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Elegant Chicago Engagement

From a quiet garden to that famous city skylineOrange Photographie has captured an elegant e-sesh that has got me floating on cloud nine. From the striking statement these med-school sweethearts made on North Avenue Beach, to the peaceful woodland walk they shared, it’s all waiting for you in The Vault!

From Orange Photographie… Tanuja & Amit met in Chicago after they both moved there for medical school. Their paths crossed one night at a party neither of them wanted to go to, and after a crazy night of trying to get home, they exchanged numbers and started building a friendship. The two eventually fell in love with each other and Chicago, so it only made sense that they used the beautiful city as a backdrop for their engagement session. They had plans to move back to Amit’s home state of Florida shortly after their engagement session, so they wanted these photos to represent their time in the city and their love that blossomed there.

Chicago has an amazing array of locations to choose from for photo sessions, from quiet gardens to that famous city skyline. Tanuja and Amit wanted contrasting spots that showed off the best the city has to offer. We started in the peaceful woodland setting of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool for some more naturally romantic photos and then finished the evening with a striking statement of the two in front of the Chicago skyline dressed to kill. These two have a classic, elegant style that blended perfectly with both locations we visited, especially Tanuja’s stunning black geometric dress from Guess she wore on our last stop of the evening at North Avenue Beach.

Photography: Orange Photographie | Venue: North Avenue Beach | Venue: Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool | Black Dress: Guess | Suit: Banana Republic

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Jewel Tone Forest Wedding Inspiration

With the first few whispers of fall, we’re happily welcoming those rich, lavish jewel tones that peek their pretty way onto our pages each time this year. Deep shades like emerald, lapis and amethyst that are layered in this slice of inspiration from Heather Cook ElliottTailored Engagements and daffodil*parker. Head to The Vault for even more jeweled-hued goodness!

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From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyAs planners and photographers we work and live in the city, love a glammed out high heel, can’t resist a black bow tie paired with a slim cut tux and delight in pretending we are in Paris when munching on a macaroon. Still, the woods often call out to us, begging to be wandered and enjoyed while offering a cool respite from the city heat and sun. So while we love a classic cathedral ceremony and a warehouse reception, we adore an outdoor wedding – so we set out to dream of a wooded wedding that is anything but rustic.

Through the use of mixed metals-I can’t get enough of copper-flowing flower arrangements – and lush jewel tones we brought a sophisticated but utterly romantic palette to the forest and let it all play out. Our custom created table and bench has intricate herringbone details throughout contrasting with mid-century modern inspired metal legs to build on a polished style softened just a bit by mismatched gold china and stunning agate place cards. Classic black chiavari chairs played host to copper Mr & Mrs signs for the couple and oversized drippy, romantic florals in shades of cream, garnet and emerald upped the wow factor when paired with tall flickering taper candles. Still, everything feels so accessible and perhaps even a bit DIY as tiny details showed off the exquisite vision of Amanda & Julie of Tailored Engagements : gilded macaroons and hand painted cookies play into the handmade watercolor-esque invite suite featured. Fern leaves weave in and out and statement jewelry for the bridesmaid reminds us all that it’s all about the green surroundings. Everyone looks great in a little black dress but the bridesmaid’s was made to be anything but boring with the delicate lace detailing on the back and gold detailing in the bodice. Hailey Page took our breath away again with the stunner as seen on the bride and for our groom, I think we can all agree that a black bowtie will never go out of style. All in all the effect is enchanting- a little intoxicating, even – and totally calls for a moscow mule to cool off with.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Styling: Tailored Engagements | Floral Design: daffodil*parker | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Stationery: Centennial Press Designs | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ring: Delezhen | Makeup: Tayla LaMacchia | Hair: Laura Graven/ Tailored Salon | Calligraphy: Uttke Photography & Design | Groom's Attire: Harleys For Men | Venue: Rustic Manor 1848 | Bridal Boutique: Bliss Bridal | Bride's Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane | Bridesmaid Ring: Erickson Beamon | Chairs: Arena Americas | Desserts: Yield Bakehouse | Glassware: Fritz And Lloyd | Macaroons: Indayani Baked Goods | Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals | Rug: Frontgate | Sequin Cloth: Sparkle Pony | Signage: Host And Toast Studio

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Traditional + Elegant Wedding in Missouri

Marrying an unbeatable backdrop with the lens of a pro like Koman Photography and you’re guaranteed some pretty rockin’ results, but this gallery? It takes expectations to a whole other level. For when planning their Big Day this duo wanted a central location with plenty of wow-factor. The pick? An elegant evening at Top of the Rock and every detail is topnotch (including their vendor list). See it all in The Vault!

