recommendations

VENUES: 


BLUMEN GARDENS:

Sycamore, IL
~vintage, rustic, brick

Blumen Gardens is a hometown favorite! They have a beautiful outdoor area for ceremonies and photos, with a stunning brick interior with chandeliers and wood beams!  

www.blumengardens.com



BRIDGEPORT ART CENTER

Chicago, IL
~brick, wood beams

 The Bridgeport Art Center has multiple floors where you can host your ceremony and reception! The SkyLoft overlooks the city in the background, indoor wood floors and brick walls, and a beautiful outdoor area with chandeliers and bricked archways!

www.bridgeportart.com




FLORISTS:


FLOWERS FOR DREAMS

Chicago, IL

Any bouquet or arrangement you could dream of!

Anna Canales was the designer for a recent wedding, and she knocked it out of the park! She created vibrant bouquets with movement and textures, and was an amazing help during the setup process!

Photo credit: Daniel Kelleghan

www.flowersfordreams.com




DJS: 


BEHIND THE BEATS PRODUCTIONS

Sycamore, IL

DJ/MC with party/dance music!

Kris (DJ Toxic) is one of my favorite DJs! He used to DJ our school dances and he played the perfect music to get everyone on the dance floor! His wedding clients only say amazing things about his professionalism, friendliness, and talents that made their reception unforgettable!

www.BehindTheBeatsPro.com



FELIX AND FINGERS DUELING PIANOS

Midwest 

Live music and MC!!

These guys are insanely fun to have at your wedding! They do everything from ceremony music, MC'ing the reception, and live music! Guests love them and they are a unique addition to your reception!


www.felixandfingers.com



READY, SET, DANCE ENTERTAINMENT


Bolingbrook, IL

Dj, MC, photobooth, lights

Tim was an amazing DJ and MC at the Bridgeport Art Center wedding I was at! Not only was he positive and fun, but played great music! They also have a photo booth option that guests loved! 

www.readysetdanceent.com




BAKERIES:


ERICA KORN CAKERY

Belvidere, IL

Decorated cakes and desserts

Erica makes some of the most beautiful cakes!! Not only are they pieces of art, but they also taste amazing!!! She can also do cupcakes, cookies , or any other treats you want to offer your guests! 

www.ekcakery.com




CATERING:


PUB 47

Huntley, IL

~American fine dining, pub food


Pub 47 catered our wedding in 2016! Their restaurant in Huntley has a great bar with lunch and dinner options! They did our catering with chicken piccata, beef medallions, and delicious sides! We got so many complements on Chef John's cooking!

www.pub47grill.com



COCINA FUSION

Chicago, IL

Latin American, Mexican, Italian 


Cocina Fusion served some of the best food I've had at a wedding, and I've eaten a lot of wedding food! They served amazing steak, but have a ton of great options online, including a churro cart! They also did a lot of setup for the tables and rent out linens and chairs!

www.weddingcateringchicago.net



VIDEOGRAPHY:

Max Akerman Creative

Rockford/Chicagoland

cinematic videography

These wedding videos are cinematic, elegant, and professional , they end up as a short film laid out to express how your special day unfolds, shot to show every accent of beauty and fun throughout your day!

https://vimeo.com/maxakerman




HAIR/MAKEUP ARTISTS:


TAMARA HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTRY

Chicagoland

glam/ variety makeup team

Tamara HMUA does a phenomenal job! They were able to cover up some crazy last-minute burns from a spa facial gone wrong at another studio on the wedding day! They have a large team and do beautiful, professional makeup and hair!

www.tamaramakeup.com


LAUREN MURPHY

Chicagoland

all your beauty needs!

Lauren was a rockstar at Jackie's wedding in July 2019 in Barrington! She gave the bridesmaids and the bride a glowing, natural, yet glamorous makeover and they looked stunning all day! Very professional and friendly!

www.murphysbeautylaw.com



MISCELLANEOUS:


BARISTA MOBILE ESPRESSO BAR

Geneva, IL

Mobile, rustic coffee cart with barista

FreshGround Roasting in Geneva offers an adorable, rustic coffee cart that costs a similar amount to caterer's coffee, but you get hand-crafted lattes and espresso for your guests! It will help keep the energy up for the late-night dance parties!

www.mybarista.co


HERITAGE CREATIVE CO

Seattle, WA

Invitations, stationary

Heritage Creative Co. has created beautiful stationary for some styled shoots for us! They are able to custom design invitation suites, table numbers and any other paper good for your wedding!

www.instagram.com/heritagecreativeco









VENUES: 


BLUMEN GARDENS:

Sycamore, IL
~vintage, rustic, brick

Blumen Gardens is a hometown favorite!
They have a beautiful outdoor area for
ceremonies and photos, with a stunning
brick interior with chandeliers and wood
beams!  

www.blumengardens.com




BRIDGEPORT ART CENTER

Chicago, IL
~brick, wood beams

 The Bridgeport Art Center has multiple floors where you can host your ceremony and reception! The SkyLoft overlooks the city in the background, indoor wood floors and brick walls, and a beautiful outdoor area with chandeliers and bricked archways!

www.bridgeportart.com




FLORISTS:


FLOWERS FOR DREAMS

Chicago, IL

Any bouquet or arrangement you could dream of!

