Alexis & Corey’s Stylish Moody Wedding

bride-and-groom-say-i-doOn a blue sky day in early June, Alexis and Corey said their wedding vows at Chez, beneath a dramatic canopy of florals and crystal chandeliers. Ghost chairs were arranged in the round, creating an intimate ceremony setting that allowed friends and family to surround the couple. With the team from Kehoe Designs at the helm, every decor detail was carefully considered. The design intermixed a unique palette of textures and styles that ranged from vintage gold metallics and rustic wood to classic crystal and ethereal chiffon. Organically styled floral, such as garden roses, peonies, and burgundy clematis were tied-in with garden-like elements of smokebush, seeded eucalyptus and privet berries.  Dozens of towering candles were placed on dining tables and beneath the glass staircase offering a romantic back drop for the mirrored head table. After their first dance and cake cutting, Alexis and Corey joined their guests for dinner by Jewell Events Catering. Flow Entertainment provided the entertainment for the night as guests danced and enjoyed a sweet smore station late into the night. What a day! Congratulations Alexis and Corey. chez weddingfirst-look-bride-groomchez weddingbride groom chez paree muralwedding ceremony decor chezfloral-wedding-chandeliersbride and groom say i dochez weddingnaked wedding cake chez wedding chez wedding chez wedding chez wedding

Photography: Moonhouse Productions | Caterer: Jewell Events Catering | Design & Floral: Kehoe Designs | Entertainment: Flow Entertainment

Vendor Spotlight: Ramsey Jay Prince of Ashland Addison

Wedding FloristName: Ramsey Jay Prince
Title/Position: Senior Event Designer/ Business Development Specialist at Ashland Addison
Specialty: Creating a immersive environment with flowers, textiles and furnishings

CHEZ: How long have you been in the events industry?
R.J.P.: 20 years

CHEZ: Describe what you/your company does in one sentence?
R.J.P.: Ashland Addison creates an environment, with gorgeous flowers of course but we strive to provide a full service décor experience.

CHEZ: What sets you/your company apart from others?
R.J.P.: Our diverse staff and 100 year roots in the floral industry. We can boast having both seasoned designers and delivery personnel, as well as fresh new talent.

CHEZ: What is your most memorable moment from past events?
R.J.P.: Being asked to join one of my bride’s family for Thanksgiving dinner at their home a few months after their wedding.

CHEZ: What event trends do you love right now?
R.J.P.: I love the use of exotic foliages in conjunction with and in lieu of floral blooming.

CHEZ: What is the most unique request a client has ever had?
R.J.P.: For a native of France, I constructed vintage linen flowers, hand-calligraphed love poems on each petal in French, and mixed them in with wild and fresh floral in the table arrangements.

CHEZ: What does a typical event day look like for you?
R.J.P.: Wake up early, have coffee and a snack with my crew then off to event venue to monitor load in, then construct any larger scale floral installations on site, do a final check and then the reveal to the bride/client.

CHEZ: Name three things you couldn’t live without (besides the obvious!)
R.J.P.: Amazon, house music, carrot cake.

CHEZ: Name three things people probably don’t know about you.
R.J.P.: I am also a fashion and costume designer, I have a degree in Biology, I have a background in performance and cabaret.

CHEZ: What is the best piece of advice you can give someone planning an event?
R.J.P.: Trust the industry professionals and let them use there past experience to guide you in achieving the perfect outcome. We do know what we are doing so let us help and give you realistic guidance.

CHEZ: What do you love about Chez?
R.J.P.: Chez is a blank canvas for a designer it is beautiful in its simplicity but also refined, it can host all or nothing so to speak. You can fill the venue and create a new environment or utilize its clean stark atmosphere to host a sleek contemporary event.

Photography: Amy Aiello Photography

Trends For An Unforgettable 2017 Holiday Party

2017 holiday trendsFollow these guidelines from Chicago event experts for an unforgettable 2017 holiday party. We reached out to industry pros to learn what they’re hearing and seeing on trends for the upcoming holiday season.

1. Consider a January Holiday Party
With December dates booking up fast for venues and social calendars, it makes sense to look towards non-traditional, January dates for your company holiday party. Your team will thank you! “Companies are having their holiday parties later in January instead of during the usual holiday season” — Beth Bracco, VP of Business Development at Blue Plate.

