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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


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.

steph dress

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.

steph and matt bridal party

bridal party 1

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

steph and matt room shot 1

steph and matt room shot 2

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

steph and matt dance floor

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!

steph and matt photo

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


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!!


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

Wine Party! Shower or Engagement Party Idea

Part of the fun of a wedding is all of the excitement leading up to the big day! Your friends and family get to be involved in any engagement party or shower you may have, but why not take their involvement even further? Consider having a wedding wine tasting party for an engagement party or shower idea. Invite friends, family, couples, etc. to sample different red and white wines  and even champagne at the party and rank them on a scale or in order of their favorites. Announce the wine winners at the end of the evening and then serve that wine at your wedding! Guests will love having contributed to a decision they can experience again on the wedding day!


Honeymoon Ideas: Disney Hawaii!

If you are like me and have a great love for all things Disney, you will be so excited to know that Disney has brought its magic to one of the most desired honeymoon destinations – Hawaii! As if Hawaii isn’t magical enough on its own – now you have have the best of both worlds – a magical touch of Disney in the ultimate romance destination! This Disney resort, the Aulani,  is one of a kind. According to reviews, the Disney touches are light and classically done, ensuring no one is overwhelmed by the mouse. The resort is absolutely adult friendly and honeymooners will have the pleasure of being treated with the Disney service standards. Located on the western shore of Oʻahu – 17 miles from the Honolulu International Airport, there is plenty to do both at and outside of the resort.

In addition to a full service 18,000 square foot spa, numerous restaurants and bars and a lazy river, the resort features a one of a kind private snorkeling lagoon for those that want to get up close and personal with wildlife without getting into the ocean.

The activities at the resort are plentiful for adults but there are also fun-loving activities you can take place in as well. Think about how romantic it may be to lay out under the stars while watching one of your favorite Disney romance flicks from your childhood?

Check out the pictures of the resort on the Aulani website!









Wedding Accessories: Fun hair pieces!

I love the continued Royal Wedding inspiration for bridal head pieces and birdcages – especially BIG headband or clip in flowers. Check out these accessories from Nordstrom’s. If you live in the city, stop by Nordstrom’s on Michigan Avenue and try them on! If you do decide on a wedding hair piece, make sure to bring it with to your hair trial.


Cara Accessories - Nordstrom


Tasha Accessories - Nordstrom


Cara Accessories - Nordstrom

Love the idea of wearing something big and fun in your hair but it just doesn’t fit into your wedding look? Wear it for your rehearsal!

Wedding Flowers: Fall Calla Lilies

I love all fall flowers but I especially adore fall color calla lilies!  Check out the below for some fall inspiration


Black Calla Lily Bouquet



Black Magic Roses and Red Calla Lilies Photo By: Kevin Weinstein Photography, Chicago

Dark Red Roses and Black Calla Lilies Photo By: Janae Shields, San Francisco, CA


Orange and Black Calla Lily Bouquets Photo by Becky Hill Photography



Photos by (in order)

Just By Flowers.Com 


The Knot.Com by Kevin Weinstein Photography 


The Knot.Com by Janae Shields Photography 

Becky Hill Photography 








Bridal Party Gifts for the Kids

Even though the wedding day is truly all about you and your new hubby – don’t forget to thank those who helped get you there! Make sure to say thank you to everyone in your own way – including your flower girl and ring bearer!

Don’t underestimate how exciting and important a day this is for the young ones in your wedding. If they are old enough to understand they are in the wedding, they are likely incredibly excited!

Here are some gift ideas from one of my all time favorites, Personalization Mall! The best part is most of them can be shipped to you in 1-2 days!

Flower Girl Shirt

Ring Bearer Shirt

Ring Bearer Puzzle

Flower Girl Precious Moments Doll

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Ornaments


Wedding Colors: TEAL

Deep Teal is EVERYWHERE as the color of fall 2011 as seen in all the windows down Michigan Avenue and the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2011.

Deep Teal from Pantone

Deep Teal from Pantone


It evokes feelings of calm and serenity and can be just the right  addition to your wedding color scheme.  You can even use any teal additions to your wedding as your “something blue”!  Try pairing teal with chocolate, taupe or silver.

Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress by Amsale in Ocean

Feeling really adventurous? Try peacock feathers like this cake from TipsyCake!

Peacock Feather Cake by TipsyCake

Wanting to only pop teal at your wedding instead of having it be a focal point? Tie your bouquet with a  teal bow,  have your bridesmaids wear teal jewelry or wear teal heels under your wedding gown.

Gucci - "Lisa"

Photos from top to bottom: Pantone, Amsale, Tipsy Cake, Neiman Marcus 


Wedding Ideas: Vintage Suitcase

Vintage suitcases. Just plain adorable. Use them in your wedding for favors, programs, gift cards, etc.  and then take them home and have them decorate your house!

Photo: Ribbons and Rust

Even if you are not having a vintage themed wedding, a vintage suitcase can set the scene for your upcoming honeymoon, your love of travel, or your love of all things classic.

Photo: Ribbons and Rust


Use one for programs at an outdoor ceremony by propping it open with a stick.


Use it as a guest book! Buy vintage stickers and have your guests sign them all over the suitcase or have them write you best wishes notes on postcards and drop them in.


Photo: ruffledblog.com


Photos: Ruffled Blog, Ribbons and Rust