Chez is so easily transformed with colored lighting and lighting pattern. The white brick walls, columns, and ceiling are a blank canvas waiting to be saturated with color to fit the theme of any event. We’ve seen cool blue and purple tones and warmer tones of red, pink, and amber. Clients often select a color to match their company logo or party theme. Chez is connected to a team of talented industry vendors who can easily transform the space to create your event vision.
In mid-December last year, Melanie and Richard were joined by family and friends for a spectacular, Parisian-themed wedding celebration at Chez. The team from Kehoe Designs started transforming the space early in the day by suspending ornate crystal and gold chandeliers in front of a 17′ tall chuppah. The layers of detail continued from there – gold-rimmed glassware, beaded chargers, and vintage china over soft blue linens, delicate draping, mirrored tables, soft white floral arrangements, and gold candelabras. Working with a highly curated team of Chicago wedding vendors, namely Kehoe Designs, LK Events, Entertaining Company, and Elysia Root Cakes, ensured that every single detail was executed with perfection.
After a beautiful ceremony, the couple had some quiet time in the Chez private suite while guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails by Entertaining Company. As guests were seated for dinner, they found the menu presented in the format of an origami fortune teller at the center of their place setting. Dinner was served on colorful, vintage chinaware. Post dinner and speeches, the bride and groom danced with their guests to music by the Bluewater Kings Band and enjoyed a late night treat of French hot chocolate before heading out to the cool December air. Congratulations Melanie and Richard.
Kristie Davidson recently joined Chez as Sales and Marketing Coordinator. We sat down with Kristie to learn about her interest in the events industry.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you learned that the events industry is for you.
I graduated from Columbia College, Chicago in December 2015 with a degree in Live and Performing Arts Management. With a natural inclination for organization and a passion for creating memorable experiences, I knew that I was meant to be in the events industry. Throughout my two and a half years at Columbia I had the opportunity to work with several companies including The Windish Agency, Lincoln Hall, Metronome Chicago, and Shi Shi Events. While each of these roles had very different responsibilities, they all shared one goal – creating extraordinary events.
What do you most look forward to in your new role at Chez?
As a new addition to the Chez team I look forward to interacting with clients to help make their ideas a reality and collaborating with event professionals from a variety of backgrounds.
What aspect of the events industry interests you the most?
I think the most intriguing aspect the events industry is the enormous, yet tight-knit, community. No matter how few people you know, there’s always someone in your network with a connection for you.
What are your interests outside of work?
When I’m not working I enjoy making elaborate meals, throwing parties, and going to concerts. As a former ballet dancer and vocal performer, music has always been a huge part of my life. I like to go see local bands play, which makes me a regular at mostly dive bars. Being on Masterchef is an unrealistic dream of mine that will probably never happen, but I can still pretend by playing it on the television while I cook. I always make enough for at least twelve people which leaves the option of eating the same meal three times a day all week, or throwing a party. I prefer the latter.
On a beautiful summer day last June Rachel and Mike were joined by family and friends for their wedding ceremony and reception at Chez. Prior to the ceremony, the couple had their first look at the rooftop of the Ivy Hotel, and then headed off to Promontory Point and Kinzie St Bridge with their wedding party and photographer Megan Saul.
Back at Chez, event designer, Christine Janda was busy putting the finishing touches on floral arrangements and the unique blush and gold wedding design. After the wedding ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a cheese bar by Limelight Catering and relaxed in the custom lounge with all-white furnishings.
Once the room flip was complete, guests were invited to take their seats. Long feasting tables, covered with blush linens and lined with mirage ghost chairs, created a unique arrangement so every guest was sure of a view of the happy couple. The stage was set for a wonderful evening of celebration. Event designer, Christine Janda’s delicate floral arrangements looked beautiful set in gold and clear containers of varying shapes and sizes. A collection votive candle holders and pillar candles stands completed the design.
After cake cutting, first dance, speeches and dinner the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away to music by Cage and Aquarium before being treated to a late night snack of “Insomnia Cookies” that the couple enjoyed on their very first date! Congratulations Rachel and Mike!
Photography: Megan Saul Photography | Bride’s Dress: San Patrick from Dimitra’s Bridal | Maids’ dresses: House of Brides | Groom’s suit: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Groomsmens’ suits: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Floral, Design, Planning: Christine Janda Design & Events | Caterer: Limelight Catering | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Music: Cage + Aquarium | Menus & escort cards: LBrown Design & Paperie | Lounge groupings & Chandeliers: Modern Event Rental | Linens: Windy City Linen
The February 27 Chez Wedding Pop-Up offered brides, grooms, and wedding professionals a day of indulgence and inspiration in our contemporary, light-filled loft space. The ladies from LK Events and Big City Bride offered wedding planning advice and created beautiful tablescapes to showcase their design talents alongside the Chez ghost mirage chairs. Guests sampled delicious bites from the 5 Chez catering partners; Blue Plate, Entertaining Company, Jewell Events Catering, Food For Thought, and Limelight. Vanille Chicago offered sweet bites and macarons while Black Dog Gelato brought along their very trendy gelato cart for root beer floats! The teams from Tablescapes and Windy City Linen kindly provided all of the rentals for the event. Tablescapes brought along their display tower and their new bar with a boxwood front. White sequin linens were custom made for the event by Windy City Linens.
Guests were pampered with a braid and lash bar from the talented team of Kate Johnson Artistry. DJs Brent Rolland of Fig Weddings and Tyler Huffman of Cage + Aquarium brought their musical talents and energy. Photographer Genevieve Lauren offered advice on wedding day shot lists while taking photos of each beautiful vendor station. Joshua Jones of Kehoe Designs and the team from Art of Imagination created two incredibly unique wedding décor designs. It was a day filled with inspiration, laughter, pampering, and fun. We can’t wait to do it all again. Thank you so much to all of the attendees and each wedding professional that made the event a success.
