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Chic Chicago Wedding at the Greenhouse Loft

I love, love, love Olivia Leigh Photographie. Why you ask? She never fails to send us weddings that make our heart beat a little faster, and this chic Chicago wedding beautifully planned by Estera Events at the Green House Loft is the most stunning example. Her images left this couple with a gallery of images they will cherish forever, and you can cherish them too right here


From Estera EventsWhen I first met Lauren over a cup of coffee, we immediately connected. She was so warm and friendly, and mostly, excited to marry Jeff. After talking about her vision for the day, she casually mentioned she would be wearing a gold wedding dress and I think I actually squealed! The entire day was a dream. Lauren, her sweet sister Nicole and her beautiful mom all got ready at The Waldorf Astoria. Lauren and Jeff did their first look under the holiday tree in the courtyard of the hotel and were married at St. Hedwigs. Snow started to fall just as the ceremony ended, and guests exited the church with sparklers in hand while Lauren & Jeff ran to their getaway car. The reception was at Greenhouse Loft – an amazingly beautiful event venue in Chicago with enormous picture windows. With over 250 candles, a majority dipped in gold, the entire room glowed. The cake was flecked in gold leaf and a light snow fell outside the picture windows the entire evening. It was such an amazingly magical day and we were more than thrilled to be part of it!

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Event Design: Estera Events | Florist: Asrai Garden | Cake: Bittersweet | Reception: Green House Loft | Catering: Pure Kitchen Catering | Hair + Make Up: Bridal Beauty Chicago

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Whimsical Kansas Vintage Barn Wedding

The vision was simple: sparkling sunlight, vintage heirlooms, and loved ones all around. And sure enough, that starting point turned into the kind of pretty-filled, whimsical wedding that’ll leave you smiling from ear to ear. Poppy and Clover whipped up blooms for the occasion and Rose Wheat Photography didn’t miss a beat.  Click here for sooo much more!


From the Bride… When Drew and I first began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to accomplish three things: 1) have an outdoor ceremony with sparkling sunlight, 2) include vintage family heirlooms in the decor and 3) surround ourselves with family and friends to celebrate all day long. The inspiration for the entire event was “vintage glam” and “wanderlust.” We wanted it to be whimsical, creative and lovely.

The ceremony decor included a stained glass bay window (circa 1890 England that we found in a stained glass warehouse in Arkansas) that served as an altar. I loved the concept of bringing the traditional-ness of a church wedding to the all-natural outdoor venue via the stained glass. The grey tuxes, bridesmaid dresses and flowers were all selected to coordinate with the beautiful, outdoor wooded ceremony site.

Other than renting the linens and table runners, all of the reception center pieces were made using glassware, vintage teacups, pitchers, etc. that belong to myself, my mother and grandmother. We purchased wholesale fresh flowers through our florist (Poppy and Clover) to save on costs as well. The chandelier was made using a vintage wagon wheel, DIY hand-dyed coffee filter flowers, crystals and branches from trees in our yard. One of my favorite little touches was the 1930′s vintage cake topper, which we found at The Potting Shed in Chelsea, MI while visiting my grandmother. Homemade pralines, made by my Texan grandmother, were the perfect way to share my Texan heritage as a party favor to guests. The wedding love bird logos was created by our fabulous event planners at Barn Door Events. We utilized the logo on our invitations, programs and was lit-up on the dance floor for our first dance!

Our wedding day will always be my favorite day, and one that I wish I could re-live over and over again. Every little detail – from my great-grandmothers teacups on the tables, to the soft flowy ribbons lining the ceremony aisle chairs, or the soft glow of the twinkling lights streaming from the barn rafters — truly made the day a fairytale.

Photography: Rose Wheat Photography | Floral Design: Poppy and Clover Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo | Wedding Cake: 3 Women and an Oven | Catering: Affordable Catering | Barn: The Barn at Schwinn Produce Farm | Rentals: UltraPom

Bohemian Chic Chicago Wedding

When you get right down to it, this is the kind of wildly beautiful yet deeply personal wedding we preach here on SMP. From the gorgeous blush and gold stylings by Kelly Lenard to the Bride’s late mother’s photograph sewn into her BHLDN dress, it’s everything an “I do” should be and we’re got a front row seat. Lauren Balingit captured the moments, and you can get started in the gallery right here.


From The Bride…On June 7th 2014 I married my Prince Charming, Mike, in the suburbs of Chicago, and my fairytale wedding came true. It was a sunny day, filled with our best friends and family celebrating the commitment we made to each other. I was lucky enough to hire Lauren Balingit, a film photographer, to capture all of the day’s beautiful moments, and her fiancé, Alex Balingit formerly of 27 Entertainment.

The décor was a combination of gold, blush and pale blue, along with pieces of my favorite childhood memories. The nostalgic smells of lavender from family trips to France, several Disney elements, blue birds, and my favorite flower, lily of the valley. I remember picking the lilies in my Grandmother’s garden in Indiana with my Mom. Both my Mom and Grandma, sadly, could not be present on our special day. My Mom was close to my heart though as my Aunt Cyndy sewed a picture of her in my dress. Also, for our recessional we asked our friends and family to sprinkle us with the blue bird confetti (that my aunts and cousins individually hand-punched!) to honor my Mom’s beautiful spirit. Blue birds also adorned our wedding cake, tying a bow of ribbon with their beaks, similarly to how Cinderella’s dress was sewn together.

I felt like a true princess wearing the wedding gown I chose from BHLDN Chicago, designed by the incredible Catherine Deane. My lovely veil was vintage-inspired as well from the bridal boutique Meringue, also in Chicago. I wore the timeless Sakura halo created by Cécile Boccara from France, which further incorporated the delicate pearls that embellished my dress. I carried a vintage Whiting & Davis gold mesh bag, and my earrings were by Nadri that my Mike had given me for our one-year anniversary. The morning of our wedding day, he surprised me with a gold monogram necklace incorporating my new initials, LOM. It was an honor to wear it as part of my wedding ensemble.

The incredibly talented wedding stylist, Kelly Lenard from Intertwine, is whom I give all the credit for our wedding décor. She communicated with me for months to bring all of my scattered ideas to tasteful fruition and beauty. I asked Kelly to incorporate as much gold into the day as possible. She misted metallic gold paint onto baby’s breath, eucalyptus leaves and seeds, to enhance our whimsical theme. She even surprised me the day of the wedding with the most stunning bright pink peonies that complimented my bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly! Also, as a tribute to the amazing Irish family I was marrying into, Bells of Ireland adorned the pews of the church aisle. My husband Mike and I used the cork collection filled with the memories we had shared and written on, to use for place card holders at our reception.

Two days after our wedding I was beyond excited to get dressed up again, but this time having the magnificent city of Chicago for a backdrop. Kelly Lenard created a stunning secondary bouquet for me, incorporating more vibrant colors and large garden roses, and a gorgeous floral crown. Lauren Balingit photographed us as we frolicked around our favorite city and strolled along the crystal blue water. After the shoot, Mike and I visited our favorite Irish Pub in the city, The Celtic Crossing for a pint of the black stuff. It was the perfect way to end our wedding weekend!

Photography: Lauren Balingit | Floral Design: Kelly Lenard | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Cake : Toni Patisserie | Church: Ascension Catholic Church | Country Club: Butterfield Country Club | Hair : Robert Jeffery | Makeup: Alyssa Lalagos | Video : 27 Entertainment

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Elegant Country Club Wedding with a Pop of Coral

A country club wedding in shades of coral is pretty much a safe bet for stunning, and this next little lovefest was no exception. Bridesmaids dressed by Twobirds and florals from Carriage Flowers, it was packaged perfectly and bursting with beautiful details. M Lindsay Photography captured all the lovely, and you can check out the full gallery here.

Country Club

From M Lindsay PhotographyAna + Jordan put together a perfect summer country club wedding. Combining the perfect colors with chic attire and modern elements made this wedding unique and beautiful….wait until you see the groom’s tux! Navy, coral, and silver details came together to bring a fun pop of color. A little bit about the wedding: From my first meeting with these two, to the engagement session, I felt like these two are the kind of people that I could be friends with. Apart from being a gorgeous couple, they have such a great way about them and a deep love for each other that is very apparent. Plus, they have impeccable style–I mean can we talk about Jordan’s blue custom tux with matching tuxedo slippers and Ana’s stunning lace dress and Valentino heels? The day was filled with emotion, especially from the bride. Beautiful toasts, great food and an energetic dance floor made for a great party too!

Photography: M Lindsay Photography | Floral Design: Carriage Flowers | Wedding Gown: Weddings 826 | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Twobirds | DJ: Fig Weddings | Groomsmen's Ties: Tie Bar | Bow Tie: Tie Bar | Groom's Loafer: To Boot NY | Groom's Shirt: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Groomsmen's Shirts: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Shoes: ASOS | Guestbook: WeddingTreeGuestbook | Venue: Park Ridge Country Club

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