Happy Anniversary to Sophia & Sharif!


Happy first anniversary to Sophia and Sharif from the team at Soirée Weddings & Events!





These ladies left the drama to the dress and were having a fantastic time!


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All photos by Natalie Eisler at Robyn Rachel Photography!



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The ceremony and reception were held at The Murphy and floral was provided by Kloeckner Preferred Flowers! Gorgeous!



A beautiful cake by Elysia Root Cakes!



We wish all the best to Sophia and Sharif!

VENDORS: Planning/Styling and Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events | Floral: Kloeckner Preferred Flowers | Venue/Ceremony: The Murphy | Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | Photographer: Natalie Eisler at Robyn Rachel Photography

Happy Anniversary Heather & David!

Last year, on May 4th, Heather and David celebrated their wedding day at the exceptionally gorgeous (and iconic) Murphy Auditorium!  Robyn Rachel Photography captured the day and all the lovely details!

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I absolutely loved these bridesmaid bouquets by Kloeckner’s, definitely one of my favorites for sure!

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Murphy Wedding CeremonyHD-730 HD-719And how can you go wrong with Sprinkles Cupcakes?  Chocolate Marshmallow anyone?!

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Have I mentioned how much I love The Murphy?  (maybe I am biased! see When Wedding Planners Wed, Part I and you will see why!)The Murphy Wedding
 Congratulations on celebrating one year!! We wish you many more happy anniversaries!


Happy Anniversary Megan & Mitch!

Happy Anniversary to Megan & Mitch who tied the knot at Lincoln Park Conservatory! It was a beautiful day to celebrate. The reception was held at The Murphy.

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May the two of you have many more years filled with everlasting love and happiness!!



All photos by Anthony Yoon Photography

Breakfast and Tiffany’s…

Today, I was lucky enough to start off my day with an early morning tour of the Tiffany Exhibition at the Driehaus Museum, followed by a light breakfast at The Murphy, catered by Blue Plate.

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Colorful Tiffany Lamps, a beautiful colored glass dome and lovely architecture greeted us, then we passed through the connected hallways over to the main ballroom of The Murphy.

Parfaits, french toast bites, berries and biscotti graced the beautiful spread by Blue Plate!

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A great start to a gorgeous summer day!


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

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” cristinagphoto.com 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