Amy + Gary, The Ceremony + Reception

Yesterday, I posted about Amy + Gary’s wedding day. Today, I am going to post about the actual ceremony and reception.

All photos by Life on Prints.

All of the gorgeous paper items were designed by Gourmet Invitations.

For the ceremony, the room was set up in a semi-circle so that there were guests surrounding the couple.

The Bride and her Father process into the ballroom.

The couple under their DIY huppah.

Amy + Gary saying their vows. I love the lighting at the James!

The first kiss!

Gourmet Invitations made the escort cards.

In the foyer, the bride displayed wedding photos of parents and grandparents.

The gorgeous cake made by Cake Girls.

Esther from Scarlet Petal designed the centerpieces.

Tifany also designed the table numbers slash menus.

The Cake Girls also made the groom’s cake that reflected Gary’s poker hobby.
Amy ordered custom cocktail napkins from For Your Party.
The Father of the Bride made the audience laugh and the Bride blush.
The Maid of Honor gave the most lovely, heartfelt toast to the Bride.
If you look at the background, you’ll see that the amazing chalk drawing of the city.

Amy during the first dance, “My Love is You Love” by Whitney Houston.
The couple snuck out for some gorgeous evening photos.
The best part of getting married in the winter: the lights on the trees.

Amy + Gary, The Beginning

With some of my clients, we become friends. The friendship varies greatly on scale greatly. Sometimes, we become Facebook friends and keep in touch on occasion. I hear about their vacations and plans to buy a home. Occasionally, the friendship includes emails every few months so we can talk about their married life, work, babies, etc. And then there is Amy.
The day we met, our friendship was sealed within minutes.
Amy: “I love your shoes.”
Me: “Thank you. They’re Lacroix.”
Amy (raises eyebrow): “Lacroix dah-lingggg?”
Me (realizing that I found one of my people): “Lacroix, dahling, Lacroix.”

Now if you have never seen the British show, Absolutely Fabulous, then you have no idea what we are talking about. The show is about two friends that drink far too much champagne and adore fashion. That’s Amy and me.
But this post is about Amy + Gary… so without further ado, here are first 2009 wedding blog post!

All photos by Life on Prints.

Cake: Cake Girls

Ceremony + Reception: James Hotel
DJ: Toast and Jam
Florist: Scarlet Petal
Hair: Mario Tricocci
Hotel: James Hotel
Make-up: Rachel Reiman
Officiant: Rabbi Evan Moffic from Chicago Sinai
Photographer: Life on Prints
Videographer: Pat Percino

The groom, Gary, is from NYC. This photo was a must!

While getting ready, Amy would randomly jump up and down, “I’m getting married!”

Amy is getting dressed with help from her Maid of Honor, Jessica, before meeting her groom.

The pearl necklace is very Amy: classic with a modern edge. Jewelry is by Dabby Reid.

You would have no idea it is only 10 degrees out by the look on their faces.
Amy is heading outside for their First Meeting.

The couple heads back in doors to exchange gifts.
Amy was delighted by her Speedy bag.

the bride + groom

Amy took some amazing portraits. Her dress is by Val Stefani.

The James allows for some amazing backdrops.

Amy with her maids. The dresses were by Mori Lee.

Gary and the groomsmen wore Chuck Taylors.


After photos, the group met up in the Library for drinks before the ketubah signing and the ceremony.

Amy primps with her bestie, Jessica.

Ketubah signing in a private room before the ceremony.

Sample Sale!

Aisle Style Bridal Sample Sale
Saturday, August 29th
9 – 2PM
111 West First Street
Elmhurst, IL

I haven’t been to this store. I’d love to get some comments from some readers!

Introducing Shelly!

Shelly joined Honey Bee Weddings! With a background in event planning for the young adult and tween market, Shelly coordinated her frist wedding in the early Spring.
What better way to get to know a wedding coordinator than by seeing her wedding? Shelly was married April 6, 2003. Over the course of her wedding weekend, it snowed, rained, iced, and was sunny. She lost 10 guests because of the weather. Regardless of what was going on outside, her ceremony and reception in the Gold Coast Room at the Drake Hotel was lovely! Below are some photos with her own captions.

