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Queen of All Saints Basilica Wedding | Highland Park Community House reception | Michelle & Jamie-

Happy. That’s the first word that comes to mind to describe everything about this wedding. Just being around this couple made me  happy…editing their photos made me smile.  Michelle knew I was going to be her photographer even before she met Jamie, how freaking lucky am I? Do I even need to mention anything about the red? My favorite color of course, and obviously Michelles too.

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Hair: Delania Salazar, Hair Sensations, Buffalo Grove, IL | Makeup: Nancy Jackson; Arlington Heights, IL

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 Brides Attire: Jackie’s Bridal; Chicago, IL

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I love Michelle’s laugh, she’s just so beautiful!

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Florist: A Perfect Petal

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Well done Jamie!

Romatic love letter from the groom, wedding day

Sometimes Dads get emotional when they see their daughters in a wedding dress.

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Meanwhile Carol was hanging out with the men.

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Ceremony Venue: Queen of All Saints Basilica; Chicago, IL

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This is probably my favorite Church photo I’ve ever taken 🙂

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Reception Venue: Highland Park Community House; Highland Park, IL

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Entertainment & Lighting: MDM Entertainment

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Huge props to the parents of these boys. They are the cutest, best behaved children I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing.

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You know it’s a good party when Grandma’s in the dance floor!

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From the Bride & Groom…

Ceremony Venue: Queen of All Saints Basilica; Chicago, IL (http://www.qasbasilica.org/)

We fell in love with Queen of All Saints Basilica when I was looking for a church to join in the city after Jamie & I moved in together. Both the exterior and interior of the Basilica are absolutely breathtaking; we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous location to profess our love for one another. Officiate: Father Simon Braganza Ceremony Musicians: Ken Sotak & Paul Scavone

Reception Venue: Highland Park Community House; Highland Park, IL (http://www.highlandparkcommunityhouse.org/) Jamie and I knew that the Highland Park Community House was going to be the perfect place for our reception as soon as we walked into the ballroom. With it’s arched windows and arched ceiling, the clean, simple space was the perfect combination for the vintage romantic feel we wanted.

Catering: Premier Catering & Events, LLC; Chicago, IL –We couldn’t have asked for a better experience with a caterer for our wedding. Recommended by my cousin, who used Premier for her wedding, Robert Finnegan made everything seem effortless. From the tasting to the day of the wedding, his laid back attitude made us feel like he had everything under control. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.

Stationery: Design by Jamie Wild Printed by Modern Suburban Graphics; Huntley, Ill. (http://www.modsubgraphics.com/)

Brides Attire: Jackie’s Bridal; Chicago, IL My mom and I were at Jackie’s Bridal, from the time we arrived to the time we left, a total of 45 minutes. In that time, I was able to find the dress of my dreams! The first dress I tried on was gorgeous. The second dress (my wedding dress) blew it out of the water. I tried on 4 more dresses, and couldn’t stop comparing it to the second dress. I was shocked at how fast and easy both Jackie and her mother helped me find a wedding gown that was the perfect combination of sexy and classy. I felt so beautiful in the dress the day I found it, and somehow, on my wedding day felt even more beautiful.

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Grooms Attire: Black by Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse (http://www.menswearhouse.com/)

Photographer: Angel Eyes Photography; Chicago, Ill. (http://www.angeleyesphotography.com/)

Hair: Delania Salazar, Hair Sensations, Buffalo Grove, IL | Makeup: Nancy Jackson; Arlington Heights, Ill. (http://www.nancyjackson.net/)

I felt absolutely gorgeous on my wedding day thanks to Delania and Nancy. Both my hair and skin were flawless the entire day. Both women were extremely flexible to work with during the trial runs to help me achieve the soft, romantic look I was going for.

Florist: A Perfect Petal; Mt. Prospect, IL (http://www.aperfectpetal.com/Rebecca at A Perfect Petal was great. We told Rebecca we wanted different shades of red flowers with different textures, so she suggested the flowers she thought would work together and that were also in season. Her choices ended up becoming exactly what we envisioned.

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Transportation: Flash Limousine & Buses; Chicago, Ill. (http://www.flashlimo.com/)

Entertainment & Lighting: MDM Entertainment; Schaumburg, IL. (http://www.mdmentertainment.com/)

MDM entertainment really rocked the Highland Park Community House. A recommendation from Hilda, Patti and her team at MDM kept our guests dancing the ENTIRE night! Here’s a link to their blog post about our wedding, if you’d like to include it: http://www.mdmentertainment.com/Michella-and-Jamie%27s-Wedding-at-Highland-Park-Community-House

 

Favorite Wedding Related Purchase:

Bride & Groom: Our photographer of course! Jamie didn’t have a say in who our photographer was going to be. I knew it would be Hilda long before Jamie and I met. After securing our wedding date with our church and booking our reception venue, Hilda was the first vendor we booked. I knew her photography was amazing, but after meeting her in person, I knew for sure that she was the perfect photographer for our wedding. A combination of fun and laid-back, Hilda made us laugh throughout the entire planning process and made us feel completely at ease in front of the camera. I’m not sure how many brides trust their wedding photographer enough to tell them “take whatever photos you want on our wedding day, we trust you”, but I’m so glad we did. Hilda’s artistic and unique style is exactly what we wanted and we couldn’t be happier with the photos we’ve already seen. We can’t wait to see the rest of them!

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Favorite Wedding Memory: Bride: Our first dance to Aqualung’s “Brighter than Sunshine”. This was one of the only moments during the day that Jamie and I got to be “alone” together. Somehow, even though all of our friends and family were watching us, as soon as the song started, we were in our own world; only hearing the music and lyrics; only seeing one another. Even watching our first dance on video seems unreal because I remember it as being just us, with no one else there.

Groom: Seeing Michelle walk down the aisle towards me. It is something that I will always remember. It still makes me emotional thinking about it. It was a beautiful start to the best day of my life!

Something we wish we would have done differently: Bride & Groom: We would have liked to have had more time to spend with everyone. We wouldn’t do anything differently, we just wish there was more time to take it all in and enjoy everyone’s company.

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Additional thoughts:
Bride: One of the best compliments we have gotten about our wedding is how much in love both of us looked that day. From an aunt commenting about the way Jamie and I looked at each other during the ceremony, to a friend who commented that she could feel the passion between us during our first dance, to a friend’s boyfriend who said that he could only hope to one day have the kind of love with his girlfriend that Jamie and I share together. It was such an honor to have people comment about how happy and in love Jamie and I were on our wedding day. Even though we don’t need the reassurance, it’s nice that our friends and family think we really are meant to be together.

Groom: We got a lot of nice compliments from people about our “In Memoriam” table, which surprised me a little bit. No one had seen that before and thought it was a very nice touch. It meant a lot to us to have those people honored and in the room with us because they were all so influential to who we have become. We hope to see it more in future weddings.

Advice for brides-to-be: My advise for brides-to-be is to just relax and enjoy the wedding planning process. Realize early on that planning is sometimes going to be a bumpy and stressful ride with multiple opinions being thrown at you from every direction. Listen to everyone’s advice, be thankful that you have people in your life that care enough to give it, but in the end, go with your gut feelings and what both you and your fiance want to do. Don’t try and make your parents, friends, or family happy by making concessions. Don’t worry about what other people think or what they say. As long as your wedding day is exactly what you and your fiance want, you will both be able to look back on the day and not regret one thing!

Advice for grooms-to-be: Six words: Yes, Dear. You’re right. I’m sorry.”

