The Knot Chicago Spring/Summer 2019

Page 1

CHICAG O

CHICAGO

FIND Y OU R VIB E

NEW P LACES TO WED

Ceremony and Reception Ideas You' ll   

SAVE your DATE Book a site tour

TODAY

E F F O RT L E S S D RESSES PLUS AN U NFO RG E T TA B L E B RU N CH B A S H

WED D ING S WINNERS

GA L EN A, ILLINO IS

|

WWW.EAGLERID GE.COM

|

800.892.2269

THEKNOT. COM

Nestled among rolling hills 2.5 hours west of Chicago, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa welcomes you to its elegant venues surrounded by stunning scenery. Make your dreams come true.

V ENU ES, F LORISTS, P HOTOGRAP HERS AND MORE!

LOOKS

CHICAG O WED D ING S

EVERY THING

Y OU

CHICAGOLAND

TKR19SS_Chicago_Cover [P]{CHI}.indd 321

P RETTY

NEED

TO K NOW AB OU T G ETTING

PEORIA

CHAMPAIGN

M

ARRIED

ROCK ISLAND

IN

ROCKFORD

12/21/18 11:02 AM


H E A R T S O N F I R E S T O R E S , A U T H O R I Z E D R E TA I L E R S , H E A R T S O N F I R E . C O M

Lauryn Schalk

A V ENUE W IT H A V I EW Whether you’re looking for cityscapes or skyline views, a lake or river cruise can make your big day unforgettable. Let us bring your vision to life with a stunning backdrop.

IT’S HERE | ODYSSEY CHICAGO RIVER Oakbrook Center | Woodfield Mall | Old Orchard Mall 800.CDP.1837 cdpeacock.com

OdysseyCruises.com | 888.957.2634

8304-CDPeacock.indd 1 [P]{CHI}.indd 324 TKR19SS_Chicago_Cover

12/1/17 4:26 PM

12/21/18 11:02 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 1

12/26/18 9:41 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 2

12/26/18 9:41 AM


i g : d i m i t r a s b r i d a l c o u t u re | w w w. d i m i t r a s b r i d a l . c o m | f b : d i m i t r a ’s b r i d a l c h i c a g o

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 3

12/26/18 9:41 AM


CONTENTS

issue IN THIS

SPRING/SUMMER 2019

12 20 22 24 30 32 48 55 58 62 65 294

320

get the look theknot.com editor’s note wedding tools disco paradise ask the knot squad top picks venue scout expert advice the wed thread haute hues marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

202

4

happy trails

PHOTOGR APH BY CHRIS CR AYMER

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 4

12/26/18 9:41 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 5

12/26/18 9:41 AM


CONTENTS

fashion & beauty 173

bridal beauty, debunked Pros bust the biggest skin, hair and makeup myths.

179

marriage mantras Stay Zen and get through planning with these ideas.

185

maid for style Keep your girls looking fabulous without creating drama or breaking the bank.

133

s lic e b y s lic e

193

dress codes decoded The right attire and accessories no matter your venue or style.

199

stylist on call Shoe queen Tamara Mellon gives us the scoop on choosing the best wedding shoes, plus trends she’s loving.

202

happy trails Put the “glam” in glamping and channel the boho vibe of the great outdoors with these fresh wedding day looks.

213

rental reboot

6

We suited up and got the info on four companies’ rental services.

s t y lis t o n c a ll

style 124

morning matrimony

151

A bright palette and plenty of personal details kick a daytime affair up a notch.

133

slice by slice Every cake detail you need—and want—to know.

141

destination décor Evoke the feel of a destination wedding locale with these stylish items.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 6

fresh flowers Get inspo from these of-the-moment twists on traditional florals.

159

the main course Five totally unique catering trends.

165

registry by room Products for every corner of your newlywed nest.

FROM LEF T: JADE + MAT THEW TAKE PICTURES; THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

199

12/26/18 9:41 AM


ANDRE LACOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

Taking elegance to the next level. 2300 Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, IL • 847.298.3636 • sales@fountainblue.com • FountainBlue.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 7

12/26/18 9:41 AM


CONTENTS

229 t h e y e a r ’s fre s h e s t v e n u e s

real weddings 70

kit & chris july 7, chicago

74

miya & brian may 12, chicago

80

chelsea & andrew june 30, glencoe

86

laura & lauren september 30, chicago

90

brittany & coulter september 30, champaign

94

jacquie & chinar may 25, chicago

229

90

the year’s freshest venues

267

237

brittany & coulter

the questions pros wish you would ask

273

How to prep for your vendor meetings.

99

243

laura & harris

251

brittany & brandon

111

alexandra & jaysen

259

may 27, chicago

116

personalized wedding day gifts Creative and considerate gift ideas from real couples like you.

mona & eliot may 12, chicago

118

279

picture perfect

destination “I do” Must-have info to help you host a memorable far-flung affair.

Use these photography tips for photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

september 2, chicago

your prewedding jitters, solved Wade through nuptial nerves with this psych-backed advice.

your style, defined Nail down your wedding vision.

july 14, chicago

105

thoughtful wedding traditions A breakdown of a few sweet sentiments you may (or may not) already know.

The new twists on some old faves.

287

how to pull off all those other parties Ensure every wedding-related bash is a (fun) success.

charlotte & frank july 1, boca grande, fl

REAL WEDDING BUDGET KEY

$ = $20,000 or less

We know your #1 question is “How much does this cost?” so we worked with the couples to tally up their final budgets (sweat and tears not included!). Keep in mind that this total doesn’t reflect the prices of their individual wedding professionals or the quality of their work. Every couple has different priorities— while one might have spent the majority of their budget on a stellar cake, another might have splurged on their photographer or showstopping florals.

$$ = $20,001–$40,000

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 8

$$$ = $40,001–$60,000

$$$$ = $60,001–$85,000

$$$$$ = $85,001+

FROM LEF T: WRIGHT PHOTOGR APHS; CHOWEN PHOTOGR APHY

8

planning

12/26/18 9:41 AM

O

1 NO


Two Uniquely Beautiful Locations! Let our experienced and dedicated wedding professionals assist in bringing your wedding dreams to life! The Esplanade Lakes Ballroom offers a panoramic view of Morton Arboretum, lakes and swans which will accommodate up to 500 of your family and friends. Our elegantly renovated Doubletree Grand Ballroom seats up to 275 guests. ORDWB_DS@HILTON.COM • 2111 BUTTERFIELD RD., DOWNERS GROVE, IL 60515 • 630-971-2000

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 9

12/26/18 9:41 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 10

12/26/18 9:41 AM


ALLISON WEBB AT E L I E R P RO N OV I A S CALLA BLANCHE J I M H J E L M b y H AY L E Y PA I G E L’AMOUR MARTINA LIANA M A R T I N A L I A N A S E PA R A T E S MATTHEW CHRISTOPHER P RO N OV I A S ROSA CLARA COUTURE ROSA CLARA TI ADORA WA T T E R S WILLOWBY WTOO Simply Luxe - Highland Park 643 Central Avenue Highland Park, Illinois

Simply Luxe - Algonquin 2390 Esplanade Drive, Suite 110 Algonquin, Illinois

W W W. S I M P L Y L U X E B R I D A L . C O M

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 11

12/26/18 9:41 AM


ABOUT THE COVER

get the look Love our boho-chic cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COV ER Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

COV ER Dress, $3,220, Leanne Marshall at Lovely Bride, LovelyBride .com (Chicago); engagement ring, $2,815 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

12

COV ER Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, BellaBianca.com (Chicago & Oakbrook Terrace), Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, DimitrasBridal.com (Chicago); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com

Sc o u t ’ s Ho n o r

We a sked these campers about their fave moments on set.

glamping

\ glam·ping \ noun

SCOU T Luca AGE 8 B EST P ART OF THE SHOOT “I liked being outside, running toward the camera, dressing up and getting to meet a lot of new people.”

SCOU T Brett AGE 7 B EST P ART OF THE SHOOT “I love being outdoors, so I liked the camping theme of the shoot. It was pretty cool exploring the woods.”

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 12

SCOU T Tyler AGE 9 B EST P ART OF THE SHOOT “It was fun dressing up as a scout because I’m a Cub Scout in real life. I’ve learned a lot about volunteering.”

A trendy way to do outdoor nuptials that combines glam amenities (think: tricked-out décor) with more traditional camping elements.

COVERS AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CR AYMER; ICON: B FARIAS/NOUN PROJEC T

B EHIND THE SCENES

12/26/18 9:42 AM


Your Colorful Life Begins Here

ANDRE LACOUR

WEDDINGS | REHEARSAL DINNERS BRIDAL SHOWERS | BACHELORETTE PARTIES CONTACT A WEDDING SPECIALIST SALES@CARNIVALECHICAGO.COM | 312.850.5005 CARNIVALECHICAGO.COM CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 13

12/26/18 9:42 AM


FEATURED GOWN BY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 14

12/26/18 9:42 AM


ALESSANDRA RINAUDO ALON LIVNE ALVINA VALENTA ANNE BARGE ALYNE BY RITA VINIERIS GALIA LAHAV HAYLEY PAIGE LAZARO LEGENDS BY ROMONA KEVEZA MARTINA LIANA MODERN TROUSSEAU PRONOVIAS RANDY FENOLI RIVINI SAREH NOURI TARA KEELY

BELLA BIANCA - CHICAGO: 12 W Maple Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Illinois

312.787.2377

BELLA BIANCA - OAKBROOK: 17W527 Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

630.627.4027

WWW.BELLABIANCA.COM BELLABIANCABRIDALCOUTURE

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 15

12/26/18 9:42 AM


CHICAGO

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR STYLE & PLANNING EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITORS ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR JUNIOR DESIGNER ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, PHOTO ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR, PHOTO ASSISTANT EDITORS, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY CONTRIBUTING PHOTO DIRECTOR CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR, SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING MANAGER, SOCIAL MEDIA SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCER VIDEO PRODUCER

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray, Louis Baragona Sarah Evans Emma Gray Pitt Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Whitney Little Sarah Hooper Trisha Tucker Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos

16

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Cece Wicklin, cwicklin@theknot.com (877) 827-1442

SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING STRATEGY SPECIALIST DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COFOUNDER

LE SE

Lauren Banister, lbanister@theknot.com (855) 788-7428 Denise Bell, dbell@theknot.com (877) 645-0126 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 Maria Catalano, mcatalano@theknot.com (855) 498-5668 Danielle Pelletiere, dpelletiere@xogrp.com (214) 460-7080 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Jena Fogarty, jfogarty@theknot.com (402) 596-8473 Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com Emilie Berman, pr@xogrp.com

Carley R

oney

The Knot Chicago is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2018 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Chicago are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983. please recycle after wedding

CHITKRSS19_Sect_01_(001_016) [P]{CHI}.indd 16

12/26/18 9:42 AM


GOLF SPA SHOP DINE CASINO

GET UP AND GO Breathtaking scenery and unforgettable moments. The paradise of a Northern Michigan wedding is more than inspirational views, a flowerlined path, or sunset stroll on the beach. More than tee times with the guys or endless pampering for the girls. It’s having all those things at your fingertips. You won’t believe it if you haven’t seen it. Get up and go at grandtraverseresort.com/weddings.

Owned and Operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 17

12/26/18 9:35 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 18

12/26/18 9:35 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 19

12/26/18 9:35 AM


.com/chicago Discover new ideas, get answers to your questions and find local wedding pros that fit your style and budget.

REAL WED D INGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across Chicago, including Kelly and Troy’s lush, treelined ceremony at the bride’s grandparents’ home in Hinsdale. “I’ve always loved how beautiful the grounds are,” Kelly says. To add a romantic, nature-inspired touch to the event space, the couple wrapped tent poles with fresh greenery and twinkling lights. “I was brought to tears when I saw the reception tent,” Kelly says.

connect with pros and find tips

WED D INGS

Ready to assemble your pro squad? Discover the top-rated wedding vendors in your area and find out why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow. +

=

B EST OF

Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/chicago. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other Chicago couples.

I N STAG R A M

@ theknotrealweddings

@ theknotfashion

@ theknotrings

@ theknot

Find details you can make your own. @ashleypaigephoto @joyofbloomflorals

Browse gowns, accessories, veils and more to bring your look to life. @theportos

Get sparkler inspiration that fits your style, budget and personality. @lesleemitchell

View one-of-a-kind moments, like this heartfelt first look. @maypolestudios

FOLLOW U S:

facebook.com/theknot

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 20

pinterest.com/theknot

@theknot

@theknot

KELLY & TROY: KRISTIN L A VOIE PHOTOGR APHY; ILLUSTR ATION: YING CHANG

20

B EST OF

GO LOCAL

@theknot

12/26/18 9:35 AM


MAKE YOUR BIG DAY GRAND

Breathtaking surroundings. Elegant reception spaces. Outstanding cuisine. Say “I do” in the pictureperfect Midwestern countryside. We don’t settle for good. Together, we’ll make the occasion grand. Make it Grand at GrandGeneva.com/Weddings

GrandGeneva.com THE MIDWEST’S PREMIER WEDDING DESTINATION

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 21

Lake Geneva, WI | (262) 248-8811

12/26/18 9:35 AM


I’m all about the idea of a brunch wedding. Cereal and mimosas? Yes, please. (p. 124)

EDITOR ’S NOTE

Casual themes, like glamping, are very on trend. (p. 202)

If a white dress doesn’t speak to you, find one in a color that does and just go for it. (p. 52)

ON THE AP P WE’V E INCLU D ED THIS ICON throughout the magazine to indicate whenever The Knot app can help with a planning or inspiration task.

When it comes to weddings today, the rules are simple: There are no rules! You can get married on a campground (p. 202), wear a colorful suit or dress (p. 52), or host a brunch celebration complete with cereal décor and everyone’s fave breakfast bites (p. 124). In other words, the options are truly endless. For all of the brides and grooms out there looking for a rule book ( hi there), the thought of “anything goes” could feel overwhelming—and you may not know where to start. Whoever you are, and whatever celebration you’re throwing, begin by downloading The Knot app—it will help you determine your style, customize to-do lists and find vendors in your area. The next step? Look to your relationship for inspiration. Consider activities you like to do together, a location you frequent or a global tradition you both admire. Start adding these bit by bit into your ceremony and reception, and you’ll soon have a celebration that feels just like you.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

Follow me @ kristenmax I want to hear from you! kristen@ theknot.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 22

COOPER: SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; EMOJI: EMOJIPEDIA; BRIDE AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CR AYMER; BRUNCH COUPLE: JESSIC A HUNT PHOTOGR APHY; COUPLE IN PINK: NERIPHOTO; CEREAL: ISTOCK

22

#youdoyou

12/26/18 9:36 AM


THE

C O N C O R D E Where

tradition meets today.

concordebanquets.com 20922 N. Rand Road, Kildeer, IL 60047 (847) 438 0025

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 23

12/26/18 9:36 AM


WEDDING TOOL S

CONGRATU LATIONS

you’re engaged! Here are the big tasks from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

B OOK A V ENU E Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date.

1

2

3 HIRE YOU R TEAM Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

NAIL D OWN THE B U D GET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

GATHER YOU R CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

4

REGISTER & CREATE A WEB SITE Start a wish list and site on The Knot .com. Share the link so guests are in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

6

7

24

P LAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

8

9

COMP LETE YOU R TEAM Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

B U Y THE RINGS Shop for and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 24

P ICK YOU R WED D ING P AP ER Decide on invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

F INALIZ E OTHER P ARTY D ETAILS Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

10

GO F OR F ITTINGS Have the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

11

12

13

CHOOSE A P OINT P ERSON If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task a friend or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

B U Y THE F ORMALWEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE You’ll find this must-have doc at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

14

get married! 15

The planning and hard work are behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

CARD: COURTESY OF RIFLE PAPER CO.; MARIACHI BAND: GETTY IMAGES; MODEL: RODIN BANICA/MCV PHOTO; COMPUTER: SHUTTERSTOCK; COUPLE: HEATHER BODE; CEREMONY: THE YOUNGRENS; BOUQUET: SARAH ANNE WARD; ALL OTHER IMAGES: ISTOCK

5

12/26/18 9:37 AM


Let Venuti’s make your event

the memory of a lifetime.

The Venuti Family would like the opportunity to graciously host and serve your special day. We are known for our attention to detail, our five star service, our ability to customize your special event, and our exquisite food. Our superb cuisine can only be described as a culinary art experience.

JOLIE IMAGES

Lavish accommodations for up to 750 guests • Two opulent bridal suites Quaint chapel for 100 guests • Dramatic marble double staircase and granite dance floor Convenient pre-function accommodations

I M AG I N E . . .

630.376.1500 • 2251 W. Lake Street, Addison, IL www.VenutisBanquets.com TIMOTHY WHALEY

179-42176 Venutis Ristorante GATEFOLD.indd 1-2

5/23/18 10:52 AM


H PHOTOGRAPHY

T U R N I N G W E D D I N G D R E A M S I N TO R E A L I T Y

Venutis 3-4

7/10/18 3:32 PM


H PHOTOGRAPHY

T U R N I N G W E D D I N G D R E A M S I N TO R E A L I T Y

Venutis 3-4

7/10/18 3:32 PM


Let Venuti’s make your event

the memory of a lifetime.

The Venuti Family would like the opportunity to graciously host and serve your special day. We are known for our attention to detail, our five star service, our ability to customize your special event, and our exquisite food. Our superb cuisine can only be described as a culinary art experience.

JOLIE IMAGES

Lavish accommodations for up to 750 guests • Two opulent bridal suites Quaint chapel for 100 guests • Dramatic marble double staircase and granite dance floor Convenient pre-function accommodations

I M AG I N E . . .

630.376.1500 • 2251 W. Lake Street, Addison, IL www.VenutisBanquets.com TIMOTHY WHALEY

179-42176 Venutis Ristorante GATEFOLD.indd 1-2

5/23/18 10:52 AM


IMAGERY COURTESY OF BEING JOY PHOTOGRAPHY.

A S P E C I A L D AY D E S E R V E S A SPECIAL PLACE. NAPERVILLE, IL

|

M A R R I O T T. C O M / C H I M N

|

6 3 0 . 6 8 7. 6 4 6 5

OPERATED BY JANKO HOSPITALITY UNDER LICENSE FROM MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. OR ONE OF ITS AFFILIATES.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 25

12/26/18 9:37 AM


plan your wedding on your phone Organizing all those details and to-dos? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

26

PHOTOGRAPH BY YUNHEE KIM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 26

FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe, swipe, swipe on images in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your wedding vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with personalized recs. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros, plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. MANAGE YOUR REGISTRY Now for the fun part: your registries. Family and friends are going to be looking to shower you with gifts all engagement long, so keep your wish lists full of options right from the app. Our universal registry tool makes it easy to add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between that handmade glass pitcher from Etsy and the badass grill from Home Depot. And if you’d rather ask for cash to put toward things like a home down payment or first-class tickets, register on The Knot Newlywed Fund. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Trust us—your wedding website is going to be your new best friend. Fill it with need-to-know info, like hotels, directions to the venue and your registries (we’ll help you along the way). Then share it with guests so your phone isn’t constantly blowing up with questions. You can sync it with your phone contacts to save time address hunting and stay on top of RSVPs. GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed wedding day timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying your mimosa and having a blast with your besties. >>

PROP STYLING: JULIE FLYNN AT HALLEY RESOURCES

WEDDING TOOL S

12/26/18 9:37 AM


S I M P LY B E A U T I F U L Situated on 175 woodland acres, the LINCOLNSHIRE MARRIOTT RESORT is a true urban oasis. Enjoy scenic vistas year-round. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or grand affair, you have found the perfect start to a lifetime of memories.

U N F O R G E T TA B L E . I N S P I R E D BY YO U . 2018 Best New Event Space – Crain’s Chicago Business

M A R R I O T T. C O M / C H I L N 1 0 M A R R I OT T D R I V E , L I N C O L N S H I R E , I L 6 0 0 6 9 847.634.0100

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 27

12/26/18 9:37 AM


WEDDING TOOL S

LE T ’ S G E T STA RT E D

ON

No t s u r e h o w t o d e f in e y o u r s t y le a n d th e m e ? That’s okay! Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Q uiz to get your personalized Wedding V ision.

28

D ISCOV ER YOU R ST YLE No couple is just one set style—instead, you’ll get a series of words that describe your vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

P ERF ECT YOU R COLOR P ALET TE Check out the colors that best match your wedding style. And don’t worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

GET P ERSONAL RECOMMEND ATIONS We’ll take your quiz answers and match you with vendors based on your location, style and budget— starting with your venue.

CREATE YOU R V ISION All that swiping will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus, there’s room for personalized must-haves (think late-night taco truck, dog-friendly ceremony space or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOU R ID EAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” looks like.

ON THE AP P LOOK F OR THIS ICON Throughout the issue we’ve included more ways the app can help you plan, like creating your wedding website and setting up the ultimate registry.

SAY “ I D O” WITH EASE As you check off your to-dos, we’ll create a personalized day-of timeline to help you pull off the main event.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 28

PROP ST YLING: PA M MORRIS; VISION BOARD AND VENUES: DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS (6); VISION ICON: C ASEY SPEER/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; SHARE ICON: LOGAN/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; IPHONE ICON: NIKITA KOZIN/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; CHECK ICON: KIMMI STUDIO/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; RECOMMENDATION ICON: PRESENT TAS/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; PALET TE ICON: ALEX AUDA SA MOR A/ THE NOUN PROJEC T; ST YLE ICON: CHRIS HOM AN/ THE NOUN PROJEC T

your wedding vision

12/26/18 9:39 AM


IMAGI N E A W E D D IN G A S E X TR A O R D I N A RY A S YO U R L OVE.

1375 WEST DUNDEE ROAD • BUFFALO GROVE, IL • 847.392.7500 • ASTORIABANQUETS.COM CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 29

12/26/18 9:39 AM


THE KNOT MARKET MIXER

disco paradise CHICAGO P HOTOGR AP HY B Y MARI TR ANCOSO OF BY MARI PHOTOGR APHY

B IG CITY B RIDE transformed Fulton Market District’s THE D ALCY from a moody, muted Mediterranean restaurant into a disco-inspired island getaway, finessing the venue with tropical florals, colorful linens and rum cocktails.

30

“Hanging disco balls with palm leaves really tied into the theme, and the lounge groupings became a focal point. Mixing in birds of paradise and coxcomb added some extra flair, while different colors and patterns helped bring the paradise vibe to life.” —Kayla Mousser, Big City Bride

THE TEAM P LANNER Big City Bride V ENU E The Dalcy P HOTOGRAP HER Mari Trancoso/By Mari Photography V ID EOGRAP HY Amor In Motion F LORAL D ESIGN Divine Designs & Events STATIONERY Just Invite Me MU SIC BeatMix Music CATERING & B AR SERV ICE Lettuce Entertain You ENTERTAINMENT Hipstr Photo Booth CAK E & OTHER D ESSERTS Urban Icing SP ECIALTY RU M Blue Chair Bay RENTALS Bowery & Bash; Hall’s LIGHTING MDM Entertainment LINENS BBJ Linens F AV ORS The Knot Shop B EAU TY Beaute Luxe

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 30

12/26/18 9:39 AM


Photography|Emily Gualdoni Wedding Photography Makeup|Traci Fine, Fine Makeup Art Hair|Robyn Tornabeni Wardrobe Styling|The Wedding Dresser, Caroline Shaw

THE SIGNATURE ROOM AT THE 95TH® restaurant | lounge | private events 875 N. Michigan Avenue 312.280.0465 www.signatureroom.com CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 31

12/26/18 9:40 AM


ADVICE

Q AND A

ask the knot squad We tapped our experts for answers to your most pressing questions.

CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

BRITTNY DRYE Founder and editor in chief, Love Inc. Mag

32

MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

T R AV E L

What should we put in the welcome bags for our island destination wedding? HARMONY WALTON: For tropical vows, definitely include some sun essentials. Travel-size sunscreen and after-sun care, like aloe and moisturizing lotion, are both useful items for guests. Then, throw in some beach-themed gifts to give everyone a peek into the fun to come. Sunglasses (even better if they’re emblazoned with your hashtag), flip-flops, tote bags and anything local you can source, like island rum cake or a voucher for a water activity such as paddleboarding, all do the trick. DIY your favors, like an infused olive oil, for a sweet touch

FA S H I O N

I love the idea of navy bridesmaid dresses, but I’m worried they’ll clash next to black tuxes on the groomsmen. Is this color combo a no-no? CARLEY RONEY: This rule has gone the way of “no white after Labor Day”—so don’t bother giving it a second thought. In fact, these colors can work for almost any type of wedding. Pair inky-blue dresses with classic black suits and rich eggplant florals for an elegant, moody affair. If your signature style is a bit more vibrant, throw in a pop of color, like flamingo pink or kelly green. For a modern celebration, brighten the palette with scarlet accents. Still not convinced? Consider choosing ties or vests in something other than black—that still coordinates with your wedding palette, of course—to lighten the overall look and shift the focus away from the tuxedos. And for your attendants, opt for a shade of navy closer to black than to blue. But trust us: You don’t have to worry about a color clash.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 32

RECEPTION

32%

OF COUPLES INCLUDED DARK BLUE IN THEIR COLOR PALETTE

My family expects me to serve traditional Indian cuisine at my wedding, but how can I make sure I offer a meal every guest will love? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are a ton of fusion menu options that allow you to creatively incorporate Indian flavors with a variety of other cuisines—think spicy chicken tikka tacos or paneer lettuce wraps. Another thought: Since Indian weddings often consist of multiple events, compromise with your family by having one of the events feature a predominately non-Indian lineup. That way, you and your partner can incorporate some other favorite dishes into the wedding celebration. Food is one of the best ways to show guests who you are as a couple. >>

FAVORS: LANG THOMAS PHOTO; EXPERTS FROM TOP: TODD FRANCE, ALLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGRAPHY, KAYLA MADONNA, WEDDING DOCUMENTARY PHOTO + CINEMA, CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO, CAROLINA PALMGREN PHOTOGRAPHY, CARLA TEN EYCK PHOTOGRAPHY

THE CREW

12/26/18 9:40 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 33

12/26/18 9:40 AM


ADVICE

PLANNING

What are some other terms we can use for our wedding party besides bridesmaid and groomsman? B RIT TNY D RYE: Gone are the days of ladies on one side of the aisle and guys on the other—today’s couples are having mixed genders on both sides on their wedding day. You shouldn’t feel limited by binary titles—instead, allow yourself to pick verbiage that best suits you and your loved ones. You can use more typical titles such as person of honor, bridesman, groomswoman and attendant. Or try giving your group a fun twist with broader labels, like ceremony squad or “ I do” crew. Having a themed wedding? Incorporate it into the wedding party title. For a travel-themed wedding, try adventure seekers, or for a camp celebration, go with counselors. B EAU T Y

PLANNING

How do we choose the best signature cocktail for our reception? MARY CHATMAN: When picking a signature sip, you want to make sure it has great flavor and some personal significance to you and your partner. Tap a local mixologist to help you create a one-of-a-kind libation with your favorite spirit that guests will enjoy. It’s important to also consider the time of year you’re celebrating, so you can land on a drink that has the perfect balance of in-season flavors and colors—and is the right temperature too. When in doubt, go classic with a mojito, margarita or martini, and add a few ingredients to make it your own (think: lavender, herbs like basil or mint, edible flowers, jalapeño or fresh fruit like raspberries). These elements are also a great way to tie in your wedding colors. Then, just give your drink a creative name and you’re all set.

23% OF COUPLES HAV E A SIG NATURE COCKTAIL AT THEIR W EDDING

FA S H I O N

What kind of undergarments should you wear to your wedding dress fitting? MARK INGRAM: You should plan to wear the same undergarments you’ll be wearing on your actual wedding day. Many gowns today have a built in corset and bust cups (or they can be added), so an additional bra isn’t really necessary. Your undergarment needs will also depend on your body type, and the fabrication and structure of your gown. Ask your consultant for their recommendation before purchasing any items.

LOVE & LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHS

34

even your glass can add an extra layer of personalization

How do you keep your hairstyle intact at an outdoor summer wedding? B RIT TANY LO: For warmer temps, I tell brides to be realistic and choose a look that both complements their features and can withstand potentially hot and humid weather. For example, if your hair already doesn’t hold a curl well, ask your stylist if a half-up style may better defy the heat and humidity of the day. But if you’ve always dreamed of looking a certain way on your wedding day, there’s no need to completely stay away from that style. Your stylist has worked in plenty of conditions—they’ll be able to come up with a look that you’ll absolutely love and feel beautiful in from start to finish.

S TA RT YO U R P L A N N I N G J O U R N E Y O N The K not Wedding P lanner app

CHITKRSS19_Sect_02_(017_034) [P]{CHI}.indd 34

12/26/18 9:40 AM


PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE HULTHEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Celebrating Luxury & Love

—SINCE 1928

100 West Main Street, Saint Charles, IL | 630.584.2100 WWW.HOTELBAKER.COM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 35

12/26/18 9:23 AM


UTTKES PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN

TWA PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS

TWAPhoto.com

THE MONTE BELLO ESTATE

TheMonteBelloEstate.com

BLUE FANCY EVENTS

BlueFancyEvents.com

best of weddings 2019 36

Check out this year’s list of the top-rated vendors in Illinois and nearby destinations as chosen by couples like you. TheKnot.com/bow

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT PFEIFFER

THE JACOB HENRY MANSION ESTATE

JacobHenryMansion.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 36

JENNIFER’S GARDEN BANQUET AND CONVENTION CENTER

JennifersGardenBanquets.com

PRUDENCE PHOTOGRAPHY

PrudencePhotography.com

12/26/18 9:23 AM


CHICAGO

wedding venues CHICAGO THEATER WORKS ChicagoTheaterWorks.com “We highly recommend Chicago Theater Works. Everything was so easy and the staff amazing. They delivered on every promise and went above and beyond.”

EVENTS AT INDEPENDENCE GROVE EventsIG.com “We can’t speak more highly of this venue. From the moment we stepped foot on the grounds, we knew this would be the perfect setting for our special day.”

HOTEL BAKER HotelBaker.com “Thank you to Hotel Baker and their team for the execution on our dream wedding. They made the process seamless with consistent communication and engagement.”

SALVATORE’S Salvatores-Chicago.com “Everything went off without a hitch, the food was fantastic and the service was top notch. The entire staff and bartenders went above and beyond.” ABBINGTON DISTINCTIVE BANQUETS ADLER PLANETARIUM ARROWHEAD GOLF CLUB THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

THE BLACKSTONE, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION

WYNDHAM GRAND CHICAGO RIVERFRONT

CARNIVALE

ZINGERMAN’S CORNMAN FARMS

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM CHICAGO MARRIOTT NAPERVILLE CITY VIEW LOFT THE DRAKE, A HILTON HOTEL THE ESTATE CHICAGO EUROPEAN CRYSTAL BANQUETS & CONFERENCE CENTER GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA INTERCONTINENTAL CHICAGO MAGNIFICENT MILE LACUNA EVENTS BY LM THE LANGHAM LONDONHOUSE CHICAGO THE MORTON ARBORETUM PAZZO’S AT 311 RIVER ROAST ROOM 1520 ROW 24 EVENTS AND PRODUCTIONS SILVER LAKE COUNTRY CLUB

BIG CITY BRIDE CHICAGO VINTAGE WEDDINGS CLEMENTINE CUSTOM EVENTS

wedding planners

CMART CELEBRATIONS DEJANAE EVENTS LLC

BLUE FANCY EVENTS BlueFancyEvents.com “Your attention all along made us feel as if we were the only people you were working with. You treated us like your family!”

DESIGNED & DETAILED EXQUISITE EVENTS AND FLORAL DESIGN LIONHEARTED EVENTS LIVEN IT UP EVENTS

COUTURE EVENTS CoutureEventsChicago.com “I’ve heard preparing for a wedding can be stressful, but I wouldn’t know anything about that because we chose Couture Events to plan!”

DREAM EVENTS BY SONYA DreamEventsbySonya.com “I don’t know WHAT my husband and I would have done without Sonya! She made every step of the process run smoothly. Sonya took my vision and ran with it!”

NATURALLY YOURS EVENTS NaturallyYoursEvents.com “She went above and beyond in helping us, letting us know what needed to be done, coordinating vendors and overseeing the many moving pieces on the day of.”

LOLA EVENT PRODUCTIONS MARQUETTE AVENUE EVENTS NOUVELLE EVENTS OLIVE FINE WEDDINGS & EVENTS PLUM & IVY EVENTS RACHAEL STEACY EVENTS ROCKNEVENTS ROMANCE & LEISURE TRAVEL SHANNON GAIL WEDDINGS AND EVENTS THE SIMPLY ELEGANT GROUP URBAN ALLURE EVENTS WEDICITY WEDDING DAY DETAILING YOU NAME IT EVENTS

A FAMILY AFFAIR 2 REMEMBER

STAN MANSION

BAROQUE CONTEMPO EVENTS & FLORAL DESIGN

photographers

STARVED ROCK LODGE & CONFERENCE CENTER

BELINDA TIMPO WEDDINGS & EVENTS

CHI-TOWN-WEDDINGS Chi-Town-Weddings.com

37

CATTURA WEDDINGS

SALVATORE’S

Salvatores-Chicago.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 37

DREAM EVENTS BY SONYA

DreamEventsbySonya.com

EVENTS AT INDEPENDENCE GROVE

EventsIG.com

12/31/18 7:00 AM


JASKO OMEROVIC PHOTOGRAPHY

JaskoPhotography.com

RING OF MUSIC BAND & ORCHESTRA

RingofMusic.com

“Our wedding day was the best day of our lives. And he captured the way we felt. I’m so pleased. He is a great photographer and human being. BOOK HIM!”

photograph the most important day of our lives. Yasmin’s attention to detail is incredible.”

DANIELLE SIMONE CHARLES WEDDINGS ELENA BAZINI PHOTOGRAPHY

STUDIO ONE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

A O’BRIEN PHOTOGRAPHY

EMILY-MELISSA PHOTOGRAPHY

STUDIO SOO

GENE YOON PHOTO + FILMS

AANNA CHASE PHOTOGRAPHY

EMMA MULLINS PHOTOGRAPHY

STUNNING IMAGE INC

Gene-Yoon.com “We cannot say enough great things about Gene! His work is beautiful, and he made us feel comfortable and knew exactly what to say or do to get the perfect shot!”

ADAM NOVAK PHOTOGRAPHY

ESSENCE PHOTO & VIDEO

THE TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER

ALLUSION PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY

FOUND LIGHT STUDIOS

THIS IS FEELING PHOTO + VIDEO

JASKO OMEROVIC PHOTOGRAPHY

38

JOLIE IMAGES

JolieImages.com

ANAMARIA VIERIU PHOTOGRAPHY ANN & KAM PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMA

FROST STUDIOS H PHOTOGRAPHY

TRAILHEAD CREATIVE– PHOTO & VIDEO

HAMOON PHOTOGRAPHY

VEENA STUDIOS

HELLO ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

VICTORIA SPRUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

JaskoPhotography.com “Jasko executed every single shot to perfection! His work is simply fantastic! We are forever grateful and will cherish the moments created for us forever!”

ARTBELKA PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY

JOLIE IMAGES

B. ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

JolieImages.com “Jolie Images is by far the BEST company in the Chicagoland area to work with—for BOTH price and quality! I loved every photo and couldn’t have been happier!”

BELLA TIAMO PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

PRUDENCE PHOTOGRAPHY

BONPHOTAGE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

MAURA BLACK PHOTOGRAPHY

BRITTANY BEKAS PHOTOGRAPHY

MICHAEL NOVO PHOTOGRAPHY

BY MARI PHOTOGRAPHY

MICHAEL PAUL PHOTOGRAPHERS

PrudencePhotography.com “Our photos ALWAYS end up exceeding our expectations. I can’t imagine us turning to any other photography service ever again. Thank you so much!”

TWA PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS TWAPhoto.com “Their team is always available to talk, our photographer was outstanding and our pictures are amazing.”

ARTISAN EVENTS® AVANTGARDE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

BENJAMIN FOOTE CP– CINEMATOGRAPHY + PHOTOGRAPHY

CAITLIN LISA PHOTOGRAPHY CARLOS ORTIZ PHOTOGRAPHY COLIN LYONS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CONNIE MARINA PHOTOGRAPHY CRANE’S PHOTOGRAPHY

JASON KACZOROWSKI PHOTOGRAPHY

WASIO PHOTOGRAPHY

JENNY TAYLOR BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

WS PHOTOGRAPHY

JUANCHO SC PHOTOGRAPHY

videographers

KRISTA SCARLAVAI PHOTOGRAPHY KRISTIN LA VOIE PHOTOGRAPHY LAYLA ELOA PHOTOGRAPHY LILY & LIME

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS MODERN IMAGE STUDIOS NOELLE ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY PICKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY R.E.M. VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY REBECCA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

YASMIN ALESIA PHOTOGRAPHY

CRISTINA G PHOTOGRAPHY

RUSH PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

YasminAlesia.com “It was a no-brainer to have her

DANIELLE HEINSON PHOTOGRAPHY

STEPHANIE TOLAND PHOTOGRAPHY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 38

THE STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

AMOR IN MOTION BLU COUTURE WEDDING FILMS BYDESIGN FILMS CHICAGO CLEAR VISION VIDEOGRAPHY DATFLIPMEL PHOTO & FILMS DIEGO STUART FILMS ELEGANTE MEDIA CHICAGO FROST STUDIOS I DO VIDEO BY LEO IMAGINATION DESIGNERS CINEMATOGRAPHY JUST HITCHED WEDDING FILMS LOVE EXISTS MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS MUNACO PICTURES (WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY)

12/26/18 9:23 AM


NEVAEH FILMS O’GRADY CINEMA OLD NORTH FILM COMPANY OUR WEDDING MOVIE PRETTY FILMS R.E.M. VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY SHUTTER AND SOUND FILMS SOMETHING NEW MEDIA THIS CHARMING HEART TOAST WEDDING FILMS CHICAGO WEDDINGMIX BY STORYMIX MEDIA VIVID PHOTO & VIDEO VIVID VISUAL YOURS TRULY MEDIA PHOTO & VIDEO

menswear GENERATION TUX THE GROOMSMAN SUIT

hair, makeup & wellness AMELIA C & CO, HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTRY ANJELICA BANNOS ARTISTRY APPEASE INC. BEAUTE LUXE BEAUTY BY ANN KRAUSE BRIDAL BRIGADE THE BRIDAL TEAM BY KATE JOHNSON ARTISTRY BRIDES BY KELLY

photo booths

BROWDOWN CHICAGO

BIG HUGS PHOTO BOOTH

CARRIE KACEN ARTISTRY

THE HIPSTR COMPANY I DO PHOTO BOOTHS

CHICAGO MAKEUP AND HAIR PROFESSIONALS

I LOVE PHOTO BOOTH

CRYSTAL-EYEZ MAKEUP & BEAUTY

INSTACÉLFIE PHOTO BOOTH

ELIZABETH ARTISTRY

LIVE PRINTS LED PHOTO BOOTHS AND MORE SHUTTERBOOTH PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL YOUR NIGHT PHOTO BOOTHS

bridal salons BELLA BIANCA BRIDAL COUTURE BHLDN–CHICAGO BIJOU BRIDAL/ BIJOU SAMPLE GALLERY BRIDESIDE THE CRYSTAL BRIDE DIANA’S BRIDAL GENEVIEVE’S BRIDAL COUTURE JASMINE GALLERIA JENNY YOO COLLECTION LUXE BRIDAL RACK

ENRIQUE PREMIUM MAKEUP + HAIR ARTISTRY JESSICA JENNINGS MAKEUP & HAIR

VEILED BY CHACHA WEDDINGS 826 WHITE DRESS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE WOLSFELT’S BRIDAL AND TUXEDOS

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 39

HOWL 2 GO DUELING PIANOS, BY HOWL AT THE MOON

AN ENCHANTED EVENING AUDIO WEST ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONAL DJ SERVICE BACKTHIRD ENTERTAINMENT BEE ENTERTAINMENT CHARIZMA ENTERTAINMENT CRESTLINE ENTERTAINMENT INC DJ, UPLIGHTING & PHOTOBOOTH DJ CONNECTION DJ-CHICAGO THE DJ FIRM DREAM HOUSE PRODUCTIONS ESCAPE ENTERTAINMENT L.L.C. FIG WEDDINGS

IT TAKES TWO JERRY ROSS BAND LIBIDO FUNK CIRCUS (AKA LFC ENTERTAINMENT) ONE NIGHT BAND PARK AVENUE ORCHESTRA THE PATRICK LENTZ BAND & KC FLO STANDING ROOM ONLY ORCHESTRA STITELY ENTERTAINMENT TVK ORCHESTRA THE WALK-INS YAZZ JAZZ ENTERTAINMENT

GREEN LINE TALENT GROOVE IS IN THE HEART DJS KC DJ UNLIMITED

ensembles & soloists

LUNIKS ENTERTAINMENT

BRETT GAERTNER WEDDING SINGER/GUITARIST

MDM ENTERTAINMENT

FRETLESS MUSIC, LLC

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

JIM PERONA GUITAR, INC

MUSIC BY DESIGN AND PHOTO BOOTH

KYSIA LIVE

STYLE MATTERS

THE MOELLER CELLO & GUITAR DUO

OKYNE MEDIALAB, INC.

QUARTET PARAPLUIE

REVRB SOUND

WHITE LAKE QUARTET

KAIZEN BRIDAL

ROLLING SOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTING

LAUREN ASHTON MAKEUP

SOUNDS ABOUND

LENA CLARK BEAUTY

TEN TWELVE ENTERTAINMENT

rehearsal dinners & bridal showers

LUEUR BEAUTI

TOAST & JAM

ORSO’S RESTAURANT

MELANIE LARSON MAKEUP & HAIR

TONE PRODUCTIONS DJ SERVICE

PIZZA CITY USA TOURS

MODERN MAKEUP LLC

YOUR NIGHT PRODUCTIONS

WYNDHAM GRAND CHICAGO RIVERFRONT

PIN ME UP CHICAGO RARE BIRD BEAUTIES SOPHIA BELLA TAMARA MAKEUP + HAIR ARTISTRY TOTAL IMAGE HAIR AND MAKEUP VANESSA ROSE MAKEUP

gown cleaning & preservation DAVIS IMPERIAL CLEANERS INC.

MIRA COUTURE REDDINGTON BRIDAL

GREEN FOURTEEN

ALL EARS DJ

djs MWES WEDDINGS MWESWeddings.com “If you want a party like no other, feet tired from dancing to EVERYTHING and a reception everyone is still talking about, then book MWES Weddings.”

bands RING OF MUSIC BAND & ORCHESTRA RingofMusic.com “This band is beyond amazing! My guests were on the dance floor from beginning to end with wonderful tunes! Words can’t describe how wonderful they are and so easy to work with!”

39

AISLE CHIC

CARLA DUCA MAKEUP ARTISTRY

ADMIT ONE DJS

wedding florists ELENA’S GARDEN FLORAL DESIGN & EVENT PLANNING ElenasGardenEvents.com “Carla’s attention to detail and organization was second to none. The beauty of Carla is that she’s an incredible florist, but also an amazing planner.”

ANDREW BLAKE BAND ARLEN MUSIC PRODUCTIONS BLUEWATER KINGS BAND BROOKE & THE NICE THINGS CAGE AND AQUARIUM PRODUCTIONS CHICAGO CATZ DAVID ROTHSTEIN MUSIC, INC DUELING PIANOS– FELIX AND FINGERS

A STEM ABOVE ANEMONE CREATIVE ANTHONY GOWDER DESIGNS CAROUSEL FLOWERS BY SHAMROCK GARDEN FLORIST DIRTY BOOTS FLOWERS DIVINE DESIGNS & EVENTS FABBRINI’S FLOWERS THE FLOWER GIRL COMPANY

12/26/18 9:23 AM


GIRL WITH THE TATTOOS FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

ELENA’S GARDEN FLORAL DESIGN & EVENT PLANNING

RESCUE FLATS

ElenasGardenEvents.com

HotelBaker.com

FLOWERS BY STEM

MASSIVE AUDIO VISUAL

MAXE DESIGNS LLC

FLOWERS FOR DREAMS

MWES WEDDINGS

NOTEWORTHYNOTES

FLOWERSFLOWERS IPOMEA FLORAL DESIGN LIFE IN BLOOM THE PETAL PHILLIP’S FLOWERS & GIFTS POLLEN FLORAL DESIGN SHAMROCK GARDEN FLORIST STELLA GREY BLOOMS STEVE’S FLOWER MARKET TOWN AND COUNTRY GARDENS

40

HOTEL BAKER

RescueFlats.com

TRÄBLUME WALDEN FLORAL DESIGN CO.

transportation & valet A ROYALTY LIMOUSINES

caterers

calligraphy

ABSOLUTE DREAM LIMO, TROLLEY & COACH SERVICE

BLUE PLATE

CALLIGRAPHY BY CRISTINE

CHICAGO BUS RENTALS

CATERED BY DESIGN

CALLIGRAPHY BY CT

CHICAGO CLOUD 9 LIMOUSINE

CATERING BY MICHAELS

CALLIGRAPHY BY KATHERINE

ELITE CHICAGO LIMO

CHIC CHEF CATERING COCINA FUSION FOOD FOR THOUGHT CATERING HEARTY BOYS INDIAN GARDEN RESTAURANT & CATERINGS POLONIA CATERING

NIGHTSTAR CHICAGO LIMO

officiants & premarital counseling CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE WEDDINGS CEREMONIES BY DR. ELIZABETH-ANNE STEWART DENISE TRACY

PONTARELLI COMPANIES SWOOP WINDY CITY LIMOUSINE & BUS

honeymoon & travel DESTIFY

wedding cakes & desserts

FAB WEDDINGS ‘I DO’ WEDDINGS, LTD. WITH REV. PHIL LANDERS

LISA HOPPE TRAVEL CONSULTING

RescueFlats.com “LOVE these as an alternative to flip-flops that you see so often at weddings. Setup is easy and cute! Great company, fast shipping, awesome product!”

ALLIANCE BAKERY

LIZ RAE WEDDINGS

AMY BECK CAKE DESIGN

LOVE STORY WEDDINGS, REV. BRAD HUGHES, OFFICIANT

MODERN VACATIONS & DESTINATION WEDDINGS

CINDEROLLIES

BJORN CAKES

PERSONALIZED WEDDING GIFTS

CAKE CHICAGO

SOMETHING NEW BRIDAL BOX–CHICAGO

DEETTA’S BAKERY

favors RESCUE FLATS

TALARIA FLATS

lighting & décor ATMOSPHERE EVENTS GROUP ELEGANT EVENT LIGHTING EXTREME SOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 40

THE BAKING INSTITUTE BITTERSWEET PASTRY SHOP & CAFE

MOLLY’S CUPCAKES

invitations BEACON LANE

ONE FINE DAY WEDDING OFFICIANTS PASTOR RICH REV. TOM CHICAGO WEDDING GUY

GO TWINS TRAVEL

gifts & registries MISHKALO

CHICAGO SUBURBS

SERVICE MINISTRIES WEDDINGS BY REV. BILL EPPERLY, PHD

dance lessons

BLUEBIRD PAPER COMPANY

BALLROOM DANCE CHICAGO

DOUBLE TRIP PRESS

DUET DANCE STUDIO

INVITATION ARCHITECTS

WINDY CITY WEDDING DANCE

wedding venues ABBINGTON DISTINCTIVE BANQUETS AbbingtonBanquets.com “Abbington Banquets blew away all of our expectations of what our reception was going to look like. The professionalism of the staff was out of this world.”

12/26/18 9:23 AM


t

GARDENS OF WOODSTOCK GardensofWoodstock.com “We received so many compliments on the venue and how happy all the guests were. You will not be disappointed if you choose the Gardens for your venue!”

THE JACOB HENRY MANSION ESTATE JacobHenryMansion.com “With Jacob Henry, you get the whole package. Good atmosphere, good food, good drinks and good people—and what better things are there in life?”

