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Maggie & Chase’s New Year’s Eve Wedding

Maggie & Chase’s New Year’s Eve Wedding

December 31, 2017

What better way to ring in 2018 than with a jaw dropping wedding with your closest friends and family? Maggie & Chase celebrated their marriage at the Four Seasons in Chicago over the New Year, and we’re still swooning over the details. The Perfectly Planned by Shari team had the privilege of collaborating with HMR Designs, an event design company in Chicago, to create Maggie & Chase’s dream wedding.

From the revolving champagne table to the stunning centerpieces, this wedding truly brought the couple’s vision to life. Here are just a few of our favorite things:

Elegant Ceremony Space
A 40+ foot floral and candle lined aisle with dripping gladiolus florets overhead met by a custom coordinated gladiolus chuppah.

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Candlelit Cocktail Hour
Custom-designed bars and back bars, candle-lit etageres for escort card display, lounge seating and fragrant florals.

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Reception Vibe
Ballroom entrances with vertical gardens of magnolia, white pine, cedar and oregonia.
Three unique centerpiece styles including 7’ tall magnolia trees and white pine trees aglow with “fairy” lights and glistening “bubble” candles.
A veritable garden of mixed evergreens and white king protea, hydrangea, roses and orchids accented with votive candles.

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Personal Touches
Marble place cards done with dye cut gold lettering and a custom printed marbleized dance floor.
A sculpted cake made to look exactly like Maggie & Chase’s beloved dog.
Late night pizza that the Four Seasons made from Maggie’s grandmother’s recipe, presented in military style service and fanfare.

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Just before midnight the guests joined in on a countdown and were surprised by confetti canons that launched at the stroke of the New Year.

Thank you to the many fabulous vendors that helped us make this wedding so amazing: HMR Designs, Frost Lighting, Imagination Designers, Kent Drake Photography, Chicago Players, Nota Bene, Four Seasons Chicago.

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Tis the Season for Engagement – Gift Ideas for the Newly-Engaged Couple

Tis the Season for Engagement – Gift Ideas for the Newly-Engaged Couple

December 27, 2017

Engagement season is finally here, which means love, celebration and some new bling. Looking for a thoughtful gift for your newly-engaged loved ones? We’ve got you covered. Scroll through our favorite gift ideas for the happy couple.

One Hope Bottle

1. Sip, Sip Hooray! What better way to celebrate than with a sparkly bottle of sparkling wine – especially when your purchase supports a nonprofit organization. We love the glitter details on these One Hope Wine bottles.
One Hope Wine, California Brut Sparkling Wine Gold Shimmer Edition
One Hope Wine

Kate Spade Etched Glasses
2. Let’s toast to the happy couple! Celebrate with a cocktail in a set of “yours” and “mine” etched glasses. The best part? These High Ball glasses are dishwasher safe.
Kate Spade New York, Two of a Kind Yours and Mine High Ball Set
Kate Spade

Ring Dish

3. To have and to hold – A ring dish that can be customized with initials, engagement date, a monogram, and much more! It’s perfect for that new “bling”.
HappilyLittleHomeShop, Personalized Engagement Dish with Initials
Etsy

Vow Books

4. Is the couple writing their own vows? Their wedding day sentiments will be kept safe with these letter-pressed vow journals. A thoughtful gift for not only the wedding day, but also their bright future together.
QuinnLuu, Letterpress Vow Journals (Set of 2)
Etsy

Two in the Kitchen Cookbook
5. We love a couple who cooks together! This is a useful gift that allows the couple to spend quality time together in the kitchen. This cookbook features over 150 recipes for all different occasions.
Williams Sonoma, Two in the Kitchen Cookbook
Williams Sonoma