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In a society where inspiration comes at us from all angles, The Celebration Society strives to narrow it down and keep you focused on what’s most important to you. The last thing you want is to be overwhelmed and stressed by too many choices. This issue is full of tips and advice, beautiful bold colors and modern style—it’s a great place to begin your wedding planning journey without the hassle of diving in blind. First, narrow down your style. You’ll be building your wedding around it, so you’ll want to stay consistent when you’re talking to vendors. Our Style Profiles start on page 34 and showcase some of this year’s hottest colors and themes, courtesy of some of our favorite vendors. From retro chic to moody boho, you’re sure to find something you’ll love among these pages. Next, build your dream team. It’s important to have a team of industry professionals you can trust to make your wedding dreams a reality without the stress of having to do it all yourself. Unique to The Celebration Society, our Venue and Vendor Guides (pages 47 and 103) showcase Chicagoland pros and all they have to offer side-by-side for you to compare.

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Don’t forget to have fun during the planning process! Dress shopping can be daunting—try adding a few fun elements, like mimosas or post-shopping dinner, and make it a day out with a few special people. Our bridal gown feature (page 111) was shot on-location at Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, which served as an absolutely romantic setting for this year’s stunning fashion. From delicate lace ballgowns to sleek beaded sheaths, there’s just so much WOW in this feature!

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Selecting your invitations, flowers and cake can be so exciting! We’re seeing more and more deep hues and vibrant accents popping up in the wedding world. Pinterest and Instagram are loaded with black cakes and bold bouquets. We’re so in love with the amazing details in this year’s gallery! Take a look (page 136) and get ready to be inspired. Wedding planning is a long process, but it’s worth it the effort! See real couples and their happily-everafters starting on page 151, along with words of wisdom from a recent bride on page 184. We hope this issue inspires you and serves as the perfect guide for your perfect day.

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WITH YOUR BUDGET & STYLE Setting the budget for your big day will act as a guideline for every other wedding decision, from vendors and venue to the guest list. It will keep you in check (it’s easy to get carried away in the details!) and ensure you know exactly where you’ll be financially at the end of the whole process. Prioritize your spending on what matters most to you, whether you have a dream dress in mind or your heart is set on a luxury venue.

Then, select your style. In the following pages, we’ve compiled useful tips to help you identify your wedding style, ideas to draw inspiration from, colorful wedding combinations we adore, and some of our favorite products from across the globe to add just the personal touch you’re looking for. Your personal, unique wedding style is in the details and while there are millions of choices, always be sure to choose what suits you. Period.

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S TA R T T H E C O N V E R S AT I O N WITH YOUR BUDGET By Leah Economos

Many brides are surprised that most vendors insist on knowing their budget before providing a detailed proposal. Truth is, this saves you both time and prevents miscommunication, sticker shock and getting attached to an idea you just can’t afford. Why Share Your Budget? Because you’re a busy bride with limited spare time, you’ll want this process to be as efficient as possible. Also, the vendors you’re interviewing respect your time and aim to make the proposal process as simple and straightforward as possible. With knowledge of your budget, each vendor will be able to provide a proposal in the price range you have specified.

Your style, taste, and personal preferences are equally as important as your budget. But, if you start out with a proposal that’s above your budget, trimming it down will be the only solution. That will mean parting with some elements you may love, and it also will delay arriving at your “budget happy place” while your salesperson revises your proposal. To avoid this dilemma, simply share your budget with vendors in your first conversation.

The Dangers of a Proposal that’s Above Your Budget A proposal with no budget guideline has several dangers. The first one is sticker shock. Many brides are truly shocked by the cost of wedding elements. Being surprised by your proposal price is not only unpleasant, but it may cause you to eliminate a wedding vendor from consideration who is truly capable of supplying a fantastic alternative for half the price—they just had no idea how much you wanted to spend!

Finding a Fit There’s a possibility that your vision and budget aren’t a match for a particular vendor, and that’s okay! If they aren’t able to offer the service or product you’re looking for within the amount you’re willing to pay, don’t be shy about telling them your budget is firm and you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Beyond the sticker shock, there’s another danger: attachment! You’re likely to become attached to all of the beautiful options conjured up in that initial proposal—and they’re way out of your price range. This will only create disappointment down the road as you find it impossible to be satisfied with more budget friendly alternatives.

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If you consult several reputable vendors and continue to hear your vision can’t be accomplished within the amount you want to pay, it’s probably an indication your budget isn’t reasonable. Consider shifting money from another category within your overall budget, or open your mind to more budget friendly options that still allow you to have a great event. Great vendors will do their best to offer an alternative to suit your budget, whether it’s a fabulous short rib small plate station instead of filet mignon, or ranunculus for your bouquet instead of peonies.

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Take Steps in the Right Direction Occasionally, brides can get stuck in what is referred to as 'proposal la-la land.' This is what happens when you continue to swoon over Pinterest pictures and celebrity weddings featuring ideas far outside your budget range. Remember, the goal is to arrive at a proposal you’re happy with and can afford. Trusting Your Vendors Some couples say they don’t feel comfortable sharing their actual budget with vendors they’re interviewing, for fear that they will "use up all the money,” and I want to offer some insight on that topic. Any vendor you’re considering hiring should make you feel comfortable and cared for as a customer. If at any point you feel pressured in a used-carsalesman-fashion, you’re in the wrong place. When it comes to budget, remember: you’re in charge. Your florist or caterer isn’t going to reach into your wallet and take your money. When you agree on a price, make sure you’re comfortable with the amount you’re spending. Bottom Line You’ll make your planning process easier, avoid disappointment and sticker shock and develop a great relationship with your vendor team by sharing your budget from the beginning.


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BUDGET BREAKDOWN In Chicago, the average cost of a 150-person wedding is approximately $42,000 with downtown weddings costing more ($51,000) and suburban weddings costing less ($33,000). When you start planning your wedding, one of the very first things you’ll need to create is a budget. The most helpful approach for you, your partner, and your respective families will be to openly discuss how much everyone will be able to contribute. Today, it is not uncommon for the bride and groom to foot the entire bill, or for the families to share the expenses. When discussing your expenses with your loved ones, be sure to remain courteous and realistic. RECEPTIONS..........40-45% Reception venue, food, beverages & rentals PHOTO & VIDEO...................... 10-20% Photo & video ATTIRE & WEDDING BANDS........................8-12% Bride and groom attire & wedding bands FLOWERS..................8-12% Flowers & décor MUSIC......................... 5-10% Ceremony & reception music

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Ultimately, you know deep down inside what's truly important to you. Just know this: your wedding is the first big event you will host together as a couple so it's the first time to let your personalities truly shine in front of friends and family. Whatever your source of inspiration, make decisions that feel right to you, not what you've seen other couples do.

Your venue will have a great deal of impact on the environment of your wedding. If you opt for a barn, you'll likely want to go for a more rustic feel. Or, if you book the most prestigious hotel in town, a glamorous wedding for you it is! Don't overlook your biggest expense in the wedding as a possible source for your overall theme too.

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Everyone has a hobby, activity, cause or pledge they fully support and this may be just the place to draw inspiration from. Show off your priorities in life to your guests by finding inspiration from what your true passions are.

Are you a morning person or night owl? Whatever your preference, the time of day you ultimately choose to host your wedding ceremony and reception will affect the feel of the event. If you and your fiance are up and at 'em each day with a morning coffee, a brunch wedding just might be the thing for you. The possibilities are endless!

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MUSE Inspiration abounds from a myriad of places and a muse might be just the thing you center your wedding style around. Your favorite movie, color, flower, character, season or destination. Pick something near and dear to you and let it guide all of your style decisions.

SCALE When you put together your guest list you'll either be looking at a large event or intimate gathering. The amount of people you choose to invite will affect the environment so when looking for sources of inspiration, remember how big or intimate the event will feel with the amount of friends and family in attendance and work off of that.


WEDDING PL ANNING DO'S & DON'TS Be considerate of family traditions and wants but don't feel chained to them.

Don't spend too much energy focusing on what others are doing.

Be authentic to YOUR true style.

Don't let the party details outshine the magic of your marriage.

Create a budget, fine tune it and stick to it.

Don't skimp on wedding vendors. Trust us... you get what you pay for.

Edit. Edit. Edit. Start with a big picture and bring it into focus from there.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Manage the guest list... Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. This will help your budget too.

Brand It Branding might be a term you've only thought to be relevant to marketing departments. When it comes to modern day weddings, branding on a personal level takes company logos and color combinations and transforms them into monograms, slogans and themes.

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Do you and the future hubs have a common interest that brought you together? Flying, skydiving, traveling or food? Whatever it is you spend your free time doing, consider letting it be the source of your wedding style. Golf anyone?

Do you hail from a great land afar or find yourself among a long lineage of great folks? Then let your family history and heritage guide the style of your wedding and enjoy reminiscing with your parents and loved ones about your roots.

WHAT'S IN A PERSONAL BRAND? Monograms, color preferences, favorite fonts and even paper weights are the essential tools-of-the-trade wedding stationers and designers use to make your personal style shine through to family and friends. HOW & WHERE TO BRAND.... If you want to create a custom wedding brand, your stationer is the go-to creative guru to turn to. They are the graphic designers behind all the great typography and scroll work you see in wedding magazines and blogs. Here are several places we recommend you use your personal wedding brand...

FORMALITY If you're a Great Gatsby girl at heart, a formal setting just might be the style for you. But, if a laid back casual setting is for you, so be it. Consider your personal preferences on dressing down or up when identifying the style wedding you want.

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FIND YOUR FLOWERS

Flowers are one of the most obvious ways to make your style shine. A well thought-out combination can say “I’m uber traditional” or “go-with-the-flow organic.” So, before you head over to your first appointment with your wedding floral designer, we’ve compiled some of the most popular flowers making their mark on everything from bouquets to centerpieces so you can identify which flowers speak to your style.

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PEONY This romantic flower features plentiful fragrant petals in shades of white, blush, coral and red. Season: Spring

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Charmeuse Satin Robe with Lace Trim HAYDEN HARLOW etsy.com

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Creatively Yours Wedding + Event Planning

CAKE

Navy & Gold Tiered Cake THE QUINTESSENTIAL CAKE thequintessentialcake.com

I chose Navy and Gold for warmth and romance. Paired with a lot of candlelight, you have an elegant yet vintage event.

BOUQUET

White and Burgundy Bouquet FLOWERS FOR DREAMS flowersfordreams.com

EXTRAS

Personalized Kate Spade Cake Knife & Server Set HAPPILY EVER ETCHED, INC etsy.com

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Private Elegant Ballroom • Accommodates 75-350ppl Picturesque Golf Course Views • On-Site Ceremonies Detail Oriented Staff • Customized Menus

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SPICY RE DS & RICH P U R P L E S CO LO R IN S P IR AT IO N

Dress it up or make it moody. There are endless possibilities with this unexpected color combination!

CHARGERS

Sea Sponge Purple Charger BBJ LINEN RENTAL bbjlinen.com

INSPIRATION NoMI Marble BBJ LINEN RENTAL Bbjlinen.com

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INVITATIONS

Modern Floral Invitations DREAMING IN PAPER etsy.com

DIANE COOK

Events by Mistwood

Color trends for 2019 are moving from soft pastels into more intense, deep tones. Don’t be afraid to

SIGNATURE DRINK

Dragonfruit Cocktail MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB mistwoodgc.com

make a statement with bold colors and mixing textures. BOUQUET

Bridal Bouquet with Deep Red Blooms FLOWERS BY STEEN PRODUCTIONS flowersbysteen.com

JEWELRY

Swarovski Purple Earrings AM-31 LITTLE DESIREZ littledesirezjewelry.com

FOR THE GROOM

Single Bloom Boutonniere KIO KREATIONS kiokreations.com

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BRIDAL SHOES

Kiara Embellished Peep-Toe Pump BADGLEY MISCHKA badgleymischka.com


Denise Bonds, Windermere Events | 847.309.9478 | WindermereWeddingPlanner.com

Creating Magical Moments Month of Coordination + Full Wedding Planning

We Coordinate, You Celebrate! CreativelyYoursEvents.com | 815.276.5197

Wedding Planning | Coordination | Complete Event Design

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BRIDAL ESSENTIALS DAY-O F N EC E S S IT IE S

Your wedding day should be fun and memorable. Here are a few things that will make you feel your best, add a touch of fun and relive stress!

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BRIDAL GOWN Custom Gown STEPHEN YEARICK stephenyearick.com

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RAINY DAY

Bri’Zan Couture

Clear Umbrella TARGET target.com

Our best advice: Delegate the details on your wedding day. Plan for unseen weather. Cotton handkerchiefs won’t leave fuzz. Practice your bustle. Do a first look of

BRIDESMAID GIFT Custom Labels for Mini Champagne Bottles KELLY REIF STATIONERY STUDIO kellyreifweddings.com

your venue. Capture your details—you worked hard to create your vision! Don’t skimp on alterations—a topnotch seamstress makes a world of difference. SHOES Rogue Embellished Evening Shoe BADGLEY MISCHKA badgleymischka.com

BALLOONS Giant 36" Mrs & Mr Confetti Printed Balloon & Tassel PARIS 312 paris312.com

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HEADPIECE Pearl and Opal Wired Back Piece MARIONAT marionat.com

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FOR T HE GROOM DAY-O F N EC E S S IT IE S

Grooms, get ready to shine. Elevate a classic look with sophisticated modern elements. CUFF LINKS Tacori Mens Retro Classic Diamond Cuff Links BELLA COSA JEWELERS bellacosajewelers.com

VOW BOOK

Black Vow Book GRACE NIU DESIGN graceniu.net

Handpicked by

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Custom Platinum Diamond Wedding Band CAFFRAY JEWELLERS caffrayjewellers.com

TIMEPIECE

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Tissot Carson 40MM Watch RAZNY JEWELERS razny.com

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Don’t be afraid to stray from tradition! Add sleek

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Silk Twill Pocket Square BONOBOS bonobos.com

modern details and unique elements to a classic look for an exciting twist.

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Ike Behar Jackson Black Tuxedo BLACK TIE FORMALWEAR blacktietuxes.com

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Bram Diamond Textured Oxfords CALVIN KLEIN macys.com

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SE T T HE TABL E WE D D IN G R E N TA L S T YL E

From china to glassware, Chicago wedding and event rental companies know a thing or two about setting the table. CHINA

Blue & White Vintage China DISH & DÉCOR VINTAGE RENTAL dishanddecorvintagerental.com

CHARGERS

PHOTO BY MEGHAN MCCARTHY PHOTOGRAPHY

Eclisse Gold Charger MARQUEE EVENT RENTALS marqueerents.com

Handpicked by

AMY A. REIFENSTUHL

Rustique Swan Event Design & Curated Decor

I like to incorporate the couple’s personal style by using an eclectic

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collection of table top

Pocket Watch RUSTIQUE SWAN EVENT DESIGN & CURATED DECOR rustiqueswan.com

accoutrements to create a curated design, including beautiful china, wellappointed chargers, flatware and glassware, modern table numbers, and even personal family heirlooms that add texture

GL ASSWARE

Jewel Tone Goblet BOHO BLUSH BOHEMIAN GLAM DECOR RENTALS bohoblush.com

and meaning to the celebration.

CHINA

White & Gold Vintage China THE FESTIVE FROG thefestivefrog.com

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Mother of Pearl Flatware HALL’S RENTAL hallsrental.com

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Mercury Glass Votives ELEMENTS PRESERVED VINTAGE RENTALS elementspreserved.com


Century Memorial Chapel

A Storybook Venue i n C h i c a g o ’s b a c k y a r d

Begin your fairytale today. NaperSettlement.org weddings@naperville.il.us 523 S. Webster St., Naperville IL 60540

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Chairs are the base of your wedding aesthetic— they’re one of the first elements your guests will see! Options range far beyond the classic folding chair. The sky’s the limit! TIMELESS CHIAVARI CHAIR

Gold Chiavari Chair WELL DRESSED TABLES welldressedtables.com

CHAMELEON CHAIR

Gold Fanfare Chair MARQUEE EVENT RENTALS marqueeevnetrentals.com

Handpicked by BETH BOELTER

Elements Preserved Vintage Rental

Your seating choice is CROSS BACK CHAIR

the foundation of your

Driftwood Farm Chair ELEGANT PRESERVATIONS egpres.com

style. Choose seating that quietly accentuates

TOLIX CHAIR

all the remaining elements

French Industrial Metal Chair TABLESCAPES EVENT RENTALS tablescapes.com

of your day!

ACRYLIC CHAIR

Black Victoria Ghost Chair LUXE EVENT RENTALS luxeeventrentals.com

THRONE CHAIR

Gold Elegant Throne SATIN CHAIR satinchair.com

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Louis XV Platinum Gold-Gilt Framed Armchair ELEMENTS PRESERVED elementspreserved.com

UPHOLSTERED CHAIR

Vintage Upholstered Chair RUSTIQUE SWAN EVENT DESIGN & CURATED DECOR rustiqueswan.com

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Because all you want is everything.

Over 6 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and a newly remodeled interior. 1920 E. New York St., Aurora, IL 60502 • 630.449.3065 • BelleSalleBanquets.com

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C H ICAGO INSPIRE D WE D D IN G S T YL E

From breathtaking views of the city to closing the night with deep dish pizza, make your Chicago wedding a unique experience for both native Chicagoans & out-of-town guests.

L ATE NIGHT SNACK

INVITATIONS

Famous Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza GIORDANO’S giordanos.com

Location Inspired Invitations INVITATION ARCHITECTS invitationarchitects.com

FAVORS

Garrett Mix Popcorn Favors GARRETT BRANDS garrettpopcorn.com

Handpicked by LORENA MULVANEY The Metropolitan Chicago

When planning your wedding in one of the most iconic cities in the country, incorporate special touches that speak to the vibrancy & classic nature of Chicago. DESSERT

VENUE

67th Floor View THE METROPOLITAN clubcorp.com/Clubs/The-Metropolitan Colin Lyons Photography

Specialty Donuts STAN’S DONUTS & COFFEE stansdonuts.com

PHOTOS

Skydeck Chicago theskydeck.com

SHOES

Miranda 12518 JAMES CICCOTTI BRIDAL SHOES & ACCESSORIES jamesciccotti.com

CAKE

City Skyline Cake BITTERSWEET bittersweetpastry.com

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venue serves as the perfect backdrop for this glam design!

