Monthly Archive for July, 2007

Choosing Your Destination Wedding Photographer


mariage-chambault-samson.jpgI was reading a discussion on an online wedding Message Board the other day about things to consider when you’re choosing a wedding photographer. The conversation made me realize (again) how different it is planning local weddings vs destination ones. One thing that I think is very important, and that I don’t think many people take into consideration, is whether the photographer (or any destination vendor, really) is accustomed to working with Americans. American brides are a completely different breed than brides from many other cultures. For instance, I have known more than one photographer who was completely turned off when presented with a “Wedding Photo Checklist” by an American bride. Before you hire a destination vendor, it’s so important to be clear about your expectations. If you prefer that they work from a checklist, present it briefly (either by email or in person) early on in the process, and then again in more detail as you near your wedding day. Continue reading ‘Choosing Your Destination Wedding Photographer’

How to Create a Bombay Palace on a Shoestring

indian-centerpiece.jpgAs I mentioned a few weeks (Months? Already??) ago, I am obsessed with all things Bollywood, and wanted to share my obsession with my family and friends during my visit to Chicago with a Bollywood Birthday Bash. Well, my party was last Saturday, and I have to admit- it was a BLAST! Since we had paid a fortune on airline tickets to come to Chicago, I didn’t have much money to spend on the party, but I really wanted to have a fun, memorable “__th” birthday. In the end, I rented the upstairs of Schubas on Southport for the fête. Schubas is a very typical Chicago tavern with dark wooden bars and tables, t.v.’s in the corners to broadcast the Cubbies, a “chill out” area with brown leather club chairs, and the classic tin ceiling that you find in a lot of Chicago bars. When you rent their party room, you are restricted to ordering off of their menu: buffalo wings, quesadillas, popcorn shrimp, etc- not exactly Bombay Palace fare… Continue reading ‘How to Create a Bombay Palace on a Shoestring’

WHO got married WHERE?

The media is in a frenzy and the paparazzi is still going mad. It was the biggest Franco-American Parisian wedding in a decade, and just where was your resident “American wedding planner in Paris”?…

In CHICAGO, baby!!!

Outside, it’s 95° in the shade, so I’m inside in the A/C goodness, all bundled up under a chic, camel-colored Pottery Barn throw, watching TOO much T.V. coverage of the Longoria - Parker nuptials. There’s absolutely nothing that I could add that E!, Entertainment Tonight, or Access Hollywood hasn’t already told you- the sweet Chanel mini-dress, the Angel Sanchez gown, the Van Cleef and Arpels bridesmaids gifts…it’s all there- Google it, cuz I’m off to Oak Street for a little shoe shopping! Bisous!!


Chicago Skyline