A Soho House Reception!

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We at Soirée Weddings & Events are fortunate enough to help beautiful couples plan, coordinate, and execute their special days; and sometimes we’re fortunate enough to do it twice! Such is the case with Kristin and Fish! You may remember their fabulous Guatemalan wedding from a few weeks ago. Well, this gorgeous duo also held a wonderful reception for family and friends in Chicago.

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Can you believe these perfect floral creations from Fleur?

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Once again Emilia Jane Photography captured every beautiful moment!

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Oh, how we adore Soho House Chicago!

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Wedded bliss!


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Soho House also provided all of the delectables!

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It was another perfect night! We love these two!

VENDORS: Planning & Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events | Venue/Catering: Soho House Chicago | Floral/Decor: Fleur | Photographer: Emilia Jane Photography |

Happy Anniversary Nicole & Kyle!


Happy first anniversary to Nicole and Kyle from the Soirée Weddings & Events team!







Goodness! Cristina G Photography photographed all of the beautiful moments of the day!

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Wishing this wonderful couple much happiness and love!

VENDORS: Planning/Styling and Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events | Floral: Fleur | Venue/Catering: The Wit | Photographer:  Cristina G Photography

Happy Anniversary Beth & Kyle!

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The Soirée Weddings & Events team would like to wish a happy first anniversary to Beth and Kyle!

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Vibrant floral design by Fleur de Lis!

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Traditional ceremony held in the grandeur of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.

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Emilia Jane Photography was there to capture every perfect moment!

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Cocktail hour and reception took place at the Chicago History Museum.

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What a lovely space and details!

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Elegant and delicious cake by Swedish Bakery.

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Jewell Catering provided the tastefully plated fare!

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So many years of happiness and love we wish to this beautiful couple!

VENDORS: Planning/Styling and Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events | Floral: Fleur de Lis | Ceremony: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church | Reception: Chicago History Museum | Photographer: Emilia Jane Photography | Bakery: Swedish Bakery | Catering: Jewell Catering

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

Chicago New Year's Eve wedding

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

30 rock


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a Day spent at MoMA

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A walk through Central ParkCentral Park

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?

Mad Men Thursday Therapy

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!

Leap Into Wedding Season event

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

Room 1520 table settingcolor blocked neon wedding tables

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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Sami and Mike's first dance

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!


Fall & Winter wedding trends for the Windy City

Brides and grooms—and anyone who loves weddings—Fall is upon us (whether we like it or not)! For Chicagoans this means it’s time to brace ourselves for the cold and bitter months ahead. But for those in the bridal industry it can be a welcome breath of fresh air after the hot and hectic days of the summer wedding season. And couples who prefer the warmth and intimacy of the colder seasons will enjoy the fresh bridal trends that are beginning to appear in chic autumn and winter weddings in the city.

A few of Chicago’s most knowledgeable bridal vendors have provided Soirée with their exclusive opinions on trends for Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 weddings.

Kelly Marie Uss from Fleur says that her clients are requesting a more natural and organic feeling for the florals of their cooler-month celebrations.

“Autumn and winter are the times of year that make couples want to feel cozy.  Celebrations equal the warmth of laughter, the glow of candles. Simplifying design and color, yet keeping floral interesting with texture offers a formality that appeals to these seasons.  Candlelight and understated blooms with a natural, organic texture makes for a gorgeous setting, forging an evening of family and friends and creating a mood they’ll all remember.”

Floral decor with texture for the Fall, photo credit: http://www.simplyjessie.com

Making a statement with candlelight to bring out floral detail, photo credit: http://www.simplyjessie.com

Colder month weddings mean lots of candlelight and more understated florals this fall

Desserts are also going to be slightly different at a Fall/Winter wedding in Chicago.

Katherine Duncan of Katherine Anne Confections is foreseeing a caramel apple trend for desert tables as she exclaims,

“Caramel apples are a super fun favor… as they’re whimsical and nostalgic, and are really delicious. Make sure you ask your chocolatier to use good apples, preferably from a local farmer, as those won’t have wax on the skin and will be a little more tart than the store-bought variety.”

The current trend of mini desserts will also carry on into the fall, says Katherine, but many weddings will also feature some more “nostalgic treats.”

“Everyone wants to try 2 or 3 things, but not totally blow their diet. I love dessert spreads that include mini cupcakes, truffles, etc. A very popular item is nostalgic treats. Doughnuts, pie, “bars” (think lemon bars or pecan bars) – you can’t go wrong with these old-fashioned treats. Everyone loves pie, and it’s a more down-home option than cake. For amazing local pies, check out Bang Bang or Hoosier Mama Pie Company. Do-Rite Donuts and Glazed & Infused make fabulous doughnuts.”

pies bring on a feeling of “nostalgia” at a wedding.

