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Glamorous + Whimsical Garden-Inspired Wedding at the Art Institute of Chicago

This Chicago wedding isn’t just gorgeous and glamorous (do you see that flower arch?!)—it’s full of details that incorporate the couple’s love story, like the hand-painted paper goods (they bonded over art), the color scheme (she loves pink, he loves purple), and the Groom’s cake cupcake (the Bride explains below!). And the photos, by Olivia Leigh Photographie, are as beautiful as the day. See them all here.

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From The Bride….If I thought being proposed to by the love of my life was the best day of my life, I could not have even prepared myself for our wedding day! Reza and I met in a hot yoga class and immediately connected because of our love for family, art, yoga, travel, and dogs. Reza proposed to me in Costa Rica on our two-year anniversary (I was very surprised!) and quickly started wedding planning as soon as we got back.

We wanted a really glamorous but whimsical (think, playing in the woods when you are little and stumbling upon acres of wildflowers and lilies of the valley) wedding in the city of Chicago since that is where we met. The Modern Wing at The Art Institute of Chicago was the most natural and perfect decision for us for a venue since we both love art, especially painting. I water-colored all of the menus, place cards, and other signage, all while teaching Reza how to watercolor—usually at 3am!

The flower arch with the hanging chandelier in the ceremony was the most important décor item to us because we both wanted something special to stand under/front of when we became husband and wife. Reza loves purple and I love pink, and the flowers that made up the arch were these springy, light pinks and purples, organic, bouncy flowers.

Our other favorite décor and moment together was right before the reception started, only Reza and I were in the reception room at Terzo Piano. I could not help but put my hand over my mouth and cry of happiness because of how all the little details we had been planning for the last nine months came together beautifully. I had a surprise grooms cake made with a big smile on the giant cupcake cake because Reza is a dentist and there is a long story of how I would  send him massive cupcakes to get Reza to finally date me. Together we picked out twenty-four postcards of famous paintings and painters we love and I wrote on the back of each card (twice because I wanted two postcards per table!) a personalized note to the guests at each table about why that painting or painter meant so much to us. Having those personal touches from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception is what was the most fun part of the wedding for me. I wanted our guests to feel like we truly appreciated them being at our special day, and I wanted to feel the love in the room between all our families and friends and of course Reza and me. I believe we achieved those goals.

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Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Videography: One Fine Day Productions | Event Planning: Liven It Up Events | Floral Design: Vale Of Enna | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Creative Cakes | Stationery: Magnificent Milestones | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wtoo | Catering: Bon Appetit | Makeup: Glam'd | Hair: Pin Me Up Chicago | Calligraphy: Bridget Walsh, Seraphim Script | Lighting: Frost Chicago | Band: Maggie Speaks | Ceremony Music: Cagen Music | Venue: Art Institute | Bride's Sash: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids | Dessert: Real Butter Cream | Earrings And Headband: Dimitras Couture Bridal | Groom And Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Linens: Elite Chair Covers | Photobooth: Photo Bomb Picture Co. | Veil: Vera Wang

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Elegant + Organic Chicago History Museum Wedding

Get ready, lovies, because there’s a whole lot of pretty coming your way from this Chicago wedding. From the Bride’s bejeweled Carolina Herrera gown, Manolo Blahnik shoes and stunning makeup from Nika Vaughan to Chicago History Museum‘s gorgeous garden and ballroom, this wedding, captured to perfection from Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema, is oh-so-lovely. See it all here.

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From Ann & Kam Photography & CinemaI knew I liked Rachel from the first time we talked—her easy laughter and kind nature came through even on the telephone. Then I had the pleasure of a little phone call from her mom, when I really fell in love with their whole family. It was easy to feel how much this family loves and cares for each other, and I was in love with them for it. Aaron and Rachel seem to be the perfect fit – laughing often, affectionate, caring, smart, fun, easy going. I could go on and on, obviously! We’ve been looking forward to their wedding for a year, and I am still smiling even as I edit their collection!

