Oscars Fashion Round-Up 2012

The 84th annual Academy Awards were last night and we have some favorite fashion to share!

Gwyneth Paltrow wearing a stunning Tom Ford gown. The gown itself is amazing but her simple ponytail looks effortlessly sleek and really completes the ensemble. My favorite detail was the beautiful cuff she wore on her right wrist. So gorgeous!


Natalie Portman wore a vintage Christian Dior gown. Polka dots are not typically seen on the red carpet, but Natalie paired it with an elegant Harry Winston necklace and she looks great!


Emma Stone wore Gianmattista Valli and Louis Vuitton last night. The color is amazing on her, the bow at the shoulder of her gown is beautiful, and the fit is impeccable. Paired with her sleek up-do, I think Emma really nailed it.




Nominee Jessica Chastain wore one of my favorite designers last night, Alexander McQueen. The detailing on the gown is amazing and her loose hair is so natural and flattering. I think this choice was so unexpected but turned out to be something very special. Jessica was my best dressed of the night!


Mila Jovovich went with an old Hollywood Elie Saab gown. She really was the picture of glamour!




Octavia Spencer was not just a big winner inside the auditorium last night, but on the red carpet! Octavia wore Tadashi Shoji and Neil Lane. She not only looked beautiful, but perfect for the occasion, and for an Academy Award winner!





2012 was a wonderful year for Academy Awards fashion!

Kate + Drew: Reception

My last post was about Kate and Drew’s beautiful outdoor ceremony. Now, it’s time to see the reception with lots more unique decor!


All photos were taken by Anthony Barlich.



The reception was at Acquaviva Winery which was accross the street from the ceremony location. Here is a great picture in front of the sign.

The reception was filled with as much decor as the ceremony. Each centerpiece was different and yet each perfectly captured the vintage look Kate wanted.

She used lots of candles, too.

More centerpieces and again the flowers are all made out of fabric!

The turquoise and purple was a great contrast from rest of the decor.

The cocktail hour was followed by a plated dinner. This picture is during the toasts.
One of Kate’s brother is a senior in high school. His homecoming football game was the night before the wedding so he flew into Chicago that morning. Kate is so sweet and had the band announce his team winning and gave him a crown!
Kate did not have a wedding cake but she did have a birthday cake! Their wedding date is also her mother’s birthday.
Along with the birthday cake was a sweet table filled with cake pops…
…and cupcakes!

After dinner, it was time for the first dance. In the foyer of the winery is a beautiful rotunda where they shared this special moment.
However, about 2 minutes into their song, the music changed and their entire bridal party joined in for a flash mob!

She also invited guests to be apart of it. Grandparents even took the time to learn some of the dance moves!


The flash mob was a great way to kick off the dancing for the rest of the night.
It was a filled dance floor until the very end!



Thank you Kate and Drew for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day!

Kate + Drew: Getting Ready and Ceremony

I am so excited to finally blog about this beautiful wedding! When I first met Kate at Starbucks she already had everything planned but needed someone the day of to take over. She is in event planning herself and had every detail already ironed out. When I say details, I mean it!! Kate thought of everything possible and had a gorgeous, unique wedding with details that were over the top! Plus it was at a winery, which I loved!

Ceremony: Private Residence
Reception: Acquaviva Winery
Cake Pops: Lilly Cakes
Cupcakes: Baked by ZuZu
Videographer: Tennyson


All photos were taken by Anthony Barlich.



Kate’s gorgeous dress! She had it on this mannequin in the middle of the hotel room. It took your breath away as soon as you walked in.

Her purple shoes were amazing!

Kate and Drew got ready at Pheasant Run Resort. Her ring was so unique.
Kate opted not to have a wedding band.


Kate was surrounded by some of the sweetest girls that she called “Gem Girls” not bridesmaids.



Here are all the girls trying to help Kate pick out her jewelry. She had so many options and chose to go classic for the ceremony but then colorful for the reception!

The videographer had them write letters to each other that they read for the video.
Here she is sealing it with a kiss!


One last hug and kiss for her mom before she left to see Drew!


In the meantime, the guys were enjoying lunch at Portillos!


After getting ready Kate and Drew went to the ceremony location for the first look. This picture captures it perfectly!

After the first look, K+D had time to take pictures of just the two of them around the private estate.


The private estate was beautiful and perfect for the look Kate wanted for her wedding.



