Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Emily and Nick's Wedding

Going back in time, I thought I'd tell you a little about the events I've already done. Nick and Emily were married on a perfect day at the end of May, 2009.

As I mentioned, Emily and Nick are friends of my (now) brother-in-law, Steve, who was a groomsman in the wedding.  The ceremony took place at a really beautiful catholic church in the River North area called Assumption which perfectly fit Emily and Nick's 180 guests.

Afterward, while the bridal party went off to take some photos around town...

...my assistant Melissa and I went to The Newberry Library to begin setup. The cake (by Rolf's Patisserie) was a stunning ivory design with swiss dots. Emily's florist, JBL Designs, added some hydrangea and ivy to the cake as well which was exactly the right amount of decoration.

The table numbers were neighborhoods in Chicago--an adorable idea!--and the centerpieces featured hydrangea, orchids, ivy, and lots of candlelight. Because the Newberry Library's Ruggles Hall is such a beautiful space, not much decor is needed to turn it into a stunning location for a wedding! The food was fabulous. Catered By Design did an excellent job and even brought this really awesome sculpture type thing they called a "wine tree". It was used during the cocktail hour for red and white wine, then they brought it into the reception where it housed champagne for the toasts! Really cool.

Despite a glitch with the dj (I won't mention his name here) playing several songs from Nick and Emily's "do not play" list, it was the perfect evening. The party lasted until the lights came up!

Overall everything went great as my first solo event. The Newberry events staff were shocked to hear I was a newbie and said they'd be happy to recommend me to future clients. And even my brother-in-law Steve, who is not always forthcoming with compliments, gave me a great review.  :)

Thanks, Emily and Nick, for allowing me to get my feet wet with your wedding! I hope it was everything you hoped it would be.

**Photos courtesy of Natalie Photo/Bella Pictures**
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  1. Thanks Joan! You were a HUGE part of making our wedding day one we will never forget. You kept stress at bay during the planning process and made sure we didn't have to worry about a thing on our Big Day. Without a doubt, you exceeded our expectations and we'd recommend you to any new bride and groom-to-be!

    Thanks again!
    Emily and Nick

  2. Champagne tree?!? Amazing! Looks like a lovely wedding!

  3. That champagne tree is awesome. Seriously.


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