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Intimate Retro Summer Loft Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 30, 2014

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Allie and Bryan were married at Kitchen Chicago in Chicago, Ill. on August 2. “It was the only place we actually saw in person,” Allie said. “It had the vibe we wanted and a price that fit! And all the vendors were who we wanted, which helps when on a budget.” The bride wore a strapless chiffon a-line wedding gown with a notch neckline, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a pair of comfy TOMS slip-ons, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, stock, craspedia balls, and succulents. “We chose neutrals with a touch of teal blue,” she said. “So, the venue could stand on it’s own.” The ceremony took place inside the shared-use space with exposed brick walls as the backdrop. “The music playing, watching my bridesmaids walk down the aisle to my favorite ‘Sleeping at Last’ song, and seeing my smiling future husband,” Allie said referring to the moment she can’t stop thinking about. After the vows were sealed with a kiss (or two), cocktail hour began with an assortment of local beers and wines from Trader Joe’s. Guests found their seats via escort cards hanging from clothespins. “There were lots of do-it-yourself projects,” she said. “Hand-pressing all the save-the-dates and invitations, and our polaroid guest book was a huge success.” Even the Instagram hashtag #fleminweddin too. Farm tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, vintage vases, vessels, mason jars, and wine bottles, and votive candles. Dinner was catered by Chipotle! Imagine eating all the burritos, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo you wanted. Ole! Dancing began with the choreographed first dance and ended with a sparkler send-off. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every detail with meaning,” Allie said. “If it’s for the sake of tradition, and has no meaning to you and your future spouse, it’s not needed. Be wise with your spending, it adds up so quickly.”

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Photography: Studio Starling | Venue: Kitchen Chicago | Event Planner: Brittany Cheves of Midwestern Bride | Dress Designer: J.Crew | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Indochino | Floral Designer: The Flower Studio | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Chipotle | DJ: Katie Anderson of Go2Guys DJ Service, LLC

Navy Blue Modern Museum Spring Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 24, 2014

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Kathleen and Mike were married at St. Clement’s Church, followed by a reception at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, Ill. on May 24. The bride stunned in a strapless ball gown with a ruched bodice and tiered skirt. She wore her hair in a delicate updo and carried a bouquet filled with peonies, garden roses, white dawn roses, and silver brunia. Her ‘maids donned short, navy blue a-line dresses with a v-neckline. They carried bouquets of trick dianthus, viburnums, hydrangeas, and roses. The groom wore a navy blue three-piece suit with a striped necktie, while his groomsmen wore gray suits with blue and white striped neckties. Kathleen and Mike were married in a traditional ceremony in front of friends and family. A reception followed at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Guests sat at round tables with navy blue linens and floral centerpieces with candles in the middle. Each table had a graphic-designed quote and table number. The couple offered local beer such as Half Acre and Goose Island. After dinner, guests enjoyed a three-tiered, chevron-patterned square cake adorned with flowers. This beautiful city wedding was surely a night to remember.

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Photography: Ben Elsass Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Clement’s Church | Reception Venue: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Event Planner: LK Events, LLC | Dress Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Makeup: Sonia Roselli Weddings | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew | Flowers: Stems | Catering: Limelight Catering | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Invitations: Spilled Ink Press | DJ: Toast & Jam, Inc | Videography: XO Pictures | Photobooth: ShutterBooth Photobooth | Transportation: The Trolley Car & Bus Company | Hairstylist: Salon Soca

Eclectic Fall Art Center Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 28, 2014

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Katie and Chris were married in a traditional mass ceremony at Assumption Catholic Church followed by a reception at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Ill. on November 2. “We were limited to the number of venues that could fit our guest count,” Katie said. “We fell in love with the huge space our venue offered, and it’s rustic charm. It had beautiful city skyline view and gave us the exposed brick and wood look that fit our theme perfectly.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized a beaded bolero, while her bridesmaids wore gray long dresses. (Fun fact: Her maid of honor stood out in blush!) The groom looked oh-so dapper in his black three-piece tuxedo and bow tie. “Have all of our family and friends together in one room to support us was the most important detail of the day,” she said. The loft was twinkling with crystal chandeliers and window panels with candles overhead. Long banquet tables were decorated with baby’s breath centerpieces and framed book pages served as table numbers. “The band we picked was another detail that made the night unforgettable,” Katie said. “They chose the perfect music to keep our guests dancing all night long.”

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Photography: Ben Elsass Photography | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center | Event Designer: Revel Decor| Floral Designer: The Revel Group | Caterer: Paramount Events | Hair Stylist: Salon Buzz – Gold Coast | Dress Store: I Do, I Do Bridal Consignment | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A. Banks | Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes 

Elegant Purple Ballroom Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 20, 2013

Brittany & Spencer

October 20

Chicago, Illinois

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

THE VIEW! The serenity and beauty of being steps away from Lake Michigan really spoke to us.  It was so peaceful and was also a way for us to expose a side of Chicago that many people don’t know exist.  

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1.  The music – we were able to have all guests request their favorite song to be played at the reception, and Spencer even surprised me with a surprise piano serenade  at the reception of our favorite song “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

2. The flowers – I was absolutely blown away when I arrived at Loyola.  Our florist created pieces that were unique, beautiful, and ones that really made an impression on everyone in attendance.

3.  Pictures around Loyola’s campus, just the two of us – not only is Loyola’s campus absolutely gorgeous, but being able to sneak away for just a few minutes with just us and our photographer was priceless.  Some of the shots speak louder than what a video would ever capture.  Ben Elsass Photography truly captured our exact emotions and thoughts at that exact moment.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

Married couples will say that the second the bride walks down the aisle, time stops.  THIS IS 100% TRUE.  All of the jitters, nervousness, anxiety, planning, coordination, and every other detail happening in life STOPS from that time on.  It was truly an unforgettable feeling, and a moment that we will both remember for a lifetime.  No words can describe what we felt during those moments, but it was pure bliss in its most truest form.

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Modern Orange and Green Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 30, 2012

Engy & Jason

July 7

Chicago, Illinois

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The big, beautiful French doors. It was a perfect, classic touch to the very modern, loft-ish space. We knew the venue was the one, when we imagined centering our wedding ceremony around the windows (rather than using the outdoor space). 

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Hearing my cue to walk down the aisle: It was one of my favorite songs during the time I met Jason (“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service), and it sort of culminated all of our years together to that moment. 

2. The MOH speech: She sang it to the tune of “Soul Sister” by Train. It was amazing. 

3. Taking pictures by the lake with the city skyline behind us: Our favorite picture was a wave crashing on to the shore as Jason dipped me for a kiss.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.

Our first look. I was deliriously happy to the point of tears.

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