Cinco de Mayo Wedding Inspiration

We here at Soirée Weddings and Events have been dreaming of festive Cinco de Mayo weddings all day! Here’s a little Mexican inspiration just for you!

The Tablescape: Succulents and Citrus

The Bridesmaids: Bright and Embroidered

The Party Favors: Tequila, Succulents, & Custom Chiclet Boxes

The Signature Cocktail: Citrus Paloma

The Dessert: Margarita Cupcakes

Anyone else feeling festive? We’ll leave you with just a few photos from one of Soirée’s very own Mexican weddings:

Carlee & Dan’s gorgeous Cancún wedding: June 9, 2013!

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Bright and beautiful photos by Shelley Anderson of Cage and Aquarium Photography.

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Anniversary Lisa & David!

Happy First Year Anniversary to Lisa & David! A perfect wedding to celebrate around our Independence Day!

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The ceremony and reception were held at Kitchen Chicago.

4th of July/comicHave a fabulous Anniversary you two!!! We wish you all the love and happiness! Cheers!

xo-tm

2012 In Review – a great year. (Part I)

This has been an amazing year — I was truly sad to see it go…

It started with Kelly and Jerry’s NYE wedding at Carnivale.  So incredible!

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New Year's Eve Wedding at Carnivale

Florals by Stemline, Creative

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Then a trip to New York for Fashion Week/Valentines Day..

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a Day spent at MoMA

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Some star sightings – Bethenny Frankel and Selita Ebanks at Philippe (thought they weren’t together).  And Justin Beiber at The London Hotel… Sorry – no pics!

St. Patricks Cathedral in New York

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And some drinks at The Harvard Club with my Uncle – so cool!!

We had a blast at the Sixties Social – a Mad Men themed Thursday Therapy! What do you think – did we pull off Betty and Don?

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Then we hosted our first annual Bridal Event – this one was “Leap Into Wedding Season” and it was held at Fleur de Lis Florist.  It was a huge success – a uncharacteristically warm day (were talking 60’s) led to a great turn out of brides!

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Entertaining Company provided the food.. Cristina G took the amazing photos!

Here’s Team Soirée at the Event…

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Revae from Femme du Coupe provided the delicious cocktails!
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We are so excited for this year’s event – the Wedding March, being held on March 3 at Floating World Gallery! (minor plug!) 🙂 details to come!

St. Patricks day was warm…coco on St. Pattys Day

Really warm! Coco is enjoying the balcony (above).  Chicagoans are enjoying the weather (and the Bars) on Wells St.!Chicago 2012 St. Patrick's Day

We had so much fun planning and creating the 80’s styled shoot at Room 1520.  All the vendors that participated knocked it out of the park!  The creativity and fun factor was off the charts! 80 styled shoot

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And — It was featured in Ruffled 🙂 paint splatter backdrop photoboothMonique Lhullier bouquet gown

Check out this amazing black and white bridal bouquet from Fleur!black and white bridal bouquet

Then there was Becky and Tony’s wedding at St. Ignatius and The Rookery – And it was featured on Style Me Pretty… 😉 (click here to see it!)

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Then we took a trip to New Buffalo, Mi.  We brought the pooch and it was so much fun!

Hiking with Bowie

Warren State Dunes

She’s very helpful when she wears the Dog Pack

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she was starting to get real tired..

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Our view from the top of the dune of Lake Michigan.  Then we stopped at a local Winery..

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Bowie was excited – I am not sure why.  She’s just always happy

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Then we headed to the Marina – and had dinner at Brentwood Tavern

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It was a nice mini vacay before the start of wedding season 🙂

We started June with Susan and Frank’s wedding at Morton Arboretum..

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susanfrank_190 1Then we battled a double header!  Sami and Mike’s wedding at Chicago History Museum and Megan and Adam’s wedding at Newberry Library 🙂

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Sami’s bouquet and bridesmaid’s bouquets were so lovely!  created by the Jan and Jillian of Natural Beauties.

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This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty – click here to see it 🙂Chicago History Museum wedding ceremony

The Chicago Room at the Chicago History MuseumMegan and Adam on Chicago BridgeMegan chose a blush and slate gray color palette – it complimented The Newberry Library perfectly!  
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Megan and Adam had their ceremony in Washington Square Park across the street – and then moved into the Library for cocktails and dinner.Newberry Library wedding Newberry Library wedding - blush and slate wedding

Don’t you want to smell that bouquet of peonies and ranunculus?  Fleur nailed it again!wedding toasts and first dance blush and gray Newberry Library Wedding

That’s the end of Part I – stay tuned for Part II.  I will cover the rest of 2012 – so many more adventures!

xo-tm!

Christmas Surprises!

Christmas time is a time for giving – but lately for me…it’s been a time for receiving!  Receiving wonderful Christmas surprises from wedding vendors and clients –

I got this GORGEOUS arrangement from Jenna of Avant Gardenia!  Look at those peonies!! They smell as good as they look!

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Then I opened up a box from Genevieve Burruss of The Way We Click Photography.  An adorable camera Christmas ornament with her logo on the back!  It has found it’s home on my tree!

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Lots of Chocolates….

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Like these from Sarah Mandel of Classic Wedding Car.  I also got a box from Jenna of Here Comes the Guide!  Notice that one is already eaten here – thanks to my hubby!  He snatched one up before I could even snap a pic!

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I was so surprised to receive this adorable hot pink passport wallet from my dear sweet clients, Dan and Carlee.  I can use this for their destination wedding in Cancun this coming June!  So thoughtful!

So much to be thankful for this year!  So many Christmas cards from friends, family and fabulous wedding vendors!  I am so excited for what 2013 has in store!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

Happy Halloween from the Soirée Team!

We had so much fun at the Carasco Halloween party last week!  A haunted bus tour, (tricks and) treats from Boutique Bites and Truffle Truffle, a dance floor and…of course…the Shutterbooth Photo booth!

Here are some of our favorites from that night!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Can you tell what our costume was?

Did you dress up? if so – as what?

What was your all time favorite costume?

xo-tm!

Dad’s Rock!

Happy Father’s Day to all those wonderful dads out there!  You don’t need socks, ties and tools to know that you are loved and appreciated  – we appreciate all you do every day!

I am lucky to have some pretty great Dad’s in my life!  My dad and my father in law – who are both pretty awesome!

Here are our dad’s – on the most important day of our lives – our wedding day!

Rick and his dad, Dave, who was also his Best Man in our wedding.

My dad, Nick.  So proud to be walking me down the aisle.

Dave giving his Best Man toast – such a great memory!

Me and my dad, dancing at my wedding

When I was a baby, my dad used to dance with me to Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” so I found it fitting that we dance to that at my wedding.  I started to get a little choked up – so my dad decided to lighten the mood a bit and have fun with our dance 🙂

So in lieu of a Father’s Day card, I just wanted to feature these special guys on their special day!  We are so lucky to have them in our life and we appreciate all that they do!

thanks Dad! and Happy Father’s Day!

xo-tm

All images by Cristina G Photography