PLANNING/DESIGN: KENSINGTON FLORALS & EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: TRULY SUBLIME PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: DOLE MANSION, LAKESIDE ARTS PARK FLORAL: BLOOMING EVENTS BY ANA VICOL, KENSINGTON FLORALS & EVENTS STATIONERY: EMERY ANN DESIGN CAKE: AMY BECK CAKE DESIGN

HAIR & MAKEUP: GOLDEN BRIDAL DESIGN BRIDAL GOWN & HAIR WREATH: DAME COUTURE VEIL: SEW BRIDAL BRIDESMAID DRESSES: BRIDESMAIDS SOCIAL JEWELRY: CALLA COUTURE JEWELERS MODELS: KENDALL LAUREN, JESSICA DZIADKOWIEC, BRITTNEY HOURIGAN, ANGIE KNISS

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pink pair with elegant gold details in this nod to furry friends!

PHOTOGRAPHY & COORDINATION: PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURYN DESIGN & DÉCOR: RUSTIQUE SWAN EVENT DESIGN & CURATED DECOR VENUE: ASHLEY FARM FLORAL: AVANT GARDENIA CALLIGRAPHY: FLORALS & FLOURISHES

STATIONERY: LILYPUT BESPOKE WEDDINGS CAKE: SPENCER TRYGVE CAKES HAIR: FEARLESS & BELLA MAKEUP: KASEY SURGES OF MAKEUP BY KASEY BRIDAL GOWN: BRI’ZAN COUTURE MODEL: LESLEY AMEZCUA

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Sophisticated Style. Unforgettable Events.

We're host to a variety of events including Weddings, Corporate Events, Conventions, Charity Fundraisers, Parties, Reunions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and more. With 4 locations across Chicagoland we have ideal choices for your special occasion! Info@VictoriaVenues.com

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industrial LWhite, U X Egray, black and gold

collide to create the perfect color palette for this modern industrial design.

COORDINATION, CONCEPT/DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY: CITY SAVVY IMAGING PLANNING/DAY-OF COORDINATION: WEDICITY WEDDING DAY DETAILING VENUE: THE ROBEY FLORAL: CECIEL’S FLOWERS STATIONERY: CHRISTINA EGAN CHANG CALLIGRAPHY: MEREDITH G. DEAFENBAUGH

CAKE: ECBG CAKE STUDIO VIDEOGRAPHY: FRANK SLOW FILMS HAIR: HOLLIBEAUTY SALON STUDIO MAKEUP: LG MAKEUP + TANS BRIDAL GOWN & ACCESSORIES: BELLE CUSTOM ATELIER FORMALWEAR: ZEGLIO CUSTOM CLOTHIERS MODELS: ARIEL GOODMAN, SAM BOTBOL

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AN ESCAPE FROM THE ORDINARY…

The Monte Bello Estate is a premier event space with endless photo opportunities on over 55 acres of impeccably manicured grounds, specializing in weddings, social parties and corporate events. 16501 135th Street Lemont, Illinois 60439 | 815.836.8617 | themontebelloestate.com THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO

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CThis O UEuropean-inspired NTRY CHIC design has it all, from romantic blue lace linens to elegant peach pillar candles!

PLANNING/COORDINATION: SAVVY ROSE EVENTS DESIGN, STYLING & RENTALS: RUSTIQUE SWAN EVENT DESIGN & CURATED DECOR PHOTOGRAPHY: YASMIN ALESIA PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM FLORAL: AYSEL CRISTIAN FLORAL ATELIER STATIONERY: INK LOVE AND PAPER

DESSERT: PÂTISSERIE CORALIE HAIR & MAKEUP: IULIA BURCI BRIDAL GOWNS: GENEVIEVE’S BRIDAL COUTURE MODEL: ELENA BUZI

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S avoury C hic E vent P lanning & D esign Per fect Planning | Distinct Design | Flawless Execution

2021 Midwest Rd. Suite 200, Oak Brook , Il 60523 630-620-2068 • savour ychic.com


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delicate floral arrangements give this design a feminine, springtime feel.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... We wanted to showcase the beauty of a spring afternoon wedding — combining elements of nature, popular new color schemes and alternative ideas to the typical wedding reception.

BETHANY MOORE Bethany Moore Event Planning & Design

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN: BETHANY MOORE EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY: DANIELLE HEINSON PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: DANADA HOUSE FLORAL: ANDREW’S GARDEN CAKE & PASTRY: THE QUINTESSENTIAL CAKE CALLIGRAPHY: PRECIOUS ANNE LINENS: BBJ LINEN RENTALS: KEY TO YOUR HEART HAIR & MAKEUP: TAMARA MAKEUP BRIDAL GOWN: BRI’ZAN COUTURE FORMALWEAR: MENGUIN JEWELRY: ALTOBELLO FINE JEWELERS MODELS: OPTION 1 MODELS

COLOR PALETTE: GREEN, PINK, GOLD, PEACH, IVORY

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west coast LOVE

Inspired by Southern California, this breathtaking design perfectly incorporates a bold hue into a light, airy look.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... For this shoot, we were inspired by the light and design that is coming out of Southern California. Our desire was to show that this beautiful aesthetic can be relatable in Chicago venue spaces using color, natural elements and interesting textures.

L AURYN SCHALK Photography by Lauryn

AMY REIFENSTUHL

Vendor Team

Rustique Swan

PHOTOGRAPHY & CONCEPT: PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURYN DESIGN, STYLING & DÉCOR: RUSTIQUE SWAN EVENT DESIGN & CURATED DÉCOR VENUE: THE BRIX ON THE FOX FLORAL: FLOWERS BY K.H. CAKE: SPENCER TRYGVE CAKES CALLIGRAPHY: THE BLONDE SCRIBE STATIONARY: EMERY ANN DESIGN HAIR: KRISTA MARIE HERTZEL OF K MARIE HAIR STUDIO MAKEUP: CARLY PRIBICH DRESS: BRI’ZAN COUTURE TUX: FORMALLY MODERN TUXEDO MODELS: KATRINA GORMAN, BRIAN KIM

COLOR PALETTE: WHITE, GOLD, SKY, BLUSH, BLUE

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Perfection doesn't just happen... we plan it that way! Music Selection | High Quality Sound System | Gorgeous Event Lighting

708.264.9973 | SophisticatedSoundsDjs.com Rick@SophisticatedSoundsDjs.com

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Heritage Ballroom Panoramic Window Views Bride/Groom Suites Audio/Visual Equipment Outside Catering Permitted Private Entrance/ Covered Parking Scenic Photo Opportunities Custom Bar Packages Convenient Location to I-90

100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 60120 | 847.531.7047 | CityofElgin.org/ballroom

TWA Photographic Artists

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traditional palette is the perfect combination of pretty and chic, from a dreamy bouquet to modern black flatware.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... I wanted to create something that focused outside of the neutral color palettes we are accustomed to seeing lately, and what better way to do this than by going BOLD with red and black, while also keeping things fresh and light. I truly wanted to show couples that they do not need to fear bold, because it truly is beautiful!

Vendor Team

JORDAN WILLIAMS Ever After Planning

PLANNING/DESIGN, FLORAL & DÉCOR: EVER AFTER PLANNING PHOTOGRAPHY: RACHAEL OSBORN PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE, TABLES & CHAIRS: COMPANY 251 STATIONERY: NELLIE SPARKMAN CAKE/DESERT: THE NOBLE CAKERY MOBILE ESPRESSO BAR: CHICAGOLAND BARISTA VIDEOGRAPHY: ANCHORED FILMS HAIR & MAKEUP: BRIDAL BRIGADE BRIDAL GOWN: SAVY’S CHIC BRIDAL BOUTIQUE GROOM’S SUIT: EXPRESS ACCESSORIES: BADGLEY MISCHKA

COLOR PALETTE: RED, WHITE, BLACK, BLUSH, GOLD

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A RTISTIC. R OMANTIC. T IMELESS. Visit www.milacraila.com | 843.446.7203 | mila.craila@gmail.com

13 1/2 WEST DAVIS STREET ARLINGTON HEIGHTS 60005 224-310-9192 THEBAKESTER.COM

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773.564.0056 GLAMOUR IN

glamourinbloom.com glamourinbloom@gmail.com


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The Planner & Stylist Says... We cultivated an amazing dream team to bring my vision to life. The vendors I partnered with love Halloween just as much as I do, which resulted in these mind blowing photos.

ASHLEY RADOSAV Ashley Nicole Events Inc.

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN: ASHLEY NICOLE EVENTS INC. PHOTOGRAPHY: ROWAN OAK STUDIOS FLORAL: XO DESIGN CO. STATIONERY: STUDIO M CREATIONS CAKE: DELISH CAKES LINENS: BBJ LINEN RENTALS: MARQUEE EVENT RENTALS HAIR: MARIEFEL WESTA MAKEUP: AG SKIN ATELIER BRIDAL GOWN: C. RINELLA DESIGNS FORMALWEAR: THE WEDDING GPS MODELS: DANA VAHL, GRANT MCNAMARA

COLOR PALETTE: BLACK, CHARCOAL, GRAY, BROWN, GOLD

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ANAMARIA VIERIU PHOTOGRAPHY Whimsically Romantic ~ Beautifully Detailed

773.564.0056 | anamariavieriu.com hello@anamariavieriu.com

WORDS CAN’T EXPLAIN. Everything was perfect. It just felt so right. This was exactly how it was supposed to be. The beginning of our happily-ever-after. Design a celebration that is as unique as you are, with the help of your own personal on-site wedding coordinator and full-service staff. Schedule a tour with Carmen, our wedding expert at 844.277.0193.

MAKE IT YOUR MOMENT. 844.277.0193 | CRYSTALMOUNTAIN.COM

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Where Happily Ever After Begins…

BLACKBERRY FARM The Blackberry Farm wedding team is excited to create an experience which delivers a lifetime of memories for you and your guests. Our one-of-a-kind setting features country elegance and personalized service that caters to your needs — all at a value that can’t be matched. Planning the big day will be a piece of cake. We’ll remove any stress, answer all your questions, and anticipate and communicate every detail in advance of your event. Our space is flexible and beautifully appointed, featuring rustic touches and country charm amidst Blackberry Farm’s historic backdrop. With ample parking and convenient location minutes off I-88 in Aurora, Il, The Barn at Blackberry Farm is the perfect showcase for your big day.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... This shoot was simply inspired by springtime in Chicago! With the venue being located in the nature museum, our goal was to incorporate a palette of bright and lively pops of color as well as softer tones using florals, elements of nature and accessories that reflect the season of new beginnings.

AMY REIFENSTUHL

Vendor Team

VENUE: PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM PLANNING/COORDINATION: SAVVY ROSE EVENTS DESIGN, STYLING & RENTALS: RUSTIQUE SWAN EVENT DESIGN & CURATED DECOR PHOTOGRAPHY: ANAMARIA VIERIU PHOTOGRAPHY HOST: YASMIN ALESIA PHOTOGRAPHY FLORAL: AYSEL CRISTIAN FLORAL ATELIER DRAPING: BLOOMING EVENTS BY ANA VICOL STATIONERY: EMERY ANN DESIGN CALLIGRAPHY: THE CHICAGO CALLIGRAPHER CATERING: CALIHAN CATERING CAKE: SPENCER TRYGVE CAKES DESSERTS & FAVORS: XO MARSHMALLOW CHAMPAGNE TRUCK: THE BUBBLY TRUCK ATTIRE: VANESSA’S MODERN BRIDE HAIR: MILIAN BONILLO BEAUTY MAKEUP: SOPHIA BELLA BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: MELJOY CREATIONS MODELS: CHRISTINA M. RAGO, LEAH ANDERSON

Rustique Swan Event Design & Curated Decor

COLOR PALETTE: SEAFOAM GREEN, LAVENDER, BURGUNDY, CHARCOAL, GOLD

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Rustique Swan Event Design, Styling & Rentals “From forks to furniture, intimate to extravagant” We are a boutique wedding and event company ready to personalize and customize your next event. Services include: full service event design, professional styling, & custom curated vintage rentals.

Weddings Made Simple 630.396.3030 | www.CorkysCatering.com

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I N T H E S TA R S

This celestial theme has a beautiful, light twist. Paired with a deep-hued cake and stationery, a pastel palette and gold details come together to create a heavenly, romantic look.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... Looking at the heavens and dreaming of all the possibilities will have you creating for days. We simply loved bringing all the elements together for this beautiful tablescape: geodes, star dust, telescopes, 3-D glitter stars, and much more. Shoot for the moon and you will always land among the stars.

VICTORIA THANOUKOS

Vendor Team

Kensington Florals & Events

PLANNING/DESIGN & FLORAL: KENSINGTON FLORALS & EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURYN VENUE: HYATT LODGE AT MCDONALD’S CAMPUS STATIONERY: EMERY ANN DESIGN CAKE/DESSERT: THE QUINTESSENTIAL CAKE LINENS: BBJ LINEN RENTALS: HALL’S RENTALS VIDEOGRAPHY: WEDDING CONNECTIONS HAIR/MAKEUP: LERIN JOHNSON MAKEUP ARTISTRY, LLC MODEL: JEANELLE KARATHANASIS FLOWER GIRL DRESS: SEW BRIDAL DESIGNS

COLOR PALETTE: SEAFOAM GREEN, LAVENDER, BURGUNDY, CHARCOAL, GOLD

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retro CHIC

Bright pops of orange and yellow perfectly complement deep green palm leaves and geometric details. Brides in search of colorful, modern simplicity will love this look!

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The Planner & Stylist Says... I aimed to create a fun and sophisticated mid-century vibe combined with contemporary elements. All vendors were encouraged to use their artistic licenses to create one-of-a-kind looks.

GISELLE TILLICH Jasmine Galleria

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN & FLORAL: JASMINE GALLERIA PHOTOGRAPHY: YASMIN ALESIA PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: THE METROPOLITAN STATIONERY: DOUBLE TRIP PRESS CAKE: TONI PATISSERIE & CAFÉ RENTALS: JASMINE GALLERIA VIDEOGRAPHY: EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

COLOR PALETTE: ORANGE, PEACH, YELLOW, GREEN, SKY BLUE

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derby DREAMING

This derby theme is amazing! Vibrant pink, striped linen napkins, colorful floral arrangements and a marvelous cake create a fun, bold look.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... I was impressed with the beautiful scenery, flowers, hats, jockeys’ uniforms, rustic box seats and a horse named Eternal Circle and thought how wonderful this would be for a photo shoot. We focused on the horse jump backdrop, soft colors and flowing drapes creating a dreamy romantic and elegant ceremony. Deep vibrant colors, mercury glasses, candlesticks, mirror, mint julep glasses and the circle of ‘enteral life’ completed the reception look.

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DENISE BONDS

PLANNING/DESIGN: WINDERMERE ELEGANT WEDDINGS & EVENTS

Owner of Windermere Elegant Weddings & Events

PHOTOGRAPHY: CINDER AND VINEGAR PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: CHEVY CHASE COUNTRY CLUB FLORAL: PHILLIP’S FLOWERS STATIONERY: KELLY REIF STATIONERY STUDIO CAKE: CREATIVE CAKES RENTALS: SATIN CHAIR DECOR RENTALS, HALL’S RENTALS HORSE JUMP BACKDROP: TY BONDS VIDEOGRAPHY: WEDDING CONNECTIONS

COLOR PALETTE: BLACK, WHITE, HOT PINK, SILVER, BLUSH, CREAM

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city

SAILING

This nautical pop-up wedding is anything but ordinary. Edgy black and burgundy bring a piece of the city on board for a fearless, modern look.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... When a groom does the planning… Champagne, Caviar and Cake on the Lake! This intimate pop-up wedding was planned by the groom for his bride. He will be waiting for her at Dock #4 with her bouquet next to a framed sign which says, PRIVATE – Party of Two Saying I Do!

KELLY DEL AMATER Owner of Backyard Soiree Weddings & Events

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PLANNING/DESIGN: BACKYARD SOIREE WEDDINGS & EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: SARA JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: CHICAGO'S FIRST LADY CRUISES FLORAL, HAIR/MAKEUP, TUXEDO, RENTALS: JASMINE GALLERIA STATIONERY & RUNNER: KELLY REIF STATIONERY STUDIO CAKE: AMY BECK CAKE DESIGN LINENS & CHARGERS: EVENT FLORAL LIGHTING: LUXE PRODUCTIONS ENTERTAINMENT: CLARK KELLY, HEAVEN’S JUKEBOX VIDEOGRAPHY: WEDDING CONNECTIONS MODELS: JEFF & SIERRA KELLEN, MADISON & MALLORY MAKEEVER

COLOR PALETTE: BLACK, WHITE, BRASS GOLD, ROYAL BLUE, BURGUNDY

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luminous LOVE

Whimsical driftwood centerpieces and dĂŠcor in shades of purple and blue remind us of a magical stroll along the beach under a beautiful night sky.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... My inspiration for this shoot was stargazing on an abandoned beach. I also wanted to tap into the space-y feel by using wild looking succulents that had an alien feel to them and mixing them with driftwood from the beach below.