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Room 1520 Chicago West Loop | The Aérée Loft , Urban wedding photos | Aleksandra & Donovan-

I have no words to express how happy this couple makes me. Getting to know them has been an absolute joy.  Everything about this wedding was gorgeous, especially the Bride. Aleksandra thank you for being such a great little model Bride…and Donovan you are just a class act. I will never forget that you dragged an entire table into the Bridal suite to make sure that the vendors had something to eat. Thank you for everything, I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Hair/Makeup: Elena Denning Hair & Makeup

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Shoes: Prada

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Dress: Eve of Milady purchased at Eva’s Bridal International

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 Gentlemen take note, a sweet love letter the day of the wedding is something that Brides will treasure forever!

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Hair piece, veil, garter belts: Sandra’s Designs

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Clutch: Kim Ortiz from CloeNoel 

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I love how the flower tattoos match the ones on her dress.

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The Bride made these brooch bouquets, how awesome are they?

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Church: Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

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The happy couple let me choose the photo spots, so the limo driver just drove around and when I saw a cool location we stopped. It was bliss, I love winging it sometimes….however, please keep in mind that this requires time and trust. I had both 🙂

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 Grooms suit: Hugo Boss purchased at Formally Modern Tuxedo

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How is this for the coolest idea ever? Lapel pins for the groom and groomsmen instead of flowers, in the wedding colors of course.  The Bride found them on Etsy and at thrift stores.

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lapel pins from Etsy for froomsmen instead of flowers

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Yep, he is The Bomb.

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Venue: Room 1520

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Flowers: Pistil & Vine

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OMG, I’m dying over these photos…am I allowed to be in love with my own photos? Doesn’t matter, I am!

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Aleksandra, your husband is a hottie…but you knew that already 😉

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In the Bridal suite. I took this photo then I died from happiness.

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Cake: Alliance Bakery

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So, there’s an interesting story behind this…

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From the Bride…

‘Hair/Makeup: Elena Denning Hair & Makeup   I can’t say enough about Elena. She was incredibly kind and patient. I was really impressed with the different brands of high-end cosmetics she had available. She also had tons of photos to reference for inspiration. I’m so grateful to have met her.

 Hair piece, veil, garter belts: Sandra’s Designs
 
I fell in love with my dress before I even put it on! I originally had tried on a similar dress from the same collection at Kleinfeld’s in New York, but didn’t get that special feeling. I went online to see what else the line had to offer and once I laid my eyes on it, I had to have it. I was lucky enough to get the only dress in Illinois… it was destiny 🙂
 
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions purchased at Eva’s Bridal International
 
Venue: Room 1520
We saw 5 other venues before walking into Room1520. We knew it was for us before the tour was even over! It was urban and it was elegant. We couldn’t have asked for more. June helped us coordinate our event and was an absolute delight to work with! The entire staff was extremely accommodating and willing to go above and beyond to make our day special!
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Grooms suit: Hugo Boss purchased at Formally Modern Tuxedo on Clybourn Ave.
The service and professionalism at Formally Modern was unparalleled. Things couldn’t have gone more smoothly and the options are endless. The staff is knowledgable and very aware of new trends and styles. My husband purchased his suit there and got it for a great price! We compared prices to other stores and Formally Modern had the best price by far! Although the groomsmen rented their suits, they were perfectly tailored and each of them looked so debonair!
We are still receiving compliments about how great the food was at our wedding and we owe it all to Chris and his team! Chris made everything easy… from the tasting, to choosing linens, and even the floor plan. Chris is brilliant and such a pleasure to be around. He helped us formulate a menu that would please both my Serbian and American guests, while still keeping it modern.
The live cigar rollers were a perfect addition to our wedding! Live entertainment and custom cigars with labels made for a unique party favor!
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Shan and Matt are two truly talented artists! They were so accommodating and easy to work with! They truly made us feel like their top priority and fulfilled every one of our wants and needs!
Flowers: Pistil & Vine
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Band: Sumadija Serbian Band
 
