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Vendor Review

November 30, 2010

Here are a few reviews for our vendors we used.

Rentals: Classic Chair Rentals
Great service, i never had any issues, we checked out the room before the reception and the chairs were beautiful.

Hair: Monica Bankos
Monica did our hair. She arrived early which was great because we ended up falling a bit behind schedule. She did beutiful work. my only suggestion is to make sure you leave enough time. It was just her so it took her a long time to get through 7 girls.

Flowers: Lynn Fosbender, Pollen
Lynn did a great job. The flowers were beautiful. I did originally want plum and rose but the green she used (instead of pink) looked very nice. They were not initially what I had envisioned (grooms input) but they were absolutely beautiful. I could not of asked for a better vendor, not only is her work great but she is the nicest person. Biggest plus, the bouquets stayed together throughout the whole day. I have seen a few at weddings fall apart by dinner but these stayed well put.

Makeup: Kim Charbonneau
Kim did a very thorough and amazing job on my makeup. i looked flawless all day, until the dancing started.but thats ok

Reception: Met club Joe Flynn
the met club was such a beautiful location, and well priced with other chicago vendors. We loved the venue. The catering director was great up untill 3-4 months before the wedding. It was hard to reach him. Anyone considering an event at this location, just be aware of it. It didnt cause a huge issue but because a big inconveniences near the end.

Cake: Sarahs candies,
I really didnt have a great deal of correspondence with Sarah’s candies but maybe that’s a good thing. the cake was breathtaking and tasted just how it looked. I can’t wait till our anniversary cake!!!!

Photographer: Orange 2 photo
Melody did a great job of capturing the moments at our wedding. She was a last-minute photographer because Nick who we hired had to leave because a death in his family. I do wish melody would of watched for more details, there are shots where my train could have looked better. Also she didn’t really correct us or how we stood that much, maybe that means we nailed it, but I guess I just like a little more direction with situations like those. I do wish I would have asked for more pics with just the girls, and Todd with just the boys but that’s my fault. Overall the photos look great but i probably would of asked for a second photographer to catch all of the candid moments.

Church: Assumption Church
Beautiful church, it looked so beautiful and fit everyone very well. Father joe did a great job with the ceremony.

Music: DJ Chicago
Alec was our DJ for the night. he started by introducing us in which was a little off our cue. Not a big deal, and from our discussions with our guests no one even noticed. The night went on with the speeches, favors and dances. after the parent dances the dance floor was packed. ALLL NIGHT. Todd and I couldnt have been happier about that. Alec did a great job with the music and catering to our friends and our parents/family.

Hotel: Swissotel
O my gosh Megan and Jennifer are so amazing, they were by far my favorite vendors. they catered to my every request and I am so thankful I had such wonderful vendors for the hotel.

All paper items: LCI Papers
I ordered most of my paper a envelopes nd through LCI papers, they are great vendors, customer service is amazing. I would recommend them to anyone who plans to DIY their invitations.

Dress: Leonardo’s bridal
I wanted to go dress shopping with mom so planned a visit last september. We went to leo’s and I loved the experience. When you enter it’s just you (appointment only), one or two staff members, and the shop is very clean and open and big. I thought  to myself “ohh no big mistake, every dress will be 3k), wrong. They were very reasonably priced and I found my dream dress. I knew as soon as i saw it. my only advice with the dress is, if you can, have a corset put in or buy one with a corset in it. It makes it easier to adjust the dress without having to go to alterations.

they are great and cheap, highly recommend!

I purchased my frame for the escort cards on Craigslist and purchased the frames for the “where we come from” table at home goods. The vases were rented and linens were included with our package. The bridesmaid dresses were BCBG.



September 21, 2010

Thank you to all our family and friends who helped make our day so special. We will always remember your love and support for us on our special day and through the whole process. I hope to have some of our professional wedding photographer’s images up soon. We also have a few clips from the wedding we hope to post soon.


The newlyweds!
Todd & Amanda

Invitation Saga- Assembling

July 15, 2010

Everything is cut, and ready to assemble. I called on my amazing assembling team to help…


Thanks to Todd, Nagy and Max for helping me get these wonderful invitations assembled and  mailed.

Minnesota Shower….

July 15, 2010

We all had so much fun. Thank you to Kathy, Lori and Sandy!

Invitations- Ordering and Paper Vendors

June 24, 2010

Invitations….. We chose to order most of the invitation supplies from LCI papers along with all the envelopes. I also looked at,,,,, and None of these sites had the pockets I was looking for or the inner and outer envelopes except for LCI papers. Overall my experience with the order was great. All the materials came in quick and whenever I call, a live person picks up the phone on the second ring (really like the customer service.) I also ordered the backing and vellum paper from The local stationery store carried the type of paper i wanted but i found it in bulk online. Now with all the materials!!

Our first gift!

June 24, 2010

We received our first gift last week!!!!

first gift!

Serving Tray

Thank you Kathy!


April 8, 2010

I love this wedding from Style me Pretty.

Love those dresses.

love the flowers on the bridesmaids.