Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WEDologyEDU - Winter 2014


I'm so excited to announce the official date for WEDologyEDU (formerly WEDology Experience) is Saturday, November 1st at Halsted Studio near downtown Chicago!  Yes, you requested the workshop in the city and I listened.  Registration is LIVE and the early-bird pricing has been extended to October 1st.



This intensive one-day workshop will cover the following topics:
  • The role of a wedding/event planner and the various hats they wear
  • How to turn your passion into a profitable business
  • The potential client approach and initial meeting
  • Contracts and how to receive compensation
  • Who's your ideal client
  • Marketing efforts and public relations for your wedding/event business
  • Benefits of social media and blogging
  • Expanding your wedding/event business offerings
I look forward to meeting, greeting and teaching budding and aspiring wedding and event planners on November 1st!!!  Visit our business website WEDology toolKIT for more dates and information about our WEBinars, NOTEbooks and MENTORing.

Until next time...WEDologize!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Real Wedding: Amaka and Hugh


On an sunny, gorgeous Saturday in September 2013, Amaka and Hugh were married in front of their family and friends on the beautiful campus of Loyola University Chicago.  The wedding color palette was tangerine, apple red and purple and balanced nicely off Lake Michigan and the amazing Chicago skyline.  Take a look at some of the wonderful photos of this wedding:


Gorgeous bride in her Enzoani wedding gown
Beautiful bride and her bridesmaids...two of which are her sisters
The groom's first glimpse of his soon-to-be Mrs. in the lobby of the Dana Hotel
Lake Michigan was the backdrop to this beautiful ceremony
on the Loyola University Chicago campus.
Bouquets by Juliet Tan Floral Design
Professional photography captured by
Rush Event Photography & Video Productions
Bouquets by Juliet Tan Floral Design
Custom designed escort cards by CT Designs, Inc.
The 95-person reception took place at Palm Court at Loyola University Chicago.
The reception decor was provided by Tablescapes Chicago, BBJ Linens and Rosemary's Garden



The Mr. & Mrs. First Dance to the sounds of DJ John Young
And they lived happily ever after...
You can also find this Real Wedding in the latest edition of
Wedding Guide Chicago

Until next time...WEDologize!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Real Wedding: Louisa and Anthony


On April 26th, Louisa and Anthony were married at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in front of their closest family and friends.  The platinum, white and purple color palette was gorgeous against the neutral backdrop of the Museum.  One unique aspect that this great couple added to their ceremony was asking each guest to take a minute (or two) to write words of advice before they said their vows.  The advice cards and personalized pens were on each guests seat prior to the start of the ceremony and the pen doubled as a favor.

Take a peek at this beautiful April wedding:

Gorgeous bride just arrived to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the ceremony
Miss on her way to become Mrs.
Ceremony took place in the main level of the Museum due to weather.
Love the hanging lantern detail creating a focal point at the altar.
The brides gorgeous bouquet created by Work of Art Florist
Room shot showing off the amazing platinum and purple linens provided by BBJ Linens


Love the paper lanterns above the dance floor
One of 3 centerpiece designs created by Work of Art Florist
Two of 3 centerpieces created by Work of Art Florist.
Beautiful framed table numbers provided by client
Third and final centerpiece created by Work of Art Florist
A small sampling of their dessert and coffee station, provided by Jewell Events Catering,
that was revealed after dinner was complete
Walking into their new life hand and hand

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - my iPhone)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Real Wedding: Tammy and Matt


As I start my Real Wedding series of blog posts, I'd like to share the wedding of Tammy and Matt who were married on February 22, 2014.  The American ceremony took place at Chicago Theological Seminary and the reception at Zhou B Art Center.  The Buddhist ceremony in honor of the groom's culture took place 2 weeks prior.  150 of Tammy and Matt's guest, some who traveled internationally, met the harsh winter with a day of love and laughter.  The couple brought in so many cultural touches to their turquoise and apple red ceremony and reception.  Take a peek:


A word of prayer from the bride's mother who also officiated
the wedding ceremony
Table design by The Flower Firm, Tablescapes Party Rental
and Blue Plate Catering
Guests could write a message in their photo guest book or
print a message on a post card
Cocktails and dancing in the Moongate Room of Zhou B Art Center
Stunning wedding cake created by La Patisserie
Surprise groom's cake from the bride created by La Patisserie
that showcased a movie reel of his family photos
King-style table for the bride, groom and wedding party
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Tran!!!
Gorgeous bouquet by The Flower Firm
Delicious dessert buffet was displayed with coffee,
sliced wedding cake and (12) different mini desserts

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credits - my iPhone)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Wedding Guide Debuts Summer/Fall Magazine


Excited to share the gorgeous cover of Wedding Guide Chicago's Summer/Fall magazine!  Take a look at a Dejanae Events Real Wedding of Amaka and Hugh on pages 62-63 and you will find our Partyscape design, Urban Tranquility, on pages 144-145.


The Summer/Fall issue of Wedding Guide Chicago is on newsstands!  Order a magazine online or pick up a copy near you! http://bit.ly/UfeWw0

Until next time...WEDologize!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Polish Those Nails!


In my past life I was a licensed nail professional :)  Yes, I've worn many hats on this journey of becoming a wedding and event planner.  But one thing I know for sure, you hands are going to be photographed a lot on wedding day...as you are getting dressed, during the ring ceremony and cutting of the wedding cake to name a few.

Take a peek at some of the natural nail designs you might consider on wedding day:


And my suggestion for a lasting, no-chip manicure for your wedding weekend...use CND's Vinylux System.  It's an awesome product that keeps your manicure looking fresh for at least 7-days and removes easily with Acetone.
 
Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credits - Yahoo Shine; Pinterest; Brides.com; Bridal Frizz)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Topping Off Your Wedding Cake


I've mentioned numerous times that the wedding cake is the centerpiece of the reception.  With that said, one of your detailed planning decisions will become how do you want to "top-off" that gorgeous tiered confection.  The size of the cake, design and shape will all all play a role in making the decision of using a traditional cake topper, fresh or artificial flowers or a completely modern approach. 

Check out some of the fabulous cake topper ideas some of our past couples have used:

A few blooms of fresh hydrangea
A bouquet of fresh flowers with a little bling detail
Simple monogram laid within a bed of roses
A sentimental phrase
Blinged single-letter monogram
A three-letter monogram

Now what idea are you thinking to complete your wedding cake design?

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit: Rush Photography and Videography; Ven Sherrod Photography)

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