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Modern Ballroom Wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Ok, I just need to say it. This Bride’s Marchesa gown is absolutely incredible. I would go as far as to say it’s my all time favorite. Combine that gorgeous gown with a stunning Bride, her handsome groom, and their super chic Chicago wedding? And well, I’m in love. See all the gorgeous images from KingenSmith here.

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Spring
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Ballroom
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Elegance

From The Bride…Josh and I are both very close with our families and we knew having them intimately involved with our special day, along with our closest friends, was of the utmost importance. Their participation in our journey to becoming “husband and wife” began in the summer of 2012 on the night we got engaged. Josh and I flew home to Chicago for what I thought was a birthday celebration weekend for my grandmother…little did I know so much more was in store. Unbeknownst to me Josh had also flown his family in to Chicago on an earlier flight so that they too could celebrate in the occasion with us (and also help my grandmother celebrate her 92nd birthday!). This theme of deep family involvement continued during the planning process, into the ceremony and throughout the reception. Family members joined me for wedding dress fittings, walked us down the aisle, read passages that held special meaning to Josh and me and gave old, traditional Italian toasts during the reception. It truly was a family affair.

My parents first learned of Josh during my stepfather’s birthday dinner in 2011… just weeks after Josh and I met! Josh knew they were in town for a weekend visit and knew that I was taking them out for a birthday dinner so he called the restaurant and had a bottle of champagne sent to our table as we sat down. Little did I know I’d be forced into disclosing this “relationship” to my parents so soon after it had begun…at this point Josh and I had only been out a handful of times! Needless to say, my parents were totally on board… so long as Josh promised to continue sending bottles of champagne!

Our choice for venue was primarily driven by the warm and intimate setting provided by the Waldorf’s banquet room where the ceremony and reception were to be held. Both of us immediately knew this was the place and we booked on the spot. Although the hotel is not small, per se, it is able to maintain the boutique-ish feel which we both desired. Each and every employee truly made us feel as if the hotel was ours right from the start of the planning process.

Without a doubt, I think the most poignant description of the night was summed up by one of our guests who told us “the room was filled with love and that’s something you cannot buy.”

Photography: KingenSmith | Cinematography: VDO Video | Florist: Bukiety | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Cake: Chef Andrew Johnson | Stationery: Stephanie LLC | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Groom's Shoes: Crockett And Jones | Groom's Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna | Hotel: Waldorf Astoria Chicago | Orchestra: Bradley Young Orchestra

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Romantic, Vintage, DIY Chicago Wedding at Salvage One

Salvage One is a venue unlike any other. It beautifully combines charm and style, and the weddings there? Well they are always beyond – particularly when Olivia Leigh Photographie is behind the lens to capture the magic. Weddings like this one make us want to jump right out of our chairs, and you can see why here.

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Winter
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Urban Space

From the Bride…Perhaps the most defining choice in planning our wedding was the date itself. I fell madly in love with a spectacularly nontraditional venue in Chicago – a place that is as quirky as it is elegant, as unexpected as it is inviting. The choice was easy, but the timing was complicated – due to availability, our only option was to have our wedding in January…a month most other Chicago brides would never consider. But we knew our wedding wouldn’t be us without this venue, so I let go of the fear of blizzards and freezing temperatures, and warmly embraced the idea of a cozy winter affair.

Planning this wedding was truly a gift – I wish every bride the opportunity to feel so cared for and to have so many cherished experiences leading up to her big day. My partner in crime for this journey was my mom – we had been dreaming about planning this day for 30 years. From collecting vintage handkerchiefs to roasting rosemary orange nuts for all of ours guests, she was as dedicated as I was to ensuring we covered every detail.

Our January day came with blue skies and plenty of sun. It had snowed two days earlier, which meant there was just enough powder on the ground to remind us how beautiful a winter wedding could be. And once the sun set and guests began arriving, it was clear – there was no more magical place to be married on this day than at Salvage One. Exposed brick walls, antique chandeliers and apple cider invited guests to settle in for the evening.

Looking back, I am incredibly proud of all our little touches – the things you wonder along the way if anyone will even notice. My mom collected vintage handkerchiefs and sewed on tiny tags that read “happy tears”, which were given to guests before our ceremony. We set mismatched paper placemats at each place setting with silverware inside paper bags printed with the message, “It’s time to drink bubbly and dance on the tables!” Origami cranes folded from handmade paper topped our cake as a tribute to my Japanese grandmother. Our favors were gourmet chocolate bars wrapped in childhood photos of me and my husband. The brainstorming, list making, shopping, printing, and packaging was all part of this incredible journey, and I could tell from the expressions on our guests’ faces that we had successfully curated an event that inspired true joy.

I never could have imagined that in the middle of a cold Chicago winter, we would find our happiest moments and our best day ever.

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery | Catering: Food For Thought | Band: Standing Room Only | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Coordinator : Amy Stockbridge | Dress Designer: BHLDN | Officiant : Anita Vaughan | Quartet : Artstrings | Venue: Salvage One

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Modern and Romantic Chicago Wedding

Chicago has “chic” is its name for a reason. Case in point: this classy Lincoln Park soiree. Just look at the bride’s stunning lace Watters gown and her gorgeous bridesmaids strutting it in Adrianna Papell, all perfectly complimented by generous rose and thistle bouquets from A New Leaf. So feel free to get lost with me in Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema‘s gallery of moments from the day.


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Fall
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Urban Space
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Modern

From Ann & Kam Photography & CinemaPaige and Ryan’s wedding was one of the prettiest weddings we have ever seen in Chicago. Surrounded by her childhood friends, Paige prepared for the day that they had all been imagining since they were little girls. One by one, everything came together. Lace, sparkles, pale pink flowers – everything was perfect.

Ryan, of course, was cool as a cucumber as Paige arrived in Lincoln Park in a fabulous Lincoln Hotel pedicab to meet him. From that point on, the rest of the day passed in a whirlwind. Kam and I were pretty much in love with every square inch of A New Leaf – from the exposed brick to the magical courtyard, it quickly became one of our favorite places in the City. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted by the amazing scents of A New Leaf’s flower shop, and it’s impossible not to be swept away by romance. We also have to mention the amazing caterers – Hearty Boys – who were so professional and thoughtful, they were simply a delight to work with!

Photography: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema | Dress: Watters | Shoes: Diane von Furstenberg | Catering: Hearty Boys | Mens Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Suits: Q Clothier | Bride's belt: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dress: Adrianna Papell | Ceremony and Reception: A New Leaf | Florals: A New Leaf | Hotel: Hotel Lincoln | Mens Laces: Benjos

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