The inspiration for Hope and Mike’s summer soiree at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum was “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” – so why not create our own magical forest within the South Gallery of the museum filled with full sized trees, twinkling lights, colorful flowers, stumps, moss butterflies and (of course) plenty of flickering candlelight?! And the décor wasn’t the only unique detail. The groom picked out all the beers for their craft beer bar – even brewing his own special “Wedding Ale” for guests, and Hope’s custom made gown sported a train in her signature color of purple. Hope’s bouquet is still one of our personal favorites!
Photography: Allure Photo
Indoor Trees & Ceremony Arch: Craig Bergmann Landscape Design
Entertainment: MaryMonica Music
Catering: Food for Thought
Floral and Décor: LOLA Event ProductionsRead More
As wedding planners in Chicago, we work with lots of couples that are trying to infuse their wedding ceremonies and receptions with elements of multiple cultures and religions. This is exactly what Shreya and Phil accomplished with their fresh modern wedding ceremony and reception at the Intercontinental O’Hare in July. A Hindu ceremony under a fabulously chic mundap was followed by a reception that incorporated an Indian/American dinner and dessert buffet. The escort cards were sprouting from a bed of wheat grass in front of one of the hotels modern art collection pieces, and the ballroom was decked out in mango and white centerpieces so fresh and inventive that their guests couldn’t stop commenting on the exciting décor. The bride and groom changed from their traditional South Asian attire into western fashion before their first dance.
Photography: Wedding Creativo Photography
Entertainment: MaryMonica Music
Video: Chicago Video Works
Menus and Lamp Graphics: Visual ViewsRead More
You’ve got the old, new, borrowed, and blue…so why not add a splash of green?
In honor of Earth Day, KK is checking in on some fun new ways to make your wedding environmentally friendly!
If you haven’t chosen a location yet, look into holding your event in an eco-friendly location! Parks, nature reserves, and buildings that meet government ‘green design’ standards are all great options. A Chicago venue we love is The Greenhouse Loft.
Start out in the early stages of your event. While choosing invitations, menus, and signage, explore recycled paper. There are hundreds of styles and options to fit many styles and themes. Ok, so this idea has been around for a while – so take it to the next level… Do on online RSVP and eliminate the maps since everyone has GPS these days anyway! Free websites like the ones found on theknot.com and mywedding.com make it SO EASY for you to offer up all the info a guest could need online with no paper at all! (Let it be known that this wedding planner absolutely things the invite should still come in the mail the old fashioned way!)
transportation is an important aspect of many events—getting guests to and from your event and companies making deliveries are both very necessary. Help limit your carbon footprint by using local vendors, hiring a shuttle service, and encouraging guests to carpool to your event. You can even mix things up and opt for a brightly decorated pedicab for the bride and groom!
There are businesses out there that help you “pay it forward” by calculating and paying back carbon emissions – skip the trinkets and make that your wedding favor! If you really want to give something away make it a seedling or plant.
Another favor idea is to give everyone a glass to call their own for the night! Chalkboard stickers allow for easy personalization, and this helps eliminate the need for anything disposable, dishwashing energy and water after the event. Plus it’s super fun and hip!
Taking these small steps to ‘green-up’ your walk down the aisle can help make a big difference for the environment years past your big day. If you’re really feeling gung-ho about giving back, you may even consider turning your honeymoon into an earth friendly service trip J
Happy Earth Day… Today and EVERY DAY!