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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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Real Weddings: Christina & Mike

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On a gorgeous Saturday in June, Christina and Mike became Mr. and Mrs. Procaccio during their sweet ceremony at Notre Dame Parish in Clarendon Hills, and celebrated at their fun-filled reception at the stunning Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus. Saturday morning, the lovely ladies had their hair and makeup done by Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry, and Town & Country Gardens delivered their dazzling bouquets. After taking a few separate portrait shots with Misha Media, Christina and Mike shared an emotional First Look outside the hotel in their beautiful gardens. A Touch of Class Limousine brought the bridal party to Notre Dame Parish, and after their traditional ceremony, the bride and groom sped away in the groom’s dad’s red Jaguar before Jimmy John’s delivered sandwiches for the bridal party for the ride back. Back at the Hyatt Lodge, MDM Entertainment provided draping behind the royal table, as well as pretty pink uplighting, a photobooth, and, of course, fabulous DJ services. Cocktail hour followed the ceremony in the Prairie Foyer, before guests were invited in to the Grand Prairie Ballroom for dinner and dancing. After a rowdy reception introduction to “Turn Down For What”, Mr. and Mrs. Procaccio cut their awesome blue ombrè cake together. The bride and groom then listened to heartfelt toasts from both sets of parents, the sister of the groom, and the groom’s best friend. The theme of this wedding reception was undoubtedly “no one goes home hungry”- Christina and Mike enjoyed a magnificent dinner of  grilled filet mignon with caramelized cipollinis and Sauce Perigourdine, pan roasted Amish chicken breast with tomatoes, basil, Fontina cheese and pesto cream, filet of salmon with oven roasted tomatoes and capers, and, of course, family-style pasta! For dessert, guests were served cake and ice cream, AND offered a delectable sweets buffet including Italian pastries, biscottis, chocolate covered strawberries, and lemon ricotta cookies! But that wasn’t all- Christina and Mike also surprised their guests with late night McDonald’s in between packing the dance floor with a wide range of music from classic slow oldies to bass- thumping hip hop.

Congratulations again, Christina & Mike!! We had so much fun being a part of your special day!!


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Real Weddings: Sara & Matt

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Ever since she was a little girl dreaming about her wedding day, Sara wanted to host her wedding in her parents’ backyard in St. Charles. After meeting the man of her dreams, Matt, at the University of Iowa, and getting engaged, they decided to turn her dreams into reality. Sara and Matt got married on an absolutely beautiful Saturday in June at Sara’s childhood church in St. Charles, Congregational United Church of Christ. In the morning, after Sara and her bridesmaids became picture-perfect with a little help from All About You Hair and Makeup Catie Scott Photography took some fun pictures of Sara and her ladies in their cute monogrammed button-up shirts before Sara shared a beautiful and emotional First Look with her dad! After their sweet ceremony, Sara and Matt got to take her dad’s Cadillac for a spin around the block before taking family photos in the church. A Touch of Class Limousine then whisked away the bridal party to the Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, where Sara and Matt took their engagement photos. Affordable Party Tent Rentals provided four tents for dinner and cocktails, with linens provided by Grand Rental Station.  Upper Crust Catering kept the drinks flowing for Cocktail Hour as the sun set, and then served a DELICIOUS family style dinner before the bride and groom’s friends and family shared some heartfelt and hilarious toasts. Premier Entertainment started the party off right by officiating Sara and Matt’s Shoe Game, before the couple cut their adorable almond (yum!) flavored cake from Smallcakes, who also provided mini cupcakes for their guests with flavors ranging from coconut to oreo to extreme chocolate! After dancing the night away, Sara and Matt spent their wedding night at the classic Hotel Baker. Congratulations again Sara and Matt! We were so honored to be part of your special day!



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Real Weddings: Brooke & Raj

In a stretch of days where the average temperature in Chicago was in the single digits, Brooke and Raj were blessed with sunny skies and forty degree weather at their elegant and modern wedding at the Langham Hotel! After the ladies beautified with a little help from Salon Buzz and Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists, Brooke and her bridesmaids got their stunning flowers from Pollen Floral Design before getting into their gorgeous grey dresses. Brooke stepped into an amazing Rouland Mouret gown before heading across the street with Sprung Photo for her and Raj’s First Look! After taking a few photos in the Langham’s historic Pink Taxi, Brooke and Raj walked around the Langham with their bridal party and parents. After a beautiful ceremony, the new Dr. and Mrs. enjoyed delicious appetizers and cocktails with family and friends. Elysia Root Cakes created a delectable tiered ivory buttercream cake covered with tiny edible flowers. After the father of the bride presented his new son-in-law with a custom Cubs jersey,  Swing Assembly rocked the house and got everyone out of their seats until the end of the reception, when guests partied on in the hotel bar. Congratulations Brooke & Raj! We wish you all the best!