JENNIFER’S GARDEN BANQUET AND CONVENTION CENTER

ASTORIA BANQUETS & EVENTS

FISHERMEN’S INN

THE BARN AT HORNBAKER GARDENS

GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA GROVE REDFIELD ESTATE

TUSCANY FALLS BANQUETS & EVENTS

THE HAIGHT

TWO BROTHERS ROUNDHOUSE

BLOOMINGDALE GOLF CLUB

THE HALEY MANSION

BOBAK’S SIGNATURE EVENTS AND CONFERENCE CENTER

HARRY CARAY’S BANQUETS, LOMBARD

VENUTI’S RISTORANTE & BANQUETS

BRIDGES OF POPLAR CREEK COUNTRY CLUB

HESTON HILLS EVENT CENTER

CARLETON OF OAK PARK

HOOSIER GROVE BARN

CHANDLER’S WEDDINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS

HOTEL ARISTA

BARTLETT HILLS GOLF CLUB & BANQUETS

CHEVY CHASE COUNTRY CLUB

JennifersGardenBanquets.com “Can’t think of one negative thing to say about Jennifer’s and the incredible, outstanding, amazing staff that runs/ works it. Thank you all!”

CHICAGO GAELIC PARK

THE MONTE BELLO ESTATE

CITYGATE GRILLE COG HILL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

TheMonteBelloEstate.com “If you want a gorgeous venue AND an amazing support system to get you through this wedding planning process, you NEED to use The Monte Bello Estate.”

CHICAGO MARRIOTT NAPERVILLE CHICAGO MARRIOTT SOUTHWEST AT BURR RIDGE

COTILLION BANQUETS COUNTY LINE ORCHARD

WAREHOUSE 109

wedding planners

THE HOMESTEAD 1854

A FAMILY AFFAIR 2 REMEMBER DAY OF DIVAS

HOTEL BAKER

DEJANAE EVENTS LLC

IDLEWILD COUNTRY CLUB

ELISABETH DARI WEDDINGS

KUIPERS FAMILY FARM

EVENTS BY L

MAKRAY MEMORIAL GOLF CLUB

EVER AFTER PLANNING

MERIDIAN BANQUETS MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB

HAPPILY EVER AFTER– WEDDING PLANNING

THE MORTON ARBORETUM

LOLA EVENT PRODUCTIONS

OAK BROOK BATH & TENNIS CLUB

MADISON ELYSE EVENTS

PARAMOUNT’S MEYER BALLROOM

SHANNON GAIL WEDDINGS AND EVENTS STASIA K. EVENTS

THE SEVILLE TheSeville.com “Sam and his team were wonderful to work with! Very accommodating, great communication and a beautiful venue. We would highly recommend!”

DANADA HOUSE

THE PAVILION AT ORCHARD RIDGE FARMS

DC ESTATE WINERY

PINSTRIPES SOUTH BARRINGTON

ELEMENTS AT WATER STREET– HOTEL INDIGO

RIVERSIDE RECEPTIONS

ABBEY FARMS: THE EMPORIUM

EMERSON CREEK POTTERY AND TEA ROOM

SEVEN BRIDGES GOLF CLUB

ARBORETUM CLUB

EUROPEAN CRYSTAL BANQUETS & CONFERENCE CENTER

ARROWHEAD GOLF CLUB

EVENTS AT INDEPENDENCE GROVE

SARAH KATHLEEN EVENTS

PARKWAY BANQUETS

CRESS CREEK COUNTRY CLUB

ACQUAVIVA WINERY

STARVED ROCK LODGE & CONFERENCE CENTER

RUFFLED FEATHERS GOLF CLUB

SILVER LAKE COUNTRY CLUB ST. ANDREWS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

YOU NAME IT EVENTS

photographers JENNIFER HYDE PHOTOGRAPHY JHydePhotography.com “Jen is amazing. Her passion for weddings and eye for detail made

41

TWA PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS

TWAPhoto.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 41

THE SEVILLE

TheSeville.com

ABBINGTON DISTINCTIVE BANQUETS

AbbingtonBanquets.com

12/26/18 9:24 AM


my photos one of a kind. I would recommend her time and time again.”

JOLIE IMAGES JolieImages.com “Jolie is so unbelievably affordable, it’s amazing. The quality of photos our photographer took are just to die for. THEY ARE THE BEST!”

LAUREN ASHLEY STUDIOS LIGHT OF SHADE PHOTOGRAPHY LILY & LIME

MUNACO PICTURES (WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY)

menswear

NEVAEH FILMS

GENERATION TUX

OUR WEDDING MOVIE

LORENZO TAILORING & FORMAL WEAR

MIDWEST EVENT SOLUTIONS

PRETTY FILMS

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

THIS CHARMING HEART

MINDY LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY

VALCINEMA PRODUCTIONS

ThisIsFeeling.com “I ADORED working with This Is Feeling. From my initial meeting to our discovery call and our wedding day, every person was focused on us and only us.”

MODERN IMAGE STUDIOS

WEDDINGMIX BY STORYMIX MEDIA

hair, makeup & wellness

YOURS TRULY MEDIA PHOTO & VIDEO

ANTONETTE WHITE–AIRBRUSH MAKEUP & HAIR ARTISTRY

TWA PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS

R.E.M. VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY

photo booths

TWAPhoto.com “Their team is always available to talk, our photographer was outstanding and our pictures are amazing.”

RACHAEL WATSON PHOTOGRAPHY & ASSOCIATES

CAMMI PHOTO BOOTH

BIANCA SANSOSTI ARTISTRY

ELITE PHOTO BOOTH

BLUSHING REFLECTIONS

RACHEL MAE PHOTOGRAPHY

THE HIPSTR COMPANY

BRIDAL BRIGADE

REINRIVERA PHOTOGRAPHY

I DO PHOTO BOOTHS

RUSH PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

JPW PRODUCTIONS INC.

THE BRIDAL TEAM BY KATE JOHNSON ARTISTRY

THIS IS FEELING PHOTO + VIDEO

ADAM TARNIOWY PHOTOGRAPHY ALICIA’S PHOTOGRAPHY ALLUSION PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY ARTISAN EVENTS® ASHLEY GALMINAS PHOTOGRAPHY ASHLEY HAMM PHOTOGRAPHY AVANTGARDE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BART GALBAS PHOTOGRAPHY BRITTANY LYNN STUDIOS BY MARI PHOTOGRAPHY CARLOS ORTIZ PHOTOGRAPHY COLIN LYONS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

42

LAURA MEYER PHOTOGRAPHY

CRANE’S PHOTOGRAPHY E&L PHOTOGRAPHY ESSENCE PHOTO & VIDEO EV PHOTOGRAPHY CHICAGO

ONE JULY PHOTOGRAPHY PARKER’S IMAGES ROLAND GOZUN PHOTOGRAPHY

SOMETHING BLUE PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN STEPHANIE LANG PHOTOGRAPHY

Y&K PHOTOGRAPHY ZANDBOX PHOTO

videographers IMAGINATION DESIGNERS CINEMATOGRAPHY

GREYES PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRED EYE PHOTOGRAPHY

AMOR IN MOTION

J.R. OWEN & CO.

ANCHORED FILMS

JASKO OMEROVIC PHOTOGRAPHY

BLU COUTURE WEDDING FILMS

FROST STUDIOS

CARLY PRIBICH, MAKEUP ARTIST

CHICAGO MAKEUP AND HAIR PROFESSIONALS

VITAL IMAGE

XCITEPHOTO&FILMS

CAMPBRIDE

MY EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS

YOUR NIGHT PHOTO BOOTH

WASIO PHOTOGRAPHY

BEAUTE LUXE

CHIC CONCEPTS SALON

SHUTTERBOOTH PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL

W.C.P. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

APPEASE INC.

MIDWEST EVENT SOLUTIONS

STUDIO ONE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO®

ImaginationDesigners.com/weddings “The quality is top of the line—I have had so many people tell me they felt like they were watching a Hollywood movie. It is that amazing!”

FOX + IVORY PHOTO & VIDEO

LIVE PRINTS LED PHOTO BOOTHS AND MORE

TIEMART, INC.

GIGIED GLOW BRIDAL GOLDEN BRIDAL DESIGN

bridal salons BELLA BIANCA BRIDAL COUTURE BELLA SPOSA BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BIJOU BRIDAL/ BIJOU SAMPLE GALLERY BRIDES BY YOUNG THE CRYSTAL BRIDE

HAIRS 2 THE BRIDE, LLC IMPRESSIONS BY LAURA JAIME GENARELLA ONSITE BRIDAL HAIR STYLIST KALI ROSE BEAUTY LIPS & LASHES BRIDAL MADEYABLUSH MAGGIE MAJERCZYK

DIANA’S BRIDAL

MAID OF BEAUTY

FIFI’S TAILOR & CUSTOM DESIGN

MAKEUP BY ELISA, INC.

GENEVIEVE’S BRIDAL COUTURE

MAKEUP BY JAYCIE

JASMINE GALLERIA

MELANIE’S MAKEUP ARTISTRY

KATHRYN’S BRIDAL, TUXEDO & INVITATIONS

MUAUTUMNROSE HAIR & MAKEUP

MARTELLEN’S DRESS & BRIDAL BOUTIQUE MIRA COUTURE

PATTY MCGUIRE HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTS PIN ME UP CHICAGO RYANN LOMAS MAKEUP

BORROWED & BLUE PRODUCTIONS

OMAIMA COUTURE

SIMPLY PERFECT BRIDAL ARTISTS

BULLER MEDIA

REDDINGTON BRIDAL

SLT MAKEUP ARTISTRY

BYDESIGN FILMS CHICAGO

SIMPLY LUXE BRIDAL

SOPHIA BELLA

JORDAN IMHOFF PHOTO

CHICAGO VISUAL

VEILED BY CHACHA

JOY LYN PHOTOGRAPHY

DERREK MATICHAK VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDINGS 826

TAMARA MAKEUP + HAIR ARTISTRY

JENNY TAYLOR BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY JERMAINE HORTON PHOTOGRAPHY

KAT HARING PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST

J.R. OWEN & CO. | VIDEOGRAPHY

KAYBEE PHOTOS

KISMET VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

KELLY ERIN PHOTOGRAPHY

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 42

WHITE DRESS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE WHITE SATIN BRIDAL WOLSFELT’S BRIDAL AND TUXEDOS

TOTAL IMAGE HAIR AND MAKEUP TRUE BEAUTY BY DANA VANESSA ROSE MAKEUP YES MA’AM HAIR AND MAKEUP

1/2/19 8:38 AM


gown cleaning & preservation DAVIS IMPERIAL CLEANERS INC.

FIVE-O DJ ENTERTAINMENT FREEZER’S MOBILE DJ SERVICE GREEN FOURTEEN DJ’S

CAGE AND AQUARIUM PRODUCTIONS

JACOB HENRY MANSION ESTATE MERIDIAN BANQUETS

DAVID ROTHSTEIN MUSIC, INC

HOWARD PRODUCTIONS

DUELING PIANOS– FELIX AND FINGERS

rings & jewelry

JETI ENTERTAINMENT DJ SOUND & LIGHTING SERVICE

GREEN FOURTEEN

EUROPEAN JEWELRY

JPW PRODUCTIONS INC.

HOWL 2 GO DUELING PIANOS, BY HOWL AT THE MOON

LUXE PRODUCTIONS

PARK AVENUE ORCHESTRA

MANNA MUSIC DJ

RING OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA

MDM ENTERTAINMENT

STITELY ENTERTAINMENT

MIKE STAFF PRODUCTIONS

YAZZ JAZZ ENTERTAINMENT

djs DJS FOR YOU ADJ4You.com “DJs For You did a stellar job from start to finish. I was very impressed and delighted that they catered to our every need and made us feel like family.” 27 ENTERTAINMENT A SOUND DECISION DJ SERVICE ADMIT ONE DJS AMP EVENT PROFESSIONALS AMPLIFIED EVENTS

MUSIC BY DESIGN AND PHOTO BOOTH MWES WEDDINGS OKYNE MEDIALAB, INC. SOMETHING 2 DANCE 2 SOUND BITES ENTERTAINMENT SOUNDS ABOUND SPIN N PLAY PRODUCTIONS

AN ENCHANTED EVENING

SPINNIN’ DISCS ENTERTAINMENT

AUDIO WEST ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONAL DJ SERVICE

TBM PRODUCTIONS

BACKTHIRD ENTERTAINMENT BIG FISH MUSIC PRODUCTIONS CHICAGO DJS CHICAGO WEDDING DJ– FOURTH ESTATE AUDIO CRESTLINE ENTERTAINMENT INC DJ, UPLIGHTING & PHOTOBOOTH DJUJ MOBILE MUSIC LIGHTS & ENTERTAINMENT

THE MONTE BELLO ESTATE SILVER LAKE COUNTRY CLUB

favors CHICAGOLAND POPCORN RESCUE FLATS

florists GARVIN GARDENS

ensembles & soloists BRETT GAERTNER WEDDING SINGER/GUITARIST

GarvinGardens.com “I couldn’t have been happier. I was truly blown away by the level of skill and creativity!”

BRIDGE & BOW MUSIC

AN ENGLISH GARDEN WEDDINGS & EVENTS

JIM PERONA GUITAR, INC

ANTHONY GOWDER DESIGNS

THE MOELLER CELLO & GUITAR DUO

APPLE CREEK WEDDINGS BELLA FLORA

QUARTET PARAPLUIE

BLOOMING CREATIONS

WHITE LAKE QUARTET

EVENT FLORAL

rehearsal dinners & bridal showers

FABBRINI’S FLOWERS

ABBINGTON DISTINCTIVE BANQUETS

FLOWERS BY STEEN PRODUCTIONS INC.

bands

ARROWHEAD GOLF CLUB

IPOMEA FLORAL DESIGN

CITYGATE GRILLE

KIO KREATIONS

ANDREW BLAKE BAND

CHICAGO GAELIC PARK

LITTLE SHOP ON THE PRAIRIE

BLUEWATER KINGS BAND

HOTEL ARISTA

PHILLIP’S FLOWERS & GIFTS

TONE PRODUCTIONS DJ SERVICE WED START WHITE ROSE WEDDINGS YOUR NIGHT PRODUCTIONS

FIREFLY EVENTS FLOWERS BY KH

43

THIS IS FEELING PHOTO + VIDEO

ThisIsFeeling.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 43

DJS FOR YOU

ADJ4You.com

JOLIE IMAGES

JolieImages.com

12/26/18 9:24 AM


MWES WEDDINGS

GARVIN GARDENS

MWESWeddings.com

ROSEMARY’S GARDEN INC.

MY CHEF CATERING

TOWN AND COUNTRY GARDENS

POLONIA CATERING

TRUDY’S FLOWERS WALDEN FLORAL DESIGN CO.

lighting & décor ELEGANT EVENT LIGHTING LIGHTING, FLORAL AND DECOR BY ATMOSPHERE EVENTS GROUP MWES WEDDINGS

44

lighting & décor AGA WEDDING & EVENT DECOR ATMOSPHERE EVENTS GROUP ELEGANT EVENT LIGHTING MWES WEDDINGS PARAGE DESIGNS

JENNIFER HYDE PHOTOGRAPHY

GarvinGardens.com

JHydePhotography.com

TOO CHIC & LITTLE SHAB DESIGN STUDIO, INC.

CHICAGO BUS RENTALS

UNCLE BUB’S AWARD WINNING BBQ & CATERING

calligraphy

ELITE CHICAGO LIMO

WOODEN PADDLE WOOD-FIRED CATERING

THE BLANK PAIGE

wedding cakes & desserts THE BAKING INSTITUTE DEETTA’S BAKERY

WINDY CITY LIMOUSINE & BUS

CALLIGRAPHY BY KATHERINE

honeymoon & travel

JESSICA DRAPER CALLIGRAPHY

CIG TRAVEL ISLAND GETAWAYS

officiants & premarital counseling

LISA HOPPE TRAVEL CONSULTING

dance lessons

DELICITY CAKES & LATE NIGHT CHURROS AND CREPES BAR

DENISE TRACY FAB WEDDINGS

BALLROOM DANCE CHICAGO

JULIE MICHELLE CAKES

‘I DO’ WEDDINGS, LTD. WITH REV. PHIL LANDERS

LAKE SHORE DANCE ACADEMY

OAK MILL BAKERY ORLAND PARK BAKERY

LOVE STORY WEDDINGS, REV. BRAD HUGHES, OFFICIANT

SMALLCAKES A CUPCAKERY OF NAPERVILLE

MINISTER DEBRA ANN

THE SUGAR PATH

ONE FINE DAY WEDDING OFFICIANTS PASTOR RICH

party rentals & service staff

invitations

RUSTIQUE SWAN EVENT DESIGN, STYLING & VINTAGE RENTALS

REV. TOM CHICAGO WEDDING GUY

caterers

Amore-Creative.com “Jessica and Eric are absolutely amazing and completely blew us out of the water with their professionalism, helpfulness and overall creativity!”

CHIC CHEF CATERING

BEACON LANE

ChicChefCatering.com “Chic Chef Catering is a must! Ravi, the owner, and his team were born to do catering. They are professional, punctual and perfect for your event.”

EMERY ANN DESIGN

THE WEDDING REV/ REV. DAVE ANGLE

BLUE PLATE

MAXE DESIGNS LLC

CATERED BY DESIGN

QUINTESSENCE PAPERS

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 44

CHICAGO CLOUD 9 LIMOUSINE

AMORE CREATIVE

INVITATIONS BY DANIELS KELLY REIF STATIONERY STUDIO

REV. DAN HARRIS– CHICAGOMARRIAGE.COM

CENTRAL ILLINOIS

wedding venues WALTON CENTRE WaltonC.com “This place is hands down the best place to have a reception! The space is massive and has the perfect layout! The dance floor is huge!”

RUSS SORENSEN WEDDING OFFICIANT

THE BARN AT HORNBAKER GARDENS

SERVICE MINISTRIES

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL MARRIOTT HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER

transportation & valet

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON– BLOOMINGTON GREENE GABLES INN

A ROYALTY LIMOUSINES

METAMORA FIELDS GOLF CLUB

ABSOLUTE DREAM LIMO, TROLLEY & COACH SERVICE

THE WATERHOUSE BANQUET AND CATERING FACILITY

12/26/18 9:24 AM


wedding planners PERFECT GLOW WEDDINGS & EVENTS TAMARA WENDT EVENTS

photographers AMY MULDER PHOTOGRAPHY AmyMulderPhotography.com “They make it so easy to get pictures that reflect what your relationship is while still being comfortable and relaxed in every single moment.”

RACHAEL SCHIRANO PHOTOGRAPHY RachaelSchirano.com “Trying to find a photographer was one of the more stressful things to check off of my list, but once I came across Rachael, I knew my search was over.” AMBER NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY ANGELA CAMPBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

DJ4U

MAGER IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

ELITE ENTERTAINMENT

REBEKAH ALBAUGH

EXTREME DJS & LIGHTING

STYLE IN LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

GUYS ON THE RADIO: DJ SERVICE

videographers

SAPPHIRE ENTERTAINMENT, LLC SCHROEDER’S DJ SERVICE

HOOP HOUSE CREATIVE

bands

STEVE WEBER FILMS TOAST WEDDING FILMS

photo booths CLIQUE IT PHOTO

bridal salons CLOUD NINE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE + FINE PAPER

BRIAN L. COSS PHOTOGRAPHY

MICHELLE’S BRIDAL & TUXEDO

BURTCO. WEDDINGS

KARA KAMIENSKI PHOTOGRAPHY

hair, makeup & wellness CAMPBRIDE

LAUREN ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

photographers BRI SHORT PHOTOGRAPHY BriShort.com “My husband and I wanted to hire a photographer who could capture the REAL moments. Bri will let you be you. The hours we spent with her were amazing!”

BLUEWATER KINGS BAND DUELING PIANOS– FELIX AND FINGERS

officiants & premarital counseling ADAM JAMSA WEDDING OFFICIANT/REVEREND WEDDINGS BY BRENDA

wedding florists CREATE A SCENE, INC. FANCY FLORALS BY NANCY J.BLU DESIGN MARYS SPECIAL TOUCH FLORAL

KATHARINA HELD PHOTOGRAPHY KRISTEN KAISER

PALACE EVENTS

DESTINATION

PETE’S MY DJ

BYDESIGN FILMS CENTRAL ILLINOIS

BEAUTY BY YOU PHOTOGRAPHY

EBBY L PHOTOGRAPHY

PARTY ON PRODUCTIONS

BLU COUTURE WEDDING FILMS

MARIEN MAE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE & EVENTS

CHRIS MCGUIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

party rentals & service staff

LAUREN ASHLEY STUDIOS

POLLEN AND PASTRY

djs

SOMETHING BORROWED BLOOMS

BUGBEE’S DJ PLUS

TRUE COLORS FLORAL

45

MAGER IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

RACHAEL SCHIRANO PHOTOGRAPHY

RachaelSchirano.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 45

WALTON CENTRE

WaltonC.com

IMAGINATION DESIGNERS CINEMATOGRAPHY

ImaginationDesigners.com/weddings

12/26/18 9:24 AM


Advertisement

tips from the pros Who better to give advice than the wedding pros who make your wedding day come to life? F rom your invitation suite to cake cutting snafus, these pros have seen it all.

Choose a venue that aligns with your vision and your personality. Don’t get caught up in everything you see on Pinterest or TV. Ask what feels authentic to you as a couple, and choose a space that represents you.

46

The best band tips: Make sure to hire a band package that includes a professional sound engineer to ensure that speeches, ceremony/background music and the dance party sounds fantastic. It’s important to be quiet when appropriate and a rock show when the party starts. K ar a K e s s e l ri n g , B an d l e ad e r Standing Room Only Orchestra, Chicago/Midwest On t he Da n c e Fl o o r . c o m —

With all the planning put forth for the wedding day, make sure to take a few moments to absorb the beauty of the day and loved ones by your side, who are there to share in your celebration. Sam

ant

h a Ne w m na , As s i s t a n t D i r e c t o r o f Ca t e r i n g a n d Ev e n t s Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Chicago W a l d o r fA s t o ri a Chic a g o Ho t e l . c o m / w e d d i n g s

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 46

The who, what, when and where of bridal gown shopping: Bring only one or two important people to a reputable boutique. Read reviews—in-house alterations are a must! Start to shop a year before your wedding, and be ready to say ‘yes’ as soon as you fall in love (no less than eight months before your day)! M a r i s a D i M a s o , Se n i o r B r i d a l St y l i s t Volle’s Bridal and Boutique, Lake Zurich V o l l e s Bri d a l . c o m

ASHLEY SEAWELL PHOTOGRAPHY; MILOU + OLIN PHOTOGRAPHY

The Haight, Elgin Th e Ha i g ht El g in . c o m —

12/26/18 9:24 AM


Orland Park, IL • 708.349.6940 • www.silverlakecc.com PHOTOGRAPHY COMPLIMENTS OF DANIELLE HEINSON PHOTOGRAPHY & ALLISON WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 47

12/26/18 9:37 AM


TOP PIC K S

1

eye-catching bouquets

2

3

1 PRET T Y PAPER

Craft a wilt-proof arrangement using crepe paper and floral wire. 2 FRESHLY PICKED

Be bold and trade classic white calla lilies and orchids for a brighter hue. 3 FLOWER POWER

Opt for a timeless and unique composite bouquet.

48

Complement a simple gown with a lavish and untamed arrangement. 4

5 BEST BUDS 6

Give your bouquet a real wow factor with a statement bloom, like a king protea. 6 A NEW LEAF

Add a pop of burnt orange to your bouquet using the backs of magnolia leaves.

5

1. THE LIGHT & GL ASS 2. JILL DEVRIES PHOTOGR APHY 3. RUTH EILEEN PHOTOGR APHY 4. ATHENA PELTON PHOTOGR APHY 5. BEND THE LIGHT PHOTOGR APHY 6. PAT FUREY PHOTOGR APHY

4 WILD THING

F I N D M O R E I N S P I R AT I O N AT TheKnot.com/flowers

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 48

12/26/18 9:24 AM


LUXURY SAM PL E AND O VERST O C K GOW NS

Now featuring... HAY LEY PAI GE GALIA LAHAV

A IS LE C HIC BRIDE , STAC Y WI LLIA MS , PHOTO BY SAMANTHA JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY

LA ZA RO ALON LIV NE MA R T INA LI ANA RIVINI A NNE BARGE RO MO NA KE V E ZA

and so much more

2 3 2 4 NOR TH CLAR K STR E ET • C HIC A GO , ILLINO IS 60614 • 773. 9 0 4 . 7 5 7 7 V IS IT US AT A ISLEC HIC .C O M T O LEA RN MORE

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 49

12/26/18 9:24 AM


TOP PIC K S

1

2

imaginative signage

1 SPELL IT OUT

Go big with oversize marquee initial lights. 2 BE SEATED

Cover your chairs with signs bearing your favorite lyric or quote. 3 IN THE CLEAR

Rethink your seating chart with a modern Lucite display. 4 CHALK IT UP

5 ALL OF THE LIGHTS

50

Create a custom neon sign for a pictureperfect backdrop. 6 FREEZE FR AME

6 3

5

Dress up your dessert bar with a cheeky sign made from popsicle sticks.

4

1. MEGAN KELSEY PHOTOGR APHY 2. ANNA LEE MEDIA 3. L AUREN SCOT TI PHOTOGR APHER 4. JENNY HA AS PHOTOGR APHY 5. LOUIE ABELLER A PHOTOGR APH 6. DEVON DONNAHOO PHOTOGR APHY

Add your wedding date and hashtag to a bespoke bar setup.

D I S COV E R D É CO R I D E A S AT TheKnot.com/reception

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 50

12/26/18 9:24 AM


THE

Wedding Party STA RTS H E R E.

Book Today! REHE ARSAL DINNERS | BRIDAL SHOWERS | BACHELORE T TE PARTIES | WEDDING CATERING

At Buca di Beppo, the enticing aroma of authentic Italian specialties will seduce you, the sweet sounds of Frank Sinatra will serenade you and our staff will positively spoil you. Have your bridal event at Buca and you can meet some of our famous couples, like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and parmesan, and Caesar and salad. We serve family-style food in an eclectic, vintage setting and offer exceptional group menus and banquet packages. Lombard | 90 Yorktown Rd. Orland Park | Place Mall Shopping Center • 15350 S. 94th Ave. Wheeling | 604 N. Milwaukee Ave.

VISIT BUCADIBEPPO.COM OR CALL 844.EAT.BUCA FOR MORE INFORMATION

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 51

12/26/18 9:24 AM


1

nontraditional dresses

2

4

3

1 COLOR THEORY

Freshen up with fuchsia or another bright hue from head to toe, and accessorize your partner to match. 2 DR AMA QUEEN

Pair a striking bodysuit with a tulle skirt for a fashion-forward finish. 3 PERFECT MATCH

Play it carefree and cool by combining a structured lace top with a flowy skirt.

52

4 SOFT TOUCH

5

Create an effortless look with relaxed fabrics and embroidery fit for a summer celebration. 5 WORK OF ART

Make a statement with a punchy pattern and minimal accessories.

7

6

6 DETAIL ORIENTED

Add ruffles and tiers for a textured spin on a blush gown. 7 INSTANT CLASSIC

Put a twist on tradition by dubbing your dress your “something blue.”

1. NERIPHOTO; DRESS, VAVAVOOM .IE 2. HANNAH PICKLE; DRESS, SWEETC AROLINEST YLES.COM 3. JESSIC A OH PHOTOGRPAHY; DRESS, CHANTELL AUREN.COM 4. SMS PHOTOGR APHY; DRESS, PERNIASPOPUPSHOP.COM 5. WILLOW NOAVI PHOTOGR APHY; DRESS, ALICEANDOLIVIA .COM 6. CHRIST Y D. SWANBERG PHOTOGR APHY; DRESS, DAVIDSBRIDAL.COM 7. E SCHMIDT PHOTOGR APHY; DRESS, FR ANCESC A MIR ANDA .COM

TOP PIC K S

S E E M O R E D R E S S E S AT TheKnot.com/fashion

CHITKRSS19_Sect_03_(035_052) [P]{CHI}.indd 52

12/26/18 9:25 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 53

12/31/18 6:58 AM


Three concepts one Luxe experience MADE TO ORDER GOWNS

A chic selection of the season’s breathtaking special-order designer gowns YANIV PERSY / ATELIER PRONOVIAS / PRONOVIAS PRIVÉE PRONOVIAS / MARQUISE BRIDAL / CALLA BLANCHE L’AMOUR / NICOLE SPOSE / WATTERS / WILLOWBY WTOO / MOIRA HUGHES / CAROLINE CASTIGLIANO

OFF THE RACK

Internationally curated overstock and sample designer gowns GALIA LAHAV / GALA GALIA LAHAV MONIQUE LHUILLIER / MONIQUE LHUILLIER BLISS J’ATON COUTURE / VALENTINI SPOSE / ROSA CLARA LIMOR BEN YOSEF / TONY WARD / ROMONA KEVEZA LEGENDS ROMONA KEVEZA / VERA WANG / INBAL DROR PURE BY INBAL DROR / RIVINI / MARIA FARBINNI PETER LANGNER / NAEEM KHAN / AMELIA CASABLANCA INES DI SANTO / ZUHAIR MURAD AND MANY MORE...

INTRODUCING THE BRIDAL VAULT

A coveted collection of made-to-order and off the rack designer gowns

Illinois 2165 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 773-917-5893

Michigan 700 N. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009

luxebridalrack.com Shop #LBR @luxebridalrack

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 54

12/26/18 9:21 AM


INSIDE ON LOC SCOOP ATION

venue scout

Whether you envision your wedding on the lake, in a loft or somewhere in between, these nine spots in Chicago are worth a look.

55

EBBY L. PHOTOGR APHY; COST APPLIES TO A SATURDAY WEDDING IN SPRING OR SUMMER 2019; GUEST COUNT IS DEFINED AS THE M A XIMUM NUMBER THE VENUE C AN ACCOMMODATE FOR A PL ATED DINNER AND DANCING.

BY LOUIS BAR AGONA

Th e a t e r o n t h e La k e

SETTING

lakefront

THEATER ON THE LAK E COST from $17,500 G U EST COU NT 400 STY LE Modern & industrial AB OU T Not only does the

Get married near Lake Michigan to set an unmistakably idyllic scene for your “I dos” among friends and family.

V ENUE AMENITIES

PLANNER

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 55

space boast that it’s the only Chicago venue with views of both the lakefront and the city, but also it functions as a tavern by day, which means there’s a fully stocked bar and an enclosed space to keep the party going all night.

FLOWERS

RENTALS

CATERING

CAKE

OD Y SSEY CHICAG O RIVER COST from $20,000 G U EST COU NT 150 STY LE Urban & glamorous AB OU T This unique

ROCK WELL ON THE RIVER COST from $10,500 G U EST COU NT 799 STY LE Minimal & vintage AB OU T Once a

venue experience gives you and your guests the chance to set sail on a glass-encased cruise with the Chicago skyline as the backdrop for a first look, vows and photos.

manufacturing complex, this newly updated building now features floor-to-ceiling windows with river views, a high lofted interior and an outdoor courtyard.

TRANSPORTATION

ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS

12/26/18 9:21 AM


ON LOC ATION SETTING

restaurant Host an intimate candlelit dinner or a Chicago-style feast at your favorite eatery focused on loved ones, heartfelt toasts and a knockout menu.

RIVER ROAST COST from $18,000 GUEST COUNT 230 STYLE Eclectic & relaxed ABOUT Start with

cocktails on the deck, then take the party indoors.

THE DALCY COST from $35,000 GUEST COUNT 300 STYLE Elegant & historic ABOUT Porcelain floors

and velvet drapes give this lounge an upscale vibe.

CITY WINERY CHICAGO COST from $16,000 GUEST COUNT 200 STYLE Urban & rustic ABOUT Make a wedding

toast with your own unique wine blend and custom label. River Roast

factory offers over 32,000 square feet of space. ROOM 1520 COST from $6,000 GUEST COUNT 150 STYLE Glamorous

SETTING

loft Make an open space entirely your own by working with existing details like exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass chandeliers.

& elegant ABOUT The clean, white loft is ideal for ground-up decorating. THE LYTLE HOUSE COST from $4,500 GUEST COUNT 80 STYLE Intimate & colorful ABOUT This renovated

Morgan Manufacturing

garage includes an Insta-worthy graffiti wall.

DEFINE YOUR DESIGN

ON THE AP P

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 56

Take the style quiz to discover your Wedding Vision, then share it with all your vendors, including the venue manager, to keep everyone on the same page.

FROM TOP: HINOJOSA PHOTOGR APHY, SWEETCHIC EVENTS; JESSIC A EILEEN DROGOSZ, L A BELLE FLEUR EVENTS

56

MORGAN MANUFACTURING COST from $28,500 GUEST COUNT 650 STYLE Historic & industrial ABOUT This redesigned

12/26/18 9:21 AM


INTRODUCING ON THE 42ND FLOOR

Now open at Swissôtel Chicago, downtown’s most elegant penthouse ballroom. The 4,836-square-foot space showcases breathtaking views of the skyline, Chicago River and Navy Pier from the 42nd floor. We invite you to experience Chicago’s best location and precise Swiss service.

323 E. Wacker Dr. | Chicago, Illinois | swissotel.com/swissotel | 312.268.8235 | events.chicago@swissotel.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 57

12/26/18 9:21 AM


E XPERT ADVICE

all about bridesmaid dresses

TOP TIP

For a timeless look, stick to neutral colors and classic, simple silhouettes that never go out of style. D ISCOVER

58

Brideside.com @brideside

What advice do you have for dressing bridal parties of both men and women? The keyword here is coordinate. You have to know what is a definite “no” in terms of comfort for your crew because there’s nothing worse than someone who feels off when they should be celebrating. We’re here to help show that you can make that blush-colored floral gown that your sister loves look amazing with the right raspberry velvet blazer. It’s easy to find another shade in a shirt or tie that works with your style and keeps loved ones happy.

How can bridesmaids figure out the correct siz e and determine the very best fit? Every designer has a different size chart. A size 8 in one brand might fit like a size 14 in another. Fabric and style make a difference too. Sleek dresses with no stretch might fit differently than A-line styles made from flowy fabrics. We always provide feedback on the fit for your wedding party because we want everyone to look and feel amazing. In the same way that your bridesmaids can have different personalities but still be perfect fits for you, many styles can work together to flatter and fit your vision. We are experts when it comes to these dresses, so we like to share what we know to be sure everyone is confident in what they are wearing. Mixing styles so they suit individual bridesmaids will often look more cohesive than trying to fit different body types into one particular style anyway. What dress trends are on your radar, and which ones are you so over? Simple, sleek silhouettes and different textures of fabric like velvet, embroidered tulle and crepe are all popular right now—and all Insta-worthy. We’d like to see using only one color for everything in the wedding go away forever. Your best friend and the tablecloths don’t have to match.

CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEF T: COURTESY OF BRIDESIDE; DYANNA L A MOR A PHOTOGR APHY; LEAH M ARIE PHOTOGR APHY

OU R PROS

Sonali Lamba and Nicole Staple, cofounders of Brideside, which has showroom locations in Chicago, New York City and Charlotte, NC

How should a bride come prepared to shop for bridesmaid dresses? It’s best if the bride already has her wedding dress picked out and her venue booked. These decisions will give us an understanding of her overall vision. It’s super helpful if the bride already has color schemes in mind, although, sometimes inspiration hits during the appointment as we show her fabrics and colors and start to narrow in on a look. Also, stay true to what you love. Brides should avoid secondguessing what they choose and letting others influence their decision.

SEARCH FOR LOCAL DRESS SHOPS AT TheK not.com/ chicago

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 58

12/26/18 9:21 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 59

12/26/18 9:21 AM


E XPERT ADVICE

all about wedding cake

TOP TIP

Bring along a swatch of fabric, an invitation or even a piece of jewelry for cake design inspiration. D ISCOVER

60

Bittersweet Pastry.com @bittersweet pastryshop

What’s the secret behind a cake that looks great but tastes even better? The best ones are scaled and mixed from scratch with real fillings. Chef-created combinations offer the perfect flavor and texture. We’ve put together dark chocolate cake with passion fruit curd filling and baked a cake with a cream cheese frosting filling and salted caramel sauce. Some bakers charge more for premium flavors and fillings, but we do not. We want everyone to have an incredible cake.

What insider tips should all couples know? Everyone should do a bit of research and have a budget in mind. Couples should book their appointments early, but not too early! Four to six months out is the right time to start scheduling. If you have a small cutting cake, make sure all your guests enjoy the same wonderful flavor. Don’t settle for sheet cake. Our job is challenging because we have to be sure we are coordinating with the other wedding day team members, so it’s important to hire a good planner who can coordinate with the pastry chef, florist and venue to make sure the cake is in place and decorated on time. What is another must-have dessert at a wedding? Couples should have a sweets table that includes beautiful, bite-size tarts in a range of chocolate, cream and fruit flavors. They’re the perfect bites to enjoy while dancing the night away. At Bittersweet, we do much more than wedding cakes. We not only make cookies, brownies, cakes and pies, but we also churn our own ice cream, bake frangipane tarts with seasonal fruit and brew spiced hot chocolate. How much should the average Chicago-based couple expect to spend on a cake, and how can they save? Couples should expect to spend anywhere from $900 to $1,200. Things like the number of servings needed and the complexity of the design will determine the cake’s cost. Though there aren’t many ways to cut corners on a good cake, a beautiful buttercream finish with fresh flowers is a timeless, classic look that won’t break the bank. What recent cake trends are catching your eye, and which ones are you skipping out on? We love classic white on white designs and cakes styled after a bride’s dress. More people are accepting the idea of a black wedding cake. I know I am! They pair very well alongside art-deco-inspired cakes, another big trend lately, and they set off fresh or sugar flowers in a very striking way. We’re also seeing more towering six- and seven-tier cakes that really take center stage. As a decorator, you see dozens of cakes a month and are excited everytime a new trend starts, as you get the opportunity to work with and perfect a new skill. Alternatively, naked cakes may look lovely in photos, but they won’t taste nearly as good as a properly finished cake.

M ARR AH PHOTOGR APHY (2)

OU R PRO

Mindy Gohr, pastry chef and owner of Bittersweet Pastry Shop in Chicago

How do you help couples come up with their ultimate wedding cake? We work to get a sense of the couple and what is most important to them. Is it design? Flavor? Budget? A cake design can hold personal significance, pay homage to a shared passion or nod to the wedding venue. Couples can really use the cake as a canvas to express who they are with colors, characters, patterns and story lines. When it comes to design, we can take inspiration from almost anywhere. Our most creative cakes have included an iPhone with a Tinder screen, a model of Wrigley Field, a Chicago hot dog and a Porsche 911.

F I N D A LO C A L B A K E R AT TheK not.com/ marketplace

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 60

12/26/18 9:21 AM


ARTLYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

Chicago Gaelic Park OAK FOREST, ILLINOIS

Classic and elegant surroundings for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. You’ll receive personalized service from our experienced staff members, who are with you every step of the way. 6119 147TH ST., OAK FOREST, IL | (708) 687-9323 | CHICAGOGAELICPARK.ORG

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 61

12/26/18 9:21 AM


THE WED THRE AD

62

HOW D ID

WE BOTH ABSOLUTELY LOVE MOVIES, SO WE PLAYED AN ASSORTMENT OF SONGS FROM OUR FAVORITE FILMS.” —Meaghan F.

“Since we share a love for The Goonies, we gifted guests with Baby Ruth candy bars, and our officiant began our service by saying, ‘Hey, you guys!’ ” —Kaitlin J.

YOU

personalize your reception? Our Facebook followers share details from their wedding days. ILLU STR ATION B Y ALI MAC

“Our late-night snack was my husband’s favorite guilty pleasure: Domino’s thin-crust pizza and Peroni beer.” —Katie F.

“My partner and I played Words With Friends against each other for months before we ever met in person. As a tribute to the game, we used Scrabble table numbers.” —Lindsey A.

“ I’m P uerto Rican, and my husband is proud

“I’m a zookeeper, so we named our tables for endangered animals, and our place cards were rose gold animal cutouts.” —Kaylee M.

MY SPOUSE IS A CHEF, SO I HAD FRESH HERBS IN MY BOUQUET AND WE MADE INFUSED OLIVE OIL FAVORS.” —Caitlyn S.

“ Wh e n Ib e g a n m e a ‘w q u e s t io ja r s o f t o n r e c e

m y h u s b a n d a n d a t in g , h e a s k o u ld y o u r a t h e n , s o w e d is p la h o s e s a m e q u e p t io n t a b le s .”

d e d r ’ y e d s t io n s

—Jessica K.

of his Southern roots. We served a South of the B order and Mason-D ixon Line menu, giving guests a taste of both of our backgrounds.” —Kaeyla S.

J O I N T H E CO N V E R SAT I O N AT F acebook.com/ TheK not

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 62

12/26/18 9:21 AM


Advertisement

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 63

12/26/18 9:21 AM


MEREDITH@BLUEFANCYEVENTS.COM • 414.305.8435 • BLUEFANCYEVENTS.COM

Let Us Be Your Something Blue

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALIZA RAE PHOTOGRAPHY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 64

12/26/18 9:21 AM


blue+slate

1

HAUTE HUES

This complementary combo feels light and fresh. make your polish your “something blue”

10 9

2

8

3

7

65

FLOWERS: LOVE BY SERENA; NAIL POLISH, EYE SHADOW: ISTOCK; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

6

5

4

1 Necklace, $299, Swarovski.com 2 Polish in Pret-a-Surfer, $9, Essie.com 3 Shoes, $245, BadgleyMischka.com 4 Eye shadow palette in Defy, $62, Dior.com 5 Cuff links, $55, Ox & Bull Trading Co., Cuff Links.com 6 Jumpsuit, $250, BariJay.com 7 Painted Sea invitation, $234 for 100, Hooray Creative, Minted.com 8 Russel Wright dishware in Wedgwood (to rent), Borrowed Blu.com 9 Makeup bag in Spa Blue, $15, TheKnotShop.com 10 Ring, $36, ChloeandIsabel.com >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 65

12/26/18 9:21 AM


blush+saffron

HAUTE HUES

10

Pops of these bright hues give off a preppy and playful vibe.

1

9

2

3 4

7

choose doublestrap heels for extra support

6

5

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 66

1 Tie, $20, Ties.com 2 Flamingo gummies, $8, Sugarfina.com 3 Painted place cards in Peony, $70 for 100, Sara Hicks Malone, Minted.com 4 Lapel pin, $10, Ties.com 5 Blush in Embrace, $56, KjaerWeis.com 6 Earrings, $26, WinkofPinkShop.com 7 Shoes, $475, TamaraMellon.com 8 Dress, $285, JennyYoo .com 9 Summer Water rosé, $23, Winc.com 10 Meso pouch, $59, MarkandGraham.com >>

M AC ARONS: SHAINA LEE PHOTOGR APHY; BLUSH: ISTOCK; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

66

8

12/26/18 9:22 AM


Something they’ll actually wear again.

Personalize the perfect gifts for your bridesmaids and “I do” at ThingsRemembered.com, or a store near you.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 67

12/26/18 9:22 AM


lilac+midnight

HAUTE HUES

Pairing a pastel with a darker shade makes a sophisticated statement. 10 1

you’ll def rock these earrings after “I do”

2

3

68

4

8

1 Tomodachi by Dali flatware in Estate Blue, $70 for 16-piece set, Hampton Forge, Macys .com 2 Bow tie, $10 to rent, TheBlackTux.com 3 Diagonal Chic invitation, $244 for 100, PaperCulture.com 4 Dress, $290, Monique Lhuillier, BellaBridesmaids.com 5 Shoes, $90, SteveMadden.com 6 Ring, $275, Bounkit.com 7 Canopy Stripe Jilly cup in Lilac, $60, JillRosenwald .com 8 Clutch, $132, AdriannaPapell.com 9 Lip gloss in Via Veneto, $18, MAC Cosmetics.com 10 Earrings, $36, BaubleBar.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_04_(053_068) [P]{CHI}.indd 68

5

7

6

BOUTONNIERE: JAIMEE MORSE PHOTOGR APHY; LIP GLOSS: ISTOCK; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

9

12/26/18 9:22 AM


Rustic Elegance Scenic Outdoor Ceremony Site Panoramic Views

630.766.0304 ext. 2 - 500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville, IL - Banquets@WhitePinesGolf.com

learn more at WhitePinesGolf.com CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 69

12/26/18 9:19 AM


JULY 7

• CHICAGO

kit & chris PHOTOGR APHY BY JULIA FR ANZOSA

Ki t c a r a c o m b in a o f w h it e o f -w g a rd e n ro

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 70

r ie d t io n a n d h it e s e s .

12/26/18 9:19 AM


Watercolor fondant encased the chocolate and peanut butter cake.

Kit wore sparkling Keds fit for dancing.

71

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 71

THEIR STORY To design their wedding at the Millennium Park Rooftop Terrace, Kit Dauten (26 and a fifth grade teacher) and Chris Kalpin (27 and an economic consultant) started with the fashion. Blue-green watercolor bridesmaid dresses informed the day’s palette and romantic atmosphere, down to the cake. As for the vibe, the key word was “fun.” “We wanted an upbeat band, delicious food, an open bar, lots of dancing and a relaxed environment,” Kit says. The big hit? A photo booth with life-size cutouts of Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. —Rebecca Dalzell

12/26/18 9:19 AM


KIT & CHRIS

Se r v e rs p a s s e d a r o u n d m ni i m i l ks ah k e s .

72

Soft blues and greens flowed throughout the reception, from the table linens to lounge furniture. Roses, hydrangeas and tree ivy filled ceramic vases. At cocktail hour, Kit and Chris served vodka-lavender lemonade and beers from their favorite places: Boston’s Sam Adams 76, Hawaii’s Kona Big Wave and Chicago’s Goose Island 312.

Ap p e t i z e r s i n f r i e d Ch i l e b a s s w it h p o ta to

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 72

c lu d e d a n s e a p u r p le c r is p s .

12/26/18 9:19 AM


K IT & CHRIS’S WED D ING INGRED IENTS CEREMONY & RECEP TION SITE Millennium

Park Rooftop Terrace, Chicago P HOTOGRAP HY Julia Goss/Julia Franzosa V ID EOGRAP HY Fig Media Inc. P LANNER & EV ENT D ESIGNER Megan Estrada/North Shore Weddings and Events F LOWERS Erin McDonald Design GOWN Monique Lhuillier, Ultimate Bride,

Chicago HAIR KMD Hair Design MAK EU P Kristen Repta V EIL & HEAD B AND Ultimate Bride SHOES Bride: Keds x Kate Spade New York; groom: TheBlackTux.com ENGAGEMENT & WED D ING RINGS South Shore Diamond

Exchange B RID ESMAID D RESSES Jenny Yoo MENSWEAR TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY

F.U.N. Cards and Gifts RENTALS BBJ Linen CATERING & D ESSERTS Entertaining Company CAK E Amy Beck Cake Design OF F ICIANT

Pastor Duayne Meyer MU SIC Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra P HOTO B OOTH Kebomatic D ANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray Dance

Center TRANSP ORTATION M&M Limousine Services REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s; Peachtree Guests dined on arugula salad with berries, zucchini-encrusted halibut, eggplant lasagna and garlic-herb tenderloin. Kit and Chris kicked off the party with a dance to “You & Me” by Dave Matthews Band and kept guests energized with late-night beef and fried-chicken sliders. Whit

e bl o o m w i s t e ri a t r e e b y t he d a n c e a n d t a b le s w t o p p e d w it h a n d hu c k g r e

Place; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Greece GU ESTS 230 (see key, p. 8)

in g s s to o d f lo o r, e re ru s c u s e n e ry .

73

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 73

12/26/18 9:19 AM


MAY 12

• CHICAGO

miya & brian PHOTOGR APHY BY STUDIO THIS IS

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 74

12/26/18 9:19 AM


Ranunculus, king protea, peonies, delphinium and Queen Anne’s lace topped tables.

THEIR STORY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 75

75

For their wedding at the Art Institute of Chicago, Tamiya (Miya) Beathea (43 and president of a philanthropic online boutique) and Brian Dubin (54 and president of an international trading company) aimed for a lush, French-inspired reception. “Our vision was to create an indoor botanic garden,” Miya says. “We wanted a formal, timeless and joyful wedding.” They filled the museum’s airy modern wing with trees, dusty foliage and thousands of textured white blooms, plus giant paper roses on the chuppah. During the ceremony, the couple broke glass in honor of Brian’s Jewish beliefs and jumped the broom, symbolic of Miya’s African-American heritage, to signify a fresh start. —RD

12/26/18 9:19 AM


MIYA & BRIAN

76

During cocktail hour, the couple served Crucian rum punch, a tribute to Miya’s St. Croix roots. At the end of the night, Miya and Brian led a dance troupe to the floor for a performance of traditional and contemporary African dances. “The dancers handed out African and Caribbean hats,” Miya says. “It was so much fun.”

