Whitney & Matthew, Private Residence, Illinois

POSTED BY Ira Lippke on 2015/08/12

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Whitney & Matthew’s wedding celebration, beautifully coordinated by Paulette Wolf Events, was tucked away at the Barnett family home, surrounded by forest. The families’ love of modern art resonated in the theme of the wedding, “I woke up wanting to kiss you”. This sweet avowal was inspired by one of Tracey Emin‘s famous neon signs and was lit up behind the DJ booth during the reception.

The ceremony was held inside a minimalist transparent tent that allowed the surrounding natural elements to be in clear view. This naturally tranquil setting was such an amazing place to witness Whitney & Matthew’s matrimony.

Whitney made such a beautiful bride in her classic white Vera Wang gown, especially against the lush greenery and yellow wildflowers that peppered the property.

HMR Designs used primarily white flowers in their arrangements which added a softness to the modern decor and we loved Frost Lighting‘s dynamic transformation of the reception that created such a fun space to celebrate. The Chicago Praise Ministries Gospel Choir took things up a notch with their uplifting harmonies and Whitney’s brother, DJ Kevin Barnett, kept the celebration alive for hours more at the after-party. (Listen to the entire set here)

We are so honored to have been a part of this joyous celebration!

Congrats Whitney & Matthew!


Photos by Ira Lippke & Jason Walker




Ceremony Venue: Private Home in Bannockburn, IL
Reception Venue: Private Home in Bannockburn, IL
Event Coordination: Paulette Wolf Events
Ceremony Music: Gold Coast All Stars
Reception Music: Calvin Bridges & The Chicago Praise Ministries (Gospel Choir) and the Gold Coast All Stars
Video: Fred Klein Video Services
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Event Design: HMR Designs
Invitations etc.: Pulp & Ink
Dress: Vera Wang
Cake: Cake Chicago
Catering: Entertaining Company
Hair/ Make-up: Make-up: Shannon O’Brien

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