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A Classic Gilded Tented City Wedding

Sequins, cityscapes and one stunner of a gown? Now THAT’S how you pull off a Midwestern wedding, and thanks to the talented Britta Hundertmark we’ve got it all to share. From the sweet outdoor ceremony to the stunning portraits, it’s all waiting for you in The Vault!

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Spring
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Al Fresco

From the Bride…Coincidentally, March 26, 2011 (we got hitched March 26, 2016!), I interviewed for my current company and met Mike during the interview process. While Mike immediately told his company to hire “that cute girl”, I immediately went home and started Googling him. After Mike’s position changed within the company and a few months of casually seeing each other around, we made things “official”.

Friday, June 12, 2015 was a night of “firsts” for us, including memories of where we first met, our first date and our first kiss. The night started when Mike took me to our typical Friday night dinner, but one thing was different; that’s for sure! He took me to where we went on our first date, McCormick and Schmicks; we even sat at the same table as our first date.

The next stop was where we initially met! Together, we took the elevator up to the rooftop 40 floors above beautiful Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. When we got to the top, Mike had my favorite song playing so he proceeded to slow dance with me (yes, slow dance!). As he gabbed on and on about how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, I was in complete shock and still to this day don’t remember anything Mike said. He got down on one knee and popped the question! Mike still doesn’t think I even said Yes.

Mike had one more surprise in mind, as he wanted to take me to have a few drinks at the location of our first kiss, the infamously drunken Houndstooth Saloon. I had no idea that many of my friends and family were awaiting our presence in the back room of Houndstooth until I walked in to see them all there! Mike had cleverly put the whole thing together so that even my parents could make the trip up to surprise me!

From Britta HundertmarkMegan and Mike are as adorable as they sound, from Megan’s testimony above. The morning of the wedding Megan was as calm as could be, until that moment (I think most brides have this), when the dress and veil goes on, and suddenly it is so very real. As she prepared to go down to the hotel lobby to greet Mike for their first look, the nerves had set in – but the moment the two of them locked eyes the only emotion that could be seen was pure joy.

We hopped on a bus with their bridal party (a large one, with 11 on each side!), we headed towards the Wrigley building for some city photos. Little did we know, leading up to the day, that we would be blessed with a GORGEOUS afternoon with the most lovely light (this city does cooperate, weather wise, sometimes!).

After the Wrigley building we headed over to the ever popular Kinzie Street Bridge – I loved that we were able to mix the classic architecture, with something a little grungier – and I just loved the look of those sequin bridesmaid gowns with that rustic underpass background!

Then off to Galleria Marchetti, where Megan and Mike were married in the gorgeous garden area that backs up to the tent where the reception was to be held.

Megan mixed the light pastel florals with some wonderful pieces from Etsy – and a sweets table that would make anyone’s mouth water!!!

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Photography: Britta Hundertmark | Floral Design: The Flower Firm | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Alyssa Lalagos & Emily Wolf | Hair: Chrissy Pistorio & Jacqueline Main | Band: Maggie Speaks | Groom's Attire: Black Tie Formalwear | Venue: Galleria Marchetti | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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Talk About First Look Goals…

It’s official – the cutest “first look” award goes to this bride and groom. They planned the ultimate rooftop reveal captured by Emilia Jane followed by an “I do” at the Chicago History Museum designed with classic elegance from start to finish. Peruse to your heat’s content with more inside The Vault.

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Summer
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Museum
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Classic

From The Bride…Ryan and I got engaged in December 2013. Once we decided the wedding was going to be in Chicago, we began the complicated process of selecting a venue. The Chicago History Museum was the first and last venue we visited. We both fell instantly in love with the classic architectural details and timeless feel. I knew instantly that nothing could compete with the first time I walked into the museum’s Chicago Room. Light was pouring in through the large windows, framing views of Lincoln Park and the lake in the distance. The Chicago Room opens up to a large outdoor plaza that we knew would be amazing to incorporate into our wedding day. That was all it took to convince us that this was our venue.

From the start we knew we wanted our wedding to have an elegant feel. We ended up selecting an ivory color palette with hints of blush. Floral was one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process. Peonies are my absolute favorite flower – so much that our wedding date was selected solely based on when peonies are in season. Jenna at Avant Gardenia did an amazing job creating everything that I had envisioned. One of my favorite details of the day was the floral detail on our framed seating chart that we had displayed outdoors during cocktail hour. These details are what really made the day memorable and special for us.

Ryan and I can both honestly say that this was the best day of our lives. We spent the entire day surrounded by our closest family and friends. You could literally feel the love in the room. Emilia Jane did an amazing job capturing all the memorable details and emotions in all of her photographs. We were so lucky to have her truly capture the essence of our wedding day.

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Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Event Planning: Effortless Events | Floral Design: Avant Gardenia | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Jewell Events | Makeup: Shannon O'Brien MUA | Hair: Your Stylist AJ | DJ: Okyne Media Lab | Venue: Chicago History Museum | Getting Ready Venue: Public Hotel | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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The Ultimate Chicago Skyline Wedding

Midwesterners, I’d like you to meet the most perfect skyline wedding. Enter, Caitlin and Jason’s special day. Effortless captured by Kristin La Voie Photography, it’s a celebration brimming with the smooth tunes of The Stitely Orchestra and delightful decor a la the Art of Imagination. Fall in love with every detail via The Vault!

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Summer
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Art Venue
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Modern

From Kristin La Voie PhotographyCaitlin and Jason had me all smiles from morning to night with their stunning Chicago wedding! The morning started with a tearful first look with Caitlin and her Daddy, followed by sentimental gifts she gave both her parents. I admit I was shooting it all through blurry, watery eyes. We had the perfect weather for photos at Olive Park, inside their stunning church, and ended at Bridgeport Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. I love shooting in this space, and with this couple and their sweet family and friends, it was even better than ever!

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Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Coordination: Blush and Luxe | Floral Design: Steve's Flower Market | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Beyond Events | Band: Stitely Entertainment | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Bridgeport Arts Center | Decor: Art of Imagination | Linen Rentals: Beyond Events

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