A blending of traditions and unique touches make weddings rich, beautiful and original. But there are also a lot of details that go into making a wedding special. We focusing on the details and logistics so you and your loved ones can let loose and enjoy the day.
Below are some pictures from some recent real weddings and milestone events we’ve done.
Jillian + Michael
Jillian had been dreaming of her wedding day for years, and wanted to bring her vision to life. She had a truly perfect day. She got ready at Hotel Zachary, Jillian and Michael tied the knot at Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church and celebrated that evening at Artifact Events.
Casey + Ryan
Casey and Ryan wanted a day free of worry and stress. Casey got ready in Room 1520 and they held their ceremony and dinner reception there so they could spend more time with their friends and family and less time traveling between venues.
Tanyala + Antaeus
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Tanyala and Antaeus' were determined to have a wedding full of elegance and taste. However, their wedding day also inspired incredible emotion. With a first look that had the bride and groom in tears, to a sermon at the ceremony that had every eye in the house wet, to an incredible wedding blessing tradition by the groom's frat, the day was filled with feeling, love and celebration.
"Thanks again for your expert attention to detail... You'll go down in our life history book as a particularly special part of our big day. THANK YOU!!!!" - Antaeus
Keri + Anthony
It all started back in February 2010 at the study room at Loyola University when Keri spotted Anthony in his bright blue ITALY jacket. Keri was looking for a Biology study partner. She approached him to see if he was interested in partnering and, while he was not in the same class as her (he was in a higher level class), he offered to help her study. The rest is history.
It only seemed appropriate, then, that they would celebrate their marriage on Loyola University's campus. After a beautiful ceremony at Saint Benedict's Catholic Church, they hosted a lovely reception in Palm Court. The day was stunningly beautiful.
Sheila + Brian
Volo Wine Bar + Restaurant
For Sheila and Brian, having a wedding day that truly represented them was a priority. They elected to do a first look a few hours before the wedding so that they could spend time with their closest friends and family capturing images of the day around Chicago before heading to Volo Restaurant Wine Bar for the rest of the events. The ceremony was officiated by Sheila's sister and included "wine blending" in the program. The evening included heavy hors d'oeuvres, time for guests to mix and mingle throughout the evening and ended with macaroon towers and mini sweets. The two also incorporated cultural traditions into the day by dressing in typical Western wedding garb for the first part of the wedding day, and changing into Indian wedding clothing for the later part of the evening.
"Wow!! Erin of Dotted Events was great to work with and I highly recommend her. She's not only a great person, but a very organized, knowledgeable and thorough event planner. I'm a type A personality and it was great for Brian and I to be able to count on someone on the same page to pick up the balls that we dropped. Thank you Erin!" - Sheila
Annemarie + Greg
To the “T”, Annemarie and Greg’s wedding day was perfection. From the black bridesmaids dresses to the white floral arrangements to the traditional Catholic mass at St. Clement Church Chicago to the classy dinner reception at Salvatore’s Ristorante. Plus this is literally one of the sweetest couples I have ever met!
Amanda + Brandon
Amanda and Brandon were married at the private residence of Amanda's parents. When selecting wedding venues, Amanda told her mom that she had so many meaningful memories in that home, and she couldn't imagine being married anywhere else. Her mom was set on making her dream come true.
The day was full of personal touches. Amanda is Jewish so the ceremony included many Jewish traditions, including marriage under the chuppah, the bride and her family staying on the right side during the ceremony and the breaking of the glass by the groom to complete the ceremony. Before dinner the challah was blessed and broken.
Kate + Eric
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Kate and Eric’s wedding at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel was stunningly unique with its woodland-themed decor and hundreds of candles. There were surprises scattered throughout the evening... from butterflies nestled in the arrangements to a blue wedding dress to a second line that popped out and led the guests from the cocktail reception to the dinner.
Julie + Carlos
National Museum of
Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
Julie and Carlos were married on a cooler than average September day. However, that didn’t stop them from enjoying the outdoors with an outside ceremony and a tented reception, both held at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.
Carleigh + Caleb
Carleigh and Caleb’s wedding day at The Atrium was definitely one to remember. While it was a humid July day, the couple wasn’t bothered by the weather at all. They had a beautiful Jewish ceremony, an outdoor cocktail reception overlooking the city of Milwaukee and a stunning dinner reception followed by a dancing party to remember.
Michelle + Roger:
North Pond Restaurant
Michelle, a Director of Risk Management, and Roger, a photographer, fell in love. With a shared love for the picturesque backdrop of Lincoln Park, they held their ceremony outside by the lake, with their wedding reception at North Pond Restaurant. A traditional Irish bagpiper led them down the aisle as they celebrated tying the knot, while a Latin-inspired band kicked off the dancing after dinner.
