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A Glamorous Wedding At The University Club Of Chicago Gilded In Gold

We’ll never think of an indoor ceremony the same way again! These sophisticated newlyweds exchanged vows at The University Club Of Chicago with sweeping views of Michigan Avenue, the city skyline and Millennium Park. The Marquette Avenue Events team created an unforgettable experience filled with glamour that swept guests off their feet. From the gilded details to the beautiful florals by Exquisite Designs, Elizabeth Nord Photography was there to capture every sweet moment! Head to the full gallery for all the details!

From the bride… The reception was at the University Club of Chicago. We went to see this location with my parents and Nick’s mom. We all immediately fell in love with Cathedral Hall, how could you not? It looks like Hogwarts from Harry Potter! Once we saw this room there were no other options, this had to be it!

It was incredible saying our vows to each other while overlooking Lake Michigan on a beautiful sunny day. Nothing can compare to the love we felt being surrounded by all of our favorite people in one room.

Every speech at the reception had a special meaning behind it, from tears to laughter and lots of love. Our families and closest friends being there to celebrate our love with us made the day pure magic.

Videography: Toast Wedding Films | Event Planning: Marquette Avenue Events | Floral Design: Exquisite Designs, Inc. | Wedding Dress: Ultimate Bride Boutique | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: The University Club Of Chicago | Invitations: Cartoleria Designs | Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Makeup: Lg Make Up Design | Hair: RMCM Salon - Rosemary Monica and Cristina Morales | Band: Maggie Speaks | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The University Club Of Chicago | Brides veil/headpiece: Peter Langner | Escort Cards: Cartoleria Designs | Furniture Rental: BBJ Linen | Linen: BBJ Linen | Tan: Lg Make Up Design | Venue/Catering: The University Club Of Chicago

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Look Up! You Won’t Believe The Ceiling At This Couple’s Ceremony

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like you’d fallen into a fairytale? That’s exactly what happened to this couple on their wedding day. A clear tent was transformed into the makings of their wildest dreams. With greenery, candlelight, and origami cranes bringing the ceiling of their ceremony to life! The magic was orchestrated by Clementine Custom Events, who went above and beyond to create a day the bride and groom would never forget. Each special moment was sweetly snapped by Emilia Jane Photography. Visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the jaw-dropping images.

From the bride… We met in college at Miami University of Ohio and started dating our senior year. After graduating college we both decided to move to Chicago and make it our home. The Chicago Illuminating Company could not have been a better space for our wedding. The venue had both the outside space and indoor space that we were looking for.

It is good luck in the Japanese culture to have 1,001 origami paper cranes on your wedding day. The paper cranes, each folded with love, were displayed throughout the ceremony and reception varying in shades of cream and gold. Every guest also received a crane at their place setting.

Our wedding planner Julissa, at Clementine Custom Events, was the most wonderful person to work with and made sure that every detail was perfect. We wish we could do it all again!

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Photographer: Emilia Jane Photography | Event Planning: Clementine Custom Events | Catering: Boka Catering Group | Hair and Makeup: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry | Band: Gold Coast All Stars | Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company | Decor: Revel Decor | Food Truck: La Adelita | Getting Ready Hotel: The Langham Hotel | Gluten Free Cake: Defloured | Invitations and Paper: Magnificent Milestones | Paper Cranes: Hand Made by the Bride's Aunt | Photobooth: Fotio | Videographers: Leap Weddings

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A Chicago Wedding With Family Ties and Thoughtful Details Around Every Corner

When a couple focuses on the meaning behind every detail of their wedding day, you know it’s going to be good! From The Saddle & Cycle Club as the venue (and where the bride’s parents were married) to the engagement ring being the grooms, grandmothers, to even saying their ‘I Do’s’ in the church where the bride grew up singing in, not a detail was missed! The ever so wonderful, Elizabeth Nord Photography captured every heartfelt moment and Olive Fine Weddings & Events planned all of the bride and groom’s wishes! With classic decor and florals by Edward’s Florist, these nuptials were absolute perfection! Take a look and get lost in the details :)

From Elizabeth Nord PhotographyCaroline + Charles are quite possibly the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. They love their family and friends with their whole hearts, and it’s so evident by how they live their lives and how they planned their wedding day. They made sure that things were handicap accessible, that the food was something everyone could enjoy, and so much more. The wedding ring that Charles gave to Caroline when he proposed was his grandmother’s. The reception venue (Saddle & Cycle Club) was also where Caroline’s parents were married! SO sweet. It was truly wonderful to be a part of Caroline and Charles’ wedding planning from the very beginning. They were always so loving, thoughtful, and trusted me wholeheartedly.

They had a beautiful summer wedding reception at the Saddle & Cycle Club in Chicago and an indoor ceremony at a church in Winnetka. The church was particularly special to the couple because the bride grew up in this church. She and her mother sang in its choir for many years. The choir even joined the wedding celebration and sang at the ceremony which was very emotional and beautiful to witness. It meant a lot to Caroline that they were there! The bridesmaids wore light blue dresses while the men wore navy tuxes, and they all looked amazing. The Saddle & Cycle Club featured a lot of green space and twinkle lights for the reception. It was adorned with lots of white and green floral as well. The dinner and speeches were held inside while the cocktail hour and dancing were held outside. During the reception, the groom and his groomsmen surprised Caroline on stage by singing “Sweet Caroline” alongside the band. Velocity kept the dance floor hopping all night long! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McLendon!

From the Bride…Growing up I always knew that I wanted to get married at our church. I was an active member of the church choir and music was a big part of my childhood so it was important for that to be a big part of our wedding. We had a string quartet, trumpet, and full choir during the ceremony and our choir director commissioned a hymn for us, which was really special. I walked down the aisle to the Prince of Denmark March, which was a nod to my Danish heritage.

The reception was held at the same place my parents had their wedding reception in 1985. I grew up spending so much time at the Saddle & Cycle Club with my family and grandparents. It was really wonderful to make another memory to last a lifetime with the people we love most at a location that has been essential to the memories we cherish in my family. I have always been drawn to white and green flowers so that was an easy decision for me. I knew that green and white would subtly enhance the sleek and timeless elegance I hoped to convey in our wedding. We both value the timeless and the classic, so we wanted these senses to resonate throughout the day.

The suits were designed by me and custom made for us by Surmesur and each of the groomsmen got to choose their linings. The color of the suits with the Amsale bridesmaids dresses turned out better than I could have ever imagined, and against the greenery at the Saddle, our incredible photographer, all of the colors popped and just went so perfectly together.

My husband grew up in New York City and I grew up outside of Chicago and met while we were at Trinity College. We dated for over four years (3 of which were distance) before we got engaged and then I moved out of the country for two years for school. So we had over two years to plan the wedding, which was wonderful but also allowed me to switch my mind many times about certain details! It was challenging at times to plan the wedding from overseas but I had so much fun with all of the planning that I just made it work. It was truly incredible to see my vision come to life and am so grateful for all of our vendors who helped make it all happen. I also wanted to contribute something creative to our wedding (even though I am not artsy at all). I designed the menus myself and did my own wax seals. It was super time consuming but really rewarding to see it all come together in the end.

My dress: timeless, classic, elevated with a fashion-forward structural spin. I’ve always loved interesting structural, architectural design in clothes so this dress really spoke to me. It was the last dress I tried on and I easily tried on over 80 dresses. It was so hard to find one that I loved but also felt really special in. Extending the train and the structural details on the dress really made the dress feel special to me. I loved that I wasn’t too old fashioned or plain looking, but I also knew that I would be able to look back in 50 years and still love the style of it.

Photography: Elizabeth Nord Photography | Floral Design: Edwards Florist | Wedding Dress: Bella Bianca | Cake: Three Tarts Bakery | Invitations: Yellow Bird | Ceremony Venue: Christ Church Winnetka | Reception Venue: Saddle & Cycle Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup Artist: Yolanda Moran | Band: Velocity | Groom's Attire: Surmesur | Transportation: Pontarelli | Envelope calligraphy + Signature cocktail sign: The Chicago Calligrapher | Planning: Olive Fine Weddings & Events

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A House Of Hipsters (and Design Lovers)

Don’t play it safe, have fun, and mix the old with the new. These design mantras definitely ring true when it comes to decorating for Kyla Herbes. If you haven’t dug deep into her blog, House of Hipsters, or her Instagram, you’re in for a treat! If we had to describe Kyla’s home in one word – it would be fun! The mix of color, pattern, vintage, and new, create that effortlessly cool vibe that makes you feel like you’re in presence of real style. And not only can you see for yourself below, but Kyla has just opened up her first brick and mortar! The House Of Hipsters Vintage & Antiques Shop, just outside of Chicago, is full of amazing vintage finds to add that cool factor to your own home.  Take a tour through Kyla’s home and get her design tips!

I love art and have a strange obsession with nudes. You’ll find them scattered throughout the house. 


When I decided to wallpaper my foyer closet, people thought I was insane. I installed Divine Savages “Crane Fonda” and couldn’t be happier with the results. You can’t see it here, but it matches the pink front door. And yes, this closet is always empty. The messy one is the closet by the mudroom. It’s definitely not as pretty. The house is in constant flux much to The Boy’s dismay. However, my children don’t seem to mind the changes. You’ll notice the lamp tends to change out here quite often!


Readers of the blog think I’m crazy for owning white sofas. But if you purchase them upholstered in performance fabric, you really can’t go wrong. Any spills or stains come right out…even with a 6 and 9 year old. This sofa is by Jonathan Louis and is called Hudson. It might be the comfiest sofa in the house. This is where you’ll find the kids sprawled out and giggling.

Every space is a work in progress. Since painting my grandmother’s hutch in the dining room, I’ve been tempted to paint some of the brick white on the fireplace. It would just brighten up the room. Not all of it, but the top portion at least.

Also, every plant in my home is faux. Anything real silently screams when I near it.

The built-ins drove me crazy for almost 2 years. I think I styled them until my fingers bled. They just looked cluttered every single time. Finally I landed on this minimal look. White sculptural pieces with a few neutrals mixed in.

The MCM wood loungers may look vintage, but they aren’t. They’re handcrafted by South Of Urban our of Altlanta.


When I make design changes to the dining room, my Instagram followers tend to have a minor freak out. Recently I swapped out an old wooden table and I thought I broke the design for a couple days. After a bunch of pushing around furniture an a panic attack, this is probably my favorite iteration of the space. The entire process including freak out was documented on Stories.

Picasso print is from The Savoy Flea (It was the first thing I brought into the house on closing day. I hung it here and might be the only thing that hasn’t moved since.)

The hutch belonged to my great grandmother — a piece that I debated on painting for years. So glad I did! The original wood finish was kept on the inside. I love the black and brown mix. 


This is what we call the front room. The Boy and I hang out here pretty much every night before the kids go to sleep. There’s no TV…just family talk and laughter allowed. This is also where you can find my drinking my morning coffee and checking Instagram.

The front room was one of the first rooms I decorated in the house. Although it’s a favorite hang out space, I’m secretly dying to give it a makeover. For the most part, it’s remained the same for 3 years. I think it’s time for a switcheroo. When I get this itch for change, I like to shop my house first and push around some furniture.If my home were to ever burn down, besides grabbing my children, this would be the one piece I’d risk my life for and if I had time, this vintage sheep footstool.

One of my favorite games to play is, “is it new or vintage?” The house always wins.

This painting was a complete score from a local estate sale. I had no idea who the artist was until I shared it on my Instagram Stories. A follower who was an art major gave me the surprise of a lifetime. It’s an original Gino Hollander and I bought not one, but two of his paintings from the same sale.

I often get asked, “Who are the three dudes in the portraits?” Well, they are three (now legendary) graffiti artists shot by New York photographer Lani Lee. When I purchased them, I didn’t have a blog or an Instagram. Fast forward a few years when my living room was regrammed by Pottery Barn, the three artists were shocked to say the least…especially when there’s less than 5 of these prints out there.

These Milo Baughman parson chairs were purchased from The Savoy Flea. The day she found them, she texted me a photo, and I knew they had to be mine. The Boy hated them and said absolutely not After 6 months, they miraculously hadn’t sold. I somehow convinced The Boy to cave and now this is his favorite chair…not to look at but to sit in. They are incredibly comfortable. If you look closely, you’ll spy a photo of Nicholas Cage. When I returned from speaking at the Design Influencer’s Conference, my husband pranked me by doing a little redecorating. Nicholas Cage was hidden in every room. Just this one remains, and it makes me giggle every time I look at it.


If I’m working in my office or on a conference call, I’ll probably be sitting here.

This white washed cabinet, in Sherwin Williams Snowbound, was an estate sale find and holds all my absolute favorite treasures.


My son declared this bathroom Potty Paradise when we gave it a makeover. This powder room is on the main floor and might be the tiniest room in the house with the biggest personality. The idea was to create such a stunning jewelry box guests would forget they had to pee. It’s worked. 

After Potty Paradise, I became obsessed with wallpaper. This powder room was gutted right after the first bathroom. The paper is from Anthropologie, the subway and penny tile are from Clé Tile. The wooden ladder was a flea market find. Unbeknownst to me, that Brizo by Jason Woo black matte faucet is touch and motion sensored. I didn’t figure this magic out until I took a tour of their headquarters. The look of shock and awe was hilarious. Now I love to wash my hands in this bathroom.


Meet the guest bedroom. The vintage leather headboard is an old gym mat I shipped here from Prague. I think the mailman thought he was delivering a dead body the day that arrived. The Boy asked me what on earth was in the plastic bag. My response was, “Don’t ask, just help me get it upstairs.”

And although I’d love to lower it a bit and paint or wallpaper the wall, I need to give the pain of engineering it up there a rest before I ask The Boy to touch it again.


The master bedroom is a work in progress. A room I loved in my old house, but nothing fit quite right in the new house. What will I do in here? Only time will tell.

What do you do with an odd sitting room outside your master bedroom? It’s become a nice quiet hiding spot from the kids. Yes, when I need a little break and you can’t find me or The Boy, look here.

House of Hipsters Vintage & Antiques Shop

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Modern & Whimsical City Wedding at JW Marriott Chicago

If you were to ask me what kinds of celebrations I love the most—which ones have earned a special place in my wedding-loving heart, I would surely say, “the ones that are bursting with blooms!“. This one from Emilia Jane, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD and LK Events delivers that craving like no other. With JW Marriott Chicago as the reception backdrop, you can find yourself swimming in garden roses, ranunculus and peonies galore. Join us right this way for more.

Bridget and Lou first set eyes on one another in 2010 when they both started jobs at the same Kentucky-based company, a maker of fine American Whiskey (read: Bourbon!). Both would later admit to surreptitiously looking the other up in the corporate directory upon first sighting. Despite a clear initial attraction, the relationship started off as just friends. But after three years of cautious flirtation, or as Lou refers to it, his “evaluation period,” Bridget finally completed her due diligence and stated her intentions to acquire Lou as a boyfriend, effective October 2013. Hence began a whirlwind romance (okay, another three plus years) filled with the perfect blend of adventures, ski trips, Kentucky Derbies, dance floors, and way-too-serious conversations. Things culminated in 2017 on a family trip to Hawaii, where Lou asked for Bridget’s hand in marriage as the sun set over the Pacific.

The Wedding… Bridget is one of ten kids and the fourth sister in four years to be getting married; in other words, her family had established their go-to blueprint for executing memorable weddings. Booking the “family band,” The Headliners based in Florida, was the first order of business and the wheels were officially set in motion. Bridget’s sister Meg had just married Jim that past Memorial Day weekend at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Hoping to capture that same city-wedding sentiment and fun energy, we decided on Memorial Day Weekend 2018 in Chicago, checking all the boxes for entertainment, ease of travel, and just an overall really great city.

Stealing yet another detail from her sister’s wedding, we entrusted Holly Heider Chapple (the floral designer from Meg’s D.C. wedding) with full creative direction and floral design services. Thanks to her incredible vision and eye for detail, the ballroom was transformed into a masterpiece of flowers, color and even trees, a floral fantasy land! Bridget loves vibrant colors and elements of drama and Holly and her fabulous team truly elevated the design beyond anything we could have imagined.

When looking into different Chicago-based photographers, Bridget was drawn to Emilia Jane’s photography style. Emilia ended up being such a perfect fit, both in personality and aesthetic. Seeing her in action, doing her amazing photo thing while also efficiently navigating a large bridal party was truly impressive.

The wedding weekend festivities kicked off with the rehearsal dinner at the cozy and intimate Tortoise Club restaurant and followed the next night with a “Welcome Party” at the Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago, complete with tours of the Modern Wing. The wedding ceremony took place at the truly special Old St. Patrick’s Church in the West Loop, with the reception following at the JW Marriott in the Financial District. The JW Marriott events team and our LK Events team were such pleasure to work with and masterfully ensured all the wedding weekend details went off without a hitch.

Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Floral & Event Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Ceremony Venue: Old St. Patrick's Church | Reception Venue: JW Marriott Chicago | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Halston Heritage | Catering: JW Marriott Chicago | Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists | Band: The Headliners Band | Transportation: Windy City Limousine | Formalwear: Principe Del Eleganza | Gown Designer: Rita Vinieris | Lighting & Drape: Frost Chicago | Linens: BBJ Linen | Planning & Coordination: LK Events | Rentals: Northern Decor | Rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals | Stationery Design: Julie Diamond

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Wedding Planner Gets Married in Urban Garden Oasis at Chicago Illuminating Company

It’s time to break out the bubbly babes! Sure, it’s only Monday, but we’re raising our glass to one of our very own Little Black Book Members—Lauren of LOLA Event Productions—who happens to be our beautiful Bride today. Not only do we get to experience her celebration at Chicago Illuminating Company through the lens of Katie Kett, she’s sharing some of her tips on how to make your own Big Day a success.

From Lauren with LOLA Event ProductionsWhat’s more exciting than when someone gets engaged? When a wedding planner herself gets engaged! I can’t even count the number of times people joked with the question, “so are you hiring a wedding planner?” From the moment I said “yes” to my now husband, Scott, to the morning of our wedding, there was so much excitement and love swirling around our big day.

Planning my own wedding was fairly easy. I knew what we needed and what we didn’t need. I knew we really just wanted a beautiful summer evening to celebrate with family and friends. The one difficult part was knowing how many options were available to us and choosing my vendors. Being a wedding planner in the Chicago market, I regularly work with the city’s best of the best. Having to choose who I wanted for my wedding was incredibly difficult as I didn’t want to let people down who I’ve become friends with in the industry. I wish I could have hired multiple photographers, florists, caterers, etc., but I really loved the “friendors” who were a part of our team and wish we could do it all over again together!

