Eileen + Michael's Wedding: Ignite Glass Studios

Eileen and Michael both met in law school. Originally from the Chicago area, they both moved back to the city after school, and actually work in law firms in the same building downtown! These two love birds were a joy to work with, and their day was incredibly beautiful. The ceremony took place at Holy Name Cathedral, followed by a reception at Ignite Glass Studios.  

Eileen and Michael are both so genuinely sweet that the day was incredibly emotional. It was clear that each and every person celebrating the day with them was filled with joy, energy and happiness that the two were tying the knot.

The beautiful images below were captured by Danielle Heinson Photography. The many other incredible partners involved in this lovely day included: D'Absolute Events & Catering, The Bread & Butterfly, West Town Bakery, Antje Kastner Studio, Style Matters, Tablescapes and Classic Party Rentals.

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Kelsey + Jeff: Two Brothers Roundhouse

At the tail end of last year, I had the privilege of working with Kelsey and Jeff to plan and coordinate their wedding. Kelsey and Jeff shared an awkward third date on Valentine's Day, but by the fourth date, Kelsey knew Jeff was the one! Now this darling couple has sealed the deal and will be spending all future Valentine's Days together!

I met Kelsey through Kelsey and Jeff's wedding photographer, Jennifer of Jennifer Claire Photography. Something about Kelsey struck me from the start... not only is she incredibly hard working, but she is also one of the kindest souls I have met. I couldn't wait to work with her and her fiancé.

Their ceremony was held at Gary United Methodist Church and their reception at Two Brothers Roundhouse. The day also included a stop for a first look, at which the couple's pup Bailey made an appearance. Awww! AND there was an apple cider donut reception between the ceremony and the cocktail reception. Ummm... yum! The day was filled with cute touches.

Many incredible vendors helped make this day a special one, including: The Cakery, Town and Country Gardens, Appease, Inc., Red Letter DJs and A Posh Production.

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Sara + Calvin's Football-themed Baby Shower

We're already into post-season, with Superbowl Sunday quickly approaching, what better way to celebrate the coming birth of a little boy than with a football-themed party?! Calvin and Sara are expecting their first son Daxton around the middle of February. In honor of the two, some of Sara's closest friends and family (including me!) joined together to host the baby shower. Nearly 30 women gathered together for the special event.

The party boasted football-themed lunch foods and desserts, a "Stats" board for attendees to predict height, weight and birth date, a photo booth, and time to open up gifts for the couple and baby. Some of the gifts were even football-themed! So cute! 

Out of the Box Winter Shoot: Morgan Manufacturing

This month marks the one year anniversary of a winter shoot planned and executed by Jennifer Claire Photography and Dotted Events.  The shoot was part of the "Out of the Box Challenge" by Catalyst Wedding Co., in which we recieved a variety of surprise shoot elements to incorporate and had just days to come up with a concept and execute the shoot. The challenge was certainly stressful, but was also an opportunity to be creative and work under pressure with some incredible Chicago vendors. 

A bit about the inspiration: The elements in the box were classic elements that seemed to be a perfect fit for a wedding shoot inspired by the 1930's hit "Shall We Dance," but set in modern times. The included wedding dresses were especially crucial elements that influenced our theme and look. Our two brides had actually met as children while taking ballroom dance lessons; they grew up dancing together. As both brides are dancers, we wanted to physically show the act of "moving forward" through their story. As in the film, both artists start off by dancing alone. The dances are beautiful, but they are missing something. After finding one another, they fall in love and begin dancing together, a beautiful dance that will continue for the rest of their lives!

The inspiration was also suiting because we could highlight the barriers that have been broken down over the decades, and how our society is moving forward into times of acceptance and openness. Though we featured some classic 1930's-inspired elements in the shoot, we brought out modern elements intentionally. 

Featured Vendors: Bridal Dresses: Ash + Light, Celia Grace - Bridal Accessories: Kerry Ann Stokes, Alyssa Kristin, Left Bank Bridal - Photography: Jennifer Claire Photography -  Planning and Design: Dotted Events - Venue: Morgan MFG - Floral Design: Blumgarten & Co. - Cake Design: Swedish Bakery - Apparel Styling: Patrick Niles - Hair: Holli Beauty - Makeup: Debra Petrielli - Stationary: Emily Rose Ink - Cocktails: Valcohol - China and Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago - Models: Alexandria Odekirk, Evelyn Smesh

A 70th Birthday Surprise Party

For Patrick, a 70th birthday celebration was just another milestone. A spry man for his age, he didn't appear to be anywhere near 70 years of age, so to him it was just a number. However, his family wanted to celebrate the day in style and planned a surprise party for him that incorporated all his favorite things... motorcycles, books and Italian cannoli! We reserved an outdoor tent for the festivities at Fat Duck, and the place was packed with friends and loved ones. And goodness was he surprised! The party was a hit!

Dotted Events worked with the Escandar Group to make the birthday surprise come through by finding and booking a venue, developing the party theme, setting up the event space and overseeing the event budget and final payments. 

Alternative Health Group Anniversary Party

For the second year in a row, Dotted Events was invited to plan and execute the anniversary celebration for the Alternative Health Group. While the event happened to land on a night with predicted (and actual!) heavy snowfall, the turnout was great and the place was packed. The event boasted Indian and Italian fare and lively music. We invited the Escandar Group to partner with us on this event!

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The Law Offices of J. Jeltes Holiday Party: House of Blues

Many companies have some sort of holiday party this time of year for employees and/or clients. The Law Offices of J. Jeltes was no exception this year. They hosted about 40 special guests in the exclusive Divinity Room in the House of Blues at their 2016 holiday festivities.

While I have been to the House of Blues Chicago a number of times, this was my first opportunity to be upstairs. The space was filled with character and I couldn't help but snap some of the unique pieces I spotted before I even got to the event space.

Once arriving to the Divinity Room, I saw the charm continued. Dark wood, masculine furniture and gold framed images filled the room and provided the perfect setting for the holiday party. We set up a sweets buffet, which included four varieties of mini cupcakes, a candy cane tree and jars of original and peppermint hot chocolates for guests to take home. Guests and the hosts had a wonderful evening and the party continued long after the event formally concluded. 

This event was done in partnership with the Escandar Group

Image of the House of Blues Chicago, courtesy of the House of Blues website.

Image of the House of Blues Chicago, courtesy of the House of Blues website.

Image of The Foundation Room, courtesy of the House of Blues website

Image of The Foundation Room, courtesy of the House of Blues website


Image of The Divinity Room, courtesy of the House of Blues website.

Image of The Divinity Room, courtesy of the House of Blues website.

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Holiday Inspiration: A Classic Look for the Home

During the holiday season, many of us are entertaining in a variety of settings: work, school, home... With some basic supplies in classic colors, it is simple to take any backdrop, counter or buffet to the next level. During the holiday season, I love burgundy, evergreen and gold colors. By scattering ornamental balls, strands of beads, gold votives, dried or fresh orange pieces and evergreen sprigs (which you can often get complimentary at any place that sells Christmas trees!), an event can be dressed up without a lot of supplies or work. And don't forget the traditional treats, such as ginger bread cookies, stolen and mulled wine or cider!

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