Th e b ri d e c a ri e d ki n g p r o t e a , s c a b io s a , t h is t le , la v e n d e r a n d h e a th e r.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 76

12/26/18 9:19 AM


...Needs YOUR Help! We here at Wish Upon a Wedding believe that every couple deserves to celebrate their love. We are a nonprofit organization that grants Wedding Wishes to adults who are facing life-altering circumstances or terminal illness. Their wish is to be married to their partner, but due to their illness, they often don’t have the time, money or resources to plan a wedding or vow renewal. With our incredible team of wedding vendors who donate their services, we are able to give our couples a day truly about them— and not their illness.

If you know an amazing couple whose love we can help celebrate, share their story with us at info@wishuponawedding.org!

HECHLER PHOTOGRAPHERS

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 77

12/26/18 9:19 AM


MIYA & BRIAN

The newlyweds cut into layers of lemon cake with strawberry buttercream and almond cake with salted caramel buttercream.

A vintage-inspired lounge gave guests a place to relax. The Dubin Dessert Bar served up mini red velvet cupcakes, cheesecake lollipops, macarons, chocolate chip cookies and pistachio panna cotta. Miya repurposed the floral chuppah as a frame for their sweetheart table.

MIYA & B RIAN’S WED D ING INGRED IENTS CEREMONY & RECEP TION SITE The Art

Institute of Chicago, Chicago P HOTOGRAP HY Jeremy Bustos/Studio This Is V ID EOGRAP HY

78

Wholehearted Wedding Film Company P LANNER Susan Cordogan/Big City Bride EV ENT D ESIGNER & F LOWERS Kehoe Designs GOWNS Ceremony: Vera Wang; reception:

Takara HAIR Brenda Castillo MAK EU P Lena Clark Beauty HEAD P IECE Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry SHOES Bride: Manolo Blahnik; groom: Salvatore Ferragamo ENGAGEMENT & WED D ING RINGS Christopher Duquet Fine

Jewelry MENSWEAR Formally Modern Tuxedo STATIONERY Big City Bride RENTALS Kehoe

Designs CATERING & D ESSERTS Bon Appétit/The Art Institute of Chicago CAK E Amy Beck Cake Design OF F ICIANT Rev. Daniel L. Harris MU SIC Ceremony: Sarlas Music; cocktail hour: Gizzae; reception: DJ Kel-Win OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Muntu Dance Theatre; photo booth: Studio This Is TRANSP ORTATION Chicago Horse & Carriage HONEYMOON Portugal & Spain GU ESTS 175 B U D GET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 78

12/26/18 9:20 AM


Hotel Arista a racts brides who like to write their own story. We invite you to learn more at 630.579.4100 or weddings@hotelarista.com ¡ www.hotelarista.

Naperville, IL

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 79 HA_TheKnot_Apr18.indd 1

12/26/1810:54:59 9:20 AM 3/21/2018 AM


JUNE 30

• GLENCOE

chelsea & andrew PHOTOGR APHY BY KRISTIN L A VOIE PHOTOGR APHY

Chelsea carried tweedia, mint, lamb’s ear and dusty miller grown on a West Side flower farm.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 80

12/26/18 9:20 AM


Ak e b i a , s w e vin e s , p e o n d e l p hin i u m ro s e s c o v e r t h e c hu p p a

e t p e a ie s , a n d e d h .

THEIR STORY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 81

81

Chelsea Callahan (28 and works at a food nonprofit) grew up near the Chicago Botanic Garden, so it was a natural place to host her wedding to Andrew Huson (28 and a commercial finance manager). Chelsea’s mother painted floral invitations that set the tone for a horticulturalthemed celebration that focused on fresh, local ingredients. “We wanted it to feel like a cozy, beautiful farm dinner,” Chelsea says. The couple used potted succulents as escort cards and printed menus on biodegradable seeded paper. “It had flecks of lavender and wildflower seeds so you can just tear it up, put it in dirt, water it and flowers will grow,” Chelsea says. —RD

12/26/18 9:20 AM


CHEL SE A & ANDREW

Globe lights and greenery hung over the dance floor.

82

Edible gold lash garnished layers of vanilla-almond cake with vanilla-almond buttercream and banana cake with chocolate ganache and peanut butter buttercream. “When choosing vendors, we wanted to support women-owned small businesses as much as possible,” Chelsea says. “That led us to some truly amazing people.”

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 82

12/26/18 9:20 AM


MIGNONETTE BRIDAL timeless wedding gowns for the modern muse

chicago showroom by appointment CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 83

mignonettebridal.com 12/26/18 9:20 AM


CHEL SE A & ANDREW

CHELSEA & AND REW’S WED D ING INGRED IENTS CEREMONY & RECEP TION SITE Chicago Botanic

Garden, Chicago P HOTOGRAP HY Kristin La Voie Photography V ID EOGRAP HY PenWeddings P LANNER Kristy Diana/Lola Event Productions

Gold terrariums, wood planters and mismatched china topped farm-style tables, where guests dined on beef with crispy oyster mushrooms and grilled salmon with shaved asparagus salad and sweet corn puree. The newlyweds danced to “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson.

F LOWERS Cornelia McNamara Flowers GOWN

84

Mira Zwillinger, Ultimate Bride, Chicago HAIR Shaun Lewis/Solo Salon MAK EU P Shannon

St r a w b c h e ri b e a n s p r s n a c k a b le

e ri e s a o v id d é c

e s , n d e d o r.

Marie Meimke/Rare Bird Beauties V EIL Ultimate Bride SHOES Bride: René Caovilla; groom: Allen Edmond ENGAGEMENT RING Gottlieb Diamond and Fine Jewelry WED D ING RINGS New York Jewelers B RID ESMAID D RESSES Various MENSWEAR Daniel George STATIONERY Invitation design: DIY & Bella Figura; programs, escort cards & menus: Steracle Press RENTALS BBJ Linen; Bowery & Bash; Cornelia McNamara Flowers; The Festive Frog; Hall’s CATERING Culinary Landscape CAK E & D ESSERTS Bon Vivant Cakes OF F ICIANT Jon Plotkin (family friend) MU SIC The Chicago Players P HOTO B OOTH Fotio D ANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray

Dance Centers F AV ORS Mini succulents: Cornelia McNamara Flowers TRANSP ORTATION Windy City Limousine REGISTRY Zola.com HONEYMOON Japan & Thailand GU ESTS 200 B U D GET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

CHITKRSS19_Sect_05_(069_084) [P]{CHI}.indd 84

12/26/18 9:20 AM


Photo by Averyhouse Decor by HMR Designs

MAKE A FASHION STATEMENT

WEDDING

WITH A TRULY

WALDORF ASTORIA CHICAGO

ICONIC SET TING.

Ashley.Johnson@waldorfastoria.com waldorfastoriachicagohotel.com

Your story begins here.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 85

11 East Walton, Chicago I 312.646.1324

12/26/18 9:52 AM


S EPTEM BER 30

• CHI CAGO

laura & lauren PHOTOGR APHY BY

86

MARK TREL A PHOTOGR APHY

Laura (right) wore a lace top with a long skirt, and Lauren rocked a linen blazer and her favorite pants.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 86

12/26/18 9:52 AM


La u r e n d e s ig n le t t e r p in v it

’s a u n t e d th e re s s e d a t io n s .

THEIR STORY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 87

87

Family is so important to Laura Chappetto (35) and Lauren Flynn (29), who co-own a real estate and design firm, that they chose a reception date significant to both sides: Laura’s parents’ anniversary and Lauren’s late mother’s birthday. After a legal wedding in May 2017, the brides gathered 125 guests for an autumn cocktail party at Galleria Marchetti, which Lauren’s family owns. The couple wanted the wedding to echo the dinners they often host together, with a cheese board and lots of candles. Reclaimed wood tables, string lights and framed photos of late loved ones enhanced the homey atmosphere, while Spanish guitar music and elegant garlands brought things up a notch. —RD

12/26/18 9:52 AM


L AUR A & L AUREN

G u e s t s c o u ld b a g d o u g h n u ts to g o .

LAU RA & LAU REN’S WED D ING INGRED IENTS CEREMONY SITE Katherine Legge Memorial

88

Park, Hinsdale RECEP TION SITE Galleria Olive branches on marble columns framed the outdoor dining room, where guests sampled small plates and Spanish cheeses. The almond cake with cream cheese filling celebrated Laura’s parents’ wedding anniversary, with their initials drawn in the lemon frosting.

Marchetti, Chicago P HOTOGRAP HY Mark Trela Photography P LANNER DIY F LOWERS Life In Bloom ATTIRE Laura: top: BHLDN, skirt: Nordstrom; Lauren: blazer: J. Crew, shirt: Adolfo Dominguez, pants: Chico’s HAIR & MAK EU P Zazu Salon & Day Spa SHOES Laura:

Sophia Webster; Lauren: Christian Louboutin ENGAGEMENT RING Custom WED D ING RINGS Zabler Design Jewelers STATIONERY

Invitations: Ashley’s Stationery; menus: Imagination Print & Design RENTALS BBJ Linen; MDM Entertainment; Northern Decor; Tablescapes Event Rentals CATERING Galleria Marchetti CAK E ECBG Cake Studio CAK E TOP P ER Etsy.com D ESSERTS BB’s Baby Donuts OF F ICIANT Ryan Knapp (friend) MU SIC Ken

Arlen Evolution Orchestra; guitarist: Carlo Basile REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Williams Sonoma; Zola.com HONEYMOON Spain GU ESTS 125 B U D GET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 88

12/26/18 9:52 AM


B E C A U S E Y O U C A N O N LY C A P T U R E A M O M E N T O N C E .

W WW.JHY D EPHOTOGRA PHY.COM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 89

12/26/18 9:52 AM


S EPTEM BER 30

• CHAM

PAI GN

brittany & coulter PHOTOGR APHY BY

90

WRIGHT PHOTOGR APHS

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 90

12/26/18 9:52 AM


THEIR STORY

Bri t t a n w a lk th e a h e r

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 91

91

Brittany Banks (31 and works in health system communications) and Coulter Simon (32 and a painting supervisor) both come from musical families, so their wedding at the Prairie Glass House was filled with meaningful songs. Coulter wrote the piece that Brittany walked down the aisle to, and his mom sang one of her son’s favorite John Lennon tunes. Even the DJ was a close friend of Brittany’s family. Personal touches also extended to the rest of the autumnal celebration, which was studded with rich tones of burgundy and forest green. Brittany’s aunt officiated the ceremony, a creative friend designed the program and another baked an array of cookies. —RD

y’ s n i e c e e d d o w n is le w it h p a re n ts .

12/26/18 9:53 AM


BRIT TANY & COULTER

B RITTANY & COU LTER’S WED D ING INGRED IENTS

92

CEREMONY & RECEP TION SITE Prairie Glass

“We wanted the mood to be soft and inviting,” Brittany says. Twinkle lights and gold candelabras gave the tent a warm glow, and eucalyptus ran down the head table, where guests dined on grilled chicken, potato gratin and seasonal veggies. The newlyweds danced to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison.

House, Champaign P HOTOGRAP HY Kelsey and Blaine Wright/Wright Photographs V ID EOGRAP HY Jorden Mosley P LANNER

Lumen EV ENT D ESIGNER Shamiira Brown/I Do The 17-acre property includes a prairie forest and pond.

Events and Lumen F LOWERS Tammie Lawson GOWN Allure Bridals, Michelle’s Bridal

and Tuxedo, Urbana HAIR Kane + Company MAK EU P Lindsey Morr SHOES Pink2Blue,

Etsy.com ENGAGEMENT RING MJ Reed Jewelers WED D ING RINGS Helzberg Diamonds B RID ESMAID D RESSES Lulus.com; Nordstrom MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank F LOWER GIRL ATTIRE Nordstrom STATIONERY Invitations:

Kelly Graves Design; programs: Kelly Fairchild RENTALS Herriott’s CATERING Raquel Aikman

Ritz CAK E Hopscotch Bakery + Market CAK E TOP P ER AllCakeToppersForYou, Etsy.com OF F ICIANT Dawn Blackman (bride’s aunt) MU SIC

Ceremony: David Thies; reception: Minor Jackson TRANSP ORTATION Peoria Charter REGISTRIES

Target; West Elm HONEYMOON Lake Tahoe, NV GU ESTS 210 B U D GET $$ (see key, p. 8)

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 92

12/26/18 9:53 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 93

12/26/18 9:53 AM


MAY 25

• CHICAGO

jacquie & chinar

Ja Ch i n a ro in Ro

c q u ie a n d a r c r u is e d u n d to w n a v in t a g e l l s - Ro y c e .

PHOTOGR APHY BY PEN / CARLSON

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 94

12/26/18 9:53 AM


G o ld p e n d a n t lig h t s h u n g b e h in d t h e c e r e m o n y mandap.

95

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 95

THEIR STORY For their wedding, Jacquie Pelusi (31 and a marketing account manager) and Chinar Desai (32 and a marketing VP) struggled with how to respect his parents’ Indian traditions while including their American friends and family. The two-hour Hindu ritual wasn’t going to fly, so the couple created a hybrid ceremony with their sisters as officiants. “We performed the three most auspicious moments of the Hindu ceremony as well as American vows,” Chinar says. “It was only 15 minutes, but we packed in a ton of love and cultural meaning.” —RD

12/26/18 9:53 AM


JACQUIE & CHINAR

The newlyweds danced to “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Jacquie and Chinar served dishes that nodded to their respective Italian and Indian heritages, like samosas, lamb meatballs, Barolo-braised short ribs and chicken tikka masala. Jacquie’s mom and her friends baked more than 1,000 cookies for dessert, while Chinar’s mom provided Indian sweets.

J ACQ UIE & CHINAR’ S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Ovation

Chicago, Chicago PHOTOGRAPHY Kiri Pen Carlson and Brett Carlson of Pen / Carlson DAY-OF COORDINATOR Kate Lerman/Chicago

96

Vintage Weddings FLOWERS Steve’s Flower Market BRIDAL ATTIRE Skirt: Theia, Alice in Ivory, Chicago; top: Mignonette Bridal, Chicago HAIR Refined Beauty MAKEUP Emily Wolf SHOES Shoes of Prey ENGAGEMENT RING

Digby and Iona, Asrai Garden WEDDING RINGS Dallas Maynard Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Jacket: Ted

Baker; Indian attire: Chandni Exclusive, Chicago; groomsmen ties: The Tie Bar STATIONERY Invitations by Dawn CATERING & RENTALS Feast & Imbibe DESSERTS DIY OFFICIANTS Jamie Pelusi (bride’s sister); Sweta Patel (groom’s sister) MUSIC Diskokitty/Style Matters PHOTO BOOTH Ovation Chicago FAV ORS Custom matches: ForYourParty.com TRANSPORTATION Rolls-Royce: Ovation Chicago REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Anthropologie;

Honeyfund.com HONEYMOON California GUESTS 127 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

It a l ia n ru s c u s a n d p illa r c a n d le s d e c o r a t e d t a lb e s .

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 96

12/26/18 9:53 AM


FOR THOSE WHO DESIRE T H E V E RY B E S T

T HE PAVIL ION at ORC H A R D R ID G E FA R M S 6786 YALE BRIDGE ROAD · ROCKTON, IL 61072 · 815.629.2220 www.orchardridgefarms.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 97

12/26/18 9:53 AM


Designers: Allure Bridals Azul by Liancarlo Blush by Hayley Paige Calla Blanche Eddy K Lazaro Maggie Sottero Martina Liana Mikaella Mikael D—New in 2019 Pronovias Sottero and Midgley Stella York

Serving brides for nearly 50 years

Tara Keely

53 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL

Ti Adora

847-438-7603

CHITKRSS19_Sect_06_(085_098) [P]{CHI}.indd 98

12/26/18 9:53 AM


La u r a ’ s c l o s d e s i g n e d he l a c e - a n d - s il w e d d in g d r

e fr ie n d r k e s s .

JULY 14

• CHICAGO

laura & harris PHOTOGR APHY BY NATALIE PROBST PHOTOGR APHY

99

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 99

12/26/18 9:51 AM


L AUR A & HARRIS

100

THEIR STORY When you get married under a soaring Tiffany stained-glass dome, a grand celebration is in order. So for their wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center, Laura Klairmont (30 and a journalist) and Harris Rendelstein (30 and works in real estate finance) filled the historic space with candles, covered their chuppah in roses and sunflowers (Laura’s late grandmother’s favorite) and set manzanita trees on tables. “We wanted the décor to feel lush and romantic,” Laura says. “Our goal was to bring the outside in.” —RD

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 100

La u r a ’ s b r i d e s m a i d s w e r e t o ld t o c h o o s e t h e ir o w n d r e s s e s , w it h f lo w y a n d r o m a n t ic b e in g t h e k e y w o r d s .

12/26/18 9:51 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 101

12/26/18 9:51 AM


L AUR A & HARRIS

Ag o s p e l e s c o rte d fro m c o c h o u r to d

c h o ir g u e s ts k t a il in n e r.

The invitation’s slanted brush lettering and floral crest set the tone for the wedding design. Ceramic vases held centerpieces of roses, sunflowers, seeded eucalyptus and cocculus foliage. Guests dined on tomato-burrata salad, steak with crispy smashed potatoes, wild Scottish salmon and gnocchi.

LAU RA & HARRIS’S WED D ING INGRED IENTS CEREMONY & RECEP TION SITE Chicago

Cultural Center, Chicago P HOTOGRAP HY Natalie Probst Photography V ID EOGRAP HY Xpress Video Productions EV ENT D ESIGNER

102

& F LOWERS Kehoe Designs GOWN Samantha

Sleeper, New York City HAIR Renee Feldman Salon MAK EU P Stellair Beauty V EIL Samantha Sleeper SHOES Bride: Tabitha Simmons; groom: Paul Stuart ENGAGEMENT RING Delage Jewelers WED D ING RINGS Family heirloom B RID ESMAID D RESSES Various MENSWEAR Franco Ercole STATIONERY EVR

Paper RENTALS Kehoe Designs CATERING Paramount Events CAK E Alliance Bakery D ESSERTS Sweet Shot Cookies OF F ICIANT

Rabbi Evan Moffic MU SIC The Golden Coast All Stars GOSP EL CHOIR Gold Coast Events Gospel Choir REGISTRIES Heath Ceramics; Zola.com HONEYMOON Italy GU ESTS 230 B U D GET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

Fri e n d s l i ft e d u p t h e n e w ly w e d s d u ri n g t h e h o r a .

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 102

12/26/18 9:51 AM


RIVERS We make it a perfect day.

• Attention to Detail • A Magical Wedding Day • A Focus on the Guest • Rivers Weddings are Beautiful and Affordable • Largest Covered Patio in Downtown Chicago • The Perfect Location • Delicious Cuisine • Weddings are Five-Star Rated

30 S. WACKER DR., CHICAGO, IL • 312-559-1515 EXT. 103 • RIVERSRESTAURANT.COM Elaine Simcox – Rivers Venue Coordinator | Dan Letcher – General Manager

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 103

12/26/18 9:51 AM


HISTORIC SURROUNDINGS STYLISH ATMOSPHERE PRISTINE GOLF COURSE EXPERT EVENT P NNERS

Make Memories.

hevy Chase Country Club is a historic venue he with all the right contemporary touches. The elegant clubhouse, situated amidst beautifully landscaped grounds, is poised to provide unforg f ettable moments for a new generation. forg Backed by a commitment to service excellence, Chevy Chase can host weddings, corporate events, life celebrations and golf outings with skill and ease.

847.465.2311 www.chevychasecountryclub.com

ountry lub

hevy hase & B A N Q UE T F A C IL IT IE S

Elegant • Expert Planners • Indoor/Outdoor Events • Unique CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 104

12/26/18 9:51 AM


SEPTEMBER 2

• CHICAGO

brittany & brandon PHOTOGR APHY BY STUDIO FINCH

105

Brittany carried a bouquet of roses, dahlias, astilbe and snapdragons. Brandon’s boutonniere was a single ranunculus.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 105

12/26/18 9:51 AM


A friend built the copper ceremony arch that was decorated with cymbidium orchids, snapdragons and wax flowers.

BRIT TANY & BR ANDON

106

THEIR STORY What happens when a food scientist and an innovation consultant get married? They turn the wedding menu upside down. Exhibit A: Brittany Towers (29 and the scientist) and Brandon Lewis (29 and the consultant) served breakfast for dinner. “We often make ‘brinner’ when eating at home, and we thought, why not have that for our wedding?” Brittany says. “We both love breakfast food and wanted to share that with our guests.” At cocktail hour, the couple served mimosas with sriracha deviled eggs and chicken-and-waffle bites. Then they opened a Bloody Mary bar for a dinner of smoked salmon, lavender French toast and bourbonmaple-glazed bacon. —RD

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 106

12/26/18 9:51 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 107

12/26/18 9:51 AM


BRIT TANY & BR ANDON

BRITTANY & BRANDON’ S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

108

Brandon’s custom suit, lined with a lavender paisley pattern, informed the blue, burgundy, pink and ivory color palette. Macarons topped the white cake with lemon curd and salted caramel. Brittany and Brandon also served cups of ice cream from Jeni’s, where they had their first date. Th e d a n a c o o f “ Sa m

n e w c e d u s t ic La t c Sm

ly w e d s to a n v e rs i o n h ” b y it h .

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Joinery,

Chicago PHOTOGRAPHY Ela and Jason Finch/ Studio Finch V IDEOGRAPHY Our Wedding Movie DAY-OF COORDINATOR Stacey Mason/Best

Day Ever Exquisite Events FLOWERS Flowers for Dreams GOWN Alexandra Grecco, Alice in Ivory, Chicago HAIR The Indigo Room Salon MAKEUP Crystal-Eyez HEADPIECE USABride, Etsy.com SHOES Bride: Ted Baker; groom: Winson

Indonesia ENGAGEMENT RING & WEDDING RINGS Brilliant Earth BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Azazie.com; Bill Levkoff MENSWEAR Groom: Gulati Bespoke; tie & pocket square: The Tie Bar; socks: Happy Socks; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; Vistaprint.com; escort cards: Best Day Ever Exquisite Events CATERING Hearty Boys CAKE Vanille Patisserie DESSERTS Do-Rite Donuts; Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams OFFICIANT Pastor Rollan Fisher MUSIC

Ceremony: Manny Torres; reception: DJ Drea PHOTO BOOTH Studio Finch FAV ORS Gatorade TRANSPORTATION Chicago Cloud9 Limousine REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Crate & Barrel; The

Knot Newlywed Fund HONEYMOON Spain & Italy GUESTS 120 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 108

12/26/18 9:52 AM


CUSTOMIZE, COORDINATE,

Celebrate!

BRIAN JARREAU PHOTOGRAPHY

• ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 50 TO 550 GUESTS

• SOUNDPROOF ROOMS • ON-SITE CEREMONY

• DRAMATIC HIGH CEILINGS

• AMPLE PARKING

• GRANITE DANCE FLOORS

• ON-SITE CATERING

• BRIDAL SUITES

847.952.8181 • MERIDIANBANQUETS.COM 1701 ALGONQUIN ROAD, ROLLING MEADOWS, IL 60008

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 109

12/26/18 9:52 AM


Romance, Elegance, Excitement...

Colin Lyons Photography

MAKRAY MEMORIAL GOLF CLUB BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS

Colin Lyons Photography

The Wedding Studio

cJefko Photography

Colin Lyons Photography

SOMETHING BLUE PHOTOGRAPHY

-

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 110

-

12/26/18 9:52 AM


MAY 27

• CHICAGO

alexandra & jaysen PHOTOGR APHY BY STACY ABLE PHOTOGR APHY

111

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 111

12/26/18 9:52 AM


ALE X ANDR A & JAYSEN

112

THEIR STORY Keeping 420 wedding guests full, engaged and entertained is no easy task, but it’s one Alexandra Galanopoulos (31 and a boutique owner) knew she and Jaysen Euler (34 and a chef) were prepared for from the time they met. During a meal at a family friend’s restaurant, Chef Jaysen made sure Alexandra and her parents were enjoying their food. When she returned another time, he asked for her number. After a Vegas proposal and a 15-month engagement, they held a traditional Greek Orthodox church ceremony, followed by a fun, glamorous 1920sinspired reception. They skipped long speeches (“Buzzkill,” Alexandra says) and extended the cocktail hour, sending guests home with personalized room keys and "insane" desserts. —Louis Baragona

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 112

“ Ou r c a k e w a s m o r e o f a s h o w p i e c e ,” t h e b r i d e s a y s . Ne a r l y s i x f e e t t a l l , t h e Ta h i t i a n v a n illa c r e a t io n w a s c o v e r e d in h a n d m a d e s u g a r o r c h id s .

12/26/18 9:52 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 113

12/26/18 9:52 AM


ALE X ANDR A & JAYSEN

Alexandra and Jaysen cite the Roaring Twenties as a “huge inspiration” for their reception décor. They brought the gilded era to life with gold, even on the dance floor. For more vintage glam, they chose phalaenopsis orchids, which mimic the look of feathers when arranged.

ALEX & JAYSEN’ S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Annunciation Greek Orthodox

Cathedral of Chicago, Chicago RECEPTION SITE Hilton Chicago, Chicago PHOTOGRAPHY Stacy Able Photography VIDEOGRAPHY FurlaVision

114

Films PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Manikas Designs FLOWERS Kehoe Designs GOWN Ersa Atelier, Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, Chicago HAIR Michelle Gabriel MAKEUP Anastasia Brides HAIR COMB Maria Elena SHOES Bride: Rene Caovilla;

groom: Calvin Klein ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Razny Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Hayley Paige MENSWEAR Calvin Klein FLOWER GIRL/RING BEARER ATTIRE Flower girls:

VonMaur.com; Ring bearers: Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Invitations: C’est Papier Inc.;

programs & menus: Papagraphics Custom Design RENTALS Kehoe Designs CATERING Hilton

Chicago CAKE I Want a Cake DESSERTS Alliance Bakery; Oak Mill Bakery; Papagalino; Vanille Patisserie OFFICIANT Rev. Fr. Stamatios G. Sfikas MUSIC Larry King Orchestra TRANSPORTATION

M&M Limousine Services REGISTRIES Bed “ W e h a d u ri Al e x a n d r a fo r e v e n o t— e v e r

CHITKRSS19_Sect_07_(099_114) [P]{CHI}.indd 114

d G r e e k d a n c in g n g b a n d b r e a ks , ” s a y s . “ It w a s f u n ry o n e — G re e k o r y b o d y jo in e d in !”

Bath & Beyond; Bloomingdale’s; Crate & Barrel HONEYMOON Riviera Maya, Mexico GUESTS 420 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

12/26/18 9:52 AM


A N E S C A P E F R O M T H E O R D I N A R Y. . .

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, IL | 815-836-8617 | TheMonteBelloEstate.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 115

12/26/18 9:49 AM


MAY 12

• CHICAGO

mona & eliot

Th e c o u p l e t c o n c r e t e ju n c it y fo r t h e lit e o f th e G a r Co n s e r v a g r o o m ’s “ f a v o r in h is n a t iv e

ra d e d th e g le o f t h e r a l ju n g le f i e l d Pa r k to ry — th e it e p la c e ” Ch i c a g o .

PHOTOGR APHY BY L AYL A ELOA PHOTOGR APHY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 116

12/26/18 9:49 AM


Na t u r a l w o o a n d e u c a ly p p l a y e d u p t he ba c k d r o p o f r e c e p t io n s p

d tu s lu s h th e a c e .

THEIR STORY

MONA & ELIOT’S WED D ING INGRED IENTS CEREMONY & RECEP TION SITE Garfield

Park Conservatory, Chicago P HOTOGRAP HY Layla Eloa Photography EV ENT & F LORAL D ESIGNER Atmosphere Events Group

117

Physicians Mona Azeem (37) and Eliot Ku (31) met during his residency, but they didn’t fall in love in an operating room. They bonded over “climbing adventures,” which led to “a fateful trip that left us stranded under a rock during a heavy mountain rainstorm,” cuddling for warmth, Eliot says. When they decided to get married, they skipped a formal proposal—and formal planning. This left them making several major decisions mere days before their wedding all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the end, it was worth the whirlwind: “Mona and I took a moment together to take in the scene of all these people we love together in one place,” Eliot says. “We had actually pulled off quite a fun event.” —LB

GOWN & V EIL Misha Lakhani, Karachi,

Pakistan HAIR & MAK EU P Audrey Tunis SHOES Bride: J.Crew; groom: Cole Haan WED D ING RINGS John Thomas Jewelers,

Albuquerque, NM MENSWEAR Suit: J.Crew; tie: TheTieBar.com STATIONERY Invitations: Zazzle.com; escort cards: Minted.com RENTALS & CATERING Food for Thought CAK E CAKE CAK E TOP P ER Atmosphere Events Group OF F ICIANT Ryan Connolly (friend) MU SIC

Tony Argentine HONEYMOON Iceland GU ESTS 100 B U D GET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 117

12/26/18 9:49 AM


JULY 1

• BOCA GRANDE, FL

charlotte & frank PHOTOGR APHY BY L AUREN FAIR PHOTOGR APHY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 118

12/26/18 9:49 AM


N IO AT G N IN TI D ES ED D W

Fuchsia wrap dresses were an exact match for the bridesmaids’ bold bouquets.

119

THEIR STORY When 110 of their closest family members and friends traveled over 4,000 miles from London to witness them tie the knot, Charlotte Hill (26 and works at Disney) and Francesco (Frank) Piazza (27 and works at Netflix) expressed their gratitude by hosting an epic, weekend-long bash that called for a champagne cruise, piña-colada-fueled disco dance party and a casual barbecue to close out the celebrations. “Our wedding felt like one big sleepover with all of our favorite people,” Charlotte says. —Rachel Sylvester

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 119

12/26/18 9:49 AM


D E W STI ED NA D TI IN O G N Pe o n i e s , g a r d e n ro e s , s p ra y ro s e s , a n e m o n e s a n d t u lip s w e r e a r a n g e d w it h s e e d e d e u c a ly p t u s a n d g re e n e ry .

120

Paper airplane escort cards detailing the names of city-inspired reception tables were displayed next to a calligraphed globe that hinted at the evening’s subtle travel motif. “I definitely wanted the travel details to feel subtle and not too much like a themed event,” Charlotte says. “We really focused on what would make our wedding fun: good food, good wine, great music and lots of dancing with a few surprises along the way.”

THE WELCOME P ARTY Inspired by Miami’s lively nightlife scene, the couple hosted a luxe pool party at the hotel’s beach club, where “Lullaby” singer Shawn Mullins performed a 30-minute acoustic set for the crowd. Fresh pineapple centerpieces, palm-print table linens and punchy pillows played up the tropical vibe, along with oversize pool floats and an ice cream sundae bar. “After the meal and live music, we jumped in the pool and partied until 11 p.m.,” Charlotte says. “There were definitely some hangovers on our wedding day.”

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 120

12/26/18 9:49 AM


Make Our House Your House Celebrate your love story with us and let our talented staff handle every detail! Amid the casinos and bright lights, you can find an authentic Southern Delta juke joint atmosphere at House of Blues and Foundation Room Las Vegas. Located in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, these incredible venues are the perfect locations to host your wedding! • • • •

Accommodates 25-220 seated OR 25-2700 reception style Two venues with nine unique spaces Full weddings, ceremonies or receptions only Full-service events staff

Special Events Sales Manager, Catrina Nino • CatrinaNino@LiveNation.com • 702-632-9416

WWW.HOUSEOFBLUES.COM/LASVEGAS/PE CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 121

12/26/18 9:49 AM


D E W STI ED NA D TI IN O G N

CHARLOTTE & FRANK’ S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Banyan Street, Boca Grande, FL RECEPTION SITE The Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca

122

Grande, FL PHOTOGRAPHY Lauren and Tim Fair/ A miniature UK Post Office box served as the guestbook, and partygoers were encouraged to leave handwritten well wishes on vintage postcards. Rather than print paper place cards to denote the seating arrangements, guests’ names were written on drinking glasses using a wine pen.

Lauren Fair Photography EV ENT DESIGN & FLOWERS Ashton Events OFFICIANT Ben

Lapides (friend) GOWN Aire Barcelona, Golden Sash Bridal, London HAIR & MAKEUP Brides by Kelly Anne V EIL Maria Elena Headpieces SHOES Christian Louboutin ENGAGEMENT RING BlueNile.com WEDDING RINGS Bride:

BlueNile.com; groom: Cartier EARRINGS BlueNile.com BRIDESMAID DRESSES Valet Vite, London MENSWEAR Hermès; Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker STATIONERY Wouldn’t It Be Lovely SIGN-IN BOOK Host & Toast RENTALS A Chair Affair; DJ Jacob Co; Kate

Ryan Linens; Nüage Designs; Quest Events; Wish Vintage Rentals CATERING & CAKE The Gasparilla Inn & Club MUSIC DJ Jacob Co; Ryan Blakemore; Shawn Mullins; The Headliners Band TRANSPORTATION Kappy’s Market ACCOMMODATIONS The Gasparilla Inn & Club REGISTRY The Wedding Shop GUESTS 110

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 122

12/26/18 9:49 AM


Make your day a destination

275 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931 866-397-1227 | pinkshell.com/weddings | pinkshellweddings PHOTO BY KATE SPENCER PHOTOGRAPHY

Advertisement

WANTED

123

A twist on tradition Jen Lynne Photography; Gown: Francesca Miranda/Dimitra’s Bridal Couture

FOUND

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 123

A ball gown with f lower power Find just the right bridal salon for your style and budget on The Knot.

12/26/18 9:49 AM


124

bold backdrop Co u p l e s p o r t r a i t s a r e m o r e f u n a g a i n s t a n o v e r s i z e To u c a n Sa m m u r a l . Ho w c a n y o u r e s i s t ? Dr e s s b y Ch r i s t i a n Si r i a n o . c o m

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 124

12/26/18 9:49 AM


ST YLE

morning matrimony Take sunny daytime nuptials up a notch with a bright color palette and personality-packed details. B Y ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO EV ENT D ESIGN B Y COLOR POP EVENTS P HOTOGR AP HY B Y JESSICA HUNT PHOTOGR APHY F LOR ALS B Y BL ADE FLOR AL + EVENT DESIGNS P AP ER GOOD S B Y SUITESMITH LINENS B Y NÜAGE DESIGNS C AK E B Y THE HUDSON CAKERY COOK IES B Y COOKIES FOR A CAUSE NYC

125

When Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events got the itch to reinvent the daytime wedding, there was no place more perfect (or colorful) to do so than Kellogg’s New York City café. But this isn’t your basic brunch bash. Infused with hues that pop, charming design accents and lots breakfast puns (win!), the inspiration packed into this playful scene will make for a meal, and marriage, you won’t forget. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 125

12/26/18 9:49 AM


126

ST YLE

suite or savory Sk i r t t r a d i t i o m o re fu n th a b r ig h t c o lo r s in v it a t io n s u W h o w o u ld n

n w n f a n it e ’t w

it h o rm d p th a a n

w e d d in g s a l . He r e , g la y fu l lin g o t s c re a m s , t to a tte n d

t a t io ra p h a ll a “ m im th a t

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 126

n e ry ic fo n d d u p o s a s p a rty

t h a t ’s ts , to a n fo r a ll!” ?

12/26/18 9:50 AM


disco “I dos” For a space worthy of a celebration (your vows, duh), pump up the volume with colorful enamel stools, eye-catching florals and, of course, a ’70s-inspired disco ball.

a bit of frosting

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 127

127

Three-stone rings— extra popular now thanks to Meghan Markle—represent the past, present and future. >>

12/26/18 9:50 AM


fruity favors

ST YLE

Fo r a c e r e a l - o a w e s o m e g o o g ift , p a c k a g e y o u r c h ild h o o fa v o r it e c e r e a a n d m ilk fo r g

u s ly d b y e u p d ls u e s ts .

diner style th e re tro s t v ib e s to m m e n u s d t o b r ig h t b o a rd s a t t t in g .

128

Pl a y u p b re a k fa w it h c u a tta c h e r e d c lip e a c h s e

ah, sugar sugar sunny-side up W a n t y “ h a p p y p a le t t e y e llo w

o u r b lo � ? Op t , lik e t h a n d p in

o m fo is k

s r a re o n

to s a y z e s ty d , o ra n g e , e .

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 128

Ha v e a n e s p e c i a l l y c o o l v e n u e ? Be s u re to a s k y o u r p h o to g ra p h e r to s h o o t p o r t r a it s o f y o u a n d y o u r h o n e y , h o n e y a r o u n d t h e l o c a l e . >>

12/26/18 9:50 AM


Your VISION. Your STYLE. Your DAY.

Mention this ad for complimentary late night snacks & 10% off your wedding!

Schedule your appointment today to see our NEW ballroom space! Picture yourself in a ballroom illuminated by the soft glow of votive candles and colored uplights. Or perhaps a tented pavilion serving as your blank slate to make all your wedding visions come to life. No matter your style, it’s your day. We’ll make sure it’s unforgettable. 1400 CORPORETUM DRIVE | LISLE.REGENCY.HYATT.COM | CATERING@HYATTLISLE.COM | 630.852.1234 New business only. Must mention at time of contract. Not valid with any other discounts or promotions.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 129

12/26/18 9:50 AM


ST YLE

tasty topper Ad d a s w e e t f i n i s h i n g t o u c h t o y o u r t ie r e d c o n fe c t io n w it h a p la y fu l d o u g h n u t c a k e t o p p e r, lik e t h is o n e f r o m Tr e a t Ho u s e .

altar twist Fo r a m o r e m o d e rn c e re s c e n e , s w a p t r a d it io n a l a w it h t w o m e p illa r s d r a p e in f lo r a ls .

m th rc ta d h

e

o n y

l

balanced breakfast u e s t s la u g s n a c k in g ) fo r-e a c h -o a c o n a n d s u g a r c o o

h in g w it h th e r e g g s k ie s .

130

G e t g (a n d m a d e b

dunk’n doughnuts No o n e w i l l b e a b le t o r e s is t s p r in k le -c o v e r e d t r e a t s . M ilk fo r d ip p in g is a m u s t . TA K E O U R S T Y L E Q U I Z O N The K not Wedding P lanner app

CHITKRSS19_Sect_08_(115_130) [P]{CHI}.indd 130

12/26/18 9:51 AM


We share your vision for a perfect night. Let Hilton Rosemont make all of your dreams a reality. • Elegant & spacious ballrooms • Minutes from O’Hare International Airport with complimentary airport shuttle

• Exceptional service • Innovative cuisine • Luxurious accommodations

5550 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL | 1-847-678-4488 | www.rosemont.hilton.com @HiltonRosemont

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 131

12/26/18 9:45 AM


Carolyn Scott Photography

Advertisement

WANTED

To share all the details with my guests—once FOUND

A wedding website they can access anywhere THE KNOT WEDDING WEBSITES Tell your story, share your registry and manage your guests all in one place on The Knot.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 132

12/26/18 9:45 AM


ST YLE

slice by slice

We’re serving up every delicious cake detail you need to know. B Y ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO P HOTOGR AP H B Y DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS

Your cake is probably one of the most anticipated elements of your wedding—after all, who doesn’t like dessert? And while it’s bound to be delicious no matter what you do, there are a few things you should know about your confection before you sit down with a baker or start sampling frostings. Allow us to fill you in. >> 133

add pattern to tie in a motif, like buds from your invitations

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 133

12/26/18 9:45 AM


ST YLE

must-read wedding cake tips Keep these pointers in mind to get the tiered confection of your dreams.

1

Nail down your style, then choose your cake. You may love a rustic semi-naked cake, but if you’re hosting a black-tie ballroom wedding, the two styles may not jive. Before deciding on the look of your cake, figure out certain specifics about your event, like the venue, palette and vibe. That way, your cake will complement— and not compete with—your overall wedding look.

134

2

Consider the siz e of your space ( and guest list) . When deciding what size cake to order, first look to your guest count. Three tiers typically serve between 50 and 100 guests, so if your list is in the hundreds, increase your order. Second, consider your venue. Hosting in a tent with a grand ceiling? Add Styrofoam tiers (yes, that’s a thing!) to up the height and make your cake proportional to your space.

3

B udget for the flavor and details you want. Cakes are generally priced by the slice and can range from $3 to a whopping $30 per slice (and beyond), depending on the flavors, filling and frosting you choose. If you have your taste buds set on an custom combo, put aside extra funds to cover it. This goes for decorative additions too. Fresh fruits and flowers can often be applied for a small fee, while delicate, hand-crafted sugar blooms or intricate detailing will take a baker more time to create—and cost you more money.

4

D on’t forget to finish it off. Before your event, pass off your cake topper to your baker, planner or catering manager so they can place it on your cake for its big reveal. A classic figurine is a traditional choice, but more and more couples are using the cake topper as a moment of personalization in their day. Choose something that represents you as a duo, like a clay model of your pet, figurines of your favorite action heroes or a monogrammed acrylic sign.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 134

have your cake and eat it too (even a year later) The 411 on saving your sweet for your first anniversary.

There’s simply no way your cake will taste as good after spending a year in the freezer as it does on your wedding day, which is why our first suggestion to couples is always to sneak a slice (or two!) while at your reception. If you’re worried about getting a chance to sit down and enjoy it, ask your planner or caterer to set aside two pieces for you and your partner to enjoy later that evening. Then, set aside the top tier for a celebration soon after, like returning from your honeymoon or your one-month anniversary and opt to buy a fresh version (in a similar flavor) to enjoy on your one-year anniversary. If you simply must adhere to tradition, tightly wrap the tier in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight bag before freezing.

top it off Cake toppers didn’t become popular until the 1950s, when couples in the US started using them on their wedding cakes.

cut it right Cutting the cake—and feeding your spouse—is a timehonored wedding tradition. Here’s how it should go down.

The ceremonial cutting of the cake has remained popular with newlywed couples. In fact, according to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, 85 percent of couples include a formal cake cutting in their reception. Even if you think you’re a pro at cutting sweets, check with your baker or caterer for instructions on how to make the first cut—they may suggest you cut from the bottom tier or help you avoid a Styrofoam one. Once cut, the newlyweds usually feed each other the first slice, symbolizing their commitment to provide for one another. In some cases, this is replaced by a different tradition: smashing cake into each other’s faces. How you feed each other is up to you, but remember—you don’t need to smear frosting on your new spouse simply because you think guests expect it. >>

JEN JINKENS PHOTOGR APHY

match the buds on your cake with your bouquet

12/26/18 9:45 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 135

12/26/18 9:45 AM


ST YLE

fresh trends So m e o f t h e “ i t ” w a y s b a k e r s a r e c r e a t in g s t a n d o u t c a k e s t h is y e a r.

Edible gold leafing (!!) is a luxe touch

3-D textures Even basic white buttercream feels fresh when the focus is on texture. Get inspired by fabrics you love, like a cozy fisherman sweater or delicate Swiss dot, then ask your baker to re-create the look on your cake’s exterior.

136

Geometric detailing Interesting, architectural accents are in. Ask your baker to echo any modern ones at your event space, like playing up your loft venue’s ceiling look in fondant or using a wire geode to hold up two individual tiers of cake. Marbleized exterior Work several hues from your wedding day palette into your cake with fondant icing designed to look marbled. The result will be so smooth and sleek, guests may think it’s the real deal.

57%

OF COUPLES SERV E A TRADITIONAL TIERED CAKE

Hand-painted patterns Delicate paintings (typically made on a fondant exterior using food coloring) can be pricey, but the payoff is big. Use them to mimic details like the colors of your grandma’s heirloom china or the blooms in your bouquet. Celestial details Look to the stars for the future of cake decoration— literally. Make this trend yours with a dramatic inky-blue fondant exterior that resembles the night sky or a goldflecked pattern of the stars the night you got engaged. >>

JADE + MAT THEW TAKE PICTURES; BECK: ANDRE LACOUR PHOTOGR APHY

Semi-naked Totally naked cakes had their moment—now it’s their slightly dressed-up counterpart’s turn in the spotlight. With a sheer outer layer of frosting, a semi-naked cake strikes a classy balance between rustic and refined.

local love: amy beck cake design Th e Il l i n o is b a k e r s h a re s w h a t t re n d s a re

i n s p i r i n g h e r , p l u s a d v i c e fo r t o - b e - w e d s .

ABOUT THE EXPERT

PLAY WITH TEXTURE

MATCH THE MOOD

GET INSPIRED

FOCUS ON FLAVOR

Amy Beck is the owner and baker behind Amy Beck Cake Design in Chicago. She specializes in creating couture works of art for weddings and other special occasions.

Texture makes your cake pop—whether that’s a buttercream treatment or a fondant created to look like a linen or your wedding dress. We just made our first “velvet” textured cake.

A cake for a black-tie wedding is going to be different than a cake for a loft space or rustic barn. It’s important your baker knows the vibe you’re going for so they can tailor your design accordingly.

So many elements of your day can inform your cake’s design. I love to know the colors of the wedding and what types of florals are being used. You can even be inspired by the details on your attire.

For summer, I love passion fruit cake with passion fruit curd and strawberry buttercream. In fall and winter, our pecan cranberry cake with maple buttercream is so delicious.

AmyBeckCakeDesign.com

@amybeckcakedesign

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 136

Facebook.com/amybeckcakedesign

Pinterest.com/amybeckcakes

12/26/18 9:46 AM


Be unforgettable A Carlisle Wedding offers you an event of distinction—delicious cuisine in an elegant venue to create cherished moments for you and your guests. Our selection of wedding packages features a variety of choices to suit your taste, and The Carlisle’s experienced event coordinators will be there to assist you through every step of your planning process. FURLA STUDIO

FURLA STUDIO

Distinctive Banquet Dining 435 EAST BUTTERFIELD ROAD, LOMBARD, IL | 630-960-0210 | WWW.CARLISLEBANQUETS.COM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 137

12/26/18 9:46 AM


ST YLE

pastry passport G e t i n s p i r a t i o n of r y o u r c a k e w i t h t h e s e t r a d i t i o n a l w e d d i n g s w e e t s rof m a ro u n d t h e w o r l d .

great britain

A fanciful fruit cake takes center stage at British weddings. Typically made from cognac-soaked dates, prunes, raisins, currants and orange peel, the cake is finished off with a marzipan or fondant topping.

france

138

He re

a re t

h e d e t a i l s o n e v e r y d e l i c i o u s f i n is h i n g t o u c h .

italy

B uttercream Perhaps the most ubiquitous type of frosting, thanks to its delicious taste and versatility. Made using butter and cream, it can be flavored with various extracts, fruits and more to garner a different taste. Due to its ingredients, buttercream can melt quickly, so it should be kept out of extreme heat, humidity or direct sunlight until serving.

Italian couples opt for a millefoglie: crisp sheets of pastry dough layered with pastry cream, whipped cream, lemon curd, berries and more. Many couples even have a pastry chef prepare it on-site for their guests.

Ganache A decadently rich frosting with a fudgy texture. Ganache is made by combining chocolate and cream. Traditional chocolate will make it a dark brown hue that can’t be tinted, so ask your baker to make it wedding worthy with colorful fruit. Or opt for a white chocolate version, which can be dyed practically any shade.

Norwegians serve up brudlaupskling, a bread that became popular when white flour was rare in Norway. The sweet bread is topped with cheese, cream and syrup, then folded over and cut into small squares before serving.

norway

F ondant A smooth sheet of sugar paste, often used for the polished exterior it lends. Pros love that it can be easily tinted and molded, making it a no-brainer for cakes that require impeccable detailing or a modern, smooth exterior. Most bakers will ice a cake with buttercream before finishing the exterior with fondant, as fondant alone isn’t as tasty.

bermuda

Swiss meringue Icing made by whipping egg whites together with sugar. Swiss meringue is a less popular choice for wedding cakes, but it has a light and fluffy appearance that makes it look instantly whimsical and romantic. The airy marshmallow flavor means it pairs great with fruit-based cakes and fillings, like lemon, raspberry or strawberry.

Indonesian couples will usually have a cake known as kek lapis at their wedding. Made from layers of chocolate and vanilla cake and spiced with cinnamon or nutmeg, this sweet dates all the way back to the Dutch colonial period.

To-be-wed couples in Bermuda top their confection of choice with a small cedar sapling. The sentiment is said to symbolize the couple’s growing love, and it’s planted by the newlyweds following their “I dos.”

indonesia

LEF T: UNTA MED HEART PHOTOGR APHY; CROQUEMBOUHE: M ARGOT L ANDEN WEDDINGS; CEDAR: CHARLOT TE JENKS LEWIS PHOTOGR APHY; BRUDL AUPSKLING: KRYSTAL MOORE PHOTOGR APHY; FRUIT C AKE, MILLEFOGLIE: SHUT TERSTOCK; KEK L APIS: ISTOCK

frosting 101

The French traditionally serve up a stunner of a dessert known as a croquembouche. The towering pyramid of cream puffs is drizzled with rich caramel and can be decorated with berries, fresh blooms or even sparklers.

