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s ce ne Chicago Weddings LAUREN CAStY & B R A N D O N B O RO S J u l y 13 , 2 0 13 V i v o r e s t a u r a nt Photos by Shane Welch Photography The CoupLe Brandon, a senior trader with Canal Street Trading, proposed to Lauren, the assistant principal at Pritzker College Prep, with a scavenger hunt that culminated at Paris Club. The deTAiLS So Dressed Up collaborated with Pistil & Vine to turn the Italian resto into a secret garden. Lauren’s brother, Jordan Casty, played acoustic guitar during the processional. The pArTy Before a family-style spread, courtesy of the Vivo kitchen, guests enjoyed the Pritzker Prep Jazz Band during cocktail hour. Later, Toast & Jam spun Motown, hip-hop and more. –Elise Hofer Brandon and Lauren (looking ethereal in a Chantilly and Alençon lace gown from Vera Wang Chicago) took photos by the Montrose Bird Sanctuary. After tiramisu from Vivo, the couple cut this Hub 51 carrot cake—Lauren’s favorite! The bouquet by Pistil & Vine boasted hydrangeas and garden roses. The pair sipped Sofia Blanc de Blanc mini cans in the getaway carriage en route to the Park Hyatt. The couple’s candlelit chuppah by Pistil & Vine Mason-jar arrangements and lanterns graced the tabletops. 224 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES CHICAGO SOCIAL | s p r i ng / su mme r 2 0 1 4

Scene Chicago Weddings

LAUREN CASTY & BRANDON BOROS

July 13 , 2013
Vivo restaurant
Photos by Shane Welch Photography

THE COUPLE Brandon, a senior trader with Canal Street Trading, proposed to Lauren, the assistant principal at Pritzker College Prep, with a scavenger hunt that culminated at Paris Club.

THE DETAILS So Dressed Up collaborated with Pistil & Vine to turn the Italian resto into a secret garden. Lauren’s brother, Jordan Casty, played acoustic guitar during the processional.

THE PARTY Before a family-style spread, courtesy of the Vivo kitchen, guests enjoyed the Pritzker Prep Jazz Band during cocktail hour. Later, Toast & Jam spun Motown, hip-hop and more. –Elise Hofer

JESSICA GRIFF IN & MICHAEL PFLUEGL

March 2 , 2013
The Ivy Room
Photos by Kent Drake Photography

THE COUPLE Michael proposed to Jessica at St. Michael’s church in Old Town, the scene of their first date—St. Mike’s annual summer party—before celebrating with friends at The J. Parker.

THE DETAILS LK Events helped HMR Designs, where the bride works as an events designer, beautify the reception space with citrus- and blush-hued florals and endless warm candlelight.

THE PARTY A friend played a hammered dulcimer during the cocktail reception. Later, the Greenlight band brought the music, including the pair’s first dance to “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton. –Gabriel Charles Tyler

CHRISTOPHER SCHMIDT & PAUL LEMONS

June 22, 2013
Waterford, Wis.
Photos by Komifoto

THE COUPLE Christopher and Paul met at a Neiman Marcus fashion show at Lumen in Fulton Market. The couple’s engagement ensued when Paul thwarted Christopher’s planned surprise proposal!

THE DETAILS The garden-formal wedding on Tichigan Lake was planned by the grooms. All Occasions Catering provided an elegant buffet for the 200 guests, served under a tent at long farm tables.

THE PARTY DJ Megan Taylor of Fig Media spun the reception’s soundtrack. Friends and family danced the evening away to everything from Stevie Wonder to Bob Marley. – GCT

SUSAN KWON & DENNIS LEE

June 22 , 2013
JW Marriott Chicago
Photos by Kenny Nakai

THE COUPLE Susan and Dennis’ mutual love for food drew them together. He proposed at sunrise during a trip to the Basque Country in northern Spain.

