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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

 

Kathryn & Jed, The Langham Chicago

Sophistication and grace would be the two words to describe Kathryn & Jed and their wedding day. They have a timeless style that was woven throughout their wedding day. From Kathryn’s gorgeous Vera Wang gown to the gardenia blossoms at each place setting, it was a classic celebration captured by Elena Banzini Photography and LEAP Weddings.

Kathryn & Jed worked together to incorporate personal items into their day, like Kathryn’s ceremony procession to Clair de Lune, having their friend read an excerpt from “Gift By the Sea” during the ceremony, and introducing their wedding party to the tune of Cissy Strut.

Vince Hart from Kehoe Designs worked with Kathryn and her mother to create a spring, Southern look to The Langham’s Devonshire Ballroom. Using flowering branches, white orchids, white tulips, mint hydrangea, and touches of green camelia foliage, guests were transported to a lovely, spring garden. Guests then enjoyed a first course of Maine lobster risotto with English peas, red sorrell, vanilla bean oil and espelette. A choice entrée of organic salmon or slow-roasted filet mignon followed, with the granddaddy of a finish…a custom four-tier cake from Elysia Root Cakes.

Kathryn & Jed chose to work with a choreographer for their first dance and they were such a striking pair, gliding over the dance floor to the Chicago Catz’s rendition of Love Is Here to Stay. Congratulations to Kathryn & Jed, a couple who will never go out of style!

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Wedding Gown: Vera Wang
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Beauty: Sara & Cherie from Sonia Roselli Studios
Floral/Décor: Kehoe Designs
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: artistrings
Reception Musicians: Chicago Catz
Photographer: Elena Banzini Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Sepia
Friday Night Welcome Reception: Stout Barrel House
Rehearsal Dinner Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals (chairs, chargers): Hall’s Rental
Room Blocks: The Langham and The Kinzie Hotel
Invitation Suite: Hannah Handmade
Ceremony Programs: All She Wrote
Escort Card Calligraphy: Mary Zabrin
Venue, Food & Beverage: The Langham, Chicago
Videographers: Josh & Rob from LEAP Weddings
Wedding Planner: Nicole Zenner from LK Events

Hannah & Steven, Chicago Yacht Club

We love learning about the journey of each of our couples and for Hannah and Steven, their journey began with Hannah asking Steven for a pencil when they were taking their CPA exam. Their journey also included two weddings to celebrate with both families. Their wedding in May took them to China to celebrate with Hannah’s family and I had the pleasure of working with Steven’s mom to help plan and coordinate the wedding in Chicago, three months later.

On the day of their wedding, Hannah and Steven spent a relaxing morning getting themselves ready for their ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral. We love these images of the two of them dressing and prepping and their adorable First Look. Don’t you think that Hannah’s dress is like a work of art?

Deacon Strom presided over a lovely ceremony in this beautiful cathedral and afterwards, Nick from Rebecca Marie Photography & Design captured family portraits. Guests then had a few hours to enjoy the beautiful Chicago afternoon before making their way to the Chicago Yacht Club. Guests were ushered up to the 2nd floor cocktail hour space where Alex from Exquisite Designs had brought in some whimsy with white and lavender paper lanterns.

Guests were then brought downstairs for dinner with both of Hannah & Steven’s parents being introduced into the room with the couple. In keeping with the feel of the Yacht Club, Alex’s floral designs included monochromatic elevated designs feature white phaleanopsis orchids, white calla lilies and lavender hydrangea in glass vases with mirrored/chrome candles. Everyone enjoyed the culinary delights from the Chicago Yacht Club, which was inspired by the blending of Hannah & Steven’s families. The first course was Confit of Duck Ravioli, the second course was a Spiced Thai Salad, this was followed by a Lemon Sorbet Intermezzo, then the entrée was a Braised Short Rib & Grilled Sea Bass duet, with the final course of Wedding Cake and Cookies. Even with full stomachs, guests could not stay off the dance floor because the Chicago Groove Collective was grooving all night long. The only time that guests left the dance floor was for the Navy Pier Fireworks – what a fabulous way to celebrate! Congratulations Hannah & Steven!

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Florist: Exquisite Designs
Rehearsal Dinner: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Hotel Room Block: Hyatt Regency
Musicians (Cocktail Hour & Reception): Chicago Groove Collective
Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design
Stationery: Steel Petal Press
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Ceremony Venue: Holy Name Cathedral
Venue, Food & Beverage, Wedding Cake: Chicago Yacht Club
Wedding Planner: LK Events

Christine & Manny, Fulton’s On The River

I always looked forward to my meetings with Christine and Manny as they are a couple that is always happy, warm, kind and considerate. Who wouldn’t want to be around that? We would always meet at the Caribou between both of our places and there was always much laughter and merriment as we went through their wedding details.