SARAH RODRIGUEZ Owner of Sarah Kathleen Events

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN: SARAH KATHLEEN EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: TWA PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS VENUE: CHICAGO MARRIOTT SOUTHWEST AT BURR RIDGE FLORAL: FLORAL EXPRESSIONS & GIFTS STATIONERY: KELLY REIF STATIONERY STUDIO CAKE/DESSERT: DELISH CAKES RENTALS: SATIN CHAIR DECOR RENTALS, RUSTIQUE SWAN, ELEGANT PRESENTATIONS VIDEOGRAPHY: WEDDING CONNECTIONS BRIDAL GOWN & FORMALWEAR: BRIDAL BOUTIQUE OF NAPERVILLE HAIR/MAKEUP: LIPS & LASHES BRIDAL STUDIO MODELS: HAILEY HUFFMAN, KEVIN TANKSLEY

COLOR PALETTE: NAVY BLUE, ULTRAVIOLET PURPLE, BRIGHT GREEN, SILVER, GOLD

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autumn WHIMSY

Fall brides will love this whimsical boho look! Bountiful greenery, thistles and an elegant candelabra create a cozy setting for an evening reception.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... I was inspired by the night watch 2019 color of the year from Pantone. I wanted to create something bright and whimsical. We also really wanted to tie in the outdoor feel of the venue with a romantic, boho style.

TAMI HACKER Owner of Creatively Yours Wedding + Event Planning

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN: CREATIVELY YOURS WEDDINGS & EVENT PLANNING PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY: EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO VENUE: THE SHORES OF TURTLE CREEK FLORAL & HAIR/MAKEUP: TRELLIS WEDDINGS STATIONERY: LUCKY INVITATIONS CAKE: EYE CANDY BAKE SHOP CARAMEL APPLE FAVORS: MRS PRINDABLES BRIDAL GOWN: VALEN BRIDAL MODEL: SARA NIKLARZ-GOMEZ

COLOR PALETTE: NIGHTWATCH, CHARCOAL, ORANGE, CREAM, PURPLE

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venue guide A Vetted Resource of the Most Reputable Special Event Locations Across Chicagoland.

Our Venue Guide is all about finding the right location for your wedding. After all, it all starts with your venue. There are appropriate facilities for parties of all sizes, but when you’re choosing the perfect spot for your next event, all of those options can be overwhelming. The size of the crowd will narrow your choices, but then there are still numerous types of venues to consider.

Whatever your particular tastes, when the time comes to choose your wedding location, know what to look for in a venue before you book.

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WEDDING VENUE REVIEW So, exactly what type of occasion do you envision for your upcoming wedding? Knowing this will ease your venue search because the setting affects the overall style tremendously. Not to mention the budget! In Chicagoland, the options for brides are limitless. From country clubs to hotels, city clubs, resorts, barns, private mansions and everything in between... you’ve got options.

QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL VENUE . . . HOW MANY HOURS DOES MY RENTAL FEE INCLUDE? ARE THERE OVERTIME CHARGES?

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL THE SPACE HOLD (NOT JUST OFFICIAL CAPACIT Y) ACCORDING TO MY ROOM SET UP?

Some venues charge by the hour for use of their facility. Knowing exactly how many hours are included, and allotting plenty of time for set up and tear down is important.

Your room set up will greatly affect the amount of guests you can have at your wedding. Official capacities are for the fire marshal. You'll want to focus on how many guests you can fit into the room with a seated dinner, estate table, dance floor or buffet set up.

HOW DO YOU CHARGE? PER PERSON, BY THE HOUR OR FL AT FEE? It’s always good to know how your venue charges for rental. It's likely facilities that include catering will charge a per person rate and venues without catering will charge a flat fee or hourly rental.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN VENDORS OR DO I HAVE TO USE A PREFERRED VENDOR LIST SUPPLIED BY THE VENUE? Many venues will supply you with a list of their preferred wedding vendors to use. This can be helpful to the bride who needs direction and referrals but also a hindrance for brides who know exactly which vendors they'd like to use. Clarify with your venue whether it's required or not to use their specified vendors before you book.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN ALCOHOL? Venues that don't carry their own liquor license may allow brides to bring in their own alcohol. This is not typically the norm, but there are a few venues out there with this option. Remember, if you do opt to bring in your own alcohol, you'll want to hire a bar service to tend to guests.

IF NOT, IS THERE AN ALCOHOL MINIMUM? Often venues with liquor licenses will have a bar minimum in addition to the cost of their venue rental. Best to have a heads up about this before you book for budgeting.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE VENUE RENTAL? Most venues have house items that are included in the cost of their facility rental like dance floors, tables, chairs, standard linens, etc. But, there are several venues that don't offer this and could result in an additional cost to you. Ask before you book.

WHAT IS THE PARKING SITUATION? Valet parking, limited options, street parking or ample complimentary parking for guests are all important things to consider.

WILL THERE BE OTHER WEDDINGS HAPPENING ON THE SAME DAY? Depending on the size of the venue, it will be nice to know whether your event will be the only one happening on property or if there will be others. Other events may infringe on your time use of the venue or create confusion for guests so best to be prepared.

HOW MUCH ARE TAX AND GRATUIT Y? ARE THEY INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE PRICES? Taxes and gratuity can vary greatly. Some venues include both in their package prices while others add it on. Be sure to consider this when you are planning your budget, as it can be well over 30% of your reception budget.

RECEPTION VENUE CHECKLIST . . . The thing about a wedding venue is... there are a lot of extras, options and upgrades and every single venue has a different package and procedure. So, to make sure you are comparing apples to apples, use this handy checklist when identifying the best venue for you.

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The Emporium at Abbey Farms

BEGIN YOUR WEDDED JOURNEY AT ABBEY FARMS! OUR EXPERT STAFF GUIDES YOU THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF CUSTOMIZING AND HOSTING YOUR RECEPTION – FROM YOUR INITIAL TOUR OF THE EMPORIUM, TO THE FINAL MOMENTS OF YOUR EVENT. OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE A FULL-SERVICE VENUEPLANNING EXPERIENCE, SO THAT YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE MAY RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR EVENING.

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6,000 ABOUT THE VENUE The Emporium’s charming details include 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood walls, antique furniture, and splendid views. Our unique barn venue has a casually elegant ambiance, large dance floor, and is fully climate-controlled. The Emporium is situated upon a hill, facing west, with spectacular sunsets over fields and future orchards. Adjacent to the Emporium is a private brick patio with a monumental outdoor fireplace for you and your guests to retreat to during your celebration. Trees and paths surround The Emporium and attached parking lots, creating an ethereal setting for your reception. We believe in including everything you will need, without charging many a la carte fees. Abbey Farms is conveniently located near highways, with transportation available through our partners, and nearby hotels offering coordinated shuttle service. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Our famous Apple Cider donuts as a late-night snack and an exclusive wedding gift — choose your first family Christmas tree from Abbey Farms!

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300 VENUE ST YLE

Unique, Barn, Casual Elegance, Rustic-Chic, Farm CATERING CHOICES

Select Caterers and Bakeries RENTAL INCLUDES

We’re a one-stop-shop for all your dream day needs PARKING OPTIONS

Paved lot with free parking

YOUR CONTACT

Wendy Felder (63 0) 9 6 6 -7775 Ext. 3 2855 HART ROAD

events@abbeyfarm s.org

AURORA , IL 60502

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Acquaviva Winery

OUR BREATHTAKING VINEYARD AND GORGEOUS WINERY CREATE A BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE BACKDROP FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

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20,000

Tom Nicol Photography

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ABOUT THE VENUE Acquaviva Winery is an all-inclusive vineyard estate wedding venue, located just 50 miles west of Chicago, yet worlds away. Whether you say “I-do” amid sweeping views of 85 acres of vineyards and orchards, beside the gorgeous estate pool, on our vine-covered patio, or indoors under a hand-painted rotunda, an Acquaviva Winery wedding is nothing short of magical.

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

230 VENUE ST YLE

Indoor, Outdoor, Vineyard, Elegant, Winery

Spoon Photo and Design

CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chiavari Chairs, Linens, Staff PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking

Lilly Photography

Our romantic winery receptions, with seating up to 230 guests, feature hand-painted frescos by master artist Andre Zabela and offer spectacular customized menus, full-service bar, upscale decor, and two beautiful vine covered patios. Each wedding enjoys exclusive use of the ceremony and reception space. Package upgrades are endless and can include ceremony wineservice, evening firework displays, and rental of the onsite guest house. Our event planners will assist with local hotel accommodations, shuttle options, decor choices, food tastings, and more. Come and see what makes Acquaviva Winery so unforgettable. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Exclusive use of vineyard and winery. Pool house bridal suite and winery groom’s suite. Limo Shuttles to & from ceremony and reception. Guest House.

YOUR CONTACT

Suzanne Read (63 0) 365- 0333 events@acquavivawiner y.com

47 W614 RT. 38 MAPLE PARK, IL 60151

The Siegers Photo and Video

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Ashley Farm

“WHERE RUSTIC MEETS ELEGANCE.” WE ARE THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR UPCOMING CEREMONY AND WEDDING RECEPTION! WE SPECIALIZE IN ENSURING A WORRY-FREE EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU HOST YOUR EVENT WITH US.

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4,000 ABOUT THE VENUE We love weddings! Ashley Farm is an elegant and lovingly country venue for your upcoming wedding and reception, and we hope that you love Ashley Farm as much as we do. We purchased this historic landmark farm with the idea that we could share our dreams with yours, and make your special day one that will truly be remembered by everyone. Our hard work and vision for this farm can only be enjoyed with the celebration of true love. When you host your event at Ashley Farm, dreams really do come true! We are dedicated to making your wedding day memorable and fun! Though our journey has just begun, we can’t wait to show you how we can help you create lasting memories with our beautiful and funfilled venue. Ashley Farm is owned and operated by Whitetail Ridge Golf Club where we are celebrating expansion into a new location for our growing wedding and event business. Ashley Farm may be a new venue for weddings and events, but our professional staff has almost 10 years of experience making weddings and events special and memorable. It is our privilege to share your special day with you, and we are looking forward to seeing you soon at Ashley Farm.

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225 VENUE ST YLE

Outdoor/Barn Wedding CATERING CHOICES

In House Only RENTAL INCLUDES

Venue, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Dinnerware, Silverware, Glassware, Food and Beverages, On-site Coordinator PARKING OPTIONS

On-site Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Event Manager (63 0) 277-10 8 8 9111 ASHLEY RD.

info@a shleyfarmweddings.com

YORK VILLE, IL 60560

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Belvedere Events & Banquets BELVEDERE IS CHICAGOLAND’S PREMIER EVENT VENUE WHERE THE ATMOSPHERE AND SERVICE CREATE LASTING MEMORIES. WE OFFER OUR GUESTS THE VERY BEST FACILITIES AND AN EXPERIENCED, CARING AND CAPABLE STAFF, PERFECT FOR EVERYONE THAT IS LOOKING TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE EVENT EXPERIENCE. FROM IMPRESSIVE BUSINESS MEETINGS TO ELEGANT WEDDING RECEPTIONS AND CATERING SERVICES, WE ARE HERE TO ASSIST WITH EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR EVENT.

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15,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

4 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

1,000 VENUE ST YLE

Venue with soft tones of silver, white and ivory. CATERING CHOICES

Onsite full kitchen offering a variety of cuisines RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, Tables, Chairs, Centerpieces PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Parking is available

ABOUT THE VENUE Step into Belvedere Events & Banquets and be welcomed by the subtle elegance of all that our venue has to offer. Each room is turnkey, with elegant mosaic tiles displayed throughout, chandeliers, and lighting that can be customized for your desired ambiance. Each room stands alone or can be configured for additional possibilities for seated, cocktail or lounge receptions. We also offer a quaint, outdoor courtyard for cocktail hour, sweets display, or just mingling outside near a fireplace for a warm, cozy feel. From your first contact with Belvedere, our dedicated, wedding professionals will be by your side during the planning process and on-site for your special day. We are here to assist you with all of your needs including your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, after party and post wedding brunch. The Belvedere is centrally located in the western suburbs of the Greater O'Hare area of Chicago and conveniently attached to a hotel for your overnight needs. SPECIAL FEATURES:

YOUR CONTACT

Sales Manager

Bridal suites attached to spaces, fireplaces, outdoor patio, windows, lobby fountain

(8 47) 534- 0 6 0 0 info@belvederebanquets.com

1170 WEST DEVON ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILLINOIS 60007

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Biagio Events & Catering

FROM INTIMATE TO EXTRAVAGANT, FROM THE TRADITIONAL TO THE UNEXPECTED, FROM OUR PLACE TO YOURS, WE HERE AT BIAGIO ARE DEDICATED TO CREATING YOUR OWN UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. OUR TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS CUSTOMIZES EVERYTHING FROM CONCEPT TO CLEAN UP, SO THAT YOUR FOCUS IS ON YOUR OCCASION.

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10,710 ABOUT THE VENUE From intimate to extravagant, from the traditional to the unexpected, we here at Biagio are dedicated to helping you create your own, one of a kind experience. Our team of dedicated wedding professionals can customize everything from concept to clean up, so that your focus is on your celebration. Biagio's multiple and unique ballrooms provide the perfect setting for a variety of events and ensure that you will find the space that is perfectly suited to your needs. Guests can sip a drink in our unique cocktail lounge and then move to a plentiful dinner in our grand ballroom. Your Biagio event coordinator can also be your own personal wedding consultant, who will make your event flawless and effortless for you and your partner. Whether you desire opulence or chic simplicity, Biagio’s will work with you every step of the way.

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450 VENUE ST YLE

Traditional, Loft CATERING CHOICES

Onsite with a variety of cuisines. RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, Colored Napkins, Tables, Centerpiece PARKING OPTIONS

SPECIAL FEATURES:

City venue with restaurant attached for late night continuation of your event.

Valet Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Sales Manager ( 773) 736 -9 0 0 9 4242 N CENTRAL

info@biagioevents.com

CHICAGO, IL 60634

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The BRIX on the Fox

THE BRIX IS THE FOX VALLEY’S NEWEST VENUE. BUILT IN THE LATE 1800S, THE BRIX HAS BEEN RESTORED TO “BETTER THAN NEW” CONDITION FOR 300+. THE BRIX, ENABLES “YOUR LIFE. YOUR STYLE.” IN A FUN COST EFFECTIVE WAY. BRING YOUR OWN CATERER AND BAR SERVICE. MAKE YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY.

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9,600 # OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

320 VENUE ST YLE

Rustic Chic, Industrial, Historic, Riverfront CATERING CHOICES

Your choice! Bring your favorite! RENTAL INCLUDES

Bridal Suite, Tables, Chairs, Photo booth + more!

ABOUT THE VENUE “Your Life. Your Style.” The BRIX on the Fox, with over 30 eight foot windows, includes beautiful reclaimed barn wood tables you won’t want to cover and chairs for up to 320 guests. Our approach is to enable you to design your wedding that meets both your style and your budget. Our unique curtain system transforms The BRIX from a beautiful ceremony space to cocktail then dinner and dancing seamlessly. Included in one fixed price is the inviting 20 foot bar area, world class sound system, exclusive use of The BRIX, photo booth, plus the freedom of BYO catering & bar. One of the easiest ways to plan an event is to be able to choose what you want at a cost effective price. Welcome to the transparency and elegance of The BRIX. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Riverfront view, brick altar, ADA compliant, freedom to choose

PARKING OPTIONS

160 onsite, plus free street too!

YOUR CONTACT

Rob and Tone Gorman (8 47) 8 4 4 - 8 010 info@brixonfox.com

260 S. WASHINGTON STREET CARPENTERSVILLE, IL 60110

BRIXONFOX.COM

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Brookfield Zoo

SAY “I DO” AT BROOKFIELD ZOO! EXOTIC. ELEGANT. EXTRAORDINARY.

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11,324 ABOUT THE VENUE When it comes to setting a truly exotic stage for your special event, no place compares to Brookfield Zoo. Lions roar in the distance, monkeys chatter nearby, and a giraffe might even stretch his long neck in your direction to check out your party. Our lush grounds and tranquil settings form a lovely and completely unique backdrop for your special day. After your ceremony, your guests will enjoy “Cocktails with the Animals” in one of the zoo’s magnificent wildlife habitats, from the deserts and rain forests of far-off lands, to the underwater world of our famous bottlenose dolphins. Then it’s off to your elegant dinner...complete with themed decorations. Enjoy live music and outstanding food as you and your guests dance the night away. Be sure to allow plenty of time for unforgettable pictures among the sculpted gardens and with an animal or two!

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320 VENUE ST YLE

Ballrooms, Outdoor Pavilion CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Custom Menu Creations RENTAL INCLUDES

Varies by Venue. Contact Us for Details. PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking Available

Your Brookfield Zoo wedding consultant will help you create the celebration of your dreams! Contact us today! YOUR CONTACT

Catered Events Off ice ( 70 8) 6 8 8 - 8355 3300 GOLF ROAD

cateredevents@cz s.org

BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS 60513

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Café La Cave

WITH TWO BALLROOMS TO CHOOSE FROM AS WELL AS ACCESS TO A FULL RESTAURANT AND BAR, PATIO AND BRIDAL SUITES THERE ARE MANY FLEXIBLE OPTIONS FOR CREATING YOUR DREAM EVENT.

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7,700 # OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

320 VENUE ST YLE

Classic CATERING CHOICES

In House Kitchen, Outside Catering Allowed RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Linens, Chairs

ABOUT THE VENUE Since 1991 Café La Cave banquets has worked hard to build our reputation of offering the Chicagoland area the premier event venue in the suburbs. Today, Café La Cave continues the tradition of quality food and refined, professional service. One of the most popular and celebrated wedding locations in all of Chicagoland, Café La Cave truly provides a beautiful and sophisticated setting for your special day. With a stylistic decor and setting of opulence, Café La Cave is the ideal place for your dream wedding ceremony and an unforgettable wedding reception. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Pre-function area with a grand staircase leading up to a private suite.

PARKING OPTIONS

On-Site

YOUR CONTACT

Kimberly Sutter (8 47) 8 27-7818 contact @cafelacave.net

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Carnivale

COLORFUL, CELEBRATORY, EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE AND EVENT STAFF.

