Classic Richmond Wedding at John Marshall Ballrooms

I first had the pleasure of meeting Sally in 2016 when I was back home in Richmond for Christmas. Her best friend, Taylor, grew up next door to me and asked if I would meet Sally to talk through the process of starting to plan a wedding - one of my absolute favorite things to do with friends!  By the end of our conversation, Sally’s infectiously cheery personality had me dying to work with her, so when she asked if she could hire me I was so excited!  And the icing on the cake… At the time, she and her fiancé, Kyle, lived just outside of Chicago. making it a match made in planner heaven.  

To create an event that reflected their relationship and incorporated their families (who are amazing, by the way), Sally and Kyle included a few really unique touches.  Sally added a pin that belonged to her grandmother which said “I love a VT engineer” because Sally’s late grandfather was a Virginia Tech engineer and so is Kyle!  They also brought Kyle’s love of mountains and outdoors into the gorgeous John Marshall Ballrooms by having The Lighting Professors create a starry night on the ceiling.  Talk about romantic.

My favorite pictures - by the wonderful Amanda Manupella - are a few that share the emotions of the day: the father/daughter and mother/son dances, and Kyle and Sally’s reaction to the toasts.  They are so genuine and Amanda captured the feeling in the room so incredibly well.  

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Seeing their reception room for the first time!

Seeing their reception room for the first time!

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Vendor Love:

Venue: John Marshall Ballroom

Lighting: The Lighting Professors

Flowers: Field Day Creative

Photographer: Amanda Manupella Photography

Cake: The Mixing Bowl Bakery

Hair : Bomshell Salon

Makeup: Laurie Nicholson

DJ:Alex Roan

Dress: Sealed with a Kiss

Grooms/Men Tux: The Black Tux

Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddington Way

 

Like what you see and want to learn more about working with Haviland? I'd love to chat with you!  Click here to inquire or here to learn a bit more about me!

Heritage-filled Wedding at LondonHouse Chicago

Kate and Longe’s wedding this past May incorporated American and Congolese traditions to create an amazing, energetic celebration focused on the couple’s heritage.

Their ceremony at Park Community Church was a true reflection of their love for Christ and their guests, and they even served communion to each person in attendance.  One very special ceremony detail was a vintage handmade tapestry from the Congo which we used as an aisle runner - thanks to Meredith from Canary Lane for helping us find it.  

The couple chose LondonHouse Chicago for their reception, which offered classical architecture, breathtaking views of Chicago (talk about memorable photos), and impeccable service. The team there was so wonderful to work with and I cannot wait for more weddings together.  

For their first dance, Kate and Longe started with “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and then transitioned into the Congolese song “Kema Fumbe” - and everyone from Longe’s family joined them on the dance floor!  How fun is that, ya’ll?!  Everyone then sat down to a wonderful meal with American and Congolese influence weaved throughout, including Congolese beignets that were to die for.  After dinner, the whole bridal party changed into custom-made Congolese attire and reentered to another Congolese song to kick off the dance party!  

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Reception Venue: LondonHouse Chicago
Ceremony: Park Community Church, Near North Campus
Paper Goods: Sweet Love Paperie
Ceremony Runner: Canary Lane
Linens: BBJ Linen
Floral: Flowerville

 

  

Simple Elegance Chicago Riverfront Wedding

The Kitchen Bistro in Chicago is a riverfront wedding venue that features a beautiful view, locally sourced food, and the most gracious staff you could ever want for your wedding.

At my clients' request, I won't be sharing their names or images in this post, but I promise you'll love this incredible mix of traditions.  It includes the groom’s classic American taste, the bride’s Lebanese heritage, and the funky, non-traditional personalities of both the bride and groom.

They had an intimate ceremony with 50 guests in The Kitchen's back room, where their closest friends and family members read pieces of poetry and excerpts from classic literature. The bride and groom shared vows they personally wrote (the bride speaking in Lebanese!) and then the newlyweds led their ceremony guests to the bar for a celebratory champagne toast.  The rest of the guests arrived in time for cocktail hour featuring a homemade beer brewed by the groom’s father.  How special is that?!  Everyone sat down for an amazing family style dinner and, between courses, listened to speeches in 5 different languages with beautiful violinists playing in the background.  Yes, the bride and groom understood every speech... After dinner the gelato bar opened along with the “party DJ” from Arlen Music. The bride and groom both shared dances with their parents and then danced the night away. 

This wedding was so filled with their heritage and heart and I am so honored to have been a part of it! 

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Photography: Jacqueline of Olivia Leigh Associates (Olivia Leigh Photographie)

Floral: Fleur

Venue: The Kitchen

Music: Arlen Music Productions

Calligraphy: The Constant Scribe (place cards and escort cards); BlueBird Paper Company (Calligraphed Signage)

Newberry Library Literary Themed Wedding

Margaret and Brian's love for all things literary was reflected throughout their wedding from the invitations and renting a school bus to centerpieces and table names (the head table was "The Great Gatsby", their favorite book - how cute is that, ya'll?!). The Newberry Library, a landmark in Chicago since 1887, couldn't have been a more perfect venue for these book-lovers to host their guests on such a special day.  

Every part of the wedding was perfectly thought out and both families were intimately involved in the planning. Margaret's grandmother did all the alterations to her dress, hand glittered her shoes and added a piece of her mother's wedding dress to where the bustle buttoned. During the ceremony, Margaret and Brian placed notes that they had written to each other in a box that her dad made, along with a bottle of wine, to open on their 5 year anniversary or "in case of emergency".

This was definitely one of my favorite weddings to date - hope ya'll enjoy!

Design and Coordination: Haviland Events

Venue: The Newberry Library 

Florist: Scarlet Petal

DJ: Toast and Jam

Caterer: D'Absolute Catering

Photographer: Jolie Images