Wedding Profile: Alan and Lauren’s Vibrant Vibe

CS Article

Feature article in CS Brides Spring/Summer 2013

Not many bride and grooms are chosen to grace the pages of CS Brides publication, but we are always proud when they choose newlyweds ASA has had the pleasure to work with. Lauren and Alan’s sweet story is briefly touched upon in their feature article, but since we spent almost a year planning with them, we would like to expand on their story.

Their proposal story from the bride: “We met in 6th grade and quickly became close friends. By our sophomore year of high school, it became clear to both of us that we were more than just friends. We dated throughout high school and then maintained a long distance relationship throughout college. After college, we both moved back to Chicago and 3 years later we planned an early summer getaway to San Francisco. Little did I know, Alan had suggested this trip knowing that he wanted to propose some place special. On the second day of our trip, we took a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. When we stopped in the middle of the bridge to take some pictures, Alan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.” 

Melissa Samek from Clementine Events introduced us to Lauren and Alan and the connection was instant! Lauren described her dream of poppy yellow tones to dominate the reception and her classically styled bouquet to reflect her modesty. Quickly we learned that our “dream team” was to include the talented photographer Tammy Leathem. From the images you can see why we were excited about the wedding day!
City Scenes provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photos

City scenes provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photos

Lauren's Girls

The bouquets were filled with textural ranunculus, pin-cushions, roses, and orchids.

The day was simply magical with a photo tour starting around Chicago and on to an intimate ceremony at The Wit Hotel’s iconic ballroom. Lauren dressed in Vera Wang with asymmetrical layers and a unique horsehair trim. The bridesmaids were given the choice of styles from J Crew’s bridal line in hues of gray. The yellow floral simply “popped” off the dresses, while Lauren’s bouquet was a traditional mix of yellow and white open garden roses with accents of silver dusty miller.

Submerged Collection ASA transformed the tables into unique displays of vibrant lemon yellows contrasting clean, modern silver metal containers and glass. From the Head Tablesbride: “Our reception space was equally breathtaking, with a lemon-filled centerpiece on the place-card table, a variety of submerged floral collections on dining tables, and magnificent Onicidium orchid pieces on the feasting tables.” 

We weren’t surprised when the news came from CS that Lauren and Alan’s wedding story was apart of this issue. A beautiful storybook wedding featuring an amazing couple.

Wedding Consultant: Melissa at Clementine Custom Events/ Bridal Dress Designer: Vera Wang/ Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto/ Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J Crew/ Jewelry: Royal Pearl Company and Kate Spade/ Photographer: Tammy Leathem/ Venue: The Wit Hotel/  Music: DJ Chicago and Quartet Parapluie/ Cake Shop: Cake Chicago/ Make Up and Hair: The Bridal Team/  Stationary: Kara at Magnificent Milestones

Style File: Holiday Homes for a Cause

Shelia Title 2ASA was invited again to pair up with the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s Junior Guild Unit to make the holidays a little brighter for children who are staying at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Participants in the 36th Annual Reindeer Route are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the hospital’s young patients in the emergency and pediatric units who are unable to go home for Christmas. Six Elmhurst homes were to be dressed to the nines with whimsical and elegant holiday decor, but we were lucky to be paired with Teri Ford and Quin Kevin on Maple Ave.

It’s hardly surprising that Teri and Quin, moving their family from Lincoln Square to Elmhurst, built a home full of space and light. They just completed their farm style house steps to downtown this past July. Personal touches in the home from the white oak flooring to breathtaking outdoor views would encourage anyone to suburbs. Teri explains, “I like to say that we fought a good fight to stay in the city, but eventually the lure of family, friends and big yard won us over. Elmhurst is a great compromise though as it has a fantastic downtown area with great restaurants and wonderful boutique shopping.”


Teri’s dream kitchen.

Quin was born and raised in the city and had an idyllic notion of living on a farm. So Tom Keane from Trinity Home Builders and architect  Patrick Fortelka of CVG Design stepped in to create just that.  Teri has her dream kitchen with Wolf and Thermador appliances and Cesar Stone countertops. Teri admits, “It’s a somewhat selfish design because I don’t like people to help me cook, but I love for people to hang out, drink a class of wine and watch me cook.  The space is flooded with light and has a great view of the outdoor space.”


Julia’s craft room encourages all things artistic.

More amazing than the home itself is the family that enjoys it. Teri shared, “Our children have unique personalities and I love that the house allows us to support both of their interests.  With Jack, we spent a lot of time in the back yard playing wiffle ball, basketball and soccer.  Julia is the creative type and she loves spending time in her craft room creating her next masterpiece.  While I am not very creative myself, I love that I can at least support what she is interested in by providing her a special space.”

ASA was honored to work side by side with Teri and Kerry Kinsloe of Kerry Kinsloe Interiors to decorate the home’s exterior and interior for the holiday. Teri commented, “I was nervous about being partnered with a florist for the house walk because I was afraid that no one would “get” my style.  When I met Erin, I knew instantly that she was the kind of forward-thinking person that could create floral creations that would match the personality of our home.”

Teri's Out door 2

The burlap and birch poles reflect the overall “farm” style of the home.

Just as the home was decorated by KKI,  the holiday decor contrasts modern touches with definitive rustic style. Outdoors, you are greeted by potted scented cedar, juniper berry, and pine tip bouquets surrounding huge birch branches and winterberry as you come up the walk. A simple burlap bowed 50″ balsam wreath hangs over a custom wood bench accented with twinkle lights, oversized pinecones and burlap. A personal touch is Teri’s skates and sled propped up at the door. The entire exterior is framed by a lit balsam garland wrapped around the stoic pillars.

Teri's In door 2

The 1st floor family room, basement entertaining area, and dining room all have holiday touches that are cohesive with the existing decor of the home.

The indoor decor includes Teri’s collection of vintage and modern nutcrackers as well as screen prints of holiday cheer. The family’s tree is accented with a burlap wrap and craft paper presents are strewn underneath. Teri and Quin’s main dining room table includes fresh-cut birch, fresh greens, and candle work. The decor simply melds into each nook and corner of the home and exudes winter warmth.