Advice for Brides to be: KEEP SMILING!! Because they’re filming… and photographing… and watching your every move! LOL! But in all seriousness… smile because you know that you have done everything in your power to make your day perfect. Things will go wrong… it’s inevitable. Smile because it’s your wedding day and if all else fails, you’re still getting married to your best friend!
 “Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power” -Benjamin Disraeli
 
Advice for future Grooms from my husband: Always listen to your wife because she’s always right and you’ll always be wrong 😉
 
Favorite memory: We have so many wonderful memories it’s hard to choose just one. The first would have to be our first dance as husband and wife. Aside from the symbolism of this dance, I think this was the first and only moment of the entire day that my husband and I got to be alone. Even though we were being watched by our family and friends,  for those couple of minutes time slowed down and it was just the two of us.
Secondly, we loved watching our families unite. Especially during the traditional Serbian dance. It was heart warming to see everyone embrace the culture and have a blast together!
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Favorite purchase: If you ask my husband he will say my engagement ring. It’s what sealed the deal and got us where we are today! Since I had nothing to do with that, aside from the blatant hints and requests 🙂 My favorite purchase or purchases would have to be the hundreds of brooches collected for our bouquets. Most of the brooches were provided by my mother-in-law. The memories we created going through bidding wars on eBay are priceless. Many of the brooches were also provided by friends and family at my Bridal Shower, so my bouquet holds a lot of meaning. Although it was a painstaking process it was worth every minute and I could never have done it without my mother-in-law, my husband, and his God Mother.
 
Final thoughts: Of all the vendors, photography was of utmost importance. Choosing Hilda of Angel Eyes Photography was the best decision we made and we can’t express our gratitude enough! Hilda is unbelievable! Undoubtedly talented and one of the best people we met throughout this entire wedding experience. She knew just how to make us laugh and feel comfortable so that we could let our love radiate. She also knew how to tame our wild bridal party to ensure we were on schedule and got in all the right shots. Hilda and Carol made a great team. It’s easy to see why they are loved by so many!’

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Queen of All Saints Basilica | Chicago Catholic wedding ceremony | photo of the week, Michelle

I’m currently editing Michelle and Jamie’s wedding, and I can’t wait to share those photos….but this one just jumped out at me. Love it!!

Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago.

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Chicago Botanic Garden wedding | outdoor venue Chicago Illinois | Laura and Ryan

Laura & Ryan’s wedding was filled with beauty. All the details so thought out and perfect. Even the getting ready location had the best light a photographer could ask for.  Future Brides please take note…have your make up and and getting ready in a room with large windows please!!

Getting ready-Hotel Orrington in Evanston   Dress from Weddings 826 

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Makeup and hair-Dori Mae, love working with Dori she’s amazing!!

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Amazing light + Great make up = Gorgeous Bride

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Flowers: Design by Jodi

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First United Methodist Church in Evanston.

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So cute!!

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I love how happy they both are!!

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First United Methodist Church in Evanston.

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Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden

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Tuxedos: Formerly Modern Tuxedo

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Flowers: Design by Jodi

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The ivy and the roses on the Bride and Groom’s chair were the prefect touch.

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Cake:  Deerfields Bakery

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Band: High Society Orchestra

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From the Bride…

‘Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden (this was really my dream come true, as I’d been dreaming of my wedding at the garden since I was a little girl since my dad worked there!  The garden sets the stage for an amazing event, it is beautiful before you add all the wedding decor)
 
 Plus the ceremony at my church where I grew up was also really a dream come true..it looked so beautiful! (First United Methodist Church in Evanston)
 
Dress: Weddings 826 (love, love, loved my dress and all the girls at Weddings 826!)
Botanic Graden Pavillion at night
Makeup and hair-Dori Mae (Dori and Lauren were great with doing everyone’s hair and makeup, they really listened to hear what people wanted and everyone looked so beautiful and our hair and makeup stayed really well all night!)
 
