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Rustic French Country Wedding in Chicago at Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft

We’ve seen a lot of stunning Chicago weddings come across our screens, but this beauty from Cristina G Photography really stands out. It has that classic city elegance we love about the fêtes that come from Chicago mixed with some lovely rustic details just to shake things up a bit. Add in some picture perfect florals from A Stem Above, and ladies and gents, we have a winner on our hands. See it all here.

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Summer
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From Cristina G PhotographyA rustic chic wedding with beautiful skyline views of the city, farm tables and all white flowers. An elegant Monique Lhuillier dress, navy blue Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses, Jimmy Choo heels and a whole lot of pretty! It is a wedding that will inspire you to put your dancing shoes on, hire a great band and have a New York style reception! It has definitely convinced me that New York style receptions are the most fun you could have at a wedding!

Laura and Mike’s wedding was elegant and simple, yet sophisticated and chic. Their exposed brick with wood beams venue matched the rustic theme perfectly. It was quiet and a little ways away from downtown Chicago, but offered unparalleled views of the city skyline.

The guests made their way in just before the clouds gathered over the city and the rain started to fall. Inside the room, beautiful French Country chairs and white freshly picked flowers lined the candlelit aisle. After a short, but heartfelt ceremony cocktail hour awaited with a full bar and miniature passed hors d’oeuvres.

The dinner reception welcomed guests directly onto the dance floor. The lively band made sure no one stayed seated for too long in between courses. A New York style reception is probably the best entertainment you could offer your guests at a wedding! Sprinkled with a few toasts and the couple’s formal dances, the guests danced the night away alongside the newlyweds!

Photography: Cristina G Photography | Wedding Planner: BCR Events | Floral Design: A Stem Above | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft | Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Blue Plate | Band: Rendezvous | Paper Goods: Magnificent Milestones

Jenny Yoo and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Jenny Yoo, A Stem Above and Cristina G Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Romantic Outdoor Wedding at Bull Valley Golf Club

For these two college friends turned lifelong loves, a day surrounded by the beauty and romance of Bull Valley Golf Club sounded about as perfect as could be. And it was made even more so by a layer of peonies and other pink pretties by Twisted Stem and a day captured so beautifully by Jacqui Cole Photography. Check out the full gallery for even more!

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Elegant

From Jacqui Cole Photography… Lauren and Tyler really created their wedding day around their own personalities. The entire day was full of emotion! From their first look, the moments before walking down the aisle to the small glances they stole at each other during speeches. Every moment was such a joy to capture! Lauren and Tyler have this visible connection where they always seems to be on the same wavelength, just knowing what the other is thinking . They are two of the sweetest, down to earth and goofy people I know! It was so amazing to be able to document the start of their lives together and so incredibly happy that these two wonderful people are now husband and wife!

From The Bride…Tyler and I met in high school (but we weren’t high school sweethearts!). His group of friends and my girlfriends all became friends. While we never had any interest in each other at that time, our group of mutual friends allowed us to stay in touch into college. I was throwing a party at the end of sophomore year at my apartment when our friend, Tony, asked if he could bring Tyler. I said yes and, well – the rest is history! We were inseparable.

How we picked Bull Valley is a funny story. When we talked about getting married, neither of us ever thought we would do the “traditional big wedding.” We always imagined a destination wedding with a small group of family and friends – or even going to the courthouse. However, I grew up just a few miles from Bull Valley Golf Club and my dad (a huge golfer) had always loved it so we decided to take a look. The result? We were blown away. Everything about Bull Valley is absolutely breathtaking. They were in the process of completely revamping the outdoor patio and we knew it would be absolutely wonderful. We didn’t look anywhere else and booked it on the spot!

Choosing our colors was easy (pink/black/silver). It was a spring wedding and I love pink! There are so many ways to make it tasteful for a formal event. Tyler wasn’t thrilled at first, so we ended up using pink more as an accent rather than a main color to keep it boy-friendly (flowers, ties, etc). My favorite part of the day has to be the first look photo session. Having that moment alone before the ceremony for me and Tyler to see each other was incredible. I think he would agree. We could both react naturally and have no distractions from a crowd. Not to mention it made for some stellar photos! He looked so dapper!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: Twisted Stem | Wedding Dress: Volles Bridal | Cake: Oakmill Bakery | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair And Makeup: Blush Salon | DJ: Music In Motion | Venue: Bull Valley Golf Club

