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Elegant Downtown Chicago Wedding

With a Bride that can’t stop smiling, stunning blush florals from A Stem Above, leather and lace ‘maids’ dresses, and one of the most covetable pieces of “something blue” we’ve ever seen, this downtown Chicago wedding has it all! Lucky for us, the ever-talented Jacqui Cole Photography was there to capture every last bit of pretty, and shared it all with us right here.

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From Jacqui Cole PhotographyCourtney and Jamie’s wedding was a day full of romance, love and complete joy. Jamie decided to get ready with the Groomsmen at their childhood home. He gifted the Groomsmen an engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label and happily toasted to his future before leaving for the church. Courtney and the Bridesmaids calmly got ready at the Loews Chicago O’Hare. Jamie gifted his Bride-to-be a beautiful pair of diamond earrings, as he wrote in her card, she deserved an upgrade for promising her life to him.

Courtney and Jamie wed at the stunning St Alphonsus, Chicago. It is such a breathtaking church and the perfect backdrop for such a joyful ceremony. We spent some time around the city taking portraits. Courtney opted for a more subtle, elegant backdrop of the Art Institute and I think it complemented her style perfectly! Their reception took place at the Loews Chicago O’Hare. The decor was classic yet romantic, with soft hydrangeas and whimsical blush roses. The couple danced the night away to the David Rothstein Band, who put on a fantastic performance! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Smith! Your wedding was truly an honor to capture and I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: A Stem Above | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Cake Chicago | Ceremony Venue: St Alphonsus | Reception Venue: Loews Chicago | Hair And Makeup: Kristen Repta | Band: David Rothstein | Groom's Attire: Formerly Modern Tuxedo | Bridal Boutique: Bella Bianca

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Industrial Italian Chicago Wedding

We get a lot of amazing stories from brides, but I kind of love when grooms include their little bit too. It’s usually short and sweet, but packed with a whole lotta heart like this one. From his first time meeting his lovely (and absolutely stunning) Bride-to-be, to the sweet at-home coffee mug proposal, they are the cutest. Clary Pfeiffer made sure to snap every moment of their day and you can see it all here.

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From the handsome Groom… At the time we met in March 2012, Erica was working in New York with one of my best friends. They were both in town for work and I tagged along with my friend to a Chicago bar where he and his coworkers were meeting up. I sat next to Erica and became increasingly intrigued by her loveliness (especially after learning that she shared a last name with one of my favorite University of Michigan football players – Tyrone Wheatley).

The following morning I woke up to an email from my friend, who had forwarded me a message from Erica the night before with the subject “Fw: Your Friend”, the body of which simply stated, “Is really cute. Single?”

Erica and I began a long-distance “flirtship” shortly thereafter. We officially began dating about a month later and when she transferred to Chicago for work a few months later, our lives forever became intertwined. The two of us (and my dog and her cat) became inseparable. I proposed to her in November 2013, gently waking her up with a fresh cup of coffee in a new mug with my the initial of my last name on it and a ring loosely tied to the handle by a pink ribbon. That evening Erica and I dined at our favorite Chicago restaurant, Balena, which, even before we knew it, started us down the path of creating a vision for our wedding.

From the beautiful Bride… Jonathan and I wanted our wedding day to be intimate, warm, but above all else, fun. The team from Estera Events helped us come up with an “Industrial Italian” theme, inspired by our recent trip to Italy, our shared love of travel and our favorite Chicago restaurant, Balena.

We chose Gallery 1028 in Chicago as our venue because of its rustic exposed brick and weathered wooden beams. The venue evoked memories of walking through Tuscan villages on our trip the previous year. Estera Events worked with Fleur to infuse fresh herbs into all elements of the floral décor, including hand-tying sprigs of rosemary to each placecard, incorporating fresh sage and bay leaves into each centerpiece and incorporating olive branches and seeded eucalyptus into my bouquet. Each table shared the name of a town we had visited together (Rome, Reykjavik, San Francisco, etc.) and was marked by an Instagram picture from our trips. Our guest book was a collection of vintage postcards, which our guests used to share travel stories, advice, love and best wishes.

Spencer from Style Matters spun fun tracks throughout the night, ensuring we and our guests never left the dance floor. Clary Pfeiffer Photography and Emily Hard Films each captured the warmness, love, laughter and fun that permeated the day. Our memories from that uncharacteristically warm and gorgeous day in September will live forever through Clary’s exceptional photographs and Emily’s touching video.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videography: Emily Hard Films | Event Design: Estera Events | Coordination: Estera Events | Floral Design: Fleur | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo - Monarch Gown | Invitations: Ruby The Fox | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN - Ainsley In Sapphire | Catering: Calihan Catering | Lighting: Studio AG | DJ: Style Matters | Wedding Venue: Gallery 1028 | Rentals : Re:find Joy

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Elegant University Club of Chicago Wedding

Chicago just might be my favorite hidden gem of all the cities out there, not always thought of, but always guaranteed a good time. And much like this classic wedding, held at the city’s University Club, it’s understated elegance speaks volumes and shines brightly. Averyhouse captured it all so we too can fall in love with every delightful detail, big and small, all right here in this gallery.