2. Make Your Holiday Party Interactive
An engaging experience makes for a more memorable celebration. “Most of our clients are looking for fun, interaction and engagement rather than a traditional sit-down dinner. Incorporating buffet stations that integrate action and engagement provides an experience that expands the food ‘memory’ of what they actually eat or drink. Mixology stations where guests get to learn how the make their own holiday cocktail, wine tastings or even dumpling stuffing and rolling!” — John Rudy, VP of Catering at Food For Thought.

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3. Add a Twist on Traditional Holiday Flavors
Jewell Events Catering’s Executive Chef, Ben Holt, is taking traditional winter flavors like cranberry and rosemary and giving them a unique twist. Imagine a rosemary biscuit topped with gingered cranberry relish, smoked turkey and aged white cheddar – the flavors of a traditional holiday dinner in a one-bite canapé.

4. Make Your Holiday Event Shine with Metallics
According to event design experts at Revel Décor, the days of flat color are gone. Metallics are the new neutrals — subtle, yet iconic. These alloys convey glamour and dimension with their texture and add artful appeal to food presentation and venue decor.

Are there any trends that you’re excited to see this holiday season? Leave us a note in the comments below.

Photo: Amanda Hein Photography

Amy & Colin’s Colorful Chez Wedding

It is always an honor when an industry friend selects Chez for their own wedding, so we were delighted to host Chicago wedding photographer, Colin Lyons, and wife Amy for their wedding reception last summer. Following a church ceremony, the newlyweds arrived at Chez to celebrate with family and friends. Colorful decor and a whimsical groom’s cake set the tone for the fun-filled reception. An elaborate paper flower wall provided a beautiful photo booth backdrop. Guests enjoyed dinner by Jewell Events Catering and danced to music by DJ Jennefa before a dramatic sparkler send off – the grand finale the the perfect day. Congratulations Amy and Colin!

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Photography: Colin Lyons Wedding Photography | Wedding Planner: An Affair to Remember | Caterer: Jewell Events Catering | Florist: May Floral | DJ: DJ Jennefa

Connie’s Luxurious 60th Birthday Celebration

With a milestone birthday approaching, Connie and her husband turned to Desiree Moore Dent of Dejanae Events to plan a birthday celebration like no other. Desiree gathered a team of Chicago’s top event professionals to produce the luxury soiree. Known for their opulent floral displays, Kesh Events designed magnificent floral arrangements with dozens of ivory, cream, and yellow roses. The white and yellow theme was carried through to the custom floral bar facade where bartenders served Connie’s signature cocktails decorated with edible yellow pansies. DJ Vince Adams entertained guests as they enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations by Jewell Events Catering. A sculptural birthday cake, created by Delish Cakes, seemed to float in mid-air as it was suspended beneath the glass staircase. Congratulations on your milestone birthday Connie!Chez Event SpaceChez Event SpaceChez Event SpaceChez Event SpaceChez Event SpaceChez Event SpaceChez Event Space

Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Event Planner: Dejanae Events | Event Design + Floral: Kesh Designs | Caterer: Jewell Events Catering | Cake: Delish Cakes | DJ: DJ Vince Adams | Valet: 5 Star Valet | Stationary: Invitation Architects

Kristin & Dino’s Lush Spring Wedding

After their first look on the rooftop of the Dana Hotel, Kristin and Dino made the short trip to LaSalle Street Bridge and Michigan Avenue to capture some urban wedding day photos with Cattura Weddings. Back at Chez, the teams from Food For Thought and XO Design Co. were busy preparing for guests to arrive. The aisle was lined with towering floral arrangements that would later become centerpieces. All eyes were on Kristin as she made her grand entrance on the glass staircase wearing an intricate sequin gown from Allure Bridal. After an emotional ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner, served by Food For Thought, before dancing the night away to music provided by Black Third Entertainment. Congratulations Kristin and Dino!Chez Event Space First Lookmichigan ave wedding photo Chicago Wedding Chicago Wedding Chicago Wedding Chicago Wedding Chicago Wedding Chicago Wedding Chicago Wedding Chicago Wedding Chicago Wedding Chicago Wedding Bride and GroomPhotography: Cattura Weddings|  Floral & Decor: XO Design Co. | Catering: Food For Thought | Month of Coordinator: Michelle Ganti Events | Entertainment: Back Third Events |Bride’s Gown: Allure Bridals |Maid’s Dress: Monique Lhullier | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Make-up: Nancy Jackson and Anna DiStaola | Hair: Marlene Hosepian |First look location: Dana Hotel and Spa

Vendor Spotlight: Vince Hart of Kehoe Designs

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Name: Vince Hart
Title/Position: V.P. Sales at Kehoe Designs
Specialty: Social, Weddings, and Bar-Bat Mitzvahs

CHEZ: How long have you been in the events industry?
V.H.: 30 Years in November

CHEZ: Describe what you/your company does in one sentence?
V.H.: We bring people’s dreams to reality.

