Spotlight on Emily and Steven


Emily Morrison and Steven Krall

June 13th, 2015


Lake Bluff, Illinois


On a flawless June Saturday, an absolutely lovely Emily and a dashing Steven were married on the inviting and placid shores of Lake Michigan, in Lake Bluff, amidst the verdant beauty that is Shoreacres. Entirely gracious welcome cocktails and a Sunday brunch took place amongst the mature trees and cooling shade of Lake Forest resulting in the perfect warm-up, and wind-down, for the big day.


Emily and mother, Susan, collaborated brilliantly as we created an expanse of needful papers starting with an elegantly subtle Save the Date. The wedding invitations were Empire (our largest) with hand beveled edges and rounded corners, carefully painted with Aquamarine ink. The text was hand calligraphed before being etched in copper for presses built long before any of our grandparents were born. The text was then engraved, one by one, with our stately Baron Gray ink. To complete the suite, a classic one-line response card and an literary card, all with coordinating edges, were enclosed in each hand calligraphed envelope finished with a soft and luxuriously simple aquamarine tissue lining.



For the day of, there were sweet little program booklets bound with aquamarine silk ribbon, hand calligraphed escort cards, and charming menus perched at each place setting. On the tables, the theme was completed by way of a provision of soft cotton stock with aquamarine bleeding borders that encouraged guests to scribble a few lasting thoughts for the delightful bride and groom to cherish.







Congratulations Emily and Steven! Dempsey & Carroll is delighted to have had a role on a most important day!

Spotlight on Andrea Adelstein

Dempsey & Carroll’s Austin Ackles sat down with event planner Andrea Adelstein of NYLUX Events to talk about her favorite venues and more. 

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Austin: Invitations were a family business when you were growing up. How has the wedding invitation changed since then?

Andrea: I believe invitations set the tone for the party. The wedding invitation has changed quite a lot over the past 30+ years. When I was growing up the choices were fewer and everything was a version of the same basic standard. Now couples can do almost anything: logos, craft paper, multiple colors and fonts. Brides and grooms can have their collective personalities shine through their invitation. I do caution couples to not go too outrageous, as I want them to love their invitation 10, 20 and 30 years from now. And a classic engraved or letterpress invitation is always gorgeous.

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Austin: What venue do you love because it never fails to inspire you?

Andrea: I love Tribeca Rooftop for weddings. The light shining through the glass ceiling at dusk is gorgeous; the staircase for the bride or couple to descend makes for both incredible photographs and a dramatic entrance. As a planner, I can be creative in so many ways there. The kitchen is incredibly accommodating and the food always delicious.

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Austin: You’ve designed an event for Hillary Clinton. When you know there’s going to be a lot of security involved, what extra preparations are required?

Andrea: When dealing with a celebrity, the biggest item to plan for is extra time! Time for security to do their job, for arrivals, for approvals. Planning needs to start earlier and you need to build more time into the overall schedule for everything.

Pictured: NoMad Hotel Rooftop

Spotlight on Hall Cannon and Miles Refo

Refo-and-Cannon-LowDempsey & Carroll’s Austin Ackles sat down with ex-pats Hall Cannon and Miles Refo to talk about life in New Zealand and their wonderful resort, Otahuna Lodge


AA: The lodge was built more than a century ago and not long after Christchurch was founded. Who was its first resident and what are the origins of the Otahuna name?

HM: Otahuna’s first residents were Sir Heaton and Jessie Rhodes.  Having just married his bride, Heaton set out to build New Zealand’s largest private residence for his young wife as a rather extravagant wedding present.  Heaton would go on to live at Otahuna (which means “little hill”) for more than 60 years during which time he would be knighted no fewer than four times and come to be recognized as the “grandfather” of modern New Zealand politics.  It was a pretty amazing life! 



AA: Was Otahuna always a working farm?

HM: Essentially, yes.  During Heaton and Jessie’s time the property comprised more that 5000 acres and was utilized as a sheep and cattle station.  (A New Zealand station is the equivalent of a US ranch.)  However, after Heaton’s death in 1956 the property became a teaching seminary of the Christian Brothers and then in 1972 was converted into a commune.  Following the commune days, the house was used a private home for several families before we opened it as a Lodge in 2007.  Today, we utilize the grounds to grow some 120 different varieties of fruits, nuts and vegetables and raise our own sheep, chickens and pigs.  For us, the concept of farm-to-table isn’t new or faddish but is instead just a modern interpretation of how the property was originally conceived.


