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Glamorous Ballroom Wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center

Nothing takes you to the moon and back quite like wedding cinematography, especially when it’s the talented team at Loudbyte Cinematography delivering the goods.  Picture a traditional meets romantic affair that has you completely captivated, from the very first moments with the beautiful bride to the sweet (+ funny toasts) from the awesome family and friends.  Press play and ENJOY.

From Loudbyte Cinematography… Abby and Andy’s day began at Chicago’s Intercontinental Hotel. What a gorgeous lobby! The couple wrote each other amazing love letters that were captured in the film.

From the hotel, we travelled downtown for the first look. Andy was just blown away when he saw his bride for the first time!

They got married at the historical Chicago Cultural Center which houses the largest Tiffany dome in the world.

What a beautiful reception.

Totally in love with this darling duo?  Here’s a little something extra special… a perfectly captured film all about these two sweeties and their love story.  Thank you, Loudbyte Cinematography.  Thank you.

From Loudbyte Cinematography… We had the pleasure of creating a love story for Abby and Andy. They fell in love in high school and have been together every since. Their love for animals, the Chicago Cubs and each other is infectious!

A beautiful story!

Cinematography: Loudbyte Cinematography | Florist: Anthony Gowder Designs | Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Cake-Chicago | Invitations: Pink Paper & Ink | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: sonia roselli | DJ: Spinnin' Discs | String Quartet: Innocenti Strings | Ceremony + Reception: Chicago Cultural Center | Earrings/Bracelet/Hair Brooch/Purse: The Left Bank | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany | Groom's Watch: Bulova | Hotel-Bridal Prep: InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile | Ice Sculpture: Johnson Studios | Jeweler: James & Sons | Photobooth: Essence Photo & Video | Treats: Garrett's Popcorn

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Chic Chicago Engagement Session

Engagement shoots are kind of my jam lately. Maybe it’s because I’m prepping for my own in August, or just because they’re always so darn cute. Enter, Shannon (of Shannon Gail Weddings And Events!) and her sweetie, Steve. Their chic day of Chicago love shot by Cristina G Photography has my smile stretched wide as can be. Craving more of this city romance? Find it right here.

From Shannon Gail Weddings And Events… Of all of our submissions during our time in the LBB, this has to be my the one I am most emotionally tied to because…It’s mine! I worked with the absolute best photographer in the city (in my opinion), Cristina G Photography, to create my vision of a very editorial/”Sex in the City” styled engagement shoot where it was almost as if she was joining us on a typical date night in our city. I wanted to do something a little edgy, a little sexy, and different than what I had seen.

Here is Cristina’s description of the shoot, From Cristina G Photography… There is nothing more exciting than photographing a wedding planner’s wedding. At least for me! Shannon of Shannon Gail Weddings & Events is a very well known Chicago planner who I absolutely love working with and have known for quite a while. When she told me she wanted Cristina G Photography to capture her amazing holiday season wedding, I was stoked! Fast forward to our stroll around the city for the most romantic and fun engagement session you will ever see!

Quite appropriately for how buff these two love birds are, Shannon and Steve met at the gym in Chicago. For Steve it was probably love at first sight because he did not quit his pursuit when Shannon refused his first date invitation. He asked until she finally said yes to a first date in St. Louis for a Cardinal/Cubs game (Steve grew up outside of St. Louis, and Shannon in Chicago!) The Cubs won and so did Steve… he won Shannon’s heart forever. Their holiday season wedding will be a swanky cocktail soiree at The Wit’s rooftop bar, one that I CANNOT wait to photograph!

Photography: Cristina G Photography | Styling: Shannon Gail Weddings And Events | Wedding Gown: Cynthia Steffe Via Nordstrom | Shoes: Zara | Hotel: Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile | Wine Bar: Eno

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Chic Chicago Wedding at Gallery 1028

If you haven’t noticed, we are big fans of Chicago weddings around these parts. I would go as far as to say we are super fans. And it’s because Chicago brides just seem to put their own stamp on chic. Case and point – this beauty planned by Soirée Weddings & Events with florals by Exquisite Designs. Every image from Studio Starling shows a couple that isn’t just stylish but super in love, making us super in love with this gallery.

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From The Bride…Scott and I had both been living in New York City for a number of years but despite having many mutual friends from back in the Midwest had never met. One fateful day we both happened to be at the same bar down on Wall Street for Happy Hour and upon striking up a conversation realized that we both hailed from the Midwest, Chicago and Madison respectively, loved/hated the Bears and loved/hated the Packers and amazingly knew a lot of the same people from the small town where I grew up. The rest really is history as we quickly found despite our intense NFL rivalry we shared a great deal in common and became pretty much inseparable.

Proposal…This past February, in what had been a crazy year of weather in New York following Hurricane Sandy, the city was once again bracing for a big storm, Nemo. It’s pretty miserable getting around the city when a big snow storm hits and near impossible to get a cab but Scott was insistent that we venture out and head to our favorite pizza restaurant at the end of our block for our usualFriday night “date night.” We visited there almost weekly, so I didn’t quite understand the urgency to make it there in the midst of a record setting blizzard but alas I agreed and off we went. Following dinner we walked back out into the blizzard conditions to head home and within feet of the restaurant Scott dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! And we were even able to get my eventual Maid of Honor and her boyfriend to venture out in the snow for some celebratory drinks!

Wedding…Prior to getting engaged we had decided on Chicago as the location as that’s where I grew up and Scott’s family lives just a short drive away in Madison, Wisconsin. Through family friends we were familiar with Gallery 1028 and after looking at a few other venues decided 1028 was it! We both loved the unique location of being on Goose Island and especially loved the unique aspects of the venue like the wood floor, exposed brick and huge windows. Since we were planning the wedding from half way across the country we decided that a Wedding Planner was a must. After doing some research we found Tiffany at Soirée Weddings & Events and she did a fantastic job bringing our vision to life. Our goal was to have a great day with family and friends and most importantly make sure everyone had fun and we couldn’t have asked for anything more! What a truly special day it was!

From Studio Starling PhotographyLisa chose bright blue for her bridesmaids to wear and the cutest floral robes for them to get ready in. Scott’s love of design showed in his shoes and classic attire for the guys. Everyone got ready at the W Lakeshore and because it was a gorgeous summer day, we walked over to Olive Park for their first look and group photos. Then it was on to Michigan Avenue to have the couple photographed with a beautiful stretch of Chicago architecture. When we arrived at Gallery 1028, we found a space made beautiful by Soirée, flowers by Exquisite Designs, sweeties by Molly’s Cupcakes and music filled the room by High Society Orchestra. It was a fun night full of dance, edibles, cocktails and lots of laughter!

Photography: Studio Starling | Planner: Soirée Weddings & Events | Florist: Exquisite Designs | Cupcakes: Molly's Cupcakes | Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Purchased At Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August, Purchased At Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Calihan Catering | Hair & Makeup: Morgan Blaul | Bar Rental: Revel Decor | Dress Designer: Rosa Clara, Purchased At Mira Couture (Chicago) | Groom Shoes: Del Toro Prince Albert Slipper | Groom Tux: Custom Tailored By Black Lapel | Music: High Society Orchestra | Trolley: Second City Trolley | Venue: Gallery 1028

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