Real Weddings – Stephanie and Eddie

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Stephanie and Eddie had the most fabulous wedding last month at the Casino Club. The couple lives in Vermont and loves the outdoors, so Allison from Stems brought the outdoors inside.

The Chuppah was very organic with greens and bright flowers woven in between the branches. Their two dogs could not attend, but as a surprise to the couple we had large photos of them on either side of the stage.

Unfortunately the bride broke her ankle the week before the wedding, but the show went on and she was a great sport! Stephanie came down the aisle with a knee scooter and the couple sat for the ceremony. It was very intimate as their two best friends, Phil and Ashley, married them.

To help the bride and groom enjoy the special day we arranged a horse and buggy come mid-afternoon to take them around the city.  Matt Savage from Avery House photographed the couple. They loved this surprise.

Toni DiDinato from Rendezvous made the evening jump. From the violins during the ceremony and the music for dancing, the dance floor was packed all night. The bride even danced a bit on her scooter.

Instead of having a traditional first dance, the groom wrote and performed a song for the bride and it was truly amazing.

Everyone loved the dark chocolate menus and the La Adelita Taco Food Truck at the end of the night. I’ve never had such wonderful tacos and tostitos! Allison from Stems out did her self on this one. The affair could not have been better.

Stephanie is currently recovering from ankle surgery, but despite the set back she loved her wedding from beginning to the end. She provided the photos below.

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Real Weddings – Stacy and Robby

On May 26th Stacy and Robby were married at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston. It was a beautiful event and there was a lot of warmth in the room. The florist, Anna Held, did an amazing job with all whites. The groom’s parents are old high school friends of mine and this was the second wedding I have done for the family. Photos by Paul Yamashiro.

Real Weddings – Amy and Matt

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Amy and Matt were married at Independence Grove in Libertyville on Sunday, June 3rd and the weather could not have been better! Independence Grove is a Lake County forest preserve with a wonderful native garden where the ceremony took place.

The outdoor ceremony was very special. The colors of the sky and natural lush greenery worked in combination with the beautiful chuppah surrounded by family and friends created a very loving experience.

The 220 guests enjoyed music from the band, Rendez vous and food from Designed Cuisine. Oakmill Bakery provided the delicious tiered cake. Studio West captured the photographs and Don Hankins was the videographer. Beth Tarrant Tenney of Anna Held Floral Shop used pops of bold colors to accent the forest preserve.

It was a beautiful and loving wedding that Matt and Amy will always remember.

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Doug’s 70th Birthday Party

It was the perfect weekend for a fabulous tented party in honor of Doug’s 70th Birthday. The tent, provided by Partytime, was placed in the client’s front yard and set the stage for a fantastic event.

Doug and Carol are very involved art collectors and the party was based on “Life is an Art and you are the Artist” – unknown and a sketch by Saul Steinberg.  The sketch was on the invitation, produced by Andrea Liss, in black and white and prevailed throughout the party from the place cards to the cocktail napkins. Amy Crum of HMR Design Group provided the décor of beautiful colors on a magnificent farm table with country chairs. Classical Guitarist, Jim Perona entertained during the cocktail hour and then the guests moved into the tent.

Designed Cuisine out did themselves with an amazing first course of a grilled scallop and then into a summer peach salad that was topped off with a toasted Pecan Wafer and a warm brie heart shaped profiterole. The entree of filet, braised short rib, fingerling potatoes, baby carrots, and fresh asparagus was well received. The pièce de résistance was the dessert course, which was an artistic palette of petite delicacies served in a four compartment white plate containing a passionate purple French Macaroon with Hazelnut filling, a summer strawberry shortcake, a yellow olive oil Limoncello with lemon creme anglaise, and finally a mini paint can with flowing green tea custard, a painters palate and a shortbread paint brush with “Doug” painted in Chocolate.

The night ended with entertainment from Ross Johnson, mentalist extrodinaire.  He had all the guests trying to figure out how he read their minds. The weather could not have cooperated more; breezy and no need for air conditioning.  It was truly a fabulous event and one that Doug will never forget.

Mitzvah’s – Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah

The talented Vince Hart of Kehoe Designs helped transform North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park for Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah. The use of twigs and greenery for the centerpieces along with the lounge furniture, which flanked the dance floor, created a sophisticated atmosphere. No Bar Mitzvah is complete without a serious candy bar for the guests to indulge. Lee Ross Photography captured the special day.

Get Inspired by Color Palettes

You have your date, reception site, photographer and band – next is the choice of colors for your wedding. Your colors play through the entire wedding from the invitations, floral, lighting, bridesmaids dresses, favors and cake.

The color scheme should be carefully chosen and represent your personality. Be creative! Use colors that not only appeal to you, but also work with the reception location and theme of your wedding.

Look at a digital inspiration boards like pinterest and design seed to help you pull colors together.  Share you vision with your vendors and wedding consultant and even post to your wedding website. Some of my favorite palettes include are Modern Gatsby, Vintage Mod, Royal Court, Subtle Blush and Berry Chic.

Follow me on Pinterest for design ideas and wedding inspirations.

Peonies

Peonies take center stage for May and June weddings as it is their peak season. Whether used on their own or mixed with hydrangeas, roses or lilies, Peonies are beautiful and fragrant flowers that pack a punch when used in centerpieces and bouquets.

Real Weddings – Jennifer and David

Jennifer and David were married at the newly remodeled Public Hotel and Pump Room on April 20th. I was so honored to be part of this couples special day. Their Fathers were ordained so that they could officiate the intimate wedding with 100 guests. Jennifer and David are expecting a child and could not be happier. The modern decor and flowers were from Allison Denny of Stems Chicago. Avery House Photography captured the special day and provided the photos below.

Real Weddings – Ricky and Lauren

On Saturday, April 28th I had the pleasure of coordinating a spectacular wedding for Lauren & Ricky at The Standard Club in Chicago. Richard Remiard and his talented design team helped illuminate the ceremony room with crystals and cascading flowers. Jai Girard captured every moment and Larry King Orchestra kept the guests dancing all night. As a unique favor, the couple gave their guests bride and groom Mrs. Prindible Apples.

Planning a Same Sex Wedding

I have had the pleasure of planning a handful of same sex marriages and I am always honored to be included in the process. As a wedding coordinator there are a few key steps to take to ensure the couple has a fabulous event.

1. Be an advocate for your client: It is so important that the couple has an amazing experience. Be sure that the vendors you recommend are totally on board with same sex marriages.

2. Don’t be judgmental: Anything you may learn, see or hear is not for publication – respect the couple’s privacy as you would any other wedding couple. Make it happen and always be upbeat and supportive. Be careful of what you say and how you say it.

3. Learn: You must educate yourself just as you would do if you were planning an Indian Wedding or Orthodox Jewish wedding. Learn about the LGBT community and learn about the laws in your respective areas.

4. Ask: Ask opened ended questions to find out what you need in order to plan the perfect wedding with the couple. Ask about dress, who is paying and will their parents be involved.