Emily + Dan were married in October at one of my favorite hotels in the city: The Blackstone Hotel. There is so much character and jaw-dropping architecture in that one Michigan Avenue building. Doesn’t hurt to have the loveliest bride to casually perch on the sill of a stunning art deco window for a snap either!
Our lovely neighbor Meg over at Pistil & Vine
did an amazing job with the flowers which brought the perfect pop of color to the room. Emily and Dan were married under a chuppah that was fashioned from lace from the wedding dresses and veils of their families, all sewn together to make something new for Emily and Dan and the start of their future.
These guys partied all night long. It’s always so fun for us to watch our couples kick back, after all the “stuff” is done: the toasts, the first dances, the thank you’s the cake cutting. We turn down the lights, turn up the music and let them loose onto the dance floor for the last couple of hours of the night and it’s so fun to see everyone get down. The grandparents, the little guys and the bride and groom, it’s party time and those chandeliers on the ceiling of The Blackstone Hotel
make a beautiful backdrop for dancin’. Many happy days ahead for Emily, Dan and their little puppy dog!
Beth + Eric were married this spring at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago. It was through Beth + Eric that I met these lovebirds and was lucky enough to work at the Blackstone twice this year! Beth and Eric are both super busy lawyers and were planning their wedding from Washington DC. They both envisioned something clean, elegant, classy with maybe just a little hint of preppy. The architecture at the Blackstone is no joke and was the perfect backdrop to their white, navy and pop of pink party. Eric’s sister designed the wedding stationery, Beth’s mom scoured the town for flip-flops, ribbons and containers for months and Eric’s mom baked more cookies that I have ever seen in my entire life for their hospitality suite. It was a constant show of support for this couple and a constant parade of so many handy talents!
I love this first look sequence.
Beth + Eric’s wedding will forever hold a special place in my heart and was the place where my 2012 “memory of the year” happened. I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you this story. It was unseasonably hot in May and once Colby Bessera and the Party Faithful
started playing the dance floor was packed. For hours. After an hour or so, Beth was hot. I told her if her crinoline wasn’t attached, perhaps we could take that off and it would be a lot more comfortable underneath all of that dress. We headed into the bathroom only to be disappointed by the fact that it was not detachable. She was desperate and overheated and said “what else can we do?”
“Well, I could cut it off?”
(I said pretty quietly hoping she wouldn’t think I was completely insane.) She said, “Seriously? You can do that?” (Whew!) She was ecstatic, I was relieved and I snipped that crinoline right off of her wedding dress. Beth was totally realistic about the fact that if she has a daughter one day, she’s probably not going to want to wear it. Even if she does, it’s easy to add a couple layers of crinoline as a removable layer. I was also super happy that some nice guests happened to be in the ladies room with us and snapped this picture. You know, for posterity’s sake.
My brides are the coolest.
*eye candy courtesy of the kind and talented Jen at JWiley Photography (unless obviously instagrammed by me or my friends in the bathroom)
Beth + Eric’s Vendors
Ceremony+ Reception: Blackstone Hotel
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Style: Anticipation Events
Catering: Blackstone Hotel
Cake: Take the Cake
Photography: JWiley Photography
Florist + Lighting: Kehoe Designs
Ceremony + Reception Band: Colby Bessera and the Party Faithful
Hair: Ginger DeMateo
Make-up: Cynde Cosmetics
Guest Hotel: Blackstone Hotel
Rachel + Benno were married in late August at the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago. Some of my sweetest clients to date, they threw a classic and super elegant party in one of the most historic hotels in the city. On the day of their wedding I was chatting with Rachel while she was getting her hair done. I asked if she was doing okay and how the rehearsal dinner had gone the night before and then asked how Benno was doing and if she had heard from him that morning. She told me that Benno said, “Rachel, Elizabeth is seriously my second favorite woman in the world, right after you.” Love that. Love when a groom sees the value in a planner and of course what a sweetheart he is to his bride. (Then Rachel told him I was her favorite, woop!)