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Bohemian Chic Chicago Wedding

When you get right down to it, this is the kind of wildly beautiful yet deeply personal wedding we preach here on SMP. From the gorgeous blush and gold stylings by Kelly Lenard to the Bride’s late mother’s photograph sewn into her BHLDN dress, it’s everything an “I do” should be and we’re got a front row seat. Lauren Balingit captured the moments, and you can get started in the gallery right here.


From The Bride…On June 7th 2014 I married my Prince Charming, Mike, in the suburbs of Chicago, and my fairytale wedding came true. It was a sunny day, filled with our best friends and family celebrating the commitment we made to each other. I was lucky enough to hire Lauren Balingit, a film photographer, to capture all of the day’s beautiful moments, and her fiancé, Alex Balingit formerly of 27 Entertainment.

The décor was a combination of gold, blush and pale blue, along with pieces of my favorite childhood memories. The nostalgic smells of lavender from family trips to France, several Disney elements, blue birds, and my favorite flower, lily of the valley. I remember picking the lilies in my Grandmother’s garden in Indiana with my Mom. Both my Mom and Grandma, sadly, could not be present on our special day. My Mom was close to my heart though as my Aunt Cyndy sewed a picture of her in my dress. Also, for our recessional we asked our friends and family to sprinkle us with the blue bird confetti (that my aunts and cousins individually hand-punched!) to honor my Mom’s beautiful spirit. Blue birds also adorned our wedding cake, tying a bow of ribbon with their beaks, similarly to how Cinderella’s dress was sewn together.

I felt like a true princess wearing the wedding gown I chose from BHLDN Chicago, designed by the incredible Catherine Deane. My lovely veil was vintage-inspired as well from the bridal boutique Meringue, also in Chicago. I wore the timeless Sakura halo created by Cécile Boccara from France, which further incorporated the delicate pearls that embellished my dress. I carried a vintage Whiting & Davis gold mesh bag, and my earrings were by Nadri that my Mike had given me for our one-year anniversary. The morning of our wedding day, he surprised me with a gold monogram necklace incorporating my new initials, LOM. It was an honor to wear it as part of my wedding ensemble.

The incredibly talented wedding stylist, Kelly Lenard from Intertwine, is whom I give all the credit for our wedding décor. She communicated with me for months to bring all of my scattered ideas to tasteful fruition and beauty. I asked Kelly to incorporate as much gold into the day as possible. She misted metallic gold paint onto baby’s breath, eucalyptus leaves and seeds, to enhance our whimsical theme. She even surprised me the day of the wedding with the most stunning bright pink peonies that complimented my bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly! Also, as a tribute to the amazing Irish family I was marrying into, Bells of Ireland adorned the pews of the church aisle. My husband Mike and I used the cork collection filled with the memories we had shared and written on, to use for place card holders at our reception.

Two days after our wedding I was beyond excited to get dressed up again, but this time having the magnificent city of Chicago for a backdrop. Kelly Lenard created a stunning secondary bouquet for me, incorporating more vibrant colors and large garden roses, and a gorgeous floral crown. Lauren Balingit photographed us as we frolicked around our favorite city and strolled along the crystal blue water. After the shoot, Mike and I visited our favorite Irish Pub in the city, The Celtic Crossing for a pint of the black stuff. It was the perfect way to end our wedding weekend!

Photography: Lauren Balingit | Floral Design: Kelly Lenard | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Toni Patisserie | Church: Ascension Catholic Church | Makeup: Alyssa Lalagos | Hair: Robert Jeffery | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Country Club: Butterfield Country Club | Video: 27 Entertainment

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Classic Blush Chicago Tent Wedding

This wedding? It’s the definition of timeless. Think classic Pronovias ballgown, tented reception and more white-on-white moments than you can count. The fab Kristin La Voie was there to capture the day, and she has all the classic gorgeousness sitting right here.


From Kristin La Voie PhotographyThere are no two sweeter, cuter, happier people than Luke & Lauren. Not only do their names together roll off your tongue, but they are pure magic in front of the camera. The minute I stepped into Lauren’s bridal suite and got one look of the most stunning updo of all time, I KNEW the whole day would be perfection. Even though it was a humid & hot day, we found the perfect shady patches for a magical first look. These two just couldn’t keep their hands off of each other! The ceremony was breathtaking with their gorgeous chuppah and the tented reception was just my cup of tea (even during a monsoon!). The day was simply stunning.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Videographer: Vanilla Video | Florist: Phillip's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Allegretti's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort | Reception Venue: Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort | Shoes: James Ciccotti | Hair: Antje Kastner Studio | Band: Orchestra 33 | Boutique: Volle's Bridal Boutique

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Butterfield Country Club Wedding from Gina Cristine Weddings

Here’s what I love about this wedding: the bride and groom are seriously adorable (see: their proposal story), the ceremony was held at the stunning St. Gabriels in Chicago (they were the fourth generation married there!) and there’s not one.single.moment that isn’t overflowing with sweet, sweet details.  That, my friends, is a pretty amazing combo.  And when you add in an Allure gown that will kind of take your breath away (it sooo will), beautiful blooms from Kloeckner Preferred Flowers and one of the prettiest galleries you will ever see from Gina Cristine Weddings?  Just call me HAPPY.  See it all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Mark knew for a while he was going to propose on the day we closed on our first home, we would walk into our house and there would be roses, champagne, the whole thing. Unfortunately, our closing was postponed last-minute and his whole plan was ruined. Since everything we owned was packed, we decided to spend the weekend in Michigan. After a nice dinner in New Buffalo, Mark suggested we walk along the beach since the sun was setting. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I had never felt so lucky, and was over the moon on the thought of spending forever with Mark!

We got married at Saint Gabriel Church in Chicago. This was an easy decision for us, as we were the fourth generation in Mark’s family to get married there, following his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. We were thrilled to get married in a beautiful church, with a lot of meaning and memories.

We knew from the beginning we wanted a country club wedding reception. We enjoy golfing together, and one of Mark’s most favorite ways to spend his time is on a golf course, so it was fitting for us. Once we visited Butterfield Country Club as a possible venue location for our wedding, we knew immediately that was where we wanted to celebrate our wedding! Everything about it was everything we were looking for, and more!

I wanted a bright color since our wedding was in May, and quickly fell in love with Bill Levkoff’s persimmon bridesmaid dresses. Since the ballroom at Butterfield is mostly gold, I decided on gold as an accent color, along with aqua for a fun pop of color. We wanted a fun, yet elegant feel to our wedding, and with help of our amazing vendors, we got just that! In the end, we couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out. The entire day was more than we could have ever dreamed our wedding to be.

Wedding Photography: Gina Cristine Weddings | Ceremony Venue: St. Gabriels, Chicago, Illinois | Reception Venue: Butterfield Country Club, Oakbrook, Illinois | Floral Design: Kloeckner Preferred Flowers | Invitations: Tue Cramer of Design Studio Creations | Custom Hand Lettering: K+K Loveletters (the Bride’s sisters) | Cinematography: Blu Couture | Men’s Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff (Persimmon, Chiffon) via House of Brides | Wedding Dress: Allure Romance Collection (#2557) via Weddings 826, Lincoln Park | Band: Rendition