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Katrina and Michael: The School of Art Institute Ballroom

I met Katrina and Michael one year before their wedding. They are the sweetest couple and we had so much fun through out the planning process. Katrina and Michael selected St. Michaels Church for their ceremony and the School of Art Institute Ballroom for their reception.

The wedding day began with hair and make up at the Palmer House hotel. Everyone was all smiles in preparation for the big day. Katrina looked timeless in her wedding gown that was designed and made by her own mother!

Kehoe Designs provided gorgeous floral and decor for this special occasion. Katrina carried a classic, tailored bouquet of ivory roses and peonies. The bridesmaids held bouquets with textural floral in shades of ivory, nude, and pale blush that accented their soft pink Two Birds Bridesmaid dresses perfectly.

Similar floral adorned the guest tables at the reception. We featured two different centerpiece designs; one consisted of a collection of ivory, white, and pale blush floral intermixed among champagne-colored mercury glass and tall cylindrical containers with floating candles and the other displayed a lush low arrangement consisting of peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus.

Guests were greeted with two speciality cocktails – a “his” and “hers”. The “his” cocktail was bourbon whiskey, apple cider, and old fashioned bitters – the perfect fall drink – and the “hers” cocktail was a refreshing Pear Martini with St. Germain elderflower liquor.

Food for Thought Catering provided a fantastic meal of Striped Seabass and Slow Roasted Hanger Steak and to top off the evening, we passed beignets and chocolate milk for a late night snack on the dance floor.

It was a perfect day from start to finish! Special thanks to Olivia Leigh and Poetic Productions for capturing all of these special moments.

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Wedding Day Details: 

Wedding Date: November 7th, 2015 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Videographer: Poetic Productions / Getting Ready Location: The Palmer House Hotel / Ceremony Location: St. Michael’s in Old Town / Reception Location: The School of Art Institute Ballroom / Catering: Food for Thought / Floral, Decor, and Lighting: Kehoe Designs / Paper Items: Magnificent Milestones / Band: Bluewater Kings / Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design / Hair and MakeUp: Elena Denning 

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Blythe and Daniel: The Pavillion at Orchard Ridge Farms

We absolutely love this winter wedding! Blythe and Daniel selected the stunning Pavillion at Orchard Ridge Farms for their winter nuptials. The Pavillion sits on a charming 130-acre private estate exuding rustic elegance. It features a captivating view of the countryside, sliding glass door exteriors, and a 40 foot masonry fireplace.

Blythe and her bridesmaids began hair and make up bright and early in the most adorable farm house near the Pavillion. Blythe presented her bridesmaids with a gorgeous fur shawl and Daniel selected a unique craft beer for each one of his groomsmen. As it was just about time for Blythe and Daniel’s first look, Blythe stepped into her perfect blush wedding gown with lace detailing on the top and bottom accented with a crystal belt. To top off this already stunning look, she wore a white fur shawl and Badgley Mishka shoes for her “something blue”. Each bridesmaid selected a long dress full of sequins and sparkle!

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Tree stumps covered in blooms were placed on each side of the ceremony aisle. Blythe and Daniel said their vows in front of the fireplace that was decorated with garland, birch containers, candlelight and floral clusters creating the perfect back drop for the couples “I do’s”.

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After the ceremony, we transitioned the room for dinner and dancing. The guest tables were topped with soft blush linens, pillar candles, hydrangeas, stock, roses, and greenery. The dreamy head table consisted of a long garland runner with floral accents and romantic candlelight.

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All enjoyed a fabulous meal by Mary’s Market Catering while dancing in between courses to live music performed by The Chicago Catz. The evening continued with an after party at the Ironworks Hotel and a special appearance from the Taco Gonzalez food truck. It was a magical wedding day for Blythe and Daniel. Thanks to Stoffer Photography for capturing all of these sweet moments!

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Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: December 12th, 2014 / Wedding Planner: Jaclyn, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Pavillion at Orchard Ridge Farms / Caterer: Mary’s Market / Photographer: Stoffer Photography / Videographer: Lexoria Films / Entertainment: The Chicago Catz / Floral and Decor: The Wishing Well Florist / Linens: Beautiful Day Linens / Cake: Cake Creations / Hair and MakeUp: Elena Denning / Accommodations: The Ironworks Hotel / Late Night Food Truck: Taco Gonazlez

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Hannah and Patrick: Galleria Marchetti

Hannah and Patrick have been friends of mine since college, and I was so honored to be a part of their big day! They are such a fun-loving couple and were all smiles and laughs, despite the wind and rain that day.

The bridal party got ready at the Conrad Chicago in matching floral robes. When the beautiful bride stepped into her Pronovias wedding dress, the bridesmaids snapped photos to capture the special moment. Hannah completed her stunning look with a vintage purse and a BHLDN belt. Pistil & Vine provided the floral, which completed the girls’ looks with classic bouquets of ivory, peach and a touch of green.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the Conrad Chicago, the groomsmen stayed well hydrated and in good spirits while enjoying gorgeous city views before heading off to the ceremony!

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The ceremony took place at Saint Clement Church, nestled right in the heart of Lincoln Park. After the ceremony, guests celebrated the newlyweds with ribbon wands under umbrellas before the bridal party took off to take pictures around the city.

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Hannah and Patrick got engaged on Lincoln Park Zoo’s Kissing Bridge, so coming back to this area was a must on their wedding day!

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Guests gathered at Galleria Marchetti for the reception, under the newly renovated tent. Pistil & Vine carried the day’s soft, romantic look through with lanterns, mercury glass and a hint of blush for each table’s centerpiece.

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Childhood photos of the bride and groom accompanied the table numbers.

The wedding cake and cupcakes were courtesy of Hannah and Patrick’s close family friend. The desserts didn’t stop there though. The couple incorporated their alma mater into the festivities with an Indiana University sweets table filled with red and white candy for guest’s to take home with them at the end of the evening.

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The evening continued with many laughs, and Standing Room Only kept the dance party going well into the night. I could not have imagined a more beautiful wedding day for such a wonderful couple!

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See the video recap by I DO video here.

Wedding Day Details: 

Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Miller, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Wedding Date: October 4th, 2014 / Ceremony Location: St. Clement Church / Reception Location: Galleria Marchetti / Photographer: Dawn E. Roscoe Photography / Videographer: I Do Video Productions / Floral and Decor: Pistil and Vine / Entertainment: Standing Room Only / Getting Ready Location: The Conrad Chicago / Wedding Dress: Pronovias 

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Robin and Cyrus: Elawa Farms

This Lake Forest wedding is one of my absolute favorites! Robin and Cyrus’s wedding was full of personalized touches that made this wedding stand out from all of the others. From incorporating their dog, Bear, into the wedding party to Robin’s father’s band getting the guests up and out of their chairs all night long, every detail was meaningful to them and truly represented their families.

The day began at Robin’s childhood home where her wedding dress hung on display in the window. While the girls relaxed in their monogrammed button downs, the groomsmen got ready at the Deer Path Inn. Robin’s engagement ring originally belonged to her grandmother, and she wore a matching bracelet along with her best friend’s veil on her big day. After everyone was ready, the groomsmen joined the girls for Robin and Cyrus’s first look before heading to the shores of Lake Michigan for pictures.

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The ceremony & reception took place at the beautiful, sprawling Elawa Farms. Their ceremony was on the top of a hill that looked down upon gorgeous gardens that guests would have a chance to walk through on their way to the reception. The girls wore sweetheart blush dresses while the men all wore Vineyard Vines ties, with Cyrus (and Bear) in matching bow ties. Acoustic guitarists set the tone for the ceremony before giving way to a bagpiper leading Robin and her father down the aisle. It was breathtaking!

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At the conclusion of the ceremony, Robin and Cyrus departed for a quick, private walk through the grounds. Guests were invited to walk the statue and boxwood-lined path down to where a sparkling rosé bar awaited them as they headed toward the cocktail reception. Monogrammed koozies in the day’s peach and navy colors kept guests’ drinks cool.

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The barn housed Robin and Cyrus’s escort table, which featured handwritten notes from the bride and groom to each guest. Through the barn doors, tables were lined for guests to dine al fresco. Long feasting tables adorned with window boxes and birch wood holders were overflowing with fresh garden greenery and placed along the custom navy and white table runners. Café lights were strung from above, and each guest found their place setting courtesy of a wooden place cardholder and a napkin tied with a navy & white stripped ribbon.

