Jen + Brendan’s A New Leaf Wedding

All photos by Olivia Leigh.

Jen had a great time getting ready with her family.

Jen and Brendan’s first look. I love the look on Brendan’s face!

The couple did a gorgeous shoot around the city.

I love the elegance of the couple against the backdrop of this gritty wall.

The couple’s first dance – you can see how gorgeous Jen’s dress is as Brendan spins her.

Everyone had a great time getting out on the dance floor!

Tomorrow, we will focus on the details! is the only social network for all things wedding related. Right now if you create a wedding pre-party at you will receive a special promo code for you and your friends to use at at 10% off. is a great opportunity to rent high end designer dressers for a fraction of the price to wear for special and wedding events.

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Registry for Foodies

I love non-traditional registries – some brides just don’t need a new blender! Foodie Registry is a new registry site for Chicago foodie couples or for those who just enjoy a nice night out. If this free site had been around when I got married, I would have definitely registered for a gift certificate for dinner at Spiaggia and brunch at Perennial. I also love the idea of being able to give the gift of a lovely (and delicious) date night to newlywed friends.

Would you consider using Foodie Registry? What fabulous Chicago eateries would you register for?

Merritt + Steve: The Details

Yesterday I posted from photos from Merritt and Steve’s ceremony and reception. Now for the details!

All photos by Brian Kinyon.

I loved how light Merritt’s dress looked.

Bouquets were white with green accents.

I know I’ve said this before, but I adore a colored shoe!

Merritt wore a beautiful, elaborate headband.

The programs explained the components of the ceremony to guests.

The beautiful ketubah.

These seats are reserved for the Bride and Groom!

Mixed shades of green brightened up the escort cards.

Instead of a cake, they served yummy cupcakes in a variety of flavors.

The tables were named after famous Chicago places.

Mazel Tov, Merritt and Steve!

Merritt & Steve

I met with Merritt and Steve about five months before their wedding. They were a very organized yet low key couple and just wanted someone to run the show the day of the wedding. That’s what I’m here for!

Band Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Phoebe’s Cupcakes
Caterer Hearty Boys
Ceremony and Reception
Temple Sholom
Florist Blumgarten
Jill Gosser
Photographer Brian Kinyon
Photobooth Chicagoland Photobooth

Toasting the beautiful bride.

Merritt and Steve opted to meet for the first time in their home.

The whole bridal party took some photos around their neighborhood.

They also visited one of their favorite local hangouts.

Isn’t this such a cool photo?

Off to the ceremony!

Merritt gave the ladies some great practical gifts
that matched the overall color scheme of the wedding.

Signing the ketubah with family.

The bride and groom were beaming throughout the ceremony.

Merritt’s Dad gave a heartfelt toast to the newlyweds.

I love to see couples enjoy the party!

Tomorrow, we’ll look at some of the details.

Save the Date: Gilt Wedding Shop

Gilt Groupe will be having a special Wedding Shop on their site from Wednesday, October 20th through Sunday, October 24.

Over the course of these days you will be able to find great deals on everything from wedding dresses to registry items to great honeymoon spots.

To sign up for Gilt Groupe click here.