West Loop Wedding Photo Locations

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This was an especially good-looking bridal party, and they had a great rapport:  the perfect combo for killer portraits 🙂

Kinzie Bridge Photos

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Before long it was time to head to Galleria Marchetti for the ceremony.  Fleur really outdid themselves, and GM has made some great upgrades (including ceiling draping) since I had my wedding there.  The backdrop at the end of the aisle and the string lights were expertly installed by The Meetinghouse. I don’t think the Pavillion has ever looked better!  As guests arrived, friends and family added leaves to an painting of a tree which Emily and Tom used as a guest book (an etsy purchase I believe!).

Indoor Ceremony Galleria Marchetti

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Galleria Marchetti Indoor Ceremony

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Guestbook Unique

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Female guests were each handed a pashmina scarf as they entered the room and were greeted by the sweet sounds of Amber, their singer and guitarist.

Pashmina Wedding Favors

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It was finally go-time.  The bridal party lined up and processed down the aisle for a beautiful and heart-warming ceremony.

Spring Wedding Galleria Marchetti

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Galleria Marchetti Spring Wedding

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After the ceremony ended, it was time to party, and the wedding guests were eager to start!  Cocktailing began in the Galleria Room while the Marchetti staff flipped the Pavillion in record time.  More of Emily and Tom’s amazing details appeared:  mad-libs for the guests to give advice to the couple (designed, along with the invitations and all other paper products, by Emily’s bridesmaid Stephanie!), chalkboard seating charts made of old barn windows, and reclaimed barn-wood bar menus (p.s. the bride is selling some of those handmade items, so comment if you’re interested in purchasing them!).

Wedding Mad Libs

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Signature Drink

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Wedding Seating Charts

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The Fleur aisle arrangements were re-purposed for the dinner tables, and a Meetinghouse lighting change made for a festive atmosphere.

Rustic Table Decor

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Kings Table

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Dinner flew by marked by speeches brimming with kind words and maybe a tear or two.  But I think one of my favorite moments of the whole evening was seeing Emily dance with her dad.  You could just imagine the little girl dancing on her dad’s toes…

Galleria Marchetti Wedding

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Wedding Galleria Marchetti

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Chicago Wedding Dance

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In a final grand gesture of wedding-awesomeness, Emily and Tom provided their guests with not only the decadent More Cupcakes, but also a fully color-coordinated candy bar and…wait for it…a HOT DOG CART!!

More Cupcakes

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Candy Bar

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Late Night Snacks

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The rest of the evening was filled with dancing, merriment, and a whole lotta love.  Thanks to DJUj for the great MC-ing and fun music throughout the night.

Wedding Pavillion Chicago

Galleria Marchetti Tent

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Emily and Tom, I feel so lucky to have played a part in your magnificent wedding.  You were a joy to work with, and I wish you many, many years of martial bliss.  Congratulations!

LaSalle Street Photos

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My Other Gig

How many people do you know who are actually working in the field they majored in during college? Of my closest friends I would say the rate is 50% or less—off the top of my head I can think of a Sociology Major (working in insurance), a Business Major (working in health care), and a Computer Sciences Major (working in marketing).

I actually have a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Even though my music degree doesn’t pay the bills, so to speak, I actually DO utilize my degree on a regular basis.

 

 

I sing with both a neighborhood choir (the Wicker Park Choral Singers) and the Chicago Symphony Chorus (CSC)—the chorus associated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—and feel really lucky to get to use my instrument so often.

In April, the Grammy-award winning chorus (yes, we won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance, no each chorus-member doesn’t get our own statuette) traveled to NYC to sing at Carnegie Hall. It was an AMAZING experience, and I wanted to share a few pics from the trip here.

I got to stay with one of my best friends while I was there. She has a great apartment on the Upper West Side.

 

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No big deal, just walked through Central Park on my way to rehearsal.

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They weren’t barring entrance—just had some scaffolding up. Couldn’t resist the pic!

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How many people get a chance to have this view of Carnegie Hall?? We rehearsed both Friday and Saturday afternoon before performing Verdi’s Otello and Berlioz’s Lelio (a companion piece to Symphonie Fantastique).

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We’re ready to go on stage!

 

Here we are performing Othello on Friday night. I am the 7th person in from the left—third row.

The Lelio on Saturday was really interesting…it was a performance piece and we sang much of it in the dark, reading our music from individual lights on our folders. Gerard Depardieu was the narrator.

I was lucky enough to have my own private cheering section at the second performance. My parents, husband, and in-laws all flew out from Chicago. My brother and his girlfriend who live in New Jersey, my aunt from Long Island, and my good friend Lauren and her boyfriend also came to see my debut! After the concert we went to Little Italy for an UNBELIEVABLY decadent and delicious family-style meal.

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Yum!

Well, thanks for indulging me on a non-event-related topic. I just had to share this incredible experience with you.