WCL Summer Dream Wedding: The Honeymoon
We save the best for last for our wedding couple. Apple Vacations, America's favorite vacation company, is sending Brittany and Zaid to the magic isle of Maui.
They'll receive round-trip airfare for two and a 6-night stay at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa (www.sheraton-maui.com), courtesy of Apple Vacations. The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa is the premier location for a dream Hawaiian vacation. Situated on Kaanapali beach, the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa beckons hopeless romantics, discerning honeymooners, and fun-seeking families.
A special thank you to The Barefoot Hawaiian, Inc (www.barefoothawaiian.com) for the lovely dancers.
WEEK ONE: The Ring
When Brittney and Zaid were announced the winners of the WCL Summer Dream Wedding on June 4, they didn't expect more surprises were in store for them that day! James & Sons Fine Jewelers surprised both the soon-to-be bride and groom with custom Tacori wedding bands valued at more than $5000. They James & Sons has locations in Lincoln Park, Orland Park and Scherville, Indiana. For more info, visit www.jamesandsons.com
WEEK TWO: The Wedding Dress
Amanda Bonnell, owner and president of Belle Vie Bridal, brought 4 wedding dresses for Brittney to choose from for her big day. In the end, Brittney chose a modern and beautiful gown -- the "Sheldon" dress by Anne Barge.
For more from Belle Vie Bridal, visit www.belleviewbridalcouture.com
WEEK THREE: The Bridesmaid Dresses
Erica Strama, the Senior Marketing Manager for the Shops at North Bridge, showed Brittney some very good options for summer bridesmaid dresses that her four sisters modeled! Brittney chose a classic black dress by Xscape for her sisters to wear on her wedding day. For more information about Nordstrom's Wedding Suite, visit www.shop.nordstrom.com/c/wedding-shop.
WEEK THREE: The Groomsmen Suits
Kevin Aeh, Shopping and Style Editor for Time Out Chicago, showed our groom Zaid four very different styles from Sebastien Grey Clothiers. Zaid went with the Sophisticated statement look: a light grey suit with a plum silk tie and a floral pocket square. For more info about Sebastien Grey Clothiers, visit www.sebastiengrey.com
WEEK FOUR: The DJ
Spencer Lokken is the founder/owner of Style Matters, a diverse team of creative and experienced urban DJs, who provide sophisticated soundtracks for events thrown by the music savvy. He is also a member of the Chicago DJ collective Orchard Lounge (along with Bethany Lokken and Ben Silver) who are playing Lollapalooza lollapalooza this August.
Check out DJ Max Abstrax's WCL Theme Remix
For more information go to: www.stylemattersdjs.com
WEEK FIVE: The Photographer and Videographer
Brittney and Zaid met the people that are going to capture every moment of their Summer Dream Wedding!
Julia Franzosa Photography , a boutique wedding studio, is located in Chicago with a modern-romantic documentary style. She focuses on capturing the raw emotion and unscripted moments of your day.
NOTE: If You Book with Julia and mention Windy City Live You'll Get $400 Off your package
For more information, visit: julia-franzosa.com
Aaron and Shelby Mayberry from Style and Motion's motto and tagline is "Modern Wedding Films with Flair!" Standing behind that, they produce fun and exciting HD quality wedding films for couples that are in love. Since every wedding is different, so is every wedding video they produce.
NOTE: If You Book Style And Motion And Mention Windy City Live You'll Get $400 Off your package For more information, visit: www.styleandmotion.com
WEEK SIX: Wedding Décor
We enlisted the help of celebrity party planner, Debi Lilly to help the couple pick out the décor for their wedding day.
For more décor and entertaining advice from Debi, visit: www.aperfectevent.com or check out her new book at www.amazon.com.
WEEK SEVEN: The Makeup
Emmy award winning makeup artist Reggie Wells has painted the faces of some of the world's most famous women in the world including Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama and superstar Beyonce Knowles. This weekend he'll add our WCL Summer Dream Wedding bride-to-be, Brittney Walker, to his resume.
To purchase Reggie's makeup products, visit www.lovelyskin.com/products.asp?MID=952
WEEK SEVEN: The Food
Hotel 71 (www.hotel71.com) Catering Manager, Christey Dorsey and Executive Chef Aaron Munson gave Brittany and Zaid the option for their food and they settled on:
Hors d' oeuvres
-New Zealand Lamb Lollipop with Yogurt Mint Sauce
-Spice Poached Jumbo Black Tiger Shrimp with belvedere cocktail sauce
-Wild Mushroom and Truffle Arancini (risotto ball) piquillo pepper Coulis
-Baby Romaine Salad, Brioche Crotons, Shaved Parmesan Cheese, parmesan crisp and Classic Caesar Dressing
-5oz Beef Tenderloin, with Truffle Jus Roasted Alaskan Halibut Tarragon Sauce
Potato Terrine, Hen of the Wood Mushrooms and French beans .