Chicago Botanic Garden – August Wedding

As we have approached the 1-year anniversary of Shiyi and Reed, it’s fitting that we FINALLY share the details from their beautiful wedding at the Chicago Botanic Garden, photos all courtesy of Samm Blake Photography.

We woke up that day with beautiful, blue skies, but the impending weather forecast made us all very nervous. Our happy couple was determined to not let the weather ruin their wedding day. Despite the clouds rolling in, we still proceeded with the wedding ceremony outdoors in the gardens.

As the bride arrived, the rain came down, but it could not have made for a more beautiful backdrop at the Rose Terrace within the botanical gardens. The bride and groom were on cloud nine, having not seen each other prior to the wedding, their emotions were running high. It was truly a very beautiful wedding ceremony.

The reception then moved over to the McGinley Pavilion for dinner and dancing. The room was breathtaking. Kehoe Designs amazed us all with their beautiful flowers and décor. The energy was high with the ever contagiously entertaining DJs from Toast and Jam.

We sent the beautiful couple off onto their honeymoon with a sparkler send away. As always, we were truly honored to be a part of this wedding celebration.



Ceremony & Reception: Chicago Botanic Gardens (

Flowers & Décor: Kehoe Designs (

Photographer: Samm Blake Photography (

Cake: Amy Beck (

DJ: Toast and Jam (

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Amanda & Mike’s Wedding 6/27/15

We had the pleasure of coordinating Amanda and Mike’s wedding on the most beautiful June day at Cantigy Gardens. Amanda’s family rented this most charming cottage on the grounds of Cantigy called Dairyman’s Cottage. This is where Amanda and her bridesmaids were able to get dressed, sip some champagne and relax a bit prior to the ceremony. The first look was orchestrated near one of the many gorgeous gardens. The ceremony took place on the East Lawn in perfect 75 degree weather. Lasting under 30 minutes, this gave the bridal party and family plenty of time for photos afterwards. The reception shortly followed after at the Le Jardin at Cantigy. The room was beautifully decorated in florals provided by the Green Branch. The stationary items, including the placecards and table numbers, were designed by none other than Audra Byrne of An Affair to Remember! The guests dined on delicious food and danced the night away with the help of Red Letter DJs. The talented photographers from Modern Image Studios captured everything! Were truly grateful that Amanda selected us as her Day of Coordinators, the wedding was absolutely perfect!

Ceremony/Reception – Cantigny Gardens (

Photographers – Modern Image Studio (

Ceremony Musician – Jim Perona (

Reception Entertainment – Red Letter DJ (

Florist – The Green Branch (


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Erika and Dan’s Hote Arista Wedding

We had the pleasure of working with Erika and Dan as their full service wedding planners.  Erika had a distinct vision for her wedding day and it was our joy bringing it to life.  They were married on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at the Hotel Arista in Naperville.  Erika broke the seasonal boundaries by opting not to use the traditional fall harvest colors.  Instead, Phillip’s Flowers provided arrangements in vibrant shades of pinks, while rhinestones jazzed up the space for extra decor.

The ceremony took place in one half of the ballroom.  Erika and Dan were married in front of a beautiful sparkling backdrop then proceeded down a pink petaled lined aisle.  As families from both sides witnessed their “I Do’s” in both English and Spanish.  The reception immediately followed in the other half of the ballroom.  Up-lights lit up the room and bounced off the vinyl wrapped dance floor that included their custom monogram.  The silver linens were a beautiful contrast to the hot pink hues of the flowers.  A personal favorite from this wedding was the backdrop that hung behind the sweetheart table.  The twinkling lights and sheer fabric made for the perfect backdrop for toast and photos.  Guest danced the night away with the help of Music by Design, who also acted as the bilingual MC for the night.  Thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding day.

