The blending of traditions and unique touches makes each wedding authentic, beautiful and special. But there is also a lot of detail that goes into making a wedding come together. Our clients always tell us we are always three steps ahead of them in the planning. We focus 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 weddings and milestone events we’ve planned.
Jillian + Michael
Jillian had been dreaming of her wedding day for years, and wanted to bring her vision to life. She was careful with each and every detail, from the floral arrangements to the china pattern, and her day couldn’t have turned out more perfectly. She got ready with the ladies at Hotel Zachary while her husband-to-be got ready in their home. Then Jillian and Michael tied the knot at Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church and celebrated the evening at Artifact Events.
"I wanted to reach out to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything!!!!! I cannot begin to thank you enough for your amazing work and help leading up to the day but also the day of the wedding. Everything from beginning to end was seamless and perfection! I don't think I ever dreamed my wedding day would be that relaxed and perfect and I owe most of that to you - organizing all the moving pieces into a flawless timeline and running everything. I could not have done this without you. You are amazing at your job and I'm so glad I was able to work with you.” - Jillian, Bride
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. They had their first look and family photos in Humboldt Park, and then enjoyed an outside ceremony and a tented dinner reception at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.
"Thank you so much for working with us on our wedding. We appreciated your attention to detail, calm demeanor and clear communication… more than you can ever imagine!” - Julie, Bride
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, as he was in a higher class than her, he offered to help her study. The rest is history. It only seemed right 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 the sun-filled Palm Court’s indoor and outdoor spaces.
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!
"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. Hire Dotted Events. You will not regret it." - Angie, Bride
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!
"Hiring Erin was the best decision I made in the wedding planning process. She took so much off my plate while also respecting our vision. She thought of so many details that I had never considered, and took care of them when I wasn't sure what needed to be done. She was so organized, calm, and encouraging! When my wedding day arrived, I knew that she would take care of every detail and I didn't have to worry about a thing! In fact, I only learned about a few small snags after the fact because Erin handled them all so my groom, family and I didn't have to. I highly recommend Erin and Dotted Events to anyone who wants a kind, organized, patient wedding coordinator who will help make sure your wedding day is perfect. “ - Annemarie, Bride
“Erin was just incredible and made everything seamless. There is no way I can convey how professional and efficient, kind and thoughtful this young woman is and how having her as our daughter's wedding planner was key to having a perfect wedding. She is just exceptional.” - Mary, Mother of the Bride
Alyssa + Tom
Tom and Alyssa said “I do” at Loyola University’s Madonna della Strada Chapel before braving the chilly winds to get pictures along Lake Michigan. They celebrated the occasion with dinner on campus in the Mundelein Auditorium, which was finished off with amazing cake with raspberry sauce, and then danced the night away with a a live band.
Michelle + Roger:
North Pond Restaurant
Opposites do attract. 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, Bride
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 with pizza and cupcakes at 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.
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, Groom
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.
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 Madonna della Strada on Loyola’s campus and then celebrated on campus at the Donovan Reading Room.
“We just returned home from our daughter's wedding and Erin helped to make it one of the best days of our entire life together! She thought of every detail, created a detailed timeline, and made sure that we had a plan (and a backup plan) for every eventuality. She coordinated all the vendors before the event. People came up to us on the day before and of the wedding and said that we didn't even look stressed - and we weren't. We enjoyed every minute - thank you Erin from a very happy MOB and FOB!” - Debby, Mother of the Bride
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, Bride
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.
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. The two lovebirds met at a Starbucks, so coffee became a theme for the night… in fact, they gave guests chocolate-covered espresso beans for favors. Yum!
"I'll make this really simple - we could not have done it without Erin!” - Casey, Bride
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 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, Bride
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.
“I can’t say enough to thank you! I can’t even count how many times Eric, myself or a family member said “what would we have done without her?“ You seriously made this entire experience so smooth!” - Kate, Bride
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 first look on the venue’s rooftop terrace, 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.
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! They took a break from their adventures around the world to tie the knot at the Morton Arboretum. Their wedding wasn't filled with just the typical traditions. Their ceremony included a tree-planting, and their reception included a tour through the arboretum gardens, Indonesian music, 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, Groom
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, to plan for their wedding day. I had started planning their wedding with them while they lived in Washington, DC, but they relocated to Minnesota and we started the planning over again in their new location. They had a vision for the colors that would be incorporated into the day. They wanted the bridal party, which was filled with both men and women, to be dressed all in grey so the two of them would stand out as the grooms in navy. The florals they picked were bright autumnal colors. It was a beautiful color palette!
"I had the privilege of working with Erin on our wedding and she is absolutely fabulous. Always very responsive and quick to come up with new and unique ideas to make our special day perfect. She truly has a keen eye for value and perfection and knows the right strings to pull at the right time to make sure that we get the wedding of our dreams. Highly recommend Dotted Events for your planning needs!” - Steven, Groom
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, boasted a beautiful sweets table, and was attended by about 40 guests. With the sun shining, the space looked stunning.
