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2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Goodbye forever, Radiant Orchid! The 2015 Pantone Color of The Year has officially been announced and let’s just say I’m obsessed. As a lady with olive skin, jewel tones have been a color that I’ve loved to wear since I can remember. It’s a total staple in my wardrobe and I basically consider it a neutral. My favorite lipstick is even wine red. Marsala is the perfect edition to the “color of the year” family and I’m so excited to see how this will effect wedding trends! It can be paired perfectly with blush pinks and dusty blues for the spring and summer months, and ivories and golds (also a neutral in my book!) once fall and winter hit — it’s so versatile. In true Estera fashion, I’ve put together an inspiration board for the perfect Marsala inspired wedding – enjoy!

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Oh – and incase you haven’t seen it yet, my dear friend Emilia of Emila Jane Photography recently shot a wedding in South Africa and the bride wore a wine red dress that I’ve totally been swooning over.



Peninsula Chicago Wedding | Jonathan and Ghienhel

You know those clients that absolutely reinforce why you’re so in love with your job? That was totally Jonathan and Ghienhel. Not only are they adorable and kind, they are super stylish! From day one, it was so much fun pulling together their wedding inspiration for their Peninsula Chicago Wedding. Their ceremony overlooked Michigan Avenue on the Peninsula Terrace followed by dinner in the ballroom, which was beautifully transformed to resemble Fig and Olive Beverly Hills. Add in the champagne tower and the cake parade, paired with Ghienhel’s Vera Wang gown and Jonathan’s Tom Ford suit and you have an insanely beautiful wedding! 
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Photography: HUSAR Photography
Event Planning & Design: Estera Events
Venue, Catering: Peninsula Chicago
Dress: Vera Wang
Suit: Tom Ford
Bridesmaid Dresses: All Saints
Stationery: Sarah Drake Design
Floral Design: Kehoe Designs
Champagne Tower: Nimblewell
Music: Style Matters DJ’s
Hair: Robyn Tornabeni
Makeup: Rosie Scianna

Four Seasons Chicago Wedding | Alexa + Jordan

Estera ladies love a good brunch! So when we first met with Alexa and she told us about her vision to host a brunch wedding, we were over the moon! But when she mentioned that her main source of inspiration was Rifle Paper Company? That’s when we got really excited!  This Four Seasons Chicago wedding was the perfect definition of approachable elegance. Alexa has fantastic style and did an amazing job combining the classic style of the Four Seasons with springy and bright Rifle Paper Company inspiration. The result? The chicest Sunday brunch wedding! Alexa and Jordan married on a sunday afternoon, surrounded by their closest family and friends. The bride and groom took their vows under a beautiful chuppah, done up with pastel florals by the one and only Fleur. After, guests gathered for an afternoon cocktail hour, where they were treated with a full bloody mary and mimosa bar. Brunch was held in the Lakeview room, overlooking Lake Michigan and filled with beautiful floral centerpieces, gold votives, and a magnificent view of Michigan Avenue.

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See the rest on Style Me Pretty!

Wedding Planner: Estera Events
Photographer: Cristina G Photography
Floral Design: Fleur
Venue: Four Seasons Chicago
Cake: Cake
Wedding Dress: Enzoani
Linens: Nuage Designs
Stationary: Val Marie Paper
Band: Stitely Entertainment

Green House Loft Winter Wedding | Lauren + Jeff

WE’RE BACK! After a whirlwind wedding season, we’re so excited to catch up on blogging! Each post coming up will feature a different wedding from throughout the 2014 wedding season. Thank you all for your patience and we can’t wait to fill your feeds with more and more pretty!

As winter is quickly approaching, we can’t help but to think of the wedding that made us fall in love with this season! From the minute we met Lauren and found out she would be wearing a gold sequin gown, we knew we would be the perfect match! Luckily, we were equally blessed with her mom and sister being some of the most supportive family members a girl could ask for. With most of her main details already set in stone, we helped Lauren put together all the last minute touches.  Their ceremony took place at St. Hedwig Church in Wicker Park. After the ceremony ended the snow started to fall and guests lined the front of the church steps, sparklers in hand for the proper send off. You know you have loyal family when they willingly stand outside in the snow for you!  In true winter fashion, their reception was filled with evergreen, pine cones, gold and an endless amount of lit candles to set the mood for the night. We’re so happy to share this Green House Loft winter wedding with you! Maybe Chicago winters aren’t so bad after all…

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See the rest on Style Me Pretty!

