urban elegance bridgeport art center wedding

Meghan + Jack’s were married in November at the Bridgeport Art Center and was everything a Chicago wedding should be – urban, elegant, creative, and personal. Friends of our past couple and referred to us by Louisa + Jeff, we’re completely in love with this crew.

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Meghan got ready at her parent’s high rise in the Gold Coast with the most amazing view of the city.  Their first look was on the balcony and was so great. Those red lips!  That bow tie!  Slay me now!

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Off to take some photos around the city with Braxton of Jeremy Lawson Photography at so many favorites: Garfield Park Conservatory, Maria’s Packaged Goods and of course, McDonalds. (Duh.)chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner chicago wedding planner

Over at Bridgeport we were setting up for total wedding world domination. We’re not sorry for all of these photos below, there are just too many good ones to choose from. Look at this place…

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We helped style this one and with Asrai Garden and Art of Imagination by our side, how could we go wrong? Meghan and Jack love to play board games so we used some in our centerpieces and Meghan’s friend crushed some chalkboard art. Their friends had even made them a customized guess who game with caricatures of all of their friends replacing the original people. WHAT?! I want one immediately.  Seriously, this was a good way to end our busiest, most insane season ever.

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* eye candy courtesy of Jeremy Lawson Photography

Meghan + Jack’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center
Caterer: The Hearty Boys Caterers
Ceremony Musicians: Dan & Emily Duszynski
Photographer: Braxton of Jeremy Lawson Photography
Planner: Anticipation Events
Florist: Asrai Garden
Bakery: Sam Slade
DJ: Cage + Aquarium
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Rehearsal Dinner: Sauce + Bread Kitchen
Hair + Make-up: Nika Vaughan Bridal
Hotel: Swissotel 
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth
Lighting: Art of Imagination

 

glamorous millennium knickerbocker hotel wedding

Aileen + Ed’s fall wedding at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel was everything a glamorous Chicago wedding should be. It was full of beautiful details, heartfelt moments, and some serious laughs. We absolutely adore Aileen + Ed, who have since started their own photography business and are taking the wedding industry by storm! These two are unstoppable.

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Aileen + Ed are high school sweethearts, so this day was a long time in the making. You can tell Aileen put a lot of thought into everything, right down to those unbelievable shoes.

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After some fun first look photos at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Aileen + Ed headed out to capture their day at some of Chicago’s most iconic locations. A little rain didn’t stop this pair – they just added some adorable Burberry umbrellas and kept the party going!

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Glam doesn’t even begin to describe their venue – wow. Any decor you add to this space can seem minuscule in comparison, but Aileen + Ed did it right with a stunning backdrop, sky-high florals, opulent candelabras, and even a light-up dance floor!

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If you haven’t had enough of this amazing wedding, check out their super sweet wedding video or their feature on The Black Tie Bride!

* eye candy courtesy of Heather DeCamp Photography

Aileen + Ed’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
Ceremony Musicians: String Theory
Planning/Coordination: Anticipation Events
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Videographer: XO Pictures
Florist + Lighting: Cathy + Steve Borden
Bakery: Alliance Bakery
DJ: Style Matters
Transportation: Chicago Trolley + Double-Decker Company
Rehearsal Dinner: Carnivale
Rehearsal Dinner Decor: Hello Darling
Hair & Make-up: Sonia Roselli Make-up Studio + Alyson Dziemiela
Hotel: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth

 

 

urban loft wedding at kitchen chicago

Get ready for one of the sweetest weddings of 2014! Erin + Kevin’s were married at Kitchen Chicago and the party was nothing short of amazing, full of an insane amount of DIY details, tons of delicious food, and plenty of loving sentiments and tears of joy.

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Erin + Kevin had big ideas and a lot of very specific things that they wanted to get just right. Their wedding vision was full of big ideas that took tons of blood, sweat and tears on their part to make happen. The best thing about Erin + Kevin was that they knew what they wanted and they were determined to make it happen. Starting with that dress…

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For the ceremony and reception, Erin collected vintage vases and filled them with floral arrangements she and her friends created. Their wedding ceremony at Kitchen Chicago was super personal: officiated by their dear friends, the ceremony was sweet, sentimental and heartfelt, always the best start to a great wedding day.

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For the reception, Erin + Kevin wanted an intimate, small affair, so we lined up all of Kitchen Chicago ‘s rustic farm tables and created one big long table in the center of the room. Lined with Erin’s handmade floral arrangements, candles, and gorgeous paper table runners, it looked amazing. For dancing, we moved the tables out of the way while Erin changed into another gorgeous dress transforming her into a BOMBSHELL if we’ve ever seen one! It pays to work at BHLDN when you’re a bride-to-be, that’s for sure!

