With the help of Bespoke Photobooths, cheek-to-cheek smiles, fish faces, and festive smooches are captured instantly, allowing them to be splayed across refrigerators and photo books as mementos of happy gatherings. Suit-garbed attendants stand by and welcome up to six guests into the spacious photo booths, where partygoers can don an array of novelty props and pose before an LCD screen. Immediately following the camera flash, the booths kick out strips of color or black-and-white photos, with borders bearing custom text or dates marking weddings, birthday parties, and obedience-school reunions. The company can also arrange keepsakes such as photo books and DVDs for the hosts as a permanent reminder of their special day.
The Uptown Shop is stocked with a mélange of whimsical clothing, bridal gifts, high-quality Trollbeads, and Vera Bradley products. Festoon a forearm with a Vera Bradley Emma bag ($35), a floral-patterned wristlet ($27), or procure a pattern-print Zip ID case ($12) with a front ID window to quickly show that you're of age to purchase Skittles. Bestow brides with gorgeous gifts such as a Seda France pagoda candle ($32) or a 5-ounce Trapp Private Garden candle ($20). The Brighton charming world necklace ($42) and Jay Strongwater starfish charm ($125) festoon necks, and cardigans and skirts garb golems in preparation for middle-school science fairs.
The keen-eyed photographers at Artistic Portraits have worked their mastery of visual media for more than three decades. They ignite their flair for creative, artistically expressive images inside a high-end, professionally lit studio that yields shots brushed with soft textures and pastel hues or bright, glossy group portraits ready to adorn the den or desk.
Two-time Olympian, three-time national champion, author, recording artist, and reality-TV star Johnny Weir leads a pack of accomplished skaters through a parade of blade-bending numbers. Silver medalist Brandon Mroz, bronze medalist Ashley Wagner, and many other world-class rink carvers join Weir in executing mesmerizing spin sits and crisply landed salchows. Weir will then skate with 100 local youths from the Chicago area to encourage the aspirations of future figure skaters and Siberian traffic cops. Each ticket redeemed with today's Groupon (a $40 value) comes with one autographed photo of the multitalented skate star so that Johnny junkies don’t have to get his image tattooed on the inside of their eyelids (up to a $30 value). Portions of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross to aid disaster-relief efforts in Japan.