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Nicole & Brian: The InterContinental Chicago

Nicole & Brian’s happiness throughout the planning process was truly contagious. I absolutely adored them and all the special touches they put into their wedding making their day unique to them. While I learned many things about them through our meetings and conversations, one reoccurring topic that repeatedly came up was their love for pizza.  This came to life in their American food station during cocktail hour at the Intercontinental Hotel that overlooked the bustling Michigan Avenue. It also popped up again for their late night sweets from Sweet Mandy B’s that were not only adorned with pizza cupcake toppers but also presented in a pizza box from where one of their first dates took place. We also had to mention different types of pizza to keep the bride from happy crying as the day went on! But enough about pizza, their day was the epitome of a little slice of heaven.

Both Brian and Nicole got ready at the Intercontinental Hotel surrounded by the family and bridal party. Bridesmaids sipped on champagne and chatted the morning away until Nicole transcended down the suite’s stairs in a stunning Amsale gown.

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Nicole carried a bouquet of Dahlia’s, garden roses, clematis, and ranunculus, by Lincoln’s Park Dilly Lily, down the aisle of Chicago’s historical Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Afterwards, the bridal party visited several other iconic Chicago locations for their portraits.

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Nicole & Brian’s new monogram graced their invitations and lit up their dance floor in the Intercontinental ballroom where guests danced the night away to the Chris Sarlas Orchestra! Congratulations to Nicole and Brian!

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Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: July 18th, 2015 / Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Miller, JDetailed Events, Inc.Floral and Decor: Dilly LilyVideographer: Leap WeddingsPhotography:  Gerber and ScarpelliWedding Dress: Amsale from Belle VieBridesmaids Dress: Joanna August  / Reception Venue: Intercontinental ChicagoCeremony: St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Late Night Sweets: Sweet Mandy B’sBand: Chris Sarlas OrchestraCake: Cake Chicago

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Olga and Brad: The Langham Hotel

Olga and Brad tied the knot in Barbados in May, but they brought the celebration back to the Windy City due to their Chicago roots. One week after their wedding ceremony, they held a fabulous reception, and we had the honor of planning this special occasion! The reception took place Memorial Day weekend at the Langham Hotel in Chicago.

Guests were greeted at the cocktail hour with delicious hors d’oeuvres, including sushi rolls and tomato soup with mini grilled cheese, and live music performed by Matt with Okyne Media.  Kehoe Designs created quite the first impression on the place card table with a collection of tall vessels in various sizes with submerged florals and vibrant magenta and purple hues. After mingling, guests made their way into Devonshire Ballroom to view a video of Olga and Brad’s Barbados ceremony before enjoying dinner and dancing.

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The ballroom was breathtaking! Half of the guest tables featured high tall glass vibrant floral arrangements accented with candlelight that provided a warm glow throughout the room. The other half of the tables had low lush arrangements filled with greenery and stylized purple and magenta floral, supplemented by romantic candlelight.

Olga and Brad sat at a sweetheart table for two, which was adorned with a beautiful floral centerpiece in colors that coordinated with the guest tables. We enhanced the romantic and elegant setting with soft uplighting, pin spots, and a soft pool of texture lighting on the dance floor.

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Langham Hotel Chicago Wedding

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The evening concluded with a decadent sweets table, featuring mini mason jar pies, an assortment of cupcakes, chocolate french silk tartlettes, and brownie bites. It was a fabulous (2nd) celebration for Olga and Brad!

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Wedding Day Details: 

Date: May 23rd, 2015 / Coordinator: Jaclyn and Ashley, JDetailed Events, Inc.  / Photographer: Neil Stern / Reception Location: The Langham Hotel / Floral and Decor: Kehoe Designs / Entertainment: Okyne Media 

 

 

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Maddie and Max: Medinah Country Club

Maddie and I have known each other since elementary school, so it was so special for me to be able to plan her wedding! Maddie and Max met at a bar in San Francisco – it was love at first sight! About two and half years later, Max proposed to Maddie during a trip to Washington, D.C. Maddie and Max live in San Francisco, but a few weeks after the engagement, Maddie flew to Chicago, where she grew up to start the planning process. We had a great meeting chatting about their vision for the wedding, and the planning kicked off soon after that!

