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! 


For the Boys – Custom Kicks!

March 27th, 2012

Want your groom and his groomsmen to be comfortable but still stylish on the wedding day?  Ditch the dress shoes and let them rock custom kicks!  Converse allows you to customize their shoes – you can pick the sneaker style, colors & pattern to make each pair unique.  You can match the sneakers to your wedding colors or personalize each shoe to each groomsmen’s personality with their favorite colors.  It even allows you to “Tag” the sneaker with a personal ID, so you can personalize each shoe with their nickname.  These make great groomsmen gifts and add a little fun to the wedding day (plus they make for great photos!).

Check out the Converse website and get started on your custom kicks!  There are over 30 different sneaker styles ranging from $67 – $90/pair.

And don’t forget about the ladies – kick off those heels after the ceremony and put on a pair of customized “Bride” sneakers!


Color Alert: Hot Color for 2012!

February 13th, 2012

We at Clementine ADORE color…especially any shade of orange (hence the company name “Clementine” - clever, right?!).  Well, we were jumping up and down when Pantone released the 2012 Color of the Year – Tangerine Tango!  It’s a gorgeous shade of reddish orange that is sure to bring energy and sophistication to any event.  Now just because Tangerine Tango was named Color of Year, it does not mean you have to drench every aspect of your wedding in this shade.  There are some fun and subtle ways to add this pop of color to your wedding.

Bridesmaid Dresses

Instead of dressing your dining tables in this hue, adorn your beautiful bridesmaids in this radiant color.  They are sure to make a splash when making their debut down the aisle.

Lela Rose Dress Style LX160; Dress shown in Clementine

Groomsmen Attire

We can’t forget about the guys!  You can “tie” in the hot color with a very dapper tangerine hued bow tie.  This will compliment the ladies dresses and will pop against any suit color including tan, grey and black.  Who doesn’t love a man in a bow tie…especially a gingham bow tie!

Men’s Gingham Bow Tie 

Wedding Cake

We love the idea of incorporating this color into the wedding cake.  If you are not afraid of going bold - go all out with a tangerine colored cake.  Or if you are looking for something more subtle, a white cake accented with tangerine colored ribbon or oranged hued flowers will be fun and fresh.  If you have a particular motif or pattern that is weaved throughout the wedding,  add that design to the cake in tangerine.

Cake Photo from

Signature Cocktail

What does every good party have?  A fun & festive specialty cocktail!  Incorporate this bright and bold color in the libations.  Serve the drink in a fancy glass and give it a catchy name and your guests will be ordering this cocktail all night!  Here’s a delicious recipe for a tangerine inspired cocktail:

Tangerine Drop

  • Tangerine Juice
  • Orange flavored Vodka
  • Lemon Juice
  • Simple Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Garnish with a Tangerine or Orange Slice



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. 


Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding

November 22nd, 2011

Jiyoun Bae and Keunsuk Lee got married at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Sunday, June 5, 2011.  It was such a beautiful day and we were so happy we could be a part of their special day.  The grounds at the Chicago Botanic Garden seem endless and they’re the perfect backdrop for pre-wedding photographs.  Not to mention, it’s an extradordinary experience for all the guests, especially those who have never been to the gardens before.   

The talented Steve Koo captured all these amazing photos and we’re so thankful he shared them with us!


Jiyoun and Keunsuk had their ceremony and reception in McGinley Pavilion overlooking the water.  Their ceremony was so romantic and sweet, they started with a sand ceremony.  They had live ceremony music performed by musician Jeff Chan.  The Bride carried an absolutely stunning bouquet created by Flowers Flowers


The reception was a lot of fun and the pavilion looked great!  The Bride really got into the DIY projects.  She made the table numbers and ceremony programs  among other personal touches.  I just love this “Just Married” sign that they hung at the entrance to the pavilion. 


Culinary Landscapes, the exclusive caterer at The Chicago Botanic Garden, provided some delicious hors d’oeuvres including tortilla cups filled with smoked chicken and topped with mango salsa and avocado cream as well as pork tenderloin with blueberry balsamic and brie.  The presentations were just mouth watering as the taste!  During dinner the guests dined on sweet garlic glazed fresh chicken breasts with mushroom filled brioche charlotte and roasted fingerling potatoes and fresh asparagus. 


