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Glamorous Culinary Chicago Wedding

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. This Chicago fête? It’s got a little of everything. A show-stopping venue like The James Hotel? Check! A sparkling Jenny Packham gown? Check! A foodie feast at The Publican? Check! Tunes a la Toast And Jam? Check! Elle Rose Photo captured what can only be described pure glamour, and I can’t help but come back to the gallery for a second serving here.

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From Elle Rose PhotoBen and Claire live in Shanghai, but are both from Chicago and planned a gorgeous, food lovers wedding in the urban Fulton Market District of Chicago. What a visually stunning, and wildly fun wedding this was. There was glamour, heartfelt speeches, urban backdrops, huge smiles, sweaty dance moves, tons of love, and some sparklers to cap it all off. Oh – and food. SO much amazing food! I was seriously impressed that they were able to plan this wedding from around the globe! I loved getting to be apart of this intimate + personal wedding, and photographing the day as it unfolded was so great.

Claire wore a killer Jenny Packham dress, the Esme, and the whole day was flanked with amazing florals by Cornelia McNamara. Ben was dapper as ever in his custom Navy suit. The favors were sake glasses that came in small bags that were made by Claire’s mother from old kimono dresses that she hand carried over from Japan.

Their wedding program was the greatest idea ever – completely original. They made their wedding program, you know those cards/papers people hand out in church to say who is in the wedding, who is reading, and all that info – only they made a book. That was pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It opened with the standard ceremony layout, then got into the bridal party. Each bridal party member had a page of their own with an interesting fact, and some awesome drawings around a picture of them. Then at the back of the book was a list of every guest that attended and a fun/interesting/ridiculous fact about them in their native language!

The reception and food were held and taken care of at The Publican Chicago. They wanted their pictures to represent them, not be overly “gushy” and so show off the urban backdrop of the Fulton Market area.

Photography: Elle Rose Photo | Wedding Coordinator: Matchmade Events | Floral Design: Cornelia McNamara | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | DJ: Toast And Jam | Church: St. Mary Of Celle | Hair Piece: Twigs & Honey | Hair Salon: Zazu Salon Gold Coast | Hotel: ACME | Hotel: The James Hotel | Restaurant: The Publican

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Contemporary Salvage One Wedding

It only takes one look at these gorgeous images from Tim Tab Studios to see that duo easily falls into the soulmate category. Their wedding was a combination of love and beautiful touches from the Bride, her mother and Amy Stockbridge, and the result? Well, with Pollen Floral Design blooms and a Vera Wang gown, lets just say I’m sure to remember this gallery forever.

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From the Bride… Tommy and I met through friends five years ago, moved in together a year after that, and have loved each other since the beginning. Tommy is a metalhead loving butcher and I am a vegetarian paralegal, and together we form a very happy union.

The wedding planning process was a super fun and exciting time for both of us. We had a vision from the day we got engaged: laid back, natural, and super fun. My mom helped a ton with finding vendors who fit our vision for our wedding and our planning process was super fun.

Tommy and I made every decision together from food to flowers to escort cards. Loved ones from both sides of the family helped personalize the day, from the guestbook, to stringing up the escort cards, to the homemade chuppah, to the memory cards for guests to fill out and the homemade fans that Tommy slaved over until the day before the wedding. Planning the event was definitely a labor of love. 

Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Coordinator: Amy Stockbridge | Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Bittersweet | Invitations: F.U.N Cards And Gifts | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Food For Thought | DJ: Toast And Jam | Alterations: Julia Needleman | Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Wedding Venue: Salvage One

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Romantic Warehouse Wedding At Ravenswood Event Center

I always recommend warehouses to my engaged girlfriends. You can literally do anything, transform them into any scene. And this wedding at the Ravenswood Event Center proves my point perfectly. As someone who planned countless weddings for others already, this bride knew what she was doing when she crafted her own. Jordan Quinn captured it all and this gallery is popping with Pinterest-worthy ideas!

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From The Bride… I crept through the dimly lit stairwell I had led hundreds of brides up before, in my big white dress, stepping softly in my shiny flats. As the general manager of this intimate, exposed warehouse, I had coordinated more weddings here than I could count. I’d seen every great idea, every example of commitment, every celebration of love. Six years and six months after my first day of work at the Ravenswood Event Center, the best day ever had finally arrived. It was MY wedding.

All of the stress and anxiety that I usually feel for my couples met me on my special day. But with each step, I was getting closer to my friends, my family, my colleagues, and my husband.

As I reached the top, I was greeted with the familiar scent of the cologne Dave had worn on our first date and the proud smile I had so recently cracked during our first look. I held my grandmother’s brooch tightly around a blush bouquet, and walked down the aisle of the Atrium to meet him.

Our officiant began by sharing our love story, one that was 15 years in the making. After a series of traditions, vows of commitment and life changing questions, we spoke directly to one another. Making promises to understand each others’ wants, admirations, love, and to spend the rest of our lives side-by-side. The homespun location and our family, our friends and our humble vendors who have become friends, in the crowd made every minute of that day unforgettable and so, so beautiful.

I remembered the last journal entry I wrote to him on April 11th, how fast 24 hours can pass, anticipating every one of the 365 passage and doodles he put to paper during the last year of our engagement. I thought ahead to our one year anniversary, where we will open the bottle of red we had picked during one of our many winery adventures and read the letters we wrote to each other on our wedding day.

As we walked our guests down the cracked sidewalk to the ordinary hallway I walk through every morning, I lost my breath at the enchantment, the candles and the transformation. I broke bread with our head chef, swung around the dance floor with my florist, and surprised my husband, not with the 16ft farm table of desserts, but the small, perfect Marine cake I secretly ordered to honor his time serving our country.

Every weekend, I cross my heart and hope for a clear blue sky. I fluff white, ruffled dresses, and am so satisfied when I can give my brides everything they had hoped for on their wedding day. But nothing will ever fill me like the generosity, the love and the hard work I received from those around me on my day. For every one of the candles suspended in the air, for every stem outlining the entrance into my reception, for every bite of our delicious dinner, I am truly grateful for all of those who made our special day an honest labor of love.

Photography: Jordan Quinn Photography | Floral Design: Anna Held Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen Couture | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | DJ: Cage And Aquarium | Officiant: Jarrod Of Rev It Up! | Cake And Cupcakes: Molly's Cupcakes | Cake Topper & Chair Signs: BHLDN | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Ravenswood Event Center | Donuts: Glazed & Infused | Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Groom's Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery | Groomsmen Photography Location: Revolution Brewery | Makeup And Hair: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry | Signage: Purple Peony Couture

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