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To say Erin + Kevin’s wedding at Kitchen Chicago was full of love, life, and laughter is an understatement. Just looking at this couple makes us smile. Thanks again for letting us be part of your wedding day, Erin + Kevin!

* eye candy courtesy of Anna Page Photography

Erin + Kevin’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Kitchen Chicago
Caterer: Fig Catering
Photographer: Anna Page Photography
Videographer: Don’t Shout Films
Day-of Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Bakery: Hoosier Mama Pie Co.
DJ: Jon Swegle, friend of the bride + groom
Transportation: Buckingham Limousine
Rehearsal Dinner: Estrella Negra
Hotels: Holiday Inn Downtown + Holiday Inn O’Hare
Rentals: Tablescapes
Sound Equipment Rental: Just Press Play Productions
Officiants: Jacob Huelster + Alisha Wright, friends of the bride + groom
Flowers: Steve’s Flower Market

 

colorful DIY wedding at dank haus

There’s just nothing better than a wedding with a little quirkiness and a lot of personality. And that’s just what we got at Sarah + Matt’s wedding at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center last summer.

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It was a lovely summer day for Sarah + Matt to get ready at their apartment on the boulevard in Lincoln Square. We just LOVE Sarah’s dotted Swiss tea-length dress and, of course, you can’t beat a good bow tie on a groom!

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For the ceremony, Sarah + Matt’s closest family and friends gathered around them as they said “I do” in Palmer Square park – just blocks from their apartment. So intimate and relaxed, isn’t it perfect?

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Back at the reception space, Laura and Sabrina were busy setting up so much amazing DIY decor. Sarah is a teacher and you can tell she’s got the crafty touch in a very good way. She collected tin cans and wine bottles for the favors and centerpieces and then spent what had to be hours – if not days – creating tissue paper flowers and pom poms for the decor at the reception. The result is nothing short of fantastic! Matt’s got the graphic design talent, so he designed the pinata themed escort cards that we just adore!

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The reception was Fun with a capital F. Matt’s friends, the Tiny Cover Band, played some of the couple’s favorite tunes on their tiny instruments (yes, they have tiny instruments!), the couple gave a giant pinata prize to the best dancer and some of their family and friends even jumped in and sang a few songs.

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We loved being part of Sarah + Matt’s big day and wish them all the best!

*eye candy courtesy of the sweetest, Allison Williams Photography

Sarah + Matt’s Vendors
Ceremony Location: Palmer Square Park
Reception Location: DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
Caterer: Cocina Fusion
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events
Photographer: Allison Williams Photography
Bakery: MaddieBird Bakery
Band: Tiny Cover Band
DJ: DJ Merk One
Transportation: Acrosstown Charter
Rehearsal Dinner: Wishbone
Make-up: Nika Vaughan
Hair: Debbie Petrielli
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn
Officiant: Paris Coffey, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

 

elegant lakeside wedding at the chicago yacht club

Lauren + Bob said “I do” last fall at the Chicago Yacht Club. The event was perfection with all of its nautically inspired decor and, of course, that beautiful backdrop! 

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One of my favorite things is when someone hires me when they kind of know me. Lauren and I share a mutual good friend and we had met several times at parties and showers for her. People love to talk weddings with me (and let’s face it, I love it too) but I never, ever go into any kind of sales pitch. Mostly because I am a big weenie and I am a terrible saleslady. Lauren followed AE on social media and reached out right after Bob popped the question. All the warm fuzzies happened and before any of us knew it, it was game day!  The couple got ready for their big day at the Hyatt Regency overlooking the lakefront.

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They are not photogenic at all are they?! HA, just a couple of supermodels, no big deal. From there, they headed out around town for some great shots with Heather. A little rain didn’t stop these babes…it only made their photos better. Those boots! That umbrella! Loving it!

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Back at the yacht club against the gorgeous setting of Lake Michigan and a humongously awesome yacht, we helped bring Lauren + Bob’s vision to life. Classic, sophisticated, with just enough gold and sequin to keep my feining at bay.

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It was so fun to plan this with them and while they might be relieved that all of the planning and preparation is over, I wouldn’t mind doing it all over again. Congrats to a most excellent couple on a beautiful wedding day.

*eye candy courtesy of Heather DeCamp Photography

Lauren + Bob’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Yacht Club
Caterer: Chicago Yacht Club
Photographer: Heather DeCamp Photography
Videographer: DeLack Media Group
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist
Make-Up: Aga Kaskiewicz
Hair: Marija Ariana Puljic
Bakery: Just Desserts
DJ: Toast & Jam
Cocktail Hour Musician: Zoie Moser
Violinist: Edith Yokely
Transportation: Classic Wedding Car
Rehearsal Dinner: Trattoria Isabella
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Rentals: Lil Epic Event Design + Melina’s Rentals
Officiant: Chicago Weddings