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Fall Wedding at Cafe Brauer

The ultimate goal of Margaret and Brett’s Café Brauer wedding was to invite guests into a cozy and warm environment inspired by the exquisite Prairie Style architecture of the Café Brauer, [...]

Wedding at University Club of Chicago

Nothing is more classic than a Wedding at University Club of Chicago. Liliana and Sean were such a sweet couple. Although they were born thousands of miles apart, they both ended up in Chicago, [...]

Wedding at Greenhouse Loft

Ellie and Ross’s Wedding at Greenhouse Loft was a magical day. The bride and groom lived in the Logan Square neighborhood and after a short venue search, landed on Greenhouse Loft for their [...]

Winter Wedding at Gallery 1028

This Winter Wedding at Gallery 1028 holds a very special place in my heart. Kristen and Adam were an absolute joy to work with. Their wedding day started with an emotion filled first look outside [...]

Wedding at Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel

This Wedding at Raddison Blue Aqua Hotel is just too good. March can be a tough month for a wedding.  Is it spring yet?  Is it snowing outside?  What the heck is Mother Nature going to serve up?  [...]

Romantic Wedding at The Drake Hotel

Lyndal and Neil’s wedding day was a celebration of worldwide romance and was the perfect Romantic Wedding at The Drake Hotel. The bride was originally from New Zealand and the groom was from the [...]

Wedding at The Langham Hotel

The Langham Hotel  the perfect classic, elegant and timeless backdrop for this Chicago wedding celebrating Alexandra and John. No detail went unattended from the moment guests arrived at the [...]

The Langham Hotel Wedding

Meredith and Josh and The Langham Hotel The Langham Hotel is quickly becoming one of our favorite hotels to host a wedding at. Meredith and Josh wanted to wow their guests with a modern take on a [...]

Ravenswood Event Center Showroom Wedding

This Ravenswood Event Center Showroom Wedding will forever be one of my favorites. Kyle and Erin have a direct tie to the LOLA team as one of our very own grew up with the bride. From the second [...]

Ravenswood Event Center Atrium Wedding

The Ravenswood Event Center Atrium is a hidden gem in Chicago. From my first meeting with Jen and Mother of the bride Laurie, I knew I’d be in for a super fun and detailed planning process. [...]

Wedding at The Rookery

I started working with Meghann in the early part of 2017 and was counting down the days until her big day to see everything we designed come to life. Every meeting with Meghann was full of [...]

City View Loft Wedding

A City View Loft Wedding is a wedding that guests won’t soon forget. Sybil and Malcolm decided to change their original plans of a tropical destination wedding to a wedding in the city due [...]

Winter Wedding at Chez Chicago

Ellie and Shaun were married during a Winter Wedding at Chez Chicago. They said their vows after sundown in a traditional Jewish ceremony under a specially designed chuppah comprised of white [...]

Knickerbocker Hotel Wedding

Lizz and Dave at The Knickerbocker Hotel The Knickerbocker Hotel was the perfect backdrop for Lizz and Dave’s Gatsby Inspired wedding reception. Earlier in the day, they tied the knot at a [...]

East Bank Club Wedding

This  East Bank Club Wedding was ahead of the color trend last year! The venue is a hidden gem in Chicago- it’s  intimate room is complimented by an awesome river front patio, perfect for [...]

Ivy Room Wedding

An Ivy Room wedding is bound to be fun and unique, but this one takes the cake! Sam and George’s laughs are infectious. When we began designing their day, I knew we needed bright, bold pops [...]

Fall Wedding at Cafe Brauer

Who wants to get married on Friday the 13th in a Fall Wedding at Cafe Brauer?  Becky and AJ took on the hype and ended up with the most GORGEOUS fall day of the year.  How could it unfold to be [...]

South Asian Adler Planetarium Wedding

When clients have so many ideas you don’t know where to start it can be incredibly fun and inspiring, but also incredibly challenging.  Trying to curate a vision that includes all the must-haves [...]

South Asian Farm Wedding in Iowa

Mel and Dan had their hearts set on a South Asian Farm Wedding in Iowa, but were living in Chicago during the planning process. With multiple visits to Their venue, we worked to combine both [...]

Chicago Illuminating Company Wedding

Chloe and Hiro were married in a small private ceremony, but still wanted a great party to celebrate their union with family and friends.  We created the perfect vineyard/Santa Barbara winery [...]

SnapChat Filter for your wedding

While we love and cherish the professional photos our amazing photographers and videographers capture, sometimes, your guests want to get in on the action and show off your amazing wedding day on [...]

Ritz Carlton Wedding

This Ritz Carlton Wedding was the perfect opportunity to create a vision that’s perfect for the season of our client’s wedding- A wedding planners dream! Furthermore, when your client [...]

Morgan Manufacturing Wedding

Megan & Matt are a prime example of letting their love shine through to create their perfect Morgan Manufacturing wedding.  They had a dream of how their wedding day would look & feel for [...]

Literary Chicago Cultural Center Wedding

Groom Al may have just had the best year of his entire life. This die hard cubs fan got to claim 2016 as the year of the Cubs World Series Championship AND the year he got to marry his amazingly [...]

