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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

 

Angela & Trip, The Langham Chicago

Working with amazing couples and talented colleagues in Chicago is why I love my job so much. When I first met Angela and Trip, I knew that we were going to have a fun journey together and that they were going to have a beautiful wedding day. I was not wrong.

Angela and Trip really made a weekend out of their wedding because they wanted to show off the city that they love. The day before the Wedding, Trip had a Groom’s Brunch at Hash House A- Go-Go and then took his groomsmen on a river boat cruise. Angela and her ladies had a luncheon at Jane’s with a mani-pedi party at Polish & Pour. We then had a Rehearsal at Saint Clement with a Dinner/Welcome Party following that at Little Goat. What a way to start the festivities!

On the morning of the wedding, Angela and her ladies gathered in her suite at The Langham, Chicago, for hair and make-up appointments. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, except for the fact that we were still waiting for a bridesmaid to get into Chicago. Unfortunately, her flight was affected by some disturbance at O’Hare and she had grabbed the Amtrak Train and was traveling straight through to be by her friend’s side. That is definitely a best friend!

Angela was soon stepping into her stunning Lazaro gown and then Amanda Hein was bringing her to the Plaza to meet her fiancé. These photos!! Amanda truly captured the spirit of Angela & Trip and their love of Chicago. After some more photos inside The Langham with their wedding party and family, we all traveled up to Saint Clement for the wedding ceremony. I always love seeing couples getting married in the parish I call home and Angela and Trip’s ceremony was very touching.

We shuttled guests back to The Langham, Chicago, where they were greeted with passed sparkling water and wine, along with Specialty Cocktails – the Bride’s Moscow Mule and the Groom’s Old Fashioned. They also noshed on a North Carolina Style Pulled Pork Slider and Mini New England Lobster Rolls while mingling with Angela and Trip. We soon brought everyone into the Devonshire Ballroom for dinner and Cornelia McNamara had provided a spectacular fall, romantic and classic atmosphere, with beautiful paper accents from Courtney Callahan. After Angela and Trip were introduced as husband and wife, they had their First Dance to “Home”. Guests were delighted with the culinary skills at The Langham and Rendezvous soon had them on the dance floor for a party that lasted until after midnight. Congratulations to my newest friends, Angela & Trip!

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Gown: Lazaro
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair Stylists: Ashley Young Styling
Make-up Artist: Cherie from Sonia Roselli
Florist: Cornelia McNamara
Ceremony Musicians: Chicago Musical Connection
Reception Musicians: Rendezvous
Photographer: Amanda Hein Photography
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Little Goat
Room Blocks: The Langham Chicago, Westin Chicago River North, Conrad Chicago
Stationery: Courtney Callahan Paper
Transportation: Chicago Trolley Company and M&M Limousine & Bus
Ceremony Venue: Saint Clement
Venue, Food & Beverage: The Langham, Chicago
Lighting: PSAV
Wedding Planner: LK Events

Emily & Devin, Hotel Arista

It is such a wonderful thing to see when my past couples’ siblings get engaged and decide that they too want to work with LK Events This was the case with Emily and Devin and I could not have been happier to help plan their beautiful wedding day last summer in Naperville.

It was a gorgeous, sunny summer day when our team arrived at Hotel Arista on the morning of the wedding. Emily and her ladies were enjoying beauty time with Christy and Melanie from One Bridal Company. There were a number of oohs and aahs when Emily’s hairpiece was put in and she stepped into her dress. What a glam look for this beautiful bride!!

After Emily and Devin enjoyed a private First Look, captured by the amazing Rebecca Marie Photography & Design, they moved into their Ceremony area for additional photos with their wedding party and families. The ballroom had been transformed with beautiful draping by Elegant Event Lighting and candles and more candles from Fleur Couture. Very soon, we were ushering guests into the Ceremony area and the wedding party walked down the aisle to “Let Her Go” – including our little flower girl and ring bearer in their wagon! Rev. Tom Maluga performed a lovely ceremony for Emily and Devin and then guests were ushered into the Pre-Function area for cocktails. Guests enjoyed snapping photos in the Shutterbooth and noshing on Brie Crostini with Bacon Jam and Panko Crusted Spicy Chicken Lollipops.

