Happy Anniversary Cristina & John!

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The Soirée Weddings & Events team would like to wish a happy first anniversary to Cristina & John!

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Professional photos by Lorenzo DeGregorio Photography, with iPhone photos courtesy of Tiffany Munster.

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The reception took place among the splendor of The Field Museum!

IMG_2069IMG_2067Elegant and sleek floral design by HMR Designs!

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The très chic cake was created by Toni’s Patisserie!

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Spectacular lighting by FROST Chicago!

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VENDORS: Planning/Styling and Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events | Floral: HMR Designs | Ceremony Location: Holy Name Cathedral | Venue: Field Museum | Lighting: FROST Chicago | Photography: Lorenzo DeGregorio Photography & iPhone photos courtesy of Tiffany Munster |  Cake: Toni’s Patisserie

July 4th Wedding Inspiration!

Independence Day is almost upon us and that’s got the Soirée Weddings & Events team dreaming of an old-fashioned Americana wedding! Here’s a little inspiration just for you (just click on the pictures for their source)!

The Tablescape: Gingham and Rustic Touches

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The Centerpieces: Vintage Toy Trucks

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The Cake: Simple with Fresh Berries and Wildflowers

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The Guest Book: Signable Americana Quilt

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The Send Off: Antique Fire Truck and Sparklers

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Since we’re being nostalgic, won’t you join us for a trip down memory lane with one of Soirée’s very own red, white, and blue weddings?

Lisa & David’s Patriotic July 7, 2012 Wedding!

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What a marvelous time! All photos of Lisa and David’s wedding by Kristen Lynn Photographie.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July, everyone!

Happy Anniversary Sarah & Eric

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Crazy big first anniversary wishes for Sarah and Eric from Soirée Weddings & Events!

We can’t stop raving about this wedding held at The Mid. Buckle up, because it’s quite the ride!

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Rockin’ photos by Joshua Albanese Photography!

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Aloft Circus Arts provided some high-flying entertainment pre-ceremony and during the reception.

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Does anyone have whiplash from all of the amazingness yet?

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Lighting by MDM Entertainment!

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Moody florals designed by StemLine Creative!

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Food Evolution kept appetites satiated!

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Zhantra Entertainment provided a champagne greeter and LED costumed performers!

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Sweet Table Chicago set up a dazzling display of confections!

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An amazing time was had with a fabulous couple!

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Rave on, Sarah and Eric! Rave on!!

VENDORS: Planning/Styling and Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events | Floral: StemLine Creative | Ceremony & Reception: The Mid | Photographer: Joshua Albanese Photography | Catering: Food Evolution | Sweets Table: Sweet Table Chicago | Lighting: MDM Entertainment | Rentals: AFR Event Furnishings | Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Kate Johnson Artistry | Aerialist: Aloft Circus Arts | Entertainers: Zhantra Entertainment

Happy Anniversary Cristina & Zach!

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The Soirée Wedding & Events team would like to wish a happy first anniversary to Cristina and Zach!

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Just lovely! Hair and makeup by Kate Johnson Artistry!

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An intimate reception was held at the swanky J. Parker at the Hotel Lincoln.

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All beautiful photographs and stunning detail shots by Cristina G Photography!

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Vale of Enna designed all of the simple yet delightfully elegant arrangements.

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What a sweet couple!

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The bride and groom and their guests got crafty on the rooftop deck!

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We wish bright days and happiness to this adorable couple!

VENDORS: Planning/Styling and Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events | Floral: Vale of Enna | Ceremony Location: Chicago Park District/Chess Pavilion | Venue: J. Parker at the Hotel Lincoln | Photographer: Cristina G Photography | Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry

DIY Personal Touches

Searching for ways to make your wedding unique to you and your other half? Try creating DIY (Do-It-Yourself) personal touches to add to your special day! We have shared some DIY touches from our very own Soirée Weddings & Events brides below:

Our first featured bride made escort cards with vintage World’s Fair playing cards. She also created her table numbers by using her left over invitations and number templates!

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Cristina G Photography shot the lovely photos of these DIY touches.

This fall-inspired bride spray painted mini pumpkins gold and added them to her guest’s place settings. At the end of the evening, her guests were able to take them home as a keepsake.

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Victoria Sprung photography snapped photos of these metallic goodies!

Our next bride hand made these lovely soy wax candle favors for the guests at her wedding. She also added a special note thanking them for being a part of her special day!

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Samantha Simmons photographed these enchanting candles.

This sweet-toothed bride baked all of her grandma’s cookie recipes with her mom. They spent the Thursday before the wedding baking together. When the wedding day arrived, we had big cookie jars out on the sweets table labeling each flavor!

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This bride’s dad hand made pottery vases for her center pieces – how sweet! Each one was unique and one of a kind. The guests were encouraged to take one home as a gift at the end of the celebration. All of the vases were stamped with her dad’s emblem and the wedding date.

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Becky Hill Photography captured the photos of these beautiful center pieces.

We hope you have gained some inspiration from these creative brides!

Happy Anniversary Holly & Dan!

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A rousing chorus of ‘happy first anniversary’ from the Soirée Weddings & Events team to Holly and Dan!

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Stunning photographs by Cristina G Photography!

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Wedding and reception held at the much coveted Salvage One event space!

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Romantic floral design by Vale of Enna!

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Jewell Events Catering provided all food and the delectable cake!

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Many years of love and happiness to Holly and Dan!

VENDORS: Planning/Styling and Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events | Floral: Vale of Enna | Ceremony & Reception: Salvage One | Photographer: Cristina G Photography | Catering and Cake: Jewell Events Catering | Gelato: Black Dog Gelato

Happy Anniversary Kristina & Brian!

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Happy first anniversary to this beautiful couple, Kristina and Brian, from the Soirée Weddings & Events team!

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Gorgeous Australian protea bouquet and all floral by A Stem Above!

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Photographer Julia Franzosa caught every magical moment of the day!

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First stop: Maria’s Packaged Goods for a little pre-ceremony break for the bride, groom, and wedding party!

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The ceremony and reception took place amongst family and friends at Bridgeport Art Center!

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Aren’t they just the cutest?

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Delicious charcuterie and all other delectables provided by Notable Events!

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Relaxing lounge and other lovely items from Rent Vintage Chicago!

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Amazing floral cake by Elysia Root Cakes!

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We wish many happy days to this most adorable couple!

VENDORS: Planning/Styling and Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events |  Floral: A Stem Above |   | Ceremony & Reception: Bridgeport Art Center | Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago | Linens: Elegant Presentations | Photographer: Julia Franzosa Photography | Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes | Catering: Notable Events