I feel this chilly December day calls for some inspiration, don’t you agree? Well lucky for all of us, Bryan Dale sent over a shoot so stunning you might even forget about the temps outside. It’s filled to the brim with lovely florals from StemLine Creative and drool-worthy table decor from Two Sisters Event , so it’s safe to say after taking a peek at this gallery, your day will surely be inspired. See it all here.

From Bryan DaleFor this shoot we were inspired by Chicago’s skyline. We began by seeking out romantic corners of the city for our couple to celebrate their love. Through the hustle and bustle, crowds, noise and towers of steel, Chicagoans and those who love the city always manage to find surprising places of privacy, comfort and style. We began at Saint Mary of the Lake on the North Side which provides an Old World, European charm, and the perfect setting for these lovers to share a meal. We wanted the shoot to convey the elegance of the city, so we styled the groom in a classic, fitted tux with peaked lapels, provided by Bonobos of Chicago, and the bride in several stunning dresses from Macherie Bridal Boutique.

The sweetheart table was inspired by the harsh angles of the city skyline contrasted with the softness of new love. Heavy brushed metal silverware mixed with metal vases, and metallic splashed mercury glass, is offset by the assortment of white chocolates, white chocolate truffles, and Mexican Wedding Cakes (the small butter cookies dusted in powdered sugar), as well as the soft blush table overlay. We used this overlay instead of a runner to give the table some soft color while allowing us to retain the big city formality that a floor-length, white tablecloth provides. The vases and candles, which formed a runner of sorts that filled the middle and length of the table, were made from different kinds of glass and metals that varied in dimension, mimicking the city that towered around us. We were able to create a similar effect with the place settings and chocolates as well. The height and texture of the different plates and glassware, the metallic charger, and the arrangement of chocolates and cookies all helped to provide texture and dimension to the skyline we were creating. Finally, the ornate-backed, dark wood chairs tied the elegant table together with the backdrop of the old stone cathedral.

Where else to finish the shoot off than an amazing panorama of the city’s skyline at sunset? We shot from the rooftop patio of a private residence right in the heart of the city. It was important for us to find a location that was right in the city, not just viewing the skyline from outside of town. Looking out from one side of the patio provided views of Lake Michigan and Millennium Park, while turning the opposite way showed off the two iconic antenna of the Willis (Sears) tower, one of the tallest buildings in the United States. Our couple drank a sparkling rosé, which again helped to add a soft contrast to the rigid city skyline while portraying the elegance of Chicago with their classic gold rimmed champagne coupes; the best way to end a beautiful day in the big city.

Photography: Bryan Dale | Flowers: StemLine Creative | Bridal Gowns: MaCherie Bridal Boutique | Church: St. Mary of the Lake | Furniture Rentals: Aged Vintage Rentals | Table Decor: Two Sisters Events | Tuxedo: Bonobos

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