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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

Carolyn & Eddie, Adler Planetarium

Carolyn and Eddie were such a joy to work with. I will never forget the summer day I met Carolyn and her Mom at one of my favorite cafés in Lincoln Park, Floriole Café and Bakery. We hit it off immediately; they were so much fun to talk to and just excited to get the wedding plans started. And that we did!

Carolyn and Eddie knew they wanted a Chicago wedding. They chose the Adler Planetarium after visiting a few venues and fell in love with the gorgeous skyline view. We decided to have their ceremony in Lincoln Park, in order to give their guests a full “Chicago” experience.

Amanda Hein and White Wedding Cinema captured every moment of the wedding day. We started with hair and make up at the Radisson Blu Hotel where the girls and guys finished getting ready. We transported all of the wedding guests by bus to the Foreman Pavilion at the Lincoln Park Zoo where the ceremony was held. Carolyn and Eddie were married under a gorgeous chuppah designed by Kloeckner and the Meetinghouse Company. After Carolyn and Eddie were pronounced husband and wife, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre by Tigerlily on the south end of the Pavilion before heading over to the Adler for yet another cocktail hour, overlooking Lake Michigan. Food For Thought served the bride and groom’s favorite cocktails, Cava Sangria and Watermelon Ginger Aqua Frescas. We had a Martini Bar offering Lemon Drops, French and Pineapple Infused martinis and guests enjoyed more hors d’oeuvre while listening to one of Sarlas’ acoustic guitar players. Kloeckner designed each table with Carolyn’s favorite flowers – a collection of hot pink roses, hydrangea, orchids and roses. Once guests were invited inside Galileo’s, we introduced the bridal party and went straight into dancing. Carolyn and her Dad surprised the guests (and Eddie!) with a choreographed dance to “The Way You Look Tonight.” It was such a special moment as was the rest of the evening. The room was filled with love, laugher, friends and family and endless dancing thanks to Sarlas Orchestra! Congratulations to Carolyn and Eddie!

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Getting Ready Location: Radisson Blu Hotel
Rehearsal Dinner: The Chicago Yacht Club
Ceremony: Foreman Pavilion at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Reception: Adler Planetarium
Dress: Vera Wang
Floral and Décor: Kloeckner
Floral and Décor for Ceremony: The Meetinghouse Company
Lighting: Spin Productions
Catering: Food For Thought
Ceremony Catering: Tigerlily
Transportation: Odyssey
Hair and Make Up: Bride’s Stylist and Artist
Photography: Amanda Hein Photography
Videography: White Wedding Cinema
Valet: Sam’s Valet
Ceremony, Cocktails and Reception Entertainment: Sarlas’ Orchestra
Cake: Orland Bakery (Orland Park)
Dessert Station: Kirstin’s Bakery (Burr Ridge)
Invitations/Day of Items: Greenstar Paperie
Day of Items: Design Studio Creations

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!

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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)

 

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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!

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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