An Evening of Bridal Luxury with Matthew Christopher


One of our most favorite venues to host our luxury bridal events is the majestic Drury Lane Theater, located in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. The incredible chandeliers, the history behind this venue and the incomparable service all lend themselves to a truly magical experience.
We were lucky to have designer Matthew Christopher with us for the evening, as we showcased his newest 2015 “Reflection of Inspiration” collection to over 1,200 attendees. This collection was filled with impeccably fitted gowns, beading and his signature laces that the industry has come to know and love from Matthew.


To shop Matthew Christopher’s collection, visit our Preferred Retailers:

Dimitra’s Bridal Couture in Chicago, Illinois: 312.787.0920

Volle’s Bridal Boutique in Lake Zurich, Illinois: 847.438.7603

Wolsfelt’s Bridal in Aurora, Illinois: 630.896.7166

A special thanks to Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry, Just Love Me Photography + Design and Mirar Productions for helping to make our event a true success!

To see a sneak peek of our event with Matthew, click on the link below:


Jim Verraros for Bridal Expo Chicago Luxury

2012 Celebrity Wedding Favorites

 This year was great for celebrity weddings; from big screen stars to television icons and everywhere in between, 2012 was the year of Hollywood Nuptials!   


Alec Baldwin wed Hilaria Thomas in a low key ceremony at Old St. Patrick’s cathedral in Manhattan. Hilaria chose a simple, breathtaking gown by Amsale and the result was bliss!


Drew Barrymore wearing Chanel for her simple backyard ceremony to Will Kopelman . Not one of my favorite gown of the year.

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millipied wed under a moonlit sky. Her Rodarte gown was simple and sweet, just like this A-list actress… but, a bit underwhelming.
Anne Hathaway wore a stunning Valentino Couture gown when she wed Adam Shulman. The headpiece, however, had mixed reviews.


Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot in magnificent style! He serenaded her with a signature love song and she (obviously) knocked him off his feet in a stunning petal pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown.


Of course, these are just a few of our favorite weddings from 2012, there are dozens more… not that we are counting!
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago 

Lighting 101- Creative Illumination

One of the most effective things you can do to transform a standard room into a stunning masterpiece is to incorporate  ‘Creative Illumination’.

 Creative Illumination, also known as the right lighting, will create a look that can be achieved no other way.  You can turn any venue into a showplace with the right lighting, photographs will look better with the right lighting and forget photo-shop, you can take 10 years off of almost anyone’s age with the right lighting! The best part is that it can all be changed to completely alter the mood; cranked up for some serious dancing at the reception, diffused and toned down to enhance the romantic first dance.

According to internationally acclaimed event designer, Preston Bailey, “You need to take advantage of the effect color can have on the atmosphere by changing the shades through the course of the night. For example, if your cocktail hour starts around sunset, you can splash your room with golden tones. During dinner, consider soft lighting that will mimic flickering candlelight. As the party progresses, I would change the lighting to something a little bit more exciting. Making this transition is simple, with intelligent lighting (which can be programmed to coordinate the whole lighting setup). With the push of a button, you can change the mood of the room,” Bailey says.
Make sure your lighting specialist has credentials. Ask to see photos, videos, ask for references and recommendations. Meet with your lighting designer at the venue so you can go over every single detail in person and make sure someone from the venue also attends the meeting so they can answer questions about power usage, wattage, voltage and backup plans. If you decide on this type of lighting, it will play a major role in the event, as much as the flowers and centerpieces. As a result, you should be on top of every detail and not leave anything to the imagination.
Don’t forget accent lighting as well, this is especially true for outdoor weddings. Chinese lanterns, colored bulbs and multiple strands of twinkle lights can add a touch of elegance, whimsy or sophistication depending upon the lights used and the desired effect.  Again, always ask for pictures.
Creative Illumination will define the mood for the entire event, it will make or break your photos. Most of all, it can turn your already beautiful wedding into and unforgettable paragon of style and beauty!
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago

Football Widows and Commercial Junkies

 I admit it – I watch the Superbowl every year religiously, and yes…. I watch it for the commercials and the half-time show. I’m not a huge football fan and although I don’t apologize for that, I wish I could understand or even pretend to understand what goes on during the game. I also know that I am not alone. I am certainly not the only person (man or woman) who is left alone on Sundays during football season for hours on end and I am positive I am not the only person who looks forward to that time. After many years I can tell you a few things about being in a relationship with a sports fan.

Don’t make a big deal of it. If he loves football and you don’t – find something productive to do during the game and don’t complain about it. 

If your partner gets tickets to Superbowl and wants you to go… go. You can wear team colors and enjoy the spirit even if you don’t know the difference between a foul and a fumble. Don’t be a jerk about it, either. Just go and have a good time, and I guarantee you will. It’s the Superbowl for crying out loud!

If your spouse or fiance want to have a Superbowl party…. do it. Clean the house, load the table with traditional football fare; wings, nachos, brats (whatever) and plenty of  refreshments. Decorate the house in the team colors and invite all of your friends over.  Never, ever refuse an excuse to get together with your friends. If nothing else, it will give you a much needed  break from wedding planning.

Not having a fondness for football can be difficult from September to Superbowl but, just go with it and enjoy whatever comes along whether it is Sundays to yourself or a house filled with friends. Unless, of course, you are married to a super-fan or a face painter….then you are on your own.

Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago