The story begins with Elizabeth and Brooke meeting at a friends birthday party. It starts with a conversation, then a dance, and the rest leads up to the wedding being shared with us today.
Elizabeth shares a special moment on their wedding day … “We had decided to write each other notes instead of the “first look.” I’m by far, the more sentimental, yet on this day, Brooke out did me by a long shot. I had heard from a few friends that he was worried about what to say. He found a post card with a picture of the beach from Playa del Carmen to write the words that summed up why he loved me and couldn’t wait to spend the rest of his life with me. Those words reaffirmed why I hove him so much and couldn’t be luckier to have him as my husband and best friend.”
Wedding Venue: Secrets Resorts & Spas – Cancun | Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Planner: Emily Clarke Events | Photography: John Cain | Invitations: Stamped Paper Company
Owner of one of the most highly esteemed catering companies in Chicago for over twenty-five years, Wendy Pashman of Entertaining Company not only knows delicious food, she holds rich insight into the event industry as a whole. Her food is described as bold, flavorful and high concept. No wonder we are so enamored by her menus, which also serve to transport guests through sight, smell and taste. We highlight her work; confident her creative approach to culinary flavors and design will leave you inspired. (Photos of Wendy by Linda Bergonia | Chromacity Studios)
Entertaining Company’s culinary mission mirrors our event design goals; to craft each event into a uniquely personalized and memorable experience. “The inspiration for a menu could be seasonal, the month a couple met, a place they met, a hobby or interest,” says Wendy. Such was the case for a bride pursuing an advanced degree in French literature whose vision was to capture the feeling of Paris and history through elegance with a touch of vintage. Here, Kehoe Designs and Planner Marina Birch transformed Chicago Illuminating Company into a marvelous romantic setting based on the Medici Gardens. The menu echoed the refinement of Paris with an elegantly eclectic entree: New Zealand baby lamb chops served with banana leaf wrapped sea bass and coconut curry sauce. With many vegetarians present, special attention was given to those guests with an opulent composed entrée of black lentils, truffle potato mousse, baby stem on carrots, parsnips, roasted beets and toasted crispy maple glazed brussels sprouts with oven dried tomato sliver garnish. All the details from dish-to-decor transported guests to an evening of open-air, european enchantment.
Today’s post is shared with us from Crafted by Kehoe Designs.
Chicago StrictlyWeddings.com partner, Bliss Weddings & Events were feeling a bit nostalgic over a favorite client who recently celebrated their 1st anniversary (and first baby!). Here’s their results from a recent post … It was one year ago that a favorite Bliss client married the man of her dreams. It was a beautiful winter – not exactly wintry – wedding. Because of this, we thought we’d share a few photos from the most glamorous day of their lives.
Maggie’s beautiful custom dress was designed in collaboration with Mira Couture and featured the bride’s new monogram embroidered in blue. The ceremony was held at Old St. Pat’s (the oldest standing church in the City – it survived the Chicago fire!) and could easily accommodate the couple’s 300+ besties. The chalice that was used for communion is a special family heirloom given to the bride’s grandparents in Ireland. The bride wore her great grandmother’s dreamy mink stole to ward off the January breezes. As the cocktail hour came to an end, The Shannon Rovers lead guests to the ballroom for dinner with a heck-of-a-dramatic parade of drums and bagpipes.
The muted palette of creams, champagnes and mixed metallics provided the perfect wintry setting for Maggie, Tony and their guests. A combination of linens were used alternately around the room: rose gold sequins, silver silks as well as silver sequins. Icy acrylic chairs allowed the special linens do all the talking.
Ceremony Venue: Old St. Pat’s | Reception Venue: Ritz-Carlton | Event Design: Jesse Deckard through Event Creative | Dress: Custom Mira Couture | Irish Pipe Band: The Shannon Rovers | Photographer: Gerber Scarpelli