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Boat Engagement Session at Burnham Harbour

It never fails, when an engagement on the waterfront lands in my lap, my heart is sent into flip flops. And when it takes place on a dock, complete with wine and cheese, some seriously gorgeous bling and two stylish sweeties like this one from Kristin La Voie Photography? You can bet I’ll be swooning over it for some time. Join me right here!

From Kristin La Voie PhotographyJust as the summer started winding down in Chicago, we thought it would be perfect for longtime boaters Lory & Scott to end their summer on their boat “Nobody” for their engagement session. With wine, crackers, and cheese, they picnicked on the boat, cuddled up, fed each other, and snuggled in close for kisses; the perfect way to end their fantastic summer at Burnham Harbour. This beautiful area was the most picturesque place for photos overlooking Lake Michigan and Chicago’s Soldier Field. These two danced on the dock, cozied up on the bow of the boat, and warmed up under a blanket. The perfect recipe for the sweetest engagement session ever.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Venue: Burnham Harbour

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Elegant Summer Wedding at Armour House

Fresh wedding ideas get my heart racing and the thought of a champagne brunch reception, with a little Southern charm tossed in, and I’m sold. Held at the gorgeous Armour House outside of Chicago, this summertime fete has me absolutely swooning – and taking notes. Two Birds Photography worked their magic and I’m adding pocketed gowns, orchids and historic mansions to my list of favorites immediately.

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From Gail at GZ Weddings & Special Events… Lauren and Brian were married on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the historic Armour House on the grounds of Lake Forest Academy in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

Their ceremony was held outdoors on a beautiful, sunny morning. Lauren’s dream was to have a wedding and reception on a estate that was similar to the look of a southern plantation. Their event included many traditions that described good ole’ southern charm since Lauren’s family is originally from New Orleans.

Their reception immediately followed and included those southern details such as shrimp & grits, and chicken & biscuit benedicts on their brunch buffet! Their “Champagne Brunch Reception” was accompanied by music from the Elmhurst College Jazz Band who played popular tunes from the roaring 20′s and classics that everyone enjoyed.

Lauren’s wedding gown was something right off of a southern plantation! She wanted it to look simple yet elegant for their morning wedding.

The plants and centerpieces that helped achieve the look of an outdoor garden reception were brought in and created by the mother of the bride.

Photography: Two Birds Photography | Event Coordinator: GZ Weddings & Special Events | Floral Design: Stems Chicago | Cake: Poppies | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Armour House | Music: Elmhurst College Jazz Quartet

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Elegant Chicago Wedding at Balena

This Mark Zunino Bride and her handsome groom were literally surrounded with love on their wedding day. Evan Hunt captured the moments that mattered, while close family and friends gathered at Balena for an inviting celebration planned by Kelly Cavanaugh. From the six cakes baked out of love, to Artistrings rendition of Katy Perry, every detail was personal and you can see it all here.

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From The Bride…On a whim, I signed up for a beginners’ rock climbing class, thinking I should try something new and different. I noticed a good-looking guy in the advanced class. He introduced himself and we chatted briefly during class for a few weeks. Eventually he invited me to come climb with him on a Friday night. When I arrived, he encouraged me to try a move that was clearly above my skill-levl, offering to take me out for a drink if I could make it. I didn’t make it and instead fell off the wall injuring my knee, but I still got that drink. We had a blast that night and have been together ever since. We are total partners in life and we love to do things our own way. We added running, mountain biking, and wake surfing and you can always find us taking adventures together, including moving to the suburbs.

Our wedding really reflected our personal choices and who we are as a couple. From the beginning, it was important to us to have a beautiful wedding without all of the fuss. Our favorite parts of other weddings are the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. So, we decided to mash them all together and skip (almost) everything else — including a formal dinner with seat assignments — in favor of a more relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. We knew immediately that we wanted to have the wedding at Balena; the food is divine, the drinks are spectacular, the staff is amazing, and the decor reflects perfectly the things we like and the mood of the day: warm and inviting, with soft beautiful lighting, rich leather chairs, and exposed wood.

Our ceremony was “in the round,” with my law-school best friend officiating and our moms providing heartfelt personal introductions. Our family and bridal party sat in chairs around the ceremony and everyone else stood around, which lent to the intimate, family atmosphere. The introduction to my favorite Coldplay song “Reign of Love”, played as I walked down the aisle and a quartet played a version of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” for the recessional.

After the ceremony, I changed out of my first dress and heels and into a comfortable ball-gown and flats. Dave kept me company as I had my hair twirled into a bun, and we snacked on appetizers and champagne in the quiet of Balena’s downstairs private-dining room. The reception was divine; we hand picked our favorite items off Balena’s seasonal menu, and Dave’s sister made six gorgeous cakes. We named our signature drinks “The Polly” and “The Reuben,” after the characters in “Along Came Polly” who remind us of each other. Our family and friends were in on all aspects of the wedding, my mom designed our invitations and made the groomsmen’s cufflinks. A family friend handled all the flowers. Almost all our vendors were friends, and all were in attendance to help us celebrate. We were surrounded by love at our wedding and wouldn’t have done it any other way.

Photography: Evan Hunt | Videography: Evan Hunt | Wedding Planner: Kelly Cavanaugh | Florist: R. Jane Morgan Interior + Design: Rjanemorgan@aol.com, 847-275-3530 | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cakes: Sweet As Cake | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Jewelry: Mark Zunino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair And Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry | String Quartet: Artistrings | Bridesmaid's Dress: Watters | Cake Stands: Nimble Well | Clutch: Judith Leiber | Custom Veil: The Giving Bride | Dress Belt: Ms. Couture | Earrings : New York Jewlers | Flower Girl's Dress: Autolive | Getting Ready Venue: Public Hotel | Groom / Groomsmen Cufflinks: McLaughlin Glazeware | Groom's Suite: Nicholas Joseph | Reception Dress: David's Bridal - Melissa Sweet | Wedding Rings: New York Jewelers | Wedding Venue: Balena

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