Rachel and Aaron’s day was a delight because of the wonderful people involved, but it was also flawlessly beautiful. The Chicago History Museum was the site for the ceremony and reception, and provided a stunning setting, as always. I am still swooning over the gorgeous florals by Life in Bloom and Rachel’s Carolina Herrera gown. Five Grain Events planned the day to perfection, and the David Rothstein Band kept the party rocking all night. Truly, a perfect day.

Photography : Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema | Event Planning: Five Grain Events | Floral Design: Life In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Makeup: Nika Vaughan | Hair: Salon Blue | Band: David Rothstein Band | Venue: Chicago History Museum | Caterering: Food For Thought

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Romantic Spanish-Inspired Wedding Inspiration

Picturesque? Well, that doesn’t even begin to describe the captures from Tamara Gruner Photography (and I’m not just talking about those illustrated portraits)! Set amongst an enchanting atmosphere complete with one stunning flamenco-style dress, this Spain-inspired editorial is oh-so-pretty. From the Spanish guitar to the sangria table, we’ve got all the loveliness here!

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Summer
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Elegance

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyThe red bricks, the sangria table, and her flowing flamenco-style dress; is all one desires for a beautiful Spain-inspired wedding. The table for 8 was adorned with roses, peonies and lilac flowers along with delicately calligraphed place cards – provided an ethereal setting. The guests were pampered with delicacies from near and far. Strolling along the gardens of this wonderful location, the bride and groom reflected on their special day. A picture is a thousand words; a portrait speaks a million….they held their own portraits to celebrate this enchanting day!

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Design: Tamara Gruner Photography | Wedding Dress: Lazaro From Bella Bianca | Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | Catering: Pure Kitchen Catering | Makeup: Orlando Barsallo From Solo Salon | Hair Stylist: Emily Grissom From Solo Salon | Calligraphy: Layers Of Loveliness | Country Club: Ravisloe Country Club | Event Planning & Design: Beso Weddings & Events | Event Styling & Florals: The Foxglove Studio | Female Model: Michelle Mink | Groom Attire: Trunk Club Custom | Groom Styling: Suzanne Cotter | Groom Styling: Taylor Thomas | Guitarist: Spanish Guitar Chicago | Portraiture: CW Drawings | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Shoe Design, Veil & Jewelry: The Left Bank Jewelry

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Elegant Spring Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center

Romantic bright blooms from A Stem Above, a gaggle of girlfriends in blush lace and shimmering sequins, a waterfront view, and an adoring Groom… Sounds absolutely ideal, right? This beautiful Bride got all that and more on her Big Day, and you won’t want to miss all the pretty in the Kristin La Voie Photography-captured gallery here, or in the Delack Media Group film below. Take a peek!

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From Kristin La Voie PhotographyAdd a stunning Judd Waddell gown + gorgeous florals by A Stem Above + immaculate planning by Big City Bride + the most amazing group of family and friends + a breathtaking Bride + a handsome Groom = THIS! Jessie and Bryan’s wedding was perfection from the second we stepped into the unreal condo Jessie was getting ready with her family and girlfriends in. The entire day was absolutely lovely, and it only got better as we entered the Skyline Loft with the most fabulous flowers and linens I have ever seen. Needless to say, this wedding was spectacular from beginning to end!

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Videography: Delack Media Group | Event Planning: Big City Bride | Floral Design: A Stem Above | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell | Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Food For Thought | Band: Chicago Players

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Evanston Lighthouse Beach Engagement Session

When we hear “beach” our ears perk up. We can’t help but catch the feel-good vibes of a sand and surf session, and this engagement shoot at Evanston’s Lighthouse Beach is the whole package: slow strolls by the lake, kissing in the woods, and quite possibly the most adorable couple! You won’t want to miss the full gallery filled with amazing, sun-kissed shots from Kristin La Voie Photography!

From Kristin La Voie PhotographyI knew from the minute I met Tracie and Dan at our first consultation that I wanted to work with them. With big smiles and an overall positive vibe and infectious attitudes, this is the type of couple that makes a photographer’s work a dream. Fast forward to this perfect sunny evening at one of my favorite locations, Evanston’s Lighthouse Beach. The light was magical, and these two snuggling together made everything look even dreamier. I can’t wait for their September wedding!

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Venue: Lighthouse Beach

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