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Perrin & Rick, Murphy Auditorium

I find so much joy in helping couples celebrate their love, especially when those couples are so much in love. From the moment I met Perrin and Rick, they exuded romanticism and I knew that their wedding would be the most romantic event.

Perrin and Rick were planning an intimate wedding surrounding themselves with their closest family and friends, which included Rick’s two daughters. They were so darling at the wedding and truly happy for their dad! Perrin loved including them in the day and they all had a great time getting their hair done at Charles Ifergan Salon early in the afternoon.  Perrin then had some time alone to get into her stunning dress, all while Rick spent time with his buddies and daughters.

We had to coordinate the arrival times of both Perrin and Rick, as they chose not to see each other prior to the ceremony. They were both so excited for the day and could not wait to walk down the aisle! From the Processional to the First Dance, Justin from Studio Verite Photography captured all of the details and romantic moments of the day. I love how the streets of Chicago were captured in these photos of Perrin and Rick!

After the heartfelt ceremony at The Murphy Auditorium, everyone made their way to the foyer for the cocktail hour.  The room was flipped and Hall’s brought in all of the custom tables and chairs, while Frost provided more lighting to set the tone of the reception. Botanicals were outstanding in capturing Perrin and Rick’s vision and each centerpiece was a beautiful arrangement. Guests were treated to the culinary delights from Limelight Catering, such as Charred Corn & Shrimp Ceviche and Truffled Mac and Cheese, as well as dinner entrees of Beef Filet and Roasted Alaskan Halibut. After dinner, Perrin, Rick, and all of their guests hit the dance floor with The Nick Kitsos Band. No one wanted the night to end! Congratulations again to Perrin & Rick!

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Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Murphy Auditorium
Caterer: Limelight Catering
Photographer: Studio Verite Photography
Florist: Botanicals
Rentals: Hall’s
Lighting: Frost
Ceremony Musicians: The Innocenti Strings
Reception Musicians: The Nick Kitsos Band
Getting Ready Hotel: The Peninsula
Hair and Make-up Stylists: Charles Ifergan Salon

Meg & Dave, The Field Museum

I met Meg and Dave two years before his and her wedding date and I still can’t believe how fast the time flew!  Meg and Dave live in Ann Arbor and when they came into town for the planning meetings, we would not only get much done in that short time, but we would talk and laugh for hours.  Meg and Dave are two of the sweetest, most loving friends I know and I was so fortunate to have been a part of their wedding.

Meg and Dave met on an archeological dig in Pompeii….need I say more?  The two of them started dating when they returned to the states and were engaged a few years later.  They knew they wanted a unique Chicago wedding and after a few venue tours, we walked into the Field Museum and they both fell in love – not only because of the beautiful architecture and iconic history this museum has, but it truly captured who they are as a couple.

We had an incredible design team who transformed Stanley Field Hall into a stunning reception site.  Jesse Deckard @ Event Creative gave the room an intimate feel with French Regency style lounge furniture, vibrant lighting and cascading colorful orchids.  The ceremony was held inside, as it was a little too cold to be outside on the northeast terrace but it was magnificent none the less.  Meg made her grand entrance from the south dome stairs with her brother during her processional and guests enjoyed fantastic food by Food For Thought during the reception and danced non-stop, thanks to Déjà vu.

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Ceremony Venue: Field Museum
Reception Venue: Field Museum
Hotel: Hilton Towers, Michigan Ave
Rehearsal Dinner: Hilton Towers, Michigan Ave
Photography: Amanda Hein
Band: Déjà vu
Catering: Food For Thought
Floral and Décor: Jesse Deckard @ Event Creative
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Invitations: Magnificent Milestones
Transportation: VIP
Wedding Cake: Cake
Hair and Make Up: Beauty on Call
Dress: Vwidon
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Dessy
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

Annie & Ian, River East Art Center

Annie was in the middle of her residency while we planned her wedding and she knew exactly what she wanted – which always helps when it comes to a limited schedule!   Annie and Ian had an interfaith ceremony at Holy Family Church, one of my favorite churches in Chicago.   Dolce Strings provided the wedding ceremony music and I always love working with them. Miraculously, we missed the storm that strolled through the city, as we were in the middle of the ceremony. Annie and Ian took their photos prior to and you can’t even tell there was a storm in Heather’s beautiful photos!