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Real Weddings: Alisa & Josh

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 On Sunday, August 17th, Alisa Levine and Josh Barbash tied the knot at the beautiful Galleria Marchetti in the River West area of Chicago. After getting ready at the Marriott Courtyard Chicago with her family, Alisa and Josh shot their First Look outside the Trump International Hotel with Shelley Anderson from Cage + Aquarium. After taking photos around downtown Chicago on a limo bus from Windy City Limousine, Alisa, Josh, and their families arrived at Galleria Marchetti for a few photos against the beautiful ivy wall in the East Courtyard where their ceremony would take place before heading inside for a private Ketubah signing. Arriving guests were greeted with a glass of lemonade and beautiful cello music from Stitely Entertainment. Once guests were seated with fans printed with the ceremony program, Rabbi Jason Levine (the bride’s brother) officiated the Jewish ceremony under a beautiful Chuppah constructed by Nadine Horwitz of Fragrant Design. Once the ceremony ended, cocktail hour began on the Courtyard Patio while the newlyweds enjoyed some private time. Guests were then invited into the gorgeous tented Pavilion, decorated with pink and red florals. After being introduced as “Mr. and Mrs. Josh and Alisa Barbash”, the couple shared their First Dance to The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You”. While dining on delicious medallions of beef, arctic char, and eggplant parmesan, the newlyweds listened to their families as they shared well wishes and advice for their marriage. After a spirited Horah, Alisa and Josh cut their amazing square cake from Amy Beck Cake Design, with adorable red and pink flowers cascading down the side. For favors, the couple treated guests with takeout cartons for their candy bar, complete with an amazing array of sweets from M&Ms to rock candy to Twizzlers and Jordan Almonds! While Chicago 312 kept the party going with classic dance songs, Alisa surprised Josh with his favorite treat- a pie bar complete with cherry, apple, and blueberry pies from Alliance Bakery! As the reception drew to a close, Alisa’s mom also surprised the newlyweds with flower leis to celebrate their upcoming Hawaiian honeymoon! Congratulations again, Alisa and Josh! We were so honored to be a part of your special day!

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Real Weddings by Elevage Events: Ambar and Mike

Elevage Events had SO much fun helping to plan the April 14, 2012 wedding of Ambar Mentor and Mike Truppa.  Ambar and Mike are not only a tremendously beautiful couple (as you can see from the photos) – but also just wonderfully nice people with awesome families.  It was a true joy to be part of their special day.

The magical day began with preparations at The Wit downtown.

Followed by an intimate ceremony at St.Benedict.

And finally, a spectacular party at Architectural Artifacts to close the night.

With LOTS of dancing and late night pizza…

Best Wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. Truppa from Elevage Events.  We look forward to staying in touch.

Also, a huge thank you to Olivia at Olivia Leigh Weddings Photographie for photo credit.  The images are beautiful!

Additional Credits:

Chicago Wedding Day-of Planner: Elevage Events (us!)

Catering: Kitty Koster (Hearty Boys)

Floral: Zenia Ruiz (Flor del Monte)

Photography: Olivia Leigh (Olivia Leigh Photographie)

Video: Logan Futej (20K Films)

DJ: Dustin Harris (Style Matters)

Cake: Dinkel’s Bakery

Hair: Beth Allen (Sonia Roselli)

Makeup: Sue Striling (MAC)

Printed Materials: Amanda Eich (Spilled Ink Press)

Is a Married Monogram on your Wedding Checklist?

As you begin to think about invitations, thank you notes, gift registering and wedding decor, don’t forget to take a moment to chose your married monogram.  As with most wedding styles, there are traditional and modern versions.  Options also exist if you choose to keep your maiden name.  Check out the Etiquette School of Ohio’s guidelines to determine your style or Crane’s website for multiple letter last names or other dynamic variations.

Once you have decided on your married monogram, take advantage of the complimentary monograming offered on linens and towels ordered off your Bloomingdales Registry! Or add it into your wedding details such as the cake, bridal bouquet or dance floor lighting!

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And remember never to use your married monogram unti after the wedding!  Things like the save-the-dates and invitations should use a monogram with just your first initial or first name.

Weddings and Sports Themes

In a few days, many of you will be gathering to watch college football bowl games.  It is also a perfect time to get your fiancé involved in wedding planning and brainstorm on how personalize your details with sports!

Think about doing a sports themed grooms cake.

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Or cuff links for the groomsman gifts.

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Or tie a sports theme into your favors or place cards.  I was at a wedding this summer where the groom was really into hockey.  They used pucks as the place cards and they doubled as the favors!



Have fun personalizing your wedding whatever the theme!  Details make your wedding unique and are what people tend to remember about your wedding — besides how happy you two looked!