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Sunday, January 20, 2013

TSE 2013

I was happy to attend The Special Events Conference and Show last week, January 15-18, at McCormick Place, Chicago IL.  I signed up for the Full Education course and learned so much! Here are some of the classes I took: "Market Your Business Through Promo", Events Your Clients Will Pay For", "Creating Co-opertition, How working with your competition can boost your Wedding Business", "5 Super simple steps to a Profitable Business", and many more! It was definitely an experience and a big information overload for me, but super informative and glad that I signed up to go.

Day 3 of TSE, I saw Michael Cerbelli's Hot List 2013. He told all of the attendee's what trends will be hot for the upcoming year.  Some of his awesome ideas were, Xylobands, The Cupcake Pod Machine, Bronkar Lee, Casabubble, Check In Easy, and so much more! I will touch base on many of these things individually in another blog, but you will be amazed!

Next years TSE is at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. I hope to go and learn about all the trends for 2014!

Enjoy a few pictures we took at the Exhibit Hall, we met so many vendors that came from all over the world.

Please go to our Facebook page to view all 93 photos from the Special Events!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Latin America meets Chicago, Marilia and Daniel January 5th 2013

It was our first wedding of 2013 this past Saturday, January 5th!! Here is our story of Marilia and Daniel's wedding.

 Our first meeting was over the phone back in August, since Marilia and Daniel were planning their wedding from Iowa, we had an initial phone consult and met a couple months later.  Marilia and Daniel are from Latin America, and all of the guests that they were inviting were out of the country and out of state.  

They already had St. Mary of the Angels Church booked,  Although the church is going through some renovations inside and out, the church is absolutely stunning, and we didn't let the construction ruin the ceremony!

The reception venue was also booked at the lovely Penninsula Hotel  Since the wedding was in January this saved the couple a lot of money.( Reminder to couples that off season weddings will save you a lot of money!!)

Marilia and Daniel needed help with booking the rest of the vendors, so the search was on.

At the end these wonderful vendors were booked for the big day!




Ceremony music: This was actually a friend of Marilia's brothers' who used to play with Michael Daly.


Hair and Make-up: the lovely Carla and Carrie from



One of my favorite parts of this wedding was the small intimate guest list of 45, and the smaller tables used for the room that fit 5 people at each table.  Also, the unique Bem-Casados cookies used as favors which was a Latin American wedding tradition.

Congratulations to Marilia and Daniel again and thanks for letting us be a part of your special day!!

Please enjoy our non-professional pics, and can't wait to see the professional pics and post them for all of you to see!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Wedding Trends

Wondering what the 2013 Wedding Trends are? Well look no further,  has listed the top 10 wedding trends for this year.  My top 2 favorite are lace, and Victorian luxury,flapper style, and art deco.

What are your favorite trends of 2013?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year to all our couples, past, present, and future!  We apologize for our lack of blogging last year, but since a new year we will start from scratch and be much better at blogging and updating pictures.  We have over 20 weddings booked so far for 2013, and we're so excited to start our season this weekend, January 5th at the beautiful Peninsula Hotel!