Laura and Kenny first met during freshman orientation weekend at the University of Notre Dame. Within a few months their love story was set in motion when they began dating. Seven years later, after becoming engaged, they began planning their wedding where it all began. With a deep love of Notre Dame’s campus, they wanted their flowers and decor to compliment the already beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Morris Inn. They selected on a color palette of cobalt blue, soft coral and ivory, with added touches of personality throughout the wedding to make it unique to them. Knowing that their friends and family would be traveling long distances to attend, they created a weekend that that everyone would enjoy and feel welcomed. Their wish was for an atmosphere of love and joy, to see everyone smiling and excited, that above all, the wedding be a reflection of their love for one another. Once the big day finally arrived, guests gathered inside the Basilica as Laura and her Father rode there in a horse drawn carriage, that would later take the newlyweds to portrait locations around campus. Following their 11:00 am ceremony, guests enjoyed lunch at the Eck Center, after which, tours of the campus were offered. Cocktail hour began in the pre-function area just outside of the Mary Ann Smith Ballroom, dinner and dancing soon followed. After the reception, everyone gathered at Rohr’s Irish Pub for an after party of pizza and happy conversation. Kenny and Laura ended their wedding weekend with a farewell brunch and wishes from their guests for the very best as they embark on this new chapter of their lives together.
Wedding planning & coordination: Cynthia Basker/ Celebrated Events
Ceremony Venue: Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Reception Venue: Mary Ann Smith Ballroom/ Morris Inn
After Party: Rohr’s Irish Pub
Photography: Katie Whitcomb Photographers
Videography: Imagination Designers
Photo Booth: Fun Zone Photo Booths
Custom Invitations: Cloud Nine Invitation Design
Floral/ Decor/ Lighting: MichaelAngelos Events
Cake: Macri’s Italian Bakery
DJ: Jim Cerrone/ The Perfect Host
Carriage Service: Dream Coach Carriages
Hair: Nicolas J Salon
In June of 2013, the city of Chicago lost its collective mind when their Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. That same night, Beth and Mike met while out watching the game with friends in the West Loop area of the city. They celebrated the win that evening and just a bit over three years later, their friends and family gathered at the University of Notre Dame to celebrate their marriage! After securing their wedding date at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, they set out to create a day that would be romantic, and elegant as well as fun! Beth wanted to work with a color palette of soft blush, green and ivory with touches of gold. Her vision combined classic looks with an eclectic flair that translated into a modern fairy tale feel. Mike, a Notre Dame alumni and former football player arranged a golf outing the day before the wedding at Warren Golf Course on campus for his groomsmen, while Beth arranged a spa day for her bridesmaids. Dressing for the ceremony in the historic Notre Dame football locker room, Mike and his groomsmen then walked across campus to the Basilica. Beth and her bridesmaids arrived by trolley, that would later take the entire bridal party back to the stadium for some on field photo shenanigans. Arriving at their cocktail reception, the marquee above the entrance to the Morris Performing Arts Center congratulated the new Mr. & Mrs.! Guests enjoyed cocktails under glittering chandeliers in the lobby of the Morris theater, and later dined and danced the night away in the opulent ballroom of the Palais Royale.
Ceremony Venue: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
Reception Venue: Palais Royale
Photography: True Grace Photography
Videography: Leap Weddings
Trolley: B&W Charters
Pipe Band: Caledonia Kilty Pipe Band
Reception music: Hey Jimmy
Makeup: Bethza Professional Makeup Studio
Wedding planning & coordination: Celebrated Events
When I first began working with Jordan and Matt, I asked them if they could create the perfect atmosphere for their wedding, what would it be? Their response, ‘full of the presence of our Lord, love and joy!’ They believed that a wedding with beautiful decor isn’t really beautiful if the hearts being joined in union are not beautiful and full of joy. With those intentions firmly in mind, they set out to create a day that felt whimsical and natural with an elegant, soft boho feel. Following a color palette of sage, ivory and blush tones with gold touches, as well as Jordan’s wish for cascading greenery embellished with floral, their vision began to take shape. Matt, now a professional football player, asked his college football chaplain from Indiana University to officiate the ceremony, which was held in a chapel that has ties dating back to the Civil War. Jordan, an author and blogger with close to 100,000 followers on Instagram, surprised Matt with a vintage 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser as their get away car following the ceremony. This allowed them a few stolen moments alone before arriving at their tented reception at Willow Harbor Vineyards. During cocktail hour guests enjoyed lawn games (and yes, footballs were tossed) and libations while strolling the grounds of the vineyard. Dinner and dancing followed, as the sun slowly set on this gorgeous late summer day. Guests were encouraged to ‘Light Up The Night’ with glow sticks to send the Bride and Groom off into their happily ever after!