F I N D YO U R B A K E R AT TheK not.com/ chicago

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 138

12/26/18 9:46 AM


With stunning perennial gardens and peaceful lakes as your backdrop, there is no better venue for a special wedding celebration than Kemper Lakes Golf Club. Our beautiful stone patio and elegant ballroom with magnificent chandeliers combine to create a magical setting, and Clubhouse Manager Jessica Trzop and Executive Chef Jared Claude are at your service with expert assistance. Please contact Jessica at 847726-5544 or jtrzop@kemperlakesgolfclub.com for availability and to discuss your plans.

MEGAN BEARDER PHOTOGRAPHY

24000 N. Old McHenry Rd., Kildeer, IL 60047 | 847.320.3450 | kemperlakesgolf.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 139

MEGAN BEARDER PHOTOGRAPHY

R.E.M. PHOTOGRAPHY

MEGAN BEARDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Weddings | Rehearsal Dinners | Engagement Parties | Showers | Anniversaries | Mitzvahs | Luncheons

12/26/18 9:46 AM


1

11/20/18

7:44 PM

photo: riverbend studio

KnotAD2018.pdf

big city bride C

M

Y

chicago's favorite wedding planner

V E N U E S • P L A N N I N G • D E S I G N • C O O R D I N AT I O N

CM

MY

CY

CMY

K

954 west webster avenue, chicago | (773)525-7526 | bigcitybride.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 140

12/26/18 9:46 AM


S T YLE

destination décor

Use these stylish items to bottle the feel of five popular destination wedding locales—no matter where you’re actually saying “I do.” BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

THE LOCATION

MEX ICO

THE LOOK Bold hues, playful details and a party-ready atmosphere make this one fiesta you don’t want to miss. Inspired by the carefree, colorful attitude of a Mexican beach town, guests will be ready to celebrate the moment they enter your reception.

1

2

MAKE IT YOURS Decorate your dining space with bright accents, like sunny yellow dishware, eye-catching tassel garland and blue glassware that’s just begging to be filled with a marg (or three). Tile-inspired invitations set the scene, while a cheeky donkey piñata at each seat makes for a totally fun and unexpected place card. >>

MEXICO: JILLIAN MITCHELL PHOTOGR APHY; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

3

7

141

1 Rainbow tassel garland, $25, CrateandBarrel .com 2 Wood crossback chair, $10 to rent, PeterCorvallis.com 3 Roma wine glass in Aqua, $48 for 4, IMPULSE!, Wayfair.com 4 Melamine dinner plate in Sunshine Yellow, $8, Carmelo Collection, Pier .com 5 Seagrass charger, $16, Pier1.com ShopTerrain.com 6 Fiesta napkin ring, $60 for 4, KimSeybert.com 7 Talavera invitation in Azure, $163 for 100, Lagniappe Paper, Minted.com 8 Mini donkey piñata, $39 for 6, LulaFlora, Etsy.com 9 Otomi cocktail napkins, $63 for 6, Kim Seybert, NeimanMarcus.com

4

8 6

5

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 141

9

use these at home postwedding

12/26/18 9:46 AM


ST YLE

THE LOCATION

ITALY

THE LOOK 1 Aria napkin, $24 for 2, MarigoldLiving.com 2 L’Olivier olive oil gift set, $60, WilliamsSonoma.com 3 Barnacle two handle vase, $88, ShopTerrain.com 4 Danieli flatware collection, $16 for set of 4, WorldMarket.com 5 Verona charger in Antique White, $12 to rent, CasadePerrin.com 6 Gelato cart, catering price upon request, GorgeousGelato.com 7 Eucalyptus garland, from $45, Bloomers TradingCo, Etsy.com 8 Candlesticks, $79 for 2, Cole & Grey, Wayfair .com 9 The Laureate double ring box, $85, TheMrsBox.com 10 Italiano invitations in Olive, $234 for 100, Yolanda Mariak Chendak, Minted.com

Re-create the charm of the Italian countryside with accents that look like they could be found in an 18th-century castle. A neutral and green palette feels anything but boring when it’s done with a focus on texture and incorporates heirloom-worthy details.

10

9

142

1

ITALY: M ANGO STUDIOS; RINGS: BECC A DELM AN; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

MAKE IT YOURS Celebrate among raw wood tables topped with sprawling eucalyptus garlands. Guests will enjoy twirling their pasta on intricate rental dishes and love their take-home olive oil favors. After dinner, friends and family can gather around a gelato cart to indulge in some sweet scoops. Now that’s amore. >>

4

6

8 5

2

3

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 142

7

12/26/18 9:47 AM


G E O RGIOS BA NQ UETS, Quality Inn Hotel & Suites Conference Centre Voted the 2018 #1 Banquet and 16 previous years!

At newly remodeled Georgios Banquets and Hotel in Orland Park, you will enjoy rich décor, exquisite cuisine and our elegant Grand Ballroom for your most special day.

• New Outside Ceremony Space and Newly Remodeled Banquets in 2018! • Winter promotion (Dec-March) $15-$18 off per person, applies to open bar wedding package & new bookings, blackout dates apply

Our wedding package includes: the wedding cake of your choice, elegant linen napkins and floor-length tablecloths, fresh dendrobium orchids in Eiffel Tower vase centerpieces for all guest tables, premium liquor and bottled beer, a champagne toast for all of your guests, whirlpool suite for the bride and groom, discounted hotel room block rates for your wedding guests, on-site Black Sheep Restaurant and Lounge that is open late, and wedding coordinators available seven days a week.

GEORGIOS BANQUETS, QUALIT Y INN HOTEL & SUITES CONFERENCE CENTRE 8800 West 159th St. | Orland Park, IL 60462 | Find Us on Facebook and Instagram 708-403-1100 | Valerie@Georgios.com | www.Georgios.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 143

12/26/18 9:47 AM


ST YLE

THE LOCATION

MONTANA

THE LOOK

1 Rum barrel aged maple syrup, $30, Republic ofVermont.com 2 Rustic Horizon invitation, $229 for 100, Éclair Paper Company, Shutterfly .com 3 Stein checks bow tie in Royal Blue, $19, TheTieBar.com 4 Hurricane lantern in Red, from $9, Stansport, Amazon.com 5 Heath Ceramics dishware in Moonstone, from $4 to rent, CasadePerrin.com 6 Sawyer flatware, $12 for 4, WorldMarket.com 7 Personalized wooden wedding sign, $22, TheKnotShop.com 8 Tinware coffee mug in Gray, $48 for 4, Canvas Home, Wayfair.com 9 Gingham napkins, $48 for 4, SerenaandLily.com 10 Glacier National Park blanket, from $219, Pendleton-USA.com

MONTANA: JEREMIAH & R ACHEL PHOTOGR APHY; SYRUP: BESPOKE POST; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

Chill, casual and perfect for an outdoors-loving couple, this mountain-inspired bash is packed with rustic charm. A primary-hued palette and lots of wood accents will reinforce your vibe whether you’re celebrating in the great outdoors or inside a vintage barn.

MAKE IT YOURS Encourage guests to reconnect with nature at a camp-inspired ceremony, complete with a canoe altar and blanket-covered benches. When it comes to dinner, serve up BBQ bites at tables set with rustic dishware and red lanterns. Boozy maple syrup favors are the perfect farewell. >> 10

1

144

2

9

6

5 4

8

3 7

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 144

12/26/18 9:47 AM


URBAN. 6000 sq. ft of venue space that is both aesthetically practical and poetic.

1 E . S P R I N G ST F R E E P O R T I L 610 32 CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 145

RAW.

TIMELESS. A timeless, versatile space ideal for events intimate to grand.

( 815 ) 2 32 - 4 4 0 8 w w w. wa g n e r h o u s e i l . c o m 12/26/18 9:47 AM


ST YLE

THE LOCATION

SAV ANNAH

THE LOOK Southern charm meets classic elegance in this made-for-romance scene. A super-feminine palette of pinks is offset by the insane greenery and wispy Spanish moss Southern garden weddings are iconic for.

1 Fellers cake/pastry server, $65 for 2-piece set, Alcott Hill, Wayfair .com 2 Vintage Frame invitation in Pink, $174 for 100, PaperCulture.com 3 Waterfall wine glass in Pink, $16, Anthropologie .com 4 Floral dinner plate set, rental price upon request, HostessHaven .com 5 Cheery garden napkin in Reds, $20 for 2, Lori Wemple, Minted.com 6 Triomphe chair, $95 to rent, PremiereEvents Online.com 7 Metallic lace cake stand in Gold, $32, Anthropologie.com 8 Dessert rose and gold charger, $15 to rent, Anna Weatherley, CasadePerrin.com 9 Gold pineapple place card holder, $35 for 12, Kate Aspen, Michaels.com

MAKE IT YOURS Pack in the pretty with tons of floral elements, like watercolor-patterned napkins, rimmed dishware, invitations and more. Once guests find their place at the table thanks to clever pineapple escort card holders (that symbolize Southern hospitality), treat them to live jazz and a meal full of classic comfort foods, like mac and cheese and shrimp and grits. >> 9

Alanna

1

8

2

5

6

3

7

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 146

one tier or 12, your cake will be sitting pretty on this luxe stand

SAVANNAH: TIMWILL PHOTOGR APHY; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

146

4

12/26/18 9:47 AM


LET US TELL YOUR LOVE STORY. Fulton Design Studio • 1640 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL 60612 • 312.432.1800 info@ashaddevents.com •

: @ashaddevents • www.ashaddevents.com Photos by Jill Tiongco Photography

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 147

12/26/18 9:47 AM


ST YLE

THE LOCATION

BROOKLYN

THE LOOK

1 Metropolitan Romance invitation in Cement, $234 for 100, Makewells, Minted.com 2 Luna flatware in Matte Black, rental price available upon request, BorrowedBlu.com 3 Galvanized metal charger, $13, PotteryBarn.com 4 Tolix bistro chair in Black, $11 to rent, BigDawgPartyRentals .com 5 Marquee letter in Brown Patina/Rust, from $98, SawandSteel, Etsy.com 6 Cubisme candle holder in Black, $95, L’Objet, JungLeeNY.com 7 Hash vase in Black and White, $20, CB2 .com 8 Stripe table runner in Gray, $18, Threshold, Target.com 9 Large NYC taxi cookie party favor, $10, Elenis.com 10 Modern Names wedding napkin, $33 for 50, ForYourParty.com 11 Black string lights, $104, PartyLights.com

Brooklyn celebrations are known for being sleek, sophisticated and pretty much the coolest out there. Channel that feeling whether you’re celebrating in the city or country by incorporating edgy details and every New Yorker’s favorite color—black.

MAKE IT YOURS For a modern take on matrimony, hunt down a killer loft-style venue. From there, play into the industrial vibes with Edison bulb string lights, metal bistro chairs, and lots of ferns and greenery (no fluffy flowers here). Cool details like marquee light initials and matte flatware add personality and that undeniable “it” factor.

1

5

7

10 6 2

8 4

3

CHITKRSS19_Sect_09_(131_148) [P]{CHI}.indd 148

9

BROOKLYN: A MBER GRESS PHOTOGR APHY; COOKIE: BECC A DELM AN; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

148

11

12/26/18 9:48 AM


Where your Happily Ever AAter begins From rehearsal to reception, Parker Run Vineyards is a picturesque venue accommodating up to 350 guests, providing the perfect backdrop for a lifetime of memories.

309.236.2106 • JackieAnseeuw@parkerrun.com • 1116 330th St. • P.O. Box 305

New Windsor, Illinois • www.parkerrun.com AmandaOakesPhotography

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 149

12/26/18 9:44 AM


Advertisement

ADVERTISEMENT

Make It Last Forever with the #1 healthy marriage app.

#MARRIAGEROCKS

by

TKM_LastingAd_Final.indd 1 CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 150

9/17/18 10:21 AM 12/26/18 9:44 AM


S T YLE

painted leaves give added interest to a pastel palette

151

fresh flowers For an innovative twist on traditional wedding florals, look no further than these of-the-moment, personality-packed ideas. B Y ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOG R APH B Y NATALIE BR AY PHOTOGR APHY

Flowers are the pretty exclamation point on your wedding day décor, and we rarely see a celebration without a bloom (or a fern or a branch) of some sort worked in. With all that inspiration out there, you may think it’s hard to come up with a totally fresh take for your day. Allow these new versions of wedding day flowers to prove you wrong. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 151

12/26/18 9:44 AM


ST YLE

THE TREND

painted tropicals Island-worthy leaves and exotic flowers have been a big hit with couples for a few years now, but they’ve recently received an artistic upgrade, thanks to creative florists who are going for it and painting them in all colors of the rainbow. This edgy look actually makes the tropicals more versatile than you would think. For instance, instead of only feeling at home at a beachfront celebration, painted tropical leaves in metallics or dusty pastels (think: blush and lavender) are now a perfect match for an industrial celebration or even a romantic, feminine affair.

pretty in pink A hint of feminine pink paint on oversiz e tropical leaves makes a statement that’s both edgy and unexpected.

wow-worthy warehouse

THE TREND

hanging installations You’re no longer restricted to just the tabletops when it comes to placing flowers around your reception. In fact, the sky’s the limit— literally. Hanging installations are getting more grand, often taking the place of traditional centerpieces altogether. For a graphic, industrial look, try suspending long garlands of greenery in columns from floor to ceiling. Want a softer, more romantic style? Chandeliers of sweet peas and delicate jasmine will make any space feel like a lush garden. Just be sure to check with your venue before planning any large displays with your florist, as there can sometimes be restrictions on where or how you can hang florals or greenery. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 152

FROM TOP: K AT WILLSON PHOTOGR APHY; A MBER GRESS PHOTOGR APHY

152

M a k e a s p a c io u s r e c e p t io n s it e , l i k e a w a r e ho u s e o r l o ft , f e e l m o r e in t im a t e w it h a h a n g i n g d i s p l a y .

12/26/18 9:44 AM


Create lasting memories with our customizable wedding favors, uniquely handcrafted and always delicious! C O N TA C T W E D D I N G S P E C I A L I S T, S A R A H R U T H T O M A K E YO U R WEDDING… LIKE NO OTHER.

312 . 494 . 2 0 6 0 S R U T H @ G A R R E T T B R A N D S .C O M

MINT

TO BE FRANGO.COM Contact Wedding Specialist, Sarah Ruth at 312-494-2060 or sruth@garrettbrands.com.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 153

12/26/18 9:44 AM


ST YLE THE TREND

a ground arc The prettiest place to make it official is now inside a semicircle of flowers. Couples are trading the traditional floral-covered arbor or arc for a more, ahem, down-to-earth structure of blooms. Often made with sturdy-stemmed buds that will stand on their own (think: stock flowers, snapdragons and even pampas grass) and greenery, a ground arc is a pretty way to add a bit of romance to your altar. Marrying somewhere with picture-perfect views? This is a great solution for your ceremony—now you don’t have to decide between a beautiful display of flowers and obstructing a coveted peek at the water or mountains. Plus, the mechanics behind a ground arc are much more simple than that of a vertical display, so your florist may charge a bit less for the installation.

circle of love

154

An a r c h a s e n t im e n t t o it — c ir c le s g o o n ju s t lik e y o u r lo v e .

s a a ft fo To o

s w e e t e r a ll, re v e r, c u te .

THE TREND

Inspired by the ancient Japanese style of flower arranging that emphasizes shape and form, ikebana-style florals are becoming a big hit with minimalists and romantics alike. The practice is most commonly used with centerpieces, where florists will fill deep bowls with floral frogs (a spiked tool that helps stems stand up straight) to achieve a graphic shape. Another perk of the trendy look? Ikebana arrangements involve fewer flowers, so they’re a more cost-effective way to make the most of your floral budget without looking like you’re skimping on blooms. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 154

go wild You’ll need fewer stems overall for this look, so splurge on flower types that are serious stunners, like curvy ranunculus or tropical anthurium.

FROM TOP: ALICIA KING PHOTO; M ARIA HIBBS PHOTOGR APHY

ikebana-style arrangements

12/26/18 9:45 AM


Uniquely yours… We invite you to see our Distinctive Ballrooms, Outdoor Ceremony Courtyard & Gardens, Majestic Fireplaces, and Rustic Vaulted Ceilings with Natural Sunlight!

Holiday Inn Countryside & William Tell Banquets 6201 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525 • 708-354-4200 • sales@hicountryside.com

holidayinn.com/countrysideil — COMPLETE HOTEL REMODEL UNVEILING IN 2019 —

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 155

12/26/18 9:45 AM


ST YLE

all in the details Th e s e l i t t l e t o u c h e s a re t h e k e y t o h o s t i n g a t r u ly t o p -n o t c h c e le b r a t io n .

A dramatic entrance First impressions talk—loudly. Give your guests something to “ooh” and “ahh” over by pulling out all the stops at the entrance to your venue. Post up a steel drum band at the front of your tented beach reception to get guests moving before they even hit the dance floor, or task your florist with creating a lush flower wall to act as an entry photo booth.

Special signage Practicality aside, signs are a great way to aesthetically reinforce the overall vision or vibe of your day. Hosting a rustic affair? Opt for reclaimed wood signs with casual white calligraphy. Looking for a more modern feel? Sleek acrylic or Lucite pointing the way to the party is sure to get noticed.

An escort display Pros and their clients are getting more and more creative when it comes to escort card displays, using them as a moment to inject a bit of playful personality into the wedding day. Set up a scene of vintage lanterns with guests’ names for your

artful arrangement

156

F inding your seat becomes way more fun when you’re searching through bold blooms and greenery.

summer camp wedding, or have your display double as favors, with jars of honey tied with guests’ names and table numbers.

A beautiful bar Once it’s time to party, the bar is where the majority of your guests will be spending their night (besides

museum-worthy displays If you’re looking for a way to make your flowers truly the star of your wedding day, why not treat them like artwork? Florists are taking a page out of the museum curator’s handbook and encasing standout buds in Lucite or acrylic boxes, putting them on full display. The creative take is perfect for flanking the altar at your ceremony, acting as tables during cocktail hour or even serving as an eyecatching escort card display. To pull this off, dial up the color and ask your florist to choose large, graphic, saturated blooms so they make a statement behind glass or Plexiglass.

like a forgotten spot by dressing it up similar to the rest of the venue. Pile on the florals, use a backdrop that will add a fun pop of color or rent furniture to mimic the look of the bar where you first met.

A posh powder room Comfort is key for your guests, and while having enough bathroom stalls is a must (typically one bathroom per every 35 guests), an extra bit of attention paid to the facilities is never a bad thing. Reuse your bridesmaid bouquets in a vase in the power room, and stock a basket full of necessities—like feminine products, mints, deodorant, tissues and more—alongside it.

TERR ALOGIC AL PHOTOGR APHY

THE TREND

the dance floor, of course). Make sure it doesn’t feel

F I N D YO U R F LO R I S T O N The K not Wedding P lanner app

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 156

12/26/18 9:45 AM


20 1

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 157

9 PICK

12/26/18 9:45 AM


BARRINGTON’S

WHITE HOUSE Intimate. Elegant. Extraordinary.

PHOTO BY BRITTANIA DREW

Weddings • Rehearsal Dinners • Welcome Parties • Showers • Postwedding Brunches

Exquisitely restored, our historic 1898 mansion offers a romantic, distinctive setting

224.512.4115 • BARRINGTONSWHITEHOUSE.COM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 158

12/26/18 9:45 AM


ST YLE

159

the main course

These five totally out there (and obviously very cool) wedding catering trends are what’s for dinner. B Y ALY SSA LONG OBUCCO P HOTOGRAP H B Y G IDEON PHOTOG RAPHY

Engaged foodies are transforming their wedding receptions into a must-eat event with countless creative takes on traditional catering. From fire and flames to custom curated menus and photo-worthy installations—a meal is no longer just a meal. Want in on all the delicious fun? Check out five of our favorite food trends happening now. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 159

12/26/18 9:45 AM


ST YLE

Insta-worthy displays

On-the-move meal

If you’re looking for a standout moment that will leave guests ’gramming, hire a catering team with seriously creative display techniques. Companies like New York–based Pinch Food Design boast delicious food, sure—but for them it’s also all about the guest experience. The Pinch team focuses on one-of-a-kind displays that encourage party goers to interact with their surroundings and entertain them while they eat. Guests can choose a churro off a parasol, visit a “pop room” to fetch suspended bags of popcorn or formulate their own cocktail when they’re ready for a sip. The goal? A way above-average food experience that will leave everyone talking. If you’ve already nailed down your own catering team, infuse your day with a little bit of that magic by dreaming up creative ways to package or pass some of your bites, like a pegboard wall of pizza slices or a late-night burger bar with a sign that reads “friends don’t let friends go home hangry.”

We’ve got news: The one-size-fits-all dinner reception structure is no longer the only option. If the idea of sitting down to a threehour formal meal isn’t your thing, try a roaming dinner instead. Feed your friends and fam from an assortment of delicious passed appetizers and food stations, like waiters with barker trays for on-the-go oyster shucking, a guacamole bar or even a mozzarella pulling station. The goal is to keep guests moving, mixing and mingling so they don’t get bored or feel like they’re missing out on party time. Another perk? Without the need for traditional tables, chairs and place settings, you’ll save on rentals and possibly even staff count (as they won’t need to serve each table like at a sit-down reception). Just remember—guests will still need somewhere to perch, so make sure to set up several different high-top cocktail tables and cool lounge areas for added comfort.

Perfectly personalized picks

Local is in when it comes to weddings, and that fresh mentality extends from florals to—you guessed it—food. For a dining experience that encapsulates everything about your wedding locale, opt for a farm-to-table menu from start to finish. Of-themoment catering companies, like 24 Carrots Catering and Events in Southern California, are focusing on seasonal menus with sustainable and local meats, fish and produce for a wedding meal that represents both the couple and the region. If you’re getting married in a food-rich area or time of year, encourage your team to utilize veggies, proteins or spices unique to your spot, like fresh lobster in Maine or a well-known BBQ rub in Texas. Not only will you be scoring food in its best form (think: peak freshness and added color), but you’ll also be giving back to the local community. It’s a very mindful, sustainable, 2019 way to wedding. >>

You and your partner want every inch of your wedding to reflect the two of you, so your food shouldn’t be any different. Couples are personalizing all aspects of their day, down to the menu they’re serving at their reception. For a fun twist on signature cocktails, why not try signature menus? Maybe bae is a bit more spicy, while you prefer rich, savory classics—you can each work to curate your own courses for the day and allow your guests to choose which side they’ll take. Or infuse a bit of family history and heritage into the eats by asking your pros to adapt a few of your favorite recipes. Guests will love cocktail hour bites of Grandma Ruth’s mac and cheese or Mom’s famous chicken tikka masala. A menu reflecting both where you’ve come from and what you like as a duo is the perfect way to start your marriage off on the right fork.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 160

New farm-to-table

NIL AYA SABNIS

160

how delicious do these churros look?

12/26/18 9:45 AM


Say “I do” at Brookfield Zoo Z

The zoo is a unique and beautiful place to host a wedding and reception that guests will talk about for a lifetime. Extraordinary experiences, such as cocktails among exotic animals, elegant dining, and exceptional culinary delights, will provide an unforgettable setting, as well as an amazing memory for your friends and family.

E-mail cateredevents@czs.org or call (708) 688-8355.

Imagine the wedding of your dreams! Extraordinary. Exotic. Elegant.

BROOKFIELD

Photography by © Randall Studio

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 161

ZOO 12/26/18 9:45 AM


ST YLE

In-your-face pit crew

questions for the caterer He re ’ s w h a t t o a s k b e fo re

b o o k in g y o u r p r o .

Experience

Food and service

• Do you have a license?

• Do you supply tables,

• Are there any limits

my reception site imposes on the menu? How many events will you handle during my wedding weekend? Can you provide references from previous clients?

F I N D YO U R C AT E R E R AT TheK not.com/ marketplace

Logistics

162

• When is our tasting? • Are there additional

tomato soup is even more cozy in cute cans

• • •

setup and breakdown costs for the day of? What do you and your staff wear? How much time do you need to set up? Do you set out place cards and menus? On the day, who is our point person? How will you arrange the food on plates or at the buffet?

CHITKRSS19_Sect_10_(149_162) [P]{CHI}.indd 162

chairs, plates, napkins, silverware, and salt and pepper shakers? Is there a rental charge? How many appetizer and entrée choices are included in each tier of catering packages? Do you provide waitstaff? How many? (Typically you’ll want one waiter for every two to three tables.) Do you provide the alcohol, or do we need to handle the bar separately? If provided, what sorts of beverage packages are offered? How many bartenders are included? (You’ll want to aim for four cocktail waiters for every 100 guests and two bartenders for around 80 guests.) Can we supply a few of our own spirits? Is there a fee for that? Do you provide a wedding cake, and, if so, do you have a portfolio of designs?

FROM TOP: LORELY MEZ A; VILL A VISUALS

If you’ve ever been wowed by a fishmonger filleting a catch right in front of you, or excited by the flames of a hibachi grill, then this idea may be for you. When planning out your wedding day catering, look for a crew that can essentially pop up a live restaurant on your event ground, like New England-based team Heirloom Fire. They transform outdoor spaces big and small into a legit working BBQ joint, cooking up spit-roasted pig, heirloom chickens, corn on the cob and strawberry cobbler, all over an open flame in front of your guests. The end result is an experience that’s somewhat akin to having a killer dinner at a close friend’s house—that is, if your close friend happens to be a crazy-talented chef, like Heirloom Fire owner James Gop. Not only will your friends and family get to enjoy fresh, local eats cooked to perfection, but they’ll be able to watch the cooking, interact with the pros and serve themselves from each fire station. The unique dining experience will keep them entertained long into your reception and create a one-of-a-kind event they won’t soon forget. Not saying “I do” in an area that Heirloom Fire services? Check The Knot Marketplace for similar pros in your region, or talk with your own catering team to see what you can do with your menu and space to bottle the same experience. Maybe you can have them cook up a seafood boil beachside, roll out fresh handmade spaghetti for your first course or roast up a whole pig on a rotating spit for your casual reception.

12/26/18 9:45 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 163

12/26/18 9:56 AM


Where rustic charm meets simple elegance MARK TRELA PHOTOGRAPHY

7 Scenic Acres of Farmland • Renovated 3,200-Square-Foot Rustic Barn • Triple-Peak Tented Dining ”Bridal Coop” • Vintage Chandeliers & Draperies • Custom Reclaimed Bar • EC Vintage Rentals On-Site 2,005-Square-Foot Stone Patio with 2 Fire Pits • Multiple Cocktail & Ceremony Sites

INSPIRED EYE PHOTOGRAPHY

JOY LYN PHOTOGRAPHY

JOY LYN PHOTOGRAPHY

LAURA MEYER PHOTOGRAPHY

JENNIFER CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

JENNA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

Contact Emerson Creek for a tour today! 5126 STEPHENS ROAD | OSWEGO, IL 60543 | 630.554.7100 | EVENTS@ECREEKPOTTERYANDTEAROOM.COM

ECREEKPOTTERYANDTEAROOM.COM/BARN-WEDDINGS

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 164

12/26/18 9:56 AM


ST YLE

Think of your wedding registry as a chance to take your home to Pinterestlevel perfection. Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up the prettiest products for every corner of your newlywed nest. B Y ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

Thermal Pro Clad stainless steel cookware, $500 for 10-piece set, Breville, Overstock.com

Marcato pasta machine, $100, Atlas, SurLaTable.com

Salt mill in Marseille, $38, Le Creuset, Bloomingdales.com

Laundered linen stripe tea towel in White/Indigo, $56, AllModern.com

F OR YOU R

kitchen

Studio Blue cereal bowls, $120 for 4-piece set, Denby, Macys.com

Whether you’re a pro chef or takeout champ, you’ll feel like a boss cook with these picks.

Studio Blue dinner plate, $64 for 4-piece set, Denby, BedBathandBeyond.com

Rectangular baking dishes in Rustic Turquoise, $120 for 2-piece set, Staub, Wayfair.com

165

KITCHEN: BAUER SYNDIC ATION/ TRUNK ARCHIVE; PL ATE: BECC A DELM AN; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

Picardie marine glass tumbler, from $20 for 6, Duralex, Amazon.com

Gourmet kitchen knives, $130 for 3-piece set, Wüsthof, Amazon.com

Measuring cups, $9 for 4-piece set, Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, Target.com

$500 Novis, Vita juicer, $500, BedBathandBeyond.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 165

Textured kitchen canister in extra large, $49, WestElm.com

The Newlywed Cookbook, $35, Anthropologie.com >>

12/26/18 9:56 AM


ST YLE

52 Lists for Happiness journal, $17, Anthropologie.com

Somneo Sleep and Wake-up light, $200, USA-Philips.com

Luminous velvet pillow in Fawn, $150, abcDNA, ABCHome.com

Brighton table lamp in Wicker, $278, Serena andLily.com Wicked Good Scuffs III, $79, LLBean.com

F OR YOU R

bed & bath

Smart 2.0 Diffuser, $200, AeraforHome.com

166

Ultimate MicroCotton sculpted fashion bath towel in Glacier, $36, Hotel Collection, Macys.com Sleep mask, $50, SlipSilk Pillowcase.com “Rise” art print in natural raw wood frame, $89 for 11”x14”, Lorent and Leif, Minted.com Shagreen embossed nightstand in Ivory, $429, CB2.com Sonicare DiamondClean rechargeable toothbrush in Pink, $260, Philips, Kohls.com

Banded sheets in White/Dune, from $210 for set, BollandBranch.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 166

Square stone slab photo frame in Tan Agate, $195, Kendra Scott, Bloomingdales.com

Acacia valet, $39, MarkandGraham.com

Hotel terry bathrobe in Grey, $96, Kassatex, BedBathandBeyond.com >>

BEDROOM: BAUER SYNDIC ATION/ TRUNK ARCHIVE; SLEEP M ASK: BECC A DELM AN; ALL OTHER IM AGES COUTESY OF VENDORS

Hit the sheets and tub with these soft, soothing, seriously indulgent must-haves.

12/26/18 9:57 AM


You can hardly have a ball without a proper ballroom. Honor tradition, or start your own. Celebrate new beginnings in a Chicago monument, where contemporary sophistication meets Venetian Gothic glamour. Set against sweeping views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan’s blue horizon, four historic wedding spaces and seven onsite bars and restaurants are yours, all artfully restored to their original 1890s splendor.

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 167

312-792-3555

chicagoathletichotel.com

12/26/18 9:57 AM


ST YLE

Enthen 10-light orb black chandelier, $202, Warehouse of Tiffany, Overstock .com

Clayton chair, $305, McGeeandCo.com

Harbour Drive napkin in Gold, $10, Kate Spade New York, BedBathand Beyond.com

Coupe bowl, $100, L’Objet, JungLeeNY.com

F OR YOU R

dining room Host everything from business dinners to The Bachelor Mondays with serious style. Pryce gold coupe glass, $15, Crateand Barrel.com

168

Black Orchid dinner plate, $31, Michael Aram, NeimanMarcus.com

Guglielmo stainless steel flatware in Matte Gold, $160 for 5-piece set, Mint Pantry, Wayfair.com

Medium salad servers, $60, TinaFrey Designs.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 168

add an extra leaf for your first Thanksgiving Curly crystal decanter, $350, Riedel, Barneys.com

Puebla marble serving board, $95, The-Citizenry.com

Mid-century expandable dining table, from $599, WestElm.com >>

DINING ROOM: BAUER SYNDIC ATION/ TRUNK ARCHIVE; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

Tree peony napkin rings, $156 for 4, KimSeybert.com

12/26/18 9:57 AM


A Truly Unique Wedding Destination Located on 25 beautifully landscaped wooded acres with lavish gardens, creek walk, gazebo & walking bridge Perfect country club like setting for indoor or outdoor ceremonies, dining & dancing for up to 300+ guests Glistening white atriums, grand ballrooms, private bridal suites & exquisite cuisine

The Chateau Bu-Sché 11535 S. Cicero Avenue • Alsip, IL 60803 (708) 371-6400 • ChateauBuSche.com

Classic Charm in a Historic Setting

Gorgeous Ceremony Site Lush Victorian Gardens Stunning Outdoor Pavilions Restored, Historic Mansion

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 169

The Haley Mansion 815-726-6800 | PatrickHaleyMansion.com

Majestic Ballroom Private Bridal Suite Exclusive, One-Event Venue Exquisite Dining

12/26/18 9:57 AM


ST YLE

Apple TV 4K, from $179, Apple.com

Lubec pouf, $109, Beachcrest Home, Wayfair.com

Modern metal frame in Black, from $69, ArtifactUprising.com

F OR YOU R

living room Opt for date night on your home turf with items that embrace casual luxury.

Scrabble luxury edition, $220, BedBathand Beyond.com

Boda bar cabinet with wine storage in Dark Walnut, $370, AllModern.com

Velvet broad stripe pillow in Navy, $90, CaitlinWilson.com

Roomba 690 robot vacuum, $375, iRobot, Amazon.com

Enzo rug in Dove, from $43, LuluandGeorgia.com

CREATE Y OU

ON THE AP P

R REG ISTRY

With our Universal Registry tool, you can make wish lists at big retailers, add individual items from one-of-a-kind stores and ask for cash—win, win, win.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 170

4K UHD Fire TV Edition, from $330, Toshiba, BestBuy.com

Jenson pharmacy floor lamp in Aged Brass, $100, LampsPlus.com

LIVING ROOM: SK YE PARROT T/ TRUNK ARCHIVE; ALL OTHER IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

170

Sven sofa in Charme Tan and Mahogany, $1,799, Article.com

12/26/18 9:57 AM


Photo Credit: Collin Pierson Photography

E L E G A N T S T Y L E . U N PA R A L L E L E D S E R V I C E . M A G N I F I C E N T S PA C E .

9421 W HIGGINS ROAD, ROSEMONT, IL 60018

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 171

|

847.653.3333

|

THEESTATECHICAGO.COM

12/26/18 9:57 AM


CHANGE YOUR NAME IN TWO EASY STEPS The wedding took a lot of work. This part should be easy.

Find out how easy it is change your name at W W W. H I T C H S W I T C H . C O M / T H E K N O T #CLAIMYOURNAME

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 172

12/26/18 9:57 AM


FA SHION & BE AUT Y

bridal beauty, debunked

We surveyed the pros to uncover the truth about some of the biggest skin, hair and makeup myths. >> B Y SHELLEY BROWN

ARTHUR BELEBEAU/ TRUNK ARCHIVE

173

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 173

12/26/18 9:57 AM


FA SHION & BE AUT Y

Let’s face it: Muddling through all the beauty advice out there is the last thing you want to add to your already-crazed to-do list. And while some beauty myths are easy to spot (no, that pricey cream won’t really erase your pores), others are harder to figure out (does naturally oily skin really need a moisturizer?). We asked the experts to set the record straight on some of the most common bridal beauty misconceptions—so you can focus on the important stuff before your day.

174

M Y TH Committing to a solid skin care routine will instantly transform your skin. F ACT Slathering on new skin care products (even the expensive, super-fancy kind) is not a quick fix. Get a jump on perfecting your complexion and start your new skin care routine when you first start planning your wedding. “Most skin care products take six to eight weeks to work. You may even experience a purging effect, where skin gets worse before it gets better,” says Lian Mack, MD, a dermatologist and spokeswoman for Lumenis. And, if you’re looking to treat serious skin issues such as acne, wrinkles or uneven skin tone with more intense treatments (think: neurotoxins like Botox, peels or fractional laser resurfacing) you may need several weeks or even months to complete the suggested amount of treatments and fully recover in order to see results. “Give yourself enough time to be certain you have no complications and are totally happy with the outcome before you walk down the aisle,” Mack says.

keep it simple If you have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup for your wedding.

M Y TH More is more. F ACT Your wedding may seem like the perfect moment to pull out

all the stops, but it’s actually not the time to try something drastic where your hair and makeup are concerned. For example, if you typically have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup. “You should still look and feel like yourself on your wedding day,” says celebrity makeup artist Wendy Rowe. “You don’t need to try anything new or extreme—you just need to enhance what’s already there.” Rowe suggests sticking to products you know will work for you. “If you want to take your makeup up a notch, flawless foundation, some concealer, and a pretty lip and cheek stain are little details that can really elevate your look,” she says.

F ACT Collagen pills, powders and creams are all the rage right

now, promising smoother, firmer, more youthful skin—but are they the real deal? “Few reputable studies have been done on collagen supplements,” says Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist. “The claim that these supplements increase the collagen content of the skin, leading to improvement in wrinkling and texture, are unfortunately untrue.” Rather than stocking up on trendier formulas, Lain suggests using a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients like glycerin to boost your glow.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 174

F ACT It sounds counterintuitive, but you shouldn’t skip moisturizer if you have an oily complexion or T-zone. Drying out your skin can actually increase its oil production, creating a vicious cycle of clogged pores and breakouts. “Moisturizers are used to improve your skin’s water content, not its oil content,” says celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong. “The right moisturizers or serums for your skin type won’t leave a greasy residue behind.” Wong suggests avoiding heavy moisturizers with mineral oil, petroleum, lanolin and coconut oil that won't absorb as easily, and instead seeking out lighter formulas with grapeseed and sunflower oils or hyaluronic acid. >>

ISTOCK

M Y TH Oily skin doesn’t need moisturiz er. M Y TH Collagen supplements can reverse the signs of aging.

12/26/18 9:58 AM


below photo by Ed & Aileen Photography

P

rairie Street Brewing Co. offers couples and wedding planners an amazing menu of event spaces and services, all in our unique, historic brewery with riverside views. From the earliest stages of planning to saying goodbye to your guests after your reception, you will have our undivided attention and our unwavering commitment to helping you create the most beautiful, memorable wedding possible. 200 PRAIRIE ST | ROCKFORD IL | 815.277.9427 | PSBREWINGCO.COM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 175

12/26/18 9:58 AM


FA SHION & BE AUT Y

look to your celeb doppelgänger for makeup inspo

beauty to-dos before your “I dos” Fi v e t h i n g s t o c o n s i d e r i n t h e s i x m o n t h s le a d in g u p t o y o u r w e d d in g .

1

Skin Visit your dermatologist to discuss any concerns. Six months is usually enough time to complete a treatment or regimen to deal with issues like acne or rosacea.

M Y TH D irty hair is easier to work with.

2 Hair Give yourself ample time to find the

F ACT Do your strands and your stylist a favor and show up to both your hair trial and wedding day with clean hair. “Hairstylists don’t really like working with dirty hair,” says celebrity hairstylist Jon Reyman. “Dirty hair isn’t as sanitary, and we like the freedom to create hold with products that work best for the hair type we’re working with. If your hair is too oily, it may not hold the style as well.” Bottom line: Trust that a pro will know how to create a ’do that looks amazing and stays put—without any added grime.

Whether you’re going to do your makeup on

M Y TH P interest is the best place to find makeup inspo.

this is the time to start trying out your look.

right stylist, and schedule two consultations prior to the wedding.

3

Makeup

F ACT While Pinterest does offer a wealth of fun beauty tutorials, what you see isn’t necessarily what you get—especially where makeup is concerned. “A lot of the beauty images on Pinterest are altered, filtered or way too dramatic for your wedding day,” says Ashlee Glazer, global artistic director of Laura Geller Beauty. “I always recommend finding your celebrity doppelgänger, looking to classic red carpet icons and other real brides as a source of makeup inspiration. That way, you can see how the looks you’re loving will photograph in real life—without lots of editing.” M Y TH High humidity will melt off your makeup. F ACT Even if you’re getting married in a tropical locale in the

middle of summer, that doesn’t mean your makeup will get messy—especially if you hire a pro to help you out. “While high humidity can affect the efficacy of some products, a professional makeup artist will know how to prep your face so your makeup stays put,” says Brittany Lo, founder and CEO of Beautini. “Just make sure you’re using primer, waterproof mascara and have a few blotting sheets on hand, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

4 Teeth Ask your dentist whether you’d benefit from an at-home whitening kit. Also, make a cleaning appointment for a week before your wedding so your teeth are extra bright.

5

Brows It’s not a bad idea to seek out a brow specialist and see what they have to say about your arch. The shape of your brows really can open up your whole face. SHUT TERSTOCK

176

your own or hire someone to do it for you,

F I N D A LO C A L M A K E U P P RO AT TheK not.com/ chicago

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 176

12/26/18 9:58 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 177

12/26/18 9:58 AM


Avanté by Chicago Prime is known for its superior quality in food and service. BOOK YOUR EVENT TODAY—WE WILL MAKE IT ONE TO REMEMBER! 1050 NORTHWEST HWY., FOX RIVER GROVE, IL 60021 | 847-287-1006 | WWW.AVANTEBANQUETS.COM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_11_(163_178) [P]{CHI}.indd 178

12/26/18 9:58 AM


FASHION & BE AUT Y

marriage mantras

W h e n it c o m e s c a n m a k e y o (w h ic h is e a s s m a ll t a

t o b a la n u r m in d ie r t h a n s k s a n d

c in g ra c e it s o g e t t

p la n n in n o n s to u n d s— w h ro u g h

g a n d p . Bu t e p ro th e o v

g a in in g a n e w if y o u s t a r t a m is e ) , y o u ’ll b e r w h e lm in g o

fa m m e d e re n e s

ily , it a t a d y in s

w e d d in g s t r e s s io n p r a c t ic e t o e n jo y t h e t r i d e . >>

B Y IV Y J ACOBSON

STEPHANIE R AUSSER/ TRUNK ARCHIVE

179

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 179

12/26/18 9:58 AM


FASHION & BE AUT Y

While fun and exciting, planning a day that’s reflective of you and your partner has its stressful moments. Pile on expectations of parents, new in-laws, family and friends, and the stress can go from manageable to overwhelming. When anxiety starts to get the best of you, it’s worth scheduling five minutes for yourself to sit quietly, be still, refocus your energy and take several full, long breaths. These steps are otherwise known as meditation. “Not only can a meditation practice reduce and prevent stress while you’re planning your wedding, it can help you truly savor each moment of your special day,” says Colleen Carey, a yoga instructor and wedding officiant. “Practicing meditation is practicing presence and awareness—it’s learning to slow down your thoughts, feelings and experience.” Here are six things meditating can help you do, so you can plan your dream wedding and #enjoythejourney along the way.

180

1

Take a step back Organizing your guest list sounds like fun, but add in all of your future mother-in-law’s cousins (and their spouses) and the price per head, and this happy time can definitely make you a little anxious. “Meditation can allow you to take a step back and enjoy the big picture with a bit of detachment,” says Lynne Goldberg, founder of OMG. I Can Meditate! and a meditation coach. You’ll also be able to deal with others’ perspectives a little easier. After all, getting to know how your families communicate (and realizing your own personal biases and perspective) can be helpful as you navigate all of the relationship dynamics you’re sure to encounter while wedding planning.

2

Make better choices It can be hard to think clearly and make decisions that are true to your vision (even if they seem easy), especially when everyone is adding their two cents. But if you meditate for five minutes a day, you’re giving your mind a chance to settle down. “When you shake a snow globe, all you see are flakes of snow. But when you let it sit for a minute, it clears up and you can see the landscape underneath—the true picture. Much in the same way, meditation gives us a bit more clarity,” Goldberg says. Clarity also leads to creativity. With a clear mind, you can meet complicated topics with innovative fixes. “When the time comes to make the often-complex seating arrangements, for example, your brain will light up with all sorts of ingenious solutions,” says Will Schneider, a corporate mindfulness coach. >>

treat yourself Re w a r d y o u r s e l f fo r y o u r w e d d i n g p l a n n i n g w o r k w i t h o n e ( o r a l l ) o f t h e s e t o t a l - b o d y t re a t m e n t s .

You’ll slip into a bathing suit and unwind in a water-filled tub infused with ingredients that detoxify and remineralize the skin. The treatment uses water jets to melt away tension, and for extra-tired muscles, a massage therapist will give you a rub-down after your soak.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 180

Thai massage

Rooted in acupuncture, Ayurveda and yoga, Thai massage is all about flexibility and stretching to relieve any tension in your muscles and joints and create a balance within. A therapist will guide you—fully clothed on a floor mat—into yogalike poses to enhance your energy flow.

Mindfulness massage Feeling super stressed with all your to-dos? Put your worries at ease with a mindfulness massage. It’s a treatment to relax your body as well as your mind. A therapist will lead you through a guided meditation while also calming your muscles through massage techniques for maximum stress reduction.

Earthing

This spa offering refers to anything that gets you more in touch with Mother Nature, by allowing your bare feet to touch the earth’s surface to feel more grounded. Walking on stones promotes increased energy, while strolling meditations in forests calm the mind. Or enjoy a massage in an open-air hut.

ISTOCK

Hydrotherapy massage

12/26/18 9:58 AM


P L A N N I N G

.

S T Y L I N G

.

C O O R D I N A T I O N

LIVE THESE MOMENTS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. LEAVE THE REST TO US...

P H OTO C R E D I T : CO L L I N P I E R S O N P H OTO G R A P H Y

L E A R N

M O R E

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 181

A T

W W W . D U R P E T T I E V E N T S . C O M

12/26/18 9:58 AM


FASHION & BE AUT Y

be present

3

Remain in the now It’s no revelation that planning your wedding is all about the future—everything leads up to that day, which leads up to your life as a married couple. It’s so easy to get caught up in the anticipation of those exciting times in the future that the moments you’re experiencing right here, right now are often forgotten. You’ll never be engaged again, so enjoy this time with your fiancé, and relish those wedding planning moments and “firsts,” like your first Thanksgiving as an engaged couple or your first cake tasting. “We’ve all heard from couples about how fast the wedding day comes and goes—and how quickly all that future planning turns into a memory,” Goldberg says. “Meditating during this time will help you enjoy it as it’s happening.”

182

4

Have a daily reflection of intent An intent, which is a positive principle you set for how you want your surroundings and yourself to be, can be a very a valuable tool when it comes to tackling wedding planning. Think of a few intents you want to keep for yourself throughout the months leading up to your wedding day—and then make a commitment to keep them. Some intents could be: Approach any challenge with a calm and positive manner; be present and mindful in the decisionmaking process; and always look for the best in the people around you, whether it’s your partner, planner or parent. “What’s the attitude and energy you want going into your wedding?” says Tara Brach, PhD, a meditation teacher and officiant. “Do you want to be openhearted? Mindful? Forgiving? Focused? At ease? Each morning, take a few moments to reflect on your intention in moving through your wedding planning.”

It’s easy to get caught up in anticipating the future. You’ll never be engaged again, so enjoy this time with your fiancé, and relish those planning moments and “firsts” as a couple.

5

Connect with your other half Meditating doesn’t have to be a solo activity—when you both have time, you and your soon-to-be spouse can take a few quiet minutes for yourselves to recharge. “First, meditate together for 5 to 20 minutes to relax and quiet your minds, and then take turns sharing whatever is challenging, exciting or important to you,” Brach says. “Speak and listen from the heart.” This ensures you’re both being honest and that you’re on the same page throughout the entire process—no matter what situations may arise.

6

Let go of resentment When you’re knee-deep in dress fittings, seating charts and welcome bags, it often takes just one word or look from a family member or your partner to set you off or make you feel anxious (we’ve all been there). Meditation can help you release any feelings of resentment. “Bring your attention and breath to whatever part of your body feels agitated, angry or vulnerable,” Brach says. “Take a minute to breathe in healing energy, and when you breathe out, release your unpleasant feelings.” And if you’re feeling anxious, quickly inhale and exhale.

meditate on the go Th e s e a p p s w i l l h e l p y o u g e t y o u r m e d i t a t i o n f i x a n y w h e re , a n y t i m e .

Headspace

This app is “meditation made simple,” and it’s especially great for beginners. It’s easy to squeeze in its 10-minute meditation sessions.

Take a break!

These guided meditations offer music and nature audio. Choose from a 7-minute work-break relaxation or 13-minute stress-relief meditation.

Omvana

Omvana’s meditation can be tailored to your stress levels and what you want to accomplish, whether it’s sleep, relaxation, productivity or focus.

Calm

Calm’s mindfulness meditations range in length—from 3 to 25 minutes—and intents, including happiness, relationships and calming anxiety.

K E E P C A L M A N D G E T O RG A N I Z E D W I T H The K not Wedding P lanner app

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 182

12/26/18 9:58 AM


Modern elegance for a truly unforgettable experience... perfectly close to home.

