Erika & Phil's Zhou B Art Center Wedding - Part 1

Erika and Phil seem very much like opposites when you first meet them. Erika exudes a playful, energetic vibe, while Phil is more reserved and quiet. But the two of them together play off their differences and are the perfect pair. They both envisioned a modern, stylish, and unconventional wedding that embraced their Chinese heritage at their unique venue, the Zhou B. Arts Center. They wanted floral arrangements with a loose and organic feel, with tons of texture and funky blooms, and Steve’s Flower Market really stepped up to the task of encapsulating their vision. “The funkier and spikier, the better!” said Erika, so we went with unique flowers like giant King Protea, air plants, succulents, whimsical yellow billy balls, tropical palm fronds, ferns, and tons of greenery.

They were supposed to have an outdoor ceremony, but their late fall wedding fell on a rainy day, so we had to implement Plan B with an indoor ceremony (always have a solid rain plan!!). But they didn’t let that dampen their excitement as they got ready at the Kimpton Gray Hotel. The indoor ceremony in Zhou B’s Spirit Gallery looked beautiful, and served as a clean white backdrop for their sweet ceremony.

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Vendors
Venue: Zhou B Art Center
Catering: LM Catering
Planner: Sweetchic Events
Photographer: Mark Trela Photography
Videographer: Vanilla Video
Florist: Steve’s Flower Market
Band: Upbeat Orchestra
Lighting: MK Lighting & Design
Make-Up: Debra Petrielli
Hair: Petrosino’s Parlor
Officiant: Jill Brown
Transportation: M & M Limo
Bakery: Vanille

Chris & Jennifer's Garfield Park Wedding - Part 2

Chris & Jennifer's Garfield Park Wedding - Part 2

Today we're picking up the blog to share Chris and Jennifer's beautiful wedding ceremony and reception at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

It was a warm July day, but not so hot that we couldn't hold the wedding ceremony outdoors on the Blue Stone Patio. The clouds timed their appearance perfectly to give a little cover to the guests. Judging by these pictures of lush green lawns and greenery, you'd never believe we're still in Chicago!  The rustic arch by Steve's Flower Market created the perfect backdrop for their ceremony, and rose petals sprinkled the aisle.  

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Chris & Jennifer's Garfield Park Wedding - Part 1

Chris & Jennifer's Garfield Park Wedding - Part 1

Jennifer & Chris envisioned a wedding set in an urban garden, and found the perfect venue at Garfield Park Conservatory. Many thanks to WS Photography for these beautiful images!

The team from Tamara Makeup and Hair Artistry made sure that Jennifer and her bridesmaids looked like absolute perfection (and stayed that way) despite the July heat. Jennifer looked stunning, but believe it or not, she looks that way every daySteve's Flower Market created the perfect bouquets with garden roses, spray roses, lisianthus, ranunculous, astilbe, and the perfect amount of greenery accents for that lush, romantic look.

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Chez Wedding Pop-up Recap

Chez Wedding Pop-up Recap

We were so thrilled when our friends at Art of Imagination asked us to partner with them on their vignette for the second annual Chez Wedding Pop Up! In case you're not familiar, Chez is one of the most unique, contemporary loft spaces in downtown Chicago, located in Streeterville. A perfect blank canvas with 17' ceilings and white spaces for you to create any type of look you envision! This is the second year that Chez hosted a Wedding "Pop Up" to feature their beautiful venue space, and also to highlight some of their favorite wedding vendors.

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Aleksandra & JP's Spiaggia Wedding

Aleksandra & JP's Spiaggia Wedding

When Aleksandra contacted me just six short weeks before her intended wedding date, she had a church booked, and nothing else! We got right to work... she envisioned an elegant, intimate wedding with just 30 of their closest family and friends! We LOVE intimate weddings, so we were so excited to help bring her vision to life. She fell in love with the private dining room at Spiaggia, which are so stately and chic.  Thank you to Elizabeth Nord Photography for these lovely images!

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You're Engaged! Selecting You Caterer

You're Engaged! Selecting You Caterer

Picking up where we left off (see our tips on selecting your ceremony & reception venue and hashing out your wedding budget), your next step may be selecting your caterer. The reason we say may be, is because if you've chosen a venue with an in-house or exclusive caterer, your selection has already been made for you. 

So let's break down the different types of catering verbiage you may run into on your wedding planning journey:

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