Monday, April 29, 2013

You’re Invited!
Big Love Brides Cocktail Hour & Show

Join Strawdog Theatre Company for a bridal cocktail hour in conjunction with a live stage performance of their production of Big Love. Mingle with choice Chicago wedding vendors and then enjoy a wonderful performance by the city’s best actors. In this performance, you’ll watch a group of brides-to-be run from the altar and face-off with their jilted grooms, all set in a swanky Italian Villa. It’s a madcap riff on love, what it means to be in love and gender roles.

Thursday, May 2
6:00 p.m. (Big Love show starts at 8:00 p.m.)
Strawdog Theatre Company
3829 North Broadway, Chicago


Tickets are just $13.65 (includes fees). Advanced purchase is required.
Click here to purchase.


You’re Invited!
Wedding Jewelry Party from Designer Eve J. Alfillé

You're invited to the opening party for Eve J. Alfillé's newest jewelry design series, "Voyage to Antarctica.” The party takes place on Saturday, May 4 from noon to 6 pm. You’ll be able to browse a wide array of unique and original engagement rings, wedding bands and bridal jewelry—or schedule a private appointment with Eve to discuss your custom wedding design. Refreshments, sweet treats and live music will be on hand.

Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio
623 Grove Street, Evanston, IL
Saturday, May 4
12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
(847) 869.7920


Photo caption: Carmen is wearing jewelry featuring opals, sapphires and diamonds by artist Eve J. Alfillé from her upcoming "Voyage to Antarctica" series. Exhibit opening: Sat. May 4, 2013 from noon to 6 p.m.

Friday, April 26, 2013

From Our Print Issue


Weddings are traditionally about the bride and groom, but more couples are making it a priority to focus on their guests. “Yes, the common phrase is ‘It’s my day,’ but it’s really a day about you playing host to all of your guests and asking them to celebrate with you,” says Lori Stephenson of LOLA Event Productions. “And a good host keeps their guests’ needs in mind at all times.”

BEFORE THE BIG DAY
Mary Ann Kenmotsu, the director of social catering at InterContinental Chicago O’Hare, recommends setting up a wedding website “that provides up-to-date information, as well as the ability to RSVP conveniently online.” The website is also a good place to put information about registries, keeping all of the necessary details in one, easy-to-find place.

It’s also a good idea to reserve a block of hotel rooms for your guests. Many hotels will offer discounts off their published room rates to customers who book a block of rooms. (Keep in mind, if you’re booking on a holiday weekend, hotels may fill up quickly and rooms may not be as readily available.) Also, giving guests options between more and less expensive hotels shows that the couple is thinking of their visitors’ needs. When you make the arrangements with a hotel, get a group code for guests to use when booking to receive the reduced rate. Again, the wedding website is a good place for this information.

For guests to get from the hotel to the venue, consider providing them with transportation. A rented school bus can fit a ton of people and also takes people back to their elementary-school years (for better or for worse), or a trolley can set the scene for the party early on.

“Little touches and nice gestures go a long way,” says Amanda Belton, catering director at PUBLIC Chicago, who explains that one couple helped pay for their guests’ rooms. If a friend from out of town really wants to come but can’t afford the flight, consider helping to pay for her flight.

WELCOME BAGS & PARTIES
Show your appreciation for out-of-town guests by giving them a small welcome gift. Sheri Lechleitner, the director of catering and events at The Allerton Hotel says, “Maps of the area and an itinerary of the weekend’s events are a must.” She also recommends including bottled water, aspirin, snacks, and postcards in welcome bags.

“I love the idea of welcome packages,” says Farrah Singh, owner of Simply Azure Events, who suggests something personal, such as gift cards to the couple’s favorite coffee shop or a package of the groom’s favorite cookies. “Add in a little card or note stating why those items are being shared,” Singh says.

The welcome gift can also be a great way to help guests get to know the host city. Fill a bag with local treats—in Chicago’s case, a bag of Garrett’s caramel and cheese popcorn, some Vosges truffles, a map of the city, a coupon for Portillo’s— even a $5 CTA card to encourage guests to visit other neighborhoods.

