It’s crazy how amazing a traditional wedding in Chicago can truly be.  It’s almost like you Windy City lovebirds possess a special “classic wedding” gift (seriously), one that’s shining brighter than ever in this gorgeous Ritz-Carlton affair.  A fairytale stunner from start to finish, it’s beautiful blooms from Phillips Florist meets a stunning Anne Barge gown meets all kinds of lovely from Julia Franzosa.  See it all here.

And a little something special from XO Pictures?  Yes, please.


From Julia Franzosa… This was an absolutely stunning wedding at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago with a beautifully down-to-earth couple. Michael and Jodi made all of the wedding decisions together but the most important thing for them was “to feel the love and happiness and be able to read their self-written vows to one-another.

The wedding was elegant but still low-key and beautiful within the fabulous ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton. Their ceremony took place under a simple white draped chuppah in front of their closest friends and family. It was important for them to keep some traditional aspects to their wedding but they also wanted to be able to connect before their ceremony. We set up a “first look, no look” so they could hold hands and talk for a few moments just the two of them.

After the ceremony, we took family portraits in front of the chuppah while the guests enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour. The bridal party ventured outside in the chilly Chicago weather for a few photos.

The reception also took place in the grand ballroom with mixes of golds, purples and greens. After the introductions they cut their cake followed by the traditional dances. The best father dance I have been a part of, was to Bob Marley. It was adorable! Michael and Jodi danced the night away and are one of the most genuine couples I have ever had the privilege of working with.

Photography: Julia Franzosa | Videographer: XO Pictures | Floral Design: Phillip's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Cake Chicago | Hair and Makeup: Samara Toby | Ceremony and Reception: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | DJ and Band: One Night Band