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Romantic Chicago Wedding at Hotel Peninsula

There’s nothing like love caught on camera. Case in point? This simple yet completely stunning “I do” amongst the cityscape of Chicago. With Loudbyte Cinematography behind the lens, it’s a visual story that will live on for generations. From the Father of the Bride’s speech to the personal vows exchanged, every moment will bring a happy tear to your eye. Press play to see the entire day unfold!

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From Loudbyte CinematographyThe rehearsal dinner was at Epic Restaurant in downtown Chicago. The cocktail hour was set on a open rooftop with amazing views of the Chicago city skyline. Before dinner, 9 speeches were made by friends and family that have known the couple their entire lives, including friends that set Nicole and Steve up on their first date.

The wedding day was at The Peninsula Chicago hotel. Nicole dressed in a gorgeous pink fitted Vera Wang dress. The couples first look was on a rooftop balcony nestled in the Chicago skyline. You could almost touch some of the skyscrapers they were so close. When Steve first turned to see Nicole, its a must-see moment. The couple didn’t need any encouragement from us to stay in the moment with each other.

The ceremony was decorated by Kehoe designs and the Ken Arlen Orchestra was on hand to play live music for the processional and recessional. The couple had a Rabbi and Priest to perform the Ketubah signing and the ceremony rituals including breaking the glass.

After the ceremony, the room was opened up for the evening to begin. Nicole’s father had a very touching speech that left many people in tears. After the couples first dance, everyone was invited to the dance floor and the part began.

The couple had an after-party upstairs at the Hotel Peninsula with DJ on hand and the party kept on rocking!

We got a beautiful shot with Nicole and Steve dancing solo in the hallway and then jumping into an elevatory.

From the beautiful Bride… Steve and I were introduced by mutual friends a few months before our first date. After getting schedules coordinated we met up with a group of friends at the old town art fair and spent the next 11 hours laughing and talking. 3 weeks later I was pretty much moved in and in 5 months we were engaged. We both knew right away this was it and we were so excited to begin a life together.

The proposal was a dream. He took my parents to dinner the night before we left for Mexico to ask permission to marry me. We flew to Playa del Carmen the next day for my birthday and stayed at the Banyan tree Mayakoba resort. Steve got down on one knee and proposed after dinner that night at this beautiful restaurant out on a pier.

Cinematography: Loudbyte Cinematography | Photography: Carasco | Event Design: Kehoe Designs | Event Planning: Clementine Custom Events | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Make Up: Makeup By Aga | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Epic Restaurant | Wedding Venue: Peninsula Chicago

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Wine and Painting Party Inspiration

I am all for any excuse to get together with my favorite people but especially if it involves wine and cheese… and painting. Tami O’Malley crafted just such an event – a coming together of friends to do something creative with photography by Sabrina Nohling and Audra Zaba. It has the usual pretty suspects ( gorgeous florals, a yummy food spread) plus a little something fun and unexpected

Photographed by the talented Sabrina Nohling (a wedding and lifestyle photographer) and Audra Zaba (product photographer) and set in the backdrop of my modern meets traditional dining room, our vision was to create a inspiration backdrop for other women to connect with their girlfriends over a glass of wine and an evening of laughter spent while creating lovely, abstract, organic paintings.

The chic transitional dining room of designer and stylist Tami O’Malley, served as the perfect backdrop and mixed pretty vintage furniture pieces with modern touches for a warm and inviting feel. Our modern take on the traditional wine and paint theme, was to bring in watercolor artist Lauren Dahl, who loose organic nature meets abstract style, allowed the artists to create their own unique masterpieces, instead of cookie cutter designs.

The overall goal was to inspire women to create an event in which they can celebrate, connect and create something beautiful together.

Materials

Gallery Canvas, 10 x 10
Small Display Easel
White Acrylic Paint
Watercolor Paints
Small Pointed Brush, Size 1 for detail work
Large Flat Brush, Size 10 or 12 for covering large areas
Gold Pen

instructions

step-1 Connect with your blank canvas. 
A white canvas can be super intimidating! So take some time to look at it, and kind of plan out your idea. One thing I always do before beginning a painting, is to paint the entire canvas with a washy clear neutral. It really does make the canvas less intimidating, and get’s you going. Not overly wet, just a little damp wash across the canvas. A washy clear neutral could be created by using your largest brush (to cover more of the canvas quicker), and mixing a tiny tiny small amount of paint (possible a color you will be using most), with 90% water. You will later be covering all this up, but it’s not pointless. In this step, also consider where in your canvas you want your focal area to be, and what color palette you intend on using.

step-2 Outline Large Nature Inspired shapes.
Outline large, organic/nature inspired shapes with light colored paint. Think about flowers, leaves, branches, etc. Draw a simplified version of that on your canvas, in three different areas. Three is an odd number, and will help carry the eye around the canvas.