“Most out-of-towners are not sure what to do or where to go other than the popular tourist locations,” says Sohana Cantwell, director of catering at the Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Recommend a show at one of your favorite small theaters or a delicious restaurant off the beaten path.

You can also host a welcome reception. In the hotel’s hospitality suite, leave some water, sodas, and snacks, and encourage guests to stop by and mingle.

Nell Oz, the senior social catering manager and wedding specialist at theWit Hotel, says that one of her couples served champagne and petit fours upon check-in. Another bride at theWit gave guests a small cupcake and specialty popcorn in a welcome bag, which a doorman delivered to the guest’s room shortly after their arrival at the hotel.

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
“Brides and grooms always want to accommodate their guests’ dietary needs, but not all menus work for all guests,” says Kenmotsu, whose culinary team handles meal requests such as gluten free, kosher, and vegetarian/vegan.

Stephenson suggests always offering a vegetarian option. “Offer printed menus with in-depth descriptions so guests know what they’ll be eating. Find out dietary restrictions well in advance so you can coordinate appropriate meals with your caterer.”

“Also, see if any of your guests have any airborne food allergies. If a guest breaks out in hives if he’s within inches of a peanut, it might be best to avoid any peanut sauces or chocolate covered nuts at the tables.”

REHEARSAL DINNERS
It used to be that couples invited their immediate family and members of the wedding party, as well as out-of-town guests. Nowadays, the guest list for rehearsal dinners is getting bigger—perhaps because there are more out-of-town guests to invite.

“Rehearsal dinners usually kick off the weekend, and you definitely want to include fun activities for your guests who have traveled a great distance for your special day,” says Lechleitner.

Oz describes a rehearsal dinner at theWit that started with “fun” food stations. Then the celebration moved into the hotel’s private movie theater, where guests watched a movie, drank sodas, and ate popcorn and candy.

If the number of out-of-town guests would mean the rehearsal dinner becomes a mini-wedding, instead of inviting them all to dinner ask them to meet you out at a bar later on in the evening. You can still spend a good amount of time with your guests.

ENTERTAINMENT
Keep your guests entertained with a photo booth. “People fall in love with our booth’s design,” says Jeff Hellenbrand, owner of The Traveling Photo Booth.

The booth’s two-person seating setup has a back curtain that opens for group shots. Photos are available in black and white, sepia, color, and retro color, which Hellenbrand says, “looks similar to an Instagram photo.”

“The guests keep one copy of the photo, while the other copy goes in the couple’s guestbook.”

“It’s such a personal way for guests to give something to the bride and groom,” and vice versa, says Hellenbrand, noting how guests often go back into the photo booth over and over.

FAVORS
“A new way of doing favors and a thank you is giving something ecofriendly, something living like a tree sapling,” says Elizabeth Wray, owner of Elizabeth Wray Design.

Green favors are having they’re moment in the spotlight. “I’ve been seeing a lot of air plants,” says Marlén Valdivia of Anjeli Flowers. “We put them in glass containers for the reception.” The air plants, which are low-maintenance and don’t require dirt, can make great wedding favors. Valdivia says that she’s also prepped cacti favors.

Wray says that many thank-you bags tend to have “regional elements.” Take the Geneva bag, which featured a caramel apple, Geneva popcorn, and chocolates from a local chocolate company. “If it’s not food-oriented or consumable, people may leave it behind,” explains Wray.

Another of Wray’s couples chose to give guests postcards made from the groom’s black-and-white photos of Chicago. “They were iconic shots that were artistically done,” she says.

AFTER-PARTIES
When the reception is over, the party often continues elsewhere with a fun, casual gathering. TheWit hosts after parties from 12 to 2 a.m. in the hotel’s private restaurant. Guests, especially those staying at the hotel, enjoy continuing the festivities without having to drive to another venue. “It’s very convenient,” says Oz.

Typically, the after-party has a cash bar and some music. Couples also can order food, such as sliders and macaroni and cheese.

