BBCH Fall/Winter 2012 : Page 220

ABOUT TOWN HINSDALE WEDDING WALK The Hinsdale Wedding Walk invited brides to parade through downtown Hinsdale and spend the afternoon visiting with local bridal businesses, picking up wedding tips along the way. All attendees enjoyed tasty bites, received prizes and even a chance to win a honeymoon trip to Mexico courtesy of Viking Travel, Funjet Vacations, Valentin Imperial Maya Resort and Sandos Hotels. Some of the stops included Char Crews, Tying the Knot, Toni Patisserie and Café, and Jane’s Blue Iris. LOVE AT BREATHTAKING HEIGHTS Engaged couples experienced Love at Breathtaking Heights at the Metropolitan Club located on the 66th and 67th fl oor of the historic Willis Tower. The annual January boutique bridal show featured a couture fashion show along with Chicago’s most elite resources to guide brides in planning the perfect wedding. The club offers members and non-members an opportunity to host their big day as well as all of the special events leading to up to it in a private club setting with romantic glimmering city views. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BELLISSIMA PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENNY KIM BRIDAL SUNSET AT HOTEL 71 Michelle Durpetti Events gathered Chicago’s fi nest wedding vendors including: Automated Lighting Design, Carasco Photography, Leap Weddings, The Left Bank, Pulp & Ink, Sarah’s Pastries & Candies and Stemline Creative for Bridal Sunset at Hotel 71. Belle Vie Bridal Couture and Bella Bridesmaid provided a stunning runway show styled by Jessi Sheehan with hair & makeup by The Bridal Team. Brides enjoyed Femme De Coup cocktails while Okyne Medialab provided beats for dancing late into the night. MONIQUE LHUILLIER AT NORDSTROM Nordstrom invited Chicago brides to a meet and greet with designer Monique Lhuillier at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite on Michigan Avenue. Guests were given personal attention by the renowned designer as they tried on dresses from her Nordstrom-exclusive ML Monique Lhuillier bridesmaids line, as well as other made-to-order gowns by Nordstrom’s formidable roster of bridal designers. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARASCO PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT KUSEL THE FOODIE BRIDAL EVENT The James invited couples to learn more about their epicurean wedding offerings. The ideal celebration spot for foodies, guests sampled items from David Burke’s Primehouse including an assortment of aged steaks, Bleu Cheese Mac ‘n’ Cheese and more. Guests experienced massages from The Spa by ASHA, tips from Sprout Home and music from Fig Media and The Gold Coast All Stars. Guests also received a sweet treat courtesy of award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Jove Hubbard. ODYSSEY’S ANNUAL ENGAGEMENT GALA Brides and grooms-to-be were invited to a complimentary showcase of Chicago’s most unique wedding venue. Couples explored the elegant vessel, met with the wedding coordinators and learned the latest in bridal trends from vendors including bakeries, entertainment companies, fl oral experts and photographers. Guests were also treated to Champagne and wine, passed hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and Odyssey’s dazzling signature chocolate fountain. PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE JAMES HOTEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIMOTHY WHALEY LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU’S 4TH ANNUAL BRIDAL FAIR Parties and Special Events by Lettuce Entertain You hosted Chicago brides and their guests for their 4th Annual Bridal Fair at Paris Club. The theme “What Kind of Bride Are You?” guided guests through elegant, vintage, whimsical and other looks from local vendors including Revel Décor, Bittersweet Bakery, Lulu’s Belle Kay, Silver Moon and more. Food and drinks were served from Joe’s Stone Crab, Hub 51, RPM Italian, Shaw’s Crab House, Wildfi re and more. GET SO DRESSED UP AT KATE SPADE So Dressed Up owner, event planner and stylist extraordinaire Katie Jackson-Meara hosted the ultimate celebration of bridal style at Kate Spade New York on Oak Street. Guests enjoyed bubbly and brunch bites by Jewell Events Catering, fabulous fl orals by Event Creative, custom paper and projects from Branded by Love and sweet treats from Sugar Chic while they shopped the Kate Spade New York 2012 spring collection with Katie’s special picks for the bride, the maids, moms and newlywed Mrs. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ARTISAN EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY FIG WEDDINGS

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