People often ask me what I like most about Event Planning, well what isn't there to like about it? A little bit of my own history; I am a former Stan Mansion Bride; my best friend was also married at Stan Mansion-- so after helping her plan
her wedding it really was a no brainer for me to choose Stan Mansion to host the most important day of my life.
So today I am going to give you a peek in to my wedding day- from start to finish and all that was in between.
We started our wedding weekend with a rehearsal dinner at Scoozi (bummer it closed its doors 2 years after our wedding- I can still taste the ravioli now) I packed up the girls and spent the night in a suite at McClurg Court- we woke early for hair and makeup.
Hint: What most people do not tell you, is that your wedding day is not only going to be fabulous, but also a VERY LONG day. Everyone else gets to party and have fun, (not that you don't) but all the prep work and beautifying takes time. A typical wedding day for a bride is roughly 15-20 hours long.
My flowers (bouquets/boutonniere's) were done by FLORA (2835. N. Southport)
With Stan Mansion being such a historic venue, with old Hollywood and vintage esthetic it was a no brainer to follow with a romantic/vintage "theme". I purchased Diamond picks for the florist to add to the bouquets for that extra special touch.
Our Cake came from Oak Mill Bakery
A simple lemon cake with raspberry filling decorated with iced flowers in the same light rose color as my bridesmaid dresses, captured the simplistic elegance we were aiming for. I added the cute little wooden Bride and Groom, and even made our dog Sadie.
The Bridal Party:
People often ask who made the dress my bridesmaid are wearing. The dresses are made by "Two Birds Bridesmaid" It is the only dress you can wear 15 different ways. It allows for each of your bridesmaids to showcase her own personal style. The dress can be rolled in to a ball and tossed in a suitcase only to remove and find ZERO wrinkles. It is a dress you can wear over and over again- (We wore the same ones but in a different shade to my best friends wedding) and I have worn it with sandals during the day, or heels for an evening look. ** Bonus the dress is flattering on all body types and even comes in Plus Size!!!
The Groom/Groomsmen opted for a traditional tuxedo, (Vera Wang for Men's Wearhouse)- this tux is probably the most flattering "euro" cut for the modern groom. They spiced up their look with some patent leather Converse Chuck Taylors! -My husband Andrew gifted them to every groomsmen!
We started our long day of pictures and partying- by doing a BIG reveal at Chicago's Buckingham fountain. My husband Andrew was waiting blindfolded with all of his Groomsmen waiting for the ladies to walk up, it was quite THE moment, and we gathered a big crowd!
We hopped on our party bus and headed around Chicago to take photos before heading to Stan for our Ceremony/Reception.
We hit the best spots to take photos throughout the city, which included Kinzie Street Bridge, Wrigley Field, Buckingham Fountain/Grant Park, and the bar at Scoozi! See some my favorite below!
We headed to the mansion for what would be the absolute best night ever!
Our Ceremony took place in the lower level ballroom. Art of Imagination (http://artofimagination.com) provided us with soft and romantic draping & Lighting for the space. Michele Rose of Rose Ceremonies (http://www.roselifecycleceremonies.com) officiated and Harpist, Nichole Luchs played soft and romantic music both before and during the ceremony. (http://harpmelodies.com)
We opted for a "Non-Traditional" Wedding. Our wedding took place on a Friday and we wanted a party like atmosphere. We opted out of a formal seated meal and went with heavy passed hors d'oeuvres provided by J&L- (http://jandlcatering.com/)- from our first tasting to the day of their food was absolutely incredible! Our DJ was Matt Nolan with All Events Entertainment (http://alleventsentertainment.com) Matt is a true MC- and he kept our guests entertained and a part of the party!
Our Photobooth was from The Photobooth group. I highly suggest if you get a photo booth you opt for one of the ones, that people actually go inside of a enclosed "booth" of sorts. It really brings out the crazy in your guests! And make sure you get a copy or CD of each photo- Andrew and I still watch our DVD every once in a while and crack up with all of the craziness that went on in there!
We ended the evening with a late night snack of 20 Dominoes' pizzas freshly delivered around Midnight!
â??Have Questions about my BIG day? Or If you would like me to help you with yours!
Feel free to email me : Lale@stanmansion.com