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traci + luke make it happen.

Traci and Luke were married at Old St. Pat’s in March.  Their reception was held at The Tasting Room and what a party they had!  Check out some eye candy from the day and of the handsome newlyweds!










mr. mustachio arrives.

Meet Mr. Mustachio:

Remember Amy of previous blogger fame?  Well, she had another baby and this time it was a boy! Anthony Thomas came to greet this great big world in March and I got to help plan a surprise baby shower for the little man.  The “sprinkle” (as I found out mini-showers are called in the mommy world) was mustache-themed and once we found out he was a little boy we sent out invites to get everyone excited:


I used wrap-around teal blue labels for the addresses and cut mustaches out of felt to adorn the top.  The sprinkle was held at a local Mexican restaurant so I chose a font to complement the venue.

I used a vellum envelope so when guests received them they looked fairly inconspicuous from the outside but once you opened them—-mustaches abound on the envelope liner!  I believe in setting the mood.


Wax mustaches anchored white balloons that I adhered felt mustaches to.  Why not? 
“It’s a boy!” balloons coupled with our Mr. Mustachio balloons were a perfect centerpiece for a restaurant “sprinkle”–quick, easy and good bang for your buck.


Our faithful friends all dressed up for the party, greeted our guests. 

Mustache place cards and individual mustaches that guests wore when yelling SURPRISE! were set at each place setting.


 Mini-staches were cut front felt and attached to straws for margarita sipping…


More ‘staches topped delicious cupcakes for dessert..

And did you actually think I could resist a favor?  Especially one as perfect as a popcorn ball adorned with a ‘stache?  After all, she did pop.

kate + mark’s big day!

Kate and Mark were married at St. Linus Church in June 2010. Kate was a super organized bride, she knew what she wanted and did all of the planning herself. She hired me to run the rehearsal for her (this is something I have found that almost everyone dreads) and then coordinate the ceremony and a cocktail party that Kate’s parents hosted in between the ceremony and reception. DiNolfo’s took care of the rest!

It was so fun to be at Kate’s parents’ house with them in the morning while Kate was getting ready:

She was so calm and collected: Dad needed a little help finding his socks and Kate was to the rescue!

This is Mark. This is how guys get ready for their wedding day. I am jealous. I actually met Mark last year at another wedding I was coordinating. Mark owns Trailing Edge Media and really saved the day when there was a big ol’ technological glitch at that wedding. He must of thought I wasn’t so bad myself–I was so happy to get an email from Kate a few weeks later about their own wedding!

Since they were both all dolled up and ready to go, we headed over to St. Linus in Oak Lawn. Kate had all the details ready to go:

It was one of the hottest, stickiest days of the year. Right about when Kate and Mark were saying I do, a monsoon started. Literally. A crack of lighting made the lights in the church flicker on and off and winds were throwing patio furniture around Kate’s parents’ backyard. But Kate and Mark just carried on.

I’m always amazed at photographers ability to catch these great expressions:

Congrats to the beautiful couple and thanks for letting me take part in your amazing day!

*Glossy photos courtesy of Danielle Aquiline Photography

Kate + Mark’s Vendors:
Ceremony: St. Linus Catholic Church
Reception, Catering: DiNolfo’s Banquets
Cake: Naples Bakery
Photography: Danielle Aquiline Photography
Videography: JJ with Orange Video Productions
Florist: ZuZu’s Petals
DJ: Spencer with Style Matters
Ceremony music: Panache Entertainment
Makeup artist: Maggie & Sonia with Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio
Hair: Holly Kasprisin & Erica Anderson
Transportation: Chicago Trolley
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events