630.530.0202

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 183

DR U RYLAN E.COM

100 DR U RY LAN E, OAKB ROOK TE R RACE, I L

12/26/18 9:58 AM


W E D D I N G & E V E N T P H OTO G R A P H Y

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 184

312-869-9418

W W W. F O U N D L I G H T S T U D I O S .C O M

12/26/18 9:58 AM


FASHION & BE AUT Y

maid for style Follow these fashion rules to keep your girls looking fresh and fabulous—without breaking the bank or causing any drama. >> B Y SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOG R APH B Y KENZIE VIC TORY

185

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 185

12/26/18 9:58 AM


FASHION & BE AUT Y

You’ve probably heard, “But you’ll totally wear this again!” before shelling out for a bridesmaid dress in the past, only to have it collecting dust in your closet months later. Now that you’re the bride, you might be feeling the pressure to find a style that’s budget friendly, universally flattering and works for your wedding style. Think that’s impossible? We promise—it’s actually totally doable. Stick to these fashion rules to find an on-trend dress that won’t cost a fortune, but will make your bride tribe feel gorgeous and confident.

Keep costs in mind

186

Shop accordingly Think about what kind of shopping experience will work best for your personality. If you tend to have strong opinions, it’s probably better to shop alone (or with one friend or family member). If you prefer more input, take the whole gang and give them guidelines, like color or fabric. To make the bridesmaid dress shopping experience enjoyable for your girls, make a day of it. Start off with a leisurely brunch (read: mimosas) to ensure everyone is relaxed. And, when your girls give their opinions on the dresses they love—or don’t love as much—take them into consideration. Even if you disagree with their suggestions, it never hurts to make your besties feel heard. After all, they’re the ones wearing the dress.

Stick to a timeline It typically takes two to three months for orders to arrive plus another four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your friends ample time to find, order and fit the dresses. If you’re buying off the rack, either get your girls’ sizes and order their dresses all at once, or let them know they should purchase their gowns as soon as possible. Since off-the-rack styles aren’t made to order, there’s a chance they could sell out quickly, especially if they’re in more popular sizes or go on sale. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 186

figure flattery St y l e s fo r e v e r y b o d y s h a p e i n y o u r b r i d a l p a r t y .

A-line

One of the most popular silhouettes, this style extends out from the waist in the shape of an A (no surprise there). B EST F OR Every figure,

and those bridesmaids who prefer a classic silhouette.

Modified A-line A less dramatic take on the A-line, this style still hits at the waist but forms a smaller A. B EST F OR Girls with

larger hips may prefer the classic A-line, but this style is still über-flattering.

Empire

This forgiving style has a high waistline that sits just below the bust. B EST F OR Girls with

smaller chests or larger midsections. It’s also a great option for pregnant bridesmaids.

Dropped-waist

This style sits below the natural waistline, so the skirt starts at the hips. B EST F OR Shapely

bridesmaids—this silhouette will show off every curve.

Trumpet

Gowns with trumpetstyle skirts hug the body around the waist and mid-thigh, and then flare out toward the bottom. B EST F OR Girls with

curves, since the flared skirt will draw attention to the hips.

Soft trumpet

This toned-down style has a more relaxed fit and flares out only slightly toward the bottom. B EST F OR Fitted but not as body-hugging as a true trumpet, this style works for most shapes.

JENNY HA AS PHOTOGR APHY

If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know bridesmaids traditionally pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles—after all, a bridesmaid dress probably isn’t they only thing they’re paying for. If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable range, or select a specific color you like and let them pick their own style from off the rack. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider renting your bridesmaid dresses. Rental sites like Rent the Runway let your girls choose dresses from high-end designers in a range of colors and styles for a fraction of the cost.

12/26/18 9:58 AM


LEADING LADY. FIRST LADY. YOUR LADY.

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises offers everything you’ll need for a one-of-a-kind wedding: best-in-class service, elegant interior salons, magnificent open-air city views, and more. Choose from six unique, private yachts – including Chicago’s Leading Lady and Chicago’s First Lady – that perfectly fit your party size. CRUISECHICAGO.COM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 187

|

847.358.1330

|

CHICAGO RIVERWALK

|

112 E. WACKER DRIVE

12/26/18 9:58 AM


Flatter their figures

Do a test run

Take your friends’ various body shapes into consideration before selecting silhouettes (read: crop tops, minidresses and super-fitted styles should be off the table if your girls make a point of avoiding them IRL). If your bridesmaids have an array of different body types and you’re having trouble finding one dress that will work for all of them, consider picking a color and allowing them to choose their own dresses. If your heart is set on a specific silhouette, try to be flexible where custom alterations are concerned if they make your girls feel more comfortable. Small tweaks like adding cap sleeves to a sleeveless dress, bringing up a plunging neckline or toning down a high slit can make a world of difference but won’t drastically change the overall look of your bridal party—trust us, your girl squad will thank you for understanding.

Here’s the deal: Your bridesmaids don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be heavily photographed and standing in front of a room full of people too. The best way to prove you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does it have an unflattering cut? Is the fabric itchy? Does the silhouette make moving around impossible? If you answer yes, move on. When you find one that you’d love to wear yourself, you’ll have no problem convincing your friends to get on board.

Find the right fit A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend is shocked by the number on the tag or she’s in between two different sizes and she wants to buy a smaller dress, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress. It also doesn’t hurt to mention if the dress ends up being too small, she’ll have to order a new one and that would be a buzzkill, given most bridesmaid dresses are made to order.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 188

Select the right shade There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright coral dresses. Rich colors—marsala and emerald—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—French blue and lavender—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss for exactly which hue to choose, go for a general color, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades for a mismatched look. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider prints. Just remember: These work best in smaller parties. Or, you could toss tradition altogether and go for an all-white bridal party à la Solange Knowles for a look that’s crisp and chic. >>

JOSEPH LIN PHOTOGR APHY

188

FASHION & BE AUT Y

12/26/18 9:58 AM


Dream Wedding

Offering elegant ballrooms, exquisite cuisine and exceptional service all personally coordinated for you by our dedicated wedding specialist, Khulood Al-Fadhel, kalfadhel@doubletreeoakbrook.com.

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON - CHICAGO - OAK BROOK - 1909 SPRING ROAD, OAK BROOK, IL 60523 - 630.472.6076

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 189

12/26/18 9:58 AM


FASHION & BE AUT Y

Don’t dictate the footwear Insisting bridesmaids purchase a particular pair of shoes may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but it also creates another expense—so think twice before you send photos of the red bottoms you’re in love with to the group text. And, like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again, especially if they’re an uncomfortable height. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic shoes they’d be thrilled to reuse and can actually walk in. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own comfortable shoes means blister-free dancing.

Let them bring the baubles

Find complementary colors

Consider lingerie logistics Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (read: strapless or one shoulder), your bridesmaids may need some special support. Pro tip: Even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific pantie or body shaper, especially if you choose a dress with a formfitting silhouette.

190

Also, think about choosing a color that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush and sand are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while bolder hues like yellow and magenta, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try flattering metallics, like champagne, or rose gold. If you do opt for a print, make sure the dominant colors work with your bridal party. Alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a print. We also love the idea of mismatched sequin dresses—that way your girls can choose a shade that suits them.

It may be tempting to ask your girls to wear identical necklaces, earrings and bangles, but a mismatched approach to accessorizing will give your party a more modern vibe. By having each bridesmaid select her own jewelry, you’re also encouraging her to express her unique personality (that’s the reason you chose her in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid look and feel more like herself.

bridesmaid reprieve a re a

fe w t h i n g s y o u r g i r l s s h o u l d n ’ t h a v e t o w o r r y a b o u t o n y o u r w e d d i n g d a y .

Bridesmaid luncheon

Despite the name, this is actually an event thrown by the bride for her bridesmaids as a way to show her appreciation to her bridal party for the many things each girl has done to make her wedding special. This sit-down lunch or brunch is typically held the afternoon of the rehearsal dinner. Think of it as a “thank you” to your girls for supporting you on your day.

Hair and makeup

Your bridesmaids are already paying for dresses, travel, the shower and more. If you want your attendants to have their hair and makeup professionally done for the wedding, it’s a nice gesture to offer to pay for these services. Otherwise, trust your girls to do their own hair and makeup if they’d prefer not to pay for a professional stylist.

Bouquets

You’re expected to pay for your attendants’ personal flowers, which is something to consider when you’re thinking about how many bridesmaids you want by your side. The bridesmaid bouquets (and groomsmen boutonnieres) should be factored into the floral budget along with the bride’s bouquet, centerpieces and other décor.

Transportation

While you don’t have to order a car service to pick up each and every one of your bridesmaids, you should make sure they have a ride to the wedding and from the ceremony to the reception, especially if your two venues are far apart or in an unfamiliar area. You can hire a bus or limo to pick them up from a set location, or you can ask local guests to give them a lift.

ERIN WILSON PHOTOGR APHY

He re

S H O P B R I D E S M A I D D R E S S E S AT TheK not.com/ bridesmaids

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 190

12/26/18 9:58 AM


Cherish Every Mom en t 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT OUR CATERING DEPARTMENT AT

CHICAGONORTHBROOK.HILTON.COM | 847.509.7010

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 191

12/26/18 9:58 AM


Photo Credit: Mackenzie Maeder // Photo + Video

YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS.

Ceremony | Receptions DeKalb and Naperville Venues 1-866-753-0010 go.niu.edu/weddings

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 192

12/26/18 9:58 AM


dress codes decoded

FA SHION & BE AUT Y

So you booked the venue and figured out the general vibe of your wedding—congrats! Now it’s time to find the right outfits and accessories. B Y SHELLEY BROWN P HOTOGR AP HY B Y DEVON JARVIS

B L ACK T IE You locked in a grand location, hired the 24-piece band, splurged on over-the-top centerpieces and asked your bride tribe to wear floor-length gowns—all that’s left to do is make sure you and your SO show up looking snazzy. For the über-luxe event you’re planning, only a traditional tux and formal gown will do.

patent lace-ups are a must-have for a classic tux

ST YLING: ANNA LEMI: ALL SHOES AND BAGS: COURTESY OF VENDORS; ALL FLOR ALS: ISTOCK

193

F OR THE B RID E It’s your day—celebrate it. Make the most of your moment in the spotlight with a dramatic dress. We love a classic ball gown with illusion lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton, or a more fashion-centric style with a ruffled skirt or lots of bling. When it comes to accessories, don’t be afraid to indulge in more glitter. Pair drop earrings with a loose updo to play up the embellishments in your gown. Stash your lipstick, a compact and a tissue (or a whole bunch of tissues) in an equally glitzy beaded clutch, and step into some bejeweled heels or strappy metallic sandals for the finishing touch.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 193

F OR THE GROOM Though you’d certainly look dapper in any suit, a classic tux will guarantee you’ll be dressed for the part for your formal affair. To keep it modern, forgo contrasting studs (those little doodads that cover the shirt’s buttons), dated cummerbunds and shiny vests, and instead consider a trendy notch collar and a self-tie bow tie. Opting for a sleek satin lapel won’t hurt either. If you’re more daring, try a tux with a velvet jacket—they’re all over the red carpet. Equally streamlined accessories, like understated cuff links and black patent leather dress shoes, complete the polished look. >>

12/26/18 9:58 AM


SE M IFO R M A L

FA SHION & BE AUT Y

Your wedding is all about a killer setting with a modern feel. Whether it’s a cool museum or an art gallery off the beaten path, your ideal affair is sophisticated without the strict formality of a traditional venue. When it comes to your look, opt for a wardrobe that’s as cutting edge as your celebration. Hint: It’s all about structure and polished details.

a bedazzled clutch adds a glam touch

F OR THE B RID E

F OR THE GROOM

A minimalistic silhouette will work for your one-of-akind nuptials, without being too conservative. A strapless, satin, mermaidstyle dress is fancier than your average cocktail look, but still more subtle than a full-blown ball gown. Want to create an unexpected contrast? Consider a style with a cowl back or oversize bow on the back. Not only are they all over the runways, but they make for one heck of a dramatic exit. Finish off your look with sparkly earrings and a pair of elegant heels.

A classic black tuxedo might feel too stuffy. Instead, pair a charcoal or midnight-blue suit (darker hues are more formal than lighter ones) with standout accessories like a patterned tie or pocket square and statement cuff links. Another idea: Fun socks (like a classic argyle or a kitschy pattern) can bring in the theme and color palette of your wedding without overpowering the rest of your outfit. Keep your footwear simple—a pair of black leather oxfords or monk straps are polished without being too flashy.

194

CO CK TA IL If it wasn’t already obvious from the swanky invitations, rooftop locale, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and signature martinis, your wedding wardrobe will surely solidify the fact that you’re hosting a hip wedding. You can’t go wrong if you stick with fitted silhouettes and statement accessories for both of you. F OR THE B RID E

F OR THE GROOM

Find a gown that’s dressy but not totally over the top for your cocktail soiree. Consider one of this season’s hottest silhouettes: a simple, fit-and-flare dress. A formfitting style with a plunging neckline or daring low back still feels classy but will also show off your curves for just the right amount of va-va-voom. Where bling is concerned, sleek ear crawlers or even a back necklace are fashionforward options. Complete your outfit with a graphic clutch (we love acrylic ones) and unexpected black heels.

Try a slim-cut gray suit for a look that’s sharp but still not trying too hard. A skinny tie works best with this style because it mimics the narrow shape of your suit (regular-width ties can appear too bulky or wide). You’ll look more pulled together if your tie and belt are the same solid color, but a fun, colorful or printed pocket square will give your ensemble unique appeal. Keep the modern look consistent with a pair of dress loafers. They used to get a bad rap for looking dated, but new, trendier styles are actually the perfect in-between shoe. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 194

12/26/18 9:59 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 195

12/26/18 9:59 AM


go for a lightweight suit in warmer temps

FA SHION & BE AUT Y

B E ACH FO R M A L Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic destination or staying domestic at your local seaside venue, you’re all about saying “I do” with your toes in the sand. And while you aren’t into the idea of wearing anything too formal, you still want to dress to impress. Relaxed silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and novelty accessories are essential when it comes to pulling off a beach-chic wedding style. F OR THE B RID E

F OR THE GROOM

Dramatic silhouettes (read: ball gowns or dresses with long trains) and heavy fabrics aren’t exactly compatible with a seaside locale, but that doesn’t mean your dress shouldn’t show some personality. Beach wedding dresses can run the gamut from super-casual ones you could wear again to more romantic, Grecian-inspired gowns and lacy, boho numbers. As far as footwear is concerned, go barefoot to fully embrace your environment, or opt for metallic sandals or short wedges (heels will sink into the sand) for a fancier vibe.

Breathable fabrics like linen and cotton that will stand up to heat and humidity are a must where beach-appropriate formalwear is concerned. A darker suit could be too formal, but the same cut in khaki or light blue is a great option for more casual asual surroundings. (Depending on how low-key your wedding is, you may even want to lose the suit jacket and roll up your sleeves.) To take your wedding theme up a notch, opt for nautical- or tropical-printed accessories (anchors and pineapples FTW). For shoes, bare feet, sandals and boat shoes are all acceptable choices—just make sure you and your partner are on the same page.

196

DAY T IM E While a luxe venue plus fussy attire isn’t your thing, you’ve been dreaming of a stylish, backyard ceremony (well, at least something more intimate and homespun) since the second you got engaged. F OR THE B RID E

F OR THE GROOM

Keep it simple with a short, midi-length or high-low wedding dress and let your accessories do the talking. After all, a flirty hemline is the perfect opportunity to show off killer shoes. If heels aren’t your thing, opt for embellished flats or more playful sneakers. For a whimiscal touch, add a birdcage veil or fascinator.

A light gray, light blue or khaki suit with a patterned bow tie and complementary pocket square (we love the idea of mixing gingham and polka dots) is equal parts preppy and laid-back. If you’re going for a slightly edgier and more personalized feel, consider ditching the jacket altogether for a vest, or adding colorful or patterned suspenders plus a custom lapel pin or bouttoniere— they’re all the rage right now.

F I N D YO U R P E R F E C T W E D D I N G O U T F I T AT TheK not.com/ wedding-dress-style

CHITKRSS19_Sect_12_(179_196) [P]{CHI}.indd 196

12/26/18 9:59 AM


There’s only

one couple

each night

Photo: TWA Photography

so the focus is on you and your guests

Spectacular Golf Course V iews • Guests up to 275 Indoor & Outdoor Ceremonies • Private Balconies & Verandas Rehearsal Dinners & Bridal Showers • New Outdoor Cock tail Space 26W151 But terf ield Rd. | Wheaton, IL 60189 | 630.653.5802 arrowheadgolfclub.org /weddings Arrowhead Golf Club

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 197

Arrowhead Golf Club

12/26/18 9:59 AM


WHERE SPECIAL MEMORIES ARE MADE AND NEVER FORGOTTEN

YK PHOTOGRAPHY

YK PHOTOGRAPHY

TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOCIATES

GEORGE STREET PHOTO & VIDEO

OLD ORCHARD COUNTRY CLUB... WE ARE YOUR WEDDING EXPERTS. ALL OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS WILL B E E X C E E D E D.

OLD ORCHARD COUNTRY CLUB C O N T A C T M A R C H E I D K A M P • 7 0 0 W . R A N D R D . , M T P R O S P E C T, I L 6 0 0 5 6 • 8 4 7 . 2 5 5 . 2 0 2 5 • B A N Q U E T S @ P H P A R K S . O R G

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 198

12/26/18 9:59 AM


FA SHION & BE AUT Y

Stylist on Call

tamara mellon

The footwear guru gives us the scoop on choosing the right wedding shoes, plus the trends she’s loving now. B Y SHELLEY BROWN P HOTOGR AP H B Y THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

HEADSHOT: R ACHEL MURR AY/GET T Y IM AGES FOR TA M AR A MELLON

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 199

199

If anyone knows shoes, it’s Tamara Mellon. In 1996, she left her post as an accessories editor at British Vogue to cofound a company with an East London cobbler named Jimmy Choo (maybe you’ve heard of it?). Over the next 16 years, she built one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world, worn by fashion icons—both real and fictional—like Beyoncé and Carrie Bradshaw. She left Jimmy Choo in 2011 and launched her eponymous direct-to-consumer shoe brand in 2016. Here, her tips on finding the best shoes for your day—without sacrificing your feet or the chance to dance the night away. >>

Tamara’s best-selling Frontline sandals

12/26/18 9:59 AM


FA SHION & BE AUT Y

make it personal “It’s a cute idea to get a professional calligrapher to personalize the soles of your shoes with your partner’s initials, your new monogram or your wedding date.”

WHAT’S THE MOST IMP ORTANT THING A B RID E SHOU LD CONSID ER B EF ORE B U YING HER WED D ING SHOES?

You’re probably going to be wearing these shoes from your ceremony to your reception, so choose a heel height you feel comfortable and confident in. For instance, my perfect heel height for walking all day is three-and-a-half inches, but it’s different for every woman. Go with whatever feels best to you personally. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOU R F AV ORITE B RID AL F OOT WEAR

D O YOU

BRIDE: KEN PAK PHOTOGR APHY; SHOES: COURTESY OF TA M AR A MELLON

TREND S? I love classic silhouettes with a modern twist. My Belle shoe is a cross between a pump and an ankle boot, and my Siren pump has unexpected PVC (read: clear vinyl) details—both are standout, nontraditional options in white. HAV E ANY TIP S F OR B REAK ING IN NEW HEELS?

You should break in your wedding shoes at home so you don’t get them dirty or damage them. Wear them around the house at least a few times before your day. That way, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises, and you’re less likely to get blisters.

200

WHAT AB OU T CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOES F OR V ENU ES WITH U NEV EN TERR AIN, LIK E B EACHES OR V INEYARD S. ARE THERE K EY THINGS TO LOOK F OR? I recommend opting

for flats, block heels or wedges—anything but a stiletto heel, which will sink into the ground and throw off your balance. I especially love the idea of a block heel with a platform in the front that will evenly distribute your weight and take some of the pressure off the ball of your foot and toes. This style will give you some extra height, but won’t feel like you’re wearing a typical high heel.

strut your stuff A g u i d e t o Ta m a r a ’ s f a v o r i t e w e d d i n g - w o r t h y s h o e s .

ALL THAT GLIT TERS

A CU T AB OV E

If embellishment isn’t your thing, keep it interesting with cutouts. Belle pumps, $525, TamaraMellon.com

K EEP IT CLEAR

These pumps with PVC details are just made for a bridal pantsuit. Siren pumps, $450, TamaraMellon.com

Flashy heels work for a glam wedding or a night on the town. Frontline sandals, $425, TamaraMellon.com

F I N D M O R E FA S H I O N I N S P O AT TheK not.com/ frontrow

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 200

12/26/18 9:59 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 201

12/26/18 9:59 AM


h

a

p p y

TRAILS S PUT THESE FRESH DRESSE GL AMPI NG. IN ” THE “ GLAM S, UNFUSSY FABRIC S RELAX ED SILHOUET TE ED DETAILS AND NATURE-INSPIR V IBE CHANNEL THE BOHO OORS. EA OF THE GR T OUTD CH RIS CR AYM ER PH OT OG R AP HY BY

girly scout Tiers of lace fringe put a flirty twist on a tea-length sheath. Dress, $3,995, Lela Rose at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, DimitrasBridal .com (Chicago); earrings, $1,595, Ippolita.com; bandanna, $34, Abercrombie .com; boots, $360, RedWingHeritage.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 202

12/26/18 9:59 AM


203

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 203

12/26/18 9:59 AM


204

easy livin’ Calling all bridechillas. An embellished crop top plus a curve-skimming skirt feels effortlessly chic. Top and skirt, $5,430, Rime Arodaky at Alice in Ivory, AliceinIvory.com (Chicago); engagement ring, $2,775, LizzieMandler.com; earrings, $29,000, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com; bracelet, $1,095, Ippolita.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 204

12/26/18 9:59 AM


f lo w e r c h ild If you’re feeling bold, consider a vibrant gown with floral embroidery. It’s equal parts romantic and fashion forward. Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; hat, stylist’s own; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 205

12/26/18 10:00 AM


206

force of nature An oversize Mongolian fur vest takes a flowy frock from simple to striking. Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, BellaBianca.com (Chicago & Oakbrook Terrace), Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, DimitrasBridal .com (Chicago); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere .com; engagement ring, $2,992 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche .com; bracelet, $11,375, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 206

12/26/18 10:00 AM


stunning site Turn some heads (without trying too hard, of course) with a dreamy combo of delicate lace and sheer bell sleeves. Dress, $5,625, ClairePettibone.com; earrings, $145, LuluFrost.com; opal ring, $3,940, JacquieAiche.com; boots, $199, MarcFisherFootwear.com

207

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 207

12/26/18 10:00 AM


p e r fe c t c a tc h A bridal romper is a surprisingly versatile choice. Rock a sleek, belted style to your shower or morning-after brunch. Romper, $1,800, CatherineKowalskiBridal .com; engagement ring, $699 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; ear crawlers, $2,795, Ippolita.com; rain boots, $75, RomaBoots.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 208

12/26/18 10:00 AM


into the wild It’s all about daring details. Lace-up shoulders and sleeves add an edgy tilt to an otherwise traditional silhouette. Dress, $3,220, Leanne Marshall at Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Chicago); earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

209

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 209

12/26/18 10:00 AM


happy camper

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 210

PHOTO CREDIT TK

An eyelet number with flutter sleeves is right at home in a rustic setting. Lose the shoes and go barefoot for an even more laid-back vibe. Dress, $240, DavidsBridal.com; engagement ring, price upon request, EvaFehren.com; earrings, $245, LuluFrost.com; cocktail ring, $4,315, JacquieAiche.com

12/26/18 10:00 AM


breezy beauty Casual doesn’t have to mean less stylish. An allover lace dress with a ruffled bodice is comfy and totally on trend. Dress, $650, Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN.com; engagement ring, $1,799 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; band, $1,716, SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $352, Bounkit.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Craymer FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR AND MAKEUP Sacha Harford for Bumble and bumble and MAKE UP FOR EVER at Ray Brown Productions PROP STYLING Nassimos Studio

PHOTO CREDIT TK

211

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 211

12/26/18 10:00 AM


“If you can dream it, we can make it happen!” — SHAWNDA MZFABO, CEO/Certified Event Planner Extraordinaire

Your engagement is a special time that you should enjoy to the fullest. Don’t spend it stressing out about your wedding details. We’ll discuss all your ideas at length, then design a plan with a variety of options for you to consider. When you give us the go-ahead, we’ll make it all happen. You can just sit back and sample cake, taste champagne, and smell the roses.

Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance, and our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver the best service in the industry.

Fabulous Weddings/Events

CALL NOW TO GET YOUR EXQUISITE EVENT PLANNING STARTED! Shawnda MzFabo • (773) 747-5345 • Fabwedsandevents@gmail.com • www.fabwedsandevents.com PHOTOS BY ED AND AILEEN PHOTOGRAPHY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_13_(197_212) [P]{CHI}.indd 212

12/26/18 10:00 AM


FASHION & BE AUT Y

213

rental reboot

Not sold on splurging on a tux for your wedding day? These four companies will change the way you think about rentals—and won’t break the bank. >> B Y FAR AH PRINCE P HOTOGR AP H B Y AMANDA NIPPOLDT PHOTOGR APHY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 213

12/26/18 10:00 AM


FASHION & BE AUT Y

It’s no secret tuxedo rentals have a bad rap for being ill fitting and outdated. Factor in the multiple trips to a rental shop to buy and later tailor your look (not an easy feat when you have an entire party to outfit) and the whole process can seem even more daunting. So what’s the good news? Brands like The Black Tux, Generation Tux, Men’s Wearhouse and Stitch & Tie are reinventing the rental game. With little more than a measuring tape, internet connection and spare half hour, you can pick out a tux or suit (plus shoes and accessories, if you’re so inclined) and have it all shipped directly to your doorstep. Below, our guide to the new way to rent formalwear.

The Black Tux THE SELECTION With the largest collection of the bunch, The Black Tux boasts 39 suit and tuxedo rentals guranteed to fit any and every wedding style with options in tried-and-true neutral shades, plus more fashion-forward colors and prints. THE F IT Most styles come in a range of sizes, for a made-to-order look. If you don’t know your size, use their Fit Formula to help find what’s best for you based on answers to a few questions like your height and weight. You can also visit any one of their 21 showrooms across the country to be measured in person. Your outfit will ship two weeks prior to your wedding, so plan ahead and secure your

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 214

a matter of time Avoid costly rush-shipping fees by starting the rental process at least three months ahead of your wedding date. That will give you enough time to choose your look, schedule an at-home try-on, coordinate wedding party rentals and make minor alterations.

ASHLEY GOODWIN PHOTOGR APHY; TIES: COURTESY OF THE BL ACK TUX

214

rentals at least three months in advance. That will give you enough time to make alterations (should they be necessary). The Black Tux will cover minor fixes to jacket sleeves and pants, up to $15 with a receipt. If the thought of renting a tux or suit without first seeing it in person makes you nervous, take advantage of The Black Tux’s free, at-home try-on. You’ll get to test drive one of its rentals for up to 48 hours for peace of mind before you commit. THE P ROCESS The six-step rental process takes about 25 minutes to complete, including adding your measurements. You’ll first choose your tux or suit, and a name for it (like groom). If you’re looking to differentiate your best man’s look from the rest of your groomsmen, this will help keep you organized. Next, build your outfit with a shirt, tie, shoes and accessories. Then add all your event details and enter your measurements. If you don’t know what your size is, use their guide. Shipping is free, unless you need it expedited, which can run from $20 to $40. Once your event is over, you have three days to return the rental with prepaid postage. STAND OU T SERV ICE If you’re looking to make a serious fashion statement at your wedding (after all, it’s your day too!), The Black Tux offers plenty of unexpected suiting options like mixed tartan prints, gingham, oversize pinstripes and rose-colored jackets. P RICE From $95, TheBlackTux.com >>

12/26/18 10:00 AM


Say Yes To Grand Bear /    Â? Â? Â? Â? Â?    ­ € ‚ƒ    Â? „ Â… †

GrizzlyJacksResort.com (815)667-7254 Utica, IL CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 215

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Generation Tux

216

THE SELECTION While Generation Tux has a smaller lineup of

formalwear styles with a selection of 21 suits and tuxedos in classic shades like blue, gray and black, its extensive collection of accessories more than makes up for the difference. You can choose from an assortment of neckwear, socks, cuff links, pocket squares, suspenders, belts, tie bars and even satin flower lapel pins in a range of colors and prints—you know, the trendy add-ons that will guarantee you and your guys look extra dapper. THE F IT Without a brick-and-mortar store, Generation Tux relies on its eTailor to determine your perfect fit with a few questions about your body profile, including height, weight and jean size. Order your rental three months prior to your wedding date and you’ll have plenty of time to flag any fit issues. Generation Tux will cover minor alterations up to $20, and if your suit requires more extensive fixes, they will send you a free replacement. THE P ROCESS First order of business is creating an event on the website. Once that’s done, enter your measurements using the instructional videos. During this step, you can also set up a free at-home try-on if you want to touch and feel the suit you’re planning to order in person. Then you’ll pick out your tux or suit, add accessories and check out. The whole process takes under 30 minutes. Once you secure your own rental, you can then invite your groomsmen to get started on their orders. Generation Tux’s management system allows you, your partner or even your wedding planner to view the status of each groomsman. (So, if

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 216

update a classic tux with a fresh navy jacket

clean conscience Spilled some bubbly on your jacket? Lost a button while tearing up the dance floor? Don’t fret. Most rental sites cover dry cleaning and minor damages at no additional cost, so there’s no need to stress out or rush to the cleaners before returning your suit or tux.

one of your friends is seriously slacking and hasn’t been measured yet, you can follow up before it becomes a full-blown crisis.) And with friendly automated reminders of rental deadlines, all of the stress of managing (read: nagging) your wedding party is out of your hands. Another plus: When six or more of your groomsmen rent tuxedos through Generation Tux, your outfit is free. Your rental will arrive two weeks prior to your wedding. Once your receive your rental, you have 48 hours to flag any issues. After your event, return your rentals within three days with prepaid postage. STAND OU T SERV ICE In addition to killer accessories, Generation Tux also offers a pretty decent selection of suits and tuxes in boy sizes—so even the most pint-sized members of your wedding party will look polished in photos. P RICE From $69, GenerationTux.com >>

COURTESY OF GENER ATION TUX

FASHION & BE AUT Y

12/26/18 10:01 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 217

12/26/18 10:01 AM


FASHION & BE AUT Y

THE SELECTION Men’s Wearhouse is the go-to for off-the-rack designer suits for every style, but it also slays at rentals. There are 38 options to choose from, including looks for junior groomsmen and ring bearers. The selection is more traditional, with two- and three-piece suit and tux rentals in black, gray, blue and tan, plus a variety of accessories. THE F IT Men’s Wearhouse offers a range of sizes, lengths and styles in classic, modern and slim fits, depending on the suit or tux you choose. If you’re unsure of your size, you can use the site’s built-in Fit Evaluator or visit one of their nationwide locations to be measured by an in-store tailor. THE P ROCESS Your rental will arrive seven days before your event, but you should place your order at least 15 days in advance (if you’re cutting it super close). Start by selecting a pre-styled outfit, or build your own look by choosing a suit or tux and adding accessories. Then specify the type of event you’re renting for and the date before entering your measurements and checking out. Similar to Generation Tux and The Black Tux, Men’s Wearhouse offers an online group management tool to help you keep tabs on your wedding party. And, if five or more of your groomsmen rent suit or tuxedo packages, you get a $400 shopping credit toward the balance of your outfit. After your event, you only have one day to return your rental, but you can either use a prepaid shipping label or return it to any store location. STAND OU T SERV ICE Men’s Wearhouse hits the mark with their size-inclusive range of rentals, with jackets going all the way up to 70 long and pants that go up to a 70-inch waist. P RICE From $100, MensWearhouse.com

Stitch & Tie THE SELECTION Stitch & Tie has a collection of 27 suits and tuxedos in traditional shades, as well as a couple of bolder options like red and teal. Unlike other sites, they also have a classic black tuxedo rental specifically tailored for women too. THE F IT Stitch & Tie offers a range of sizes in slim and modern cuts. To ensure an accurate fit, you’ll have to enter your specific measurements. If you’re not sure how to take your measurements, watch the instructional videos that make measuring yourself virtually fool proof. If your rental arrives and the fit is off, they’ll send you a replacement if you contact them within 48 hours or reimburse you up to $15 for minor alterations. For added peace of mind, try the at-home trial service and borrow a suit or tux for 48 hours for $40, which is later applied to your final costs if you decide to take the plunge.

find your fit Choosing the right cut for your suit or tuxedo can make your rental look and feel custom-made. If you want a little extra room, opt for a classic fit. For a slightly more tailored look, choose a modern fit. If an edgier style with narrow sleeves and pants is your thing, go for a slim fit.

THE P ROCESS To avoid rush-shipping charges, start shopping for your rental at least 21 days before your event. After creating your account, build your custom look or choose from a selection of curated outfits, enter your event date and then your sizes before checking out. Their group management tool can save different looks for each groomsman and even send out friendly reminders to place their orders. Your rental will arrive a week before your event date, and you’ll have 48 hours afterward to return it. If you need to keep it longer (or forget to pop it in the mail), there’s an extra fee. STAND OU T SERV ICE No formalwear is complete without the right accents, and while Stitch & Tie offers the usual accessories to complete your outfit, its bespoke service is pretty innovative. It works like this: Mail in your fabric of choice, and it’ll send you a custom bow tie, tie or pocket square within four weeks. Let your groomsmen choose their favorite print, or send in a swatch complementary to your bridal party’s dresses to match. P RICE From $120, StitchandTie.com

HALF ACRE HOUSE

218

Men’s Wearhouse

F I N D M O R E M E N SW E A R I N S P I R AT I O N AT TheK not.com/ tuxedos

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 218

12/26/18 10:01 AM


ENDLESS LOVE. TIMELESS MEMORIES.

oakbrookhillsresortchicago.com 630-850-5555 | 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 219

12/26/18 10:01 AM


KT Merry Photography

Advertisement

BECAUSE WALKING DOWN THE AISLE DOESN’T ALWAYS REQUIRE AN AISLE At The Knot, we believe in only one wedding tradition: Always make it your own. Whatever your style and budget, your day should truly be yours. Make tradition. Find your happy place with our all-in-one Wedding Planner app.

#maketradition

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 220

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Photo by A Photosensation

W eddings at RANDALL OAKS

sk about our wedding specials! Photo by JolieImages

Photo by A Photosensation

Photo by A Photosensation

Accommodates up to 200 guests Celebrate both your ceremony & reception at one location One wedding per day receive exclusive attention Three miles north of I-90 off Randall Road

Randall Oaks Golf Club 4101 Binnie Road, West Dundee, IL 60118 | (847) 428-5661 x 3102 | www.randalloaksgc.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 221

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Advertisement

Theo Milo Photography

THE REGISTRY BECAUSE A GIFT ISN’T ONE SIZE FITS ALL

At The Knot, we believe in only one wedding tradition: Always make it your own. Whatever your style and budget, your day should truly be yours. Make tradition. Choose your registry for life after “I do” with our all-in-one Wedding Planner app.

#maketradition

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 222

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Accommodating 300 Guests · Unshared Exclusivity · Exceptional Service · Enchanting Grounds

18231 South Park Avenue | Homewood, IL 60430 | 708.798.5600 | ravisloe.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 223

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Advertisement

Cassie Rosch Photography

THE DRESS BECAUSE GETTING DRESSED DOESN’T ALWAYS REQUIRE A DRESS At The Knot, we believe in only one wedding tradition: Always make it your own. Whatever your style and budget, your day should truly be yours. Make tradition. Follow your own dress code with our all-in-one Wedding Planner app.

#maketradition

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 224

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Book your wedding at Glendale Lakes Golf Club and experience unbeatable package pricing in a picturesque, exclusive setting. The outdoor/indoor ceremony space and indoor reception venue is the perfect location for your special day. 1550 President St. Glendale Heights, IL 60139 630.260.0095 • www.glendalelakes.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 225

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Advertisement

MAKE TRADITION THE MAGIC OF WEDDINGS IS THAT NO TWO ARE EVER THE SAME Plan your day, your way. Get your vision, vendors, guests and gifts all in one place with The Knot Wedding Planner app.

Clockwise from top: Rebecca Yale Photography; Redfield Photography; Tayler Carlisle Photography; James+Schulze; Priscila Valentina Photography; Sylvie Gil Photography

CHITKRSS19_Sect_14_(213_226) [P]{CHI}.indd 226

#maketradition

12/26/18 10:01 AM


NY-KE STUDIO

Come out of the Ordinary… Come to Café La Cave. 2777 Mannheim Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois | (847) 827-7818 | cafelacave.net

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 227

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Lamplight Distinctive, Eclectic …Unforgettable.

Distinctive—realize your wedding vision in every detail.

Eclectic—treat your guests to a tour of your favorite cuisines.

Unforgettable—your beloved moment in time, cherished by all.

Our 55-acre venue has various tastefully appointed ceremony and reception sites.

Call today to start your journey.

630.327.4288 lamplightweddings@gmail.com 9N640 Dunham Rd., Wayne, IL lamplightequestriancenter.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 228

12/26/18 10:01 AM


PL ANNING

229

the year’s freshest venues

These new picks have some of the same perks as our perennial favorites, with a unique vibe all their own. B Y ALY SSA LONG OBUCCO P HOTOGR AP H B Y SAW YER BAIRD

If it feels like everyone you know is getting married in a barn or on a vineyard, you’re not alone. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings study, the two locales are consistently growing in popularity for couples who are tying the knot. And while we love us a good rustic barn celebration or refined vineyard affair, we’re also excited to introduce you to the new kids on the block. Score one of these venues and you’ll officially be that couple ahead of the curve. >> D os P ueblos Orchid F arm, Goleta, CA

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 229

12/26/18 10:01 AM


PL ANNING

F ranklin P ark Conservatory and B otanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

Does the word “rustic” give you all the heart eyes? Well, you’re in luck because there’s a new “it” venue on the market to help you achieve that look. While barns aren’t going out of style anytime soon, to-be-weds wanting a fresh space to bottle up that same casual, outdoorsy vibe should look to greenhouses. Nature lovers will go crazy over the built-in décor (hello, plants, plants and more plants!), while the airy structure (think: floor-to-ceiling glass windows and so much light) makes it the perfect spot to host a fun party for a few hundred of your closest friends and family. MAK E IT YOU RS Go for custom botanical-inspired stationery to set the scene and give guests a sneak peek into your wedding location. On the day of, reinforce the natural vibes by asking your florist to go heavy on the vines and greenery to incorporate your tabletops or ceremony space into the surrounding scenery. Wood farm tables and chairs will add refined texture to the place, while strings of bistro lights will make dinner under the stars feel magical. SOME OF OU R F AV ES Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH // The Greenhouse at Driftwood in Driftwood, TX // Historic Shady Lane in Manchester, PA // The Greenhouses at Audrey’s Farmhouse in Wallkill, NY // Snow Avenue Greenhouse in Lowell, MI // Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle // Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, MI >>

Snow Avenue Greenhouse, Lowell, MI P lanterra Conservatory, West B loomfield, MI

FR ANKLIN PARK: IM AGEN PHOTOGR APHY; PL ANTERR A CONSERVATORY: GEORGE STREET PHOTO & VIDEO; SNOW AVENUE: JUSTINE MONTIGNY

230

If you like a barn, try a greenhouse

fun plans for out-of-town guests Ke e p y o u r cre

w e n t e r t a in e d a ll w e e k e n d lo n g w it h t h e s e o u t- o f-t h e -b o x a c t iv it ie s .

Treat them to a cooking class

Ask your favorite local eatery if they offer cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun ahead of your wedding day. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene (and flexing their chef muscles), and a good meal always brings about good conversation and friendships.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 230

Host a cookie and coffee reception

Looking for a way to make all your guests feel included on the night of your rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank? Host a cookie and coffee reception afterward for a sweet end to the night. The casual yet intimate setting will be perfect for catching up before the busyness of the day.

Arrange for a group tour

Odds are if guests are traveling for your wedding, they’ll want to see the city while they’re there. Encourage everyone to play tourist by arranging a guided tour, like a coastal boat trip, bike ride or food crawl. A unique experience will have your guests loving your city just as much as you do.

Host a postwedding brunch

End a weekend of celebrating on a high note with a farewell brunch. Guests will appreciate a hearty meal before they hit the road, and it gives you and your partner a last chance to connect with any friends and family you didn’t get to spend QT with the night before. Keep it casual and flexible to respect travel plans.

12/26/18 10:01 AM


The Historic Armour House Mansion & Gardens AT LAKE F O R E S T AC A D E M Y

REDWALL PHOTO

Our mission is to create an unforgettable experience with exceptional service to our clients, providing close attention to detail in our inventive cuisine and food presentations within a unique and timeless setting. 847-615-3219 / 1500 WE ST KENNEDY ROAD / LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS 60045 VI SI T A R MOUR HOUS EC AT ER IN G.COM F OR M OR E IN F OR M AT IO N

THE ARMOUR HOUSE AT LAKE FOREST ACADEMY IS LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. THIS PRESTIGIOUSLY LOCATED ITALIAN VILLA ON THE CHICAGO NORTH SHORE COMBINES OLD-WORLD CHARM WITH MODERN NEEDS, THE ELEGANCE OF ART AND GRANDEUR OF NATURE.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 231

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Wildcatter Ranch and Resort, Graham, TX PL ANNING

D unton Hot Springs, D olores, CO Tanq ue V erde Ranch, Tucson, AZ

Rancho D os P ueblos, Goleta, CA

smart questions to ask before you book What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space?

If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure your guests won’t get stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

Is the venue near hotels?

This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back, especially if transportation isn’t provided. Usually, anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

If you like a vineyard, try a ranch If you love the foodie vibe a vineyard lends (plus all that wine), think about looking into ranches. You’ll score a stunning private property with added perks like activities for your guests (think: kayaking or lasso lessons) and even live animals. The best part? Some ranch venues are fully functioning and can accommodate overnight guests, so you and your whole crew can call it home base for the weekend and make the most of your time together. MAK E IT YOU RS Play up the surrounding scenery with accents that tie together the whole vibe of the joint, like terra-cotta pots overflowing with just-picked wild flowers and leather charger plates. For eats, this is the perfect time to go for high-end BBQ, so see if you can find a caterer who will grill up guest favorites right in front of you. Finish the night with dancing and toasting around a big bonfire. S’mores are optional but of course encouraged. SOME OF OU R F AV ES The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, MT // Hofmann Ranch in Castroville, TX // Bayshore Ranch in North Fort Myers, FL // Rancho Dos Pueblos in Goleta, CA // Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores, CO // Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ // Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown, PA >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 232

This directly impacts your guest list and, therefore, your budget. If you love the space but it only fits 75, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide if the venue or your guest count is more important.

What kind of services do you offer?

You’ll want to know whether the venue has any all-inclusive packages for the site and food, if any rentals or pros are included (some venues may even ask that you hire specific companies), and whether there’s an on-site coordinator. Don’t assume that anything is included.

What restrictions do you have?

There are a few kinds of limits to be aware of. Ask if there are any alcohol restrictions or permits. Some venues may not have a liquor license, and some may not let you stock the bar yourselves. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book pros from a certain list, while others will let you bring in whoever you want. Ask whether there are any décor restrictions, like confetti or open flames. Also check to see if there’s a noise ordinance after a certain time— many venues won’t allow you to play loud music past 10:30 p.m. or so, which won’t work if you want the option to dance until midnight.

DUNTON HOT SPRINGS: CHOWEN PHOTOGR APHY; WILDCAT TER R ANCH: JOSHUA R ATLIFF PHOTOGR APHY; R ANCHO DOS PUEBLOS: WOODNOTE PHOTOGR APHY; TANQUE VERDE R ANCH: MEL & CO.

232

How many people does the space accommodate?

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Charm & Elegance

630.420.6010 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, Illinois weddings@naperville.il.us • NaperSettlement.org

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 233

• Nondenominational chapel seats 175 • In the heart of downtown Naperville

Reserve your special day today! 12/26/18 10:01 AM


PL ANNING

Westland D istillery, Seattle

U nion Horse D istilling Co., Lenexa, K S

234

If you like a loft, try a distillery If your style is more industrial than glam, a loft wedding is probably at the top of your list. For a similar feel with added personality, seek out a whiskey or spirit distillery in your local area. You’ll get a lot of the same lust-worthy industrial features (like exposed piping, brick walls and metal windows), plus the added bonus of a space that isn’t totally a blank slate. Translation: You probably won’t have to worry about bringing in essential things like tables and chairs and can instead focus on the fun stuff, like what killer set of flatware goes best with the distillery’s copper equipment. MAK E IT YOU RS An oversize venue is the place to go big with high-impact design accents, so opt for a massive Lucite escort card display or statement-making suspended arrangement of graphic branches. Pair the raw feel of the space with hits of metallic gold, copper and inky black for a color palette as chic as it is sophisticated. At the end of the night, send guests packing with bottles of whatever spirit is the house specialty, customized with a signature wax seal featuring your wedding crest or monogram. SOME OF OU R F AV ES Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI // Westland Distillery in Seattle // McClintock Distilling in Frederick, MD // O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, KY // Union Horse Distilling Co. in Lenexa, KS

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 234

Couples looking for a classic or glam environment to host their wedding should look no further than an old manor or stately home. The authentic space will pack in all of the opulence of a traditional ballroom setting, while still feeling unique and special to your event. Plus, a private home or manor means you’ll likely be the only duo saying “I do” on the property, so you won’t have to worry about running into other weddings that weekend. MAK E IT YOU RS Reinforce the refined dinner party atmosphere by sprinkling your reception tables throughout the main floor of the home so each guest gets their own unique dinner surroundings. Old homes mean lots of vintage fabrics or wallpapers, so keep your other décor accents neutral and opt for streamlined tabletop textiles, flowers and paper goods. Work in lots of candlelight (real or fake) to set a romantic mood and hire a string quartet or jazz trio to fill the home with live music that sets a celebratory mood. SOME OF OU R F AV ES Rixey Manor in Rixeyville, VA // Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY // Decatur House in Washington, DC // The Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Covington, GA // Benachi House & Gardens in New Orleans // The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, RI // The Manor House in Littleton, CO

The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, RI

WESTL AND DISTILLERY: ALEX ANDR A KNIGHT PHOTOGR APHY; UNION HORSE DISTILLING CO.: MORGAN MILLER PHOTOGR APHY; THE CHANLER AT CLIFF WALK: REBECC A YALE PHOTOGR APHY

If you like a ballroom, try an old manor

12/26/18 10:01 AM


create your dream

wedding in our beautiful outdoor event area & upscale banquet facilities overlooking our championship golf course. Conveniently located in the Northwest Suburbs.

All Photos:

1400 Poplar Creek Drive, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 bridgesofpoplarcreek.com – 847-781-3658 CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 235

12/26/18 10:01 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 236

12/26/18 10:01 AM


PL ANNING

the questions pros wish you would ask We went right to the source—some of our favorite wedding experts, of course—to get the lowdown on what they wish engaged couples would ask them. >>

B Y ALY SSA LONG OBUCCO PHOTOG R APH B Y BRUM LEY & W ELLS

THE WELLS MAK ERY Partners Annie Brooks and Whitney Watts look over designs for a client.

237

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 237

12/26/18 10:01 AM


PL ANNING

There’s no denying it—your pros are the A-team that’s going to make your wedding day vision come to life. That crazy-cool floral display you saved on Pinterest? They can pull it off. The remote beachfront vows you’ve been envisioning since you said “yes”? They’ll make it happen. With weddings big and small under their belt, they’re also an endless well of knowledge. Since you can’t pick the brain of every vendor out there, we’ve done the work for you, tapping some of our favorite pros for the advice they wish couples would ask them for. THE P RO

Annie Brooks, owner and stationery designer THE WELLS MAKERY (DUR ANGO, CO)

We like to know whether or not our style is going to bring out the best in a couple’s vision. Asking an artist to create a stationery suite that isn’t congruent with their style is like walking into a soup café and asking for homemade ice cream. They might be able to pull something together for you, but it won’t be their best creation, and it won’t be as good as what you can get from the ice cream shop down the street. We love working with couples when we know that we can really make their concept shine. When we’re all really excited about what we’re creating together, and when we trust each other, it feels like it comes together naturally rather than by force.