Ceremony/Reception Hotel Arista, Naperville
Photographer – Robert Gigliotti (RRG Wedding)
DJ – Music by Design-
Florist – Phillips Flowers–
Lighting and Vinyl Dance Floor- Elegant Event Lighting-– Satin Chair Covers-



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Shannon & Chris’s November Wedding

We had the pleasure of working with Shannon and Chris last November as their day of coordinators. As both a couple and individuals, they had the most addictive personalities that you couldn’t help but laugh or smile in their presence. They exerted such happiness when you were around them that it made the day that much better to be a part of.
They kept the day very traditional by not seeing each other until Shannon walked down the aisle. The church was a beautiful, family church in downtown Lemont with lots of character to it. Afterwards, the bridal party boarded the trolley and took off through Lemont for photos. The reception took place at Cog Hill which is a charming venue with high beams and lots of windows for natural light. The day was captured through the lenses of GReyes Photography and the room was decorated through the talent of Petal Play Design (one of my favorite florists in the area).
One of the most unique things that happened at this wedding was a surprise pulled together by Chris and a handful of wedding guests. They pulled off a rendition of “Say a Little Prayer for Me” from the movie ‘My Best Friends Wedding’ complete with big hats, lobster claws and all.  Shannon was beyond moved and it was incredibly entertaining to watch, a first for us at a wedding for sure.
It was such a joy working with Shannon and Chris, thank you again for letting us be apart of your special day!
Church – St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lemont
Venue – Cog Hill –
Photographer – GReyes Photography –
DJ – Music by Design –
Florist – Petal Play Design –
Transportation – Trolley Car & Bus Co. –
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Ashley and Peter’s Fall Wedding

Last fall An Affair to Remember had the opportunity to coordinated the day of Ashley and Peter’s wedding. The snow on the night before at the rehearsal had us all a little nervous; However, the wedding day turned out to be such a bright beautiful, sunny fall day, and it was all captured by the ever talented Kristin La Voie Photography. The beautiful ceremony took place at Norwood Park’s Our Savior church followed by a reception at the Lowes Hotel in Rosemont. The reception was decorated with gold and black with blush undertones. Almost gave the room a 1920’s vibe. So elegant and chic! Dorothy at The Works flower shop decorated table tops with rich white flowers in low gold boxes with clear cylinders with candles. Very stunning to say least. My personal favorite detail of the wedding was the cake. The fondant flower had petals rippling down each layer. It was almost too pretty to eat. Guest danced the night way with Sound Sonic DJ’s and had a great time taking photos in the photobooth. Thank You Ashley and Peter for letting us be part of your wedding day.

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Jill and Ryan’s Wedding – 10/11/2014

Café Brauer was on our “bucket list” of venues that we wanted to add to our resume and we finally had that opportunity when Jill and Ryan hired us to provide day of coordination for their October ’15 wedding. When we learned that there would be a suspended chuppah from the ceiling at this wedding, we knew we had something really special brewing. We met with Jill and Ryan a few times leading up to the wedding finalizing all the details for their big day and quickly learned what a sweet, laid back, genuine couple they were. When the wedding day arrived, we couldn’t have asked for better weather in October. Kehoe Designs provided all the décor and florals for this wedding and when I tell you that this wedding was gorgeous, I really meant to say that this wedding was GORGEOUS!! The suspended chuppah for the ceremony was only part of this beautiful wedding, the room was then transitioned into the reception and the florals that were provided were breathtaking. Melissa Hayes photographed all the details for the day and it was such a pleasure working with her and her husband. Food for Thought provided the food and their team is amazing to work! Toast and Jam rocked the music, and as always, so much fun to work with. Jill and Ryan were over the moon. We were just so honored to have been apart of this wedding celebration.

Venue – Café Brauer (
Caterer – Food for Thought (
Photographer – Melissa Hayes (
Décor & Flowers – Kehoe Designs (
DJs – Toast and Jam (
Cake – Alliance Bakery (
Rabbi – Rabbi Brant Rosen
Day of Coordination – An Affair to Remember
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Shannon and Dan (10/4/14)

Shannon and Dan’s wedding had a little bit of country and a whole lot of class.  We had such a great time coordinating their wedding.  The intimacy of this wedding was beautiful, which included Shannon’s Mother serving as Matron of Honor and Dan’s father as the Best Man.  Shannon had a distinct vision in her head how she envisioned her wedding.  With all the personal DIY touches throughout the day really made this wedding one of a kind.  The day started with Shannon and her maids getting ready in the Wedding Coup at Emerson Creek Pottery Barn.  This cute little space has been transformed into the perfect prewedding site.   George Street photography was there to capture all the fun, and essential moments of the morning and through out the day.

The bride carried one of the most beautiful broach bouquets I have ever seen.  Made from family heirlooms to flea market finds.  The bridal party wore a lovely shade of coral with a cream lace overlay and the gentlemen all looked dapper in their grey suites.  Shannon’s dress looked as light as air and she floated down the aisle.

The reception took place in the barn at Emerson Creek, and it was full of wonderful details.  Guest found their seats by folded “footballs”.  The inspiration came from when Dan and Shannon were in high school and passed notes to one another shaped in the traditional football shape.  Even their fur babies made an appearance being front and center on the top of the wedding cake.  An Etsy find that was truly adorable.  Wedding guest were asked to sign a square of cloth that Shannon plans of sewing together and making into a quilt, so the love of their family and friends can warm them when needed.   Jena and I had a blast decorating the barn with all of Shannon’s wedding items.

Guest danced the night away to music provided by Music by Deign.  I’ve never seen a bride and groom smile and have as much fun as Shannon and Dan.  Thank You for letting An Affair to Remember be part of this special day.

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Ashley & Joe’s Wedding – 9/13/14

Ashley and Joe were married on September 13th, 2014 at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton and it was such a delightful wedding to be a part of. We were hired for day of coordination and worked with them closely the month leading up to their wedding fine tuning all the wedding details. One of Ashley’s biggest worries was having a friend (non-experienced) officiate their wedding. She wanted our close guidance at the rehearsal to ensure that he was doing everything accordingly. Upon meeting their bridal party and particularly meeting their friend, the officiant, we knew they were in good hands and had nothing to worry about. Their bridal party was one of the most attentive parties we’ve worked with and the officiant took his job very seriously! The wedding day could not have been more perfect for an outdoor ceremony and their friend did an amazing job marrying them. Prior to the wedding, Joe emailed Audra and I separately to arrange a private, first dance with Ashley at their reception, prior to any guests seeing the room. That, I have to say, was one of the most romantic gestures I’ve seen at any of our weddings. Tears were shed and I do believe Ashley fell a bit more in love with Joe that moment. The day was captured through the lenses of Dawn E. Roscoe Photography and the guests danced to the tunes from Style Matter DJs. The rest of the evening went perfectly and, as always, we were honored to have been included in this wedding.

Reception & Ceremony Location – Arrowhead Golf Club

Photographer – Dawn E. Roscoe Photography –

DJ – Style Matters –

Ceremony Musicians – String Theory –

Florist – Shamrock Gardens –

Day of Coordination – An Affair to Remember

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Lori & Pete’s Wedding – August 9th, 2014

Lori and Pete were married on August 9th, 2014 and they couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day in Chicago to celebrate. Upon meeting them at our initial consultation, we knew they were a super sweet couple but not until did we spend more time with them and get to know them a little better, did we realize how madly in love they were with each other. We’ve been present for many wedding ceremonies but something about this ceremony brought tears to my eyes. It could have been the hand written vows they wrote to each other or the tears in their eyes. Whichever it was, the weather was absolutely perfect which resulted in a splendid evening for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour at the Galleria Marchetti. The day’s event was captured by the incredibly talented Bethany Fritz with Maypole Studios Photography. The décor was simple, yet beautiful, with stunning, vibrant centerpieces from Stems in Chicago. The entertainment was in high gear with Kristin Marks, one of the best DJs with Toast and Jam (in our opinion!!). The day was perfect, the night was perfect and we were incredibly honored to have been apart of this wedding celebration.

Ceremony & Reception – Galleria Marchetti –
Photographer – Maypole Studios Photography –
Florist – Stems –
DJ – Toast & Jams DJs –
Cake – Bittersweet –
Transportation – The Trolley Car & Bus Company –
Day of Coordination – An Affair to Remember


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Mariah & Austin’s Wedding 7/12/14

Not much more to say about this wedding! When we first met with Mariah and Austin, we knew we had something special brewing with this wedding. After our initial consultation, we set ourselves a goal that we wanted this wedding to be published on Style Me Pretty, not even planned a single detail yet, we just knew it! One year later, voila! The feature can be seen here although we did want to share a few additional pictures from that wedding (full vendor list can be found on the link):
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