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15,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Life’s extraordinary moments deserve an extraordinary venue! Unlike any other venue, Carnivale leaves an everlasting impression with its colorful, vibrant and unique venue. Whether your big day is an intimate gathering or large extravaganza, Carnivale offers seven private event spaces guaranteed to suit your special moment. Let our expert wedding specialists and innovative culinary team help craft the perfect experience for you. Carnivale’s attentive staff takes pride in understanding your vision and bringing it to life, down to the most intricate detail. Contact us now to see why our captivating and award-winning wedding venue is the perfect backdrop for your wedding, ceremony and rehearsal.

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40-1000 VENUE ST YLE

Restaurant CATERING CHOICES

Plated, Buffet or Family Style Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linen, Candle Centerpiece, Staging Furniture, Seasoned Event Planner, and Aerialist Harness and Silks PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Available

YOUR CONTACT

Molly Stabb ( 312) 850 -3852 702 W FULTON ST

m stabb@carnivalechicago.com

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60661

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Chevy Chase Country Club CHEVY CHASE COUNTRY CLUB IS AN IDEAL WEDDING VENUE WITH OVER 100+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO CATER TO ANY NEED. LOCATED IN WHEELING, IL, THIS CHARMING TUDOR-STYLE CLUBHOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1927 AND BOASTS 125 ACRES OF GREEN GRASS, SERENE PONDS, AND GRACIOUS TREES. IT HAS THE FLEXIBILITY TO HOST BOTH SMALL AND LARGE WEDDING PARTIES WITH THE OPTION OF INDOOR AND OUTDOOR WEDDING CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS.

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12,162 # OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

500 VENUE ST YLE

Indoor, Outdoor, Historic, Country Club, Patio CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Full Service, Vegetarian, Upscale RENTAL INCLUDES

Updated Banquet Chairs, Linens, Tables, Bridal Room PARKING OPTIONS

On-site

ABOUT THE VENUE For outdoor weddings, Chevy Chase Country Club has two picturesque patio settings with stunning views of the grounds. You can even have your ceremony and reception right on the greens. The Grand Ballroom accommodates 150–500 guests in distinguished and classic style. The Ballroom features a private entrance with dedicated bridal suite, and encompasses a variety of settings, including an expansive outdoor terrace. Welcoming guests from beyond its beautifully renovated entry and fireplace reception area, the Devonshire Room can accommodate groups of 50-230 seated guests. The spacious setting can be configured in multiple ways, and features oversized windows that overlook the golf course and outdoor terrace. The Gable Bar & Grill offers a casual setting for 30-75 guests. With lovely views of the 18th green and patio, the indoor and outdoor spaces can be combined to create a multifaceted event. The Gable is the perfect place for that intimate or casual gathering. SPECIAL FEATURES:

YOUR CONTACT

Jan Berg (8 47) 4 65-2311 jberg @wheelingparkdi strict.com

Private Bridal Rooms, Patio Area, Pergola, Wrap Around Patio, Picturesque Garden/Patio, Serene Ponds, Professional Chef, Ceremony/Reception Areas. 1000 NORTH MILWAUKEE AVE. WHEELING, IL 60090

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Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge

WHETHER A LAVISH CELEBRATION OR MORE INTIMATE AFFAIR, THE CHICAGO MARRIOTT SOUTHWEST AT BURR RIDGE HAS CONTEMPORARY SPACE, WORLD-CLASS AMENITIES AND A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO SEAMLESSLY BRING YOUR DREAM WEDDING TO LIFE.

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8,024 ABOUT THE VENUE The day you’ve always dreamed of begins at the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge. Our newly redesigned hotel offers a stunning ballroom and picture-perfect grounds in a contemporary setting. The ballroom features a neutral palette while the cocktail space has floor to ceiling windows overlooking a natural setting. Your personalized wedding package encompasses all of the important details of your special day including an Executive Chef inspired menu, custom designed wedding cake and complimentary overnight accommodations in our remarkable Presidential Suite. Your guests will enjoy the convenience of taking the elevator home to their spacious and comfortable guestroom. Let the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge host all of your pre and post wedding celebration needs including: showers, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and brunch. Allow our team to guide you step by step to a worry-free wedding experience. Call today to begin your happily ever after.

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1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

500 VENUE ST YLE

Hotel Ballroom and Outdoor Patio CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering and Personalized Options Available RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Wedding Cake and Champagne Toast. PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Newly redesigned hotel and ballroom, patio area with waterfront views, spacious guestrooms and outside ethnic catering permitted. 1200 BURR RIDGE PARK WAY BURR RIDGE, ILLINOIS 60527

YOUR CONTACT

Wedding Specialist (63 0) 9 8 6 - 410 0 BurrRidge. Events@marriot t.com

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Crowne Plaza Chicago SW - Burr Ridge BE TREATED LIKE ROYALTY AT THE CROWNE! THE AWARD-WINNING NEWLY RENOVATED CROWNE PLAZA BURR RIDGE IS THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR PERFECT DAY. OUR WEDDING MENUS ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN ELEGANT DINING EXPERIENCE WITH A WIDE SELECTION OF TRADITIONAL AND PERSONALIZED DISHES. WORK WITH OUR TEAM OF CATERING PROFESSIONALS TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR PACKAGE OPTIONS AND SEE YOUR VISION REALIZED! CALL TODAY!

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5,800 # OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

250 VENUE ST YLE

Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

American, Custom Menu Creations RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linen, Hospitality

ABOUT THE VENUE Newly Renovated Venue, Award-winning Chef, Comfortable Accommodations—All Under One Roof! View our chic ballroom adorned with crystal chandeliers and capacity of up to 200 guests. Enjoy the assistance of a personal Maître D’ to oversee those special details during your big day. Customize any menu to meet your preferences. Guests will appreciate being able to safely retreat to a spacious guest rooms. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Newly renovated, modern design hotel with a downtown feel in the southwest suburbs. We offer shuttle service, extended bar times and easy access from I-55 and I-294.

Suite, Overnight Stay PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Jill Bartkowiak (63 0) 6 01-754 8 jbartkowiak@cpchicagosw.com

300 S. FRONTAGE RD BURR RIDGE, IL 60527

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Drury Lane

DRURY LANE IS A BEAUTIFUL, UNIQUE AND VERSATILE FACILITY THAT COMBINES IDEAL LOCATION, FUNCTIONALITY AND ELEGANCE TO MAKE IT ONE OF CHICAGOLAND’S FINEST FACILITIES.

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26,594 # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE Blending timeless sophistication with modern elegance, Drury Lane fulfills wedding dreams like no other venue. Whether you are planning an intimate family celebration or a grand-scale reception, our expert catering and event professionals have a passion for uncompromising service to create a spectacular experience that is truly unforgettable. We will work closely with you to plan a stress-free wedding day, from reserving your dates, planning the schedule of events, coordinating your menu, and selecting décor and entertainment while accommodating a variety of price points. Drury Lane is a one-stop destination for guests, allowing for the ceremony and reception to take place in one convenient location.

6 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

1,800 VENUE ST YLE

Grand Ballrooms and Live Theatre CATERING CHOICES

On-Site RENTAL INCLUDES

Complimentary Wedding Night Suite, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Tableware PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary self and valet parking YOUR CONTACT

Event Specialist (63 0) 53 0 - 0 2 0 2 100 DRURY LANE

r.wojciechowski@drur ylane.com

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL 60181

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Elements at Water Street

DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE’S PREMIER WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE ON THE FAMOUS RIVERWALK.

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4,200 # OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

250 VENUE STYLE

Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Napkins, Cake PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking Garage

ABOUT THE VENUE To-be-weds in search of a spacious, exclusive wedding venue in the middle of historic downtown Naperville, Illinois can turn to Elements at Water Street. Located within the striking Hotel Indigo, just steps away from the famed Naperville Riverwalk, Elements at Water Street is a grand private event space that dominates the entire second floor of the hotel and can accommodate receptions of up to 250 guests. Couples that choose to host their event at Elements at Water Street enjoy full-service wedding packages designed to impress, and we can help you arrange your ceremony at the nearby Century Memorial Chapel—an iconic Gothic Revival structure built in 1864, just around the corner inside the Naper Settlement. The main reception space measures over 4,200 square feet, with a huge dance floor, elegant private bar and gorgeous wood ribbon ceiling lending it an air of lavish sophistication. A separate 2,000-square-foot pre-function space adjoins the main banquet hall, providing a fabulous setting for guests to chat over drinks and hors d’oeuvres before heading into the main ballroom for dining and dancing.

YOUR CONTACT

Cheryl Cady (63 0) 717-28 0 0 ccady @elementsnaperville.com

123 WATER STREET, 2ND FLOOR NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60540

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The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station

A MODERN MENU IN A HISTORICAL VENUE.

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4,200 # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station occupies one of Joliet’s most historic buildings. What was once the bustling hub for travelers waiting to catch their trains, is now a beautiful and unique setting for your wedding day. It is a versatile space with both indoor and outdoor locations. Guests are able to enter the space via a grand, marble staircase leading to the second floor ballroom. The arching ceiling and stunning chandeliers provide a glamorous setting for any reception. Couples can choose to host their cocktail hour amidst the old fashioned ticket windows, outside on the old train platform, or on the front balcony overlooking the plaza. The Grand Ballroom’s team of experienced staff will help you bring any vision to life and can customize menu selections, suggest decor items, and refer exceptional vendors who reflect your styles and tastes. The unique menu has been designed in a way that allows you to create your own package and provides flexibility with each course.

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

220 VENUE ST YLE

Historical Building CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chiavari Chairs, Ivory Linens and Napkins, Table Numbers, Votive Candles PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Available

YOUR CONTACT

Brett Burke 50 EAST JEFFERSON STREET JOLIET, ILLINOIS 60432

(815) 254-70 03 bburke@mi stwoodgc .com

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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

IMAGINE YOUR OUTDOOR WEDDING CEREMONY, RECEPTION OR REHEARSAL DINNER UNFOLDING BEFORE A MAGICAL CHICAGO SKYLINE WITH SUNSET VIEWS, GLITTERING SKYSCRAPERS AND SUMMER FIREWORKS. A PRIVATE WEDDING CRUISE IS A NIGHT YOU AND YOUR GUESTS WON’T FORGET

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Varies by boat

Kat Donovan Photography

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ABOUT THE VENUE Don’t be boxed in by four walls on your special day. Imagine a magnificent sunset against the Chicago skyline as the backdrop for your private Chicago River and Lake Michigan wedding cruise. Dance the night away on our floating rooftop as you toast under the city lights creating memories that last a lifetime. Consider one of our six luxury vessels for your engagement party, wedding shower, rehearsal, and ceremony/reception. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises offers vessels with open-air exterior decks, climatecontrolled interior salon and luxury amenities. Choose from our celebrated catering partners for a cocktail reception or a seated dinner. Full-service bar available. Perfect for groups of 2–200.

6 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

200 VENUE ST YLE

Boat CATERING CHOICES

Six catering partners RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, chairs, sound system

SPECIAL FEATURES:

PARKING OPTIONS

Private, exclusive use of vessel, Open-air upper deck, Climate-controlled interior salon, River and Lake views, Choose your cruise route, Summer fireworks on Lake Michigan, Gourmet catering partners

Nearby public garages

Becky Brown Photography

YOUR CONTACT

Bridgett Lansink (8 47) 358 -133 0 blansink@cruisechicago.com

112 E. WACKER DRIVE CHICAGO, IL 60601

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The Haight

A d a m s P h o to g ra p h y

CHICAGO’S NORTHWEST SUBURB’S HIDDEN GEM! SUFFUSED WITH HISTORY, THE HAIGHT OFFERS THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR YOUR DAY. THIS BEAUTIFULLY CONVERTED WAREHOUSE INCLUDES TIMBER BEAMS, WOOD FLOORS, AND EXPOSED BRICK WALLS, ALL OF WHICH CREATE A SPACIOUS YET COZY ENVIRONMENT FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS.

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9,000 Oh So Lovely Photography

ABOUT THE VENUE Housed in the former Elgin Livery & Storage warehouse, The Haight defines raw elegance. The architectural elements from this historic 1890 building include timber beams, exposed brick, and the original factory flooring. Our private space consists of two floors. The first-floor is 2,000 square feet and the perfect setting for a cocktail hour for up to 175 standing. The second floor boasts 7,000 square feet with seating for 300, or 250 with a dance floor. The Haight draws you in with its custom-made farm tables & bistro lights creating the perfect backdrop for the dreamiest of photos. The Haight is a one of a kind venue with its look and, most importantly, its vibe. It’s unique—in a nonintimidating way; welcoming, comfortable, and classy.

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2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

300 VENUE ST YLE

Eclectic, Industrial, Rustic, Urban, Vintage CATERING CHOICES

Preferred Caterers RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, chairs, A/V

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Two private suites & an outdoor space

PARKING OPTIONS

Self-parking, Valet Taylor Shanton

YOUR CONTACT

Briana Bialk ( 2 24) 8 01- 416 6 166 SYMPHONY WAY

info@thehaightelgin .com

ELGIN, IL 60120

THEHAIGHTELGIN.COM

Windy City Production

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Hilton Lisle/ Naperville

BALLROOMS WITH CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS, ATTENTIVE STAFF AND DELICIOUS FOOD GUARANTEE A DAY OF FANTASTIC MEMORIES.

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19,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

400 VENUE ST YLE

Hotel, Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering, Outside Ethnic Catering Allowed RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Cake, Fresh Floral Centerpieces, Some Overnight Accommodations PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Valet Available

ABOUT THE VENUE At the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, weddings have been our specialty for over 35 years. Conveniently located 19 miles from O’Hare International Airport, our Naperville hotel is the perfect venue to host your special day. Our crystal chandeliers will cast an elegant glow on your wedding reception; highlighting all the personal touches planned for your special day. One of our three separate and distinct ballrooms is available to create lifelong memories for you and your guests. With award-winning culinary creations plus attentive, personalized & professional staff, our full-service Hilton offers world-class service and accommodations to make your wedding vision come true. In addition to ceremony and reception space, we offer a full service bar, Allgauer’s Restaurant, guestrooms and suites. Enjoy first class amenities and services including our shuttle to many area attractions. Guests appreciate our proximity to local venues and our location 27 miles from downtown Chicago. After all of the wedding festivities, continue the celebration in our Lobby Bar or retreat to a spacious guestroom or suite.

YOUR CONTACT

Catering Sales Department (63 0) 24 5-76 0 0 weddings.li sle-naperville@hilton .com Images by Timothy Whaley Photographic Ar tists

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HILTONLISLENAPERVILLE.COM

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Hilton Chicago Northbrook

THE HILTON CHICAGO NORTHBROOK IS THE NEW LEVEL OF LUXURY ON THE NORTH SHORE. FROM THE WALK DOWN THE AISLE TO THE FINAL FAREWELL, WE ENSURE THAT EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR WEDDING REFLECTS YOUR INDIVIDUALITY. OUR WEDDING COORDINATORS WILL WORK WITH YOU TO CREATE CUSTOMIZED MENUS AND HELP YOU WITH ALL OF THE DETAILS THAT MAKE YOUR WEDDING DAY MEMORABLE.

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20,000 ABOUT THE VENUE The Hilton Chicago Northbrook is the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. A tradition for over forty years, allows our award-winning Chefs from Allgauer’s on the Riverfront to prepare a menu that exceeds your expectations offering specialized catering and world-class cuisine. Nestled in a beautiful nature preserve, the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook would be honored to create a scenic and enchanting experience on such a memorable day. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Complimentary self-parking

# OF EVENT SPACES

10 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

600 VENUE ST YLE

Contemporary CATERING CHOICES

Allgauers on the Riverfront RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables and Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking, Valet Available

YOUR CONTACT

Kellie Allgauer 2855 N. MILWAUKEE AVENUE NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS 60062

(8 47) 50 9-7010 chinb-salesadm@hilton .com

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Hotel Arista

HOTEL ARISTA ATTRACTS BRIDES WHO LIKE TO WRITE THEIR OWN STORY.

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4,844 # OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

300 VENUE ST YLE

Grand Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Table Numbers, Chairs, Linens, Cake, and Dance Floor PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Valet Available

ABOUT THE VENUE In an age of assembly-line standards, discovering a hotel with a truly singular spirit is something Hotel Arista brides cherish. Our event team believes in the power of listening. Brides have a personal vision for their wedding day, and we have an ambitious team of dream-big designers eager to help bring it to life. Your vision plus our creative expertise is how trends are born. We offer everything you need to make the day of your dreams possible, including event space for weddings of all sizes, state-ofthe-art AV, lighting and digital technology, Executive Chef-driven custom menu design, room blocks and more. Whether you’re inviting 30-300 guests, Hotel Arista creates inspired weddings and banquets that are sophisticated, contemporary, classic and flexible. Our venues set the perfect stage for life’s greatest moments. The only Forbes 4-Star Hotel in the suburbs of Chicago.

YOUR CONTACT

Katie Jones (63 0) 579-78 28 kjones@hotelari sta.com

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HOTELARISTA.COM

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Hotel Baker

ST CHARLES, IL WEDDING VENUE AND HISTORIC LANDMARK FEATURING GRAND BALLROOMS AND OUTDOOR GARDEN.

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3,558

Stephanie Hulthen Photography

ABOUT THE VENUE Searching for a unique venue with beautiful reception and outdoor ceremony spaces? Recite your wedding vows on our Waterfront Patio or blooming Rose Garden with the scenic Fox River as your backdrop. Our Waterfront Room is sure to dazzle guests with its elegance and stunning view of the river. Dance the night away among the multicolored lights of the historic, two-tiered Rainbow Room as a newly married couple.

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2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

200 VENUE ST YLE

Grand Ballrooms and Stephanie Hulthen Photography

The expertise of our wedding staff will ensure that every detail, from setting to décor, is executed perfectly for your special day. We ensure that the sumptuous cuisine, polished service and historic splendor of Hotel Baker will create lasting memories to be remembered for years to come.

Outdoor Garden CATERING CHOICES

Executive Chef Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Linens, Chairs PARKING OPTIONS Stephanie Hulthen Photography

Downtown Street Parking and Public Parking Garage

YOUR CONTACT

Wedding Specialist events@hotelbaker.com

100 WEST MAIN STREET

(63 0) 58 4-210 0

ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS 60174

HOTELBAKER.COM

Stephanie Hulthen Photography

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Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus

Rachael Watson Photography

OUR UNIQUE AMBIANCE AND INSPIRING BACKDROP, MATCHED WITH OUR CULINARY EXPERTISE, WILL GUARANTEE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT DAY WILL TRULY BE UNFORGETTABLE.

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47,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

300 VENUE ST YLE

Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

Table and Chairs, Standard Linen, Onsite Staff and Wedding Specialist, Menu Tasting and Cake Cutting PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Valet Available YOUR CONTACT

Sigita Jasudas

ABOUT THE VENUE Bring your wedding dreams to life at the unique Hyatt Lodge. Nestled among 88 acres of lush trees and sparkling lakes, it is the ideal backdrop for your special day. Whether you are looking to create a feeling of rustic charm on the outdoor lawn or a feeling of romantic elegance in one of our unique ballrooms, you are sure to find a venue that inspires you. Say your “I Do’s” in front of an intimate group of family and friends or make it an elaborate celebration, either way we treat each and every wedding like a one-of-a-kind event. Allow our wedding specialists to help create your picture perfect wedding by ensuring that every detail is anticipated and exceeded, from catering and décor to incorporating your personal touches throughout. Let us help you take care of your family and friends traveling in for the special event. Special room rates and accommodations can be arranged for your wedding party and guests in our award-winning hotel accommodations. Other amenities include: wedding packages that allow for your personal touch; professional wedding specialist and experienced food and beverage team; special room rates for your wedding guests; and picture perfect ceremony and reception venues.

(63 0) 581- 6 6 21 Sigita. Ja suda@hyat t.com

2815 JORIE BOULEVARD OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS 60523

HYATTLODGE.COM

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Kimpton Journeyman Hotel MILWAUKEE IS THE MIDWEST’S COOLEST CITY, ACCORDING TO VOGUE & A STUNNING PLACE FOR AN URBAN DESTINATION WEDDING! KIMPTON JOURNEYMAN HOTEL IS THE HEART OF MILWAUKEE’S HISTORIC THIRD WARD, FEATURING REFURBISHED WAREHOUSES, GALLERIES, BOUTIQUE SHOPPING, ECLECTIC RESTAURANTS & NIGHTLIFE. ENJOY 158 ROOMS, GORGEOUS ROOFTOP BAR & AN ECLECTIC, INDUSTRIAL CHIC DÉCOR

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10.000 ABOUT THE VENUE We believe no two weddings should ever feel the same. Every detail should reflect the couple’s unique vision for their journey of a lifetime. We offer an array of options for a wedding weekend from rooftop rehearsal dinners, first looks & post wedding brunch! Picture yourself in wedded bliss, surrounded by a rare level of style and artful sophistication in our sleek urban sanctuary. Our complimentary evening wine hour is a welcoming first impression for wedding guests. The Outsider, our iconic rooftop bar, with stunning views and cozy fire pits, is the place to be in MKE! The Journeyman wraps its arms around you to create the perfect backdrop for your guests, all the while complementing the beauty of your style through a truly personalized wedding catered specifically to you. Our chef Heather Terhune, from Top Chef, creates a wedding fare that is unlike any other in the city. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Our stunning rooftop bar & Founders Room & terrace sets us apart from anyone in the city. We have rooftop magic & the best cuisine in the city.

# OF EVENT SPACES

8 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

350 VENUE ST YLE

Chic, Rooftop, Terrace, Romantic Fire pits CATERING CHOICES

Catered On-site by the best culinary team in Milwaukee RENTAL INCLUDES

Linen, Tables, Chairs, Lighted Back Drop, Dance Floor PARKING OPTIONS

Valet $35 overnight / $15 party

YOUR CONTACT

Janine Spediacci (414) 323- 6 035 310 E. CHICAGO

janine.spediacci@journey manhotel.com

MILWAUKEE, WI 53202

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Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

CHICAGOLAND, IL WEDDING VENUE FEATURING WINDOWED PAVILIONS AND OUTDOOR CEREMONY VENUES.

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35,280 # OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

25-900 VENUE ST YLE

Grand Ballrooms, Windowed Pavilions CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Votive Candles, Dance Floor and Band Stand PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking YOUR CONTACT

Linda Schuemann (8 47) 634- 010 0 linda.schuemann@ chicagomarriot tlincoln shire.com

ABOUT THE VENUE At Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, we are truly, madly, deeply, head over heels in love with weddings. Our dedicated team has helped to create life-long memories and made fairy-tale weddings come true. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our event expert consultants know that there’s only one way to throw a wedding—your way! Each couple is unique, so our savvy & friendly staff will ensure everything goes smoothly on your special day. Located on 175 beautiful acres in Chicago’s North Shore neighborhood, the resort has all the amenities you need to make your entire wedding weekend unforgettable. During your stay you will enjoy the luxury and comfort of our 390 reimagined guestrooms, onsite PGA Championship Golf Course, Spa, Starbucks, two acclaimed restaurants, and renowned Marriott Theatre. Not to mention the incredible culinary delights by Executive Chef Pierre Daval and his award winning culinary team featuring both local produce and farm fresh ingredients harvested from our two acre farm including fruits, vegetables and herbs. So whether you’re dreaming of an intimate autumn reception, outdoor formal lakeside ceremony, or whimsical winter wonderland in our award winning Lakeside Pavilion, our experts can customize any of our exquisite spaces to fit your vision perfectly! 10 MARRIOTT DRIVE LINCOLNSHIRE, ILLINOIS 60069

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Mistwood Golf Club

A MODERN BALLROOM WITH OLD-WORLD CHARM OVERLOOKING A BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

4,400 # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE Mistwood Golf Club is located in Romeoville, Illinois, and overlooks the rolling greens and water features of a world-class golf course. There are beautiful decorative details throughout the grounds including seasonal gardens, a gazebo, charming stone bridges and a bell tower. Mistwood offers a ballroom that can seat up to 220 guests with a dance floor and provides sweeping views of the beautiful course. The ballroom has an open floor plan with rustic details and a picturesque fireplace. There are outdoor balconies off both the cocktail hour space and the ballroom. The courtyard is made up of paver stones overlooking a beautiful garden and provides a gorgeous setting for outdoor ceremonies. Guests will pass through a wrought iron gate when entering into this ceremony space. Mistwood Golf Club provides old-world charm with all the modern conveniences and amenities for you and your guests. From seasonal, on-trend menus to comforts such as the private bridal suite, Mistwood’s service and staff focus on your satisfaction.

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

220 VENUE ST YLE

Golf Course, Indoor & Outdoor CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chiavari Chairs, Ivory Linens & Napkins, Table Numbers, Votive Candles, Champagne Toast PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking Onsite, Circle Drive Drop Off Area YOUR CONTACT

Diane Cook (815) 254-3333 events@mi stwoodgc .com

1700 WEST RENWICK ROAD ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS 60446

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Northfork Farm

NORTHFORK FARM WILL MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE WITH ELEGANT COUNTRY OUTDOOR WEDDING FACILITIES. WITH BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED AREAS FEATURING MATURE TREES, MAJESTIC FLOWER GARDENS, RICH GREEN PASTURES WITH FAMOUS THOROUGHBRED HORSES, AND WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY.

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250+ # OF EVENT SPACES

4,000 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

1 VENUE ST YLE

Vintage, Kentucky style thoroughbred horse farm CATERING CHOICES

Multiple variety of choices RENTAL INCLUDES

Bridal Suite, Heated & Air Conditioned Tent, Parking Staff, Bug Spraying, Tables & Chairs, Bonfire PARKING OPTIONS

Self parking with assistance

YOUR CONTACT

Pete Pasteris (815) 76 8 -54 0 0 laurie.pa steri s@gmail.com

ABOUT THE VENUE Dreaming of a wedding surrounded by white fences of lush green pastures filled with Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred Race Horses? It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to Northfork Farm, a one of a kind, family owned wedding venue! Personifying beauty and excellence from the elegant residence with its wrap around country porch, to the Kentucky style horse barns, to the manicured grounds, Northfork provides the perfect background for your wedding celebration. With multiple locations for your ceremony, Northfork offers many options to choose from and specializes in customizing your wedding day to fit your needs and budget. We are passionate about making your wedding the most exciting day of your life and are committed to providing every couple with the best quality and value. Together with our knowledgeable and helpful staff, we will make sure that every detail is accounted for throughout your planning journey. From outlining your itinerary, to preparing the bridal suite, to making sure that the decorations and center pieces are in place, we take pride in providing top quality services from the moment the first car arrives all the way through the last dance before you embark on your new life together. 1998 JOHNSON ROAD OSWEGO, IL 60543

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Silver Lake Country Club

FOR OVER FIVE DECADES, SILVER LAKE HAS GRACIOUSLY HELPED COUPLES PLAN THEIR SPECIAL DAY AND CREATE MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME. WITH BREATHTAKING CEREMONY SITES, LUSH GARDENS, RICH RECEPTION ROOMS AND SAVORY CULINARY SELECTIONS, SILVER LAKE IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO HOST YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

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12,000 ABOUT THE VENUE We understand that your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life. For over five decades, Silver Lake has graciously helped couples plan their special day and create memories to last a lifetime. With breathtaking ceremony sites, lush gardens, rich reception rooms and savory culinary selections, Silver Lake is the perfect place to host your special day. Our charming banquet facility is nestled within 300 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, creating an ideal setting for ceremonies and receptions. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room bring the outdoors in with picturesque views for you and your guests. We complement our facility with excellent hospitality and an experienced staff of professionals to manage every detail. We can help you plan your special day with recommendations on entertainment, florists, photography, wedding cakes and more.

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3 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

420 VENUE ST YLE

Country Club, Garden, Outdoor Ceremony CATERING CHOICES

Onsite - Included in Reception Package RENTAL INCLUDES

Top Shelf Open Bar, Catering, Linens, Tables, Chairs, Sales Tax & Gratuity PARKING OPTIONS

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YOUR CONTACT

Amy Coghill 14700 S 82ND AVE

( 70 8) 34 9- 6 94 0 amy @silverlakecc .com

ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

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The Westin Chicago Northwest THE WESTIN CHICAGO NORTHWEST RECENTLY COMPLETED A 14 MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION, ENCOMPASSING ALL EVENT SPACES, ACCOMMODATIONS AND DINING OPTIONS, TO ENSURE A MAGICAL WEDDING DAY FOR ALL COUPLES. SET YOUR SPECIAL DAY AMID THESE SPECTACULAR ENHANCEMENTS COMPLEMENTED BY THE STUNNING SURROUNDINGS OF HAMILTON LAKES.

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44,935 # OF EVENT SPACES

19 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

1,100 VENUE ST YLE

Indoor, Outdoor, Waterfront, Customizable, Picture-Perfect CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Well-Versed in Cultural and Religious Traditions RENTAL INCLUDES

6 hour reception, Basic linens, Dance floor, Special room rates PARKING OPTIONS

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ABOUT THE VENUE The Westin Chicago Northwest offers the ideal location to host your wedding celebrations. We have stunning spaces for each part of your big day including the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, bridal shower, guestrooms for overnight stays and more. Our facilities feature a contemporary elegance that makes the perfect canvas for your wedding, no matter your style. Our venue, unsurpassed cuisine, gracious service and attention to every detail gives us the ability to meet even the highest expectations. From first taste to last toast, your Westin weddings specialist will instinctively and thoughtfully respond to your needs, leaving you feeling energized, relaxed and able to fully enjoy your perfect day. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Outdoor ceremony space by the lake, Stunning surroundings, Delicious cuisine crafted by culinary experts, Picture-perfect locations, Personalized service.

Free self-parking, Valet available

YOUR CONTACT

Diane Howard (63 0) 773- 4 0 0 0 weddings@west inchicagonw.com

400 PARK BLVD. ITASCA , IL 60143

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White Eagle Golf Club

FROM THE MOMENT YOU ENTER WHITE EAGLE, YOU’LL BE ASSURED THAT THE ARCHITECTURE, FURNISHINGS, AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL WORK IN CONCERT TO CREATE A UNIQUE AMBIANCE FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENT. YOUR EVENT WILL BE COMPLEMENTED BY WHITE EAGLE’S BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS AND PERFECTLY MANICURED GOLF COURSE.

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6,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE Our newly renovated ballroom comes with a breathtaking golf course and waterfront view. From the chandeliers to the color palette, you and your guests will be wowed by the look and feel of the space. We can accommodate groups of up to 350, complete with the best food around. Enjoy your large bridal suite where you can sip on mimosas and prepare for your special day. Our staff ’s attention to detail will take all of your stress away! SPECIAL FEATURES:

Golf Course view, water view, indoor and outdoor reception space, newly-renovated ballroom, modern color palette, modern fixtures

6 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

350 VENUE ST YLE

Indoor, Outdoor, Golf Course, Waterfront, Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Offsite, Organic, Allergy Sensitive, Local RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Centerpieces, Bridal Suite PARKING OPTIONS

Valet, Self-parking, Onsite Parking YOUR CONTACT

Kristin Giannini 3400 CLUB DRIVE

( 331) 707-5531 kri st ing @whiteeaglegc .com

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THE INN AT HARBOR SHORES 800 Whitwam Dr, St Joseph, MI 49085 (269) 983-1111 • innatharborshores.com

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KIMPTON THE JOURNEYMAN HOTEL 310 E. Chicago, Milwaukee, WI (414) 323-6035 • journeymanhotel.com

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LAKE GENEVA CRUISE LINE 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-6206 • www.cruiselakegeneva.com

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LAKE LAWN RESORT 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan, WI (262) 728-7950 • lakelawnresort.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 516 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 644-4284 • maggianos.com

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THE METROPOLITAN 233 S. Wacker Dr., 67th Floor, Chicago

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(312) 876-3200 • clubcorp.com/clubs/themetropolitan

PINSTRIPES 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago (312) 527-3140 • pinstripes.com

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BIAGIO EVENTS & CATERING 4242 North Central Ave., Chicago (773) 736-9009 • biagioevents.com

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ASHLEY FARM 9111 Ashley Rd., Yorkville (630) 277-1088 • ashleyfarmweddings.com

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JACOB HENRY MANSION ESTATE 20 South Eastern Ave., Joliet (815) 722-1420 • jacobhenrymansion.com

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JOLIET UNION STATION 50 E. Jefferson St., Joliet (815) 254-7003 • jolietunionstation.com

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LA BANQUE HOTEL 2034 Ridge Rd., Homewood (708) 798-6000 • labanquehotel.com

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MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB 1700 W. Renwick Rd., Romeoville (815) 254-3333 • mistwoodgc.com

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THE ODYSSEY 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park (708) 429-7400 • theodysseyvenue.com

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RAVISLOE COUNTRY CLUB 18231 South Park Ave., Homewood (708) 798-5600 • ravisloe.com

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SILVER LAKE COUNTRY CLUB 14700 South 82nd Ave., Orland Park (708) 349-6940 • silverlakecc.com

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WHITETAIL RIDGE GOLF CLUB 7671 Clubhouse Dr., Yorkville (630) 882-8988 • whitetailridgegolfclub.com

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The Perfect Place for Your Love Story… Newest and Largest Ballroom in the Marketplace Weddings & Events up to 1000 Guests Specializing in Ethnic Events Embassy Suites Naperville 1823 Abriter Court, Naperville, IL 60563 630-799-5900 www.chicagonaperville.embassysuites.com

SEEING IS BELIEVING Come see our sophisticated, yet comfortable venue and sample our amazing cuisine from our scratch kitchen. Schedule your appointment today.

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CAFÉ LA CAVE 2777 Mannheim Road, Des Plaines (847) 827-7818 • cafelacave.net

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CHEVY CHASE COUNTRY CLUB 1000 N. Milwaukee, Wheeling (847) 465-2311 • chevychasecountryclub.com

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CONCORDE BANQUETS 20922 N. Rand Rd., Kildeer (847) 438-0025 • concordebanquets.com

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LINCOLNSHIRE MARRIOTT RESORT 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire (847) 634-0100 x6300 chicagomarriottlincolnshire.com

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LOFT 21 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire (847) 868-LOFT (5638) • loft21events.com

600

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 1901 E. Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg (847) 240-1600 • maggianos.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 307 Hawthorne Ctr., Vernon Hills (847) 918-0380 • maggianos.com

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PINSTRIPES 100 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington (847) 844-4810 • pinstripes.com

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PINSTRIPES 1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook (847) 480-7676 • pinstripes.com

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ACQUAVIVA WINERY 47W614 Rt. 38, Maple Park (630) 365-0333 • acquavivawinery.com

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BROOKFIELD ZOO 3300 S. Golf Rd., Brookfield (708) 688-8355 • czs.org

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CHICAGO MARRIOTT NAPERVILLE 1801 N. Naper Blvd., Naperville (630) 687-6465 • marriott.com/chimn

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WHITE DEER RUN GOLF CLUB 250 W. Gregg’s Pkwy., Vernon Hills (847) 680-6188 • whitedeergolf.com

(630) 773-4000 • westinchicagonorthwest.com

THE WESTIN CHICAGO NORTHWEST 400 Park Blvd., Itasca

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Golf Club

at Cosley Zoo We want your wedding to be wild. That’s why we reserve the entire zoo for you and up to 500 guests for an after-hours celebration. Outdoor ceremony and reception Unique venue

One couple per evening | Spectacular golf course views Stunning multilevel clubhouse Accommodating up to 275 guests Ask about 2019 incentives and specials. Contact our professional event team at 630.653.5802 or events@arrowheadgolfclub.org

Air-conditioned bridal/groom suite Five acres of family, fun, and forever. Call Tami Romejko at 630.510.5040 or email tromejko@wheatonparks.org.

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DANADA HOUSE 3 S 501 Naperville Rd., Wheaton (630) 668-5392 • danadahouse.com

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THE DRAKE OAK BROOK 2301 York Rd., Oak Brook (630) 571-0000 • thedrakeoakbrookhotel.com

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DRURY LANE 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace (630) 530-0202 • drurylane.com

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CROWNE PLAZA CHICAGO SW-BURR RIDGE 300 S. Frontage Rd., Burr Ridge (630) 601-7548 • cpchicagosw.com

EMBASSY SUITES HILTON CHICAGO NAPERVILLE

1823 Abriter Court, Naperville

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THE HAIGHT 166 Symphony Way, Elgin (224) 801-4166 • thehaightelgin.com

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HILTON LISLE/NAPERVILLE 3003 Corporate West Dr., Lisle (630) 505-0900 • lislenaperville.hilton.com

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HOTEL ARISTA 2139 CityGate Ln., Naperville (630) 579-4100 • hotelarista.com

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HOTEL BAKER 100 W. Main St., St. Charles (630) 584-2100 • hotelbaker.com

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THE EMPORIUM AT ABBEY FARMS 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora (630) 966-7775 x3 • abbeyfarms.org

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KUIPERS FAMILY FARM 1N318 Watson Rd., Maple Park (815) 827-5200 • kuipersfamilyfarm.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 1847 Freedom Dr., Naperville (630) 536-2280 • maggianos.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 240 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook (630) 368-0314 • maggianos.com

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NORTHFORK FARM WEDDINGS, LLC 1998 Johnson Rd., Oswego (815) 768-5400 • nforkfarm.com

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2105 Spring Rd., Oakbrook (630) 954-0000 • gibsonssteakhouse.com/theoaks

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WHITE EAGLE GOLF CLUB 3400 Club Dr., Naperville (630) 355-6000 • whiteeaglegc.com

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DANADA HOUSE 3 S 501 Naperville Rd., Wheaton (630) 668-5392 • danadahouse.com

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GARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 224 N. Main St., Wheaton (630) 668-3100 • garychurch.org

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JACOB HENRY MANSION ESTATE 20 South Eastern Ave., Joliet (815) 722-1420 • jacobhenrymansion.com

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TRINITY WEDDING CHAPEL 130 N. West St., Wheaton (630) 665-1101 • trinitywheaton.org

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WILDER PARK FORMAL GARDEN 225 Prospect, Elmhurst (630) 993-8186 • epd.org

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Beautifully landscaped gardens on the grounds of the Danada Forest Preserve.

Historic gothic styled church with beautiful stained glass windows. Visit our web site for pictures of the church.

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100-year-old Historic Landmark church located on the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate.

Breathtaking chapel, built in 1882. This classic wood frame treasure is Wheaton’s oldest church building in continuous use.

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DESTINATIONS

LAKE GENEVA: RESORT CITY WITH A RICH HISTORY With its timeless gem of a spring-fed lake, the Lake Expansive summer homes were built Geneva area has been known [here] for national names such as as a vacation destination for more than a century. Wrigley, Selfridge and Drake, and Although settlement began many of these estates still stand today. in the 1830s, it wasn’t until after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that massive estates began to materialize along the shores of Geneva Lake. Wealthy Chicagoans sent their families here, traveling back and forth by train, while their city homes were rebuilt. Expansive summer homes were built for national names such as Wrigley, Selfridge and Drake, and many of these estates still stand today. The 20.2-mile public shore path is a top attraction, as you can walk around the entire lake for a front-row view of its historical mansions and modern-day estates. Or walk a portion of the path and enjoy a boat cruise back to your starting point through the Lake Geneva Cruise Line.

Nearby Delavan Lake has its own storied history as well, with five noteworthy homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright still standing on its shores. Boat tours are offered through Lake Lawn Resort for a cruise along the lake’s 11 miles of shoreline. It’s also a popular fishing lake, both in the summer and winter. If you’d like to tie the knot on the water, the Riviera Ballroom is in the heart of Lake Geneva. Opened in 1932, the city-owned Riviera was a popular venue for some of the biggest names in music history, including Louis Armstrong. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and its restored second floor ballroom has an expansive view of the lake.

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Sparkling and clean, Geneva Lake itself is ideal for boating, swimming and all sorts of watersports, from sailing and paddleboarding to wake-surfing and skiing. There are sailboats, vintage steam boats and even larger vessels available to rent for bridal showers, bachelor or bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions. And of course, there’s always the option of spending a lazy afternoon at the beach!

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M I C H I G A N : S C E N I C V I E W S , S TAT E PA R K S A N D T H E M O T O R C I T Y Just across Lake Michigan, a not-so-far-away destination offers stunning, picturesque scenery with the nation’s longest freshwater coastline, wildlife refuges and over 100 state parks. Combined with its rich automotive and arts history, Michigan is an ideal place for a romantic getaway, whether it’s a honeymoon, or everything from the bachelor party to the reception.

Surround yourself with fresh air and clear waters while you partake in a variety of outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, fishing and more.

Not far away is Traverse City and the Grand Traverse region—home to several wineries, the National Cherry Festival and an assortment of wedding venues. Take advantage of the area’s natural beauty and exchange vows in a romantic vineyard or barefoot in the sand of nearby beaches. For a post-wedding adventure, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers miles of hiking trails, impressive sand dunes and scenic views from towering bluffs. Or, take an exciting boating excursion on one of Traverse Tall Ship Company’s replica schooners. Those in search of a more historical, urban setting should take a trip to Detroit. Known as The Motor City, Detroit is home to the first Ford automobile and The Henry Ford—an indoor/ outdoor museum named after its creator. Having one of the largest theater districts in the county, the city is also known for its rich arts history. Visitors can enjoy local museums and

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attractions such as the Motown Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, which holds Diego Rivera’s intriguing Detroit Industry Murals. Set aside time for shopping and a bite to eat at the Eastern Market—one of the country’s largest year-round markets. Just an hour away is the culinary hotspot of Ann Arbor, where you’ll find even more great shopping, arts and culture, and over 300 restaurants. After the wedding, escape to the Upper Peninsula for an adventurous getaway. Take in the beauty of the region’s wildlife refuges, breathtaking waterfalls and endless acres of forest. Surround yourself with fresh air and THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO

clear waters while you partake in a variety of outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, fishing and more. If you’re traveling during the peak months of October, November and April, set aside an evening to gaze at the romantic shimmer of the Northern Lights. All this is waiting, just across the lake. From exciting nightlife and tourist attractions, to picturesque scenery and miles of shoreline, it’s easy to fall in love with all Michigan has to offer.


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ARUBA: ONE HAPPY ISLAND With sunny skies, a tropical breeze, and temperatures in the mid-80s year-round, it’s no wonder the slogan of Aruba is “One Happy Island.” It’s a perfect Caribbean destination for the most romantic weddings and honeymoons in every season: consistent weather, white sand beaches and Instagramworthy turquoise waters.

Aruba is a surprisingly easy island to travel to, with daily nonstop flights from many U.S. cities… and the U.S. dollar is commonly accepted.

The tropical island is located in the southern Caribbean, just 15 miles north of Venezuela (in fact, on a clear day, you can see the coast of Venezuela from the southeastern coast of Aruba). The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento (the local tongue), but most natives also speak English and Spanish. This is a surprisingly easy island to travel to, with daily nonstop flights from many U.S. cities. And the U.S. dollar is commonly accepted throughout the country. There are many options for getting married or honeymooning, from hotels to vacation rentals. At the adults-only Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino, guests can enjoy cocktails in an open-air lobby or alongside a peaceful pool with ocean views. Or they can take the water taxi to the Renaissance’s private island, where flamingos roam and there are two expansive beaches — one for families and one for adults only. Renaissance Island is a popular wedding site, with couples exchanging vows on a secluded beach. A boutique spa, casino and shopping round out the experiences for wedding guests. For a romantic, intimate honeymoon, Bucuti & Tara is the top choice for many newlyweds. This AAA Four Diamond resort was designated the #1 Hotel for Romance in the Caribbean for 2018 by Trip Advisor. Only 104 private, adults-only guest rooms are available at this oceanfront resort, and all guests are guaranteed a beach chair just a few steps out of their room.

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every ethnic cuisine is represented, prices are reasonable, and there are some very unique experiences. For those who literally want to dip their toes in the water while enjoying a sunset dinner, the Flying Fishbone offers just that. Couples or groups can slip off their shoes and dine while the ocean waves lap gently onto the shore and under the tables. And at the Screaming Eagle, couples are served dinner… in bed. Lounge beds for two with ample pillows and cushions, soft lighting and gauzy privacy curtains are the ‘table’ of choice at this popular night spot.

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hiring vendors TO EXECUTE YOUR STYLE

Besides the setting, your wedding vendors will make the most impact on the success of your wedding day. The professional services they supply like wedding planning, coordination, entertainment, floral design, rentals and catering are the essential event elements no party could take place without. Their expertise orchestrate the senses you and your guests will experience throughout the day, so finding the very best companies to execute your style is of utmost importance.

That’s where we come in. The Celebration Society is connected to the most reputable wedding vendors across Chicago. We have a personal relationship with almost all of the vendors represented in this book. Seek their expertise and soak it up.

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1 WEDDING PL ANNER

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on hiring a full-service planner at least 12 months from your wedding day. You should choose your wedding planner first to reserve your date on their calendar and have their guidance during the entire wedding planning process. From the beginning to the end, your wedding planner will be your experienced counsel for every vendor interview, contract, and scheduling question.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . How do you charge? Per hour, lump sum, percentage of total budget? Are there specific vendors you like to use? What is the process of selecting and hiring vendors? Can I use other vendors? What is the process of paying vendors? Is that done through you or direct to vendors? Do you handle vendor services, contract and payment processing? Do you handle guest list coordination and RSVPs? What is your specialty? How many meetings will we have together? In person, via phone?

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Full service wedding planners range in price from $5,000$7,000+, while monthof coordinators will likely charge between $2,000-$3,000 depending on the scope of work.

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2 VENUE AND CATERING

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Venue and catering should be booked about 12 months from your wedding day. Book early to reserve your preferred wedding date as event venues will likely be booked for weddings up to a year in advance. Your budgeting will rely on whether or not catering is included in the pricing on your contract, so do your research. The style of your wedding venue will affect the overall style of your wedding. Whether you choose a glamorous ballroom or countryside barn—everything from your wedding dress, flowers to music selection will be affected.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Do you specialize in specific food types?

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Is a tasting included in your services? Will you provide waitstaff? Is that extra? If so, what is the ratio of staff to guest? What will your staff wear? How do you work with my wedding planner and venue? Will you feed everyone, including band members and waitstaff? If so, what is their menu and cost per person? Do you handle china, silverware and glassware rental? What do you charge for cake cutting and serving? Is tax and gratuity included? How do you handle clean up and trash removal?

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3 WEDDING DRESS

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on purchasing your wedding dress about 11 months from your wedding day. Once you decide on where you will get married and where the reception will be, it’s time to go dress shopping! Knowing your wedding location is just as important as knowing your dress size when it comes to shopping for a gown, so be sure to have a solid idea of your venue. Most bridal stores will need to place the order for your dress from the dress designer at least 10 months in advance, while custom creations could take even longer. Pick your bridal party and groomsmen attire now too.

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4 PHOTOGRAPHY HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan to book a photographer 11 months from your wedding date. Since photography businesses are most often run by a single person or small teams of creative professionals that work one wedding per day, it's important to book early. Be sure to take your venue into account when determining your preferred photography style. Digital photography thrives both indoors and out, and has a timeless look while light and airy film photography should be reserved for those celebrating their day outside, since it needs as much natural light as possible.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your primary style of photography? Traditional or documentary? How independent is the photographer? Does he want to know all the shots you’d like or free reign to shoot all the moments of the day at will? Will the photographer I book be the one to shoot my wedding? How long after the wedding will the photos be ready? What happens if the photographer is ill on the day of the wedding? What are your backup procedures? What is included in your pricing? Albums, hours of coverage, engagement session, etc.?

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5 VIDEOGRAPHY

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on hiring a videographer about 10 months from your wedding date. More often than not, a videography business is run by a single person or a duo of creative professionals that work one wedding per day. Much of why you’ll hire them is based on loving their editing style, ability to capture details most important to you (like a first dance, or the ceremony itself) and loving their pricing even more, so once you find your match, make it official by signing the contract. With a film, you'll be able to relive your day with your future family and remember even the smallest details you and your vendor team worked so hard to create.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your cinematography style? Documentary, movie-like or artistic? Have you worked with our photographer? How does the crew stay unobtrusive during the ceremony and reception? How long after the wedding will the video be ready? What is your process? Am I allowed to make edits once you present video to us? What are your backup procedures?

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6 FLORAL DESIGN

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on choosing your floral designer about eight months from your wedding day. With such a length of time from your day, you have a good amount of time to get on the schedule for the best wedding florist in your area and brainstorm with them on what the vision of your wedding is. With the help of your planner, you and your floral designer can select a color palette, make note of blooms you love (or hate!) and lay out a proper budget for the arrangements you'll need created. Knowing what styles you like before going into a consultation means more time talking helpful specifics for you and your florist.

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Flower pricing is dependent on the amount of decor at your wedding. You’ll want to budget starting at $1,500 for the basics like bouquets and boutonnières, and know the sky is truly the limit for the rest.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your style? What is your process? Has the florist/designer worked at your venue before? How do items get returned after the wedding? Will they pick up? Does the designer offer rental items— vases, trellis, decor—or must they be supplied via a rental company? Can my guests take centerpieces home? Do you charge for mockup centerpieces before my wedding or is that included? How can I stay within my budget without having small bouquets and arrangements? Dahlias are my favorite kind of flower. Will they be in season for my wedding?

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7 HAIR & MAKEUP

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on hiring your hair and makeup artist team about six to eight months from your wedding date. Chances are you are as thick as thieves with your hair dresser and have your cut and color pre-booked every time you leave the salon, and for good reason! But does your stylist do bridal updos? Many don’t. That's where on-site teams come in. Your beauty vendors will likely only be able to serve one full bridal party per Saturday. So book them sooner rather than later.

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HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Look into booking your stationer six to eight months in advance of your wedding date. If you would like to send out save the dates, you’ll want to choose your stationery designer eight months in advance. For invitations only, you should start to look at options six months out. Traditional etiquette states invitations should be mailed out at least eight weeks prior to the wedding day. Custom stationery processes will likely take around two to three months, since multiple consultations, proofing and printing time needs to be taken into account.

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Do you design custom work or sell from invitation lines? Do you help with branding or custom monograms? Is there a specific style you specialize in? Do you offer calligraphy or addressing services? Can I purchase additional personalized items like Save-the Date, welcome bags, favor tags, etc.? Will you supply a proof before the invitation is officially printed? What happens if there is an error? How long after I place the order will the invitations come in? Can I customize the wording? Can personal photos be added to your designs?

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9 WEDDING CAKE

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan to hire a baker six to eight months in advance. While a cake baker can serve multiple weddings in a weekend, chances are they can’t serve an endless amount. So we say get on the schedule in advance by signing the wedding cake contract. Again, it’s likely you’ll have your tasting a bit later in the process, but reserving your spot in their weekend schedule ahead of time will make sure you get the cake baker you like the best. Before your tasting, be sure to research what types of frostings and finishes do best in your style venue.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Are you licensed by the state health department? How does delivery work? What happens if something is damaged on the cake in transit? Do you do sugar flowers and custom sculptured pieces from sugar? What are the options for cake flavors and fillings? Fondant or Buttercream? What is your average cost per slice? Will you design a custom cake or do you have preset styles to choose from?

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vendor guide Who will you hire?

Planning a wedding should never be a one-person show. Hiring a cohesive team of talented vendors is the first step in hosting a beautiful, thoughtful and stress-free event. Here you’ll meet industry experts from the Chicago area who are ready to help you host your dream wedding, so you can focus on being the bride.

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The Team KNOWN FOR... Bringing slow-smoked barbeque and scratch-made sides and desserts to thousands of weddings every year! Our experience covers everything from fancy formal receptions to casual backyard weddings, and we’ll work with you every step of the way to make a plan that fits your style, needs, and budget. With City Barbeque catering, you can count on complimentary tastings, customizable menus, an expert team, and a meal you’ll never forget.

OUR SPECIALT Y... Want to wow your guests with Chicago’s best brisket, carved to order? We got you. Need to knock their socks off with a fully loaded mac & cheese bar? Easy-peasy. Got a bunch of vegetarian guests? They’re gonna love us. From our meticulously crafted hors d’oeuvres to our warm, hand-dipped caramel apples, every delicious thing we serve is freshly made and up to our rigid competition-quality standards.

ABOUT THE STAFF... City Barbeque’s purpose is to serve and create happiness, and our catering experts take that to heart: our folks always go that extra mile to make sure your day is flawless and fun (and filled with incredible barbeque!).

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There’s a reason City Barbeque has catered more than a thousand weddings this year, and once you’ve has your complimentary tasting, you’ ll understand just what we mean. Our full-service catering covers it all, from setup to teardown, service to silverware, and we do it all with City Barbeque’s unique brand of backyard hospitality. Ultimately, we promise the barbeque will be delicious, our team will be friendly, and your guests will be beyond impressed.

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Your special day is a moment in your life that requires a special talent to capture it forever. At Edward Fox Photography & Video, we have the skills, training, and equipment to do exactly that. We’ve been a part of the momentous day for thousands of happy clients, and we’d love to be a part of yours! Our expert staff is wellpositioned to match your style and personality with an image-maker who can execute your vision in the most beautiful way possible.

