Event: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Come join Scarlet Designs & Erin Gallagher jewelry for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s – themed event with proceeds and donations benefiting the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.

Saturday, April 5th
10 AM – 1 PM
Erin Gallagher Jewelry
1017 W. Lake St.
RSVP to liz@kores.org

The first 50 people to RSVP and come in the door, will receive a fabulous swag bag stuffed full of not-to-be-missed gifts. Scarlet Designs and Erin Gallagher jewelry, with the help of All She Wrote, Gerber + Scarpelli photographers, Kiki Reef Events, Special Occasion Separates by Scarlet Designs, and Toast & Jam DJs, host a Breakfast at Tiffany’s – themed open house filled with everything a bride-to-be needs: jewelry, fashion, flowers, food, music, and, of course, mimosas! One lucky bride will win a FREE WEDDING including MORE than $10,000 worth of goods and services.


Recently, I was at Carnivale for the shooting of segment for The Smart Bride. I spoke with the events manager, who said they have held many receptions as well as ceremony.

Carnivale would be the perfect location for a couple that wants a city wedding but without the formality of a hotel or museum. I think that staircase would leave for a dramatic entrance for the bride during the ceremony.
While getting married at restaurants has gained popularity in NYC and LA, it really hasn’t caught on here as much. If I was getting married in a restaurant, this would definitely be a top pick of mine!

One of my favorite charities

Dear Readers,

I received an email from one of my favorite volunteers. Would you be able to help them out? Glass Slipper.

Thank you!

Honey Bee Weddings

Dear Volunteers,

We REALLY need your help.

While donations are still coming in, this first set-up brought to our attention that we dressed quite a few girls last year and our inventory for 2008 is in desperate need of quite a few items.

We are asking everyone to help us get out the word so that we can help make prom dreams come true for 1800 girls. We are in desperate need of:

  • Dress SHOES (especially black shoes)
  • Mascara
  • Large Shopping bags
  • Purses of all colors
  • Plus size dresses (16 & up)
  • Sparkly Jewelry
  • Monetary Donations
  • Garment Bags

Donations can be brought to Farren School, 5055 S. State during the week from 7:00am – 2:00pm or they can be brought at the second set-up, Saturday 29th from 9:00-5:00.Let’s make this another successful year!

Questions? Check out our website.

Bridal Event– Jason Kaczorowski Photography opening

Jason Kaczorowski Photography is hosting a Grand Opening celebration for his new studio. Located on Chicago’s north side in Ravenswood, in the former Bull Dog Lock Company building. Jason has started a blog.

There will be live music, food and spirits. Sign the guest registry and receive valuable money saving offers!!!

Jason Kaczorowski Photography

4636 N. Ravenswood Studio 106

Chicago, IL 60640

Friday, March 28th, 2008



The botanical fashion show of the century treats guests to a variety of artistic floral interpretations in wraps and clothing, hats, parasols, corsages and more, all made from flowers, plants and leaves.

The runway soiree is a collaborative event between the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and Chicago-area florists, and students from the Millinery Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Stunning floral arrays in Horticulture Hall, beautiful lighting, music, refreshments and professional photographers make it an affair to remember.

Friday, March 28
7-10 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue, at Fulton Boulevard

Tickets are $100 for general admission; $150 for runway seating. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 773-638-1766, extension 13.

Event Review- Chicago History Museum Event

Last week, I went to an event at the Chicago History Museum with a client, A, and her Maid of Honor, J. The event was co-hosted by Chicago Social Brides. One of my favorite museums in Chicago, I absolutely love this venue for a wedding.

While I forgot my camera, I did snap a few shots from my trusty Treo.

A Perfect Event, one of the premiere event design companies in Chicago, designed this table set-up. They incorporated bold black and white with light greens and silver. If I hadn’t seen it in person, I wouldn’t have thought that I would enjoy it so much!

The flowers from Botanicals blew me away. Fuchsia, Black , and White. What is not to love? I love the powerfulness of the décor. It was absolutely beautiful…. And something that I thought that would look great with my future weddings plans, as long as they were tweaked.

Crazy bride that I am, I decided to change elements of my event design weeks before my wedding. I may live to regret this…but right now, I’m enjoying living on the edge.

Event Review- Paper Source Event

Recently, I attended the Paper Source Wedding event held in their Evanston location. It was a lot of fun and I really did get inspired. I participated in the interactive workshop where we made and decorated favor containers. While my favors are too large for the containers, I decided to take the idea and incorporate it into my wedding plans.

Here is a picture of the favor container that I made.

Also present at the event were a select number of vendors. One cute idea was cookies pre-printed with a personalized message. I was surprised at the price– it was very affordable!

Venue Remodel

My wedding venue, Hotel Allegro, has reopened their doors! Half of te rooms are still being finished but they have already held two weddings. Here are the pictures from a recent visit. Ironically, we knew the couple, A+K that was getting married there! A used to work with both my fiance and I at a consulting firm.
It was very fun to run into her and K between their ceremony and reception. A was very unhappy with the drapes. Unfortunately, I have to concur.

Music Room
It’s the foyer immediately outside of the Walnut Ballroom. They’ve added a lot of really modern black and white touches. We’ll be holding our cocktail hour there.

I love the paintings that flank the doors to the Ballroom.

The furniture will be removed for the cocktail hour.

Very cool black and white credenza.

We’ll be using this for the guest book and the In Memory candles.

The other black and white credenza on the other side of the bar.

The Music Room has two grand staircases that lead to the cocktail hour.

Back Lobby

This is my favorite part of the remodel. We decided to take pictures over here with the bridal party.

We’re taking pictures before the ceremony. Since we both want to have our first meeting together special, this is where we decided to meet!

Walnut Room
This is the ballroom!

Room view in the process of being set up for a reception

We will be getting married facing the mirror.

Does anyone find anything redeeming about these drapes?

Overall, I am happy with the remodeling of the ballroom. It’s a risky decision to pick a venue that is going over a remodel. In our case, the remodeling to the reception space was minimal: new drapes, new carpet, and a fresh coat on the wood walls.

If you find a venue that you love, I’d say go for it! Just be prepared to not like some of the changes. In our case, it is the hideous drapes.

Boo To Zazzle

A few months ago, I wrote a post about my satisfaction with Zazzle. Well, things have unfortunately changed. When we received our stamps, there was a letter stating that Zazzle has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

We used 5 different pictures for our stamps. Two pictures that were less than stellar. The first picture is of us from the moment we got engaged. Taken with my camera, it was a little fuzzy on the stamp. Since I was exchanging those two sheets, I decided to swap out athe second picture because it had too much greenery and didn’t look as good.

I emailed Zazzle to inquire into the details of the exchange policy. The customer service representative emailed me back saying, “Thanks for your e-mail. We are more than willing to exchange the product you received for a replacement.”

A few weeks later, I had a credit on my account. I emailed Zazzle again. I was told that they do not do replacements on photo stamps. I emailed them back with the original email that stated they would replace the stamps. When I finally heard back after two inquiries, I was told that they would do nothing.

Unfortunately, I have to pull my review of this online vendor. I think it is horrible customer service to offer one thing and then do something entirely different.