GUEST APPRECIATION
Guests love to be pampered, so they may treat your wedding like a vacation. “Attending a wedding is very costly too, so making them feel important, appreciated, and welcomed means so much to them,” says Singh.

Belton says that many couples offer guests a continental breakfast the day after the wedding. The meal, which typically includes light fare such as bagels and fruit, is a great send-off for guests, especially those who will be traveling.

Whether you tackle little details like paying for parking or cover bigger expenses like the fees associated with a room upgrade, your guests will be grateful. “Everyone wants to be appreciated,” says Cantwell. “These little touches help show them you care.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tips from the Pro
Head Over Heels: Choosing the Perfect Headpiece
By Bella Bleu Bridal

You have ordered your dress. The big decision is made...or is it? Being a bridal accessory boutique owner, we frequently see brides that are overwhelmed with the accessory process and wonder where to start. The first step is to have an idea how you are going to wear you hair to proceed with choosing hair accessories and jewelry. The hairstyle factors in when picking the headpiece and earring style. With so many accessory options out there, some wonder where to start. A good rule is “head to toe.”

Number one, the headpiece, of course! Have you ever seen a picture where the bride’s head wasn’t in it? If so, don’t book their photographer for your wedding! If you are trying to allocate a budget, make sure you prioritize on anything above the shoulders! Everyone will be looking at you...including your new groom.

The headpiece makes a strong statement about your overall bridal style and can play a key role in the rest of your jewelry, so decide “head on” what role you would like it to play. Is it a simple accent, a statement headpiece or an equal player in your jewelry selection? Once decided, you have many styles to choose from! Everything from the simple headpiece to the dramatic floral crown is being seen on brides around the world, which is adding a new and welcomed floral element to wedding fashion.

Tulle and French Net lovers unite! Veils are back in a big way. Whether you select a romantic cathedral veil or a whimsical fascinator, you can’t let this one and only veil opportunity pass you by! Take a chance on two looks: Wear your veil down the aisle, then do a quick costume change and “unveil” a glamorous reception look with an amazing headpiece.

Here are some of the 2013 headpieces styles that blow our hair back this season:

Ethereal


Glam


Garden


Classic


Destination/Floral


Vintage


Don’t be afraid to take the glamour up a notch! This is your opportunity to select something unique and special to stand up and out like never before. We hope you gained some inspiration for topping off your wedding style and that you are ready to head out for some accessory shopping! You can go wrong if you end up “Head Over Heels” in love with your headpiece!

More about Bella Bleu Bridal:
Bella Bleu is a couture wedding boutique featuring designer bridal accessories. In 2010, Bella Bleu entered the bridal industry online, filling a void in the luxury accessory market. Founded by Chicago native and former MAC Cosmetics executive, Andrea Novak, it was her own experience as a bride that left her disappointed with the selection and service. Bella Bleu creates confidence with brides and surpasses their expectations in all aspects of the bridal accessory experience, from personal assistance with product selection to the delivery of exquisitely packaged merchandise.

Since inception, Bella Bleu has garnered praise from brides and designers in the fashion industry and welcomed their first boutique to Park Ridge, Illinois in 2012. For your local boutique experience, Bella Bleu strives to provide the most meaningful and personal bridal experience. To ensure this high level of service, they request appointments to guarantee that every bride has an individual private appointment with one of their experienced consultants. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

You’re Invited!
Celebrate 100 Years of Cheney Mansion on May 19

Cheney Mansion is one the finest showplaces and historical homes in Oak Park, Illinois. Designed by architect Charles E. White, Jr., a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Cheney Mansion is one of his most important works. Originally built for the C.E. Sharpe family, the property was deeded to the Park District of Oak Park in 1985. Over the years, the unique beauty of Cheney Mansion has served as the perfect location for weddings, special events, feature films and television commercials.

Located just a short walk from historic downtown Oak Park, Cheney Mansion is an exquisite and unique setting for your special day. The 12,000 square foot mansion boasts reception rooms, a catering kitchen, a solarium, an outdoor veranda and a ballroom perfect for entertaining your guests. In addition, Cheney offers a beautiful environment for couples to take their vows outdoors under the sun or stars. The mansion is situated on two acres of beautifully landscaped grounds complete with a restored waterfall garden.

