Sarah & Christian’s Romantic October Wedding

On October 15th, 2016 Sarah and Christian were joined by their loved ones for their ceremony and reception at Chez. Their day began at the W Hotel Lakeshore for their first look, and then headed to Lake Michigan with their wedding party and photographer, Louie A Weddings.

Every detail of the day was planned by Linsday Gaeta of Storybook Weddings. While the wedding party took photos, Phil Cooper and the team of Kehoe Designs were putting the final touches on floral arrangements and each romantic detail for the ceremony. The mood for the ceremony was set by Bill Pollack String Quartet. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Jewell Events Catering.

Once the ceremony space was flipped for the reception, guests were invited back in to take their seats. Tables were covered with sequined linen and lined with Chez’s mirage ghost chairs creating a charming atmosphere. Kehoe Designs made sure every table was impeccable with elegant floral arrangements set in various gold and glass vessels. The tables were completed with custom escort cards by Minted.

After cutting the cake, the couple and their guests danced and enjoyed music from Style Matters. Congratulations Sarah & Christian!


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Photography: Louie A Weddings | Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven | Maids’ dresses: J. Crew | Groom’s Suit: Mens Warehouse | Groomsmens’ Suits: Mens Warehouse | Planning: Lindsay Gaeta of Storybook Weddings & Events | Floral & Design: Phil Cooper of Kehoe Designs | Caterer & Cake: Jewell Events Catering | Ceremony Music: Bill Pollack String Quartet | Reception Music: Style Matters | Menu & Program: AJ Powills | Escort Cards: Minted

Vendor Spotlight: Gabriel Garavaglia of RED Weddings

Gabriel Garavaglia

Name: Gabriel Garavaglia

Title/Position: Director of Wedding Services at RED Weddings

Specialty: Production Manager & Lead Cinematographer

CHEZ: How long have you been in the events industry?  
G.G.: 7 years

CHEZ: Describe what you/your company does in one sentence?
G.G.: RED Weddings is a premium wedding cinematography, photography, music and entertainment service firm for today’s most discerning brides and grooms.

CHEZ: What sets you/your company apart from others?  
G.G.: We create and capture the magic of our clients celebrations with the same artistic and technical standards once associated only with Oscar-winning films.  We were the first in the world to bring actual Motion Picture cameras (the same cameras used on films like The Hobbit, Spiderman, Gone Girl etc.) to capture weddings!

CHEZ: What is your most memorable moment from past events?  
G.G.: We’ve shared so many tender private moments with our clients over the years, but capturing a grooms little girl crying tears of joy at having a new mommy during their first dance certainly tops our list!

CHEZ: What event trends do you love right now?  
G.G.: We’re incredibly gratified to see Wedding Cinema becoming as, if not more important than photography to our couples, and feel we’ve helped establish new (high) standards in what can be expected from “wedding videography” – both for our clients, and their children children!  Our FAA approved drone cinematography and hilarious Slow-Motion Video Booth have been wildly popular this year as well.

CHEZ: What is the most unique request a client has ever had?  
G.G.: Last year we had a bride book a private midnight helicopter tour over the Loop following their reception.  Fortunately, our founder is a Union Director of Photography and we’re partners with Flight AV, a motion picture / TV production company so it was easy and affordable for them.  Little did we know, the groom was a little afraid of heights, but a great time was had by all!

CHEZ: What does a typical event day look like for you?  
G.G.: Since we prepare thoroughly in the months and weeks prior to our clients big day, including loading our transport vehicles with equipment (and backup equipment), triple checked and staged to be quickly accessible for each part of the day, we arrive ready to shoot the moment we step out of our vehicles!  Of course we’ve visited each location prior to the date and so have our “money shots” and camera angles already figured out, and go to great lengths to find shots that are 100% unique to our clients personalities and locations to ensure their photography and cinematography is unique and especially meaningful to them.

CHEZ: Name three things you couldn’t live without (besides the obvious!)
G.G.: #1 A cooler with water and snacks, as some of our wedding days literally go from 4am until 4am and there’s rarely a minute to spare!
#2 We love our RED Cinema 6K-8K ultra high definition cameras and have found the image quality, slow motion, and ability to extract still photos of any frame we’ve shot as a printable photograph to be invaluable and help us capture moments that would otherwise be lost forever.
#3 Lastly, we absolutely couldn’t live without our in house team.  Having a dedicated audio engineer, director of business affairs, and of course our creative director and founder allows each of us to focus 100% on doing the best work possible as a single operator / entrepreneur will always have a hard time keeping up with every facet of the business simultaneously.

CHEZ: Name three things people probably don’t know about you:
G.G.: #1 Despite the quality of our work, we’re actually very affordable and have full featured all day packages for much less than one might think.
#2 We are one of very few “triple threat” wedding service providers that offer bespoke quality photography, cinematography, entertainment, photo booth and drone services in time and cost saving bundles.
#3 Very few people know that our company is made up of film / TV, music business and advertising agency professionals, so no request is impossible, and is why our work is consistent with their favorite movies and TV shows.  And no, we are not named after the books or TV show by George R. R. Martin!

CHEZ: What is the best piece of advice you can give someone planning an event?  
G.G.: Create a spreadsheet to document your options, meet with the actual people you will spend your most important day with, take your time and figure out your entire game plan before signing any contracts, and get specific details about each offer you are comparing and considering.  Weddings are a significant milestone, and couples have a unique opportunity to leverage their buying power to save time and money – as well, ensure their wedding day production team is perfectly in sync throughout their wedding day by bundling multiple services with a single vendor.

CHEZ: What do you love about Chez?  
G.G.: Of course we simply adore Chez’s incredible modern design and gorgeous natural light (so important for photography and videography!) not to mention their central location to endless beautiful photo / video locations.  That said, it’s their professionalism, warm, personal attention to every little detail and sincere concern for their clients success and happiness that makes Chez our very favorite loft venue!


Photography by Paul Christopher Greene

ILEA Master’s Dinner

In early March, The International Live Events Association, welcomed leaders of the industry to Chez for their second annual ILEA Chicago Master’s Dinner. The team from HMR Design and MDM Entertainment created an inviting and intimate environment with textured linens, colored lighting, and organically-arranged floral. Signature cocktails and dinner were served by Catering by Michaels. It was a pleasure to host this event for the second year running. ILEA we look forward to hosting many more events with you.

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Photographer: Kent Drake Photography | Food & Beverage: Catering by Michaels | Floral & Decor: HMR Designs | Entertainment/Lighting/AV: MDM Entertainment | Stationary: ILEA Chicago | Rentals: Hall’s Rental Service