dance floor was packed (thanks to Spin Productions) and guests enjoyed every minute of Teage and Chase’s beautiful wedding weekend!

2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding 2011.07.22_Minear-Wiseman_Wedding

Getting Ready Location: The Four Seasons
Ceremony Location: St. Clement
Honeymoon Suite: The Four Seasons
Reception: The Signature Room @ the 95th
Rehearsal Dinner: Park Grill, Millennium Park
Photography: Artisan Events
Videography: REM Productions
Floral and Décor: Fleur Couture
Invitations and Stationery: Greenstar Paperie
Linens: BBJ Linens
Chairs and Chargers: Halls Rental
Lighting: Spin Productions
DJ: Spin Productions
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Jewelry: Nadri
Necklace: Bride’s Grandma
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bride’s Dress: Mikaella from Crystal Bride
Sash & Veil: Crystal Bride
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Joanna August
Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedo  {Calvin Klein}
Groomsmen Ties (Purchased separately): Hugo Boss
Bride’s Hair: Renee Feldman The Bridal Hair Expert
Bridesmaids’ Hair: Beauty on Call
Bride and Bridesmaids Make Up: Dana Jasper
Rings: Long & Company
Bride earrings & bracelet: Nadri
Bridesmaids bracelets: Nadri
Brides necklace: Borrowed from her Grandmother

Michelle & Ryan, The Signature Room

Michelle’s sister Melissa and I have been best friends for the past 17 years. Because of this, Michelle and I have shared many memories together – vacations, holidays, birthdays, etc. Of course, I was ecstatic when Ryan proposed!

Michelle is a pre-school teacher at St. Helen’s Church in Chicago. It was the perfect location for their nuptials. Michelle and Ryan chose the Signature Room at the 95th Floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago for their reception location. The Signature Room has incredible views of the city. It’s convenient for out of town guests and they have a wonderful culinary team and service staff. It was the perfect place for a summer wedding.

Michelle and Ryan met at McGee’s Tavern – so it was only fitting they stopped there after the ceremony for a cold beer. They also managed to swing by their home and take some pictures with their dog Juicy. It was a hot Saturday in June and Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography captured every moment. This was also the first wedding I worked with Tammy; an incredibly talented photographer in Chicago and one of my close friends now. We had so much fun that day as we always do on wedding weekends!

It was a day filled with family and friends, love and laughter and now that they are expecting their first baby in a few months it was the beginning of a truly “happily ever after”.

LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-PalmerHouse_0238 LKEvents-Chicago-Wedding-Planning-PalmerHouse_0239 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0339 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0340 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0337 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0330 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0331 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0338 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0341 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0342 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0343 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0344 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0332 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0335 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0334 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0336
LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0333 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Michelle-Ryan_0345

Hotel/Getting Ready Location: Four Seasons
Ceremony Venue: St. Helen’s Church
Reception Venue: The Signature Room
Photographer: Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography
Videography: REM Productions
Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
DJ: DJ Chicago
Floral: Flora
Rentals: Halls Rental
Linens: BBJ Linens
Cake: The Signature Room
Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call
Ceremony Vocalist: Jenny Knuepfer of Déjà vu’ Band
Dress: White Chicago (currently closed)

 

Annie & Ian, River East Art Center

Annie was in the middle of her residency while we planned her wedding and she knew exactly what she wanted – which always helps when it comes to a limited schedule!   Annie and Ian had an interfaith ceremony at Holy Family Church, one of my favorite churches in Chicago.   Dolce Strings provided the wedding ceremony music and I always love working with them. Miraculously, we missed the storm that strolled through the city, as we were in the middle of the ceremony. Annie and Ian took their photos prior to and you can’t even tell there was a storm in Heather’s beautiful photos!

Guests were then able to enjoy cocktails outside on the terrace of the River East Art Center with music by Spanish Guitarist, David Chiriboga and hors d’oeuvre from Blue Plate Catering. Renee Price, Senior Consultant for Kehoe Designs, designed a stunning reception .  We used lucite versaille chairs, gunmetal twist linens and eggplant lamour napkins.  The tables were decorated beautifully with clear glass vases of varying heights and sizes, cascading mokara and dendrobium orchids and lush purple hydrangeas. Surrounding the vibrant floral were dozens of floating candles and votives. David Young of  Entourage of Ken Arlen Music, kept the dance floor packed the entire night.  It was a beautiful wedding and reception and I am so glad Heather Parker was there to capture it all!

Reception Venue: River East Art Center
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Caterer: Blue Plate Catering, Elinor Brown
Floral Designer: Kehoe Designs, Renee Price
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Wedding Gown: Amsale
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang
Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Wedding Band: Entourage of Ken Arlen Music
Lighting: Kehoe Designs, Chicago Illinois
Ceremony Location: Holy Family Church, Chicago Illinois
Cinematography: REM Video Chicago, Illinois
Cake Designer: Amy Beck Cake Design, Amy Beck, Chicago Illinois
Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Strings 
Hair Stylist: Alice Salazar 
Makeup Artist Nika Vaughan

Kristi & Jon, Adler Planetarium

The moment I met Kristi, I knew we would be friends for life. And we are. Not only because we both share a love of wine, but because I felt like I was talking to one of my best friends from childhood during our initial meeting. Kristi is the sweetest girl I know; she has the most energetic and outgoing personality and makes everyone feel like a close friend. I knew we were going to have a blast planning her wedding for the next year.

Kristi and Jon walked into the Adler Planetarium and fell in love; we knew that was the place for them to have the reception. Kristi is modern and tres chic, but simple and classic; we knew we had the perfect setting for her wedding reception. I will never forget walking into Blumen Design, for Kristi’s floral sample and she screamed when she saw her floral design – with excitement! Amy and I still laugh about that to this day; she was just so overjoyed with everything and that made the planning process so much fun, for everyone involved.

Kristi and Jon’s wedding day was picture perfect. She looked exquisite in her Saison Blanche Couture bridal gown and her bridesmaids looked gorgeous and cheerful in their bright yellow dresses with hot pink bouquets. Her reception was stunning – black linens and chairs, hot pink and yellow floral and pink up lights – incredible against the city skyline. There was not a dry eye in the room as their best friends and family talked about Kristi and Jon during their reception. It was an honor to be a part of such a beautiful wedding for this beautiful couple, inside and out (and now friends for life!) Thanks Kristi and Jon!

 

Special thanks to our vendors:

Bridal Attire: Saison Blanche Couture with Laskers Jewelers
Groom’s Attire: Richard Bennett
Bridesmaids: Bridal andFormal, Inc.
Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse
Bakery: Amy Beck Cake Design
Makeup: Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup
Caterer: Food For Thought
Floral: Blumen Design
Hotel: Union League Club of Chicago
Lighting: Spin Light Design
Ceremony Musicians:
Entertainment: DJ Chicago
Photographer: Vrai Photography
Videography: R.E.M. Video and Photography
Wine Labels: Etsy
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Ceremony Site: United Methodist Church Chicago Temple
Reception Venue: Adler Planetarium