Friday, November 30, 2012

Planner/Stylist: Allen/Williams Events   
Floral: Ashland Addison Florist   
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Invitations G Marie Design   
Linen/Charger Plates/Napkin Rings : BBJ Linens   
Stemware/Flatware/Decor: Tablescapes
Lighting: Precision Sound and Lighting      

Wednesday, November 28, 2012





Venue: The Glen Club
Wedding Planner: Jane Allen Events
Photography: Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists
Floral: Evanston Flowers & Gifts
Entertainment: MDM Entertainment

Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

The daily presence of social media with sites such as Facebook , Instagram and Twitter, allows each of us to frequently communicate with family and friends. For brides, these resources can help create a digital wedding planning process, enabling her to share each detail with the important people in her life. The Millennial bride is very comfortable collaborating through texts the major decisions such as her gown, invitations, tuxedos and bridesmaid dresses virtually. The overwhelming majority of the choices she will make are based on the feedback she gets from her immediate circle that are on speed dial. However, there is a downside to all this technology that needs to be addressed in order to prevent a wedding from becoming a major faux pas for the bride.

1.      Do not post every detail on Facebook: Unless you have unlimited wealth and plan to invite every friend you have on Facebook, resist the temptation to post details of every milestone such as when you purchase your dress, mail invitations, and so on. It can become quite awkward for those acquaintances who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their invitation, yet you consider them only online friends.

2.      Be a woman of mystery: You need to keep an element of surprise. Leave the specifics for the big day instead of divulging too much on your wedding website or through social media. A bride wants her guests to look forward to the event, rather than compare it to the photos posted online.

3.      Prohibit phones during the ceremony & celebration: As tempting as it is for your guests to post photos of your wedding day online immediately, they need to understand you have hired a professional or delegated an individual to take photographs. A bride does not want to see less than flattering pictures online. For one day in her life, the bride should be in control of what is in print of her. She also wants her guests to be engaged in the moment, not busy tweeting.

The most important rule to remember is to not say or print anything that is not flattering. Mother always said, “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing.” This quote is most important to the bride who certainly wants her wedding day to be picture perfect; so respect her wishes and leave the social media alone for at least one day!

written by: Anna Novak

3807 West Elm Street
McHenry, IL 60050


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012



Friday, November 16, 2012

Argentina Leyva says,
 "Thank you to all the Divas that attended the Shmooze and Shoes Party"!

Photography:  Argentina Leyva

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Kathryn’s Bridal recently received an Elite Retailer of the Year award from Jim's Formal Wear.  Jim’s is the largest formalwear distribution network in the U.S. with over 5,000 independent retailers.  They provide tuxedo rental services for weddings, prom, and black tie events.  The award is based on rental volume, order accuracy, and exceptional customer service.

Kathryn’s Bridal has been renting tuxedos from Jim’s since 2011.  According to Steve Davis, President and COO for Jim’s, “Our Elite Retailers of the Year recipients are among the best when it comes to men’s formalwear rental and sales.  They are extremely focused on the customer for the most important events in their lives.  We’re proud to have retailers like this in our nationwide network.”


Kathryn’s Bridal is dedicated to ensuring the complete satisfaction of each and every bride. From exquisite wedding gowns and invitations to expertly fitted tuxedos, Kathryn’s Bridal is a full service retailer. “We make the tuxedo rental process very easy,” states Kathryn Trocki, owner of Kathryn’s Bridal in McHenry. Her staff is trained to handle all aspects of the tuxedo rental program and you can count on their expert advice with style selection, color and fitting. “We want the man in your life dressed to complement you and our tuxedo collection guarantees that,” adds Kathryn.  

For a limited time, Kathryn’s Bridal is offering $40 off your tuxedo rental if you mention ChicagoStyle Weddings. For more information please contact Kathryn’s Bridal at 815.385.7330 or visit our website at

“The Wedding Planners” is a web-based talk show with a cast of three real life wedding planners with three different styles of planning! Anthony Navarro (Liven It Up Events and Stand-Up), Desiree Dent (Dejanae Events and WEDology Notebook) and Claudia Antony Zompa (As You Wish Events and theBrideScoop) get together for every show and talk about all things wedding and so much more! They have over 20-years of combined experience and we want to share all the tips and tricks when it comes to planning a wedding.

“The Wedding Planners” discuss everything from finding a venue and booking a caterer to creating amazing invitations and designing your floral. Be prepared to watch these opinionated planners share their thoughts on fashion, what’s trending, celebrities and the craziness of the industry in general! The Wedding Planners are there to not only entertain but to share their collective knowledge as you will see a panel of working pros who know what they do, do it well and want to help you – the bride and groom – understand how to make this crazy thing called wedding planning, come together and create a day in your life that you will never forget!

Watch the talk unfold at!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Venue: The Drake Hotel
Photography: Carasco Photography
Wedding Consultant: Simply Perfect by Melissa
Decor: Richard Remiard Design

Entertainment: Matt Lewis and The Union

Friday, November 9, 2012

You are invited to experience The Metropolitan Club's 4th annual- Love at Breathtaking Heights Bridal Show!

Located on the 66th floor of the historic Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, The Metropolitan Club offers unparalleled views of the lake and skyline, certain to take your breath away.

Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres & views while meeting some of Chicago's most elite wedding vendors.

Enter on site to win vendor prizes as well as an engagement cocktail party for 20 guests at The Metropolitan Club.

Friday January 11th, 2013
5:30pm -8:00pm
Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr, 66th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I Do would like to help celebrate your special day in personalized style and provide a treasured keepsake for anniversaries to come.

A personalized wedding flag embroidered with the couple’s names and wedding date can easily be displayed at the shower or bachelorette party, rehearsal, ceremony, reception and every year on your anniversary as you live your happily ever after...