238

THE P RO

Gretchen Culver, owner and creative director ROCKET SCIENCE EVENTS (MINNEAPOLIS)

What’s the difference between wedding planning and wedding design? By knowing the difference between planning and design, a couple can identify and prioritize what they need the most help with. I hear this statement a lot: “I need a wedding planner to help turn my ideas into reality,” which often really means they need design help, not help with planning tasks like creating a timeline or managing their budget. Couples just don’t know the difference because there’s no consistent terminology used throughout the industry to clearly define various vendors’ roles. I think a lot of people use the overarching term “wedding planner” to talk about both. However, design is an entirely different service and skill set. Hire a professional that gets your needs and can take your vision to the next level. And you should trust your team 100 percent. If you don’t, they won’t be able to do their best for you. If you don’t like the look of their portfolio from the start, then you probably won’t like the results they produce for your wedding.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 238

K ELSEY MALIE CALLIGR AP HY Kelsey Carpenter’s work often includes everything from liners to escort cards.

THE P RO

Kelsey Carpenter, owner, calligrapher and stationery designer KELSEY MALIE C ALLIGR APHY (CHIC AGO)

What splurges do you recommend? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the upgrades and add-on options available to you for your wedding paper (think: print methods, paper types and more), don’t be afraid to ask your stationer what they suggest. Their experience and expertise can help you navigate the list of choices and define a cohesive vision that fits your wedding aesthetic. They can also recommend areas where you might be able to save as well as splurges that will have a big impact. Weddings that stand out as unique and memorable are always the ones where a sense of the couple’s personality comes through in each detail, so find a stationer or designer you can work with from your save-the-dates to cocktail napkins. It’s a wonderful way to keep your paper cohesive and personal start to finish. THE P RO

Ryan Geldermann, videographer SHUT TER AND SOUND FILMS (BALTIMORE)

What do you need to do the best job possible? We love when clients ask us what we need to create the best wedding video for them. Giving us our own dedicated time during the day to do artistic shots is huge—the more time we have with you, the more footage we can get and the better your final product will be. This can also include simpler things that many clients don’t think of, like making sure to get ready or do your first look in an area that provides great natural light. >>

M ARIEL HANNAH PHOTOGR APHY

Do our visions align with one another?

12/26/18 10:01 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 239

12/26/18 10:01 AM


PL ANNING

drama-free ways to trim your guest list Fo l l o w t h i s e a s y g u i d e t o h e l p y o u s lim d o w n y o u r h e a d c o u n t .

D ESIGN STU D IO SOU TH A pro will help your day run smooth from beginning to end.

THE P RO

Alysse Sweeney, owner, principal event designer and coordinator DESIGN STUDIO SOUTH (SAVANNAH, GA)

240

Can you work within our budget? While not a fun topic, it’s extremely important for the couple and their planner to have a thorough discussion of the wedding budget as early on in the process as possible. A planner’s goal is always to meet fully, if not exceed, the couple’s expectations. But those expectations must also be rooted within a realistic financial budget that the couple is prepared to address and afford. Come in to an initial meeting with an idea of who will be contributing and how much. Then, throughout the process, if you’re unsure of what an item or vendor may cost, don’t hesitate to ask your planner. THE P RO

Amy Cozze, owner and baker COZZE C AKES (NA Z ARETH, PA)

What ideas do you have? I love when my couples or clients come in with pictures of other cakes—it acts as a great jumping-off point and helps me to establish their design aesthetic. But from there, allow me to adapt and add my own ideas. I can use techniques I’m good at executing and combine elements to ensure you get something beautiful and unique, rather than copying another baker’s work or trying out an unfamiliar method that won’t end up looking as nice.

Your A-list consists of the must-have guests you can’t imagine not having at your wedding, like family members and close friends. Anyone not essential (like colleagues you might be able to skip) should be added to your B-list. These are people you’d enjoy having at your wedding but cannot extend an invite to in the first round. If you start getting RSVPs back from your A-list and have enough “regrets,” then it’s okay to start sending invites to your B-list.

Go adults only

Don’t feel bad about having an adults-only wedding—so many couples decide to go that route, whether it’s a budget issue or more a matter of atmosphere. Just be careful to not make exceptions and let some family members or close friends bring their kids to the reception. Guests might get offended if it looks like you selected which children were and weren’t invited.

Exclude your coworkers

Even if you’re close to your colleagues, you might consider cutting them from the list in a pinch. The easiest way to avoid a headache is not to invite any coworkers at all. But if you’re close to some coworkers (you socialize outside the office and regularly text) and everyone knows it, it’s fine to invite them. Just don’t hand out their invitations at work or make a big deal out of it.

Be firm about plus-ones

Extending a plus-one to everyone in your wedding party, regardless of their relationship status, is a courteous move they’ll definitely appreciate. Past that, you should offer a plus-one to any guests who are married, engaged, living with a significant other or in a long-term, committed relationship. Guests who are casually dating someone or any single friends who will know other guests in attendance do not require a plus-one. If you have a bud who is riding solo and won’t know anyone else there, extend them a plus-one as a kindness.

SAR AH INGR A M

Make an A-list and B-list

F I N D M O R E A DV I C E O N The K not Wedding P lanner app

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 240

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Rehearsal Dinners... Showers... Weddings... Engagement Parties • Floor-to-ceiling ballroom windows overlook the Chicago skyline

• Conveniently located just minutes from the O’Hare Airport

• Award-winning cuisine

• Easily accessible from downtown and the Chicagoland suburbs

• Free parking

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 241

www.midwestconf.com 708.409.2828

12/26/18 10:01 AM


Advertisement

Stylish Hip Weddings

THE BEST MAN BECAUSE HAVING A BEST MAN DOESN’T ALWAYS REQUIRE A MAN At The Knot, we believe in only one wedding tradition: Always make it your own. Whatever your style and budget, your day should truly be yours. Make tradition. Get inspiration. Find your everything on our all-in-one Wedding Planner app.

#maketradition

CHITKRSS19_Sect_15_(227_242) [P]{CHI}.indd 242

12/26/18 10:01 AM


PL ANNING

your style, defined Nail down your wedding day vision with these fun, creative and easy tips for a totally-you celebration guests will remember for, like, ever. >> B Y ALY SSA LONG OBUCCO PHOTOG R APHY B Y NICHOLS PHOTOG R APHERS

243

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 243

12/26/18 10:05 AM


244

PL ANNING

Figuring out your signature style for your wedding day is no easy feat. With so much pretty to choose from, landing on just a few favorites is a tough task, but we’ve got your back. Nailing down your look and feel, deciding on the right venue, picking out florals—we’ll help you through the brainstorming so you can get started on the really fun stuff (um, hello, cake tasting!).

pretty much the coolest “gallery wall” we’ve seen

First, take our style quiz We promise—this is a fun pop quiz. Open up The Knot Wedding Planner app, or head to TheKnot.com, and spend a few minutes with your partner going through our style quiz. You’ll answer questions pertaining to wedding day specifics (like whether you’ll be hosting your ceremony in a religious setting) and get to choose from photos to help you decide on everything from the look of your flowers to the design of your tabletops. The result? A seriously valuable vision board that includes everything from helpful descriptors (like luxe garden party) to the perfect color palette, vendor suggestions and must-have celebration essentials you may not have even thought of. And here’s the best part—your board will live in your app and online all throughout your ON planning process, so you can refer back to it, tweak it or pass it THE AP P along to vendors whenever you need. How easy is that? >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 244

D ISCOVER Y OU

R WED D ING

STY LE

Take our Style Quiz to nail down your wedding look. Swipe through pictures (venues, bouquets and more!) to create a personalized Wedding Vision.

12/26/18 10:05 AM


The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Let the ambiance of the past create the perfect setting for your future together. At the Estate, your wedding is as unique as you are. Walk down the aisle in a historic Church, or exchange vows under the romantic pergola in the lush gardens. Celebrate your wedding in an exquisite Mansion or the spacious Ballroom. From your first kiss to your last dance, a unique occasion awaits.

Twenty S. Eastern Ave., Joliet, IL 60433 | 815-722-1420 | www.JacobHenryMansion.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 245

12/26/18 10:05 AM


246

PL ANNING

Cast a wide (inspiration) net

Tackle some of the logistics

Now that you have the helpful visuals and words to describe your ideal wedding day look, it’s time to do a deep inspo dive. This is the “dreaming” phase of your planning, so don’t worry too much about the cost of an idea or whether it’s a good fit for a certain venue— your vendors can help you figure all that out. Right now just focus on getting a better idea of what you do (and don’t) want. Instagram and real weddings (like those on TheKnot.com) are crazy-valuable sources of inspiration, but don’t stop there. Practically anything can inform your wedding day vibe, so be on the lookout for unusual sources of inspiration. Love a pattern you see on a dress while shopping at Anthropologie? Snap a pic of it. Touched by the sweet china pattern on your mom’s plates at Thanksgiving? Model your invitation suite after it. The more unique places you can pull inspiration from, the more true to your DNA your wedding will feel.

Nailing down certain specifics for your day can make imagining it (and executing it) much easier. Once you think you’ve compiled a good amount of inspiration, start to narrow in on a few of the most important factors for your day, such as which season you prefer to get married in, a general radius or location, and the size and formality of celebration that feels right to you. A lot of times, your season or your setting can dictate your vision, so you want to firm this up ASAP. Have your heart set on a beachfront wedding? You’ll likely want to say “I do” during warmer months, and a sandy spot may mean a more casual feel overall. Likewise, the desire for a moody, glamorous affair may point you in the direction of a fall ballroom wedding. Once you have certain guidelines sketched out pertaining to your whole vision, it will be much easier to find vendors, details and products to help you execute it flawlessly. >>

fun ways to personalize your day M a k ey o u rw

e d d i n g t r u l y fe e l l i k e your w e d d i n g w i t h t h e s e t o u c h e s .

The invitations

Think beyond just coordinating your paper with your color palette. Instead, include unique details as well, like finishing the envelope off with vintage stamps from the states where you both grew up, shutting it with a custom wax seal depicting your initials or incorporating a favorite piece of poetry onto the back of your details card for guests to frame.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 246

Your vows

The promises you and your partner make to each other during your ceremony are the whole reason this party is going down, so put your heart into it. If you’re too nervous or shy to do anything super personal, think about including a special sentiment in your wedding programs instead, like additional vows, a favorite poem, quote or inside joke.

The menu

Serve solely local cuisine, or a certain specialty dish you both love (like French pastries, if you got engaged in Paris). Midnight snacks are also becoming increasingly popular, so keep the dance floor packed by having waiters pass around your grandmother’s famous chocolate chip cookies or paper cones filled with “Nuts for Each Other” peanuts.

Your transportation

Leave your ceremony or reception in a vehicle that’s totally #couplegoals. Take a ride in a vintage cab to nod to your love of New York City, scooter away on a super-sleek mint-green Vespa if you’re honeymooning in Italy, or say your final farewells to your coastal reception venue aboard a luxe sailboat. It will be a farewell to remember.

12/26/18 10:06 AM


Where award winning golf meets the best of weddings.

630.208.7633 | prairielanding.com | 2325 Longest Drive | West Chicago, IL

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 247

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

disguise these venue eyesores Not 100 percent in love with every corner of your reception space? No sweat—we’ve got a fix. THE PROB LEM

Terrible flooring THE FIX : Keep in mind, your dining tables will likely

cover much of the floor. But, if it still makes you cringe, price out the cost of outfitting the whole space in the same material as your dance floor, like hardwood or a chic checkered tile. Or, roll out several neutral carpets to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor. THE PROB LEM

248

Figure out your priorities The key to making the most of your vision—and your budget? Sticking firm to your list of priorities. Before you and your partner spend one dollar or hire one vendor, sit down and prioritize each aspect of your wedding in terms of its importance to you both. Are you big foodies who couldn’t care less about wow-worthy floral displays? You do you, and allocate some of your floral budget toward a delicious catering team instead. Are over-the-top personalization moments your jam? Then splurge on that custom vinyl dance floor and save on something lower on your “must-have” list instead. You’ll find your dreams of a luxe venue, Michelin-starworthy meal or high-flying performing artists are more in reach than you think once you know what you’re willing to scale back on.

Tap your A-team One of your biggest assets when it comes to nailing down and pulling off your wedding day style is—you guessed it—your kickass vendors. Whether you’re working with a full-blown creative team (think: a planner, florist, photographer, stationery designer, glam squad—the works), or just a few essential members, trust your pros to help fine tune your style. Think of them as your inside look into the wedding industry—they know what’s trending and how to execute your biggest ideas in a way that feels fresh and doesn’t break the bank. Plus, real talk: If you’re going to a pro and just asking them to replicate a look you saw on Pinterest or their Insta feed, you’re not going to get their most creative work or an end result that’s unique to you. You’re hiring your team for a reason, so share your likes and dislikes, then leave them to rock it out and do their thing. Trust us, they’ll rise to the challenge.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 248

Gaudy chairs THE FIX : If you can’t justify spending to rent new

chairs, try making the current style work for your needs with a few hacks. Pick out a pretty fabric to have sewn into cushions, or task your florist with creating swags of greenery for the chairbacks. THE PROB LEM

Too-bold wallpaper THE FIX : Create another world within the room by

covering the walls in drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding palette, or choose white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (and even the ceiling) for a cozy feel. THE PROB LEM

An oversize space THE FIX : Up the intimacy by using rectangle tables for

dining—they’ll take up more space than circle tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different lounge areas to put the extra square footage to work. THE PROB LEM

Jarring columns THE FIX : Conceal any posts with a clever greenery

addition. Ask your florist to bring a few small-scale trees or amazing branch arrangements to help disguise and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath.

12/26/18 10:06 AM


TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOCIATES TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOCIATES

Oak Brook

BATH & TENNIS CLUB BECCA HEUER PHOTOGRAPHY

Where a lifetime of love and memories begin. 800 Oak Brook Road Oak Brook, Illinois www.oakbrookbathandtennis.com

630.368.6442 TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOCIATES

Let us offer you one of the most beautiful hidden treasures. Our clubhouse features towering 35-foot vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows that capture thickly wooded acres, lush lawns and a serene lake with its signature centerpiece fountain. For more information, visit us online at www.oakbrookbathandtennis.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 249

12/26/18 10:06 AM


It’s a lot of work finding a great DJ service. Connecting the dots, we hope we’ve made it easier for you...

The Knot Best of Weddings Pick—12 consecutive years! Live Sound & Lighting Demonstrations are available Monday-Thursday, 1pm-9pm, and Saturday, 10am-4pm. 104 AMBASSADOR DRIVE, NAPERVILLE, IL WWW.ADMITONEDJS.COM • 877.423.6481 TOLL FREE

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 250

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

picture perfect Put these direct-from-the-pros tips to work during your engagement session and wedding day to get pictures you’ll love forever. B Y ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO P HOTOGRAP H B Y THE POFFS

Your wedding day photos will ensure the memories of your “I dos” last a lifetime, so it’s important to hire the right pro and know how to get the most out of your time with them. We’ve tapped four industry experts to give you the lowdown on everything you should keep in mind for frame-worthy wedding shots. >>

251

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 251

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

Play to their strengths

252

Don’t skip the engagement session Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer (the first date should be a get-to-know-you phone call or in-person meeting). This is your chance to get comfortable in front of the lens (it’s a bit different than snapping selfies, trust us) and get to know your pro and how they work. “Awkward always shows, so use this session to get out the nerves and figure out your best angles—we all have them,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer based in Washington, DC. Keep it casual by choosing one or two special-to-you locations, and ask your photographer to shoot you somewhere quiet if you’re especially camera shy. Otherwise, trust that they’ll warm you up and get you feeling like a natural. “Posing is very much a photographer’s job,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer based in New York City. “There’s no need to practice before your session because you’ll want to be as authentic as possible. I try and direct couples so their natural moments can emerge.” >>

photography lingo 101 Le a r n t h e s e c o m m o n p h r a s e s t o t a l k t h e t a l k .

Digital photography

Digital is the most typical way of shooting. The biggest advantage? Time—depending on how your photographer works, you could see snaps just days postwedding. Digital cameras can shoot in very low light, and thanks to a display screen, your photographer can preview shots and adjust accordingly. That means lots of images to choose from when putting together your album.

Film photography

Images shot on film will have a soft, organic quality to them, which may fit your vibe. But shooting with film is more work and, therefore, more money. In addition to the price of film, your photographer will also factor processing and development fees into your final cost.

Classic style

Like the ones in your grandparents or parents’ wedding album, classic images are those that stand the test of time—striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. These photos reflect reality, but they’re often infused with your photographer’s signature style or aesthetic.

Lifestyle

Think of lifestyle photography as the casual sister of classic photography. It’s candid, but with a dose of styling and direction. A good photographer will look for moments but also set the scene for a relaxed, approachable result.

Artistic style

Not all portraits have to be a couple in full frame looking at the camera. Think: unique angles, cool framing and contrast-y lighting and coloring.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 252

BRIDE: SAW YER BAIRD; COUPLE: PHOTOGR APHY BY KLC

To start, hire a photographer who has the same vision for your day as you and your partner do. Whether you love a soft, romantic look, covet crazy candid dance floor shots or know you’ll want formal family portraits, partnering with a pro who specializes in exactly what you’re looking for will ensure you’re already off to a good start. “Intentionally seek out a photographer whose portfolio is filled with the types of moments you want to see reflected in your own wedding photographs,” explains Kate Ignatowski, a fine art photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Ask to see full wedding galleries (not just what they’ve posted online) so you can scope out how they’ll capture your entire day, and schedule a phone call to ask more about how they operate and whether they’ll do things like pose you and curate moments, or just act as a fly on the wall.

12/26/18 10:06 AM


event production • floral design • decor lighting • drape • furniture Chicago 350 N. Orleans, Chicago IL 60654 Franklin Park 10929 W. Franklin Ave., Franklin Park IL 60131 847-260-5173 • divinedesignsandevents.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 253

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

Dress like you’re out on a date Choosing a look for your engagement photos can be almost as hard as picking your wedding day outfit, so focus on a coordinating palette of solids for you and your partner that you both feel natural in. “I always tell my couples to wear something they’d pick out for a date night,” Huang says. “Everyone has a different look and style—just be sure your outfits ‘match’ in the sense that if one of you is wearing something casual, the other isn’t in formalwear.” Worried you won’t know what to do when your photographer starts snapping? Set up a little wine and cheese picnic, go grab drinks at an outdoor bar or wander the streets of your city with ice cream cones in hand. Giving yourselves an activity will automatically make you more natural.

254

Your pro has likely been in the wedding industry for a while, so use them like your own personal vetting tool when it comes to whom else to hire for your dream team. More than any other vendor, your photographer will encounter every person involved in your day (from your planner to your florist and the DJ), so it’s in both your best interests that they feel confident with your choices. After bringing your photographer on board officially, provide them with a list of who else you’re considering to get their take before signing on the dotted line. While their opinion doesn’t have to be the be-all, end-all of whom you choose, it’s a good place to start.

Create a solid timeline for the day of “Allowing enough time for each part of the wedding day is essential if you want amazing images,” Fogarty says. To ensure your photographer doesn’t miss out on a moment of the action, pass them along a detailed outline of your day from start to finish. (Not sure where to start? Download The Knot Wedding Planner app, and we’ll do the work for you.) Keep in mind, if you want pictures of everything from morning mimosas to the night’s last call, you may need to work overtime hours into your contract, which can increase your costs a bit. Another thing to consider? Whether or not you want to do a first look together. “I always encourage my couples to do one,” Fogarty says. “It allows them to have a bit of alone time together while taking it all in—the wedding day flies by so quickly, and this is a great way to slow it down. Besides getting more portraits in, it also means you can actually go to your cocktail hour and enjoy your guests.” Lastly, ask your photographer to shoot all those amazing details you spent months dreaming up, like your escort cards or your invitation suite (be sure to get and bring an extra copy). “Also allow your photographer time to capture a few reception details before the room is flooded with guests,” Ignatowski says. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 254

your picture-perfect kit Ha v e t h e s e m u s t - h a v e s o n h a n d t h e d a y o f y o u r w e d d i n g t o s e t a p re t t y s c e n e .

Ring box

Extra blooms

Ribbon

Sentimental extras

A beautiful ring box is a must for those up-close shots of your sparkler. Choose a color or style that goes with the overall vibe of your wedding, like a rich burgundy velvet for a vineyard celebration.

Provide your photographer with a few extra spools or strands of the ribbon used in your bouquet or throughout your décor. It will make a great addition to your invitation suite photos.

Invitation suite

Speaking of your stationery—bring it! You’ll want your photographer to get a shot of everything laid out nicely, so make sure you order an extra complete set for exactly that purpose.

Have your florist bring a few bonus stems when they drop off your bouquet and centerpieces for your photographer to work into styled photographs of your stationery or accessories.

Consider packing a few bonus items that are particularly reminiscent of you as a couple. Whether you wrote letters to each other your first year of dating, picked up a beloved brass figurine on a trip together or even want to include shells you’ve collected over the years, it’s a great way to add sentimental value to a shot.

R ACHEL HAVEL PHOTOGR APHY

Put their knowledge to good use

12/26/18 10:06 AM


THE DRAKE OAK BROOK HOTEL | 2301 YORK ROAD, OAK BROOK, IL 60523 630.571.0000 | DRAKEOAKBROOK.COM CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 255

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

Plan for the light When plotting out your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in the golden hour—that covetable time of day photographers love to shoot during to capture incredibly romantic, glowy shots. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, both for your engagement shots and your wedding day portraits,” Ignatowski says. “Start shooting about an hour and a half before sunset for an engagement session, and begin couple’s portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day, depending on how much time you need to allot.” Your location, venue and day-of timeline can all impact how much time you’ll have during golden hour (if any), so loop in your photographer ahead of your wedding to plan out the most logical solution for your day.

From the moment you bring a photographer on board, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from where you hope to shoot your couple’s portraits to how much communication you want to have with them in the months leading up to your wedding. Remember, you’re going to be spending the most time with your photographer on your wedding day (even more than your partner, honestly), so it’s important that you hit it off with them. The more up front you are about your needs, the more you and your photographer can make sure you’re working together in a way that will surpass your expectations for the day. “I try to encourage my clients to tell me everything they need me to capture as soon as it pops into their head,” Huang says. “Figure out your priority shots—things that you really want captured versus things that are maybe a little less important. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images to focus on.”

But don’t try and control everything Listen, you’ve done all the right stuff, so once your wedding day rolls around, let it go. Relinquish control to your photographer and vendor team, and trust that you’re in good hands. Trying to get too prescriptive with your photographer’s work will mean they may miss out on more special, genuine moments, so just let them do their thing. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” Fogarty says. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

ELIZABETH FOGART Y PHOTOGR APHY; GENE YOON

256

Communicate your expectations

local love: alisha tova photography Th e Il l i n o is p h o t o g r a p h e r s h a re s w h a t i n s p i re s h e r , p l u s a d v i c e fo r c o u p l e s AB OU T THE EX P ERT

K NOW THEIR ST YLE

SP LU RGE IF YOU

Chicago-based Alisha Tova is a wedding and lifestyle photographer. She strives to bring an authentic and creative energy when shooting her subjects to ensure an awesome experience.

Always ask about their approach to the wedding day. Some help pose you, while others fade into the background. Depending on what you prefer, this can help you find the right photographer for you.

Shop around for fit, not price. Budget will inevitably play a part, but it’s so important to work with people you jive with. That goes for the venue, caterers, hair and makeup artists—you name it.

AlishaTova.com

@alishatova

NEED

TRU ST YOU R P RO

CELEB R ATE “ I D O”

Remember, photography is a collaborative effort. You may think photographers can do beautiful work in any circumstance, but it takes patience, trust and communication between everyone involved.

One of the best shots is the epic moment right after a couple is pronounced wed. All the energy of the day comes together, and it’s so priceless to capture the pure happiness.

Facebook.com/alishasiegelphotography

F I N D YO U R P R O W I T H The K not Wedding P lanner app

CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 256

12/26/18 10:06 AM


Where memories are made.

Photo: With Love Productions

8 1 5 . 2 5 4 . 3 3 3 3 • W W W. M I S T W O O D G C . C O M • 1 7 0 0 W. R E N W I C K R OA D • R O M E OV I L L E , I L L I N O I S

TH E

GRAND

BALLROOM JOLIET UNION STATION

EVENTS BY MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB

Photo: Imagen Sevilla

815.254.7003 | www.JolietUnionStation.com | 50 E. Jefferson Street, Joliet, Illinois CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 257

12/26/18 10:06 AM


Your Journey Begins Here…

Anastasiia Photography

www.TheOdysseyVenue.com 19110 S Ridgeland Avenue Tinley Park, IL | Tel 708.429.7400 | Fax 708.429.7507 CHITKRSS19_Sect_16_(243_258) [P]{CHI}.indd 258

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

259

What you give your new spouse to commemorate your wedding day can be as unique as your love story itself. Need some inspiration? Read the deets of these 14 creative, thoughtful, swoon-worthy gift ideas from couples just like you. >>

ILLU STR ATION B Y RINEE SHAH

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 259

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

the gift

A Rolls-Royce getaway car “Jacob has always wanted to own a vintage car. He’d comment on any retro car that drove by us on the highway, so I thought it might be fun to surprise him by booking a vintage getaway car for our wedding. When he saw the 1958 Rolls-Royce outside our reception, he was so eager to hop in and didn’t want to get out—it was worth every penny to see him so happy and excited.” Jordan and Jacob, Indiana the gift

the gift

An embroidered handkerchief “Kerron’s grandfather passed away years ago. For our wedding, I wanted to give him something that acknowledged how much his grandfather meant to him, and how much we all missed having him there. The handkerchief was embroidered with his grandpa’s favorite biblical verse, and was a tangible way to remind him that he was with him on our wedding day.”

A live first dance painting “We had been taking dance lessons leading up to our wedding, and it was always a fun date night for us. At our wedding, my husband surprised me with a live painting of our first dance, done by the artist Tesh Parekh. It was a beautiful way to capture such a memorable moment, and it now hangs as a centerpiece in our living room.”

FLYING LESSONS ON A WW11 PLANE “When we first started dating, my husband shared many stories about his grandfather, and it was clear to me just how much he had meant to him. He had been a decorated pilot, and so many of Drew’s favorite times with him involved plane rides to Florida alongside his cousins and siblings. For our wedding, I wanted to give him a gift that tied in his family history and included a little fun and adrenaline for my fastpaced husband. We had agreed that instead of gifting a ‘thing,’ we were going to gift an experience. He had never actually flown a plane himself before, so I started there. I ended up finding a company called Cloud 9 Living that offered WWII plane flying lessons. I chose a flight path over Baltimore, since we have friends in the area and he could fly over the water. Needless to say, he was pretty shocked. He even asked if I thought they’d show him how to roll the plane!”

Carson and Pete, North Carolina

Katie and Drew, Pennsylvania

Whitney and Kerron, Mississippi

260

the gift

the gift

A box of letters “On the day of our wedding, my husband, Casey, gifted me a box that included 12 cards with instructions for when to open them. They were all tied to different life events—our wedding day, our first married Christmas, when he moved to start his

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 260

residency, our first anniversary, our first child, our first big fight and more. He wanted to give me something that would remind me at little and big moments how much he loved me. With him moving away to start his medical residency and me being a year out from my doctorate, we knew we had some tough times ahead. It was so

special to have something from him to turn to when I was having a hard day. Reading the card titles, I found myself falling in love with him all over again in that moment, and, looking back on it now, the gift of these letters embodies so many of the reasons why I married him to begin with.” Alicia and Casey, Washington >>

12/26/18 10:06 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 261

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

the gift

the gift

An engraved guitar pick “Sam and I are both musicians—we met in music school and started a band together, so it’s a big part of our story. He’s obsessed with guitar picks (he has hundreds of them) so gifting him a pick engraved with our initials and wedding date was a no-brainer!”

Three chickens “I’ve always wanted chickens of my own. When my husband heard this, he was adamantly opposed—after all, he had worked on a 500-plus chicken farm and despised them. Unbeknownst to me, however, he had posted online in search of chickens before our wedding. The day of

Bridget and Sam, Ohio

our rehearsal dinner, I made an unexpected stop at home and found him hammering away on a surprise chicken pen, surrounded by three chickens in storage tubs. It was the best gift I’ve ever received. I named them Erma, Barbara and Queenie—each one has a different personality, and they’re so entertaining. Since then, our flock has grown to 11 hens and one rooster!”

262

Kalea and CameRon, Alaska the gift

A STAR WARS CAKE “My husband, Dave, is a huge fan of Star Wars—he actually wanted us to dress up as Princess Leia and Han Solo for our wedding, but I put my foot down and gave him a surprise groom’s cake instead. It was made by Something Sweet by Maddie Lu, and I loved the way it turned out. Plus, it was super tasty. Dave was really surprised and excited—he had a hard time deciding where he wanted to cut, if anywhere!”

A visit from a college mascot “My husband and I met while studying abroad in Spain through Michigan State University, so MSU has always been a huge part of our lives. When we walked down the aisle at the MSU Horticulture Gardens, it felt like everything had come full circle. I thought it would be amazing for our mascot, Sparty, to show up at our wedding, and Abdul’s groomsmen helped me pull it off. During the reception, our DJ announced we had a special guest arriving. Abdul looked confused until they started playing the fight song and Sparty came bounding into the reception wearing a tux. We even ended up having a dance-off with him—it was amazing.”

Sarah and Dave, Minnesota

Kayley and Abdul, Michigan >>

the gift

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 262

12/26/18 10:06 AM


Trudy’s Flowers Make

Your Day the one they’ll be talking

about for years.

630.922.3338 | Trudys@FlowersandBranches.com | FlowersandBranches.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 263

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

the gift

A custom cigar box “In all the time we’d dated, I had never seen my now-husband Tim smoke a cigar. But he’d mentioned a couple of times that he likes to have one on special occasions, which is how I came up with the idea to gift him a bunch at our wedding and attach each to a special occasion. Some of them were tied to specific dates (like our wedding day and our one-year anniversary), others to goals (like finally taking a trip to Iceland) and others were simply funny—neither of us want kids, so one jokingly said ‘Our First Child (Better never smoke this one!).’ ” Ashley and Tim, North Carolina

264

the gift

A $2 bill “A few years back, my grandma gave me some $2 bills for my birthday, and I’ve just held onto them because I know they are rare. The night I met my husband, Nolan, he offered to buy me a drink. The bartender got my order wrong so Nolan ended up drinking that drink and ordering me another one. I felt bad, so I gave him one of my $2 bills to help cover the cost of the drink. Fastforward a year later and we are at dinner getting ready to pay. Nolan pulls out his wallet and I see a $2 bill. Forgetting I gave it to him, I remark that I have some of those too, to which he responds, ‘I know. You gave me this one the night we met. I kept it because it reminds me of you.’ I was at a loss for words. When planning our wedding, we joked about using the $2 bill as our ‘something old.’ You can imagine my surprise, then, when he sent it over with a groomsman on the day of our wedding, having written our wedding date on it. I put it in my shoe and kept it with me the whole day. We plan to pass it down to our kids so they can use it as their ‘something old’ at their own weddings someday.” Samantha and Nolan, Utah

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 264

the gift

HISTORIC BEER HOPS “One of Phil’s favorite hobbies is brewing beer. He reads books, does research, writes his own recipes and even makes custom labels for the really good batches. He’s also a history buff, and had expressed interest in making a more historic beer recipe. Well it turns out, during the Colonial era, my hometown was the center of hop production. That’s when the pieces began to fall into place in my mind: What if I could give Phil a bit of my history and something he’d love? The hops wouldn’t be mature to pick until August or September (after our June wedding), so the plan became to gift him the plants, and go back to pick them together later. I printed out photos, wrote a note explaining the gift and folded it into the card I gave him at our wedding. Not only was it special because it was a historic variety of hops from my town, but it was also a new adventure for him in brewing.” Melissa and Phil, Massachusetts the gift

the gift

A Slaughterhouse-Five book “I got Henry a Kurt Vonnegut–signed copy of Slaughterhouse-Five, his favorite book. When we met, he told me he lent his copy to a girl and she never returned it. I wanted to be the girl who gave it back—but even better.”

Paul McCartney tickets “T and I have been best friends since we were 12. There is only one man I have loved for longer, and that is Paul McCartney. So, the gift of the concert tickets was his way of honoring my ‘first love.’ ”

Whitney and Henry, New York

Alex and T, New Mexico

12/26/18 10:06 AM


ELITE PHOTO

TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOCIATES

TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOCIATES

TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOCIATES

MAKE YOUR DAY EVEN MORE MEMORABLE...

St. Andrews golf & country club

St. Andrews Golf & Country Club is the perfect venue priding ourselves on over 88 years of impeccable service, lakeside ceremony sites, custom culinary cuisine and personal attention for your big day. Call us today for a tour and more information. All love is welcome.

2241 Route 59, West Chicago, Illinois • 630.231.3100 x115 •

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 265

STANDREWSGC.COM

12/26/18 10:06 AM


Advertisement

Discover Your Wedding Style

SC Stockshop

From the latest style inspiration to fresh color palette ideas and easy DIYs, design a personalized wedding day with the latest book from The Knot.

TKM18SUM_TKYoursTruly_Book_Ad.indd 1 CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 266

9/17/18 10:19 AM 12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

thoughtful wedding traditions

Whether you’re already incorporating one of these touching traditions into your day or are on the hunt for a meaningful moment to add to your wedding, we’re explaining a few of the sweet sentiments you may (or may not) be familiar with. >> B Y ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO P HOTOGR AP H B Y ANGEL A NEW TON ROY PHOTOGR APHY

267

J EWISH

chuppah A chuppah is the altar that Jewish couples stand beneath to exchange their vows. Made up of four corners and a covered “roof,” it’s meant to symbolize the new home the couple is building. Traditionally, the posts are held up by friends or family of the couple, but today, many duos simply have their chosen loved ones join them beneath it. The structure itself can be simple or fancy, ranging from a family heirloom fabric (like a tallit) to a large installation of blooms. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 267

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

CHINESE

tea ceremony A quintessential Chinese wedding ritual, the purpose of a tea ceremony is to show respect for family. Traditionally, after exchanging vows, a couple would serve tea to the groom’s family (with the bride’s family served later in the day after the bride’s home visit). These days, modern couples often choose to honor both sides of their family tree by hosting a joint ceremony for their whole crew, either post-vows or even the day after their wedding (think: a tea ceremony instead of a day-after brunch). Tea is served in order of seniority, with popular flavors being sweetened red or black tea. Those participating often bring a lai see, or lucky red envelope, usually containing money or jewelry, to gift the couple.

IND IAN

While Hindu weddings incorporate many rituals, one of the most recognized is the saptapadi, or seven sacred steps around a fire. “Each step represents a hope or wish for the couple’s future,” says Eleni N. Gage, author of Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs & Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding. “The first is for the couple to provide nourishment for their household; the second, that they grow stronger physically, mentally and spiritually; and the third, that they prosper. The fourth is a petition to grow in joy, love and trust; the fifth, that they have children; the sixth, that they enjoy a long life together; and the seventh, that they remain lifelong friends and partners.” Couples circle the agni (fire) together while reciting the vows and are pronounced officially wed after their final lap around the flames. F ILIP INO

veil and cord ceremony Filipino wedding traditions put a large emphasis on family (their processionals can sometimes include 50 people or more), and the cord and veil ceremony is no different. Couples looking to work in these rituals will first have to choose sponsors for both the veil and cord traditions (as well as the unity candle, which takes place last)—often these are godparents or other close family friends or relatives. During the ceremony, two sponsors drape a white veil over the couple’s shoulders as a symbol of unity. Another two sponsors then add a white cord (sometimes referred to as a yugal) atop the veil, further bonding the couple as they receive the officiant’s blessing. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 268

INDIAN: SMS PHOTOGR APHY; CHINESE: EMILY WREN PHOTOGR APHY; FILIPINO: CHRISTINA RICHARDS PHOTOGR APHY

268

saptapadi

12/26/18 10:06 AM


• ATTACHED HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS AND BAR & GRILLE • EASILY ACCESSIBLE LOCATION • AMPLE COMPLIMENTARY PARKING • CEREMONIES ON-SITE

18451 CONVENTION CENTER DRIVE TINLEY PARK, IL 60477

JENNIFER WEST, SOCIAL EVENT SPECIALIST (708) 342-5485 EXT. 1 | J.WEST@TPHICC.COM WWW.TINLEYPARKCONVENTIONCENTER.NET

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 269

12/26/18 10:06 AM


PL ANNING

AF RICAN AMERICAN

jumping the broom

NONRELIGIOU S

planting a tree Nature is symbolic in nearly every culture, which is probably why this ritual has gained such popularity among newlyweds. During their ceremony, couples can take turns covering a partially planted sapling with dirt—sometimes from a place that’s significant to them, like their joint alma mater or backyard. “To make it even more meaningful, pick a tree that’s rich in symbolism,” Gage says. “Orange trees represent fertility, olive trees symbolize peace and evergreens can remind you of everlasting love.” The rustic ritual is perfect for any couple hosting a nonreligious ceremony or outdoor affair—or really anyone who isn’t afraid of getting their hands dirty. Bonus points if you find cute gardening gloves.

What better way to start married life together than to jump right in? Jumping over a broom is a symbolic action, meant to sweep away the past and show a couple embarking on a new life together. “It became popular in the United States before the Civil War, when slavery prohibited African American couples from legally marrying,” Gage explains. “They would hold their own ceremonies that involved placing a broom on the floor and jumping over it together while holding hands. There’s also symbolism in the idea of sweeping away the past and stepping into the future.” Today many couples continue to honor that tradition, choosing to “jump the broom” right after they’re pronounced wed at the altar, or at the reception as the wedding party enters. Make it your own by using a family member’s broom, decorating a new one to fit your wedding vibe or playing a signature song while you make the leap.

270

burying the bourbon Whether you’re from the South or not, chances are you’ve got your fingers crossed for sunny weather on your wedding day. Good news—you can think of burying the bourbon as a plea to Mother Nature. “The idea is to bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at your wedding venue in the hope of influencing nature to give you good weather,” Gage says. “It’s a tradition in the Southern US, and, like a lot of rituals, was developed to calm anxiety. It makes you feel like you’ve done what you can to influence the weather, so you can stop worrying about rain ruining your day and just enjoy the celebration.” Splurge on the good stuff, get the bottle monogrammed for a personal touch and get digging.

NONRELIGIOUS: ROB + KRISTEN PHOTOGR APHY; AFRIC AN A MERIC AN: APOLLO FOTOGR AFIE; SOUTHERN: DAVE ROBBINS PHOTOGR APHY

SOU THERN

P L A N YO U R C E R E M O N Y W I T H The K not Wedding P lanner app

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 270

12/26/18 10:07 AM


Burr Ridge...

Gracious elegance in the heart of southwest Chicago.

Distinctly Unforgettable. Uniquely Burr Ridge. Surround yourself with the beauty and amenities of the hotels in Burr Ridge. Nestled in the upscale Village of Burr Ridge with its parks and lakes, the hotels in Burr Ridge offer everything for your special day ... from exceptional dining and modern reception facilities to picturesque locations perfect for outdoor events and photos. Let us help you create your memories of a lifetime.

Visit BurrRidgeHotels.com/Weddings for more information. EXPERIENCE

630-655-1000

630-986-4100

630-323-7530

630-323-6630

630-325-2900

675 Rooms. 25,000 sq. ft. contemporary banquet space. I-55 at County Line Rd. 1/2 mile south of I-294.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 271

12/26/18 10:07 AM


CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 272

12/26/18 10:07 AM


your prewedding jitters, solved

PL ANNING

Feeling a little nervous before your walk down the aisle? Good news—you’re not alone. We’ve tapped three psychologists to help you navigate any nuptial nerves like a champ. >> B Y ALY SSA LONG OBUCCO

LILLY BLOOM/CULTUR A (2)

273

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 273

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PL ANNING

A wedding is a loaded event—financially, emotionally and even spiritually—so it’s no wonder there can be a lot of anxiety surrounding both the actual celebration and the idea of marriage. There are certainly red flags you should pay attention to, but the majority of prewedding jitters stem from the expectation that this is supposed to be, unequivocally, the happiest time in your life. And while that can definitely be true (hey, it’s pretty darn fun!), it’s also okay to feel a bit thrown off by the whole thing. “We think of happiness as really binary,” explains Matt Lundquist, founder and director of Tribeca Therapy in New York City. “We tend to believe you can’t be both happy and stressed, nervous or worried, but that’s not true. Weddings are massive, expensive ordeals, so of course they’re going to be hard. Believing that the tough stuff means you’re doing it wrong makes the tough stuff even harder.” So, what is normal to feel leading up to the main event? Here are the top worries psychologists say are most common.

274

The actual wedding We bet you’re not too surprised about this one, huh? Unless you’re an event planner, you’ve probably never organized something of this magnitude. And somewhere between your cake tasting, the third meeting with your florist and the fifth call from Great Aunt Valerie, you realize you’re a little overwhelmed. Totally understandable, says relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein. “We get so swept up in having the perfect event. It can help to realize that six months from now, you probably won’t care about the details that are keeping you up at night,” she says. Her advice? Take a step back. Instead of spending the night worrying over your ceremony schedule, call up a few friends and head out for margs or a movie—a quick reminder that your life consists of more than just planning a wedding will have you instantly feeling better. If your nerves are more about being the center of attention rather than a long to-do list, Hartstein suggests you take a moment to remember the loved ones that will be there on the day of. “Remind yourself that everyone there is someone who loves you and is happy to celebrate you,” she says. “Focus your attention on you and your partner, and know there will be so much adrenaline and excitement that day, you won’t be nearly as self-conscious as you think.”

Family dynamics Whether you’re besties with your future in-laws or simply cordial, your relationship with them has likely been the center of a few sleepless nights. “Dealing with in-laws is a very common premarital anxiety,” Lundquist says. “When I see couples for counseling, they’re usually in the middle of wedding planning, and dealing with one >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 274

5 ways to stay chill while planning Ke e p c a l m a n d c a r r y o n t h ro u g h p re w e d d i n g c h a o s w i t h t h e s e s t re s s - er l i e v i n g t i p s .

Have a tech-free night

To disconnect with your tech and reconnect with your love, observe at least one tech-free date night a week (that means no phone, email or social media). Trust us, you’ll appreciate the extra attention and QT together.

Learn to meditate

These days, it seems like everybody’s trying to get Zen. Get in on the action by setting aside 5 to 10 minutes every morning to quiet your mind and set an intention for your day. Beginners can get acclimated with a meditation app like Buddhify or Headspace.

Pamper yourself

Indulge in a mud mask, light some scented candles (lavender is so soothing) and run a bubble bath to take your thoughts off planning for a little while. Your body and mind will thank you for the self-care and you’ll feel refreshed when you get back to the grind.

Make time to sweat

Being active is proven to boost your mood, lower stress levels and help your overall health, so make a point to maintain a consistent workout routine throughout the planning process. You’ll feel powerful and motivated— extra points if you include stress-combating yoga too.

Get crafty

Immerse yourself in a creative project that has nothing to do with your wedding (that means no DIY party favors allowed), like putting together a scrapbook, painting a watercolor or taking a pottery class.

12/26/18 10:07 AM


Grammy Award–Winning Talent Devoted To Your Day Grammy Award–winning talent and recording artists perform the highest quality of music for even the most discerning listener. Our professionalism, sound and dedication to our couples translates into an extraordinary night and a packed dance floor. We look forward to working with you!

RING OF MUSIC BAND AND ORCHESTRA Serving Chicago & beyond | (630) 670-0316 | info@ringofmusic.com | ringofmusic.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 275

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PL ANNING

fight right another’s families is often at an intense place.” Whether you’re butting heads with your future MIL or are worried that dear old Dad will say something silly, be as straight forward as possible with your partner—and their family—about both your issues and expectations. “Try your best to anticipate what it is you’re worried will happen and talk to your families about it,” Hartstein says. “No family is perfect, but most want the best for you. If you let them in on your fears, hopefully they’ll then do their best to make your day as stress free and happy as possible.” Laurel Steinberg, PhD, a clinical sexologist and relationship therapist in New York City, agrees. “If you feel the need to give someone a prewedding hint about your behavior expectations, feel free to do so,” she says. “Be smart about the table arrangements and where you seat people, but past that, don’t sweat it. The person who acts badly is the one who looks bad, not you.”

276

Arguments and disagreements We’re going to let you in on a little secret—all couples fight. If you feel like you and bae are battling it out more than usual lately (especially while wedding planning), use it as a chance to talk about how (and why) you fight, instead of judging your relationship. “Couples can be self-conscious about how much they fight or the fact that they fight period,” Lundquist says. “Use this time to talk about your boundaries for fighting and what it means to fight fair in your relationship.” He suggests conversations around things like what sort of words or behaviors are too harsh, and what to do when a line is crossed can be super beneficial to the health of your marriage in the long run. Having a hard time starting those conversations yourselves? Try downloading an app like Lasting,

Use the time ahead of your wedding to talk about what it means to fight fair in your relationship. Conversations around what words or behaviors are too harsh can be super beneficial to the health of your relationship in the long run.

which will walk you through science-backed exercises devised to help strengthen the health of your partnership. “Don’t forget that relationships are complicated,” Hartstein adds. “None of us are madly in love all the time, especially during times of high anxiety. Even if you’re in a stressful place, it doesn’t reflect on the marriage you are embarking on.”

Lifetime commitment Pledging to spend your life with one person can be like whoa, right? Whether you’ve had 2 or 20 relationships before your partner, it’s natural to wonder if you’re making the right choice. “The worry that there’s someone better out there for you usually comes from FOMO,” Steinberg explains. “Most people feel scared by a lifetime commitment at some point, but if you remember to care for your relationship and do the best you can to be kind, you will be fine.” Hartstein agrees, suggesting that, like all big life choices (think: buying a house, starting a new job or, hey, even cutting bangs) getting married is a leap of faith. “If you love your partner, are happy and think you’re good together, that’s enough,” she says. “None of us can know exactly where we will be and how we will feel 50 years from now. Right now, all that matters is you’re choosing to go on a journey with the person who you feel is right for you.”

4 convos to have before getting married He re

a re t

h e c r u c i a l t o p i c s t o d is c u s s t o g e t h e r — a n d w h a t i s o k a y t o d i s a g re e o n .

Raising kids

If it hasn’t already come up, now’s the time to discuss whether or not you envision yourselves having children. But don’t stop there. It’s also important to talk over where you each stand on the many issues that will inevitably come up once you start trying to have kids and when the tykes are actually around, like infertility, adoption, discipline and more.

Money and careers

One of the biggest things couples fight about is finances, so talk now to avoid arguments. Decide whether you’ll keep separate accounts, and determine where you’ll draw from for expenses and big investments. If one of you is a spender and the other is a saver, choose amounts to set aside for savings and personal spending that you’ll both be okay with.

Religion and values

Every marriage counseling expert brings up faith and moral values for good reason. They might not seem like a big deal now, but religion and morals play a larger role in marriage success than some couples expect. Talk about your faith, general values you find important in a partner and how you see them affecting your shared life together.

Deal breakers

If there’s anything else you know will drive you nuts in a marriage, it’s better to chat about it sooner rather than later. You should also be up front about any life goals you’re dying to accomplish. Aiming to live in another country or own your own business someday? Make sure your partner knows about that dream and is open to helping you achieve it.

M A I N TA I N YO U R M A R R I AG E H E A LT H W I T H T H E Lasting app

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 276

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PHOTOS BY PULSE PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN INC.

630-449-3065 • 1920 EAST NEW YORK ST., AURORA, IL • BELLESALLEBANQUETS.COM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 277

1/2/19 11:03 AM


Annamarie Akins Photography

Advertisement

THE TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE YOUR RIDE DOESN’T ALWAYS REQUIRE WHEELS

At The Knot, we believe in only one wedding tradition: Always make it your own. Whatever your style and budget, your day should truly be yours. Make tradition. Find the vendor who can take you away on our all-in-one Wedding Planner app.

#maketradition

CHITKRSS19_Sect_17_(259_278) [P]{CHI}.indd 278

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PL ANNING

279

destination “I do” Add local touches to your day, like a mojiganga parade

Throwing a wedding away from home can be a great excuse to get your passport stamped with all your besties. Here, need-to-know info to help you pull off a wedding (and vacation!) to remember. >> B Y ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

P HOTOGR AP H B Y PIERCE LIFEST YLE PHOTOGR APHY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 279

12/26/18 10:07 AM


A postcard-worthy backdrop is perfect for your ceremony

Think of destination weddings as the new “it” way to pledge forever. More engaged couples are opting to say their vows and dance the night away at locations far (and even farther) away from where they call home. After all, nothing says “let’s party” like a public declaration of love and a vacation. Want to get in on the globe-trotting action? Read these important tips before you hop a flight and book your wedding day.

stores, restaurants and vendors that close up shop for a few months. If, after crunching the dates, you decide that high season is the best option for you, just plan accordingly. Settle on your venue and pick vendors ASAP, then send out your save-the-dates 10 months to a year in advance to give loved ones plenty of time to book their travel and accommodations.

