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We crowned a new couple for the eleven eleven WEDDING last night!

Thanks to Poetic Productions for this fantastic video!

We had such an amazing time at Nellcote last night!  They hosted the eleven eleven WEDDING Giveaway’s live reveal party and it could not have been more perfect!

It was great fun to catch up with all four finalists, our fellow sponsors, the press and the winners from last year (Amy and Howard)!

When the big announcement was made we were on pins and needles but could not possibly be more thrilled for Connie and Jessica!  Not only are we excited to work with them, we are proud to be supporting gay marriage!  This is something all of us at Greatest Expectations have always been passionate about.

We know this will be an exceptional journey … Please be sure to visit the eleven eleven WEDDING website to get all the juicy details as we work with our new bride’s on their extra special wedding!

Thanks to Amanda Hein for these beautiful images (more to come soon).


A Delicious Little Giveaway!!

Macarons, smore’s or  pecan pie tarts, oh my!!

We love sweets!!

Designing creative dessert stations is one of the best parts of our job and it’s especially fun when we get to work with the talented crew from Luscious Layers Bakery on Damen.  That’s why we have teamed up with them to create this delicious little giveaway for one lucky Chicagoland reader!

Tell us just how much you love sweets by designing the most extraordinary sweets table concept and telling us all about it on our facebook page, then have all your friends “like” your comment and the person with the most creative design concept (and “likes”) will win a mini sweets table from Luscious Layers perfect for a shower, bachelorette party, birthday or any smaller celebration. The winner will select select one pastry, one cookie or macaron and one flavor of mini cupcake for 10-15 guests.  The options are seemingly endless but here are just a few of the delightful desserts available.

~mousse cups

~mini eclairs

~cream puffs

~mini tartelettes

~mini brownies

~whoopie pies

~lemon squares

~oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

~snickerdoodle cookies

~peanut butter cookies

~macarons in flavors like blackberry, chai, rose, earl grey or espresso

~Mini cupcakes in flavors such as champagne and dark chocolate

Can you say yummy?!

Prize Eligibility: Only persons residing in the Chicagoland area who are at least 18 years of age can enter.
Contest Ends: July 10th, 11:59 p.m.
Prize cannot be used for weddings of any size

Under a New Moon

We are so thrilled to be participating Under a New Moon, what a historic event!  I was so honored that Anita Vaughan from Anita Weds invited us to participate and we know it will be an exceptional evening!

Under a New Moon is a celebration of same-sex civil unions in Illinois! Be one of the first couples to have a civil union ceremony in Chicago!

Six lucky couples will win a midnight ceremony and “mini-wedding” at Catalyst Ranch, One of Chicago’s most unique event spaces! The party will begin at 10:30 on June 1st, with guests arriving and enjoying appetizers and cocktails.
A group ceremony will begin at midnight, followed by a reception that will include dessert – and dancing!
This momentous occasion will include:
  • Pampering for the couples before the ceremony, including hair and make-up services provided by Nika Vaughan
  • A group civil union ceremony – conducted by Anita Vaughan! This will include individual vows for each couple
  • A reception for couples and their guests following the ceremony, with fabulous deejay,Toast and Jam
But wait, there’s more!
To be considered, couples must enter via the Under a New Moon Facebook Page. Your entry must be a response to the following:
June 1st is a New Moon, which is considered a harbinger of good fortune and new beginnings. So, we want you to tell us how your relationship is a once-in-a-lifetime connection. How will your union mark a new phase in your lives together?
Share your story with us, in writing or with a short video, submitted to the page. Then, get your friends and family to show their support by liking your entry.
The six winners will be selected by the Under a New Moon committee.
  • Entries must be submitted via Facebook page, either in written form or in a short video (maximum 5 minutes).
  • Entries must include a photo of the couple.
  • Couples must submit their own entries. Entries for other people will not be considered.
  • Finalists must be available for an in-person interview at Catalyst Ranch to be scheduled on May 1-3.
  • Winners must obtain a civil union license at a Cook County Clerk’s office on June 1st. You will not be able to participate in the event without a license!
  • Winners will be required to attend a wedding rehearsal at Catalyst Ranch on the evening on May 31st.
  • Winners agree to be available for media contact and understand that their likenesses will be used for promotional materials.
  • Winners (both partners) will be required to sign a contract, including agreement to obtain civil union license on June 1st, photo release, etc.
  • Deadline to enter: April 25, 2011
  • Winners will be announced on May 4, 2011


An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury … Win a Free Ticket!!

An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury

Oak Street’s Fourth Annual Charitable Wedding Walk

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Don’t miss a chance to meet and mingle with some of Chicago’s best wedding professionals at this annual charity event.  All proceeds will benefit The American Heart Association and as a bride you will get your very own luxury swag bag full of tons of amazing goodies (including something from Greatest Expectations).

To purchase tickets just click here

But wait … We have a free VIP ticket!! One lucky reader will get a vip ticket  for two (the bride and her guest worth $90!) to this exceptional event!  If you would like to be the recipient of such an awesome prize just post a comment on this post telling us what you enjoy most about reading CS Brides!  We will have a random drawing on September 9th so hurry and post your comment today!

eleven eleven WEDDING … Getting the right dress!

Our clients Amanda and Mike, the winners of the eleven eleven WEDDING Giveaway, have started their wedding planning.  It is such a blast to introduce them to all the event sponsors and help them deign the perfect wedding!!

Each of the sponsors will be doing guest blog pieces on the eleven eleven WEDDING website so I hope you will head their often to check it out.  Diana, from Jenny Yoo is the first blogger!  In the meantime, here is a little teaser … The video from Amanda’s dress shopping experience at Jenny Yoo!!


Thanks to Ken from Poetic Productions for this fantastic montage!

Beautiful use of a Ribbon Broach

As some of you may recall, we gave away a beautiful Ribbon Broach a few months ago as part of our “While Drinking a Glass of Champagne” interview with Susan from The Left Bank Jewelry and Shoes.  It just so happened, that the lucky winner had a broach themed wedding!  Sarah got married in downtown Chicago and was extremely creative with her use of broaches.

It was so thoughtful of Sarah to send me a picture her beautiful bridal bouquet with the broach attached.  I really love all of their pictures, so if you want to see more check out her photographer, Janie Lucille Yoder’s blog. I think you will be happy you did!

Thank you Sarah for sharing these beautiful images with us. You were a radiant bride!

Vote now for the eleven eleven WEDDING Giveaway!!

The voting is now open for the eleven eleven WEDDING Giveaway!!  Please take a moment to check out the site, read about the ten amazing semi-finalists and cast your vote.  We had so many wonderful couples submit applications and it was extremely hard to decide who should be in the top ten.  We think you will fall in love with them all just like we did!!  No go vote!!

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