Guests were then able to enjoy cocktails outside on the terrace of the River East Art Center with music by Spanish Guitarist, David Chiriboga and hors d’oeuvre from Blue Plate Catering. Renee Price, Senior Consultant for Kehoe Designs, designed a stunning reception .  We used lucite versaille chairs, gunmetal twist linens and eggplant lamour napkins.  The tables were decorated beautifully with clear glass vases of varying heights and sizes, cascading mokara and dendrobium orchids and lush purple hydrangeas. Surrounding the vibrant floral were dozens of floating candles and votives. David Young of  Entourage of Ken Arlen Music, kept the dance floor packed the entire night.  It was a beautiful wedding and reception and I am so glad Heather Parker was there to capture it all!

Reception Venue: River East Art Center
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Caterer: Blue Plate Catering, Elinor Brown
Floral Designer: Kehoe Designs, Renee Price
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Wedding Gown: Amsale
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang
Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Wedding Band: Entourage of Ken Arlen Music
Lighting: Kehoe Designs, Chicago Illinois
Ceremony Location: Holy Family Church, Chicago Illinois
Cinematography: REM Video Chicago, Illinois
Cake Designer: Amy Beck Cake Design, Amy Beck, Chicago Illinois
Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Strings 
Hair Stylist: Alice Salazar 
Makeup Artist Nika Vaughan

Kathryn & Zach, Harold Washington Library

I had the pleasure of coordinating a friend’s wedding this past May. The groom, Zach, and I have known each other since the 6th grade and when his fiancé called me about their wedding, I was ecstatic. When Kathryn and I met to discuss her wedding I knew immediately we would become friends. We had a blast chatting about her ideas and visions for her wedding day.

The planning began immediately and Kathryn and Zach selected Harold Washington Library for their venue. We then booked Deja Vu Band, Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography and Fleur Couture to handle their floral and décor. Although we knew the G8-NATO Summit was taking place in Chicago that weekend, we weren’t informed until February that the Library would be used for Federal Government purposes. Our invitations were printed, Save the Dates had been sent and all vendors were booked, so I knew we had a challenge ahead of us. I immediately contacted everyone in my network, the City of Chicago and all of our vendors to inform them of the situation and prepare them for a back up plan. Nothing was going to stop this wedding from happening – not even NATO!

We ended up having a fantastic wedding weekend! We started at Osteria Via Stato for their rehearsal dinner with family and close friends (and an awesome groom’s cake – thanks to Amy Beck Cake Design). On Saturday, Kathryn and Zach had their first look at the park outside the Sofitel. After photos around Chicago and staying clear of the protests, Kathryn and Zach were married at St. James in Lincoln Park. The reception at Harold Washington Library was stunning! Deja Vu kept the dance floor packed all night long and Blue Plate catered an exquisite meal for the guests. We are so fortunate to Harold Washington Library for their support and all the vendors involved given the circumstances with NATO. Kathryn and Zach had an unforgettable wedding weekend!

Special thanks to our vendors:

Reception: Harold Washington Library
Church: St. James
Catering: Blue Plate
Floral: Fleur Couture
Band: Deja Vu Band
Dress: Lazaro
Shoes: Nina
BM Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Grooms Tux: Jos A Banks
Cake: Take the Cake (now known as Cake)
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Make Up: Brian Sutheby
Invitations and Paperie: Kustom Kreations
Photographer: Tammy Leathem of Leathem Photography
Hotel: Sofitel
Rehearsal:  Osteria Via Stato
Groom’s Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design

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

Anna & Charley, Morton Arboretum

It was the sweetest occasion. Anna & Charley’s rustic elegant wedding at Morton Arboretum had us wrapped up in their love. One of my favorite photos of the day was of Anna before she had her First Look with Charley – doesn’t she look like an angel?

The backdrop of the outdoor venue really provided Dean with the perfect palette for all of the photos from the day. As guests arrived, they were greeted with some hot chocolate and a choir. That detail is not one we see every day and added that extra special touch. After the ceremony, guests were ushered indoors to warm up with cocktails, appetizers, an acoustic guitar and a photo booth. As guests moved into dinner, they experienced the full rustic elegant style of Anna and Charley. With deep purple linens, natural centerpieces, and Italian string lights, the guests were engulfed in the love of the day. After a 3 course meal, the guests were ready to party with Rendezvous. What a perfectly sweet day!

Special thanks to our vendors:

Bridal Attire: Dimitra’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Formerly Modern Tuxedo
Bakery: The Cakery
Makeup: Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio
Caterer: Classic Fare Catering
Hotel: Hyatt Lisle
Lighting: MDM Entertainment
Ceremony Musicians: Grace United Methodist Church Choir
Cocktail Hour Musician: Carl Hix
Dinner & Dancing Musicians: Rendezvous
Photographer: Thorsen Photography
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth
Rentals: Tablescapes
Stationery: Sara Paper
Transportation: Aries Charter Transpotation
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Morton Arboretum