Details from a Perfect Autumn Wedding

We had another lovely wedding at The Morning Star over the weekend. The beautiful bride wore a vintage-inspired tea length, beaded ivory gown, with pale make-up,  red lipstick, and her long dark hair in a side updo. The groom looked dapper in a deep blue suit with a tan tweed cap. The weather was amazing, sunny and mild. When the official photographer sends me photos, I will post them. In the meantime here is  a sample of the photos that I took

Bridal Bouquet …





Garden Venue …





The Wedding Cake …

Italian Wedding Cake with extra Cream Cheese Frosting


Before Dinner …



Wishing the very best to Kristine and Anthony! Thank you for having your wedding at The Morning Star!

A Beautiful Summer Wedding

We had a beautiful wedding at The Morning Star yesterday. The couple was just a joy to work with. Wishing you a world of happiness, Labrina & Brandon! We are hoping that the official photographer sends us some photos, but in the meantime, here are a few that I took after the wedding.









Have a wonderful day!


The TOP Wedding Trend-By Far | Events by L | Chicagoland’s Premier Wedding and Event Planning Experts


We love this trend and have noticed it too!

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Mr & Mrs wedding signs

It seems that anytime we meet new people in the wedding event industry, or just in general, once they discover that we are Wedding and Event planners by trade they always like to ask about the current trends.

There are so many different trends out there that it is really hard to specify just one.  However, in doing some thinking there is one trend that we see in almost every single wedding: signs, signs, and more signs.

Wedding Day Signs

We are not going to lie, we absolutely love this trend and are quite sign obsessed ourselves.  We always have an extra sign or ten on hand at every event we plan in case there just aren’t enough.

Truth be told, nine times out of ten we actually do need more signage.  It is human nature to wait to take action until we are told and something that we are taught very early…

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A Prairie Wedding

Here are a few great photos from LaBrisa Photography of a prairie wedding for which I performed the ceremony a few weeks ago. Thank you to Sarah and Ben for letting me be a part of their wedding day! It is such and honor and a joy to be the celebrant for a lovely couple’s wedding. And thank you to LaBrisa for letting me share their photography.



The wedding took place on a beautiful, sunny summer afternoon at Prairiewood Retreat.

Best wishes to the happy couple!

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Have a lovely day!

SMILE say… Wedding Cheesecake


A great post for National Cheesecake Day!

Originally posted on In the Life and Times of...:

In honor of National Cheesecake Day, I wanted to explore the idea of cheesecake as wedding cake. Now a days, couples are opting out of the traditional wedding cake opinions, and going where no couple has gone before. I am a big fan of this “outside the box” thinking. Couples are marrying in unique places, wearing attire that expresses their style, and personalizing their wedding to fit their needs and wants. The wedding cake is one place where couples can really test their taste buds, which options like cupcakes, cake pops, antigravity cakes, pies and CHEESECAKE! Below are some of my favorite wedding cake cheesecakes. Like anything else in a wedding the options are endless, from simple and small, to multiple layers with floral designs, and even individual cheesecakes in a combination of favors. The important thing to remember about choosing your wedding cake no matter what type it is…

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Persian Lime Pie


I made four of these pies for a wedding last weekend and received lots of compliments on it. The groom isn’t a cake person, so wedding cake, pies and cobblers, and miniatures desserts were all served. Yummy and fun!

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It seems as though every lime pie is named “Key Lime Pie”, and yet fresh Key limes can be much more difficult to find than fresh Persian limes. Since the smaller, yellowish Key limes are considerably tarter than the larger, dark green Persian limes, the two varieties are not perfectly interchangeable. So, I decided to create a pie recipe based on Persian limes. This delicious, citrusy, cheesecake-like pie is wonderful for entertaining because it can be made up to a week ahead of time. Enjoy!

Persian Lime Pie

serves 12


1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs

1/3 c. granulated white sugar

1/4 t. salt

10 T. unsalted butter, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together crumbs, sugar and salt. Stir in melted butter. Press crumb mixture into a 9” pie plate.
  3. Place pie plate on a baking sheet and bake crust for 8 minutes. (Make filling while crust is baking.)…

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14 Wedding Hair Ideas For Bridesmaids to Steal! | Events by L | Chicagoland’s Premier Wedding and Event Planning Experts


There are some very cute ideas here. I love the flowers in the hair in the bottom photo!

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14 Bridemaids hair styles to steal from real weddings

Check out these 14 wedding hair ideas for bridesmaids to steal this season!

Bride’s don’t get to have all of the fun on their wedding day.  If you are a bridesmaid for one or more weddings this season then you know it is an opportunity for you to get dressed up to the nines and get glammed to the max!  Have fun with it and try one of these looks at each of your upcoming weddings you will be attending!

Here are 14 bridesmaids hairstyle ideas for you to steal this season!

Wedding Hair Ideas For Bridesmaids | POPSUGAR Beauty.

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Let us know which looks you are going to try!

-The L’s

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