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Fountain Blue in Des Plaines, IL wedding reception and ceremony | Ryan & Ryann | Chicago wedding photography-

Just so no one is confused, Ryann is the Bride and Ryan is the Groom. The Grooms sister recommended me, (thanks Erin!) I shot her wedding a few years ago…her little girl is the adorable flower girl. The ceremony and the reception was all in the same place, at the Fountain Blue  in Des Plaines.

Shoes from Nordstrom

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 Dress: Jasmines in Lombard

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  Jewelry from Nordstrom.

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Helloooo sexy!!

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 Hotel: Radisson

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 Flowers: Flowerville in Park Ridge

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The kids waiting for the ceremony to start….love this photo 😉

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  Venue: Fountain Blue in Des Plaines, IL

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 Reception time. Up lighting makes a difference! Yes it’s worth the money.

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 Flowers: Flowerville in Park Ridge

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 DJ: Sounds Abound

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 The speeches were great!

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 From the Bride….

‘Venue: Fountain Blue in Des Plaines, IL – people are very easy to work with, very accommodating and willing to work with us on prices.  Only down fall, when we put the deposit down on the the tent “Lion’s Gate Pavilion” little did we know 4 months before our wedding we would be going to a town hall meeting regarding noise violations. We were almost told to find another location for our wedding, but fortunately we were able to stay.  Unfortunately for them they are unable to use the tent as of the new year. Phew……

Dress: Jasmines in Lombard– loved the “say yes to the dress” experience.  had a lot to pick from and the staff was amazing. Also got all the Bridesmaid dresses there too.  They give the bride and bridesmaids discounts if both are purchased there.  The only down fall is the alterations department.

Cake: Central Continental Bakery in Mount Prospect- Horrible.  The pictures that we agreed on for design looked NOTHING like what they made.  It looked like a 4 year old made it, it was even lopsided.  They are the bakery that the venue uses and because of all the issues with the town, Fountain blue didn’t make us pay any up charges for it.  However that is why i think it looked so awful

Flowers: Flowerville in Park Ridge- Loved loved Loved them.  So easy to work with and gave great advice and the prices are amazing.

DJ: Sounds Abound in Naperville- great to work with from the beginning and able to resolve an issue with the banquet halls sound system.  Had the guest entertained all night.

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Shoes and Jewelry: Nordstrom!!!!  | Makeup and Hair: Rachel and Kasie.  LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!

Hotel: Radisson: perfect location….. right next door.  Pretty accommodating give me and the bridesmaids a conference room for free to get ready in.

Tuxes: Mens Wearhouse– super easy.  why is everything for the men so easy?!?

Our favorite wedding related purchase: Not to be a butt kiss, but YOU!!!!!! We could not imagine the day going any more smooth.  You made us laugh and made us remember why we were there.  because we love each other.

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Memory: Ryan says me walking down the isle.  And I say our personal vows we wrote for each other.

Something you would do different: Worry less through out the whole process and enjoy more, even the little tedious things.  it is all worth it at the end.

Advice: Random but….* Do not have your wedding shower less then a month before your wedding. I was scrambling to get thank you notes out and our office housed all our presents for far to long after.

*Yes you can listen to other peoples opinions but at the end of the day do what you want and remember its the one day that is really all about you and your husband.  No one else.  Its okay to say NO   ( i swear i was not a bridezilla)

*When you get alterations, do not leave there until you are 100% satisfied.  Even if you have to try multiple ways to get it perfect.  Then you wont be obsessing over your boobs like i did 😉

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Assumption Catholic Church ceremony, Fulton’s on the River Chicago wedding reception, Marianne and Brian-

This was the first wedding where I got to go on a Water Taxi with a Bridal party!  It was so much fun!!  Also this wedding party was one of the most supportive I’ve ever seen. They did everything they possibly could to help the couple.  It was an absolute pleasure working with them 🙂

Flowers by Ashland Addison Florist.

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Dress:  Tara Keely by Lazaro, purchased at Bella Bianca in Oakbrook, IL.

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Shoes: White glittery TOMS

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Jewelry: Left Bank

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Hellloooo gorgeous!! Hair & Makeup: Holly Kasprisin of Chicago Bridal Hair & Makeup

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Church: Assumption Catholic Church

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The rain didn’t stop us!

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Everybody was happy to have the newlyweds on board 🙂

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 Venue  Fulton’s on the River

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 DJ:  Toast & Jam

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Church: Assumption Catholic Church in River North

Venue: Fulton’s on the River. It was the first and only venue we looked at, and we knew right away we had to have it. We felt this venue really fit our personalities. It also had that urban feel we were looking for and beautiful city views. The staff was wonderful and attentive, and had great attention to detail. We got many compliments from our guests on the venue as a whole, especially the food!

Shoes: My shoes were white glittery TOMS. I was comfortable the whole day and never had to waste a minute worrying about how my feet hurt. Also, because of the TOMS “One for One” movement, by me purchasing these shoes someone in need also got a pair!

Jewelry: My earrings were from the Left Bank in Lincoln Park. My bracelet was my “something borrowed” from my good friend Heather Venkatesh.

Flowers: The flowers were one of my favorite wedding elements. I am a very creative person with many ideas and “visions”, and Meghan Riley from Ashland Addison Florist absolutely nailed it on our flowers. She took the idea in my head and brought it to life perfectly. The flower arrangements included my favorite flowers (hydrangeas), as well as dusty millers, silver brazilias, and echeverias to bring in the grey/silver tones.

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Dress:  Tara Keely by Lazaro, purchased at Bella Bianca in Oakbrook, IL.

Hair & Makeup: Holly Kasprisin of Chicago Bridal Hair & Makeup did my hair and makeup. I am very particular when it comes to my hair and makeup, and I was thrilled with how it all turned out. Holly was so sweet, and my makeup and hair stayed intact all day/night!

Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedo in Lincoln Park

Cake: It was a red velvet cake, and from West Town Bakery in the Ukrainian Village. Delicious!

DJ: Our DJ was Ruby from Toast & Jam. She had the dance floor packed all night!

Favorite Wedding Memories: Since I have so many, I couldn’t possibly pick one so I narrowed it down to three.

1. When my limo turned the corner on the way to the church. I saw Brian, the groomsmen, and our dads walking toward the church, I got so excited and couldn’t wait to bust out of the limo and get in there to marry Brian! It was at that moment that everything started setting in and feeling real.

2. After the ceremony, when we got to celebrate and relax with our wedding party on the limo and Water Taxi.

3.  Celebrating and dancing with family and friends at the reception, especially when our friends had us up on their shoulders dancing to “Wake Me Up” by Avicii.

 Favorite Wedding Related Purchase: Our honeymoon in Maui!

 Advice for Bride-to-be: If you’re freakishly organized and detail oriented leading up to your wedding day like I was, everything will come together perfectly and you can kick back, relax, and enjoy!

 There was honestly nothing we would have changed about the day or done differently. It was our dream wedding, and we had the most perfect day celebrating with our family and friends!

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Photography by Angel Eyes Photography 🙂  More on Facebook! 





St. Viator Church ceremony | Arts Club of Chicago wedding reception | Jenny and Gabe

How do I always end up with such great clients? No clue but I’ll take it 😉  Just looking  at the Brides flowers you can tell that this couple has style and unique vision. Maybe that’s why they hired me! Thanks to Jenny and Gabe for giving me incredible photo ops all day long 🙂

Flowers by A Always Lou’s Flowers

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Dress by Victoria Souks

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Hair by Mario Tricoci,  Make-up MAC. Tina Salazar.

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What’s better than a surprise gift from your future husband on your wedding day? How about a  gift from Tiffanys!

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Ceremony took place at St. Viator Church in Chicago.

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The groom surprised his Bride with her favorite treat! Pinkberry frozen yogurt! What a guy!!

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Family formals with small kids, never a dull moment 😉

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Tuxedo from Formally Modern Tuxedo.

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Reception took place at the Arts Club of Chicago.

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The Arts Club of Chicago wedding, unique bridal party photos, Fun Chicago photographer, Angel Eyes Photography

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Cake from Bombon Bakery

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From the Bride and Groom…

‘Our favorite purchase…The HONEYMOON!! Two weeks in South Africa – one week in Cape Town and another week full of safari’s in Kruger National Park.

Favorite memories…1) At St. Viator exchanging vows.

2) Partying it  up with all our friends and family

3) The after party at Untitled and coming home at 4AM.

4) Surprise Pinkberry yogurt

Something I would have done differently… Not stepped on doggie poop! And had more time for pictures. 

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Cake from Bombon Bakery,,,Laura made the cake experience incredibly awesome. We had a number of tastings before finally deciding on our 3 cakes for the weekend. The cakes were decorated beautifully and everyone commented on how wonderful the flavors were.

