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waterside wedding at shedd aquarium

If you want to get married against a backdrop of stunning lake views and don’t mind soaring dolphins stealing the show, there’s only one place to go. And that’s just what Kim + Michael did when they got married at Shedd Aquarium this summer. The setting was perfect for this fun-loving couple!

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Kim + Michael started the day getting ready surrounded by family and friends before heading out for some stunning first look photos along the Chicago River. Because, ya know, it had to be waterside!

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After photos, the couple made their way to Shedd for their lakeside and poolside wedding ceremony and reception. And if you were wondering, the dolphins really did jumped for joy when they said “I do!” A beautiful and very personal ceremony was followed by an outdoor cocktail reception against the most amazing skyline backdrop anyone could ask for. Guests surrounded the Caribbean Reef while they dined and who could forget the many impressive layers of the festive Kransekake cake – a family tradition! An epic dance party commenced proving that this couple, their friends and families really know how to have some serious fun!

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*eye candy courtesy of Tim Tab Studios

Kim + Michael’s Vendors
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Shedd Aquarium
Caterer: Sodexo at Shedd Aquarium
DJ: Music By Design
Photographer: Tim Tab Studios
Planner/Day-of Coordinator: Aimee of Anticipation Events
Hair: Tamara Make-up & Hair Artistry
Make-up: Jen Baker
Hotel: Swissotel
Florist: Allium Floral Design
Rehearsal Dinner: Riva at Navy Pier
Transportation: First Student Bus + Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co.

 

 

laid-back and fun shedd aquarium wedding

If you didn’t know, most of the Anticipation Events team members worked at Shedd Aquarium in the past, so when we get a chance to do a Shedd wedding and the bride is a marine mammal trainer, we dive right in! (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun…) We loved working with Elizabeth + Joe at our old and always amazing beautiful stomping grounds.

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Elizabeth + Joe started the day getting ready at another Chicago icon, the Palmer House Hotel, before heading to St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in the Gold Coast for their ceremony. Since Elizabeth’s cousin is also an amazingly talented wedding photographer, she snapped tons of wonderful photos and we even got to see some from the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

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After the ceremony, Elizabeth + Joe headed over to Shedd for some photos with their wedding party – and a special guest, their Great Dane – before heading inside for a wedding they will never forget. Elizabeth’s trainer friends even put together a special beluga whale presentation for the big day. After that, they traded their wet suits for some party clothes to enjoy dinner and dancing among the fishes!

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*eye candy courtesy of Allison Ragsdale Photography

Elizabeth + Joe’s Vendors
Ceremony: St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church
Reception: Shedd Aquarium
Caterer: Sodexo at Shedd Aquarium
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes
Ceremony Musician: String Theory
DJ: Crossfader King
Hair: Thomas West Salon
Make-up: Gaby Raguso
Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography
Coordinator: Anticipation Events
Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Transportation: Windy City Limousine
Florist: The Flower Firm