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WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions. 

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)!the-giveawayWhat: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

How: To enter, go here!

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WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions.

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)! the-giveaway What: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us your why you would love a morning or evening session with the fantastic WASIO photography!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015! *Session must take place in Chicago or mutually agreed location on mutually agreed date. The giveaway includes session time plus eight WASIO Signature Edit high resolution photos. Online gallery will include all of the final images from the session and clients will have the option to purchase prints of additional images or add a USB of all high res images.  

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Elegant Chicago Wedding at the Newberry Library

Classic meets romance in this gorgeous Chicago day and, believe you me, it’s beyond lovely.  From the lush bouquets crafted by K. LA Design to the seriously sweet bride and groom to the heart-stopping Newberry Library setting.  See every breathtaking moment captured by Britta Hundertmark in the full gallery, and a sweet film from Smiling Toad Productions below.  

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From Britta Marie Photography… When I entered the bridal suite I was welcomed by a busy room filled with lovely women preparing to celebrate their friends beginning their life together. As I listened I overheard the mother of the groom and the bride-to-be talking about the groom in the sweetest way; both agreeing that they wish they could be more like him – his kindness, his patience, his ability to see the best in everyone – were just a few of the traits they highlighted as they excitedly segued into discussion about the day.

Before the first look both Gia and Michael separately expressed their anticipation over seeing each other, almost not able to put the words in place but saying that they just were “just so excited!”. Their meeting was filled with tears as they gushed over how much they loved one another, and as Michael took in how beautiful his bride looked.

And then the day began. With the most fun and energetic bridal party out there, we traveled around the city stopping at various landmarks to capture the joy surrounding these two.

The ceremony and reception took place at the historic Newberry Library; a gorgeous backdrop for a romantic, candle lit event.

Gia and Michael spoke the sweetest vows to each other, promising to be forever best friends as they grow old and gray together (there was not a dry eye in the room!). Anita Vaughn, like always delivered a beautiful message of the importance of love and commitment in a marriage, and every couple in the room left feeling a little closer to their significant other.

The party was just that. A huge celebration that lasted well into the night, filled with dancing, heartfelt and hilarious speeches, Ohio Sate University cheers, and sparklers sending these two off on the adventure of life together.

Band: AK Orchestra | Catering: Jewell Events | Ceremony Venue: The Newberry Library | Cocktails & Beverages: Binny's Beverage Depot | Event Planning: Soiree Weddings & Events | Floral Design: K. LA Design | Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson | Hotel: Conrad Hotel | Lighting: MDM Entertainment | Officiant: Anita Vaughn | Photography: Britta Hundertmark | Reception Venue: The Newberry Library | Transportation: Windy City Limousine | Videography: Smiling Toad Productions

Romantic Symphony Hall Summer Wedding

You may recall my enthusiasm for cinematography (here and here), and let me tell you SMP’ers – today is no different. Why? Because Loudbyte Cinematography is at it again. Capturing every sweet moment and moving speech. So, it’s time grab a few tissues because this summer affair is sure to bring a few happy tears to your eyes. Watch the touching tribute below!


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From Loudbyte CinematographyKatie is an event producer for one of Chicago’s top catering companies. In her free time she can be found running, in a yoga class or baking up a storm in the kitchen. She is best known for her chocolate chip banana bread, baklava, and delicious pies.

Austin is a consultant with a leading real estate advisory firm based in Chicago. In his free time, he can be found searching for unique and different ingredients for his next meal, trying a new bourbon, or, of course, hunting for a new bowtie.

Katie and Austin both attended Loyola University in Chicago. Shortly after Austin graduated, they met through mutual friends. One morning they saw each other on the train. A train ride lead to lunch and lunch lead to afternoon of playing hooky from work. Austin knew after that train ride he couldn’t let her go.

Katie and Austin set sail on May afternoon, where Austin holding on, asked Katie to spend the rest of her life with him. Following the boat ride, Austin had told Katie they had a romantic dinner planned. Little to her surprise Austin had invited both of their families for a delicious seafood celebration. Just towards the conclusion of dinner, both Katie and Austin’s closest friends walked in the door and surprised her. The day and evening were full of wonderful celebrations with the most important people in both of our lives. We could not ask for better families and friends. We are truly blessed.

Cinematography: Loudbyte | Photography: Robert Gigliotti | Floral Design: Flower firm | Wedding Dress: Eugenia Couture | Reception Venue: Chicago Symphony Hall | Brides Shoe’s: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Sydel and Sydel | Catering: Blue Plate | Band: Bill Pollack Orchestra | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Bridal Prep: Palmer House | Groom’s Bow Tie: Books Brothers | Veil: Anna D’Souza

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Modern Geometric Wedding Inspiration

If there’s one thing we’re loving, it’s geometric wedding décor. Filled with out-of-the-box ideas and impossibly dreamy touches of gold, this inspiration proves that nothing is as stately as soft palettes and clean lines. Juxtaposing classic and modern, Mallory Berry For MGB Photo captured a timeless yet fresh feel while filling a must-see gallery with whimsical whites and gorgeous geometrics.


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From Mallory Berry For MGB Photo… Light, simple colors are impossibly dreamy without fail, so we strove to abide exclusively by ivories, creams, and touches of gold for this wedding design. Nothing is as stately as clean palettes and clean lines, so our aim was to juxtapose classic and modern to create a timeless yet fresh feel.