While guests mingled and congratulated Emily and Devin, the Ballroom was transformed into an elegant, modern and garden inspired reception. From the grey spandex linens to the custom menus from Greenstar Paperie to the custom white vinyl dance floor and the stunning centerpieces, the room was a perfect picture of modern elegance. Emily and Devin chose to have their parents and entire wedding party introduced into the room for dinner and then they enjoyed their First Dance together. It was an unforgettable, choreographed performance to “Prime Time”.

Everyone enjoyed the meal of Flat Iron Steak or Mahi Mahi and were soon out on the dance floor to the rockin’ beats of Entourage. Congratulations again to Emily and Devin!

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Wedding Planner: LK Events
Hair & Make-Up: One Bridal Company
Bakery: The Cakery
Florist: Fleur Couture
Lighting & Draping: Elegant Event Lighting
Rehearsal Dinner: Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Hotel Room Block: Hotel Arista
Musicians: Entourage
Officiant: Rev. Tom Maluga
Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Stationery: Greenstar Paperie
Venue, Food & Beverages: Hotel Arista
Videographer: XO Pictures

Joy & Meta, Private Residence

Where do I even start with these two amazing women? Talk about a love story through the years! They met in grade school on the same softball team, but didn’t start dating until after college. Joy and Meta chose to have a commitment ceremony in 2004 with over 200 of their family members and friends. When Illinois legalized Civil Unions in 2011, they had another celebration to celebrate their Civil Union License. Well of course that meant when the Same Gender Marriage Law was legalized on June 1, 2014, these two knew they had to have one last celebration of their love.

I had the honor of meeting Joy & Meta in early June at the Cook County Clerk’s Office. They had each brought their “witnesses” and the amazing Kent Drake Photography was also present to witness Joy & Meta signing their Civil Union license into a Marriage license. It was an emotional moment for all of us!

A week later, we gathered at Joy’s cousin’s home in Hinsdale for a beautiful reception to celebrate the last hurdle in Joy & Meta’s journey to be legally recognized as a couple. And it was beautiful…a beautiful evening, amazing food and drink, a hoppin’ dance floor and love radiating from every guest. It was such an honor to be a part of this marvelous moment.

Joy and Meta were envisioning a very relaxed celebration, but with a hint of elegance. We worked with Julie at Entertaining Company to develop the evening with rotating stations of food so that guests could meander around the property and find new food at every turn. Joy and Meta also mentioned that they were not “flower” girls, so Julie incorporated their color palette in the linens and glass vases used to accent the dining tables. Guests began arriving at 5pm and were greeted with passed wine, sparkling water and lavender lemonade for refreshments, along with Crispy Gnocchi, a Refreshing Melon and Tiny Tortilla Cups filled with Guacamole and Charred Corn.

Besides the amazing food, guests enjoyed taking photos in the Shutterbooth and dancing all night with spinning tunes from Mark from DJ-Chicago. There were also a few very heartfelt toasts that left not a dry eye in the place. Thank you, Joy and Meta, for allowing us to be a part of your very special day! We are so proud of you and your commitment to each other.

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Beverages: Binny’s Beverage Depot
DJ: DJ-Chicago
Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverage: Entertaining Company
Linen: M&M The Special Events Company
Photographer: Kent Drake Photography
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Stationery: Clementine Ink + Paper
Tent: Partytime-HDO Productions
Valet & Transportation: V.I.P. Valet Services
Wedding Planner: LK Events

Sarah & Jeff, Art Institute of Chicago – Modern Wing

Some couples have many celebrations around their wedding day and that was how I came to meet Sarah & Jeff. They had decided to have a small ceremony in Napa in May, a Chicago reception in June, and a Michigan reception in July. I was lucky enough to work with them for their Chicago reception with family and friends at the Art Institute of Chicago – Modern Wing.

Sarah and Jeff had a weekend celebration in Chicago with a rehearsal dinner at Carnivale on a Friday night. Guests were treated to appetizers like Shrimp Ceviche and Veal Empanada and entrees like Arrachera and Paella. Shutterbooth was also on hand to capture the festivity of the evening!

The next day found Sarah and Jeff having a relaxing day together and Sarah having Pin Me Up Chicago treat her to hair and make-up appointments at her home. We met the beaming couple that afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago – Modern Wing and Rebecca from Rebecca Marie Photography & Design whisked them away for photos together and with their families.

That evening, we gathered the couple and their guests back up in Bluhm Terrace for Cocktail Hour. Guests were greeted with passed appetizers of Cantonese Spring Rolls and Coriander Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloins under a canopy of red Chinese Lanterns and a beautiful Chicago evening. As they made their way into Terzo Piano, guests picked up their escort cards which featured Chinese Red, the Double Happiness symbol and beautiful calligraphy from Stacey Shapiro. Incorporating elements of Chinese culture into their wedding day was important to Sarah and Jeff, as they met in Shanghai when both of them were working there.

Alexandra from Exquisite Designs provided a clean and modern décor that featured mixed collections of white tulips, white hydrangeas, white roses, white lilies and white spray roses in clear glass square vases lined with black ti leaves. For some contrast in the room, the round dinner tables featured a tall arrangement of open cut white calla lilies in a clear glass tall cylinder vase. With a couple of speeches to kick off the night, guests enjoyed an amazing dinner from Bon Appetit with monogrammed Petit Fours for dessert and DJ Rob spinning the 1’s and 2’s. Congratulations to a spectacular couple, Sarah & Jeff!

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Beauty: Pin Me Up Chicago
DJ: Spin-Chicago
Florist: Exquisite Designs
Food & Beverage: Bon Appetit
Rehearsal Dinner: Carnivale
Rehearsal Dinner Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Hotel Room Block: Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, The Palmer House Hilton
Linen: BBJ Linen
Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design
Calligraphy: Stacey Shapiro Calligraphy
Reception Venue: Art Institute of Chicago – Modern Wing
Wedding Planner: LK Events

Tracey & Ron, The Art Institute of Chicago

Tracey and Ron were two of the most fascinating people I have ever worked with.  They met while attending a conference in Brussels and fell in love soon after.  Both working in New York City, Tracey and Ron felt that getting married in Tracey’s hometown of Chicago was important to them. Working in international business keeps these two very busy and well-traveled.  Tracey and Ron wanted their guests to feel as though they were traveling around the world with them so we made sure to incorporate many aspects of Tracey and Ron’s adventures into their wedding weekend.

We worked side by side with Chef Tony Mantuano from Bon Appetite at The Art Institute of Chicago to create customized stations for Tracey and Ron’s Wedding Menu.  Tracey and Ron were huge “foodies” and it was important to re-create some of their favorite dishes from across the globe.  We had an Indian Station with Grilled Vindaloo Spiced Leg of Lamb, Butter Chicken (murgh makhani), Papro Chaat on Crispy Wafer, Pilau Rice with Cashews and Golden Raisins and Spiced Beets with Curry Leaves and Shredded Coconut.  The Mediterranean Station had Swordfish with Roasted Lemon, Tomato and Cilantro, Leek and Spinach Spanikopeta, Jerusalem Salad, Raita, Tzatziki, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush and Garlic Naan Bread with Lebanese Pita Bread.  The Italian station had Artisan Charcuterie and Local Cheeses, Free Range Veal and Ravioletto with Smoked Crescenza Cheese and Pesto with Grilled Seasonal Vegetables.  The dessert station had a collection of mini sweets that included homemade Fig Ice Cream (bride’s favorite!), Pistachio Opera Cake, Dolce Amore Gelato, Bombay Fruit Salad, Apple Strudel and Peanut Butter Semi Fredo with Curry Popcorn.    The Mexican Late Night Station was a hit!  We had Taquitos, Flautas and Churros for guests to enjoy while they danced the night away.

Renee Price, with Kehoe Designs, created the most beautiful fabric Chuppah for Tracey and Ron to get married under in Griffin Court. The aisle was lined with white square boxes topped with submerged green orchids.  We brought in fabric cabanas to Terzo Piano to create a lounge feeling so guests could sit anywhere and enjoy the fantastic meal created for them.  We had collections of sofas, Moroccan ottomans, banquettes and colorful accent pillows to create soft and luxurious cabanas for guests to hang out in.  All of the tables received residential style lanterns and collections of sleek green leaf accents, tropical leaves and foliage and white floral.

