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Weddings & Events at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)

Take just one step inside the doors at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) and one thing will be certain… this is the place you’ll host your wedding.  Because The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) isn’t just any wedding venue, it’s the perfect combo of breathtaking beauty (hello, Grand Ballroom) and top-notch service… all wrapped up in one dream-worthy locale.

Located just steps from the amazingness that is North Michigan Avenue and nestled amongst some of the world’s coolest landmarks (think the Museum of Contemporary Art and the John Hancock Building), The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) is not only a seriously stunning place to say I do, it boasts a team of Wedding Experts that will handle every last aspect of your big day, from providing those much needed vendor recommendations to customizing yummy menus to organizing the guest accommodations.  And speaking of guests, they’re going to love sampling the crazy culinary skills of Executive Chef Martin Knaubert, the floor-to-ceiling skyline views of Chicago and the 400,000 crystal chandelier located in the ballroom.  It’s basically a wedding paradise.

So what are you waiting for, lovelies?  Head on over to The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) (and their blog!) to start planning your dream wedding… you’ll even receive a guest room stay the night prior to the wedding day and complimentary lunches for the men’s and women’s changing rooms on the day of the wedding!

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Bachelor Pad 2 Winner Ties the Knot in Chicago

For all you Bachelor Pad fans, you might recognize a few friendly faces at this elegant Chicago affair. When Michael Stagliano married his true love, Emily, surrounded by friends and family last Memorial Day weekend, it was a day to remember. From the classic elegance of Galleria Marchetti, to the delightful details choreographed by Big City Bride and captured by the always-wonderful David Wittig, you’ll see in a heartbeat just how lovely the day was! See more of the fun they had at the party – and spot those familiar ABC faces in the gallery! Oh — and don’t miss the same-day-edit film from Imagique Weddings.

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From Big City BrideMichael Stagliano ABC’s The Bachelorette star in 2009, Bachelor Pad 2 winner in 2011 and Bachelor Pad 3 in 2012 tied the knot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend, exactly two years from their first moment together in Chicago. Michael Stagliano and his beautiful fiancee Emily Tuchscherer’s love is quite the fairytale. Chrissy Magliano of Big City Bride planned the wedding of their dreams at Galleria Marchetti, an enchanting venue. The outdooor ceremony was intimate and romantic. The couple shared their vows under a beautiful structure covered in soft white draping and flower petals lining the aisle. Cocktail hour followed in the courtyard. During this time guests signed Michael and Emily’s one of a kind guest book. The couple asked each guest to help design art work for their home. Guests grabbed a bottle of spray paint and designed!

The reception moved into the tented area at Galleria Marchetti. The design was classic and elegant. The reception was full of fun surprise dances performed by the wedding party. Michael, Emily, Michael’s twin brother (married to Bachelorette winner DeAnna Stagliano) and Emily’s sister surprised guests with a dance to “Classic” by MKTO. Later, Michael and his groomsmen performed a surprise dance dedicated to Emily, which was a mix of songs showcasing Michael’s breakdancing moves. Many Bachelor/Bachelorette alums were in attendance at the wedding including: Tenley Molzahn, Kiptyn Locke, Robby Descant, Ed Swiderski and Michael Stagliano’s twin brother Stephen Stagliano with his “Bachelorette” wife DeAnna Pappas.

Photography: David Wittig Photography | Videographer: Imagique Weddings | Wedding Planner: Big City Bride | Floral Design: A Stem Above | Hair: Robert Jeffrey | Lighting: Keith Christopher | Cup Cakes: Molly's Cupcakes | Wedding Venue: Galleria Marchetti

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When it comes to wedding day beauty, Kate Johnson Artistry Bridal Team really knows how its done. From glamorous updos to that perfect smokey eye and everything in between, their team of beauty experts will make sure you look like the best you on your wedding day.  Fabulous?  We think so.  Spend your Saturday getting to know them… and check out the amazing giveaway below!

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