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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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Real Weddings: Emma & Curt


Emma and Curt kicked off their wedding weekend right: by treating their family and friends to the ultimate wedding rehearsal and dinner at none other than Wrigley Field! Since the majority of their guests were from out of town, the couple really wanted to give their guests a taste of their beloved city. Emma and Curt planned fun city activities including a pizza party, a picnic in Millenium Park and welcome cocktails at Goose Island Brewery in Wrigleyville!  Emma and Curt officially tied the knot during their Jewish ceremony on a gorgeous Sunday at the Art Institute Modern Wing.  That morning, Curt got ready at his parents’ home in Lakeview while Emma, her bridesmaids, and both moms relaxed at the University Club, sipping yummy mimosas while Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry took care of their hair and makeup. Matt from Averyhouse Photography and Zander Nunnelly (video) arrived just before Emma got into her gown to capture a few silly candids. After taking some photos around the University Club, the ladies walked across the street to the Art Institute Gardens, where Emma and Curt shared their First Look. Later that afternoon in the Art Institute Nichols Trustee Suite, Emma, Curt, and their families took part in signing the Ketubah before their ceremony. After their sweet ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails outside in the Pritzker Garden or strolled through the third floor galleries during Cocktail Hour. Guests then made their way upstairs to Terzo Piano for a delectable dinner including watermelon tomato salad, grilled hanger steak, and housemade gnocchi with cherry tomatoes, parmesan reggiano, and tomato basil sauce. Hello Darling created modern, ingenious florals and decor for the bouquets and reception, with arrangements wrapped in birch wood that included artichokes! Stitely Entertainment kept the dance floor jam-packed, starting the reception off with “Uptown Funk”, Curt’s son Micah’s favorite song! My favorite detail? Emma and Curt don’t like cake, so they decided to cut something they both loved: cheese! Their three-tier cake was composed entirely of different types of Brie! And the final Chicago-themed detail? Frango Mint favors!

Congratulations again Mr. & Mrs. Weiss!! We loved every single minute of your special day!








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Real Weddings: Ashley & Greg


Ashley and Greg got married on a beautiful Saturday in May at Galleria Marchetti. Beginning their special day at the the Renaissance Chicago, the ladies got their hair and makeup done by Pin Me Up Chicago while the guys relaxed and the groom surprised his groomsmen and ushers with personalized bottles of liquor, matching purple ties and purple argyle socks! Ashley gifted her lovely bridesmaids with stunning grey pashminas and sparkly earrings. After sharing a sweet First Look at the Riverwalk off Wacker Drive, Ashley and Greg met their bridal party and walked along the waterfront with Gilbert Africa from Abiana Photography for some quick shots before cruising  around the city with Second City Trolley, stopping at Lakeshore East Park, Maggie Daley Pergola, and the classic Kinzie Street Bridge. Ashley and Greg were then married by Ashley’s uncle in front of close family and friends in Galleria Marchetti’s outdoor courtyard, under the ceremony arch decorated with beautiful greenery and florals by The Green Branch . Cocktails were served in the Galleria Room, where guests found their escort cards on mini bottles of Limoncello favors. Once everyone was invited inside the beautiful Pavilion for dinner and dancing, Al Okyne of Okyne Medialab started the party off right by introducing the bridal party to “Feel So Close” and “Shut Up and Dance” before the couple shared their First Dance to the heartfelt tune “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor and John Legend. After the new Mr. and Mrs. cut their Chicago skyline cake from Bittersweet Bakery, guests were served a delicious dinner of tender medallions of beef, parmesan crusted tilapia, and eggplant parmesan. After funny and heartfelt speeches from the Father of the Bride, Best Man and Maid of Honor, Ashley danced with her father and Greg danced with his mother before opening the dance floor. A little later in the night, Ashley and Greg treated their guests to delicious late night food including beef sliders, margarita pizza, prosciutto and mozzarella paninis, sweet potato french fries, cookies, and mini milkshake shooters before all too long, the reception was over and guests headed back to the Renaissance to keep the party going!

Congratulations again, Ashley & Greg!! We were so incredibly honored to be a part of your wedding day!!

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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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Vendor Spotlight: Turning Point Productions

Turning Point Productions began over seven years ago when Frank Grumeretz, a film student from Columbia College, decided to combine his love of great Hollywood films with the traditional wedding videos that he had been shooting as a freelance videographer. He knew that the cheesy wedding videos with dated effects and styles could be something more exciting and personal. They could be something amazing that tells a story, something that the bride and groom would want to watch over and over again. They could be more like a motion picture taking the viewer on an epic journey that has all the laughs and cries, the sweet and funny, and both the awesome and rarely seen moments in life. So that’s what he set out to do.

Today, Turning Point Productions is a collaboration of artists with varying degrees of film backgrounds. The goal is to create a film centered on two very important people and this amazing day they chose to celebrate their love with friends and family. With each film that Turning Point creates, the focus is on that specific bride and groom and what is important to them. There is no cookie cutter approach because they’re are capturing real life and using it to tell an amazing story-your story. Sure, there is a Turning Point style, but what makes the films unique is the bride and groom themselves, their personalities. Then Turning Point adds in the endearing supporting characters, the amazing locations, the well planned details, and the unforgettable musical score to create a truly one of a kind story about two people in love and the incredible day they were married.

Turning Point Productions is based in Bloomingdale, Illinois and films weddings in the city of Chicago and  all throughout the state of Illinois. They are available for international destination weddings and have filmed a few weddings in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. They also travel nationally, having shot weddings in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Georgia, and California to name a few. They understand the stress of planning a wedding and believe your video shouldn’t be a part of that stress. Relaxed and easygoing applies to both their shooting style and their approach to booking their services.


For more information on Turning Point Productions, visit:

Email: info@turningpointcinema.com

Phone: 630.709.3845 Frank Grumeretz

Real Weddings by Elevage Events: Stephanée and Matt – highlight film

We previously shared some photos from Stephanée and Matt’s fabulous winter wedding at the Trump International Hotel and Tower by Peter Wynn Thompson of Thompson Wedding Photography. Today we wanted to share their amazing highlight film by Delack Media Group. Stephanée and Matt’s love for each other at their wedding was absolutely intoxicating. The entire room felt lit up by the love shared between these two beautiful people. Please enjoy and see if you catch the love bug as well!

Click here to enjoy the film: Steph and Matt Wedding Highlight Film

Thanks again to Delack Media Group for sharing their awesome video!



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


Engagement Photos: www.papthequestion.com

Happy Monday, I love this idea! Saw it on the Today show last week and had to write about it.

The company www.papthequestion.com leverages the experience of former paparazzi photographers to capture all the surprise, love and joy that goes into a planned proposal.  The company works with the ‘proposer’ to learn the details of the proposal and in turn knows exactly where to wait (with camera ready) for the excitement to begin.

As the site says, “With cameras snapping we will record the reaction and the “YES”! As you take time to put the ring on their finger we will capture this special moment for you and your partner to look back in years to come and smile.”

“Then, as you walk away smiling and looking at the ring we will take some after shots again all of the this is done without any knowledge of us being there.”

The site offers three main packages (all of which include editing and sending prints and/or DVD of images so you can share the moment with your friends and family).

So…what do you all think??  Pretty awesome, right?

Photography by: www.papthequestion.com