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Skokie Country Club Wedding from Kathryn Krueger Photography

I’ve had the goofiest grin on my face ever since I started diving into the details of this gorgeous wedding — Everything is so fun! The best way to describe this wedding at Skokie Country Club is literary love. This couple used books and libraries to inspire their decorations, and I especially love the escort cards nestled in fanned out pages of books. What a perfect way to share their love story and to start the next chapter of their lives together. Many thanks to Kathryn Krueger Photography for capturing every page of their wedding story right here in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride… We wanted to be married in the church that I grew up in, and we had the reception at my grandparents’ country club. The day of our wedding, Jordan and I saw each other for the first time on our wedding day at the top of the bluff, overlooking Lake Michigan. Not only is this one of my most favorite places in the world, but also it is very special to us because that is where Jordan proposed to me eight months before we were married!

The theme of our wedding was “Our Story.” We wanted to share our love story with our guests, and so we created a timeline of important events, or “chapters,” in our relationship and stories to go along with them. Guests were able to read this during the cocktail hour. Instead of numbering our tables, we made each table a “chapter.” These chapters corresponded with the chapters on the timeline. Jordan and I dated for almost three years, with a yearlong break in the middle. During our time apart, we were out of contact for almost a year, living 2,000 miles away from each other. And then Jordan happened upon a note I left as an April Fool’s prank in the library of the college we attended. I was only going to be in town for a few days and wasn’t planning on contacting him, but through this note, we reconnected, ended up getting back together and eventually were married! Libraries have been special to us ever since, so we incorporated books into a lot of the decorations – on the tables, as well as where the guests found their place cards.

Most of our DIY ideas came from my dear friend, Cassie Dadakis. She had a lot of fun ideas about how to incorporate our story theme into the decorations. She showed us how to fan the books to create a place for the guests’ place cards. We also wrapped the books that decorated the tables in pretty paper and spray painted some of them gold. For the timeline, we created storyboards with pages from old books modge-podged on the background. If I could capture my wedding in one word, I would have to say – serene. It felt so peaceful and fun and exciting. I felt like I was just floating though the day!

Wedding Photography: Kathryn Krueger Photography / Ceremony: Christ Church Lake Forest in Lake Forest, Illinois / Reception + Catering: Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois / Floral Design: Lisa Sharry (847-910-9664) / Officiant: Syler Thomas (847-835-0600) / Wedding Cinematography: Ben Lemenager (815-401-4388) / Wedding Cake + Desserts: Deerfields Bakery / Wedding Invitations: Judy + Whitney Lawrence (847-234-7944) / Band: Sean Rolando (708-380-6219) / Wedding Dress: House of Brides / Alterations + Lace Top: Doris Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: DSW / Bride’s Earrings: Anthropologie / Engagement Ring + Wedding Band: Foster & Son / Hair: Salon 580 (847-234-2530) / Makeup: DIY by the Bride

Loves Park Photo Shoot from Lauren Wave Weddings

Every so often a photo shoot comes across our desks at Style Me Pretty, and it’s so picture perfect that we momentarily feel suspended in midair while we absorb the gorgeousness. That’s exactly what happened with this Midwest countryside shoot. The focal point is a rustic, makeshift sweetheart table with an easily replicable tablescape of succulents, proteas and spray-painted wine bottles tied with ribbon. Love, love, love! Thank you, White Shutter Photography for capturing the beautiful creations right here in the full gallery of photos.

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From Lauren Wave WeddingsA romantic sweetheart table, gorgeous bouquets full of lush blooms and succulents, real-life husband and wife models and the gorgeous countryside of northern Illinois were the perfect combination for this ethereal, stylized shoot. Aaron and Philan, of White Shutter Photography, did an incredible job of coaxing the quiet intimacy of the outdoors into the photos, while also capturing the beauty of all of the details. The shoot took place in Loves Park, Illinois, which features the big heart on the water tower seen in the background of some of the photos. Perfect, right?!

