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An Autumnal Affair at the Iconic Drake Hotel

Hard to believe Ashley and Jim’s October 31st wedding was almost a year ago! From the moment I spoke to Ashley over the phone, I knew we would become fast friends; we clicked immediately! I was so excited to plan Ashley and Jim’s nuptials, especially because they happen to be friends with past clients of mine from Food For Thought. Ashley and Jim are two of the most sincere people I have ever met. They are absolutely adorable together and no matter what decision was being made, they always put each other and their family first.

After looking at a few venues, Ashley and Jim chose the Drake Hotel. Ashley had a feeling all along that the Drake was “the one” and they fell in love with the Grand Ballroom for their October wedding. After choosing Kent Drake to document the wedding weekend and Déjà vu to entertain us all night, we focused on floral and décor and selecting the perfect invitations and day of paper from Magnificent Milestones.

Erin at Revel Decor designed this autumnal affair where she created a brilliant fabric archway for the ceremony with suspended votive candles hanging throughout the entire installation. Pops or orange orchid blossoms hung amongst the glowing candles giving an illusion of floating candlelight and blossoms. Since it happened to be on Halloween, Ashley wanted to give her guests a little fun and seasonal accent. We greeted guests with metallic gold painted mini pumpkins that held escort cards designed by Magnificent Milestones. The tables were adorned with rich orange and white botanicals consisting of hydrangea, roses, orchids and calla lilies and touches of green and burgundy floral hanging. We added foliage and branches to add height to the tall pieces and an abundance of candlelight throughout the entire ballroom.

Ashley and Jim had one of the most heartfelt ceremonies and it was truly an honor being a part of the planning experience and wedding weekend. I am fortunate to call Ashley a dear friend and we couldn’t be happier for you and Jim! Congratulations on one year and thank you for choosing LK Events!

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Ceremony and Reception: The Drake Hotel
Wedding Planner: Lauren, LK Events
Photographer: Kent Drake Photography
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Krystal Hall (bride)
Jessica Bernardi-Meeker (bridesmaids and family)
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Dress: Jenny Yoo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Banks
Entertainment: Deja Vu
Officiate: Bruce Otto, Spirited Weddings
Invitations and Day of Paper: Magnificent Milestones
Rehearsal Dinner: Osteria Via Stato

Roxane & Denis, The Ivy Room

Roxane and Denis started dating in high school and I was so excited when they got engaged. We had a blast planning their August wedding! Roxane and Denis knew they wanted an intimate Chicago wedding and reception and The Ivy Room was the perfect place for their summer nuptials.

Boka catered a delectable menu for Roxane and Denis that consisted of southern style passed hors d’oeuvre (pheasant empanadas, sweet corn chowder, corn and ricotta beignets to name a few) and a stationary farmhouse cheese and fruit display. We served a pressed watermelon, heirloom tomato and Burata salad and braised short rib with a truffle risotto cake for dinner. We ended the dinner with the hummingbird wedding cake from Table 52, Roxane’s favorite restaurant.

Paper Plane Paperie created all of Roxane and Denis’ save the dates, invitations and day of items. We re-created her calligraphy for the oversized chalkboard menus that were displayed inside the dining room and also used the light blue chevron pattern in her dining table runners. HMR Designs draped the ceiling and windows with ivory sheer fabric and hung crystal chandeliers to give the ceremony room an intimate feel and created a gorgeous dance floor setting. We used white hydrangeas, garden roses, green trick, green hydrangea and white lisianthus in silver urns on the tables surrounded by a collection of candlelight from wrought iron candlesticks and pillars. It was absolutely beautiful!

We had such a blast planning Roxane and Denis’ wedding. Avery House captured every moment and detail of their wedding weekend and The Party Faithful kept the dance floor packed the entire night. Congrats Roxane and Denis!

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Getting Ready Location: The Trump Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Ivy Room
Photographer: Avery House
Caterer: Boka
Floral and Décor: HMR Designs
Lighting: Frost
Officiant: Bruce Otto, Spirited Weddings
Invites and Day of Items: Paper Plane Paperie
Entertainment: The Party Faithful
Wedding Cake: Table 52
Bride’s Dress Designer – Monique Luhlier
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Monique Luhlier
Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Brides’s Jewelry – David Yurman earrings, wedding gift from Denis
Broach on flowers: Borrowed from Sister
Groom’s Custom Tuxedo – Wilfred Newman
Groomsmen’s Ties: were Hugo Boss
Groomsmen’s  Suits – Men’s Warehouse
Groomsmen’s Custom Shirts- Wilfred Newman
Transportation: VIP Valet
Rehearsal Dinner: Carnivale
Hair and Make Up: Kathy Jacob