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Romantic Symphony Hall Summer Wedding

You may recall my enthusiasm for cinematography (here and here), and let me tell you SMP’ers – today is no different. Why? Because Loudbyte Cinematography is at it again. Capturing every sweet moment and moving speech. So, it’s time grab a few tissues because this summer affair is sure to bring a few happy tears to your eyes. Watch the touching tribute below!


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Fall
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Romantic

From Loudbyte CinematographyKatie is an event producer for one of Chicago’s top catering companies. In her free time she can be found running, in a yoga class or baking up a storm in the kitchen. She is best known for her chocolate chip banana bread, baklava, and delicious pies.

Austin is a consultant with a leading real estate advisory firm based in Chicago. In his free time, he can be found searching for unique and different ingredients for his next meal, trying a new bourbon, or, of course, hunting for a new bowtie.

Katie and Austin both attended Loyola University in Chicago. Shortly after Austin graduated, they met through mutual friends. One morning they saw each other on the train. A train ride lead to lunch and lunch lead to afternoon of playing hooky from work. Austin knew after that train ride he couldn’t let her go.

Katie and Austin set sail on May afternoon, where Austin holding on, asked Katie to spend the rest of her life with him. Following the boat ride, Austin had told Katie they had a romantic dinner planned. Little to her surprise Austin had invited both of their families for a delicious seafood celebration. Just towards the conclusion of dinner, both Katie and Austin’s closest friends walked in the door and surprised her. The day and evening were full of wonderful celebrations with the most important people in both of our lives. We could not ask for better families and friends. We are truly blessed.

Cinematography: Loudbyte | Photography: Robert Gigliotti | Floral Design: Flower firm | Wedding Dress: Eugenia Couture | Reception Venue: Chicago Symphony Hall | Brides Shoe’s: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Sydel and Sydel | Catering: Blue Plate | Band: Bill Pollack Orchestra | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Bridal Prep: Palmer House | Groom’s Bow Tie: Books Brothers | Veil: Anna D’Souza

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Modern Geometric Wedding Inspiration

If there’s one thing we’re loving, it’s geometric wedding décor. Filled with out-of-the-box ideas and impossibly dreamy touches of gold, this inspiration proves that nothing is as stately as soft palettes and clean lines. Juxtaposing classic and modern, Mallory Berry For MGB Photo captured a timeless yet fresh feel while filling a must-see gallery with whimsical whites and gorgeous geometrics.


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Summer
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Loft
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Modern

From Mallory Berry For MGB Photo… Light, simple colors are impossibly dreamy without fail, so we strove to abide exclusively by ivories, creams, and touches of gold for this wedding design. Nothing is as stately as clean palettes and clean lines, so our aim was to juxtapose classic and modern to create a timeless yet fresh feel.

Our ornament artist, Handmade Sam*made, added: “Originating from the Swedish word for sky or heaven, himmel, the Himmeli are a traditional Finnish ornament, a mobile decoration that is traditionally made out of straw or reeds in Finland. They are typically extremely ornate and are traditionally suspended above the dinner table during holiday season. It is thought that the larger the Himmeli, the larger the rye crop will be in the coming year.”

We were enamored with the symmetry and aesthetic of these ornaments, and with the traditional well-wish meanings behind them knew they would be the perfect inspiration for wedding decor. Taking the geometric theme and running, we stuck with linear and minimal elements throughout. A gorgeous raw warehouse venue, set against such a modern and vertical skyline as Chicago’s, was the perfect setting for housing the design, and each of our talented vendors came together to achieve the exact vision. Take a break from vivid colors, lace and pearls with us and inspire your plans with this milky geometric wedding!