Flowers: Design by Jodi (flowers at church and garden were really amazing! loved the pale pinks and my white bouquet)
 
Tuxedos: Formerly Modern Tuxedo (would totally recommend tuxedos, when else do you get to dress up like that?! we had black tie option, which was a fun touch!)
 
Band: High Society Orchestra (They were great, so much fun, got all guests involved and having fun, people still keep saying how great the band was!)
 
Cake: Through the garden from Deerfields Bakery
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My favorite wedding purchase has to be my dress.  I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend Weddings 826.  All of the women there are extremely helpful and nice. After looking at several store in Chicago, i felt I got a high quality dress at a reasonable price.  I loved the car we rented to drive away from the church and having guests blow the bubbles as we walked out of the church!  That was one of Ryan and my favorite moments.  I spent time trying to be very organized and it paid off.  There is nothing I would have done differently.  It was really the wedding of my dreams!!!  I also made a point to take it in and not let it all be a big whirl and I feel thankful to have lots of wonderful memories of moments of the wedding in my head.
I also feel lucky to have found you, Hilda!!  You really helped things run smoothly too and I appreciate that so much!!  I also didn’t feel like you were in my way or intrusive, which is important in a photographer. And you were very easy to be around…everyone loved you! I can’t wait to see the pictures…I know I”m going to love them!’
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Carnivale Restaurant Chicago wedding | unique venue ceremony reception | Erin & Jimmy

It’s not often that I get to photograph at my favorite Restaurant (it’s actually my second time) so when Erin and Jimmy hired me, I was over the freaking moon!!! I could eat there every single day and be happy. But before we get to Carnivale,  I’d like to share the rest of the day.

The ladies got ready at Holiday Inn – Mart Plaza. Erin’s hair was a work of art.

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Makeup: Makeup by Elisa

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Brides Attire: Monique Lhuillier/Wolsfelts

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Florist: AJB Designs

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Beautiful!!!

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 The view from the first look!

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LOVE!!

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Carnivale

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Bakery: Alliance Bakery

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DJ/Photo Booth: MDM Entertainment

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From the Bride…

‘I must have said 100 times the night of the wedding and in the days following that I just wanted to do it again! I loved the planning and every second of the wedding day and would do it over and over if I could!
We wanted to have a fun party with our family and friends to reflect our personalities and excitement to get married, and that’s exactly what it was!

Jimmy and I discussed this many times and we have two favorite memories. One was about halfway through the night, we went up the stairs and just watched everyone we love dancing and having a great time. It was so great to take a minute together to take it all in.
The second was the final song of the night, Piano Man. Everyone circled around us and swayed to the music. It wasn’t until then that we realized how many people were still there! It was an amazing moment to end the perfect day/night.

Ceremony Venue: Carnivale, coordinated by Alison Polzin
We walked into Carnivale for the first time and knew we had to have the wedding there. The fun colors, great food and party atmosphere were an awesome combination. Alison was so great to work with, she gave us tons of ideas and was available to answer all our questions! People are still complimenting us on the food and specialty drinks, and the backdrop for the ceremony and reception was unbeatable.

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Officiant: Dan Litzhoff 

We wanted someone who knew us well to do the ceremony so that it could be really personal. Jimmy and Dan grew up together so we agreed right away when Dan said that he would like to do it. The ceremony he created was beyond our expectations, he really took the time to make it special, personal and even funny at times.

Bakery: Alliance Bakery
Jennifer at Alliance was easy to work with. I had had their pumpkin spice cake in the past so we were set on using them for the wedding cupcakes. They were flexible and created a delicious dessert tower!

Brides Attire: Monique Lhuillier/Wolsfelts
I loved my dress the second I tried it on. It had the perfect combination of beauty and fun! I wish I could wear it again!
I have been to Wolsfelts with my sister and several friends in the past so there was no other option for dress shopping. They make it an extremely personal experience and helped me find my dream dress.

Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair: Julie Flakus and Lindsey Fox
Julie has been doing my hair for a long time and I was so glad that she was able to come to the hotel before the wedding. Even before we discussed it, we had a similar vision for my hairstyle and it turned out amazing. Together Julie and Lindsey created tons of beautiful hairdos for our family and friends

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Makeup: Makeup by Elisa
Elisa was recommended to me by a friend and I’m so glad! Everyone’s makeup looked beautiful and she was really fun to work with. We even ran into her in Florence while we were on our honeymoon!

Transportation: Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co.
Driving around the city in a trolley on a beautiful day was the perfect way to start off the wedding festivities!

Florist: AJB Designs
Abby was so great to work with. She took the venue and color scheme and really ran with the design for the flowers and centerpieces. We had a quick room flip and she did a wonderful job bringing my vision to life and making it more beautiful than I could have imagined.

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Décor: Inspired Designs by Jamie Joy
Jamie is one of our good friends and she is extremely talented and creative. She recently started her own wedding décor business, and we were lucky to have her helping us! I’m not great with visualizing that kind of thing, so she came to the venue with us and we discussed some décor ideas I wanted to incorporate and she did that and so much more. Everything looked amazing!

Party Favors: Show your Logo
Our “Eat, Drink and Be Married” Coozies were a big hit with everyone!

Between the photographer, videographer and DJ we had an all-star team. They worked so well together and helped us create the perfect wedding.

Photographer: Hilda Burke, Angel Eyes Photography
I have known that Hilda would be our photographer for many years after stalking her blog regularly. When we started looking for venues, I even reached out to Hilda to make sure we didn’t book a date that she wasn’t available and I am so happy we did. Not only does Hilda take amazing pictures, but she also helped us with ideas in planning and keeping everyone on schedule the day of the wedding! She is the perfect combination of talented artist, fun partier and stern mom, keeping our big family and bridal party on track long enough to get the pictures we really wanted.

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Videographer: Blink of an Eye Productions, Tom Hartmann
When we started planning, we originally decided we didn’t want a videographer but after encouragement from some friends and family members, we decided we should get one. This turned out to be one of the best decisions we made for the wedding. Tom was really easy to work with and was an absolute rockstar at the wedding. He captured every moment of the wedding and was still there when the lights came on at midnight! Our video is absolutely amazing and I could watch it over and over (and I do )

DJ/Photo Booth: MDM Entertainment
Patti was a huge help in getting the wedding planned/booked and Nick was amazing to work with. We talked to him for a few hours the week before the wedding and he really took the time to get to know us, our taste in music and our vision for the wedding. He gave us suggestions that really improved our schedule and kept everything on track throughout the night. He provided the music for an awesome party, and the dance floor was always packed. We can’t even remember a time that we weren’t dancing and that’s exactly how we wanted it!
I LOVE photo booths, I always have, so having one at the wedding was not a question. We got a book at the end of the night of everyone enjoying it so I’m glad we have those memories!

Tips for brides: Book Hilda, get a videographer and enjoy every second! Take a minute sometime during the night to step back and watch everyone enjoying your wedding, you take a lot of time creating a beautiful day, it’s wonderful to see that others are enjoying it as much as you both are.’

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Herrington Inn & Spa Geneva, IL wedding | Vera Wang Wedding dress Chicago | GG and Ricky-

I loved working with GG & Ricky, they are two of the nicest sweetest people  you’ll ever meet. This wedding had my head spinning, there was so much beauty to photograph. I could go on but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

Wedding Dress: Vera Wang   Venue: The Herrington

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Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Bridesmaid dresses:  The Crystal Bride  All the ladies had personalized hangers.

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Hair/Makeup: Syndey Fink @ Luxe Hair Salon, St. Charles, IL

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That Vera Wang dress looked amazing on GG!!

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Flowers: Elizabeth Wray Design

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 The Herrington is like a fairy-tale.

