Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Receptions of All Sorts, Part 1 Lofts

Receptions of All Sorts is a follow up series to Ceremonies of All Sorts!  I figured looking at some of the ceremonies we have done, it would be fun to see the reception come to life as well!

In this first series we will look at the loft weddings that we have done and transformed the ceremony space into the reception space.  Sound difficult?  Not at all!  We do it almost every weekend!

Take a look at how we make magic happen!

Here we see a beautiful wedding reception at Loft on Lake that earlier, the same space was set for a ceremony.  We flipped the room quickly and look at what happened! 

The next two photos are from our wedding at the MCA Warehouse in the west loop!  It used to be a pie factory where my grandmother used to buy pies at when she was a teenager!  Fun fact!  You can see we had some warm lighting by Art of Imagination and fun florals by Cattleya Designs.  You can see the large head table with the city as it's backdrop!

Finally, here is a look at this fab wedding we had at Salvage One.  Sara helped us create a fun layout with all their tables and Alison from Stems made the room glow with her beautiful floral arrangements!

Watch for Part 2, Receptions of All Sorts, Garden Weddings!  See you Thursday!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chicago Wedding Professionals were the first professionals to STAND UP!

STAND UP is a platform for business professionals to unite and STAND UP for equality and acceptance of same-sex marriage.  

The STAND UP Project launched Tuesday, July 24th, releasing it's first creative work to spread the message equality!  The first video project was created with the Wedding Industry from Chicago.  See the video below on how they all STAND UP for marriage equality!

To learn more, become a member or to STAND UP with us, visit www.i-standup.org today!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

STAND UP launches today!

We are so proud to be a part of the STAND UP Project!  Learn about the official launch below!

Please join us for the STAND UP Launch party. A town-hall-style meeting taking place Tuesday 7/24/12 at Loft on Lake, 1366 W. Lake, from 6:00-9:00 PM. This is your chance to find out what the STAND UP Project is all about and to begin your own business profile and join the growing membership.

The launch will feature: An informative presentation by Anthony Navarro and Cher Garrett. We will officially unveil the campaign video that features dozens of Chicago’s own Wedding Professionals who were the first to STAND UP. Find out the goals and details of the initiative and join over 100 of Chicago’s own Wedding Professionals who have already proudly announced they STAND UP for marriage equality.

6:00-7:00 – Open Photo shoot with Stephen Garrett for new members
7:00-8:00 – Multi-media presentation, including screening of videos and unveiling of website
8:00-8:15 – An informal Q&A session (additional photo-shoot time if necessary)
8:15-9:00 – Cocktails and lite bites provided by Entertaining Company, Pure Kitchen Catering, and Harry Caray’s

www.i-standup.org  The FULL website will launch tonight! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wedding Professionals STAND UP for Marriage Equality

On May 24, 2012, one hundred Chicago wedding professionals gathered to STAND UP for marriage equality. Planners, venue owners, caterers, bakers, photographers, dress designers and others from every sector of the industry gathered in the West Loop for a video and photoshoot that had them say “I Stand!”
Starting with the wedding industry, but open to all fields, STAND UP asks businesses of all sizes and the professionals within those businesses to “come out” in support of same-sex rights. Anthony Navarro, wedding planner and STAND UP Co-Founder says: “I came up with the concept after President Barack Obama stated his personal support for same-sex marriage rights. Whereas The President had a global, televised platform from which to voice his support, I realized that even though my peers and I overwhelmingly support marriage equality, we had no common forum from which to speak.”
Anthony brought the "I Stand" theme to Cher Garrett, marketing professional and owner of Loft on Lake, an event venue in the West Loop. Cher embraced the concept and set her design and branding team at KGA, Garrett Associates into action developing the STAND UP identity and forming the organization.
Cher and Anthony are turning STAND UP into a nation-wide platform where thousands of wedding and other professionals can share their support, create a fresh dialogue and bringing much-needed positive discourse and perspective to the discussion surrounding same-sex marriage rights. This platform will allow individuals, as well as businesses, large and small, to show their support by becoming a member, sponsor or volunteer.  STAND UP members that elect to become Ambassadors can organize work groups and team members to submit photography and video which will post to the STAND UP website. Corporations can sponsor the cause or submit content & features. STAND UP small-business members will receive a profile on the website and decals to post on their shop windows or autos. There will be recognition for organizations that gather the most individuals together.

We encourage supporters to “make a statement with our fashion”, says Cher Garrett.  Merchandise featuring the STAND UP logo and iconic equality symbol will be available for purchase on the website.  Previous efforts, such as the wildly successful, “No H8 Campaign,” allowed people nationwide to show their personal support, and now there is a means for businesses to do the same.
“Although marriage is a highly personal arena, the fact remains that an estimated 1,400 state and federal benefits are denied to gay couples. Even as some states move toward equality, many overwhelmingly vote to deny rights. It just made sense to gather the people who maintain the wedding industry to say to the world: “I Stand!” said Navarro.
In only a month since organizing, the STAND UP team has seen a tremendous response from wedding professionals in Chicago. Dozens of professionals have taken part – and as the STAND UP Project nears its launch, it is building noticeable buzz in the wedding community.
The project is slated to launch on July 24th, at a town-hall style meeting at Loft on Lake.  To become a member or learn more about STAND UP, visit www.i-standup.org
STAND UP is an organization formed as platform for business professionals to unite for acceptance of marriage equality. Through website content, video and other creative forms of communication they hope to educate, enlighten, and illuminate. Changes to legislation which provide all the same rights and legal benefits of marriage, regardless of gender, is at the heart of the STAND UP mission. By uniting in groups, representing a multitude of industries they hope to show that no matter who you are, or what you do, it is time to STAND UP for equality.
Anthony Navarro is owner of Liven-it-up Events an award winning Chicago based Event Planning Company. Cher Garrett is owner of KGA, Garrett Associates an award winning strategic marketing and branding firm and also owner of Loft on Lake, the quintessential Chicago Loft Venue.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ceremonies of All Sorts (Modern Weddings Part 4)

This is the final installment of Ceremonies of All Sorts.  This post you are going to see all modern weddings we have done.  In my mind, what constitutes a modern wedding is a wedding at a unique venue for a wedding, like The Rookery, Cafe Brauer, and The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.  Take a look at some memorable ceremonies. 

Here was a beautiful wedding at the Historic Rookery Building.  Down below you'll see the fabric draping and lighting by Art of Imagination.  It was a gorgeous ceremony!

Here you'll find us at Cafe Brauer with Scarlet Petal & Blue Plate Catering.  The wedding was gorgeous and we were able to make the couple, very, very, very happy!

The final modern wedding ceremony took place at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.  Jesse from Event Creative took this one over the top, and with Stefani's Catering it really was an amazing wedding!

Thanks for following this series!  More to come next week!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ceremonies of All Sorts (Tradtional Weddings Part 3)

This installment of the look at Ceremonies of All Sorts focuses on Traditional Ceremonies.  You will see two shots below.  One was a Catholic Wedding that was taken in a church and another was a Jewish wedding taken at a synagogue.  Take a look!

Here you are going to see a wedding snap shot at KAM Isaiah Israel (across the street from President Obama's home) in Hyde Park.  The Chuppah was provided by Event Creative.
Here you will see a Catholic wedding taking place at a Notre Dame Cathedral.  The floral down the aisle was provided by Fragrant Design & that is photographer, Angie Garbot in the aisle doing her job!
The final installment of Ceremonies of all Sorts will be published on Thursday, July 12th!  Watch out for it!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy 4th!

In celebration of the 4th of July, I want to wish you a safe and happy week! We will be back next week with a look at Traditional and Modern wedding ceremonies we have planned!

Until then...happy planning!
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