Photography: Mallory Berry For MGB Photo | Styling: Mallory Berry For MGB Photo | Florist: Tulipia Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Simply Bridal | Cake: Toni Patisserie | Invitations: Spilled Ink Press | Ceremony Venue: Gallery 1028 | Wedding Bands: Lincoln Park Gems | Groom's Attire: Jim's Formal Wear | Air Plants: Sprout Home | Bride Custom Accent Rings: Blazer Arts | Bride Necklace/Earrings: Lori's | Bride Shoes: Lori's | Chairs: Hall's Rental | Cocktails: Longman And Eagle | Cufflinks: Revival A Go Go | Flatware: Bloomingdales | Hair/Makeup: Ashley Berg | Himmeli Ornaments: Handmade Sam*made | Place Settings/Glassware: The Festive Frog | Table: Chicago Farm Tables | Table Runner: Crate And Barrel | Wall Planters: Eriewood Collective

Rustic Chic Fall Wedding

Considering my fiancé has already started checking out unique ring options, this Groom’s bone ring caught my eye right away. But it wasn’t the only detail of this celebration that stood out, from the rustic DIY designs to one precious baby girl. This Bride hoped to create a “homemade country living” vibe and she achieved that goal to a tee, with Two Birds Photography capturing every bit. See more treats here!

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Fall
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Barn

From Two Birds PhotographyRhian and Cameron had a beautiful early autumn day for their wedding at the Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room. Their rustic theme was accentuated with the perfect amount of glamour and sweetness. Their wedding colors of ivory, navy and gray were beautifully complimented by their choice of flowers. We loved the personal touches they added throughout their day, and who can resist a dapper groom with a bolo tie and a bone ring?

Rhian and Cameron’s short, sweet and heartfelt ceremony was held outside and we simply adored the wagon that their beautiful one year old daughter was wheeled in with!

Their love story that they shared with us… One random fall weeknight, Rhian found herself reluctantly attending a college party with a friend. It was there that she noticed Cameron, similarly unenthusiastic about the night; dressed to the nines in sweatpants and a beanie. Cameron made no hesitation to approach her. Although Cam caught Rhian’s attention right away, she had already had enough for the night and told Cameron “I’ll be right back,” never to return.

As the days passed, Rhian found herself thinking about Cam constantly – so much so that she decided to pass her number along to a mutual friend, hoping it would make it’s way to Cam and he would call. As fate would have it, Cam got the message and contacted Rhian – but neither of them had any idea of the love story that would come as a result.

At first Rhian’s interest in Cam was based upon her finding him to be “extremely good looking” and Cam struggled to pull his attention away from Rhian’s body. Though as time went on, a much deeper bond began to develop. Cameron put Rhian at ease, making her laugh constantly and feel instantly comfortable around him. The love between these two cannot be denied. When Rhian looks at Cam, you can see the strongest gaze of admiration and respect in her eyes. When Cam looks at Rhian, you see the stare of a man who would do anything to make her smile, to protect her, and to give her the world.

Cam looks to the future and reflects on how far the two have come; “Today we have a beautiful family. Everyday she shows me why I fell in love with her by being an amazing mom and the perfect partner in this crazy world.” Rhian has always thought of Cam as her dream come true; “No matter what, he has always stuck by my side through the good, the bad and the ugly. He is the only person I have ever truly loved.”

From the Bride… Our wedding was a perfect day filled with all of our closest friends and family. We wanted our wedding to be a huge party that everyone could have fun at. It was a celebration of the love we have for each other. Everything from the table numbers to table florals, signs and mason jars were all handmade by myself and with the help of friends and family. We wanted our day to revolve around the simplicity of ” homemade country living.” Everything from the food to dessert was planned to have a loving homey feel to it. We wanted our “s’more love” bar to be something all of our guests could enjoy and get creative with what flavors they liked.

It is hard to choose just one moment as our favorite moment of the day. Between watching our beautiful daughter walk down the aisle to saying yes to a lifetime of happiness and dancing the night away… the entire day was filled with our favorite moments with our favorite people… and every day since has been a blessing.

The first look was also special to the both of us because it was “our” moment. It was a special moment in time that was just ours to enjoy each other and not having to share that with anyone was truly special to both of us.

Photography: Two Birds Photography | Floral Design: Langes Woodland Flowers | Reception Venue: Emerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: My Chef | DJ: DJ Nalex | Transportation: Naperville Trolley | Wedding Dress And Tux: Wolsfelts Bridal

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Traditional Chicago Wedding at the W Hotel City Center

Classic weddings have my heart. I have a feeling that will never change. It’s the beautiful tradition stamped with sweet little moments shared by the couple that truly win me over. So this chic Chicago wedding made my entire day. You can just tell every moment was magic to this couple, and thanks to Tim Tab Studios we can share in that joy here.


From the Bride…It sounds cliché to say it, but it’s true- my wedding day was the best day of my life thus far. While I knew I’d wanted to marry Mike for a while, I hadn’t been planning the details of our future wedding which allowed us to take inspiration as it came. We actually had a blast planning it too. We knew we wanted a city wedding with contemporary, yet warm décor. The W City Center in Chicago (a former men’s club with some classic early 20th century details updated with a modern look) had exactly the style we wanted. It also had separate spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, each beautiful and unique in their own way. We thought this would create a nice flow to the evening and we could focus on each event separately. One of the main style points of the space was the beautiful golden arched ceilings in the mezzanine level that overlooked the lobby. This space would eventually be where all of our guests met for cocktails after the ceremony. But it also inspired my choice of dress. After a short search I settled on a metallic lace gown, with a low-cut back. It was formal but not traditional and very elegant. It perfectly complimented the look of the space and definitely had a wow factor. On the day of the wedding I was ball of nerves but 10 seconds into seeing my husband during our “first look” those nerves disappeared. My husband loved the dress and he looked handsome in his classic black tux.

The most important thing for us is that we could spend as much time during our wedding with the people we loved. That is why we chose to do the majority or our photos before the event. Our photographers, Tim and Bethany, a husband a wife team, couldn’t have been a better choice to shoot the event. They made us feel at ease and guided us through the early parts of the ceremony experience, staged pictures with family and friends, and of course shots of us in cool urban settings in and around downtown Chicago. They also were really accommodating to our request like the big group photo we took with all our guests in one shot. It took some wrangling but it is definitely a highlight to see every time I look back on it. With the staged photos out of the way by the time we got to the ceremony everything was set up to enjoy the evening.

The ceremony was held on the second level of the W hotel, up a beautiful set of granite steps, down past the arched mezzanine overlooks and through the two large wooden doors that led to a sanctuary type space the closely resembled the nave of a church. It was accented with candles and our “altar” was set up in front of a lovely fireplace set with more candles. Our mutual friend — who actually introduced us to one another — presided over the ceremony while a string quartet, hired through the Merit School of Music, provided warmth and feeling. One of the highlights of the ceremony was definitely a performance by our friend Heidi, a trained opera singer and wife to our officiant. As we walked down the aisle to cheers from our family and friends we couldn’t be happier. But the real fun was about to begin.

During cocktails we had a chance to mingle with all the people that came to celebrate with us. Our wonderful wedding coordinator Allison Goldwasser who worked for the W helped guide the evening and ensure that everything ran smoothly. As a lover of Chicago architecture, we named the tables after our favorite buildings. And as any good Chicago foodie would have it, we found a venue with top notch dinner and added a late night snack to the menu of Italian beef and Chicago style hot dogs- local favorites. We kept centerpieces on the reception tables more focused on candles to bring that added warm light into the ballroom. We just wanted to it to feel cozy and romantic during dinner and Allison of Stems provided the look we needed. We added personalized mints in the bathroom, M&M favors (our initials) and a Chicago architecture coffee table book as our guest book to bring in more personal touches.

After some fantastically funny, heartfelt speeches and a lovely dinner people we ready to dance. Thankfully DJ Angie Ma who we hired through Toast & Jam kept the dance floor packed all evening long. Honestly it was the most fun party I ever had; the music was incredible, everyone seemed to be having a great time and we never left the dance floor. When it was all over I was sad to see everyone leave but grateful that we got to spend so much time with all the people we loved.

I was a ball of nervous energy on the day of the wedding, but once it all got underway we just went with it, enjoyed our day and got a chance to celebrate our love and life together with all of our 130 family and friends there to help. Hiring great vendors we trusted to get the job done took any potential stress away and allowed us to focus on what really mattered. I recommend them all!

Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Wedding Gown: Ysa Makino From Dimitra's Bridal | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Calvin Klein | Makeup: Chris Khasho | Hair Stylist: Kelly Cardenas | DJ: Toast And Jam | Ceremony And Reception Venue: W Chicago City Center | Ceremony And Reception Venue: W Chicago City Center | Ceremony Musicians: Melanie Clevert Sarapa | Florals: Stems

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ChiChi Styles Bridesmaid Dresses + A Discount!