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After a wonderful meal by Froggy’s catering and a picture-perfect sunset, Robin’s father’s band, The Del Crustacean’s, invited guests back into the barn to dance the night away!

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Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: September 28th, 2014 / Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Miller, JDetailed Events / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Elawa Farms / Rehearsal dinner and Groomsmen Getting-Ready Location: Deer Path Inn / Photography: Angela Renee Photography / Video: Smiling Toad Productions / Catering: Froggy’s Catering / Floral: Art Quest Limited

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Samantha and Tommy Part 3: Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago

Sam and Tommy selected the Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago for their wedding reception. They loved the history behind the club, the art deco feel and, of course, the incredible chandeliers in the ballroom! We had so much fun planning for the big day that was an incredible grand finale after a few days of celebrating.

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A second ceremony took place at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. It was a beautiful ceremony that included several of Tommy’s Greek family traditions.

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After the ceremony, guests made their way to the Drawing Room in the Woman’s Athletic Club for champagne, passed St. Germain cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres while listening to New York musician, Seth Kessel, perform pre-1950’s American music. We displayed the escort cards on beautiful heirloom silver trays surrounded by a tall, dramatic floral arrangement which was a stunning first impression!

The ballroom also replicated the art deco, elegant, and dramatic theme. Mirrored table tops, mercury glass votives, silver beaded charger plates, and tall arrangements full of sprouting white dendrobium orchids adorned all of the guest tables. We topped each place setting with a foil engraved menu card personalized with each guests name.

The Z Orchestra kicked off the evening with a dance set before guests took their seats for the three-course dinner that ended with wedding cake and a custom bag full of fresh mini donuts.

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It was an evening enjoyed by all and a great way to end a fabulous weekend of celebrating! We wish Sam and Tommy many years of love and happiness!

Wedding Day Details: 

Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Photographer: Christine Bentley Photography / Venue and Catering: Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago / Videographer: Jet Kaiser Films / Floral: Larkspur / Decor: Kehoe Designs / Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Seth Kessel / Reception Entertainment: The Z Orchestra / Linens: BBJ Linen / Stationary: The Grosvenor Stationary Company / Hair and MakeUp: Elena Denning / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra 

*Christine Bentley Photography: Instagram: Christine Bentley Photography @chrisbentley Twitter: Christine Bentley Photography @chrisbentley and Facebook: Christine Bentley Photography www.facebook.com/christinebentleyphotography.com

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Samantha and Tommy Part 2: Welcome Fiesta at Chez

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Sam and Tommy got engaged in Mexico, so it was only appropriate to throw an authentic Mexican fiesta for their welcome event!

Chez, a venue located in downtown Chicago, was the perfect location to host this occasion. Its crisp, clean, and white interior gave us the freedom to be creative and transform the space into a fiesta overflowing with bright colors and authentic decor. Kehoe Designs incorporated decor details that came through in every inch of the space, from the custom-made piñatas to the large palmetto leaves with custom Mexican art graffiti. Vibrant hues of hot pink and orange popped amongst the white lacquer dining tables and stylish all-white lounge groupings.

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The ceiling was covered in piñatas and paper lanterns, and the walls were washed with brilliant pools of hot pink and orange lighting. Beautiful bright blooms brought the festivity to the tables and bars.

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Authentic Mexican cuisine was very important to Sam and Tommy. Blue Plate Catering delivered just that. As guests entered the space, they were greeted with a variety of signature cocktails, including a cucumber margarita, a paloma, and a frozen tamarind margarita. With a delicious cocktail in hand, guests enjoyed mini fish tacos and Maine lobster ceviche skewers.

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A mariachi band livened up the party with classic Mexican tunes before it was time to eat. Interactive food stations were scattered around the space and included a made-to-order guacamole bar, a gourmet taco bar featuring traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork and marinated flank steak paired with all of the accompaniments you can imagine, and a corn husk-wrapped tamale bar.

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A Latin DJ had guests up and dancing all evening. It was a fabulous way to kick off the wedding weekend and we had a blast planning this untraditional rehearsal dinner that represented the couples story!

