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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

Katie Ricard Photography

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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6 INCREDIBLE YEARS!

Six years have flown by and it seems like only yesterday Mayor Van Dusen, family, friends and 120+ neighbors came to celebrate the grand opening of Kensington. With all the experiences throughout the years we feel it is essential to take a moment and reflect on the great relationships forged, accolades earned, growing pains and togetherness.

Each of the relationships we have been so lucky to build over the years brings us a sense of warmth and humility that cannot quite be expressed. Working with clients who have become family has been an incredible part of this entire experience. Earning their trust on the most precious, momentous occasions in their lives has not only been heartening but also very gratifying.  With each event, we have been introduced to brilliant people and working with each is awe-inspiring to see how their abilities are sculpted and showcased throughout countless occasions.  We truly love to establish relationships with amazing talents and cannot wait to simply work together on future events and projects. It is wonderful to feed off creativity, passion and excitement in this fantastic industry and we are happy to share it with amazing teams and companies.

Seeing our work featured has become one of the most thrilling aspects this industry has to offer. Walking into Kensington each morning seeing the “wall” lined with print magazine covers, awards, features and thank you cards from happy couple’s and client’s starts each of our days in the best way possible. Having many client’s return or recommending us to their family and friends is an honor that truly makes each of us feel blessed and happy to be working in such a celebration-centric industry.

With growth, there is bound to be challenges but we seem to thrive from them. We are proud of the way each of us has grown and what we have accomplished when we work as a team focusing on open communication and transparency. We have learned to thoroughly listen to each other, attain feedback and construct a strong foundation to build from. Making sure we check in as a team and push each other’s talents makes us better creatives in the industry making our clients happy, feel at ease and allow them to enjoy their events wholeheartedly!

We want to thank each and every one of you who has entered our lives! Thank you to our clients for trusting us with your most precious moments and thank you to our vendor partners who always push the bar further on level of standard, quality of service, and imagination. We simply love all of you and cannot wait to continue to plan and create beautiful memories! Cheers to a fantastic 6 years!!

The Entire Kensington Team 🙂

Photo Credits:

Kensington Grand Opening: Michael P. Downes

Nakai Photography, TWA PhotographyEssence Photography, Creative Wedding Packages, Ryan Brandoff Photography, Thomas Glab Photography

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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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Dear Boho Bride …. We LOVE You

It takes a unique person to embody the Bohemian flair and carry the exceptional style throughout the elements of their wedding. Many brides don’t know where to start or if they are doing “too much” or “too little” and then end up scraping their idea all together for a look that doesn’t really fit them and doesn’t capture the love the couple has for each other.

Well, we wanted to tell you “STOP”… Stop throwing your dreams away and BEGIN looking and what will work best for your special day! Remember…..it’s in the details and all these details are too yummy not to share!

We simply love this Bohemian Style with an Eastern Flair and we are thrilled to share it with all of you 🙂

This look was created to show every Boho Bride the ways you can incorporate Macramé, lace, minimalistic pieces, the unconventional ideals, your mom’s 1970’s throw pillows, lanterns, and lovely color (subtle and bold) into a gorgeous wedding look that is authentic to you, feels perfect and dazzles your guests!

First: Location Location Location!!!

Your venue should fit you. It should fit the vibe and ambiance of the wedding day that you would like to achieve. Too many of our couples have booked a hall simply because it was close by or because they were offered a special deal and then end up regretting it and feeling as if they are stuffing a “square peg” idea into a “round hole” setting.

Galleria Marchetti gave use the perfect backdrop! Stone on ¾ of the walls and floors, exposed brick as a central focal point with real ivy growing throughout, and multiple Moroccan/Tuscany inspired tiled mosaics scattered in the glassed encased room as well as the outdoor adjacent terrace.

BINGO! This was brilliant! And our perfect Boho Venue!

Once the ambiance is picked it’s down to the best colors to really create the feel, warmth, and energy of the day. We always build from our primary bold colors and layer in our more subtle complimentary colors. This will also help with what colors you would like to carry throughout each component of your overall look (i.e. bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen suits/tuxedos, linens, paper goods, cake, etc.) So many ways to bring in your favorite colors!

