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Romantic Winter Wedding in Chicago

There are about a million reasons this sweet Chicago affair is awesome, but I’ll start with the obvious: it’s crazy pretty.  From the luxe champagne and blush hues to that beautiful bouquet from Joseph Events to the freshly fallen snow adding just the right touch of romance to the proceedings, this, my friends, is elegant with a capital E.  See it all captured by Jacqui Cole Photography right here in the full gallery.

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From Jacqui Cole PhotographyEvery bride dreams of snow flakes falling on her winter wedding day. On November 15th, 2014 Crystal and Eric had the first snowfall of the year – on their big day!

Their wedding day was elegant and romantic. Crystal’s colors were champagne gold and neutrals with a touch of blush in the beautiful florals. Crystal and the bridesmaids got ready at her mother’s house, which made for incredibly beautiful bridal portraits! Crystal’s daughter, Riley, was the junior maid-of-honor. The sweet getting ready moments between mother and daughter were some of my favorites of the entire day.

For the ceremony Crystal wore a lace, off the shoulder bolero. The ceremony included traditions from Eric’s German heritage and Crystal’s Mexican heritage. At the reception, just after the speeches were finished, we noticed the snow flakes falling outside. The brave couple didn’t hesitate to head into the cold for some of the most romantic images I have every captured. I am truly blessed to have captured such a beautiful day for this wonderful Mr. and Mrs.!

From the Beautiful Bride… Eric and I met through a mutual friend during the summer of 2009. We dated for four years before getting engaged in Aspen, Colorado on September 19, 2013. With a secret photographer there to capture the moment, Eric planned out everything perfectly and proposed in front of the Maroon Bells.

When we started planning our November wedding we really wanted to keep it elegant and romantic, with a neutral color scheme and a few rustic touches. Classic black Vera Wang tuxes for the groomsmen, champagne and nude colored dresses for the bridesmaids, and touches of blush in the flowers. With my name being Crystal and Eric being a carpenter, I incorporated some crystals and different wood ideas throughout the reception decor.

We chose Concorde Banquets in Kildeer for a number of reasons. Between the delicious cuisine, the elegant decor, top notch service and professionalism from the owner John, we knew this would be the perfect venue for our wedding reception. When we talked about our priorities for our wedding, we both really just wanted to throw a good party and make sure our guests had a great time. Every vendor we chose was a referral, or was from one of the many weddings we had either stood up in or been guests at. We felt the music would be really important, so we chose a DJ from our friends’  wedding. We had high expectations from John Grammatis and he did not disappoint. He played a perfect mix of old and new, and kept the dance floor packed all  night. We used Joseph’s floral in Libertyville for all of the bouquets and boutonnieres. I had to let go of my original florist three weeks before the wedding, so needless to say I didn’t have much time to meet with Joseph’s. I emailed them only a couple of pictures and when I got to the church and saw my bouquet I couldn’t have been happier to see it was EXACTLY what I wanted. Given the short notice, they were so patient and accommodating.

As far as photography, I knew right away I wanted Jacqui to be there. As a long time family friend, I’ve seen her amazing talent and watched her grow her photography business in such a short time. We have a similar style and I knew she would capture every special moment. You can tell Jacqui loves what she does, she was an absolute joy to have around that day. When she noticed it had starting snowing she pulled us outside to get some shots, and we are so glad she did that because those are by far ours and everyones favorite photos. The unexpected snow set the scene, but she captured one of my favorite moments of the whole night.

Then there was the choreographed dance that Eric and my daughter Riley performed, it was such a fun and emotional moment. To be able to look back at the photos and see their smiles and expressions is just priceless. Also, our guests really enjoyed when the German drum and bugle corps that Eric plays in came out and performed. It was important to us to have all of these personal touches. We loved looking around the room and seeing all of our friends and family there from all over the country, and some family from Mexico and Austria. We felt unbelievably blessed that day, and had the time of our lives!

To future brides, keep in mind what this celebration is really about and try not to let the stress of planning a wedding get to you. Choose what you and your groom like because it is your special day! Take help that is offered to you from friends and family, try not to have a specific vision of how everything will be, and trust that the day will be amazing. Because it will be!!!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: Joseph Events | Cake: Central Continental Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair And Makeup: Avalon Salon | Wedding Venue: Concorde Banquets | Bridal Sash: BHLDN | Bridal Store: Gigi's Closette | Groom And Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse

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Elegant Chicago Wedding from Jenelle Kappe Photography

I’m tucking this fabulously elegant Chicago wedding safely at the top my list of weddings that prove classic soirees will never fail to impress. It’s all made even more impressive when you find out that the gorgeous Bride planned it all herself. Amazing, right? With images from Jenelle Kappe that define picture perfect and not one detail left unnoticed, this gallery is one gorgeous place to be today.