Wedding Planning: Celebrated Events
Wedding Decor & Staging: Lani Nastepniak
Photographer: Nathan English Photography
Videography: LOE Productions
DJ: 27 Entertainment
Cake & Sweets: Macri’s Italian Bakery
Ceremony Venue: Cornerstone Bible Chapel
Reception Venue: Willow Harbor Vineyards
Transportation: 21 Express (coach), Mahlon Wise/Studebaker Land Cruiser
Makeup: Camellia’s Cosmetics
Hair: Salon Rouge
The campus of the University of Notre Dame was ablaze with glorious fall foliage on Kathleen and Ben’s wedding day. Leaves rustled and swirled on the ground as guests gathered at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to witness the exchange of vows between the two. Evoking the rich tones of the season, Kathleen chose emerald green along with raspberry and gold as the color palette for the wedding. While Kathleen attended Saint Mary’s College, and Ben attended Notre Dame, they both played in the Band of the Fighting Irish. Dating back to 1845, the Notre Dame Marching Band is the oldest college band in continuous existence in the United States. Both are proud former members and part of the legacy of this prestigious college band. Kathleen played the piccolo, and Ben was a member of the trumpet section. During their reception, colleagues of theirs who were members of the trumpet section gathered to play Notre Dame Our Mother and the Notre Dame Victory March, just as they had done for every home football game, inside the famed Golden Dome otherwise known as Trumpets Under the Dome. Another highlight came when Kathleen’s parents, presented the couple with a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis.
Ceremony: Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Reception: Gillespie Conference Center/ Hilton Garden Inn
Wedding Planner: Cynthia Basker/ Celebrated Events
Flora/ Decor: MichaelAngelos Events
Photography: Jennifer Mayo Studios
Wedding Papery: Cloud Nine Invitation Design
Cake: Macri’s Italian Bakery
Limousine: Ambience Limousine
Coach Service: Cardinal Buses
Host Hotels: Hilton Garden Inn, Inn at St. Mary’s
DJ: Paul Chamberlain, Music Machine
String Trio: Morrow Strings
Could this tiny white ceramic bowl with the words ‘Will You Marry Me?’ be a more perfect way of proposing? We love its pure simplicity, allowing the engagement ring to take center stage. What a lovely keepsake, one that can be used over and over, as a resting place for not only your engagement ring, but your wedding ring as well. Brought to you by the same folks at Paloma’s Nest who created the Ringbearer Bowl, you can embellish the edges with either gold or silver leaf (for an additional fee), or leave it as is. Does it get any sweeter than this? Girly Girl Gifts has it for sale.
Congratulations to all the newly couples who get engaged over the holidays. Don’t forget Celebrated Events can help you every step of the way with your wedding planning!
My wedding planner colleague, Frank Andonoplas, of Frank Event Design, Chicago was challenged to create his gallery from an everyday material, and use it as inspiration for his design. The element assigned to him was metal, and from there his vision took flight. Working in tones of silver, from deep gunmetal to icy mercury, Frank designed a table that was characterized as ‘boho chic’. He used an eclectic mix of silver vases, some curvy with high shine, others more linear, with a matte finish. Silver charger plates held charcoal satin napkins, on top of which, were menu cards, printed on thin sheets of metal. The flatware consisted of a mix of hammered silver and matte copper pieces, while gorgeous, silvery blue linens graced the table and served as backdrop for the tablescape. Bejeweled, silvery blue votive cups added candlelight on the table, while whimsical, wired candlebra’s brought additional ambiance. Glassware consisted of a mix of clear and colored glass, that was spread across the table in no particular order. More color was expressed through the floral pieces, that utilized dusty miller and silvery blue hydrangea against which jewel toned tulips, orchids, roses and delphinium were placed for maxium visual ‘pops’ of color.