THE DETAILS Susan worked with Articulations to customize their invitations, stamps and favor tags. Pintxos hors d’oeuvres and late-night Korean tacos were meaningful menu highlights.

THE PARTY The pair’s first dance was choreographed by Szewai Lee of Duet Dance. Momentz Productions provided a photo booth and a DJ to spin everything from Daft Punk to The Cure. – GCT

RIKITA SHAH & SUJAY KAPADIA

June 15, 2013
Bridgeport Art Center
Photos by Studio Vérité

THE COUPLE Sujay and Rikita were family friends for more than 17 years before Sujay proposed at the luxurious James Hotel Chicago, surrounded by a room full of flowers and dozens of candles.

THE DETAILS HMR Designs created the colorful cocktail and reception decor, bringing to life the theme of “old India.” Saffron catered the night’s feast that included a wide array of North Indian dishes.

THE PARTY After the newlyweds danced their first dance to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, Style Matters kept guests partying with a mix of Bollywood, hip-hop and old-school hits. –Hiba Abdillahi

RACHEL SCHWANZ & JAMES DE MARTE

April 20 , 2013
Playa del Carmen , Mexico
Photos by Blue Lens

THE COUPLE James, a chef, and Rachel, an event planner and stylist, met while working together at Entertaining Company. One year later, James proposed in their West Loop kitchen, natch.

THE DETAILS The couple’s closest friends and family enjoyed five days at Paradisus resort in Playa del Carmen. “Our wedding is your vacation” was the celebration’s catchphrase.

THE PARTY Rachel and James shared their first dance to “Cosi Celeste,” a song by Italian artist Zucchero. A Mexican buffet of tacos, tamales, pork, chicken and fish satisfied at the reception. – HA

LAURA WATSON & KEVIN KUJAWA

June 8 , 2013
Market restaurant
Photos by Emilia Jane Photography

THE COUPLE Laura first asked Kevin out when they met at Hi-Fi Records in Lakeview. After months of long distance romance—Laura was residing in L.A. at the time—Kevin proposed in Lincoln Park.

THE DETAILS An intimate guest list of 55 attended the vintage-inspired celebration—Market’s first ever rooftop wedding! Decor came courtesy of Foxglove Studio and goods from Cities in Dust on Etsy.

THE PARTY The couple created their own playlist of meaningful songs for the outdoor reception. The first song in rotation after the ceremony? “Beast of Burden” by The Rolling Stones. –Ellen Schaft

DORI GOLDStEIN & ROBERt RotHSCHILD

June 29 , 2013
The Ritz - Carlton Chicago
Photos by Phil Farber Photo Images

THE COUPLE Having met at Indiana University, Dori and Robert didn’t reconnect until after college. Crafting the perfect proposal, Robert got down on one knee with a diamond ring inside a pair of Christian Louboutins.

THE DETAILS Weddings, Inc. planned a night to remember, including Glazed and Infused doughnuts favors that read “Hope you had a sweet night.”

THE PARTY After the newlyweds’ first dance to a string quartet rendition of “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John, Michael Lerich and His Orchestra kept the couple’s 330 guests dancing long into the night. – ES

MINDY SEGAL & DAN TOMPKINS

Septmber 8 , 2013
Architectural Artifacts
Photos by
Jonathan James Photography

THE COUPLE Mindy, owner of Bucktown’s Hot Chocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar and James Beard Award winner, and Dan dated for four years before their busy schedules allowed for a big day.

THE DETAILS Dembo Productions made sure the pair’s wedding went off without a hitch. Three hundred guests enjoyed a bounty of epicurean delights.

THE PARTY Lynne Jordan sang Gershwin tunes from the American Songbook before the couple wed under a canopy of sunflowers and hops. At the end of the night, Dan gifted guests Tim Burton Templeton Rye barrel-aged maple syrup. – Kate Stahl

SUSAN MAU & SHANE NEUHARTH

April 21 , 2013
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Photos by Steve Koo Photography

THE COUPLE Susan first met Shane when he purchased a Sea Ray 280 Sundancer from her family’s company in Iowa. Their shared love of the water, cruising around Lake Okoboji, brought them together.