We invite you to enjoy “A Day at Cheney” on May 19 for our 100th birthday celebration, and enjoy a full day of events including:


  • Tours: Guided tours of the mansion and its grounds for potential wedding clients, as well as self-guided tours for visitors who want to view the mansion’s beautiful interior.
  • Cooking Demonstrations with Cheney Mansion’s chef Ron Martin.
  • Spring Plant Sale (9am-Noon): Cheney Mansion’s 16th Annual Plant Sale is a great way to start your morning. This year’s sale features organic Heirloom Tomatoes and other vegetables, as well as hardy perennials grown right on the grounds of Cheney Mansion.
  • Waterfall Unveiling (Noon-1pm): Join us at the formal unveiling and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restored Woodland Waterfall located on the property’s southeast corner. This feature is part of the home’s original design and serves as a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs.
  • Picnic in the Park (1pm-3pm): Bring your blanket and relax in a traditional picnic setting on the mansion’s grounds including old-fashioned yard games such as croquet, provided by the Oak Park & River Forest Historical Society, a performance by Pro Musica Youth Chorus. Period costumes are welcome!


Cheney Mansion
220 N. Euclid in Oak Park, Illinois

For more information, call (708) 725.2500 






You’re Invited!
Bedhead Boudoir Photography: Mix, Mingle and Makeup!

Winnetka boudoir photo studio Bedhead is hosting a special “get to know us” afternoon and evening gathering at the North Shore hot spot Trifecta Grill this Thursday, April 25. Guests will learn more about the specialty photo studio, receive complimentary makeup touchups courtesy of City Lights Makeup Artistry and be treated to chef samples and wine. Gift certificates will also be available for purchase.

Thursday, April 25
Trifecta Grill
501 Chestnut Street, Winnetka, IL
Afternoon session 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (tickets are $25)
Evening session 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (tickets are $45)
*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to WINGS Charities

RSVP – call (847) 441.1700 or e-mail info@trifectagrillwinnetka.com



Friday, April 19, 2013

Wedding Snapshot
Provided by Rick Aguilar Photography

This stunning portfolio of Mary and Tom’s wedding was provided by Rick Aguilar Photography. Vendors include Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont, hair provided by Anason Salon, flowers by Roberts Floral Design, caked by Central Continental Bakery and entertainment from DJ Chicago. 







Wednesday, April 17, 2013

From Our Print Issue
Trend Report: Tips from the Experts, from Preparation to the After Party

When it comes to planning your wedding reception, there’s one thing you want to do: Throw a great party. We talked to Chicago-area wedding experts to pinpoint some of the top trends for the coming year, from flowers to cocktails to the after party. So pick a few trends and start planning. You’ll have a beautiful reception that guests can’t wait to attend.



CULINARY CUES
The dining portion of your reception is a major part of the event, and Amanda Belton, director of catering for PUBLIC Chicago is seeing “a huge trend toward standing receptions versus seated dinners so that people can mingle all night and have a great party atmosphere.”

“We are also seeing a huge demand for food that is unique in some way,” she says. “We make all our food in-house, which we are very proud of, so couples really enjoy the fact that they are getting a ‘from-scratch’ kitchen experience versus typical banquet food. For seated dinners, I see an increased demand for family style items such as shareable starters and desserts. Couples like the social atmosphere that shareable items create.”

Sheri Lechleitner agrees. The director of catering and events for The Allerton Hotel Chicago is seeing “more action stations with chefs preparing foods in the room,” which “lends a more casual atmosphere and more color, and guests can mingle more.”

Nell Oz, senior social catering manager and wedding specialist at theWit Hotel, says the venue also does a lot of stations.

“It used to be plated dinners, but now we’re doing sushi stations, carving, salad stations,” she says. “The salads are in a martini glass—it’s not a bowl of salad like you used to see.”

On the other hand, Antoinette Cahill, senior catering manager at The Drake, sees couples veering toward plated dinners. The hotel’s weddings are often black tie, and the formal aspect of plated meals appeals to couples seeking a more traditional event.

