Modern Luxury Brides at Chicago Athletic Association!


In celebration of their Fall/Winter 2015 issue, Modern Luxury Brides invited Soirée Weddings & Events and many other industry friends to their swanky release party at the brand new Chicago Athletic Association Hotel way back in August. I know. I’m so late, y’all; but I did originally post this on the Soirée blog two months ago so…forgiven?


The Chicago Athletic Association was built in 1893: the same year as the World’s Columbian Exposition. The White City Ballroom, where the event took place, is even named after Chicago’s most famous of fairs.






StemLine Creative provided the divine table arrangements as well as the floral frame for the party’s centerpiece!



What a stunning space! This Modern Luxury Brides issue certainly fits right in with its surroundings.



Delectable sweets by Cake Sweet Food Chicago!


Our team had a smashing time! Don’t forget to pick up the gorgeous newest issue of Modern Luxury Brides!


Photo strip by The Original Traveling Photo Booth!

Red, White, and…Ooh, I’m Late!


Oh, I’m terribly late on posting this, but I did another inspiration post on the Soirée blog and wanted to make sure I shared it here. You’ll see my all American vision and a gorgeous wedding put together by Soirée Weddings & Events. The post includes photos, like the one above, from Kristen Lynne Photography.

I hope everyone had a glorious 4th!

19 East Event Gallery Open House


I had the privilege of attending the 19 East Event Gallery open house with Soirée Weddings & Events this past Wednesday. I am in LOVE with this space, and the vendors all did such an amazing job of putting together this lovely event: check out that posh lounge by Bowery and Bash! Can I move in, please?

With an iPhone in one hand and a refreshing cocktail in the other, I thought I’d snap a few shots of this elegant affair in its remarkable setting.


This stunning venue was recently acquired by Food For Thought, who provided the delectable nosh for the afternoon.



You guys, look at that floral by Exquisite Designs! I was practically swooning!



I was barely able to handle the industrial chicness of it all. Sigh. I love. Perhaps I can talk Bryan into a first anniversary party there. Hmmm….

FYI: I’ve cross posted this on ye olde Soirée blog, as well, in a slightly less gushy tone. Slightly. Less. Gushy.

Memorial Day Weekend Weddings


Memorial Day weekend is upon us and that means, not only remembrances, tributes, and parades, but also weddings! We’re headed to one ourselves this weekend, in which my husband will be one of two best men. Not gonna lie: I can’t wait to see him in that tux!

I did a little Memorial Day inspiration post on the Soirée Weddings & Events blog, so pop on over to see my vision of a dramatic poppy-infused wedding and Soirée’s own sweet backyard reception!

She’s a Gem: One Rockin’ Birthday Party!


When our friend Sarah – who has lived in Colorado for the last few years – mentioned she would be in town in April and, oh, it just happened to be her birthday and, oh, she had never been to one of my tea parties…well, I knew just what to do!

I have to admit, though, this party was put together rather last minute and my theme started getting a little bit away from me. I wasn’t certain I was going to be able to reign it all in in time, but invitations had already been sent out! Thankfully, it seemed to come together rather nicely in the end.


Oh, you know I’m a big fan of Paperless Post for all of my e-invitation needs!




Look at those adorable crowns! Aren’t they the cutest? You can print out the free templates for yourself from Mamie Boude. I also made little Field Notes guides for everyone as place cards. You can’t tell, but I used the same colorful paper as the garlands.

Those garlands were very simple to make: just time consuming as there were a lot of little pieces of colored paper to cut and string. You can find a template for the geometric shapes dangling from the ceiling and the curtains HERE.









As you may be able to discern with your keen eyes, I went with a rocks, gems, and bright geometric shapes theme. You see what I mean? This all could have gone horribly wrong. I borrowed a large amethyst and some good old southern Indiana geodes from my parents. I inherited my love of rocks from my father, so I have quite a little collection of these small treasures from my travels. I also took some regular garden rocks, of the unsentimental variety, and painted them with bold colors. It seems like a small detail, but I think – hands down – this was the thing that tied my two rather disparate themes together! Rock!

The gem sun catchers were made using another tried and true Martha tutorial (Seriously, we should make a drinking game out of how many times I type “Martha tutorial”…aaaand we’re drunk). Instead of hanging them, though, I simply taped them to the windows. Wouldn’t you know that the sun decided to hide away once the party began? Well, at least they brightened up the grey day!





Wonder Twin powers activate! Shape of a scone! Form of a pot of tea!









She’s a Gem Tea Menu

Adagio Rooibos Earl Grey – I love a good Earl Grey; this one is so smooth, & caffeine-free!
David’s Tea Nepal Black – Simple, quality tea: a good pairing to cut the sweet.
Teavana Strawberry Misaki or Peach – Lovely blooming teas

Sriracha Deviled Eggs – My new favorite deviled eggs!
Cucumber Slices with Red Pepper Hummus & BBQ Chip Garnish – Fancier than it sounds!
Smoked Turkey & Swiss Sandwich Skewers with English Mustard – A big hit!
Blood Orange Scones – Choose your favorite scones recipe and embellish!
Chocolate Jam Cake – Chocolate cake and raspberry jam: nuff said!
Cinnamon Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting – Best peanut butter frosting ever.
Chocolate Gem Bites – So easy to make!

If you would like to see my inspiration board, you can head on over to my Pinterest. So many pretties, so little time to make them all happen!

Thanks always to Emily Schwartz for wielding her camera! I’ve sprinkled a few of my own shots in there as well.

It was so good to see Sarah and to celebrate bright friendships!