Catering: Aramark at Loyola University
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 and then Maggiano’s to celebrate. Sara decided to stick with the “courthouse” theme and donned a darling black dress with a white collar for the occasion.
Photography: Snapdragon Photography
Katie + Mark
Crown Center for the Humanities
Katie and Mark wanted a low-key celebration for their special day. But low-key didn’t make it any less amazing! They tied the knot at the courthouse a few weeks before the wedding celebration so that on the day itself, they could just spend time celebrating with friends and family. They did a first look right on the lake, took photos around Rogers Park, and then had a dinner reception with their closest friends and family at Crown Center for the Humanities on Loyola University’s campus.
“I'm not exaggerating at all when I say Erin made our wedding possible! From the day I hired her, she was responsive, friendly, and took charge! She recommended vendors and was very familiar with our venue and caterer. In the last month or more of the wedding, she handled all of my vendors and big ticket items so that I could focus on the little details (and not losing my mind!). As someone who is pretty frugal (read: cheap), hiring Erin was the best decision I could have made for our wedding!!! She is such a professional and a lovely human being on top of that!” - Katie, Bride
Eileen + Michael
Ignite Glass Studio
Eileen and Michael met in law school. Originally from the Chicago area, they both moved back to the city after graduation, 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.
“In a word--phenomenal. We used Erin's month of services. She was attentive and creative with solving some of our unique wedding issues that can up at the last second. Day of went so smoothly as well. We would highly recommend using her!” Michael, Groom
Ellen + Nate
Ellen and Nate are a match made in heaven, and the day radiated with love and was filled with some of their favorite things. Ellen is a florist, so she and one of her closest friends designed the arrangements for the day. 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. Also, Ellen and Nate also love tacos, so catering by Irazu (a Costa Rican restaurant) was the perfect touch!
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 for their ceremony. The cocktail reception continued at Piper Mansion 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 with his own band part way through the evening! The floor was hopping!
“Erin was an absolute life saver! There were so many details to pull together towards the end of our planning phase that she completely organized and pulled off without a hitch! We felt at ease once Erin stepped in, she enabled the day to be as beautiful and magical as anyone could have hoped. No one had to worry about a single detail on Christine and Austin's special wedding day. We felt completely confident with Erin and were able to enjoy every moment without any worries. I really can't say enough about her knowledge, organization and expertise for wedding planning and execution. Erin was nothing but a pleasure to work with! Thank you Erin for making Christine and Austin's wedding day perfect!!!” - Dawn, Mother of the Groom
“Thank you for the awesome wedding planning which you did for our daughter's wedding, Nov 2017. Erin you made the wedding day run smoothly. You helped immensely with our decision making during the weeks prior to the wedding weekend. It was perfect and you helped make that happen for all of us. Great effort on your part and great results for us!” - Colleen, Mother of the Bride
Julia + James
Bird Haven Conservatory
The wedding day started with the first look and ceremony at the Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory. It was the first ceremony I’ve been to at which they played Star Wars and Beatles music! The dinner reception took place at Warehouse: 109. What I loved about this wedding is that it was "so Julia and Jimmy..." (their friends and family kept repeating that the whole nice!) and that the entire day was light-hearted and fun.
"We tried to plan our wedding without a coordinator or planner. About two months out we became overwhelmed and luckily our date was a rare open date for Erin. Erin was great and managed a lot of the details that there was no way we could. We could not have done it without her." - Jimmy, Groom
Diana + Ryan
Donovan Reading Room
Diana and Ryan were married at Madonna della Strada Chapel on Loyola University’s campus. Following the ceremony, their guests headed over to Piper Mansion for a beautiful cocktail reception along the lake before heading to Donovan Reading Room for a seated dinner reception. They loved celebrating the special occasion with friends and family.
“You made our day just perfect!!!!! I am so thankful to have worked with you. Thank you for making our evening the best night we have ever had!!!" - Diana, Bride
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
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 were married on family property in Glenwood, Illinois. The drive down was so scenic and the property was picturesque. We brought in a tent for the dinner reception and used a patio for the ceremony and dancing. 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 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. Everyone danced the night away and had lots of fun celebrating the union of Sarah and Joe.
“From beginning to end Erin was with us every step of the way! She was persistently checking in on us and making sure that we had everything we needed and that everything was perfect for us! Erin is fun-loving, caring, detail-oriented, and on top of that extremely professional when working with those involved in our wedding such as vendors, family, friends, etc. We could not have asked for a better person to assist us on our joyous day. She went above and beyond any of our expectations and everything was perfect and went off without a hitch! She is truly passionate about her work and it clearly showed, absolutely incredible love Erin, we highly recommend her!!!” - Sarah, Bride
“What a wonderful job you did!!!! It was a stress free day because of you, Erin. Your presence and reassurance that things would be taken care of was priceless. I would recommend Dotted Events to anyone, family and friends .” - Kelly, Mother of the Groom
Photography: Sarah Seeley Photography below!