Adler Planetarium Wedding

An Adler Planetarium Wedding never goes out of style. Karen and David are the definition of amazing, good hearted people. Their entire day was thought out down to the last detail for them AND [...]

Wedding in Indiana

Katherine and Nick loved the Father of the Brides property and decided to host their Wedding in Indiana on that land. A rainy morning turned warm and sunny afternoon as the bridal party got ready [...]

Wisconsin Wedding

This beautiful couple was so excited to bring their most loved friends and family to the groom’s family farm for their Wisconsin Wedding day! The wedding party spent the morning getting [...]

Museum of Contemporary Art Wedding

Sonia and Roman were planning their Museum of Contemporary Art Wedding from a distance, so Sonia handed the reigns over to her mom and LOLA to create her big day. From the start, they knew they [...]

A New Leaf Wedding

Jenna and John wanted a celebration full of good music and great food-their intimate A New Leaf wedding was just that! Their courtyard ceremony was quaint while full of Laughs-Bride and groom [...]

Iowa City Wedding

Mel and Dan had a fusion Hindu and American wedding ceremony in their home state of Iowa- this Iowa City wedding is one you don’t want to miss! From the moment I met them, I knew creating [...]

Colorful Adler Planetarium Wedding

We had so much fun creating the special moments and design of Marisa and Michael’s Colorful Adler Planetarium wedding ceremony and celebration. Everything about the design and moments of their [...]

Michigan Shores Club Wedding

Kate and William had the perfect Michigan Shores Club Wedding day. The bride got ready at her mother’s home in Evanston while the groom hung out at the bride and groom’s home in Chicago.  During [...]

19 East Wedding

Ashley and Peter embraced the rain on their 19 East Wedding day. We moved their ceremony inside to the intimate love filled Alumina Room. Friends stood by their sides as they took their personal [...]

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

The gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Ballroom was the perfect backdrop for a day full of tradition and an evening of elevated elegance. We’re suckers for the classics, and Michelle and Charley [...]

Winter Wedding at Cafe Brauer

Amanda and Chris had the yummiest Winter Wedding at Cafe Brauer. The bride loved glamour while the groom favored a more natural and rustic feel…  I love a design challenge, and I think [...]

The Drake Hotel Wedding

Mary and Mel at The Drake Hotel Where do you start with a wedding this gorgeous South East Asian at The Drake Hotel?  The traditional Baraat down Oak Street?  The formal Hindu ceremony with a [...]

The Ambassador Hotel Wedding

This Ambassador Hotel wedding was exactly what Kyle and Todd wanted: an intimate weekend-long family celebration. The weekend started with a bbq and a joint family outing to the cubs game. We [...]

Daddy’s Little Girl

Kirstin Karklin is blogging about ideas on how you make your wedding day extra special for that OTHER man in your life… Dad! We recently celebrated Father’s Day–A day where we take our [...]

Therese & Dan Prairie Production

I don’t think I ever got to thank you personally for what an amazing job you did with our wedding.  We had such an amazing time and that is thanks in very large part because of you.  As [...]

Lincoln Park Wedding

This wedding in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, had an adorable theme. Stassia and Grae’s Lincoln Park wedding had a literary theme that encompassed their love for books.

Guest Blogger: Invitation Innovation

As a wedding planner in Chicago, one of the main reasons people hire us is for our innovative ideas.  Well we can’t do it all alone, and today we have one of our talented colleagues chiming in on [...]

Mad for Prints and Pattern

As a wedding planner in Chicago, I work with a lot of brides that want to tastefully incorporate color, texture and pattern into their wedding décor.  We encourage this, as it creates layers of [...]

May the Fourth Be With You…

The Star Wars nerd in me couldn’t let another May 4th go by without doing a little tribute to those super-fans that want to pay homage to the Star Wars franchise on their big day…  either in a [...]

Heat Wave

As a wedding planner in Chicago, we are constantly suggesting ways to make the guest experience at your wedding or event the best possible from beginning to end.  Many times, this includes [...]

Greening Your Wedding

You’ve got the old, new, borrowed, and blue…so why not add a splash of green? In honor of Earth Day, KK is checking in on some fun new ways to make your wedding environmentally friendly! Luscious [...]

Spring Flowers we LOVE!

As a wedding planner in Chicago, I get asked a lot if it’s true that you can save money by designing your event around “in season” floral.  The vast majority of special event flowers are grown [...]

Focus on Food – 2013 Food Trends

This week we turn to fabulous guest blogger, Gregory Perrine, the Creative Director at Jewell Events Catering… Chicago is one of the biggest foodie cities in the nation. With restaurants like [...]

Cake Topper Round Up

Who doesn’t love wedding cake? As a wedding planner in Chicago, I must admit – choosing a wedding cake is one of the tastier parts of the wedding planning process. Over the decades, cakes [...]

The Emerald Aisle

When Pantone named emerald green as their color of the year, we were thrilled. We are going to love seeing some of our brides incorporate this great jewel tone into their wedding color story! In [...]