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Love!!

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Why yes, that is a Ken and Barbie cake topper!

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Band:  Red Woody They were great!!

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From the Bride…

‘I loved absolutely EVERY part of my wedding day!! If my life were the movie Groundhog Day I would want to relive my wedding day over and over.  Hilda and Carol did a phenomenal job of capturing every one of my favorite moments from the day and I am forever grateful!!  Everyone who has seen the photos is amazed at their stunning beauty!  I could not have asked for anything better!!
 
An ethereal cottage riverside hotel.  The perfect location for my wedding dreams to come true!!  The courtyard is a breathtaking venue for a wedding.  The staff was absolutely perfect!  They have delicious food that is personally delivered with white glove service- a nice touch!!  We worked mostly with Deanne who really made the day flawless.  She worked extremely hard to make sure everything was coordinated, and I did not have to worry about a thing on the day of the wedding!!  I loved every part of getting married here, including the warm milk and cookies they give you every night 🙂
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Hair/Makeup: Syndey Fink @ Luxe Hair Salon
One word:  Idyllic.  I went to high school with Sydney and have always been in awe of her amazing sense of style.  I was so honored when she said she would do the hair and makeup for my wedding.  It brings tears to my eyes when I think about what a wonderful job she did!!!  We had about 18 girls who needed hair and makeup the day of the wedding.  Syd made an extensive schedule for each girl and makeup artist/hair stylist.  They all arrived to the salon extra early to make sure we finished with plenty of time.  She pays close attention to every detail, and every bridesmaid took my breath away with their hair & makeup.  I only wish I could keep her in my pocket and have her do my hair and makeup every day!!
 
Elizabeth does flower art!!  When you first meet her you just know she will take your wildest dreams and make them come true!  My mom prides herself on her own green thumb and had very high standards for the flower arrangements.  Elizabeth exceeded even her expectations!  The flowers were meticulously designed, and the fragrance from my bouquet was breathtaking!!  No request was too large for Elizabeth: when I told Elizabeth that I wanted to surprise my husband with a confetti toss when he was allowed to finally “Kiss his Bride,” she figured out how to make it happen, and it was one of my favorite parts of the wedding!!
 
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Jaysin is a gift from heaven!!  From the moment I met him, I immediately felt comfortable in front of his camera.  He has an amazing way of making you feel calm, even on your wedding day!!  He is full of wonderful video ideas and worked beautifully with Hilda!  It truly is the dream team!  I loved all of the video footage!!  He really joined the family and by the end of the day everyone kept getting confused if Jaysin was part of the wedding party or the videographer.  LOVE him!!
 
Band:  Red Woody
This band ROCKED!!!  They had the dance floor hopping the entire night!!  They encouraged audience participation and had the guests playing the tambourine and wooden guitar.  They even accompanied my brother as he rapped a Vanilla Ice song.  I loved them SO much that I never left the dance floor once they started!!!
 
Bridesmaid dresses:  The Crystal Bride
I fell in love with this dress the second I tried it on!!  Light pink is a family wedding bridesmaid dress tradition and I thought this color was absolutely gorgeous!!!  It looked good on every single bridesmaid!!
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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
LOVE!!!!  I became obsessed with this dress when I did the biggest wedding faux paus and tried on any wedding dress regardless of the cost!!  whoopsy!!  All it took was slipping this dress on once, my best friends tears when she saw it (she doesn’t cry very often), and I was sold!!  I tried on many (MANY) other dresses before I dragged my mom to the Vera Wang store.  When I saw her face with this dress on, it was all over!!  Ogling over pictures of this dress has gotten me through many stressful work days!  It was well worth it!!
 
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Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Can you get married in anything else?!?!
 
Party Favors: R &G chocolate covered caramels from Grahams Chocolates YUM!!!
 
My advice for brides: Enjoy EVERY second!!  It is the best day of your life as you are surrounded by everyone you love!!’
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