Glazed and Infused Lemon Glazed Donuts

Catering for these weddings will also continue the trend of all things “mini” for hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour or at the end of the night with late-night snacks. Elaina Vasquez of Boutique Bites is excited about how much her clients are requesting food reminiscent of their hometowns such as “mini Chicago-Style hot dogs for Windy City couples and mini Chicken and Waffles for Southern couples, etc.”

Only for a true Windy City wedding!

Seasonal hors d’oeuvres, says Elaina, should also be served in the “proper packaging,” and as would be appropriate with the mini trend, using mini paper takeout boxes for guests that wish to bring home some of those delicious goodies.

“Giving guests the chance to pick up and hold hors d’oeuvres in a tiny little paper container adds an extra special element to your spread. Containers can be created in festive holiday colors to match any party’s color scheme.”

The “Couture Container”

Elaina also predicts that the holidays will be all about the “glitz and glam!”

“Translate all the shimmer and shine of the holiday with a gold-themed spread.  Using edible gold, incorporate gold-dusted hors d’oeuvres like “24K Deviled Eggs”, “Gold-Dusted Stuffed Mushrooms” or “Gold Topped Parmesan Risotto Cups” to your menu.  Even glam up your cocktails and champagne with golden tea pearls.”

Dress up your cocktails for a touch of glam

With the changing of seasons the greatest shifts in trends has usually occurred within the bridal gown industry. Everyone knows that the style of dress worn by brides and their bridesmaids depends heavily on the month in which the wedding is taking place.

Maureen Schulte from Bella Bridesmaid says,

“We adore the illusion necklines and peplum styles being shown on 2013 bridesmaid dresses, but our favorite new trends will make your bridal party swoon-worthy in exciting prints and perfect palettes!  Many of our designers are introducing fun prints and re-wearable patterns into their color menus.

Lula Kate, ‘Sassy Stripes’ in Off White and Aluminum Faille

Monique Lhuillier- ‘450093’ in Willow Giverny

“There is nothing more trendsetting in the world of bridesmaids than varying the dress colors to create the perfect girl group!” says Maureen. “Why not take it a step past shades of one color and weave complimentary colors throughout your entire bridal party? We love a neutral palette for a romantic look that will make fabulous bridesmaid dresses and beautiful pictures.”

Varied styles from Amsale in Silk Crinkle Chiffon colors: Dove, Charcoal, Truffle, and Champagne.

Finally, the bridal gowns that Fall/Winter brides are choosing, says Mignonette Bridal’s Kpoene Kofi-Nicklin, are going to differ dramatically from those of Chicago’s summer brides.

“Autumn and winter mean a turn towards more sheen — we are getting a lot of requests for silk satin and peau de soie, both of which have a beautiful shine and reflect candlelight amazingly. We are also noticing that the silhouettes of this season’s gowns are changing – brides want something that skims the body, with very clean, minimal lines. For Summer we did a lot of chiffon and organza gowns with very “piecey” details or raw edging, but for our Fall/Winter brides, everything is very pared down and dramatic – no big ball gowns, just lots of Old Hollywood glamour.”

Silk crepe dress with embroidered shoulder.

Kpoene also shares that,

“Our brides want just one detail to stand out, like an amazing train or a dramatic back, and many are also looking to subtle beading, or just one beaded detail, rather than all-over detail like we did a lot of for summer. The other big trend I am noticing is a return to bright white, which looks beautiful and classic against a backdrop of fall leaves or fresh snow.”

A beaded shoulder strap on a “bright white” gown creates a beautiful statement.

With insights like this from some of the city’s top wedding vendors we can’t wait to get the ball rolling and start seeing these chic Chicago weddings come to life!

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I *heart* the 80s

So lately, I have been noticing many movies, shows and commercials featuring popular songs from the 80s.  And boy I am not complaining!!  For anyone that knows me, it’s no secret that I LOVE the 80s!  I love the movies, the TV shows and of course, I love the music.  Since it has been on my mind a lot lately, I decided to revisit our recent 80s inspired styled shoot that we did this Spring at Room 1520.  We had so many amazing vendors involved in pulling this off, it was even published on the credited wedding blog, Ruffled!

