Archive for January, 2011

Quick Fire Post ~ Katherine Anne Confections

Monday, January 31st, 2011

With Valentine’s Day around the corner all I can think of is chocolates. I have a weakness for chocolate. Not the Hershey’s bar but the good and silky chocolate that melts in your mouth. This past weekend I was able to take a quick walk around IndieWed and had the chance to do a little truffle tasting at  Katherine Anne Confections.

Although I stopped myself from trying everything in their booth (let’s face it I had to share with all 1000 others attending the show), I have to say I was delighted to try the chocolate hazelnut truffle and salted caramels. They were absolutely delicious.

Think of them for a great Valentine’s Day gift to your other half…. or better yet think of them for the perfect favor to give out to your  guests for your wedding. Not only is Katherine Anne Confections a small business but they are a local business in Chicago, they are supporters of Wish Upon a Wedding AND one of my favorites…. these truffles are hand crafted. The love they put into each of their truffles definitely translates into the flavor.

Barrington Bridal Connection Show

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

This past Saturday, we had the pleasure of working with Christina from Christina Currie Events at the Barrington Bridal Connection Show. I’ve known Christina for quite some time now and have a great time not only collaborating with her on numerous projects for several organizations but also getting the chance to provide her clients with floral for their weddings and events.

We created three floral arrangements based on Christina’s vision of three very different tablescapes. The first one called the Magnificient Table. We used a semi round pave of Black Baccara Roses. They are rich and velvety like no other rose and they tend to open beautifully. Nothing says romantic and sexy like the black baccara.

For the second table, Christina thought of the 1920′s and gave me a theme of art deco. What better than clean lines and steps to showcase the art deco style. We chose standard white calla lilies.

The third table was called the King’s Table. Christina wanted it to be romantic but fit for a king getting married. We decided to incorporate casablanca lilies, light pink roses, white and green hydrangeas to create a romantic but tall centerpiece with hanging white phalaenopsis orchid stems.

We were very happy with the outcome of all three arrangements and we are very happy that so many of the brides attending got to enjoy them.

Thank you Christina for letting us collaborate with you!

Room 1520 ~ Green and White

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Some more pictures from our fun mini shoot at Room 1520 about a month ago! There are lots of gray in their Aeree Loft so we wanted to show brides any color looks great in this space.  It was raining like cats and dogs on that day…. so I decided to go a little cheerful with a little green and white. We got to use some fun items in the Room 1520 prop room!

Photo Credit: Studio Starling

Room 1520 ~ Gunmetal Gray and Yellow

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Room 1520′s launch party was last night. We had the pleasure of doing a mini shoot about a month ago at their Aeree Loft. I took some of my favorite color combinations and did a small tablescape. Thanks to Classic Party RentalStudio Starling for helping us in this little endeavor and Room 1520 for letting us use their space.

Chicago Wedding Locations ~ Finding the perfect place for your Reception

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I have to say that this and putting together the guest list are usually two of most challenging aspects of planning a wedding in Chicago. Finding the right location or venue for your Chicago reception can be like buying a house. The word… location, location, location rings true. Why? Because it’s preferable that the reception is close to the location of the ceremony, or close to the location for the out of town guests or have that breathtaking view of the Chicago skyline that so many out of town guests are hoping to enjoy.

So let’s help you narrow down the choices on how you choose a location.

First you must decide…. do I want a hotel? Do I want a venue that you can rent and bring your own caterer (do you want to deal with all that?!), does it have to have a view of the skyline? Does it need to have an outdoor space? Do you want to have a lofty / gallery feel? Does it need to be eclectic? Think, what is in my “must have” list. Because the name of location scouting is narrowing the many choices available to you in Chicago. There is no sense in visiting 20 places because that just leads to what I like to call bridal burnout!

A. Find out what is important to you.

B. Can the venue comfortably sit the amount of guests you are inviting? No? Cross it off the list. On the other hand, is the venue too big for your amount of guests? Can you fill it up with a few changes like lounge furniture, bigger  dance floor or square tables? Then keep it on the list.

C. Cost. A very important part of the process… if the budget allows and fit the first two then keep it on the list. Is it somewhat over the budget? Can you cut elsewhere if you really like this venue? If it’s well over… cross it off the list.

D. Availability for your wedding date. Is it available on your wedding date? No. This one tends to be a hard one in most cases, especially in Chicago were so many brides (and their planners) plan well in advance. Are you flexible on the date? Yes! Keep it on the list. Not flexible… cross it!

After going thru all these steps and talking with the venue coordinators make sure that you see pictures online (ask the coordinators to send you pictures of different setups in the space). Do you like it? Yes? Then by all means, schedule an appointment. You don’t care for it?Well there is no sense in visiting a venue if you don’t like it. Cross it off the list.

Have you noticed how we’ve narrowed the search? Now it’s time to visit a few places that are available, that you can afford and that are what you envision.

Location scouting is amongst Exquisite Weddings services and we love providing this service because we do all of these things for you. We narrow down the choices for you, make the phone calls, schedule the appointments, drive you to the location, know what the costs are beforehand, we can visit the venue/ hotel/ private club / resort with you and give you the pros and cons of a space.

Love at Breathtaking Heights Bridal Show

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Aimee and I had a wonderful time this past Friday at the Love at Breathtaking Heights Bridal Show at the Metropolitan Club at the Willis Tower. We got to say hi to so many wonderful couples and a few mothers too!  A big thank you goes out to Jillian Dodge and Joe Flynn at the Met Club for putting together such a wonderful event.

We knew a lot of vendors were going to go the safe route so we decided to embrace color and do a combination of aqua and red. Our floral centerpiece had lots of tulips, red asiatic lilies, red astomerias and roses. We were delighted to see so many brides want to take a picture with the bridal bouquet made out of peonies, tulips and roses… we are glad you liked it. Peggy Lambert at Erickson Design provided the amazing round menus (again something a little different), escort cards, signage and table numbers. Thank you Peggy!

Naomi from Tipsy Cake provided a gorgeous cake for us to display and she also made these cute chocolate whoopie pies to give out to our brides.

Photo Credit:  Kenny Kim

Last but most certainly not least Classic Party Rentals provided us with the perfect Aqua bengaline linen, chargers, Cosmo glassware and chivari chairs for the tablescape. Thank you Sandy!

We also got to meet some great vendors such as Bellissima Photography you can read more about her experiences at the show here.

To all those brides, don’t forget about the bridal show promotion we told you about… it ends on February 28th, 2011.

Photo Credit: Kenny Kim