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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: 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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Bold and Beautiful 2014 Wedding Colors

After a long cold and gray winter, it is so nice to see some color in 2014 weddings! Let’s get HOT HOT HOT! Cayenne, HOT! Cayenne, one of the new pantone colors of 2014, is showing up everywhere in weddings this year.



You can add a nice pop of color by mixing it with some blush and white tones in the centerpieces.

If you are worried about adding too much color for group photos, try mixing and matching your bridesmaids in different shades.   Dessy Collection is a great bridesmaids dress line and offers so many options.







Best wishes 2014 brides!  Let’s get excited for a bold and beautiful wedding season.

Real Weddings by Elevage Events: Stephanée and Matt

Planning a winter wedding?  Let this winter wedding done right spark your creativity. Please enjoy and look out for a follow up on this wedding next week when we share their highlight film by Delack Media Group. Please enjoy today’s feature of fantastic photos by Peter Wynn Thompson of Thompson Wedding Photography.

Stephanée and Matt were married and partied well into the night at the Trump International Hotel and Tower on December 28th, 2012. The hours leading up to the event were casual. The men played poker while enjoying the view.

boys playing poker

The ladies were looking fantastic having had their hair done at Anthony Cristiano Salon at Trump and makeup by the incredible Orlando Barsallo.

steph getting ready

Stephanée wore a to die for fairy tale dress by Christos from Belle Vie Bridal Couture with a matching veil.

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The bridesmaids wore floor length Two Birds dresses from Bella Bridesmaid which are able to be tied to customize for each bridesmaid or bride preference.


Rishi Patel of Heffernan Morgan was the artist behind the classy winter design and décor of the ceremony, reception and after party.

steph and matt ceremony

The bridal party took pictures around the Trump after the ceremony.

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After the intimate ceremony and lively cocktail hour, the guests were invited to dinner in the transformed room by Heffernan Morgan.

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The Gold Coast All Stars had the party rocking all night long on a custom made dance floor by Heffernan Morgan.

Dance Party Steph and Matt

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Steph and Matt after party

The party continued until 2:30am with DJ Akib. It was a truly amazing night and we couldn’t be happier for  Stephanée and Matt! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

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A special thank you to Peter Wynn Thompson of Thompson Wedding Photography for taking these amazing pictures!

Venue: Trump International Hotel Chicago – Brittany Bussell

Coordinator: Elevage Events – Morgan Ripper

Cinematography: Delack Media Group

Photography: Thompson Wedding Photography

Design: Heffernan Morgan Designs

Band: The Gold Coast All Stars

Hair: Anthony Christiano Salon

Makeup: Orlando Barsallo

Minister: Rev. Jim Rehnberg

DJ: DJ Akib

Photo Booth: Must Have Photo Booth

Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Arlen Group

A/V: Swank


New Wedding Salon! Chicago loves dresses

Every time I window shop in Chicago, I find myself passing by and ogling at least one wedding dress salon.  A girl can’t have enough options when it comes to trying on gowns!  Be sure to check out Bella Bianca’s new salon in 2 locations — Chicago and Oakbrook. As a reminder, be sure to book any dress appointments early, especially for those weekend appointments as time slots fill up!

2012 Wedding Fashion: Springtime Rehearsal Wear

Happy almost Spring, 2012 Brides!

Still searching for the perfect rehearsal (dinner) outfit and possibly day after brunch? …Look no further than Kate and Lilly!  Both have recently been packing my inbox with notes about their 2012 ‘white’ collections.  I finally took a look this morning and boy was it worth it…

First from Kate Spade this sassy number with a yellow sash

Or short-sleeve and perfect…

Simple yet stunning…

And don’t forget about Lilly Pulitzer!

Kate Spade even has you covered for your airport attire enroute to your honeymoon destination!

Now get out there and get your shop on!  And let the ladies at Elevage know if you have any perfect white wear we must know about!



Golden Globes Red Carpet Style

Today we are taking a break from wedding gown designers, I wanted to highlight some stunning gowns from Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet. These dresses are right off the runway, and we know that runway styles carry over into bridal lines. Here are some of my favorites of the evening.

1. Angelina Jolie in Versace

A show stopper in this romantic, but fierce gown. The satin material in this dress graces her body, and the pop of red on the lips and top add the WOW factor.

2. Claire Danes in J. Mendel

Black and White with a modern and trendy twist. The detail added to this gown along with the open back was absolutely stunning.






















Picture from Glamour

3. Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli

We saw a lot of pale pink on the carpet, and I think this will be an upcoming color trend for 2012 brides. Kate’s dress could easily be an inspiration for a bridal gown, or a color for bridesmaids dresses.
























Picture from Glamour

4. Salma Hayek in Gucci

We’ve seen a lot of metallic tones in color pallets lately, and Salma Hayek’s dress is just that. I love the structured top, and all the colors work together very well, even with the tiny hint of red, which was another major color on the carpet this year.

Picture from redcarpet-fashionwards

5. Emma Stone in Lanvin

The way this dress flows, I could easily see this style crossing over to the bridal lines. Dark purples have been very hot lately, and this airy dress not only works on the red carpet, but could work down the aisle too.




2012 Wedding Dress Trends

Check out some great dress trends I found on Brides.com for the year ahead.

Invisible Necklines

Sheer elegance. Soft, Romantic and Sexy.










Gown by Monique Lhuillier


Horseshoe Trim

Synthetic fabric used to create more texture and volume.










Gown by Rivini


Blush Tones

A soft twist on traditional.










Gown by Monique Lhuillier


Lace Sleeves

Kate Middleton set the trend at last year’s Royal Wedding with this look. Both classic and traditional, but updated to fit current bridal trends.










Gown by Legends by Romona Keveza



Say Yes to the Dress!

Are you ready to start wedding dress shopping but feeling overwhelmed by all of the gorgeous dress choices?!  Have no fear! Download the Wedding Dress Look Book App from The Knot and start narrowing down your favorites!

This app seriously is the best.  If you are anything like me, I wanted to see ALL dresses.  However, in many salons you are limited to the dresses the consultant brings to your dressing room.  The app allows you to search many different brands at once and you can filter by style, shape, price, personality or wedding style. You can even save a list of your favorite dresses and find which dress salon’s have them in inventory!

Other helpful wedding dress shopping hints:
  • Schedule appointments in advance. Weekend slots fill up fast! Appointments are usually an hour.
  • Bring pictures of the dresses you like with you.
  • Wear a strapless bra.
  • Shop for veils at the same time — it is much easier to pick one out when you have the dress on.
  • Consider shopping by yourself the first few times to get a sense of what dresses you like.  (It is usually easier to try on more dresses during these appointments, too)  After you have formed an opinion yourself, then bring the entourage to weigh in!
  • Some dresses may take 6 – 8 months to order plus a few weeks for fittings. Shop early!

To veil or not to veil…

…that is the question.

To some brides, the veil is the cherry on the top of their wedding “outfit” sundae.  To others, it just makes them feel like a bee keeper.  This is a question that a lot of brides struggle with, I certainly know I did, but in all honesty I didn’t know where this tradition came from or why a veil was significant.  After a bit of investigating, I learned that a veil covering the hair and face is meant to symbolize the purity of the bride on her wedding day (thank you, wikipedia.com).  Over time, it has become an iconic part of a bride’s wedding ensemble, however many modern brides have chosen to forego this tradition and wear something that fits a bit more within their personality. Lets be honest, its not every day you get to wear a fabulous hat in public.

I’ve seen all kinds of fun things over the years from cathedral length stunners to the very trendy Kate Middleton fascinator to sparkly clips tucked in an up-do.  I have some brides who choose to wear nothing in their hair at all.  At the end of the day, its a personal preference, and no matter what you choose it should make you feel fantastic.

Image courtesy of jcrew.com

For the longest time, I looked at birdcage veils and thought this was a look I could get behind – it was a little sassy, still had that fun nod to a traditional wedding veil and I thought it would make me feel more like a bride.

Image courtesy of jcrew.com

After trying on – oh – 100 of them, I realized the birdcage veil just wasn’t me.  I absolutely adore this look on other people, but on me it failed.  Big time.  Back to the drawing board…  I scoured the depths of the internet looking for ideas, poured over photos of other brides, tore through wedding magazines and nothing really spoke to me.  I thought to myself – its fine, I just won’t wear a headpiece, but in the back of my mind I wasn’t completely ready to give up.

This weekend, my mom was in town to search for her dress for the wedding and we ended up in the bridal section at Nordstrom.  The sales team very kindly pulled just about every style of headpiece you can imagine for me to test out.  I learned a very valuable lesson that day: just like picking out your wedding dress – forget looking at images online, GO TRY THINGS ON.  Try on things you think you don’t like, things you love and everything that falls in between because I promise you this  – you’ll find something that surprises you…

…which is exactly what happened to me.  I’m not going to go into too many specifics (because  I’m not 100% convinced that Brian doesn’t read this), but it is something I wouldn’t have tried on and the minute I did, I fell in LOVE.  Its not a veil, but to be honest I didn’t think I’d end up with one anyways.  I can’t wait to try it on with my dress at my fitting next week – and don’t worry, I’ll let you all know how it goes :)