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The Art Institute of Chicago, Erin & Joey

Erin and Joey’s story began while they were both attending the University of Illinois. After college they moved to Chicago and a few years later Joey proposed on their rooftop followed by a romantic dinner out. They celebrated with friends the next day and then the wedding planning began.

They kicked off their wedding weekend with their Rehearsal on the Grand Staircase at the Art Institute followed by their Rehearsal Dinner at III Forks.

Their wedding day started with some pampering for the ladies from the amazing makeup artists and stylists from BrideEyes, Makeup by Beth, and the Charles Ifergan Salon while the guys had a relaxing morning at Erin and Joey’s condo. Amanda Hein Photography was onsite to capture all the special moments of their day.

Erin and Joey had their first look in the beautiful gardens of the Art Institute and then joined their families for photos. Then it was time for these two to get married. While the string quartet played Halo by Beyonce all eyes were on Erin as she walked up the Grand Staircase in a stunning Lela Rose gown with both of her parents. She carried a beautiful bouquet that was a mix of ivory polo roses, white majolica spray roses and white Eskimo roses with delicate white ranunculus blooms tucked throughout.

Hello Darling dressed the dining tables in a mix of ivory shantung, harvest shantung and ivory contessa linens. Some of the tables were decorated with a pair of vintage medium cut glass vases of varying sizes & silhouettes with textural round bouquets of white hydrangea, white stock, white lisianthus, ivory polo roses, champagne sahara roses and ivory majolica spray roses with accents of pale green seeded eucalyptus. Tucked around the blooms were two silver mercury glass candlesticks topped by optic glass hurricanes and a collection of gold and sliver mercury glass votives and globes. The other tables had a pair of silver mercury stemmed glass candlesticks tucked next to a trio of three petite vintage cut glass vases filled with textural round bouquets of white hydrangea, white stock, white lisianthus, ivory polo roses, champagne sahara roses and ivory majolica spray roses with an accent of pale green seeded eucalyptus. Silver and gold mercury glass votives and globes were placed around the candlesticks.

Toast & Jam started the reception with the Wedding Party introductions and then introduced our newlyweds. After the introductions Erin and Joey gave their thank you toast followed by Reverend Jennifer Burns Lewis giving the blessing. The guests were served a lovely duo of a Peeky Toe Crab Salad and a Cheddar Heirloom Tomato Soup. Once the guests were served then Erin’s Maid of Honor & Joey’s Best Man gave their toasts. After the toasts guests dined on Grilled Hanger Steak and Housemade Gnocchi with Heirloom Tomatoes. While guests were dining on their entrees Erin’s Father gave his toast and then danced with his daughter. Then it was Joey’s Fathers turn to give his toast and then Joey danced with his Mother.

We started the party with Erin & Joey’s first dance. After dancing for a bit they cooled themselves off with some yummy gelato from gelato cart provided by Black Dog Gelato Company. Everyone danced the night away until the last song that was played which was Mirrors by JT.

It was an honor being a part of Erin and Joey’s Wedding Day! We wish them all the best, congrats you two!

Caterer: Bon Appetit
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Artistrings
Ceremony Venue: Woman’s Board Grand Staircase at the Art Institute
Décor: Hello Darling
DJ: Toast & Jam
Gelato: Black Dog Gelato Company
Gentlemen’s Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Hair: Charles Ifergan Salon
Hotel: Waldorf Astoria
Makeup: BrideEyes & Makeup by Beth
Officiant: Reverend Jennifer Burns Lewis
Photographer: Amanda Hein Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: III Forks
Reception Venue: Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room Art Institute
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones
Transportation: Odyssey
Valet: 5 Star Valet
Wedding Dress: Lela Rose

Sara & Jon, Cafe Brauer

Whenever people ask me if I love my job, my answer is always yes – because of couples like Sara and Jon. This couple is filled with so much love, energy, and warmth that it always puts a smile on my face when I think of our time spent planning. Even before getting engaged, Sara and Jon developed a love for Café Brauer. Walking past it daily gave them both an appreciation for the architecture and beauty of the building, so it was only natural that they decided to start their lives as Mr and Mrs there!

I am always so excited when I get to work with a groom who is as enthusiastic about planning as his bride to be, and that was the case with Jon. We started the wedding weekend off right with a fun and lively rehearsal dinner in the clubroom of their apartment building overlooking Lincoln Park. Jon was very excited to plan this evening with lots of Chicago touches for so many out of town friends and family. We had gorgeous farm tables adorned with décor designed by the brides sister and a Taco Bar courtesy of a favorite restaurant for Sara and Jon – Big Star. It was a great way to get everyone excited for the wedding celebration the following day.

Ruby The Fox set the stage with a custom designed suite honoring Sara’s love for pink and gold tones and her modern vision for the day. The signage was highlighted with lush florals gorgeously designed by Stems Chicago. The room was filled with soft pink garden roses, peonies, black and white anemones, ranunculus and lots of lush greenery to warm the space in Café Brauer and highlight the architecture. Sara was surprised by her students the week of her wedding with long strands of paper cranes, which her students learned were symbols for peace and to grant wishes for the recipient. We used them to adorn the archway where Sara and Jon got to say their vows – so sweet!

Dabble Me This expertly captured every moment of the day and Toast & Jam kept the dance floor packed all night long. I am so happy for Sara and Jon on their marriage and even happier that I get to call them friends. Congrats to you, S+J!

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Getting Ready Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Café Brauer
Catering: Christine Picerno, Tigerlily Events
Rentals: Hall’s
Linen: BBJ Linen
Officiant: Rev. Jeff Ginsburg, Chicago Weddings
Photography: Christine Brizendine, Dabble Me This
Videography: David Causa, DC Experience Media
Florist: Allison Denny, Stems
Cake and Sweets Table: Janet Lee, Flour Cake and Pastry
Invitation Suite and Day-Of Paper Goods: Megan Kenney, Ruby The Fox
DJ: Emily Agustin, Toast&Jam
Makeup Artist: Shannon O’Brien
Hair Stylist: AJ Shultz, Your Stylist AJ
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Wedding Dress: Tara Keely from Girls in White Dresses
Wedding Shoes: Jefferey Campbell
Jewlery: J Crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Suit Supply
Planning: LK Events Chicago

Sara & David, Chicago Botanic Garden

As we dig ourselves out of Winter Storm Linus, we are reminded of a stormy Saturday this past summer and Sara & David’s beautiful wedding at the Chicago Botanic Garden. As our team arrived at Renaissance Chicago North Shore, we were actively reviewing the weather reports to predict how the evening would play out. We had to make the call at 2pm on whether or not the Ceremony would be held outdoors and at that time we had too great a risk of thunderstorms, so we had the staff at Chicago Botanic Garden set up their indoor ceremony space.

This decision did not stop the smiles we saw while both Sara and David were getting ready. Cristina G Photography captured all of the details and special moments of their preparation. We then loaded David and his groomsmen onto the shuttle to Chicago Botanic Garden. Once they arrived, the shuttle came back for Sara and her bridesmaids. Cristina decided the English Walled Garden (the original ceremony location) would be the perfect location for Sara and David to have their First Look. How stunning and in love is this couple?!?

Thankfully the weather cooperated with us and Sara, David and their wedding party were able to walk around the gardens and capture some amazing moments. All too soon, guests began arriving and we were ready for Sara & David to walk down the aisle. They had a family friend officiate the ceremony and I loved that their readings were an excerpt from Anna Karenina and i carry your heart with me – beautiful reflections!! After recessing out to “Autumn from Four Seasons”, the guests remained in Krehbiel Gallery and were greeted with passed wine and Grape Lollipops, Chipotle Chicken and Citrus Glazed Shrimp.

Guests then made their way through the Gallery to McGinley Pavilion for the reception. With such a stunning view, guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of toasts and a dinner of Chicken Breast infused with Summer Truffle. The rain held off until dancing and between the beats from Leslie at Toast & Jam and rolls of thunder, the guests celebrated the happy couple. Congratulations, Sara & David!

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Beauty: Enrique Enriquez
Bakery: Gerhard’s
Florist: Lake Forest Flowers
Food & Beverage: Culinary Landscape
Rehearsal Dinner: Lovell’s of Lake Forest
Hotel Room Block: Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, Courtyard Chicago Highland Park/Northbrook
Musicians (Ceremony & Cocktail Hour): Quartet Parapluie
Musicians (Reception): Leslie at Toast & Jam
Officiant: Honorable Frank Bailey
Photographer: Cristina G Photography
Stationery: how impressive!
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Christine
Transportation: Odyssey Transportation
Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
Wedding Coordinator: 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

Tiffany & Brandt, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

I just love getting referred to new brides from past brides – especially when they are best friends! After planning three of her friends’ weddings, Tiffany contacted me about planning her own nuptials to her fiancé, Brandt and I was so excited! Not only did this give me a chance to work with such an incredible person who is now a dear friend of mine, but I was able to re-connect with my past clients and now we get together often. I am so fortunate to have made such close friends simply from planning their weddings. These relationships are the reason I love what I do; being able to plan weddings for fabulous brides who become dear friends of mine in the process.

Brandt proposed to Tiffany at a charity event in front of their friends and family and even had a friend record it live so Tiffany could always remember the moment she got engaged. Brandt put so much thought and detail into this incredible proposal that Tiffany knew she wanted to do the same for their wedding. They were married at St. Alphonsus Church in Lakeview and chose the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for their reception. Since we had a dancing crowd – we kept the South Gallery open for dessert and dancing and were lucky enough to have a gorgeous September night in Chicago, where we could dine outside on the terrace.Guests enjoyed Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonades in Mason Jars along with a “southern inspired” dinner thanks to Blue Plate Catering.

Jesse Deckard (formerly with Event Creative) designed the guest tables that were adorned with mercury glass globe risers, illuminated from within and topped with ivory floating candles, surrounded by hydrangeas and deep purple dendrobium orchid blossoms. We used leather crystal studded tufted boxes filled with a bed of purple seafoam statis, purple hydrangea, garden stock and dendrobium orchids on the remaining guest tables. We suspended paper lanterns over the dance floor illuminated in purple along with hundreds of twinkling candles on the window ledges surrounding the South Gallery.

