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Elegant Summer Wedding at Armour House

Fresh wedding ideas get my heart racing and the thought of a champagne brunch reception, with a little Southern charm tossed in, and I’m sold. Held at the gorgeous Armour House outside of Chicago, this summertime fete has me absolutely swooning – and taking notes. Two Birds Photography worked their magic and I’m adding pocketed gowns, orchids and historic mansions to my list of favorites immediately.

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From Gail at GZ Weddings & Special Events… Lauren and Brian were married on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the historic Armour House on the grounds of Lake Forest Academy in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

Their ceremony was held outdoors on a beautiful, sunny morning. Lauren’s dream was to have a wedding and reception on a estate that was similar to the look of a southern plantation. Their event included many traditions that described good ole’ southern charm since Lauren’s family is originally from New Orleans.

Their reception immediately followed and included those southern details such as shrimp & grits, and chicken & biscuit benedicts on their brunch buffet! Their “Champagne Brunch Reception” was accompanied by music from the Elmhurst College Jazz Band who played popular tunes from the roaring 20′s and classics that everyone enjoyed.

Lauren’s wedding gown was something right off of a southern plantation! She wanted it to look simple yet elegant for their morning wedding.

The plants and centerpieces that helped achieve the look of an outdoor garden reception were brought in and created by the mother of the bride.

Photography: Two Birds Photography | Event Coordinator: GZ Weddings & Special Events | Floral Design: Stems Chicago | Cake: Poppies | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Armour House | Music: Elmhurst College Jazz Quartet

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Classic Candlelit Lake Forest Wedding

Give me a classic soiree doused in blush pink and you’ll have one happy wedding blogger on your hands. Said wedding? This candlelit beauty from Heather Cook Elliott. With so many family legacies layered in, including the Bride sewing pieces of family members’ wedding dresses into her own and wearing her Groom’s Grandmother’s Tiffany earrings, this gallery is overflowing with traditional elegance at it’s best.

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From Heather Cook ElliottOh where to start. As I look back on Katelyn and John’s wedding day I am flooded with adjectives – elegant, romantic, classic, traditional, sweet, lovely – and yet none of them seems quite enough. Their wedding day was the complete, real deal package, the kind of wedding day that manages to be perfectly beautiful but feels easy, wonderfully traditional but still fun. It starts with Lake Forest, a little seemingly magical place 30 miles north of Chicago where small town luxuries include great beaches, boutique shopping and an elegant family oriented Club called Onwentsia. With majestic willows on its golf course and century old brick architecture to boast of, Onwentsia is the place where John’s parents celebrated their wedding and where John played as a kid. Its close to his family home and close to his heart, and now its close to Katelyn’s too.

So many family details were incorporated into the day it was easy to see that though it all came together as uber-stylish and very “pinnable”, their day was honestly about celebrating their family legacies. John wore his grandfather’s tux studs, Katie his grandmother’s Tiffany earrings; Katie sewed fabric from family wedding dresses embroidered with wedding dates into her own dress and she wore a now-heirloom veil that other women in her family have worn. They said I Do at John’s family church and celebrated at Onwentsia, riding to and fro in a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Sedan restored by Katie’s late Grandpa Robert as a replica of his first car. Katie’s dad hauled the burgundy stunner from her hometown in Indiana and all the men in her family decorated “Old Bob” on the day of the wedding, a stunning tribute to tradition and family that I adored. The pictures say more than my words can ever hope to, so without further ado, enjoy a peek into Katelyn’s & John’s stunningly beautiful wedding day.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott | Florist: McNamara Florist | Reception Venue: Onwentsia Club | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair: The Salon, LTD | Band: Shout Out | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Shop (Dress & Veil): Nancy's Bridal Boutique | Bride's Dress: Casablanca | Bride's Earrings: Tiffany's | Bride's Hairpiece: Nancy's Bridal Boutique | Cake & Sweets: Three Tarts Bakery | Custom Logo And Decor: Rosemari Herbert / McNamara | Groom's Tuxedo: Brooks Brothers | Paper : Ghega Scolari With Cartabella | Robes: Natori

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Elegant Outdoor Wedding at Shoreacres Country Club

Ladies and Gents, get your pinterest boards ready – because this elegant affair captured by Julia Franzosa Photography is overflowing with steal-worthy ideas. Planned beautifully by SQN Events and filled to the brim with florals so pretty by Molly Flavin you won’t even believe they are real, I can promise you’ll want to pin every single image in this gallery. See what I mean here.

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From Julia Franzosa PhotographyTheir love for each other is amazingly contagious and their surrounding family and friends shared in the joy of their wedding. Alex and Nicolas’ are one of those once-in-a-lifetime loves. It was incredibly fitting that their wedding was nothing short of a fairytale wedding! The wedding was held in August and was absolutely breathtaking. The ceremony was held in the backyard of the bride’s parents’ home in Lake Forest, IL (with the most impeccable landscaping), beneath a willow tree, trimmed to perfection to serve as the arch under which the bride, groom, and officiant stood. (The officiant is the bride’s brother, a professor of literature at Smith).

The wedding then moved to Shoreacres Country Club in Lake Bluff. The Club is located on Lake Michigan and the lake truly looks like an infinity pool as it is so close to the terrace on which cocktails were held.

We progressed to the Club’s dining room for a delectable dinner, complete with an amuse bouche composed of morel mushrooms the brides’ parents curated themselves.

After dinner, guests retired to a tent that was stunningly decorated, featuring several seating vignettes and a dramatic lattice with greenery and orchids suspended from the tent’s ceiling over the dance floor.

From The Bride…I had so many favorite parts of the day it is so hard to just pick one!! Aside from actually saying our vows a few of my favorites moments were:

*Sending love notes back and forth with Nicolas throughout the day
*Standing with my mom and dad in our dining room waiting for the ceremony to start. It was just such a special moment between the three of us.
*Celebrating with my family in the kitchen immediately after.

Photography: Julia Franzosa Photography | Event Planning: SQN Events - Beth Bernstein | Floral Design: Molly Flavin | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Ceremony Venue: Lake Forest Estate | Reception Venue: Shoreacres | Catering: Shoreacres | Hair: Livia Caporale | Band: SWAY Chicago | Grooms Attire: Indochino | Makeup: Andie Cumber

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