Wedding Party Recap!

All we can say is WOW!  What a fantastic time we had co-hosting the first-ever Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party Chicago with Claudia Hanlin, founder of The Wedding Library, and Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of  Martha Stewart Weddings!

On March 10, more than 300 brides and grooms came to the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago for a day filled with bridal ideas, information,  food and fun.   With nearly 70 participating vendors, there was no shortage of wedding inspiration!

Here are a few of our favorite photos, courtesy of Andre LaCour Photography

HMR Designs created gorgeous floral and decor installations, including a custom round bar where guests enjoyed champagne cocktails.

BBJ Linen provided an assortment of gorgeous linen for all of our vendor tables.

Great Life Music and Roxtette entertained our guests with live music throughout the day.

Fancy Candies created this fun sweetscape.

Hello Darling & Courtney Callahan Paper collaborated on this boho-chic garden vignette.

Amy Beck Cake Designs showcase her stunning cakes.

Richard Remaird Event Design w0wed us with a lush and romantic centerpiece.

Of course, we had a blast working with BBJ Linen and HMR Designs to design the Lovebird Events table.

And how darling is this table from The Wedding Library & Newlywish?

We could go on and on about the beautiful work displayed by the city’s best vendors!

A huge thank you to EVERYONE that participated!  We were thrilled to have so much talent in the room and owe the success of this event to you!

Meet the rest of the Vendors!

Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party is just a few days away and we have four more fabulous vendors to introduce to you:

  • Art of Seduction Boutique Boudoir Photography is an independent boutique boudoir photography studio. We pride ourselves on our personalized customer service, and our ability to cater to the needs of everyone. We shoot Victoria’s Secret, pinup, couples and other unique styles of boudoir photography. Our beautiful vintage studio helps create unique and individualized images.

 

  • Fancy Candies is Chicago’s premier boutique candy buffets & sweets table design company where we celebrate the art of creative presentation. We have the unique pleasure of dazzling clients and their guests with an array of colorful candies and hand-picked confections styled to complement the event’s theme. No matter the style, we create one-of-kind dessert buffets to reflect the personality of the affair.

 

  • Cake prides itself on creating the highest-quality wedding cakes and favors in Chicago. Pastry chef Mary Winslow and her team combine years of experience with a sophisticated yet unpretentious approach to cake design. Mary uses only the finest ingredients, and her personal approach and attention to detail reflect her commitment to realizing each couple’s unique vision for their wedding day.

 

  • Williams-Sonoma Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of home furnishings and gourmet cookware in the United States. Our brands are among the best known and most-respected in the industry. We offer high-quality, stylish products for every room in the house: from the kitchen to the living room, bedroom, home office and even the hall closet.

Ten More Wedding Party Vendors!

With less than two weeks to go, we are thrilled to continue to welcome new vendors to the first-ever Wedding Party Chicago.  Here are ten more great vendors that you’ll be able to meet at this event:

  • Amy Beck Cake Design is truly a one of a kind cake experience. Amy and her team whip up to-die-for cake flavors and fillings, and handcrafted intricate detail in every cake. Along with five star customer service, the Amy Beck Cake Design experience has everyone coming back for more.
  • BBJ has been the nation’s premier linen rental company,since 1983. BBJ rents exquisite table linens, food-safe glass chargers and exclusive table décor accessories to hosts who are committed to creating fashionable table experiences.
  • Bittersweet Pastry Shop has been providing Chicagoans with consistently outstanding wedding and celebration cakes, pastries and baked goods for 21 years.
  • HMR Designs leads the event design community with new and fresh design concepts on a continual basis.   From traditional to ultra contemporary, great design and fine service are the stedfast qualities of the firm.
  • Magnolia Bakery, located in Block 37, is a classic American bakery serving nearly 120 varieties of freshly baked desserts, including cupcakes, cakes, cheesecakes, banana pudding, icebox desserts, brownies, cookies and muffins. Magnolia specializes in custom baked goods, including cupcakes, cupcake trees, deconstructed wedding cakes, dessert tables and personalized wedding favors.
  • Poladora, founded in 2009 by Stephanie Pirishis, takes its name from the combination of the Greek words “Pola” and “Dora” to literally mean “many gifts”. The name serves as a metaphor for the company’s philosophy to provide a large variety of gift options for all tastes and budgets.
  • Reenie Rose provides the perfect alternative to preserving a wedding bouquet by creating a custom oil painting.  Whether the special day has passed or is being planned for the near future, artist Loreen Hospodar works with the couple, gift giver or vendors to bring the bouquet to life.
  • Richard Remiard Event Design’s work style is one of interpretive collaboration, encouraging you to reveal your tastes, dreams and ideas so together we can achieve your vision. Richard Remiard Design began in 1998 with the intention of combining the best of what Richard had learned with all of the ideas he had not seen realized.
  • Spin-Spun All Natural Confections “A New Spin on an Old Favorite.”   Using only the finest all natural and organic ingredients, we have developed the absolute best-tasting cotton candy ever created.  Nothing artificial; pure white; under 100 calories; nut free, dairy free, & gluten free… it doesn’t get any better!”
  • Veruca Chocolates are made for chocolate lovers with discriminating taste and an eye for beauty. Using the finest ingredients, each piece is made by hand, and incorporates color, shape, patterns and texture to entice the eye as well as the palate.