 

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Maddie and Max selected the incredible Medinah Country Club for their wedding reception. Maddie and her family have spent a lot of time at the club growing up, and it was a perfect, central location for so many friends and family members. Most of the planning took place during a few visits that Maddie and Max were able to take to Chicago in the midst of their busy work schedules. Needless to say, we organized days of meetings after meetings, and everything came together perfectly!

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The wedding day began at The JW Marriott where Maddie and her bridesmaids got ready. As soon as the hair and makeup were set, we were off to the beautiful Old St. Patrick’s Church for the ceremony. Maddie looked stunning walking down the aisle with both of her parents before she and Max said “I do.”After the ceremony, guests made their way over to Medinah Country Club. Cocktail hour took place in the stunning rotunda as guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while listening to a celtic trio.

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The ballroom was breathtaking! Tables were covered in lavender linens, paper details in midnight blue, and floral in purples, greens, and whites. We used three different centerpiece designs filled with tons of candlelight to adorn the already absolutely stunning space.

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After guests enjoyed dinner, we directed everyone outside for a special surprise: A dance floor under the stars in a beautiful clear top tent with twinkling cafe lights! But, that wasn’t the only surprise… The father of the bride ordered a spectacular fireworks display for all to enjoy before hitting the dance floor! Maddie and Max had the best view in the house, and the entire experience was very magical.

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The Gold Coast All Stars had the party going all night long. It was a perfect day from start to finish. We wish Maddie and Max many years of love and happiness!

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Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: September 13th, 2014 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Ceremony Location: Old St. Patrick’s Church / Reception Location: Medinah Country Club / Photographer: Gerber + Scarpelli, Kurt Gerber / Floral and Decor: Elizabeth Wray Designs / Invitations and Day of Paper Items: Magnificent Milestones / Entertainment: The Gold Coast All Stars / Wedding Cake: Cake Chicago / Tent: Blue Peak Tent Company / Draping : Quest Drape

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Arrowhead Golf Club Wedding: Nadine and Doug

Nadine is a great friend of mine from middle school and high school so I was so honored to be a part of her and Doug’s wedding. Nadine and Doug have one of my favorite “how did you meet” stories! They met at their siblings’ wedding two years before they got engaged – yes, Nadine’s sister is married to Doug’s brother! It was love at first sight.

Nadine and Doug live in California so all of the planning came together in just a few visits to Chicago. Nadine and Doug got married on a perfect summer day in June at Arrowhead Golf Club, much different than the weather we are experiencing right now! Nadine was extremely calm and relaxed all morning. One of my favorite moments from the wedding day was when Nadine and Doug had their first look under the beautiful willow tree at Arrowhead Golf ClubFotor0212110317

The ceremony was held outdoors right on the golf course. The ceremony decor included lush peonies in mason jars, a special touch as the peonies were straight from her grandmother’s garden and Nadine carried a beautiful bouquet in blue hydrangeas. Following the service, guests made their way up to the veranda for cocktail hour as we passed a signature cocktail created by the bride and groom.

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In the ballroom, the guest tables were covered in navy blue linens with floral including garden roses, spray roses, and hydrangeas in pinks and greens, provided by Jenna at Avant Gardenia. The guests couldn’t help but notice the incredible wedding cake as they entered the room.

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It was a beautiful wedding day from start to finish! Thank you Thomas Pham photography for capturing a photo of Nadine and me – so special to be able to share these moments with such great childhood friends. Congratulations Nadine and Doug!

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Wedding Details

Wedding Date: June 14th, 2013 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc.  / Venue: Arrowhead Golf Club / Photographer: Thomas Pham Photography / Entertainment and Photo Booth: Non Stop Entertainment / Floral and Decor: Avant Gardenia / Wedding Cake: Oak Mill Bakery  / Hair and MakeUp: One Bridal Company 

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