Our ornament artist, Handmade Sam*made, added: “Originating from the Swedish word for sky or heaven, himmel, the Himmeli are a traditional Finnish ornament, a mobile decoration that is traditionally made out of straw or reeds in Finland. They are typically extremely ornate and are traditionally suspended above the dinner table during holiday season. It is thought that the larger the Himmeli, the larger the rye crop will be in the coming year.”

We were enamored with the symmetry and aesthetic of these ornaments, and with the traditional well-wish meanings behind them knew they would be the perfect inspiration for wedding decor. Taking the geometric theme and running, we stuck with linear and minimal elements throughout. A gorgeous raw warehouse venue, set against such a modern and vertical skyline as Chicago’s, was the perfect setting for housing the design, and each of our talented vendors came together to achieve the exact vision. Take a break from vivid colors, lace and pearls with us and inspire your plans with this milky geometric wedding!

Air Plants: Sprout Home | Bride Custom Accent Rings: Blazer Arts | Bride Necklace/Earrings: Lori's | Bride Shoes: Lori's | Cake: Toni Patisserie | Ceremony Venue: Gallery 1028 | Chairs: Hall's Rental | Cocktails: Longman And Eagle | Cufflinks: Revival A Go Go | Flatware: Bloomingdales | Florist: Tulipia Floral Design | Groom's Attire: Jim's Formal Wear | Hair/Makeup: Ashley Berg | Himmeli Ornaments: Handmade Sam*made | Invitations: Spilled Ink Press | Photography: Mallory Berry For MGB Photo | Place Settings/Glassware: The Festive Frog | Styling: Mallory Berry For MGB Photo | Table: Chicago Farm Tables | Table Runner: Crate And Barrel | Wall Planters: Eriewood Collective | Wedding Bands: Lincoln Park Gems | Wedding Dress: Simply Bridal

Rustic Chic Fall Wedding

Considering my fiancé has already started checking out unique ring options, this Groom’s bone ring caught my eye right away. But it wasn’t the only detail of this celebration that stood out, from the rustic DIY designs to one precious baby girl. This Bride hoped to create a “homemade country living” vibe and she achieved that goal to a tee, with Two Birds Photography capturing every bit. See more treats here!

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Fall
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From Two Birds PhotographyRhian and Cameron had a beautiful early autumn day for their wedding at the Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room. Their rustic theme was accentuated with the perfect amount of glamour and sweetness. Their wedding colors of ivory, navy and gray were beautifully complimented by their choice of flowers. We loved the personal touches they added throughout their day, and who can resist a dapper groom with a bolo tie and a bone ring?

Rhian and Cameron’s short, sweet and heartfelt ceremony was held outside and we simply adored the wagon that their beautiful one year old daughter was wheeled in with!

Their love story that they shared with us… One random fall weeknight, Rhian found herself reluctantly attending a college party with a friend. It was there that she noticed Cameron, similarly unenthusiastic about the night; dressed to the nines in sweatpants and a beanie. Cameron made no hesitation to approach her. Although Cam caught Rhian’s attention right away, she had already had enough for the night and told Cameron “I’ll be right back,” never to return.

As the days passed, Rhian found herself thinking about Cam constantly – so much so that she decided to pass her number along to a mutual friend, hoping it would make it’s way to Cam and he would call. As fate would have it, Cam got the message and contacted Rhian – but neither of them had any idea of the love story that would come as a result.

At first Rhian’s interest in Cam was based upon her finding him to be “extremely good looking” and Cam struggled to pull his attention away from Rhian’s body. Though as time went on, a much deeper bond began to develop. Cameron put Rhian at ease, making her laugh constantly and feel instantly comfortable around him. The love between these two cannot be denied. When Rhian looks at Cam, you can see the strongest gaze of admiration and respect in her eyes. When Cam looks at Rhian, you see the stare of a man who would do anything to make her smile, to protect her, and to give her the world.

Cam looks to the future and reflects on how far the two have come; “Today we have a beautiful family. Everyday she shows me why I fell in love with her by being an amazing mom and the perfect partner in this crazy world.” Rhian has always thought of Cam as her dream come true; “No matter what, he has always stuck by my side through the good, the bad and the ugly. He is the only person I have ever truly loved.”

From the Bride… Our wedding was a perfect day filled with all of our closest friends and family. We wanted our wedding to be a huge party that everyone could have fun at. It was a celebration of the love we have for each other. Everything from the table numbers to table florals, signs and mason jars were all handmade by myself and with the help of friends and family. We wanted our day to revolve around the simplicity of ” homemade country living.” Everything from the food to dessert was planned to have a loving homey feel to it. We wanted our “s’more love” bar to be something all of our guests could enjoy and get creative with what flavors they liked.

It is hard to choose just one moment as our favorite moment of the day. Between watching our beautiful daughter walk down the aisle to saying yes to a lifetime of happiness and dancing the night away… the entire day was filled with our favorite moments with our favorite people… and every day since has been a blessing.

The first look was also special to the both of us because it was “our” moment. It was a special moment in time that was just ours to enjoy each other and not having to share that with anyone was truly special to both of us.

Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: My Chef | DJ: DJ Nalex | Floral Design: Langes Woodland Flowers | Photography: Two Birds Photography | Reception Venue: Emerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom | Transportation: Naperville Trolley | Wedding Dress And Tux: Wolsfelts Bridal

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