A Very Fancy Fiesta at Chez


The talented people at Kehoe Designs, JDetailed Events, and BluePlate Catering collaborated to produce this one-of-a-kind Mexican-themed rehearsal dinner for some very lucky Chez clients.  We recently sat down with Kehoe’s Joshua Jones, the creative mind behind the design, to get the scoop on the details.  

CHEZ: Describe this event in one sentence.
JONES: A whimsical, modern spin on a spicy south-of-the-border fiesta.

CHEZThe space came alive with color and light. Could you tell us how you achieved this effect?
JONES: We wanted to preserve the contemporary, clean backdrop of Chez’s light and airy interior so that the vibrant colors would really pop. We brought in crisp white furnishings such as our contemporary sectional sofas, tulip highboy tables, and paired lacquered dining tables with crystal chiavari chairs.  Lighting was a huge design element for this colorful fiesta. The crisp, white walls and gorgeous glass staircase of Chez really embraced the orange and magenta up lights and textural lounge washes that we incorporated to transform the space into a sophisticated night club.

CHEZ: Could you tell us a little about the unique floor plan you created at Chez?
JONES: The client did not want a typical dining room setting, so we created a floor plan that felt more like a high-energy club lounge. We divided the space with a central lounge group that consisted of a long, white leather sofa, tables, and ottomans. Above the central lounge group, we installed a lush treatment of colorful over-sized lanterns intermingled with playful piñatas.

CHEZ: The floral design is so clever. We especially love the floral arrangements in the stone guacamole bowls! Could you talk us through the design?
JONES: Working alongside the talented planners of JDetailed Events and listening to our clients’ unique perspective, we found creative ways to incorporate a Mexican flavor.  We wanted to create a thoughtful design while maintaining an element of fun and whimsy. Inspired by a desert sunset, we conceptualized colorful floral in shades of orange, coral, hot pink, fuchsia, and yellow. For texture and interest, we incorporated unique floral such as magenta cockscomb, yellow craspedia, and desert succulents. Giant palm leaves were hand-painted with Mexican-inspired graffiti by our talented in-house artists at Kehoe Designs.

CHEZ: Was there one special detail that you loved?
JONES: I wanted to add a unique cocktail experience that nodded to our design concept. Our graphic arts department treated illuminated bar fronts with colorful custom artwork that was inspired by Mexican folk art. The bars, bar-back shelving, and up lights looked brilliant against the textural brick walls of Chez.

CHEZ: Lastly, we must ask about the life-sized bride and groom piñatas!
JONES: Weren’t they a hoot?! The life-sized piñatas that resembled our bride and groom were completely the clients’ idea! We got the call from JDetailed Events and we were ecstatic that our clients wanted to incorporate such a playful element within their event. Events come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. It’s such a pleasure playing a part in each client’s event design journey.

CHEZ: Thanks so much for spending some time with us today Joshua. 

Easy Holiday Table Decorating Ideas

We teamed up with Art of Imagination, Amanda Hein, and Tablescapes to transform Chez for a rustic styled shoot. The design is filled with table decorating ideas and inspiration for an elegant holiday event. Deborah, from Art of Imagination was able to create a festive holiday table spread with such ease by combining natural elements like berries and branches and warm metallic accents. Candles and seasonal foliage brought additional warmth to the design.
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Photography Amanda Hein Photography | Design and Decor Art of Imagination | Table/Place Setting Tablescapes

The 5 “not-so-obvious” things to consider when booking your wedding photographer

Written and photography by averyhouse

1. Don’t forget about the engagement session! It is a great way to get to know your photographer and get comfortable being in front of the camera. We find that couples who take the time to do one are much more relaxed about having their photos taken on the wedding day. It’s also a great chance to get some fun, casual photos of the two of you in some of your favorite locations around the city that you may not have time to visit after saying “I do.”

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2. Consider a second shooter. They provide different angles and essentially allow for your photographer to be in two places at once. They can get different perspectives on the ceremony and can split up to focus on getting detail and decor shots during cocktail hour. Many photographers include this in their standard packages so be sure to ask before you book!

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3. Be sure to ask your photographer if they offer special rates for wedding weekend brunches, rehearsal dinners or mehndi ceremonies. Many people forget that the events that don’t necessarily take place on the wedding day need to be photographed too!

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4. Get a photobooth! Obviously we are partial to Smilebooth, but a photobooth is a great way to give guests downtime from dancing. Then they can take all that silly photo booth energy back to the dance floor to keep the party going. It’s also a fun way to keep capturing the night once your photographers have left.

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5. Finally, remember you wedding day photographer could potentially become your life photographer. It’s good to establish a relationship so when those other big life milestones come along (babies, anniversaries, birthday’s…) you know who to call.

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averyhouse is a Chicago based photography team who specialize in weddings and lifestyle portraiture. They also manage the midwest division of Smilebooth, a national photo booth comapny. Their studio is located at 2868 N Lincoln Ave. All photos by averyhouse.

5 Tips on Becoming a Relaxed Bride


Written by Molly Fitzpatrick, Co-Founder Events with BeneFitz | Photo by Kent Drake Photography

There’s no two ways around it – planning a wedding can be stressful at times – but no one wants to be a stressed out bride on their wedding day. The most important thing to remember the days leading up to the wedding, is that this is your special day, and you should feel nothing but relaxed and happy. Easier said than done, right? Here are some tips to help you become a relaxed bride.

1.  Find a wedding planner or wedding coordinator you trust.
It is important to find a wedding planner or coordinator you know will meet your expectations and won’t cause you any additional stress. They are there to take the stress away, fix problems that you won’t even know about, and to have a solution in their wedding emergency kit for any last minute worry you may have. Your wedding coordinator should worry about your day being perfect, so you don’t have to.

2.  Let go and sleep.
Do you ever have those nights where you can’t sleep because you’ve got a million thoughts racing through your head, or you’re worried you’ll sleep through that alarm? Let go of all those thoughts and give them to your wedding planner. They can lose sleep the night before your wedding, not you. And the alarm thing? Your bridesmaids are a built in back up alarm. So just let go, and sleep.

3. Eat.
Ever heard the term “hangry”? When you start getting irritable because you’re starving? It’s your wedding day, your dress fits, you can quit the diet. Have your planner provide a great breakfast for you and your bridesmaids. It doesn’t need to be a heavy waffles and pancakes type breakfast, but having yogurt, fruit, and eggs along with some tea or coffee is a great way to start your special day.

4. Champagne.
After you’ve followed tip number 3, why not? Enjoy a mimosa with your bridesmaids. It will help settle the nerves.

5. No one else matters (except your groom).
If you find yourself getting stressed out by family or friends, think of the one person that matters today – your groom. A quick phone call might just be the calming voice you need to hear.

Relax, soak in the entire day, and make sure you have a great photographer there to capture every moment.