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Real Weddings: Marina & Ken


Marina and Ken were married in an interfaith Jewish and Catholic ceremony on Labor Day weekend at NOAH’S Event Venue in Naperville. While Marina got her hair and makeup done in the bridal suite early that afternoon, Ken and his groomsmen played billiards and watched sports in the groom’s room, before getting dressed (even donning adorable gray and pink argyle socks!). Michael Carr, assisted by Josh Ohms, snapped some photos of Marina’s gorgeous gown, her jewelry, and pretty pink heels while Amor In Motion captured a few goofy moments between the groom and his guys. SaniMar Decor brought NOAH’S to life with gorgeous blush and ivory florals and a stunning draped chuppah. After their intimate ceremony, Marina and Ken had a special ribbon exit surrounded by their family and friends before taking some family photos while their guests enjoyed yummy appetizers and cocktails from Chef By Request Catering. The bridal party then sipped some champagne and hopped on the Emperor Limousine party bus on their way to Cantigny to take some BREATHTAKING photos around the park. Once the bridal party returned, they made their grand entrance into the ballroom, with Music By Design getting the party started as Marina and Ken walked in to Avicci’s “Fade Into Darkness”. After cutting their three-tier, vanilla and chocolate cake filled with strawberries (their anniversary tier was carrot cake!), Marina and Ken listened to hysterical speeches from the matron of honor and best man before enjoying dinner. Their menu included a garden salad, filet of beef and petite chicken piccata, fingerling potatoes, steamed asparagus with roasted red peppers, as well as a sweets table that featured cream puffs, eclairs, napoleons, tiramisu squares, chocolate covered strawberries, mini trifles and tarts, fresh fruit, and cake pops- Marina and Ken did not want their guests to go hungry! And on top of all that, they served the ultimate late-night food: slices of Lou Malnati pizza!! Moments In Time Photo Booth was a huge hit, always full of guests donning hysterical props and signs! After the dance party, Marina and Ken headed back to the Courtyard Marriott Chicago Naperville to rest up before jet setting off to the Hawaiian islands for their honeymoon.

Mazel Tov and congratulations again, Mr. & Mrs. Kunesh!!

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Real Weddings: Kathleen & Joe



Kathleen and Joe’s August wedding was very special for me because Kathleen (better known as “Huds”) and I played on the Illinois Women’s Volleyball Club together at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Kathleen and Joe, high school sweethearts, celebrated their wedding at their families’ church, St. James Parish, with their reception at the Metropolis Ballroom, both in Arlington Heights. That morning, Kathleen, her mom, and bridesmaids got ready at the Renaissance Schaumburg, with their makeup done by Angela Makeup Chicago and their hair done at Salon 117 & Essence Day SpaEssence Photo and Video captured a few silly photos of the ladies before heading to St. James in an American Coach Limousine. Cindy Platt from Brackett & Company created stunning bouquets with white garden roses, hydrangeas, sand and Elise peach spray roses, and one of my favorites: succulents! Surrounded by family and friends, Kathleen and Joe were married by their family pastor, Father Tim, before departing the church for their Chicago Trolley with an exciting sparkler exit. Then the real fun began: Kathleen, Joe, and their bridal party partied over to the Circa ’57 Diner on the first floor of the Metropolis Ballroom building for some fun retro photos, complete with milk shakes, Marilyn, and chrome furniture! Signature Transportation shuttled guests to an adorable cocktail hour at Metropolis, where the groom himself brewed over 200 beers (and root beers for those under 21) for dual-duty escort cards and favors! Tony from Spinnin’ Discs kicked off a lively dinner and reception with “Come On Eileen”, before the bride and groom ran off to the bar across the street where Chicago Blackhawks President/CEO John McDonough of the Chicago Blackhawks had his day with Lord Stanley himself- Joe even got to wear his playoff ring! Hard to top that! After a delicious dinner of homemade Italian stuffed eggplant, strawberry spinach salad, lemon sorbet, tenderloin béarnaise or macadamia halibut mango chutney, potatoes, and vegetables, Mr. and Mrs. Colmone cut their pretty layered cake and danced the night away. Guests were even treated to late night sliders and french fries before calling it a night and continuing the after-party. Congratulations Huds & Joe!! Thank you for being amazing clients and even more amazing friends!


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