Being a bridesmaid is always such an honor — I love getting to stand by my favorite ladies on their big days, but picking out a dress for a whole group of girls can undoubtably be a challenge! Well, things are about to change thanks to ChiChi Styles. This online devision of LeSalon makes picking out, ordering + purchasing bridesmaid dresses easy, fun and stress-free!

ChiChi Styles blends the best of both worlds — the expertise of a real store with years of experience + the convenience and savings of an online shop! And the best part? You and your ladies can save $40-$150 per dress on the same designer dresses you’d find elsewhere all while making sure your dresses are ordered in the correct size and within the same dye lot. Dye lots are important so the dresses are all the same shade of your chosen color. Featuring brands such as Dessy, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose, Social, After Six, Bari Jay, Bill Levkoff, Jordan, & Allure Bridesmaids, ChiChi Styles even offers a “Try-On Program” where for $25, a sample is sent straight to you and all your ladies can try on and order from home!

To make tracking your order easy-as-can-be, ChiChi Styles offers Order Tracking so you (or even your maid of honor!) can review + double check all individual orders in your bridal party before the final order is sent into the designer! You’ll even get email notifications throughout the entire ordering process as well as estimated delivery dates all through your online account. Head over here for more info, ordering guides and measuring videos! I’m loving this new way to shop for bridesmaids — and now’s the time to buy because ChiChi Styles is offering our readers $5 off each dress using code SMP32015 (expires March 31, 2105). Happy shopping, my dears!

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Romantic Chicago Wedding at Hotel Peninsula

There’s nothing like love caught on camera. Case in point? This simple yet completely stunning “I do” amongst the cityscape of Chicago. With Loudbyte Cinematography behind the lens, it’s a visual story that will live on for generations. From the Father of the Bride’s speech to the personal vows exchanged, every moment will bring a happy tear to your eye. Press play to see the entire day unfold!

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Summer
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Hotel
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Elegant

From Loudbyte CinematographyThe rehearsal dinner was at Epic Restaurant in downtown Chicago. The cocktail hour was set on a open rooftop with amazing views of the Chicago city skyline. Before dinner, 9 speeches were made by friends and family that have known the couple their entire lives, including friends that set Nicole and Steve up on their first date.

The wedding day was at The Peninsula Chicago hotel. Nicole dressed in a gorgeous pink fitted Vera Wang dress. The couples first look was on a rooftop balcony nestled in the Chicago skyline. You could almost touch some of the skyscrapers they were so close. When Steve first turned to see Nicole, its a must-see moment. The couple didn’t need any encouragement from us to stay in the moment with each other.

The ceremony was decorated by Kehoe designs and the Ken Arlen Orchestra was on hand to play live music for the processional and recessional. The couple had a Rabbi and Priest to perform the Ketubah signing and the ceremony rituals including breaking the glass.

After the ceremony, the room was opened up for the evening to begin. Nicole’s father had a very touching speech that left many people in tears. After the couples first dance, everyone was invited to the dance floor and the part began.

The couple had an after-party upstairs at the Hotel Peninsula with DJ on hand and the party kept on rocking!

We got a beautiful shot with Nicole and Steve dancing solo in the hallway and then jumping into an elevatory.

From the beautiful Bride… Steve and I were introduced by mutual friends a few months before our first date. After getting schedules coordinated we met up with a group of friends at the old town art fair and spent the next 11 hours laughing and talking. 3 weeks later I was pretty much moved in and in 5 months we were engaged. We both knew right away this was it and we were so excited to begin a life together.

The proposal was a dream. He took my parents to dinner the night before we left for Mexico to ask permission to marry me. We flew to Playa del Carmen the next day for my birthday and stayed at the Banyan tree Mayakoba resort. Steve got down on one knee and proposed after dinner that night at this beautiful restaurant out on a pier.

Cinematography: Loudbyte Cinematography | Photography: Carasco | Event Design: Kehoe Designs | Event Planning: Clementine Custom Events | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Make Up: Makeup By Aga | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Epic Restaurant | Wedding Venue: Peninsula Chicago

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