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Wedding Feature on Elizabeth Anne Designs

Wedding Feature on Elizabeth Anne Designs

 We LOVE LOVE it when one of our favorite wedding blogs features our work! Elizabeth Anne Designs featured a wonderful wedding we did last fall at Holy Name Cathedral and River East Art Center!

Check out Morgan and Mike's wedding on Elizabeth Anne Designs and then check back later this week where I share all the awesome pictures with you!

Amazing photgraphy by Becky Hill Weddings

A Fun Tour in Chicago fo your Wedding Guests

A Fun Tour in Chicago fo your Wedding Guests

Looking to recommend a fun thing to do for your weddings guests in Chicago on wedding down-time? I love the Untouchables Tour! Chicago is rich in history in the 1920's and 1930's for it's gangsters and jazz-area! Cruise around in an old school bus with tour guides dressed the part. The price is $30 per person and the tour lasts about 2 hours. Want to organize a fun and different outing for all of your wedding guests? You can book private tours as well

Photo Serve-Calling All Photographers

My friends, Stevi and Matt Savage started a wonderful new nonprofit called Photo Serve. It is a wonderful organziation bringing together photographers who willingly will volunteer for those in need. They will be traveling to Casas Por Cristos in Acuna, Mexico in September with guest mentor, Mike Colon, and will be building a home for a family in great need. I am so proud of my friends for getting together and starting an organization that shows how we can give back. And what a great way for photographers to document people helping people but also to be able to network and learn from each other. 

How to Get Wrinkles Out of a Wedding Dress

There is an amazing service in Chicago by Davis Imperial Cleaners which every bride should look into! They will perfectly press and steam your dress and deliver it on the day of the wedding so you don't have to worry about wrinkles in your dress! Or, it is a great idea to also talk to the location you purchased your dress about if they can do this for you as well and deliver your dress directly to your house,  hotel or location you are getting ready. That way none of your bridesmaids will have the burden of worrying about steaming or ironing your dress. 

Wish Upon a Wedding Call for Volunteers

Wish Upon a Wedding Call for Volunteers

Please join the board of Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago on Tuesday night, July 12th for a Call for Volunteers at 6pm at Room 1520. We need help in many areas to help get the word out about Wish Upon a Wedding! Please RSVP today to

Engage!11 Luxury Wedding Business Summit - Part 2

Last week I talked about my time at the Engage!11 Conference in San Diego which was the most amazing four days with the most incredible people in the wedding and event industry. What I want to talk about today is the wonderful speakers who imparted their wisdom of the Wedding World with the attendees. And we are not talking just fluff and stuff, we are talking great business advice from people who are the leaders in the industry. Hard core fact and information about the business of weddings which we can all apply to make our business better. 

Wedding at Hotel Palomar

Wedding at Hotel Palomar

I am so excited to share this wedding with you today. I loved working with Laurel and Dave on their wedding at the Hotel Palomar and adored how Laurel wanted to have so many cute and personal touches on the wedding day. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day was the groom's cake by Tipsy Cake and the wonderful red florals by Alexandra at Exquisite Designs. And with Sarah Alair as the photographer, I knew the pictures would be just amazing as you see below.  

Wedding Gift Boxes

I LOVE these wedding gift boxes

Place on your gift table and you can make your envelope box appear almost like a gift! You can also work with Estilo to create custom wedding gift boxes but they also have a stock of fun ones to chose from. 

Jen and Louie Jimenez

Hands down, hiring Ali Phillips as our wedding consultant was the best decision we could have made. Ali’s professionalism was evident from our first point of contact and never once wavered throughout the course of our engagement. She had answers to every question we could think of, and I am still blown away by how organized Ali is. In addition, Ali’s flexible, cheerful and dependable. 
She thought of things that hadn't even occurred to us, and kindly reminded us of little things along the way that we could do to help dot every "i" and cross every "t." Ali played a huge role in bridging the gap between sanity and insanity, and for that we are extremely thankful. Consequently, our wedding day went off without a hitch. Ali provided guidance and support throughout the planning process. She has all sorts of great secrets, ranging from how to save money to lists of reasonable (and exceptional) vendors that were willing to work with our budget. We can’t thank Ali enough for her contribution to the day that we will never forget. —Jen & Louie Jimenez May 23, 2008 Wedding

Janie and Kevin Hoffmeyer

We are thrilled to recommend Ali to anyone who is looking for a wedding coordinator! Ali was absolutely great to work with and she struck the perfect balance between professionalism and humor. She is extremely organized and diligent in her follow-up and provided us with a much needed sense of direction throughout the process. 

Engaging Events OFFICE

I am so excited to tell everyone this, I could hardly wait to post this. I have signed a lease for an office space today! It is SO CUTE! It is in Bucktown in Chicago. The address is 2045 West North Avenue, Suite 2A. Just West of Damen Avenue and on the South Side of the street. It is a little corner office and a conference room to host meetings. I can not wait to get my design hands on this place, put in a plant and set out some gorgeous wedding pictures. 

A New Leaf Chicago Wedding: Shelby and Doug

Shelby and Doug were married on October 20th, 2008, at Parkview Lutheran church, an adorable little church which is actually in my own neighborhood! Their reception at A New Leaf was a blast for their guests! Their guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner upstairs in the apartment and danced until the wee hours of the morning.

Wedding Pashmina's For Your Bridesmaids

With the onset of winter arriving this week in Chicago, your lovely ladies may need a little pashmina wrap to keep them warm on your wedding day. I recently found this GREAT website for "Pashminas": that you can search for colors that match of complement your bridesmaids dresses. They are offered in cashmere and viscose ranging in price from $18 to $40 and is a great present (and also useful) for your bridesmaids! 
They also offer white and white pashminas which will match your dress and can be used for a little added warmth while you exit your limousine! 

The Intercontinental Chicago Wedding of Katie and Michael

Katie and Mike exchanged their vows at the historic St Joseph's Catholic church in Old Town. I LOVED working with Katie and Mike Cunningham on their November 3rd Wedding at St Joseph's Church and the Renaissance Ballroom at the Intercontiental Hotel. Everything about Katie and Mike's wedding was wonderfully elegant and sophisicated. Katie chose a black and white color scheme for her modern wedding style with an accent of green in some of the flowers. 
"See Kurt Gurber's FABULOUS pictures": Photography by "Kurt Gerber":// Flowers by "A Stem Above":// Entertainment by "Fun Times DJ":// Linens by "Carousel Linens"://


From the moment we sat down to meet Ali, we felt completely at ease with her and knew we would enjoy working with her in planning our wedding. She was involved with all aspects of our wedding from the beginning to the day of and we couldn’t be happier that we chose this option. Ali kept us on task from our first meeting—letting us know what details we should be completing at present and what we should be thinking of next at all points in the planning process. Wedding planning is stereotypically known to be stressful due to the sheer amount of time and effort put into planning every little detail to make a wedding the special, magical day that the bride and groom envision. However, I can honestly say that planning your wedding does not have to be stressful! With Ali’s help, we actually had a lot of fun planning our big day and I surprised myself as well as my family and friends with how calm I remained throughout the entire planning process. We really appreciated Ali’s vendor suggestions and absolutely LOVED the vendors we chose for our wedding. 
Thanks to Ali, our wedding day played out without a hitch and we got to focus on each other, our family and friends rather than worry about the many details that go into having such an event run smoothly. We highly recommend Ali and are so thankful for all of the work she put into making our wedding day “perfect.”