The Bride changed out of her gorgeous wedding gown and into this fun party dress for the reception.  She even wore a pair of fabulous royal blue shoes!  Their wedding cake, provided by Rolf’s Patisserie, matched the overall decor perfectly.  I love how Jiyoun kept all the little details in the classic black and white pattern. 

The Bride and Groom clearly had a blast at their wedding!  All the guests had a wonderful time dancing the night away thanks to DJ Brent Rolland from Fig Media


It truly was such a lovely event and we just love working at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Colorful, Vibrant and Fun: Bridal Shower

September 15th, 2011

We have all been to about a million bridal showers, here are some new fresh and fun ideas!   Clementine was thrilled to work on such a fun project.  Thanks to the talented Olivia Leigh for capturing all these great photos! 

Natalie Walsh from Hello Darling created this amazing table-scape incorporating interesting textures and colors; mixing whimsy into every last detail. 

Kara Gordon of Magnificent Milestones custom designed the invitations and menu cards.  She kept with the whimsical  and colorful theme.  They are the perfect blend of modern and retro. 


The guests were greeted by this fantastic display of goodies.  The place cards were pinned to the large rainbow lollipops which were surrounded by fun treats including cake pops, mini doughnuts, mini pies and cookies.  All the adorable bites were provided by Jewell Events Catering.  Hello Darling custom designed all the fabric covered boxes which we then used as serving platters. 


 The ladies got to help themselves to a bellini bar.  Each flute was filled with champagne and fresh berries, then the girls chose their preferred juice.  They all  had a great time mixing and matching the flavors. 

Most importantly everyone had fun!  There were a lot of laughs and tears and good times! 

Thank you to Jane’s restaurant for providing such a lovely space and a delicious menu. 


Give Yourself a Little Glo!

May 20th, 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous owners of Glo last week at an event hosted by Beauty on Call.  Glo was founded by Jaclyn Gamboa and Kristi Gabrione in 2009. 

While planning their own weddings they tirelessly tried to find the perfect solution for the perfect wedding day glow and ended up creating a custom airbrush tanning company.  This service is perfect for brides and bridesmaids because they’ll come directly to your home which makes it super easy and time efficient for busy brides. 

According to Jaclyn and Kristi “Airbrush tanning is the only safe way to receive a beautiful, golden brown tan in just one session. Glo’s solutions are organic and do not contain alcohol or any artificial fragrances. The active ingredient, DHA, is an FDA approved sugar cane derivative that provides a safe alternative to UV tanning.”

“Glo is dedicated to customizing a specific needs of our clients. After a skin consultation, technicians will vary the shade, depth, and color of your tan according to your skin type and preference. Glo’s innovative system uses two separate airbrushes. Unlike spray booths, their airbrush experts contour your body by hand, ensuring an even flawless tan. Their will never be an orange streaky mess and your hands and feet will look naturally tan.”

“Whether you would like a single in-home appointment or a tan party for your entire bridal party, Glo can customize the perfect tan for brides within 30 minutes per session.”

Clearly Glo isn’t only for brides and bridal parties, it is perfect for anyone who is looking for a healthy way to have a sun-kissed look in any season.

Vendor Spotlight: Nika Vaughan, Makeup Artist

April 22nd, 2011

You’ve already purchased your wedding dress, shoes, accessories and you’ve chosen your hair style for the big day, but have you thought about your makeup yet?  Makeup artist, Nika Vaughan, has a really fresh approach to makeup; she wants you to look like YOU!  A lot of my clients are concerned about their makeup looking too heavy or too glamorous, they really just want to look fresh and polished.  If this is the look you’re going for, Nika Vaughan is the perfect makeup artist for you!

Don’t be fooled though, Nika also does a lot of fashion makeup too, so she can certainly handle fantastic, dramatic looks as well!

Nika has been sweet enough to give us all a few little makeup times that we can put to use this spring! 

“I think this is a great time of year to add a little something new to your tried and true makeup routine.  If the same face you wear to work is always the same face you wear for a big night on the town, then it might be time to skip a new pair of shoes and do some spring cleaning in your makeup bag.”  

