Jim Verraros & Bill Brennan

Our Wedding Vendors

Bill and Jim are so excited to share some of the details of the many wedding professionals that they are working with. Here is a sneak peak!

Dr. Bruce Bloom (Officiant)

Dr. Bruce Bloom (Officiant)

Dr.Bruce Bloom will officiate our ceremony. He has performed many different religious and non denominational services for couples from highly diverse backgrounds.

He also heads a major non profit organization called Partnership for Cures which raises money to fund and manage promising medical research that will speed safe and effective treatments to patients with life-altering disease. Our fast track projects are designed to create new uses for FDA-approved drugs or validate other therapies that can be quickly incorporated into patient care.

Oak Brook Hills Resort & Spa

Oak Brook Hills Resort & Spa

When Jim and Bill were looking at reception sites and venues, they chose this Resort simply because it offered the best of both worlds. Bill has a very big "green thumb," and the gardens surrounding the patios of this property are beautiful and provides a stunning and serene backdrop. The outdoor cocktail area is adjacent to The Tent and reveals lush gardens and beautiful views of the water oasis and fountain as you look across the beautifully manicured grounds.

Designed By You Invitations

Designed By You Invitations

152 E. Golf Road

Schaumburg, Illinois 60173

847-755-0861

Designed By You Custom Invitations have been fantastic. They are truly one of the most knowledgeable companies and are true artists at creating stunning invitations. Bill and Jim wanted theirs to reflect their personal tastes, so they went with some interesting designs that have never been done before.

Nadeau's Ice Sculptures

Nadeau's Ice Sculptures

7623 West Roosevelt Road

Forest Park, IL 60130

(708) 366-3333

We have know Jim Nadeau for over 10 years and he has been a steady client of Bridal Expo Chicago's for many years. When we recently took a tour of their factory, we were astounded by the artistic detail their designers possess and the entire process of creating art from ice. Jim helped us design a gigantic ice bar supported by carved ice "Metro Goldwyn Mayer" vintage style lions for our wedding. The photo shown here is a sketch of what his master designers will create for our wedding!

Anthony Gowder Designs

Anthony Gowder Designs

1733 W. Hubbard Street

Chicago, Illinois 60622

312-563-1306

Jim and Bill are so ecstatic to be working with Anthony Gowder Designs, one of Chicago's premiere Floral and Event Decor Designers. Anthony and his team are such incredibly talented visionaries that when it came time to select the floral and decor, their passion for design and dedication to excellence stood out to us. Bill inherited his green thumb from his mother and he too has a passion for all gardening, flowers, and landscaping design. Both Anthony and his wife Stephanie worked closely with Bill and Jim to create the perfect blend of vintage glam mixed with modern elegance.

Stu Hirsh Orchestra

Stu Hirsh Orchestra

450 Susan Lane

Deerfield, Illinois 60015

847-914-0444

Jim, a musician himself, wanted the music to reflect his and Bill's taste and love of live music, so they decided on live orchestras for the big day. During the ceremony, there will be a string quartet playing the classics, to a jazz trio for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and then the music really kicks in after dinner at around 9. Stay tuned for a 10-piece orchestra, live vocalists and fantastic sounds ranging from the 1940's all the way to today!

DJ Russ Harris

Chicago-based International DJ Russ Harris (USA, Amsterdam, Amaan-Jordan) is supplying the music mixes between band sets during the evening. You can read more about him here at www.djrussharris.com & on facebook at www.facebook.dj/djrussharris

Oak Mill Bakery

Oak Mill Bakery

8012 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Niles, Illinois 60714

847-318-6400

Who doesn't love a cake that is not only beautiful to look at, but tasty too? Oak Mill Bakery does just that! Be prepared for a sight to be seen when you lay your eyes on Jim and Bill's cake. The texture, ingredients and flavors will amaze you just as they did for Jim and Bill at their tasting.

Spinnin' Discs Premier Mobile Entertainment & Lighting

Spinnin' Discs Premier Mobile Entertainment & Lighting

539 West Golf Rd

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

(847) 818-8330

When Bill sat down with KC and Laura from Spinnin' Discs to talk about what we could do with up-lighting around the perimeter of The Marquis Tent, they came up with an awesome plan and tapped into their vast experience of North Shore and Downtown events to come up with a really hip and contemporary way of helping us turn up the heat on the overall look and feel of the entire room. As a former event and party planner, Bill understands that lighting plays a key role in creating the perfect event.

Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists

Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists

1500 Eisenhower Lane Suite 200

Lisle, Illinois 60532

630-271-1745

Well Spun Weddings Videography

Well Spun Weddings Videography

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1-877-979-3456

This Videography company is spectacular! It actually was on Jim's radar for months and finally the time had come to book them for Bill and Jim's Wedding! They were just recently featured in Modern Bride's Top 25 Trendsetters! They specialize in non-traditional, vintage wedding films. Be sure to check their website!

Party Linens by DeNormandie

Party Linens by DeNormandie

773-731-9281

M & M Party Rentals

M & M Party Rentals

493 Mission Street

Carol Stream, Illinois 60188

630-871-9999

Cort Furniture for Events

Cort Furniture for Events

2725 Davey Rd. Ste 200

Woodridge, IL 60517

(630) 972-0146

What is a celebration without a little seating area? We are delighted to be working with Laura of Cort Furniture to create several seating vignettes and conversation areas at our wedding. Besides, after a little dancing throughout the evening, our guests can grab a cocktail and relax on a plush couch!

Lisa Hoppe Travel & Consulting

Lisa Hoppe Travel & Consulting

6005 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213

(414) 258-8715

The Brown Bow Gift Co.

The Brown Bow Gift Co.

P.O. Box 3454

Barrington, Illinois 60011

1-800-928-1266

Just Say Yes! Events

Just Say Yes! Events

Chicago, Illinois 60616

312-208-7833

Barbara Medina of Just Say Yes! Events will be Jim and Bill's "Day Of" Coordinator for the entire event. Barbara strives to make each occasion special and memorable for everyone involved. She is a strong believer that every event should be uniquely in tune with your vision, and that preparation should be fun and exciting without the stress that can sometimes occur in the event planning process. She has been incredible in orchestrating the details as well as offering professional advice and guidance.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue

700 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60611

312-944-6500

Jim and Bill have selected classic tuxedos from Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago. Although first swayed by Armani, they decided on Z by Ermenegildo Zegna because of their European cuts and high quality fabric. They're also pairing it with classic crisp white shirts, and classic Bow Ties from Tom Ford New York.

Shelley's Bridal Couture

Shelley's Bridal Couture

104 W. Main Street

West Dundee, Illinois 60118

847-426-5806

Shelley's Bridal has been nothing short of amazing! Jim and Bill have selected gorgeous formal gowns all shown in black that are floor-length silk chiffon all from the Love by Enzoani Collection.

Magnificent Brides Hair & Makeup

Magnificent Brides Hair & Makeup

Magnificent Brides is one of Chicago's premiere hair and makeup services, servicing many of Chicago's top end brides and their bridal parties. We really wanted to pamper our bridesmaids and book both Tina and Jennifer to make them feel not only pampered, but beautiful as well. They have over 20 years combined experience, and make a phenomenal team. We are SO excited to be working with them for our bridal party.