Real Wedding: Liz + Calvin

Would it be cheeky of me to say that Liz has great taste? Probably so, but that is only because we had so many of the same vendors! Liz and Calvin were married at the Hotel Allegro, used the same fantastic band, linen company, as well as had their rehearsal dinner at the same place. We even wore the same color nail polish (Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs. by OPI). And, we opted to incorporate our husband’s culture into the ceremony. But you know what? Their wedding was completely different and I loved theirs just as much as mine.


Liz’s wedding day, unfortunately, started off on the wrong foot. Liz had hung her dress on a billiard cue rack. While it probably would have made for an amazing gown shot, the dress ended up with blue chalk all over the back. A quick call to the gown experts, The Dress Doctor, and the stains were gone. If that wasn’t enough, Liz had purchased an antique brooch to pin to her bow. As soon as we went to pin it on, the brooch broke in half. When her bridesmaid tried to sow it together, the brooch crumbled. Luckily, we have the same (great) taste and I had a brooch very similar at home. My husband came with the brooch and some much needed Starbucks. Like me, Liz never broke a sweat. She stayed totally calm after two minor freak accidents. And after that, it was smooth sailing.

Band – High Society Orchestra

Cake – Rolf’s

Florist – A Perfect Event

Linens – Covered Affairs

Photographer – Jeff Owen at Modern Images

Reception – Hotel Allegro

Rehearsal Dinner – Giordano’s

Transportation – Windy City Limo

Videographer – Modern Images


I have to include a few posts of Liz & Calvin’s paper suite. It is gorgeous! I really do believe that invitations set the tone for a wedding. That said, how do you not love these invitations? They’re a classic ecru with a modern bronze colored print and bow to seal it all up. I loved them.

Liz used Marilyn, one of the other Honey Bee Weddings coordinators, as her calligrapher.
Photo Stamps add a fun personal touch. Liz & Calvin used one of their engagement photos.
Their menu was printed on paper with a heat embossed stamp and then matted on bronze paper.

The dress with the borrowed brooch.
Inside of the dress was a patch with the couple’s name and wedding date.
Liz’s dress had pockets. I LOVE POCKETS.
The bride wore the cutest Kate Spade sequined ballet flats.

Liz also carried a hankerchief as her something blue as well as a family ring.
Liz was the perfect balance between a Modern yet Classic Bride.
For some bling, Liz wore the most gorgeous hair accessory.
Liz’s Mom, who may be the nicest Mother of the Bride ever, with some of Liz’s bridesmaids. Pashimas will always be in style for winter bridal parties!
The couple decided to have their first meeting on the grand staircase.
The Bridal Party took some great photos around the city, including the classic Chicago skyline shot.
Calvin and Liz on Michigan Ave.
The bride twirls away on the el.

The rest of the couple’s day is coming tomorrow!

Altering the Dress

Let me preface this post by saying that I am super picky when it comes to alterations. At 4’11”, almost every item of clothing is altered to that it will fit me properly. I never really understood the importance of alterations until I moved to Italy. It is common in Italy for pants to come unfinished so that everyone can have them fitted. I truly believe this is why Italians look so good.

Since coming back to the States, I have been a regular at Tailor’s Touch on Oak St. I had planned on using them for my wedding gown. However, their hours are really limited. I have heard amazing things about The Dress Doctor in Water Tower Place so I decided to give them a shot.

Once I walked in, I realized that I was in great hands with Soheila. For the initial appointment, we went over what would need to be done to the dress. The spaghetti straps needed to be shortened, the dress needed to be taken in at my waist, the dress needed to be hemmed, and bustled. In short, I needed a lot of work done. Soheila took the dress in at my waist.

For my second appointment, I knew that my dress would be in a bad state. It was. There was one strap. The beading had been removed. There was a big hole on the side of the dress. I knew that to take it in, it had to get worse before it would get better.

Soheila again took it in the waist. She also measured to have it hemmed and bustled. I was told to walk around for 15 minutes to make sure that the dress felt comfortable and did not drag.

For the third appointment, it was close to perfection. The dress had to have a few beads sown on as well as the inside corset hook restitched. I noticed a spot on the dress. They agreed to have it removed.

When I went to pick up my dress, it looked beautiful! I didn’t try it on since they had sent it to Davis Imperial to get cleaned! Davis did a wonderful job and made the dress look as though it had never been worn. I was very impressed with their outstanding service and quite pleased. I would highly recommend The Dress Doctor.

The Dress Doctor
Water Tower Professional Offices
845 N Michigan Ave
Ste 946E
Chicago, IL 60611