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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.

Elegant, Purple & Gray Loft Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 14, 2012

Jesse & Ben

September 22

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 overall aesthetic just felt right. It was the first of 10 venues we visited. I remember we were walking out to the car, looking at each other and both said, “Yeah, that’s it.” We just knew. At our wedding, our friends and family kept telling us, “This place is so you guys.” The exposed brick, the timber beams and the natural light. It was like love at first sight.

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

1. The votives surrounding our venue: we purchased 500 votives and holders which took up a lot of space in our apartment for the months leading up to the wedding, but it was worth it. They gave the space a beautiful, warm glow.

2. The Jack Straw Band: we like to see them play at bars and festivals in Chicago, and they also played at our parents’ 25th anniversary party. One of the most memorable moments was when they started playing my favorite song, Blue Sky by the Allman Brothers Band as Ben and I walked into the cocktail hour.

3. The Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton: it’s a children’s story about two dinosaurs, who come to love each other despite their differences. I was a preschool teacher when I first came to Chicago (our flower girl was actually one of my students!) so the children’s story had even more meaning.

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

The most memorable for me will always be when I watched Ben read his vows. All of my bridesmaids were crying because Ben was crying, and I was just so filled with love. It was beautiful. The most hilarious moment though had to be the end of the night. We had just found out that we needed $500 cash if we wanted the DJ to play for an extra half hour. It was about three minutes before she was scheduled to stop playing when our family and friends started chipping in money. That extra half hour on the dance floor was totally worth it.

Classic Spring City Wedding in Chicago

Posted by Kim on May 30, 2012

Rose & Patrick

March 31

Chicago, Illinois

From the Groom: “We loved the floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out to Michigan Avenue at the Peninsula Hotel. The beautiful staircase leading from the main lobby down to the reception area was very impressive, too. Old St. Patrick’s Church in downtown Chicago is the oldest church in the city and by far one of the most beautiful churches in the country. The architecture and stained glass windows are really hard to beat. We’d advise other couples to strongly consider working with a wedding planner for ‘day of’ details. You will save tons of time and frustration, as well as get pointed to some top-notch vendors such as graphic designers, florists, DJs, and photographers.”

Unique Themed Chicago Wedding: Gretchen + Nic

Posted by Jeffra on May 16, 2011

Gretchen & Nic
July 10, 2010
Chicago, Illinois

Some weddings have a unique aspect that you’ve not seen yet in any other features. This wedding popped out at me because it was designed exactly to the couples personalities. From the vintage dress to the handmade shoes with their wedding date, to the Lego cake topper. What this wedding says to me is that you can truly do whatever you want, that’s it’s your day, and you should let your individuality guide your theme or decor.

Photographer: Misha Media Photography | Caterer: D’Absolute Events & Catering, Woody’s Special Events | Reception Venue: Zhou B Art Center | Invitation Designer: Sealed with a J | Cake Designer: Sweet Mandy B’s | DJ: robertomonastero | Linens and Coverings: Tablescapes | Makeup Artist: Heather Lim

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