If you’re in the mood for a serving of elegance with a side of vintage, look no further than this Chicago fete from Britta Marie Photography. Set at Fulton’s On The River, this grayish-blue, peach and blush color story is complemented by the prettiest lace (that veil!), a rich and romantic reception and moments like this that are sure to make your heart skip a beat. See it all here.
From the beautiful Bride… Jakub and I were engaged on Sunday, February 24th. The day had started out just like most Sundays for us usually do, and I had no idea it would be one that I will never forget. We woke up, made breakfast, lounged around, it was actually a great morning. Jakub had told me we were going to a party with some of his friends from work so I got dressed and ready to go. I was waiting for him to finish getting ready when he came in the kitchen he told me there were a change of plans… I was so confused, I asked “What happened in the last five minutes that our plans have already changed!?!” …I will never forget at that moment he walked up to me, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was SO suprised and overwhelmed, I didnt believe it was finally happening!! I screamed in shock for a few minutes before I finally said YES! I was shaking I was so excited and suprised… and the suprises didn’t stop!
The next thing I knew we were leaving our apartment and there was a black car waiting for us out front. We got in and I tried to figure out where we were going next, but figured it out once we got out on Michigan Avenue. I had asked Jakub so many times to go on a horse and carriage ride but he would never cave :) There waiting for us was a horse (Fiona) and carriage waiting for our arrival. Before we hopped in though we of course stopped to get a celebratory glass of champagne! We asked the bartender to take a picture of us and I remember him saying “you guys are so cute” I replied “thanks we just got engaged!” He actually did not believe us at first and then I think by the ecstatic looks on both of our faces he knew we were not lying and gave us the glasses of champagne on the house.
The carriage ride was wonderful, we cruised down the lake around the best parts of the city, when coincidently we stopped at one of my favorite restaurants, Quartino’s. I couldn’t help to think that the day was just getting better and better, and then it did. When we walked in the waitress led us to a room where our parents and my sister and brother-in-law were waiting to congratulate us! I could not believe that he had planned this (and they all knew) weeks in advance! We had an amazing celebratory lunch and then headed home. Once we got home, Jakub told me I had one last suprise. This time we hopped in a cab (no black car this time, haha!) and it dropped us off at a wine bar in our neighborhood… When I walked in the door I knew then what was in store for me as I heard all of my friends laughter and voices. We walked in and I could not believe how many of our close friends had gathered to cheers our exciting news!! The day ended just as amazingly as it had begun. Not only had the love of my life asked me to marry him, but we also were able to celebrate our engagement with all of our favorite people in the world! It truly was perfect.
Photography: Britta Marie Photography | Floral Design: Kio Kreations | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: West Town Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Fulton's On The River | Bridesmaids Dresses: Wolsfelt's Bridal | Bridesmaid Earrings: Kendra Scott | Church: Assumption Catholic Church | Clutch: Lily Of Trieste | Tuxedo: Vera Wang
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Lesson of the day: if you are looking to tie the knot in a drop-dead gorgeous, fairytale-like setting, the amazing Armour House is most definitely the place. The towering mansion, beautiful gardens and breathtaking staircase are enough to woo any lover of weddings, but throw in the expertise of North Shore Weddings and Events and Deonna Caruso and, well… perfection, lovelies. See it all here.
And a little something special from Twelve Twelve Studios… enjoy.
From The Bride…The Armour Mansion at Lake Forest Academy truly was the quintessential venue for a fairytale wedding. The venue’s old world charm, lavish gardens, and breathtaking architecture left all of our guests speechless. Choosing this venue was very special bonding moment for my father and me, as he handpicked this venue to give away his little girl. Interestingly, Jonathan Ogden Armour shared the same sentiments; designing a grandiose bridal staircase in the mansion for his daughter. This historic mansion set the ambiance and overall design of our wedding. As we planned our honeymoon in Tuscany, Italy, we also wanted to make our guests feel like they had escaped to an Italian countryside. Our guests filled the lush gardens, as the harpist played “The Gentle Maiden”, Irish Air, in significance of my husband and my family’s Irish decent.