We had such a beautiful evening for Tracey and Ron and their family and friends.  After the ceremony we went out on the bridge overlooking the city of Chicago and released butterflies with Tracey and Ron’s nieces and nephews.  It was the most beautiful day, for such a beautiful couple inside and out. Congratulations Tracey and Ron!

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Ceremony and Reception – The Art Institute of Chicago
Photography- Melissa Diep Photography
Catering – Bon Appetite
Floral, Décor, Lighting – Kehoe Designs, Renee Price
Hotel Stay/Honeymoon Suite – Waldorf Astoria
Rehearsal Dinner – Emilio’s Tapas
Photo Booth – Shutterbooth
Ceremony Music – Symphony Sounds
Cake – Cake Chicago
City Tour for Guests – Al Walavich (through City of Chicago)
Transportation – Executive Coach and VIP Valet Services
Make Up – Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty Bar

Bride’s Dress Designer: Alvina Valenta
Brides’ Shoes: Benjamin Adams
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo
Invitations & print items: Mc & Co DesignFur Vests: Designed by one of LK’s past clients, Kristin Koury

Lindsay & Chaz, Chicago Botanic Garden

I had so much fun planning Lindsay and Chaz’s wedding. Lindsay and Chaz knew they wanted to get married at the Chicago Botanic Garden since Lindsay grew up close by and spent much of her childhood there. It was the perfect setting for a fall wedding. Three Branches Floral Design designed the floral and we had so much fun putting all the final details together. Lindsay carried a lush bouquet of deep burgundy callas and orchids and looked magnificent in her Monique gown.

We adorned the tables with vintage hydrangea and eggplant tea leaves in silver candelabras, submerged orchid blossoms and an abundance of candle light. The tent was so intimate and warm on this chilly fall day. The weather didn’t hold us back from having the perfect ceremony in the Rose Terrace with cocktails outside in the English Walled Garden. Guests enjoyed the Gentleman Of Leisure’s string quartet for the ceremony and cocktail hour and the dance floor in McGinley was packed all night. It was an incredible evening for two lovely people and we had the Angel Eyes Photography capturing it all.

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Ceremony: Rose Terrace, Chicago Botanic Garden
Cocktail Hour: English Walled Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden
Reception: McGinley Tent, Chicago Botanic Garden
Catering: Culinary Landscape
Dress: Monique Lhullier, Style Amaranth
Bridesmaid Dresses: Two Birds
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Grooms Tux: Ralph Lauren
Groomsmen Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Floral and Décor: Three Branches Floral Design
Lighting: Frost
Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment: Gentleman Of Leisure
Invitations: Yellowbird
Day of Items: Bride Designed
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Transportation: VIP Valet
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth
Make Up: Dorie Mae
Hair: Lauren Logan
Rehearsal Dinner: Francesca’s

Audrey & Patrick, Galleria Marchetti

My job is never a “job” when I’m working with a couple that is so sweet and witty. Audrey and Patrick were just this type of couple and I had an amazing time working with them on planning their wedding.  Their vision was a laid back, not stuffy, beautiful and fun event. A priority of the day was to Dance Dance Dance! We shared many laughs throughout the months of planning and I loved working with Audrey on all of the little details that brought together their special day.

The morning of the wedding, Ashley of Ashley Biess Photography was able to capture many special moments Audrey had with her sisters, friends and mom. There was much laughter, as well as a relaxed vibe in the room, and that is exactly what every bride needs. The little details of Audrey’s Vera Wang gown and the invitation suite from Spilled Ink Press were also captured in our pre-ceremony time together, but soon we were off to Galleria Marchetti.

Audrey and Patrick did not want to see each other prior to the ceremony, so we kept them separated until the big moment! There was nothing but smiles for everyone in attendance when Patrick waited for Audrey at the end of the aisle. Audrey and Patrick were married by a family friend with a gorgeous, and not too hot, August sun shining down on them. It was beautiful!

