Modern Love

April 11th, 2012

Planning Katy and Alex’s October wedding was a wonderful experience.  I just loved working with Katy (and her fabulous Mom, Mary Lou), she is so full of life, always smiling and laughing and she was casual about the details.  She was very trusting and flexible and it was a fun time!  I didn’t actually get to meet Alex until the very end of the planning process because he was a bit of a slave to his residency schedule.  He was a real trooper though and gave his opinion when he could.  He really trusted Katy and she was always thinking about things that he would and wouldn’t like.   When I finally met Alex, it was honestly one of those great moments, I just knew they were a perfect match. 

Katy and Alex got married at the historic Holy Name Cathedral on State Street in Chicago on October 1, 2011.  The Church was only a few blocks from their condo so they felt right at home in the neighborhood.  The sky was so blue and the sun shined down upon them on such a special day.   



The amazing, wonderful and talented Olivia of Olivia Leigh Photographie went with the bridal party all over Chicago and took some fantastic photos.  Everyone had such a great time celebrating the newlyweds!

Even though the sun was shining, it was a chilly, brisk, Chicago day!  Thank goodness the bridesmaids had these adorable wraps to keep them warm!!


Dan Murphy from Pastis Designs created all the gorgeous bouquets and floral arrangements. Katy’s vision was simple, elegant and clean to match the event space. She chose a yellow, white and gray color palette and it looked very fresh! They held the reception at Terzo Piano at The Modern Wing of Chicago’s Art Institute.  They took some pictures in and around the museum before cocktail hour began. 

One of Katy’s bridesmaids owns a graphic design company, Atheneum Creative, based out of Houston, Texas.  These little tags are the place cards which all have different symbols to match up with her table numbers.  All the ”numbers” where places that were special to the couple.  The guests had a blast walking around from table to table reading all the stories about why each place was a memorable location for the couple.  The grey board that the place cards were pinned on was a huge map of Chicago.  Once all the pins were removed, you could see it more clearly and it was really cool! 

Bon Appetit Catering provided all the food and beverage for the wedding.  Some of the hors d’oeuvres highlights included: mini white cheddar grilled cheese with fig jam, chilled mussels on the half shell with yellow curry and mushrooms stuffed with sundried tomatoes and asiago cheese.  For the full seated dinner guests dined on wild mushroom soup and a roasted squash salad for the first course and bacon wrapped pork tenderloin for the entree.  Everything was fantastic!

Tipsy Cake designed both the wedding cake and the grooms cake.   The flavors Katy and Alex chose were out of this world:  The top layer was white cake with pina colada American butter cream, the second layer was white cake with passion fruit filling and American butter cream and the bottom layer was almond cake with caramel and American butter cream.  The groom loves chocolate cake so Katy surprised him with chocolate devils food cake with a chocolate toffee crunch filling, he loved it! 

Katy LOVES to dance, and she is quite good at it, a real natural.  Alex doesn’t love to dance but he was by her side all night long and they had a blast!  The expert DJs from Cage and Aquarium kept the dancing floor packed all night. 

I had the best time getting to know Katy, Alex and their wonderful families.  Clementine wishes the a lifetime of happiness! 


Summer in October!

February 3rd, 2012

I’m sure everyone remembers how unbelievable the weather was this past fall, especially since this winter has been pretty nice as well!  Anne and Dan got married on October 22, 2011 and it was a super sunny and warm day, it felt like June! 

They started their day taking pictures around Chicago with their bridal party.  They really enjoyed being outside on such a surprising October day.  These great pictures were taken by Cadence Cornelius Photography.



The Bride and Bridesmaids carried petite bouquets from Anna Held Flower Shop, they looked really nice with the bright blue dresses. 

Anne and Dan got married at The Ravenswood Event Center, also known as The Ravenswood Billboard Factory which is located on Chicago’s northside in the Ravenswood neighborhood.  This amazing atrium space was beautiful during their sunset vows.  By the time the ceremony was over, the sun was completely set and the candles illuminated the room.  It was very romantic.  I just love the huge windows and the unique architecture of the space, there really isn’t another space like it.