CHEZ: What sets you apart from others?
V.H.: I’m always two steps ahead of the trends and fashion curve. Every aspect of my designs are intentional, and reflect the freshest ideas in the industry. As a visionary, everyone aspires to be like me.

Holiday PartyCHEZ: What is your most memorable moment from past events?
V.H.: I’m a huge Cubs fan, and I had the chance to design a baseball-themed Mitzvah for a family that has been close to my heart for 15 years. One of my favorite memories was getting a text from the client at 12:30 am after her son’s party that said, “Vince – no words can describe what an amazing job you did! It was such an incredible room filled with all of your magical touches!!!”

CHEZ: What event trends do you love right now?
V.H.: Boho Glam for weddings and “Return of 90s” design and colors for my Bar and Bat Mitzvah clients. To them, the 90s are retro!

CHEZ: What is the most unique request a client has ever had?
V.H.: “I need you to build the inside of an airplane, complete with windows that look out to moving cloud images,” requested by the client. The goal was not simply to create a plane, but to evoke the client’s personal memories within this event at The Geraghty. With a talented team, vast resources and “anything is possible” attitudes, we can – and will – execute anything.
Holiday Party CHEZ: What does a typical event day look like for you?
V.H.:  My job is 24–7. At Kehoe Designs, we’re always thinking, dreaming and planning the next party. I don’t really put a time limit on myself because my mind is constantly churning out ideas.

CHEZ: Name three things you couldn’t live without (besides the obvious!)
V.H.: 1. Fashion and Design Magazines — I still tear out pages for inspiration. 2. My Trainer — the only person I let boss me around. 3. My Clients — they allow me to do what I do, and the satisfaction of executing their dream makes for a great life.

CHEZ: Name three things people probably don’t know about you.
V.H.: I am a news junkie, I could care less about pretentious food and wish I could just wear Lululemon every day!
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V.H.: After 30 years in this industry, I can problem-solve anything thrown my way. If you hire me, you trust me. I never fail a client.

CHEZ: What do you love about Chez?
V.H.: I love that the space is a blank slate, I have done so many different looks for clients. From French Country, Art Décor, Sleek Modern. They all work because they chose to keep the finishes to a minimum and let the clean lines of the space speak for them self.


Photography:  Kehoe Designs | Event Planning: Jennifer Anderson Events

Auction of Promises for SOS Children’s Villages

For the 3rd Annual Auction of Promises Event, Specialist Staffing Group, worked with Calihan Catering and Kehoe Designs to produce a successful fundraiser benefiting SOS Children’s Villages Illinois.  A very worthy cause, SOS Children’s Villages provides a safe and healing place for children whose world has been shattered by abuse, neglect, or abandonment. During the event, raffle tickets were sold for the chance to win an ipad mini andpersonal training sessions, while a live auction was conducted from the balcony level. The team from Kehoe Designs styled VIP lounges with all-white furnishings and colorful floral.  Staff from Calihan Catering served champagne and bite sized hors d’oeuvres, and attendees enjoyed music by nationally renowned DJ Zeke Thomas. Congratulations to all involved. non profit, live auction, fundraiserchez event spacenon profit, live auction, fundraisernon profit, live auction, fundraisernon profit event chez non profit, live auction, fundraisernon profit, live auction, fundraiser non profit, live auction, fundraisernon profit, live auction, fundraiser

Photography: Cute as a Button Photography | Caterer: Calihan Catering | Decor: Kehoe Designs | DJ: Zeke Thomas | Hosted by: Specialist Staffing Group, Huxley, Real, Computer Futures

Amanda & Patrick’s Romantic Fall Wedding

Late last fall, just days after Thanksgiving, Amanda and Patrick were joined by family and friends as they said their vows at  St. Joseph Church. While the wedding party made some stops around town with photographer Kent Drake, the team from Revel Decor was busy putting the finishing touches on wedding reception decor details at Chez. Lux table linens, burgundy napkins, and dozens of candles decorated each table. After making their grand entrance on the glass staircase, Amanda and Patrick joined their guests for dinner, served by Blue Plate Catering, and afterwards danced to music by  The Connexion Band. Congratulations Amanda and Patrick.  fall wedding fall wedding fall wedding fall wedding fall wedding fall wedding fall wedding fall weddingfloral arrangement fall weddingtablescape fall wedding fall wedding fall wedding fall wedding fall wedding