Revamp Your Resolutions

As the ball was dropping at midnight on New Year’s Eve, thousands of soon-to-be brides resolved to get fit for their weddings. New years day, the gyms were packed, yoga studios were crowded, and [...]

Creating Your Wedding Guest List

Creating a wedding guest list can be painful to say the least… As you are making your list and checking it twice (and 3 times, and 10 times), keep in mind these rules of thumb and common pitfalls [...]

First Steps to Planning Your Wedding

This is the time of year when many couples get engaged and begin the journey of planning a wedding. So where do you start? There are three initial steps that you will need to take to kick off [...]

LOLA Wedding at The Drake Hotel

As a wedding planner in Chicago, there is no more jaw-dropping ballroom in town than the Gold Coast Room at the historic Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue.  What an honor to work here and to work [...]

LOLA Wedding at Gallery 1028

Congrats to Jackie and Derrick that had their ceremony and reception at Gallery 1028 on May 21, 2011!  I LOVE the bride’s ballgown skirt and simple styling – totally classic and chic. [...]

One of the LOLA Pro’s Ties the Knot!

Well, what can we say?  We love Kristy and we love everything about Kristy’s wedding!  Her dress was gorgeous, she picked one of our favorite wedding venues – Salvage One, we rocked [...]

And the bride wore… PRINT!

I love a bold bride – someone who REALLY wants to do something different.  Well, that is exactly what we got when we met Becky and Brendan who tied the knot in an informal ceremony on [...]

LOLA at Architectural Artifacts

When an event planner named Lori gets married at Architectural Artifacts on November 6, 2010, what does she do?  Why, hire another event planner named Lori to help her pull things together for [...]

LOLA at Cafe Brauer

Congratulations to Jen and Steve – married September 4, 2010. The vision for their wedding came from part of their romantic engagement. After Steve popped the question he surprised Jen with [...]

LOLA at the University Club of Chicago

As a wedding planner in Chicago, I have seen hundreds of beautiful, touching, romantic and fun wedding ceremonies.  One of the most stunning ceremonies for me in the last few years was that of [...]

Tips for the Best Man (or woman) Toast

Please welcome my guest blogger for the week – Honorary LOLA and my Best Man in life, my husband Bryan…  I have witnessed his toasts and they are always SPECTACULAR.  I followed his [...]

Multi Cultural Ceremonies

Planning a meaningful wedding ceremony that has relevance to the bride and groom and also honors the beliefs and traditions of both family’s cultures can be difficult at best.  At LOLA we [...]

Cute as a Button!

  One of the vignettes at our annual open house was inspired by that jar of buttons that your grandma has collected over the years. We love when something so small and simple can be used to [...]

The New Neutrals

Neutrals couldn’t be hotter right now – pretty obvious if you watched any of the Academy Awards this past Sunday evening… The Oscar fashions were a reflection of a trend LOLA [...]

The New Neutrals

Neutrals couldn’t be hotter right now – pretty obvious if you watched any of the Academy Awards this past Sunday evening… The Oscar fashions were a reflection of a trend LOLA [...]

Fete Fabulous!

We featured quite a few trends at the LOLA Open House last Tuesday, but ‘Fete Fabulous’ – The trend inspiration for our Specialty Bar and Sweet Table had to be the most fun! The [...]

Plan a Retro Valentine’s Party

Looking for a fun and cheap way to make your Valentine’s Dinner special?  Here are some ideas for entertaining on this lovey-dovey holiday that will take you back to the sweet simple [...]

The First Dance

We love it when couples surprise their guests with a well executed first dance.  It makes for wonderful photos and great memories for you and your guests.  Pictured here are Jessica and Paul whom [...]

The Benefits of a Hotel Wedding!

On December 12th Kristi & Jake tied the knot at Chicago’s Historic Intercontinental Hotel. Thanks to Rachel at Metropolitan Images for these great photos! This smart bride made life [...]

Hurray for Iowa!

We are so excited for Gay and Lesbian couples in our neighboring state of Iowa – who can now enjoy the legal rights and social milestones previously reserved only for heterosexual couples.  We [...]

Grappling with Gratuities?

One of the most confusing parts of your last minute event expenses can be tipping.  Make sure you set money aside in your budget to thank the people that made your event a success.  Rule of thumb [...]

Unique Winter Bouquets

  Elizabeth Mitchell and Jim Keating tied the knot on February 21, 2009.  We love that they processed down the aisle TOGETHER arm in arm, as a mature modern couple in their simple ceremony [...]

High Heel Helper

With the weather finally warming up, it’s time to pack your Uggs away pull out all of your great peep-toes and strappy sandals. What a better place to show off your fab foot-ware than at [...]

Winning Winter Weddings

Congratulations to Stephanie and Aaron Phillips who had a fabulous reception for 300 guests at the River East Art Center on January 17, 2009. Colors and Lighting Stephanie chose striking red [...]

Winning Winter Weddings

Congratulations to Stephanie and Aaron Phillips who had a fabulous reception for 300 guests at the River East Art Center on January 17, 2009. Colors and Lighting Stephanie chose striking red [...]

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