The Wedding Planner: Where to Find the Perfect Dress, Flowers, Food and More

Best of 2017, Celebrations: Mira Couture

From the perfect gown, to stunning decor and delicious food, these local wedding experts have everything you need to make your special day memorable.

Mira Couture

Bridal Boutique and House of Custom Couture

1 E. Delaware Place, Mezzanine Floor, Chicago, 312-255-1699

Located on the corner of State and Delaware in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast District, Mira Couture is renowned for its in-house custom design in women’s clothing and bridal as well as impeccable tailoring, fine fabrics, and personalized customer service.

Founded by Mira Horoszowski in 1970, the salon started in Glenview in the North Shore. As time passed and the business grew, Mira moved the business downtown. Mira Couture expanded and began carrying a careful selection of bridal collections from the top designers in addition to continuing to do custom design in-house.

In 2014, after many years of designing and managing the boutique, Julie Mersine became the current owner. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a passion for all things bridal, Mira Couture was a natural fit. The culmination of Mira’s wisdom and expertise combined with Julie’s fresh perspective and new designs are a match made in heaven.

Mira Couture carries collections such as Atelier Pronovias, Martina Liana, Paloma Blanca, Netta Benshabu, Stephen Yearick, and more. The boutique also offers in-house alterations by a team of highly skilled dressmakers, personalizing in custom design services and a spectacular collection of formal wear, cocktail dresses and custom suits — truly a one-stop-shop for brides, mothers-of-the-bride, grooms, and fashionistas alike.


Exceptional Award-Winning Florist

1110 Davis St., Evanston, 847-328-7110

wedding planner: FlowersFlowers

FlowersFlowers is one of the most highly respected wedding florists in Chicago’s North Shore. Our stunning designs often include unique, novelty blooms alongside classics. With glowing client reviews, we consistently win Make It Better’s “Best Of ” recognition along with awards from The Knot. Providing exquisite designs and flowers of the highest quality, your wedding flowers, and memories, will be enchanting.

Lacuna Lofts

Beautiful, Rustic, and One of a Kind

2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, 773-609-5638

wedding planner: Lacuna Lofts
Photo by Ed & Aileen Photography.

Lacuna Lofts, located just 10 minutes from the Loop, is the ideal destination for events, but when it comes to a well-executed wedding in a unique venue — there is no competition. Whether Reverie Gallery, Blank Canvas Gallery, or The Skydeck rooftop with unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline, Lacuna’s overall aesthetic and artistic foundation is one-of-a-kind with no parallels to draw from. In-house catering and event coordination by LM ensures seasoned professionals ready at the helm from site visit to wedding day, no detail too small or request too big. Driven by passion and purpose, we make dreams come true with seamless execution.”


Not Your Grandmother’s Deli

4905 W. Dempster St., Skokie, 847-677-9880 

wedding planner: Kaufman's

Looking for a unique, intimate venue for your rehearsal dinner — inviting and comfortable where you can design your own menu? Perhaps an exquisite wedding cake? Welcome to Kaufman’s. Nationally recognized for its deli and bakery counters, Kaufman’s is now available for events.

With great excitement we are introducing new additions to our team. Leading our kitchen is Jesse Williams, whose specialty is Jewish comfort food with refreshing new spins. From salads, hearty soups, and even a mini potato pancake bar, Jessie’s got it covered; she’s innovative and creative. Jessie comes to us after time spent at Pastoral, Appellation, Floriole, Birchwood Kitchen, and LEYE. Leading our sweet shop is Pedro Gomez — Pastry Chef Extraordinaire. Trained at the French Pastry School, Pedro has honed his skills at places like Va Pensiero, Bittersweet, Callahan Catering, and LEYE. Trained in the European style, Pedro’s pastry is exquisite. He has won Silver twice in national competitions for chocolate sculpture, pulled sugar, cakes, design, and presentation. Rounding out the group is Daniel Michaels — a Pastry Chef from the hotel industry. Originally from Indiana, he has traveled extensively learning his craft. Passionate about both pastry and bread, Daniel is Cordon Bleu trained in Culinary Arts and most recently comes from stints at the W Hotel on Vieques Island, the Fairmont Hotel and Marche.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Kaufman’s.

Stone Porch and Stone Terrace

The Best is Yet to Come

Stone Porch: 300 Church St., Evanston, 847-905-0133; Stone Terrace: 1622 Forest Place, Evanston, 847-859-2198

wedding planner: Stone Porch
Stone Porch
wedding planner: Stone Terrace
Stone Terrace

Say “I do” in one of two historically elegant mansions in Evanston that overlook Lake Michigan and have been fully renovated with numerous modern upgrades and historic details. Stone Terrace B&B and Stone Porch B&B each feature five luxurious guest suites, the finest amenities, and exceptional personalized service. Enjoy an intimate wedding, bridal shower, or cocktail party on Stone Terrace’s magnificent outdoor terrace and garden, or on Stone Porch’s inviting bluestone patio with a 15-foot stone fireplace, outdoor eating area, and garden. Both offer distinctive year-round experiences that cannot be obtained anywhere else.

Kathryn Theodore Travel

Honeymoons and Destination Weddings

600 N. Kingsbury St., Suite 509, Chicago, 203-805-4509

wedding planner: Kathryn Theodore Travel

Your destination wedding, honeymoon, or babymoon will most likely be the most important trip of your life. We create bespoke journeys, provide perks and VIP status, and act as your advocate. We are paid by suppliers so there is no charge to you! Planning the momentous occasions are stressful enough — let us handle everything and make it fun for you.

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