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 honor this richness by focusing on the details and logistics so you and your loved ones can enjoy the day without the weight of the planning and coordinating on your shoulders.
Keri + Anthony: Loyola University's Palm Court
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 Bendict's Catholic Church, they hosted a lovely reception in Palm Court. The day was stunningly beautiful.
Eileen + Michael: Ignite Glass Studios
Eileen and Michael met in law school. Both from the Chicagoland area, they returned to the city and worked in the same building downtown after school. About seven years after meeting, they said their "I do's" at Holy Family Church and danced the night away with loved ones 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 smoothly as well. We would highly recommend using her!" - Michael
Tanyala + Antaeus: Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel
Tanyala and Antaeus' were determined to have a wedding full of elegance and taste at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. 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. Amor in Motion and Studio This Is captured the day in a breathtaking way.
"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
Rosa + Fausto: Warehouse: 109
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.
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
Jason + Rizal: Morton Arboretum
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
Sheila + Brian: Volo Restaurant Wine Bar
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 day's events. The ceremony was officiated by Sheila's sister and included "wine blending" in the program. The evening passed on a traditional "sit down meal" and 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
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
Carleigh + Caleb: The Atrium
Alice in Wonderland: Lacuna Artist Loft
Ed and Eileen Photography and I partnered to design and shoot this Alice in Wonderland wedding inspiration at Lacuna Artist Loft Studio. 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the story written by Lewis Carroll, which has remained one of the most famous fairy tales of all time; it seemed fitting to pay tribute to this magical and unconventional work of art by reinterpreting it for the nuptials of a modern couple. This shoot was featured in Ruffled and ModWedding.
Floral: Blumgarten & Co. - Wedding Dress and Jewelry: Mignonette Bridal - Rings: Gage Diamonds - Hair: Marisol Saucedo - Makeup: Marguerite Preston - Bridesmaids Dresses: Brideside - Tuxedos: Menguin - Wardrobe Styling: Patrick Niles - Wedding Cake: Swedish Bakery - Paper Goods: Hand-Painted Weddings - Furniture: Makers Chicago - Place Settings: Rent Vintage Chicago - Backdrop: Lil Epic Design - Chairs and Linens: Classic Party Rentals - Lighting and Draping: Art of Imagination
Love Bugs: Warehouse: 109
Inspired by the vintage look of Warehouse: 109, Jennifer Claire Photography and I designed a photo shoot with hints of blues and pinks with a classic look. One of the owners of the venue, Cerena, modeled for the shoot, along with her husband Greg and her sister Corinne. Since the shoot, this has become a favorite venue of mine at which to plan and coordinate actual weddings!
Shall We Dance?: Morgan Manufacturing
The Out of the Box Challenge was a "choose-your-own-adventure" styled shoot challenge offered by Catalyst Wedding Co. Jennifer Claire Photography and I headed up one of eight teams selected to compete nationwide in the competition. With only days to plan a themed shoot and to pull together some of Chicago's most talented vendors, we had a lot of fun (and a lot of adrenaline expended) pulling together this photo shoot at Morgan Manufacturing. Our shoot was featured on the Catalyst Wed Co. blog.
Bridal Dresses: Ash + Light and Celia Grace - Bridal Accessories: Kerry Ann Stokes, Alyssa Kristin and Left Bank Bridal - Floral Design: Blumgarten & Co. - Apparel Styling: Patrick Niles - Hair: Holli Beauty - Makeup: Debra Petrielli - Stationary: Emily Rose Ink - Cocktails: Valcohol - China and Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago - Rings: Susie Saltzman - Model: Alexandria Odekirk - Model: Evelyn Smesh