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Timeless + Classic Chicago Wedding

While planning my own wedding, one thing I am mindful of are accommodating details. Take this duo for example, who added a special tea station because it was the father of the Groom’s favorite. Even having the band play certain songs for the Bride’s sorority sisters. It’s details like this, in my opinion, that really make a wedding special. And with Amanda Megan Miller and Jayne Weddings & Events behind the timeless The Ivy Room affair, there are more sweet details (like Magnolia Photo Booth Co.), here!

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Spring
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Elegant

From Jayne Weddings & EventsWhen we met Kristine + Eric we were floating on cloud nine. This couple is SO in love, it was intoxicating to be around! You can totally feel their joy in these photos. Working with couples like this is why we do what we do, and they were such a happy reminder of that!

Kristine knew that she wanted something timeless and classic. She also wanted to create something that was intimate and approachable. But she didn’t want it to ever feel outdated, so we focused on a clean, crisp design with classic style hints here and there.

This couple also really cared about their guests being treated to a special day. They added a special tea station because it’s Eric’s father’s favorite and made sure that the band would play certain songs to appease her sorority sisters. This couple was very accommodating to all of their guests wants and needs.

For the look of the event, Jayne Weddings and Events came up with a simple but chic white and and gold color palette. Working with Kristine we decided to add in lush greens by way of garlands and monochromatic centerpieces created by Fleur.

The ceremony set up was one of our favorites. Green garlands lined the aisle, while large puffs of babies breath hovered above. The vintage ladder and candle backdrop set the tone for the couple to exchange their handwritten vows. Kristine was stunning in her gown and Eric looked dapper in his navy suit. It was raining lightly during their ceremony, and the overcast sky made the room feel even more romantic.

For the reception we used textured linens on the King’s Table gave it a special pop. Light blue pin-striped napkins gave the tables a subtle hint of color, and many candles made the room feel warm and inviting. Chrystal Chandeliers hanging overhead made the whole room sparkle! Layers of Loveliness added the finishing touch with her beautiful calligraphy gracing the place cards, invites, and various signage.

Guests had so much fun in the newly remodeled Ivy Room. They hung out on in the vintage lounge provided by Aged Vintage Rentals, and snaps some silly photos in the photo booth! But the band really kept the dance floor hoping all night long. They brought so much energy to the space!

Photography: Amanda Megan Miller Photography | Floral Design: Fleur Inc. | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Cake: Elysia Root | Reception Venue: The Ivy Room | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wtoo | Catering: J And L Catering | Makeup: Rachel Reiman | Hair: Tara Coghlan | Lighting : FROST | Groom's Attire: Custom Suit By J Hilburn | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Greenlight | Papergoods: Layers Of Loveliness | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Vintage Rentals: Aged Vintage Rentals

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Symphony Center Ballroom Wedding Inspiration

With its high ceilings and crystal chandeliers, the Symphony Center’s Grainger Ballroom is truly a sight to behold. No wonder the talented team of Clover Events found inspiration in its setting to create this beyond gorgeous shoot. Don’t miss all the details captured by Kristin La Voie Photography, including a stunning Alyssa Kristin dress with a seven foot train, in the full gallery right here!

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Spring
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From Katherine of Clover EventsThe inspiration behind this shoot came from the beautiful details in the Symphony Center’s Grainger Ballroom. With its high ceilings embellished with crystal chandeliers and sconces, and an extraordinary view overlooking Michigan Avenue, we knew we had to emphasize the old world romanticism you feel the second you walk into the ballroom. We also wanted to draw inspiration from the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, which popped against the neutral tones in the ballroom. This striking color was incorporated throughout the shoot in the rich linens, beautiful flowers, and vintage dinnerware.

