Welcome back! On this snowy February Wednesday here in Chicago we are looking at how we have uniquely crafted A New Leaf, located on the north side of Chicago in Old Town. This space is not your traditional ballroom space. Continue reading
February 27, 2013
February 12, 2013
Watch the latest episode of The Wedding Project brought to you by Stand Up! See how Erin and Ashley are preparing for their big day as Stand Up takes a behind-the-scenes look at this couple as they answer questions about their relationship and how they are like every couple with the same hopes and dreams for the future!
Watch Episode 5 here or go to www.i-standup.org to watch full episodes!
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!
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!
September 25, 2012
In Chicago, for those of you who know this, the weather is always unpredictable. Last week, one of the weddings we had was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, or the MCA. The day before, we had the rehearsal and we were outside in the sculpture garden. It was gorgeous outside. The wedding day, it was 57, damp, and raining.
There are a couple of lessons here….
1. There was a back up plan that the bride and groom were happy with!
2. The bride and groom did not get their hopes set on having the wedding indoors or outdoors. They were happy to have space with their family and friends to get married!
3. Having a photographer who can quickly change the plan from going on location to outdoor locations to indoor locations.
We were lucky to have Matt Haas & Sarah Olsen with Matt Haas Photography be the photographers for the day, making sure that the bride and groom were still getting all of the shots that they wanted and dealing with the rain coming on and off.
TIP: Have a rain plan on the day of for your wedding photographs and work with a photograph who knows how to be flexible on the day of!
June 26, 2012
One of my favorite things to do after sending the bride down the aisle is to watch the ceremony. Now I do not always get to do that, but when I have the chance too, I just love watching!
Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to share with you some photos of four different types of ceremonies that we have done. Keep in mind, these are all from my iPhone (so I understand if the quality is not the best!) and from my point of view! I have sorted them into the themes, lofty, modern, garden, and traditional.
Today, I thought we would start with the Lofty Wedding Ceremonies! Take a look and get some ideas for your ow lofty wedding!
This wedding happened this year, at Loft on Lake. The couple and I had a great time planning. They wanted to keep it simple, yet elegant and with the fabric draping by Art of Imagination we were able to make that happen!
This wedding took place at the MCA Warehouse. This space is raw (and I LOVE IT!!). It’s a warehouse in the West Loop where the MCA stores art. The second floor can be rented for events and this is what we did here. We added in the entrance drape, the fabric aisle runner, fabric Chuppah and fabric backdrop. Thanks again to Art of Imagination.
This wedding was really amazing and love the space at Salvage One. Stems lined the aisle with florals and candles and the natural beauty of the space. Sara, at Salvage One made sure there were extra chandeliers hanging and a beautiful stone alter stone at the front! It was spectacular!
Thursday I will be looking at some Garden Weddings we have produced this season! Stay tuned!
May 10, 2012
There are so many questions that you can ask a wedding planner before hiring. Have you ever thought about the questions you should ask YOURSELF before you hire a wedding planner. Here is what I think!
5. Do I believe that this planner has the same aesthetic and taste as I in food, decor, music, photography, and everything else that going into planning a wedding?
Wedding Stylized at Harold Washington Library
4. Does the philosophy of the planner aline with the type of wedding I want to have?
Deborah Weisenhaus with Art of Imagination photographed with Anthony
3. Do I have any reservations or concerns about going forward?
Desiree Dent with Dejanee Events & Anthony smiling for the cameras!
Some of the planning team for one of TLC’s Four Weddings!
1. Outside of everything else, do I like this person as a person?
Anthony doing his thing!
Watch for more Top 5 Questions to Ask Deejays, Photographers, Florists & Other Wedding Vendors in Upcoming Blogs! Visit www.livenitup.com for more information!
May 8, 2012
There seem to be different view points that come around every year on what are the questions you should ask your wedding planner before hiring. I can tell that some of those articles have been posted because the same questions are being asked repeatedly. I think it is SO important to ask your wedding planner questions, don’t get me wrong, but here are my thoughts on the questions that should be asked.
1. How many years have you been in business?
2. How many weddings do you (and your team) plan a year?
3. What is the range in budgets that you work in?
4. What type of weddings do you normally plan?
5. What is your philosophy in planning a wedding?
Check in Thursday for the Top 5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Moving Forward with a Wedding Planner!
May 3, 2012
If you have not been following our Unique Chicago Wedding Venues blog series, you have to take a look as this is Part 3! These are some of the full service wedding venues that we have worked with and really enjoyed the service and execution of some of the most memorable weddings we have been a part of in planning! (If you have not seen Part 1 or Part 2, click the part and see what other venues we looked at!)
Hotel Sofitel is in the heart of the Gold Coast and when checking at the front desk you hear, “Bonjour” you will surely be charmed. The planning team at the hotel is amazing and with an executive chef that wows guests’ palettes, you are sure to love this venue!
Spiaggia is another great location for a wedding or event. The private room overlooks the park across the street from the historic, Drake Hotel, with views of the lake. Not only is this a great location the food is out of this world! Other great choice for a venue with everything on site!
The Quadrangle Club on the University of Chicago Campus is a charming space that is perfect for a boutique wedding. Not only can your guests stay at the club in the over night hotel accommodations right on site, the space allows you to do a ceremony on site as well! Good food is a must and here you will get just that as well as a historically rich space that can be dressed up or as is!
Looking for another hotel idea, Hotel 71 is a great location for a wedding. The ballroom on the 39th floor is perfect for a ceremony and then is easily flipped for a dinner reception. Over looking the river and great views of the city, it is a perfect hotel venue for those who want a view and a full service location!
If you are looking for a venue with true historic charm, the Palmer House Hilton is where you need to go! Rich in history and the lavish ballrooms and accommodations that the Palmer House offers is exquisite! The food is amazing, the staff is wonderful and knowledgeable and truly, this is a venue that will “wow” your guests!
The Mid America Club is another great space in the city, located in the AON Building, close to Millennium park with 360 Degree views of the city! Tall ceilings, friendly staff, and great food, this is a great backdrop for any event!
The Metropolitan Club is other wonderful location for a wedding or event. On the 66th Floor in the Willis Tower, the Club can provide space for a ceremony, cocktails, and reception. The main ballroom has incredible views of the city. Seriously, a great space, great food, and again “wow” with views!
April 26, 2012
Another tip of the week on how to become a wedding planner. Look for a course that you can take. Not just any course, either online or in person in your local area, that is taught by a professional wedding planner. Learning from someone who knows from first hand experience is really a great way to gain the knowledge that you will need to build a successful wedding planning business.
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