Cigars, Cigarettes, Chicklets....the sister of the bride handles cigarette girl duties at Kerrie and Bill's 1940s inspired reception. The box was mostly filled with fun classic candies like Blow Pops and Bullseyes. It was a great idea for after-dinner cocktails and dancing.
Tabitha and Matthew's spring engagement session reminded me of Albert Lamorisse's classic 1956 French film The Red Balloon. It is a simple but sweet movie about a boy and a balloon that seems to have a personality of its own. There is almost no dialogue, so you don't really need to understand French to appreciate the film.
I suppose a similar notion is true with couples in love. There is an unspoken language of understanding and appreciation.
Christopher dips Kelly for a kiss on the wonderful staircase in the Rookery Building, one of Chicago's architectural gems built by Daniel Burnham in 1888, and lobby remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905. It is thought to be the oldest standing high-rise building in Chicago.
Jeannie and Nick actually met at a Halloween party, and wanted to somehow incorporate that significance into their wedding. They had the brilliant idea to transform their reception at the Knickerbocker Hotel into a masquerade ball, which was a big hit with their guests. They hid Venetian masks under the chairs and about midway through the reception the groom announced the surprise theme during his thank you speech. It was certainly a night everyone will remember.
Creative bride Jeannie found inspiration for her reception in writer Truman Capote's masquerade parties from the 1950s and 1960s: