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Romantic Downtown Chicago Wedding

Wanting to bring their love of the outdoors in, this darling duo turned to a talented team of vendors to bring their spectacular vision to an awe-inspiring reality.  Think gorgeous floral creations from HMR Designs, a stunning Anne Barge gown from Fabulous Frocks Of Alexandria and brilliant captures from the always-amazing Cristina G Photography.  All set against a breathtaking Ivy Room backdrop, this, loves, is an absolute must-see.  Head to THE VAULT for more.

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Fall
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Al Fresco

From The Bride… I am a romantic at heart and appreciate historic buildings not only for their architecture but for the stories they tell us about the people who lived or worked in them. When Mike and I decided to get married in Chicago, I wanted to find a space that told a story and to which I could bring what I love the most, nature. I find timeless beauty in the simplicity of plain wood, grass and fresh flowers. I imagined how beautiful it would be to have a candle lit dinner, in the woods, surrounded by people we love. That image inspired every detail of our wedding reception, from the white flower and green foliage garland centerpiece to the candle lit wood plank chandeliers and the three wedding cakes simply decorated with soft fondant ruffles, small flowers or light gold paint.

That same vision was the inspiration for the dinner menu. I wanted to offer our guests an exquisite plant-based (exclusively vegan) menu that would highlight the flavors of fresh vegetables, nuts and whole grains. Our wedding turned out better than I imagined. Old and new friends met in a space where Mike and I felt joy, as although we met at work we truly bonded running outside… along the Charles River in Boston.

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Photography: Cristina G Photography | Floral Design: HMR Design | Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria | Stationery: Mi-Te Print | Hair + Makeup: Sonia Roselli | DJ: Style Matters DJs | Officiant: Spirited Weddings | String Quartet: Dolce Strings | Venue: The Ivy Room at Tree Studios | Bridal Boutique: Fabulous Frocks Bridal

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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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Hotel
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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 and Events | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral + Event Design: Kehoe Designs | Stationary: Little Arrow | Catering: W Chicago City Center | Makeup Artist: Epoch Salon | Hair Stylist: Epoch Salon | Band: Artist Strings | Transportation: Via Limo | Venue: W Chicago City Center | Linens: BBJ

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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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Spring
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Classic

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 and Events | Floral Design: Stemline Creative | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana W/ Customizations By Mira Couture | Cake: Elysia Root | Invitations: Anna Kate Design | Ceremony Venue: Saint James Cathedral | Reception Venue: Racquet Club Of Chicago | Catering: Racquet Club Of Chicago | Hair + Makeup: Charles Ifergan Salon | Band: Ken Arlen Band Front Of House | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | First Look Site: Nomi Restaurant

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