After the I Do’s, guests mingled in the courtyard area for a lively cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres like Arancini and Walnut Toasts.  As guests made their way into the tented ballroom area for dinner, they were greeted with a spectacular escort card table with a French Flower Market feel from Fleur and color coded escort cards. Dinner included a Grilled Tuscan Steak and Chicken alla Vesuivio with Sweet Mandy B’s Cupcakes for dessert. As Audrey and Patrick requested, the dance floor was soon packed and they were able to Dance Dance Dance! Congratulations Audrey & Patrick!

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Photographer: Ashley Biess Photography
Florist: Fleur
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Stationery: Spilled Ink Press
Reception Venue: Galleria Marchetti
Caterer: Galleria Marchetti
Planning: LK Events
DJ: DJ Chicago
Ceremony Music: Parkwest Strings
Beauty: Beauty on Call
Bridal Gown Designer: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Amsale
Bridesmaid Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaids
Hotel: Park Hyatt Chicago
Men Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Photobooth: ShutterBooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Carmine’s
Transportation: Metropolitan Limousine

Lauren & Daniel, The University Club

I had so much fun meeting Lauren and her mom, Kimberly, the year before Lauren and Daniel’s wedding. Lauren is full of energy, funny and outgoing. She was so excited to talk about the plans that would be happening in the coming year. Lauren was finishing school in Chicago and had met Daniel a few years prior. They chose the Michigan Room of The University Club for their wedding reception. They loved the elegant charm of the classic ballroom but we gave it a modern twist with the colorful floral and décor that Lauren and Daniel chose.

The invitations and programs were kept simple and beautiful with creams, gold and black text. The bridesmaids each carried a different color bouquet of orchids that popped against their black dresses. Renee, from Kehoe Designs, designed the stunning monobotanic floral arrangements for the guest tables. We used an artistic collection of square vases filled with Hawaiian orchids, hydrangea, spray roses and peonies for each table. The colors of fuschia, emerald and orange were stunning. The tables were square with crisp white linens and clear Versaille chairs to enhance the vibrant colors of the centerpieces.

Lauren and Daniel’s wedding was so much fun! Spoken Four kept the dance party going all night and the guests were loving every minute of it.

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Vendors:

Getting Ready Location: The University Club
Rehearsal Dinner: The Signature Room
Ceremony Location: Holy Name Cathedral
Reception Location: The University Club
Floral and Décor: Kehoe Designs
Cake: The University Club
Invitations & Paperie: Yellowbird Store
Hair: Maxine Salon
Make Up: Beauty on Call
Linens: BBJ
Rentals (Chairs, China, Glassware): Halls Rental
Transportation: Windy City
Photography: Pen / Carlson
Band: Spoken Four
Wedding Dress: Ultimate Bride
Photobooth: Shutterbooth

DeAwna’s Fundraiser, Floating World Gallery

I had the absolute pleasure of co-hosting a fundraiser a few weeks ago, for a dear friend of ours, DeAwna McGinley. DeAwna is an extremely talented wedding and event photographer in Chicago and was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Kelly, owner of Clementine Custom Events and Emily, Event Manager and Wedding Coordinator at Bon Appetit Catering at the Art Institute of Chicago and I helped to coordinate the incredible event with the help of so many dear friends and fellow vendors:

 

DeAwna was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma last year and underwent a bilateral mastectomy inDecember. Due to her invasive surgeries and extensive chemo treatments following the procedure, DeAwna had to deal with the significant loss of income, as she is unable to shoot weddings for 2013. DeAwna was looking forward to an incredible wedding season ahead and this was a major set back for her. We wanted to do something special for her, as service providers in this industry, we make our living by booking services for our clients.

Together, with the incredible team of vendors above (and my brothers and husband for bartending), we hosted a beautiful soiree at the Floating World Gallery in DeAwna’s honor. We had over 100 guests come to celebrate DeAwna’s strength and determination. Rebecca Marie capture beautiful moments of the fundraiser and we are so thankful to have these memories. Words cannot begin to describe the incrediblesupport and donations we received from so many clients, vendors, friends and family and we had such a successful event for DeAwna. We raised more than we could have dreamed of, and for that we are truly grateful. We love you DeAwna!

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