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James + Mark’s classic, modern wedding at Floating World Gallery was amazingly intimate. Coordinated by Julia, James + Mark celebrated their 20th anniversary together by officially tying the knot!

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I love when couples get ready together, so casual and like real life, plus who in the hell can tie a bow tie on themselves? A few pictures at the hotel and outside before heading to Floating World Gallery. Simple wooden tables, and lanterns strung up around the ceremony gave some added warmth to the gallery.

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With their pooches in tow and bearing their rings, James and Mark walked down the aisle together. Post dinner, lots of dancing ensued. Classic, simple and elegant, Jame and Mark truly exemplified what a wedding should be all about. Congrats Jame + Mark, cheers to so many more happy years together!gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding gay wedding

* eye candy courtesy of Carasco Photography

James + Mark’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Floating World Gallery
Caterer: Fig Catering
DJ: MDM Entertainment
Photographer: Carasco Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Photo Booth: Photo Bomb Picture Co.
Bakery: Sprinkles Cupcakes
Hair: Rebellious Beauty Salon
Make-up: Lauren Taylor
Hotel: Hotel Lincoln
Decor: Millennium Decorations
Florist: Gratitude Heart Garden

 

 

 

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

 

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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