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So I came up with the idea for this styled shoot one night while flipping through the TV channels, and St. Elmo’s Fire just happen to be on. The movie exudes 80s while portraying several different characters, all with different styles.  Then the wheels started to turn…

I was a kid in 80s.  I remember watching John Hughes movies with my big brother and sisters, dancing to their “cool” music with them and being totally jealous of my sister’s yellow high-top Reeboks!  I can recite every word of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.   Wang Chung, Thompson Twins, Simple Minds and Morrissey (just to name a few) all have a place in my iPod!

As a wedding planner, we are always trying to push the envelope,  come up with the fresh and new ideas.  Because that is what every bride wants.  They want something that hasn’t been done before.  On the same token, the are often a bit apprehensive of doing something totally different than what we are used to seeing.  That is why I took on this challenge, because I knew it was just that – a challenge.  How do you take a theme, like the 80s and make it look good?

The 80’s were about peace, free will, lot’s of color, punk attitude, pop culture, teenage rom-coms and alternative music. Not to mention the outrageous fashion statements as well!  I wanted the shoot to be current – with only hints of inspiration from the 80s.  The fear was that this theme could become too costumey.  We wanted to play on the current runway fashions that we are seeing now, everything from bright neon to color blocking.  Today’s designers are taking what we loved about the 80s, but doing it right!  We wanted to show today’s bride how to take a modern trend and translate into bridal.

I knew exactly where I wanted to photograph the shoot.  The glass block windows at Room 1520 were what sold me, and I knew I wanted to feature them every way I could!

Suzy Rohan of Lily Red Studio came up with the concepts for the invitations and signage.  Fun sayings and song lyrics added just the perfect amount of charm.   She collaborated with Elaina Vasquez of Boutique Bites on the design of the menu.  Elaina designed a TV dinner-styled entrée that mimicked the popular frozen dinners of the 80s.  The menu was designed in sections – as if you are looking down at the plate!  I suggested a game of MASH on the reverse side to serve as a fun favor and entrainment for the guests.  Suzy designed two different coasters for the bar.  One that read “Cocktails and Dreams” along with the couple’s names and wedding date and one for the signature cocktail, “Pretty in Pink.”  The adorable tape cassette place cards added the just the right amount of 80’s to the table.

Kelly Marie Uss of Fleur, Inc. added some color blocking elements with monochromatic arrangements of  purple, hot pink and lime green flowers.  Romantic blooms like peonies and lilacs added the perfect touch of bridal, which was juxtapose with the structured and modern calla lilies used on the rectangle banquet tables.

We chose white shantung linens for the guest tables which made the black Mirage chairs and the black glassware pop with contrast.  The sweetheart table is always an opportunity to do something special. All eyes are on the bride and groom during the reception – so why not add a little bit of drama there?  We chose a teal ribbon rosette linen for the cabaret sweetheart table, adorned with crystal candlesticks and votives.

I wanted to showcase modern design but pair it with romantic elements like the flowers and the bridal gown.  I had the perfect dress in mind for this shoot!  It was the Monique Lhuillier “Bouquet” gown from her Fall 2012 Collection.  Ultimate Bride on Oak Street provided us with the gown and …voila!  The pièce de résistance!  The dress stole the show!  Some hot pink pumps, edgy accessories and big hair created just the perfect styling to bring the whole look together.

Styling the models was very important.  I didn’t want them to look too literal.  The Bridesmaids wore Coren Moore and LuluKate dresses in pink, purple and green.  I found some colorful geometric earrings and bangles to add some flare.  I kept their shoes simple with a black pump.  Their hair and make-up is what really tied it all together!  I also wanted the girls to take center stage, so I kept the guys very simple, but added pops of color with their pocket squares and socks.  My favorite were the Tetris socks I found for the groom!  Just perfect!

We also created a photo booth – equipped with bold 80s props, sunglasses, headbands and a DIY paint splatter back drop!

Amy DiTomasso of Sugar Chic Designs created the totally rad sweets table.  Everything from “Gag me with a  spoon jello shooters” to Pac Man cake pops!  The design was colorful and delicious!  I asked Bleeding Heart Bakery to  come up with a cake design that was 80s, but also still very chic and edgy.   A geometric-80’s Mondrian cake in pink, purple, teal, yellow and green was the perfect addition to the design theme.

The photos really capture exactly what we wanted to portray with this styled shoot.  Cristina G’s talented camera work was the final piece that brought it all together.  I hope that this inspires brides to think outside the “wedding” box and envision new, fresh ideas and themes for their wedding day.  If implemented with style and class – it can really work!


To see this photo shoot featured on Ruffled, click here: Ruffled®| 80s Wedding Inspiration.