In my “getting ready room” holding hands with my oldest camp friend, Katy, who was also a bridesmaid.

Getting ready and having some fun with my bridesmaids in my “getting ready room” at The Drake.

Ron and I are signing our ketubah in a private room at The Drake surrounded by our bridal party. The guests were seated during this time in the ceremony room.

My two ketubah witnesses, closest friends and bridesmaids, Holly and Shannon signing our ketubah.

Ron and I are officially married according to Jewish law after signing our ketubah.
We are shaking hands as a married couple for the first time!

The bedeken ceremony, my mother and Ron veiling me. The bedeken ceremony is a Jewish wedding custom that takes place prior to the chupah; when the husband-to-be lifts up the veil of the bride-to-be to make sure it is the woman he intends to marry.

Me taking breathing lessons from my future in-laws and brother right before I am to walk down the aisle!

Ron and I getting married under the chuppah by our officiant Rabbi Michael Siegel from Anshe Emet Synogogue. We’re surrounded by our immediate family members.

Ron and I are holding hands during our ceremony.

Ron and I are holding hands under the chupah. I am wearing my grandmother’s ring to get married. This ring is a gold circle with no stones which symbolizes eternal love. It is a tradition in my family for the female to use my grandmother’s ring to marry.

I had low and high centerpieces, satin striped ivory tablecloths and ivory chair covers. I was going for a soft feminine white wedding mixed with a hint of old Europe. The Gold Coast Room offered it’s stunning golden grape leave pillars and gorgeous chandeliers!
A picture of my head table and the cake that was made in-house.

Another picture of my beautiful reception room in color with the chandeliers on low. My flowers consisted of ivory and peach roses, eucalyptus and Queen Anne’s lace.
The florist was Blooming City.

A picture of my wedding cake and the head table.
The10 person band, Don Cagen Band, is playing in the background.

Ron and I are lifted up on chairs celebrating our marriage during a fast paced hora.

White Wedding

Before getting married, I posted my thoughts of a guest wearing white at a wedding. And then, of course, I had a guest show up wearing white. I DID notice but didn’t say anything.

What would you do?

More importantly, would you ever wear white to a wedding?

Real Wedding: Megan + Matt, ceremony + reception

Yesterday, I posted the stunning portraits of the couple as they were getting ready.

All photography is by Eric O’Connor from Allori Photography.

All eyes are on the adorable flower girl.

The bride + groom during the ceremony.

Huge smiles as the couple recesses down the aisle.

I am completely jealous of the photos taken during the winter evening. I always wanted a winter wedding!

The Murphy Auditorium allows for some stunning photos onsite.
It’s a great alternative when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate!

Berghoff Catering made the wedding cake.

My obsession with symmetry! I love this photograph.

Real Wedding: Megan + Matt

Most of my real wedding posts are all about the details. As a wedding planner, I am usually obsessed with the personal touches that couples add to make a wedding their own. However, when I saw Megan and Matt’s photos, I couldn’t help but drool over the portraits. Megan looked stunning
All photography is by Eric O’Connor from Allori Photography.

Band: Spoken Four
Berghoff Catering
Berghoff Catering
Holy Name Cathedral
A Perfect Event
Hair Stylist + Make-up Artist:
Starlight Make-up
Hotel Block:
Embassy Suites
Officiant: Monsignor Michael Hess
Allori Photography
Murphy Auditorium
The Bus Bank + Amm’s Limosuine
The bride getting ready in her hotel room.

A close-up of the bride’s fabulous make-up. Look at those lashes!

Doesn’t she look so happy?

Matt waiting to see his bride.

A fantastic groomsmen shot.

I love the blue light effect.

Framed to be picture perfect!

My second favorite Catholic Churches in the city.

More pictures are coming tomorrow!