Our Primary Colors:

Our Secondary Colors:

Properly working with your colors calls for a bit of planning and we say start with your tablescape and vision board. Cut out pictures with colors of pieces that you love! A teal/aloe blue cake, teal bridesmaid dresses, gold accent pieces, pale peachy flowers, etc. That way you can start to play around with the look and feel over everything. Then start narrowing down what speaks to you the most. What do you get most excited about when you see it and work from there?

For this specific look, a more toned down, warm color palette allowed the beautiful boho/eastern inspired pieces to play center stage.

We began where we always begin …..Linen! Start from the bottom and work your way up. The warm colors of the metropolitan table linen from Windy City Linen

The metropolitan table linen from Windy City Linens

Hints of Gold Sown through each of the table linens

     

Antique Gold, Pale Peach and Sage Napkins were used to pop color over the ornate chargers.

Simple pops of color add warmth and energy to this gorgeous design. Your love is simply showcased in all the details!

The cake is something that was extremely important as it was not only a focal point to the entire day but it also brought in the shades of teal and aloe blue with a beautiful macramé accent which encompassed the boho vibe. So scrumptious and dreamy to look at! Amy Beck hit it out of the park with this stunning design!

    

    

Gorgeous hues of teal and aloe blue spread throughout the cake and complimented by eggplant, green, and creamy whites. Simply beautiful artistry!

What is a boho style in a bridal dress? This questions is difficult as every boho bride has her own way of showcasing her style and take on the term. But we would say, lite, airy, whimsical, lacey, a little mermaid tail but not a 10ft train. Something that is either loose or clings a bit to the body to show off a bit of a curve. It’s up to you on how “Boho” you plan on making your day.

Once we saw this at Eva’s International Bridal …..we simply couldn’t get our eyes off this semi-mermaid, lace detailed, curve hugging dress!

    

 

    

Pave, minimilastic floral design captures the whimsical nature of this couple. Taking antique photo frames and building a pave design within them using vintage roses (crème de la crème, faith, quick sand, cool water, sweet Eskimo, lemonade, amnesia, and earl grey) and hints of lisantus and fruits made this design and understated yet sweet look that enraptures guests at each table. Able to easily converse while admiring the details is appreciated and admired by all who attend. A custom macrame, hooped bridal bouquet perfectly tied in the cake and entire theme in its simplistic design.

      

Custom jeweled menu cards were topped with ivory macaroons with a simple brush of dusted gold.  Gilded elephants, with place name settings, were provided at each setting as they are said to bring luck, strength, and stability by many Eastern cultures.

Traditional jewelry and accessory pieces were used in non-traditional fashion to accentuate our Eastern Flair. Soft pink makeup was used to represent Jaipur and simplified to epitomize the entire look of the day. Modest curls and half fishtail that trailed down, emulated the buttons on the back of the dress, was topped with a marque double diamond.

                 

A blue tuxedo suit was perfect to tie in all blue accents for the day, from vintage jewelry to the cake!

 

 

Proud to have this original featured on Chicago Style Weddings:

Credits: Venue: Galleria Marchetti, Photography: Michelle Cox Photography & Kimberly Rensburg Photography, Floral, Décor & Styling: Kensington Floral & Events, Cake & Sweets: Amy Beck Cake Design, Bride’s Gown: Evas Bridal InternationalFormalwear: Emanuele Tuxedo Hair & Makeup: MAS Makeup Artistry, Videography: Diesel Beats TVStationery: Flyy Design Creative,  Jewelry & Accessories: Calla Couture JewelersLinens: Windy City Linens 

 

 

Anemones for daaayyysss…..

Anemones are such a lovely addition to any bouquet!

Which variety would you like in your bouquet? Classic white or a pop of gorgeous color?

Trust Kensington to bring your vision to life with custom floral designs for your special day! Whether its anemones, calla lilies, thistle, roses, tulips and more, we arrange the most breathtaking bouquets and floral decor for all of our clients! Happy Blooming ….

We look forward to working with you soon!  Call: 847-675-3789 or TEXT: 847-892-6125

Creative Partners:
Group 1: Photography By Lauryn
Group 2: Anamaria Vieriu Photography
Group 3: Katie Ricard Photography

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