Happy Anniversary Renee and Phil!

ImageOne of the best parts of my job is getting to know my clients.  I would say that nine times out of ten, I end up becoming good friends with my clients.  Renee and Phil were no exception.  When I met Renee, we instantly clicked, we are even sorority sisters.. from different chapters, but Alpha Chi Omega was just one of the many things we had in common.  So it was that much more fun being a part of their wedding day.

They were married a year ago today.  What a wonderful day… beautiful weather, gorgeous (and madly in love 🙂 ) couple, fun guests and impeccably planned, down to the very last little detail.  The perfect recipe for the perfect wedding!

The Murphy Auditorium was the ideal canvas for Renee’s jewel-tone color palette.  And talk about taking a theme and doing it right!  The couple met in a college library – so the literature themed wedding really made sense, and was executed to perfection!  It truly was a night to remember.  So here’s to you – Renee and Phil!  To another fantastic year of marriage!  Congrats!!

xo -tm!

All images by Mattson Pictures

Leap into Wedding Season: February 29, 2012

Our Leap into Wedding Season event was a huge success.  Thanks to all the vendors that participated and of course to the lovely brides-to-be and their guests for attending!

Here is a glimpse into the evening!

Fleur de Lis Florist was the setting for this intimate bridal event.  Their 2 story vintage coach house had just  the perfect amount of charm!

Amy DiTomasso from Sugar Chic Designs created the perfect sweets table.  Brides were able to sample candy, cake pops, macarons and cupcakes.

Mark from Posh Corn donated his delicious gourmet popcorn for all the swag bags!  “Sweet Heat” was a big hit!

Bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses from Jenny Yoo‘s 2012 Spring line were displayed and modeled for the brides to admire.

Fleur de Lis created all the beautiful florals…

Tandoori Chicken Skewers – Entertaining Company provided the mouthwatering passed hors d’oeuvres, which also included gnocchi bites, mini pear and brie quesadillas and truffled portabella beggar’s purse. As well as an antipasta plate of cheeses and cured meats.

Spread of cheeses, meats and freshly baked breads and crackers.

Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe mixed up signature cocktails for our guests.  They tasted simply devine!

Meanwhile, upstairs we had an animated flip book photobooth by Record-A-Hit set up for our guests to enjoy!  Equipped with props and personalized backgrounds – and a flip book party favor for them to remember the night!

Brides were able to get an idea of hairstyles with on site stylings from Magnificent Brides.

Paired perfectly with hair accessories created by Maura from Pishposhes – Brides were able to visualize the complete look!

The team that pulled it off – Soirée Weddings & Events 🙂

Tiffany Munster, owner and lead event planner; Rebecca Niziol, associate coordinator; Lindsy Fagerstrom, intern; and Molly Blonn, associate coordinator.

Isn’t this view of the city absolutely devine?  It was the perfect ending to the perfect day! An extra day in the calendar that we normally don’t get!  Leap Year comes every four years – but that doesn’t mean we won’t be hosting an annual event.  Stay tuned for next year when we host our second annual Bridal event!

Thanks to DJ Harsh for providing his music and his talents as emcee!

All images by Cristina G Photography 


Literature Themed Wedding at The Murphy

We are soooo excited to be featured on Style Me Pretty today!  What a fantastic bit of news to find out as I was ending a new client meeting at Starbucks!

I can’t wait to share some of the photos with you – Click here for the full post:

The Murphy Auditorium Wedding by Mattson Pictures | Style Me Pretty

Renee and Phil were such a joy to work with! They are so in love – but also so sweet and adorable!  Renee will always hold a special place in my heart – because she was my first (ever) client! That’s right – she took a leap of faith and signed with me before I had coordinated any weddings!  However – she was so far ahead of the game – by the time her September 17th wedding rolled around – I had coordinated several weddings! Either way, she will always be special to me! (thanks Renee!)

I loved her dress! It was a sample Amsale, and thank goodness for Dress Doctor – they were able to alter it to fit the petite bride!

The inside of St. Michael’s church of Old Town was absolutely breathtaking!  I just think wedding when I see it!  Oh, and how adorable are the card catalog drawers for escort cards?! Luckily Phil’s mom is a librarian and she had a card catalog in her personal collections of antiques!

Who doesn’t love cake pops?! What a fun and sweet favor treat!

Jeweled toned flowers by Kloeckner‘s – along with old books made for the perfect centerpieces.

By now you guys know that I love giving my couples personalized cake forks as a wedding gift.  How cute are these? “I Do – Me Too”

Isn’t The Murphy absolutely exquisite? Maybe I am a little biased, but The Murphy has to be one of my favorite venues in Chicago! (look for more of The Murphy coming soon – my wedding on the blog!)

again – for the full gallery check out the link from Style Me Pretty:

The Murphy Auditorium Wedding by Mattson Pictures | Style Me Pretty.

Hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did!

All photos by Mattson Pictures