Tradition, Love and Family

March 13th, 2012

Eleana and David got married on October 14, 2011 at The Columbus Park Refectory in Chicago.  Their wedding date wasn’t just a random October day, it held special meaning to the bride and her family.  Her parents got married on October 15th, her grandparents got married on October 16th and her great-grandparents got married on October 17th.  Since it was such a special date the entire wedding was really focused on love, family and tradition, it was all very romantic. 

 

Their wedding day was a windy, chilly, Chicago day and yet everything went off without a hitch.  Every detail and every moment was memorable and special.  They held their ceremony outside in the pavilion attached to the main refectory building which had a great view of trees and nature. They had a live quartet provided by Quartet Parapluie which really helped set the tone for the ceremony.  Right before the ceremony started we sprinkled rose petals down the aisle, we were worried they were going to be blown away but they held out long enough for Eleana to make it down the aisle to her handsome groom who was dressed in his Marine Corps uniform. 

After the ceremony, the guests came inside for a beautiful sit down dinner provided by Phil Stefani Catering.  The guests were treated to an amazing menu of chicken ricotta and braised short ribs.  After dinner the guests were spoiled with endless sweet treats of brownie sundaes, mini molten lava cakes and chocolate ravioli all provided by Phil Stefani Catering.  Their stunning and elegant wedding cake was designed and provided by Sarah’s Pastries and Candies. 

Asrai Garden enhanced the space with rich, bold, autumn colored flowers that were so fresh.  Since family and tradition was such an important aspect to the Bride and Groom on their big day, they had family wedding pictures as part of their center pieces with flowers flanked on either side.  It was a very sweet, special touch. 

Eleana and David spent the rest of the night dancing and celebrating together and with their friends and family.  It was a very joyous occasion filled with love and romance.  Clementine was honored to have gotten to know such a wonderful couple and family! 

Special thanks to Erica Rose Photography for providing us with such lovely photographs. 

Additional vendors that helped make their day special:

DJ Sasha Savic

Turning Point Video Production

5 Star Valet

 

Lots of Personality

October 18th, 2011

Megan and Chris planned to have a fun, laid back event and boy did they succeed!  The moment I met the two of them, I knew their big day would be so much fun!  They both have really fun personalities and they let loose on thier wedding day!

Michael Monar Photography captured all these amazing moments. 

Megan and Chris got married on July 23rd, 2011 and I’m sure  you don’t remember the weather but it was very HOT that day.  What better way to cool off during the photo session than stopping at an ice cream truck!  I cannot believe Megan chose a colored popsicle for her treat!  Talk about laid back!!

Both the ceremony and reception were held at Gallery 1028.  The venue really fit the couples overall style with the rustic yet modern vibe it presents.  Megan had the girls wear any gray dress of their choice so the bridesmaids could reflect their own style.  I love how Chris is the only guy wearing gray, it really helped him to stand out and the yellow socks are just so much fun! 

Studio AG helped bring their style to life with this stunning ceremony decor.  I love how illuminating the candles and chandeliers were in the dark event space.  It was very romantic and modern. 

Some of the fun details provided by Megan and Chris:  Custom made slap coozies for the guest’s drinks!  Guests had fun slapping them onto their drinks and wrists all night! 

Their welcome table really set the tone for the event.  This is the first thing guests saw when the entered the venue.  The pattern on the welcome sign matched their linens perfectly.  The mailbox for their gift cards matched their personality!  They also had a guest book with fun papers and patterned/colored tape that guests could mix and match. 

They had three different table designs throughout the dinner space, this is a picture of the head table which was a large feasting table.  The runners were custom made by the bride herself!  Calihan Catering provided really fun dinner stations including amazing dishes of paella, tacos, custom pasta, gazpacho and much more! 

 

After dinner Megan changed into an adorable and sassy party dress!  She looked fantastic!  They had Record A Hit provide a flip book station which was a huge hit, both at the booth AND on the dance floor.  The guests loved it and it was a nice change from the ever popular photo booth.  Cage and Aquarium kept the dance floor packed all night thanks to DJ Tyler.   

 They topped off the night with Chicago style hot dogs provided by Calihan Catering.  Another perfect summer treat! 

I think it is safe to say that not only did Megan and Chris have the time of their lives, but so did all their guests.  They really stayed true to who they are as a couple and it worked out wonderfully.

Clementine was so happy to work with such an amazing couple and we wish them the best! 

 

 

Little Bit of NOLA at a Chicago Landmark

June 1st, 2011

I was beyond thrilled to work with Leyla and Charlie for their May 21st wedding at The Rookery in Chicago.  They have such fun, creative personalities which really added a lot of personal touches to their fantastic wedding.  The wonderful and talented Laurie Peacock Photography captured all the special moments and details. 

They became husband and wife at Assumption Church in Chicago.  They couldn’t have asked for a nicer morning, especially since May was such a rainy month in Chicago this year. 

The reception was filled with little details that are special to the bride and groom.  New Orleans was the un-offical “theme” of the event and the bold colors really looked fantastic in The Rookery.  It was a nice contrast having the bold style of New Orleans alongside a Burnham built building that has intricate gold stenciling by non other than Frank Lloyd Wright! 

These gorgeous centerpieces were created by Blumgarten and they captured the brides vision perfectly.  They gave away chocolates in the shape of the fleur-di-lis which is a French symbol associated with New Orleans.   

The dinner menu was even NOLA inspired with beef tenderloin and BBQ shrimp with creole ssauce served over creamy stone ground grits.  The talented chefs at Jewell Events Catering did a great job, the entree was fantastic and a big hit among the guests. 

 

Take the Cake designed the beautiful and elegant wedding cake.  The design reflected the style of the bride’s wedding gown and it was just stunning.  Guests exclaimed it was the best wedding cake they’d ever tasted! 

