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Toss the Bouquet 2014

Toss The Bouquet 2014 – Trump Hotel Chicago

The 2nd annual Toss The Bouquet wedding + event conference in Chicago! This year’s conference was held at the luxurious Trump Hotel Chicago! It was an amazing day of education + networking – I’m thankful to have been apart of it all and to have met so many great wedding industry professionals! If you want to see more photos from the event…search #TTBevent on Twitter, Instagram + Facebook!

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Keynote Speaker:
Marcy Blum from Marcy Blum Associates

Toss The Bouquet Speakers:
Amy Allen from Modern Luxury: Chicago Social Brides – Amy Zaroff from Amy Zaroff Events + Design – Anja Winikka from TheKnot.com – Bernadette Smith from Gay Wedding Institute – Brian Worley from YourBASH! Event Production – Heather Arak Kanofsky & Susan Turnock from Gifts for the Good Life – Kelly Simants from Sage Wedding Pros & Sweet Pea Events – Kirsten Palladino from EquallyWed.com & Atlanta Gay Weddings – Paige Chenault from The Birthday Party Project & Paige Chenault Events – Xochitl Gonzalez from AaB Creates

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Founder & Host
SQN Events

Toss The Bouquet Partners
CS BridesTrump Hotel Chicago – Stationery: Courtney Callahan – Florals: Hello Darling - Photographer: Nakai Photography – Videography: Poetic Productions – Photobooth: Open by Shutterbooth – Furniture: Tablescapes – Linens: BBJ Linens – Drapery & Lighting: Art of Imagination

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Toss The Bouquet Swag – Love the gold covered notebook & USB charger!
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Florals: Hello Darling
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Stationery by Courtney Callahan
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The pastries from our Trump breakfast buffet! Not to mention the delicious fruit spread, eggs, bacon, toast, etc!
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Colm O’Callaghan – The Vice President and Managing Director at the Trump Hotel Chicago welcomed us all!

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Our Host Beth Bernstein from SQN Events started our day!

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Amy Zaroff from Amy Zaroff Events + Design
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Bernadette Smith from Gay Wedding Institute
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Heather Arak Kanofsky & Susan Turnock from Gifts for the Good Life
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After an wonderful lunch spread, I may have had a couple of these cute little yogurt & berry cups for dessert!
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Keynote Speaker: Marcy Blum from Marcy Blum Associates
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Brian Worley from YourBASH! Event Production
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Media Panel Moderator: Alicia Caldecott from A Day in May Events
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Media Panel Speakers: Amy Allen from Modern Luxury: Chicago Social Brides – Anja Winikka from TheKnot.com – Kirsten Palladino from EquallyWed.com
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We took a quick break for cookies! The Trump had a cookie bar!
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Kelly Simants from Sage Wedding Pros & Sweet Pea Events
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Xochitl Gonzalez from AaB Creates
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Paige Chenault from The Birthday Party Project & Paige Chenault Events
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A view of the downtown Chicago with Toss The Bouquet in the reflection-

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Beth wrapping up the day for us!
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Another successful Toss The Bouquet in the books! I enjoyed networking with so many people AND being challenged in different arenas of my business! Can’t wait to see the speaker line up for next year! And a little birdie told me there will be another one! So be sure to check out www.toss-the-bouquet.com if you want to attend next year!

with love,

Kenny

  • Kirsten Palladino | Equally WedDecember 2, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    What a wonderful summary of the entire experience, Kenny! Your photos are gorgeous. Beth, you produced a fantastic event. What a pleasure it was to be a part of it! I look forward to TTB 2015!!ReplyCancel

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Chicago Luxury Wedding Teasers!

Chicago Luxury Wedding Teasers

Last weekend I photographed an amazing luxury wedding at the Chicago Trump Hotel! I can’t wait to share with you all the photos…but for now…enjoy these teasers!

I love this silhouette of the bride and groom as the overlook the fireworks on Michigan Avenue! The view from the Trump Towers 16th floor terrace is unparalleled!

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Rachel looked stunning in her wedding gown!

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Paul looking sharp in his custom Tuxedo!

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The amazing room decorated by Rishi & team from HMR Designs

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And one more photo of the fireworks from the Trump Hotel Chicago! I love how Rachel + Paul are laughing together on their wedding day!

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Check back shortly to see their full luxury wedding blog post!

Sri + Amit’s Wedding Slideshow!

Wedding Photos at Cantigny Park

Sri + Amit’s wedding pictures at Cantigny Park! There were gorgeous colors all over! To read more about their wedding- head to Sri + Amit’s Cantigny Park Wedding Photography Blog Post!

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Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch Sri + Amit’s wedding photography slideshow in HD!

Gorgeous Fall Colors for Sri + Amit’s Wedding!

Gorgeous Fall Colors at Cantigny Park = Amazing Wedding Photos!

Sri + Amit’s wedding photos at Cantigny Park made for some pretty spectacular backdrops! There were plenty of yellows, oranges + reds around! Here are a couple of my favorites from Cantigny Park, be sure to scroll down to see more!

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Lovely Indian Wedding Details

Sri has been following Nakai Photography since the beginning…and I was honored that she would ask me to be her wedding photographer! I’m always excited to photograph clients who have been following my wedding photos for a few years! I think we got a few good ones for her wedding! =) Enjoy! Shout out Idyl – it was great seeing you again tearing up the dance floor! =)

Indian weddings are full of color & intricate details! A photo of her bangles (bracelets)

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Not only did the bride wear a formal Indian wedding dress, but all the bridesmaids got to pick out their colors for their dresses! You’ll have to scroll down to see the ladies in their Indian dress!

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One of Sri’s nieces looking on as her Auntie is getting her make up done!

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Putting on her necklace-

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There are specific ways to fold and pin an Indian wedding dress…so the ladies were making sure to do it right!

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Love the colors and details!

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Love this silhouette in black and white!

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Beautiful portrait of Sri!

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I headed down the hall to photograph the groom getting ready!

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Getting help from his groomsmen-

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Cantigny Park Wedding Photography

We headed to Cantigny Park for their wedding photos! I made sure we took advantage of the fall colors all around!

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I love the shape and colors of the yellow trees behind the bridal party!

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As I mentioned earlier, all the ladies got to pick their colors and dress! I love how they all look together with the fall colors behind them!

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A photo of the groomsmen-

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Cantigny Park has so many great locations for wedding photos- you can’t go wrong!

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The bridal party got tired of waiting around and decided they needed to be in another wedding photo with the bride and groom!

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Wedding Reception Photos

Wedding cake photo!

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Toasts from their friends-

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First dance pictures!

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Congrats again Sri + Amit! I’m so glad we headed out to Cantigny Park for your wedding day photos! They turned out so well- Thanks to the bridal party for going for a walk in the ‘cooler’ weather for their pictures!

with love,

Kenny