Our wedding ceremony and reception were held in a beautiful space in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood called Chicago Illuminating Company. A summer wedding date meant we definitely wanted an outdoor aspect to take advantage of the warm weather. Chicago Illuminating Company was the perfect fit with it’s gorgeous indoor space (think light, bright, and airy) and an outdoor courtyard that rivals beautiful Italian courtyards with brick pavers, vine covered walls, and café lights strung overhead. I could instantly picture filling the space with all of our closest family and friends for an al fresco dinner under the twinkling lights.

I decided to keep our color palette crisp and summery with white floral, lots of greenery, and neutral linens. I absolutely love planning colorful weddings for clients, but in the end, neutral matched my personality best. Peonies, roses, hydrangeas, and lisianthus were in abundance and beautifully accented the airy courtyard. My favorite element of the décor was our ceremony arch. It was so lush and made me feel so special standing in front of it for our ceremony. It also served as a beautiful backdrop for our sweetheart table and framed us perfectly for photos. I also loved our escort cards. As guests walked inside after the ceremony, they were greeted with glasses of bubbly with their name and table number. There were so many comments on how nice it was to get a drink right away! Speaking of décor, I have to give a special shout out to Scott for allowing me to plan my dream day. He was definitely involved in food and alcohol selections, but let me take the reigns on everything else knowing he had a wedding planner as a fiancée.

As the day went on, I became more comfortable being the center of attention (hard for someone like me who is always behind the scenes!) and I just tried to soak in every single moment from the toasts to the dance floor. I still can’t believe our wedding day has come and gone. We would get married every weekend if we could! We had the time of our lives and are so lucky we have a beautiful photos and a film to re-live it. Now to continue on with all of my clients’ weddings!

Wedding Planning Advice from a Wedding Planner Bride

Go with your gut when it comes to food selections, design decisions, etc. It’s easy to second guess yourself when you’re inspired by so many other weddings leading up to your own. I found that usually my first idea is the one I went back to when it came time to truly make a final decision. No one will know all of those other ideas were even options!

Enjoy the spotlight! Its one of the few times in life where it’s okay for everything to be about you (and your significant other).

It’s nice to make sure your guests are having a fun time, but it’s more important to make sure you’re having the best time ever! If you’re having fun everyone else will, too!

Get a fun photo booth! It’s a great way to get photos with or of your guests without needing to find your photographer all night.

Photographer: Katie Kett Photography | Videographer: Highway 61 Films | Wedding Planner: Lola Event Productions | Florist: Exquisite Designs, Inc. | Gown: Anne Barge | Cakes: Flourish Cake Design | Reception Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: LIMELIGHT food illuminated | Hair and Makeup: Gabe Post | DJ: Dustin Harris | Hotel: Ambassador Hotel | Accessories: Simply Luxe | Alterations: The Dress Doctor | Bridal Salon: Vera Wang From Vera Wang | Bridesmaid PJ's: Target | Cannoli: Conte Di Savoia | Donuts: Stan's Donuts | Lighting & Draping: Frost Chicago | Linen: BBJ Linen | Mensware: The Black Tux | Paper Goods: Steracle Press | Photobooth: Snapbooth Chicago | Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | String Trio: Fretless Strings

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If You Loved Father of the Bride, You’ll Be All In With This Backyard Affair

Father of the Bride is hands down my most favorite movie and it has everything to do with that perfect at-home wedding. This celebration has that exact feel. It’s stunning, cozy and home-cooked with beautiful imagery by Clary Pfeiffer, coordination by J Detailed Events, florals by HMR Designs and invitation suite by EJD Design.  So, if you love backyard celebrations with layers of Fall details and a tented reception a la Father of the Bride, look no further than this magical day.

Steven and I met in college at Miami University. We had the same friends, but didn’t truly meet until a spring break trip in Gulf Shores, Alabama. During a rainy day we were part of a group working on a puzzle and the rest is history. We dated long distance for a year after graduating before I made the move to Columbus.

 I have always dreamed of getting married at my house and I took inspiration for all of the details from the house and property itself. I wanted everything to be as organic and natural as possible. My goal was for our guests to feel like they were having this wonderfully formal, yet understated, affair under the stars.

I chose my dress in the same naturally-elegant mind frame. It was designed to have pearls all over the bodice and down the body, but I removed them in order to keep the style as timeless as possible.

Steven’s favorite part of the day was watching me come down the aisle, mingling with all of our guests at cocktail hour, listening to the toasts that were given and dancing. Mine was definitely the party. I wanted to dance the night away and since we had the best band in the world, I did exactly that.

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Photographer : Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videographer: Charlie Hilbrant Films | Coordinator : JDetailed Events | Flowers: Burt Rubenstein, Ronsley Special Events | Bride's Shoes: Mui Mui | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Reformation | Hair and Makeup: Belle-Row Hair and Makeup by Elena Denning | Band: DJ): ​TC Squared (part of the Becca Kaufman Orchestra) | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Tent: Stellar Productions | Bride's Gown: Vera Wang | Stationery Suite + Calligraphy: EJD Design

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Elegant Garden Wedding at the Chicago Botanic Garden

I think this wedding is the very reason that the outdoor, California vibe became so popular amongst the most stylish of couples. Because there is just something so incredible LUXE about dining outdoors amidst a garden and twinkly lights and passed bottles of wine, right!? Well, this duo took that very sentiment into the Chicago Botanic Garden and the result – with photographs by Kristin La Voie and Event Design by Clementine Custom Events – was an evening that blended beauty with warmth and a style so chic that it’s hard to find the right words.

From Kristin La Voie PhotographyClose your eyes and picture the perfect couple with the perfect wedding day. Open them, and you’ll see that fantasy come to life in this post! Taylor & Elan are the spitting image of perfection, and their day was a match made in heaven.

A gorgeous summer day for a garden wedding was mother nature’s wedding gift to the duo. Everything was so stunning, like the bride’s Ines di Santo gown paired with a low ponytail, the hand torn edges on the stationery, and the open air tent reception! This Chicago Botanic Garden wedding is jaw dropping!

From Planner Jaci, Clementine Custom Events… A beautiful bright outdoor wedding featuring large Tuscan inspired urns greeted guests upon arrival, while pretty whites and soft neutral colors guided guests throughout the romantic garden spaces.

An incredible modern, lush and candle lit tablescape brought their family and friends together as they dined in the stunning pavilion at the incredible Chicago Botanic Garden. Finding ways of enhancing the existing beauty of the venue but styling it to perfection was our goal…. and one that I am so thrilled came out better than we could have ever imagined.

Thank you so very much to Taylor and Elan for sharing their beautiful day with us here at Style Me Pretty!

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Cinematography: 312 Film | Event Planning: Clementine Custom Events | Floral Design: Kehoe Designs | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Makeup: Shannon O'Brien MUA | Hair: Ashley Young Styling | Suit: Enzo Custom | Ceremony & Reception: Chicago Botanic Garden | Linens: BBJ Linen

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Industrial Chic Chicago Winter Wedding

It’s the middle of summer… but we know there are tons of you out there planning your winter weddings — and wow — do we have a wonderful one to share with you today from Caitlin Lisa Photography with Event Design from Art of Imagination. At just above 0º F in the midst of a severe cold spell (is Chicago always that cold in December?) this spunky couple and their very devoted wedding party braved the cold – resulting in some seriously pretty portraits. Read on for more of this “industrial chic” Chicago wedding…

Chicago had gotten a bit of snowfall the night before, so the city was really peaceful and beautiful the day of their wedding. However, part of the reason it was so peaceful is because it was unseasonably cold (3º F) and no one was outside! That actually worked in our favor because we had Ping Tom Memorial Park on Chicago’s south side all to ourselves.

The couple knew they wanted a church ceremony, and the nearby Notre Dame de Chicago was a beautiful spot to have it. The church was built in 1892 and has a number of intricate murals, stained glass windows, and expansive ceilings. It is smaller than a lot of Chicago’s Catholic churches, making it feel a bit more intimate and romantic than most. And this was the perfect place for Wade to see Lauren for the first time. There is almost nothing sweeter than the look on a groom’s face when he sees his bride coming down the aisle, and Wade was no exception! I’m pretty sure he had every seat in the house tearing up when he did.

Due to the weather, it wasn’t safe to stay outside for longer than a couple of minutes at a time, so we ended up doing most of our portraits at the Ping Tom Memorial Park location. (The trolley door actually froze open during these photos and we were unable to go anywhere until they thawed it out!) This turned out to be a wonderful spot because the industrial setting at the park really complemented their venue and vision nicely.

Lauren and Wade’s wedding took place on December 30th, so one of their main goals was to incorporate a winter ambiance to their celebration without making it feel like a holiday wedding. Finding an industrial venue was their first step toward providing their guests with a different and unique setting, and they fell in love with the Bridgeport Art Center’s Skyline Loft the second they saw it. They loved the original wood floors and exposed brick that carried throughout the space, and the massive freight elevator was a very unique way to bring the “wow” factor as soon as guests arrived.

They also decided to stick with a mostly neutral color palette, incorporating hints of winter greenery and oxblood to the florals and decor. Flowers for Dreams did an amazing job on the florals and Lauren’s bouquet was absolutely stunning! Everything about their day was beautiful from start to finish… Lauren and Wade were all about having fun, and their general kindness toward everyone around them and their love for their friends and family brought an incredibly warm and inviting environment to an otherwise really cold day!

Be sure to take a look at even more from this delightful wedding in the full gallery!

Photography: Caitlin Lisa | Cinematography: Turning Point Productions | Event Design: Art of Imagination | Florist: Flowers For Dreams | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: skinny pig bakery | Invitations: Paper Tree Media | Church: Notre Dame de Chicago | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Beyond Events | Makeup Artist: Julia Simone | Band: Chicago Catz | Men's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company | Accomodations: Renaissance Chicago Downtown | Hair Styist: Gia Tovar | Location: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft | Signage: PrintsByBetsy | Venue Management: Bridgeport Art Center

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Chicago’s Adler Planetarium Wedding with Modern Everything

The wedding world is changing. We are seeing so many more refined, contemporary weddings that capture both a traditional vibe and a contemporary sensibility. And this wedding did just that. Perfectly. Inspired by geometric shapes and a STUN.NING. metallic & blue color palette and set against a gorgeous Chicago skyline, it’s one of those weddings that the guests will never ever forget. Photographed beautifully by Kristin La Voie and planned meticulously by Régine Danielle Events, I think you are going to fall pretty hard for this Modern Fête. Full gallery here.

From Krisin La Voie PhotographyAshley & Ben’s Chicago Wedding was surely one for the books! They had a strong vision of incorporating Classic Chicago with Geometric shapes for a unique spin. Set at the iconic Adler Planetarium, which boasts one of the best views of the famous skyline, Ashley and Ben wed under an arch of hanging candles, orchids, and rhombus shapes. The unique geometric shapes continued into the reception which was adorned with one-of-a-kind picture-frame-like centerpieces, VanGogh inspired linens, and more custom painterly paper goods seen throughout the wedding. It was all truly inspiring and original!

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Videography: True Shot Studios | Planner: Régine Danielle Events | Florist: Burt Rubenstein, Ronsley Special Events | Cake: Julie Michelle Cakes | Caterer: Food For Thought | DJ: Fig Weddings | Additional Makeup Artist: Bianca Sansosti Artistry | Bride's Makeup: Kimora Mulan Artistry | Ceremony & Reception: Adler Planetarium | Decor: Frost Chicago | Hairstylist : Hairstyles by Michael | Linens: BBJ Linen | Musicians: Pacific Coast Strings | Paper Goods: IJORERE The Invitation | Photobooth: Magic Moments

An Elegant City Wedding – Beautiful, Classy + Never Boring

An elegant wedding in one of our country’s most classic cities, Chicago. At the University Club. With bridesmaids in burgundy. And lots and lots of fabulous florals. We could go on and on but you get where we’re going… this fall fete is perfect through and through, thanks to the planning and design expertise of Christine Janda Design and Events. Annie Parish captured all the moments, details and sweet kisses and this gallery right here proves that traditional bashes are never boring.

Country Club

From Christine Janda Design and Events… The iconic University Club of Chicago is located in the heart of the city’s Loop – mere steps away from landmarks such as the expansive Millenium Park, the infamous “El” train tracks and world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago. So full of rich history through its 130 year existence, the Club has so eloquently preserved a timeless and classic romance, one perfectly matched by the marriage of Janelle and Tom on September 16, 2017. From colorful and elaborate floral bouquets for the bride and her maids, a first look on a stunning balcony overlooking the famous Cloud Gate sculpture, bridal party pictures at the South Gardens at the Art Institute, to a ceremony officiated by Janelle’s childhood friend, and an intimate dinner highlighted by tall floral centerpieces, hand calligraphed place cards wrapped in velvet ribbon and vintage glassware for toasting, the magic of this wedding could only truly be captured through film cameras by Annie Parish.



