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Tuesday’s Tip: It’s Your Wedding, Put Your Stamp on It!
October 16, 2012

I see so many weddings a year and every wedding seems to always have the same if not similar elements at each one.  There is always some sort of ceremony (which that is what makes it a wedding and not just a party!), some sort of cocktail reception or at least cocktails, a dinner of some sorts whether it is served on a plate, a station, or a tray, and dessert because everyone loves dessert!

A couple who’s wedding I recently did, completely made their wedding their own.  They were considered by some, non-traditional, however, they were married in a church and took what is normally known for a traditional venue, Cafe Brauer, and turned it into a fun cocktail party with heavy food stations catered by Entertaining Company.  We had candles suspended from the ceiling by Frost Lighting, while Kloeckner’s Florists turned some staple pieces to give the room some WOW!  The Bradley Young Orchestra kept the bride, groom, and all dancing on the dance floor.

We took a traditional space and turned it into a fun cocktail style area where guests wandered throughout the space, had cocktails, danced, and had fun!  We “sprinkled” wedding items in through the night, like a cake cutting, Father of the Bride toast, first dance, and so on!  It was truly magical. Having a fun time was the goal and no matter where they were going to be, they want to make sure that was going to be the case.  Here’s a sneak peak at what we did!

The room was glowing and the bride & groom & family were singing with the band, on stage at the end of the night.  This was truly a FUN celebration!

Wedding Recap @ A New Leaf
October 4, 2012

One of my favorite wedding venues in Chicago is A New Leaf.  Those longing for a wedding there in 2013, keep watching.  We have our fingers crossed they they will start booking soon!

This wedding just happened to be one that we did there this year.  It was so great to work with Briana there, along with Rachel from J and L Catering, reception music by Toast & Jam Deejays and ceremony music by Dolce Strings.  There were some many family friends that also became involved with the wedding as the bride’s family acted as make-up and hair artists and uncle officiated the wedding!  It was really a great day and the snap shots I got were pretty AMAZING!  Take a look and how fabulous the wedding was!

The Chuppah for this wedding was STUNNING!

We used the Storefront for the dinner as well as the mezzanine!

The garden was a perfect place for cocktails!

This was the centerpiece for the buffet & bar.  Pretty amazing!

Tuesday’s Tip: Hire a Professional, Experienced & Personable Photographer!
October 2, 2012

Over this past weekend, I had the privilege working with Ingrid Bonne-Goggine with Ingrid Bonne Photography, a local photographer in Chicago. Here’s why I am writing this post.  Ingrid came right into the room, got herself organized, started shooting some details as well as some candid shots.  When the bride came into the room, you could see her enthusiasm burst through at how genuinely excited she was to see the bride and how happy she was to be a part of her special day!  

Here’s a shot of Ingrid photographing the couple!

Throughout the day, Ingrid really help keep everything moving.  She was making sure the bride was enjoying herself but still keeping the bridal party of 14 plus the bride & groom on time!  Not always an easy task! 

What really made the day memorable for me is when she was shooting the bride and groom for the first time, she kept telling them how cute they were or how adorable they were and she meant it!  It made them feel good and helped make their day that much more enjoyable!
Tuesday’s Tip:  Hire a professional pro who is seasoned enough to know how to have a balance of fun and can get the shots take and make you feel great about you and your boo!  Not an easy task, but Ingrid is just one of those AMAZING photographers that can do just that!

The Wedding Sessions, The Planner
August 30, 2012

In this episode of The Wedding Sessions, you will hear Wendy Pashman with Entertaining Company and myself, Anthony Navarro with Liven It Up Events chat about the pros of hiring a wedding planner!

Take a look and watch next month for NEW wedding sessions!

Ceremonies of All Sorts (Garden Weddings Part 2)
June 28, 2012

This next group of photos you are going to see are from ceremonies that have taken place outdoors.  I am always cautious of weddings outdoors in Chicago.  The heat, the rain, the snow (you never know!), can be the cause of ceremonies not happening outside.  Having a back up plan is a must and most times, it all turns out ok!  Take  a look at some of these great ceremonies I caught on my iPhone while they were happening!

This wedding took place at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  There is a lily pond in front of the bride and groom and the guests are seated in the round.  There was no need for any additional floral to the garden, accept for the bouquets and boutonnieres by Event Creative.

Here we are at The Ivy Room.  In the heart of the big city, there lies a magical garden, surrounded by buildings and all you hear is a whisper of automobile traffic.  Again, in this garden, no floral was necessary except for the bouquets by Davenport Designs.

The final look is at The Lincoln Park Conservatory, where again, no floral was needed as the garden served perfectly as the back drop. The bride and bridesmaids carried bouquets and the groom and groomsmen had boutonnieres designed by Stems.

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