The JW Marriott suite was alive with laughter, music and hairspray when I arrived on their wedding day. Tammy from Leathem Photography captured all of the little details including the handkerchief gifts for Christine’s mother and mother-in-law. With the girls all primed for the wedding day celebration, we traveled up to St. Vincent de Paul Parish to meet up with Manny and his groomsmen. Christine and Manny had decided they wouldn’t see each other before their ceremony, so we helped orchestrate the arrival of both groups at the church.

Christine & Manny’s ceremony was very heartfelt and prayerful and really reflected their faith as a couple. It was beautiful to witness. After the celebration at the church ended, Christine, Manny and their wedding party took photos in the church and then we boarded the mini bus for some photos by the Chicago River. Tammy was able to capture some stunning images – both of this amazing couple and our beautiful city.

As guests arrived at Fulton’s on the River for the cocktail hour, Christine, Manny & the Wedding Party boarded a River Taxi and pulled up to the patio balcony waving to all of their friends and family. Such a unique entrance! Guests were treated with passed appetizers of Firecracker Shrimp and Beef Tataki and soon we were moved inside for dinner. After an amazing meal of Filet Mignon or Seared Salmon, the dancing began. It was a night of celebration for both Christine and Manny featuring their beloved Dibs – the DePaul Blue Demons mascot – and a Chicago Blackhawks win over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final – Manny is a huge fan!! Congratulations again to such a beautiful, faith-filled, and fun couple, Christine & Manny!

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Hair & Make-Up: Salon V
Florist: Sweet Pea Floral
Hotel for Guests: JW Marriott
Lighting & Draping: Elegant Event Lighting
Musicians (ceremony): Choice Music Chicago
Musicians (reception): Toast & Jam
Photographer: Leathem Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Lou Malnati’s
Stationery: Clementine Ink + Paper
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue (ceremony): St. Vincent de Paul Parish
Venue (reception) and Food & Beverage: Fulton’s on the River
Videographer: R.E.M. Video & Photography
Wedding Coordinator: LK Events

Dena & Travis, The Rookery

This wedding brings back so many happy and cherished memories of our planning discussions, meetings and the amazing day I had with Dena & Travis at The Rookery.  I met Dena and her mother, Anne, about six months prior to their wedding as they did a tour of the venue and I knew that we were going to have a fabulous experience together. I loved their soft spoken mannerisms, love for food, and their vision for an elegant and unique Chicago wedding.

From the start of the day, I knew it was going to be a marvelous wedding day because my cab driver was singing along to a love song as he transported me to the W Chicago City Center. When I walked into the bridal suite, Dena and her bridesmaids were finishing their hair and make-up appointments with Zee Gustafson and there was much excitement in the air. Rebecca of Rebecca Marie Photography and Design captured so many little details before Dena and Travis had their First Look.

Travis went ahead to Olive Park, while Dena, the Wedding Party, and parents all boarded the mini-bus to the park. Dena and Travis had a very special moment together – doesn’t she look like a model/angel – and I loved when they practiced dancing and their dip together.  After more wedding party and family photos, we all headed to The Rookery to relax a little before the ceremony began.

Guests arrived through the gorgeous entrance into the ivory draped room facing the grand staircase. Not a dry eye was to be found after the heart-felt ceremony concluded and guests were very ready to celebrate with Dena & Travis. They made their way upstairs to the mezzanine to congratulate Dena & Travis and partake in cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Meanwhile, the amazing teams at Jewell Events Catering and Scarlet Petal transformed the main floor for dinner.

After a wonderful meal of Pear & Gourmet Greens Salad and either Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Breast or Grilled Bistro Beef Filet, everyone enjoyed some cupcakes from Bittersweet and a lively dance floor, courtesy of DJ Chicago.  As the evening concluded, guests were able to take home a little piece of Chicago with the adorably elegant Garrett’s Popcorn bags. What an elegant celebration for two very dear people – congratulations Dena & Travis!!  PS – I miss our chats, Anne!

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Bridal Gown: Jenny Yoo
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Bakery: Bittersweet
Beauty: Epoch Studio Salon
Beverages: Binny’s Beverage Depot
Draping: Art of Imagination
Favors: Garrett’s Popcorn
Florist: Scarlet Petal
Food: Jewell Events Catering
Hotel for Guests: JW Marriott Chicago and W Chicago City Center
Musicians: DJ Chicago
Officiant: Rev. Tom Maluga
Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography & Design
Rehearsal Dinner: Osteria Via Stato
Stationery: The Studio (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company
Venue: The Rookery
Videographer: R.E.M. Video & Photography
Wedding Planner: LK Events