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App for Wedding Photo Sharing

App for Wedding Photo Sharing

I am in LOVE with this cool new app for weddings! The Wedding Party Appis an easy way for all of your guests to share the photos of your wedding and wedding events! We have had our clients use it at the last two weddings (see a recent wedding I had in Turks and Caicos)  and guests just loved it! It was a fun way to see photos of the weekend and the bride and groom loved being able to look back after the wedding to see the photos. It is very simply to set up! You register online at their website or download the app at itunes. Then your guests can instantly start snapping pictures and upload them. And guess what? It is free for you and all your guests to use! 

Chicago Wedding Cake Bakers at The Special Event Show in Chicago

Chicago Wedding Cake Bakers at The Special Event Show in Chicago

On January 17th, seven hundred event professionals attended The Wedding Event for The Special Event Show in Chicago that I Co-Chaired/Produced with Anthony Gowder of Gowder Designs. We featured all of the company names of the amazing sponsors on the blog last week and today I am sharing the wonderful wedding cakes that were baked by local Chicago wedding cake bakers. We told them we wanted them to do whatever they wanted for the design and to show off their amazing talents and that they did!! Not only were the cakes gorgeous to look at in the cocktail hour but also delicious to eat for dessert. Thank you to the amazing Chicago wedding cake bakers for their participation in the incredible  Wedding Event in Chicago. 

Glossed and Found announces Glossed and Gowned Wedding Guide

Glossed and Found announces Glossed and Gowned Wedding Guide

If you do not already have it marked as a favorite read every week, Glossed and Found is a must to read for all things fashion, beauty and fun in Chicago. The beautiful and always smiling Stacey Roney founded Glossed and Found and her editor and creative director  (and oh so dashing), Graham Kostic and Emily Hard produce a weekly on-line video magazine and blog that I can't wait to receive every week. They are also known as planning and producing the most fun and wonderful events in Chicago of which I have attended many and can't wait to attend the next one! 

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. 

Bouquet Wednesday, Spring Flowers

Bouquet Wednesday, Spring Flowers

We love Wednesdays! Half way thru the week and it is Bouquet Wednesday where we feature a wedding bouquet every week. It is hot in Chicago and I am dreaming of those cooler spring days that we had just weeks ago. Today I bring to you a gorgeous spring bouquet full of tulips, peonies, various orchids and grasses,  and mini succulence. 

Bridal Market Monique Lhuiller Collection

Bridal Market Monique Lhuiller Collection

I just love Monique Lhuillier's wedding dresses. So much that one of these days I am going to make my husband marry me again so I can wear one of Monique's dresses. She is such an elegant lady and it shows in her always gorgeous wedding dresses that she produces. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Engage Conference back in June where she spoke to the audience. Her designs are feminine, elegant, often times fun and always dramatic. 

Midwest Wedding & Event Professionals Charity Golf Outing

Midwest Wedding & Event Professionals Charity Golf Outing

In case you missed it, last Wednesday we held our third annual Midwest Wedding & Event Professionals Charity Golf Outing. What first looked like might be a dreary day actually turned out to be a lovely fall afternoon filled with some good golf, great food, and lots of laughter as wedding and event professionals came together for a good cause.  Keith Jorgensen of Poetic Productions and Kurt Gerber of Gerber Scarpelli Weddings co-planned this event with me and they did an amazing job!