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Whimsical Wedding Inspiration in Chicago

Celebrating love is the greatest reason to celebrate in my book, and if you are going to kick up your heels, you might as well do so in style. Enter A Splendid Occasion and this ridiculously fun shoot captured by Emilia Jane Photography. This gallery is literally overflowing with fun, steal-worthy ideas for your next soiree (including some gorgeous beauty inspiration from Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists). Which means you should make a beeline to this gallery ASAP. 

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From A Splendid OccasionThe idea for this shoot came from the recent passing of the same-sex marriage law in Chicago, IL. We thought it would be nice to show our support by putting together a small styled shoot for those now able and excited to start planning their wedding.

The goal was to keep everything very feminine, romantic, and soft, with a touch of whimsy. Alice Padrul’s dresses (the highlight) really lend themselves well to this theme, and Emilia Jane photographed them beautifully. The bright, summer like colors and the accents of handmade materials really put this shoot over the edge. All of the materials used for this wedding can be created by anyone, it just takes a little bit of time! The handmade elements include the popcorn bar, calligraphy, the wedding cake, cake topper, as well as the backdrop for the ceremony, all by A Splendid Occasion.

Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Floral Design: The Bread & Butterfly | Stationery: Chykalophia | Dresses/Accessories: Alice Padrul Bridal Couture | Hair/Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists | Linens: M & M Special Events | Planner/Designer/Stylist/Decor: A Splendid Occasion | Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago

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Chicago Wedding at the Honky Tonk BBQ Garden

Two Birds Photography never fails to bring us the sweetest of soirees, and this pretty little party below is no different. It’s honky tonk meets lovely garden party, and before looking at this gallery, I never knew that was one seriously darling combination. Well, it only takes one peek right here to see it so is. 

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From The Bride…We couldn’t have been happier with our 80-person wedding. Everything, including the venue, the music, the food, the photography, and the guests– even the weather– all came together better than we could have hoped. We aimed for a welcoming, fun, and friendly atmosphere for everyone, hoping for the sort of environment where no one would take themselves too seriously. We were very excited to host a Patsy Cline cover band and feature delicious BBQ food in a private urban courtyard. As a symbolic gesture, during our ceremony we planted a Japanese Maple tree that we brought home to plant in our own yard.

Wedding Dress - Luly Yang 2009, but I got it used from a charity called Brides Against Breast Cancer. I loved how BABC had hundreds of dresses from different designers at at different price points that I could try on at one time. It felt much more natural than the bridal boutique experience, and I was glad to support a good cause rather than buy a new dress that would never be reworn.

Venue - The secret garden where we hosted our wedding is the former courtyard and convent of St. Procopius Parish, founded in 1875. Today it is owned by Honky Tonk BBQ, a restaurant and music venue across the street. They handled all of the catering, and we had quite a feast (the bacon candy appetizer was a hit). The venue is BYOB, which allowed us to bring in a few kegs of local beer from Atlas Brewing, a new brewery owned by friends. Band -The Weepin’ Willows, a phenomenal Patsy Cline cover band! Pastor - Reverend Rachel Frey, a friend and former co-op housemate of Lisa’s. Photographer - Two Birds Photography. Jake was wonderful to work with, and we loved all of the wedding photos.

Photography: Two Birds Photography | Wedding Dress: Luly Yang Couture | Bride's Shoes: Nina | Band: The Weepin Willows | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Shoes: Calvin Klein | Beverages: Atlast Brewing | Bride's Dress: Brides Against Breast Cancer | Bride's Earrings: Kate Spade | Groom's Tie: Calvin Klein | Pastor: Reverend Rachel Frey | Restaurant: Honky Tonk BBQ Garden

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Vintage Meets Elegant Chicago Wedding

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.

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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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