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glamorous millennium knickerbocker hotel wedding

Aileen + Ed’s fall wedding at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel was everything a glamorous Chicago wedding should be. It was full of beautiful details, heartfelt moments, and some serious laughs. We absolutely adore Aileen + Ed, who have since started their own photography business and are taking the wedding industry by storm! These two are unstoppable.

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Aileen + Ed are high school sweethearts, so this day was a long time in the making. You can tell Aileen put a lot of thought into everything, right down to those unbelievable shoes.

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After some fun first look photos at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Aileen + Ed headed out to capture their day at some of Chicago’s most iconic locations. A little rain didn’t stop this pair – they just added some adorable Burberry umbrellas and kept the party going!

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Glam doesn’t even begin to describe their venue – wow. Any decor you add to this space can seem minuscule in comparison, but Aileen + Ed did it right with a stunning backdrop, sky-high florals, opulent candelabras, and even a light-up dance floor!

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If you haven’t had enough of this amazing wedding, check out their super sweet wedding video or their feature on The Black Tie Bride!

* eye candy courtesy of Heather DeCamp Photography

Aileen + Ed’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
Ceremony Musicians: String Theory
Planning/Coordination: Anticipation Events
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Videographer: XO Pictures
Florist + Lighting: Cathy + Steve Borden
Bakery: Alliance Bakery
DJ: Style Matters
Transportation: Chicago Trolley + Double-Decker Company
Rehearsal Dinner: Carnivale
Rehearsal Dinner Decor: Hello Darling
Hair & Make-up: Sonia Roselli Make-up Studio + Alyson Dziemiela
Hotel: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth

 

 

downtown chicago riverfront wedding

Tanya + Sarah got married at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront and it was spectacular. These two were so funny and fun to be around, there were a few times I had to remind myself I was at work!

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They got all dolled up at the hotel and were close byso many great downtown Chicago photo ops. Michael Novo Photography killed it with the photos, so many for me to choose from, I don’t know how in the heck Tanya + Sarah choose their favorites.  One of my favorite florists in town (you can see why looking at those bouquets) Asrai Garden put them in touch with us and I was so happy when they said they had met with a bunch of different planners and didn’t “feel it” until they found us!

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Sarah manages bands and her great friend Aaron Wilhoft sang them down the aisle. I’m not impressed easily but I kind of wanted to be a creeper and ask if he would sing at all of my weddings…I could make you a star, Aaron!  With a few happy tears, some glorious sunshine streaming through the windows, and a Russian blessing from Tanya’s parents, Tanya and Sarah made it official with Anita Weds and all of their friends and family looking on.

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Oh my god, did these guys know how to party. They drank and danced and toasted and spun vendors around the dance floor all night long. Such a fun-loving couple and a wedding that was a dang joy to be apart of. Check out their wedding featured on Equal & Forever, aptly titled “The Princess and the Rockstar!” So perfect, I love it (and them.)

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* eye candy courtesy of Michael Novo Photography

Tanya + Sarah’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
Caterer: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Ceremony Musician: Aaron Wilhoft
Officiant: Anita Weds
Florist: Asrai Garden
Bakery: Alliance Bakery
Photographer: Michael Novo Photography
Videographer: Media Mix Entertainment
DJ + Lighting: Media Mix Entertainment
Rehearsal Dinner: Sweetwater Tavern + Grille
Make-up: Traci Fine, Fine Makeup Art
Hair: Blushing Brides Hair Design
Hotel: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
Rentals: M&M Special Events 

 

downtown chicago wedding at hotel monaco

Candice and Bill were married in June 2014 at Hotel Monaco.  The funniest thing happened at our final walk through, Bill looks at me and says: “I just have one more question: what happened when the hatch to the roof got thrown off of the apartment?” I had NO IDEA what he was talking about. It turns out that he was my landlord at my first apartment in Chicago and my jerk roommates broke a piece off of the roof (and then threw it off?!) He said I handled it well, and it’s a good reminder that this big city is really kind of small. And also that someday you might be planning your landlords wedding so you shouldn’t throw pieces of an apartment that doesn’t technically belong to you off your three-flat. He let us coordinate anyway and Laura killed it!wedding event planner

Hotel Monaco was amazing to work with and Candice and Bill were so fun. Candice was super easy to work with and incredibly organized, which always makes our job so much easier!

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They even brought their pot-belled pig Rosie to cocktail hour for a little while.  If you’ve never oogled over a little pig in a cocktail dress, you really should try it sometime. She is adorable and Candice and Bill are crazy in love with her (and each other!)

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They chose a bold yet classic color palette, they incorporated the things are are so very special to them, and then with a little help from their amazing band 16 Candles, they danced the night away! Truly the recipe for a great party and an amazing life together!

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Let’s hang out downtown again this summer yeah? Congrats to Candice + Bill on an amazing party and best wishes for a very happy life together (with Rosie!)

*eye candy courtesy of Cage and Aquarium

Candice and Bill’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Hotel Monaco
Catering: Hotel Monaco
Ceremony Musicians: Jennifer Ruggieri
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Band: 16 Candles
Cake: Alliance Bakery
Photography: Cage and Aquarium
Hotel: Hotel Monaco + Sheraton
Florist: Pistil and Vine
Make-up/Hair: Morgan Brown (Bridesmaid)
Rehearsal Dinner: Morton’s Steakhouse
Post-Wedding Brunch: McCormick & Schmick’s
Cocktail Hour Musician: Jennifer Ruggieri
Officiant: Anita Destino

michigan avenue wedding at the blackstone hotel

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!wedding planners chicago

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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.

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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!

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Emily + Dan’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: The Blackstone Hotel
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Band: Charizma Entertainment 
Cake: Cake Chicago
Photography: George Street Photo
Florist: Pistil & Vine
Make-up: Sonia Roselli
Hair: Sonia Roselli
Rehearsal Dinner: Portillo’s

intimate, dinner party wedding at public chicago

Eric + Mike were married at Public Chicago in Chicago in October.  Full disclosure: Eric and Mike live in Omaha and own an amazing hair salon there.  Eric has been my hair stylist since I was 15 years old.  He loves to tell the story of me running into the salon after a soccer game with a towel twisting up my still wet hair an hour before the Homecoming dance.  So obviously this man can work miracles.  Which obviously this means I love him.

When they told me they were getting married in Chicago I insisted I would coordinate, mostly because I wanted to attend.  I regret nothing.  They flew 20 of their closest family and friends to Chicago and spent the weekend enjoying their company before getting hitched on Sunday.  It was an exquisite event to say the least.  Take a peek. chicago wedding blog

 My buddy!  I love how Pen/Carlson snapped this photo of me seeing Eric for the first time.  It was both odd and so amazing to see him outside of the salon.  Now if I can just convince them to hurry up and move to Chicago (at least part-time!?)

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Eric’s vows made Mike cry and Eric was so proud of himself.  Love it!  Since they had just 20 guests at the wedding, they threw a dinner party to end all dinner parties.  Seriously.  It was at least six courses and the Dom was flowing nonstop.  Everyone sat at one amazing table and after dinner they enjoyed the terrace, more drinks and a second helping of dessert.  There’s something to be said for a small and intimate wedding, and this one was quite lovely.

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*all photos courtesy of the kind and talented Kiri & Brett of Pen/Carlson

Eric + Mike’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception: Public Chicago
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Catering + Dessert Table: Public Chicago
Photography:
Pen/Carlson
Florist: Botanicals Chicago
Officiant: Chicago Wedding Judge