In this step, begin with watered down paint, so that you can easily wipe away if it’s not the placement you like. But when you’re ready, mix about 60% white paint, with 40% of watercolor paint. With a thin brush, draw your shapes out. For example, a fern leaf, could become an arched line, with oblong circles surrounding it. We are used to drawing dark outlines, and filling in the inside with a light version, so for this painting, ignore that.

step-3Address the remaining empty canvas space with playful markings.
Fill in empty canvas space (not empty space within shapes you created in the first step, but empty space beyond that), with smaller organic/nature inspired shapes, and whimsical patterns. Use your small brush, with a 50/50 water to paint ratio. Be quick, trust your initial placement idea, and accept imperfections.

These mark makings could be a smaller version of shapes you already have, or something new. I like to do abstract branches, and groupings of dashes. For this step, use the same thin paint brush. But, darker colors. Here, you are essentially creating small pockets of canvas space that will later be addressed with washy water colors.

step-4Coloring in the lines, unleash your inner child.
Be playful, and be childlike with your choices. Go back to when you were five years old, and you loved coloring in the lines. It’s almost therapeutic. Like I said in step one, ignore the concept of dark outlines, and lighter insides. Instead, embrace the opposite of that. Fill in all shapes with either 1. Darker versions of the light outline, or 2. Soft colors that are opposite of the outline color.
Mix it up, and try both.

For example, if you created an outline in a light pastel green, then try filling in the inside of that shape with a pink pastel color (since green and red are opposite on the color wheel).

step-5 Color outside the lines while leaving tiny borders of white space all around.
Think Ombre, washy, and free. Think of this step, as if all existing lines and shapes are buildings, and with step 4 (this step) imagine that a river as leaked into the city, filling in all the nooks and crannies. Except, leave about 1-3 cm of space between your soon to be paint, and the existing shapes. A gap is playful, and is one of the key elements in this painting. Start by filling in the empty space with a dark color, then then use only water, to help spread the color throughout.

step-6 Finishing Touches.
This is the final step, and will give a ton of luxury and shine to a canvas. Use gold leaf, OR the deco color Premium Gold Leaf Pen. Outline some of your existing marks, or create new ones. It’s okay to have some larger marks this time.

Photography: Audra Zaba | Photography: Sabrina Nohling | Florist: Lemondrop Designery | Make-up : Toni Fisher | Calligraphy: Jessica Albers | At Home With Designer/Stylist: Tami O'Malley | Design And Styling: Tami O'Malley | Hair Styling: Leana Killham | Paint Project : Lauren Dahl

Romantic North Shore Wedding At Armour House

In the midst of planning my own nuptials, the one consensus I’ve taken to heart is that the entire day goes by in a blur. The solution? Investing in reliving every happy tear and terrific toast in the form of cinematography. And a show stopper like this one from Loudbyte has me all the more excited. Get those tissues ready SMP’ers, because some happy tears are about to arrive!

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Fall
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From LoudbyteIn our first meeting with Mirini and Jason, we exchanged Netflix playlists and realized our common passion for great movies and TV. Later, as we helped the couple plan their wedding day schedule, we had so many interesting ideas for their wedding film and decided to add a second day of shooting so that we would have enough time to make everything happen. Mirini and Jason had a rehearsal walk-through the day before at Armour House so it made sense to schedule the cinema shoot that day. We met the couple at our downtown studio to record their voice over. They had written a few lines about how they met and what it meant to them personally. After recoding their voice-overs, we drove to the venue and shot Jason driving in his convertible. We captured aerials and car-mount shots. Then we setup an incredible first look under the outdoor pagoda. Both parents were present and we captured some really touching reaction shots. We also mic’d the couple and you can hear their real first reaction’s to seeing each other; so touching. This pre-shoot allowed us to tell the couple’s story in a much more detailed and intimate way.

After meeting Mirini, Jason was deployed to Afghanistan. During a long walk in the desert, he realized how much he loved her. Mirini made herself a promise that if Jason returned from the war, she would marry him. The toasts are not to be missed!

Cinematography: Loudbyte Cinematography| Photography: Redwall Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Armour House| Reception Venue: The Armour House | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Shoes: Bruno Magli | DJ:Roberto Monatero | Brides’ Dress: Jasmine Couture

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3 Must-Know Tips for Choosing Your Professional Makeup Artist

When it comes to getting prettied up for your Big Day, it’s so, so important to choose a makeup artist that fits your personal needs. I mean, how often do you really get dolled up by a professional? I can count on one hand how many times I have and each experience yielded a different result. Enter makeup guru Carly Pribich. She’s sharing her top three must-know tips to find your perfect match!

1. FIND AN ARTIST THAT FITS YOUR STYLE.

My biggest tip is to think about what your ideal bridal look is. Is it soft and polished? Is it smoky & dramatic? You should be able to get a feel for the artist’s work by their portfolio and content on their webpage. My advice is to limit the amount of people you reach out – make contact with those you truly feel like you would connect with on both a style and personality basis.

2. START EARLY!

Busy wedding season typically runs May-September (may depend on where you live), and these popular months tend to book up quickly in advance for in-demand artists. Start conversation early in wedding planning with artists you are interested in. Make sure you understand their policies and payments. Also see how they interact with you. Did they answer your questions? What was the response time? Was it personal? Take notice of this.

3. BE HONEST AND SPEAK UP.

This goes back to the initial tip when I suggested to find an artist that you connect with. I encourage feedback with my clients so if needed we can adjust and tweak the look to their preferences. If it’s hard for you to verbalize what you like and don’t like, bring a few pictures you like. The artist should ask questions to what you specifically like about the photos to make sure they understand your vision.

FINAL THOUGHT…

Find an artist who not only makes you look beautiful, but makes you feel beautiful. On your wedding day you deserve to feel pampered and look your very best. Please use my tips above in your search for finding the perfect artist for you. Choose someone who you know will add to your special day.

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Photography: Ruth Eileen | Makeup Artist: Carly Pribich

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Elegant Chicago Summer Wedding

With my own wedding a few months away, it’s easy to get caught up in all the planning, from guest lists to DJs. But then this Chicago wedding came along and made me stop for a minute. It got me thinking about all these sentimental moments, this beautiful Bride and her father, the sweet handkerchief for her mom. This Bride is absolutely glowing in Jacqui Cole‘s pics and this gallery is a true heart warmer.

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From Jacqui Cole Photography… This stunning Chicago wedding is full of pure romance and complete joy! Elizabeth and Daniel wed in the jaw-dropping St Ignatius in Chicago. Having both met at Loyola University, the Church held a special place in their hearts. Elizabeth’s small and unique touches really made her day extra special including the tiny framed photos of her grandparents wrapped around her bouquet. Her beautiful lace Kate Spade shoes were the perfect ballet flat to dance the night away in! Not to mention Elizabeth’s stunning Allure Exclusives gown that really added an elegant and classic Chicago feel. We headed to Loyola University to take portraits around the stunning lakeside campus! The weather was a perfect sunny day. The cream stone and unique setting perfectly complemented the romantic photos that Elizabeth and Daniel were wanting. The couple chose to host their reception in the Chicago Marriott O’Hare ballroom where they pulled from the blue of the bridesmaids’ dresses to accent the room. Their day was centered around family, friends and celebrating their love for each other. It was a true joy to capture such a wonderful day!

From The Bride… My favorite moment of our day was our ceremony. I loved walking down the aisle and seeing Dan waiting happy and excited to see me at the end of it. He looked so incredibly handsome. During the ceremony, we loved being able to look out and see so many people from so many different parts of our lives who had all come together that day to watch us get married. Our style for the day was a traditional family wedding. We wanted to show where we came from, and tracked down almost every old family wedding photo, dating from 1884 onwards for both our families. I wanted something that would be beautiful that day and beautiful when I looked back in 20 years. My biggest advice to future brides would be to not worry too much – a wonderful thing is happening on your wedding day, and it’s that you get to marry the one you love.

Photography: Jacqui Cole | Floral Design: Ashland Addison | Cake: Oak Mill Bakery | Ceremony Venue: St Ignatius, Chicago | Hair And Makeup: Chicago Bridal Hair And Makeup | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals | Venue: Marriott O'Hare

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Romantic Summer Chicago Wedding at Salvage One

From the Bride’s Jenny Packham dress to the profiteroles dessert, I’m embarrassingly drooling over this chic Chicagoan celebration. Field & Florist transformed Salvage One‘s urban space into a romantic oasis and these two lovebirds just never stopped smiling. Averyhouse made sure to snap every sweet moment and these pics are my new go-to source for a little midweek pick-me-up.

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Summer
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Elegant

From Averyhouse… Few things could have surpassed the rooftop view of The Legacy on this beautiful June morning except that of the soon-to-be Mrs. Wetherell! But seriously, the sun was shining, Sophia’s smile beamed as she slipped into her beaded Jenny Packham dress, and Andrew had just realized that he had gotten the exact same card for his bride-to-be. The day was off to a great start. We’ve loved this couple from the minute we met them (maybe it was the Smilebooth shenanigans at our open house party) and the creativity they injected into their Salvage One ceremony and reception was just one more reason that we absolutely adore these two. Did we mention that Sophia and Andrew enlisted an amazing amount of local artisans to make their wedding that much more spectacular? The lush floral arrangements had been grown just for this event right outside of Chicago and their guests sipped local craft beers alongside Chicago’s very own Letherbee + Koval throughout the night. Cake? No way. Profiteroles and a heaping scoop of Black Dog gelato for these two.

Photography: Averyhouse | Coordination: Big Day Easy | Floral Design: Field & Florist | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham | Ceremony Venue: Salvage One | Reception Venue: Salvage One | Catering: Hearty Boys

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