Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Style Me Pretty: A Secret Loft Garden

Ahhh!! It’s been sooo difficult to contain my excitement about our photoshoot that is featured today on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book Blog!

Back in the winter, I had lunch with Grace from Vale of Enna Floral Design and photographer Kenny Nakai, who had recently moved into their fabulous new studio space in Lincoln Park. Uhm, hello-what-a-perfect-place-for-a-photoshoot!! There are a ton of pics in the SMP feature and even more eye-candy in the Gallery, but here’s one that’s not in there:


Grace and I, tired and happy after hours of tweaking and perfecting :)

Here is probably one of my favorite shots. I am OBSESSED with the hanging mirrored table number!



I can’t even explain how tricky these bubble shots were to pull off!! But I saw it in my head and was determined to bring it to life. It involved me standing on a tall chair, ungracefully huffing and puffing, while Grace fanned the bubbles in the right direction, all while Kenny snapped a million shots! But totally worth it :)


Another one of my favorite details were the mirrored escort cards in the glass globe holders with a dainty ranunculous bud.


What do you think, friends?!

Images by Nakai Photography.
Event Design & Styling by Sweetchic Events
Florals by Vale of Enna
Draping by Art of Imagination
Food by Pure Kitchen Catering
Calligraphy by Write by Mike

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Venue Spotlight: The Newberry Library

I am super excited that one of my 2012 couples just booked one of my favorite venues, The Newberry Library as their wedding venue! It was a tough choice, and it came down to the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia and Fulton’s on the River. In the end, the uniqueness of the Newberry won out!

I first heard about The Newbery Library when I read The Time Traveler’s Wife (one of my favorite books) a few years ago! It also happens to be an amazing wedding venue… one that is booked solid up to 14+ months in advance! So if you love this place, be prepared to wait (or get lucky).

Why is it so popular? Well, first and foremost, it is a gorgeous library and you get the place all to yourselves for six hours. The $6,000 rental fee is fairly reasonable for downtown Chicago (ok, it’s still a lot…), especially when you consider that it includes all the tables, opera chairs, a parking lot, and you have the freedom to bring in any caterer (with the appropriate licenses and insurance) and can purchase your own liquor. It is also across the street from the lovely Washington Square Park where you can have your ceremony (a separate permit must be obtained through the Chicago Park District).

Newberry Library exterior front entrance Secondprint productions

A ceremony across the street at Washington Square Park.

Newberry Library  wedding ceremony Washington Square Park Secondprint productions  Newberry Library foyer stairwell

Newberry Library wedding reception escort cards Secondprint productions

Ruggles Hall (check out those Opera Chairs!!)
 Newberry Library Ruggles Hall wedding reception 1 Secondprint productions Newberry Library Ruggles Hall wedding reception 2 Secondprint productions 
All images above by Second Print Productions, from one of my favorite 2009 weddings!

Any Newberry brides out there?


Monday, September 13, 2010

Wedding Eye Candy

I’m headed to Hawaii today for 8 days of blissful vacation and to attend a friend’s destination wedding! We have been looking forward to this trip for months, so I am SO excited! Not to mention… I need a break! Wedding season is exhausting  :)

But before I leave, I thought I’d leave you with some wedding eye-candy: here are a few teaser pics from my last two weddings (taken by yours truly, obviously)! Stay tuned for pro pics later this month…

Dana & Steve, September 5, 2010, University Club of Chicago

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Kelley & Mike, September 11, 2010, Chicago Botanic Gardens 

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I’ll be back soon with some pictures from Hawaii!   


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Tablescape: Drama in Aubergine & Chartreuse

First of all, what is aubergine? It’s French for eggplant, as in the vegetable and color!

Today’s tablescape inspiration is full of DRAMA! I love the use of the vibrant jewel tones and the lighting, lighting, lighting! I know manzanita branch centerpieces have been done to death, but when done right, I still can’t help but love them! Especially here with the fluffy rose pomanders and crystals, nestled in a lush arrangement at the base.

Aubergine Chartreuse manzanita tablescapes


Aubergine Chartreuse manzanita tablescapes

And how gorgeous is this venue? Wedding at the Skirball Cultural Center in LA and photographed by Joy Marie Photography

Via Junebug Weddings

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Indie Wed: A Unique Wedding Show

Are you going?

I am so looking forward to Indie Wed on January 30th! According to their site:

“On January 30th 2010, Chicago will be the location for a unique wedding event. The event, called Indie Wed will be the first of its kind in the Midwest, bringing together local vendors with a twist. Indie Wed caters to unconventional couples who are taking a more modern, edgy, or eco-friendly approach to their special day as well as the more conservative couples who simply want to add some special touches. The event will highlight the work of local independent designers specializing in various wedding related fields including stationery, cakes & pastries, fashion, catering, floral design and photography”

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
from 11am-5pm
at the Showroom at the Ravenswood Event Center
4025 N. Ravenswood Ave
Chicago Illinois

Click HERE to pre-order tickets, and HERE for the list of participating vendors! Hope to see you there…

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Introducing: Sweetchic’s New Website & Blog

Happy New Year, everyone!

We are SO excited to announce that and our blog have undergone a MAJOR overhaul! Our old site was a flash-based website through Bludomain, and while that served us very well for a year and a half, it was time for an upgrade! Our new html site now has an entirely new look and feel with the help of web designer, Lauren of Goodspark. And did you notice that Sweetchic’s logo also received a little love?


Our new blog has been integrated into the website itself, and is located


Please be sure to change your RSS feed, Google reader, or whatever you use…

Soooo… whaddya think?!