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Modern Traditional Chicago Wedding at the Wyndham Hotel

With a stunning Bride, a dashing groom, and one seriously gorgeous wedding planned to perfection by One Fine Day Events, it goes without saying that this gallery is just beyond. Captured beautifully by Shane Welch Photography every picture perfect moment of this couples’ beautiful Chicago day is waiting for you right here. And on top of it all, Loudbyte Cinematography made sure we could see it all play out on film. And trust me, you don’t want to miss it.


From The Bride…Jeff and I are city people with a love for all things Chicago. After we got engaged we knew we wanted a wedding in our favorite city. Our search of venues evolved into finding a spot that would depict our passion for the city and fit with our modern vision.

I would describe our wedding style as modern traditional. While we didn’t have a “head table”, a bridal party entrance, or bouquet toss, and sent electronic save the dates, we still wanted to have our ceremony at a catholic church.

The ceremony took place at St. James Chapel, part of Holy Name Cathedral. It’s a 90 year old chapel in the middle of Rush Street and is rich with history, and more noticeably its beauty! Our ‘grand exit’ was complete with ribbon bells to preserve the grounds (ribbon bells from esty-LilyAmongThornsBride).

Post ceremony, the city theme was carried through our photo session. Our photographer, Shane Welch, with Shane Welch photography, knew we wanted a unique place that would allow for city views and chose a more remote beach suiting our style located at 31st street. It was rustic, chic, and had perfect views of the skyline and lake. It was very windy that day but it wouldn’t have been a true Chicago wedding without it!

We never thought we would have held our reception at a hotel, but when we saw the ballroom at the Wyndam Grand Chicago Riverfront hotel (formerly Hotel 71), we knew we had to have our reception there. The primary reason we chose this venue was for the panoramic 39th floor views overlooking Chicago landmarks such as, the Wrigley Building, John Hancock tower, and the Museum of Science and industry, to name a few. As an added bonus, the venue had some character; it was Bruce Wayne’s penthouse in the film The Dark Knight. The capacity of 130 guests made it the right size venue for us. We leveraged the beautiful city backdrop as our wedding ‘décor’ and enhanced it with floating candles and minimalistic floral designs from Stemline Creative.

A lot of credit for the day of details goes to many talented Etsy designers; Candycrush events for the sequin table cloths, Tangedesign, for the white sequin bride and groom Chivari chair covers, SimpleandStunning2 for the unique wedding programs, and Birdhouse stationary which designed the “city” vision I had for my wedding invites, which of course captured the city skyline. I was able to print and assemble at home to reduce the costs.

I also put my own creative touches on the wedding. Little details such as, designing and printing the place-cards and personalized water bottle labels (which I proudly taped to each water bottle), as well as, a Fuji film photo guest book station. Alliance Bakery also merged 3 cake design ideas I had in mind for a simple but modern cake which ended up tasting just as good as it looked! A lot of time was spent on some of the little details and the day of coordinators from One Fine Day events executed them better than I could have myself!

Additionally, I was also a beta tester for Appycouple, a wedding website and phone app that allowed us to e-mail our save the dates and have our guests rsvp online which saved us both time and money. Some guests were a little slow to catch on, but it was useful for us to track the responses and number of invites sent. The app also included all of the wedding details including integrated maps & directions for convenience.

All and all, it was one spectacular day and I can honestly say if I had the chance to do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing about my wedding! 5 months after the wedding I got to virtually re-live it all over again with a beautiful film that Loudbyte Cinematography put together for me. It was truly a day we will cherish forever and I’m so happy I have beautiful film and photos to remember it by!

Photography: Shane Welch Photography | Cinematography: Loudbyte Cinematography | Event Planning: One Fine Day Events | Floral Design: Stemline Creative | Ceremony Venue: St James Chapel | Reception: Wyndham Hotel Chicago | Hair: Juan Jose Herrera | DJ: White Label DJ's | MakeUp: Kristen Repta | Photography - Assistance: Samuel Gove | Rentals: Chivari Chairs

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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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