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Post # 47
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i’m a little late to the party, but i couldn’t pass up doing this ๐Ÿ˜€

 

  • Wedding Date: 9/17/11
  • Location: Chicago
  • Number of guests: 75-85
  • Reception Venue: Rose Angelis Restaurant
  • Caterer: n/a
  • Photographer: Z+V Photography — http://www.zplusv.com
  • Videographer: I got a FLIP for chanukah…so hopefully someone will man that ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Cake: TBD — we get a dessert buffet, but i want a small cake! need the cake cutting photos!
  • DJ/Music: Jeff @ Just Press Play Productions http://www.justpressplaypro.com/
  • Florist: TBD
  • Stationery: Dodeline Design: http://www.dodelinedesign.com/
  • Officiant: My friend
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: none
  • Hair: A friend of mine
  • Makeup; My sister & Maid/Matron of Honor is doing it
  • Dress:  The Avila Bay from Dolly Couture – http://www.dollycouture.com
  • Bridesmaids: 1 Maid/Matron of Honor 1 Best Man. 1 Jr. Bridesmaid & 1 Ringbearer
  • Rehearsal Dinner: TBD
  • Any Other Vendors: my wedding coordinator is Samantha Hamilton – http://www.shweddings.com 
  • Post # 48
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2011
  • Wedding Date: 7/30/2011
  • Location: Chicago
  • Number of guests: 100
  • Reception Venue: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
  • Caterer: n/a
  • Photographer: Two Birds Photography
  • Videographer: n/a
  • Cake:
  • DJ/Music: Style Matters
  • Florist: TBD- should have a decision made in the next few weeks.
  • Stationery: DIY.  friend of mine is a graphic design student.
  • Officiant: Fourth Presbyterian Church
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: n/a
  • Hair: Livia Caporale
  • Makeup; Sonia Roselli
  • Dress:  going shopping this weekend!! 
  • Bridesmaids: 7 (2-MOH and 5 Bmaids), I’m almost committed to Priscilla of Boston gown PB418!
  • Rehearsal Dinner: TBD
  • Any Other Vendors:
  • Post # 49
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    30 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Yay, things are finally coming together … we had some headaches finding the venue, but then things started coming together!

     

  • Wedding Date: 10/29/2011
  • Location: Salvatore’s Lincoln Park 
  • Number of guests: 170 ish?
  • Reception Venue: Salvatore’s Lincoln Park
  • Caterer: provided by the venue (it’s an Italian Restaurant), heard great things, excited for the tasting
  • Photographer: Bethany Fritz, Maypole Studios
  • Videographer: n/a
  • Cake: Salvatore’s provides, but I think it’s from Rolf’s Patisserie
  • DJ/Music: Toast & Jam / Carrie
  • Florist: Southport Blooms
  • Stationery: My dad is a graphic designer, so he’s doing the save the dates and invites. My mom is a crafty gal, so she’s doing programs and favors
  • Officiant: My pastor: Kate Floyd (Holy Covenant United Methodist) and Rabbi Michael Sternfield from Chicago Sinai
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: think we’re just having the dj spin during this
  • Hair: Kat Noel from Black Hearts Hair House
  • Makeup: also from the gals at Black Hearts
  • Dress: Watters and Watters from Macy’s on State Street: Consultant Theresa Rimkus
  • Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff #676 in persimmon and Maid/Matron of Honor in cranberry
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Reza’s
  • Any Other Vendors: still working on a limo/trolley company to transport us for the pics and to the ceremony.
  • Accommodations: Sutton Place Hotel
  • Post # 50
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: June 2011
  • Wedding Date: June 4th 2011
  • Location: Chicago, IL Logan Square 
  • Number of guests: 130 to 150
  • Reception Venue: Katakana and Koko Sushi Bar 
  • Caterer: same
  • Photographer: Friend
  • Videographer: None
  • Cake: Singnature Bakery
  • DJ/Music: Inlcuded with Venue 
  • Florist: Costco DIY
  • Stationery: DIY (Paperandmore.com) 
  • Officiant: Fiances Uncle 
  • Ceremony Musician: undecided
  • Hair: Friend
  • Makeup : Friend
  • Dress:  Davids Bridal
  • Bridesmaids: 4 Davids bridal (Sister, Cousin and @ best friends)
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Katakana and Koko
  • Any Other Vendors:
  • Post # 51
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Thought I would do an update since we got our vendors picked out.  Hopefully, it will be some help to brides still looking for vendors.  Feel free to contact me if you want any more information.

  • Wedding Date: 5/14/2011
  • Location: Oak Park
  • Number of guests:  Aiming for around 130
  • Reception Venue: Carleton Hotel (Ceremony and Reception)
  • Caterer:  Barclays (Hotel Restaurant)
     
  • Photographer: Jeremy Lawson
  • Videographer: Not having one
  • Cake: Amy Beck
  • DJ/Music: Toast and Jam
  • Florist: Pollen for attendent flowers/diy for centerpieces
  • Stationery: Erickson Design
  • Officiant: Our friend
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: Toast and Jam
  • Hair: Holly Kasprisin of Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup
  • Makeup: Laura Black
  • Dress:  Enzoani Dakota
  • Bridesmaids: Black cocktail dresses of their choosing
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Catered backyard BBQ at our house-
  • Any Other Vendors: Day of Coordinator-Clementine Events
  • Transportation:  Windy City Limos
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    Post # 52
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We are a ways away.  I love to talk weddings but I want everyone to be surprised!  This board is my way to talk weddings without revealing too many details to my guests.  So here goes!

    • Wedding Date: Memorial Day Weekend – May 27, 2012
    • Location: Cancer Survivor’s Garden – Grant Park
    • Number of guests: 180
    • Reception Venue: Hard Rock Hotel in the gorgeous Carbide & Carbon Building
    • Caterer: China Grill
    • Photographer: Ana Miyares
    • Videographer: Family Friend
    • Cake: Fondant/rice crispy treat concoction by me, Filipino/Polish Sweet Table
    • DJ/Music: TBA
    • Florist: All me!
    • Stationery: My Tito Ante in the Phillipines
    • Officiant: Retired Catholic Priest
    • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: My cousin, Aaron, on acoustic guitar
    • Hair: Crystan
    • Makeup Crystan
    • Dress:  Amsale Tyler
    • Bridesmaids: Lazaro LZ3032
    • Rehearsal Dinner: Saigon Sisters
    • Any Other Vendors:

    Post # 53
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    • Wedding Date: June 26,2011
    • Location: Lemont, IL
    • Number of guests:110(ish)
    • Reception Venue: The Narnia Estate
    • Caterer: provided by venue
    • Photographer:Geourge Street
    • Videographer: N/A (we’ll NEVER watch it)
    • Cake: Creative Cakes
    • DJ/Music: Spin Productions
    • Florist: Still unsure
    • Stationery: A friend of my mom’s is doing it.. don’t really know
    • Officiant: Father Greg
    • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: Spin will do the ceremony, finding a pianist for cocktail hour
    • Hair: Arro Too
    • Makeup: Arro Too
    • Dress: Grace by Maggie Sottero
    • Bridesmaids: 4 + hostess
    • Rehearsal Dinner: undecided
    • Any Other Vendors: ummm, Chez Paul for limos.. thats all I can think of

    Post # 54
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

    Yay!  This is great!  I love that I’ve seen some other Salvage One brides on here!  Also, I don’t want to cross a line on here, but I do wedding cake consultations at the bakery where I work (see below) if anyone needs dessert! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Wedding Date: May 26, 2012
    • Location: Chicago, IL
    • Number of guests: 200 (invited)
    • Reception Venue: Salvage One (for the ceremony, too!)
    • Caterer: Smoque BBQ & City Provisions
    • Photographer: Jeremy Lawson (he is phenomenal!)
    • Videographer: N/A (we might get a relative to do a flip cam)
    • Cake: Bleeding Heart Bakery (I work for them ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    • DJ/Music: Toast & Jam -Kristin
    • Florist: Not sure, thinking asrai gardens
    • Stationery: Between Baum Birdy & Blush Paperie
    • Officiant: Father Olson- Episcopal
    • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: Toast and Jam, maybe we’ll get a violin
    • Hair: probably Tigerlillie Salon
    • Makeup: Don’t know, but will be MAC
    • Dress: Vera Wang, Eleanor
    • Bridesmaids: 5, I want to find dresses from Anthropologie or BHLDN
    • Rehearsal Dinner: We are thinking Pequods (pizza!) or Nightwood
    • Any Other Vendors: Michelle Durpetti, coordinator, Chicago trolley, Binny’s for booze, more undecided.

    Post # 55
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    • Wedding Date:9-24-11
    • Location: Chicago
    • Number of guests:  60 
    • Reception Venue: Maxim’s
    • Caterer: TBD
    • Photographer: TBD
    • Videographer: Nope!
    • Cake: TBD
    • DJ/Music: I believe they are known by “ipod”
    • Florist: Considering GYO
    • Stationery: DIYing with materials from Paper Source
    • Officiant:  TBD
    • Hair:  TBD
    • Makeup   Probably DIY
    • Dress: Allure – it’s strapless, chiffon and awesome
    • Bridesmaids:  Just flower girls
    • Rehearsal Dinner:  Pal Joey’s (main man’s childhood favorite)
    • Centerpiece:  I have this idea to do antique colored glass with votives and mixed flowers – probably a lot of poppies
    • Any Other Vendors: 3 Floyds, Metropolitan, 2 Brothers ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 56
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Ravenswood Billboard Factory
    • Wedding Date: 9/10/11
    • Location: Chicago
    • Number of guests: 130-135ish
    • Reception Venue: Ravenswood Event Center
    • Caterer: Blue Rooster (Venue’s Caterer)
    • Photographer: JordanQuinn Photography
    • Videographer: WedIt
    • Cake: Luscious Layers
    • DJ/Music: Toast and Jam
    • Florist: Ashland Addison
    • Stationery: Minted.com 
    • Officiant: Groom’s Uncle
    • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: n/a
    • Hair: Friendor (from Black Heart Hair House)
    • Makeup: Friendor
    • Dress: Watters (Mojave), bought at Bella Bridal and Formal Wear in St. Charles
    • Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung, bought from Rush’s Bridal in Minneapolis