Pick the perfect spot

Trust us on this one—your life will be so much easier if you work with (nearly) everything your destination has to offer from the start. Whether you select it for its stunning scenery or killer cuisine, plan to capitalize on all the characteristics that make your site unique. Play up your surroundings with locally grown florals, serve up delicious drinks and food specific to the area (champagne and crepes in France or tequila and tacos in SoCal) and pass out favors that nod to the area (like Kona coffee beans in Hawaii). Not only will you save money by sticking local (a definite plus), you’ll also give guests the vibes your destination offers. After all, that’s why you chose it.

Maybe it goes without saying, but any place you choose to hold your wedding should feel totally you—especially for a far-off destination. Whether it’s a luxury beach resort in Hawaii, Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher or the Arizona desert, put some real thought into where you’ll be asking your friends and family to travel. Another thing to note: Most, if not all, of your guests (you and bae included) will likely be turning the trip into a vacation, so be sure there’s plenty of fun for everyone during off hours. A remote island may sound über romantic, but if you’re planning on having your crew tag along, there may not be enough to do to entertain everyone for several days.

Choose the right time Like planning any trip, you’re going to need to take timing into consideration. Often, the best weather in popular vacation destinations corresponds with peak tourist season, which equals more crowds, fewer venue availabilities and higher rates all around. If you can swing it, opt to throw your wedding during shoulder season (aka the few weeks right after high season), where you’ll likely still score great weather and save a bit of money. But while off-season can mean less crowds and less cost, you’re also opening yourself up to other issues (especially in more remote areas), like

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 280

Embrace everything about the locale

Take a prewedding trip (or two) Plan to take at least one wedding-related trip to your chosen destination, but two or three is even better if you can swing it. You need a bit of time on the ground to get the lay of the land, meet with important vendors and cross off some to-dos. If you can only visit once, spend that time scouting and securing any key venues you still need to solidify, like your ceremony and reception spaces and hotels for your guests. Able to fit in a second trip? That’s a great time to hold face-to-face meetings your pros. Have a tasting with your caterer, view sample bouquets and arrangements from your florist, and even have your hair and makeup trials. >>

ASHLEY SAW TELLE PHOTOGR APHY

280

PL ANNING

12/26/18 10:07 AM


WWW.ONTHEDANCEFLOOR.COM

You’ll never leave the dance floor! Call 630-771-0212 for bookings

YOUR VISION, YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY.

281 *Mention this ad and receive

20% OFF your wedding booking.

• 7,500-square-foot prairie stone ballroom and atrium terrace for ceremony • Dinner receptions for up to 450 guests

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 281

4800 HOFFMAN BLVD, HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL 60192 (847) 747-0613 • CHICAGOMARRIOTTNORTHWEST.COM

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PL ANNING

Enlist help ASAP Even if you’re able to take a few prewedding trips, you’re going to want to know you have someone advocating on your behalf, so seriously consider hiring a planner. They’ll be able to shoulder much of the work when you aren’t available (given a time difference or just distance), plus their input will be invaluable—especially if you choose a spot where your vendors speak another language, have a foreign currency or conduct business differently than what you’re used to. Come the main event, your planner will be a behind-thescenes all-star, helping greet everyone upon arrival, organizing vacay-worthy activities, vetting any special requests and ensuring your day (or week) runs smoothly. Plan to set aside 10 to 15 percent of your total budget for a planner (more, if you’ll be needing them for other events than just a rehearsal dinner and wedding). Going with a local pro is your best bet, but if you prefer to stick with someone closer to home, inquire as to whether they have experience planning weddings in your chosen destination.

282

Budget accordingly News flash: A destination wedding doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, depending on where you and your SO call home, a vacation bash may end up costing less than what you’d pay in a city like New York or Chicago. That said, there are a few budget busters you should keep your eye on when planning your “I dos” away. First and foremost, you should expect to pay for travel and accommodations for any key vendors you’ll be asking to make the trip to your destination, like an out-of-country planner, photographer or florist. Another potential money pit? All those activities. You’re asking friends and family to shell out a lot of cash to travel, so you’ll want to make sure they have the best time ever while they’re there. That means you may have to budget for extra events, like a beachfront luau or zip-lining through the jungle.

Research local requirements The legal side of tying the knot in a different country can be complicated, so be sure to do copious research into what laws there are surrounding marriage and events in your chosen location. You may need to acquire additional permits to serve alcohol, play music or host guests at a private home, so get an early jump on that. Another consideration? What makes marriage legal. Some spots have a residency requirement, which means you must reside in the country for a certain length of time before your ceremony. Although this is usually just a few days, it can be longer, so plan accordingly. As an easy solution, many couples choose to hold an informal courthouse ceremony in the United States shortly before leaving for their destination, so there’s less to worry about. >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 282

wedding week to-dos Ch e c k o f f t h e s e t a s k s fo r a s m o o t h d a y o f . Over-communicate with your vendors To make sure everyone is on the same page, call your wedding vendors and confirm the arrangements you have with them, including final head counts, arrival times, delivery schedules and more. Desig nate point people You don’t want your caterer calling while you’re getting your makeup done. To avoid that, designate a go-to person for every situation, like ceremony and reception setup, payments (and tips!) and guest inquiries. If you don’t have a planner, give the lowdown to your most trusted pal. P ack properly Whether you need special undergarments for your wedding day look or are leaving for your honeymoon postreception, taking the time to pack thoughtfully for each event is crucial. Do you have your emergency kit? Your rehearsal dinner attire? Your day-of present and note to your partner? Knowing you’re on top of it will minimize stress. Schedule glam time Make any minor beauty appointments you want done the week of, like a mani-pedi, waxing, massage, blowout or facial. Any experimental treatments (like facial peels, lasering, hair coloring and drastic cuts) should be done a few months in advance in case they don’t turn out as expected. Hand off important items Be sure to pass your marriage license to your officiant, the wedding bands to a trusted wedding party member and any tabletop or décor items to your florist, caterer or planner. Have your wedding attire ready to go Make arrangements at your bridal salon or local cleaners to have your outfit steamed—and don’t try it on afterward or else it’ll wrinkle again. Store it in a garment bag and hang it in a closet in a smoke-free and pet-free room, just to be safe. Deliv er welcome baskets Ahead of your rehearsal dinner (and your guests’ arrival), be sure to give any welcome baskets or bags to the hotel concierge. Provide a list of names, delivery instructions and any additional information you have to prevent mix-ups.

12/26/18 10:07 AM


IN ONE OF OUR TWO CHICAGOLAND SHOWROOMS

BELLA CHICAGO

BELLA OAKBROOK TERRACE

1 E A S T D E L AWA R E , S U I T E 2 0 0

17W531 ROOSEVELT ROAD

312.943.0344

630.523.9720

CHICAGO@BELLABRIDESMAIDS.COM

OAKBROOK@BELLABRIDESMAIDS.COM

BELLABRIDESMAIDS.COM

283

Chicago’s TOP Bus Transportation Provider, from 15-52 People

With more than 1,000 wedding services performed, Limos Alive sits atop the Chicagoland market with the most 5-star reviews for their services. The lost quality of customer service to which most companies operate has a new life with Limos Alive’s “Excellence in Customer Service and Safety” motto. Contact reservations@limosalive.com today for quotes or questions

WWW.LIMOSALIVE.COM — 708 699 0047 — CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 283

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PL ANNING

leave it to the pros Av o i d DIY o v e r l o a d w i t h o u r p i c k s of r w h a t y o u s h o u ld s k ip d o in g y o u r s e lf.

Your cake

Your invitations

Your photos

Your flowers

284

Think about your guests (a lot) Like any good celebration, your guests’ experience will be paramount at a destination affair, and your wedding website will likely be a lifeline for those friends and family who will be making the trip. Take the time to fill it with all the need-to-know info that will make planning easiest on them, like group flight and accommodation information, transportation from the airport to the hotel, any passport requirements or travel restrictions, special clothing necessities and more. Upon arrival, do whatever you can to ensure your crew has a fun, seamless experience at your destination. This means stocking their welcome bags with trip essentials (water, bug spray, sun tan lotion and so on), connecting them with other wedding guests, providing a packed itinerary and list of suggested activities, and inviting everyone (yes, everyone) to the rehearsal or welcome dinner and goodbye brunch.

Dress the part Don’t forget to consider the climate when choosing your wedding day attire—and the dress code. You’re sure to be swimming in sweat if you pair a fairy-tale satin ball gown with tropical humidity, and asking the guys to wear full-blown tuxedos in the sun and heat is just not nice. Cater your outfit selection to the personality and weather of your location, and avoid anything that will be too difficult to travel with, too hot or too formal.

Photographs are one of the few tangible things you’ll have to remember your wedding. Loved ones may promise to capture every moment, but what happens if they get distracted? It’s important to have high-quality images, so hire a pro. Then, corral guest photos with an app like Veri, which makes sharing and reliving your day easy.

Your catering

Catering a large party is a huge undertaking, even for a culinary whiz. You’ll be hard-pressed to make enough food for 100 people and keep it hot. And you’ll need a reliable staff to serve it. Caterers are trained to make it happen—they have the support staff to serve you and your guests in a timely manner.

Your paper goods are the first look guests get of your celebration. While you might think you can easily create a suite by yourself, pro stationers or companies like Minted or Shutterfly have the resources to pull it off much more impeccably than you would be able to at home. Plus, you won’t end up going over budget to score the look you want.

A beautiful centerpiece sets the mood of your reception. From sophisticated to fun, you can create a setup that will wow guests—with a florist’s help, of course. Although it’s a large part of the budget, it’s worth every penny. Your florist will ensure each wowworthy display is filled with fresh blooms.

Your music

It’s tempting to blast your favorite tunes on an iPhone, but here’s something to consider: Music pros, like a band or DJ, are trained to read the dance floor. So they’ll speed it up or slow it down so your guests will be getting down well past midnight. Plus, they can often emcee your event so the night flows smoothly.

NICHOLS PHOTOGR APHERS

Whether it’s a missed teaspoon of sugar or a tilted tier, a wedding cake disaster is hard to fix. Yes, it would be much less expensive to buy a few boxes of cake mix and do it yourself, but in the end, the quality may suffer. Plus, decorating and transporting a cake is difficult and best left to someone with the knowledge of how to handle your dessert.

F I N D YO U R LO C A L P RO S AT TheK not.com/ chicago

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 284

12/26/18 12:40 PM


285

A Day to Remember 410 Kenilworth Ave., Kenilworth, IL 60043 Call 847-251-1691 or visit us at www.kenilworthassemblyhall.org

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 285

12/26/18 10:07 AM


THE MAKEUP. THE HAIR. YOUR MOMENT.

286

www.sophiabellabridal.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 286

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PL ANNING

HOW TO

287

pull off all those other parties Ensure every wedding-related bash is #goals with these foolproof planning and etiquette tips. B Y ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO P HOTOGR AP H B Y AMY SHAMBLEN CREATIVE

We get it, you’re focused on planning the main event. And who could blame you? Pulling together a party for 100-plus of your closest friends and family is a big deal. But what if we told you you could have just as much fun throwing all the other events that go along with your wedding? We’re serving up the advice you need for each and every one, from who scores an invite to proper gifting etiquette. Let’s party! >>

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 287

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PL ANNING

Shower For argument’s sake, we’re going to refer to this next category as a shower, but this can really include any event leading up to the wedding day where one or both sides of your family join together to celebrate your impending nuptials, like a bridal shower, couple’s shower and more. Remember, a wedding (and any related events) are all about what feels right to you and your partner, so if you’re not so thrilled by the idea of a shower, just skip it. If you’re looking to stick with tradition, plan to hold your shower anywhere from one to six months ahead of your wedding. Keep in mind that showers are often coordinated by someone other than the bride or groom (think: your MOH or future mother-in-law), so be sure to tap your party people early on to give them enough time to plan your event. For traditional bridal showers, women who are attending the wedding are the ones invited, while a couple’s shower or other celebration usually extends to include anyone on your wedding guest list and can be as big or small of a gathering as you’d like. Another important point: These events are when the majority of the gifting will happen, so stock your registry with plenty of options at least a month ahead of your party so guests have a variety of items (and price points) to choose from. Plus, you don’t want Aunt Sally going rogue, do you? >>

Depending on your preferences and how your engagement went down (think: a surprise dinner with your besties), you and your partner may decide to have an official party celebrating your new status as to-be-weds. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings study, about 28 percent of couples have an engagement party. Hosted by your parents, a close relative, your sibs or even the two of you, an engagement party is meant to act as a casual get-together where friends and family can pass along their congrats and toast you with bubbly. We recommend keeping it informal—trust us, there will be plenty of occasions for you to rock black tie and cover everything in blush, but this doesn’t have to be it. Consider a low-key backyard barbecue or beachfront clambake, where you and your partner can focus on mixing and mingling with everyone you’re looking forward to celebrating your marriage with. And that brings us to the guest list. There is no “right” amount of people to invite to your engagement party, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Whether you decide you want to keep it small and intimate or make it big and boisterous, steer clear of including any guests you won’t be inviting to your wedding (that is, unless you’re planning to elope). It may result in guests being confused as to where they stand, or having their feelings hurt once they realize they’re not receiving an invite for the actual wedding day.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 288

C AKE: WOJOIM AGE PHOTOGR APHY; BRIDAL SHOWER: BRET T HICK M AN PHOTO

288

Engagement party

12/26/18 10:07 AM


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

Northbrook, IL | South Barrington, IL | Oak Brook, IL | Chicago, IL 847-844-4810 630-575-8744 312-527-3140 847-480-7676

Your Private Event Venue 224-801-4166 info@thehaightelgin.com thehaightelgin.com 289

MARY ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 289

CLING & PECK PHOTOGRAPHY

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PL ANNING

Bachelor/bachelorette party Is there anything more fun leading up to your wedding than a weekend partying with your besties? We think not. A longstanding tradition for both sides of the aisle, bachelor and bachelorette parties are a chance to let loose, hang with your pals and make some memories. While typically hosted by the maid of honor or best man, virtually anyone can pull together this party, so feel free to ask your most organized college roommate or Pinterestsavvy cousin to do the honors. Steer clear of celebrating too close to your actual wedding date so you can feel free to let loose and enjoy all the revelry that goes along with this prewedding bash. One thing to remember: Make your party preferences known. While you’re free to have a weekend that’s as low-key or over-the-top as you want, your friends aren’t mind readers, so if there’s something that’s truly off limits, say so. Beyond that, try and choose a location that has a lot to offer no matter what the budget or what your buds are into. Cities like Nashville, Tennessee, Charleston, South Carolina, and Portland, Oregon, all have a great mix of the classy, the rowdy and the understated. >>

who gives a toast (and when) Sm i l e s , l a u g h s a n d h a p p y t e a r s — t o a s t s a re g u a r a n t e e d t o b r in g o u t t h e “ a w ” m o m e n t s a t y o u r re c e p t i o n . He re ’ s w h o g e t s a t u r n a t t h e m i c .

The parents

If one set of parents is hosting the wedding, they’ll usually speak first. If the bill is being split, both sets of parents should speak together. They welcome the guests to the celebration, thank them for coming, raise their glasses to the newlyweds and give some muchappreciated words of wisdom for the new couple.

290

The best man’s tribute kicks off the wedding party speeches. He’ll make the crowd laugh with stories of the groom’s glory days and tear up with surprisingly heartwarming words about his love for the couple.

The maid of honor

Why should the groom’s best friend have all the fun? The bride’s favorite gal (or guy) should take the stage to say a few sweet words as well, though if she feels like freestyle rapping instead, we say go for it.

The couple

While you can’t toast to yourselves, it’s always a good idea to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of your wedding party and parents and thank your guests for sharing in this special day with you. You can each say your own words or give a joint speech.

Who shouldn’t give a speech

As much as everybody loves you two as a couple, constant toasting interrupting the party will get old fast—and your guests will appreciate you limiting the amount so they can hit the dance floor sooner. Keep the mic reserved for the honored members of your wedding party and family, and never pass it off to a guest who has indulged in one too many signature cocktails.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 290

COCK TAILS: ASHLEY SL ATER PHOTOGR APHY; PART Y: JENNIFER PALPALL ATOC PERR AULT/HAUTE OFF THE R ACK

The best man

12/26/18 10:07 AM


Wedding Ceremonies • Wedding Receptions • 100-500 Guests

Located Right off I-55 on Cass Ave.

Your Wedding, Our Expertise, a Perfect Match

291

CECILY TATE PHOTOGRAPHY

Wedding Registries • Ketubot • Breaking Glasses and Keepsakes • Wedding Packages • Kippot www.kolbo.com • 617.731.8743 • info@kolbo.com • 437 Harvard St, Brookline, Massachusetts 02446

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 291

12/26/18 10:07 AM


PL ANNING

Rehearsal dinner The night before your wedding is bound to bring a few jitters, and there’s no better way to distract yourselves than wining and dining alongside your loved ones. Rehearsal dinners have become a pretty standard wedding weekend event, and are traditionally held the evening before the “I dos,” after the couple and their wedding party have walked through the run of show for the following day with the officiant. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your VIP guests in a relaxed environment, so keep the vibe fun, festive and comfortable. No matter who the official host is (it can be your or your partners’ parents, you two or even grandparents or godparents— whoever’s up for it), you should aim to book and solidify your rehearsal dinner plans four to six months in advance. As for the guest list, that should include your immediate families, members of your wedding party and their spouses or significant others, the parents of any child attendants and your officiant (they may not come, but it’s a kind gesture to invite them). Looking to see everyone coming to town? Host a traditional dinner, then open up the celebration to anyone already in the area for your wedding with a few hours of welcome drinks or some other night-before festivities (like s’mores and bonfires). While the structure is pretty loose when it comes to a rehearsal dinner (you do you!) there are a few things you may want to include, like passing along any gifts to your wedding attendants and hearing any toasts that won’t take place during the main event.

292

twice as nice Fit in face time with everyone who’s in town for your wedding weekend by following up your intimate rehearsal dinner with a few hours of welcome drinks or another fun festivity, like s’mores around a bonfire.

time it right St er s s i n g o u t a b o u t t h e i d e a l d a t e ? He re ’ s h o w t o p i c k t h e p e r fe c t d a y t o w a l k d o w n t h e a i s l e .

Symbolism

How romantic would it be to marry on the date you first met or your grandparents’ anniversary? If you have a special day for you and your partner, search for venues with that in mind. Then, share any significance of the timing with your guests by including it on your savethe-dates or in your ceremony programs.

Season

Weather can affect not only your wedding’s style and location, but also the mood. Consider what personality you want your wedding to have, then choose your season accordingly. The summer months are perfect for a free-spirited and fun day, while the cozy winter months are well-suited for an opulent, sparkly affair.

Price

Seventy-eight percent of weddings take place between the months of May and October, so prices are inevitably higher during that time. If you’re looking to save money, choose an off-peak month (like January or February) or even consider marrying on a Friday or Sunday.

VIP guests

Swap stories over waffles with a postwedding brunch—the perfect way to wind down the weekend. Usually held at or nearby whatever hotel you and the majority of your guests stayed at, you can cast a wide net with your invite list, including anyone who spent the night and doesn’t have to sneak out too early the next morning. Don’t feel like you have to send formal invitations unless you want to—this info is fine to put on your wedding website, or on the details card within your invitation suite. You just threw a killer party the night before, so don’t overcomplicate this. The only things you need are hearty breakfast eats, lots of coffee and goodbye hugs.

Holidays

If you’ve always wanted a winter wonderland wedding or you’d love a heart-covered cake, you may be a holiday wedding couple. Plan your wedding around a specific time of year to bottle the holiday spirit already in the air. One thing to consider: Some guests may not want their actual holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well.

BRET T HICK M AN PHOTO

Farewell brunch

Ahead of choosing your date, consider your can’t-getmarried-without-them guests and try to plan around their availability. Be forewarned that this is a slippery slope if you ask anyone outside your essential circle of parents, siblings and honor attendants. Keep it simple and don’t budge once the date is set.

G E T M O R E P L A N N I N G H E L P W I T H The K not Wedding P lanner app

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 292

12/26/18 10:07 AM


Total Image Hair & Airbrush Makeup Specializing in on-location hair & makeup for over 19 years Let us create the look you’ve dreamed about for your special day!

630-963-2442 www.totalimagebridal.com

A LAKESIDE WEDDING HAS A NICE RING TO IT. 293

LAKESIDE CEREMONY VENUES • CALLADORA SPA • MAJESTIC OAKS GOLF COURSE BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTIES • REHEARSAL DINNER • SCENIC BOAT TOURS

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

2400 EAST GENEVA ST. l DELAVAN, WI l LAKELAWNRESORT.COM l 800.338.5253

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 293

12/26/18 10:07 AM


LOC AL RESOURCES

make it legal Chicago Area Marriage License Requirements

GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In the Greater Chicago Area, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old; couples ages 16 or 17 must have parental or guardian consent. In general, there are no blood test or health test requirements to obtain a legal license. Both parties must be present to apply for a license, which requires proper forms of identification, such as a valid United States driver’s license, passport or a certified birth record (date of birth must appear on the documentation). In most cases, if either the bride or groom has been previously married, she or he must know the dates of divorce or death and present a copy of the divorce decree(s) or certificate(s) of dissolution if either event occurred within the last six months. Licenses can be obtained the same day and are valid for 60 days (beginning the day after it is issued, only in that particular county). The fee varies from $11 to $60; method of payment varies, as well. Call ahead for details. Offices are typically open Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. WHERE TO APPLY ILLINOIS

De Ka lb

• •

County Clerk 110 E. Sycamore St. Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 895-7149 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Champ aig Co u n ty

n

County Clerk 1776 E. Washington St. Urbana, IL 61802 (217) 384-3720 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Co o k Co u n ty County Clerk 50 W. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 603-5656 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 5 – 7 p.m., W

Co u n t y

Du Pa g e Co u n t y County Clerk 421 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187 (630) 682-7035 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gr u n d y Co u n ty County Clerk 111 E. Washington St., Rm. 12 Morris, IL 60450 (815) 941-3222 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ka n e Co u n t y

La Sa l l e Co u n t y

Pe o r i a Co u n t y

Wi n n e b a g o Co u n t y

County Clerk 719 S. Batavia Ave., Bldg. B Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 232-5996 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., W

County Clerk 707 Etna Rd. Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-8202 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

County Clerk 324 Main St., Rm. 101 Peoria, IL 61602 (309) 672-6059 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County Clerk 404 Elm St., Rm. 104 Rockford, IL 61101 (815) 319-4250 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

La k e Co u n t y

Ro c k Is l a n d Co u n t y

INDIANA

County Clerk 18 N. County St., Rm. 101 Waukegan, IL 60085 (847) 377-2411 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., M–Th. 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., F

County Clerk 1504 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201 (309) 558-3569 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

• •

Mc He n r y Co u n t y

County Clerk 302 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 740-4615 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Sat. by appt.)

Ka n k a k e e Co u n t y County Clerk 189 E. Court St. Kankakee, IL 60901 (815) 937-2990 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ke n d a l l Co u n t y County Clerk 111 Fox St. Yorkville, IL 60560 (630) 553-4104 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

County Clerk 667 Ware Rd., Rm. 107 Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 334-4242 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

La k e Co u n t y County Clerk 2293 N. Main St. Crown Point, IN 46307 (219) 648-6996 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wi l l Co u n t y

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com.

make it known Chicago Area Publications

294

GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. PUBLICATION

Chicag

o Su n - Time

Chicag

o Tribu

Daily

Peo

s

n e

Herald

ria

Jo u rn al Sta r

Ro kfc o dr Reg steri Star

The

Po st-

Tribu

n e

GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

Fax or email only (312) 321-2345 (630) 978-8531 (fax)

Must submit by noon the Monday prior to Sunday publication.

Form: No You must have a credit or debit card to place the order. Email to jgambino@stmedianetwork.com.

Costs $500 for black-and-white ad with set size and $700 for color ad.

(312) 222-4888 Attn: Weddings & Engagements 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

Information must be submitted by 3 p.m. Thursday in order to run in the following Thursday’s publication.

Form: No Photo images sent via email should be 200 dpi (dots per inch) and at least 5" x 7".

Cost is $99 (includes one or two photos, a wedding logo and five lines of text at 45 words per line). Additional lines are $5.

(847) 427-4904 PO Box 280 Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Announcements are printed on the second Sunday of each month and must be received nine days prior to publication.

Form: Yes; available online. Photos can be mailed or submitted online at DailyHerald.com.

Prices start at $50 for NW Cook, Lake and Fox Valley. Starts at $95 for Du Page and Tri-Cities. To be in all areas, prices start at $120.

(309) 686-3246 Attn: Features Dept. 1 News Plz. Peoria, IL 61643

Announcements must be submitted by noon, 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Prices range from free-of-charge to $155 depending on amount of information provided; additional $20 to include a photo.

(815) 962-2400 Attn: Classifieds 99 E. State St. Rockford, IL 61104

Announcements must be submitted on Monday for publication on the following Friday.

Form: Yes

Starts at $15 for ad with no photo. Add a photo for $10, plus $1.50 for any additional lines.

(219) 648-3124 1433 E. 83rd Ave. Merrillville, IN 46410

Announcements are printed up to two months after the wedding and run on Sundays.

Form: Yes Photo will be returned with SASE. Email submissions accepted.

There is no charge for this service.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 294

FEE

12/26/18 10:07 AM


From Today Until Your Special Day, We Do! ChandlersWeddings.com • (847) 885-9009 • 401 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, IL

295

Cinematic Wedding Videos CAPTURE THE SIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND EMOTIONS O F T H E D AY !

VISIT WWW.ELEGANTEMEDIACHICAGO.COM TO LEARN MORE

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 295

12/26/18 10:08 AM


create lifetime

THE EXPERIENCE

OF A

...

WHITE EAGLE EVENTS & CONVENTION CENTER

6 8 3 9 N . M I LWA U K E E AV E N U E NILES, ILLINOIS WHITEEAGLEEVENTS.COM 847.647.0660

In the heart of downtown Naperville, occupying the entire 2nd floor of Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk: 296

• 4,200 sq ft banquet ballroom with 240 seating availability • Large pre-reception lounge, separate private meeting room space for 100, and open air views of the beautiful Naperville Riverwalk • 158 Guest rooms and bridal suites with special rates on room blocks

Naperville’s Premier Wedding Venue

• Organic, contemporary design with open air spaces, ribboned hard woods, a dash of fire, and elements of flowing water surround • Complete menu planning, private tastings, full service bar, wait staff and day of wedding coordination • Attached free parking in hotel garage and valet service available

Booking: ccady@elementsnaperville.com | 630.717.2800 | ElementsNaperville.com 123 Water Street, 2nd floor, Naperville, IL 60540

CHITKRSS19_Sect_18_(279_296) [P]{CHI}.indd 296

12/26/18 10:08 AM


sites & locations...298 | jewelry...310 | bridal fashion & beauty...310 | invitations & details...312 | bridal registries...312 wedding consultants...312 | flowers & dĂŠcor...312 | photography & video...312 | entertainment...314 | specialty services...314

the ultimate chicago wedding directory

C AROLINE TR AN

297

symbol key $ inexpensive | $$ affordable | $$$ moderate | $$$$ expensive

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 297

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont.

sites & locations

abbey farms

2 8 5 5 Hart Road, Aurora, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 9 6 6 -7 7 7 5 EX T. 5 AbbeyF arms.org Begin your wedded life at Abbey Farms! Our expert staff guides you through the process of customizing your reception—from your initial tour to the final moments of your event. Our goal is to provide a fullservice venue-planning experience, so you and your spouse may relax and enjoy your evening. capacity 300 | price $$$

adler planetarium

1 3 0 0 South Lake Shore D rive, Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 5 4 2 -2 4 2 8 mholdeman@ fftchicago.com AdlerP lanetarium.org/ private-events With beautiful skyline views, modern architecture and a coveted lakefront location, the Adler Planetarium is a unique and memorable setting for your very special day. capacity 320 | PRICE $$$

298

alpine banquets

8 2 3 0 S. Cass Avenue, D arien, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 9 6 4 -4 1 5 4 | AlpineB anq uets.com Alpine Banquets brings warmth, elegance and intimacy to your event. Our Swiss-style facility surrounded by beautiful landscaping is the perfect location. Excellent cuisine, unsurpassed service, an array of amenities and flawless execution of detail has earned Alpine Banquets a well-deserved reputation. capacity 500 | PRICE $$

the armour house at lake forest academy

1 5 0 0 W. K ennedy Rd., Lake F orest, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 6 1 5 -3 2 1 9 | ddutko@ lfanet.org ArmourHouseCatering.com The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy provides a unique and timeless setting for your special event. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this prestigiously located Italian villa combines old world charm with modern needs, the elegance of art with the grandeur of nature. capacity 200 | price $$$

arrowhead golf club

2 6 W1 5 1 B utterfield Road, Wheaton, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 6 5 3 -5 8 0 2 ArrowheadGolfClub.org/ weddings There’s only one couple each night at Arrowhead, so the focus is solely on you and your guests. Perfect occasions for all seasons. Let our experienced planners make your dream come true. capacity 275 | price $$$

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 298

astoria banquets & events

1 3 7 5 West D undee Road, B uffalo Grove, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 3 9 2 -7 5 0 0 | AstoriaB anq uets.com Reminiscent of a historic mansion, this unique venue is adorned with magnificent crystal chandeliers, diamondcut glass doors, gold-embossed trims and moldings, and silk-covered walls. This charming, yet sumptuous setting is also a single stop for catering, planning and event design. capacity 400+ | price $

avanté banquets and conference center

1 0 5 0 Northwest Hwy., F ox River Grove, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 2 8 7 -1 0 0 6 AvanteB anq uets.com Avanté Banquets provides an elegant ambiance accompanied by distinctive style and superb service. Avanté by Chicago Prime is known for its superior quality in food and service. Book your event today—we will make it one to remember! capacity 300+ | price $$$

barrington’s white house

1 4 5 W. Main Street, B arrington, IL ( 2 2 4 ) 5 1 2 -4 1 1 5 B arringtonsWhiteHouse.com This beautifully restored 1898 mansion offers an elegant, unique venue for your wedding. Rent the whole home and bridal suite. It’s perfect for intimate or small weddings (ceremony and reception), welcome receptions, showers, rehearsal dinners and postwedding brunches. capacity 130 | price $$$

bartlett hills country club

8 0 0 W. Oneida, B artlett, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 2 1 3 -3 1 0 3 evan@ bartletthills.com B artlettHills.com At Bartlett Hills your wedding day is exclusive, with accommodations for up to 230 guests. Outdoor ceremonies are available on the veranda overlooking lush landscaping and a pond. We have five-star reviews for atmosphere, cuisine and service. Inquire today about your special day.

bridges of poplar creek country club

1 4 0 0 P oplar Creek D rive, Hoffman Estates, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 7 8 1 -3 6 5 8 B ridgesofP oplarCreek.com Our event consultants work closely with you to ensure that every aspect of your event is perfect, from room choice and menu selection to décor. For your dream wedding, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club is the premier venue to host your ceremony and reception! capacity 250 | price $$

brookfield zoo

3 3 0 0 Golf Rd., B rookfield, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 6 8 8 -8 3 5 5 catering@ cz s.org CZ S.org/ cateredevents Our lush grounds, tranquil setting and exceptional exhibits create a lovely and unique backdrop for your once-in-a-lifetime event. Your evening can begin with cocktails in the animal exhibit of your choice and end with dinner in one of the zoo’s elegant dining rooms. capacity 400+ | price $$$

buca di beppo

( 8 4 4 ) EAT-B U CA groupreservations@ bucainc.com B ucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, serving authentic, family-style Italian cuisine. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages. Capacities vary by location. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff keep the celebration energetic and fun. Now that’s amoré! price $$

burr ridge hotels

Chicago, IL B urrRidgeHotels.com/ weddings Nestled in the upscale Village of Burr Ridge with beautiful lakes and parks, choose from the beautiful, modern Marriott or Crowne Plaza for your special wedding day. You’ll find plenty of options for a rehearsal dinner, intimate ceremony or an elegant reception that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

capacity 230 | price $$

belle salle banquets

1 9 2 0 East New York Street, Aurora, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 4 4 9 -3 0 6 5 B elleSalleB anq uets.com Minutes from downtown Naperville and Aurora, Belle Salle Banquets is the Suburbs’ newest banquet facility. capacity 350 | price $$

bloomfield barn

1 8 4 4 4 E. 1 6 0 0 th Street, Chrisman, IL ( 2 1 7 ) 5 0 8 -7 5 9 9 B loomfieldB arn.com From its towering ceiling and open floor plan to the tree-lined pond, you’ll find the perfect spot for your ceremony or reception at Bloomfield Barn. From rustic to elegant, our easy-to-find, quiet country setting can be tailored to your dream wedding. capacity 300+ | price $$$

café la cave

2 7 7 7 Mannheim Road, D es P laines, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 8 2 7 -7 8 1 8 contact@ cafelacave.net CafeLaCave.net One of the most popular and celebrated wedding locations in all of Chicagoland, Café La Cave provides a beautiful and sophisticated setting for your special day. With a stylistic décor and setting of opulence, Café La Cave is the ideal place for your dream ceremony and an unforgettable wedding reception. capacity 300+ | price $$$

cantigny park

Wheaton, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 2 6 0 -8 1 4 5 weddings@ cantigny.org Cantigny.org At Cantigny, you have the flexibility to make the big

1/2/19 11:04 AM


Photo by Averyhouse

T I E T H E K N OT

Under T H E Stars

Weddings at the A D L E R

PLANETARIUM

Listed as one of “the most beautiful wedding venues in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler. FOR A CONSULTATION, PLEASE CALL

Michelle Holdeman • 312-542-2428 PINTEREST.COM/ADLERPL ANET

299

we provide tailored services to meet all of your aesthetic needs — complimentary skin consultations — bridal package includes: 3 micro-needling treatments 1 dermaplaning treatment 3 deluxe hydrafacial treatments *package can be customized depending on individual skin needs*

(valued at $1,700)

312.266.6240 676 n. st. clair, #1575, chicago, il info@northwesternplastics.com northwesternmedspa.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 299

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. day truly your own, like holding your ceremony in the classical setting at one of our four picturesque garden locations, hosting your reception inside Le Jardin at Cantigny Park or at the lovely Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. capacity 250 | PRICE $$$

the carleton of oak park

1 1 1 0 P leasant St., Oak P ark, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 8 4 8 -5 0 0 0 | info@ carletonhotel.com CarletonHotel.com Whether you are planning an intimate affair or a large celebration, The Carleton of Oak Park offers elegant décor, innovative cuisine and a professional staff. For a truly memorable event, call our sales and catering office. capacity 200 | price $$

the carlisle

4 3 5 East B utterfield Road, Lombard, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 9 6 0 -0 2 1 0 | CarlisleB anq uets.com A Carlisle Wedding offers you an event of distinction— delicious cuisine in an elegant venue to create cherished moments for you and your guests. Our selection of wedding packages features a variety of choices to suit your taste. capacity 400+ | price $$

carnivale

7 0 2 W. F ulton Market, Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 8 5 0 -5 0 0 5 | CarnivaleChicago.com Experience the vibrant atmosphere and bold flavors of Carnivale! Host your special event in one of Carnivale’s seven unique private event spaces. Move throughout the venue by having a ceremony in the cavernous Main Dining Room to a reception in the inviting Samba Room.

300

capacity 1,000 | price $$

century memorial chapel at naper settlement

5 2 3 S. Webster Street, Naperville, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 4 2 0 -6 0 1 0 | weddings@ naperville.il.us NaperSettlement.org/ weddings Century Memorial Chapel, a nondenominational chapel built in 1864, features original stained glass windows, unique trussed ceilings and beautifully carved pews. Located on 12 acres in downtown Naperville as part of Naper Settlement’s outdoor history museum, it’s the perfect venue for your distinctive and memorable wedding ceremony. capacity 175 | price $$

chandler’s weddings & special events

4 0 1 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 8 8 5 -9 0 0 9 weddings@ chandlersweddings.com ChandlersWeddings.com It’s the perfect place for weddings with beautiful golf course views and windows in every room! Our Grand Ballroom Augusta features a 30-foot vaulted ceiling with brick accents and sophisticated prairie-style décor. Ceremonies can be held on our stunning outdoor gazebo with patio and water feature!! capacity 300 | price $$

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 300

chateau bu-sché

1 1 5 3 5 S. Cicero Ave., Alsip, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 3 7 1 -6 4 0 0 chateausales@ aol.com ChateauB uSche.com Located on 25 exquisitely landscaped acres. Three outdoor ceremony sites, glistening atriums with white marble floors and billowing silk linens offer settings for ceremonies, dining and/or dancing. Add a picturesque creek walk, professional service and outstanding cuisine and the Chateau Bu-Sché offers the best of everything. capacity 350 | price $$

chateau del mar

8 3 0 1 W. 9 5 th Street Hickory Hills, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 5 9 9 -3 4 0 0 spgcdm@ gmail.com ChateauD elMar.com Chateau Del Mar has a blend of elegance and sophistication with a splendor of gracious and classic décor, including enchanting ballrooms, foyers and twin winding staircases. Our expert staff can help you plan the most perfect event. Our superb cuisine will make your event truly memorable. capacity 900+ | price $$

chevy chase country club

1 0 0 0 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 4 6 5 -2 3 1 1 j berg@ wheelingparkdistrict.com ChevyChaseCountryClub.com Chevy Chase offers a variety of services specifically designed to simplify your duties as host. It is the goal and pleasure of our staff to make your party a seamless and stunning celebration. capacity 400+ | price $$

chicago athletic association hotel

1 2 South Avenue Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 9 4 0 -3 5 5 2 ChicagoAthleticHotel.com The event spaces feature original 19th century stained glass windows, mantels with bas-relief woodcarvings, marble staircases and millwork of stunning character and detail. This architectural landmark and its captivating views across Millennium Park is the perfect place to exchange your vows. capacity 250 | price $$$

chicago gaelic park

6 1 1 9 1 4 7 th St., Oak F orest, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 6 8 7 -9 3 2 3 ChicagoGaelicP ark.org This premier wedding venue in the Chicago Southland has classic and elegant surroundings for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. You’ll receive personalized service from our experienced staff members, who are with you every step of the way. capacity 400 | price $$

chicago history museum

1 6 0 1 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 7 9 9 -2 2 5 4 ChicagoHistory.org Make your wedding one for the history books. The Chicago History Museum is a classic wedding

destination in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. With breathtaking views and beautiful Georgian-style architecture, our Chicago Room is the perfect setting for your unforgettable moment. capacity 300 | price $$$

chicago marriott naperville

1 8 0 1 Naper B lvd., Naperville, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 5 0 5 -4 9 0 0 sales@ chicagomarriottnaperville.com Marriott.com/ chimn It’s time to begin planning your special day at the most elegant hotel in the Western Suburbs. Two unique ballrooms offer private options for your event with separate cocktail hour space. Book your event at Marriott now and receive a 20% discount if you book on Friday or Sunday. capacity 400 | price $$

chicago marriott northwest

4 8 0 0 Hoffman B lvd., Hoffman Estates, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 7 4 7 -0 6 1 3 ChicagoMarriottNorthwest.com Your dream wedding awaits you at the Marriott Northwest! From our cascading fountain in our Atrium terrace and our warm inviting staff as they butler-pass delicious hors d’oeuvres to the detail and time that our wedding planners dedicate to each and every celebration—we are here to make your day perfect! capacity 400+ | price $$$

chicago’s first lady cruises

Chicago, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 3 5 8 -1 3 3 0 | CruiseChicago.com 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 and toast under the city lights, creating memories you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. capacity 200 | price $$$

citygate grille

2 0 2 0 Calamos Court, Naperville, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 5 7 7 -2 1 8 5 CityGateGrille.com At CityGate Grille, we focus on traditional elegance. This is the place to be for a unique and unforgettable wedding. Our team specializes in utilizing one-on-one consultations to personalize all the details of your dream wedding. capacity 200 | price $$

concorde banquets

2 0 9 2 2 N. Rand Rd., K ildeer, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 4 3 8 -0 0 2 5 sales@ concordebanq uets.com ConcordeB anq uets.com Celebrate your special day amidst the beauty and privacy of Concorde Banquets. Our facility is nestled in a private setting where gentle swans rest quietly in the pond, just beside our magnificent gazebo. Inside, a refined lobby and winding staircase greet you with a stated yet quiet elegance. capacity 400+ | price $$

12/26/18 10:08 AM


A charming, rustic-chic barn venue with a dedicated event planner and customizable options to make your day perfect! Visit AbbeyFarms.org or call (630) 966-7775.

301

MH

MISSION HILLS - COUNTRY CLUB Celebrate in style with magnificent views. Our impeccable service ensures the perfect start to your new life. 1677 W. MISSION HILLS RD., NORTHBROOK, IL WWW.MISSIONHILLSCLUB.COM 847-498-3200

Country Club Elegance – No Membership Required

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 301

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont.

doubletree by hilton chicago—alsip

5 0 0 0 West 1 2 7 th Street, Alsip, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 2 7 2 -4 2 0 0 ChicagoAlsip.D oubleTree.com The DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago—Alsip offers elegant ballrooms, perfect for special events, banquets and wedding receptions, as well as world-class cuisine and catering for your special occassion! At the DoubleTree, the little things mean everything. capacity 500 | price $$

doubletree by hilton hotel chicagooak brook 1 9 0 9 Spring Road, Oak B rook, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 4 7 2 -6 0 7 6 | D oubleTreeOakB rook.com Not just an address—pure elegance. From “I will” to “I do,” your wedding specialist is with you. We offer spacious reception areas with natural lighting for your cocktail hour, and both traditional and contemporary ballrooms, where our culinary team will prepare exquisite cuisine for your event. capacity 400+ | price $$$

doubletree suites by hilton hotel & conference center

2 1 1 1 B utterfield Road, D owners Grove, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 9 7 1 -2 0 0 0 D oubleTreeD ownersGrove.com DoubleTree Guest Suites Downers Grove is an all-suite hotel with easy access to Chicago and surrounding areas. We have 30,000 square feet of function space, including the 20,000-square-foot Esplanade Conference Center and the beautiful 9,500-square-foot Esplanade Lakes Banquet Center. capacity 500 | price $$$

302

the drake oak brook hotel

2 3 0 1 York Road, Oak B rook, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 5 7 1 -0 0 0 0 TheD rakeOakB rookHotel.com Plan your wedding and reception at The Drake Hotel Oak Brook. Your once-in-a-lifetime celebration is a special event, and you deserve a memorable venue. The Drake can accommodate intimate weddings and elaborate formal galas. capacity 350 | price $$$

drury lane oakbrook

1 0 0 D rury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 5 3 0 -0 2 0 2 | D ruryLane.com Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace features an exquisite atmosphere, a variety of delicious menu selections, personalized service, a complimentary luxurious wedding night suite and more. Celebrate at Drury Lane, a beautiful and unique location that boasts modern elegance and timeless sophistication. capacity 400+ | price $$

eagle ridge resort & spa

4 4 4 Eagle Ridge D rive, Galena, IL ( 8 0 0 ) 8 9 2 -2 2 6 9 | weddings@ eagleridge.com EagleRidge.com Nestled in 6,800 wooded, rolling acres of breathtaking scenery lives one of Illinois’ best kept secrets: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Eagle Ridge offers stunning ballrooms, scenic outdoor spaces and incredible

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 302

catering paired with exceptional service to make that special wedding an event to remember. capacity 350 | price $$$

east bank club

5 0 0 N. K ingsbury Street, Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 5 2 7 -5 8 0 0 | EastB ankClubCatering.com Chicago’s finest health and social club hosts and caters some of the city’s most elegant functions in our four private dining spaces, outdoor riverfront patio and expansive rooftop sun deck. capacity 200 | price $$

elements at water street

Naperville, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 7 1 7 -2 8 0 0 | dmiller@ elementsnaperville.com ElementsNaperville.com Naperville’s newest premier wedding reception venue is located downtown on the famous Riverwalk, in stunning Hotel Indigo. One short block from the Naper Settlement, Elements overlooks the river and is surrounded by favorite photography spots for the bridal party. capacity 250 | price $$$

emerson creek pottery and tea room

( 6 3 0 ) 5 5 4 -7 1 0 0 events@ ecreekpotteryandtearoom.com ECreekP otteryandTeaRoom.com/ barn-weddings Emerson Creek welcomes you to a one-of-a-kind “Bridal Coop” and our remodeled barn that flows into a triple-peak event tent both glowing with chandeliers. A furnished stone patio complete with two fire pits overlooks the countryside for your guests to watch the sunset and enjoy the evening. capacity 250 | price $$

the estate chicago

9 4 2 1 W. Higgins, Rosemont, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 6 5 3 -3 3 3 3 | info@ theestatechicago.com TheEstateChicago.com With 5,000 square feet, our extraordinary design and timeless décor transcends guests to a world of romance and luxury in the ballroom. The Estate offers an exemplary menu to provide a culinary experience of authenticity and discerning bar offerings—all within a magnificent space. capacity 275 | price $$$

etm presents the estate of eloquence North Shore suburbs ( 3 1 2 ) 8 0 2 -4 4 8 4 events@ etmpictures.com Embracing The Moment proudly presents a 12,000square-foot estate, perfect for intimate poolside and tent wedding gatherings. It’s complete with a chef’s kitchen for catering and lush gardens for stunning photography opportunities. capacity 75 | price $$

fountain blue

2 3 0 0 Mannheim Road, D es P laines, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 2 9 8 -3 6 3 6 | sales@ fountainblue.com F ountainB lue.com

Fountain Blue has three distinctly decorated banquet rooms each providing a superb setting for your event. This combination of rooms allows Fountain Blue the flexibility to host any size event, from an intimate buffet dinner for 50 or a wedding reception for 400 to a cocktail reception for 800. capacity 400 | price $$

georgios banquets, quality inn & suites conference centre

8 8 0 0 W. 1 5 9 th St., Orland P ark, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 4 0 3 -1 1 0 0 | valerie@ georgios.com Georgios.com Enjoy exquisite lodging, banquet dining and an intimate ceremony setting in one newly renovated location: Ballrooms boast grand chandeliers, 18-foot ceilings, skylights, private staircase and dance floor. Voted #1 Banquet Venue 2018 by the Chicago Tribune and The Knot Best of Weddings Pick for five years! capacity 100+ | price $$

glendale lakes golf club

Glendale Heights, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 2 6 0 -0 0 9 5 GlendaleLakes.com Glendale Lakes Golf Club is the perfect place for love, laughter and your happily ever after. Our experienced staff will make your dream venue come to life. We have packages to fit any budget. Follow @glendaleLakes on Instagram or like us on Facebook to see more photos— or stop by to see for yourselves! capacity 250 | price $$

grand geneva resort & spa

( 8 0 0 ) 5 5 8 -3 4 1 7 weddings@ grandgeneva.com GrandGeneva.com With picturesque outdoor landscapes and elegant ballrooms, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa hosts a variety of spaces for intimate gatherings and large affairs alike. It is 1,300 acres of four-diamond resort with an experienced staff to cater to your every need and make your day Grand. capacity 400+ | price $$$

grand traverse resort and spa

1 0 0 Grand Traverse V illage B lvd., Acme, MI ( 2 3 1 ) 5 3 4 -6 2 0 3 GrandTraverseResort.com At Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, you’ll find a combination of wedding services and amenities unmatched elsewhere. Bridal parties delight in our spa and salon, while groomsmen relax during a round of golf. With multiple venues, our wedding planners create a brand of seamless perfection, regardless of scale. capacity 400+ | price $$

grizzly jack’s grand bear resort

2 6 4 3 IL Route 1 7 8 , U tica, IL ( 8 6 6 ) 3 9 9 -3 8 6 6 hlindsay@ griz z lyj acksresort.com Griz z lyJ acksResort.com Nestled in the natural beauty of Starved Rock State Park—one of the most breathtaking places in Illinois—Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort is a beautiful

12/26/18 10:08 AM


303

MAKE YOUR WEDDING ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS.

Clark Street at North Avenue | chicagohistory.org | 312.799.2254

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 303

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. destination for wedding celebrations. Our resort features versatile event space and spectacular outdoor spaces that bring people together in fun ways. capacity 300+ | price $$

the haight

1 6 6 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL ( 2 2 4 ) 8 0 1 -4 1 6 6 | info@ thehaightelgin.com The Haight is a one-of-a-kind venue with its look and, most importantly, its vibe. capacity 300 | price $$

the haley mansion

1 7 S. Center Street, J oliet, IL ( 8 1 5 ) 7 2 6 -6 8 0 0 | P atrickHaleyMansion.com Historical Haley Mansion, built in 1891, is available for special events. The conservatory and ballroom accommodates 350 for dinner. The outdoor ceremony site is complemented by arbor structures nestled among ponds, pines and flowers. Choose The Haley Mansion for a memorable event. capacity 350 | price $$$

hilton chicago/northbrook

2 8 5 5 North Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 5 0 9 -7 0 1 0 ChicagoNorthbrook.Hilton.com From the walk down the aisle to the final farewell, we ensure every detail of your wedding reflects your individuality. Your wedding coordinator will work with you to create customized menus and help you with all of the details that make your wedding day memorable. capacity 400+ | price $$$

304

hilton chicago/ oak brook hills resort

( 6 3 0 ) 8 5 0 -4 1 9 4 obhweddings@ oakbrookhillsresort.com OakB rookHillsResort.com Sitting on a 150-acre estate, our resort accommodates events of 40 to 850 guests. Our uniquely beautiful venues include the four-season Marquis Tent and well-appointed Grand Ballroom. Come see why Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort is an inspiring choice for a memorable wedding! capacity 850 | price $$$

hilton lisle/naperville

3 0 0 3 Corporate West D rive, Lisle, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 2 4 5 -7 6 0 0 LisleNaperville.Hilton.com The perfect location for your special day! Personalized attention, exceptional service and world-class accommodations await you and your guests. From our three, separate distinct ballrooms to our award-winning culinary creations, we anxiously await the opportunity to help you plan the wedding of your dreams! capacity 400 | price $$

hilton orrington/evanston

1 7 1 0 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 5 5 6 -7 9 4 3 robin.schultz @ hilton.com OrringtonEvanston.Hilton.com At Hilton Orrington/Evanston, located in the heart of

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 304

the Northshore, you’ll find a striking balance between elegance and tradition. capacity 500 | price $$$

hilton rosemont chicago o’hare

5 5 5 0 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 6 7 8 -4 4 8 8 | Rosemont.Hilton.com The premier venue to host your special occasion is the Hilton Rosemont. Our elegant ballroom with unique décor and boutique-style guestrooms distinguish us from all other locations. Our focus is providing you with a lasting experience through exceptional hospitality and exquisite cuisine. capacity 350 | price $$

holiday inn countryside & william tell banquets

6 2 0 1 J oliet Road, Countryside, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 3 5 4 -4 2 0 0 HolidayInn.com/ countrysideil At last, Holiday Inn Countryside, one of the most desired venues in the southwest suburbs, has a complete redesign to unveil! Enhancements to our unique banquet settings and remodeled guestrooms, coupled with personalized attention and exceptional service, ensure an experience made to impress! capacity 300+ | price $$

hotel arista

2 1 3 9 CityGate Lane, Naperville, IL ( 8 8 8 ) 5 0 4 -0 0 8 8 | ( 6 3 0 ) 5 7 9 -4 1 0 0 info@ hotelarista.com HotelArista.com Hotel Arista attracts brides who like to write their own wedding story. We’re not a chain; rather, we’re something a little different. Chic. Seductive. Old-World luxury and glamour. A retreat into a sleek, unscripted other world—where anything is possible. Call us today for your personal tour. capacity 300 | price $$$

hotel baker

1 0 0 West Main Street, Saint Charles, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 5 8 4 -2 1 0 0 | HotelB aker.com Have a wedding worthy of your dreams in our exquisite oval Rainbow Room with lighted dance floor or our elegant Waterfront Room reprising a European courtyard with spectacular river views. Our riverside Rose Garden and sweeping Waterfront Patio provide perfect venues for your on-site ceremony. capacity 200 | price $$

hyatt regency lisle

1 4 0 0 Corporetum D rive, Lisle, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 8 5 2 -1 2 3 4 | catering@ hyattlisle.com Lisle.Regency.Hyatt.com Hyatt Regency Lisle can help bring all your wedding visions to life. Walk down the aisle in our all-seasons Pavilion, then travel through our atrium lounge to your private cocktail hour and new ballroom space to dance the night away with up to 250 guests. capacity 250 | price $$

illinois beach resort

One Lakefront D rive, Z ion, IL

( 8 4 7 ) 6 2 5 -7 3 0 0 EX T. 6 3 1 ILResorts.com A full-service resort located on the shores of Lake Michigan inside the tranquil Illinois Beach State Park. Flexible event space including the Grand Vista ballroom with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lake Michigan and the Grand Tent nestled right on the beach. capacity 400+ | price $$$

jacob henry mansion

2 0 South Eastern Avenue, J oliet, IL ( 8 1 5 ) 7 2 2 -1 4 2 0 sarah@ j acobhenrymansion.com J acobHenryMansion.com Our Victorian estate boasts an exquisite mansion, lush gardens and a newly renovated ballroom capable of hosting 300 guests. Experienced event coordinators are prepared to customize a perfect day for you. From your first kiss to your last dance, a unique occasion awaits. capacity 300 | price $$

kemper lakes golf club

2 4 0 0 0 N. Old McHenry Road, K ildeer, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 7 2 6 -5 5 4 4 j trz op@ kemperlakesgolfclub.com K emperLakesGolf.com The rustic clubhouse of this premier golf club makes Kemper Lakes a coveted spot for lavish wedding receptions and ceremonies. The elegant banquet room seats 225 guests and features panoramic views of the majestic golf course and lakes. capacity 225 | price $$$$

kenilworth assembly hall

4 1 0 K enilworth Ave., K enilworth, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 2 5 1 -1 6 9 1 K enwilworthAssemblyHall.org Constructed in 1906, the Kenilworth Assembly Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the exclusive Village of Kenilworth on the North Shore of Chicago, it’s a beautiful banquet facility with state-of-the-art amenities, providing a picturesque venue for your special day. capacity 240 | price $$

lake lawn resort

2 4 0 0 E. Geneva Street, D elavan, WI ( 2 6 2 ) 7 2 8 -7 9 5 0 kranson@ lakelawnresort.com LakeLawnResort.com A breathtaking lakeside getaway unlike any other, Lake Lawn Resort features a dedicated staff, specially prepared menus and numerous waterfront ceremony locations. Our team is dedicated to sharing your special day and ensuring every detail is taken care of. capacity 400+ | price $$$

lamplight equestrian center

9 N6 4 0 D unham Rd., Wayne, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 3 2 7 -4 2 8 8 lamplightweddings@ gmail.com LamplightEq uestrianCenter.com Chicagoland’s newest premier venue features rustic to elegant settings making your wedding uniquely yours. Enjoy serene views as your dedicated event staff

12/26/18 10:08 AM


ETM PRESENTS ...

The Estate of Eloquence 12,000-square-foot estate Intimate poolside or backyard tent ceremonies Beautiful gardens for photo opportunities Overnight accommodations for up to 10 people Weddings for up to 75 guests

Bring your people or use ours. There’s a package available to suit every couple!

NORTH SHORE SUBURBS (312) 802-4484 EVENTS@ETMPICTURES .COM

305

Rustic elegance. PLAN YOUR DREAMS WITH US.

18444 N. 1600TH STREET, CHRISMAN, IL • 217.508.7599 • WWW.BLOOMFIELDBARN.COM

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 305

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. fulfills your wedding dreams. Our venue has tastefully appointed ceremony and reception sites, also perfect for rehearsal and day-after brunch. capacity 250 | price $$$

the legacy building

1 West F ront St., El P aso, IL ( 5 4 1 ) 3 6 4 -1 1 6 7 | TheLegacyB uilding.co Nestled in the heart of central Illinois lies an Opera House from the 1800s, restored, preserved and awaiting your dream wedding. This is the luxurious, intimate venue that you’ve been looking for. Treat yourself and your guests to a memorable experience in this timeless, historic wonder. capacity 200

lincolnshire marriott resort

1 0 Marriott D r., Lincolnshire, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 6 3 4 -0 1 0 0 EX T. 6 3 0 0 Discover a true urban oasis surrounded by a wooded natural setting, perfect for an intimate gathering or grand celebration. capacity 400+ | price $$

loft 21 events

1 5 0 1 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Lincolnshire, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 8 6 8 -5 6 3 8 Loft2 1 Events.com The exposed brick wall, sound, lighting and video equipment that is included in Loft 21 is sure to add the perfect wow factor to your wedding celebration! Our mechanical walls that open at the push of a button give you an incredible grand reveal from the Loft into the Main Room. capacity 600 | price $$

306

makray memorial golf club

1 0 1 0 S. Northwest Highway, B arrington, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 3 8 1 -6 5 0 1 MakrayWeddings.com Experience the essence of a Makray wedding— the romance, the elegance, the excitement. Our experienced professional staff is dedicated to assisting you with every detail. We are here to create a day filled with lasting memories. capacity 250 | price $$

meridian banquets

1 7 0 1 Algonq uin Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 9 5 2 -8 1 8 1 tina@ meridianbanq uets.com MeridianB anq uets.com Take comfort in knowing that our exceptional service, beautiful décor and appetizing cuisine are guaranteed to please you and your guests. Our on-site event coordinators will work closely with you to ensure your event exceeds your expectations. capacity 550 | price $$

midwest conference center

( 7 0 8 ) 4 0 9 -2 8 2 8 MidwestConf.com Have your wedding under the stars in our beautifully appointed Skyline Ballroom on the 16th floor. It is the perfect setting for an unforgettable fairytale wedding.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 306

The floor-to-ceiling windows surround the entire ballroom and provide a view of the Chicago skyline. capacity 400+ | price $

mistwood golf club

1 7 0 0 W. Renwick Road, Romeoville, IL ( 8 1 5 ) 2 5 4 -3 3 3 3 | MistwoodGC.com No matter your preferences, Mistwood Golf Club is here to help you plan a wedding that is uniquely you. Come see the Great Hall at Mistwood Golf Club— offering a breathtaking backdrop and an unforgettable experience to begin your new life together! capacity 220 | price $$

the monte bello estate

1 6 5 0 1 1 3 5 th Street, Lemont, IL TheMonteB elloEstate.com The Monte Bello Estate is an exclusive 55-acre venue providing the most picturesque setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Our enchanting estate and breathtaking grounds are the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable ceremony and wedding reception. capacity 275 | price $$$

northern illinois university – dekalb/naperville

D eK alb and Naperville locations ( 8 6 6 ) 7 5 3 -0 0 1 0 Go.NIU .edu/ weddings Be inspired by NIU’s gorgeous indoor-outdoor settings. With locations in DeKalb and Naperville, you’ll be sure to find the perfect venue for your special celebration. Our experienced staff will walk you through each step of the planning process to ensure every single detail is simply perfect. capacity 500 | price $$

oak brook bath & tennis club

8 0 0 Oak B rook Road, Oak B rook, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 3 6 8 -6 4 4 2 OakB rookB athandTennis.com The Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club is a uniquely elegant and private setting for weddings and receptions. The Bath & Tennis Clubhouse qualities include 35foot vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, lush lawns and a sparking pond. The private clubhouse accommodates 200 seated guests and 250 cocktail reception guests. capacity 250 | price $$$

the odyssey

1 9 1 1 0 S. Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley P ark, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 4 2 9 -7 4 0 0 TheOdysseyV enue.com Begin your journey in elegance. Start with a ceremony at one of our wrought-iron gazebos overlooking a 40-foot lit fountain. Dance the night away in one of our luxurious ballrooms with a view of our wellmanicured landscape. Let us make your occasion an event to remember! capacity 750 | price $$$

odyssey cruises

6 0 0 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL

4 5 5 N. Cityfront P laz a D rive, Chicago, IL ( 8 8 8 ) 9 5 7 -2 6 3 4 weddings@ entertainmentcruises.com OdysseyCruises.com/ chicagoweddings Imagine saying “I do” aboard an unforgettable venue that offers Chicago’s skyline as your backdrop from Lake Michigan—and now from the Chicago River aboard a new glass boat. Both vessels offer creative cuisine, entertainment and unique indoor and outdoor spaces with stunning views. capacity 400+ | price $$$

old orchard country club

7 0 0 W. Rand Road, Mt. P rospect, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 2 5 5 -2 0 2 5 | OldOrchardCC.com At Old Orchard Country Club, we provide the perfect setting for your wedding with indoor and outdoor venues. Spend your special day with us and we will give you an exceptional experience and incredible memories. We look forward to hearing from you. capacity 350 | price $$

parker run vineyards

1 1 1 6 3 3 0 th St., New Windsor, IL ( 3 0 9 ) 2 3 6 -2 1 0 6 | j ackieanseeuw@ parkerrun.com P arkerRun.com Our two stunning venues, with a building adorned with grapevines and a stone stage courtyard, overlook our six-acre lake. The entire grounds are picturesque with a gazebo overlooking the lake, grapevines and open grassy lawns, providing numerous locations to stage your event and picture-taking memories. capacity 300+ | price $$

the pavilion at orchard ridge farms

6 7 8 6 Yale B ridge Rd., Rockton, IL ( 8 1 5 ) 6 2 9 -2 2 2 0 | j weldon@ orchardridgefarms.com OrchardRidgeF arms.com Orchard Ridge Farms, a renovated farmstead, is situated on a vast 70-acre private estate. The Pavilion, our classic American barn, exudes a timeless and unpretentious atmosphere. Relax and enjoy the serene setting while our dedicated staff ensures that you and your guests experience a joyful day! capacity 400+ | price $$$

pink shell beach resort & marina

F ort Myers B each, F L ( 8 6 6 ) 9 7 6 -9 6 2 0 P inkShell.com Whether you prefer the casual elegance of a beach wedding or a formal evening in a grand ballroom, our wedding specialists make your dreams come true. Pink Shell provides impeccable service in a picturesque setting. After all, the only thing we overlook is the beach. capacity 150 | price $$$

pinstripes

Northbrook ( 8 4 7 ) 4 8 0 -7 6 7 6 South B arrington ( 8 4 7 ) 8 4 4 -4 8 1 0 Oak B rook ( 6 3 0 ) 5 7 5 -8 7 4 4 Chicago ( 3 1 2 ) 5 2 7 -3 1 4 0 re-events@ pinstripes.com | P instripes.com/ events Pinstripes can accommodate groups from 20 to 250 and offers a unique venue that can be tailored to

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Sarah Tjaden

On-Site Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Looking for beautiful glowing skin, a flawless contoured look, full lashes and a perfect pout on your wedding day? Sarah is just the artist you need! She will enhance your gorgeous features and get you camera-ready for your big day! 847.431.2045 | SLTMAKEUP@GMAIL.COM | SLTMAKEUP.COM

Let our team make your dream wedding come true Elegant & spacious ballroom

Complete set up & tear down of your dĂŠcor

307

Exceptional Banquet & Catering Team

Dance floor & pressed white linens Complimentary guest room for couple on wedding night

701 E. Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701 217.321.2433 www.dtspringfield.il.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 307

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. your specific needs. Whether your passion is bowling, bocce or terrific Italian/American cuisine, we offer a memorable and winning combination for any social or corporate event. capacity 250+ | price $$

prairie landing golf club

2 3 2 5 Longest D rive, West Chicago, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 2 0 8 -7 6 3 3 | ebobsin@ prairielanding.com P rairieLanding.com Experience benchmark customer service at PLGC. Weddings at PLGC surpass every bride’s childhood dreams. Our atrium ballroom features floor-toceiling windows overlooking the rolling vistas of our championship golf course. With two outdoor ceremony locations, in-house coordinator and exclusive packages, every detail of planning is covered. capacity 250 | price $$

prairie street brewing co.

2 0 0 P rairie Street, Rockford, IL ( 8 1 5 ) 2 7 7 -9 4 2 7 | P SB rewingCo.com We have three beautiful rooms that comprise our event space—the Ice Cellar at 1,500 square feet featuring a gorgeous bar, the Barrel Room at nearly 7,000 square feet with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick and the Malt Room at 1,500 square feet of wooden timber beams. capacity 300 | price $$

308

president abraham lincoln – a doubletree by hilton

7 0 1 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL ( 2 1 7 ) 3 2 1 -2 4 3 3 | D TSpringfieldIL.com Handcrafted Italian chandeliers are just one of the many features in our stunning ballroom. Let us be a part of the next exciting chapter in your life. Our experienced sales/catering professionals will work one-on-one with you to plan your special day. We look forward to hosting your wedding. capacity 300+ | price $$$

randall oaks golf club

4 1 0 1 B innie Road, West D undee, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 4 2 8 -5 6 6 1 EX T. 3 1 0 2 RandallOaksGC.com Celebrate your special day at Randall Oaks Golf Club surrounded by beauty and privacy. We offer everything in one location to make your event easy and stress-free. From saying “I do” in our waterfront gazebo to dancing all night overlooking the golf course, we can make all your dreams come true. capacity 200 | price $$

ravisloe country club

1 8 2 3 1 South P ark Avenue, Homewood, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 7 9 8 -5 6 0 0 | weddings@ ravisloe.com Ravisloe.com Imagine your wedding unfolding in an atmosphere that evokes a bygone era of grace and splendor—an atmosphere unique and utterly enchanting. Imagine gracious service equal to that setting that provides every detail in making your dreams come true. capacity 300 | price $$$

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 308

rivers restaurant

3 0 S. Wacker D r., Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 5 5 9 -1 5 1 5 EX T. 1 0 3 riversrestaurantevents@ gmail.com RiversRestaurant.com Tucked along the banks of the Chicago River, Rivers Restaurant is a spectacular place to wed, dine and celebrate with all of your loved ones. Perfectly positioned within the financial district of Chicago, this venue presents an urban setting for couples seeking a lively city space without the usual noise. capacity 300 | price $$

salvatore’s ristorante

5 2 5 W. Arlington P l., Chicago, IL ( 7 7 3 ) 5 2 8 -1 2 0 0 Salvatores-Chicago.com This classic Chicago event venue is tucked away on a quintessential tree-lined street in the heart of Lincoln Park. You will feel the warmth and intimacy our space has to offer when you walk in the doors. Our on-site coordinators will work endlessly to execute every detail to make your event one of a kind. capacity 250 | price $$$

the signature room at the 95th®

8 7 5 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 2 8 0 -0 4 6 5 SignatureRoom.com For spectacular rehearsal dinners, wedding celebrations and after-wedding brunches, choose the private dining rooms of The Signature Room at the 95th®. Surround your guests with breathtaking views of the city, professional event staff and exquisite cuisine, all from 95 stories above the city! capacity 150 | price $$$

silver lake country club

1 4 7 0 0 South 8 2 nd Ave., Orland P ark, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 3 4 9 -6 9 4 0 events@ silverlakecc.com SilverLakeCC.com For over five decades, Silver Lake has helped couples plan their special day. Breathtaking ceremony sites, lush gardens, rich reception rooms and savory culinary selections make Silver Lake the perfect place to host your celebration. Call us today and discover the wonder of Silver Lake. capacity 400 | price $$

st. andrews golf & country club

2 2 4 1 Route 5 9 , West Chicago, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 2 3 1 -3 1 0 0 StAndrewsGC.com We at St. Andrews G. & C. C. pride ourselves on impeccable service and an elegant setting. St. Andrews offers several rooms, all with picturesque views. Do not miss out on your dream wedding at St. Andrews G. & C. C! Contact us for a tour today. We welcome all love. capacity 350 | price $$$

swissôtel chicago

3 2 3 E. Wacker D r., Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 2 6 8 -8 2 3 5 | chicago.events@ swissotel.com Swissotel.com/ chicago Swissôtel Chicago is an ultra-chic wedding location. Our

42nd-floor penthouse venue with sweeping views of Chicago and our magnificent ballrooms are wonderfully appointed to elevate the event design and culinary expectations of modern wedding couples. capacity 100+ | price $$$

tinley park convention center & holiday inn

1 8 4 5 1 Convention Center D rive, Tinley P ark, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 3 4 2 -5 4 8 5 EX T. 1 | j .west@ tphicc.com TinleyP arkConventionCenter.net Look no further. At the Tinley Park Convention Center, we provide the perfect environment for your special day. We have elegant, spacious ballrooms, exquisite catering, and convenient guest accommodations for weddings of 50 to 2,000. capacity 400+ | price $$

tuscany falls banquets & events - mokena

9 4 2 5 West 1 9 1 st Street, Mokena, IL ( 7 0 8 ) 4 7 9 -1 9 1 9 | tuscanyfalls@ gmail.com TuscanyF allsB anq uets.com We offer floor-to-ceiling windows, private outdoor courtyards with fireplaces and waterfalls, a granite gazebo, private bridal suites with winding staircases and outdoor photo opportunities. After more than three decades of service, our philosophy is to exceed expectations and create an affair to remember. capacity 400+ | price $$

venuti’s ristorante & banquets

2 2 5 1 W. Lake Street, Addison, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 3 7 6 -1 5 0 0 | V enutisB anq uets.com Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquets would like the opportunity to graciously host and serve your special day. We are known for our attention to detail, our excellent service and our ability to customize your special event. We have lavish accommodations for up to 1,000 guests. capacity 400+ | price $$

waldorf astoria chicago

1 1 East Walton, Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 6 4 6 -1 3 2 4 ashley.j ohnson@ waldorfastoria.com WaldorfAstoriaChicagoHotel.com/ weddings For bold couples with impeccable taste, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is a hospitality icon, creating distinct experiences with timeless elegance and effortless style. With custom menus, a ballroom dripping in jeweled chandeliers and personalized service, your day will be exactly as you imagined. capacity 160 | price $$$$

white eagle events & convention center

6 8 3 9 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 6 4 7 -0 6 6 0 WhiteEagleEvents.com White Eagle offers simple yet elegant décor and delicious dining—whatever your needs, our accomplished staff is ready to help you create the experience of a lifetime. capacity 300+ | price $$$

12/26/18 10:08 AM


WE’LL GET THE PARTY STARTED

INTERACTIVE DJs /MCs | CUSTOM LIGHTING | ELEGANT UPLIGHTING | KARAOKE 877.474.3940 WWW.CHICAGODJSNOW.COM CHICAGODJSNOW@YAHOO.COM

309

20 1

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 309

9 PICK

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont.

white pines golf club

5 0 0 W. J efferson, B ensenville, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 7 6 6 -0 3 0 4 EX T. 2 WhiteP inesGolf.com Our unique banquet hall and professional staff will make your wedding feel like a magnificent affair! Vaulted ceilings, panoramic windows and a wraparound balcony offer a unique setting. Beautiful grounds accented by a pond with waterfall and fountain will complete the ideal backdrop for your special day. capacity 220 | price $$

wyndham grand chicago riverfront

7 1 East Wacker D rive, Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 3 4 6 -7 1 0 0 WyndhamGrandChicagoRiverfront.com Imagine the grand possibilities in one of our elegant ballrooms. Our 39th floor penthouse ballroom features panoramic city views and a stunning rooftop terrace, while our grand ballroom’s sleek design can tailor to any vision. capacity 250 | price $$$

jewelry

bella bianca bridal couture

Chicago and Oakbrook Terrace, IL B ellaB ianca.com Bella Bianca offers brides a shopping experience unlike any other. Whether you visit our luxe downtown boutique or our spacious Oakbrook salon, you’ll find gowns from the finest domestic and international designers, ensuring a selection rich in variety and truly the most diverse available in Chicago.

bella bridesmaids

Two Chicagoland locations ( 3 1 2 ) 9 4 3 -0 3 4 4 | ( 6 3 0 ) 5 2 3 -9 7 2 0 B ellaB ridesmaids.com Shop stylish designer gowns in a fun and inviting atmosphere with the undivided attention of your very own personal stylist. Carrying over 20 designers and 600 dresses, they have a diverse inventory of gowns to complement any style, figure and price point.

bridal brigade

On location B ridalB rigade.net Get glamorous hair, flawless airbrush makeup and a relaxing massage, all provided by licensed stylists, artists and massage therapists at the location of your choice! With team members sprinkled about the Chicagoland area, we bring the beauty services directly to you so you can be your best beautiful!

dimitra’s bridal couture

310

c.d.peacock

Oakbrook Center | Woodfield Mall | Old Orchard Mall ( 8 0 0 ) CD P -1 8 3 7 CD P eacock.com C.D.Peacock offers the top brands, including Tacori, Hearts On Fire, A. Jaffe, Ritani, Furrer Jacot, Henri Daussi, Benchmark and more. We also have a team of talented designers and gemologists who can create your dream ring from scratch. We create memories and jewelry to last a lifetime.

bridal fashion & beauty

1 0 0 9 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 7 8 7 -0 9 2 0 D imitrasB ridal.com Located in Chicago’s Oak Street fashion district, Dimitra’s Bridal houses a coveted selection of designers such as Reem Acra, Marchesa, Romona Keveza, Stephen Yearick, J’Aton Couture and more! The fashion-focused approach and unparalleled service have made it a premier destination for designer gowns!

luxe bridal rack

2 1 6 5 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL ( 7 7 3 ) 9 1 7 -LU X E LuxeB ridalRack.com LBR is transforming the way you shop luxury bridal. As an award-winning salon, we present brides with the season’s most sought-after collections of made-to-order and internationally curated off-the-rack wedding gowns. Our chic selection will guarantee you the “I do” of your dreams.

melanie’s makeup artistry

aisle chic

2 3 2 4 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL ( 7 7 3 ) 9 0 4 -7 5 7 7 AisleChic.com The team at Aisle Chic believes brides shouldn’t sacrifice a luxe experience in order to get fabulous prices. Everything from the knowledgeable stylists to the boutique’s posh environment keeps the focus on the bride and her memorable gown shopping experience.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 310

Northwest suburbs and the Chicagoland area ( 8 4 7 ) 8 6 7 -2 1 6 9 MelaniesMakeupArtistry.com The goal of Melanie’s Makeup Artistry is to give you the timeless look you’ve been wanting. With flawless technique, services include—but are not limited to—airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions and organic airbrush tanning with no person minimums. Book now to begin your journey to perfection.

mira couture

One East D elaware P lace, Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 2 5 5 -1 6 9 9 | miracouture@ gmail.com MiraCouture.com Mira Couture carries a gorgeous selection of wedding

gowns from designers Rosa Clará, Stephen Yearick, Mikaella, Paloma Blanca and Martina Liana. Mira Couture offers personalized custom design services on its gowns and a spectacular array of mother of the bride gowns, formalwear, cocktail dresses and custom suits.

northwestern med spa

6 7 6 N. St. Clair, # 1 5 7 5 , Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 2 6 6 -6 2 4 0 | info@ northwesternplastics.com NorthwesternMedSpa.com The Med Spa provides expert consultations and prescribed treatments for your skin health in the comfort of a medical spa. Regardless of your budget, time commitment or preferred treatment type, our experts will design a skin care regimen with only your goals in mind.

simply luxe bridal boutique

2 3 9 0 Esplanade D rive, Suite 1 1 0 , Algonq uin, IL ( 2 2 4 ) 2 4 1 -8 1 1 5 SimplyLuxeB ridal.com The day you choose your gown should be just as special as the day you wear it. Showcasing exquisite collections from Rosa Clará, Rosa Clará Two, Atelier Pronovias, Pronovias, Watters, Wtoo and Martina Liana. We’re a full-service salon for your wedding party and guests.

slt makeup artistry

Chicago’s northwest/ west suburbs and the Midwest ( 8 4 7 ) 4 3 1 -2 0 4 5 SLTMakeup.com Looking for beautiful glowing skin, a flawless contoured look, full lashes and a perfect pout on your wedding day? Sarah is just the artist you need! She will enhance your gorgeous features and get you camera-ready for your big day!

sophia bella bridal

Serving Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs sophiabellabridal@ gmail.com SophiaB ellaB ridal.com Sophia Bella Bridal is a team of the most dedicated hairstylists and makeup artists in Chicagoland. Current on all bridal styles and trends, our tight-knit beauty team offers the best in on-site bridal artistry!

total image hair and airbrush makeup

Chicagoland, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 9 6 3 -2 4 4 2 TotalImageB ridal.com Our award-winning team of artists has been making brides beautiful for over 19 years. We offer high-end services without the high-end prices. Our primary business is weddings so you get personal service throughout your entire experience. Let us bring our expertise to you!

volle’s bridal and boutique

5 3 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Z urich, IL ( 8 4 7 ) 4 3 8 -7 6 0 3 V ollesB ridal.com With 50 years in the business, Volle’s is your onestop shop for moderate to high-end designer bridal, bridesmaid, flower girl and special occasion gowns, from petite to plus sizes. Say “yes” to your dress, and experience the Volle’s difference with professional stylists and European-trained seamstresses.

12/26/18 10:08 AM


EVENT DECOR

EVENT PLANNING

FLORAL DESIGN

Transforming events from ordinary to extraordinary. www.exquisiteeventsandfloraldesign.com 773 310 1769

311

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 311

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont.

white dress bridal boutique

Milwaukee, WI, and Lake F orest, IL WhiteD ressB ridalB outiq ue.com At White Dress Bridal Boutique, we provide an exceptional, exclusive, individualized wedding dress shopping experience for each and every bride as she embraces her journey from Miss to Mrs.

invitations & details

but never out of your hands. Starting with a personal consultation, meticulous planning and an impeccable attention to detail that leaves you to relax and enjoy the most important day of your lives.

fabulous weddings/events

( 7 7 3 ) 7 4 7 -5 3 4 5 fabwedsandevents@ gmail.com F abWedsandEvents.com Your engagement is a special time that you should enjoy to the fullest. Don’t spend it stressing about your wedding details. When you give us the go-ahead, we’ll make it all happen—keeping you updated regularly, of course. You can just sit back and sample cake, taste champagne and smell the roses.

michelle durpetti events

beacon lane

3 7 Old F rankfort Way, F rankfort, IL ( 7 7 9 ) 3 2 4 -5 4 9 4 info@ beaconln.com B eaconLn.com Are you looking for the perfect invitation to match your wedding? Beacon Lane has countless wedding invitation, save-the-date and bridal shower styles that are completely customizable and designed to match your special day! Visit our online shop or call to make an appointment.

Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 2 1 5 -7 5 7 0 D urpettiEvents.com Whether planning your entire celebration or providing month-of support, we’re here to help you coordinate any and every detail so that you have peace of mind and feel like a guest at your event.

flowers & décor

bridal registries

312

ashland addison floral & event décor kolbo fine judaica gallery

4 3 7 Harvard St., B rookline, MA ( 6 1 7 ) 7 3 1 -8 7 4 3 K olbo.com Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you find your Jewish wedding essentials, including kiddush cups, breaking glasses and ketubot with a variety of texts— egalitarian, interfaith, same-sex and others. Register for handmade candlesticks, menorahs, seder plates and more to celebrate holidays together.

wedding consultants

1 6 4 0 W. F ulton St., Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 4 3 2 -8 9 5 8 info@ ashaddevents.com AshAddEvents.com The Ashland Addison Floral & Event Décor team is led by design specialists who begin the process with a personal consultation including discussion on the extensive services we provide, as well as exploring your dreams for your special day.

fancy florals by nancy

1 8 Cambridge Ct., F airbury, IL ( 3 0 9 ) 2 1 2 -6 5 7 0 F ancyF loralsB yNancy.com “If the dress is like the cake, the flowers are like the frosting!” By using an array of color, texture and inspired design concepts, we will bring your vision to life and represent your personal sense of style.

trudy’s flowers

exquisite events and floral design

( 7 7 3 ) 3 1 0 -1 7 6 9 info@ exq uisiteeventsandfloraldesign.com Exq uisiteEventsandF loralD esign.com We are an event planning and floral design company. We take your event preparations off your shoulders

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 312

photography & video

2 7 1 5 F orgue D r., # 1 1 7 , Naperville, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 9 2 2 -3 3 3 8 trudys@ flowersandbranches.com F lowersandB ranches.com Trudy’s Flowers proudly serves the Chicagoland area. For decades we have been offering only the finest wedding floral arrangements, backed by friendly and reliable service. We always go the extra mile to make your wedding flowers perfect and your day unforgettable.

amy mulder photography

( 3 0 9 ) 6 2 1 -1 3 1 5 amy@ amymulderphotography.com Amy.MulderP hotography.com Amy approaches each wedding as unique and personal. She has a reputation for capturing all of the beautiful details of the day, creating romantic, genuine, timeless portraits and telling the full story of a wedding day—all while helping couples enjoy and savor their special day. The reviews tell it all!

chi-town-wedding photography

Serving Chicago and surrounding areas ( 3 1 2 ) 7 3 8 -0 1 0 4 Chi-Town-Weddings.com Seeking candid, photojournalistic and creative professional wedding photography? Chi-Town-Weddings provides award-winning photography services. Our service, quality and attention to detail are a step above the rest. When you book with us, we know you will love your wedding photos!

collin pierson photography

Chicago and destination locations worldwide ( 3 1 2 ) 9 7 0 -1 2 4 3 CollinP ierson.com Combining his unique past in photojournalism, sports and fashion photography, Collin Pierson created a style that is both candid and dramatic. Collin is dedicated to a personalized approach with all of his clients, reflected in the images captured of their lifedefining moments.

elegante media chicago

Serving the Chicagoland area and surrounding states EleganteMediaChicago.com We are a boutique company specializing in beautiful handcrafted wedding films. Relive the sights, sounds and emotions of your wedding in an “elegante” fashion. We’re proud to provide a personalized customer service experience by working with you every step of the way. We’d love to tell your story!

found light studios

Chicago, IL ( 3 1 2 ) 8 6 9 -9 4 1 8 F oundLightStudios.com FLS is a boutique wedding photo studio aiming to provide an intimate experience with one of the closest vendor relationships you’ll have for your wedding. The images we create for you, we create for ourselves as well. If we’re able to meet our own expectations, chances are we’ll meet yours too.

12/26/18 10:08 AM


313

Garden-Inspired Floral Design WE CUSTOM-CREATE YOUR VISION WITH EXQUISITE DETAIL TO GIVE YOU THE WEDDING FLOWERS OF YOUR DREAMS. 309.212.6570 - Fairbury, IL fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com www.fancyfloralsbynancy.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 313

fancyfloralsbynancy.com instagram.com/fancyfloralsbynancy facebook.com/fancyfloralsbynancy

12/26/18 10:08 AM


Advertisement

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont.

jhyde photography

Algonq uin, IL ( 8 1 5 ) 3 5 3 -4 8 9 1 J HydeP hotography.com Our wish is that you have timeless memories to relive the unforgettable emotions of your day! Remember, what makes your pictures truly perfect is that they perfectly capture you! We invest in learning your story to capture moments of real joy on the best day of your life. Can’t wait to know you!

jolie images photography & video

6 4 2 Wheeling Rd., Wheeling, IL ( 8 6 6 ) 9 2 2 -3 9 6 1 info@ j olieimages.com J olieImages.com Memories for your happily ever after! Let us customize a package to suit your needs and budget. Our packages start as low as $595 and our V.I.P. all-inclusive package is less than $1,500!

entertainment

ring of music band and orchestra

Chicago and worldwide ( 6 3 0 ) 6 7 0 -0 3 1 6 info@ ringofmusic.com RingofMusic.com Grammy Award–winning talent and recording artists perform the highest quality of music for even the most discerning listener. Our professionalism, sound and dedication to our couples translates into an extraordinary night and a packed dance floor. We look forward to working with you!

standing room only orchestra

( 6 3 0 ) 7 7 1 -0 2 1 2 kara@ onthedancefloor.com OntheD anceF loor.com Standing Room Only Orchestra is Chicago’s hottest, most versatile wedding band, providing superb musicians for wedding receptions and special events for almost 20 years. Standing Room Only Orchestra is available in a variety of different sizes to suit every need and will keep guests dancing for hours!

limos alive

Chicagoland area; northwest Indiana ( 7 0 8 ) 6 9 9 -0 0 4 7 reservations@ limosalive.com LimosAlive.com Boasting excellence in customer service and safety, we offer wedding party limo-bus, shuttle bus and limo service for day or evening events, and shuttle service to get your guests to and from locations. Visit our website to see our fleet of top-end buses and limos.

things remembered

( 8 6 6 ) 9 0 2 -4 4 3 8 customerservice@ thingsremembered.com ThingsRemembered.com From personalized bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts to wedding essentials, put your personal touch on every part of your happily ever after at Things Remembered. Work with gifting experts in store, by phone or visit our website to get personalizing today.

specialty services

admit one djs

314

1 0 4 Ambassador D rive, Naperville, IL ( 8 7 7 ) 4 2 3 -6 4 8 1 AdmitOneD J s.com As an Admit One client, you’ll enjoy “Meet The DJ Night”—a night of celebration, excitement and peaceof-mind while you and your fiancé make your selections from our talented staff of DJs, in person, all in one night!

backthird entertainment

Geneva, IL ( 6 3 0 ) 2 6 4 -2 3 6 6 | B ackthird.com Backthird DJs make your wedding as personal as possible—and your preparation as easy as possible. Include uplighting, live jazz or modern strings—or let your DJ direct the whole day. Give us your brilliant ideas; we’ll turn it into a brilliant plan.

bluewater kings band

( 8 1 0 ) 2 1 4 -0 0 2 0 | info@ bluewaterkingsband.com B luewaterK ingsB and.com Bluewater Kings is a premium, customizable 3- to 14-piece band at a sensible price. They host live local showcases so couples can preview the band before booking. Their talented and professional musicians bring energy and fun to every event they perform and pride themselves on filling dance floors!

chicago djs

( 8 7 7 ) 4 7 4 -3 9 4 0 | chicagodj snow@ yahoo.com ChicagoD J sNow.com Chicago DJs offers DJ/MC services, uplighting and karaoke. We’d be honored to be a part of your event! From weddings, corporate functions and fundraisers to holiday parties and more, we’ll play fun music and can teach your guests how to line dance or even how to do the Thriller!

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 314

absolute dream limousine, trolley and coach

Serving all of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana ( 7 0 8 ) 5 3 5 -7 4 0 0 AbsoluteD reamLimos.com As the wedding specialists, we guarantee the newest fleet and best wedding packages available. Our company has been family owned for 30 years.

blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

( 8 5 5 ) 8 7 4 -2 3 9 4 B lancdeB leuU SA.com/ shop-wine Blanc de Bleu is available in two varietals. Its signature varietal is a blue sparkling brut with a hint of blueberry. Its “something new” varietal is Blanc de Bleu Rosé Brut. Both are perfect for weddings. Drink responsibly.

chicago trolley & double decker co.

Chicago, IL ( 7 7 3 ) 8 9 0 -2 0 0 0 | ChicagoTrolley.com Using a trolley on your wedding day is a fun way to transport your wedding party around town! Our classic red and green trolleys go all over Chicagoland, Indiana and Wisconsin. Trolleys are a spectacular way to make a classic Chicago memory for you and your guests!

garrett brands

sruth@ garrettbrands.com SM.GarrettP opcorn.com Since 1949, Garrett Popcorn has been the gold standard of gourmet popcorn. The deliciously unique Garrett Mix recipe has become a favorite of Chicagoans and the world abroad! Bring handcrafted happiness to your next celebration with our most popular, gift-size half-quart mini tins.

12/26/18 10:08 AM


THE LEGACY BUILDING Central Illinois | thelegacybuilding.co | 541.364.1167

PASSION. ACTION. HISTORY.

We are passionate about preserving history, cultivating legacies, and honoring progress. We believe that celebrating together in an inclusive atmosphere is where awe-inspiring moments take place: Passion is embodied, vulnerability is exposed, and dreams become action.

Nestled in the heart of central Illinois lies an Opera House from the 1800s, restored, preserved, and awaiting your dream wedding. This is the luxurious, intimate venue that you’ve been looking for. Treat yourself and your guests to a memorable experience in this timeless, historic wonder. Weddings at the Legacy Opera House include the following: tables, chairs, and linens; 15 hours exclusive use; room setup and teardown; event attendant; sound system; chandeliers; grooms lounge; bridal suite; bijou kitchen; exposed brick stage; and hardwood ballroom floors. Capacity 200

Unforgettable Weddings 315

OUTDOOR CEREMONIES • SPECTACULAR RECEPTIONS • LASTING MEMORIES

BARTLETT HILLS COUNTRY CLUB At Bartlett Hills ~ You’re Home 800 W. Oneida, Bartlett, IL • evan@bartletthills.com 630.213.3103 • www.BartlettHills.com

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 315

12/26/18 10:08 AM


...a striking balance between ELEGANCE & TRADITION

1710 ORRINGTON AVENUE • EVANSTON, ILLINOIS 60201 • 847.866.8700 HILTONORRINGTON.INFO.HILTON.COM • ORRINGTONEVANSTON.HILTON.COM

Advertisement

WANTED

316

Not my grandmother’s wedding cake FOUND

A naked cake with a raspberry compote

You Look Lovely Photography

Find and book just the right cake baker for your style and budget on The Knot.

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 316

12/26/18 10:08 AM


RESOURCE INDEX PAGE #

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort

27

Abbey Farms

301

Chicago Marriott Naperville

25

Adler Planetarium

299

Chicago Marriott Northwest

281

Alpine Banquets

291

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

187

The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy

231

CityGate Grille

93

Arrowhead Golf Club

197

Concorde Banquets

23

Astoria Banquets

29

The Dalcy Event Hall

195

Avanté Banquets

178

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago—Alsip

201

Barrington’s White House

158

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Oak Brook

189

Bartlett Hills Country Club

315

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center

9

Belle Salle Banquets

277

The Drake Oak Brook Hotel

255

Bloomfield Barn

305

Drury Lane Oakbrook

183

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club

235

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Cover

Brookfield Zoo

161

East Bank Club

286

Buca di Beppo

51

Elements at Water Street

296

Burr Ridge Hotels

271

Emerson Creek Events

164

Café la Cave

227

Entertainment Cruises Chicago

Cover

Cantigny Weddings

59

The Estate

171

The Carleton of Oak Park

272

ETM Presents the Estate of Eloquence

305

The Carlisle

137

Fountain Blue

7

Carnivale

13

Georgios Banquets

143

Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement

233

Glendale Lakes Golf Club

225

Chandler’s Weddings & Special Events

295

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

21

The Chateau Bu-Sché

169

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

17

Chateau Del Mar

177

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort

215

Chevy Chase Country Club

104

The Haight

289

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

167

The Haley Mansion

169

Chicago Gaelic Park

61

Hilton Chicago/Northbrook

191

Chicago History Museum

303

Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center

219

317

SITES & LOCATIONS

F I N D M O R E O N L I N E AT TheK not.com/ chicago

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 317

12/26/18 10:08 AM


RESOURCE INDEX CONT. Hilton Lisle/Naperville

239

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

123

Hilton Orrington/Evanston

316

Pinstripes Chicago

289

Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare

131

Praire Landing Golf Club

247

Prairie Street Brewing Company

175

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield

307

Randall Oaks Golf Club

221

Ravisloe Country Club

223

Rivers Restaurant

103

Salvatore’s

135

The Signature Room at the 95th®

31

Silver Lake Country Club

47

St. Andrews Golf & Country Club

265

Swissôtel Chicago

57

Tinley Park Convention Center

269

Tuscany Falls Banquets & Events

107

Holiday Inn Countryside &

318

William Tell Banquets

155

Hotel Arista

79

Hotel Baker

35

House of Blues Las Vegas

121

Hyatt Regency Lisle

129

Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center

217

The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

245

Kemper Lakes Golf Club

139

Kenilworth Assembly Hall

285

Lake Lawn Resort

293

Lamplight Equestrian Center

228

The Legacy Building

315

Venuti’s

Insert

Loft 21 Events

236

Wagner House

145

Makray Memorial Golf Club

110

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

85

Meridian Banquet & Conference Center

109

White Eagle Events & Convention Center

296

Midwest Ballrooms

241

White Pines Golf Club

69

Mission Hills Country Club

301

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront

53

Mistwood Golf Club

257

The Monte Bello Estate

115

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

PAGE #

Northern Illinois University

192

Ashland Addison Floral & Event Décor

147

Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club

249

Fancy Florals By Nancy

313

The Odyssey Country Club

258

Trudy’s Flowers

263

Old Orchard Country Club

198

Parker Run Vineyards

149

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

PAGE #

The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms

97

Aisle Chic

49

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 318

12/31/18 7:03 AM


14

Chi-Town-Wedding Photography

157

Bella Bridesmaids

283

Collin Pierson Photography

101

Bridal Brigade

303

Elegante Media Chicago

295

Dimitra’s Bridal Couture

2

Found Light Studios

184

Luxe Bridal Rack

54

Jennifer Hyde Photography

89

Melanie’s Makeup Artistry

309

Jolie Images

5

Mignonette Bridal

83

Mira Couture

33

ENTERTAINMENT

PAGE #

Northwestern Med Spa

299

Admit One DJs

250

Simply Luxe Bridal Boutique

10

Backthird Entertainment

163

SLT Makeup Artistry

307

Bluewater Kings Band

285

Sophia Bella

286

Chicago DJs

309

Total Image Hair & Airbrush Makeup

293

Ring of Music Band and Orchestra

275

Volle’s Bridal & Boutique

98

Standing Room Only Orchestras

281

White Dress Bridal Boutique

18 INVITATIONS & DETAILS

PAGE #

Beacon Lane

311

SPECIALTY SERVICES

PAGE #

JEWELRY

PAGE #

C.D.Peacock

Cover 319

Bella Bianca Bridal Couture

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

PAGE #

Absolute Dream Limousine

313

Big City Bride

140

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 63

Blue Fancy

64

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co.

113

Divine Designs and Events

253

Garrett Brands

153

Exquisite Events and Floral Design

311

Limos Alive

283

Fabulous Weddings/Events

212

Things Remembered

67

Michelle Durpetti Events

181

Wish Upon a Wedding

77

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

PAGE #

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

PAGE #

Amy Mulder Photography

261

Kolbo Fine Judaica Gallery

291 F I N D M O R E O N L I N E AT TheK not.com/ chicago

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 319

12/26/18 10:08 AM


snapshot

320

P HOTOGR AP H B Y R ACHEL GOBLE PHOTOGR APHY

joanna & ptree Chicago

“After our ceremony, we took our wedding party, including our readers and officiants, on a mini bus excursion around the city,” Joanna says. “We rented the bus from Reggies, which we felt tied in perfectly to our music-themed wedding,” Ptree adds. “There wasn’t air conditioning, but there was plenty of champagne to keep us cool.”

F I N D M O R E R E A L W E D D I N G I N S P I R AT I O N AT TheK not.com/ chicago

CHITKRSS19_Sect_19_(297_320) [P]{CHI}.indd 320

12/26/18 10:08 AM


H E A R T S O N F I R E S T O R E S , A U T H O R I Z E D R E TA I L E R S , H E A R T S O N F I R E . C O M

Lauryn Schalk

A V ENUE W IT H A V I EW Whether you’re looking for cityscapes or skyline views, a lake or river cruise can make your big day unforgettable. Let us bring your vision to life with a stunning backdrop.

IT’S HERE | ODYSSEY CHICAGO RIVER Oakbrook Center | Woodfield Mall | Old Orchard Mall 800.CDP.1837 cdpeacock.com

OdysseyCruises.com | 888.957.2634

8304-CDPeacock.indd 1 [P]{CHI}.indd 324 TKR19SS_Chicago_Cover

12/1/17 4:26 PM

12/21/18 11:02 AM


CHICAGO

CHICAGO

FIND YOUR VIBE

SAVE your DATE

Ceremony and Reception Ideas You'll   

Book a site tour

TODAY

#YOUDOYOU

NEW PLACES TO WED E F F O RT L E S S DRESSES PLUS AN U NFO RG ET TA BL E BRU N CH BA S H

SPRING / SUMMER 2019

G A LE N A, ILLINOIS

TKR19SS_Chicago_Cover [P]{CHI}.indd 321

|

WWW.EAGLERIDGE.COM

|

800.892.2269

THEKNOT.COM

Nestled among rolling hills 2.5 hours west of Chicago, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa welcomes you to its elegant venues surrounded by stunning scenery. Make your dreams come true.

2019 BEST OF WEDDINGS WINNERS

VENUES, FLORISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND MORE!

PRETTY BOHO-CHIC LOOKS

SPRING / SUMMER 2019

$5.99

Display Until April 15, 2019

CHICAGO WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN

CHICAGOLAND / PEORIA / CHAMPAIGN / ROCK ISLAND / ROCKFORD

12/21/18 11:02 AM


Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.