Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lowdown: The Vendors

Our wedding was majorly blessed. It was 62 degrees on December 27th in Chicago. Our vendors were on point and on time. Major thanks and props to the following

Cake: Bittersweet Bakery

Sue Ann is the best! She was so attentive to my stressed out bride self and I'm still hearing about how good the hazelnut cake/strawberry filling/vanilla buttercreme was.

Flowers: Fragrant Design

Nadine worked wonders on my piddly flower budget and has a great eye for what looks good in photos.

DJ: Matthew Brown aka DJ Toure
I went to 7 and 8th grade and all of high school and college with this young man. He used to get the club crunk back in the Usual Suspect's at Baja's Beach Club days (2005-2006) so I knew that he had the talent and musical taste to set the mood for our wedding. He is friend and I know that is taboo but I only associate with go getters and his talents made the event!

Photography: Kelsie Kliner the next big thing. The wedding glossies lways warn brides from using novice photogs but after seeing her (non-wedding) portfolio at work one day I was struck by how she captured light and how she was able to draw out the essence of the moment in her pictures. As a true artist, she see's like I see.

Event Decor: My Mommy!!!!!!! Her name is Susan Harris and she is the Leadership Events Planner of a medical association. It is great to have a mother who does events professionally. She gave her services as a wedding gift and everything went so smoothly and amazingly. I don't think she was too stressed (I hope) and I knew that everything would be perfect.

Food: Adobo Grill. Delish!!!!! They have the best guacamole ever and boy did we max on it!

Venue: Pressure Point Recording Studio. Chris, Adrian, Carlos and the interns made this day so great with their set up and help. We even took over their office to get dressed. They made me double drinks all night and were the best hosts.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rev. Al on Prop 8

I promise to make myself sit down and commit the wedding to this screen.

But right now the Huffington Post gets kudos for printing this quote from Rev. Al Sharpton. What I want to know is why wasn't he in the church before Prop 8 and the other Amendments in AZ and FLA? Hindsight is 20/20 I guess.

"It amazes me," he said, "when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being [relegated] into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners."

"I am tired," he went on, "of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they're preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade...We know you're not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when people were starving in California--when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When [accused Ponzi scammer] Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren't there you had nothing to say.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More pictures

Still no words to describe it. I've tried and erased but still can't do it. One thing though, describes everything; one of my mothers dogs chewed up our guestbook. After that what can I say. We will be married till we're old and grey, talking about other people through our dentures.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Our photographer is amazing!!!!! Her name is Kelsie Kliner and she is not a pro wedding photographer (yet!). She is a graduating senior at DePaul University and a former intern at the Hyde Park Art Center. Her images captured the vision and experience of our wedding perfectly. She was so professional and stealthy that I don't remember seeing her most of the night. Thank you Kelsie!

Friday, January 2, 2009


My best friends dad took some amazing pictures! He was our unofficial second shooter, so here's a teaser of the ceremony.