    • Rehearsal Dinner: Texas de Brazil

    Other Vendors:

    • DOC- Honey Bee Weddings (Laura)
    • Transportation- Chicago Trolley Co
    • Hotel Block- Amalfi Hotel and Hotel Felix

    • Tuxes: Formally Modern

    • BYOB Vendor: Binnys

    Post # 57
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Cool Idea!  I won’t have answers to many of these though…

    • Wedding Date: May 26, 2010
    • Location: Oak Park area
    • Number of guests: 60
    • Reception Venue: it is a garden area
    • Caterer: my friend K. Weathers-Lumas 
    • Photographer: my friends M. Spatz and G. Taylor
    • Videographer: none
    • Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes
    • DJ/Music: IPOD
    • Florist: My mom’s friend Heidi
    • Stationery: DIY save the dates and invites we are considering David’s Bridals
    • Officiant: Our friend Raymond
    • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: IPOD 
    • Hair: ? maybe Evie at Von Cleef’s
    • Makeup: ? 
    • Dress:  deciding this week!
    • Bridesmaids: none – our children are our attendants
    • Rehearsal Dinner: none instead we are having a family bowling night 
    • Any Other Vendors:

    Post # 58
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    48 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2012 - Patrick C. Haley Mansion, Joliet, IL
  • Wedding Date: Februaruy 11, 2012
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  • Location: (Chicago, IL) Patrick C. Haley Mansion, Joliet, IL
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  • Number of guests: 313 invited
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  • Reception Venue: Patrick C. Haley Mansion
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  • Caterer: Patrick C. Haley Mansion
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  • Photographer: Undecided, but leaning toward Jolie Images right now
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  • Videographer: not having one.
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  • Cake: Patrick C. Haley Mansion
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  • DJ/Music: DJ for the reception
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  • Florist: South Loop Floral & Events Gallery
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  • Stationery: Miss Alley Kat
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  • Officiant: Rev. Alvin Love & Pastor Philip France
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  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: String Trio and Jazz Trio! It’s the benefit of marrying a musician!
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  • Hair: Nina, my long-time hairdresser
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  • Makeup: SJ, my Mary Kay consultant &  my Maid/Matron of Honor
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  • Dress:  Justin Alexander,8465 from Eva’s in Tinley Park
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  • Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff 537 from houseofbrides.com
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  • Rehearsal Dinner: Garafuna Flava Caribbean restaurant on Chicago’s south side. 
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  • Any Other Vendors: Black Tuxes by Perry Ellis from Formally Modern
  • Post # 59
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

      Why not, I’ll play.  Happy to chat with anyone regarding vendors, and what / how we did things,  but, wait until October, if you can! : ) 

    • Wedding Date: 9/3/11
    • Location: Chicago (downtown)
    • Number of guests: 95 (including bridal party & bride/groom) 
    • Ceremony Venue: Spirit of Music Garden (Grant Park) Chicago
    • Reception Venue: University Club of Chicago (Front Grill Room)
    • Caterer: University Club of Chicago 
    • Photographer: JWiley Photography 
    • Videographer: none / friends & family with Flip cameras if any
    • Cake: Dinkel’s bakery 
    • DJ/Music: iPod with DJ / MC service from Just Press Play 
    • Florist: Asrai Garden 
    • Stationery: Invitations: Carnelian Creative; Thank yous: Vistaprint and various boxes from retail; Programs – DIY; Seating Chart – DIY 
    • Officiant: friend from college who is a minister now 
    • Ceremony Music: iPod and the Flat Cats 
    • Hair: Cherri, my long time hairdresser
    • Makeup: Dana from Makeup by Dana  
    • Dress: Eden Bridals #1373; bought from Wedding Belles in Barrington 
    • Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung; 3 styles (each girl’s choice) in Italian Plum, bought from netbride.com
    • Rehearsal Dinner: Ina’s restaurant

    Other Vendors:

    • Transportation- Windy City Limo 
    • Hotel Block- Silversmith Hotel
    • Groom’s suit – Balani Custom tailor

     

    Post # 60
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Hi Chicago(land) Brides! I am just getting started but here is what we’ve got going so far!

    • Wedding Date: October 6, 2012

    • Location: Elmhurst, IL

    • Number of guests: 125

    • Reception Venue: Wilder Mansion

    • Ceremony Venue: Wilder Park

    • Caterer: Chow, Elmhurst 

    • Videographer: My Father 

    • Cake: Swedish Bakery, Chicago

    • Stationery: Me

    • All the rest: TBD!

    Post # 61
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @vanessad: beautiful reception venue!! How much did rental run?

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