"I had an outstanding experience with Erin of Dotted Events. She provided her "month of coordination" package for the final month leading up to my rehearsal dinner and wedding. She was fantastic--very professional, and knowledgeable, helping us plan some details that we might otherwise have overlooked. She verified and finalized terms with all our vendors, and helped us quickly find a replacement when the original vendor couldn't make the date. On the days of the events she truly handled everything--all the logistics, questions, problem solving, unlocking a door for a locked-out vendor. I really got to enjoy my own wedding while it went smoothly and delightfully. So happy!" - Michelle
Jason + Rizal:
Jason and Rizal connected for many reasons, but particularly on their love of travel. By the time they were married, they had been to dozens of cities, states and countries together! However, they took a break from their adventures around the world to tie the night at the Morton Arboretum. However, their wedding wasn't filled with just the typical traditions. Their ceremony included a Catertree-planting, and their reception included a tour through the arboretum gardens and performances by traditional Indonesian dancers.
"My husband and I cannot adequately express our gratitude to Dotted Events and our event organizer, Erin, for executing a wedding that we will forever remember with so much joy, love, and fondness. We sought Erin out a mere four months prior to our wedding and she was a tremendous help along the way. As the big day approached, we met with her more and more to discuss everything from planning to the details to the final execution. Erin saw our vision for the wedding with such precision. On the day-of, Erin ensured that every detail was cared for and perfectly aligned with what we had envisioned. She took great care of every detail (from vendor coordination, to the pacing of the event, to guest direction) so that my husband and I would not have to worry about a thing on our wedding day. In the end - on our "big day" - the event completely took our breath away, thanks to all of Erin's care and hard work. Every detail was beautiful and so PERFECT. What a pleasure it was to have Erin involved in our wedding. She was so kind, patient, professional, and thorough, and ensured our day was as magical as we had envisioned. Several of our family members and friends remarked how impressed they were with Erin on the day-of. They noticed the great care she took in every detail. We give Erin, and Dotted Events, our highest recommendation for planning and coordinating not only weddings, but for any special event!" - Rizal
Jennifer + Kyle
Dance Studio 3-D
Jennifer and Kyle’s wedding was full of personal touches. They got married and celebrated their nuptials near where Jennifer grew up in Wisconsin. They hosted the day at Dance Studio 3-D. While the day had sentimental tidbits spread throughout, one of the sweetest parts was that Jennifer’s beloved guinea pigs, Aldo, Pasquale and Lucca, made the trip up to celebrate with them. They were present in so many ways... in fact, instead of wedding cake, the couple served guinea-shaped cookies that looked like each of the darling guineas!!! And Jennifer and Kyle's hashtag was #guineagetmarried. Awww.
Steven + Kevin
Walker Art Center
It was a joy to work with Steven and Kevin, two friends of mine, throughout the planning process, but also an emotional and beautiful occasion to witness as they committed themselves to one another. Their wedding was held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Photography: Andrew Morrell Photography
Fiza’s Wedding Shower
As Fiza’s wedding neared, her friends and family wanted to throw her a wedding shower that would be just as memorable and special as the big day itself. The affair took place in Loyola University’s Palm Court, featured Halal food and boasted a beautiful sweets table, and was attended by about 40 guests.
Catering: Aramark at Loyola University
Tamika + Dan
Tamika and Dan's wedding took place on a chilly day, but that didn't put a damper on the occasion at all. The couple got ready at the Renaissance O'Hare before heading to Old St. Patrick's Church. With snow on the ground, the bridal party plowed through and took gorgeous photos throughout downtown Chicago following the ceremony, before heading back to the Renaissance O'Hare for the reception.
Sara + Calvin
As Sara and Calvin eagerly awaited the arrival of their first child, they decided to have an intimate ceremony and wedding celebration. They tied the knot at DuPage County Courthouse before heading to Cantigny Gardens to celebrate. Sara decided tto stick with the “courthouse” theme and donned a darling black dress for the occasion.
Photography: Snapdragon Photography
Angie + Matt
Floating World Gallery
Angie and Matt celebrated their nuptials at the Floating World Gallery. These two made sure each and every aspect of the wedding day represented them, from having an officiant who is a long-time family friend of Angie's to some of the couple's favorite foods (tacos!) to a DJ who kicked off the dance floor with a unique fervor that got the crowd moving and grooving! Lex Nelson Photography captured the day with gorgeous beauty.
"Hiring Dotted Events was the best thing I did for our wedding. I like to consider myself a pretty organized person and I really thought I could do the whole wedding planning myself. Months in of planning we realized that with the lack of experience I have in the wedding industry we really needed some guidance... once I met with the owner Erin, I knew Dotted Events was it! Erin is extremely kind and listens to you. Day of our wedding my husband and I both could not ask for a better experience because Erin HANDLED ALL OF IT! We had soooo many moving pieces involved on our special day and I did not have to worry about anything. She picked up our cake, floral arrangements, and kept our timeline in check. Hire Dotted Events, you will not regret it." - Angie
Kelsey + Jeff
Two Brothers Roundhouse
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! 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.
"Erin, I cannot tell you enough how wonderful you were the whole day. I feel like I was in a daze/daydream all day but one thing I do know is how valuable you were. To be honest, both Jeff and my dad were skeptical of why we needed to pay for a "coordinator" and the day after they both were like "wow, she was so amazing, so glad we had her" and compliments like that." - Kelsey
Katie + Mark
Crown Center for the Humanities
Katie and Mark wanted a lowkey celebration for their special day. They tied the knot at the courthouse a few weeks before the big day, and enjoyed photos and a dinner reception with their closest friends and family.
Sarah + Emmett
Donovan Reading Room
Sarah and Emmett are literally one of the silliest, happiest couples I have ever worked with. And their families were nothing but rays of sunshine as well. They got ready at Hampton Inn Loyola Station. They then tied the knot at Mundelein Auditorium and celebrated at Donovan Reading Room.
Eileen + Michael
Ignite Glass Studio
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.
Ellen + Nate
Ellen and Nate tied the knot at The Joinery. The two are a match made in heaven, and the day radiated with love and was filled with some of their favorite things. A florist, Ellen and one of her close friends designed the arrangements for the day... and you can see in the backdrop of the ceremony how florals were incorporated into a stunning and unique piece of living art. Ellen adores vintage clothing and selected a vintage dress that fit her like a glove.
Christine + Austin
The day started off at the Hampton Inn before we headed over to Loyola University's campus for the rest of the festivities. Christine and Austin selected Madonna della Strada as the church in which to tie the knot. The cocktail reception continued at Piper Hall on the lake and guests moved to the Mundelein Auditorium for dinner and dancing. And boy did the evening go late! There was a live band and the groom even got up to perform a 15 minute set part way through the evening! The floor was hopping!
Julia + James
Bird Haven Conservatory
The wedding day started with the first look and ceremony at the Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory, followed by dinner at Warehouse: 109. What I loved about this wedding is that it was "so Julia and Jimmy..." and that it was also cute and light-hearted, which makes it extra special (and enjoyable!) to be a part of.
Diana + Ryan
Donovan Reading Room
Diana and Ryan said “I Do” in Madonna della Strada Chapel before heading to Donovan Reading Room to celebrate the special occasion with friends and family.
Falyn + Stan
Falyn and Stan enjoyed a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the patio of Piper Mansion. The outdoor space overlooks Lake Michigan and couldn’t have been more picturesque. After tying the knot, the guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails right on the lake.
Photography: Steve Koo Photography
Susan + Rob
Susan and Rob’s day kicked off with the two meeting at Eaton Preserve in the early afternoon for their first look. They then headed to Plymouth Congregational Church for the ceremony. After saying "I do", they closed out the evening at one of my favorite venues, Warehouse: 109, which is a unique event space with incredible vignettes, including a gallery of antique motorcycles, a vintage bar, and a 1958 Airstream turned into a lounge.
Sara + Anthony
Sara and Anthony’s wedding was a fairy-tale day, followed by an evening of so much fun that even I was moving and grooving! On the wedding morning, Sara got ready at the Hampton Inn before heading over with the ladies to the ceremony at Madonna della Strada. After saying, “I Do”, the celebration continued at Mundelein Ballroom nearby.
As Sara comes from a Spanish family, there were Spanish traditions scattered throughout the day. One of my favorites was the custom of the giving of wedding coins during the ceremony. Thirteen gold coins (arras) are given to the bride by the groom, signifying his willingness to support her. Often presented in ornate boxes or gift trays, this represents the bride’s dowry and holds good wishes for prosperity. Traditionally, these coins become a part of their family heirloom.
Alyssa + Eric
Alyssa and Eric decided to get married on some family property in Glenwood, IL, which I had, quite frankly, never even heard of before meeting the couple. The natural outdoors venue they had selected blew me away. This celebration was beautiful, but also a lot of fun!
Photography: Kristan Weatherford Photography
Rosa + Fausto
Rosa and Fausto's wedding day was influenced by a mix of Spanish and Cuban traditions. Held at Warehouse: 109, the ceremony and reception had such an elegance to them. The ceremony was accompanied by a string quartet, the cocktail reception by Spanish guitarists and the dancing by a DJ. The menu for the evening included Spanish-inspired hors d'oeuvres and scrumptious seafood paella.
Sarah + Joe
Grand River Center
Sarah and Joe had a traditional church ceremony at St. Luke's United Methodist, followed by a cocktail and dinner reception at the Grand River Center. Navy with pops of yellow embellished the venues and the smiling faces of friends and family dotted the sidelines and center stage. Everyone danced the night away and had lots of fun celebrating the union of Sarah and Joe.
Photography: Sarah Seeley Photography below!