 Tip Number One:

“You don’t have to have a Gaga makeover to try something new, but if your already comfortable with a rich brown eyeliner for day, for night try a true black like Bobbie Brown ‘Black Gel Ink Liner’ or Make Up For Ever’Aqua Eye Black Pencil’  Keep the line the same thickness as you would wear for day, and if you line your bottom lid, do it softly so that the liner on your upper lid is still a little bolder.  Your eyes will look bigger, lashes fuller, and best yet, you’ll look more wide awake no matter when your day actually started.”

Tip Number Two:

“Try cream eyeshadow for super easy to apply color.  If you’re short on time, apply a cream eyeshadow like “Shiseido’ Hydro-Power’ in Spring Plum with just your ring finger, and you’ve got a great sheer, shimmery wash of color that lasts all day.  For a more nude look, try a matte version like Bobbi Brown ‘Long Wear Cream Eyeshadows’ in Malted or Cement.  Most cream shadows are very smudge and water resistant, so don’t be afraid to wear them into summer.  You can even layer a powder eyeshadow over them for a quick makeup change from day to night.”

Tip Number Three:

“If you’re torn about investing in a new fun lip color, but you’re afraid it will just end up living at the bottom of your makeup bag, try a bold color in a sheer gloss or lipstick instead.  Look for something in a great color, that will hydrate without being too sticky.  It should be packed with color so that a little goes a long way.  If you have a less-is-more makeup routine, you might love just a sheer wash of fun gloss like ‘Scandal’ or ‘Babe’ from NARS.  But if you’re no stranger to Sephora, you can always add a matte lipstick or (my favorite) Make Up For Ever ‘Aqua Lip Liner Pencils’ underneath your gloss for a more dramatic look.:”

You can reach out to Nika…..




Fresh, Summer Wedding

April 14th, 2011

I love the fresh vibe you get at The Danada House, located in Wheaton, Illinois.  The grounds are so beautiful and include lots of fresh flowers, green grass and horse stables.  The Danada House has so much fantastic charm, it really is the perfect setting for a summer wedding. 

Robyn and Matt exuded a fresh, laid back, style and it was perfect for the venue.  The bride was stunning with flowers in her hair and on her dress.  Jenna Bruhn from Avant Gardenia creative an amazing bouquet that fit the bride’s style perfectly. 


The groom and groomsmen looked sharp and cool on such a hot day!  I am convinced this wedding happened on the hottest day of 2010. 

The ceremony was held outside and was surrounded by trees, grass and sunshine. 

The reception details really kept with the overall theme of the wedding.  It was just beautiful and the vibrant green matched the green of the trees in the back ground nicely. 

These centerpieces were perfect for the look and feel of the wedding.  The reception dining room had floor to ceiling windows and there arrangements helped bring the outdoors inside. 


It was just such a lovely day and I’m so glad I got to work with Robyn and Matt. 

The amazing photos are courtesy of the talented Jessica Strickland Photography.

Clementine’s “Wedding Season Kick-Off Party”

April 6th, 2011

Clementine hosted a really fun party to kick off the wedding season in style!  All the guests are our industry friends and partners that we’re so fortunate to work with on a regular basis.  I really wanted to just have a good time – I do love planning parties after all.  It was a great success and I think everyone had a wonderful time. 

All the participating vendors really out did themselves.  Thank you again Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Jewell Events Catering, A Stem Above, J. Brown Photography, Cage and Aquarium, Take the Cake, 4 Flashes Photobooths, Event Creative, Halls Rental and Windy City Linens

We of course featured the official Clementine colors, which was so fun for spring!  We wanted a casual, welcoming environment so we included all cocktail tables, high boys and two different lounge vignettes. 

A Stem Above provided fresh, colorful flowers for all the cocktail tables, high boys and lounge sets. 


Halls Rental provided all the tables, chairs and lounge peices and Event Creative added the pillow accents. 


Take the Cake provided adorable mini cupcakes; a huge hit with the guests!  Jewell Events Catering provided some amazing hors d’oeuvres; nobody went home hungry that’s for sure!






DJ Victor was spinning fun, up-beat, music all night long! 

The party was supposed to end at 9:00 but this fun crowd stayed until 10:00!  We practicaly had to kick them out!  Melissa and I are right there in the middle having a blast with such a great group of people! 

We can’t wait to have another kick off party next year! 

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