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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

Tracey & Ron, The Art Institute of Chicago

Tracey and Ron were two of the most fascinating people I have ever worked with.  They met while attending a conference in Brussels and fell in love soon after.  Both working in New York City, Tracey and Ron felt that getting married in Tracey’s hometown of Chicago was important to them. Working in international business keeps these two very busy and well-traveled.  Tracey and Ron wanted their guests to feel as though they were traveling around the world with them so we made sure to incorporate many aspects of Tracey and Ron’s adventures into their wedding weekend.

We worked side by side with Chef Tony Mantuano from Bon Appetite at The Art Institute of Chicago to create customized stations for Tracey and Ron’s Wedding Menu.  Tracey and Ron were huge “foodies” and it was important to re-create some of their favorite dishes from across the globe.  We had an Indian Station with Grilled Vindaloo Spiced Leg of Lamb, Butter Chicken (murgh makhani), Papro Chaat on Crispy Wafer, Pilau Rice with Cashews and Golden Raisins and Spiced Beets with Curry Leaves and Shredded Coconut.  The Mediterranean Station had Swordfish with Roasted Lemon, Tomato and Cilantro, Leek and Spinach Spanikopeta, Jerusalem Salad, Raita, Tzatziki, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush and Garlic Naan Bread with Lebanese Pita Bread.  The Italian station had Artisan Charcuterie and Local Cheeses, Free Range Veal and Ravioletto with Smoked Crescenza Cheese and Pesto with Grilled Seasonal Vegetables.  The dessert station had a collection of mini sweets that included homemade Fig Ice Cream (bride’s favorite!), Pistachio Opera Cake, Dolce Amore Gelato, Bombay Fruit Salad, Apple Strudel and Peanut Butter Semi Fredo with Curry Popcorn.    The Mexican Late Night Station was a hit!  We had Taquitos, Flautas and Churros for guests to enjoy while they danced the night away.

Renee Price, with Kehoe Designs, created the most beautiful fabric Chuppah for Tracey and Ron to get married under in Griffin Court. The aisle was lined with white square boxes topped with submerged green orchids.  We brought in fabric cabanas to Terzo Piano to create a lounge feeling so guests could sit anywhere and enjoy the fantastic meal created for them.  We had collections of sofas, Moroccan ottomans, banquettes and colorful accent pillows to create soft and luxurious cabanas for guests to hang out in.  All of the tables received residential style lanterns and collections of sleek green leaf accents, tropical leaves and foliage and white floral.

We had such a beautiful evening for Tracey and Ron and their family and friends.  After the ceremony we went out on the bridge overlooking the city of Chicago and released butterflies with Tracey and Ron’s nieces and nephews.  It was the most beautiful day, for such a beautiful couple inside and out. Congratulations Tracey and Ron!

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Ceremony and Reception – The Art Institute of Chicago
Photography- Melissa Diep Photography
Catering – Bon Appetite
Floral, Décor, Lighting – Kehoe Designs, Renee Price
Hotel Stay/Honeymoon Suite – Waldorf Astoria
Rehearsal Dinner – Emilio’s Tapas
Photo Booth – Shutterbooth
Ceremony Music – Symphony Sounds
Cake – Cake Chicago
City Tour for Guests – Al Walavich (through City of Chicago)
Transportation – Executive Coach and VIP Valet Services
Make Up – Brian Sutherby, Muse Beauty Bar

Bride’s Dress Designer: Alvina Valenta
Brides’ Shoes: Benjamin Adams
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo
Invitations & print items: Mc & Co DesignFur Vests: Designed by one of LK’s past clients, Kristin Koury