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!

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!

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.

Amy.

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.

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.