Chicago Wedding by Simply Jessie Photography
January 16, 2012

Even if you don't have today off for the holiday, you are about to take a little vacation by way of this chic Chicago wedding captured by Simply Jessie Photography. It's just that good. It's sweep-you-off-your-feet good. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous gown good. Contemporary yet classic good. Pretty color palette good. Beautiful Bride and dapper Groom good. Actually it's better than good - it's perfection. So believe me when I say all the moments you spend pursuing through the pretty of this post, those moments will most certainly feel like a the loveliest of vacas. Click here for more!

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From the Bride... Sean and I met in 2006 through a mutual friend and within just a few short months, we both knew this was it. We came from similar backgrounds, shared similar life goals and values, and easily felt at home with each other. After four years of growing together, we got engaged on August 2, 2010 at the top of the John Hancock building. In what was like a made-for-tv proposal, Sean asked me to marry him looking over the Chicago skyline with a crowd of bystanders cheering in the background. Sweet words exchanged, tears shed, and many champagne toasts made, we set out on nine months of busy, exciting planning. Our vision for the wedding was two-fold: we wanted to share our love for design and details, while also celebrating the importance of family in our lives.

My dress was one of my personal favorite details of the wedding. I found it at Macy’s on State Street; it was designed by Lazaro. I knew from the start that I wanted a “wow” dress, something beautiful, both unique and modern, but still classic and traditional. It was one of the first dresses I tried on, and after only one other day of dress shopping, I knew it was the one. When I tried it on with my maid of honor and my mom, we all were brought to tears. My cousin told me it was something our Grandma would have loved (she was definitely a glamour girl), and that sealed the deal. Along with my dress on the wedding day, I wore earrings given to me by my dad as a surprise two nights before the wedding.

We chose the Museum of Contemporary Art for our reception site with ease. It was a spot we enjoyed together on one of our first dates, and it fully encompassed our mutual love of modern art. We chose charcoal grey and lemon yellow as our colors, with accents of white. The colors represented the feel we were hoping for: yellow as bright, warm, vibrant, and happy, and grey as strong, cool, clean, and modern. We also did signature cocktails for guests as an option at the bar marked with little circular signs. Mine was the Flirtini because I love anything with champagne, and Sean’s was a John Daly (an Arnold Palmer with vodka), his favorite summer “pool drink”. For favors we did a candy bar because both Sean and I love to eat candy. We offered thirteen different types of candy, all our and our parents’ favorites. Guests were sent home with their own hand picked assortment of candy in paper bags stamped with “Sweet Dreams” in grey.

Photography: Simply Jessie Photography / Invitations + Paper Elements: Courtney Callahan Paper (groom's sister) / Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago / Church + Reception Flowers: Vale of Enna / Personal Flowers: Deborah Coffey of Lilypops (, groom's sister) / Cake: Sweets Perfection / Wedding Day-Of Coordinator: Bambi Rodgers of BCR Events / Wedding Video: Poetic Productions / Photobooth: Shutter Booth / Band: Bradley Young Orchestra / Makeup: Susan Hood of Makeup by S.H.E. / Hair: Pamela Moore ( + Alyssa Kamruddin ( / Brides’s Dress: Lazaro via Macy’s / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka via Nordstrom / Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss via Saks Fifth Avenue / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale