Elizabeth + Mark’s Wedding

Elizabeth and Mark’s had a beautifully elegant wedding at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and a reception at the Standard Club. The maroon, pink and green flower color palette was a smart choice for the fall wedding. 

It was such a pleasure to apart of Elizabeth and Mark’s special day! 

Bagpipes: Emerald Society
Photographer: ZrWeddings

Rebecca + Adam’s Modern Wing Reception

I always love that my career let’s me be an integral part of a couple’s wedding day. However, some weddings are closer to me than others. When the wedding is one of your coordinators, it really feels special. 

Rebecca and Adam were married at St. James Chapel and hosted their reception in the Griffin Court at the Art Institute Chicago. Rebecca wanted a classic bride look ala Grace Kelly with long sleeves and lace but the station style wedding was completely modern.  Rebecca has been with Honey Bee Weddings for four years and used great cast of vendors. The color palette was white, gold and black– the bricks of gold on the bar were divine.  

Ceremony: St. James Chapel
Linens: BBJ Linens
Chairs: Tablescapes
Hair and Make-up: Sonia Roselli
Photographer: Dennis Lee Photography
Photobooth: Smilebooth

 After the beautiful ceremony at St. James Chapel, everyone headed to The Art Institute of Chicago for the somehow even more beautiful reception.


Kristina + Vytas

Kristina and Vytas had such a beautiful wedding. The charm was in the details, from the bride wearing her Mother’s gown to all of the Lithuanian traditions.  Dennis Lee Photography caught all of the lovely little things that made the day special!

After the ceremony, the bridal party took photos on the golf course at the Silver Lake Country Club, and then everyone proceeded to party!

I had such a great time helping Kristina and Vytas make their wedding day as spectacular and vibrant as it turned out to be. Everyone loved the celebration, and the newlyweds could not have been happier.
Officiant: Father Lukas Laniauskas
Photographer: Dennis Lee Photography
Reception: Silver Lake Country Club
Wedding Coordinator: Honey Bee Weddings

Lizzie + Chase

Lizzie and Chase are a fantastic couple! I feel so lucky that I was apart of their wedding day. Planning the big event was such fun with Lizzie’s keen design eye.  The couple had a wonderful day that flew by in the blink of an eye.  Steve Koo was right in the middle of the action, documenting the whole thing.


After the grand bubble-laden ceremony exit, the newlyweds and their bridal party traversed the city for pictures, and then everyone met up at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the reception.

The sign of a great wedding is when the end of the night comes and people don’t want the party to stop. That is exactly what happened when Lizzie and Chase’s special day came to a close. The couple and their guests had a fantastic time, and the night proved to be absolutely unforgettable.
 DJ: DJ Harsh
Hair and Make-up: Sonia Roselli Beauty
 Photobooth: Fotio
Photographer: Steve Koo

November Bridal Events

There are two fantastic bridal events coming up that every bride should mark on their calendar if they are looking for bridal accessories or a make-up artist. 
Left Bank Jewelry, a beautiful boutique in Lincoln Park, is having their annual sample sale with up to 80% off shoes, veils, and jewelry.   Left Bank has an amazing selection of jewelry and trinkets that make me swoon every time I step through the doors.

Later in the month, Sonia Roselli is having an open house.  The salon will be offering free trials will any booked contract, giveaways every hour, professional photos and a lot of fun.  Sonia has as amazing team so I would definitely recommend attending the event if you need a hair stylist or make-up artist.

Left Bank Annual Sample Sale
Saturday, November 9th to Saturday, November 16th
No appointment necessary.

Left Bank Jewelry
1155 West Webster Avenue

Sonia Roselli Open House

Sunday, November 17th from 11 – 4PM
To make an appointment, call 773-465-7363

Sonia Roselli
7003 North Glenwood Avenue

March Makeup Madness prented by Sonia Roselli

Forget basketball! We’re talking all things beauty here. Everything about what I am going to share with you is beyond fabulous, so take a good moment to brace yourselves. This month THE Sonia Roselli is introducing her series of Makeup Master Classes for women who want to take their beauty regime to the next level.

  Check out the March lineup below for a closer look at what’s in store:

DIY Bridal Makeup Class 

diy bridal makeup

Learn step-by-step how to acheive that perfectly-perfect wedding day makeup from Sonia herself! Cue gasps now. Nothing is more frustrating than getting your makeup done and loving it, but not being able to re-create the look at home! Now, with Sonia’s expert help, problem solved.

March 16th at 2-4PM
March 17th at 10-12PM  
Cost: $45 per person 
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class so spread the word!
Register with a credit card by March 14
No shows will be charged.

Brush Hour Makeup Class 


Not to be outdone, the DIY class will be followed by Brush Hour. In this class, learn more about professional brushes and their specific used to maximize your glam factor! Now, if that’s not enough, here’s the added bonus: by the end of this class, you will leave with 16 professional makeup brushes worth $350*. I know, I know, here’s how you sign up! 