The tables were configured in a large X design, which I feel could be used for any number of gatherings, a small wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid luncheon or dinner party, just to name a few. Frank used silver Chameleon Chairs with a medium grey suede seat cushion to complete his design. I enjoyed working with Frank on his design and loved being in such a creative and collaborative environment! Enjoy!!
+I went to Chicago on August 20, 2009 to attend BizBash Expo & Awards at the Chicago Merchandise Mart. The image above was actually the shade on an oversized lamp that they put their logo on – cool! Fun branding idea!! This show is the largest gathering of the event and planning community in the Midwest. With information from the conference program and ideas found on the show floor and by networking with my peers, I left with ideas that will help my events bash the expected and the ordinary! It was great to meet up with some of my colleagues for a day of inspiration!
This is my colleague and dear friend Frank, of Frank Event Design, receiving his award for Best Corporate or Association Event Concept (Under $50K) !! He won for the meeting he produced for the Association of Bridal Consultants, Illinois Chapter March ’09 meeting, titled ‘Frank’s Favorite Things’. I attended the meeting and posted images from the event that you can find in my blog archives. He walked around all day before the awards ceremony confident that he wouldn’t win – well guess what……..! And I, of course, stood up front to get the money shot!
This is from inside Botanicals booth! It had everything I love – crystal chandeliers, disco balls, orchids, use of hot pinks and purples – I was in heaven! I was introduced and chatted with Kara Hillier Superfine who is a senior design consultant specializing in weddings. Botanicals is a branch of HM Designs. More can be fouond at www.botanicalschicago.com.
Frank with Justin Snodgrass of Berghoff Catering and Restaurant Group, just outside of their booth.
A ‘niche’ inside the Botanicals booth. How can you not look at this arrangement and just smile??!! The color is amazing, love the orchids and nerine lilies!
The ‘design’ that is under the glass top of this table is actually made up of button mums – again in the Botanicals booth. Maybe I got a bit carried away with images from this booth, but it really inspired me!
Me with Jamey Welling Harding of Kehoe Designs! Jamey and I worked together on many weddings when she was at MichaelAngelos here in South Bend. Kehoe is lucky to have her creative and joyful spirit! I miss collaborating with her, but its so fun to see her when attending industry meetings!
HM Designs Chicago created lounge areas that bordered the general education session area. To create texture and interest beneath the glass top of the tables, they placed shredded paper, that complimented the color theme they were using – genius and eco-friendly! Blue Plate Catering, in conjunction with the John Handcock Observatory were serving a cocktail dubbed ‘Kiss the Sky’ – it was sky blue and trust me, if I’d had just one more, I WOULD have been ‘kissing the sky!’
I’m often asked what should go into a guest welcome bag – I say, it depends on the time of year, and the location the wedding is taking place in. My staples that go in every bag, regardless, are, a welcome note or letter, an agenda of the weekend’s activities and a guide of local places to eat and things to do. I also always include something to drink – usually water, something sweet and something savory/salty, hopefully, locally made. BUT, depending on the time of year, I customize a bit. If its July, and the church has no air conditioning, I might include those personal, battery operated, hand held fans. You can get them customized with your names and wedding date if you like! If its the dead of winter and the temps are low, I’ve used HotHands hand warmers. Guests simply open the packet and the tiny hand warmers go to work! Perfect for coat pockets! Its all about welcoming your guests and thinking of their comfort. Deliver the bags to the hotel your guests will be staying in the day before you expect any arrivals. Most hotels are happy to hand each guest one of your bags upon check in. Tired from traveling, your guests will appreciate you for thinking of them!