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Emily and Frank: The Drake Hotel

Working with Emily, Frank, and their families was an absolute blast! Emily was one of the most excited brides I have ever worked with which made the planning process so enjoyable. She had a clear vision of what she wanted for her wedding day and we had so much fun bringing that to life!

Emily and Frank selected St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge for their ceremony and the stunning Grand Ballroom at the Drake Hotel for their reception. We chose a color scheme of blush and navy that graced everything from the paper items to the floral. Magnificent Milestones designed a beautiful custom laurel monogram design that appeared on the programs, table numbers, cocktail napkins, and even the seafood ice sculpture display at cocktail hour!

We worked with Kehoe Designs to create Emily’s vision of nautical – but elegant for the decor. Bouquets were full of peonies, dahlias, and ranunculus wrapped with a navy and white stripped ribbon which popped beautifully against the bridesmaids lace & navy dresses. Guests entered the reception to an elaborate manzanita tree with hanging votives and a floral base – a fabulous first impression!

We alternated between two centerpiece designs for the guest tables in the ballroom. The first design featured navy and white striped lamps with a collection of monochromatic arrangements featuring dahlias, roses, and ranunculus in soft whites, blushes, and pinks. The second design featured a trio of floating candles accented with floral and mercury glass votives. To complete the look, we used silver beaded charger plates topped with a navy blue napkin. In addition to the gorgeous centerpieces, we created a chic and cozy lounge for guests to enjoy while taking a break from the dance floor.

Guests enjoyed a fabulous meal of surf and turf followed by a decadent sweets table and wedding cake before dancing the night away to the music of Final Say.

It was a perfect wedding day for Emily and Frank and we wish them a lifetime of love & happiness!

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Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: August 8th, 2015 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Photographer: Averyhouse / Ceremony Location: St. Paul of the Cross / Reception Location: The Drake Hotel / Floral, Decor, and Lighting: Kehoe Designs / Videographer: Smiling Toad Productions / Paper Items: Magnificent Milestones / Hair and MakeUp: Elena Denning / Music: Final Say / Wedding Cake: Cake Chicago / Transportation: VIP Transportation

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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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