Venue: Aérée Loft, Room 1520  | Event Designer: Soirée Weddings & Events  Photographer: Cristina G. Photography | Florals: Fleur | Rentals: Tablescapes | Caterer: Boutique Bites | Paper and Stationary: Lily Red Studio |   Sweets Table: Sugar Chic Designs | Cake: The Bleeding Heart Bakery | Linens: Private Label Linens | Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate and Coren Moore from Bella Bridesmaid | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier Bridal Salon: Ultimate Bride | Hair and Make-up: Sara Jean Stevens and Jen Brown

A perfect pairing

There are moments when I take a second and admit, “Wow, I LOVE my job!”. That happened Wednesday not once, but multiple times.  I had the pleasure of attending a lunch at Kitchen Chicago, premiering the launch of Boutique Bars – a new delicious line of miniature bites that somehow pack all the flavor of your favorite desserts into a one inch cube . The collaboration is the genius brain-child of Chef Elaina Vazquez of Boutique Bites (who made the adorable TV diner inspired plates for our 80’s inspired shoot!) and Chef Nicole Greene of truffle truffle, the mouthwatering treats we can’t get enough of.

Since the entire event was to test out their new Boutique Bars venture, I could just skip to the last course, but the food was equally memorable. The highlight for me was the soup and salad trio: 3 mindfully matched colorful pairs, including the summer corn soup with a avocado lobster elote salad (a table favorite). We were given the choice of 3 entrees: one of Elaina’s favorites “Steak and Eggs”, Miso Glazed Cod, and a Summer Vegetable Risotto. After a cocktail, passed apps, a glass of wine, and an amazing main course, I didn’t think I would be able to try even one of the boutique bars. But then the plate came out, and I recognized one more part to their genius plan: No one No woman can turn down a dessert so small and delectable. Evil geniuses!

These ladies proved that quality over quantity wins every time! As a girl who can dig into a massive sundae, I was impressed. Who knew you could pack so much flavor into that tiny bite sized bar? Imagine a layer of fleur de sel shortbread, salted caramel, and topped with milk chocolate crema – they dubbed it “Twix bar”. But they could’ve called it “Fall backwards off your chair that’s so damn good Bar”. The five bars (pictured above) rounded out an amazing lunch and successful launch for Elaina and Nicole.

Those two nailed it – Bulls eye! And that’s what happens when the perfect pair comes together. They create something greater than what they could do alone. Elaina and Nicole already have mastered the craft on their own, but the merging of those two women brought on a whole new kind of foodgasm.

It reminded me of what happens when the perfect marriage occurs. The equation needs two people, who when paired together create something beyond themselves as individuals. I’ve seen it time and time again, and you know when you see one of those couples. They aren’t perfect, and neither is their marriage. But when they are together, they create magic. And that’s what makes this biz so incredible…we get to honor those perfect pairings coming together! It’s such a joy to celebrate the “mash up” of two incredible souls, and hey throw in some of those boutique bars and you’ve got yourself one incredible wedding! Congrats to Elaina and Nicole’s “can’t resist” new line.

Happy Pairings,

Rebecca Niziol – Associate Coordinator

Flowers by Fleur, Menu by Elizabeth Grace, space design by Art of Imagination

Happy Anniversary Deitzah and Andrew!

It was such a pleasure planning Deitzah and Andrew’s wedding, I just loved this couple and I am happy to now call them my friends!  A year ago today, on an uncharacteristically cold June day, they were married at Room 1520.  Despite the cold, the wedding was gorgeous!  The couple, the dress, the space and the decor – all gorgeous!
There were so many good photos, but here are some of my favorites.  Let’s take a glimpse back into their day…

Her bouquet and florals were by the fabulous Kelly Marie Uss of Fleur.

Look at the back of her dress…are you kidding??! stunning

I just love this one of the bride and her sisters and brother!

I am absolutely obsessed with the back of this gown!

Back at Room 1520, getting ready to walk down the aisle!

I loved the Bridesmaid’s TwoBirds dresses – they were so versatile and elegant!

amazing chuppah by Fleur

Billy ball escort cards – cute as a button!

Vintage chest of drawers, perfect for the wedding cards!

Tables names after Chicago neighborhoods 😉

Cake and cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B’s – yum!

It was a an evening to remember – truly spectacular!

Happy Anniversary you two!

all images by Thomas Slack Photography

Venue: Room 1520 | Caterer: Entertaining Company | Florist: Fleur | Bridesmaid Dresses: TwoBirds Bridesmaid from Bella Bridesmaid | Gown: Lazaro from Bella Bianca | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Lighting: Precision Sound and Lighting | Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s | Photographer: Thomas Slack | DJ: Fig Dj’s | Programs and Signage: DIY, Bride’s Sister, Dana Woll