From Deonna Caruso Photography… On July 13, 2013, Dana Parkhill and Frank Miller were married at the beautiful Armour House in Lake Forest. What a perfect day for an outdoor wedding and when I say perfect, it was truly that! The day could not have been better for the two of them. Dana and Frank met each other a couple of years ago through a mutual friend. When they first met their friend said “Mr. Nice Guy meet Mrs. Nice Girl.” When you meet both of them you realize that pretty much sums it up. After they met each other they dated and endured a long-distance relationship for awhile. Frank was finishing up undergrad at Wake Forest in North Carolina and Dana was finishing graduate school in Bloomington, Indiana. They spent summers together and saw each other when they could. When Frank graduated in 2012, he came to Bloomington and got a job. They were so grateful to finally be in the same town! Frank proposed to Dana at a local winery in Bloomington in October of 2012 and the rest is history. When you see the two of them together you can see how much love and respect they have for each other and it was such an honor to capture their gorgeous wedding day!
Photography: Deonna Caruso Photography | Videographer: Twelve Twelve Studios | Wedding Planner: North Shore Weddings and Events | Wedding Cake: Deerfield's Bakery | Band: Final Say | Harpist: Renee Wilson | Floral And Decor: Ashland Addison Floral & Event Decor | Hair/Make Up: Antonette White | Wedding Reception and Ceremony: Armour House
Take some rustic chic goodness and add in a little vintage charm all designed by a bride who knows a thing or two about planning the perfect wedding (she owns Dixie Bleu Events, after all) and the results are amazing. Think bundles of baby’s breath meets galvanized pails meets burlap tied bouquets. See it all captured in beautiful images by Redeeming Love Photography right here.
From the Bride (Dixie Bleu Events)… We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us, so we took the best of the midwest country boy and the southern wildflower and combined it together with a country, vintage, DIY, flea-market twist. The wedding had the comfort of the midwest corn fields and country feel with a splash of southern charm. My mother and I went to auctions, antique stores, goodwills and yard sales all over to collect pieces that captured our personalities and upbringing. It turned the wedding planning into an adventure trying to find over 200 vintage floral china plates and milk glass from all over Southern Illinois.
The wedding was a family DIY project, everyone pitched in someway or another. We had our families’ heirlooms and hard work all around us on our special day. It gave the wedding a touch of warmth and family pride, we felt as though every piece had a funny story or memory attached.
The wooden centerpieces came from the woods at York Farms, cut in his saw mill by Justin’s grandfather (DIY). The flag bunting that hung in the tent was hand-sewn by my 80-year-old grandmother (DIY). The vintage linens were hand sewn by Justin’s grandmother from the 60′s & 70′s (Heirloom). The golden deer antlers were found in the York Farm Woods (DIY). The vintage china, milk glass, mason jars, wooden doors, suitcases, and vintage furniture were collected by my mother and me. The straw bales were baled from York Farms. The Model T Ford was donated and driven by a life-long family friend of the York’s. The antique quilts donated by friends and family.
My something old was my late grandfather’s hankee sewed into my dress. My something borrowed were Alpha Delta Pi Sorority pins from Andi’s sorority sisters and bridesmaids Carly, Kelli, and Becca. My something new were monogrammed hankee from my momma. My something blue was my Florida Gator garter and a six pence in my shoe. My wedding and engagement rings were custom designed and made from my mother’s rings.
Photography: Redeeming Love Photography | Floral Design: Ahner Florist | Cake: Artistry on Cakes | Invitations: Wide Eyes Design | Ceremony Venue: The Weingarten | Reception Venue: The Weingarten | Bridesmaids Dresses: Allure | Catering: Roy-el Catering | Bar Sign : August Park | Bridal Dress : Maggie Soterro | Bridal Hair: Barri Allen | Bridal Jewlery : Sorrelli | Bridal Shoes : Toms | Custom Wedding Rings : Wolenhaupt Jewelry | DIY Projects (Mother/Daughter Team): Dixie Bleu Events | DJ : Short Circuit Entertainment | First Look: Eckert's Farm | Flower Girl Dress : Olivia Kate Couture | Getting Ready Attire: Monkey See Boutique | Groomsmen Attire: Jim's Formal Wear | Koozies : Rook Design Company | Make-Up : Krista Lam | Photo Booth: Niche Photography | Pre- Bridal Photo's : Unforgettable Photography By Anna | Programs: Splash of Silver