Restaurant trends can make their way to wedding receptions. Professional Bridal Consultant Jane Allen of Jane Allen Events says that seasonality is a huge trend. “In October there are pumpkin dishes or apple cider; in the spring there’s fresh asparagus,” she says. And think small—mini foods are an important part of the cocktail hour before dinner and the post-dinner snack. Cahill says that amuse-bouches, a single bite served immediately before the meal, are becoming popular.

“The cocktail hour of any wedding should have lots of fun and mini foods for your guests to enjoy,” says Trina Sims, owner of Weddings & Events by Trina. “Plan to have an assortment of hors d’oeuvres that may tie in with your ethnic background or, even better, your guests’ ethnic backgrounds. It’s a tasty way to experience some elements of creativity that you would not normally.” For late-night snacks, nearly everyone noted the continued trend of mini hot dogs, mac and cheese, and other comfort dishes as the night winds down. Ashley Smith, general manager and banquet sales director of Ravisloe Country Club, says, “Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and White Castle–style sliders are popular options.”

DRINK UP
The small trend isn’t just for cocktail snacks—it’s for the cocktail as well.

“We always have mini martinis, and that way everyone can have an assortment of flavors,” says Mary Ann Kenmotsu, director of social catering at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare. “They’re about four ounces, and we have all kinds—a mango martini, apple martini, cosmos, chocolate martini, and lemon drops.”

Experts are divided on whether the signature cocktail trend is here to stay, but creating custom drinks from scratch is still popular at some venues.

“We make custom syrups here at the hotel, so we are seeing a lot of requests for custom cocktail creations as well,” Belton says.

Cahill sees couples crafting martinis around the color and theme of their wedding. For another fun option, she says, consider custom ice luges during cocktail hour.

SWEET ENDINGS
While tall white wedding cakes will never go out of style, many couples are opting to give their dessert a personal spin.

Couples are “doing desserts they love, such as pie or sundae bars, root beer floats—things that are nostalgic,” says Nikee Fellows, culinary event specialist at Catered By Design at Winnetka Community House.

Oz agrees, noting that, after the cake, theWit serves “a platter of mini petit fours like cheesecake lollipops, fruit tartlets, and macarons to each table.” Candy stations are also surging, and Allen has done a s’mores station to replace the traditional chocolate fountain.

NATURAL FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS
Brides are shaving costs off floral arrangements by opting for more affordable varieties or putting their own spin on bouquets. “I’m not seeing big expensive flowers, but ones you could find in the everyday garden,” says Farrah Singh, owner of Simply Azure Events. “Things like peonies, hydrangeas, and gardenias.”

DECOR
The DIY aesthetic often gravitates toward rustic sensibilities, and wedding pros are seeing quite a bit of “rustic country” theme, as Singh puts it, with mason jars, antique-style photo booths, and other vintage-style decor items providing a laid-back feel.

For colors, silver is trendy and appearing in everything from tablecloths to accents, while black and white remain popular.

Kenmotsu is seeing a lounge vibe, with “furniture such as ottomans and pillows near the dance floor,” she says. “We’re seeing fluffy pillows or monogrammed or embroidered pillows to make it more personal.”

SEATING
If you’ve been to restaurants like the Publican, you know that communal seating is popular at Chicago restaurants. Now weddings are embracing that idea.

“People are arranging seating so it’s more conducive to conversation,” says Ari Megalis, manager at the Chateau Ritz. “I’ve seen a lot of larger tables with more than 12 people, or a long communal table for 20.”

PRESENTATION
You can use your chosen colors, monogram, and theme to make your wedding cohesive. “Everything is being presented in a more put-together fashion,” says Heather Lynne Vickery, owner and event director of Greatest Expectations Special Events & Weddings Inc. “The color palette or monogram appears in everything from the water bottle you’re handed when you arrive to the welcome bag to the programs to the thank-you note. It makes everything feel special.” She continues, “The concepts don’t change—you still have a couple and guests, and you’re being fed and entertained—but it’s all about the package you put it in.”

