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Modern Chicago Wedding at Public Hotel

One of the best things about cities are the hidden gems, which is exactly what these two Groom’s discovered at Public Chicago. High above the skyline they transported their guests into a quirky and modern affair featuring extraordinary views and minimalistic blooms by  Stems Chicago. Check out the stunning details captured by Annie Parish Photography in the gallery!

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From the Grooms… A friend of ours had suggested the Public Hotel Chicago when we were considering venues for our wedding reception. We knew we wanted to have an intimate event with only 30 or so guests. We kept referring to it as a dinner party for our closest friends, instead of our wedding reception. We were drawn to the modern, minimalist style of the hotel because it mirrored our own tastes, and when we saw the terrace outside the Ava Room with its expansive view of the downtown Chicago skyline and peeks of Lake Michigan between the buildings, we were sold. It was the first and only property we toured, and we signed the contract immediately.

We continued the minimalist look with white table linens and flower arrangements in shades of whites, creams, and pale greens. Graceful pieces of driftwood helped to visually ground the table. Pops of color came from the place cards we made that featured whimsical robots with guests’ names displayed on monitors in their chests. We had hoped our guests would want to keep them as souvenirs of the night so the cards had fun personal touches. For example, one of our friends had broken a leg in a biking accident, so her robot wore a cast.

As with all weddings, the day was a blur as we hurried to get dressed, manage last minute details, and have our photos taken with Annie Parish. Neither of us is particularly comfortable in front of the camera, but she was able to capture some really incredible moments from the night… including when we had to quickly scramble to move the event inside because a storm blew in from the lake right as we began our speeches. The wind was so strong that a bouquet of flowers flew out of the vase in front of us, rolled down the length of the table, and went over the railing.

The storm only lasted about thirty minutes, and we easily recovered with a champagne toast and dinner inside. The patio was dried off and ready to go for a night of dancing under the stars.

The evening was incredibly special because our closest friends from around the country — and two came all the way from Dubai! — made the trip to add their happiness to ours. It’s very rare to have all of your best friends gathered together at the same time, so it was amazing, humbling, and made for an all-around unforgettable party.

Photography: Annie Parish Photography | Floral Design: Stems Chicago | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Groom's Attire: DSQUARED2 | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom's Tie: Burberry | Hotel: Public Chicago | Wedding Rings: Cartier

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Rustic French Country Wedding in Chicago at Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft

We’ve seen a lot of stunning Chicago weddings come across our screens, but this beauty from Cristina G Photography really stands out. It has that classic city elegance we love about the fêtes that come from Chicago mixed with some lovely rustic details just to shake things up a bit. Add in some picture perfect florals from A Stem Above, and ladies and gents, we have a winner on our hands. See it all here.

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From Cristina G PhotographyA rustic chic wedding with beautiful skyline views of the city, farm tables and all white flowers. An elegant Monique Lhuillier dress, navy blue Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses, Jimmy Choo heels and a whole lot of pretty! It is a wedding that will inspire you to put your dancing shoes on, hire a great band and have a New York style reception! It has definitely convinced me that New York style receptions are the most fun you could have at a wedding!

Laura and Mike’s wedding was elegant and simple, yet sophisticated and chic. Their exposed brick with wood beams venue matched the rustic theme perfectly. It was quiet and a little ways away from downtown Chicago, but offered unparalleled views of the city skyline.

The guests made their way in just before the clouds gathered over the city and the rain started to fall. Inside the room, beautiful French Country chairs and white freshly picked flowers lined the candlelit aisle. After a short, but heartfelt ceremony cocktail hour awaited with a full bar and miniature passed hors d’oeuvres.

The dinner reception welcomed guests directly onto the dance floor. The lively band made sure no one stayed seated for too long in between courses. A New York style reception is probably the best entertainment you could offer your guests at a wedding! Sprinkled with a few toasts and the couple’s formal dances, the guests danced the night away alongside the newlyweds!

Photography: Cristina G Photography | Wedding Planner: BCR Events | Floral Design: A Stem Above | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft | Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Blue Plate | Band: Rendezvous | Paper Goods: Magnificent Milestones

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Romantic Outdoor Wedding at Bull Valley Golf Club

For these two college friends turned lifelong loves, a day surrounded by the beauty and romance of Bull Valley Golf Club sounded about as perfect as could be. And it was made even more so by a layer of peonies and other pink pretties by Twisted Stem and a day captured so beautifully by Jacqui Cole Photography. Check out the full gallery for even more!

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From Jacqui Cole Photography… Lauren and Tyler really created their wedding day around their own personalities. The entire day was full of emotion! From their first look, the moments before walking down the aisle to the small glances they stole at each other during speeches. Every moment was such a joy to capture! Lauren and Tyler have this visible connection where they always seems to be on the same wavelength, just knowing what the other is thinking . They are two of the sweetest, down to earth and goofy people I know! It was so amazing to be able to document the start of their lives together and so incredibly happy that these two wonderful people are now husband and wife!

From The Bride…Tyler and I met in high school (but we weren’t high school sweethearts!). His group of friends and my girlfriends all became friends. While we never had any interest in each other at that time, our group of mutual friends allowed us to stay in touch into college. I was throwing a party at the end of sophomore year at my apartment when our friend, Tony, asked if he could bring Tyler. I said yes and, well – the rest is history! We were inseparable.

How we picked Bull Valley is a funny story. When we talked about getting married, neither of us ever thought we would do the “traditional big wedding.” We always imagined a destination wedding with a small group of family and friends – or even going to the courthouse. However, I grew up just a few miles from Bull Valley Golf Club and my dad (a huge golfer) had always loved it so we decided to take a look. The result? We were blown away. Everything about Bull Valley is absolutely breathtaking. They were in the process of completely revamping the outdoor patio and we knew it would be absolutely wonderful. We didn’t look anywhere else and booked it on the spot!

Choosing our colors was easy (pink/black/silver). It was a spring wedding and I love pink! There are so many ways to make it tasteful for a formal event. Tyler wasn’t thrilled at first, so we ended up using pink more as an accent rather than a main color to keep it boy-friendly (flowers, ties, etc). My favorite part of the day has to be the first look photo session. Having that moment alone before the ceremony for me and Tyler to see each other was incredible. I think he would agree. We could both react naturally and have no distractions from a crowd. Not to mention it made for some stellar photos! He looked so dapper!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: Twisted Stem | Wedding Dress: Volles Bridal | Cake: Oakmill Bakery | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair And Makeup: Blush Salon | DJ: Music In Motion | Venue: Bull Valley Golf Club

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