Anna Canales was the designer for a recent wedding, and she knocked it out of the park! She created vibrant bouquets with movement and textures, and was an amazing help during the setup process!

Photo credit: Daniel Kelleghan

www.flowersfordreams.com





DJS: 


BEHIND THE BEATS PRODUCTIONS

Sycamore, IL

DJ/MC with party/dance music!

Kris (DJ Toxic) is one of my favorite DJs! He used to DJ our school dances and he played the perfect music to get everyone on the dance floor! His wedding clients only say amazing things about his professionalism, friendliness, and talents that made their reception unforgettable!

www.BehindTheBeatsPro.com





FELIX AND FINGERS DUELING PIANOS

Midwest 

Live music and MC!!

These guys are insanely fun to have at your wedding! They do everything from ceremony music, MC'ing the reception, and live music! Guests love them and they are a unique addition to your reception!


www.felixandfingers.com



READY, SET, DANCE ENTERTAINMENT

Bolingbrook, IL

Dj, MC, photobooth, lights

Tim was an amazing DJ and MC at the Bridgeport Art Center wedding I was at! Not only was he positive and fun, but played great music! They also have a photo booth option that guests loved! 

www.readysetdanceent.com/




BAKERIES:


ERICA KORN CAKERY

Belvidere, IL

Decorated cakes and desserts

Erica makes some of the most beautiful cakes!! Not only are they pieces of art, but they also taste amazing!!! She can also do cupcakes, cookies , or any other treats you want to offer your guests! 

www.ekcakery.com




CATERING:


PUB 47

Huntley, IL

~American fine dining, pub food


Pub 47 catered our wedding in 2016! Their restaurant in Huntley has a great bar with lunch and dinner options! They did our catering with chicken piccata, beef medallions, and delicious sides! We got so many complements on Chef John's cooking!

www.pub47grill.com



COCINA FUSION

Chicago, IL

Latin American, Mexican, Italian 


Cocina Fusion served some of the best food I've had at a wedding, and I've eaten a lot of wedding food! They served amazing steak, but have a ton of great options online, including a churro cart! They also did a lot of setup for the tables and rent out linens and chairs!

www.weddingcateringchicago.net



VIDEOGRAPHY:

Max Akerman Creative

Rockford/Chicagoland

cinematic videography

These wedding videos are cinematic, elegant, and professional , they end up as a short film laid out to express how your special day unfolds, shot to show every accent of beauty and fun throughout your day!

https://vimeo.com/maxakerman




HAIR/MAKEUP ARTISTS:


TAMARA HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTRY

Chicagoland

glam/ variety makeup team

Tamara HMUA does a phenomenal job!
They were able to cover up some crazy
last-minute burns from a spa facial gone
wrong at another studio on the wedding
day! They have a large team and do
beautiful, professional makeup and hair!

www.tamaramakeup.com


LAUREN MURPHY

Chicagoland

all your beauty needs!

Lauren was a rockstar at Jackie's wedding in July 2019 in Barrington! She gave the bridesmaids and the bride a glowing, natural, yet glamorous makeover and they looked stunning all day! Very professional and friendly!

www.murphysbeautylaw.com



MISCELLANEOUS:


BARISTA MOBILE ESPRESSO BAR

Geneva, IL

Mobile, rustic coffee cart with barista

FreshGround Roasting in Geneva offers an adorable, rustic coffee cart that costs a similar amount to caterer's coffee, but you get hand-crafted lattes and espresso for your guests! It will help keep the energy up for the late-night dance parties!

www.mybarista.co


HERITAGE CREATIVE CO

Seattle, WA

Invitations, stationary

Heritage Creative Co. has created beautiful stationary for some styled shoots for us! They are able to custom design invitation suites, table numbers and any other paper good for your wedding!

www.instagram.com/heritagecreativeco









   YOU WANT AN AMAZING TEAM OF VENDORS FOR YOUR WEDDING! I'VE PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF THE TOP VENDORS THAT I'VE PERSONALLY WORKED WITH AND RECOMMEND THAT ARE FIVE-STAR BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE WHO WILL WORK TOGETHER TO GIVE YOU AND YOUR GUESTS AN UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING EXPERIENCE! 

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