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Up Up and Away….

Up Up and Away was exactly what Stella envisioned her little bundle of joy’s room to look like. It was a new adventure that her husband, Matthew and she would embark on and she visualized the way her little one would one day soar and create his or her own adventure in this world. Stella and Matthew came to Kensington with visions of clouds, balloons and extreme happiness. As first time parents, they wanted to be surprised by the baby’s gender and the hot air balloon theme was perfect for such a lovely occasion.

Touring locations in the Chicago-land area, Stella’s mom, Mrs. T, felt that the Evanston Golf Club was impeccable. The Terrace room with a wall of windows overlooking the lush greens was picturesque and a backdrop that would enhance the Up Up and Away theme. Guests would arrive and at the top of the stairs on their cobble stone lined walk a 5ft tall hot air balloon filled with hundreds of flowers grabbed the attention of guests giving them a glimpse of what was to come. Custom place cards were made with 3D cutouts that were set atop blue pearl paper to emulate the sensation of floating. Cloud clumps were on the ground along with at the escort table for everyone to feel they were about to set off onto an adventure.

Through beautiful glass French doors into the rustic bar guests were enticed with spring cocktails that danced on the tasted buds but all seemed to want to round the corner to see the magic that awaited. At the entrance of the terrace room gasps were heard when each guest took in the room. Hanging clouds from beams, 3ft hot air balloons on each table and a sweet faux cloud wall with faux grass for guests to take photos and simply enjoy.

A cloud cake with animal and hot air balloon cake topper sat in one corner with wisdom cards for guest to fill and take time to decide whether they thought the baby would be a boy or girl. Thumb prints of each guest were put on a board and their names written to later determine who the winner was. Each guest received custom cookies of onesies and hot air balloons that matched the cake to perfection. The colorful linens were all various colors from the gorgeous invitations and livened up the room to dazzle everyone’s eyes.

The day was filled with joy and happiness that the couple were overwhelmed with the generosity shown to them and their unborn child. New memories were created and memories that will be shared explaining the amount of love that rose from each heart and truly showered this blessed family of soon to be three.

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Planner: Kensington Events

Photographer: Anamaria Vieriu Photography 

Venue: Evanston Golf Club

Floral & Decor: Kensington Events

Stationery: Flyy Design Creative

Paper Goods: Devilish DesignZ

Cake: Chicago Sweet Connections

Cake Topper: Sugar Patch Cakes

Cookies: Orland Park Bakery

Linens: Windy City Linen 

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Vintage Glamour

The Victorian Era brought with it a romantic love that was the principal necessity for marriage and courtship. It was such an integral part of the “wooing” process, that it became a sort of art form for the upper classes trying to win over the lady of their dreams. With the presence of chaperones, hand written love letters, and dreamy lace, we delve into the modern take of  this lovely era in Vintage Glamour.

Dreaming up Vintage Glamour was a breeze once entering the Dole Mansion. The historic landmark was developed on the vast 1000 acres of land in 1860 which surround Crystal Lake. Featuring the romantic Italianate style craftsmanship throughout the magnificent mansion, one can only dream of all the secrets this beautiful backdrop has acquired over the last 158 years. The upstairs private family rooms which overlook the grounds and the lake, have kept their intricate allure creating the perfect setting for any bride, says Planner Victoria Thanoukos of Kensington Florals & Events. Capturing the essence of the time period while injecting hints of glamour was important throughout the day.

Vintage tributes with touches of old Hollywood were created by Golden Bridal Design that shown through in the gorgeous makeup applique and voluminous styled hair with an antique hair brooch.  A custom Juliet cap cathedral veil by Sew Bridal was over 9ft long and had the most beautiful and delicately hand sown lace detailing both at the crown and the tail.  A gorgeous full lace covered bodice dress from Dame Couture provided the perfect overall fancifully romantic effect illustrating the mood of the day. Elegant custom vintage jewelry was designed and provided by Calla Couture Jewelers taking this glamour vintage look to new heights!

A divine, antiqued blue cake by Amy Beck Cake Designs, was decorated with a simple wrap-around of handcrafted sugar-floral matching the lush urn floral pieces created by Kensington Floral Events to exemplify the old-world ambiance carried throughout the day. Striking flowers placed in the bridal bouquet by Blooming Events fashioned this over the top look perfectly tying in each element beautifully. 

 

When new meets old-fashioned, proper bridesmaid dresses are the seamless touch in adding that perfect pop of color and whimsy. Carrying various shades of blue, each bridesmaid made an entrance in her lovely dress by Bridesmaids Social dazzling on lookers and tying in the hues from the lovely floral blue hued stationery custom designed by Emery Ann Designs, the cake and accents of the day.

Gracefully captured by the talented Jillian Plaminek of Truly Sublime Photography, we all had a dreamy time designing Vintage Glamour at the picturesque Dole Mansion.

Vendors:

Planning & Stylist: Kensington Events 
Photographer: Truly Sublime Photography
Venue: Dole Mansion
Hair/Makeup: Golden Bridal Designs
Cake: www.amybeckcakedesign.com
Floral: Blooming Events by Ana Vicol and Kensington Events
Bridal Gown: Dame Couture 
Bridal Dress: Sew Bridal Designs
Bridesmaid Dress:  Bridesmaids Social
Stationery: Emery Ann Design
Jewelry/Accessories: Calla Couture Jewelers 

Bride: Kendall Lauren
Bridesmaids: Angie Kniss, Brittney Hourigan, Jessica Dziadkowiec

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Rock YOUR Wedding!

Rock your wedding with Kensington!

See why we are one of the most sought after planning and floral design firms in the Chicago-land area!

Proud to have Spring Elegance featured in Aisle Society, Chicago Style Weddings & ChiTheWed!

Budding flowers and sweet fragrances fill the air as everything seems to awaken from its winter slumber. At the center of our shoot was one of the most spoken of dresses around the world that embodies the essence of dreams and love. The sheer detail of this dress and its incredible jeweled crown would make any bride feel like royalty and it captured the spirit of the day so perfectly. To compliment the stunning dress, we wanted an over the top wedding cake that was fit for such an occasion. This five layer, gorgeously elegant cake decorated with hundreds of handmade varying flowers and playful ruffles brought the room to life and dazzled all that gazed upon it.

Our setting was none other than the beautiful Pavilion at Galleria Marchetti. A gorgeous white backdrop with lovely lush linens, lined with spectacularly modern chandeliers and completed with a wall of infinity fire pits for guests to enjoy. Tall pastel floral accents sat atop glass trumpets to showcase the elongated beauty of the room and gave a simple elegance that allowed the show stoppers to take center stage. Multi styled candles adorned the table to give a romantic glow on top of the brilliant Lamour linens in tones of Sea-mist and Sage to add vibrancy and pops of color. Custom stationary suites that softly sparkled and inspired by the cake glamorously showcased the elements of the day.

A fitted black and white tuxedo elevated the grandeur of the day while final touches ensured its splendor. Decadent jewelry that glimmered with every capture of light and hair and makeup imagination instilled softness and charm.

We love providing a one of a kind experience for all our clients and partnering with the best vendors Chicago has to offer! Contact us for your complimentary consultation and you wont be disappointed!

Our Creative Partners:
Venue: Galleria Marchetti
Planning, Styling & Design: Kensington Florals & Events
Photography: Cristina Ilao Photography
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Bridal Gown & Tiara: Eva’s International Bridal
Tuxedo: Emanuele’s Tuxedo
Stationery: Flyy Design Creative
Linen: Windy City Linen
Jewelry: Calla Couture Jewelers
Videography: Diesel Beats TV

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