The Bride made these adorable ceremony programs.  She chose a few different patterns of paper to mix it up a bit and they looked great. 


After the ceremony the guests were invited downstairs for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Food for Thought provided a delicious assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres including: Ginger sesame beef on pappadam crisps with chili aioli, lemongrass chicken on sugarcane skewers and pear & brie quesadillas with fresh mango salsa. 


For dinner the guests enjoyed a beautiful sit down dinner in this cool loft space.  Guests were able to choose their menu and were offered garlic and thyme marinated beef tenderloin, citrus rubbed french chicken breast and savory vegetarian crepes.  The food and the service staff were excellent and guests really enjoyed themselves. 


Anne collects salt and pepper shakers and this vintage cake topper is actually a set of shakers!  The groom’s sister gave the newly engaged couple the gift as a Christmas present and the Bride loved them so much she decided to use them for her cake topper.  It is a really cute personal touch.   The beautiful (and tasty) wedding cake was designed and created by Dinkel’s

After their amazing three course meal, the guests were invited back upstairs to the atrium which had turned into a dance floor and bar during dinner.  Guests partied the night away with the talented DJ from Okyne Media Lab

A really fun surprise was when the servers passed around Dairy Queen Blizzards!!  Talk about an awesome late night snack. 


As guests were leaving the event there was a table near the exit with party favors thanking the guests for coming to celebrate their big day.  Inside the boxes were white love bird salt and pepper shakers.  I thought it was a sweet take away and they will surely get a lot of use. 

Anne and Dan’s wedding really went off without a hitch and it was such a fun day from start to finish.  Clementine really enjoyed getting to know them and we wish them all the best! 


Summer, History….and Airplanes!

December 29th, 2011

Katherine and Jonathan got married at The Chicago History Museum on August 20, 2011.  Their wedding day was picture perfect.  Every moment and every detail was just as sweet as they are.  I just loved working with them and getting to know them over the course of the year. 

The fabulous Brett and Kiri of Pen/Carlson provided all these fantastic pictures!


The Chicago Air and Water show was just wrapping up while the bridal party was out taking pictures.  If you look closely, you can see that half of the bridal party is looking at the jets flying right over their heads! The bridal party was a great group of people, everyone was having fun and sharing loving memories of the couple all day. 

I just love the bridesmaids dresses!  Not only is the color so rich and beautiful, but the shape of the dresses were classic yet trendy and flirty all at the same time. 

They decided to have their ceremony inside the Chicago Room where it was nice, quiet and intimate since the Air and Water show was earlier in the day there was a lot of foot traffic outside.  It was a very special and beautiful ceremony. 


After the ceremony guests were invited outside to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the patio.  The weather was perfect so guests were very comfortable sipping their summer cocktails.  Blue Plate Catering provided a wonderful variety of appetizers including baby lamb chops, goat cheese tartlets, tuna tartar and panini lollipops. 

After cocktails the guests were wowed when they re-entered the museum to find this stunning place card table.  Hello Darling provided all the floral and decor their wedding.  Katherine was so beyond thrilled with the look of the reception, it was exactly what she always dreamed.  Natalie from Hello Darling really listened to what Katherine wanted and the outcome was a little modern, a little vintage and a lot of romantic charm. 


Once all the guests were seated for dinner, Dustin from Toast and Jam invited the newly weds to join their party!  They kept the momentum going as Jonathan whisked Katherine directly into their first dance. 

Shortly after they danced they cut into their wedding cake.  Katherine’s one wish for dessert was to have a small chocolate cake from her favorite Evanston bakery, Tag’s Bakery and Pastry Shop.  She also ended up surprising Jonathan with a custom groom’s cake of his favorite team’s stadium.  Bleeding Heart Bakery did an outstanding job.  He was really surprised and couldn’t believe Katherine was able to sneak this little detail past him since he was involved with every vendor meeting the entire planning process. 

Hello Darling and Blue Plate Catering made the Chicago Room of the Chicago History Museum sparkle with such amazing color and texture.  Every detail from the flowers, to the crystal candles and vintage cut glass vases to the linens and glassware all went together perfectly, the room really looked spectacular and the bold colors fit the couple’s fun personality as well. 