March 23rdth at 10-12PM & 2-4PM 
March 24th at 10-12PM 
Cost: $149
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class so don’t be shy, tell everyone!
Register with credit card by March 14
*Products are included in this class. You must prepay the non-refundable cost.

Catwalk to Sidewalk-Spring 2013 Trends 


To round out this amazing trio is the Master Catwalk to Sidewalk class. Cover the hottest trends from the Spring 2013 Fashion Week runways and learn how to seamlessly translate them into your everyday life. Now, I’m sure you’re already convinced but if not please note that you get to keep all your trend-setting makeup, valued at $400*. I mean, how major is this?! 

March 30th at 10-12PM
Cost: $149 
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class, so tell all your friends! 
Register with credit card by March 14
*Products are included in this class. You must prepay the non-refundable cost.

Email info@chicagomakeupclasses.com or call 773.771.1102 to sign up or for more information. 

Jessica + J.T.: The Reception at Galleria Marchetti

Yesterday, I posted the first part of Jessica and J.T.’s wedding.  Today’s post is dedicated to their beautiful reception at Galleria Marchetti.

All photo by Redwall Photography.

Galleria Marchetti is a hidden gem in the city.

The room looked stunning with the dramatic centerpieces by Scarlet Petal.

The first centerpiece was a round and lush sphere of flowers that included hydrangea, roses, cushion poms, and hypericum berries held in a tall and slender hourglass vase with a few hanging crystals as accent.

The second centerpiece was a trio of mercury glass pedastals that displayed pillar candles encased in glass hurricanes.  Surrounding the trio of candles was three mint julep cups containing more green hydrangeas, roses, and tulips.

The escort card table was simply beautiful.  There was a series of five cylinder vessels in varying heights that displayed groupings of blush pink and celadon hydrangeas with the prettiest pink escort cards that I have ever see!

Can we take one more look at those escort cards?  I love the POP of pink!

One very delicious cake by Amy Beck that included devil’s food chocolate and vanilla cake on alternating layers.

Scarlet Petal accented the cake with fresh flowers.

The ladies put their bouquets in vases on the head table.

Both Jessica and J.T. loved the Devil’s Food cake!

As the evening continued, there were a few toasts.

And then the dancing began courtesy of Dan Hayes Orchestra!

Congratulations to a very fun couple!  I wish all of the best in your future together.

Connie + Brian: Morning and the Ceremonies

My first meeting with Connie and Brian was over the phone.  They lived in New York City and were looking for a Chicago based planner.  I was really in awe (and impressed) when they told me that they met in high school.  I have friends that have been married for ten years that are high school sweethearts but I have never planned a wedding for a pair!

Many months later, it was the big day.  Connie looked so beautiful and the couple looked like they were having so much fun.  It was a wonderful wedding and I was so glad to be apart of it.

Ceremony: St. Hyacinth
Reception: The Modern Wing
DJ: DJ Erik
Florist: Revel
Hair and Make-up: Sonia Roselli
Videographer: Chris and Oliver
Cake: Amy Beck

All photos by Avery House.

Connie and Brian’s gorgeous custom invitations by Magnificent Milestones.

Connie with her very sweet and beautiful Mother.

Do you get pampered any day like your wedding day?

Connie puts on a bit more lipstick before heading out the door to meet Brian.

A stunning bridal portrait.

The Bride and Groom take a few photos after their first look.

I love this photo downtown.  I’ve never seen a shot like this before and simply love it.

The entire bridal party in front of the Chicago Theatre.

The fine gents.

Back at the church, the ushers are ready to go.

Moments before she walks down the aisle, Connie has a laugh with her Dad.

I love that the photographer caught Brian looking at Connie.

After the ceremony, everyone headed to the Modern Wing for the Korean Ceremony.

Connie in her Korean tea ceremony attire.  

Tomorrow, we will have more photos of the couple and their reception!

Armin + Mike: Getting Ready

I am so excited to blog about this beautiful, October wedding! When I first met Armin and her mother, they had about 90% of everything planned and needed help with the final touches.  I am so glad I was able to help out and be a part of the day! It was my last wedding of the season and it was a perfect way to end the year.

Ceremony + Reception: Loyola University
Dj: Style Matters
Florists: Poppy
Hair: Liv Caporale
Make-Up: Sonia Roselli
Videographer: I Do Films
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery

All photos taken by Averyhouse.

Armin bought her own font for all the stationary and this sign was hanging on the front door of her apartment.

This dress was stunning!

It’s always nice to have your bridesmaids help put on the dress.
The Bride taking her first look at herself all ready to go.

Armin picked classic fall colors with a pop of turquoise. The flowers were perfect!

The bouquet full of garden roses.

Before Armin left to see Mike, she shared a sweet moment with her mother.

In the meantime, Mike was getting ready at the hotel.

Armin and Mike during their first look at Olive Park.

First looks are such a good way to have a few private moments like this one.

Then it was BP picture time.

A great city shot of the entire group. One of Armin’s desires was to get a skyline shot. I think this one is perfect.

The bride and groom sneaking off for a couple more photos.

Next, I will post about the beautiful ceremony and reception.