BBCH June 2016 : Page 140

S O M E THI N G N E W Justin Jacobson spun his small DJ company into full-service production fi rm Platinum Events (, which celebrates a decade of stylish soirees this year. Here, his expert tips. –SR When planning the look and feel of your wedding day, what would you say is most important to keep in mind? You What new trends are you excited about? Sage Advice want to keep the excitement and make sure that every aspect is seamless. Everything is visual, so your oral, lighting and decor should all be cohesive from start to nish. You mention lighting. How should that play a role? e lighting did a wedding with a suspended crystal chuppah, and after the ceremony we took the legs from the chuppah, leaving just the crystal chandelier for the reception. It was visually stunning, and with light projection on it, it just popped. It was a showstopper. ON THE MOVE Francia Bridal Boutique ( moved its boutique to Downers Grove; Garrett Popcorn Shops ( opened a new location in Schaumburg. PLANNING POWER Estera Events ( launched a wedding-planning course for brides ($299); fi nd inspiration at PartySlate (, a new website where you can browse event ideas posted by top professionals (plus fi nd their contact information). LOOKING GOOD Sip mimosas while you customize your bridesmaids’ jewelry to your theme color at the recently opened Kendra Scott ( PARTY PERKS Couples who wed at Trump International Hotel & Tower ’s Grand Ballroom ( can now have their cocktail hour on the 16th-fl oor outdoor Terrace at Trump . The Buzz 14 0 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES CHICAGO BLACK LABEL PHOTO BY AMY AIELLO; JUSTIN JACOBSON PHOTO BY JAI GIRARD PHOTOGRAPHY is a very important component and a very needed one, and it also has to be complementary to the oral aspect of what you are doing. Be aware of what your oral colors are because you don’t want to have this gorgeous white wedding and bring in blue lighting. Everything will look blue. I think the key is using elements like lighting and AV only to act as accents for the overall look of the room. Clients are moving more toward props and accessories for the table—like unique candlesticks, votives or cool objects that look like something out of Restoration Hardware. ere is only so much that you can do with owers in a vase in order to show your personality, but now when you accent these centerpieces with table accessories and decor, you can get creative and set your wedding apart from everyone else’s. What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done for a wedding lately? We recently MODEL BEHAVIOR Amy Aiello’s Black Label photo package includes an editorial shoot after the wedding. PICTURE THIS Go beyond day-of wedding photos with photographer Amy Aiello’s new Black Label package, which offers a swoonworthy editorial shoot that extends the magic of your big day. – Katie Orr For very select brides and grooms, photographer Amy Aiello’s newly launched Black Label package creates a dashing showpiece that looks like it was ripped right out of the pages of a magazine. “It is o -the-wall but at the same time superclassy— and very, very special,” says Aiello. e Black Label package includes a high-luxury, exclusive two-hour fashion editorial shoot that takes place separate from the regular wedding shoot—complete with its own hair, makeup, planning and lighting team. e accompanying album, inspired by a hand-stitched Chanel clutch, is created in Italy, and the les are provided on an ebony wood USB drive. With near-limitless customization, the surreality and price point are exponential based on the vision. ink equestrians on the beach or private jets or hot-air balloons raining ower petals. Whatever vision the couple has for their high-fashion experience, Aiello vows to bring it alive. “My goal is to make my Black Label clients feel like celebrities,” she says. “If they want scenery in the middle of the forest with chandeliers and a piano? Wonderful, that’s what they’re going to get.” Black Label packages from $12,500, including the regular wedding shoot, 773.234.2691,

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