Our vision for this shoot was to create a romantic setting that focused on the bride and groom and the beauty of love. Also of importance was highlighting the natural landscape that is all around us in the Midwest. We may not have oceans or mountains, but there are acres upon acres of fields and rich farmland. I wanted to create a tablescape that could not only be easily duplicated and had DIY elements, but that was also inspiring and unique at the same time. Using pallets for the sweetheart table was the perfect way to upcycle and work with the rustic outdoors instead of trying to compete against it. The metallic elements of the spray-painted wine bottles and ribbon played perfectly off of the various protea plants. A vintage chandelier and delicate, hanging air plants warmed up the lovers’ table while bringing in the cozy floor pillows added just the right amount of intimacy to complete the look.

With the gorgeous, wildflower-laden field just a few feet away from the sweetheart table, we knew we had to do something special to showcase its beauty. Aaron and Philan of White Shutter had the perfect dessert table in their personal collection. We filled it with potted succulents and topped it with flaky pies on platters from Anthropologie. Perfection. The whole shoot, in fact, was perfection. The vision that White Shutter and I had came together with the amazing talents of trusted vendors who were so wonderful and helpful, as well as our incredible models who are such a sweet couple. You can feel their love for each other through the photos. We were thrilled with the result!

Photography: White Shutter Photography / Photo Shoot Location: Love Park, Illinois / Event Design + Planning: Lauren Wave Weddings / Bouquets + Boutonniere: Event Floral / Succulent Pots: Poska (815-316-2979) / Pies: Kate’s Pie Shop / Chairs: Restoration Hardware / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Necklace: Poska (815-316-2979) / Groom’s Suit: His Own / Groom’s Bow Tie: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Socks: J.Crew

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Downtown Chicago Wedding from Loudbyte Cinematography

A wedding so grand you get goosebumps from the very beginning, yet a video so intimate it feels like you were there celebrating with the beyond gorgeous couple. That is what we have on the table for you today my loves. Loudbyte Cinematography captured a wedding so unbelievably beautiful in a way no one else could. But first… a peek at the beautiful couple.

From Loudbyte Cinematography … Sara + Ramin’s Persian wedding took place at the historical Congress Hotel in downtown Chicago.   The lighting, fixtures and architecture of the old hotel really take you back in time.   Sara + Ramin’s wedding was beautifully done with a mix of Iranian and Persian customs.  The couple face a mirror during their ceremony.  This mirror is the ‘mirror of fate’ symbolizing the brightness of the couples future.  There was a tray of 7 herbs and spices.  This tray, guards the couple against the evil eye, witchcraft and to drive away evil spirits.    During the ceremony, a few of the bridesmaids, grind sugar over the couples head.  This symbolizes sweetness and happiness for their future.

From the bride … About two and a half years ago, I moved to Chicago from Vancouver to start my residency.  Very soon I felt like I need to find a few friends from the Persian community. And yes I’m Persian myself.  I looked online and found this website that connects Persians from all over the world.  I was searching people under Chicago and I saw him.  He looked so good and so calm that I decided to message him.  After only two messages we decided to meet.  Since I was new to Chicago, he chose the Tempo Café in downtown Chicago. It was July 3 and I remember the taxi ride so well.  I was all dressed up and nervous and the driver was being so flirtatious.  So I told him that I ‘m meeting my husband. And my husband I met.

Conversation during breakfast was smooth with no awkward pauses.  He told me later on that his favorite parts of the breakfast were first my pink dress and then the fact that I was also a picky eater and hate onions. And that’s how our story started.  We dated for a few weeks before I had to go back to Canada to renew my visa.  He came to Vancouver to visit me.  He said he didn’t want the distance to make me forget how great this new thing can be. And we’ve been inseparable since. 

He proposed on July 16 in front of the Buckingham fountain and we got married on May 5 of the next year.  We decided to go back and visit the Tempo Café for our wedding film and we fell in love there once again, on our wedding day.

Cinematography: Loudbyte Cinematography / Venue: Congress Hotel / Floral: Blue Oasis Events / Gown: Lazaro / Makeup: Makeup by Mehwish Khalid / Hair: Tina of Magnificent Brides / Planning: Modern Mint Event Coordinators / DJ: DJ Sultan / Photographer:  Carasco Photography / Groom’s suit: Georgio Armani / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Cake: The Baking Institute / Caterer: Noon-o-Kabab

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