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This Glamorous Wedding Started With A Proposal Story That Will Make Your Heart Melt

When a romance begins with the words, “There’s no way a girl as pretty as you isn’t going to dance tonight,” you just know the proposal story is going to up the ante for all couples forever. With every detail crafted to perfection by Lola Event Production and captured by Emilia Jane Photography, see why this glamorous wedding completely took our breath away here in The Vault.



From The Couple…How we met in the fall of 2012 (through Zach’s voice):

It all started at a wedding…In November of 2012, Zach was a groomsman in Scott and Nora King’s wedding. As fate would have it, Laura Lazzara was also in attendance. During the reception, Zach spotted Alan Lazzara Sr. (Laura’s father) who pointed Zach out to Philip Lazzara (Laura’s older brother) who Zach played little league baseball with many years ago. As Zach and Philip regaled each other with legendary stories on the field, Zach was introduced to Philip’s beautiful little sister Laura. Needless to say, Laura took Zach’s breath away. As Zach and Philip’s conversation drew to an end and they parted for other company, Zach couldn’t shake the image of that divine creature: Laura Lazzara.

The reception turned from dinner to dancing and Zach searched for Laura. To his dismay, he was unable to find her anywhere on the dance floor. It wasn’t until Zach looked back to her table, where he first met her, that he once again spied she who would one day be his bride.

Making his way through the jubilant, gyrating crowd, Zach walked up to Laura, who sat alone at the table. With a nervous yet hopeful breath, he said the words that sealed the deal: “theres no way a girl as pretty as you isn’t going to dance tonight.” And with that, and a gentlemanly offer of his hand, the rest was history…

Our engagement story…Anyone that knows Laura knows that she is one of the most thoughtful people in the whole world. So it was with no easy going that Zach planned a proposal worthy of such a woman. Zach invited Laura up to his family’s lake house in Delavan, WI under the guise of it being just a one-night getaway to spend time with each other and Zach’s parents. Unbeknownst to Laura, Zach managed to orchestrate the participation of Laura’s best friends, including Lauren all the way from Boston, her cousin and Maid of Honor Allison from California, as well as her parents Alan Sr. and Mary and her brother Philip and his wonderful girlfriend Jessie. From Zach’s side, also in attendance, were his parents Jack and Mary, brothers and Best Men Sean and Jason as well as Jason’s fiancée Samantha. Finally, Zach’s loving Godparents Bob and JoAnn Cycon joined the celebration.

Upon arrival at the lake house, with the lights turned off and the guests huddled in the backyard in wait, Zach brought Laura up to their room to drop off the bags. With a quick kiss and a request to stay put, Zach left Laura waiting curiously while he walked downstairs. To Laura’s surprise, it was her brother Philip that knocked on the bedroom door. Philip escorted Laura downstairs and out to the lakeside yard. There, lined up along the path, set amongst candles, were all the important people in Laura’s life. As she passed each person, she was handed a flower, and upon reaching the end of the path, Laura’s parents were there to tie a bow around the bouquet. It was on the lakeside deck, below the romantic lighting, that Zach dropped to one knee and asked Laura to be his bride.

I was inspired by a beautiful Amalfi Coast wedding I came across while putting together a mood board. I wanted something out of the ordinary, I wanted to bring a piece of the outdoors into a ballroom— a plethora of greenery, such as lemon leaves, olive branches, eucalyptus and succulents. I envisioned an elegant black tie evening paired with champagne, pops of metallic details like gold details and symmetrical rows of feast tables and soft lighting.

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Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Cinematography: Mirar Productions | Event Planning: LOLA Event Productions | Wedding Dress: Naeem Khan | Invitations: Magnificent Milestones | Ceremony Venue: St. Michael in Old Town | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Sonia Roselli | Hair: Karma Salon | Band: Ken Arlen Band Front Of House | Groomsmen Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Floral Design + Decor: HMR Designs | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Rentals: Tablescapes

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Rustic Meets Glam Wedding Inspiration for the Win

The talent behind this whole shoot is undeniable and this dress, with these beautiful back details, I dream of adding to my own closet. But don’t stop there because as you continue through these pics by Kristin La Voie; from the beauty created by Fragrant Design to the whole scene by Beso Weddings & Events, it’s all rustic meets elegance perfection. See it all in our Vault right here!

From Kristin La Voie PhotographyThe Inspiration…
Beso Weddings & Events is known for combining modern and vintage elements to create an elegant aesthetic and personalized wedding experience. Our vineyard wedding design is inspired by an adventurous couple that loves wine, the art of winemaking and has vineyard wedding dreams.

