Archives for November 2010

St. Mary of the Angels & Galleria Marchetti Wedding

I’m so excited to share with you the wedding of Bertha and Nick, one of my absolute favorite weddings of the year! Bertha is a long time friend of my husband, so I had a dual role as wedding planner… and guest!

What I loved about working with Bertha and Nick was how laid back they were about the whole planning process. They knew they wanted a beautiful wedding, but they didn’t sweat the small stuff. Instead they trusted my guidance as well as the efforts of their fabulous team of vendors, and just went with the flow… This alleviated a lot of the stress that typically accompanies planning a wedding.

All images below by Steve Koo Photography

One of my favorite things ever is when a bride is escorted down the aisle by BOTH her parents!

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Bertha’s expression is so sweet here…

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One of Chicago’s most popular wedding photo spots: Kinzie Street Bridge

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Amazing floral work by Scarlet Petal. I wish you could have seen these bridesmaids bouquets in person… the colors and the textures were beyond description! With kale, succulents and berries accenting the roses and freesia, this is probably my favorite bridesmaid bouquet of all time!

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Did you know that this purple flower on the left, aka flowering kale, is actually a vegetable?!

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Escort card calligraphy by Sweetchic Events, perched atop birch log holders

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Bertha and Nick love champagne, so we decided to create a champagne bar for cocktail hour, with five different varieties of yummy champagne cocktails.

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Bertha is Mexican, so her father booked this fabulous Mariachi band, which definitely added a latin flavor to cocktail hour!

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The Pavillion at Galleria Marchetti… click here to see a picture of the tent without lighting. Beautiful on it’s own; but we decided to add some drama with lighting and patterned gobos. Art of Imagination did an amazing job!

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The dramatic feasting table aka head table accented by iron lanterns and bouquets…

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Stunning cake with purple and orange sugar flowers by Amy Beck Cake Design and the cutest little cake topper!

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Not only did they have a mariachi band… they also had a marimba band during dinner! They were amazing!

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End of the night with Nick, Bertha, and my hubby…

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My favorite client picture ever! I <3 you guys!

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For even more amazing pictures from their wedding, check out Steve Koo’s blog!

Wedding Planner: Sweetchic Events
Photographer: Steve Koo Photography
Church: St. Mary of the Angels
Reception Venue: Galleria Marchetti
Hair & Makeup: Kim Piech
Lighting: Art of Imagination
Florist: Scarlet Petal
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Paper Goods: Junefille & Sweetchic Events
DJ: ETV Productions
Mariachis: Trio Guadalajara de Tony Flores
Marimba Band: Holy Cross Marimba Ensemble

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How to Politely Decline Wedding Vendors

As a bride, you often interview a number of wedding vendors in each category, from planner/coordinator to caterer, photographer to DJ, and so on. You’ve spoken to them on the phone, emailed back and forth regarding packages and pricing, and chances are, you’ve even met with them face to face. After all, you want to make sure you are doing business with someone you like!

Lets say you’ve met with photographers A, B, and C. They’ve sent you their proposals, you’ve weighed your various options and you’ve decided to hire photographer B… Contract and deposit are signed, sealed and delivered, yay! But what about photographers A and C? Please be polite and don’t leave them hanging! Many times as a consumer, you assume that if you don’t bother to respond, they’ll get the hint. But you will be much appreciated if you simply write them a brief follow up email. Here’s a sample decline email; feel free to use it as a template:

“Hi photographer (planner/caterer/DJ/florist…)

Thank you for your proposal and taking the time to meet with us! We have decided to move  forward with another photographer (planner/caterer/DJ/florist…) that better suited our style (budget/personality).

Thanks again,
Bride & Groom”

That’s it! It doesn’t need to be long or remotely apologetic. As vendors, we realize that our services are not one-size-fits-all. But if we’ve invested time and effort in communicating, meeting with you in person, and drafting a proposal, we just want to know that you’ve moved on so we can close out your inquiry… no hard feelings!

Did you have a hard time declining vendors? How did you handle it?

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Friday Faves: Blogs We Loved This Week

The weather has been beautiful this week in Chicago… let’s hope it carries over to the weekend! This week I loved reading about…

1. Tips on how to be prepared for your vendor meetings by Every Last Detail

2. Nesting Place had some amazing ideas for how to set up a buffet station… perfect for holiday entertaining, a sweets table or candy buffet!

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3. This unbelievable beach wedding by Events of Love and Splendor is beyond gorgeous!

4. I am obsessed with these “hollywood regency-esque” bedrooms by Massucco Warner Miller featured on Love.Obsess.Inspire

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Via Love.Obsess.Inspire

5. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books of all time, so I was excited to see the trailer for the new Jane Eyre movie coming out next year, posted on Geek in Heels

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