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A Love Supreme, an inclusive celebration of marriage, April 9
From a press release
2017-02-07

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( CHICAGO, IL; February 7, 2017 ): In the largest wedding celebration in the history of the hotel and the building that houses it dating back to 1893, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel ( 12 S. Michigan Ave. ) is proud to announce A Love Supreme, an inclusive, joyous celebration of marriage and unity, taking place in Stagg Court on Sunday, April 9. With a portion of the proceeds benefiting Howard Brown Health, A Love Supreme seeks to unify the many circles of the city's community, forging connections and strengthening ties with one another with the underlying message that in Chicago, love always wins!By celebrating love together in a shared space, A Love Supreme invites all versions of love to be married collectively, en mass to honor the advances made as a community and nation.

A nuptial affair put on in collaboration with local Chicago partners Slo 'Mo, Rose Photo, Marquette Avenue Events, Artistic Blooms, and LEAP Weddings, A Love Supreme invites LGBTQ couples to exchange their vows in a nontraditional, shared ceremony with the love of 15 partner couples for a reduced and all-inclusive wedding rate of $4,680 per couple. People of all genders and sexualities are invited to wed the loves of their lives in celebration of the beautiful variety of expressions that form our LGBTQ community.

All featured event spaces are wheelchair accessible, and the bathrooms used will be gender neutral facilities. The language used in materials as well as remarks, including that given by the wedding officiant, fondly regarded LGBTQ community leader and Chicago personality Kristen Kaza, will be mindful of all genders and sexualities.

For all couples opting into this celebration of love, A Love Supreme offers the following in each package:

PRE-CEREMONY:

o Wedding planning consultation

o Junior Suite for Saturday afternoon check-in and Monday morning departure

o Pre-ceremony photography and video coverage

CEREMONY:

o Invitation of up to 20 guests per couple

o Ceremony officiant

o Floral arrangements ( décor and personal bouquets/floral to wear )

o Wedding photography and video coverage

o Wedding planning management

RECEPTION:

o Open bar

o Reception DJ'd by Audio Jack of Slo 'Mo Party: Slow Jams for Homos

o Champagne toast

o Hosted wedding buffet

o Windy City Dinner Fairy wedding cake & cupcakes

o Reception planning management

o Reception photography and video coverage

The following key Chicago partners help bring to life individual wedding tastes of A Love Supreme participants through the multi-couple ceremony:

CEREMONY OFFICIANT AND RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT COURTESY OF SLO 'MO: "Slo 'Mo: Slow Jams for Homos ( and their fans )" is Chicago's party for lovers with Kristen Kaza and Audio Jack. Its residency at the Whistler in Logan Square takes place the third Thursday of the month with special Satellite Slo 'Mo programs throughout the city. Slo 'Mo is a party that unites people of all identities, bodies and expressions through the celebration of slow jams and community. The five-year running series is winner of several Best LGBTQ Dance Party awards from Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Magazine, Chicagoist and others.

PRE-CEREMONY: Couples will have an opportunity to meet prominent LGBTQ community leader and Chicago personality Kristen Kaza to become acquainted with the warm, effusive, and joyful communication style she is widely known for, so to know what to expect and look forward to at the ceremony.

CEREMONY: Slo 'Mo creator & host, Kristen Kaza presides over the 15-couple ceremony as officiant.

RECEPTION: Slo 'Mo's resident DJ Audio Jack will guide the reception in the spirit of their widely-acclaimed dance parties, featuring R&B, jazz, and funk from the 70s to today; music that gets everyone out of their seat on the dance floor!

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ROSE PHOTO: Telling your story is our favorite thing to do. Creating a relationship with each of you, learning your history and plans allows Rose Photo to authentically capture memories and emotions with our lens. The Rose Photo team captures moments of love + light. With state of the art equipment, professional lighting and years of experience, our team brings a level of professionalism to your big day photographic coverage and a huge amount of heart + soul. Your story is unique, beautiful and full of love. Every image should be, too.

- Rose Photo offers all A Love Supreme participants individual pre-ceremony sessions, as well as ceremony, reception, and portrait photos.

WEDDING PLANNING COURTESY OF MARQUETTE AVENUE EVENTS: Marquette Avenue Events was founded by Brianne Garritano in 2011 with the intention of offering a truly customized approach to planning as well as aligning the needs of her clients with her network of event partners for the best possible fit. With luxury event and wedding planning experience since 2004, Brianne has delivered dream weddings in Chicago, across the U.S. and abroad through dedicated and exceptional planning for her clients. Born and raised in the city of Chicago, Brianne is extremely passionate to serve diverse couples and clients from all walks of life.

