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elegant chicago wedding at adler planetarium

We’re so close to Spring!  Winter might not last forever, yesterday HAD to be the very last snow…right?!  This morning I wanted to re-live Rachel + Trevor’s summer wedding at Adler Planetarium.  All of those windows and that light!

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After spending the morning getting ready, Brian Kinyon Photography took the bridal party around town for some gorgeous shots that encapsulate this beautiful city.  I love, love, love public transportation in wedding photos (not so much when I have to sit by the smelly guy on a crowded train) but I love the perspective Brian caught through the bus shelter.  And the lakefront is always a stunner.


So many special touches that Rachel and Trevor brought to life to make their day uniquely theirs and classic shades of blues and purples made for an incredibly elegant day.  I think the windows overlooking the lake at Adler Planetarium are reason enough to think about getting married there.  Holy beautiful.

After the vows were said, the rings were exchanged, the cake was cut and the toasts had been made, we did what any good coordinator would do and turned it over to Great Life Music to keep the dance floor packed, and boy did they. A pretty wonderful day for some pretty wonderful people!

*eye candy courtesy of one of the kindest gentleman in the business, Brian Kinyon Photography

Rachel + Trevor’s Vendors
Ceremony: + Reception: Adler Planetarium
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Food for Thought
Band: Great Life Music
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Designs
Photography: Brian Kinyon Photography
Videography: I Do Films
Florist: Kehoe Designs
Make-up: Sonia Roselli
Transportation: Chicago Double Decker & Trolley
Rehearsal Dinner: Scozzi!

ukrainian wedding at north shore country club

Areta + Ryan were married in September at Queen of All Saints Basilica and hosted their family and friends for a rocking reception at North Shore Country Club.  They had the loveliest, most classic and timeless wedding.  And let’s just take a moment to say, “DANG!” what a stunning bride Areta was. Dang.

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Queen of All Saints Basilica is stunning.  Inside and out, it’s breathtaking.  And the aisle is so long which is wonderful.  Every so often, I’ll be going through photos from a wedding and find myself in one. Usually fluffing a train, bossing someone around (nicely!) or sweet talking the little ones down the aisle.  Angela Renee Photography caught me pep talking Areta + Ryan’s adorable flower girl here and I am head over heels in love with this photo.

From the venues to the dresses the flowers and the cake, everything about their wedding was sophisticated, classic and clean.  Areta’s aunt was the emcee and her parents welcomed the couple into the reception with a blessing and the korovai.  Korovai is a traditional Ukrainian wedding bread that symbolizes community. It was super cool to see how intricate it is.  It’s adorned with ornaments of baked dough: two birds to represent the couple, and other ornaments to represent family and friends. In the center of the korovai is the “tree of life,” signifying life, fertility, and the building of a new nest. The entire arrangement is surrounded with a wreath of periwinkle, a symbol of love and purity.

A High Society dance party, heartfelt toasts and bottle of hot sauce for guests to take home rounded out an incredible night.  And in my humble opinion, they are the Tapatio to each others’ Doritos.

*eye candy courtesy of my always Indie Wed neighbor, Angela Renee Photography

Areta + Ryan’s Vendors
Ceremony: Queen of All Saints Basilica
Reception: North Shore Country Club
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: North Shore Country Club
Sweets Table: Angela Renee Photography
Videography: Blu Couture Wedding Films
Band: High Society
Florist: Kathie’s Flowers
Transportation: Second City Trolley
Rehearsal Dinner: Quartino
Make-up: Salon V Chicago
Hair: Nika Vaughan

jolyne + brendan: garfield park conservatory

Jolyne + Brendan were married at Park Community Church in April and celebrated their reception at Garfield Park Conservatory.  This was a particularly fun challenge for me because we planned the entire wedding in 11 weeks.  They knew they were going to get engaged, so they reached out to me and luckily Garfield Park Conservatory had an April Saturday open.  They jumped on it, he officially proposed in Florida while they were on vacation and we were off the the races.

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Thank my lucky stars Jolyne was decisive about her vendors, we made them quickly and put together a great team for the day.

After getting all dressed up, we met at the church and I had the delight of sending all of these beautiful people down the aisle. The little sweeties who brought the rings and tossed the petals were so talkative and excited, the perfect age for ringbear-ing and flower girl-ing!

The Carrs got some great photos in the city before heading over to Garfield Park Conservatory to meet us for the party!

And party we did! Garfield Park Conservatory is SUCH an amazing space to have a reception, you get to be surrounded by the most amazing flora and don’t have to worry about inclement weather of any kind! A wedding planners’ dream.

A lovely couple, with lovely families who got engaged and married in record speed. Now who wants to hire me to plan their wedding in less than 11 weeks? We can do it! Until then, Jolyne and Brendan will be in the AE record books!

*eye candy courtesy of the dynamic duo at The Carrs Photography

Jolyne + Brendan’s Vendors
Ceremony: Park Community Church
Reception: Garfield Park Conservatory
Planning + Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Jewell Catering
Photography: The Carrs Photography
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Forget Me Knodt
Hair: Tsubo Salon
Make-up: Laura Black Makeup
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s

a bicycle built for two. (part two)

Remember these save-the-dates?  Well the invites and place cards have been made, sent and the party has been had for this happy couple!

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The Fay’s celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in upstate New York at the end of July.  Here’s how the rest of the invitation suite turned out.  Mighty fine, I’d say!

And they lived happily ever after!

sarah + michael: the chillest couple of all time

It was early June when Sarah + Michael were married at the Quadrangle Club.  Laura took charge of coordinating their day and we both agree they deserve the “chillest couple of all time” award.  It was nearly unbelievable how relaxed and easygoing they were through the entire planning process and on the day of their most glorious wedding. Take for example the photo below, have you ever seen anything more stunning?  I dare think not.

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So one of my other favorite things in browsing through the photos is Michael’s facial expressions during their ceremony. I just love them and don’t think I’ve ever seen a groom quite capture joy like he did. He is so pumped. And I love that for Sarah.

And more amazingness (it’s a word, I promise) from him post-ceremony as well, married to that beauty, who wouldn’t be that excited?

Such a fun group of family and friends surrounded Sarah + Michael on their special day. Lots of laughter, lots of love. And cake, delicious, gorgeous cake.  Speaking of sweets, isn’t this little one adorable and this picture just perfection?

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An amazing day for an amazing couple.  Thanks for letting us be a part of the first day of your next big adventure!

*eye candy courtesy of Ingrid, the lady behind the lens at Ingrid Bonne Photography

Sarah + Michael’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Quadrangle Club
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering: Quadrangle Club
Photography: Ingrid Bonne Photography
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Flora
Vintage Dishes: Rent Vintage Chicago
Flatware Rentals: Tablescapes
Hair & Make-up: Elizabeth Petro
Bakery: Amy Beck Cake Designs
Officiant: Bruce Falk