Images by Genevieve Lauren Photography
We were thrilled when event planner and décor specialist Akeshi Akinseye selected Chez for husband Akin’s 40th birthday bash. We expected an incredibly glamorous celebration and Akeshi did not disappoint!
The Bond-themed, black tie celebration was impeccably detailed from start to finish. As guests arrived at Chez they were greeted by feathered showgirls before stopping for a photo on the red carpet. Inside the space, over-sized arrangements of roses and hydrangea decorated the all-white lounge groupings. The monogrammed bar staged a “0040” ice sculpture, by Johnson Studio Ice Sculptures, and offered three signature cocktails, appropriately named “The Secret Agent”, “The Vesper” and “The Akin 0040”.
Aerial performers from The Runaway Circus amazed the crowd while SWAY Chicago performed James Bond themed tunes that kept the dance floor full all night long. Guests enjoyed gaming at black jack tables, a cigar bar, an Aston Martin birthday cake by Elysia Root Cakes, and delicious cuisine from Entertaining Company. Congratulations Akeshi and all of the team at Kesh Events and Kesh Designs on a successful and beautiful secret birthday mission!
Event Décor & Floral: Kesh Designs Inc.| Planning: Kesh Events Inc. | Photography: Gold Grid Studios | Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | Catering: Entertaining Company | Calligraphy & Signage: CT-Designs | Electric Violin & Saxophone: SWAY Chicago | DJ’s: SWAY Chicago & D.I.S Entertainment | Blackjack: GSH Group | Showgirls: Angela Eve and Eve’s Parlor Cabaret | Aerialists: The Runaway Circus | Dance Floor Lighting: A Posh Production | Rentals: Tablescapes | Ice Sculpture: Johnson Studios Ice Sculptures
We are completely in awe of our lovely bride, Sharon, who designed every detail of this glamorous wedding and gathered together a team of talented vendors to help produce the wedding of her dreams! And boy, it was dreamy, and glamorous, and sophisticated, and picture-perfect! A few of our favorite details to note are the mixture of table shapes and textured specialty linens, the lucite candelabras, and the spectacular cake table. We’ll let the photos speak for themselves! Every detail was absolute perfection! Congratulations Sharon and Jeff.
Photography | Tim Tab Studios
Bride’s Dress | Keaton by Hayley Paige
Maid’s Dresses | Noir by Lazaro
Groom’s Suit | Custom made by Formally Modern Tuxedo
Groomsmen’s suits | Formally Modern Tuxedo
Makeup and Hair | Makeup by Jaycie
Pre-Wedding Preparation and First Look| Ivy Hotel
Invitations and Ceremony booklet: Design by Sharon, graphics by a friend of the bride, printed by Smart Press
Mirror Seating Chart: Design by Sharon, graphics by a friend of the bride, vinyl application by MI-TE Prints
Linens | WedSource for specialty linen, M&M Rental for all other linen
Cakes | Bittersweet
Floral and Décor | Stemline Creative
Lighting and Décor | Art of Imagination
Bar and Back Bar Furniture | M&M Rental
Music | Parkwest String Quartet & DJ Chicago
Day of Coordinator | Weddings 826
Caterer | Wolfgang Puck Catering
After a church ceremony in River Forest last June, Mary and Javier made their way to Chez to celebrate their marriage with family and friends. Guests were treated to specialty drinks during cocktail hour, while entertainment was provided by a mariachi band stationed on the mezzanine level.
Robust, wood farmhouse tables and playfully arranged, colorful florals stood out against the all-white background at Chez. After dinner, speeches, and an incredible a capella performance by Mary and her family, the team from Calihan Catering created a beautiful dessert display for guests to enjoy before hitting the dance floor to music by Cage + Acquarium. Congratulations Mary and Javier!
Photography | Caili Helsper Photography
Wedding Planner | City Girl
Catering | Calihan Catering
Ceremony location | St. Luke Church, River Forest, IL
Floral | Pollen Floral Design
Mariachi Band | First In Flight Entertainment
DJ | Cage + Acquarium
Mary’s dress | White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
Maids’ dresses | David’s Bridal
Javier’s suit | Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmens’ suits | Men’s Wearhouse
Hair | Carol Wood-Lone
Makeup | Danielle Tinebro
Conor and Ian worked with the talented teams from Revel Decor and Limelight Catering to create their glamorous wedding vision. Lucite chiavari chairs lined robust, white feasting tables which were decorated with floating candles, mirrored votives, and delicate floral arrangements. Conor and Ian said an emotional “I do” before friends and family before retreating to the Chez private suite for a private moment together. The newlyweds made their grand entrance on our glass staircase before sitting down to dinner by Limelight. After dinner and speeches, Conor and Ian had their first dance beneath crystal chandeliers. Friends and family joined in and partied into the night until it was time for the sparkler send-off; the perfect end to a glamorous day filled with love and excitement. Congratulations Conor and Ian!
Photohraphy | Allison Williams Photography
Event Design | Revel Decor
Floral | Kathi Woods (Conor’s Mother)
Music | Cage + Aquarium
Catering | Limelight
Suits | Alton Lane
It is always interesting to see how each Chez couple transforms Chez to realize their unique wedding vision. We’re always seeing new and creative wedding decor ideas at Chez and love to share them. We’ve gathered a collection of table number ideas that Chez couples have come up with in the last few months. There’s something for every kind of wedding, be it contemporary, rustic, or somewhere in between.
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