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Modern Elegant Wedding at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art

It’s a question of what came first – the venue or the wedding style – but either way, these go together like bread and butter. With bright blooms, stunning stationery and plenty of pizazz, Estera Events made sure the presence of art was always close by for this Chicago celebration. Pen/Carlson captured every picture perfect moment and I’m declaring this gallery my main midweek source of inspiration.

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Summer
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Elegance

From Estera Events… Sarah lived in a building overlooking Chicago’s MCA for a few years. After making the move to Brooklyn with Stan, the MCA remained a special place for them. When deciding where to have their wedding, hosting it at the MCA was an easy decision for them! The lower patio and garden was transformed for their ceremony, which incorporated both Persian and American traditions. Guests sipped champagne while Sarah and Stan said their vows. Cocktail Hour took place on the upper terrace, with guests sipping cocktails, enjoying the photobooth, and ordering drinks from the bar covered in gold sequins. Once guests entered the MCA for dinner, they were greeted with an escort display of hanging ribbons and tassels with their escort cards attached. Dinner was served in the atrium of the MCA, with a unique table layout and enormous white balloons suspended overhead. For desert, five delicious cakes were flown in from Momofuku Milk Bar in New York, a favorite of Sarah and Stan’s. These gorgeous cakes were displayed on Nimblewell pieces. Dancing took place in the cafe, where Sarah and Stan had their first dance to Etta James “Teach Me Tonight”, and Sarah changed into the most gorgeous custom feather mini skirt!

Photography: Pen/Carlson | Videography: XO Pictures | Event Planning: Estera Events | Floral Design: Fleur | Wedding Dress: Custom Made By Kathryn Conover | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Reception Venue: Museum Of Contemporary Art | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Hair And Makeup: Nika Vaughan | DJ: Toast And Jam | Balloons: Balloons By Tommy | Draping: Art Of Imagination | Furniture Rentals: Bowery And Bash | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth | Vintage Rentals: Nimble Well

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Urban Chic Chicago Loft Wedding

Intimate, personal, and nothing short of magical, this chic Chicago fete is the definition of fun. From the mini chicken and waffles served during cocktail hour, to the DIY paper cranes, to the couple’s dog posing as a paper cut out, every detail was planned to perfection. With touches like personal vows and the couple’s homemade sugar pie the sweetness is evident with every T&C Photographie image here!

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Summer
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Loft
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Modern

From the beautiful Bride… This love story began when the two of us met through a mutual friend. We hit it off immediately, and became fast friends. We spent the better part of the following year diving head first into best-friendship, but couldn’t deny that we were falling for each other. I told my parents and friends that I just knew I was going to marry him before we even started dating.

Matthew & I got married at Loft on Lake in Chicago, IL. We wanted to showcase the beauty of the Loft space itself by keeping decorations clean and minimal. We had our ceremony indoors, and moved to the front area for cocktail hour while the room was flipped for our reception. To start off the day, the Groomsmen and Dads joined Matt for a straight razor shave and haircut party at a local barber shop, while the Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, Moms and I got ready in the Presidential suite at our hotel. We had an incredible team of vendors to help pull off our vision, but we did all of the planning on our own! Matt & I did quite a bit of DIY to make the day feel more personal, and my family made an incredible paper crane piece that hung on the Loft’s brick wall from a birch branch.

We wanted to make sure our wedding felt extremely personal and the opposite of traditional. The day was intimate, personal, and nothing short of magical. We believe that definitely shows in our photos. August 30th, 2014 will be my favorite day forever!

DIY paper crane escort cards
1 | Fold paper cranes in a variety of 3″ x 3″ paper patterns
2 | Affix twine between two standing objects
3 | Hang cranes with mini clothespins
4Write names on front and table numbers on back of tags
5 | Tie name tags with ribbon
6 | Hang ribbon off cranes

DIY paper crane wall/backdrop
1 | Fold paper cranes in a variety of 6″ x 6″ solid colors
2 | Thread gold embroidery floss on a needle
3 | Use needle to thread cranes from the hole in the bottom through the top center
4 | Thread as many cranes as you’d like onto a single string (we liked them varying heights/numbers)
5 | Spread cranes out along the string
6 | Add dot/bead of hot glue underneath the bottom of each crane, and slide the crane just over the bead of glue
7 | Once dry, tie each string onto a birch branch (you could also use a dowel rod, or any other long object)
8 | We hung our birch branch and cranes up against the wall behind the head table. It also makes a fantastic backdrop for photos.

Photography: T&C Photographie | Floral Design: Flowers By Stem | Wedding Dress: Catherine Deane For BHLDN | Bride's Shoes: Lovestruck Pumps By Bettye Muller | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Daintyard On Etsy | Catering: Hearty Boys | Makeup: Shannon O'Brien | Hair Stylist: Debra Petrielli | DJ: Weaponry From Style Matters DJs | Groom's Shoes: White Gold Cup Sperry Topsiders | Bride's Earrings: Water Gardens Drops By BHLDN | Bride's Sash: Jupiter Sash By BHLDN | Bridesmaid's Earrings: Bauble Bar Floral Pulitzer Drops | Ceremony & Reception: Loft On Lake | Ceremony Backdrop: Satin Chair Covers Rental | Confetti: BHLDN | Day Of Coordinator: Sarah Rhodes-Boyce | Groom & Groomsmen Shirts: Nordstrom | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A Bank | Groom & Groomsmen Ties/Suspenders: The Tie Bar | Groomsmen Shoes: Navy/Tan Sperry Topsiders | Hotel: Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro | Pie Topper: BHLDN | Pizelles: Kathy McGourty | Shaving Party: Philip D'Ciminna Barber Shop | Sugar Pie: Mindy Segal

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Modern Black + White Chicago Wedding

What’s black and white and chic all over? This modern beauty captured by T&S Hughes and Amor In Motion. It’s what happens when two professional designers say “I do” in a Chicago loft that screams urban chic from the inside out. Complete with one of the coolest ceremony backdrops of all time, I promise this pretty part is only get started.

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Summer
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Loft
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Vintage

From Amor In MotionA black and white affair with a vintage flair set against an urban backdrop. This wedding could not have been more picturesque. Not surprising that every last detail was designed by the designer couple themselves, Morgan Marie and Chris… Sweet. Yes, Sweet. A fitting last name for this stunning couple.

Everything tied in perfectly, we love the mural hanging “We seem to have been designed for each other” and the symbolic S painting… The dark cool venue with a trumpet band and a first dance song that says “If I couldn’t have you I’d rather be alone.” The tears, the simple lines, the brick wall, the hanging bulbs, and the Greek goddess-like dress that no one could take their eyes off…it was all spot on.

Chris and Morgan, may that sparkle and joy never fade from your eyes. You were, indeed, meant for each other.

Photography: T&S Hughes Photography | Videography: Amor In Motion | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Reception Venue: Gallery 1028 | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Band: Bluewater Kings Band