Photography: Kent Drake Photography | Ceremony Location: St. Joseph Parish | Floral & Decor: Revel Decor | Catering: Blue Plate Catering | Bride’s Gown: Flora | Grooms Suit: Vera Wang | Cake: Bon Bon Bakery | Bridesmaid’s dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Music: Connexion Band

Vendor Spotlight: Lori Stephenson of LOLA Event Productions

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Name: Lori Stephenson

Title/Position: Owner and Principal – LOLA Event Productions

Specialty: Wedding and Event Planning and Design

CHEZ: How long have you been in the events industry?
L.S.: I’ve been in the wedding business in some way, shape or form since before I graduated from college where I attained my degree in fashion design and business and paid my way through school in part by making wedding gowns and accessories.  I guess wedding planning is just pumping through my blood at this point!  I started LOLA in 2006 – we are celebrating our 11th anniversary this year and have sent over 500 brides and grooms down the aisle!

CHEZ: Describe what you/your company does in one sentence?
L.S.: We take our clients ideas, vision, challenges, and unique perspectives and create the wedding or event that is perfect for them – all while keeping them happy and relaxed throughout the process.

CHEZ: What sets you/your company apart from others?
L.S.: In looking at our portfolio, it is obvious that the scope of our work is as broad as the personalities and needs of our clients.  We really LISTEN to our clients and try and deliver on their unique vision AND THEN SOME with that special LOLA touch of creativity and innovation.

CHEZ: What is your most memorable moment from past events?
L.S.: I love the moment when a client walks into the room and sees their vision turned into a reality for the very first time.  That moment at the completion of a set up is like a calming breath of air right before the guests enter the room and fill it with enthusiasm and energy.  The immense satisfaction of taking an idea from notes on paper to a room filled with beauty, love and energy is really incredible.

CHEZ: What event trends do you love right now?
L.S.: I love that event design has become about so much more than a color scheme or what décor you are placing into a space.  Innovation comes in creative menus and entertainment and experiences within that gorgeous space.  Today’s events are a feast of all the senses rather than just something visual.

CHEZ: What is the most unique request a client has ever had?
L.S.: Well, funny you should ask!  I have a groom that wants to ride a live grizzly bear down the aisle next summer at his wedding.  I had to put the breaks on that one for sure!  Although I did tell him that I would rent a bear suit and let him ride piggy-back down the aisle on my back if it would make him happy!

CHEZ: What does a typical event day look like for you?
L.S.: An event day is kind of like a marathon.  Carbo load the night before with a giant bowl of pasta, review your notes, get a good night sleep, put on your most comfortable shoes, and have confidence in all the incredibly detailed preparation you have been laying down for weeks, months and even years leading up to the big day… and or course, be ready for the unexpected!

CHEZ: Name three things you couldn’t live without (besides the obvious!)
L.S.: Professionally: My incredible team of loyal colleagues and professional partners that make me look good, my event emergency kit which contains everything but the kitchen sink, and my husband who has never stopped supporting me by doing everything from lifting me up when I am having a challenging day to loading up my car for an event and tying bows on programs late into the night when the client ran out of time to do it themselves.

Personally: My husband for his undying support – because being married to a wedding planner who is gone most evenings and weekends can be a real drag, my menagerie of rescue dogs and cats that keep my blood pressure down with their unconditional love, and really good concealer for the black circles under my eyes!

CHEZ: Name three things people probably don’t know about you
L.S.: I was a state champion and national championship level cheerleader in high school, I am a complete germ-a-phobe and walk through life with a lot of Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer, and before I decided to go to college for fashion design, I wanted to go to school for environmental law.

CHEZ: What is the best piece of advice you can give someone planning an event?
L.S.: Hire great people that you can trust and then LET THEM DO THEIR JOBS.

CHEZ: What do you love about Chez?
L.S.: Chez is the ultimate blank canvas for design.  You can create something pristine and monochromatic and timeless or go crazy with the color, texture and whimsy of what’s current at the moment.  The location is insanely convenient for guests (they can stagger back to their hotel rooms just steps away), and all the perks that come included like their stylish ghost chairs make it an incredible value!

Photography by: (L) Studio Starling  , (R) Genevieve Lauren Photography