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Hannah and Ryan: The Langham Hotel

I had so much fun planning this spectacular wedding day with Hannah and Ryan. They selected the timeless, sophisticated Langham Hotel located right downtown Chicago. The ballroom is so romantic with floor to ceiling windows, sparkling chandeliers, and gorgeous skyline views. It was the perfect location for this elegant affair!

There was so much excitement and energy when I entered Hannah’s hotel room the morning of the wedding. She couldn’t stop smiling and was so happy to be surrounded by her closest friends and family while getting ready to say “I do”!

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Hannah and Ryan did a first look right outside of the hotel along the Chicago River. One of my favorite moments of a wedding day! Ryan lit up when he saw his beautiful bride looking stunning dressed in white. The bridesmaids each wore a unique and elegant black long dress and carried gorgeous pops of color in their wildflower bouquets.

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As the bridal party went off to take photos around the city, we prepared for guest arrival! The ceremony space incorporated tons of white from the aisle to the sheer fabric Chuppah and all of the candles surrounding. Since we were transforming the same ballroom for the reception, we wanted to create an entirely different feel for the dinner and dancing portion of the evening.

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The ceremony was perfect and as you can see from the photos, the smiles never stopped!

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As guests made their way outside of the ballroom for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and bluegrass performed live by Gold Coast All Stars, we began transforming the ballroom. We brought in long rectangle farm tables for a touch of rustic elegance for the head table. The guest tables surrounding were covered in soft fawn textured linens. Tabletops were adorned with garden flowers consisting of dahlias, stock, kale, and lavender in colors of yellow, red, purple, pinks, and greens to create the happy and bright atmosphere that Hannah and Ryan hoped for. In addition to the city lights, the room was covered in candlelight and up-lit in amber and we surrounded the band stage in mirrored planter boxes topped with pillar candles and mercury glass hurricanes.

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As guests entered Devonshire Ballroom for dinner, they couldn’t help but head straight to the dance floor. Gold Coast All Stars kicked off the evening with some crowd pleasing songs and Hannah and Ryan’s first dance.

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The evening was full of fabulous food, tear-jerking speeches, and an incredible dance party topped off with an ice-cream buffet and fresh donuts from Stan’s, Hannah and Ryan’s favorite!

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We wish Hannah and Ryan many years of love and happiness!

Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: August 16th, 2014 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Venue and Catering: The Langham Hotel Chicago / Floral and Decor: HMR Designs / Entertainment: The Gold Coast All Stars / Photographer: Morgan Matters Photography / Rentals: Tablescapes 

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Katie and Will: Saddle and Cycle Club

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Katie and I have been best friends since our freshman year of college, so being a part of her and Will’s wedding could not be more meaningful to me. Katie and Will selected St. Clement Church in Chicago for their ceremony and the beautiful Saddle and Cycle Club for their reception.

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The wedding day was perfect and full of so much love. The day began with a special delivery from the groom to his bride – a painting that he created himself. Katie took a break from getting ready to take it all in. She looked absolutely stunning in her Oscar de la Renta dress. The bridal party wore navy and carried gorgeous hot pink peony bouquets, wrapped in navy and white-striped ribbon.

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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed signature cocktails and lawn games outside on the terrace at Saddle and Cycle Club. Navy blue and white, with pops of pink were carried through all of the wedding day details, from the cocktail napkins to the corn-hole set outside. The ballroom was adorned in candlelight, fresh greenery and a white floral mix of hydrangeas, garden roses and stock.

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Guests enjoyed a fabulous meal before they were up and dancing to The Sultans of Swing. The evening ended with late-night snacks from some Chicago favorites – RJ Grunts and Pequods Pizza.

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We wish Katie and Will many years of love and happiness!

Wedding Day Details: 

Wedding Date: July 26th, 2014  / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc. / Ceremony Location: St. Clement Church / Reception Location: Saddle and Cycle Club / Photographer: Morgan Matters Photography / Videography: Smiling Toad Productions / Bouquets: Dilly Lily / Reception Floral and Decor: Virginia Wolff Florist / Entertainment: The Sultans of Swing / Wedding Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s / Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew

 

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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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Lindsay & Kyle: The Germania Place

I had so much fun working with Lindsay and Kyle. The couple met in Seville, Spain while studying abroad in 2008 and have been together ever since! Kyle popped the question over a picnic near Belmont Harbor and the planning began soon afterwards. They selected the beautiful Germania Place for both their ceremony and reception.

It was a gorgeous summer day without a cloud in the sky. The girls got ready in the Michael Jordan Suite at the PUBLIC Hotel – one of our favorite getting ready spots in the city! Lindsay and Kyle had their first look on the outdoor terrace of the suite before they departed for photos around the city with their bridal party.

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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’0euvres as we turned over the Grand Ballroom for dinner and dancing. The ballroom looked stunning with a mixture of high and low centerpieces full of lush blush, white and pink floral accented with floating and pillar candles designed by Scarlet Petal.

Incognito was sure to have the guests up and dancing the night away – it was a memorable evening for all!

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We wish Lindsay and Kyle many years of love & happiness!

 Wedding Day Details:

Wedding Date: August 2nd, 2014 / Wedding Coordinator: Jaclyn Duffield, JDetailed Events, Inc.  / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Germania Place / Catering: Kenmare Catering / Photography: Cristina G Photography /  Band: Incognito, Cagen Music / Videography: Smiling Toad Productions / Floral and Decor: Scarlet Petal / Wedding Cake: Tipsy Cakes

 

 

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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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