This is one of my favorite pictures, this pretty much sums up the feel of the entire night!  Love, laughter and good times.  It was an amazing night. 


A Magical Day

November 2nd, 2011

From the first moment I met Genny and Alex they knew exactly what they wanted for their special day… open air dinner on a sunny August day.  During all the months and months of planning we, of course, made sure we had a plan B in case Chicago decided to rain on their special day.  Amazingly enough, they got a perfect sunny day and everything else just fell into place. 


Genny and Alex tied the knot at the stunning Old St. Pats, it was a very beautiful ceremony.  They held their reception at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  They were able to utilize the entire building.  They hosted cocktail hour in the main lobby and outside on the outdoor ravine.  Dinner was upstairs on their outdoor terrace and dancing was in their south gallery that has floor to ceiling windows.  The Nature Museum is so beautiful and all the butterflies and flowers helped make their special day all the more magical. 



 The reception had a great romantic and whimsical feel, Hello Darling outdid themselves with so many great custom touches. 


Between Blue Plate Catering and Hello Darling the dinner tables were stunning.  They incorporated really interesting vessels including custom made birch bark and pine boxes, wooden circles with hand painted numbers, mason jars and glass lanterns.  I just love this Willow Twist linen provided by BBJ Linen. 



The dinner portion of the evening was spectacular.  They served an amazing menu of beef tenderloin, jumbo shrimp, mixed vegetables and roasted baby potatoes. They started the night with a beautiful and colorful sangria salad with goat cheese, pine nuts, mandarin oranges and fresh peaches.  The menu was perfect for summer and the guests really enjoyed the meal.  The service staff provided by Blue Plate was top notch, the guests were truly wined and dined. 

Beyond a wonderful meal, the atmosphere was like a fairytale thanks to Frost Lighting for hanging cafe lights over all the dinner tables.  The Gentlemen of Leisure provided a 5 piece combo for dinner music which helped enhance the atmosphere.  


 Tipsy Cake custom created this beautiful wedding cake for Genny and Alex.  They were able to hand pick the flavors of the cake.  The chose three delicious flavors:  white cake with milk chocolate buttercream, chocolate cake with raspberry jam, cream cheese and chocolate buttercream and white cake with coconut cream.  It was fantastic. 

The band expanded to an impressive 15 piece dance band and the guests had a blast.  Alex and Genny had their first dance under custom fabric treatment and chandeliers provided by Hello Darling and Frost Lighting. 


It was such an amazing day and I was so proud of this event.  Genny and Alex had a vision from the beginning and I’m so happy I was able to help them bring all their ideas to life.  I wish them all the best! 

The talented Kurt Gerber of Gerber and Scarpelli provided all these stunning pictures.  Kurt really captured their special day. 

Additional vendors that participated in this wonderful event:  Magnificent Milestones custom designed their invitations, Windy City Trolley provided the transportation for the wedding day and Red Eye Photo Booth kept the fun going all night with their photo booth. 



Backyard Tent Wedding

July 13th, 2011

Andy and Judy tied the knot over Memorial Day Weekend at the Groom’s parent’s home in St. Charles, Illinois. The back yard was a beautiful backdrop for the special event. Even though it rained almost all day, the event went off without a hitch!

Clementine was fortunate to work with such an amazing family. We met Andy and Judy last year at Andy’s brother’s wedding which we coordinated at the Danada House. We were so happy to get to work with such a wonderful family again.

The couple wanted a low key, casual affair that focused on good food, good music and good fun! They put a lot of effort into creating such a lovely event. The bride made all the adorable centerpieces which also served as the table numbers.

These fantastic place cards matched the invitations; they shared the same pattern and color.  They were sitting on little bamboo holders.  I just love how the event style is both backyard BBQ yet it also reflects the bride’s Vietnamese heritage.  The two style came together nicely. 


They handed out mason jar mugs and individual servings of tea for the party favors which were a big hit!  Many of the guests were drinking beverages from their mason jars all night.  Once coffee and dessert was served, many guests asked for hot water so they could enjoy their tea. 