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From Koman PhotographyWe knew from our very first meeting that Kat and Steve are a one of a kind couple! John and I loved every minute of having them in front of our cameras and we feel so honored they invited us to photograph one of the most important days of their lives at Top of the Rock Missouri! Their wonderful day was one full of joy, sun, rain, rainbows, a gorgeous sunset and of course HAPPY tears!

From the beautiful Bride…Although we met on the West coast, Steve and I both grew up in the Midwest (Illinois and Oklahoma). It was important for us to find a venue that was not only central to each of our families, but one that reflected reflected our roots. When we stepped foot onto Top of the Rock, there was no doubt in our minds that this was where we wanted to celebrate to most important day of our lives. From the unbelievable views of the lake to the smallest of details in the chapel, there was nature-inspired beauty everywhere.

When it came to choosing our vendors, finding top-notch photographers and a fun band was at the top of my list. We decided on Koman Photography to do both our engagement, and wedding pictures. We loved the natural lighting that they used, and how they worked as a husband and wife team! It was also important to have a live band that could not only play fun music for our guests late into the night, but one that also set the tone for the reception starting at the Cocktail hour. Galaxy Red kept us and our guests dancing all night long, which was exactly what we wanted!

Since we chose a rustic venue, I wanted to make sure we balanced it with some lighter colors. We decided on soft pink and ivory hues with gold accents here and there! I got through the bigger things on my wedding to do list pretty quickly, and was able to just really soak in the engagement season with Steve. As we got closer to the big day, my mom and sister were huge helps in finalizing all of the not so last minute details. I was so glad I was able to delegate some of the work.

Looking back, one of the most important things I think we did was choose professional vendors who had great bridal reviews. Knowing that we were dealing with pro’s made everyone so much more relaxed the day of the wedding! The planning process is a blast, but at the end of the day it is really all about starting an incredible new adventure with your best friend and lifelong teammate.

Photography: Koman Photography | Coordination: Ella Weiss | Floral Design: The Thicket | Wedding Dress: Desert Bride | Cake: Sugar Leaf | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Tadashi Shoji | Makeup: Makeup By Melissa | Hair And Makeup: Diamonds And Do's | Band: Galaxy Red | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Top Of The Rock | Flower Girl Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Bank | Linen Rentals: Branson Party Rentals And Event Design | Photo Booth: Elite Photo Booth

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Rustic + Romantic Wisconsin Barn Wedding

Weddings are all about special moments, and this rustic affair is full of them. From the Bride and Groom’s sharing sweet love letters to each other before their first look to her Grandfather’s toast to his wife of 60 years and love at first sight, this day will make you smile (so will the stunning Tara Keely for JLM Couture wedding dress!). See it all from Kate Weinstein here.

 

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From Kate Weinstein PhotoBrooke & Tristan were married at the gorgeous Farm at Dover, located between Milwaukee and Chicago.

Brooke and her maids got ready in the beautifully decorated house on the Farm at Dover’s property. Brooke wore a low-back dress by Tara Keeley, and her wild bouquet of peach, yellow, and lavender flowers perfectly complemented the navy dresses (and navy polka dot shoes) her bridesmaids wore.

Before their first look, Brooke and Tristan read side by side the love letters they had written one another. It was such a sweet moment and one of my favorites from their day.

Brooke & Tristan’s reception toasts were unique in that each person in their wedding party, their parents, and their grandparents gave toasts to the newlyweds.

In two especially memorable toasts, Brooke’s sister wrote her speech as a song, and sang her guitar-accompanied toast, and Brooke’s Grandpa spoke about how it was love at first sight when he first saw his wife of almost 60 years and Brooke’s grandma. “The first time I saw her I said that’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.. Sixty years later, I still think she’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”

There were also some DIY’ed items from the day: the Groom made the invitations and programs, the bride and groom made their own favors (honey jars), and did their own flower center pieces, and family members provided the music.

Photography: Kate Weinstein Photo | Cinematography: Moore Memories | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Target | Catering: Bubb's BBQ | Hair: Dana Welch, Pure Spa Milwaukee | Venue: The Farm At Dover | Bridal Boutique: Bliss Bridal | Bride & Bridesmaid's Shoes: Modcloth | Floral Design & Event Coordination: Sally Of All Dec'd Out | Flower Girl Dress: Khambral Couture On Etsy | Groom & Groomsmen Vests: ASOS | Groom's Tie: Tie Bar | Rentals: Vintique Rentals | Ring Bearer Attire: DressesAnd On Etsy

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