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! 


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


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.

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. 



Chicago for a Destination Wedding

August 1st, 2011


Jessica and Mick are from Florida and yet they decided to host their wedding in Chicago! Their wedding ended up becoming a destination wedding and many of their family and friends had never been to Chicago before.

Jessica grew up in Chicago and moved to Florida when still relatively young, she was thrilled that she was able to visit Chicago every summer after they moved because she just loved everything about the city.  Once she graduted high school she took Mick to visit Chicago and show him all the wonderful reasons she loved it here.  He ended up loving it too and the two of them say Chicago is their favorite city!  As a native Chicagoan I often take for granted all the wonderful attractions our city has to offer. 

The newly weds spent their afternoon taking pictures all over town at some of the best Chicago hot spots including Navy Pier and Millennium Park.  The guests really enjoyed their mini vacation.

They chose The W Lakeshore for their reception venue which overlooks Navy Pier.  The 360 view had guests glued to the windows during cocktail hour and of course later in the evening for the fireworks display. 

Kehoe Designs did an outstanding job with the floral and decor.   The bride picked out vintage inspired farris wheels for the table arrangements which Kehoe Designs decorated with large, fresh blooms.  They created a custom fabric treatment on the circular ceiling in hot pink, the couples signature color.

Since they had a destination wedding they chose a bit of a travel theme for some of the details.  They had guests write messages on Chicago vintage post cards and they gave guests custom luggage tags as a party favor. 

 What a fun wedding!  All the guests had a blast enjoying Chicago and Jessica and Mick were able to tie the knot in their favorite city!  Clementine wishes them all the best and we’re so happy we were able to be a part of their big day! 

Photos courtesy of Bella Pictures


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.

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.

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. 

Year Round Nature

January 21st, 2010

Venues with a view are in high demand.  So many of my client’s put windows at the top of their venue wish list.  Fortunately Chicago has many fantastic venues with a great view and The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is one of my favorites.  

 The Nature Museum has many great features including indoor and outdoor access.  The ravine (top left photo) is stunning and perfect for an outdoor ceremony or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  The ravine has nice shade so your guests will not get too hot. 


The Nature Museum also has a huge terrace on the 2nd floor that can be 100% open air and can seat up to 200 guests.   You can also tent the terrace  for year round events.  When the terrace is tented you can seat up to 300 guests.  (This photo was taken by Sarah Alair) 


The South Gallery has floor to ceiling windows and is spectaular year round.  In the summer and fall the surrounding trees are in bloom and rich with colors.  In the winter the branches from the trees and snow on the ground create a very cool, romantic look.  Pair it with branches for your floral and you have an instant theme.  (This photo was taken by Becky Hill and the floral/decor by Scarlet Petal


The Nature Museum has breathtaking views of Lincoln Park and North Pond.  The museum also features  the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven; which your guests are able to enjoy during cocktail hour.  Consider this unique venue for your wedding ceremony and reception or your next social/corporate event! 

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What a View

January 7th, 2010

We are getting so much snow; it makes me want to just stay inside and look at it from the window.  Even though it is so pretty it is really making me wish it was summer!  To try and get me out of the January winter blues I decided to write about a great venue with a great view.  The Affinia Hotel has a hot little roof top deck called the C-View.  Great for cocktails in the summer after work.  The Affinia Hotel has a great location at Superior and Michigan Ave. 

This venue is also a great spot for an event or wedding.  Just inside from the roof top deck is a great little bar lounge.  The entire space is available to rent out for your private party.

This venue would be fantastic for a private event.  They also have a wonderful restaurant on the first floor of the Affinia called C-House which has an award-winning chef. The entire restaurant can be rented for a private party.

Consider something a little different for your next event!

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