THE DETAILS Susan worked with the Waldorf Astoria’s hospitality team to plan their lively yet elegant Chicago nuptials. Banquet Executive Chef Joshua Miyake turned out a fabulous feast.

THE PARTY The couple arranged four days of wedding festivities for their 60 guests, including cooking classes at The Chopping Block, a ladies spa day at Elysian Spa and a White Sox game. – ES

JAMIE GRAVES & JON KAMP

April 6 , 2013
Chicago History Museum
Photos by Riverbend Studios

THE COUPLE A complete surprise to Jamie, Jon popped the question at Shedd Aquarium when the two were splashing around during a Unique Proposals segment Frank Event Design filmed for WGN-TV.

THE DETAILS Frank J. Andonoplas orchestrated the day’s details. Jewell Events Catering served the pair’s favorite foods family-style for 28 guests.

THE PARTY Magnolia Strings played two Beatles songs during the processional. The French-themed soiree boasted manicured decor, a central lounge and reception music by Michael Walters Orchestra. – ES

SHARON PLUCINSKI & NICHOLAS POWERS

July 5 , 2013
Frankfort , Mich .
Photos by
The Compass Points Here

THE COUPLE Sweethearts since senior year at St. Francis in Wheaton, Nick proposed to Sharon in Naperville, along the river walk. “On the bridge where we had our first kiss!” shares Sharon.

THE DETAILS Michigan, where the Plucinskis have a summer home, was a natural choice for the pair. Elberta’s old Life Saving Station hosted the fun.

THE PARTY After a feast from Grandview Catering, Fig Media spun a wide mix, from ’80s rock to country. The newlyweds danced their first dance to “Angel” by Aerosmith. – EH

JENNIFER LANE & BRANDON PEARLMAN

July 20 , 2013
The Peninsula Chicago
Photos by
Robyn Rachel Photography

THE COUPLE Six years after meeting at Swirl wine bar in River North, Brandon proposed to Jennifer amid rose petals, lanterns and a four-course in-room dinner at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

THE DETAILS Reva Nathan & Associates planned the wedding, including cocktail hour on the terrace and a sit-down dinner in the Grand Ballroom.

THE PARTY After the newlyweds danced their first dance to “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, the Ken Arlen Orchestra kept all 160 guests groovin’ with an upbeat mix of the pair’s personal favorites. – HA

KATHLEEN DOWNES & MATTHEW DEROV

May 11 , 2013
The James Chicago
Photos by Life On Prints

THE COUPLE After being stuck in Washington, D.C., during Hurricane Sandy, Matthew proposed to Kathleen with his grandmother’s ring over a romantic dinner for two at their Lakeview home.

THE DETAILS Melissa Daniel of Honey Bee Weddings spun the romantic reception in The Great Room ballroom. David Burke’s Primehouse turned out crabcakes, mushroom risotto and more.

THE PARTY The happy couple danced their first dance to “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney. Cage + Aquarium kept guests on their feet, playing a mix of classic Motown and soul music. – HA

ELIZABETH SHEYN & STEPHEN BROWN

April 13 , 2013
Allerton Hotel
Photos by Cristina G Photography

THE COUPLE Elizabeth and Stephen met while working as law clerks for a federal judge in Cleveland, Ohio. He sealed the deal by shipping a ring to her parents’ house in Cincinnati for a surprise proposal.

THE DETAILS Soirée Weddings & Events planned the Springtime in Chicago-themed affair, where guests enjoyed a 360-degree view of downtown. A Chicago-skyline print graced the day’s paper goods by Starshaped Press.

THE PARTY Non-Stop Entertainment kept the party going until 1am with songs that included Russian classics to reflect the bride’s Ukrainian roots. – GCT

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