Monica + Nathan: A Classic Wedding

City Shot

We are thrilled to share Monica and Nathan’s breath taking wedding with you.  The entire team loved working with this fun couple and guiding them through the wedding planning process.  We did so with lots of laughter and good company.

One of our favorite things about this wedding is it’s stunning location.  The Saddle and Cycle Club is one of Chicago’s best kept secrets.  This breath taking private club has stunning grounds and makes you feel like your inside an oasis.  It was the perfect setting for a great party!

Hats off to the creative team that helped us put together this exceptional event. Exquisite Designs created perfect centerpieces in ivory, blush and gold that complimented the federal blue shantung linen. Amy Beck Cake Design provided the most delicious and beautiful blush and ivory cake.  Erickson Designs used the softest blush paper to create the custom menu cards, place card and programs.  Guests danced the night away to the sounds of The Larry King Orchestra and all of these lovely images are from the ever talented Husar Photography. We especially love the homemade jam provided by Nathan’s mother (she was kind enough to send a jar home with us and it was delicious!).

Enjoy your peek into Monica and Nathan’s special day.

Bride gets dressed

Groom Cuff Links

Brides Flowers

Bride on stairs

Custom Wedding Programs

Church Exit

place cards

Room Shot

Blush Wedding Cake

Custom Cake Topper

head table

Tall Floral Arrangements

First Dance

Favor table

Hand Made Jam

 

 

One Love Wedding Event

One Love Flyer

Everyone at Greatest Expectations is proud to be collaborating with the Chicago History Museum on the One Love Wedding Event being held on Thursday, April 10th . This one of a kind event is geared towards the LGBTQ community and features an extensive list of LGBTQ friendly wedding vendors including Egalitè Wines and Halsted Vodka who give 15% of their proceeds to the LGBTQ community.

Please join us for what promises to be an upscale, elegant and unique wedding event! Attendance is free but registration is required and space is filling up fast.  Please click here to register.

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors participating in this exceptional wedding event.

Amy Beck Cake Design, Andie Cumber Make Up, Anita Weds, Berghoff Catering, Berghoff Beer, Blue Plate, Carmel Entertainment, Egalitè Wines, Flower Firm, Food for Thought, Fragrant Designs,  Glazed and Infused,  Greatest Expectations, Halls Rentals, Halsted VodkaIntercontinental ChicagoJewell Events, Julia Franzosa Photography, Katherine Anne Confections, Livia Caporale, Magnificent Milestones, Mini Cooper, Platinum Events, Poetic Productions, Private Label Linen, Revel Decor, Shutterbooth Chicago, Stemline Creative.

The event has been featured on WGN Midday News  and OUT CHICAGO.

 

 

Project Gigeo – A Surprise Wedding Proposal

A couple of months ago we were approached to help plan a really unique wedding proposal.  We were excited about this adventure and enjoyed the entire process.  Below you will see photographs from Belen from Orange2Photo and Videography from Joey at Shift Focus Productions. Thank you to everyone at Lula Cafe  and all of our “extras” for helping make this such a special evening for Ken and Elena.

Here is the story of Ken and Elena …

They met on match.com in September 2011. On their first date, they had two high-fives and 20 minutes of conversation before even placing their drink order. Their second date was a 14 hour adventure culminating in a 500 person robot vs. human all-night scavenger hunt/game of tag through the streets of Chicago. From there, the countless adventures continued…travel to four continents…… hiking, climbing, skiing, camping, scuba diving…parties, concerts, and dancing…meeting family and friends…moving in together.

On a typical Tuesday night, Ken took Elena out for a “date night” to one of her favorite Chicago restaurants. Little does she know the restaurant is really closed and filled with extras. Ken excuses himself to the restroom…

Lula Cafe was the perfect setting for the big surprise.

Lula Cafe was the perfect setting for the big surprise.

Scene 1: Match.com

Actors begin to read Ken and Elena’s match.com profiles over the restaurant speakers.

"Ken and Elena" pull out their laptops for the Match.com Skit

“Ken and Elena” pull out their laptops for the Match.com Skit

An unsuspecting Elena looks at the menu as the Match.com skit starts.

An unsuspecting Elena looks at the menu as the Match.com skit starts.

Elena starts to catch on.

Elena starts to catch on.

Scene 2: Robots vs. Human Chicago Tag Game

Robots in the Robots vs. Humans Skit

Robots in the Robots vs. Humans Skit

"Ken & Elena" in the Robots Vs. Humans Skit

“Ken & Elena” in the Robots Vs. Humans Skit

Scene 3: Christmas Tree Hunting

"Ken & Elena" in the ChristmasTree Hunting Skit

“Ken & Elena” in the Christmas Tree Hunting Skit

Scene 4: Gingerbread House / Marshmallow Fight

Elena meets Ken’s family for the first time: Elena turns gingerbread decorating into an all-out marshmallow fight… Ken slips, cracks his head open and is taken to the ER… Ken and Elena say “I love you” for the first time.

"Ken" splits his head open after the extensive marshmallow fight. EMT's to the rescue.

“Ken” splits his head open after the extensive marshmallow fight. EMT’s to the rescue.

 

Scene 5: South African Safari / Moonlight Skinny Dipping

"Driving" through the jungle.

“Driving” through the jungle.

Jungle Animals

Jungle Animals

South African Safari complete with Safari animals and a Safari Jeep!

South African Safari complete with Safari animals and a Safari Jeep!

After the Safari ... There was Moonlight Skinny Dipping.  Love the rip off clothing and nude suits.

After the Safari … There was Moonlight Skinny Dipping. Love the rip off clothing and nude suits.

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Each new skit surprises and delights Elena.

Each new skit surprises and delights Elena.

 

Scene 6: Hiking & Camping / Peru

Hiking adventures.

Hiking adventures.

"Ken and Elena" hike through the mountains in Peru.

“Ken and Elena” hike through the mountains in Peru.

"Ken and Elena" meet children while hiking.

“Ken and Elena” meet children while hiking in Peru.

Scene 7: Mediation atop the Pyramid of the Sun Teotihuacan Mexico

All friends and extras participated in the finale. Performers from the skits begin to form the circle.

All friends and extras participated in the finale. Performers from the skits begin to form the circle.

Changing "Om" everyone gathers together, butterflies are released and Ken begins to part the crowd toward Elena.

Changing “Om” everyone gathers together, butterflies are released and Ken begins to part the crowd toward Elena.

Elena in awe.

Elena in awe.

The man of the hour appears.

The man of the hour appears.

Ken gets down on one knee to propose.

Ken gets down on one knee to propose.

She didn’t just say “yes” she said ABSOLUTELY!

She said YES!

She said YES!

Engaged!

Engaged!

 

Followed by a champagne toast and lots of hugs!

Champagne toast!

Champagne toast!

Such an emotional night with the love of friends and family.

Such an emotional night with the love of friends and family.

Watch the video below to see the whole event!

 

We offer the most heartfelt congratulations to Ken and Elena as your adventure continues …