Event Coordinator: Estera Events
Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Floral Design: Asrai Garden
Venue: Green House Loft
Ceremony: St. Hedwig Church
DJ: Toast and Jam
Hair: Bridal Beauty
Makeup: Bridal Beauty
Cake: Bittersweet

….and then a wedding went viral!

It’s always fun to see pretty wedding details pop up in your newsfeed, and as a wedding planner, that happens a ton! But when something pops up and you recognize it as your own, now that’s exciting!

When you realize it’s a viral image that has over 40,000 views, 670 likes and almost 800 shares, well that’s just cause for celebration!

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PS — how AMAZING is that tablescape!? It’s from J+G’s incredible wedding at the Peninsula Chicago. We can’t wait to share more images soon!


Sheela + Sandeep’s Miami Beach Wedding | The Bath Club

We’re so excited to share this Miami Beach Wedding! Sheela and Sandeep currently live in San Francisco and decided to have their wedding at the historic Bath Club in Miami Beach. From the lucite Mandap to the gold sequin linens, not a detail was spared in making this traditional indian wedding a bit more modern than most. When Sheela got in touch with us, we were absolutely thrilled!  Sheela’s super creative and really got into all of the little details, which we love.
We assisted Sheela and Sandeep in coordinating and designing their Pre-Wedding Welcome Dinner the night before their wedding as well as their actual wedding day!The wedding Ceremony, Lunch, Cocktail Hour and Dinner Reception were all held at the Historic Bath Club. Sheela wanted her wedding to Sandeep to feel fresh and light. While still nodding to the bold colors of a traditional Indian wedding, we were able to capture that by working with Parrish London, who created an amazing lucite Mandap and filled it with hanging crystals and flowers. Sheela wanted the entire reception space to glow of mint, and we included mint and gold accents throughout the space. The Bath Club has amazing furniture, so we were able to use all of it during the wedding.

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{What We’re Pinning}

It’s been a while, blog world!
We’re prepping for our busiest wedding season ever and can’t wait to fill your feeds with all the pretty!
Lately to unwind and remind myself that winter is not perpetual and it will in fact be sunny again someday, I’ve been doing a lot of Pinning!
I figured I should share a little of my latest “Pin-spiration” with you….

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Click here for some more inspiration!


{Fashion Friday} Normcore

What IS Normcore?
It’s that model off duty look. What you would expect Cara Delevigne to wear on her way into a major shoot. It’s simplicity. It’s Adidas trainers with dresses and tight jeans and plain socks and lots of denim and neutrals and “is this the 90′s?” and dressing like Steve Jobs and the characters on Seinfeld….and why am I so in love with it? Why am I sitting here drinking coffee in black baggy crop pants, my boyfriends gray v-neck, a baggy gray hat and the comfiest flats I’ve ever owned?

Because it’s SIMPLE. and it doesn’t scream “Look at me!”, but if done right, simply forces people to want to look at you. It’s just so….normal. It lacks spanx and painfully tall heels and encourages approachability. {is that a word? let’s go with it.}

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Fashion Friday: Romper Love

It’s officially above freezing and 36 degrees outside today which means it’s completely acceptable to start talking about spring/summer fashion.
At this current moment, I can hold my head high and admit I have one current fashion addiction: Rompers.

I’ve spent the past few weeks stocking my closet for an upcoming getaway, and yesterday I realized the only things I’ve bought so far are rompers.
Seriously. I even ordered one from Australia and I’m crossing my fingers it gets here before I leave! (they call rompers “playsuits”- why is everything they do in Australia so much cuter!?)

I figured I’d share some of my top favorites with you because seriously, there are some adorable ones out there! And considering this is promised to be a big 2014 trend, you’re going to want to jump on this bandwagon (promise!).

The Summer Night Out Romper
{PepperMayo Unstoppable Playsuit}
I definitely have this in ivory, it’s too perfect not to share!
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The Date Night Jumpsuit
{ASOS Jumpsuit with Contrast Bow}

The “Is-That-A-Dress-No-Wait-That’s-A-Romper” Romper
{Line + Dot Textiled Asymmetry Romper}

The Casual Romper
{American Apparel Stripe T Shirt Romper}
There is a 100% chance I bought this yesterday

The Better Than A Maxi Dress Jumper
{Love Bandeau Jumpsuit with Pockets}
image1xxl Which is YOUR favorite!?