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Cheerful Chicago Engagement Session

We couldn’t imagine anything sweeter than this Chicago couple’s engagement session! Relaxing at their apartment, strolling around the lake and exploring the city they fell in love in, these lovebirds are totally in love and it shows. The talented Kristin Sweeting captured every moment in the full gallery right here!

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From Kristin SweetingLorrie and Dan picked out a few places in the city that were special to them, including their gorgeous apartment with a great view of Chicago. I loved getting to see their neighborhood while we walked around the city with their sweet dog Addy. I love it when couples make their engagement session something really personal to them and their relationship, and Lorrie and Dan definitely did a great job of that!

Photography: Kristin Sweeting

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Vintage Glam Chicago Wedding

We love a Bride who knows how to rock a fascinator and this beauty in the hands of Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists is quickly approaching Style Icon status. Exuding vintage glamour, it’s a wedding overflowing with elegance thanks to A Splendid Occasion. Each and every snap from Robyn Rachel Photography is better than the last and you can see them all here!

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From Tiffany Siladke of A Splendid Occasion… I knew right from the beginning that Tiffany, the bride, and myself were going to be a great fit for each other, especially since we have the same name! :)

Tiffany and Nick reached out to me in the beginning of January 2014 and were in need of a great planner and designer in the Chicago area, since they both reside in Tampa, FL, with Tiffany’s two daughters – Dallas and Chayse. They knew that the chances of the both of them coming up to Chicago before the wedding was slim, due to their busy work schedules, and really wanted to find someone they could trust with their big day. That’s where I came in!

We did a lot of phone calls, skyping, texting photos and emails, and everything worked out in the end. Tiffany was able to come up one time before the wedding to approve the venue and a few vendors, but other than that it was up to me to create a beautiful, vintage inspired and dinner party-like event. I loved every minute of it!

The one thing thing that was so important for them was for the event to not “feel” like a wedding. They wanted it be an absolute blast for their family and friends, which all were traveling in from other states and we made it happen. We planned a city wide scavenger hunt for them the day before the wedding, unique vintage suitcases were delivered to each guests room with Chicago style popcorn, and other goodies, as well as the awesome hype man that MaryMonica Music, Inc. provided for us during the reception. The party was an absolute fun experience, and looked beautiful too!

Dallas and Chayse, Tiffany’s two girls, were also a huge part of the planning too. Since we knew there would be several kids attending, we wanted them to have a memorable time, as well! They had their own fun kid’s table, an interactive photobooth, and a cupcake decorating station. You can bet, a lot of the adults took part in that cupcake station!

In the end, Tiffany, Nick, and all of their guests had an awesome time and left the wedding full of joy, which is what I love to see! This beautiful little family officially became one, and it was a wonderful day to play such a huge role in. I truly enjoy these sort of planning experiences because the bride and groom really get to be a guest at their own wedding.

Photography: Robyn Rachel Photography | Stationery: Bride | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Empire Limo | Bride's Dress: Zac Posen | Cake/ Cupcakes: Cacao Sweets and Treats | DJ/ Entertainment: MaryMonica Music, Inc | Getting Ready Robes: PajamaSutra | Hair/ Make up: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists | Miscellaneous Vintage Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago | Placecards And Custom Signage: Dea & Bean | Planner/ Designer/ Florist/ Custom Chiffon Runners: A Splendid Occasion | Restaurant/ Venue & Rooftop: Epic Restaurant | Vintage Centerpiece Rentals: re:find Joy | Vintage Suitcases: Shadow Box Dreams Vintage Rentals | White Linens: Windy City Linen

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Classic Magnificent Mile Engagement

With a bottle of bubbly in hand this perfect pair brought along Katherine Salvatori Photography as they roamed the city the live in and love. The magnificent mile proves to the be the perfect starting point, a beautiful skyline that beckons sweet kisses and starry eyes. See it all in the gallery!

From Katherine Salvatori PhotographyJackie and Ben met through friends almost four years ago, and were engaged this past June! Ben brought Jackie to a private boat in Chicago’s Belmont Harbor for the proposal (so romantic!), so when it came to their engagement pictures it was a no brainer that we would take them in the city they live in and love. The magnificent mile was the perfect starting location, right in the hub of city life with the beautiful river. After walking around downtown for a bit, we headed over to North Avenue Beach for some champagne and gorgeous skyline views! Jackie and Ben exude style, I absolutely love their classic look (and that RING!!). These two are over the moon for each other, their smiles and Jackie’s adorable giggle says it all. I can’t wait for their wedding next October!

Photography: Katherine Salvatori Photography

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Elegant Emerald + Gold Wedding Inspiration

What do you get when you combine the luxurious shades of emerald and gold, a stunning halter-style silk shantung gown (it even has pockets!!), and an amazing team of vendors?! This vintage-tinged wedding inspiration shoot, that just happened to be shot at one of our favorite venues ever, the Chicago History Museum. Lucky for us, Emilia Jane captured every last stunning moment for us, right here!


