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

photo courtesy of Bella Bianca

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!)

Cristina G Photography

Cristina G Photography

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!

Cristina G Photography

Cristina G Photography

Cristina G Photography

Cristina G Photography

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!

lazaro and tiff

And of course, snap a few pics! 😉

lazaro framedlazaro best wishesNow it’s hanging next to my closet so I can look at it every day!

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


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

When wedding planners wed: Part I

Today is my anniversary!  Two years ago today, I walked down that aisle, and married my best friend! I am very lucky to have him in my life and by my side- so…Happy Anniversary Babe 🙂

As a wedding planner, I get asked all the time, “what did you do at your wedding?” Or, “I bet your wedding was pretty awesome, huh?”  Well, I think it was 😉 Then I thought, what better way to show you “what I did” then to blog about it!

Here is a glimpse into my “Big Day” It was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, in 2010.  The weather was unseasonably warm and we didn’t have a cloud in the sky!  Personally, I think Memorial weekend is the best time to get married in Chicago.  The city isn’t over crowded, the weather is usually pretty nice and your guests have Monday off – so an extra day in the city!

We were starving so we picked up some Chicago Dogs at a stand near by 😀

My dress was a Lazaro, I wanted something classic and elegant, to go along with my vintage theme.  I just loved the Alencon lace and the silk flower petals that floated down the train.

We had a beautiful ceremony and mass at St. James Cathedral on Huron. The organist and harpist played Handel’s Water Music – as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife! Immediately after the ceremony, we headed over to The Murphy for the cocktail hour and reception.  The Murphy is hidden gem in Chicago, tucked in between Wabash and Rush on Erie – and it was around the corner from the church – couldn’t have been more perfect!

Just going back through these photo’s again made me nostalgic. It was like it was our wedding day all over again.  I just got swept away.  Here are some more of my favorites from the night…

My surprise to Rick and all the guests!  Irish dancers that choreographed a jig to Coldplay’s “Strawberry Swing.”

Our First Dance, The Harptones “Life is But a Dream”  I love that Rick changed into an ivory  dinner jacket and bow tie for the reception!

Me and my dad’s song since I was a baby.. Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”

Stemless champagne flutes served as the escort cards and favors…

and to complete the set, a mini champagne split for the guests as they left.

After the sparklers, we were off in a horse drawn carriage as all our guests waved goodbye.  Such a magical night, it truly was my fairy tale wedding ❤

In Part II of this post – We will be featuring our associate coordinator, Molly’s wedding on her first anniversary …coming up very soon so stay tuned!!

All images by: Cristina G Photography

All vendors:

Bride’s Gown: Lazaro | Bridal Salon: Bella Bianca | Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: TwoBirds Bridesmaids from Bella Bridesmaid | Florist: Kloeckner’s Flowers Trolley: Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. | DJ: Admit One DJs | Invitations and Paper Goods: Pulp and Ink | Catering: Jewell Events Catering | Photography: Cristina G Photography | Cake and Cake Balls: The Bleeding Heart Bakery | Horse Carriage: Noble Horse Carriages | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Limbo Jewelry | Bride’s Hair Accessory: Jersey Bean Design  | Hair and Make-up: Morgan Blaul