More Vendors Join the Wedding Party Chicago!

What an exciting week!  We’ve had several more vendors sign on to help with your photography, invitations, registry and floral needs. Please take a look below for details on the latest WPChi vendor:

  • Amanda Hein Photography: An independent Chicago Wedding Photographer specializing in natural moments. Amanda’s imagery is full of true emotion reflecting the atmosphere, mood and story of her clients’ special day.
  • The Blooming Quill: Fine hand lettering and custom invitations for weddings and other special events. Copperplate and Spencerian lettering.
  • Courtney Callahan Paper: A design studio specializing in custom wedding invitations including everything you will need for your big day–from save-the-dates to wedding programs to thank you notes. Owner Courtney Callahan personally provides couples with a one-on-one experience to create something truly unique.
  • Hello Darling: Hello Darling is a full-service floral and event styling company for clients who desire luxury with a smile. Providing personalized service, we bring our client’s visions to life coordinating all of your event décor needs including artful floral designs, lighting & fabric, custom furnishings, and charming rentals.
  • Macy’s Wedding Registry: Macy’s offers an exceptional team of bridal experts, dedicated to helping you create the registry of your dreams by combining the best service and selection with convenience. Macy’s has many brands that you know and love, including many exclusive brands: Hotel Collection, Charter Club, Tools of the Trade, and The Cellar.
  • Namaste Nuptials: helps all involved in weddings, from the bride and groom to the parents and wedding party too, put their best selves forward for the big day and beyond through the practice of yoga.  Whether looking to get in shape, find a moment of serenity, or simply add a unique element to this incredibly special time, Namaste Nuptials is here to further enhance the occasion so you can move blissfully into the future.
  • NewlyWish Registry: NewlyWish is a wedding gift registry service designed to provide to-be-weds, their friends and family, with the choice, convenience, and personalization they desire in such an important and personal time in their lives.
  • One Fine Day Productions: When you hire OFDP, they are there to make make a movie of your day, not just capture the events as they happen. Their style is cinematic and desigend to tell “your story”.
  • Sugar River Stationers: Sugar River Stationers offers upscale design as special as the event it heralds. Select from one of our pre-designed, or meet with a Sugar River design consultant to create a one-of-a-kind solution.

Wedding Party Destination & Honeymoon Lounge

One of our favorite parts of the Wedding Party is the Destination  & Honeymoon Lounge! Brides-to-be (and grooms-to-be!) will enjoy kicking back in the lounge while learning about some amazing honeymoon locations.

Below are a few of the travel vendors that will be featured in the lounge.

  • Radisson Blu Resort Marina & Spa, St. MartinThis Caribbean resort’s location is perfect for a relaxing tropical vacation. The hotel offers luxurious rooms and suites, a full-service spa, infinity pool and PADI diving courses.
  • Regent Palms Turks & Caicos: Regent Palms resort in Providenciales Turks and Caicos, is one of the best luxury resorts in the Caribbean
  • Ladera, St. Lucia: Ladera, a fixture on every major top hotel and awards list, is a groundbreaking luxury resort and a haven for celebrities, honeymooners and trendsetters. Situated on a forested ridge 1,100 feet above the sea, it is perched above the port town of Soufrière.
  • Meadowood Napa Valley: Meadowood, one of the true luxury resorts in Napa Valley, offers Napa Valley vacations with golf, tennis, croquet, hiking, swimming, fitness, spa, wine education and a Michelin three-star restaurant dining experience.
  • Greaves India:  Greaves designs  itineraries to suit travelers preferences and create the best luxury tours in India. They help travelers realize their dreams for the best vacations across the Indian Sub-Continent.
  • BVI Tourism: BVI Tourism provides information about the beautiful islands, friendly people and recreational activities, as well as helpful information on permits, policies and more.
  • Tourist Authority of Thailand: Thailand travel guides can help you plan where to go by providing information about dining and accommodation, Thailand tourist attractions, regional festivals and events, different activities in each of the Thailand provinces, and unique shopping products produced in different regions of Thailand.

Tickets On Sale Now!

Meet the Wedding Party Chicago Vendors!

We are thrilled to announce the following vendors who recently confirmed attendance at Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party!

As we mentioned earlier, all vendors attending the Martha Stewart Wedding Party are hand-picked by Lovebird Events, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Wedding Library. Please take some time to read about these companies. You’ll soon understand why we selected them to participate in this event…

  • Alliance Bakery: Alliance Bakery features fine European pastries and desserts and custom-designed wedding cakes.  They are in the in-house cake provider for the Radisson Blu.
  • Andre LaCour Photography:  An award-winning photographer with more than 25 years of experience capturing relationships and important moments in the lives of his clients.
  • Art of Imagination: A full-service decor and event production company that is the go-to resource for stunning, one-of-a-kind events across the city.  Art of Imagination specializes in luxurious fabric and creative lighting for weddings & events.
  • Audiovisual Techniques (AVT):  AVT Event Technologies Inc. is the undisputed technology leader of innovative in-house audiovisual, staging, and production services at hotels and resorts everywhere.
  • BHLDN: Anthropologie’s wedding brand featuring vintage-inspired, beautifully crafted attire and decor for weddings or special events.
  • Filini: Authentic Italian food simply prepared to let the freshest of ingredients sing. Located inside the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.
  • Five Grain Events: Chicago-based planners collaborate with their clients to create events brimming with personality, vibrancy, and panache.
  • Great Life Music: A full-service entertainment company specializing in live music for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, and all other types of private events.
  • Nico and LaLa: Custom designers, specializing in custom invitations, event branding, and gifts for the home and life.
  • PaperCinemas: PaperCinemas has fused the art of making mini movie clips and transforming them onto paper, creating the modern day flip book starring you and your guests. A mobile flipbook dedicated to capturing special moments at your event and producing personalized flipbooks for guests.
  • Penelope’s Press: Letterpress print and design studio featuring clean and simple design and original hand drawn illustrations.  Penelope’s Press offers invitations, social stationery, and business correspondence for paper lovers all over the globe.
  • Wedding Jojo: Customize your wedding website. Wedding Jojo offers modern, unique, and whimsical themes, designed to give the bride and groom visually appealing ways to share all of their special wedding information.
  • XO Pictures: Chicago-based motion picture artists with a passion to discover beauty and inspiration.

We’ll keep you updated as more vendors are confirmed!

Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party is coming to Chicago!

SAVE THE DATE!  Sunday, March 10, 2013

I am THRILLED to be sharing some exciting news today. Lovebird Events is co-hosting Chicago’s first-ever Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party, one of the premier bridal and wedding events in the country!

Please join Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings, Claudia Hanlin, founder of The Wedding Library, and me for a lavish day of ideas, inspiration and fun at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago on Sunday, March 10th from 10 am – 3 pm.

The event will feature some of the city’s “best” luxury wedding vendors all personally hand-picked by your hosts. Priced at $65 or $110 per couple, the first-ever Martha Stewart Wedding Party will showcase expert panel discussions and Q&A’s, celebrity speakers, raffle giveaways, food, drinks, a Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Lounge and more for brides and grooms-to be! Topics will range from dream dresses to dream honeymoons – and all the details in between.

We’re still finalizing details, but couldn’t wait to share the news. For a sneak peek, take a look below for a few pictures from this year’s NYC ‘Wedding Party.’

For more photos from the NYC event, check out Martha Stewart’s blog recap here.

Happy Anniversary to R&J!

It’s hard to believe it has been two years since these two tied the knot! R&J, wishing you the happiest of anniversaries. Lots of love to you both!

PS – How amazing is this photo of R&J on the “famed” Knickerbocker dance floor from the talented Andre LaCour?

S+J Wedding Preview

We had SO much fun working with Stephanie and Joel to plan their wedding at the new Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.  A full recap (complete with photos!) is in the works,  but in the meantime we just had to share this video trailer from Rica Chica Event Productions. Enjoy!