From Alyssa of Alyssa KristinTo complement the grandiose ballroom, we wanted the gown that was both dramatic and glamorous. The seven foot train and silhouette of the Alessandra provided just that. Additionally, the softness and texture of the cascading tulle added a touch of refined femininity to the affair.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Event Planning: Clover Events | Floral Design: May Floral | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Cake : Elysia Root | Invitations: Bella Figura via Magnificent Milestones | Jewelry: Left Bank Jewelry | Catering: Blue Plate | Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry | Heirlooms and Extras: Nimble Well | Linens: BBJ Linen | Location: Symphony Center | Musicians: BeatMix Music | Rentals: Halls Rental | Serveware Rentals: Plate Chicago

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Wedding Trends Event at The Tie Bar

There are events, and then there is the wedding trends event happening at The Tie Bar’s Flagship Store in Chicago – a can’t-miss four hours of yummy treats and tasty drinks + advice from the pros on everything from surviving the wedding season to choosing the perfect accessory.  It’s what we’re calling a Tie Bar extravaganza and it’s all happening from 1-5 pm on June 6th.  Amazing.

Take everything you absolutely adore about The Tie Bar (crazy cool ties, bow ties + accessories) and add in a plethora of non-stop wedding action and it’s the best way ever to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Think on-site manicures, a crazy cool display featuring top trends + colors and a team of The Tie Bar’s fabulous Wedding Consultants available to help you take your big day to the next level. They’ll even have J.Crew and David’s Bridal swatches on hand to help you match those bow ties to perfection.  Say it with me, loves: awesome.

So what are you waiting for, SMPers?  Grab your fellas and head on down to The Tie Bar’s Flagship Store located at 918 W Armitage, Chicago on June 6th for an afternoon of accessory fun.  The first 50 customers to spend $75+ will receive at two-piece gift with purchase (bestselling cotton pocket square and metal collar stays) and you’ll even be able to make your own gift set options for groomsmen gifts.  Soooo fun. 

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Dramatic + Glamorous Chicago Wedding

From its very beginning, Style Me Pretty has always championed the works of the fabulous wedding film-makers in our industry and today – we want to bring one such team to your attention. Amor in Motion has captured this glamorous Chicago wedding in a truly spectacular style. Take a quick five minutes out of your day to see what wedding films give back to you — as the day flies by… memories swirling around you will become yours to keep and to re-live over and over again!

From Amor In MotionThis was a stunning, picture perfect wedding and couple. Jeff & Caitlin looked into each other’s eyes and said: “You are my match.” It’s easy to put together such a heart-warming film when two like minded souls collide. Hats off to the renowned Debi Lilly from A Perfect Event for orchestrating such a grandiose day.

Photography: T & S Hughes Photography | Cinematography: Amor In Motion | Event Planning: Debi Lilly | Band: Chicago Players | Venue: Architectural Artifacts

Tips for Getting Comfy in Front of the Camera

By far, one of my biggest recommendations to couples tying the knot is to do a fun little love session with your photographer. Whether that be a fancy engagement shoot or an adorable, cozy session at home with your sweetie like this one from Kristin La Voie Photography. Either way, it will loosen you up for the big day. Keep reading for a few quick tips from Kristin on how to get comfy in front of the lens!

Tips for getting comfy in front of the camera

1. My approach to every photo shoot, no matter the content, is to get natural smiles and laughter. I might act super silly or say something off-the-wall to get the expressions I am going for, but ultimately it helps get everyone relaxed and into it! Once we have that comfort established, it is all about trusting your photographer. Once you have that trust with him/her, it’s so much easier from there!

2. I am all about a nice cuddle fest, so I love to get my couples snuggling. This immediately puts them at ease, and from there, gets them feeling really natural in front of the camera! Once you forget the camera is there, it’s just all about creating natural images that tell a story.

3. Include elements that speak about who you are. If this means simply lounging with a cup of coffee or in your man’s oversized sweater like a typical Sunday morning, let’s do THAT!

4. Having your hair and makeup professionally done (by someone like Vanessa Valliant!) will immediately put you at ease knowing you look your best. I personally love to get it done for photos or big events so it eliminates that element of stress.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Hair And Makeup: Vanessa Valliant | Venue: LaCuna Artist Lofts

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Enchanting Chicago Wedding at Revolution Brewing

From the whimsical blooms to the gorgeous green Weddington Way gowns, this next Midwestern affair is styled to perfection! Not only did this darling duo make their own invitation suite, they proved to be the ultimate DIY team. From spray-painted frames to pint glasse favors, they worked together to craft one enchanting affair. With Toast and Jam carrying the party into the night, Dabble Me This shares it all here!

