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Today we’re thanking our lucky stars for WASIO photography, the sole reason your Saturday is about to take a giant step up from normal to extraordinary.  I’m talking an entire portfolio of jaw-droppingly gorgeous images from one of the most talented photography teams you will ever meet.  How’s that for the perfect weekend?  Dive into all of the pretty (+ a discount and giveaway) below!

From WASIO photography… Living in Chicago, we get to appreciate the beautiful architecture and incorporate it in our photographs. The roots of our inspiration are landscapes and being in the moment. True love is one of our greatest motivators that inspires us to capture special moments that literally happen in seconds. By having such a strong passion for love and beauty, we thrive to deliver timeless photographs that will be passed down through generations. Our goal is to always awe our clients with the famous WASIO signature style photographs.

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Discount! Book WASIO photography in August or September and we will add 10 additional images to our handcrafted wedding albums! ($300 value)

Giveaway!  One lucky SMP reader will win a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session* with WASIO photography! (Value $499)  Simply leave a comment below telling us why Chicago is your city of choice for your engagement session!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, September 12, 2014.  

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*Session must take place in downtown Chicago on a mutually agreed day. The engagement session includes session time plus one WASIO signature edit 8×10 print. Online gallery will include all color corrected images from the session. Client will have the option to purchase additional prints with WASIO signature edit or all high-resolution electronic images.

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Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration

Not only does this slice of pretty from Roots Of Life Photography and Joanna B Artistry represent a lovely array of Chicago wedding industry talents—but the fresh approach to every little detail makes it a total trendsetter. Set at the clean, crisp Chicago History Museum, it’s filled with rose gold touches, a cute-as-can-be popcorn bar, heavenly florals from A Splendid Occasion and so much more. Head to the gallery for every bit!


From Roots Of Life Photography… Joanna of Joanna B. Artistry & I are pleased to share our latest styled shoot featuring a luxurious palette of rose gold, pale blush, cream and gray. I would describe this inspiration shoot as sweet, classic & chic… a modern twist on the traditional (and trendy) wedding. In thinking about what key elements we wanted to focus on, Joanna & I decided we wanted the shoot to be practical & relate-able while introducing brides to new and emerging trends, colors and themes from the wedding industry.

The biggest new element & focal point is the rose gold or copper color you will see throughout the shoot. Brides are quickly becoming obsessed with it as the trend is fast emerging on social media. I have been seeing more and more rose gold rings lately, several women I know have even changed their wedding rings to rose gold! CA Jewelers gave us two sets of wedding ring & band options and I just had to show you pictures of both. Stunning!

Plate & Nimble Well did a fantastic job of using the rose gold color in designing the tables. The blush chargers, water goblets, sweets displays & hand painted silverware really tie everything together. Our ‘Chicago’ Mule signature cocktail mugs are perfectly paired with the theme as well. Speaking of signature cocktails, CH Distillery & Goose Island pair nicely in our ginger drink.

Something fun we wanted to do was feature ONLY Chicago vendors, a celebration of the best our city has to offer. Chicagoans are very proud of their city and we wanted to show brides that they too can incorporate their own cities local businesses, trends, foods & products into their wedding design without it appearing to ‘themed.’

Another element we wanted to tie in was comfort. Midwest brides are all about comfort, even the ones with large wedding budgets. That being said, we wanted to do something different and veer off from the food & favors that are currently on trend (I’m looking at you French Macaroons!). Lovely, A Bake Shop made us delicious mini doughnuts & peanut butter fluff pies for our sweets table as well as provided us with small jars of their home-made jam as ‘favors’. Their peach-lavender jam is to die for!

Instead of a trendy candy bar, we put together a popcorn bar featuring Chicago vendors. I am a popcorn addict myself and was thrilled with how well this came together. Oh Olive butter flavored olive oil & white truffle oil serve as a nice base for toppings. The ‘Spice House’ spices feature a Chicago theme, place or element and taste DELICIOUS on popcorn. Both companies work with brides to create fun favors and elements for any wedding or event. Our paper products from Fox & Hound Paperie are so chic and fun. Don’t you just love those custom popcorn bags?!

Tiffany of A Splendid Occasion (SMP Little Black Book member) nailed our vision and her floral pulled everything together in a cohesive way. The venue, Chicago History Museum, is the PERFECT place for a classic & timeless Chicago wedding. The Chicago Room is just breath taking.

Our bride, looking classically beautiful, showed off this Alyssa Kristin gown flawlessly. Her Groom couldn’t take his eyes off her…

Photography: Roots Of Life Photography | Floral Design: A Splendid Occasion | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Cake & Sweets: Lovely: A Bake Shop | Hair : Glowout: A Golden Girl Salon | Invitations & Popcorn Bags: Fox & Hound Paperie | Linens: M & M Special Events | Makeup: Joanna B Artistry | Model: Jacqueline Andriakos | Model: Johnny Malgeri | Museum: Chicago History Museum | Plate Rentals: Plate, Vintage Crockery Rental & Rescue | Popcorn Bar: Oh Olive, The Olive Oil Store | Popcorn Bar: Spice House | Rings & Jewelery : CA Jewelers | Signature Cocktail: CH Distillery | Vintage Rentals: Nimble Well

Chicago History Museum and A Splendid Occasion are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
Chicago History Museum

A Splendid Occasion​

Traditional Winter Wedding

Soft, warm and cozy: the first three words that come to mind when describing this breathtaking Chicago wedding.  A day that is rich in elegant details with just a touch of winter whimsy to bring it all together. Think crazy cool centerpieces from Fleur, the planning expertise of Five Grain Events, fab paper goods from Ruby the Fox and a world of lovely images captured by Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema.  See them all in the full gallery.


From Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema… I am so excited to share Jessica and Jake’s wedding today! Jessica and Jake have one of the largest, most fun, and most loving group of friends and family we have ever encountered. It was such an honor to feel the love and excitement that surrounded them on their wedding day. Five Grain Events did an amazing job making the day go smoothly, and the florals by Fleur were just exquisite. The bouquets and centerpieces included bits of cotton and gnarly wooden elements for texture and contrast. The combination of light and beautiful natural elements and industrial elements in the venue made for a visually stunning wedding day.

Ravenswood Event Center is a unique venue in Chicago, with three floors and an event room that includes a collection of vintage cars and neon signs. The bridal party started the day getting ready at Public Hotel, a bright and airy boutique hotel. This winter day was especially cold, so we made our way directly to Ravenswood after Jessica and Jake had their first look at Public. After a few photos at Ravenswood, the festivities officially began with a traditional Tish and Bedeken. Guests moved to the second floor for the ceremony, and finally to the first floor for dinner and dancing.

Photography: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema | Event Planning: Five Grain Events | Cupcakes: Molly's Cupcakes | Wedding Invitations: Ruby The Fox | Hair And Makeup: Charles Ifergan Salon | Ceremony & Reception: Ravenswood Event Center | Cinema: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema | Florals: Fleur | Hotel: Public Hotel | Music: Gold Coast All Stars

Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema