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Archive for June, 2011

Summer Wedding Bouquet with Roses and Orchids

We love summer and we love that it has arrived in Chicago! Wanted to share this gorgeous summer bouquet with you today taken by Stevi and Matt Savage of Avery House.

Photography by Avery House

Photograph by Avery House

Have a beautiful summer day!

Chicago Wedding Venue: The Ivy Room

Source: The Ivy Room Website

The Ivy Room at Tree Studios is such a fabulous hidden oasis for a wedding in the middle of Chicago. Located right in the heart of downtown Chicago, there is a hidden courtyard that serves as perfect location for an outdoor ceremony or for your cocktail hour. Inside, the Ivy Room is a very welcoming, open and neutral space with lovely French doors which open up to the courtyard. Lovely ceremonies can be set up here and transformed into an amazing reception area as well. Maximum capacity for the reception is 200 with a dance floor.

Photo by Jai Girard

The Ivy Room is a perfect blank slate for a couple to add their own individual style and show their unique personality in their wedding decor. You can get as creative as you would like with this space. It is very urban and chic!

Click here for pricing and information.


Pie as Wedding Dessert

Pie. A simple, three letter word that evokes a flood of emotion for many and brings a smile to almost all faces. In a world of contemporary, decadent desserts, the pie is as old fashioned as it gets. If the idea of serving cake on your big day is not on your agenda, pie is a great alternative that your guests will more than appreciate.

Photo by Becky Hill

Not willing to give up the cake? Not a problem! Take the art of pie to different level and include pie slices on a desert table or offer mini pie pops as a yummy late night snack. Your guests will thank you!

Really love the idea of pie but worried because you want to do the grand cake cutting? Pies can be stacked to give the “cake effect”. See below of one that we love by Chicago’s own Hoosier Mama Pie Company featured on TheKnot.

Image by Jeremy Lawson

Is there a pie recipe in your family that you hold near and dear to your heart? Consider the idea of having family members help make the pies for your wedding using the family recipe – Not only will this add a nice personal touch, it will bring your costs down to zero. You can even share the recipe with your guests as part of your favors!

Photo By R Wagner Photography, New York City

You can also serve multiple types of pies for dessert, which will delight your guests and encourage them to mingle while choosing their favorites.




Chicago Wedding Venue: River East Art Center

Source is River East Art Center

I just adore the River East Art Center (REAC) – located at 435 E. Illinois (just down the street from Navy Pier) on the Chicago River– it is the ultimate “blank slates” of Chicago reception venues. The venue is, as the name implies, an art center with traveling art displays.  The atrium has an upper level mezzanine and a river balcony is located right inside the doors and guests at your reception are free to roam the exhibits throughout the night.

Comprised of brick, glass and hardwood, this site is a creative wedding style playground. The color schemes and possibilities are endless.  The columns throughout the center of the room can be lit or draped to custom fit your event. The 60 foot illuminated water wall can be drenched in color, shapes, or lit with hundreds of votives to add romance.

Source River East Art Center Site

The room can be easily transformed from a ceremony to a reception by having your cocktail hour on the mezzanine level or outside on the river balcony with the fabulous Chicago River and city views.  There is room for a seated dinner up to 390. The site requires you pick catering, décor and lighting vendors off their preferred vendor list and there are numerous choices in each category for a couple to choose from. There is a fee associated with the site that changes with the season and the day of the week.

As an added bonus, if getting married on a Saturday during Chicago summer firework season, your guests can enjoy the Navy Pier fireworks displays from the river balcony. This magical setting is sure to allow for ultimate creativity and an unforgettable (and convenient!) experience for you and your family and friends.

Becky Hill Photography

Fathers of the Bride and Groom

Source: Fused Film

With Father’s Day this weekend we could not miss this opportunity to thank all of our Father of the Brides and Grooms! We get the most goosebumps when a Dad sees there daughter for the first time in her wedding dress or just before he walks her down the aisle.

Here are some fun snaps by Becky Hill of our own, Morgan Ripper, with her father at her wedding! Awwwwwww.

Photo by Becky Hill

Picture by Becky Hill

Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad’s out there!!!!!!

CS Brides Luxe List 2011


The team at Elevage Events is so excited to have our first advertisement appear in the wonderful Chicago magazine, CS Brides. We are also flattered to be featured in the “Aisle File” announcement introducing Elevage Events. CS Brides is a wonderful resource for all couples who are planning their weddings. From gorgeous real weddings to wonderful articles and a great calendar of all the not to be missed wedding dress trunk shows and events pertaining to all things weddings. We are now part of the Luxe List 2011 and are proud to be part of the magazine.

