Walter E. Smithe's huge showrooms contain more than 500 collections of high-quality designer furniture and home accessories, stocking brands including Drexel Heritage, Nourison, Hancock and Moore, and Bradington-Young. Fill a brass-trimmed vase ($119) with flowers, pencils, or wishes, or keep winter moisture stylishly contained in a hand-painted umbrella stand ($99). Walter E. Smithe's selection of four-legged pieces includes an Ontario end table ($299) and a Louise chair ($599). Most products come with impressive warranties, including a 10-year guarantee for every cushion on the comfy Kayla sofa ($1,749).
The eagle-eyed shutterbugs at Lasting Memories capture fleeting moments with pristine, high-resolution pictures. During photo shoots, the skilled photogs encourage groups to forgo complicated cheerleading pyramids and instead line up in front of the camera casually for a more natural feel. Cameras snap away at weddings, preserving the day in printed images. Digital images are also available, enabling easy sharing online or photoshopping into pictures of historic events. The company’s wide-ranging services also include video transfer and photo-booth rental, where party guests can hop in and create their own memories in 4”x6” images.
In the past two decades, few industries have experienced the seismic change that swept through the photography industry. But as the field transformed from a film-based realm to a digital one, Reliable Photo changed with it. The team still processes film and makes prints—a service it's provided for more than 20 years—but now also works with digital formats. Customers now come to Reliable Photo knowing they can print wedding pictures, enlarge portraits from film or memory cards, put together vivid photo greeting cards, and convert old film to more modern formats. In addition, the team’s video archivists can transfer media from formats such as VHS, DV, 8-mm tape, and stone tablets to DVD, helping preserve memories and keep them accessible.
At seven locations throughout Chicagoland and northwest Indiana and several international sister sites, Eivan’s photographers and videographers preserve memories with a fusion of traditional, photojournalistic, and candid styles. The company's photographers capture family and engagement portraits and have earned recognition for their personalized touch at weddings.
They took home a win in the photography category of TheKnot.com's Best of Weddings competition in 2011 and 2012 and earned one of WeddingWire's 2012 Bride's Choice Awards. A crew of professional cinematographers records the details of the big day, adding soundtracks and special effects. With color-correction technology, the filmmakers can brighten up dark footage or blot the red out of the bride's cheeks during the maid of honor's toast.
Hollander’s glass pros fuse glass-manipulating techniques into students’ minds. Simple cutting techniques allow attendees to slice into Dichroic glass, inside which infused bits of metal sparkle and dream of someday becoming a motorcycle. A logical, step-by-step process helps pupils master glass preparations and safety though a series of three projects, learning both the multilevel tack-fusing technique and the thicker full-fusing technique.