Tiffany surprised Brandt with a Tipsy Cake grooms cake featuring an Ed Hardy T Shirt with a Protein Shake – he loved it! Guests danced the night away, thanks to Dustin with Toast and Jam. Christina Noel and  I Do Films captured every moment of this magnificent wedding weekend. Congrats Tiffany and Brandt! LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3631 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3632 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3633 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3634 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3635 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3636 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3637 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3638 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3639 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3640 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3641 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3642 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3643 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3644 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3645 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Peggy-Notebaert-Nature-Museum_3646 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Notebaert_0079 LK-Events-Chicago-Wedding-Notebaert_0078

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Ceremony: St. Alphonsus Church
Reception: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Photography: Christina Noel
Videography: I Do Films
Cocktail Musicians: Artistrings
Caterer: Blue Plate Catering
Cake: Amy Beck
Groom’s Cake: Tipsy Cake
Invitations and Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones
Floral, Decor, Lighting: Event Creative
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
DJ: Toast and Jam
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo
Tuxedo: Formally Modern
Hair: Lauren Logan
Make Up: Shannon O’Brien
Rehearsal Dinner: Diag Chicago

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Lindsay & Beau, Cuneo Mansion and Gardens

Lindsay and Beau’s picturesque wedding is one of the many reasons why I love fall weddings in Chicago.  Just looking at these stunning photos from Olivia Leigh Photography brings back memories of the gorgeous wedding day we had for Lindsay and Beau.

Lindsay and Beau fell in love with the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens and knew it was perfect for their ceremony and reception.  They were married on a perfect fall Sunday in October and friends and family from all over the country came in to celebrate with them.

Lindsay had many personal details for her wedding day.  She gave out custom pashminas for the guests in case they were chilly during the outdoor ceremony, we served flavored lemonade and sparkling water for pre ceremony beverages and Lindsay made personalized programs and favors for her guests to enjoy.  Lindsay and Beau have a shared love for wine and we included a Wine Ceremony into their nuptials.  Lindsay and Beau wrote a note to one another and sealed it into a box with their favorite wine that they would then open and read on their 10 Year Wedding Anniversary.

Fleur Couture designed the ceremony and reception floral.  We used soft shades of ivory and white hydrangea, roses, dahlias and herbs for a natural garden feel. Toast and Jam kept the dance floor packed throughout the evening and Olivia Leigh Photography was there to capture every moment!

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Venue: Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photography
Planner: LK Events
Caterer: Bauer’s Catering
Floral and Décor: Fleur Couture
DJ: Toast and Jam
Getting Ready Location: Double Tree, Vernon Hills and Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Honeymoon Suite: Swiss Hotel, Chicago
Dress Designer: Elizabeth Fillmore
Jewelry; Vintage
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: n/a (each girl wore a different dress/designer)
Tux Designer: J. Crew
Hair: Lauren Thompson
Make Up: Katie Sojka

 

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Megan & Adam, Cafe Brauer

I had so much fun working with Megan and Adam for their Fall 2011 Wedding. Megan and Adam were engaged in 2009 and we had almost two years to plan their nuptials. We had so much fun together during the planning process – morning brunches, summer lunches, and afternoon meetings finalizing vendors and getting to know one another. Due to their work schedule, we decided to plan as much as we could a year before their wedding date, which meant finalizing all of their vendors a year out. We planned their ceremony in the Foreman Pavilion of the Lincoln Park Zoo with a reception following in Cafe Brauer. The weekend began with an Indian celebration at Reza’s and Friday’s Rehearsal Dinner was held at Adobo Grill – where Megan and Adam had their first date. The wedding day was beautiful; we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Chicago fall day. Food was especially important to them and we chose Molly at Entertaining Company. She created a custom menu for them and the we ended the dinner with Megan and Adam’s favorite dessert – cheesecake and carrot cake. Mark with Kloeckner designed the exquisite ceremony and reception décor. Megan wanted to incorporate peacock feathers so we did so in the floral centerpieces and the napkin folds which was her mother’s idea. It all came together beautifully! Toast and Jam kept the party going all night long, while Chad Husar Photography and I Do Films captured every moment of the day. I am grateful to Megan and Adam for hiring me, knowing my wedding was a month before theirs. We had an incredible wedding day for them and I know we will be friends forever! LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0077 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0079 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0078 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0080 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0081 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0082 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0083 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0084 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0085 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0086 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0087 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0088 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0089 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0090 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0092 LKEvents_Chicago-Cafe-Brauer-Wedding_0091 Ceremony Venue: Lincoln Park Zoo, Foreman Pavilion Reception Venue: Cafe Brauer Getting Ready Location: Belden Stratford Hotel Photographer: Chad Husar Photography DJ: Toast and Jam Ceremony Musicians: Stanley Paul Orchestra Catering Company: Entertaining Company Videography: I Do Films Florist: Kloeckner Floral Rehearsal Dinner: Adobo Grill Invitations: Magnificent Milestones Day of Items: Magnificent Milestones Transportation: VIP Wedding Cake: Tipsy Cake Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call