From AveryhouseIt’s not all too often that we get to photograph a couple that has known each other since childhood. After spending an entire day with both Kate and Kevin’s families we can see where this amazing couple gets their warm, kind, inviting, and adventurous spirits from! We laughed, we cried, we (almost) cut a cake with Kevin’s officer sword. Just kidding! But we really did enjoy all of the special touches that these two incorporated into their wedding day to remember all of the amazing people who were unable to share in the joy of their wedding. We think you can actually feel the big love of this big family considering how it flowed on this very special day!

Photography: Averyhouse | Floral Design: Phillip's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Stationery: Fifth Of Eight Design | Ceremony Venue: St. John Of The Cross | Reception Venue: University Club Of Chicago | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anna Elyse | Calligraphy: CT Designs | Band: Don Cagen Orchestra | Jewelry & Hair Piece: Regina B | Lighting Design: Frost Chicago | Photo Booth: Smilebooth

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Glamorous Ballroom Wedding at The Peninsula Chicago

Overflowing with sky-high florals and one magnificent macaron tower, this next ballroom affair is glamorous beyond compare. And with paper goods a la Elizabeth Grace setting the tone, you know the Big Day was filled with plenty of pretty. From their cityscape portraits to the sweet and sentimental ceremonyArtisan Events has it all waiting for you in this gorgeous gallery.

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From Artisan EventsThis gorgeous couple, Rashelle and Marino, could not have picked a more perfect backdrop for their stunning, glamorous summer wedding. The Peninsula Chicago was beautiful as always, especially decked out with sky-high florals and all of the beautiful touches that made this day so special. And, did we mention the macaron tower?!? Amazing! Thank you for having us, Rashelle and Marino!

Photography: Artisan Events | Videography: Xpress Video Productions | Event Planning: Lisa Zimbler Of Lisa Zimbler Events | Floral Design: HMR Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Elizabeth Grace | Ceremony Venue: The Peninsula Chicago | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Lighting: FROST | DJ: DJ Sultan | Transportation: Windy City Limousine | Music: Ron Bedal Orchestra

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Romantic Chicago Wedding with Billowy Tulle Dresses

Sometimes it’s what happens between the celebrations that catch our eye. Like when this perfect pair carved out a fleeting moment to relish their newly acquired titles in a garden filled with blooms. And with averyhouse behind the lens, every heartfelt second was captured while Toast And Jam set the scene for their reception arrival, more here!

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From averyhouse…  A true fairy tale wedding is what comes to mind when we think of Maribeth and Tim’s big day. With Tim getting ready at his home and his lovely bride to be getting ready at the GORG Thompson Hotel, we couldn’t help but smile at how ridiculously excited everyone was. We’ll also be the first to admit that there’s no such thing as too much tulle when it comes to 1) wedding dresses and 2) flower girl dresses. Not only was Maribeth able to incorporate beautiful shades of light pink and blush into her shoes and jewelry, but the soft colors she chose paired perfectly with her ceremony at St. Mary of the Angels.

Sometimes, as photographers, we have to remind ourselves to just take a step back and let things happen. As Maribeth headed up the church steps to greet her future groom that’s exactly what happened and we gushed when Maribeth told us it was one of her favorite images from the day. With as busy as a wedding day can be, it’s so great when we see a couple carve out a fleeting moment of alone time like Maribeth and Tim did for themselves in Lincoln Park after the ceremony. If you find yourself creating a timeline for your wedding day that seems less than ideal, make sure to revisit what points in the day you can slow down and take it all in like these two did!

Guests were greeted at Gallery 1028 by a postcard guest book and an Instax camera (let the selfies begin!) which was a really fun surprise for those expecting your typical guest book. If the picturesque and eclectic vibe (ahem, did you see their sweets table??) of this beautiful reception was what Maribeth and Tim were going for, then we couldn’t be more enthralled. Well done you two.

Photography: averyhouse | Event Design: Christine Janda Design & Events | Event Planning: Christine Janda Design & Events | Floral Design: Christine Janda Design & Events | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Of The Angels | Reception Venue: Gallery 1028 | Catering: Calihan Catering | DJ: Toast And Jam | Paper Goods: LBrown Design & Paperie

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