After feasting on a delicious and hearty meal of BBQ roasted pulled pork, au gratin potatoes, fresh spinach salad and orzo pasta salad, they all enjoyed an amazing dessert spread including wedding cake, mini cookies, french macaroons and mini fruit tarts. 


They danced the night away and everyone had so much fun.  The rain even stopped and it was a clear and beautiful night. 


All these amazing photos are thanks to the talented Julia Rendleman, Louisiana-based newspaper photojournalist available for travel and destination weddings. She has done over 100 weddings in the Chicagoland area.

Lucite Water Table

August 24th, 2010

The fantastic Flower Firm has an amazing signature Lucite table that can be used in many different ways.  I’ve seen it used as a buffet table, a bar or a place card table.  This fabulous table is different for every event.  The Flower Firm will fill the inside of the table with different decor elements that match your theme and style.  It is such an impressive piece and it creates a distinct focal point in any room. 

My client’s chose to use it for their place card table.  It was the first thing guests saw when walking into the reception area at The Four Seasons.  Later in the evening we used the same table to display the party favors, little bags of Garrett’s popcorn.  The table looked beautiful all night long. 

Perfect Beach Wedding

August 9th, 2010

Caroline and Edward really celebrated their wedding in style.  Every detail was perfectly matched, charming and casual/chic.   The whole event was extremely romantic and well thought out. 

The picturesque beach setting is from non other than The 63rd Street Beach House.  This post might get me in trouble because I once blogged about how difficult this venue can be if your not prepared for the Chicago weather; however Carrie and Ed’s day was beyond perfect.

All pictures are courtesy of the very talented Laurie Peacock

They held their ceremony under the main pavilion of the beach house which over looks Lake Michigan.  The view is so beautiful that the couple didn’t need to add a lot of ceremony decor.  The bride’s dress was a perfect choice for their outdoor, beach wedding. 

The architecture of the beach house is really intricate and is a great back drop for weddings.  Their simple and elegant “alter” arrangements are the perfect size and style for the space. 

After the ceremony, the guests had cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the south wing of the beach house.  Since the weather was so nice and breezy the guests enjoyed the open air  of the event space. 

While they were cocktailing the staff broke down the ceremony and created this beautiful floor plan for their seated dinner.   You can’t tell from this picture but the dance floor was located lake side at the top of the pavilion. 

Some of the details I was mentioning earlier:  Look at these fantastic menu cards, place cards and table numbers!

All in all it was a perfect day and Clementine wishes the happy couple all the best as their 1 year anniversary is approaching. 

Ideas that Really Warm You Up

January 29th, 2010

I’m not going to lie, as I write this new post I’m under a lot of covers!  I hate being cold in the winter.  I was just catching up on my daily wedding reading when this “real wedding” from Martha Stewart Weddings, really caught my eye. 


The bride and groom served hot chocolate and hot apple cider as the guests arrived for the ceremony.  Each cup was customized special for their wedding. 

I think these place cards are so cute and go perfectly with the winter, rustic theme.  Using large, sturdy branches to hold the place cards  is an easy and cost effective idea. 

These mini cupcakes look fantastic in this branch cupcake stand.  The bare branches really set the tone and fit in with the rest of the wedding decor. 

The bride and groom gave all the male guests antique flasks and all the female guests soft, warm, winter boots (found at Target).  If you can’t afford to give all the guests such items, these are great ideas for the bridal party gifts.  The girls would look so cute in their wedding dresses and boots! 

These centerpieces are certainly perfect for a winter wedding.  I really love the use of fresh floral and the deep blue linens. It helps to create a fresh and bright looking table, even on a cold, snowy day.

I have to admit, I do feel much warmer after talking about all these great ideas!  Now all I need is some cozy winter boots and a cup of hot chocolate and I’d  be good to go!

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Special Escort Cards

December 6th, 2009

 I’m always talking about how personal passions, hobbies and family traditions make the best wedding details.  These adorable mini paper airplanes are the escort cards for a wedding of  pilots!  The bride and groom are both professional pilots.  What a great way to incorporate their passion! Just a little added touch without the entire wedding focusing on airplanes.  The guests really enjoyed looking on all the branches trying to find their plane!