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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 

Rustic Gray and Yellow Backyard Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 18, 2013

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Megan and Christopher were married on the bride’s farm near Starved Rock State Park, Ill. “We looked at a few different places, but when we were finally ready to make a decision, I knew I wanted to get married where I grew up, where we fell in love and where Christopher proposed,” Megan said. “It now means even more to us.” The bride wore a one-shoulder Lazaro ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. “The genuine shock and excitement when Christopher saw me for the first time that day literally took his breath away,” she said. “It was more amazing than I ever dreamed.” The ceremony took place under a big oak tree decorated with ribbons and paper lanterns. Guest sat in wooden pews and kept cool with umbrellas while the couple exchanged handwritten vows. As they recessed down the aisle, a flute ensemble played as confetti was thrown. Cocktails were served in mason jars, vintage couches served as comfy seats, and lanterns lit the entire backyard. The tented reception featured a family photo display, table numbers wrapped in twine, and the cake atop a tree stump!

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Photography: Gray Photography | Event Planner: Lauren Wave Weddings | Floral Designer: Event Floral | Ceremony Musicians: Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble | Dress Designer: Lazaro | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Jaycie | Transportation: Iron Horse Carriage | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Zeglio Custom Clothiers 

Rustic Purple Summer Farm Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 30, 2013

Darla & Philip

August 17 

Bethany, 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?

We wanted our wedding to be fun, outdoorsy, and simple. We also did not want to be limited to a specific number of guests. Getting married on my parent’s farm was consistent with the type of wedding we wanted—it was an obvious choice for us!

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

1. We loved the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that my brother made from a walnut tree for my nephew to carry down the aisle. “Here Come the Zelenaks” was written on the back side of the sign. My nephew carried it up the aisle after the ceremony.

2. We loved the simple table design with the wood slab, antique blue and modern clear jars for the flower arrangements and the vibrantly colored napkins.

3. The ceremony setting with the large tree and beautiful view over the hillside.

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

Walking down the aisle and seeing the man that I was about to marry!

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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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Romantic Spring Winery Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Kim on Jul 08, 2013

Rachel & James

Belleville, Illinois

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Q & A with the Couple:

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

What sold us on our venue was the beauty of the ceremony site itself, as well as the fact that we could have an outdoor reception a short distance away on the same property. (The facility also had an indoor option as a bad weather back-up, which is something that put our minds at ease while planning our event). The ceremony site at the Weingarten is at the bottom of a large but shallow depression in the ground, so it provides privacy and serenity in a setting of natural beauty. The several large trees that stand around the wedding arch itself provide not only some structure to what is otherwise an open space, but also filter the sun to create patterns of light and shadow that fill the area with a gentle summer ambiance.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our hand-made, Quaker-style marriage certificate that our guests signed as witnesses to the wedding (and that was produced by Sharon and Steven Schwartz of Calligraphica.com); the traditional Scottish cup (known as a quaich) that we used as a centerpiece in our ceremony (and that we purchased from http://quaichshop.co.uk/); and the powerful and yet subtle way that our themes and colors worked together to create a beautiful and memorable experience for us and for all of our guests. Until we saw it all together, we didn’t know how much our hard work was going to pay off.

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

The moment that most stands out in our minds is Rachel coming down the long, unpaved path to the ceremony site on foot. Everyone was expecting her to be driven down in a golf cart, but suddenly there she was—one hand holding her bouquet and the other holding up the bottom of her dress—marching confidently (and quickly!) down the path. She met her father partway down the hill and they walked together. Waiting for her to come closer and more fully into view created a bit of suspense for everyone, and it also put a personal stamp on the ceremony before it even began.

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