LIGHT UP THE ROOM
Lighting enables you to make a strong impact on a space without a lot of effort. “Lighting is always important, because it’s a quick, easy, economical way to change the atmosphere of a room,” Kenmotsu says. “Chandeliers are one color when guests enter the room, and then they can change to another color for dinner and into something fun for the dancing portion. Purple is the hottest color this year in lighting.” Allen is seeing similar trends. “We use a lot of spot lighting, where the light gets projected in the center of the table so there’s an angel glow around the centerpiece,” she says. “Other things that are becoming popular are changing the colors of the room throughout the night to change the ambience.”

STICK TO A BUDGET
Since we are emerging from a recession, it’s no surprise that couples are looking for ways to reign in wedding costs.

“The cost of an average wedding is around $27,000,” says Sims. “Couples are looking into the off-season for getting married. Between November and April you can find a lot of great savings, from wedding gowns to perfect banquet spaces and honeymoon trips.” Fellows says that she’s seeing an increase in daytime ceremonies and receptions.

“People are leaning toward having the wedding much earlier in the day, and then planning something fun in the evening,” she says. “I would say it’s half saving money and half looking for more entertainment for their guests. They’re doing things in the evening like taking buses downtown for a theater performance.”

Sunday and Friday weddings are becoming more popular, since those are more affordable times to book a reception, noted Singh.

“I’ve also seen more people choosing smaller, more intimate weddings, as well doing the reception separately, which cuts costs,” she says. “Having the ceremony and the reception in the same place also cuts costs.”

DRESSING UP
Selecting a wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses is one of the most important aspects of planning a wedding, but you don’t have to select just one.

“I’m seeing more color, and girls are getting adventurous,” says Sharon Ringier of Sharon Ringier Events. “Every one of my brides wants to change dresses. Now, girls are changing into a second dress that’s more colorful, a little sexier, and with a lot less fluff.” Color has also been appearing in dress sashes and shoes.

And the days of all bridesmaids wearing the same dress are over.

“For the bridal party, bridesmaids are wearing different colors and different dresses,” Ringier says. “They have the same feel and are made by the same designer, but they’re just different looks.”

It’s not just ladies who are changing their outfits as the night goes on.

“Guys are also changing suits,” Ringier says. “Think of suits that are kind of GQ.” Guys can “wear a fedora and skinny pants for almost a Rat Pack look.”

Singh says that brides are inspired by movies, and the Snow White movies and The Vow (a 2012 romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum) are affecting dress choices.

“A-line and straight-line dresses are popular,” she says. And McAdams’s character in The Vow wore a short dress. “Things are less traditional and more personal overall. It’s going to be more focused on the couple’s decisions, since they’re the ones paying for it and will do the things they really like.”

Several planners noted the popularity of lace, which Allen says is an “elegant” choice.

ACCESSORIZE
While the dress is important, accessories can help complete your ensemble. Sims says that birdcage veils and comb accessories are still popular, but brides are moving a way from the long cathedral veil. She also notes that pearls are “making a comeback,” so accessorize with a pearl necklace. Also, “larger, bold neck pieces” can add an unexpected touch to your dress.

ENTERTAINMENT
At The Drake, Cahill is seeing big orchestras, while Belton notes that “DJs are back in,” which lends the event a fun, party atmosphere. “People are selecting songs that have much more meaning for daddy–daughter dances,” Kenmotsu says.

ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITION
“Overall, the atmosphere is not so set on tradition and formality like it used to be,” says Kenmotsu. “People will have something they ate for their first date on the menu. Who walks the bride down the aisle changes; who does the toast changes. It’s not uncommon to see a best man who’s a woman and vice versa.”

KEEP THE PARTY GOING
A great party doesn’t end when the dancing portion is over—lots of couples are finding ways to extend the night. Whether it’s planning a post-wedding activity or just moving to another part of the venue, no one wants the party to stop. Lechleitner says couples are getting extended bar hours and private lounges for the bridal party.

