Gretchen & Dan – Chicago History Museum Wedding

February 11th, 2013

 Gretchen and Dan tied the knot on a beautiful spring day in April.  The special day began with a sweet &  intimate first look between the bride and groom on the terrace of the Peninsula Hotel.  The couple then exchanged vows in front of 250 of their closest friends and family at a beautiful ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral.  After the ceremony, it was time to party!  As guests arrived at the Chicago History Museum, they were greeted with delicious hors d’oeuvres including Mu Shoo Duck Crepes & Seafood Ceviche catered by Jewell Events.  Guests sat at dining tables adorned with stunning green and ivory lush florals designed by ArtQuest Ltd. They dined on Lemon Rosemary Chicken & Herb Crusted Filet and nibbled on cannoli wedding cake provided by Il Giardino Del Dolce before hitting the dance floor.  Fig Media spun Gretchen and Dan’s favorite tunes and kept guests entertained throughout the evening.  Thanks to Dayna Schroeder Photography for capturing all of the beautiful moments of this amazing day!

Wedding Vendors

Wedding Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral

Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum

Caterer: Jewell Events

Floral: ArtQuest Ltd.

Lighting: Frost

DJ: Fig Media

Photographer: Dayna Schroeder

Videographer: Cinaesthetic Films

Wedding Cake: Il Giardino Del Dolce

Makeup: Juli Valdez

Hair: Sharon Daniels Salon

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.

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.

Stunning & Romantic at The Elysian

June 10th, 2011

When I first met Leah I just knew we would really hit it off!  She is about a sweet as it gets and her personality can light up any room.  When I met her amazing new husband, Bob, I knew right away that it was going to be a very special wedding.  They are so perfect for each other and I was honored to be a party of their special day. 

 Leah and Bob tied the knot at St. Clement Church in Lincoln Park.  Their family was so close and you could just feel their love for one another.  I just love this picture of Leah’s dad right before the ceremony was about to begin. 

 Leah was full of excitement.  She was cool as a cucumber the whole morning and when we got to the Church she just beamed with pure joy.  I love this photo because it captures her fun personality perfectly. 

Leah looked stunning as she walked down the aisle.  Her wedding day “look” was absolutely perfect for her and it only enhanced the Church and the venue that much more. 

The new husband and wife!  After the ceremony was over the couple celebrated with their friends and family.  They loaded up a trolley and rode around town noshing on Potbelly’s sandwiches.  Everyone had a great time. 

The reception took place at the gorgeous Elysian hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast.  The service, menu and style of the hotel were all top notch.  The guests dined on a creative menu including oysters, beef carpaccio, pork belly, fresh halibut, beef tenderloin and risotto. 

These beautiful floral arrangements were designed and creative by Renee Price of  Kehoe Designs.  The blooms were huge and very fragrant, the room was filled with fresh floral aroma. 

Leah, Bob and all their guests had a great time dancing the night away with the music styling of DJ Drew from Fig Media

Clementine had a wonderful time meeting all their friends and family and we hope we can cross paths again some day!  We wish you all the best!  Congratulations to the happy couple!

Special thanks to the talented Joseph Mark Photography (located in Dallas, TX) and Joseph Ryan Martinez of Fig Media for providing memorable photos and video to document such a wonderful day!

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.

Tuesday Tip: Le Dress, Event Tomorrow Night

March 22nd, 2011

The stylish and fabulous Le Dress is having an event tomorrow night!  Le Dress has great dresses for every occasion, ranging in price from $40.00 – $350.00.   The event is to launch a Bridal Registry, wherein brides can register for rehearsal dinner, shower and bachelorette party dresses just like you’d register at Crate & Barrel for flatware.  Such an amazing idea!

Holiday Wedding

February 28th, 2011

By now you should know that I love winter weddings!  I was really excited when I met Katy and Billy and they told me they were getting married at Holy Name Cathedral and their reception was going to take place at The Chicago Cultural Center on December 4, 2010. 

Katy and Billy have such big, fun, sweet personalities and everyone involved on their special day went out of their way to show them just how special they are.

Katy looked absolutely gorgeous walking down the aisle at Holy Name.  Her glamorous gown was perfect for the grand cathedral. 

Katie Powell from Fleur Du Jour made  beautiful and elegant bouquets and they matched the eggplant purple bridesmaids dresses perfectly. 

By the time the ceremony was over it had started to snow.  They were such good sports about it; they really embraced the weather and all it had to offer. 

They drove around town in a trolley provided by The Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co.  The entire bridal party had a blast staying warm inside the trolley and toasting the happy couple. 

How romantic is this picture?  I just love it, it’s like a winter wonderland.  I still can’t believe Katy didn’t wear any winter boots, she really was determined to keep her wedding day look.  

At the Chicago Cultural Center they had a slight holiday theme for their reception.  It wasn’t over the top but they did have some really great features.  My favorite was the Christmas tree that was placed in the entrance of the reception hall that was decorated with family pictures.  Guests who brought gifts to the party placed them under the tree.  It was really cute.  At the end of the night we passed out Christmas ornaments as party favors, which were a big hit!

G.A.R Memorial Hall has never looked so elegant and warm.  It was perfect for December.  Everything was rich in tone with warm golds and purples; which was a nice change from traditional green and red holiday decor.  Food for Thought provided an amazing three course seated dinner. 

Dena from Toast and Jam rocked the dance floor all night.  The crowd was so much fun and at the end of the night they were seriously yelling “one more song!” It was as if there had been a live band! 

It was such a pleasure working with Katy and Billy and Clementine wishes them all the happiness in the world! 

These amazing photos are courtesy of Andrew Collings Photography, Inc.

Tuesday Tip: Wear a Vintage Inspired Garter

February 22nd, 2011

Wearing a garter on your wedding day is an old tradition that a lot of my brides have skipped in recent years.  A new trend is wearing a garter that is vintage inspired and not bulky or tacky as some of the “something blue” varieties can be.  

Previously is a Chicago based company that re-creates authentic garters from the 1920′s.  Original garters from that time were made with high quality fabrics and weren’t as disposable as they are today.  Real garters from the 20′s have lost their stretch so Previously went on a mission to create garters with high quality fabric and craftsmanship. 

Elide Endreson, Owner of Previously and designer explains her garters in more detail: “The 100% silk taffeta ribbon and cotton fabric lining are sewn directly to the elastic which provides a sleeker silhouette and better fit. The grey silk taffeta is very lightweight, pleats beautifully and has a softer, more subtle luster than silk satin. Just like the originals, the light blue cotton lining provides traction so the garters will stay in place. All ribbon flowers and embellishments are handmade by me. Pictured here are coral pink silk satin roses on top of hand pleated mint green silk satin embellishments.”

Elide points out that “garters were often sold in boxed sets in the 1920′s, and this was my inspiration for this series. The boxed set includes two coordinating bobby pins with handmade embellishments in silk satin. Your garters and matching bobby pins come in a box that they can be stored in as shown in the pictures.”

According to Elide flappers wore the garters just above the knee, not high up on the thigh.

What a great little treat for under your wedding dress.  Something classy and elegant that you can cherish forever.  This trend is popular among the celebrities too, I read in US Weekly that Mandy Moore wore a vintage inspired garter on her wedding day!

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.