A few days late, but still wishing Megan and Aaron the happiest of anniversaries!!
Sara and Joan
This was an especially good-looking bridal party, and they had a great rapport: the perfect combo for killer portraits 🙂
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!).
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.
It was finally go-time. The bridal party lined up and processed down the aisle for a beautiful and heart-warming ceremony.
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!).
The Fleur aisle arrangements were re-purposed for the dinner tables, and a Meetinghouse lighting change made for a festive atmosphere.
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…
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!!
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.
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!
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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.
No big deal, just walked through Central Park on my way to rehearsal.
They weren’t barring entrance—just had some scaffolding up. Couldn’t resist the pic!
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).
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.
Well, thanks for indulging me on a non-event-related topic. I just had to share this incredible experience with you.
Good morning blog fans! Sorry about the absence. I had hoped to have some fabulous posts ready for you while I was away but, alas, busy season got away from me.
So, I just popped in to bid you all a brief adieu because I’m off to…
🙂 We’ll have so many things to talk about when I get back, including recaps of a few amazing weddings!
Have a great week!
I know Clayton from my days as a 9-5er (seems so long ago, and yet it’s been less than a year!!). He and Paula hired me last summer for their wedding at The Joffrey in February. They had selected their date based on the availability of St. Vincent De Paul. And can you blame them? The church is stunning!
Paula is a Type A personality, like me, which meant that I knew I had nothing to worry about in terms of having all the necessary information for the wedding day. It also meant that she and I were both slightly concerned about her ability to just relax and hand over the reins on wedding day. When I arrived in Paula’s room at TheWit on the morning of her wedding, however, I was greeted by a supremely calm Paula! She was totally relaxed as her sister, Christine, worked on her hair and makeup. Thumbs up!
The guys were hanging out in Clayton’s sister’s room, so they were lucky enough to be joined by one of the three Flower Girls, Clayton’s niece, Bailee. Poor little girl had a cold but did GREAT! She even sat still long enough for her mom and aunt to put curlers in her hair.
Before we knew it, it was time to get everybody dressed and out the door. The gentlemen took off first so they would have time for a short photo session with the photographer, Shane Welch. It was cold out but for February the weather was really cooperating! Plus snow photos look pretty cool.
After the guys headed north in the limo, Paula and her two bridesmaids got dressed. I love the intimacy of a bridal party made up of only family members. The wedding colors were black and white with pops of red. Bouquets from Belmonte’s Florist and brought out the color beautifully–and the texture was great, too.
It all becomes real when you head to the ceremony!
Paula and Clayton’s ceremony was co-officiated by a priest who is a friend of Clayton’s family and Clayton’s father, Randy, who is a Deacon. It made the grand space of St. Vincent’s feel like home and a little less formal.
The Joffrey only recently opened their rehearsal space to private events, and Paula and Clayton had the distinction of being the FIRST wedding in the space! It was gorgeous and a fantastic deal for a downtown wedding with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking State St., and Randolph.
The bridal party was announced into the room by the wonderful Laura from Toast & Jam DJs and then toasts began. Instead of floral centerpieces, Paula and her family created these vases bursting with red glittery poofs. Yea, I was skeptical on hearing the description as well, but in person they were the perfect accent to their chic winter wedding, don’t you think??
There was definitely no shortage of food at this wedding! Five courses of amazing home-style Italian made their way out to guests in seemingly endless quantities. Thanks to Cuzzin’s Catering for including us vendors in the delicious cuisine. After dinner we were treated to traditional Italian pastries by Cuzzin’s and mini cupcakes by More.
The newlyweds kicked off the dancing with some impressive moves from their dance classes, complete with a dip.
After they were done, the room remained abuzz with guests talking, laughing, and dancing until the lights came up!
Paula and Clayton, it was such a pleasure to take part in your wedding day. You deserve all the happiness in the world! Can’t wait to hang out now that we’re neighbors in L-Square!