Brooke & Tom's Historic Wedding

Brooke and Tom’s wedding at The Drake Hotel is featured on Carats & Cake.

Their wedding day was full of color, Chicago history, and lots of celebration. Close friends and family helped Brooke get ready in the breathtaking Princess Diana Suite at The Drake Hotel. The wedding party enjoyed the same beautiful views of Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan that many dignitaries have experienced in this historical suite over the years.

Dressed in her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown, Brooke was anxious to see Tom and get married on a sunny, Chicago summer day.

Hope Weis Consulting worked closely with Brooke and Tom to bring to life a wedding celebration that surpassed all of their expectations. Kehoe Designs created beautiful, brightly colored arrangements and bouquets that were perfect for this summer wedding. The Cagen Orchestra wowed the crowd during dinner and dancing in the spectacular Gold Coast Room. Everyone felt like royalty as they savored a truly historical night at The Drake Hotel Chicago!

Make-up artists: Traci Fine, Hair stylist: Patti Campbell, Dresser: Caroline Shaw, Bridesmaids gowns: Coren Moore, Men’s Formal wear: Vera Wang for Men’s Wearhouse Invitations: Elizabeth Grace  

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We feel fortunate to live and work in the beautiful, Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, among many talented artists and entrepreneurs. We believe in the beauty of blending historic with modern. Built in 1916, our European style live-work building, is land-marked by the city of Chicago, full of character and modern style. It is a dream come true to have a charming studio, surrounded by beautiful boulevards, as the foundation of our creative endeavors.

"It is a pleasure to get to know our couples, become part of their inner circle, understand their connections, and hone in on what matters most. Every celebration has its own personality, vibe and feeling. To interpret and translate the feeling, love and joy, we look for the split-second glances, tender touches, belly laughs and genuine smiles. Emotionally connected, we sense magical moments; one must first feel, and then see to be able to interpret. This is the foundation of our creative process."

"Inspired by all art forms: paintings, architecture, fashion, cinema, music and food, we incorporate our sensibilities into everything we do. Blending emotional imagery with a modern and elegant viewpoint is how we tell very personal stories in a nuanced way. We do this so that you may savor your celebration, long after it ends, and remember those feelings forever. It would be our privilege to interpret your unique story."

Heather KingenSmith