Preferred Vendors

Venues:

  • The elegant proportions of the Barn’s open, airy space create a warm and inviting atmosphere at this unique Lake County venue. Numerous events including concerts, lectures, workshops and meetings ensure that the Byron Colby Barn remains a vital community amenity, in addition to a restored historic treasure. Country elegance meets modern convenience at the Byron Colby Barn as it also boasts a gourmet catering kitchen, as well as modern restroom facilities and central heating/air conditioning.
    The Byron Colby Barn is available for private rentals, and is a very popular wedding venue. The Barn was named the 2011 Best Budget Wedding Venue by Chicago Magazine and one of the 2013 Best Local Place to Get Married in the Daily Herald™ Readers Choice Awards. The Barn can be rented 7 days a week for elegant weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs, professional meetings, intimate concerts, and other events.

    Contact: Kim DeRose
    Website: prairiecrossing.com
    Phone: 847.543.1202

  • Evergreen Golf Club in Elkhorn, WI has a long and rich tradition in Wisconsin Golf as one of the state’s premier places to play and continues to rank as a four star Golf Digest Course. A new clubhouse was recently established now offering the Evergreen Room, a first-class banquet facility and staff. The Evergreen Room along with Grand DJ Entertainment is the perfect setting for your wedding reception including an outdoor patio overlooking the 27-hole golf course and adjoining waterfall.

    Contact: Joyce Wilson
    Website: evergreengolf.com
    Phone: 262.723.5722

  • Weddings at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, WI are a wonderful place to say “I do,” complete with breathtaking outdoor surroundings, elegant function space, outstanding cuisine, decadent wedding cakes and attentive service. Whether an intimate or large affair, our wedding specialist will make your special day perfect. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is Lake Geneva’s only AAA 4 Diamond resort. No matter what season, you’ll be inspired by the beauty of Grand Geneva’s exquisite surroundings. Located one hour from Milwaukee and Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Grand Geneva is tucked away on 1300 hundred scenic acres. The resort features 355 newly renovated guest rooms including 51 suites as well as endless activities including golfing, skiing/snowboarding, horseback riding and hiking.

    Website: grandgeneva.com
    Phone: 262.249.4772

  • Lehmann Mansion, an exquisite wedding venue in Lake Villa, IL.

    Built in 1912 and extensively renovated throughout, Lehmann Mansion is your premier wedding venue choice in Lake Villa, IL. We are proud to say our grounds are expansive enough to accommodate any type of function from a wedding ceremony and reception, to banquet halls and corporate events.

    Not only do we provide you with a unique wedding venue in lieu of a wedding chapel, our services extend to the entire preparation of the wedding including catering! Choose us for your banquet facility, caterer and event venue today, you won’t be disappointed!

    Contact: Ed & Mary Bauer
    Website: weddingvenuelakevillail.com
    Phone: 847.356.9911

  • Maravela’s elegant banquet hall in Fox Lake, IL celebrates 30 years! There are three separate dining rooms available to host your celebration accommodating from 75 to 400 people. Each room is completely private with your own bar and dance floor. Also available to cater to a location of your choice.

    Contact: Maria Deligiannis
    Website: maravelas.com
    Phone: 847.587.6100

  • As the newest addition to the Khayat Restaurant Group, PRIMO, opened August 18th 2015. Replete with soaring ceilings, Italian marble, and custom furniture, PRIMO’s grand and dramatic dining instantly sets a luxurious yet comfortable tone. The atmosphere is rivaled only by the menu, which is composed of both Prime and Grass Fed steaks, chops, and classic Italian dishes inspired by the vast regions of Italy. PRIMO’s menu is both familiar and sophisticated, and complimented perfectly by our 100+ bottle wine list.

    Contact: Elliott & Nicole Khayat
    Website: primogurnee.com
    Phone: 847.336-3446

  • A Family owned and operated steakhouse with a warm, comfortable setting close to home. Steven’s aims to please. From a wide selection of finely aged steaks and chops to the freshest seafood, extensive wine and martini lists and a staff ready to serve you. Steven’s is the perfect place for you to relax and dine. Book your wedding, anniversary, retirement party, class reunion, or birthday party in the private room today along with Grand DJ Entertainment for an unforgettable event.

    Contact: Brad Lehner & Steve Strezo
    Website: stevensofgurnee.com
    Phone: 847.559.8533

  • Since 1995, Tammy’s has been recognized as the premier restaurant destination in Northern Illinois for their thin crust and double-decker pizza’s. The focus to ensure that guests experience a safe, clean, affordable, and memorable atmosphere for any dining need. In addition, Tammy’s provides catering for you special occasion. Cherishing patrons and welcoming future friends!

    Contact: Tammy Ruppenthul
    Website: tammyspizzapasta.com
    Phone: 847.587.7408

  • Determination to exceptional service, relentless attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to excellence makes 31 North Banquet & Catering the premier choice for hosting the most special occasions.

