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What should a couple prepare before meeting with their planner for the first time

Before meeting with your event planner its great to have a few answers ready to some very important questions.

Photo by: Barnhart Photography

The following is a great beginners list:

1. Where is the location of your wedding? If you do not have a location in mind what are 3 elements that you need your venue to have (i.e. should it be urban, have water elements, stone/brick, two-story windows, greenery, etc.)

2. How many guests will you be inviting?

3. What is your on day budget? (this will be the most important question) – your planner will help you balance out your budget and which vendors & their quality will be best within your budgetary requirements.

4. What services will you need? Although there are similarities with each wedding, there are definite differences and your planner will be able to highlight your unique attributes to make your day shine.

5. What suppliers will you want to hire? This is great in the way it goes hand in hand with the services you need. We once had a couple needing a DDR machine and that was very important to them. Not every couple will want a DDR machine.

6. What are your special requirements for your wedding venue?

7. Do you have guests with any food or dietary restrictions any allergies?

8. What is your color palette? Start with 2-3 colors and then you can choose a couple others as your accents.

9. What would you like to have as a theme?

10. What is your favorite flower? What flowers are you allergic too?

11. What are your visions of the day?

Some other important questions are:   How do you want to feel on the day of your wedding? How do you want your guests to feel? What are three important moments you do not want to miss on your wedding day?

Planning a wedding can be stressful and at times overwhelming but our Planners, Coordinators and Designers are always here for you and look forward to hearing about your love story! Call us 847-675-3789 or text us at 847-892-6125 <3

Photo: Barnhart Photography

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4 Unique Wedding Venues in the North Shore of Chicago

CONGRATS, YOU’RE ENGAGED! One of the most exciting moments of your life just happened and now you’re ready to start planning your wedding. It’s hard to get a grip on where to start, there is so much to plan and think about. But you do know one thing, you want your wedding to be somewhere unique and close to home (Chicago).

There are SO many venues to choose from, especially in a huge city like Chicago. Here are five unique wedding venues in the North Shore of Chicago that will blow your mind!

The Armour House

The Armour House is a unique mansion located in Lake Forest, IL. This beautiful venue is loaded with history and impeccable detailing throughout, as it has been around since 1982. There is space for a beautiful ceremony on the gardens of the property or inside the elegantly detailed mansion. Rain or shine this venue is a great for an extraordinary wedding!

Kensington Florals and Events

https://armourhousecatering.sodexomyway.com/index.html

Address: 1500 W. Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Gardens is on many acres of landscape, located in Glencoe, IL. It has been around for more than 40 years, how awesome is that? In the Spring, Summer and Fall, the Gardens are full of lush flowers throughout, making this a beautiful destination for an outdoor wedding. With this venue you wouldn’t even know you’re anywhere near a huge city!

Wedding Planning at Chicago Botanical Gardens – Photo: Chicago Botanical Garden

Photo: Chicago Botanical Garden – Photographer Unknown

https://www.chicagobotanic.org/events

Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

The Grove Redfield Estate

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Katie Ricard Photography

Katie Ricard Photography

The Grove Redfield Estate is a magnificent estate located in Glenview, IL. This estate has wonderful grounds full of stunning photography opportunities. It’s filled of multiple rooms with historic charm and you have access to it all, including while you and your bridal party get ready for the big day!

Visit their website for more details.

https://www.glenviewparks.org/facilities-parks/redfield-estate/

Address: 1421 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025

Elawa Farm

The Elawa Farm is a gorgeous farm located in Lake Forest. It’s lush greenery and beautiful landscape, makes you feel far from Illinois. With the magnificent indoor and outdoor space, it’s the perfect venue for a lovely summer or fall wedding. If you’re looking for a venue that makes your guests feel far from the City, then the Elawa Farm is a winner.

Visit their website for more details.

https://elawafarm.org/

Address: 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest, IL 60045

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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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Perfect Spring Flowers for Easter

Excited about Easter?

We are definitely thrilled and simply love all the spring flower options in bloom! From tulips, lilies, hyacinths, snap dragons, daisies, billy buttons and more..these holiday centerpieces have no limit and are truly beautiful! What are you favorite flower combinations?

 

While adding warmth, radiance and family cheer to your celebration, mix these aromatic blooms for gentle perfumes that fill the air.

Not only are these spring flowers gorgeous and wonderfully fragrant but they carry great symbolism as well. White lilies represent the Resurrection and are a proper representation of the occasion. Tulips are messengers of love and passion while daises are said to express innocence and loyalty.

 

Need a beautiful centerpiece for your at home celebration? We have you covered! Order here  !

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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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