Photography: Annie Parish Photography | Videography: Robert Cawthorne Wedding Films | Event Planning: Christine Janda Design And Events | Catering: The University Club Of Chicago | Makeup Artist: Morgan Marie Beauty | Hair: Shaun Lewis | Ceremony Music: Dolce Strings | Wedding Venue: The University Club Of Chicago | Chairs: Tablescapes Event Rentals | Floral Design + Event Design: Christine Janda Design And Events | Invitation + Paper Design: LBrown Design & Paperie | Reception Music: Fig Media | Specialty Linen + Chargers: BBJ Linen | Vintage Glassware: Nimblewell

Adorable Chicago Morning Engagement Shoot – Complete with Caffeine + Cuties

Donuts? Check. Cute pup? Check. The love of your life? Check! We have it all right here folks, in this adorable morning engagement shoot captured by Heather Cook Elliott. Chicago may be blustery and cold but these two kept each other warm and smiling from start to finish (though we’re betting the caffeine and sweet treats helped too!). Start your day with these cuties and their furry friend right this way!

From Heather Cook Elliott… Sometimes things just click… into place, into a place, in A place with A person. For Whitney and Aaron that person is each other and the place is Chicago. They work downtown (across the street from one another), live within view of the iconic skyline and it’s been that way for awhile now. When they met they both lived close to the Blue Line stop at Damen & North and they’ve worked their way south and east over time, adding a sweet (and adorably energetic) pup named Ella to their family. So on a cold but sunny Chicago day – dare I say a classic Windy City day? – we took a meander through the past right into their now, often talking about their future. It started as any good day should: with coffee and donuts at Stan’s and then on to meet Ella at home with a final stop by the river. It was romantic, sweet and full of love and laughter. It was the best kind of morning for the best kind of love story.



Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography

The Personal Touches at This Wedding Are Giving Us the Chills!

The personal touches in this wedding are enough to give us the chills, they’re so darn cute and thoughtful. Let’s start with the invitation suite, which featured a penguin and an elephant designed by the bride (an illustrator!). Next up, the bride’s bouquet designed by Life in Bloom featured a fern clipping from the plant they bought together when they first started dating. And if you can handle any more cuteness, the table numbers were displayed in artichokes because the groom always requests artichokes are included in the floral arrangements he presents to his love. All of this and more was captured by Clary Pfeiffer Photography, and if you’re craving more like we are, head over to their sweet engagement session.

From Clary Pfeiffer PhotographyThe couple’s kindness and gift to make the people around them feel valued and loved made this wedding day a joy to photograph. Plus!! They have the impeccable style and vision for an authentic and dramatic celebration. Torie, an illustrator, designed the invitation which highlights a penguin (the bride) and elephant (the groom) throughout their paper goods. The couple along with their florist worked on turning The Ivy Room into a dramatic space with hanging greenery lit by tons of candles. 

From Life in BloomWhen we first met Torie and Amarit, there was no better word to describe their wedding vision than “authentic”. The two of them had a vision that was unique to their own style, and each decision that they made along the way throughout the entire design process reflected that fun and unique flair.

When Torie and Amarit first started dating, they got a plant together, and after years, it was still alive. They called it their “love fern”. The week of their wedding, Torie brought us a clipping for their plant to use in her bouquet. The floral palette for the personal flowers consisted of many of our spring favorites: anemone, dusty miller, silver-dollar eucalyptus, olive, peonies, sweet pea, and ranunculus.

The indoor ceremony consisted of a large boxwood wall as a backdrop. We added in white roses, spray roses, and hydrangea that all faded from heavy to light as it descended down the wall. At the start of the aisle, to create the feeling of a grand entrance, atop two dark wood pedestals, we placed tall concrete urns with large focal arrangements. The arrangements were super simple, containing just olive and spirea branches. But the added texture from the spirea was the perfect touch that took the arrangements from “been there, done that” to “fresh and unique!” Throughout the space, we strategically suspended iron orbs with italian ruscus and spirea that not only helped create a dramatic impact during the ceremony but also made sense once the room was flipped for the reception.

During cocktail hour, guests found their table assignments pinned amongst another wall of fresh boxwood. Golden wax seals displayed each guests’ table numbers prominently on their escort card. For the reception, we moved the ceremony’s boxwood wall behind the head table, which created the perfect backdrop for Torie, Amarit, and all of their closest friends. The centerpieces all consisted of gray concrete vessels overflowing with gorgeous spring blooms (peonies, spirea anemone, stock, hydrangea, and gunny eucalyptus) and surrounded by pillar candles and crystal-cut votives. Throughout Torie and Amarit’s relationship, Amarit always requested artichokes in any floral arrangements that he surprised Torie with. So naturally, every table number was placed into an artichoke, which sat on the tables.

When looking back at an event, it is always interesting to see how a vision might have evolved from initial meeting to final product. With Torie and Amarit, while some elements might have changed along the way, the high emphasis on lots of textures and a dramatic feel was key from start to finish. The spirea was the game changer when it came to adding in that extra texture that Torie kept mentioning in the initial meeting, and the floating orbs helped create that dramatic effect that was so important to Amarit. In the end, the final product was a testament to a couple fully trusting their designers, and the designers keeping the couple’s overall vision at the forefront of any design changes.



Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Coordination: Estera Events | Floral Design: Life In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Cake: Sweet Mandy B's | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Chicago Diamond Consultants | Makeup: Makeup By Jaycie | Hair: Rosemary Monica | Band: Gold Coast All Stars | Groom's Attire: Frederick Lynn Chicago | Venue: The Ivy Room at Tree Studios | Getting Ready Location: The Langham Hotel | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Letterpress: Designers Fine Press | Paper Goods: Torie Conn | Veil: Jenny Yoo

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Vibeing With Your Vendors Is the Key to Bringing Your Wedding Vision to Life

We cannot stress enough the importance of choosing vendors you vibe with because they are the ones who will take your vision and make it a reality. From serving champagne during the ceremony to creating a 40-person head table, The Lakewood was able to bring to life this couple’s dream wedding. Add on top of that a gorgeous bespoke gown created specially for this bride by Alyssa Kristin, and you can see during this pretty wedding captured by Hello Love Photography just how important finding the right team is to crafting your special day.