    Whether you envision a simple gathering with your closest family and friends, or an elaborate formal affair with up to 200 guests, discover everything you need for your ideal wedding, including:

    • One of our event coordinators, will work with you throughout the planning process to the final moments of your wedding day.
    • Beautifully decorated venue for both your ceremony and reception.
    • A tempting array of food & beverage, to fit whichever type of reception you select.

    Contact: 31northbanquets.com/contact
    Website: http://31northbanquets.com/
    Phone: 815.207.8463

  • The tallest building in Chicago and a world famous architectural icon, Willis Tower stands 1450 feet and 100 stories tall. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the flexible 99th floor space accommodates 200 seated or 400 reception guests. From corporate meetings to sensational celebrations, choose the venue that defines “Unforgettable”!

     

    Contact: sales@theskydeck.com
    Website: wedding.theskydeck.com
    Phone: 312.875.9447

Photographers:

  • While Mike Caplan of Caplan Studios Photography is a Chicago TV meteorologist, he can’t guarantee perfect weather for your wedding.  What he and his team WILL do is create artistic and memorable images that you’ll be proud to show off on a wall or on-line.  Caplan Studios excels at capturing those wonderful moments during weddings.  This doesn’t happen by accident.  Uncle Bob may have a shiny black “pro” camera, but can you really count on someone that doesn’t know aperture from ISO?  You need someone you can trust behind the lens. You also want someone that will make “taking pictures” an enjoyable part of your wedding day.  Caplan Studios delivers on both counts! 

    Contact: Mike & Laura Caplan
    Website: caplanstudios.com
    Phone: 847.302.8764

     

  • Janelle Rominski Photography specializes in wedding, portrait, music, commercial, event, travel, sports and other photography services in Chicago, Milwaukee & beyond!

    Contact: Janelle Rominski
    Website: janellerophoto.com
    Phone: 847.727.1439

     

  • Lake Geneva is a wedding mecca for couples looking for a beautiful location to be married. Matt Mason Photography serves Lake Geneva and the surrounding region with wedding photography as well as commercial, family and senior portraits. Our approach is to develop a genuine connection with you. As a result images are fresh, fun and full of genuine emotion. Please view our Testimonials to get a sense of why people consistently invest in Matt Mason Photography for their wedding photos. Matt Mason and his team are proud to be Lake Geneva Wedding Photographers. Telling your story is our passion!

    Contact: Matt Mason
    Website: mattmasonphotography.com
    Phone: 262.745.4000

     

  • When it comes to Novo Photography’s clients, the boundaries and limits are pushed which takes the images from being “What Everyone Else Has” to something that’s truly a unique of work. It’s not about simply pressing a button to capture a photo, It’s about taking your moment in time and capturing it as a unique and artistic memory for generation after generation.

    Contact: Mike Novoseletsky
    Website: novophotography.com
    Phone: 847.791.5209

     

  • Gina Fiene Photography and Stacey Houston Photography have joined together to create Smitten Shots Photography- Specializing in Engagements & Weddings

    Contact: Stacy Houston & Gina Fiene
    Website: smittenshots.com
    Phone: 847.345.6404 or 847.875.6688

Photo Booths:

  • “Full Service Photobooth Rental”
    At “Funi Foto”, we strive to deliver exceptional entertainment value, high quality photos, and professional services to our clientele by providing authentic, memorable photo booth experience using our designed and hand built amazing LED lighted state-of-the-art booths that will have your party guests raving for a very long time. Our unique booths are attractively designed, professionally crafted, and easy to use. We serve the greater Chicagoland and surrounding areas to meet your needs and demands.

    Contact: Carolyn Szwarc
    Website: funifotoinc.com
    Phone: 630.842.2014

     

Florists:

  • “Making Your Day Beautiful, While Staying in Your Budget!”
    Trellis is an event-only florist that specializes in weddings and parties in Illinois and Wisconsin. From your bridal bouquet to the rose petals at your feet, flowers play an essential role in your wedding day festivities! Choosing your wedding flowers is important and will help set the mood and look you are going for. At Trellis, they strive to provide beautiful flowers while staying in your budget of any size.

    Contact: Courtney Pilman
    Website: trellisweddings.com
    Phone: 815.814.1813

     

Beverage Services:

  • Professional Beverage Service offers Northeast Illinois & Southeast Wisconsin affordable, licensed, mobile bars & bartending services. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday, anniversary, corporate event, fund raiser, holiday party, or other special event, we can bring the unique touch to your event. We offer the simplest of packages through the most elaborate packages.

    Contact: Jim McArdle
    Website: bevservice.com
    Phone: 847.899.5594

Officients/Ministers:

  • Jim McArdle has been involved in the wedding industry for over 20 years. Each wedding is unique and should be treated as such. As an officiant, he plays a very central role on your special day. It is very important to that your beliefs, love and commitment are shown in a personalized ceremony. We will work together to make sure your ceremony is perfect.

