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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

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Tips for Getting Comfy in Front of the Camera

By far, one of my biggest recommendations to couples tying the knot is to do a fun little love session with your photographer. Whether that be a fancy engagement shoot or an adorable, cozy session at home with your sweetie like this one from Kristin La Voie Photography. Either way, it will loosen you up for the big day. Keep reading for a few quick tips from Kristin on how to get comfy in front of the lens!

Tips for getting comfy in front of the camera

1. My approach to every photo shoot, no matter the content, is to get natural smiles and laughter. I might act super silly or say something off-the-wall to get the expressions I am going for, but ultimately it helps get everyone relaxed and into it! Once we have that comfort established, it is all about trusting your photographer. Once you have that trust with him/her, it’s so much easier from there!

2. I am all about a nice cuddle fest, so I love to get my couples snuggling. This immediately puts them at ease, and from there, gets them feeling really natural in front of the camera! Once you forget the camera is there, it’s just all about creating natural images that tell a story.

3. Include elements that speak about who you are. If this means simply lounging with a cup of coffee or in your man’s oversized sweater like a typical Sunday morning, let’s do THAT!

4. Having your hair and makeup professionally done (by someone like Vanessa Valliant!) will immediately put you at ease knowing you look your best. I personally love to get it done for photos or big events so it eliminates that element of stress.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Hair And Makeup: Vanessa Valliant | Venue: LaCuna Artist Lofts

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Enchanting Chicago Wedding at Revolution Brewing

From the whimsical blooms to the gorgeous green Weddington Way gowns, this next Midwestern affair is styled to perfection! Not only did this darling duo make their own invitation suite, they proved to be the ultimate DIY team. From spray-painted frames to pint glasse favors, they worked together to craft one enchanting affair. With Toast and Jam carrying the party into the night, Dabble Me This shares it all here!

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From Dabble Me This… From the enchanting florals to the kelly green bridesmaid dresses Emily and John’s wedding was styled to perfection! The personality of these two lovebirds truly shined and I love how all the details were styled by the bride herself. Decorating the reception venue Revolution Brewing with DIY paper goods from Paper Source and complimenting the florals from Ipomea Floral with a hints of gold throughout. Everything blended together perfectly. I simply cannot get over how lovely this downtown Chicago wedding turned out and I was honored to capture it all. Below I’ve included write-ups from the bride Emily and groom John. Sharing the story of how they met and planned their wedding day.

From the handsome Groom… Emily and I met while we were both living in Madison, WI. She was working her first job out of college while I was finishing up school. It turned out her roommate was dating one of my roommates, and we met when a group of us went out one night. Soon after we went on our first date, and before we knew it we had moved to Chicago.

Emily and I were planning a vacation in New Hampshire in August, 2013, and I hid the engagement ring in my duffle bag on the way there. After a day of sailing and visiting with the Cunningham family, Emily and I checked into the inn where we were staying. Slipping the ring into my pocket, I told her I wanted to go out and look at the stars because we couldn’t see stars like that in Chicago. So we went outside, into the pitch black night, and tried our hardest not to trip on anything while walking around. After a few minutes of moving slowly and bumping into each other, we stopped and I admitted that the stars were just a rouse to get us outside. Then she turned to face me as I pulled out the ring and got onto one knee and said, “I really just wanted to ask…Emily Rose Noonan, will you marry me?” At which point she paused, said, “Yes!” And then proceeded to poke me in the face and ask, “is this real life?” Since it was, she put the ring on and we went inside and ordered a bottle of champagne.

From the beautiful Bride… When we first started planning the wedding, deciding on a ceremony venue was the easy part. John and I were both raised Catholic, so it was important to us and our families that we get married in a Catholic church. At the time we actually weren’t living in Chicago, but already had our sights set on moving to Bucktown. It’s not hard to see why we fell in love with St. Hedwig’s, a beautiful 125 year old church. A couple weeks after we reached out to the church, we ended up moving in a few blocks away. It was really neat for both of us to get married in a church that we belonged to and walked by nearly every day.

Being on a budget, we chose to trim some costs by making our own invitations and other paper goods. During this process, I discovered and fell in love with Paper Source and Rifle Paper Co. Creating our own invitations also allowed us to pick out the individual pieces and design things exactly how we wanted them. My husband was an incredible help with all the DIY stuff. He spray-painted all of the frames for the table numbers and somehow mastered stamping all the invitations when I couldn’t. John also came up with the idea for designing pint glasses as a wedding favor. It’s really exciting to see the pint glasses at our friends and family’s houses when we visit!

The best decisions we made were selecting the right vendors. All of our vendors were very responsive and easy to work with. We also didn’t have to micromanage or spell out the details of every flower or photograph that we wanted. When you are working with vendors that you trust to do a good job, you can just let them run with things and it’s less stressful for everyone.

