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Morgan Manufacturing, Brooke & Andrew

Planning Brooke and Andrew’s wedding was one of the highlights of my career. I knew the moment Brooke and her mom called, that we were going to have so much fun together…and be lifelong friends. Brooke is one of the most sincere women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. With Brooke’s impeccable sense of style and (her mom) Sheri’s flawless taste in finding the perfect details to tie everything together, we created a magical experience for their guests.

After meeting in Austin and spending a few years long distance, Brooke and Andrew eventually landed in Chicago to begin their life together. Brooke works for the Neat Method and Andrew works for Ora Interactive. Both from the Chicagoland area, they knew they wanted a Chicago wedding that was unique to their personalities but of course, FUN!

As guests entered Morgan Manufacturing they were greeted with welcome refreshments on a custom (American flag) table to kick off the 4th of July weekend. A “Welcome” floral ring (designed by Sheri) was suspended over the table. We served cucumber water, basil infused lemonade and, St. Germain Fizz (the bride’s favorite cocktail). If guests wanted to hydrate before the long night ahead, we had beautiful custom mini water bottles. One of our favorite décor elements from this wedding was the ceremony in the round. We loved creating this for Brooke and Andrew as it felt like every single guest was a part of the ceremony. It was intimate and inviting.

Brooke carried a hand tied bouquet filled with rich pink peonies, ranunculus, garden roses and textural botanicals designed by Revel Decor. Her bridesmaids complimented by carrying bouquets filled with rich greenery and pops of vibrant floral. Andrew matched his bride with a hot pink ranunculus, which looked dashing against his navy tux.

A trio of magnificent suspended green chandeliers hung from the ceiling with bold botanicals and pops of bright floral. The dining tables complimented the overhead installation with garlands of organic and wild smilax and bright bold peonies, ranunculus, and roses. We completed the look with ambient candles in mixed metals and low lush floral. We had some fun with the photo booth and Revel designed a backdrop of café lights complimented by another floral ring stating “Cheers!”

Brooke and her Mom added so many unique personal touches for the wedding from the guest book cards and signature drink signage, to the escort card frames and who can forget those marvelous suspended rings throughout the venue.

I had the pleasure of working with the most beautiful couple, inside and out, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the “dream team” of event professionals we put together for Brooke and Andrew. Hard to believe it’s almost been one year! Congrats B&A!


Venue: Morgan Manufacturing
Hotel Suite: The Langham Chicago
Band & DJ: BKO MusicBecca Kaufman
Floral & Decor: Revel Decor – Erin Sellers
Catering: Limelight – Molly Fennell
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes – Elysia
Photography: Vrai PhotographyTina LaDeur Brouwer
Video: SharkPigCorey Thomas Bienert and Margaret Bienert
Paper & Stationery: Steracle Press – Stacey Stern
Website: Madz DesignsMaddie Nieman
Calligraphy: Calligraphy Nerd – Andrea Fowler
Hair: Lauren Vitagliano Logan & Christina Maxwell
Makeup: Doris O’Meara
Photo Booth: SmileBooth – Chris Rubarth
Officiant: Groom’s Uncle, Kevin Considine
Rehearsal Dinner: Smith and Wollensky
Welcome Reception: Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Wedding Planner: LK Events, Lauren Knuepfer

Katy & Karl, The Modern Wing @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Katy and Karl are two of the sweetest people I know.  I was in awe of how calm and collected Katy was throughout the entire process, especially on her wedding day.  Katy is beautiful inside and out and it was my absolute pleasure getting to work with her and her wonderful family through the wedding planning process.  Katy and Karl fell in love with the Modern Wing at the Art Institute and we had so much fun bringing her wedding vision to life with the help of Revel Décor.  Greenlight kept the dance floor packed all night long (not surprised!) and Katy looked flawless.

Katy carried a loosely tied bouquet of ivory and blush pink floral accented with dark burgundy and finished with pale green foliage.  The bridesmaids, wearing navy blue, carried ivory and blush bouquets that complimented Katy.  Guests entered Terzo Piano for the ceremony and were greeted with a dramatic drape installation and cascading floral along the west windows that overlooked the city.  Katy and the bridal party walked down a custom fabric aisle runner. Greenlight’s quartet played throughout the ceremony, and we surprised guests with the bride’s uncle’s choir who sang a few songs during and ended the ceremony with, “Oh Happy Day!” Guests are still talking about the performance that started the evening on such a high.  After cocktail hour on Bluhm Terrace overlooking the city, guests were escorted downstairs to Griffin Court for dinner.  Greenlight began playing and guests quickly joined the dance floor and started dancing.  It was the perfect way to kick off the evening!

Revel designed long rectangle tables with a “floating garland” of pale and dark green foliage, white floral and pops of suspended greenery.  The square tables hosted beautiful collections of succulents, foliage and gold mercury candlelight.  The round tables were adorned with romantic ivory, pale blush pink blossoms, rich burgundy accents and trailing greenery.  We had two lounge vignettes set up on each side of Griffin Court, Hampton style bars and free standing mirrored menus.  This was the perfect completion to the garden inspired party.

Guests enjoyed a crispy artichoke and Brussels sprout salad with watermelon gazpacho.  Following the duet first course, guests were served a choice of beef tenderloin or grilled salmon.  Guests finished the meal with a tray of sweets on every table that included house made peanut butter cups, cheesecake lollipops, fruit tarts and truffles.  Vrai and One Fine Day were there with us from the rehearsal dinner on Friday until the end of the wedding night.  They captured it all!  Congrats Katy and Karl!

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Wedding Planner: Lauren Knuepfer, LK Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Modern Wing @ the Art Institute
Honeymoon Suite: JW Marriott
Floral and Décor: Revel Decor
Lighting: Sound Investment
Photography: Vrai Photography
Videography: One Fine Day
Catering: Bon Appetit
Linens: BBJ Linens
Entertainment: Greenlight
Make Up: Jessica Meeker
Hair Stylist: Lauren Logan, La Vita di Sposa
Wedding Dress: Lela Rose
Shoes: J. Renee
Tuxedo: Ike Behar
Invitations and Day of Items: Ashley’s Stationary, Hinsdale
Rehearsal Dinner: Smith and Wollensky
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
On Site Painter: Betty Sitbon

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!!

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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

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