Wedding

Ellen + Nate: The Joinery

It was a year ago that Ellen and Nate tied the knot at The Joinery. The two are a match made in heaven, and the day radiated with love and was filled with some of their favorite things. A florist, Ellen and one of her close friends designed the arrangements for the day... and you can see in the backdrop of the ceremony how florals were incorporated into a stunning and unique piece of living art. The two love Costa Rican food, so Chicago's only Costa Rican restaurant, Irazu, catered the dinner. Ellen adores vintage clothing and selected a vintage dress that fit her like a glove.

A few partners that made the day magical included: Bakery: Tubby’s Taste, Florist: Stephen Hill, Hair: Chelsea Frye, Photographer: John Troxel

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The Chemistry of Love

I usually take on planning and designing photo shoots two to three times a year. They are big projects, but also a lot of fun. And each and every time something about the shoot excites me in a way my other projects I'm working on don't, which makes the endeavor totally worth it. This time, I loved getting to know the couple. Krystle and Alyssa are a real couple who bonded over language. Krystle is deaf and communicates through sign language, and Alyssa also knows how to use sign language. In addition to their shared ability to sign, they are both teachers. 

Now, don't get me wrong, teachers of all subjects are wonderful. But I needed an extra twist to add to the shoot, so I decided they were science teachers... much to the chagrin of Krystle, who is actually a sign language teacher. Ha! We sprinkled the shoot with hints of science-related details. For example, the custom stationery suite included hexagons and other soft chemistry touches. Their first look was at a luscious botanical garden. The reception venue, Room 1520, has floating molecules hanging from the ceiling. The table numbers and escort cards used elements of the periodic table to inform guests of their seating. 

The shoot took place in Chicago and started off at the photographer’s studio, Nomee Studio. There, the brides got ready and took portraits. The two ladies then headed to Garfield Park Conservatory for their first look and some pictures together amongst the greenery. Finally, the day concluded with the ceremony and reception shots at Room 1520.

Other incredible partners in this shoot include: Bakery - Arlyce Giudice, Accessories - Stiletto Boss, Florals - Blossom and Branch Designs, Floral Wall - Lil Epic Design, Hair & Make Up - Milian Bonillo, Hair & Make Up Assistant -  Beauty by La'Yanna, Rentals - Blossom and Branch Designs, Stationery - Paper Love Club, Videography - Steve Miller.

 

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Jennifer + Kyle: Dance Studio 3-D

2017 was a wonderful year. So many folks who I love dearly got married, and it made my heart sing to be able to be there for and play a part in those moments! Jennifer and Kyle’s wedding was an especially meaningful one for me to coordinate. Jennifer and I bonded as small business owners several years ago, and she’s had a place in my heart ever since, so when I found out she was getting married to the love of her life, Kyle, I was overjoyed!

Jennifer and Kyle’s wedding was full of personal touches. They got married and celebrated their nuptials near where Jennifer grew up in Wisconsin. They hosted the day at Dance Studio 3-D, owned by Jennifer’s beloved dance instructor Debbie Otteson-Griggas. While the day had sentimental tidbits spread throughout, one of the sweetest parts was that Jennifer’s beloved guinea pigs, Aldo, Pasquale and Lucca, made the trip up to celebrate with them. They were present in so many ways... in fact, instead of wedding cake, the couple served guinea-shaped cookies that looked like each of the darling guineas!!! And Jennifer and Kyle's hashtag was #guineagetmarried. Awww.

Many partners made this day a success. Photography: Mark Trela Photography, Floral Design: Blumgarten, Catering: Upstairs Downstairs Catering, Hair: Alyssa Herbst, Music: V05 Disco Cover Band, Invitations: Four Hats Press, Sweets: Lush Bites
 

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Christine + Austin: Loyola University

Christine and Austin's wedding was certainly a night to remember. Their special day was not only stunning, but it was filled with so much joy too!! Plus these two are total sweethearts. 

The day started off at the Hampton Inn before we headed over to Loyola University's campus for the rest of the festivities. Christine and Austin selected Madonna della Strada as the church in which to tie the knot. They kept up the tradition of not seeing one another until Christine walked down the aisle, and did that make for an emotional walk (not a dry eye in the crowd!). No matter how many times I witness couples say "I do" in that church, it still is incredibly moving every time. In part, because I love when my couples finally get to commit themselves to one another! And in part, because the sanctuary is just so incredibly gorgeous!  Be sure to also take a look at the flowers... the florists at Vale of Enna outdid themselves with the arrangements they produced for every part of the day. 

The cocktail reception continued at Piper Hall on the lake and guests moved to the Mundelein Auditorium for dinner and dancing. And boy did the evening go late! There was a live band and the groom even got up to perform a 15 minute set part way through the evening! The floor was hopping!

