Real Chicago Wedding: Aubyn & Danny, Kimpton Gray Hotel

Aubyn and Danny were married on a beautiful day in late June at the stunning Kimpton Gray Hotel, using both their ballroom and restaurant. Niki coordinated this wedding and formed a wonderful bond with the couple right away, working closely with them to make sure all the final wedding details came together with ease. It was such a pleasure to work on this wedding with the fantastic team at The Gray and such an extra bonus to walk away with awesome new friends!

All of these gorgeous photos are courtesy of Peter Gubernat Photography.

BONUS: Check out their incredible wedding film from Red + Olive. We dare you not to cry!

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Aubyn has a booming personality and Danny has a very chill demeanor – they both are hysterical and SO in love with one another! Their love for each other was so evident all throughout their wedding day.

They held their wedding ceremony in the stunning ballroom in The Gray. We can’t get enough of the modern chandeliers in there! After the ceremony, guests proceeded literally down the hall into the hotel’s restaurant, Boleo. This space is edgy, modern and moody - perfect for a knockout dance party. Maybe the most interesting thing about this venue is its fully retractable roof, bringing a bit of the outside in! Guests danced the night away under the stars.

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Aubyn and Danny met when they were in a band many years ago, called Farraday. Aubyn is still one of the singers in the very popular Chicago band, Gold Coast Allstars, so as you can imagine, having one of its band members get married, the band played a little “EXTRA” at Aubyn and Danny’s Chicago wedding! As you will notice in the amazing photos, their wedding was quite the party!

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Vendor Team:

Photographer: Peter Gubernat Photography
Video: Fox + Ivory
Floral: Redberry Floral
Venue: Kimpton Gray Hotel
Music: Gold Coast Allstars
Hair & Makeup: Pin Me Up

A Seat at my Table: August Edition

It's hard to believe summer is starting to wind down already - kids are going back to school, nights are getting cooler, days are getting shorter and wedding season is really picking up in Chicago as fall approaches. We couldn't let summer come and go without a little backyard pool party and who better to do that with than our friends at minnidip?!

I've known Emily Vaca, the incredibly creative boss lady behind La Vaca and minnidip, for a few years and I am constantly inspired by her. This year I was so proud to watch her take the jump into full-time entrepreneurship and now she's killing it (hello, Target)! Her line of luxury inflatables is so fun and unique, and makes for a stylish, colorful addition to any backyard, balcony or roof deck!

For this month's tablescape shoot, we used the minnidip "Splash Outside the Lines" as our palette inspiration. I love the bold blue and white pattern - this is a trend I'm seeing everywhere from home design to wedding tablescapes. We were lucky enough to work with West Elm Chicago for this shoot as well - their bright textiles were the perfect addition! One of my favorite elements of this entire setting was the Constellation plate with bits of gold and sparkle. They're almost too pretty to eat off...almost.

My boys invited a friend over and got to splashing outside the lines!

All photos thanks to the wonderful Belen Aquino.

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Thanks again to our awesome team:


Belen Aquino Perfilio, Gerber & Scarpelli
West Elm Chicago
La Vaca Design House

A Seat at my Table: July Edition

Happy Fourth of July, my lovely readers!

This is one of those days I look forward to all year: we have very special family traditions that we have kept for most of my life and it's so much fun seeing my boys get to take part in them now, too! We love to watch our local fireworks show on July 3rd with a huge group of family and close friends. We've been gathering together since I was a child and now we're sharing this special night with our own kids. On the 4th, we typically take in a parade and spend the rest of the day relaxing in our backyard, and this year will be no different! How do you typically spend this patriotic holiday?!

For the next installment of our tablescape series, we decided to really lean into the red, white and blue palette we see on July 4th and we went all out! Honestly, it was when I came across the two napkin options from BBJ Linen that I knew we had to go that direction. I mean, how amazing is that star spangled napkin?! Lots of stars and stripes in this one!

Hope you enjoy these super fun images from Belen Aquino Perfilio!

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Flowers for Dreams is at it again with the show-stopping flowers! I am obsessed with the large centerpiece held in the galvanized bucket - so perfect for this occasion. There was so much texture and color in the floral palette, without going overboard - it's summery and fun! The fluffy hydrangea act as the perfect backdrop to help the other, punchier flowers really shine. Can you even with those red anemones?

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Amanda with Gather Vintage Tablescapes really had some fun putting the dishes together for this shoot. How often do you get to use a light blue plate and red bowl in the same stack? The gold-edged plates were the perfect addition and tied in so nicely with the hammered gold flatware. I think one of my most favorite things about this shoot is that the plate stack looks like a star from above. Perfect!

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For this shoot inspiration, I asked Jeannie from Simply Scripted Ink to give us something that was simple, but had big impact and I think she did just that!  The place cards wrapped around the votive candles remind me of fireworks and added just a little extra glow to the table. 

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Wishing you a safe, happy and enjoyable holiday filled with fireworks, BBQs and lots of time outside enjoying the summertime weather! I hope this fun tablescape gives you some inspiration when designing your table!

Thanks again to our awesome team:


Belen Aquino Perfilio, Gerber & Scarpelli
Simply Scripted Ink
Flowers for Dreams
Gather Vintage Tablescapes
BBJ Linen
Hall's Rental