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Wish Upon a Wedding Announces Chicago Shining Stars 2014

Wish Upon a Wedding Announces Chicago Shining Stars 2014

The Chicago Board of Wish Upon a Wedding is honored to announce the 2014 Shining Star Recipients. These three people noted below are some of the most inspirational, motivational and giving event professionals in Chicago. This is our way to thank and pay tribute to those professionals who inspire others to engage in volunteer service by their demonstrated commitment and example.

A Chicago Botanic Garden Engagement Session

A Chicago Botanic Garden Engagement Session

Brrrrr, it is cold out there in Chicago today but not to worry, spring is around the corner and will be here in 72 days. Today I am happy to share this dreamy engagement picture session by YazyJo of our clients Chinnu and Ed who tied the knot last year. ( I can't wait to share their wedding pictures with you soon). So grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy these gorgeous summer engagement session pictures at Chicago Botanic Gardens and know that warm weather is right around the corner. You can also find great engagement photo tips on our blog! 

Volunteers Needed For Special Event Show Wedding Event January 17th

Volunteers Needed For Special Event Show Wedding Event January 17th

On Thursday, January 17th in Chicago, I am co-chairing The Wedding Event at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile for The Special Event Show that is coming to town from January 15th-18th. Seven hundred event professionals from all over the world will be attending to enjoy inspiration, amazing design and hear the always amazing Sasha Souza showcase her "Sahsa's Favorite Things". 

Change a Teen's Life! Help out this Saturday

Change a Teen's Life! Help out this Saturday

I am a member of the Step Up Women's Network and we are needing about 20 more mentors this Saturday at a great event! Would you please consider coming to be a mentor for the day? Please give one day to make a difference in the life of a college-bound teen girl. Please email me at ali@engagingeventsbyali.com and I can get you all signed up. To read more about Step Up visit their website of their Facebook page. 

Hot Chocolate for Winter Months

Hot Chocolate for Winter Months

Brrrrr, it is cold out there in Chicago today. I went out for a dog walk this morning and found myself running back into the house for a heavier jacket. Even Grohe our dog, looked at me with that, oh no, "another 6 months of this?" look?! But, once I get the heat rolling in the house (which I put on for the first time in six months last night) and get used to the cold again, I have to admit I do love winter. Today I find myself working from the home office and craving something hot and sweet and found this amazing recipe online for Mexican Hot Chocolate. What a perfect afternoon I have planned of sipping yummy hot chocolate and dreaming about snow falling and the holidays approaching. 

Guest Book Idea Birthday Calendar as Guest Book

Guest Book Idea Birthday Calendar as Guest Book

I love this idea I saw on Martha Stewart and had to share it with my readers. For your wedding guest book you can place an annual calendar and guests would sign on their birthday date. That way you always have a record of when their birthday is and you can send all of your wedding guests a card in the coming year wishing them a Happy Birthday! 

Montrose Harbor Engagement Pictures by Jaclyn Simpson

Montrose Harbor Engagement Pictures by Jaclyn Simpson

Today we are LOVING these pictures by Jaclyn Simpson of Emily and Maurico's engagement session at Montrose Harbor. Emily and Mauricio will say "I Do" in September. These high school sweethearts are the kindest couple and have been so much fun to work with. Can't wait for their wedding at South Shore Cultural Center! 

Uber in Chicago for your Wedding

Uber in Chicago for your Wedding

There is a new car company in town and it is making lives way easier! Uber was launched six months ago in Chicago and people are loving using it. It will be great on the weekend of your wedding if you need a quick pick up for one to four people when leaving your hair salon and going back to the hotel or for parent’s who rode with you to the ceremony site but now need a ride back to the hotel or reception. Or use it for your bachelorette party as you zip around to different spots in Chicago. Have to move your groom to the church and don't want his tuxedo to get dirty and to have him arrive in style? Uber is your choice for all of your wedding VIP's. 

Meet Kate Molter, Engaging Events New Wedding Planner Assistant

Meet Kate Molter, Engaging Events New Wedding Planner Assistant

I am so excited to introduce you to Kate Molter, Engaging Events new wedding planning assistant. I receive lots of resumes and emails from people inquiring about jobs but something really stood out in Kate's resume and her emails to me. Once I met her, I knew instantly I wanted this amazing woman on my team.  I can go on an on about her and how great she is, but will let Kate tell you a little bit more about herself! 

Ali Phillips Named Junebug's World's Best Wedding Planners & Designers

Ali Phillips Named Junebug's World's Best Wedding Planners & Designers

I was SO excited when Blair and Christy called me from Junebug Weddings to tell me I had been selected to be a part of their World's Best Wedding Planners & Designers they unveiled last week and I am so thankful to be included. The best of the best are on this list and I am flattered to be a part of it. 

Breaking Dawn Part I Wedding Details

Breaking Dawn Part I Wedding Details

I am an admitted Twilight fan! I was so excited to see the new Breaking Dawn Part I movie this past weekend. Not only because I love the books, but also the first twenty minutes of the movie focused on the wedding of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Below are some beautiful details and information about the wedding and how you can get Bella and Edward's wedding look. 

Bridal Market Christos Collection

Bridal Market Christos Collection

We are talking wedding dresses again today and the new collections that came out last week at Bridal Market in New York City. When we are talking our favorites one has to see the new collection from Christos. Many a client of mine has been sent down the aisle in a Christos dress. Looking to see one in person? Stop by Belle Vie Bridal Couture on Oak Street in Chicago. 

Blissful Wishes Ball-Chicago, Illinois

Blissful Wishes Ball-Chicago, Illinois

I am super excited to let everyone know that tickets are now on sale for the Blissful Wishes Ball for Wish Upon a Wedding. This Black Tie Welcome event will be held on Monday, November 1st at 6pm at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel. We would like to invite everyone to attend this wonderful Gala event to raise critical funds for Wish Upon a Wedding.