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From the bride… When Jim and I started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted it to feel like a big party with all of our favorite people. Having the wedding downtown was important to me because I love our home so much, and finding a venue to hold Jim’s large family was key. The Lakewood was the first and last venue we visited because it felt perfect. The decor was modern and focused on attention to detail, which is what I live by aesthetically! I knew that we would have to do very little to make the space feel exactly how I wanted.

We worked with amazing vendors that allowed us to be a little less traditional in our planning and remain true to who we are as individuals and as a couple. The Lakewood embraced every small detail that we requested in order to make the night fun for all. Whether it was serving champagne to guests to enjoy during the ceremony or creating a huge 40-person head table in order to sit with even more of our friends, they made it happen. Mary, from Steve’s Flower Market, did not bat an eye when I told her I wanted black flowers in the bouquets and our pianist (Kasey Ryan) learned to play “Mirrors” when I told him that it was my dream to walk down the aisle to that song!

The ultimate attention to detail came in the form of my dress, and it was my favorite part of planning. I went to multiple dress shops and couldn’t find anything that felt like me, so over the course of six months, I worked with Alyssa Kristin to custom design my gown. She is a dream to work with and gave me my perfect dress.

It was hard to envision a bridal party, not knowing 100% what my dress would look like, but I knew that I wanted each of the girls to have their own style and personality reflected. I provided them with a color palette of gray, black, blush, gold, and nude and each they found dresses that they loved. Jim wore a black suit because I loved how classic and handsome he looked in it!

In the end, we couldn’t have been happier with how it all came together! It ended up being an overcast, windy day which ultimately sent rain showers our way, but our photographer, Casey (Hello Love), managed to snap beautiful outdoor photos nonetheless. After the rain, our guests noticed an amazing double rainbow outside, so we quickly ran to the rooftop with Casey, and she captured one of our favorite photos of the day. Our wedding was filled with a lot of laughing and a lot of dancing, all with people we love. We feel so fortunate to have been surrounded by great people who helped make our day perfect.



Photography: Hello Love Photography | Cinematography: Shutter And Sound | Event Planning: Wedding Now | Floral Design: Steve's Flower Market | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Reception Venue: The Lakewood | Makeup: Kelly Letto | Hair: Katie Dwyer Salon 1800


Transforming the Art Institute Into a Modern English Garden

The Art Institute of Chicago with its contemporary, sleek design proved the perfect venue for a celebration inspired by a modern English garden. Planned by Estera Events, this day is awash with topiary greens and romantic garden blooms all crafted by Exquisite Designs. Take a peek at the stunning imagery by Kyle John Photography that’s putting a fresh twist on your typical garden wedding.

Alexis & Michael’s wedding design was perfectly balanced. For every modern and stark element inherent to the gorgeous Griffin Court, there was a romantic piece brought in to soften it up. The design direction was inspired by modern english gardens. Topiary greens mixed with organic foliage and floral. The floorplan of the room intentionally resembled that of an english garden as well. A mix of rounds and long rectangles, allowing guests to walk between the tables and experience the artful centerpieces and table top designs. The largest focal of the reception was the head table, which boasted a 45 foot long statement piece. Alexis & Michael were both such a treat to work with — from the design concept phase of their wedding through the actual wedding day, we had such a wonderful time working with them and seeing this beautiful project come to fruition was such a joy!

Photography: Kyle John Photography | Videographer: Leap Weddings | Wedding Planner: Estera Events | Florist: Exquisite Designs, Inc. | Wedding Cake: Paramount Events | Church: St. Michaels in Old Town | Church: St. Michael in Old Town | Reception Venue: The Art Institute of Chicago | Reception Venue: The Art Institute of Chicago | Catering: The Art Institute of Chicago | Makeup: Shannon O'Brien MUA | Hair: Blohaute Bridal | Band: Gold Coast All Stars | Wedding Favors: Summer House Santa Monica | Transportation: VIP Valet | Wedding Paper & Invitations: Printerette Press | Wedding Stylist: Estera Events

A Balloon Installation + Glittery Aqua Kicks – What’s Not to Love?

How do we love this Bride? Let us count the ways. We love that she wore a romantic, 3-D floral masterpiece of a dress by the incredible Mira Zwillinger. We love that she chose glittery aqua kicks for her adorable flower girls. We love her vision for a balloon escort card display, brought to life by Balloons by Tommy. We love the industrial garden vibe of her wedding, orchestrated by LK Events. But most of all, we love the love between her and her Groom, apparent in every single moment captured by Tim Tab Studios.


From the Bride… Clay and I met and fell in love in Chicago, so it felt right to be married in the city that brought us together. Nicole Zenner of LK Events made the planning process collaborative, fun, and seamless, as did the entire team that took our romantic, whimsical garden vision and made it a reality.

Leading up to the wedding, it was hard to believe that the year-and- a-half of planning and build-up would soon come to an end. Neither of us could sleep the night before our wedding day. Clay awoke before the sun, took a walk along the lake and received words of advice from a man resting on a lakeshore bench: “Marriage is a blessing.” Meanwhile, I woke up to sunrise city views and “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” thanks to my sister and MOH, Elizabeth. Needless to say, our wedding day started off perfectly and only got better.

The entire day was a dream. The weather was beautiful. We were surrounded by the people who mean the most to us, and we had the best crew, Tim and Bethany Tabailloux of TimTab Studios and the team from One Fine Day Productions, capturing every moment.

Some of our favorite memories from our big day: getting ready with our best friends and family, exchanging cards and gifts (a watch for Clay and a book of Atticus poems bookmarked with a light-blue ribbon tied to a diamond and aquamarine ring for me); putting on my wedding dress, seeing my dad for the first time, our first look at Milton Olive Park, having our puppy join us for photos on the lakefront, walking down the aisle with my dad, having my uncle as our wedding officiant, the wedding speeches, our mid-reception excursion up to the rooftop with our photographers for a late night photoshoot in the rain, Clay’s epic rendition of “Regulate”, singing “Man in the Mirror” with my sister and brother, and having a nightcap at the Four Seasons hotel bar in my wedding dress with my new husband.

