We loved getting to know Devin and James and their families throughout the wedding planning process. We’re honored to have been able to take part in such a momentous occasion! We started working with the happy couple at the beginning of this year, and loved every bit of their vision for an elegant, beautiful, and FUN event!
The day started early for the ladies at Devin’s suite at Hotel Chicago downtown. They each received hair and makeup services from Frances and Sophia at Belle Row. Peter Wynn Thompson Photography did a great job capturing all the special moments of the day. Don’t you just love Devin’s dress from Dmitra’s?!
The guys had a slightly less-scheduled morning which consisted of basketball and brunch! After everyone had finished getting ready, it was time for the first look.
Signature Transportation transported everyone to take pictures around the city.
While the bridal party was taking photos, the Five Grain team headed to Union League Club to ensure that setup was going smoothly. The space looked incredible with the Union League Club’s dramatic architecture combined with the flawless florals, warm candle glow, and romantic draping crafted by Natural Beauties. Studio M Creations created lovely signage and paper products to round out the look.
After photos, the wedding party headed straight to the Union League Club for the ceremony. The Stitely Duo played an eclectic mix of instrumental pop songs as guests arrived. Reverend Dennis Condon did a marvelous job officiating the brief, but heartfelt 30 minute ceremony. After the ceremony, guests headed upstairs to enjoy bites and libations for cocktail hour.
During cocktail hour, our Five Grain team was overseeing the finishing touches on the reception space with the Union League and Natural Beauties teams. We’d like to extend a giant thank you to Hall’s and BBJ for providing the rentals for the day. The room was absolutely stunning!
After cocktail hour, everyone headed to the Main Dining Room at the Union League Club. The Father of the Bride, Paul, began the ceremony festivities with a touching toast congratulating the newly married couple and welcoming friends and family from their diverse points of origin. There were several more toasts before Stitely Entertainment opened up the dance floor for all to boogie all night long. ShutterBooth was also there to capture candid moments with their interactive photobooth–the photos turned out great!
What a party! Thanks for including us, Devin and James–we wish you many more celebratory moments and a lifetime of happiness.
What a joy it was to work with Katherine and Jude on their beautiful summer wedding at Venue One North Shore! Katherine is a previous client‘s sister, and when we learned that we would be working with Katherine’s family once more, we could not have been more thrilled!
The wedding party headed to Courtyard Marriott in Deerfield on a warm and sunny morning to get dolled up by the talented Theodora Bourikas and Flawless Beauty. Becky Brown and Smiling Toad Production were there to capture every lovely detail.
After bridesmaids donned their vibrant blue dresses, the ladies waited anxiously to see Katherine in her wedding gown.
With everyone looking their absolute best, Katherine and her bridesmaids headed to meet Jude and his groomsmen. After an emotional first look, our friends at Signature Transportation whisked the wedding party away as they headed to some truly stunning outdoor locations for group photos.
While photos were underway, Steve’s Flower Market worked their magic to transform Venue One into a lavish wonderland for Katherine and Jude’s nuptials. The string lights and lush florals added to the romantic yet whimsical ambiance.
Rev. Alan Taylor, who also officiated Katherine’s sister’s wedding, conducted a beautiful, intimate ceremony among family and friends. Once Jude kissed the bride, everyone was welcomed to enjoy delicious bites and drinks during cocktail hour.
The evening was filled with touching speeches from friends and family, and Toast & Jam kept the dance party going all night! Guests took a break from the dance floor to enjoy a slice of wedding cake from Three Tarts Bakery then headed to the photo booth, provided by ShutterBooth, to capture memories from the evening.
We just love this video trailer of their big day by Smiling Toad!
We could’t have asked for a better experience working with such a kind and loving couple supported by their wonderful families. It was truly a night to remember! Wishing you both the best and many years of marital bliss :).
The day was June 24, 2017 and it was the picture perfect Chicago wedding day that every bride dreams of. The ladies were up bright and early getting ready at Glowout Salon and everyone was all smiles as the sun rose without a cloud in the sky.
Caitlin Lisa of Caitlin Lisa Photography was there to capture the day’s festivities from the start. After the beautifying was complete, everyone gathered back at the Crowne Plaza Metro Chicago. The girls looked flawless in their floral floor length dresses as they helped Kara into her fairytale bridal gown and classic Kate Spade heels.
The men were looking sharp as well in their navy suits. There was no denying it was going to be a beautiful day.