HAPPY PLANNING!
Your wedding is a great time to let your creativity fly and plan an event that suits you, your groom, and your guests. So pick the trends that fit your style, budget, and aesthetic, and get ready for an amazing party you’ll remember forever.

Monday, April 15, 2013

You’re Invited!
The Green Wedding Recyclery

Make the color of your wedding green—with goods (and an environmental spirit) found at the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance Recyclery party. This local group of wedding vendors committed to promoting sustainability and green events will host this special shopping bazaar where you can find everything from wedding gowns to décor and jewelry.

Gently used and classically vintage items from the group’s wedding vendors and recently wed couples will be up for sale, so you can find your something borrowed and give back to the planet, too. Chicago Green Wedding Alliance members will also be on hand to give tips about building a green wedding and how to create the wedding of your dreams while maintaining a dedication to sustainability. There will be a concession stand, a DJ & more wedding fun.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Loft on Lake
1366 W. Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 738-2437

$5 suggested donation to benefit the Resource Center




Friday, April 12, 2013

Vendor Spotlight
Autumn/Winter 2013 Bridal Looks from Vera Wang

The Autumn/Winter 2013 runways inspired some beautiful bridal looks for 2013, showcasing sleek and sophisticated styles with just a touch of elegant and unique detailing. The minimalist look has been a major bridal trend for 2013 and these runway inspired looks from WHITE by Vera Wang are sure to guarantee high-fashion style for under $1,500. From beautiful beading, waist sashes and lace appliqués, WHITE by Vera Wang has a dress for every woman looking for sleek, runway inspiration on her wedding day, most available at David's Bridal




Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wedding Announcement ChicagoStyle Weddings Has a Design Challenge Winner!

The Victorian Steampunks take the cake! A hearty congratulations to the team behind this design and all the vendors involved in the design challenge. Everyone did a fantastic job. Thanks also to everyone who voted. We’ll have six new designs for you in our upcoming July issue, coming soon!


You’re Invited!
Always a Bridesmaid Party at ROOF on theWit

Do you have a closet full of less-than-flattering bridesmaid dresses? Now there’s a reason to pull them out of hiding. ROOF on theWit is hosting the Always a Bridesmaid Party on Saturday, April 20 at 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear their worst bridesmaid dresses with prizes being awarded by Veuve Clicquot.

Always a Bridesmaid Party
Saturday, April 20
9:00 p.m.
ROOF on theWit, 201 N State Street, Chicago
Call to reserve your spot! (312) 239.9588


Monday, April 8, 2013

Real Wedding Photo Gallery
Megan and Jim, Drury Lane Oakbrook

Lex Alexander Photography recently shared with us this stunning portfolio of images from an October 2012 wedding at Drury Lane Oakbrook.

VENDORS

Engagement Photos
Riverwalk Naperville

Ceremony
All Saints Joliet

Reception
Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

Flowers
Yanni Designs

Entertainment
Fantastic DJ’s

Wedding Announcement
Michelle Durpetti Events Celebrates Five Great Years

Michelle Durpetti Events is fierce, fabulous and turning five! We can’t believe it’s been five years of glorious events, fabulous clients, dreamy weddings and lots and lots of laughs! Thank you to all of our past clients, favorite vendor partners and closest family members for the wonderful five years we’ve had so far. 



Real Wedding
Amanda Marier and Graham McNally, The Casino Club

“We originally met in Chicago at DePaul University,” says bride Amanda Marier of her and groom Graham McNally. “We were reunited two years later at The Beer Bistro in Chicago and engaged 11 months after that. We got engaged in Quebec City, Canada (Graham is originally from Toronto).
“Graham played hockey at Brown University and is now in Business Development at higi llc. Amanda played soccer at DePaul University and is a teacher at a Chicago Public School. We live in the West Loop.”

VENDORS
Ceremony Location
St. James Cathedral

Reception Location
The Casino Club

Dress
Victoria Sdoukos Couture Bridal

Shoes
Battaglia Footwear

Hair and Makeup
Salon 1800

Flowers
Kehoe Designs

Music
Don Cagen Orchestra

Cake
Sarah’s Pastries and Candies

Photographer
Abby Emo