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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

Stephanie & Chris, Morgan Manufacturing

It was an honor to help plan Stephanie and Chris’ April Wedding last year. Stephanie and I have known each other for years as she used to be the events coordinator at the Chicago History Museum while I was working at Food For Thought.  Together, we planned countless weddings and became fast friends.  When she got engaged to Chris, needless to say, I was ecstatic.  Stephanie has impeccable taste and after choosing Morgan Manufacturing for her wedding venue, I knew this was going to be an incredible wedding weekend.

Food was one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process to them since they had traveled all over the world (and would soon be living in China) so we wanted to create a menu that was a reflection of their travels but also unique and fun for their guests.  Food For Thought designed Stephanie and Chris’ worldly menu that consisted of a Dim Sum Station with bahn mi’s, shu mai and pot stickers served in mini bamboo plates with chop sticks and accompaniments, a South American Station with skewers, mini chorizo sandwiches, rice and beans and plantain chips served on a black griddle top and a Middle Eastern Station with shawarma, gyros, gnocchi and a traditional Greek salad.  We ended the evening with mini Chicago style hot dogs and fried cheese curds (thanks to Chris’ alma mater), Madison, Wisconsin style….with Tiger Sauce.   Chris also flew in Milkbar (the bride’s favorite bakery in New York City) to surprise her with her wedding cake and cake truffles.  Stephanie was so surprised and loved it!

Revel Décor provided a gorgeous landscape of botanical based floral that was seasonal and organic – exactly what Stephanie had envisioned for her wedding day.  Stephanie carried a lush white bouquet with herb elements and black ”berry” accents (navy centered anemones and black seeded eucalyptus).  The bridesmaids wore varying shades of grey and held red anemones and red ranunculous.  They looked amazing all put together!

The ceremony was held inside Morgan Manufacturing and Revel hung a cluster of natural Manzanita branches showcasing draped greenery that hung behind the couple. We lined the aisle with pedestals and candles adding a glow to the walkway.   We had three looks for the reception design each on wooden rectangle dining tables.  One table had a greenery garland with botanical elements, votive candles and mixed metal candle holders.  The second look had a collection of candles and botanical elements that included lisianthus, anemones, white roses, black berries and greenery.  The third design had a knotted drift wood piece on the dining table with succulents, airplants and white floral finished with an ambient glow from the candles.  The reception looked stunning and we finished the look by hanging a large Edison bulb chandelier over the dance floor. The room looked amazing!  Amanda Hein captured this day beautifully while the Gold Coast All Stars kept the dance floor packed all night!

Stephanie and Chris met in graduate school at Northwestern.  They are two of the funniest people I know and they were always making each other laugh.  We had the best time together but more importantly I was honored to be a part of a dear friend of mine’s wedding.   Stephanie and Chris are a perfect match and I am so excited to see where life takes them.  For now, they are beginning their life as a married couple in China.

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Wedding Planner: Lauren Knuepfer, LK Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Morgan Manufacturing
Honeymoon Suite: The Westin, River North
Floral and Décor: Revel
Lighting: Sound Investment
Photography: Amanda Hein
Catering: Food For Thought
Linens: BBJ Linens
Entertainment: The Gold Coast All Stars
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Make Up: Shayna Shapiro, NARS Cosmetics
Hair: Megan Manzer
Invitations and Day Of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Rehearsal Dinner: Lux Bar
Transportation: VIP Valet Services