Nerissa + Joe’s Old St. Pat’s and Knickerbocker Wedding

Nerissa and Joe had a stunning fall wedding that incorporated many of the best parts of the city. From their gorgeous ceremony to the lively reception at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, every part of the day showcased their fun personalities and love for each other. Their elegant celebration was full of fun and personal touches, all captured beautifully by  Geber + Scarpelli photography. 

Cotton Candy Machine: Spin Spun
Photo Booth: Fotio
Makeup: Andie Cumber
Photography: Gerber + Scarpelli
Videography: LEAP Weddings


After a beautiful ceremony the bridal party gathered for photos in many of Chicago’s most scenic spots, including Lasalle Street, the Kinzie Street Bridge, and Olive Park. After taking pictures, it was time to dance the night away!


I had such a wonderful time working with this vivacious couple and am so happy that I was able to be a part of planning their special day. 

Beata + Josh: The Details

Yesterday, I posted about Beata and Josh’s wedding. Here are some of the details from their celebration.


All photos by Gerber & Scarpelli.

The bride’s heels had just enough sparkle yet did not compete with her intricate gown.

Beata’s bouquet included succulents, green hypernicum berries, ivory lisianthus and seeded eucalyptus berries.

Their rings were engraved with each other’s names.

The beautiful lace on the train of her dress.

Beata opted not to wear a veil and instead pinned beautiful orchids in her hair.

The leaf pattern was featured on all their paper items.

It’s usually best to work with your surroundings.
The brown and green color scheme perfectly complemented the space.

Beata is a Sox fan, while Josh is a Cubs fan. Their save the date featured a photo of the couple wearing their respective teams’ shirts. The same playful sentiment carried over into their favors, Cubs and Sox M&Ms.

The Ketubah featured an amazing photo from their engagement session.

The couple offered an extensive sweet table in lieu of wedding cake.
I admit chocolate covered strawberries are my own personal weakness.

The twinkling lights coupled with the moonlight make the space look magical.

All guests were invited outside to a private balcony for the fireworks.
What a fantastic view, especially for out of town guests.

Congratulations again, Beata and Josh!

Beata + Josh

Beata and Josh’s wedding had an international flair. Their ceremony and reception incorporated their respective traditions, and included the hora and Sto Lat, a traditional Polish toast sung by guests. The one unexpected element? The flamenco music they selected for their ceremony!

Caterer: Phil Stefani Signature Events
Ceremony + Reception Location: Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier
Photographer: Gerber & Scarpelli
Videographer: Orange Video Production
Ceremony Music: TransAcoustic Productions
Cocktail Music: Lesniki
Reception Music: Gentleman of Leisure
Florist: Fleur
Chairs + Linens: Elegant Presentations
Hair: Beauty on Call
Makeup: Faces by Tracy

Their Chihuahua, Tiger, was at the hotel as Beata got ready. He dressed up for the occasion!

Josh sat in front of a mirror as he waited to see his bride for the first time.

The couple booked a suite at the W Hotel Lakeshore. We had a fabulous view of Navy Pier from the room. It’s exciting to be able to see your venue from the hotel!

Posing with their bridal party on one of the city’s bridges.

Practicing for their first dance later.

Heading up the ceremony site at Navy Pier. Tourists love spotting a bride and groom!

The ceremony took place in the Crystal Gardens, amid the lush foliage.

Mazel Tov!

Couples sometimes hire coordinators to help with very specific items on the wedding day that are important to them. I was tasked with purchasing Ferris Wheel tickets for Beata and Josh the morning of the wedding, and working with the security staff to make sure they could skip the line.

They were able to steal a private moment up in the sky.

A sign of a fun reception? When the bride and groom hop up on stage and join the band!

This warm and welcoming wedding had a fabulous send off: fireworks!


Look for details tomorrow.

Real Wedding: Jessica + John

Jessica and John were referred to me by a previous Honey Bee Weddings Client, Marissa and Drew.  Since the couple lives in New York City, they booked my services almost 14 months before their big day. 
Jessica was a decisive bride.  As she just completed her second year of law school, she really didn’t have the luxury to waffle over every decision.  I adored that about her! She opted to have a classic Chicago wedding with her ceremony at Old St. Pat’s and the reception at the downtown Maggiano’s.
All photos are taken by Collin from Gerber and Scarpelli
Jessica and her Maids got ready at a spacious suite at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Jessica’s gorgeous train began from the top of her dress, creating a dramatic look.

Since their ceremony was over by noon,
the couple spent the afternoon taking photos around the city.

Jessica and John didn’t just go for a classic look, their entire wedding classic. 

The Bride and Groom with the Groomsmen at Kinzie St. Bridge.

The Bride and Groom loved cocktail parties.  They opted to keep the cocktail hour for an hour and half so that they could socialize with their guests.  I think every guest enjoyed it!

Cutting the cake!  The Bride opted to decorate the cake with fresh flowers.

The bridal party toasts as the Bride’s Father thanks the guests.
In lieu of a traditional head table, the couple sat with their bridal party at a 60″ round at the front of the room. 

The couple kicked off the dancing with “I’m In The Mood For Love” by Louis Armstrong.

The couple opted to combine the Father/Daughter dance with the Mother/Son dance.  Jessica and her Gather danced to “Too Marvelous For Words” by Ella Fitzgerald.  In the second verse, John and his Mother cut in.

The Bride stayed on the dance floor all night in her lovely heels.

Towards the end of the evening, the couples snuck away from their guests for a few photos in the River North neighborhood.