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Lasting memories in a contemporary blend of photo-journalistic and contemporary styles combined with classic images that will provide a complete story of your day. While we may be best known for our wedding photography, we are proud to offer photo and video services for all types of personal and corporate events.

ABOUT THE STAFF... Our team will help you plan your special day, provide you with the best customer service and excellent photography & videography.

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Andre LaCour Owner KNOWN FOR... Our focus is on providing a great experience for our clients- fun and stress-free. Our images will capture not only all the events and emotion but also the people that have come together to make your day special. Lastly, we will create artistic images of the two of you.... the “wow” shots that we are known for!

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ABOUT THE OWNER... As one of Chicago’s most established and reputable photographers, his work has been featured in publications such as Rangefinder, Chicago Style Weddings, Wedding Guide Chicago and Chicago Social Brides magazines. Andre brings a unique aesthetic to your wedding for a fun, stress free day of beautiful memories. Maria LaCour’s passion for photography started when she just was a child. Maria specializes in weddings, corporate events and portraits in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas and the Riviera Maya. Maria’s images speak for themselves and illustrate her celebration of each couple’s distinct personalities.

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We provide photography and video for clients looking for high quality and unique images along with an experience that makes the photography a fun part of the day. With over 20 years experience, we have the skills to capture your day’s beauty and uniqueness.

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Studio 10 is well known for being one of the only salons to offer all natural products by John Amico, not only for your hair but for your skin as well! John Amico is a recognized leader in the beauty industry and the oldest family-owned professional haircare company since 1962. Working beside the best connoisseur of hair, Studio 10 Naperville solely uses J.A. professional hair care products.

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INSIGHT

THE INS & OUTS OF CONTRACTS & DEPOSITS By Zach Thomas

In the midst of all the fun that comes with wedding planning, a bride ought to know a thing or two about those serious contracts she’s signing on the dotted line. Why do I have to pay a deposit to vendors like photographers, DJs, planners, etc? To discuss a deposit, it also becomes a discussion about contracts—they go hand-inhand. The contract spells out the agreement (date, time and rate; and what you should expect from the vendor, what the vendor should expect from you) and the deposit is the force behind that agreement. The deposit allows the vendor to be confident in turning away other potential clients for the same date, and it allows the couple to feel confident their vendor will show up and perform their hired duties the day of the wedding.

“The deposit allows the vendor to be confident in turning away other potential clients for the same date, and it allows the bride to feel confident their vendor will show up.”

Is a standard practice of wedding vendors to require a deposit? Yes. If the vendor you are choosing to work with doesn’t require a contract and deposit, you should be concerned about what other things they are leaving out of their business (e.g. insurance, back-up equipment, or experience). If there isn’t a contract and deposit requirement, that is a red flag. Remember, a contract and deposit also protects the customer and adds peace of mind that a vendor will show up and do the job they are hired for. How much money should I expect to put down for my deposit? This amount varies, but 50% is fairly standard. What if I have to cancel? Read over any contract you are signing, and ask the vendor you are working with to explain anything you are unclear about. Weddings don’t happen for a number of reasons—break-ups, family disagreements, weather issues, and sometimes the couple get so overwhelmed planning they run off to Vegas to elope. If you need to cancel, notify the vendor immediately and just be open to having a conversation about what your contract may entitle you to. Many contracts have the flexibility to deal with the various 128

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allow for a partial return of deposit, within a certain period of time before the event. Most photographers can’t do that because it’s much harder to fill the date, especially the closer you get to the event.

What if I pay a deposit and the vendor has to cancel? You should ask for your deposit to be promptly refunded. 

What if I cancel, and I feel like I deserve my deposit back? The terms should be clearly spelled out in the contract. Weddings (and planning them!) are emotional, but when dealing with vendors a customer should always keep in mind that they are working with business owners.

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BUILDING THE PERFECT WEDDING CAKE By Terry Smedley

Whether you prefer a towering six-tier confection or a simplistic couple’s cake, choose the dessert that’s best for your day. Should I steer clear of any frostings or finishes if I’m hosting an outdoor reception? If you are having an outdoor reception during the hot months, try to steer clear of buttercreams that contain ingredients that can’t take the heat like cream cheese.

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What’s the key to making a naked-style cake wedding worthy? Most people who select naked cakes do so not because of the look of the cake (although most do love the simplicity), but because they aren’t a fan of frosting. They love that they can have more cake, less frosting and with the addition of floral or some decorative elements have a beautiful cake that tastes good. My future husband and I aren’t really fans of cake. Do we still need to have one? What are my other options? Oh heavens no, there are no hard and fast rules! Dessert buffets are hot right now. They are a fabulous alternative to cake or to supplement cake for your guests. The benefit of a dessert buffet is your guests get a variety of choices for their desserts, and can be designed to coordinate with and complement your reception. What information should I have ready for our cake consultations? Do your homework! Before you book a consultation, ensure the company provides the type of cake you are looking for. A baker may specialize in old fashioned cakes or naked cakes, so don’t ask them to create a cake style they don’t generally offer. Be prepared to leave a photo of your inspiration cake with the baker after your consultation. Cake toppers: are they a thing of the past? Cake toppers are making a comeback, but not necessarily the traditional bride and groom. More often you may see custom laser cut toppers that express the sentiments of the couple, such as “To the Moon and Back” or “Mr. and Mrs.” or clever custom cake toppers showcasing the couple and their interests.

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I love the look of real flowers on a cake. Are they really safe to include? Many flowers are in fact edible. Check with your florist to ensure that whatever they are providing for your cake is safe and organic. While all flowers are a treat to see, some ought to come with a warning label. The most common poisonous wedding flowers include lily of the valley, hydrangeas, stargazer lilies, angels trumpet, oleander and delphinium. If your preferred florals appear on this list, fret not. Consider adding faux tiers to the cake. These tiers blend with the design of the rest of

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WHAT TO TIP YOUR VENDORS

M O D E R N G U I D E T O G R AT U I T I E S If there’s one gray area in the wedding world, it’s paying gratuities. Long-standing etiquette says ones thing and modern trend says another. We say: if you loved your service—show it with a tip. By Meghan Bishop Whether your vendor owns their business or is an hourly employee matters little. Gratuity says "I'm so thankful for the extra care you showed to me," and giving shouldn't be determined by who the boss is. It's determined by the quality of service. Here's a list of the vendors you should plan to tip because of their onsite expertise at the end of your very long, very fabulous big day.

WEDDING PLANNER Traditionally, it has been thought that you don't need to give your wedding planner anything for a tip. But, considering they're the one vendor who has done the bulk of the work on your wedding—we say, why not? Did he/she knock your socks off by pulling off your wedding flawlessly? Was there a ton of extra work involved that wasn’t discussed when pricing was set? Whatever the case may be, you can feel comfortable giving between $100 to 10% of their fees in cash or a gift in the same amount to show your gratitude. TIP: $100 to 10% of fees PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS In our opinion, your photographer and videographer will be the most important vendors you choose. Each photographer on the day of your wedding should be tipped $100200, and second shooters $50-75. TIP: $50-200 per person CEREMONY MUSICIANS Not sure what to give the string trio that played your wedding march? What about the choir that sang as you lit your unity candle? If it was a professional group, 10% of the entire amount charged to be split amongst the musicians. If it’s a civic or church group and they didn’t charge, give a donation either to the group or the church—just as you would a religious officiant. TIP: 10% of fee to be split among musicians

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RECEPTION MUSICIANS OR DJ Every guest was on the dance floor and your party was non-stop all night! You should tip $25-50, per musician. For the DJ—he/she is the one person responsible for the entire flow and energy of your event. We think they deserve a whole lotta love for guaranteeing a good time. MUSICIAN TIP: $25-50 per person DJ TIP: $100-200 OFFICIANT Your dad’s friend is a judge, your neighbor got registered online, your junior high school pastor, or your pastor now that you are an adult has accepted the job of conducting your service— etiquette says no cash should be given. Instead, give a thank you card and a gift card or a donation to the house of worship if affiliated. TIP: A donation and thank you note will do CATERING STAFF This varies depending on the region of the country you are in. In the Midwest, a 20 to 22% service charge is usually added to the catering contract. But if you are super happy with the service, you can give the catering manager a lump sum to distribute among the wait staff. You can get the anticipated number of wait staff from the caterer beforehand to help you prepare. TIP: $20-50 per person (and check your contract) BARTENDER Your bartender will deal with a bunch of guest

craziness the evening of your wedding (i.e. "There is tooooooo much coke in my Jack"). Bartenders who work on a catering staff team make a higher hourly wage than what you'd expect in a restaurant so you can tip them the same as the other catering staff. No need to go above and beyond, unless you really want to. TIP: $20-50 like the other catering event staff DRIVER TIP Your driver will wait outside for 30 minutes as you say your goodbyes to your friends and family and make sure your take-away plate is in the car for your midnight snack before he drives clear across town to your desired place! Proper tip is 15-20% presented after arrival. TIP: 15-20% of fees RENTAL STAFF TIP This one is optional. Rental drop off delivery people sometimes get $20-50 per person depending on how much they are bringing in and having to set up. Most of the time you have a team of 2-4 depending on the size of the order and they will be the last ones out of the space at the end of the night. TIP: $20-50 per person HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST As important as pictures are, your hair and makeup professional will help ensure you look the best! Hair and make-up professionals should get 15-20% of the total bill. TIP: 15-20% of services

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s e r i p ins STYLE THAT

Your big day is full of little details. Everything, from your stationery to your cake, will play a part in creating one cohesive theme. Here’s a collection of beautiful bouquets and boutonnières, breathtaking invitation suites and fabulous cakes that are sure to inspire!

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TOP LEFT: Stationery: Kelly Reif Stationery Studio; Boutonniere: Jasmine Galleria BOTTOM LEFT: Cake: The Quintessential Cake; Floral: Floral Expressions RIGHT: Cake: Creative Cakes; Bouquet: Phillip’s Flowers

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TOP LEFT: Stationery: Jasmine Galleria; Boutonniere: Jasmine Galleria BOTTOM LEFT: Cake: The Quintessential Cake; Floral: Floral Expressions RIGHT: Cake: Eye Candy Bake Shop OPPOSITE PAGE: Cake: Toni Patisserie & Cafe; Bouquet: Phillip’s Flowers THIS PAGE AND OPPOSITE: Rentals & Props courtesy of Garland & Lace

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just married IDEAS FROM REAL WEDDINGS

Real wedding features are the source of some serious inspiration for new brides-to-be. We’ve hand selected each of the following real weddings particularly for their style, unique details, great vendors and amazing imagery. They’re an honest representation of current trends, venues in action and wedding vendors’ work. Bonus! Look to these love stories for ideas and examples, but don’t feel the pressure to measure up. Remember your personal style and pull from each as you see fit. Your wedding is about you.

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A N A S TA S I A & NICK

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Anastasia and Nick chose the beautiful Elements at Water Street in Naperville as the backdrop for their big day. The morning began with the wedding party getting ready, then meeting at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church for an afternoon ceremony. Anastasia fell in love with a strapless, all-over lace David Tutera gown from Bri’Zan Couture. Her bouquet was an assortment of ivory blooms and greenery. Her bridesmaids carried similar, smaller bouquets and wore neutral dresses with a metallic lace bodice. Nick and his groomsmen perfectly complemented the party in modern tuxedos—the groom in bold blue with black lapels and the others in navy. The couple happily exchanged vows and made their way out of the church handin-hand as husband and wife. They shared a few moments alone together with hors d’oeuvres and champagne before joining their guests for an evening of celebration. A timeless, elegant white and gold reception awaited them. Tables were set with gold linen napkins, glowing votives and a variety of centerpieces, including crystal candelabras and short and tall floral arrangements. Guests enjoyed a delicious meal before the couple cut into a three-tier cake from De’Etta’s Bakery. Anastasia and Nick performed a choreographed dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” then Sounds Abound kept the dance floor packed all night as everyone joined them in celebrating. Just days later, the newlyweds escaped to Italy for a 14-day honeymoon. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO


“Our photographer, Erin with Cinder and Vin, doubled as a day of coordinator and helped solve potential problems before I even caught wind of them! She kept me relaxed, checked what I needed throughout the day, and interacted so well with all the guests (all while capturing the most important day of our lives). She was a life saver!�

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Anastasia & Nick PHOTOGRAPHY: Cinder & Vinegar Photography VENUE: Elements at Water Street FLORAL: Floral Events CAKE/DESSERT: DeEtta’s Bakery STATIONERY: Invitations Etc. ENTERTAINMENT: Sounds Abound Entertainment VIDEOGRAPHY: Red Weddings TRANSPORTATION: Naperville Trolley & Tours BRIDAL GOWN: Bri’Zan Couture MOTHER OF THE BRIDE GOWN: White Satin Bridal BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal WOMEN’S HAIR/MAKEUP: Michelle Graham Salon & Spa MEN’S HAIR: House of Handsome

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Just Married

JORDAN & MICHAEL Chicago, IL

September 15, 2018

Jordan and Michael met on a cruise and have been inseparable ever since, so it only made sense to tie a nautical theme into their wedding! The Columbia Yacht Club seemed to be the perfect location for their intimate celebration, offering picturesque views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. Guests were greeted with a glass of champagne upon entering the evening ceremony. The couple chose to write their own vows and exchanged them in front of their closest friends and family before making a joyful exit. The ceremony space was transformed into a beautiful reception with white chiavari chairs, striped navy linens, blue uplighting and white and green floral arrangements that sat atop tall clear vases. Guests received bottles of Zinfandel from Peju Winery as favors, along with a meaningful photo of themselves with the newlyweds. After dinner, the couple cut into a city-themed three-tier cake from Alliance Bakery, shared a memorable first dance, then danced the night away to music provided by Gary Hipperson of Sounds Abound Entertainment.

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“We both did not want to wear tuxes and went for custom suits instead. The suits were from Surmesur, located in the Chicago Loop. We wanted similar looking, but not perfectly matching suits. Michael opted for a vest and bowtie, while I wanted a full length tie with suspenders. We also went with a fashionable touch and wore no show socks with our Montauk shoes, which Grant McNamara of The Wedding GPS, aided in the choosing of.� 157


Jordan & Michael VENUE & CATERING: Columbia Yacht Club GETTING READY VENUE: Hyatt Regency Chicago DAY OF PLANNING: Angela Orlando PHOTOGRAPHY: Edward Fox Photography & Video FLORAL: Sylvia’s-Amling’s Flowers STATIONERY: Minted CAKE: Alliance Bakery DESSERT: Sean & Carrie Hand of Maggiano’s ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTING: Sounds Abound Entertainment MENSWEAR: Surmesur, The Wedding GPS

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JOY

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July 21, 2018

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Joy and Michael fell in love with the fairytale setting of The Monte Bello Estate—a venue that’s situated in the bride’s hometown of Lemont. The day began as overcast and rainy, but the sun mades its appearance just in time for their evening ceremony. Joy felt an abundance of love surrounding her and her soon-to-be husband as her father walked her down the aisle. She wore a heavenly A-line dress with a plunging sweetheart neckline and delicate lace details. Her bouquet was a gathering of white and blush blooms wrapped in an ivory ribbon. The bridesmaids’ matching bouquets perfectly complemented their dusty pink dresses and the groomsmen’s blush bow ties. Joy and Michael exchanged vows in front of an ornate gazebo, then cheerfully exited as husband and wife. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour at an outdoor bar before heading into a dreamy reception. Ceremony flowers were repurposed as centerpieces and sat atop blush linens. Chandeliers hung from a draped ceiling, creating a romantic glow for that evening’s celebration. Dinner included Chicken Champagne with sautéed mushrooms and a light cream sauce and a salted caramel and vanilla cake. Joy and Michael shared a first dance, followed by a choreographed father-daughter dance that got everyone on their feet! The couple joyfully exited their reception through a tunnel of dazzling sparklers, looking forward to their honeymoon in Costa Rica. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO


“Our flowers were insanely beautiful – Little Shop on the Prairie in Lombard, IL did the most amazing job! The arrangements were shades of white, ivory, blush, dusty pink and various shades of green. They included hydrangeas, roses and spray roses, and various summertime greens, such as eucalyptus, jasmine vine and ruscus.”

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Joy & Michael PHOTOGRAPHY: Being Joy Photography VENUE & CAKE: The Monte Bello Estate FLORAL: Little Shop On The Prairie STATIONERY: Minted ENTERTAINMENT: Mike Staff Productions HAIR/MAKEUP: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry, Inc. BRIDAL GOWN & BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bella Bianca Bridal Couture MENSWEAR: Formally Modern Tuxedo

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Just Married

JUDY

& CHRIS

Oakbrook Terrace, IL October 27, 2018

Chris and Judy planned a large, traditional wedding filled with wow-factors! The day began with a traditional Greek ceremony. Judy wore a custom gown and veil from Bri’Zan Couture and carried a bouquet of white and pink blooms. Her bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids and flower girls dressed in delicate pink gowns with sparkling details. Chris and his groomsmen donned modern black tuxedoes with black bow ties and romantic rose boutonnières. A breathtaking reception awaited them. The venue was filled with lush floral arrangements and gold details. They made their grand entrance and took their seats at two ornate gold chairs, which sat in front of a fabulous wall of flowers. Guest tables included gold chiavari chairs, luxury linens and custom menus. After dinner, the newlyweds cut into a magnificent seven-tier cake covered in pastel flowers, then shared a romantic first dance. The celebration continued into the evening with dancing and a variety of entertainment. Shortly after the wedding, the couple embarked on their honeymoon to St. Lucia.