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Event Details:

Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Venue: Chez / Catering: Blue Plate Catering / Decor: Kehoe Designs / Photographer: Christine Bentley Photography and Kehoe Designs / Videographer: Jet Kaiser Films / Entertainment: The Z Orchestra / Sweets: Cake Chicago / Hair and MakeUp: Elena Denning / Custom Pinatas: All Mexican Goods 

*Christine Bentley Photography: Instagram: Christine Bentley Photography @chrisbentley Twitter: Christine Bentley Photography @chrisbentley and Facebook: Christine Bentley Photography www.facebook.com/christinebentleyphotography.com

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Samantha and Tommy Part 1: Driehaus Museum Welcome Dinner

 

Nine months before she said “I do,” Sam and I met in Chicago. We instantly hit it off and began talking ideas for a three-day wedding celebration right away. Sam is one of the most creative brides I have ever worked with. I absolutely loved her vision and style. She thoroughly thought through every detail of the wedding weekend. It was incredibly special to make her dreams a reality and see all of them come to life.

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Sam and Tommy met in New York City, got engaged in Mexico, and moved to London during the engagement. Sam grew up in Chicago and knew the Windy City was the perfect location for her and Tommy’s nuptials. We planned the three-day wedding extravaganza thanks to technology and a few visits to Chicago.

With three days of jaw-dropping events, there’s so much to share. First, we’ll start with an elaborate, black-tie, sit-down dinner for their dearest friends and family that kicked off the wedding weekend. The evening began with Sam and Tommy saying their vows for the first time in front of this intimate group of people at St. James Chapel in downtown Chicago. Sam looked stunning in her gown that she designed alongside Reem Acra.

After the ceremony, bagpipers lead the group down the street to the beautiful and historical Driehaus Museum. Guests enjoyed passed Champagne, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres on the first level of the museum before the private guided tours began.

Guests were then directed to an incredible place card display upstairs that replicated the look of the ballroom with everyone’s name beautifully written in their designated spot– a very special touch and now keepsake for the bride and groom! The setting of the ballroom was so romantic. Floral, with garden roses, peonies, thistles, succulents, berries, and parrot tulips in a palette of pinks, red, burgundy, apricot, blue, and green, winded all the way down the long King’s Table set in the center of the room. Bunches of fruit such as red and burgundy grapes, pomegranates, and pears were dripping out of the vessels to coordinate with the elegant Gilded Age theme. Gold-rimmed glassware, royal derby china, and personalized menus introducing the 10-course tasting menu with wine pairings completed each place setting. It was the perfect, intimate way to celebrate the couple and kick off the rest of the events.

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Event Details:

Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Venue: Driehaus Museum / Catering: Jewell Events Catering / Photography: Matt Ferguson / Videographer: Jet Kaiser Films / Floral and Decor: Larkspur / Lighting: Sound Investment / Wedding Cake: Cake Chicago / Pianist: James Cebastien / Stationary: The Grosvenor Stationary Company

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The Metropolis Ballroom Wedding: Allison and Brian

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Allison and Brian had a beautiful fall wedding in Allison’s hometown of Vernon Hills. They were married in Allison’s family church, St. Mary’s, and the reception was at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights.

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The Metropolis is a great wedding venue—with wooden floors, wooden beams, and beautiful outdoor veranda located right in the center of downtown Arlington Heights. Although it rained before and during the ceremony, it cleared up just in time for the bridal party to take photos at the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve.

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The reception room was full of fall elegance with ivory linens, chocolate brown napkins, candlelight, and floral in whites, blush, and greens with accents of chocolate brown and gold.

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TVK Orchestra provided the entertainment for the evening. A solo pianist performed during cocktail hour and dinner and then the nine-piece orchestra took over for the dancing portion of the evening. The dance floor was definitely the place to be, and Tina with Artisan Events was there to capture every moment!

Congratulations Allison and Brian!

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Wedding Date: October 12th, 2013 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s in Vernon Hills / Reception Location: The Metropolis Ballroom / Photographer: Tina Thomure, Artisan Events / Videographer: REM Video / Floral and Decor: Lake Forest Flowers / Transportation: Aries Charter / Wedding Cake: Gladstone Bakery / MakeUp Artist: Annie Tews

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