Please view this awesome video filmed by Kinema Group Films - they edited it during the reception and surprised everyone with a quick show and the bride, groom and guests had many tears.

http://vimeo.com/24093511

Delicate Bites for Summer

May 21st, 2010

Comfort food has been really popular the last few years in menus all over town, especially private events.  There is something really fun about serving mini burgers and fries at a glamorous wedding.  However, I’m really drawn to fresh, delicate bites for summer.  When it is hot outside all I crave is fresh fruits, veggies, fish and meats.  The last thing I want is grilled cheese and tomato soup, even though the mini version is so cute. 

These adorable beet and goat cheese hors d’oeuvres not only have a fantastic presentation they are also very refreshing.  These bites will be a nice compliment to your guest’s white wine or champagne cocktail that they’ll be enjoying during cocktail hour.  Serving delicate foods will encourage your guests to taste and try many different foods without feeling full or bloated from all the salt. 

If you plan to serve a plated meal for your guests, choose a really fresh, light entree that is full of flavor.  Skip the heavy sauces and rich potatoes and choose something your guests can feel good about eating.   Fish, chicken or  lean beef served with fresh herbs and natural ingredients instead of heavy creams that are full of fat and butter will leave your guests feeling healthy and happy.  They’ll be more likely to hit the dance floor after eating since they won’t feel like they have a brick in their stomachs. 

I don’t think it can get more comforting than ice cream!  Instead of serving milk shakes or ice cream sundae stations, consider serving little ice cream cones.  You’ll still get the same fun, summer vibe and your guests will love the cold, refreshing treat on a hot summer night.  These little bites are so cute and won’t overwhelm your guests.  They are also bite sized which is great for avoiding a mess. 

You can have a delicious, creative menu without all the heavy starch, salt and fat.  Summer is full of so many fresh ingredients, take advantage of it.  Ask your caterer to use local produce when possible, not only is it better for the environment it will taste better too.  Your guests will leave your event feeling satisfied and full of energy. 

Spread the Love

January 23rd, 2010

I happen to be a real softy for Valentine’s Day; I love it!  Not just for my husband, but also for the love of my friends and family too.  Do something special this year for the ones you love.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either and here are a few ideas.

These cookies are a fantastic gift idea for anyone special in your life.  You can order these from Sugar Mama in Palos Heights, IL  708-935-2613.  Think ahead and make sure to place your order before  Feb 6th! All cookies are $1.85 each, bagged with ribbon is an extra $.25 per cookie. 

 

   

Have a romantic night at home with you special someone.  You can cook a nice dinner for two and drink delicious wine.  After dinner snuggle up with a big cup of hot coco and homemade cookies for dessert.  All these items can be found at Crate and Barrel. 

Have fun with Valentine’s Day….I know a lot of people think it’s a cheesy holiday but it’s something to really look forward to during the cold winter months! 

What are some of your favorite Valentine’s traditions?

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Cupcake Stands

January 10th, 2010

Cupcakes have become a very popular dessert.  Cupcakes are super cute, trendy and perfect for any occasion.  Chicago is extremely fortunate to have so many amazing bakeries that specialize in cupcakes.  Some bakeries do not provide cupcake stands; many of my clients have asked me where they can get one or how they can make one.

Raise the Cake specializes in unique cake stands including cup cake stands.  You can even custom create one to match your personal style or event colors.  The two examples below are from www.raisethecake.com

I love the freedom to create the prefect stand for every event.  Raise the Cake has all kinds of color and pattern options; great for weddings, birthday parties, anniversary parties etc…

Many bakeries do provide cupcake stands but keep Raise the Cake in mind if you would like to design something special.  They can be simple, elegant or modern; whatever you want!

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Hosting a Holiday Party

December 11th, 2009

We are right in the middle of the holiday season and we all have a lot of parties to attend.  Here are some cute ideas to make your party stand out. 

These snow flake cookies are not only pretty and festive but they make a great take away gift at the end of the night.  Give each guest a cookie wrapped in pretty paper or a cute mini brown paper bag as they are leaving the party.  They can enjoy them the next day or in the cab on the way home!

I have planned many events with adorable desserts like these hot coco and mini doughnuts.  They are perfect for a holiday party at your home because they are easy to make and they are so cute.  Guests really enjoy foods with a cute presentation. 

Here is another easy dish made unique just by serving it in individual cups.  Who doesn’t love hot macaroni and cheese?  If you don’t have small cups like these just use ramekins, small tea cups or shot glasses.  Get creative and have fun with appetizers. 

Your guests will be attending a lot of parties this season.  They may even have two in the same night.  By mixing up some fresh ideas with the old favorites you’re sure to have a successful party.  All these ideas are simple and big crowd pleasers.

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Autumn Treats

October 22nd, 2009

Autumn weddings are a wonderful for seasonal foods like butternut squash soup, mini pecan pies, pumpkin risotto and pomegranate champagne cocktails.  When the cold weather kicks in guests are ready and excited about these rich flavors. 

Martha Stewart has featured some cute ideas to enhance your autumn theme. 

Serve caramel wafers with hot cups of coffee.  They double as a sweet treat and a coffee warmer when the guest gets up to dance.  The caramel wafer will help to keep the coffee hot and when the guest returns to the table the wafer is warm and gooey!

Instead of having large bowls of assorted nuts on cocktail tables or at the bar, serve individual paper cups of warm nuts as a passed hors d’oeuvres.  Guests will enjoy having the warm nuts on a cold night. 

Candied or caramel apples can be used in a variety of different ways.  Below they are shown as place cards but you can also serve them as party favors at the end of the night for guests to take home.  Another fun idea is to build them into the kid’s table decor.