These jaw-droppingly beautiful images were captured by Leigh Ann Cobb Photography. Other amazing partners we worked with on the day included: Loyola University's Conference Services (venue), Aramark (catering), Vale of Enna (flowers), Pin Me Up Chicago (hair), Makeup and Skincare by Jamie (makeup), The Mix Musical Services (emcee and band) and Magbooth (Photobooth). 

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“Thank you so much for being such an important part of our big day! You were so wonderful to work with and we knew we didn’t need to worry about anything with you around. What a gift you have to make everyone feel at ease! Thanks to you, our wedding was the very best day of our lives. It far exceeded anything we thought possible. Have a happy 2018, and best of luck with your own big day!” - Christine, Bride

""Thank you for the awesome wedding planning which you did for our daughter's wedding, Nov 2017. Erin you made the wedding day run smoothly. You helped immensely with our decision making during the weeks prior to the wedding weekend. It was perfect and you helped make that happen for all of us. Great effort on your part and great results for us!" - Colleen, Mother of the Bride

Tamika + Dan: Renaissance O'Hare

While winter is underway, wedding season hasn't slowed down! The late fall and early winter months have been increasing in popularity over the past years as many couples are now tying the knot during cooler months... and I'm LOVING it! The winter bridal wraps, deeper colors and greenery are stunning this time of year and, as I plan my own winter wedding, I'm getting such an appreciation for the season!

Tamika and Dan's wedding took place on a chilly day, but that didn't put a damper on the occasion at all. The couple got ready at the Renaissance O'Hare before heading to Old St. Patrick's Church. With snow on the ground, the bridal party plowed through and took gorgeous photos throughout downtown Chicago following the ceremony, before heading back to the Renaissance O'Hare for the reception.

Belen and Ken of Orange 2 Photography took the beautiful images below. Other partners for the day included: Bakery - Oak Mill Bakery, Flowers - Flor del Monte, Hair: Albert Morrison Hair Studio, Make Up - Lena Clark Beauty, Rentals - AEG Production, DJ - Style Matters.

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Steven + Kevin: Walker Art Center

Sometimes in my line of work I have the honor of working with those I love dearly to plan and execute their special moments. Steven and Kevin's wedding was one of those times. It was a joy to work with them throughout the planning process, but also an emotional and beautiful occasion to witness as they committed themselves to one another.

Their wedding was held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The beautiful images below were captured by Andrew Morrell Photography.

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Claudia + Eric: Warehouse: 109

I love the fall. The leaves and grasses are changing colors. There is a crispness to the air. Claudia and Eric's fall wedding happened to take place on an unseasonably warm day, which meant we got to enjoy the occasion and the season without our coats on!

Claudia and Eric selected beautiful fall florals and grasses for their bouquets and centerpieces, which were designed by Cornell Florist. The Bird's Nest Salon and Nina Trader Makeup put together Claudia's look for the day.

After getting ready at the Hyatt House, Claudia and Eric headed to Eaton Preserve Park for their first look and then to Warehouse: 109 for the ceremony and reception. Wooden Paddle Pizza and The Sugar Path provided the scrumptious edibles for the evening. Jack of Studio 2 Imaging captured all of the images below!

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Amanda + Brandon: Private Residence

It's amazing what a difference just two months makes! As we are at the end of November, I look back on this September wedding and can't believe how much the landscape has changed... and how much the temperature has dropped!

Amanda and Brandon were married at the private residence of Amanda's parents this past fall. When selecting wedding venues, Amanda told her mom that she had so many meaningful memories in that home, and she couldn't imagine being married anywhere else. Her mom was set on making her dream come true. As many of you know, it's a lot of work to throw a celebration of this magnitude outside of a traditional venue, but the day came together beautifully, and Blue Peak Tents created their own venue of sorts using a gorgeous clear tent and flooring.

The day was full of personal touches. Amanda is Jewish so the ceremony included many Jewish traditions, including marriage under the chuppah, the bride and her family staying on the right side during the ceremony and the breaking of the glass by the groom to complete the ceremony. Before dinner the challah was blessed and broken. Amanda and Brandon's darling pup was the ring bearer and an impromptu wedding guest. The couple also exchanged about five small gifts throughout the day with one another so they had a chance to step away, soak in the moment and just be together. And finally, Brandon handcrafted all of the candle holders, charcuterie boards and escort card boxes out of cement and wood... and they turned out STUNNINGLY! Be sure not to miss thein se crafted pieces in the photos of the reception below.

Many partners made this day possible. Wooden Paddle Pizza provided the wood fired pizza for the meal while St. Roger Abbey Gourmet Patisserie baked the treats. Flowers for Dreams crafted the florals and Windy City Linen provided the linens. The day was captured beautifully by Candice of Cusic Photography.

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