Before we knew it everyone was headed off to St. Alphonsus to get the ceremony underway. Being from Lakeview themselves truly made this ceremony special in so many ways for Kara and Mark. All eyes were on the bride as everyone, including Mark, saw her for the first time walking down the aisle. The ceremony went off without a hitch and before you knew it Kara and Mark were leaving as Mr. and Mrs.
Chicago Premier Trolley took the bridal party around the city for photos. They made stops in Lincoln Park and along the Chicago River, capturing the glowing couple on a perfect Chicago summer day.
Following cocktails guests made their way into the concert hall for dinner and dancing. The room was decorated beautifully by Fleur with ivory hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller and brilliant star spray roses. Their gorgeous cake was also draped with the same lush floral.
The speeches and toasts were thoughtful, funny, and heartfelt; they filled the room with laughs, tears and lots of love.
Shortly after dinner the dance floor was filled which continued well into the night. We couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful way to celebrate this lovely couple. We wish Kara and Mark all the very best!
There were so many wonderful elements of Sarah and Andrew’s wedding that made being their coordinator such a pleasure — killer venue, awesome photographer, great music, delicious food — but my favorite was probably just how incredibly kind the couple and their families were to work with. We had so much fun getting all the details together!
The weekend kicked off on Friday with a fabulous rehearsal dinner at Manny’s Deli. Instead of a traditional receiving line, the couple served food to their guests as a way to say hello to all their favorite people!
Wedding day morning began at The Alise hotel downtown with a (surprisingly large!) Parade of Nations Lions Club parade going down State Street. The parade added a bit of a logistical puzzle piece for getting into the iconic hotel at State and Washington, but it was fun to watch from Sarah’s window as she and her bridesmaids were getting dolled up. Each detail of the day was accounted for, including the beautiful ring that had been gifted to Sarah by Andrew’s mother as her “something blue”.
Emily Elizabeth and Kelly Bush made sure the ladies looked radiant, and before we knew it, it was time for Sarah to go meet Andrew for the first look!
Photographer Ryan Moore wanted to highlight the structural details of the Alise Hotel, and take advantage of the marble staircase that led to the main floor. Sarah and Andrew were both palpably excited to see each other, and absolutely felt more at ease once they were reunited to enjoy the rest of their wedding day together.
While Ryan took Sarah and Andrew to a few locations around Chicago for portraits, we scurried over to the Chicago Cultural Center to make sure the preparations for the ceremony and reception were well underway.
While guests began to arrive, Sarah and Andrew camped out in the Claudia Cassidy Theater to revel in the quiet before their big day officially kicked off. We were so glad Ryan was able to capture this sweet kiss! After thinking of every detail along the way (including offering valet parking services for their guests, courtesy of VIP Valet), it was nice for Sarah and Andrew to have some time to just relax!
Sarah and Andrew’s ceremony incorporated traditions from both their backgrounds — Jewish and Filipino — and was officiated by a dear friend of Sarah’s. Elegant Event Lighting provided the decor for the ceremony, with a beautifully draped Chuppah and aisle runner.
As a complete surprise to the groom (and most of the guests), Sarah enlisted our help to add a gospel choir to perform the recessional song and lead the wedding guests into cocktail hour. As luck would have it, Kevin from Chicago Catz was also a member of a gospel choir, and was able to secure the singers without a hitch! It was an amazing success, and completely blew Andrew away.
Cocktail hour took place in the GAR Hall Rotunda, and guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Food for Thought while still relishing the sounds of the gospel choir. The beautiful arrangements that adorned the tables were by Treeline Farms in Michigan. The escort cards were created by Studio M. Creations, who also designed all the directional signage to lead guests from the Cultural Center entrance to the ceremony and reception. The bride’s sister had lovingly created the ceremony programs, bar menus.
As cocktail hour drew to an end, the bride and groom cheerfully led their guests to the reception in Preston Bradley Hall under the gorgeous Tiffany dome. Each guest was greeted at their seat with a “thank you” card letting them know of the donations the couple had made to causes close to their hearts: The National Park Foundation and Doctors Without Borders. The Chicago Catz were playing lively dinner music to set the mood and once everyone was seated, the father of the bride gave a welcome toast.
Laughter and tears filled the room when it came time for speeches by the bride and groom’s sisters.
Before we knew it, it was time for Andrew and Sarah’s first dance!
Watching the bride and groom get whisked off the floor high above the shoulders of their guests will always thrill (and slightly terrify) us — luckily, we make sure to have lightweight, sturdy chairs (with arms!) nearby for the hora.
The Chicago Catz made sure guests were up and on their feet for the remainder of the night.
Sarah and Andrew, we absolutely adored working with you both — and wish you many years of love and happiness together!