The Vision and Wedding Experience…
The bride is breathtaking as she walks down the aisle holding a ‘swept up from the garden’ bouquet full of endless natural elements. Included are peonies, freesia, lisianthus, sweet pea, bouvardia, astilbe, and veronica florals with accents of fresh lavender, umbrella ferns, olive and seeded eucalyptus with green amaranthus.

The aisle is framed by modern mirrored stands reflecting the natural surroundings with candle treatments lighting the path. Her dress is embellished in crystals and vintage details; together with a cathedral style veil makes her the epitome of timeless elegance and beauty. Perfect for a young sophisticated bride that wants to shine on her big day. Sunny blue skies and a light breeze embrace the couple as they exchange vows of love and devotion under chandeliers covered in sheer draping and garlands including salal, coculous, seeded eucalyptus, calcinia, thistle, sword fern, olive, hanging Boston fern, and grapevine.

After their nuptials, the newly married couple greets their guests at the vineyard estate as they step into the lounge to enjoy wine tasting and gourmet meats and cheeses to be followed by a delectable wedding feast. Guests are invited back to the vineyard where they arrive to an elegant mirror chart and are seated at an exquisitely arranged table covered in modern rustic elegance. Down the center of the table is a garland intertwined with antique hydrangea and fruit such as cherries, artichoke, grapes and organic elements of lavender, white astilbe, sword ferns and grapevine. Taper and votive candles across the table evoke an inviting and romantic ambience. An eclectic mix of vintage place settings, delicately calligraphed menus and driftwood place cards come together beautifully. Guests enjoy filet mignon and Chilean sea bass with perfectly paired wine varietals.

Next, guests are invited to a custom cake bar and enjoy one or more slices of the creatively designed rustic cakes – lemon with fresh raspberry, chocolate with Nutella mousse and champagne cake with tangerine mousse. Guests continue to enjoy the vineyard surroundings and delightful wine.

While guests are blissfully enjoying dessert, the newly married couple loses themselves for a quiet moment alone amongst the lush rows of grapevines and reflect on their special day with excited anticipation of their future life together.

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Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Event Design + Styling: Beso Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Fragrant Design | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Cakes: Urban Icing | Stationery: Rebeca Lynn Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup Artist: Bridget - with Sonia Roselli | Hair Stylist: Kristina - with Sonia Roselli | Hair + Makeup: Sonia Roselli | Calligraphy: Rebeca Lynn Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Nicholas Joseph | Venue: Acquaviva Winery | Bridal Boutique: Alice In Ivory | Female Model: Angelika Rol | Hair Accessories: The Left Bank Bridal Finery | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge Furniture + Custom Bar: Northern Decor | Male Model: Tim Lambert | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Ring Design: Claire Pettibone | Tableware: Chicago Vintage Weddings

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Engagement Sesh at Shake Shack? Total #RelationshipGoals

Is it too much to call these two our heroes? Maybe. But any couple that includes a stop at Shake Shack in their engagement session is worthy of all the heart eye emojis in the world. Tommy and Amber planned an entire evening in Chicago with Shannon Duggan along to capture their city adventures, including sweeping skylines, romantic strolls, and delicious burgers – of course.

From Shannon Duggan PhotographyAmber and Tommy moved to Chicago immediately following college graduation. Wanting to make the life that most young couples dream of. They chose this gorgeous city after living in Chicago one summer during college, sharing a shoe box sized apartment, and falling even more in love with the city, and of course, each other.

The night of Tommy’s proposal Amber was completely clueless. These two are major foodies, so naturally Amber made a dinner reservation during Chicago’s restaurant week.

“We got all cute and took the train downtown and had the best jerk chicken of our lives. And after he suggested that we go for a walk on the river walk and look at all the ice and snow on the river (I love walking after a big meal) and as we walked he stopped me and said “I didn’t bring you here just for a walk and I didn’t bring them here for that either” and when I looked over I saw my family and his a few of our close friends (in person and on FaceTime!) and began crying uncontrollably as he said the most amazing things and asked me to be his wife.”

I wanted to capture the adventure these two have shared in this incredible city, and I truly feel this engagement session does exactly that. We ran around the city all evening, from Three Arts Cafe in the gorgeous Restoration Hardware, to Shake Shack, and of course the incredible North Avenue Beach. Chicago is truly a city I can’t get enough of, and I loved photographing the love and adventure these two have shared in it.

Photography: Shannon Duggan Photography | Location: Restoration Hardware | Location: Shake Shack

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