In the end, we had 110 people at the wedding, which was the perfect size. We felt like we were able to spend quality time with all of our guests. Before the wedding, we had heard from others that you don’t get to eat, drink or have a moment to yourself at your own wedding. Having a smaller wedding allowed us to do all of this and really soak up everything. This doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t go by too fast!

Photography: Dabble Me This | Florist: Ipomea Floral | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Luscious Layers | Ceremony Venue: Saint Hedwig Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Revolution Brewing | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Makeup Artist: Goran Coban Salon | Hair Stylist: Goran Coban Salon | DJ: Toast and Jam | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Hotel: Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile | Paper Goods: Paper Source | Veil: Anna Cambell | Wedding Shoes and Earrings: Kate Spade

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Rhythm of the Waves Wedding Editorial

Overcast skies and a windswept shoreline, this pastoral editorial evokes daydreams of mermaids. A misty morning paired with rushing blue waves, Tamara Gruner snapped up every strand of beauty.  From an elegant setting awash with calligraphed shells and flowing table linens, it’s organic beauty leaves us mesmerized. Like the rhythm of the waves, each image drifts dreamily into our hearts and you can see them all here!

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyThe wind whistled through as the waves danced to that tune. The splash on shore created a mist of enchantment. This surreal backdrop provided the most mystical setting for our wedding inspiration. The rushing blue waters played an elegant part for our table setting – calligraphed shells and flowing table linen. To match the setting the bride was wearing a grey Veronica Sheaffer dress which drifted in the wind. The groom, not to be left wanting, was spritely dressed in his black tuxedo. The entire orchestra of the moment was completed by the rhythm of the waves.

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Floral Design: Life In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Veronica Sheaffer | Cake: Bombon Bakery | Makeup: KC Van De Merkt From Solo Salon | Hair: Solo Salon | Groom's Attire: ESQ Clothing | Venue: Foster Beach | Antique Ring & Shoes: The Left Bank Jewelry | Calligraphy & Invitation Suite: Layers Of Loveliness | Female Model: Willow Star | Male Model: Chris Maher | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Silke Table Cloth & Ribbons: Silk And Willow | Tabletop Rentals: Nimble Well

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Multicultural Chicago Ballroom Wedding

Surrounded by gilded details and soft blush accents from Art of Imagination in a glam ballroom setting, this fun-loving couple said “I Do” in a traditional Jewish ceremony, followed by, as photographer Olivia Leigh said, a “celebration was international, interfaith and multicultural — truly a global celebration of their relationship!” Check out the gallery to see every last gorgeous detail.

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From Olivia Leigh Photographie… This wedding! Kadmiel and Whitney were THE MOST adorable couple to photograph. The joy and love they share just radiated from them, creating a beautifully emotional and incredibly fun, yet intimate celebration. After working in the wedding industry for several years, currently as a bridal stylist for Vera Wang, Whitney planned a beautiful spring wedding at the historic Blackstone Hotel in Chicago with Kadmiel. Their celebration was international, interfaith and multicultural — truly a global celebration of their relationship! A Jewish ceremony under an elegant and romantic chuppah was a beautiful start to the celebration and DJ Megan Taylor with Percussionist Chris Paquette kept the party going all night for this couple that loves music and dancing. They had one of the most packed and vibrant dance floors I’ve ever seen and all of their guests truly had a blast!

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Videography: Vanilla Video | Floral Design: Juliet Tan | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids' Dresses: MANGO | Catering: The Renaissance Blackstone Hotel | Hair And Makeup: Kate Johnson | DJ: DJ Megan Taylor | Groom's Attire: Armani | Groom's Shoes: Del Toro | Ceremony Music: Acoustic Guitar And Singer Abbi Rajasekhar | Venue: The Renaissance Blackstone Hotel | Bride's Earrings: Carolee | Desserts: Sugar Hills Bakery | Event Décor: Art Of Imagination | Photobooth: 312 Photobooth | Reception Music: Chris Paquette | Wedding Rings: Alan Rocca Fine Jewelry

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Cheerful Chicago Engagement Session

We couldn’t imagine anything sweeter than this Chicago couple’s engagement session! Relaxing at their apartment, strolling around the lake and exploring the city they fell in love in, these lovebirds are totally in love and it shows. The talented Kristin Sweeting captured every moment in the full gallery right here!

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From Kristin SweetingLorrie and Dan picked out a few places in the city that were special to them, including their gorgeous apartment with a great view of Chicago. I loved getting to see their neighborhood while we walked around the city with their sweet dog Addy. I love it when couples make their engagement session something really personal to them and their relationship, and Lorrie and Dan definitely did a great job of that!

Photography: Kristin Sweeting