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Elegant Prairie-Style Chicago Wedding

Elegant yet relaxed, we’re loving this Chicago fete. With Kehoe Designs behind the day every second speaks romance and Melissa Hayes captured it all to share. From a candlelit chuppah to late night donuts, Toast and Jam kept the celebration spinning into the evening and we invite you to witness the magic, here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Ryan and I wanted an elegant yet relaxed wedding, one that would be beautiful yet comfortable for all of our friends and family. We looked at many venues in Chicago, where we live, and ultimately decided on Cafe Brauer, a historic Prairie-style venue in the middle of Chicago’s Lincoln Park. To draw attention to the high ceilings and skylit roof, our florist, Phil Cooper (Kehoe Design), designed a candlelit floral and garland chuppah that was suspended from the ceiling; its garlands of greenery extended down to the floor during the ceremony, and were then wrapped up for the reception, transitioning to a centerpiece over the dance floor. It was definitely the highlight of the space and both of us were essentially speechless when we first saw it installed on our wedding day. Under the chuppah during our ceremony, we read our vows from the Ketubah we worded together and designed with Ellie Snow (Hello Tenfold), who created our invitations. Food for Thought catered the wedding, with a range of hors d’oeuvres and entrees that reflected our taste from mini chicken pot pies to ahi tuna crudo. Late night snacks were provided after dessert of cake and coconut doughnuts. The music for both the ceremony and reception was provided by two fabulous DJs from Toast & Jam, who played an eclectic mix of Motown, classic rock and 90s pop. The day came together beautifully all with the help of our wedding planners, Jena and Audra, and captured beautifully by our photographer, Melissa Hayes. The overall feel was relaxed, inviting, eclectic and romantic–exactly what we envisioned.

Photography: Melissa Hayes | Event Planning: An Affair To Remember | Event Planning: Kehoe Designs | Floral Design: Kehoe Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Invitations: Hello Tenfold | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Food For Thought | DJ: Toast And Jam | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Cafe Brauer

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Timeless + Classic Chicago Wedding

While planning my own wedding, one thing I am mindful of are accommodating details. Take this duo for example, who added a special tea station because it was the father of the Groom’s favorite. Even having the band play certain songs for the Bride’s sorority sisters. It’s details like this, in my opinion, that really make a wedding special. And with Amanda Megan Miller and Jayne Weddings & Events behind the timeless The Ivy Room affair, there are more sweet details (like Magnolia Photo Booth Co.), here!

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From Jayne Weddings & EventsWhen we met Kristine + Eric we were floating on cloud nine. This couple is SO in love, it was intoxicating to be around! You can totally feel their joy in these photos. Working with couples like this is why we do what we do, and they were such a happy reminder of that!

Kristine knew that she wanted something timeless and classic. She also wanted to create something that was intimate and approachable. But she didn’t want it to ever feel outdated, so we focused on a clean, crisp design with classic style hints here and there.

This couple also really cared about their guests being treated to a special day. They added a special tea station because it’s Eric’s father’s favorite and made sure that the band would play certain songs to appease her sorority sisters. This couple was very accommodating to all of their guests wants and needs.

For the look of the event, Jayne Weddings and Events came up with a simple but chic white and and gold color palette. Working with Kristine we decided to add in lush greens by way of garlands and monochromatic centerpieces created by Fleur.

The ceremony set up was one of our favorites. Green garlands lined the aisle, while large puffs of babies breath hovered above. The vintage ladder and candle backdrop set the tone for the couple to exchange their handwritten vows. Kristine was stunning in her gown and Eric looked dapper in his navy suit. It was raining lightly during their ceremony, and the overcast sky made the room feel even more romantic.

For the reception we used textured linens on the King’s Table gave it a special pop. Light blue pin-striped napkins gave the tables a subtle hint of color, and many candles made the room feel warm and inviting. Chrystal Chandeliers hanging overhead made the whole room sparkle! Layers of Loveliness added the finishing touch with her beautiful calligraphy gracing the place cards, invites, and various signage.

Guests had so much fun in the newly remodeled Ivy Room. They hung out on in the vintage lounge provided by Aged Vintage Rentals, and snaps some silly photos in the photo booth! But the band really kept the dance floor hoping all night long. They brought so much energy to the space!

