Archives for February 2010

Real Wedding: Sara & Chad 9.19.09, Part 2

(In case you missed it: Part 1 of Sara and Chad’s wedding. All images by Jessica Grant.)

So where was I… The ceremony!

Sara and Chad decided to do something a little different. She started down the long aisle by herself…


And then Chad made his way from the front of the Church towards her…


And met her halfway. They made the journey down the rest of the aisle together.

So, perfect.


Of course, Sara’s fab sense of style also made its way onto her bridesmaids (sorry, wish I had a better close-up!)! Check out their black knee-length cocktail dresses (with various necklines), elbow-length opera gloves, pearl necklaces, black peeptoe pumps, and black feathery hair fascinators! Breakfast at Tiffany’s circa 2009!




The beautiful ballroom at the Woman’s Club of Evanston. The curved ceiling is my favorite part!


Sara and Chad took a sneak peak at the ballroom while all the guests were downstairs at cocktail hour, and they shared a romantic moment.

Sara was also a crafty, DIY bride… she tied almost a hundred of these tulle bows which my assistants painstakingly hung from every other chair, just to “dress” them up a bit. It’s amazing what a bit of tulle and a lot of elbow grease can do!


FYI, there was NO florist for these centerpieces. Sara ordered bulk hydrangea and almost a hundred glass candle holders from CB2 (I don’t see the actual holders on the site anymore) and my team and I assembled these centerpieces on the spot.

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This cake topper is 100% fitting of their wedding day style as well as the simplicity of the cake design!

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Do you notice something different about Chad? Yes, he changed into a white dinner jacket! Super suave…


I wish I had pictures to show you what a PARTY they had! Every guest young and old, made their way out on the dance floor and danced the night away.


The End… just kidding!

I have one more set of images from their day-after shoot which will blow you away! Stay tuned…

Photographer: Jessica Grant
Coordinator: Sweetchic Events
Hair/Makeup: Alice Salazar, Art & Science Salon
Church: St. Athanasuius
Ceremony Musicians: White Lake Quartet
Reception Venue: Woman’s Club of Evanston
Catering: Va Pensiero
Cake: Dinkel’s
DJ: Music by Design
Personal flowers: Ashland Addison
Photobooth: First Class Photobooth
Trolley: Victoria’s Flying Lady


Happy Anniversary to Me!

No, it’s not our wedding anniversary yet (that’s September 8!)… It has been exactly ONE YEAR since I made the flying leap and turned Sweetchic Events into a full-time venture! And what a wonderful year it has been – I’ve worked with many wonderful couples and met so many awesome vendors!  I love working for myself, being my own boss and especially working from home! And I have to say that my dear husband has been SO supportive… thank you , thank you, thank you for believing in me and encouraging me follow my dream :)

And here are some random shots captured at various weddings:

With one of my favorite brides, Adrienne (does every planner say that?!) and her adorable flower girl

Slack Photography
L: Updating the Mother-of-the-bride on the itinerary
R: With the beautiful Natalie (aka Mrs. Peacock & I Heart Peonies) at the end of the night…

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L: Kenny Kim; R: Thorsen Photography


Posing with my awesome assistant LyLy at the end of Sara & Chad’s wedding – one exhausted shot (don’t hurt me for posting this pic, Lyly! :) and one normal shot.

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A quick moment in the ladies room as we bustle Sara’s dress…

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Me and the hubs after a long night on our feet, with our dear friends  John & Vida.

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Please send good wishes our way for the continued success of Sweetchic Events! Thank you for all your support :)




Whole Foods Boston Cream Cake for YOU…

B and I are on Day 10 of the South Beach Diet, and this is our third time on the program. The first was for our 2007 wedding, second was two weeks before I was slated to be a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, and now a final quick fix before I head to Vegas next week, HAHA. The first two weeks, Phase 1, are the toughest: NO sugar and NO carbs. Uhmmm, HI, sugar and carb-lover here! But to be honest, I haven’t found it to be too bad, and they (the book) are right when they say that the cravings go away. I have a notoriously huge sweet-tooth, and I’ve been surprisingly ok!

Until last night.

A friend of ours, let’s call him A, came over to take a look at B’s computer because it has been acting up. So of course the husband invited him to have dinner here as well… but didn’t warn him that we were on the SBD. So A came over, and like a good guest (even though he was technically doing US a favor!), he brought DESSERT.

This beautiful, delectable cake from Whole Foods with (what looks like) whipped cream, custard and chocolate cake.

Help Me.


And then A leaves… without taking the darn cake, because according to him, “WHAT? I don’t eat sweets!” *Ugh* So now it sits in the fridge, mocking me. I even managed to take him out of the box for a little photoshoot and inhaled some of the fragrant goodness… but resisted the urge to dive in with both hands.

We have another 6 days on Phase 1, and I don’t think he’ll last that long, nor do I think he’ll freeze well with the custard and whipped cream. Sadness…

So, anyone want to come take him off our hands? He’ll go the loving owner who claims him first via commenting here, on my facebook page or Twitter.  You’ll have to pick him up (unless you happen to be on the way to my downtown meeting tonight)


P.S. What did we feed A for dinner? Did he suffer our diet too? We actually made flank steak fajitas with onions, bell peppers and baby portabella mushrooms, topped with homemade guacamole and pico de gallo. We ate ours in a romaine lettuce wrap, and A had his in a flour tortilla. Not too bad, right?!

P.P.S. Next week I’ll share with you my tips on how to navigate the SBD!