Big Things Coming

March 20th, 2017
The guests enjoyed themselves.  Photo by Studio Finch Photography, www.studiofinch.com

Fun times coming! Photo by Studio Finch Photography, www.studiofinch.com

As I’ve mentioned once or twice before, there’s a new website in my future.  I’ll make a big announcement when it’s completely ready, but keep your eyes open.  It’s going to be a big improvement.  I mean, I love my old website, and it as served me well, but it’s time for an update!

But there’s even bigger news.  Very soon, you’ll see a new address for me.  I’m moving into a real, grown-up office space.  Julia at Crafty Broads and I will be sharing her cute space in Rogers Park.  (I’ll do a profile of her so you’ll know more about the custom garments and alterations she does.)  I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the meeting space there.  As a bonus, if you have an appointment there, you might see some of my handmade lace and custom embroidery work on display.  I’m looking forward to sharing that with the world, too.

Stay tuned for updates on all these new and exciting things!

What the Heck?

February 14th, 2017
Too bad you can't see the Van Galder bus fighting through traffic in this skyline view!  Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

Here’s a pretty picture of summertime in Chicago to distract you from all the blog glitches. Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

If you’ve been following closely, you might have seen all the articles I had posted in 2017.  And then you would have seen a database error.  And now there’s nothing back to the beginning of the year.  What’s going on with my blog??

Well, as one of the posts that never appeared said, I’m in the process of getting a new website, and I have a lovely new website hosting company to go with it.  I’m very happy about all these things.  But transferring a website from one hosting company to another can be tricky, and sometimes it doesn’t work perfectly.  Ah, the things you learn being a small business owner!

I’ll try and catch all of us up on what got lost in the next few weeks, so please check back.  I hope to be back to business very soon, writing about weddings and events, rather than about technical issues.  Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

August 15th, 2016

I just looked at the calendar and realized that it has been ten years since I booked my very first wedding.  It has been a long and interesting road since those days.  I can say with some confidence that ten years of planning and managing weddings has given me insight into the process that I didn’t have in the beginning.  So, here’s a journey in pictures through the last ten years of weddings.  Some of my favorites:

table centerpiece

Photo courtesy of Artisan Events, Inc.

cutting the cake

Photo by Magical Moments Photography.

bride and turnstile

bridal party

Photo by Happy Buddy PhotoArt.

tea ceremony

Photo courtesy of christytylerphotography.com.

table setting

Photo by hannahelaine photography (hannahelaine.com).

bridesmaid bouquets

Photo by Peter Coombs.

lakeside ceremony

Courtesy of sprungphoto.com.

vintage bride and groom

Photo by Allison Williams Photography.

recessional

bridal party flowers

Photo by Agnes Malory Photography.

My Secret Life

February 1st, 2016

I plan and manage weddings all year, but in my free time, I also volunteer my time with a terrific group of people who are founding a food co-op in Rogers Park.  I always like to have at least one volunteer project in my life, and I have an undying passion for local food and the politics of food issues.  (And, I really like food!)  So, this group is a great fit for me, especially because I get to plan events to help the co-op grow.

The first major event I planned (with many other volunteers and Heartland staff) was last October: Heartland Cafe’s Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance.  Heartland put on the event; I did a bunch of the planning for it; everyone had a great time; and Heartland made a sizable donation to the food co-op.

The event was a harvest dinner on the patio of the restaurant followed by a barn dance at the Red Line Tap around the corner (which is also part of the Heartland empire in central Rogers Park).  Wade Chandler, a photographer who lives in Rogers Park, very kindly donated his services for the event.  (Check out his Facebook page for more information.)  Here are a few glimpses of this terrific evening.

 

The Heartland Cafe patio was all decked out for the Harvest Dinner.

The Heartland Cafe patio was all decked out for the Harvest Dinner.

Tom Rosenfeld, one of the Heartland's owners, welcomes the guests--and tells them how important food co-ops are.

Tom Rosenfeld, one of the Heartland’s owners, welcomes the guests–and tells them how important food co-ops are.

The Heartland's kitchen served up a luscious buffet of seasonal dishes.

The Heartland’s kitchen served up a luscious buffet of seasonal dishes.

The guests enjoyed the food and the company.

The guests enjoyed the food and the company.

The Co-op had its brand new t-shirts ready!

The Co-op had its brand new t-shirts ready!

Volunteers at the pumpkin carving station improved on the decor.

Volunteers at the pumpkin carving station improved on the decor.

After dinner, the dance started at the Red Line Tap.

After dinner, the dance started at the Red Line Tap.

Caller Jo Mortland and the band kept the dancers moving.

Caller Jo Mortland and the band kept the dancers moving.