Photography: Amanda Megan Miller Photography | Floral Design: Fleur Inc. | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Cake: Elysia Root | Reception Venue: The Ivy Room | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wtoo | Catering: J And L Catering | Makeup: Rachel Reiman | Hair: Tara Coghlan | Lighting : FROST | Groom's Attire: Custom Suit By J Hilburn | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Greenlight | Papergoods: Layers Of Loveliness | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Vintage Rentals: Aged Vintage Rentals

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Symphony Center Ballroom Wedding Inspiration

With its high ceilings and crystal chandeliers, the Symphony Center’s Grainger Ballroom is truly a sight to behold. No wonder the talented team of Clover Events found inspiration in its setting to create this beyond gorgeous shoot. Don’t miss all the details captured by Kristin La Voie Photography, including a stunning Alyssa Kristin dress with a seven foot train, in the full gallery right here!

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From Katherine of Clover EventsThe inspiration behind this shoot came from the beautiful details in the Symphony Center’s Grainger Ballroom. With its high ceilings embellished with crystal chandeliers and sconces, and an extraordinary view overlooking Michigan Avenue, we knew we had to emphasize the old world romanticism you feel the second you walk into the ballroom. We also wanted to draw inspiration from the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, which popped against the neutral tones in the ballroom. This striking color was incorporated throughout the shoot in the rich linens, beautiful flowers, and vintage dinnerware.

From Alyssa of Alyssa KristinTo complement the grandiose ballroom, we wanted the gown that was both dramatic and glamorous. The seven foot train and silhouette of the Alessandra provided just that. Additionally, the softness and texture of the cascading tulle added a touch of refined femininity to the affair.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Event Planning: Clover Events | Floral Design: May Floral | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Cake : Elysia Root | Invitations: Bella Figura via Magnificent Milestones | Jewelry: Left Bank Jewelry | Catering: Blue Plate | Hair & Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry | Heirlooms and Extras: Nimble Well | Linens: BBJ Linen | Location: Symphony Center | Musicians: BeatMix Music | Rentals: Halls Rental | Serveware Rentals: Plate Chicago

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Wedding Trends Event at The Tie Bar

There are events, and then there is the wedding trends event happening at The Tie Bar’s Flagship Store in Chicago – a can’t-miss four hours of yummy treats and tasty drinks + advice from the pros on everything from surviving the wedding season to choosing the perfect accessory.  It’s what we’re calling a Tie Bar extravaganza and it’s all happening from 1-5 pm on June 6th.  Amazing.

Take everything you absolutely adore about The Tie Bar (crazy cool ties, bow ties + accessories) and add in a plethora of non-stop wedding action and it’s the best way ever to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Think on-site manicures, a crazy cool display featuring top trends + colors and a team of The Tie Bar’s fabulous Wedding Consultants available to help you take your big day to the next level. They’ll even have J.Crew and David’s Bridal swatches on hand to help you match those bow ties to perfection.  Say it with me, loves: awesome.

So what are you waiting for, SMPers?  Grab your fellas and head on down to The Tie Bar’s Flagship Store located at 918 W Armitage, Chicago on June 6th for an afternoon of accessory fun.  The first 50 customers to spend $75+ will receive at two-piece gift with purchase (bestselling cotton pocket square and metal collar stays) and you’ll even be able to make your own gift set options for groomsmen gifts.  Soooo fun. 

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Dramatic + Glamorous Chicago Wedding

From its very beginning, Style Me Pretty has always championed the works of the fabulous wedding film-makers in our industry and today – we want to bring one such team to your attention. Amor in Motion has captured this glamorous Chicago wedding in a truly spectacular style. Take a quick five minutes out of your day to see what wedding films give back to you — as the day flies by… memories swirling around you will become yours to keep and to re-live over and over again!

From Amor In MotionThis was a stunning, picture perfect wedding and couple. Jeff & Caitlin looked into each other’s eyes and said: “You are my match.” It’s easy to put together such a heart-warming film when two like minded souls collide. Hats off to the renowned Debi Lilly from A Perfect Event for orchestrating such a grandiose day.

Photography: T & S Hughes Photography | Cinematography: Amor In Motion | Event Planning: Debi Lilly | Band: Chicago Players | Venue: Architectural Artifacts