- Marquette Avenue Events meets with each couple twice in the weeks leading up to A Love Supreme to help them prepare for their wedding day, as well as provides day-of consultation and organization for the event.

FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS COURTESY OF ARTISTIC BLOOMS: Adam Havrilla AIFD, CFD, ICPF prides himself on offering original and artistic floral design with the highest quality blooms from around the world. Adam has over 20 years of experience as a professional floral designer and is the proud owner of Artistic Blooms. Because each love is unique, Adam and his team of floral artists work closely with the couple to tailor each design perfectly.

- Artistic Blooms customizes floral arrangement for each couple, in addition to maintaining each couple's taste in decorations throughout the large scale ceremony.

WEDDING FILMMAKING COURTESY OF LEAP WEDDINGS: Founded in 2006 by Ben Mahoney, LEAP Weddings has blended a classic approach to wedding filmmaking with their distinct storytelling resulting in cutting-edge films that are a reflection of your distinct personalities — something you'll ( really ) love for years to come. LEAP Weddings consists of a bunch of cool folks who love what they do. Their priority during the wedding day is to honor the experience of the couple and to showcase that through their films.

- LEAP Weddings will provide 4 shooters to capture the day and deliver three videos including: the ceremony, reception, and a docu-style film reflecting this unique experience.

CHARITY PARTNER: HOWARD BROWN HEALTH: The Chicago Athletic Association hotel is committed to supporting the LGBTQ community throughout Chicago. To further the commitment to inclusive love and in the spirit of building community, A Love Supreme is partnering with Chicago's own Howard Brown Health. Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown serves men and women, infants, youth, and children through a multi-site operation based in Chicago that includes a main health and research center in the Uptown neighborhood, Howard Brown Health Sheridan, and other clinic locations across the city.

To become a part of this first-of-its kind ceremony at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel on Sunday, April 9, couples are asked to contact the hotel atalovesupreme@chicagoathletichotel.com; each inquiring couple will receive a brief application to submit.

To learn more about A Love Supreme, visit http://chicagoathleticevents.com/events/a-love-supreme/.

About Chicago Athletic Association hotel

Located on Chicago's famed Michigan Avenue across from iconic Millennium Park in the city's Loop District, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel combines its storied legacy as one of the nation's most revered social clubs with modern day sophistication. The historic building's transformation into a 241-room boutique hotel is a result of a visionary partnership among international hotel management company Two Roads Hospitality, AJ Capital Partners, Geolo Capital, Agman Partners, Chicago-based Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, and the award-winning design firm Roman and Williams Building and Interiors. The Chicago Athletic Associationhotel features 17,000 square feet of stunning event space with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, elegantly-appointed guest rooms - including 23 uniquely-designed suites - an interactive game room, curated retail space by Madison Hall and multiple innovative culinary experiences. The food and beverage outlets include a rooftop bar with captivating views of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, restaurant concepts by Chicago-based Land & Sea Dept. and Shake Shack by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality. These exceptional offerings for incoming visitors and locals alike make Chicago Athletic Association poised to once again become the epicenter of the city's thriving social scene. For reservations or more information, please visit chicagoathletichotel.com or call 312.940.3552. Stay connected with Chicago Athletic Association on Facebook and Twitter ( @ChiAthletic ).

About Two Roads Hospitality

Created in September 2016, Two Roads Hospitality is an international lifestyle hotel company encompassing an unrivaled collection of distinctive properties, passionate people, and remarkable experiences around the globe. The company is named for the newly-merged Commune and Destination Hotels, bringing together over 40 years of combined expertise exclusively dedicated to the boutique and lifestyle space. Comprised of Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, tommie and Alila Hotels & Resorts, the company is the leading operator of independent and lifestyle hotels with more than 95 properties in eight countries and growing, also boasting an extensive roster of award-winning restaurants and bars, stunning vacation residences, world-class golf courses, and indigenous spa and wellness offerings. For more information on Two Roads Hospitality, www.tworoadshotels.com, follow us on Twitter ( @TwoRoadsHotels ), or like us on Facebook.

About Howard Brown Health

Howard Brown Health was founded in 1974 and is now one of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBTQ ) organizations. With an annual budget of over $59 million, the agency serves more than 27,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STI prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives. Howard Brown serves men and women, infants, youth, and children through a multi-site operation based in Chicago that includes a main health and research center in the Uptown neighborhood, Howard Brown Health Sheridan, and our other clinics Howard Brown Health Halsted in Lakeview, Howard Brown Health Clark in Rogers Park, Howard Brown Health 63rd Street in Englewood, Howard Brown Health 55th Street in Hyde Park, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant resale shops in Chicago ( Lakeview and Andersonville neighborhoods ) and Oak Park.


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