Looking back through our photos, we are overcome by joy and gratitude for our parents, family, friends, and everyone at LK Events, TimTab Studios, One Fine Day Productions, Revel Décor, Entertaining Company, Morgan Manufacturing, Elysia Root Cakes, the Chicago Players, Tommy Balloons, Mira Zwillinger, Vanessa Valliant Beauty, Pin Me Up, Balani, Black Tux, and the Four Seasons hotel who conspired to make September 2, 2017 the best day of our lives.



Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Event Planning: LK Events | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Cake: Elysia Root | Reception Venue: Morgan Manufacturing | Catering: Entertaining Company | Makeup: Valliant Beauty | Hair: Pin Me Up Chicago | Band: Gold Coast All Stars | Groom's Suit: Balani | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Signature Transportation Group | Hotel: The Four Seasons Chicago | Balloon Sculpture: Balloons By Tommy | Bridal Boutique: Ultimate Bride Boutique | Decor: Revel Decor | Invitation Suite: Allie Hasson


We’re Declaring Private Vow Exchanges the Next Big Thing

As weddings have increasingly grown into elaborate – and sometimes overwhelming – events, an increasing desire to make space for intimate moments between the couple is only natural. So these two decided to privately exchange the vows they wrote themselves one month prior to their wedding day at The University of Chicago. Dressed in a romantic Anna Campbell gown and carrying a bouquet of fall foliage from Flourish + Bloom Events, this beautiful Bride-to-be shared promises from the heart with her beloved in a sacred moment captured by Kristin La Voie Photography. We love this idea so much – get inspired for a private, pre-wedding vow exchange of your own by all the heartwarming images in the Vault!


From Kristin La Voie PhotographyOne month before their wedding day, love birds Katie and Tommy had a pre-wedding day shoot to wind down and celebrate during what is typically a stressful time in the days leading up to the big day. Not only is it important to take a moment to breathe and enjoy each other during this exciting time, but it is also important to relax and find quietness and intimacy while you can.

This beautiful Chicago session takes place in a peaceful, ivy-covered garden in the middle of the busy city (symbolic of this rare moment of peace during a whirlwind of wedding preparations). On this day, Katie and Tommy share their vows to each other, their appreciation of one another, their commitment for their lives together.

In my nine years in the industry, I have seen private vow exchanges become increasingly popular. With stricter church rules that forbid personal vows, couples who prefer privacy, and couples who want additional time to share their love for each other outside of the ceremony time constraints, a separate vow exchange is the perfect way to capture that beautiful moment. What better way than to create a separate shoot devoted to this sacred commitment?! A shoot completely dedicated to the promises you make to each other, without the worry of everyone around listening in. A moment to truly cherish, and now documented for eternity.



Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Floral Design: Flourish and Bloom Events | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Makeup: Joanna B Artistry | Hair: Megan Hollinger | Location: University Of Chicago

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Precious Moments Caught on Film at This Chicago Wedding

Two sweet little flower girls helped this Bride don her beautiful gown from Lovely Bride and fasten her vibrant Jimmy Choo shoes, while the Groom’s two handsome boys helped their dad into his dapper tux from Trunk Club. Elizabeth Nord was there to photograph these precious moments and more, so scroll on for all the feels.

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From Elizabeth Nord Photography Maggie radiated pure elegance and style in her dress from Mignonette Bridal and purple Jimmy Choo shoes. The pink tutu dresses that she chose for her flower girls were so cute, and I loved watching the boys help Tony get dressed! The ceremony at The Geraghty (with decor by Kehoe Designs) was filled with ghost chairs and tons of candlelit lanterns that lined the aisle creating an incredibly cozy and romantic environment. As Maggie walked down the aisle, you could see the tears beginning to pool into Tony’s eyes, and I’m particularly fond of the photo where one of Tony’s sons is looking up at him so adoringly. I nearly lost it when Maggie’s dad gave her away. His embrace was so tight, and his face just said it all. I’m a huge daddy’s girl, so this definitely tugged at my heart!

If you thought the ceremony set up was incredible, you’re going to fall over when you see the reception! I can’t even describe the beauty. I fell in love with the gray wood tables! Their reception was so special. You couldn’t help but notice Tony and Maggie’s selfless nature as they recognized those who have served and continue to serve in the military. They also made a point to celebrate and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to their grandfather! A fun surprise for the guests was that Maggie’s dad sang their first dance song!



Photography: Elizabeth Nord Photography | Event Planning: Chi Chic Weddings Events | Floral Design: Kehoe Designs | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Calihan Catering | Makeup: Salon Blonde | Hair: Salon Blonde | Band: Gold Coast All Stars | Groom's Attire: Trunk Club | Officiant: Fr Jef Johnson | Transportation: M&M Limousines Services | Wedding Venue: The Geraghty | Alterations: Mignonette Bridal | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Decor: Kehoe Designs | Wedding Ring: Dana Rebecca

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What Better Place for an E-Shoot Than Your Neighborhood?

If you’re in the midst of planning your own e-session right now, take a cue from these lovebirds and keep it simple. Your home town likely has some hidden gems and meaningful, photo-worthy spots that’ll make the photos all the more special. Hello Love Photography captured this sweet couple at home and around their neighborhood, an engagement session that is warm, inviting, and so full of love.

From Hello Love PhotographySarah, Tyler, and I had a wonderful afternoon exploring their neighborhood around Logan Square and Humboldt Park, including a stop by an amazing wooden sculpture by the artist Jerzy Kanar, aptly titled “engagement.”



Photography: Hello Love Photography


Modern Design Meets Midwest Cuties

Detail after delightful detail stands out from this modern Midwest wedding. The candles and greenery gracing the aisle, the draped ceremony backdrop. The dreary Chicago day turning a corner and the sun peeking out. The smiles on these two cuties that never faded. And 312 Film captured them all – and their style of filming (with cinematic bouts of slow motion) has me swooning. LOLA Event Productions orchestrated the planning of this posh party and the finished results are just fantastic. Enjoy – and take notes, because these details aren’t to be missed.

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From 312 FilmA modern Chicago wedding at Morgan Manufacturing!



Photography: averyhouse | Cinematography: 312 Film | Event Planning: Lola Event Productions | Floral Design: Exquisite Designs, Inc. | Reception Venue: Morgan Manufacturing | Reception Catering: LIMELIGHT food illuminated | Makeup: Carly Pribich, Makeup Artist | Lighting: Frost Chicago | Wedding Band: Entourage Band

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