Designed by Clementine Ink

Wedding Day Nail Polish

I have a bit of an obsession with nail polish.  It makes me feel girlie and a freshly manicured hand automatically gives whatever look I’m currently rocking a powerful and finely finished boost.  As most brides will be having their hands photographed on their wedding day (putting on the rings, cutting the cake, etc) and stared at by everyone (your guests want to check out your bling), it is a must to get a manicure. The classic bridal look might be french tips, but I dare you to be different and explore the bridal nail polish market! Both OPI and Essie, the brands carried by most nail salons, have some fabulous bridal colors just waiting to be painted onto your dainty little nails.

Essie’s 2011 collection includes: Borrowed and Blue (an adorable light blue), First Dance (a daring lipstick red), Better Together (a pale sandy beige) and Made to Honor (darling pale pink).  Though a 2010 Essie wedding polish, I will always have a place in my heart for Show Me The Ring (an appropriately named iridescent gold).

Nail Polish for your wedding Day

Source: Essie.com

OPI has a soft shades collection that will win over any brides’ heart.  My current favorite is Happy Anniversary  (a sparkly but sheer silvery white). Others brides might find appealing – Otherwise Engaged (iridescent pinkish purple) and Mimosas for the Mr. and Mrs. (a pale opaque nude).

Nail Colors for Brides

Source: OPI.com

No matter what bridal shade you choose to dazzle with, get a test run before the big day to ensure you LOVE the color.




Chicago Wedding Venue: Chicago History Museum

Brides seeking the ultimate Chicago experience should certainly add the Chicago History Museum (formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society) to their list of potential venues.  As one of the city’s oldest cultural institution, the Chicago History Museum is uniquely Chicago. The classic Georgianstyle architecture, clean lines and simple elegance help make this location the ideal venue to make your own historic moment even more special.

The Chicago Room features eight east side windows offering breathtaking views of beautiful Uihlein Plaza, the stunning gardens of Lincoln Park and Chicago’s Gold Coast.  The interior walls feature ten large backlit cases that display exquisite examples of stained glass pieces from the collections by notables such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Giannini and Hilgart.

Chicago History Museum Weddings

Photographed by Glen Abog

The Chicago Room’s 4,850 square feet can be divided easily by two partitions to create two or three separate spaces to accommodate groups of all sizes. The room features state-of-the-art technology, such as LCD projectors, push-button lighting, wireless microphone receivers and a sound system that is designed to ensure wonderful sound quality for toasts being given the night of the wedding.

Photographed by Gerber Scarpelli Weddings

Capacity for weddings would be seated dinners for up to 300 guests. And, Uihlein Plaza is the perfect space for outdoor cocktail receptions, ceremonies, or even seated dinners. The plaza is accessible from the Chicago Room, allowing guests to move easily from inside to outdoors, and offers endless event possibilities. The 15,000-square-foot space can be open or tented for the guests.

This is a not to be missed venue to look at when you are planning you Chicago wedding!



Meet Morgan Bell Ripper of the Elevage Events Team

Morgan Bell Ripper

Photography by Belen Aquino of Gerber Scarpelli Weddings

Morgan Bell Ripper is thrilled to be a part of the elite team that makes up Elevage Events. Having worked closely with Ali Phillips of Engaging Events by Ali, Morgan fell head over heels for the magical experience that is orchestrating a wedding. Morgan’s educational background boasts degrees in both theatre and finance, making her ideal for the bridal industry. She has a passionate understanding of what goes into the theatrics of a wedding, whether grandiose or understated, and also understands and enjoys the business side of budgeting, timelines, and smart planning.

Morgan has an unyielding passion for reading, a hobby she developed at an early age. She also finds herself indulging in wedding magazines, as she likes to keep up to date with the current trends of the industry. Morgan also enjoys traveling, citing Disney World as her favorite destination. Her favorite part of a wedding is the magnetic moment when the groom first lays eyes on his bride as she makes her grand entrance into a room.


Meet Colleen Reardon of the Elevage Events Team

Colleen Reardon headshot

Photography by Belen Aquino of Gerber Scarpelli Weddings

Colleen first became involved in the event industry during her college years while working for a catering company. Though she produced everything from corporate picnics to private parties, it was weddings that sparked her interest. For over six years, Colleen has worked with Chicago’s top wedding consultant, Ali Philips from Engaging Events by Ali, Inc. Starting off as Ali’s assistant to eventually managing her own Engaging Events by Ali weddings, Colleen has gained valuable experience and knowledge from the vast array of weddings she has been a part of. She is excited to join the Elevage Events team as one of their lead consultants.

Colleen has also worked as a Senior Media Buyer, working with television and radio stations on developing on-air schedules. While juggling many accounts, Colleen has developed great multi-tasking skills and is cool, calm and collected under pressure. Colleen’s easy-going attitude has led to many great relationships in both her professional and personal life. In her spare time Colleen likes to stay active by running and biking. She has a passion for traveling and if she could she would travel at least once a month!

Colleen’s favorite part of a wedding is seeing the look on the bride and groom’s face when they see the outcome of all their planning. From the flowers to the cake to the reception hall — seeing it all come together after months of planning is an exciting moment.