    Contact: Jim McArdle
    Website: ministerjim.com
    Phone: 847.899.5594

     

     

  • You’ve seen your share of ceremonies! You want yours to be meaningful and heartfelt. Not too long and boring or too short and silly. You want to please your family, your guests and enjoy it for yourself. You are more spiritual than religious and yet you want your ceremony to reflect your committed relationship.

    You want a wedding officiant you really like, that is easy to work with. Couples hire Tom J Perrucci because they are confident he will give them exactly what they want in their ceremony. 

    Contact: Tom J Perrucci
    Website: chicagoweddingguy.com
    Phone: 847.310.0300

  • Simply Rev Ed!

    Contact: Ed Clemens
    Phone: 847.571.0819

  • “Dearly Beloved”, the famous first words. They don’t have to be yours. We want to perform your wedding ceremony exactly how you want it done. Whether traditional or more modern. It’s your day, make the ceremony show what is in your hearts!

    Contact: Dan Neilson
    Website: iwedsolutions.com
    Phone: 847.223.6900

Entertainers:

  • David Mivshek enlivens the scene with alternative rock set in a acoustic guitar mood. Creed, Shinedown, Lifehouse… Are you looking for up to three hours of 1990’s to current popular music sung and played live at your event? Professional sound, Easygoing attitude, and On-time. David looks forward to helping you create desirable acoustics for your event. Some bands he covers are Goo Goo Dolls, The Calling, Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel, Staind, Howie Day, and more!

    Contact: David Mivshek
    Phone: 262.945.9409

  • Residing on the north shore since 1998, conductor / violist / singer Ron Arden realized a vision for high quality string music and together with his violinist wife Cynthia, founded the Allegro Quartet. This professional ensemble provides only degreed, consummate artists with vast orchestral, chamber music, and teaching experience. Dedicated to the highest standard of excellence, the Allegro musicians bring years of quartet experience to you for any number of special events.

     

    Contact: Ron Arden
    Website: allegroquartet.net
    Phone: 872.746.3472

  • Hannah’s passion for playing and teaching the piano has lead to a strong advocate in the wedding industry. Your friends and family will enjoy elegant background music for your ceremony and/or cocktail hour. Hannah is also available for anniversaries, birthday parties, and other special occasions.

    Contact: Hannah Rose Gravelle
    Website: hharmonies.com
    Phone: 847.406.0381

  • Voted Wisconsin’s #1 polka artist for 4 years, Steve Meisner is a multi-talented musician, composer, and arranger. His father, Verne Meisner had a highly successful music career for over 50 years. Steve’s brand of music is extremely versatile and appealing to a wide audience. He has made a name for himself by taking the music he grew up with from his father and adding his own imagination and feeling. He has brought his brand of traditional American polka into the 21st century with a fresh spark and swing while retaining the roots of this music.

    Contact: Steve Meisner
    Website: stevemeisner.com
    Phone: 262.473.7184

Wedding Planners:

  • Theme Party’s, Golf Outings, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Quinceañeras, Fundraisers and more !!!
    Serving Chicagoland and Southeast Wisconsin.

    Contact: Nadine Burleson
    Phone: 847.331.3993

     

  • We are Cake and Champagne Event Co. focusing on the DIY bride on a budget, we want to help you create the day you have imagined and give your guests a day they will never forget. We believe beautiful shouldn’t break the bank.

    Our affordable planning and coordination services will help you stay on track, organized and stress free. Our rentals and design services can simply transform any space. We can even stay and clean everything up.

    Contact: Sarah Misicka
    Website: cakeandchampagneeventco.com
    Phone: 262.716.5566

Realtor:

  • Clients come to team Radke because they want something different, they want to stand out.  They are NOT looking for that standard mottled agent with the standard marketing plan. They find a unique but not off-the-wall style in what they do for clients which they see as a caring and sensitive person that has an unusual talent to market the inner beauty of properties with a physical image. 

    With over 22 years of experience, this mother/daughter real estate team understands your need for finding that perfect place where you can raise your kids, have an easy commute to work and live in a home you’re proud of.

    Contact: Donna & Jennifer Radke
    Website: donnaradketeam.illinoisproperty.com
    Phone: 847.231.7616

     

Home Maintenance:

  • When it comes to your remodeling needs, KH Construction is what you need. Servicing Lake County and surrounding areas for the last 18 years and counting. Specializing in basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and decks. Overall, an expert in all trades and painting with no job too small or too big. KH Construction is also responsible for the interior design of the Grand DJ Executive Lounge!

    Contact: Kelly Hamilton
    EMail: khconstruction76@yahoo.com
    Phone: 847.553.1371

     

  • Attention newlyweds with the “Name That Says It All” including a professional staff that loves to clean, clean, and clean until it’s clean! Service packages include Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Monthly, or In & Out One Time Cleaning. Guaranteed to satisfy and exceed your expectations. Call today for your free consultation.

    Contact: Jill Mivshek-Boness
    Phone: 847.769.8771

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Phone: 847-223-4726

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