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From Dabble Me This… From the enchanting florals to the kelly green bridesmaid dresses Emily and John’s wedding was styled to perfection! The personality of these two lovebirds truly shined and I love how all the details were styled by the bride herself. Decorating the reception venue Revolution Brewing with DIY paper goods from Paper Source and complimenting the florals from Ipomea Floral with a hints of gold throughout. Everything blended together perfectly. I simply cannot get over how lovely this downtown Chicago wedding turned out and I was honored to capture it all. Below I’ve included write-ups from the bride Emily and groom John. Sharing the story of how they met and planned their wedding day.

From the handsome Groom… Emily and I met while we were both living in Madison, WI. She was working her first job out of college while I was finishing up school. It turned out her roommate was dating one of my roommates, and we met when a group of us went out one night. Soon after we went on our first date, and before we knew it we had moved to Chicago.

Emily and I were planning a vacation in New Hampshire in August, 2013, and I hid the engagement ring in my duffle bag on the way there. After a day of sailing and visiting with the Cunningham family, Emily and I checked into the inn where we were staying. Slipping the ring into my pocket, I told her I wanted to go out and look at the stars because we couldn’t see stars like that in Chicago. So we went outside, into the pitch black night, and tried our hardest not to trip on anything while walking around. After a few minutes of moving slowly and bumping into each other, we stopped and I admitted that the stars were just a rouse to get us outside. Then she turned to face me as I pulled out the ring and got onto one knee and said, “I really just wanted to ask…Emily Rose Noonan, will you marry me?” At which point she paused, said, “Yes!” And then proceeded to poke me in the face and ask, “is this real life?” Since it was, she put the ring on and we went inside and ordered a bottle of champagne.

From the beautiful Bride… When we first started planning the wedding, deciding on a ceremony venue was the easy part. John and I were both raised Catholic, so it was important to us and our families that we get married in a Catholic church. At the time we actually weren’t living in Chicago, but already had our sights set on moving to Bucktown. It’s not hard to see why we fell in love with St. Hedwig’s, a beautiful 125 year old church. A couple weeks after we reached out to the church, we ended up moving in a few blocks away. It was really neat for both of us to get married in a church that we belonged to and walked by nearly every day.

Being on a budget, we chose to trim some costs by making our own invitations and other paper goods. During this process, I discovered and fell in love with Paper Source and Rifle Paper Co. Creating our own invitations also allowed us to pick out the individual pieces and design things exactly how we wanted them. My husband was an incredible help with all the DIY stuff. He spray-painted all of the frames for the table numbers and somehow mastered stamping all the invitations when I couldn’t. John also came up with the idea for designing pint glasses as a wedding favor. It’s really exciting to see the pint glasses at our friends and family’s houses when we visit!

The best decisions we made were selecting the right vendors. All of our vendors were very responsive and easy to work with. We also didn’t have to micromanage or spell out the details of every flower or photograph that we wanted. When you are working with vendors that you trust to do a good job, you can just let them run with things and it’s less stressful for everyone.

In the end, we had 110 people at the wedding, which was the perfect size. We felt like we were able to spend quality time with all of our guests. Before the wedding, we had heard from others that you don’t get to eat, drink or have a moment to yourself at your own wedding. Having a smaller wedding allowed us to do all of this and really soak up everything. This doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t go by too fast!

Photography: Dabble Me This | Florist: Ipomea Floral | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Luscious Layers | Ceremony Venue: Saint Hedwig Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Revolution Brewing | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Makeup Artist: Goran Coban Salon | Hair Stylist: Goran Coban Salon | DJ: Toast and Jam | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Hotel: Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile | Paper Goods: Paper Source | Veil: Anna Cambell | Wedding Shoes and Earrings: Kate Spade

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