From the Bride...Our wedding was nothing short of gorgeous! I am proud to say that I (the bride) planned 100% of our wedding without a wedding planner and without any details lost. From buying our own table linen and chair sashes to doing some DIY projects….I did it all. Our wedding was everything we wanted plus more. I had visions of what I wanted but never expected our wedding to turn out the way it did. From our traditional catholic church ceremony and release of doves, to our 1958 white Rolls Royce, my bridesmaids blushing pink dress, and our pictures in front of an outdoor movie theatre where they wrote on the marquee “Mr. And Mrs. Woods”. The feel of our wedding was nothing but true elegance with a little bit of old Hollywood.

Photography: Jenelle Kappe Photography | Floral Design: trellis | Wedding Dress: Demetrios | Cake: central continental bakery | Reception Venue: concorde banquets | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Grooms Attire: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Dove Release: White Dove Release | Limo: A Dynasty Limo

Kemper Lakes Golf Club Wedding by Jenna Cole Photography

I think orange and blue just might be my new favorite color combo, because these vibrant hues are SERIOUSLY warming my heart this morning.  In fact, this ENTIRE affair is making me feel all nice and cozy – from the darling bridesmaid frocks to the fabulous florals by Larkspur to the uber-stunning bride and groom, there isn’t a sweet, sweet moment captured Jenna Cole Photography that isn’t absolute PERFECTION.  Yep, I think I’ll spend my Friday soaking in every last ounce of lovely… and, trust me, you should, too.  Join me in the gallery for more.

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From the Bride… After almost five years together, we were married in the Chicago suburbs, at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, surrounded by huge willow trees and next to a beautiful lake. We had been worrying about the weather for the days leading up to the wedding since the forecast was showing a fairly decent chance of rain. As we had planned an outdoor ceremony, we were a bit concerned… The morning of the wedding, we did wake up to rain, but by early afternoon when we were scheduled to start pictures, it luckily stopped and was dry enough that everything could proceed as planned. Our wedding guests told us that the sun came out from behind the clouds right as we were saying our vows.

I would never have been able to pull this wedding off without my mom. She helped me in so many ways, from making trips to Michael’s and Joann Fabrics to helping me spray paint picture frames and letting me vent about whatever silly planning crisis I was going through that week. We DIYed the table numbers, escort cards, labels for the donut favors, programs, menus, bathroom baskets, lots of signage, tags for the flip flops and other things I’m probably forgetting! We tried to incorporate as many personal touches as we could. We had the florist wrap my bouquet with lace from my mom’s wedding dress, and also attached a locket that contained photographs of my two grandparents who had passed away. We used the same cake-cutting knife that my parents had used at their wedding almost 30 years ago. As one of our readings, we had an excerpt of dialogue from the TV show “The Wonder Years.” One of our groomsmen, who is an incredibly talented graphic designer, designed our invitations. Also, during the dancing portion of the evening, we played both of the songs that our parents danced to at their weddings — it was a surprise, and it was so much fun to see their excitement when the songs came on!

There were so many amazing moments throughout the day that it’s hard to pick favorites. Seeing my soon-to-be husband during our first look and FINALLY showing off my dress to him was so exciting. Walking down the aisle, seeing the faces of everyone that we love looking at me, was something I will remember forever. And dancing together to our last song, surrounded by a circle of friends and family, was something I had envisioned since we first got engaged. Overall our wedding surpassed our expectations, and it was such a happy day. Our biggest focus throughout the planning was making sure our guests had a fantastic time, and judging by the feedback, it was a success. Our vendors were all so, so fantastic — we couldn’t have done it without them!

Wedding Photography: Jenna Cole Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois / Florist: Larkspur / Wedding Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery / Officiant: Father Jef Johnson / DJ: Kyle Mosher of Music By Design / Wedding Videography: David Kasdan / Late-Night Mini Donuts: Jimmy’s Bag O’ Donuts / Wedding Dress: La Sposa via Weddings 826 / Dress Alterations: Mary Catomy (847-678-7226) / Bride’s Hair + Makeup: Becky + Maris of Blend Beauty Studio / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri / Bride’s Bracelet: Ann Taylor / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lord & Taylor / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: J.Crew / Invitations: Oh Twenty One / Engagement Ring: Littman Jewelers

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