Happy One Year: Rachel+Owen and Carlee+Dan!

We would like to wish a Happy One Year Anniversary to two Soirée couples –  Rachel+Owen and Carlee+Dan!

We had one team in Chicago for Rachel and Owen’s wedding at the MCA.MCA Chicago WeddingRachel Walked down the aisle with a gorgeous bouquet designed by Exquisite Designs.

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Orange 2 Photography was onsite to capture every moment -the ceremony was held outside in the Sculpture Garden and then guests enjoyed dinner in the Museum of Contemporary Art atrium.

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Exquisite Designs also aided in reception decor with clean, modern centerpieces.

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Guests danced late into the night with music from Rhythm City.

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Happy one year anniversary to Carlee +Dan!

On June 8th, 2013, this lovely couple took the Soirée team south of the border for a gorgeous destination wedding in Cancun!

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An absolutely stunning shot of Carlee’s wedding dress by Cage and Aquarium!

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Carlee and her bridesmaids all carried bouquets with corral hues by Euforia.

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Euforia also lent a hand with centerpieces for the reception.

We loved this wedding so much we’ve already blogged about it! For more pictures check out the original post: Carlee & Dan Destination Cancun!

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Cheers to both of our Soirée couples, and to many more happy years of marriage!

And the color of the year is… Radiant Orchid!

Well, here it is.  The color of the year for 2014.  And we absolutely love it!  

It’s rich and warm and fun!  We thought we’d share our favorite ways to incorporate it into your life… or your wedding day!

If you are getting married this year, check out these ideas for using Radiant Orchid as a main color or just a splash.

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Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your wardrobe…

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Or try adding a blast of color into your home…

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Goodbye Emerald and Hello Radiant Orchid!  2014 is going to be a radiant year!

xo- camille and tm

Champagne with Lazaro

Every girl dreams of her wedding dress and what it’s going to look like…but a chance to meet the designer of the dress you wore…that’s priceless.  I was honored to be invited to the Bella Bianca, Gold Coast, Lazaro trunk show last night.

Lazaro at Bella Bianca

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I purchased my Lazaro dress from Bella Bianca in 2009, for my May 2010 wedding.  (Yes ladies, you must give yourselves at least 6 months of lead time when ordering a wedding gown!)

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I was wooed by the Alençon lace and the silk petals that floated down the back of the strapless, sheath gown.  The wedding day came and went so fast, you really have only about (give or take) 12 hours with your gown.  Now it’s preserved and sitting in a box in my closet.  I often gaze at photos from the wedding remembering this classic, lace beauty!

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Cristina G Photography

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So when I was invited to this event, I jumped at the opportunity!  Who wouldn’t want to sip on champagne among gorgeous couture gowns, while mingling with friends…and, uh, Lazaro!?

I just had to meet him and get him to sign a photo of my dress!  I couldn’t wait to chat with him and thank him for designing my perfect dress!

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And of course, snap a few pics! 😉

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Left there feeling inspired and elevated! Such a fun night and awesome opportunity!

xo-tm

Field Museum Picnic

What a perfect day for a museum picnic! Today we were tickled to be invited to Food For Thought’s Picnic at The Field Museum. All done on the terrace, we were wined and dined with an amazing menu of Pomegranate Glazed Poussin, Grilled Soft Shell Crab, Grilled Pork Belly, Roasted Veggie Ratatouille, and for dessert: Peach Cobbler, Cherry Clafouts, and FFT Churros.  Picture 11 Picture 12

Picture 14The apple and berry pie to-go were delish!

It was a gorgeous way to spend a Thursday afternoon in the sun!

With love by Alyssa.

Gatsby Gorgeous

Well, we don’t want to brag…but we were one of the lucky one’s that got an exclusive viewing of The Great Gatsby on Tuesday night!

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The night started at the Zapwater offices with fashions straight out of the roaring 20s.  All the guests were encouraged to take inspiration from the movie and dress as their favorite Gatsby character.  We teamed up with Jilly Ink, Pistil and Vine, Private Label Linens and Re:find Joy to create a beautiful, vintage/Gatsby-esque vignette!  I love how Molly included one solo green votive – to replicate the glowing green lantern in the story.

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Be U Weddings hosted the event, along music by Fig Media, photography/photobooth by Cage and Aquarium, glamorous vintage gowns by Mignonette Bridal and of course…flapper-worthy fare by Pure Kitchen Catering, and beer pairings by Goose Island Catering.  All the glitz and glamour you would expect to see and taste at a Jay Gatsby affair!

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After the soiree, we headed out to the Icon Theater for an exclusive viewing of The Great Gatsby, in 3D.  A whimsical dream, that took you back in time.  You felt like you were there, and left you wanting more.

The movie officially premiers in theaters tomorrow and is sure to be the hit of the summer! So if you love glitz, glam, sequins, sparkle and fabulous parties – Gatsby is a must see!

Now go out and see it… ‘old sport’

xo-tm!

all photos by Cage and Aquarium

Design by Soirée

Linens by Private Label Linens

Calligraphy by Jilly Ink

Floral by Pistil and Vine

Rentals by Re:find Joy

Catering by Pure Kitchen Catering and Goose Island

Music by Fig Media

Hosted by Be U Weddings and Zapwater

Prep the Wedding Party is this Sunday!

Looking for a fun activity for you and your entire wedding party?  Join us for “Prep the Wedding Party” this Sunday at Flywheel Highland Park.  We know you want to look good on your wedding day, why not get the whole bridal party lookin’ good?  Health and beauty focused and Anthony Yoon Photography will be there to capture the event

The event is from 1-3pm with classes starting at 2pm.  You can choose to take a Flywheel class or a Flybarre class.  Space is limited so please make sure to reserve your spot now.

See you on Sunday!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

You don’t have to serve corned beef and cabbage in order to have a fab st. Pat’s dinner party.  We created this St. Patty’s day themed dinner party vignette for you to take some inspiration from!  Emerald green, mint, gold and ivory tones (so in for this year!)Cheers coaster

St. Patty's day table spread

Fighting Irish Cake

Green/White ombre cake

St. Patty's day placesetting

Ginger beer signature drink

Irish themed dinner party

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Jameson and Ginger beer

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Irish themed dinner table

Bells of Ireland centerpiece

St. Patrick's Day wedding theme

Irish themed centerpiece cabbages

Gold fig salt and pepper shaker

guinness glass candle

green and white placesetting

gold and green placesetting

Irish dinner party escort cards

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St. Patrick's day cake

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