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Ethereal City Wedding Inspiration

This shoot m’dears is the beauty that happens when ethereal meets industrial and when delicate charm meets a rustic, raw space with endless possibilities. It’s a city kind of love dreamt up by A Charming Fete and seen through the lens of Lauren Gabrielle, featuring the prettiest additions from Borrow Rentals and Something White. For all you city dreamers, there’s a whole gallery for perusing right here.

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From A Charming FêteWe were inspired by the soft, muted blue-gray and neutral tones of the cityscape on a hazy day. We wanted to create a hard-meets-soft design (but easy and neutral) and showcase an ethereal, delicate, soft style within a raw, hard space. The shoot location provided the perfect feel with rough concrete floors and huge black, towering industrial windows, situated in the heart of our city. Achieving such delicate beauty in this rough space was pure perfection.

We incorporated lots of soft textures and rich velvet tones for a hint of drama (as seen in ribbon, fabric draping, vintage furniture and our groom’s bow-tie). Miles and miles of ivory veil kept our bride covered in the softest muted light. Her gown flowed weightlessly to the ground in sheer gentle pleats. We draped a super thin, nearly transparent fabric over the natural wood farm table to create a soft blurry palette for our tablescape and mirror the concept of the bride’s veil. Beautiful stationery was a necessity, hand-calligraphed in a subtle gray matte ink, complete with a natural torn edge. Florals were a huge focal point executed in muted tones with subtle hints of pale blue. Eclectic stem combinations in the most neutral tones made a huge impact (ranunculus, blushing bride, garden roses, olive branch, nigella, thistle, scabiosa, anemone, eucalyptus, airplants and more).

The floating centerpiece (a wood platform) was affixed to the ceiling pipes with pale gray parachute cord which nearly disappeared into the natural light. Mixed foliage and blooms dripped over the tabletop which required minimal accent other than a few small vintage gold compotes, olive branches and simple taper candles. The place setting felt so elegant within the space, complete with vintage china, crystal stemware and pale blue antique goblets for a hint of color. Luxe gold flatware was the perfect complement to the rumpled, hand-dyed, gray linen napkin. The cake captured the moody blue-gray hues of the city to perfection. The candlelit ceremony space and upcycled wood bench pews felt so intimate and easy. A muted vintage rug defined the aisle and our bride and groom relaxed on a blue-green velvet vintage settee.

Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Event Design: A Charming Fete | Floral Design: Molly Taylor Designs | Cake: Hummingbird Bake Shop | Rings: MK Designs Jewelry | Hair And Makeup: Rania's Hair Salon And Spa | Groom's Suit: Banana Republic | Bridal Boutique: Something White | Bridal Gown: Watters | Ceremony/Reception: RED Space | Chairs/Chargers: Event Source | Groom's Stylist: The Gentleman Bentley | Invitations/Menu/Seating Cards: The Butler's Pantry | Napkins: Not Perfect Linen | Velvet Bowtie: Boutaugh | Vintage Rentals: Borrow Rentals

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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!

Photography: Kent Drake Photography | Photography: Gerber + Scarpelli | Photography: Katie Kett Photography | Photography: KingenSmith | Photography: Amanda Hein Photography

Elegant Brewery Wedding

Take the world’s most beautiful chapel (Rockmill Brewery, I heart you) and add in an adorable duo + a fabulous team of vendors that know a thing or two about amazing weddings and the results are this.  A drop-dead gorgeous day filled with stunning details planned to perfection by Something Blue Weddings And Events and captured in pretty, pretty pictures by Lily Glass.  See them all here.

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From Lily Glass… Erin and Wade are two of the kindest souls I’ve ever met. Their wedding day was full of laughter and their smiles never went away. Lawn games and sparkling lemonade welcomed their guests to the picturesque Rockmill Brewery and its intimate chapel which served as the backdrop for their vows. Their wedding day took place on the 40th anniversary of the chapel’s first ceremony with Erin’s uncle officiating.

The couple also followed good ol’ Southern tradition and buried a bottle of bourbon upside down at the ceremony site to keep the rain away… and while they couldn’t have asked for lovelier weather, I’m confident that even a torrential downpour couldn’t steal the joy these two were feeling.

Quenetta and her team from Something Blue made sure that no detail was overlooked and Erin’s beautiful vision for the day was beautifully realized.

Photography: Lily Glass | Videography: Prodigy Cineman | Event Planning: Something Blue Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Flowers On Orchard Lane | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Enticing Icings | Ceremony Venue: Rockmill Brewery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Two Caterers | Musician: Liam Jones

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