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Chicago Blue Hues
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Somewhere in the craziness we like to call “Wedding Season” we took part in a beautiful ethereal photo shoot. I always love working with Allie and John Photography but something about this shoot was special. It was during the busiest time of year for most wedding professionals. So attempting to get this together, we needed nothing short of a miracle. Turns out, the loveliness that all of these vendors contributed was much more beautiful than we could have ever dreamed of! It was even featured with Wedding Day Online. Check it out here!

Our models, a real life husband and wife team, looked so stunning in the most perfect lighting that Allie personally scouted out. It created what we can only call perfection. Amazing makeup and hair for our lovely Bride, Rebeca who also hand crafted the heavenly invitation suite. The gown was beyond remarkable and the desserts fit flawlessly into theme.

I feel so honored to have been chosen to design the tablescape for this styled shoot. From start to finish it was divine, sublime and exquisite! Each detail reminiscent of the Lake Michigan shoreline with hints of Vintage loveliness. Click through the gallery to get the full image of all of these incredible deets!

Love always,

Michelle

Vendors : Photography - Allie & John Photography / Styling and Floral - Unveiled Weddings & Events / Makeup - Branden Melear, Artistry Like BAM / Hair - Kim Nguyen Elegance by Kim / Venue - Studio This Is Studio, Chicago IL / Gown - Something Blue Bridal / Stationary - Rebeca Lynn Calligraphy / Cakes & Desserts - Allie Cakes / Linens - Linen Hero / Models - Rebeca and Josh Frisbie

Caitlin & Joshua - May 5, 2018

At the beginning of April when I accepted a position as a planner with Michelle, she was more than ready to let me start hands on. My second day with her she was filling me in on a wedding reception for Caitlin and Josh Albanese, on May 5, 2018, which was in 23 days. I was feeling overwhelmed as she started giving me vendors to call and tasks to do, but I was in it to win it. This is the job I had dreamed of having for the last 5 years and now here I was.  

For the next 3 weeks I was working closely with the vendors, the bride and the mother of the groom, handling guest counts, food orders and scheduling the timeline for the day of.  I was confident that everything would run smoothly, I was well informed of the flow of the evening and was sure nothing could go wrong. 

May 4, 2018: set up day. I got to the venue ready to set up tables, linens, and the centerpieces when Michelle and Kristin brought them. I quickly realized that the tables were just being dropped off and not set up. I started to panic because I wanted to be ahead of schedule and get the tables and linens up before everyone else got there. Thankfully when Michelle and Kristin got there we kicked it into high gear and got the room set up in no time, making it look absolutely beautiful. Caitlin and Josh’s centerpieces were an abundance of succulents and cacti potted into different vases, and votives using pink Himalayan salt rocks and different shades of grey pebbles. Each centerpiece was surrounded by candles of all different sizes and heights, placed on top of satin mocha linens. 

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May 5, 2018: Wedding Day, it’s 9:00 AM and I’m packing up my car with everything I’ll need for the day, ready to leave to pick up desserts from two bakeries. I arrived at the venue to make sure the stage was being set up in the proper area. Michelle and Kristin brought the napkins and the additional décor to put the finishing touches on the room. Michelle asks me at that moment if I would be okay being here without them, I said absolutely! I was ready for this, I spoke with all the vendors multiple times, I knew the timeline up and down, I was totally able to handle this on my own. 2:00 PM rolls around and the other girls have to leave for another wedding décor set up. I had until 4:45 PM to finish up everything else for the evening before guests started to arrive. I went around the tables to light the candles as guests began to arrive for cocktail hour. I touched base with Caitlin, Josh and Debbie Albanese and they loved everything! Thankfully as guests came to me with questions, I felt confident because I knew I had the right answers. 

I handled my first wedding by myself, and even though it was only a reception I felt very confident in my work. I had great guidance from Michelle and I made sure I had everything in line for the day of the event. The vendors were wonderful and communicating with them so well made my job easy. From start to finish I saw my emotions change, in the beginning I was nervous, and overwhelmed with the tasks at hand, and through the middle all the way to the end I realized that I love my job and that this is what I wanted to do because everything came together wonderfully. 

And, as if nothing else could top this high… The most beautiful photos of the loveliest couple! Congrats Caitlin and Josh.

xoxo,

Allison

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VENDORS: Venue: Indiana Welcome Center/ Photographer: Mike Fan/ Photobooth: Vanity Picture Booth/ Catering: CK Catering/ Italian Ice Cart: Zarlengo’s/ Donuts: Rise n Roll/ Cupcakes: Cute as a Cupcake/ Band: Déjà vu Band/ Bar: Back Court Bar/ Décor, Floral, Planning: Unveiled Weddings and Events/ Chairs: Chair Covers by Sylwia/ Rentals: All In One Party Rentals/ Stationary & Signage: XOXO Invites

Double Header Wedding Weekend!

This past winter we have been going through some photos and reflecting on our 2017 wedding season. We realized that the final wedding of the year was our first double header!  And by double header I mean two weddings in one weekend.  And by two weddings I mean both in the same day! 

This is probably no big deal for most wedding vendors.  We have a pretty small but super tight knit team at Unveiled.  We love what we do and we work very hard at making our bride's day perfect.  We offer services such as full and partial event planning, floral design, general design, drapery and more.  So, two floral jobs or two planning jobs are no problem.  But, both brides chose our full event planning/design packages plus floral!  Ahhhhhhhh!  We were so excited and it was all fantastic but a little scary at the same time.

We broke up into two small teams.  Both brides needed to get the very best care.  We meticulously planned out every detail and went our separate ways that beautiful October day. One team went to Chicago and one team to Chesterton. Each bride had very different taste and the planning process for each was so much fun! 

Wedding #1 Amy & Joel - This was our home town wedding in Chesterton and the one that I attended myself.  I have known this family for a long time.  In fact, I planned her sister's wedding almost 5 years ago. I was thrilled to get a call back for Amy! Check out these beautiful photos!

Venue - Sand Creek Country Club/ Photography - Matt Bigelow Photographer/ Planning, Floral & Decor - Unveiled Weddings & Events/ DJ, Lighting & Video - 27 Entertainment/ Cake - Designer Desserts/ Popcorn - Chicagoland Popcorn/ Donut Wall - How Sweet It Is Events, Rise and Roll Donuts/ Makeup - Sta-Glam/ Hair - Katelyn Pruitt

Wedding #2 Katie & Drew - Sweet Home Chicago!  I am a city girl at heart and I was super sad I couldn't attend this wedding.  Although I assisted with the planning process, they were in good hands with my sister Lisa.  We have planned many events together over the years and her team ROCKED it! Check it out.

Venue - Radisson Blu, Chicago/ Photography & Video - This is a Feeling Photography/ Planning, Floral and Decor - Unveiled Weddings & Events/Cake - Elysia Root Cakes/Makeup - Lerin Johnson Makeup Artistry/ Hair - Natalie Whelan, Hairstylist/ DJ - Okyne Media Lab

So, what is the moral of the story you ask.  Well...never under estimate the power of team work.  It was hard and some of us worked a 70 hour week but, it was worth every second! We adore all of our brides and we look forward to starting the 2018 wedding season off with a bang! We can even handle a few more double headers!

Love & Kisses,

Michelle