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Garden Wedding in Monticello, IL at Allerton Park

Inspired by a Liberty of London print, this Bride and her talented team of vendors created a vision of wedding filled to the brim with style and elegance. The gorgeous images from Wright Photographs paint the prettiest of pictures of their perfect day, and it’s all waiting for you here

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Summer
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Park
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From The Bride…The story of our love is one of travel, distance, and… shall we say “savoring the flavors of life”. After a romantic proposal under the nighttime stars on the shores of Lake Sara, and 6 years of dating, we began planning our wedding. Our love of travel has brought us to many beautiful and romantic places that have left imprints on our hearts. It was important to us that through our wedding, we told the story of our love through atmosphere, food, and drink. Though our dream was to return to an estate in the French countryside for our wedding, our large and in turn, relatively immobile, families gave us new inspiration to bring our travels to them. As an artist and a maker, I knew the journey could be captured in careful, refined details.

Both my husband and I are native to the state of Illinois, him to central Illinois and I to Chicago. After investigating many venues in both locations we chose Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. The park is an old estate surrounded by beautiful European-inspired gardens, carved sculptures, thick woods, and lush cornfields – a unique mix of our favorite locations. Our ceremony took place in the Sunken Garden on a cloudless September afternoon. To bring the aroma of France, and to allow the natural beauty of the garden to shine, we kept the space simple; only supplementing it at the beginning and end of the aisle with blue ceramic urns full of fragrant rosemary, lavender, and thyme and by lining the aisle and stairs with white petals. We hand selected the music and songs with our band, who doubled as an acoustic three piece orchestra, as well as worked with our officiant, J. Sain, to design the perfect spiritual ceremony. After the ceremony, guests walked through the gardens to the Koi Pond Terrace outside the mansion where the staff was waiting with trays of sparkling drinks and hors d’ouerves inspired by our travels. After cocktails, guests descended into the oak-gilded 19th century mansion, filled with evening sun. As they passed the impassable dessert table filled with a variety of treats like bite-sized s’mores cupcakes, passionfruit macaroons, and bacon brownie bites from Cream & Flutter, they entered the main gallery. Dinner tables were set with pristine white tablecloths, navy blue napkins, and stunning garden-inspired floral arrangements by Fleurish in a mix of glass vases and handmade wooden boxes Ian and I created from French wine crates. A stickler for clean, simple design, and the endless pursuit of “timeless” I supplemented the tables with menus, table numbers, and placecards of my own design alongside mercury glass and other eclectic votives filled with candles and more flowers.

While we never officially decided on wedding colors, a Liberty of London floral print became the cornerstone that brought our palette of blues, pale greens, and touch of sparkle together. We sought old world elegance in our attire. Ian and his groomsmen wore midnight blue suits from Macy’s and bowties in the Liberty of London print made by the talented hands of Andrea at Pomp and Ceremony. My bridesmaids wore Amsale crinkle chiffon dresses in slate, accessorized by silver and gold hydrangea earrings (which I made especially for them!) and white freshwater pearls. My attired consisted of a San Patrick traditional lace gown, birdcage veil, Julianne Hough for Sole Society wedges, and an antique silk clutch embroidered with Czech glass beads given to me for this special occasion by an aunt. To add a final old world touch to the ensemble, I wore the diamond studded Victorian inspired earrings Ian gave me the night before as a wedding gift.

The end result was a night to remember – filled with so many special memories. Wright Photographs did an amazing job capturing the fun of the night, grandeur of the mansion, and many of the details we created to make the day truly ours.

Photography: Wright Photographs | Floral Design: Fleurish | Bride's Shoes: Julianne Hough for Nordstroms | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Band: Underwater People | Groom's Shoes: Florsheim  | Officiant: Marrying Reverend | Bridal Gown: San Patrick for Wolsfelt's Bridal | Bridal Veil: Gilded Shadows | Bride's Earrings: Miadora | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Anne Fiala | Ceremony & Reception : Allerton Park | Ceremony Cards: Anne Fiala | Dad's Bowties: J. Crew | Dessert: Cream & Flutter | Groom & Groomsmen Bowties: Pomp & Ceremony | Groom's Socks: Macy's | Men's Wear: Bar III for Macy's | Table Decor & Planters: Anne Fiala | Wedding Rings: Anne Fiala

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