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This Classic Meets Romantic Affair is the Definition of Pretty

Saying “I do” in classic fashion is never a bad thing, and when these two sweeties tied the knot in their traditional meets romantic affair, it was everything you want your wedding day to be. Think gorgeous details, a beautiful locale and moment after moment of HAPPY. Oh, and the bride’s amazing hair? It’s beyond. See it all captured perfectly by the talented Kristina Lorraine in THE VAULT.

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From the Bride… It all began on a hot and humid day back in July 2012, fittingly, at a Chicago street fest a few beers deep. It started innocently enough, Kurt’s friend knew mine, which started the introductions. This led to an afternoon of a few awkward flirtations and a whole lot of Bud Light. Kurt claims that he had asked for my number that day, but this part of the story is still a little hazy. It took three months and the magic of Facebook to reunite us (we’re a shy duo).

We had our first date at a romantic local establishment (Kirkwood in Lincoln Park), and again keeping with the theme, learned more about each other over a few adult beverages. The next few years were spent meeting each other’s wonderful friends and family (Kurt was welcomed with party hats and boas and thankfully my introduction was a lot more tame), a few weekend getaways, moving in together to our cozy Roscoe apartment, and a little bit of heartache. All of which showed us that we can pretty much handle anything that is thrown our way. Our story shows that love can be found at any corner even when you least expect it. Even the corner of Lincoln and Montana!

Our wedding vibe can be described in three words: light, romantic and antique-y. This made the most sense due to our casual venue and our laid-back personalities. We went to a countless number of good will stores and a few antique rental spots to make our look complete! Our theme for the wedding was “love” (unique right??) which we were able to incorporate all over our venue. Starting from the drink we loved, to Polaroids of the people we loved (in lieu of a guest book), to centerpieces with displays of Kurt and my favorite things. It really turned out to be a perfect day of love!!

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Photography: Kristina Lorraine Photography | Event Planning: Graceful Events | Floral Design: Trellis | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Invitations: BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew | Reception Venue: The Abbey Resort and Spa | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Sonia Roselli | Cocktail Cruise: Lake Geneva Cruise Line | Dessert: Holey Moley | Photography - Assistance: Mugan Films | Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals

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A Classic New Year’s Eve Wedding that Defines Glamour

Beaded bridesmaids’ dresses, faux fur shrugs, golden hour lighting and a sparkler exit — does it get any more glam than that? Combine those elements with a New Year’s Eve wedding date, and you have all the makings of the most glamorous wedding possible. Fall in love with every moment of this gorgeous day, thanks to lovely photos from Carly McCray Photography, in The Vault!

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From Carly McCray PhotographyYou may remember Lindsay + Jake’s adorable Wisconsin engagement session (featured on SMP last summer!), when they visited my neck of the woods — the pine forests of Central Wisconsin — from where they call home in Chicago.

They welcomed the new year in style during a quiet evening ceremony at the Grand Geneva Resort on a snowy night, after years of a long-distance relationship between Minnesota and Chicago, and a secret bridge proposal with all of their friends watching.

All of their friends joined them in their NYE celebration, adorned in a soft palette of grays, blush BHLDN bridesmaids dresses, soft greens and gold tones. Sparks flew at a sparkler exit for the books, and the night wouldn’t be completely with, of course, a New Year’s countdown + celebrating late into the night!

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Photography: Carly McCray Photography | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers of Fontana | Wedding Dress:Jacinda Gown By Watters | Cake: Grand Geneva | Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Clear Waters Salon And Day Spa | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men’s Warehouse | Venue: Grand Geneva Resort + Spa Mountain Top Chalet | Bridal Boutique – Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Bride’s Fur: Vintage | Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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Romantic Lake Geneva Summer Wedding

These two cuties met at law school, and as photographer Heather Cook Elliott noted, you may think that predicts a serious nature between them – and you’d be so wrong. Laughter and smiles spill out of every one of Cook’s photos from their summer celebration planned by Lola Event Productions. And with Toast & Jam behind the music, it was a good time from start to finish – join me in the VAULT to see it all!

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From Heather Cook Elliott Photography… Jessie and Austin met in law school, a start to their story that suggests they might be a rather serious couple when in fact the opposite is true. They are fun and funny and manage to make being incredibly stylish look really easy. I think their wedding style says a lot about who they are in their everyday lives and they are the kind of people I love to photograph: they approached their wedding with a sort of no-fuss attitude mixed with boho charm made elegant by the fact they they are, well, really put together people (they are lawyers, after all.) Lake Geneva held up it’s end of the deal too, offering their combined out-of-state and Wisconsin friends and families a delightful place to relax and unwind on a late summer weekend. I love that they married lakeside at the classic Lake Geneva resort that is The Abbey, and followed the “I do’s” up with the first of two cocktail hours (2!) before heading to the stunningly beautiful Yerkes Observatory (and a University of Chicago institution) for bridal party fun. Then the always lovely Riviera Ballroom played host to cocktail hour number 2 and dinner plus a riotous dance party made possible by Chicago area favorite Toast & Jam. And finally I love that Jessie and Austin enjoyed every second of it – enjoyed the tiny moments together and the big moments in front of everyone, the heartfelt hugs and the rousing toasts – every second of everything.

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Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Event Planning: LOLA Event Productions | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers - Fontana | Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock | Cake: Lakeland Bakery | Ceremony Venue: The Abbey Resort and Spa | Reception Venue: Yerke's Observatory | Reception Venue: The Riviera Ballroom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Sonia Roselli | Hair + Makeup: Mobile Makeup | DJ: Toast and Jam | Band: Gabriel's Horns | Groom's Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Transportation: DMI Limousine | Paper Goods: Chena Design | Rentals: Lakes Area Rental

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