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


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.





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.