From Clover EventsWhen I teamed up with Emilia Schobeiri of Emilia Jane Photography and Alyssa Kahle of Alyssa Kristin, we knew one thing for certain: we wanted to do a late fall inspiration shoot at the iconic Chicago History Museum that incorporated a mix of neutral colors, brought to life with a bold pop of emerald green.

We emphasized our interpretation of classic beauty using the Chicago History Museum as the perfect backdrop to blend new and old. Erin McDonald of Platinum Events provided the most beautiful, lush florals in ivory and many shades of green. The florals were complemented by elegant crystal and gold table settings from Hall’s Rentals and luxurious table linens from BBJ Linens. There were so many wonderful textures on our table! And can we talk about the emerald sofa and arm chairs from Bowery & Bash?! These were the ideal finishing touch!

Sarah Drake Design’s invitation suite and menu card offered the perfect modern, neutral accompaniment to the bold pops of emerald. Maddiebird Bakery baked the most elegant, classic ivory cake.

Our stunning bridal model happens to be Natalie Probst of Natalie Probst Photography, who wore the gorgeous silk shantung bridal gown from Alyssa Kristin Designs as if it were custom-made for her. The darling bridesmaids were dressed in taupe and grey gowns from Brideside. All three ladies wore gold and rhinestone jewels from The Left Bank, which evoked the timeless elegance of the Chicago History Museum. Their fabulous hair and makeup were flawlessly done by AJ Schulz and Shannon O’Brien, respectively.

With this all-star vendor line-up we knew this shoot would be everything we had imagined it could be!

Photography: Emilia Jane | Event Planning: Clover Events | Floral Design: Platinum Events | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Cake: Maddiebird Bakery | Invitations: Sarah Drake Design | Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum | Jewelry: The Left Bank | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Brideside | Makeup: Shannon O'Brien MUA | Hair: AJ Schulz | Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Bowery & Bash | Rentals: Hall's Rental

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Glam Gatsby Waldorf Astoria Chicago Wedding

If F. Scott Fitzgerald were writing The Great Gatsby today, he would look to this couple’s big day for inspiration. From the deco stationery and luxe feather-accented florals from Dilly Lily to the beautiful Bride’s gorgeous Lazaro gowns and festive tunes from Toast and Jam, the details of this stunning affair epitomize the Roaring Twenties. Gatsby famously said, “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” And, all the beautiful images from Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema in the gallery prove him right.

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From Ann & Kam Photography & CinemaHave you ever dreamed of the perfect, glamorous, Gatsby-themed downtown affair? Well, Kelly and Joe created exactly that with their amazing wedding at the Waldorf Astoria. Kelly and Joe’s wedding was a stunning event complete with TWO Lazaro dresses, amazing florals by DillyLilly, and run flawlessly by CityGirl Weddings. But really, the most memorable parts of the day are always the people, and this wedding was as full of memorable, emotional moments as it was beauty and glamour.

Kelly was as beautiful and emotional as can be, and Joe was perfectly handsome and dapper. Before the wedding, Kelly had told me about how cute her nieces were, and I have to admit that these two flower girls are among the cutest we have ever seen. The ring bearer was so cute he never made it down the aisle, and the flower girl was so confident that she decided to sit down and pick up her flower petals before taking more than a few steps. Those are the moments that touch are hearts and we will never forget.

Photography: Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema | Event Planning: CityGirl Weddings | Floral Design: DillyLilly | Wedding Dresses: Lazaro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Makeup: Nika Vaughan | DJ: Toast And Jam | Wedding Venue: Waldorf Astoria

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Elegant Downtown Chicago Wedding

With a Bride that can’t stop smiling, stunning blush florals from A Stem Above, leather and lace ‘maids’ dresses, and one of the most covetable pieces of “something blue” we’ve ever seen, this downtown Chicago wedding has it all! Lucky for us, the ever-talented Jacqui Cole Photography was there to capture every last bit of pretty, and shared it all with us right here.

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From Jacqui Cole PhotographyCourtney and Jamie’s wedding was a day full of romance, love and complete joy. Jamie decided to get ready with the Groomsmen at their childhood home. He gifted the Groomsmen an engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label and happily toasted to his future before leaving for the church. Courtney and the Bridesmaids calmly got ready at the Loews Chicago O’Hare. Jamie gifted his Bride-to-be a beautiful pair of diamond earrings, as he wrote in her card, she deserved an upgrade for promising her life to him.

Courtney and Jamie wed at the stunning St Alphonsus, Chicago. It is such a breathtaking church and the perfect backdrop for such a joyful ceremony. We spent some time around the city taking portraits. Courtney opted for a more subtle, elegant backdrop of the Art Institute and I think it complemented her style perfectly! Their reception took place at the Loews Chicago O’Hare. The decor was classic yet romantic, with soft hydrangeas and whimsical blush roses. The couple danced the night away to the David Rothstein Band, who put on a fantastic performance! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Smith! Your wedding was truly an honor to capture and I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: A Stem Above | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Cake Chicago | Ceremony Venue: St Alphonsus | Reception Venue: Loews Chicago | Hair And Makeup: Kristen Repta | Band: David Rothstein | Groom's Attire: Formerly Modern Tuxedo | Bridal Boutique: Bella Bianca

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