Stephanie + Andy, the reception

Yesterday, I posted about Stephanie and Andy’s ceremony. Today, I’m posting all about the reception.

All photos by Paul Yamashiro.

For the escort card, the bride chose some flowers emerged in water with floating candles on top.


A DIY Queen, Stephanie made all of the escort cards. I loved the flowers attached to the corner of each card.


Guests enjoyed the cocktail hour on the balcony.


The couple made their guestbook with photos from their life together.


The ballroom looked stunning, as always.


The room is all set before the guests arrive.


Stephanie DIY her menus using a similar paper to the programs.


A view of the room from one of the tables.


An aerial shot of a table.

The couple’s Sweetheart Table was so cute!


I love all of the details.


The bride looks down and waves to guests that are arriving.


The Cake Girls made a stunning modern fondant cake.


I have to admit that although the wedding cake was beautiful, it was the groom’s cake that stole the show.
The groom trades corn, so it was the PERFECT cake and a huge hit.


Dancing all night! The guests filled the classic black and white dance floor.

Everyone remained energized by the late night snacks!


Guests took home a bag of Garrett’s Popcorn as their favor!


Congratulations Stephanie + Andrew!! I had so much fun working with the both of you!

Stephanie + Andy

Stephanie was an organized bride. It’s such a relief when you have a bride that fills out your spreadsheets and sends you lists of things to be done. As her Day of Coordinator, I appreciated it immensely. And she was very lucky, she had a perfect wedding day. It helped that all of her vendors were top notch.

All photos by Paul Yamashiro.

Isn’t she adorable? I kept wanting to pick her and her little brother up the entire day. I love babies.


The gentleman walked over from the Westin to the church.


The bride and her maids followed once the groom was out of sight.
The girls, of course, got a lot more attention than the guys!


Stephanie made the best looking DIY programs to date.
She found this gorgeous thick paper as the cover and then used ribbons to tie them together.


The bride walks with her father to the church.


The church is gorgeous.


The bride had a cord and veil ceremony to celebrate her Filipino heritage.


After the ceremony, the girls stood by while the bride and groom took photos.

Forth Presbyterian allows for some gorgeous photos.


The couple took some lovely photos together.


This one is my favorite!


The newlyweds radiate happiness.


I’ll be back tomorrow to post photos of their reception.

Real Weddings: Dina + Derek

Dina hired me about about a year before her wedding.  Her fiance, Derek, came to the consultation as well.  I could tell that the both of them cared deeply about every wedding decision. Dina mentioned that she had experience is design.  I had no idea how talented she was!  Her DIY projects are some of the best work I have ever seen.  


Dennis Lee, the couple’s photographer, also featured the couple on his blog.


CakeRolf’s
CatererLevy
Chair CoversElegant Presentations
FloristAnna Held
Make-upSonia Roselli
PhotographerDennis Lee
Rehearsal DinnerSopranos Restaurant

Dina was done with hair and make-up.  She hung her dress above the bed, which made for a gorgeous photo.
When Dennis arrived, Dina was just hanging out in the room with me. There was no entourage. He looked around, a bit incredulous. Dina was the epitome of a relaxed and low-key bride.
Dina embellished her dress with a brooch inside the bow on her sash. I loved this look.
Dina inside the trolley. Most trolleys don’t offer such comfortable and photographic seating.

There was no need to calm down this bride.  
Right before she is to walk down the aisle, she breaks into laughter.

I am often asked the appropriate age of a Flower Girl or Ring Bearer.  At 14 months, she made it down the aisle like a Professional without any tears or drama!


Dina is escorted down the aisle by her Father.

The couple stand before their family and friends.

The First Kiss, while they are holding hands.

The couple are greeted by guests blowing bubbles.

This is why October is the most popular month to get married in Chicago. The photos look amazing!

It’s nice to have a Bridal Party portrait where everyone isn’t lined up in a row.


Fall is my least favorite season but this picture is gorgeous.

 

It’s a great idea to drop off your Bridal Party and take a few photos with just the two of you.

 


When the couple headed to Art Institute, the party was already in full swing.

 

I think the banquettes in the balcony are lovely.

 

Nothing beats a first dance than on a classic black and white dance floor.

 

The couple opted to have a coffee and dessert station so that guests could choose the type of cake.  The menu is one of the many DIY projects by Dina.

 

Check back tomorrow for photos of the details!