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Rustic + Contemporary Elegant Ballroom Wedding

Julie and Tom’s elegant ballroom wedding is filled with enough pretty that it’ll surely fill your Pinterest boards, but more than that? It’s a sweet celebration of boy meets girl that’s both organically chic and elegantly urban at the same time. With the talented averyhouse behind the lens this is one gallery that is sure to turn ballroom weddings up a notch, and we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

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Fall
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Whimsical

From averyhouseStill running off the good vibes from Julie + Tom’s Nature Boardwalk Engagement Session we couldn’t believe it was already time for their wedding at the W City Center! A country girl at heart, we were thrilled to hear to hear that Julie was planning a romantic & elegant wedding that was the perfect mix of city chic all the while maintaining an organic spirit. Both Julie and her husband to be got ready at the W’s City Center and with it’s centralized location we were able to easily make our way over to the Art Institute’s South Garden for their first look. With it’s stunningly beautiful locust trees in full bloom we took advantage of the gorgeous weather for portraits of their blush and burgundy clad wedding party. Guests of the ceremony were literally taken aback by the stunning beauty of the gold chandeliers and flickering candlelight that lined Julie + tom’s aisle. And as Julie took her first steps towards becoming a wife you can see the excitement beaming from her huge smile. The enchanted garden theme carried through from the luxurious escort card table topped with moss, oak, and ivy to their extravagant reception. Looking for a fun way to tie in unique details to your wedding day? These adorable gold horses that held guests escort cards were a cute nod to Julie’s horseback riding days. After Tom’s emotional speech to his new wife everyone hit the dance floor HARD and the party continued until well into the evening. We think this wedding is pure magic!

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Photography: averyhouse | Cinematography: Leap Weddings | Event Planning: Shannon Gail Weddings & Events | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral + Event Design: Kehoe Designs | Stationary: Little Arrow Studio | Catering: W Chicago City Center | Makeup Artist: Epoch | Hair Stylist: Epoch | Band: Chris Sarlas Orchestra | Transportation: Via Limo | Venue: W Chicago City Center | Linens: BBJ Linen | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic Racquet Club of Chicago Wedding

Infused with the loveliest green hues and elegant styling throughout, this chic Chicago wedding at the Racquet Club Of Chicago is prettiest in its purest form. With  Two Birds Photography behind the lens to ensure every moment was captured in the most perfect of ways, we are all left with a gallery too gorgeous to ignore. See it all in the VAULT.

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From The Bride…Waking up on a surprisingly sunny, 75 degree early May day in Chicago, Elizabeth and Ben knew their wedding day would be special from the start. Ben put the final touches on his groom’s speech at home, while Elizabeth had a quiet breakfast with her Mom who would preside at their ceremony.

The festivities kicked off with their first look in NoMi’s wine cellar at the Park Hyatt, where Ben proposed in a suite overlooking Lake Michigan 15 months before following a whirlwind engagement scavenger hunt.

Two Birds photography captured their favorite photos of the day with the wedding party at iconic Chicago landmarks before arriving at the church.

An intimate ceremony full of positive tears was exactly the family gathering they envisioned. Their Racquet Club reception was characterized by great food, a packed dance floor, and speeches that captured the authentic love and meaning of the day.

Elizabeth and Ben topped off their perfect day with a shared slice of wedding cake at 2am while reading through the guestbook well wishes of their best friends and family. What a day to #sayyestothehess.

My favorite moment was being serenaded with “Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts” by an all-family choir during the ceremony.

Ben’s favorite moment was kissing Elizabeth as family and friends cheered his groom’s speech with a standing ovation.

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Photography: Two Birds Photography | Coordination: Shannon Gail Weddings | Floral Design: Stemline Creative | Wedding Dress: Mira Couture | Cake: Elysia Root | Invitations: Anna Kate Design | Ceremony Venue: St. James Cathedral | Reception Venue: Racquet Club Of Chicago | Catering: Racquet Club Of Chicago | Hair + Makeup: Charles Ifergan | Band: Entourage | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | First Look Site: NoMi, Park Hyatt, Chicago | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Tented At Home Chicago Wedding

My very favorite weddings are typically classic as can be. I’m all about elegance and formality paired with family and tradition. Oh and if a Monique Lhuillier ballgown happens to be involved, you certainly won’t hear me complaining. So just imagine my excitement once I got my hands on these images from Jose Villa. True to form, he perfectly captured a celebration inspired by decades past, brought to life by Kehoe Designs and Reva Nathan. Follow me to The Vault for a glimpse into the moments that made up this day.

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Fall
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Al Fresco

From The Bride…Our wedding was at our family home in the suburbs of Chicago. It was important to both of us to get married in an intimate setting where we could create the vision we had for the evening without a ton of constraints. We were inspired by images with lots of greenery and exuberant amounts of delicate flowers. With this in mind, we wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the venue and create an environment dripping in decadence. Our main goal was to try and create an over-the-top party inspired by decades past with elements of art deco and an abundance of gold – these juxtaposing ideas were executed flawlessy by our event team by utilizing a transparent tent and lining the tent was with trees. This gave the illusion that guest were dining al fresco while the tables had overflowing boxes of flowers and endless amounts of vintage pastel China lending to the air of luxury and extravagance.

Through the entire planning and execution of our special day we wanted our personalities to shine through and make a lasting impact on all who were in attendance. Since I am a Chef & Brian loves to eat, food was a huge part part of the puzzle for us and we added little surprises all along the way to pay homage to our other true love- some of the highlights included a sushi station by our favorite local restaurant (sushi dokku), an entire tent fashioned into a bakery named after my pastry company, Sweet Lyon, complete with a neon sign and all! The pastry tent was stocked with desserts from all of our favorite bakeries across Chicago and there was custom packaging branded for the day to send guests home with goodies. Late night we had a pancake food truck (Baby Cakes) and a portable wood burning oven making the most delicious pizzas for guests to take on the buses back to the city by The Nomad food company.

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Photography: Jose Villa | Cinematography: I Do Films | Event Design: Kehoe Designs | Event Planning: Reva Nathan | Floral Design: A New Leaf Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design | Stationery: Elizabeth Grace | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: The Nomad Food Company | Catering: J And L Catering | Catering: Sushi Dokku | Catering: Bacco Ristorante | Band: Chuck Wansley Dance Band | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Officiant: Rev Dana Thomas | Ceremony Music: Pasquale Laurino | Transportation: Cosmopolitan Custom Limousine | Transportation: AFSL Inc | Venue: At Home | After Party Music: DJ Pat Valley | Dessert: Babycakes | Dessert: Glazed And Infused | Dessert: Floriole Cafe And Bakery | Dessert: Pierrot Gourmet | Photo Booth: Smilebooth | Rentals: The Festive Frog | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Halls Rental | Rentals: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Frost Productions | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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