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Marine Corps Danada House Wedding

A Stem Above really nailed classic minimalism with this wedding. Keeping the floral count low but the impact high is not easy, but holy cow, you’re about to see it done so, so right. Misty Winter captured this beautiful military wedding and it’s the kind that will leave you wishing for more. And when that happens, click here.


From the beautiful bride…  As a fun, spirited couple, our journey as a couple becoming husband and wife involved new adventures from desert hikes in Arizona, to snowboarding down the Rockies, to cycling centuries around Ohio, to permanent cross country moves. So, it was our inspiration to include the outdoors in our wedding plans with a classic, romantic feel. It was essential to us that our personalities were reflected throughout the day in all the little details: vintage style Chantilly lace of my wedding gown, ceremonial Marine Corps Arch of Swords, cocktail napkins with fun anecdote, beer & wine tastings during cocktail hour, East Coast Swing dance lessons, outdoor dancing with twinkle lights. We wanted to create a unique, warm, inviting and fun day for our guests.

For the ceremony, we wanted to be surrounded by beautiful gardens and the outdoors as our dear families and closest friends witnessed the exchange of our vows. We chose the Danada House because it provided the perfect back drop for an outdoor wedding with the ability to create a personal home feel. For cocktail hour, the veranda was flooded with custom wine barrels displaying our wine, cheese, and beer stations featuring our favorite selections. Guests could meander between food stations including bites inspired by our roots in Chicago and new home in California. The bites included mini pizza pops, mini chicago style hot dogs, mini fish tacos, and mini empanadas. Guests were also treated to the chance to take a group East Coast Swing Dance Lesson to prepare for keeping the dance floor hot throughout the night.

The modern addition of the Danada House was warmed by arrange a combination of wooden farm tables within a sea of Federal Blue Shantung linen with arrangements and décor by A Stem Above. Each table included a custom rod iron lanterns, mercury glass candles, and textural floral in a sophisticated palette of monochromatic green to match the bridesmaid’s floral. The wall-to-wall windows of the space in combination with the rustic floral and farm tables created a perfect ambiance for guests. The entire Entertaining Company staff was a pleasure to work with, offering each and every guest personal attention. The meal concluded with a phenomenal three-tiered, double chocolate cake prepared by Bent Fork Bakery that we ceremoniously by sword.

Our celebration continued outside on the patio deck with dancing under Italian twinkling lights. Our first dance was serenaded by the smooth voice of Amanda Wolff from the Flat Cats and guests continued to dance the night away with lively music putting their dance lessons to use.

Upon meeting with our photographer, Misty Winter from Misty Winter Photography, we knew she was a perfect match. Her fun, fresh, and photo journalistic style perfectly captured our day. Equally as important, we genuinely enjoyed the company of Misty. It was as if a dear, close friend was documenting our day instead of a professional stranger. Our wedding planner, Joede Berman created a seamless parade of moments throughout the day that allowed us to enjoy our wedding. It really was THAT easy thanks to all our amazing vendors. We are so thankful for the creativity, professionalism, and quality which created a truly memorable day for us, our families, and friends.

Photography: Misty Winter | VIDEOGRAPHER: Jaime Rozen | Cake: The Bent Fork Bakery | Catering: Entertaining Company | Planner: Joede Berman | Event Design: A Stem Above | Make Up: Makeup By Beth | Converted Horse Farm: Danada House Wheaton IL | Hair : Glamour Salon | Music: The Flat Cats

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Cantigny Park Wedding

When a stunning park setting and an adorable bride and groom come together for a couple of “I do’s,” it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.  The kind of affair, in fact, that you only see in fairytales… or those uber-romantic movies.  So to say that we were just a tad bit excited to dive into every last gorgeous detail of this stunning day captured by Kina Wicks is, well… one serious understatement.  And the gallery of drop-dead gorgeous images?  Beyond breathtaking.  Join me there for so much more.

From Kina Wicks Photography… Kelly and John had a day that was flawless. They got ready on different floors of John’s parents’ home, and the excitement was palpable. You can see the excitement in the cool photo of the bridal party on different floors of the house! It was taken before the bride and groom had seen each other yet and was such a fun idea they had. Kelly & John have such a nice mixture of being best friends and truly obviously still crushing on one another! I loved the little ways that they show love and respect to one another. When they exchanged love notes to each other during their first look, they were generous enough to share the words with me ahead of time… my favorite quote was one of John’s… “A lifetime together lies shortly ahead.” I know he means it. Their day reflected their beautiful, quiet, mature relationship at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. The setting along with the people who surrounded them gave them a wedding they will always cherish.

Photographer: Kina Wicks Photography | Cake: Cocoa Bean Fine Desserts | DJ: Ryan Meeks of Non-Stop Entertainment | Bride's Dress: Jasmine Couture | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cantigny Park | Custom Printing: Style on a Budget | Florals: Pamela Weber, Sweet Pea | Planning: Stacey Hayes | Video: Adrienne of Non-Stop Entertainment

Cantigny Park Wedding from Cristina G Photography + Shannon Gail Events

When I first laid eyes on this gorgeous wedding from Shannon of Shannon Gail Weddings & Events, I simply couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. Let’s just say I was chomping at the bit. Because not only is this wedding filled with so many details you could spend your day pinning every one, but it’s also filled with my favorite detail of all – love. Add some the gorgeous images by Cristina G Photography, and ladies and gents, there goes my afternoon. See it all here.

From ShannonDesigning and planning Kris and Dan’s Wedding was incredibly enjoyable due to their many hobbies, vibrant personalities, and love for each other. During our first meeting, Kris told us that she had picked Cantigny Park as the site of their wedding because of its stunning gardens and beautiful perspective of nature. She wanted to find a way to mix in her love of gardening with Dan’s outdoorsy personality and her Asian culture, while not allowing it to look too rustic or homemade. I was inspired to add a bit of a vintage undertone after seeing Kris’s ring and gown so our end result was an intricate palette of sherbet-like hues of varying depths with bits of shimmering gold and textures you may not think of combining such as chevron and lace. It was the look that you get when you hand cut a few stems of hydrangea from your home garden and place it under your stunning dining room chandelier for a look that is effortless and refined all at the same time. With a little handyman labor from the Groom (he literally made their wedding canopy) we were able to combine handmade wooden elements with glamorous centerpieces (ala the most fabulous floral designer in Chicago) that, when placed in a room with 360 degree views of the breathtakingly beautiful grounds was the perfect juxtaposition of urban and rural and the perfect melding of Kris and Dan.

Photography: Cristina G Photography | Cinematography: Fig Weddings | Floral Design: StemLine Creative | Invitations: Just Invite Me | Stationery: Anna Kate Design | Ceremony Venue: Cantigny Park | Reception Venue: Cantigny Gardens | Wedding Planner: Shannon Gail Weddings & Events | Hair and Makeup: Mia Sorella | DJ: Fig Weddings | Ceremony Music: The Classic Harpist | Chiavari Chairs: Elegant Presentations

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