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“My bridal dress was a designer ball gown that was transformed and custommade by Bri’Zan Couture, and the veil was hand made and designed by Bri’Zan to match my gown. My bridal party wore a MacDuggal Designer ballgown. The bodice was sophisticated with an off the shoulder appeal. To bring in sparkle, we added a customized rose gold crystal belt to the waistline. My flower girl, junior flower girls and junior bridesmaids all wore custom Bri’Zan Couture dresses.” 165


Judy & Chris PLANNING/DESIGN: Sarah Kathleen Events PHOTOGRAPHY: Sami Studio Photo & Video VENUE & CATERING: Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center FLORAL: Flowerville STATIONERY: Kelly Reif Stationery Studio CAKE/DESSERT: The Baking Institute LATE NIGHT SNACK: Portillo's RENTALS: Rustique Swan Event Design, Styling & Vintage Rentals, Lil Epic Design, Chicagoland Luxe Rentals, Marquee Event Rentals LIGHTING: Elegant Event Lighting ENTERTAINMENT: Janelle Jansen Lake, Rachel Miller, Judy Bowen, Noah Mac, Bassam Saleh, Swiss Entertainment HAIR: Studiano’s Hair & Nail Salon MAKEUP: Makeup by Laureen BRIDAL GOWN: Bri’Zan Couture

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Just Married

MARY

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Lake Geneva, WI

August 10, 2018

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Mary and Michael planned a beautiful waterfront wedding at Lake Lawn Resort in Lake Geneva—a place that Michael and his family frequented while he was growing up. The day was beautiful and breezy and began with photos of Mary with her bridesmaids and Michael and with his groomsmen. Mary wore a mermaid gown with a ruffled bottom and carried a bouquet of white blooms, thistles and greenery, which perfectly matched her groom’s boutonnière. Billowy slate blue bridesmaid dresses complemented the lakeside location, while the groomsmen’s navy suits added a crisp touch of tradition. The couple wrote their own light-hearted vows and exchanged them in a beautiful outdoor ceremony before heading off for photos with family. Guests mingled during cocktail hour before entering a beautiful indoor reception with white candle centerpieces, slate blue napkins and rustic cross-back chairs. The wedding party took their place at the head table, which wrapped along one side of the room, and enjoyed a champagne toast and delicious plated dinner. Mary and Michael worked with a local bakery to create a beautiful dessert display with a modern threetier chocolate and vanilla cake, chocolate covered pretzels, macarons, cake pops and puzzle-piece cookies. The celebration continued with Double Platinum DJ Service, who went above and beyond to create a memorable evening! THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO


“During our vows, Michael went first and his vows started out as the ‘traditional’ vows...but in typical Michael fashion, he turned it around and they became the funny/sarcastic vows I was hoping for. When it was my turn, I couldn't help but laugh because I didn't think that Michael was expecting sarcastic/funny—let alone football vows—from me. We got so many compliments on our vows...they were everything that our relationship is built on, which made them perfect.” 169


Mary & Michael VENUE: Lake Lawn Resort PHOTOGRAPHY: Matt Mason Photography FLORAL: Tommi’s Garden Blooms CAKE/DESSERT: Whisk Bakery and Coffee Shop ENTERTAINMENT: Double Platinum DJ Service, Inc. HAIR/MAKEUP: Jillian Niemann BRIDAL GOWN & BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David's Bridal MENSWEAR: Men's Wearhouse

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MISSY & DANNY South Barrington, IL June 23, 2018

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Pinstripes’ intimate, modern space offered the perfect setting for this couple’s big day. Missy and Danny, both professional graphic designers, wanted to incorporate geometric elements into every piece of their wedding, from the invitations to the cake. They exchanged vows in an outdoor ceremony in front of a triangular backdrop that was repurposed as décor during the reception. Vibrant pink bouquets popped against Missy’s gorgeous almond Stella York gown and her bridesmaids’ navy chiffon dresses. Danny donned a succulent boutonnière and a light gray suit, matching his groomsmen. The couple kept their reception modern and fun. An acrylic welcome sign greeted guests as they arrived. Peach napkins were folded neatly over gold chargers and navy linens. Gold terrariums housed succulents and delicate prink blooms, serving as centerpieces and hanging décor. Dinner was served family-style and included some of the bride and groom’s favorite dishes. Dessert was a striking three-tier white and gold vanilla mousse spongecake by Toni Patisserie & Café, along with a gelato bar with three flavors and a variety of toppings. Guests received cookie favors that depicted the couple’s beloved cats, and enjoyed an evening of dancing, bowling and more. With the goal of saving for their first house, the newlyweds escaped on a mini-moon to Lake Geneva, WI after the wedding. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO


“Karen Daudelin prepared all our flowers. I chose peonies, which remind me of my late grandmother, and blue thistle to add texture and contrast to the bright summer flowers. We wanted a mix of corals, pinks, blues and plenty of succulents. I love the look of succulents in wedding bouquets and made sure we had them mixed in with our bouquets and boutonnières.”

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Melissa & Danny PLANNING/DESIGN: Sarah Kathleen Events PHOTOGRAPHY: Twinbliss Photography VENUE & CATERING: Pinstripes - South Barrington FLORAL: Karen Dandelin Custom Floral STATIONERY: Missy Scharlow Graphic Design (the bride and groom!) CAKE/DESSERT: Toni Patisserie & Café COOKIE FAVORS: Delish Cakes RENTALS: Satin Chair Decor Rentals, Boho Blush, Step It Up Rental WEDDING ARCH: The Midwest Handy Man ENTERTAINMENT: Admit One DJs PHOTOBOOTH: XOXO Photobox VIDEOGRAPHY: Cade Chudy Visuals OFFICIANT: Rob Ruisz HAIR/MAKEUP: Breeauna Marie Bruce Hair & Makeup Extraordinaire

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Just Married

LUCY

& N AT E

Glencoe, IL

October 21, 2017

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Lucy and Nate met while attending college at the University of Denver and fell in love during their sophomore year. One wonderful morning in 2016, Lucy woke up to find Nate on one knee with flowers and a Starbucks cup that read “Mrs. Putnam.” With the help of Allison DeYoung of LK Events, the couple began planning their wedding for October of the following year at the Chicago Botanic Garden in the bride’s hometown of Glencoe, IL. It was an unseasonably warm Midwest autumn day. Lucy looked stunning in beautiful ivory separates from BHLDN and carried a bouquet of cream roses. The wedding party dressed in black—bridesmaids wore floor-length dresses and Nate and his groomsmen donned classic black tuxedos and bow ties. Guests enjoyed hot cider as the couple exchanged vows in the Grand Allee, then made their way to the English Walled Garden for cocktails. A candlelit path led to a tented outdoor reception, with cream and blush floral centerpieces by Revel Decor, beige linen napkins, rustic cross-back chairs and a cozy lounge area that overlooked a large pond. After enjoying a plated meal by the venue’s in-house chef, the newlyweds cut into a rose-covered classic white cake with fresh raspberries and lemon filling. The couple shared their first dance, then celebrated with their guests for the rest of the evening as Lakeshore Encores of Gold Coast Events entertained with a variety of music. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO


“It was the last Saturday in October—kind of a gamble for an outdoor ceremony, but it ended up being in the 70s. The ceremony was in the Grand Allee, a tree lined spot in the garden. We then moved to the English Walled Garden for cocktails. At sunset, we made our way on a candle lit walkway to the McGinley Pavilion, a covered tent patio overlooking a large pond. Dream come true.”

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Lucy & Nate PLANNING/DESIGN: LK Events PHOTOGRAPHY: Emilia Jane Photography VENUE & CATERING: Chicago Botanic Garden FLORAL & DESIGNS: Revel Decor STATIONERY: Magnificent Milestones CAKE/DESERT: Bent Fork Bakery ENTERTAINMENT: Gold Coast Events HAIR: Your Stylist AJ MAKEUP: Kelly Letto of Style Me Pretty BRIDAL GOWN: BHLDN BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Jenny Yoo MENSWEAR: Black by Vera Wang JEWELRY: Bennion Jewelers (Salt Lake City, UT)

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The Honeymoon

BOOK WITH A PRO Save yourself time, money and frustration by booking your honeymoon through a professional travel consultant. Travel agencies have connections to airlines, cruise lines and resorts and can offer money-saving packages that include everything—even food and drinks. They’ll also help you with last minute adjustments, time changes, flight cancellations and more.

HONEYMOON PL ANNING TIMELINE “Start a honeymoon fund. Early on, put money aside every few weeks. Even if it’s not much,

10–12 MONTHS BEFORE: Set your trip budget, talk about your travel desires, discuss destinations that you’ve always wanted to see and determine the length of your trip. Do some research, talk to friends, post questions online. Visit a travel professional to get brochures and information.

a little can go a long way.” 8–10 MONTHS BEFORE:

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If possible, work with a travel agent. Let a professional take care of the arrangements and reservations. An agent specializing in honeymoon travel can be extremely adept at getting you special amenities and upgrades.

The Odyssey

6–8 MONTHS BEFORE: Obtain travel documents, such as passports and visas. Make sure the name on your travel documents matches that of your identification. Research any special activities or tours you’re interested in and take any required certification classes if necessary.

4–6 MONTHS BEFORE: Begin to collect items for your trip. Compile a list of items to pack, especially if you’ll need any items that are more available seasonally, like bathing suits and sunscreen. Check out on-location excursion and activity fees. Research any travel-related equipment you would like to purchase, such as a digital camera or new luggage.

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2 MONTHS BEFORE: Make reservations for any special dinners, spa treatments, or tours you don’t want to miss. Space can be limited so book early.

1 MONTH BEFORE: Make your packing list and gather any missing items. Reconfirm reservations and review your travel documents for any missing items. Make arrangements for any items that need special care while you are gone, such as your home, pets and plants.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Do you specialize in honeymoon planning?

What does the package include? Are transfers and resort fees included?

Are there extra fees involved in booking with you?

Which destinations offer honeymoon upgrades?

Should we get trip insurance? How much is it and what does it cover?

What activities or excursions are included in the package?

Based on when we want to travel, what areas will have the best weather?

Is it safe to leave the resort at our destination?

Win an Early-moon! Register for a chance to win a romantic getaway for two from LovinAway! THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/ WIN-A-TRIP 2 WEEKS BEFORE: Make two copies of your passports, credit cards, and your insurance cards. Give one to a friend or relative and place an extra set in your luggage in case your originals are lost or stolen on the trip. Book and/or confirm transportation needs to and from the airport. Verify cellular charges at your destination.

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Fill out forms to have your mail held and stop your newspapers. Make arrangements for your bridal registry to hold any shipments until you return and confirm transport of gifts from your reception if you’re leaving right after the wedding. Refill any prescriptions you’ll need on your trip and carry them in their original containers for customs and security clearance.

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Pack extreme essentials in your carry-on bag, like medicines, glasses, contacts, etc. Pack the rest in your luggage. Consider putting half your items in his suitcase and vice versa, just in case one gets lost. Give the house-sitter any necessary keys or security codes. Check the weather forecast for your departure date and your destination.

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Directory of Advertisers

ATTENDANT GIFTS & ACCESSORIES Bella Cosa Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Caffray Jewellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Razny Jewelers . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

BEAUTY (HAIR, MAKEUP, SKINCARE, DENTAL)

DANCE INSTRUCTION Heart & Sole Dance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

DISC JOCKEYS Music by Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Talent City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Wedding Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

FAVORS & GIFTS

Lips & Lashes Bridal Studio. . . . . . . . . . . 126 Simply Perfect Bridal Artists. . . . . . . . . . 126 Studio 10 Naperville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Boisset Collection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Mrs Prindables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

BEVERAGE SERVICES

FLORISTS

Boisette Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Floral Expressions & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Jasmine Galleria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Kensington Florals & Events. . . . . . . . . . 131 Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

BRIDAL/CUSTOM & ALTERATIONS Vicki’s Bridal Alterations & Custom Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

FLOWER PRESERVATION Austin Preservations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Bridal Registry Int’l. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

BRIDAL SHOPS Bon Bon Belle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Bri’Zan Couture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 The Crystal Bride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Eva’s Bridals International. . . . . . . . . . . 108 Francia Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Jasmine Galleria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 White Satin Bridal & Tuxedo. . . . . . . . . . 126 Wolsfelt’s Bridal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

CAKES & SWEET TABLES Amy Beck Cake Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Creative Cakes Bakery & Cafe. . . . . . . . . 135 Delish Cakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Eye Candy Bake Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Nothing Bundt Cakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Toni Patisserie & Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 The Quintessential Cake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

HONEYMOONS & DESTINATION WEDDINGS Dreamscape Travel Group. . . . . . . . . . . 180 Lovin Away. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

INVITATIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Black Tie Formalwear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Kelly Reif Stationery Studio. . . . . . . . . . . 89

JEWELRY Bella Cosa Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Caffray Jewellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 The Crystal Bride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Razny Jewelers . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

CATERERS

LIGHTING

City Barbeque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Corky’s Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 La Cuisine Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Music by Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

CHAPEL/CEREMONY SITES see our chapel site directory on page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Old Central Church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Wilder Park Formal Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 182

FORMAL WEAR Black Tie Formalwear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Eva’s Bridals International. . . . . . . . . . . 108 Francia Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

MOTHERS WEAR Bri’Zan Couture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Elegant Evenings by The Crystal Bride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

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PHOTO BOOTHS Music By Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Timothy Whaley & Assoc. Photographic Artists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

PHOTOGRAPHERS André LaCour Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 106 Cinder & Vinegar Photography. . . . . . . . 129 Edward Fox Photography & Video. . . . . 105 Eivan’s Photo & Video. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Jasmine Galleria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Photography by Lauryn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Sara Johnson Photography. . . . . . . . . . . 129 Timothy Whaley & Assoc. Photographic Artists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Yasmin Alesia Photography. . . . . . . . . . . 130

RECEPTION SITES see our reception site directory on pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78-82 Acquaviva Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Arrowhead Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Ashley Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Belvedere Events & Banquets. . . . . . . . . 52 Biagio Events & Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Boulder Ridge Country Club. . . . . . . . . . 26 The BRIX on The Fox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Brookfield Zoo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Café La Cave. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Carnivale Chicago. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Chevy Chase Country Club. . . . . . . . . . . 58 Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. . . . . . . . . . 64 Chicago Marriott Naperville . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Concorde Banquets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Cosley Zoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Crowne Plaza Chicago Southwest. . . . . 60 Danada House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 The Drake Oak Brook. . Inside Back Cover Drury Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Elements at Water Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Naperville . . . . . . . . 79 The Emporium at Abbey Farms. . . . . . . 49


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The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Grand Traverse Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Haight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Hilton Lisle/Naperville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. . . . . . . . . . . 67 Hotel Arista. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Hotel Baker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 The Inn at Harbor Shores. . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. . . . . . . . . . 83 Kimpton Journeyman Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Kuipers Family Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 La Banque Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Lake Geneva Cruise Line. . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Lake Lawn Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Lincolnshire Marriott Resort . . . . . . . . . . 72 Loft 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Maggiano’s Little Italy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 The Metropolitan. . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Mistwood Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Northfork Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 The Oaks at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 The Odyssey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Pinstripes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Ravisloe Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Silver Lake Country Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 The Westin Chicago Northwest . . . . . . . 76 White Deer Run Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . 26

White Eagle Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Whitetail Ridge Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Wilder Mansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

RENTALS & DÉCOR Rustique Swan Event Design, Styling & Vintage Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . 33

TRAVEL AGENCIES Dreamscape Travel Group. . . . . . . . . . . 180 LovinAway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

VIDEOGRAPHERS André LaCour Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 106 Edward Fox Photography & Video. . . . . 105 Eivan’s Photo + Video. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Timothy Whaley & Assoc. Photographic Artists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Wedding Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

WEDDING CONSULTANTS/ COORDINATORS Backyard Soirée Weddings and Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Creatively Yours Weddings & Event Planning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Jasmine Galleria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Kensington Florals & Events. . . . . . . . . . 131 Sarah Kathleen Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Windermere Elegant Weddings. . . . . . . . 31

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Real Advice

looking back

REAL ADVICE FROM A RECENT BRIDE

Marissa and Francis exchanged vows in a beautiful outdoor ceremony on June 9, 2018. Here are a few words of wisdom from the bride about their planning experience! What was the most difficult part of planning and how did you handle it? The one thing that surprised me was how much the expectations around the day weighed on me. I had my own expectations to deal with, but also what I believed everyone else was expecting. To get through it, I relied on my family and friends that were more than happy to help, and kept reminding myself that no matter what, at the end of the day, I'd still be married to my best friend. How did you involve the groom in the planning process? Francis and I discussed from the very beginning that this was going to be both of our days, and we'd both be involved in the vision and planning of the event! There were things that he cared more about, and things I cared more about, and we would divide and conquer. What did you splurge on and why? Photos are one of the only things that will last past a day that is honestly a whirlwind. Finding a photographer that we loved was important to us, so we were willing to go outside our budget. Knowing that Kristin was behind the camera, I 184

felt confident and knew that she would show the beauty of the event, no matter how stressed I felt! We also splurged on adding greenery to the ceiling of our reception space. It completely transformed the space and was definitely worth the extra cost! What's the best advice you could give to a bride on her wedding day? Enjoy your day! And get a wedding planner—at least a day-of one. It's so easy to get caught up in everything going on that day, but this is one of the only times you get to have everyone you and your spouse love in one place. Just try to be in the moment and enjoy it! Whenever I'd start to worry about something, I'd text our planner and she would simply say, "don't worry about it, I've got it, you just enjoy," and it would help SO much. What's the most important thing you've learned in the months you've been married? The wedding consumes so much of your life leading up to the big day that it's easy to lose sight of what it's all about. After the wedding, we had a chance to just focus on each other and our life together, and that's so special. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO

Vendor Team

VENUES: Cantigny Park, Ignite Glass Studio PLANNING: Michelle K of Lola Events PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristin La Voie Photography FLORAL: A Stem Above STATIONERY: Alexandra Liddle, Mi-Te Printing CAKE/DESSERT: Vanille Patisserie, Do-Rite Doughnuts RENTALS: Marquee Rentals, Anthropologie, BBJ Linen, MK Lighting and Decor, Northern Decor


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The Celebration Society - Chicago - Summer/Fall 2019  

The Celebration Society - Chicago - Summer/Fall 2019