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Classic Magnificent Mile Engagement

With a bottle of bubbly in hand this perfect pair brought along Katherine Salvatori Photography as they roamed the city the live in and love. The magnificent mile proves to the be the perfect starting point, a beautiful skyline that beckons sweet kisses and starry eyes. See it all in the gallery!

From Katherine Salvatori PhotographyJackie and Ben met through friends almost four years ago, and were engaged this past June! Ben brought Jackie to a private boat in Chicago’s Belmont Harbor for the proposal (so romantic!), so when it came to their engagement pictures it was a no brainer that we would take them in the city they live in and love. The magnificent mile was the perfect starting location, right in the hub of city life with the beautiful river. After walking around downtown for a bit, we headed over to North Avenue Beach for some champagne and gorgeous skyline views! Jackie and Ben exude style, I absolutely love their classic look (and that RING!!). These two are over the moon for each other, their smiles and Jackie’s adorable giggle says it all. I can’t wait for their wedding next October!

Photography: Katherine Salvatori Photography

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Elegant Emerald + Gold Wedding Inspiration

What do you get when you combine the luxurious shades of emerald and gold, a stunning halter-style silk shantung gown (it even has pockets!!), and an amazing team of vendors?! This vintage-tinged wedding inspiration shoot, that just happened to be shot at one of our favorite venues ever, the Chicago History Museum. Lucky for us, Emilia Jane captured every last stunning moment for us, right here!


From Clover EventsWhen I teamed up with Emilia Schobeiri of Emilia Jane Photography and Alyssa Kahle of Alyssa Kristin, we knew one thing for certain: we wanted to do a late fall inspiration shoot at the iconic Chicago History Museum that incorporated a mix of neutral colors, brought to life with a bold pop of emerald green.

We emphasized our interpretation of classic beauty using the Chicago History Museum as the perfect backdrop to blend new and old. Erin McDonald of Platinum Events provided the most beautiful, lush florals in ivory and many shades of green. The florals were complemented by elegant crystal and gold table settings from Hall’s Rentals and luxurious table linens from BBJ Linens. There were so many wonderful textures on our table! And can we talk about the emerald sofa and arm chairs from Bowery & Bash?! These were the ideal finishing touch!

Sarah Drake Design’s invitation suite and menu card offered the perfect modern, neutral accompaniment to the bold pops of emerald. Maddiebird Bakery baked the most elegant, classic ivory cake.

Our stunning bridal model happens to be Natalie Probst of Natalie Probst Photography, who wore the gorgeous silk shantung bridal gown from Alyssa Kristin Designs as if it were custom-made for her. The darling bridesmaids were dressed in taupe and grey gowns from Brideside. All three ladies wore gold and rhinestone jewels from The Left Bank, which evoked the timeless elegance of the Chicago History Museum. Their fabulous hair and makeup were flawlessly done by AJ Schulz and Shannon O’Brien, respectively.

With this all-star vendor line-up we knew this shoot would be everything we had imagined it could be!

Photography: Emilia Jane | Event Planning: Clover Events | Floral Design: Platinum Events | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Cake: Maddiebird Bakery | Invitations: Sarah Drake Design | Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum | Jewelry: The Left Bank | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Brideside | Makeup: Shannon O'Brien MUA | Hair: AJ Schulz | Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Bowery & Bash | Rentals: Hall's Rental

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Glam Gatsby Waldorf Astoria Chicago Wedding

If F. Scott Fitzgerald were writing The Great Gatsby today, he would look to this couple’s big day for inspiration. From the deco stationery and luxe feather-accented florals from Dilly Lily to the beautiful Bride’s gorgeous Lazaro gowns and festive tunes from Toast and Jam, the details of this stunning affair epitomize the Roaring Twenties. Gatsby famously said, “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” And, all the beautiful images from Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema in the gallery prove him right.

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From Ann & Kam Photography & CinemaHave you ever dreamed of the perfect, glamorous, Gatsby-themed downtown affair? Well, Kelly and Joe created exactly that with their amazing wedding at the Waldorf Astoria. Kelly and Joe’s wedding was a stunning event complete with TWO Lazaro dresses, amazing florals by DillyLilly, and run flawlessly by CityGirl Weddings. But really, the most memorable parts of the day are always the people, and this wedding was as full of memorable, emotional moments as it was beauty and glamour.

Kelly was as beautiful and emotional as can be, and Joe was perfectly handsome and dapper. Before the wedding, Kelly had told me about how cute her nieces were, and I have to admit that these two flower girls are among the cutest we have ever seen. The ring bearer was so cute he never made it down the aisle, and the flower girl was so confident that she decided to sit down and pick up her flower petals before taking more than a few steps. Those are the moments that touch are hearts and we will never forget.

Photography: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema | Event Planning: CityGirl Weddings | Floral Design: DillyLilly | Wedding Dresses: Lazaro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Makeup: Nika Vaughan | DJ: Toast And Jam | Wedding Venue: Waldorf Astoria

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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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