Later the entire bridal arrived for more pictures.


A great group shot!


Now its time to share the decor. Kate hired Jackie from Shambora Studios who she found at a flea market and had Jackie create the most beautiful space. Because majority of the guests were bused to the ceremony location, Kate created a space for them to relax and hang out before the ceremony.

They could also enjoy flavored water on the warm September evening.

More beautiful decor…

…and more!



It was finally time to get the ceremony started. This sign guided the guest behind the private residence to the actual location.


Reserved signs for the first couple rows.



The bridal party processed out of a private pool house. Each one of the gem girls carried a single flower which then during the ceremony the last girl bundled up for Kate’s bouquet. I loved this idea! Also, all of Kate’s flowers were made out of fabric!


Kate walking down the aisle with her two brothers.

I love this picture of K+D during the ceremony.


A ceremony shot! It was beautiful!


You may kiss the bride!


Husband and wife!


And the beautiful bouquet!



Next, I will blog about the reception.

Emily + Jason, Part 2

Yesterday, I posted about Emily and Jason’s morning and ceremony.  Now, it’s time to take a peak at their wedding reception!



A kiss on the staircase before the cocktail hour.


DIY deliciousness.  The adorable escort cards made by the Bride.


The escort cards all lined up at the cocktail hour.


I love that the bride had a flower at each place setting.  


The modern cake, inspired by an image that Emily found online while planning.


Did someone say cookies?  The bride made cookies for guests to take home.


I love this photo because it shows what happens to any candy buffet.  Demolished!


The cute favor boxes that the bride DIYed.

Emily and Jason, thank you so much for having me be apart of your wedding day!

Emily + Jason, Part 1

Emily and Jason had this fabulous preppy chic with a dash of whimsical aesthetic that translated into a relaxed affair.  When we met for our initial consultation, Emily discusses her plans that included many DIY projects, balloons, and her desire not to worry.  Well, the day went off without a hitch.  

DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Family
Hotel: Wyndham
Make-up: Andie Cumber

All photos by Orris Photography.


Emily’s gown before getting dressed.


Emily wanted a fun shoe… I love the color!


My favorite part of Emily’s look was the look of her chic headband and the ties dangling in the back.


One very lovely bridal bouquet.


I love how bridal gowns take up the entire backseat.


Holding hands with her Dad, before she is about to walk down the aisle.


Emily and Jason took photos around town after their Catholic ceremony.


I love a long veil, well in Chicago.  The wind always gives the veil a life of its own!


Did someone say balloons?  

There will be more photos tomorrow of Emily and Jason’s reception!

Kelsey + Dave: Part 2

In my last post, I shared Kelsey and Dave’s getting ready and photos around the city. Now, I’m excited to share their ceremony and reception!


Kelsey and Dave held their ceremony in the atrium at the Ravenswood Event Center. The room was filled with beautiful, warm sunlight and the couple accented the room with big, red balloons! Their ring bearer was even lucky enough to walk down the aisle with a big red balloon of his own.



What a beautiful aisle for Kelsey to walk down in a fantastic space!

Finally, Kelsey and Dave were officially husband and wife!

While the ceremony was taking place upstair, I was downstairs making sure everything was ready for the cocktail hour and dinner.

Kelsey and Dave’s cake incorporated special details, including their cat, the Chicago skyline and the London skyline.


Mustaches were a theme throughout the day, and I love how the couple incorporated them into their escort cards! The gentlemen received mustaches and the ladies received big, red lips.

They were a big hit with the guests!


During dinner, I went back upstairs to the atrium to get ready for the dancing part of the reception. Kelsey and Dave crafted an amazing sweets table for their guests! They provided some chocolates and other items that were special to them, and then Luscious Layers provided delicious whoopie pies and all kinds of tasty treats.


The red balloons from the ceremony were also repurposed around the room.

Kelsey and Dave shared their first dance…

…and then the dance floor was opened up to everyone. This group was not shy and everyone had so much fun!

To keep the party going, a hot dog cart was rolled out and Chicago-style hotdogs were provided as a late night snack. Yum!

Kelsey changed back into her cheongsam and the couple danced the night away!


Kelsey and Dave, I had so much fun being a part of your day!

