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Real Weddings: Marina & Ken

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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

 

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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: Claire & John

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Claire and John tied the knot at Greenhouse Loft on her grandpa’s favorite holiday: July 4th! On the same weekend the Grateful Dead rocked the city of Chicago, Claire and John celebrated their wedding, and even got to see fireworks! The morning of the wedding, Claire and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done at her parent’s condo, courtesy of Magnificent Bride Chicago and Makeup By Jaycie. Claire and John shared their First Look at the LaSalle Street Bank where they first met with Christy and James Tyler, the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Christy Tyler Photography, before an Ideal Charter bus brought the rest of the bridal party to meet them. Claire, John, and their bridal party ventured around Chicago, where they stopped at the Board of Trade and Kinzie Street Bridge for some fun photos. At Greenhouse Loft, Fab Flora placed beautiful blooms all around the naturally lit space, while the Artistrings string quartet prepared for the indoor ceremony. Surrounded by family and friends, Claire and John were married by Judge Tom Hogan in a sweet and heartfelt ceremony before enjoying the gorgeous weather in the outdoor courtyard. Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers from Hearty Boys Catering and sipped on Claire and John’s signature drinks, the South Side and Whiskey Buck. In lieu of a traditional guest book, Claire and John asked guests to sign vintage records they would hang in their home. For dinner, Hearty Boys served a DELICIOUS buffet for dinner, complete with buttermilk lavender fried chicken, Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Jail Island Salmon, and Sliced Mustard and Chili Grilled Flank Steak, to start! Alli Klein from Toast & Jam got the party started with classic dance jams while the Fotio photobooth was a huge hit for guests, especially with the American flag backdrop! After dancing the night away, the new Mr. and Mrs. headed back downtown with their guests to the Hyatt Place Chicago River North.

Congratulations Claire and John! We had a BLAST working with you on your wedding day and wish you all the best!

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Real Weddings: Cayla & Sean

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Cayla and Sean tied the knot Memorial Day weekend at the illustrious and charming Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park! On their big day, Sean and his groomsmen relaxed at their apartment while Cayla, her bridesmaids, and the moms got their hair and makeup done by Diem Angie Nguyen and her team at the Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile. After the ladies rode in style over to Cafe Brauer with M&M Limousine, they ventured out into Lincoln Park to take some fun shots with Chris from studioCRAFT Design, who took AMAZING photos of the gorgeous day! Kloeckner Preferred Flowers brought Cayla’s stunning color palette to life, with blue, blush, and ivory blooms in the girls’ bouquets and centerpieces. When it finally came time for the ceremony, Cayla walked down the aisle with her father to beautiful music from TVK Orchestra. The wonderful Father Jef Johnson officiated their sweet ceremony, and after Cayla and Sean officially became Mr. and Mrs., Jewell Events Catering served delicious cocktails and appetizers for Cocktail Hour, complete with a fun photobooth from Magbooth out on the North Loggia. After a delicious dinner of grilled marinated whitefish or panko crusted chicken, Cayla surprised her hubby with a Detroit Lions groom’s cake, since the groom is originally from Detroit. DJ Risky Bizness kept everyone out on the dance floor all night with classic ’90s hip hop jams. Before sending their guests off, Cayla and Sean treated everyone to a Chicago classic: Garrett’s Popcorn! Congratulations Cayla and Sean!! We are beyond happy for you and can’t wait to see what married life has in store for you!

 

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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: 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: Jessica and Brett

Happy February and Happy Valentine’s Day Chicago Brides! Today we want to highlight a wedding from May 2012 – we hope you are inspired!

Jessica and Brett were married May 26, 2012 at Assumption Catholic Church with a crazy fun yet elegant reception at Fulton’s on the River.

The day started off early with the ladies at Hotel Sax – where Eric from Allori Photography took some amazing photos!

When Jessica’s father walked her down the aisle the sun shone through and sparkled throughout Assumption Catholic Church.

The bridesmaids looked fantastic in navy blue dresses by Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid.

As an event planner herself, Jessica knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding design and Beth from Larkspur captured Jessica and Brett’s vision of their reception at Fulton’s on the River perfectly. The room literally had a glow and felt warm, elegant and classic.

The Gold Coast All Stars kept the guests rocking all night long and little touches by Jessica and Brett such as a cigar station made it a night not to be forgotten!

Cheers to you Jessica and Brett! Thanks for letting us be a part of your big day – it was truly our pleasure!

And a big thank you to Eric of Allori Photography for taking such amazing pictures!!

CREDITS

Elevage Events – Morgan: 630-461-6256

Allori Photography – Eric: 312-379-9180

Fulton’s on the River: 312-527-1417

Larkspur – Beth: 773-489-2898

The Gold Coast All Stars – Danny Chaimson: 312-898-4073

Beauty on Call – makeup: 312-335-5350

Maud Jannin of Free Nation of Beautiy- hair: 312-944-3662

Last Minute Gift Ideas

So if you are realizing Christmas is this week, fear not. I have listed some gift ideas and your recipient never has to know you waited until last minute to buy them.

 

Who wouldn’t want to cozy up in these for the winter? Check out UGG slippers.

Skinnygirl Cocktails– You can never go wrong with booze, and this cuts the calories-double win!

Sprinkles cupcakes have the best Holiday Cupcakes you can pick up in the store or order online. Check them out. Always a crowd pleaser, very delicious!

 

Philosophy has a great collection of holiday gift sets. Check it out at Sephora!

Happy Holidays!!

Late Night Snacks

Late night snacks have become a huge trend for weddings. The Slide Ride is a food truck which serves gourmet mini sliders. While at the Wish Upon A Wedding Gala held at the Millennium Hotel Knickerbocker Chicago,  I was able to sample a delicious Brie Burger, see picture of truck below. What a fun thing to bring to your wedding for your guests to enjoy. Check out more information at theslideride.com.

Wedding Cocktail Hour: Specialty Drinks

Every bride wants people to have a rocking good time at their wedding. You want your guests to have a blast, enjoy a few libations (responsibly, of course!), eat some amazing food and

An apple wheel would be an adorable garnish for this fall favorite.

leave talking about how much fun they had for the next month. For the bride executing their party on a budget, reality may unfortunately set in when you receive your bar proposal – you want people to have fun, but not that much fun.

Don’t sweat it.  A wine and beer-only bar will cover the needs of the majority of your guests, and allows you to have some fun with a specialty cocktail in the color (or theme) of your event at a much lower price point than a full bar. Consider offering your guests red and white wine,  2 different types of beer – I would suggest a regular and a lite option – and something with some personality.

For fall brides, I think something warm with some spice can be a really nice surprise. Spiced Apple Cider with Captain Morgan in little mugs as guests arrive is down-right irresistible. You could even pair this with an apple cider doughnut on the side as a nod to the apple orchards we’re all flocking to at this time of year as an after-dinner treat.

Perhaps you consider a cocktail with meaning – for example, where I went to college, Sangria served in a mason jar with fruit bits soaking up all the deliciousness was a staple on brisk football Saturdays. It brings back all kinds of fun memories for me and my friends, and would be a great item to have on the bar at any of our events.

Spicy sangria is made festive in a mason jar.

Love champagne? How about a Kir Royale – A simple low-cost prosecco or sparkling wine in a champagne flute with just a touch of Chambord and a floating raspberry would add a little sparkle to your day. Nothing says its time to party like a little a little bubbly!

Talk with your caterer about fun ideas of how to work a specialty cocktail into your wedding’s overall look and feel as a cost-effective answer to your bar worries. Don’t forget to have fun with it – these fun touches are what makes your day memorable

Cheers!

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