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Laura & Kevin, Union League Club

One of the joys of being a wedding planner is the interaction I get to have with other people’s families. Sometimes I will have even more interaction with the family if I work with the mother of the bride through the planning process. This was the case with Laura and Kevin. Laura’s mom, Rosaire, reached out to me to help coordinate the celebration since Laura lived in CA and Kevin was in training sessions with the Marines. Rosaire and I hit it off right away.

When I arrived on the day of the wedding, the suite of ladies was filled with laughter and music and I knew we were going to have an amazing wedding day. The dynamic duo of Tony & Sharon of T&S Hughes Photography were capturing the moments shared between friends and family and all of the details of Laura’s stunning lace dress and Kevin’s immaculate uniform. Doesn’t she remind you of the Duchess of Cambridge?

After their First Look photo, the wedding party had some more photo opportunities around the city before heading to St. James Chapel for the beautiful ceremony.  One of my favorite moments of the ceremony was that Kevin received his father’s wedding ring – so bittersweet. In fact the entire ceremony featured special loved ones and made it very unique to Laura & Kevin.

After the celebration at the church ended, guests boarded buses to the Union League Club of Chicago for a lively cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres like Duck Quesadillas and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus.  As guests made their way into the Crystal Ballroom for dinner, they were greeted with a stunning floral and light display from W. Andrew Holitik. The evening progressed with heartfelt speeches, a salute to all of the men in uniform, an amazing meal featuring Filet Mignon and Herb Crusted Halibut, a very funny attempt to cut the groom’s cake and a packed dance floor courtesy of The Gold Coast All Stars. Congratulations Laura & Kevin!!

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Grooms Cake: Lizzie’s Bake Shoppe
Hairstylist: Toni Scavo
Make-up Artist: Nicole Ventura
Caterer: Union League Club of Chicago
Florist: W. Andrew Holitik
Musicians (reception): The Gold Coast All Stars
Photographer: T&S Hughes Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Private Residence
Room Block Hotel: Union League Club of Chicago
Transportation for Couple: V.I.P. Valet Services
Transportation for Guests: Metropolitan Limousine
Venue (ceremony):  St. James Chapel
Venue (reception): Union League Club of Chicago
Wedding Coordinator: LK Events

Kristi & Jon, Adler Planetarium

The moment I met Kristi, I knew we would be friends for life. And we are. Not only because we both share a love of wine, but because I felt like I was talking to one of my best friends from childhood during our initial meeting. Kristi is the sweetest girl I know; she has the most energetic and outgoing personality and makes everyone feel like a close friend. I knew we were going to have a blast planning her wedding for the next year.

Kristi and Jon walked into the Adler Planetarium and fell in love; we knew that was the place for them to have the reception. Kristi is modern and tres chic, but simple and classic; we knew we had the perfect setting for her wedding reception. I will never forget walking into Blumen Design, for Kristi’s floral sample and she screamed when she saw her floral design – with excitement! Amy and I still laugh about that to this day; she was just so overjoyed with everything and that made the planning process so much fun, for everyone involved.

Kristi and Jon’s wedding day was picture perfect. She looked exquisite in her Saison Blanche Couture bridal gown and her bridesmaids looked gorgeous and cheerful in their bright yellow dresses with hot pink bouquets. Her reception was stunning – black linens and chairs, hot pink and yellow floral and pink up lights – incredible against the city skyline. There was not a dry eye in the room as their best friends and family talked about Kristi and Jon during their reception. It was an honor to be a part of such a beautiful wedding for this beautiful couple, inside and out (and now friends for life!) Thanks Kristi and Jon!

 

Special thanks to our vendors:

Bridal Attire: Saison Blanche Couture with Laskers Jewelers
Groom’s Attire: Richard Bennett
Bridesmaids: Bridal andFormal, Inc.
Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse
Bakery: Amy Beck Cake Design
Makeup: Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup
Caterer: Food For Thought
Floral: Blumen Design
Hotel: Union League Club of Chicago
Lighting: Spin Light Design
Ceremony Musicians:
Entertainment: DJ Chicago
Photographer: Vrai Photography
Videography: R.E.M. Video and Photography
Wine Labels: Etsy
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Ceremony Site: United Methodist Church Chicago Temple
Reception Venue: Adler Planetarium