As a wedding planner it is always such an honor to coordinate one of my best friends weddings! From the day Kate and Joe told me that they wanted to work with me, I could not wait to get started planning. Not only did I get to spend more time with the two of them but also work with some of the best vendors in Chicago to create the wedding that they always dreamed of. Kate was a happy and excited bride through the whole process and seeing her light up and truly enjoy every single moment of her wedding day was a moment I will always remember. It was so much fun reliving the day that Bethany at Maypole Studios captured so perfectly. Congratulations Kate & Joe, thank you for letting me be part of your celebration, xoxo! 

For more photos of Kate & Joe's wedding, please visit Maypole Studios blog to view their slideshow! 

The Team of Vendors:
Ceremony: St. Mary of Perpetual Help
Reception: Bridgeport Arts Center Sculpture Garden
Caterer:  Blue Plate Catering
Wedding Cake: Sweet Mandy B's
Photography: Maypole Studios
Videographer: Eivan's

Florist: Juliet Tan Floral
Lighting & Design: Art of Imagination 

Entertainment: Stu Hirsch Orchestra
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Trolley: Coach USA
Table Numbers & Menus: Minted
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo


Ever since Kelly was a little girl she dreamed of her fairytale Chicago wedding and I had the best time making those dreams come to life. Kelly and Braulio had a beautiful ceremony at Fourth Presbyterian Church followed by dinner and dancing at the Drake. I loved everything about this wedding and thank you to Kris Kasperek for capturing the day so perfectly! Congratulations Kelly and Braulio!

Ceremony: Fourth Presbyterian Church 
Reception: The Drake
Getting Ready location: The Drake
Hair: Beauty on Call 
Makeup: Ryan Jaeger: Ryan's Beauty Bar
Photography: iKLiK Photo
Flowers: Flowers by Stem
Cocktail Entertainment: Mariachi Imperial de Chicago
Entertainment: Arlen Music: Indigo
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth 
Wedding Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design 
Videographer: Well Spun Weddings
Trolley: Coach USA 

Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase

We had another great year at the Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase aboard the Lake Geneva Cruise Line boats. The show is a great way for brides to meet all of the fabulous vendors in the area as well as get some great inspiration for their upcoming weddings! 

For more information on how you can plan your wedding aboard one of these fabulous boats, please contact me, I would love to hear from you! 

Kelli & Jake

Kelli and Jake had a perfect summer weekend for their wedding and I had the best time working with them on all the plans and details leading up to their special day! Their ceremony took place at St. Michael's church in Old Town and the reception was held at Germania Place. Hello Darling made Kelli's vision of simple elegance a reality with her classic, fresh and summery centerpieces. The tables had a perfect mix of alternating designs consisting of lanterns, orchids, roses and hydrangeas. Invitations were produced and styled by Courtney Callahan featuring a flourished font in navy which was carried throughout the wedding day pieces including table numbers, programs, menus and escort cards. As guests arrived for cocktail hour they were amazed by the beautiful and personal gift table styled by the mother of the bride which consisted of family photos, cards for advice to the bride and groom and a Chicago guest book for guests to sign. The speeches brought tears of happiness and laughter to the room as guests dined on delicious food prepared by the Kenmare Catering team. 

After dinner it was no surprise that Maggie Speaks kept guests out on the dance floor all night long! And if anyone needed a break from dancing they could head over to the sweet and savory late night snacks table which was filled with Chicago mix popcorn and chocolate covered pretzels.  And for a final sweet touch from the bride and groom, we served coffee and tea to-go in custom "warm wishes" disposable cups.

What a beautiful wedding this was and I loved watching Kelli and Jake have so much fun with each other and soak in their wedding day with family and friends. The wedding day was perfect from start to finish and I wish Kelli and Jake many years of love and happiness. Congratulations to one great couple! 