Kelsey + Dave: Part 1

When I first met with Kelsey and Dave, they were still mapping out a lot of details for their big day. But I could definitely tell that they wanted to have a lot of fun with their planning, incorporating special details and a lot of whimsical touches. As the day approached and I saw more and more of the plans, I knew this would be a party their friends and family wouldn’t soon forget!

I felt so lucky to be a part of Kelsey and Dave’s big day – they were so much fun to work with and enjoyed their day from start to finish!

Cake + Desserts: Luscious Layers
Ceremony + Reception: Ravenswood Event Center
Caterer:
Ravenswood Event Center
DJ: Leslie from Toast & Jam
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist
Hair: Dee Deefort
Hotel: Amalfi Hotel
Makeup: Mary Mazzuca


Kelsey and Dave were married on a very popular date this past year – 9.10.11. I loved the hanger Kelsey had made to commemorate the day.



Kelsey and her bridesmaids relaxed in Kelsey’s suite at the Amalfi Hotel while they had hair and makeup done. This is always a great way to start the wedding day!


To start off the festivities the couple chose to have a Chinese tea ceremony, held at the hotel. Kelsey donned a beautiful cheongsam for the ceremony.

After the tea ceremony, it was time for Kelsey to put on her beautiful white wedding dress! She had plenty of fantastic bridesmaids to help make sure she looked perfect.

Ashland Addison Florist took care of the flowers for the day and did an absolutely amazing job with Kelsey’s bouquet!

The final additions to Kelsey’s look included her birdcage veil…

…and a fabulous sequined pair of red TOMS! Kelsey was able to be cute and comfortable throughout the day.

Dave was dashing in a fabulous suit, and I can never resist a fun boutonniere shot.

Even though the couple had already seen each other during the tea ceremony, they had a “first look” once Kelsey had changed dresses.

The day brought beautiful Chicago weather, so the couple was able to go around the city for photos with their wedding party.

Did I mention there was a mustache theme to the day?




Kelsey and Dave also incorporated balloons into their wedding. This white balloon took a lot of helium to fill, but it was definitely worth it!


The wedding party ended photos at the ceremony and reception venue, Ravenswood Event Center. One area of the venue has an amazing collection of classic cars. Usually you cannot touch the cars, but an exception was made for the couple and they were able to pose in this fantastic red convertible…which happens to be the car from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!


Up next, I’m excited to share Kelsey and Dave’s ceremony and fantastic reception!

Sam and Kyle: Reception

Part 3:  Ceremony and Cocktails

Kyle and I had the best night of our lives.  We were so thrilled to see our guests enjoying themselves. It was surreal seeing all my hard work fall in to place. I definitely had my dream wedding!





All photos by Steve Koo Photography.



As the guests entered the reception, they picked up their escort card. I embossed 3 white snow flakes and then my mom wrote the names of each guests in black.


Our gift table was also where we put the wine guest book. We decided to display the Merci sign during the reception. I thought it was perfect for the table.




I previously blogged about these lovely cake pops that were our favors. I can’t thank my mom enough for making all 150 in one day. They were a hit!





Using the same silver paper, I made menu cards for each place setting. We also decided to bring in silver linen. At first, I didn’t think it was necessary but I am SO thankful I spent the money. It made such a difference in the decor.




I previously blogged about the table numbers which were cities we’ve visited together. I decided on the silver stands which I think went great with the linen.


We were so happy the way our cake turned out!





Now it was finally time to enjoy the party. This is one of my favorite wedding photos! We were so excited!





The guests were clinging glasses all night.








My sister’s toast was the best that I have ever heard. A small part of it was about gifts Kyle has given me in our relationship. Unfortunately, when we were in high school, I thought this blanket was a good idea. I was shocked when my sister brought it out.  Our guests thought it was hilarious!





She was an amazing MOH.


I had to post this picture because of our expressions. Right before we were about to cut it Kyle told me he was going to smoosh it all over my face. Clearly, I didn’t like that idea and was telling him be better not. I’m glad he listed to me!









The first dance was one of the only moments where I felt like Kyle and I were the only ones in the room.



My dad and I dancing to Forever Young by Rod Stewart.



Then, it was Kyle and his mom’s turn.



Finally, after a great meal it was time to dance. We had such a great time dancing the night away!



Kyle hugging it out with his best friend/groomsmen. This picture makes me laugh every time!



The end of the night quickly came but this picture sums everything up for me. Kyle and I together surrounded by our friends and family.




We had the perfect day!