AA: The lodge is grand and has just a handful of exquisite suites. Do you ever get the urge to expand or do you enjoy the intimacy too much to even consider the idea?

HM: We love our size at Otahuna.  Part of what makes the property so special is the ability for guests to stay in a living, breathing piece of New Zealand history and experience a unique level of personal interaction with our fantastic team.  But, make no mistake, the house is no museum.  Rather, we just have the opportunity to be a part of some 120 years of stories.  And, while we may be small with only seven guest suites, there is a lot in the works for the Lodge including our launch later this year by Random House of our first book, For the Love of a Place: The Stories and Cuisine of Otahuna


AA: There are endless wonderful experiences to be had in the area including fly-fishing, exploring the Southern Alps, horseback riding, and swimming among the world’s least common and smallest dolphins. What was the most unusual experience a guest has requested and what were some challenges in the process of fulfilling that wish?

HM: Almost every day we curate interesting, “out-of-the box” experiences for guests.  A particular recent stand-out was creating an “ice bar” for guests at 10,000 feet!  The bar, set high on a glacier, in the Southern Alps was carved from glacial ice and served as the perfect spot to chill a bottle or two of champagne for a special group.  Reachable only via helicopter, we had to keep a close watch on weather conditions, but we pulled it off for some very surprised guests and the experience was truly an ultimate, “only at Otahuna” day!


AA: Are there certain experiences that you find guests requesting over and over?

 HM: Sure.  We’ll see nearly every day a request for a guided tour of our historic botanic and productive gardens with Head Gardener Steve Marcham including a prerequisite visit to “Oink-a-huna,”our pig pen featuring our rather adorable Devon Black piglets.  Also, there is no better way to understand the connection between our gardens and our acclaimed kitchens than to enjoy a cooking lesson with Executive Chef Jimmy McIntyre and, of course, a sneak peek of our Wine Cellar in what was originally the property’s Game House. 




AA: Lastly, please tell us what you miss most about New York City?

HM: Honestly, what we miss most is Mexican food!  In fact, we now grow chilies and peppers here in our gardens so that we have access to the necessary ingredients to make a perfect enchilada or tamale “down under” and right here at Otahuna…  

Real Weddings: Suzanne and Daniel

Suzanne Schueller and Daniel Gottlander

July 25, 2015

Saint Anne’s Church

Mackinac Island, Michigan



On a breezy Friday evening, welcome cocktails with incomparable views of the Straits of Mackinac thrilled guests on the East Front Porch of the legendary Grand Hotel. A lively dinner followed in the hotel’s grand yet still intimate Cottage Restaurant.GrandHotel_East_Front_Porch

Then, on the big day and an absolutely perfect July Saturday, Suzanne and Daniel exchanged vows in Saint Anne’s Church. Ste._Anne's_Catholic_Church_on_Mackinac_Island[1](The parish used a historic log church for over a century but the current church complex dates from 1874.) Revelry followed the ceremony at the Grand Hotel’s charming outpost, Woods. Located a short carriage ride into the wooded interior of the island, Woods, housed in an opulent Tudor mansion with Bavarian charm, proved the perfect hideaway for dinner and dancing.Schueller_Coach_WoodsSchuellerCoach

Historic Mackinac Island, located between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan where two Great Lakes meet, is under four square miles and has a year round population of fewer than 500 people. One of the island’s famed Victorian houses has been in the family for generations. Motorized vehicles were only briefly allowed on the island and have been prohibited since 1898. No Uber here; bicycles and elegant horse-drawn carriages are the norm.



With Suzanne’s parents, Shannon and Dean, Dempsey & Carroll was pleased to create the most classic engraved foldover invitations, reception cards, and response card sets as well as several short stacks of lovely ceremony program booklets bound by ivory silk ribbon. For Daniel’s parents, Eva and Robert, we created an inspired rehearsal dinner invitation in our vibrant peacock blue ink. Delightful papers for a splendid series of events. Congratulations, Suzanne and Daniel!Schueller_InformationCard-web




Photography: Sara Wright

Wedding Video: William Erwin