Team of Vendors:
Wedding Planner: Kelly Kloak 
Ceremony: St. Michael in Old Town 
Reception Venue: Germania Place
Caterer: Kenmare Catering 
Photographer: Orange 2 Photography
Florist: Hello Darling 
Invitations: Courtney Callahan
Entertainment: Maggie Speaks
Transportation: Coach USA 
Makeup Artist: Ryan's Beauty Bar, Ryan Jaeger 
Hairstylist: Salon B
Wedding Cake: Oak Mill Bakery 

Amanda + Andrew

There is no question that I am somewhat obsessed with all things nautical. And navy blue and kelly green might be my new favorite color combination, especially when its wrapped up in this preppy chic rehearsal dinner aboard the Lady of the Lake. I couldn't wait to jump on board and get started planning this one!

As guests boarded the Lady of the Lake, they were greeted by waiters passing specialty drinks from personalized cups called, "The Amandrew"  filled with John Dailey's and Arnold Palmer's. To create a chic look, dining tables were draped with BBJ Linen's miromar linen topped with stunning arrangements by Lilypots, surrounded by small rope votive holders. Gooseberries prepared a delicious custom menu with the crowd favorite being mini brats and cheese curds. Yum! Everyone was having a great time and The Big Al Wetzel band got guests out on the dance floor as they cruised back to Fontana Beach. As guests departed, they took with them custom sugar cookies decorated with the groom's family burgee.  Amanda and Andrew surprised guests at the end of the night with a wish lantern send off . There is no better ending to a perfect night than making a wish and lighting up the sky. Congratulations, Amandrew! 

Lucky for us, the brides dear friend, Lisa Diederich was there to capture it all, enjoy!

Team of Vendors:
Photographer: Lisa Diederich Photograpahy
Venue: Lake Geneva Cruise Line, Lady of the Lake
Caterer: Gooseberries Market
Florist: Lilypots
Chiavari Chairs: Lakes Area Rental
Entertainment: Big Al Wetzel Band
Linen: BBJ Linen 
Event Details: Flair Designery 
Cookies: Patricia O'Brien & Co. Cookies 


Wedding Teaser

Can't wait to share this gorgeous Lake Geneva wedding with you! 

Lake Geneva Welcome Bags

My clients are always asking for creative ideas for welcome bags and I just love helping them come up with the great ideas! The trick is to personalize them to the couple and the wedding location. Here are some ideas I had for a recent wedding in Lake Geneva!

Watercolor map: Joselyns Ink Well 
Drink Koozie: Gage Marine
Fudge: Kilwin's 
Welcome tags: Sweet Sanity

Taylor & Rick

Taylor and Rick were married in one of my favorite places, Lake Geneva, WI on a beautiful summer weekend. They started their day off with Taylor and her girls getting ready at Lake Lawn Lodge, while the guys hung out back at their home in Fontana. Guests gathered at Lake Lawn Lodge for their ceremony which was beautiful with their hand written vows. When Taylor and Rick were pronounced husband and wife, Taylor's father had a little surprise in store for them! The bride originally from Texas, was serenaded to "My first taste of Texas." It was such a special moment for the bride and was enjoyed by all! 

After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while overlooking beautiful Lake Como. The couple envisioned a rustic, yet chic and romantic wedding with gorgeous blush tone florals. Taylor was inspired by her home state of Texas when styling her wedding reception around farmhouse tables and metal chairs. I loved helping with all the personalized little details Taylor put together, and each detail from the Christmas crackers, to the kids goodie bags, to the DIY mini pie stand, all made the wedding feel so warm and familiar to the couple and close family and friends. The dance floor was filled all night thanks to Incognito! And if anyone needed a rest and a bite to eat, mini brat sliders were passed as a late night snack! 

Thank you to Simon at Valo Photography for sharing these amazing photos and reminding us of what a fantastic day it was. Congratulations Taylor and Rick! 

Team of Vendors: 
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Lake Lawn Lodge  
Farmhouse Tables, Chairs and Cocktail Tables: Lakes Area Rental 
Hair Salon: Clearwater Day Spa
Makeup Artist: Ryan Jaeger's Beauty Bar
Florist: Belle Fiori
Photography: Valo Photography, Simon 
Band: Cagen Music, Incognito 
Mini Pies: Lake Geneva Pie Co. 
Guest Book: Homemade bench