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Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria Wedding

Chicago is one of those towns where tradition reigns Queen. Where classic ballroom weddings are counted as beloved, where brides and groom embrace their cultures and their spunk with equal opportunity. And this wedding – held at one of Chicago’s most gorgeous hotels – is nothing if not classic at it’s very best. With photographs from Kristin La Voiethere is even more right here!


From Kristin La VoieThis is the MOST STUNNING wedding of the year! Hye-Sun & Rafael, who’s engagement session was featured on SMP, held the perfect wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. The hotel is not only picturesque and exquisite, but I love it even more for it’s Parisian style outside (it really feels as if you are walking in a little piece of Paris!) What made it even MORE romantic was their first look where Hye-Sun rolled into the courtyard in a horse drawn carriage to greet Rafael at the front door (in the MOST beautiful Vera Wang down, to boot!). It was truly breathtaking! We then had the couple ride into a nearby park where all the leaves were still the perfect Fall colors for their romantic carriage ride. Hye-Sun’s Harry Winston ring was sparkling in the sun!
The ceremony took place in one of the several ballrooms of the Waldorf ; candles and gorgeous florals with beautiful chandeliers overhead created the perfect ambiance to continue the romantic theme. Afterwards, couples entered the reception ballroom for cocktail hour and dinner following. The decor was more than gorgeous, it was just perfection!!! Everything was executed perfectly, down to the lounge corners set up for guests to sit and mingle. Other amazing moments included a violin trio playing for the couple and their guests, a Paebaek ceremony where the couple transformed into their traditional Korean clothes, and a choreographed first dance between the bride and groom. Planning and Coordination from Megan at North Shore Weddings & Events and florals by Ashland Addison Florist helped create the perfect, romantic affair.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | dress: Vera Wang | Floral Design: Ashland-Addison Florist | Ceremony Venue: waldorf astoria chicago | reception venue: waldorf astoria chicago | shoes: Jimmy Choo | ring: Harry Winston | make up: Tiffany Hurr | band: Larry Eckerling | Planning: North Shore Weddings & Events | linens: BBJ Linen | suit: Armani

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Southern Jewish Wedding with a Farm Backdrop

From the bride’s lips to God’s ears…”The small details were great to have, but were not the first priority. Family and friends were first.” Love that. This is the kind of bride that I wish I was, focusing on building a beautiful wedding where the focus stayed firmly on love…and yet man! The details are pretty darn gorgeous too. Click here for even more from Julie Roberts.

A conversation between photographer Julie Roberts and the lovely bride…

Was there a moment when you knew you were in love?

One moment when we knew we really had something amazing, was in a little Italian restaurant back in our old town in Florida. The hour we were sitting and talking, it felt like time was suspended and everything made so much sense. Then we just knew that this was a really good thing. And we were and still are, very lucky.

Tell us about your proposal!

Daniel, his sister Katie, and I headed off to visit the great Himalaya mountains to Everest Base Camp where Katie and I would be sending Daniel off to finish the Everest climb. About a week into the trip, we took a rest with the team in a lovely historic village called Tengboche. While overlooking the Kumbu Valley and a beautiful monastery behind us, he asked the question of every little girl’s dream. After crying for 45 minutes with tears happiness, Daniel asked once more if I said yes. YES!!!

Three adjectives that describe your wedding day?

Magical, Emotional, and Fun.

What was your favorite thing about planning your wedding?

My favorite part about planning our wedding, was knowing we would be surrounded by the people we love most and want to celebrate this happy day with us! That was the motivation for making this the most fun day! The small details were great to have, but were not the first priority. Family and friends were first.

Tell us about your wedding music choices (ceremony, first dance, etc).

Daniel and I wanted to have a LOT of fun with the wedding. By starting the wedding with some standard classical wedding music for the ceremony we turned it up with some classic Tennessee “Rocky Top” to begin our first walk back down the aisle as husband and wife. The first dance, father-daughter, mother-son dances, were all about a significant memory we had we each other, the rest was up to Sword Sounds making it a great night!

What significant traditional elements did you include?

Half of my family is Jewish, so we wanted to included some really fun traditions like breaking the glass and of course, the Hora, or chair dance. Which I must say is scary even though you have a quarterback, Olympian, and alpinist holding you up…

What significant non-traditional elements did you include?

Taking a traditional bouquet toss to a no-so-traditional was so much fun! Handing the bouquet off to my new sister-in-law hopefully made her laugh.

What was the funniest thing that happened?

So many…My cousin, stole the dance floor away, great friends singing to classic rock, and of course our groomsmen all dressed the “correct” part for the YMCA.

Favorite Moment of the Day?

Every minute of it. One month later and I still wish I could relive it over and over again! But, seeing Daniel before the wedding was so powerful. I was surprised by how emotional I became. It is a memory I will always cherish.

What’s next for you as a couple?

We continue to live as happy as two peas in a pod. Keep living this surreal life and know how lucky we are to get to be with each other. Nothing beats falling asleep next to the person you love so much.

Photography: Julie Roberts Photo | Florist: Samuel Franklin | Ceremony Venue: Castleton Farms | Reception: Castleton Farms | Catering: All Occasion Catering | Hair And Makeup: Bangs And Blush | DJ: Sword Sounds | Bridal Accessories: J Crew | Bridal Gown: Martina Liana | Cake Baker: The Perfect Ending | Event Lighting: True Grip | Event Venue: Castleton Farms | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

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Pretty Pastel Wedding Details

Pastels are hot right now and with Easter coming up this Sunday, the pretty and soft palette has been dancing around in my head for weeks. I see it everywhere, and as a girl whose favorite color list includes mint (yes, I have a list, and yes, there are many colors), I couldn’t be happier about this. So with that in mind, we’ve gathered up some of the prettiest pastel wedding details to ever grace our pages!

Pretty Pastel Wedding Details
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