Magsino Mobile Entertainment – Vince Magsino…Vince made the wedding! He kept everyone on a timely scheduled and kept the crowd energized with his music. The dance floor was packed all night long!!

Day of Coordinator-Joy Vergara.  Joy was a dream come true and allowed us to enjoy our day while she took care of all the behind the scenes action.  She executed our wedding plans without a hitch and let us relax and enjoy our moment.

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A Always Lou’s Flowers…I would recommend any bride to get her flowers from Daisy. Her arrangements were beautifully selected and was a pleasure to work with.

Photobooth by Shutterbooth…So many goofy photos of our friends and families. I’ve never seen a feather boa repurposed in so many ways.

Tuxedo from Formally Modern Tuxedo…. Donnie Gordon was so helpful and accommodating. 

Videographer-Life Made Still…Geraldine is very passionate about her work and captures the event just perfectly.  She tells a wonderful story of our wedding days through her videography  We enjoyed working with her and you will too.

Dress by Victoria Sdoukos…Every bride should get her dress from Victoria! She made the experience so much fun and I always left laughing. Loved the way that dress was painted on.’

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Photography by me of course, Angel Eyes Photography 🙂





Glenview IL wedding photography | Redfield Estate at the Grove, ceremony and reception | Sara and Kurt-

What’s not to love about this wedding? Ceremony and reception in one place and a five minute drive from my house! Gorgeous fall weather and sweet fall light. Happy families, great friends and perfect couple. The colors, right up my alley…gorgeous reds, oranges and purple. Stunning all around!!

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Redfield Estate at the Grove in Glenview is one of my all time favorite venues. Dress from Wolsfelts Bridal in Aurora.

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LOVE this photo!!!  Sara you are gorgeous!!

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Taking a peek at the guests arriving 🙂

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Flowers – Morning Glory Flower Shop in Glenview.

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I love this outdoor reception space.

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Cake – Flour Bakery in Chicago.

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DJ – Crestline Entertainment

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From the Bride…

‘Venue – Redfield Estate at the Grove.  Loved this facility.  I was really hoping for an all-in-one experience to make the day more accessible and laid-back, and I also wanted to be outdoors with some protection from the elements if need be. I was immediately drawn to the pavilion at the Redfield Estate with the stone pillars and large fireplace.  I also loved the architectural details and the historical quality to the house as a backdrop.  The gazebo area was perfect for a ceremony and was super easy for a partial do-it yourself bride to decorate just enough to be festive without taking away from the natural scenery.  It was really wonderful to have everything on-site: space to get ready, wonderful grounds for photos, beautiful ceremony site, and reception in the pavilion. 

Dress – Wolsfelts Bridal in Aurora.  The ONLY place I shopped.  I had a vision for the dress and we had no trouble finding it there.
 
Hair – Amanda McCoy, now at Cheveaux salon in Glen Ellyn.  My regular stylist was on maternity leave, and Amanda graciously and skillfully stepped in to help.  I gave her some ideas and showed her a picture of my dress and she nailed it during the trial session, even though she had never done my hair before.  I was so lucky to have her on my team!
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Flowers – Morning Glory Flower Shop in Glenview.  Barb was great, even when I scaled back my order and did my own centerpieces.  I am not a flower person, and she was really helpful with suggestions.  I was thrilled with the bouquets and ceremony flowers, especially since I gave her such little direction.
 
DJ – Crestline Entertainment.  Jay was super easy to work with, had great tools to help us define our play list and kept the reception moving seamlessly.
 
Cake – Flour Bakery in Chicago.  Classic, elegant and YUM!  Can’t wait to have it again on our anniversary.
 
 
Caterer – Hels Kitchen in Northbrook.  Again, YUM!  I wanted a menu that balanced late summer, early fall foods with lots of fresh ingredients and Linda at Hels did a fantastic job.  Everyone raved about the quality of the food.
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Photographer –  I never even considered anyone else and feel Kurt and I very blessed that Hilda was able to do our wedding.  We met Hilda when she shot our friend’s wedding.  When we saw their pictures, I was in love with them…I didn’t know wedding pictures could go so far beyond the typical poses to be so beautiful and meaningful.  This was such an amazing day for Kurt, my kids and myself and we get to re-live it every time we see one of Hilda’s gorgeous photos. (Angel Eyes Photography, Chicago)
 
Favorite wedding related purchase – Hilda.  It’s the most enduring and meaningful way to have spent wedding budget.
 
So many favorite wedding memories, getting ready with my dear friends and my daughter.  Photos with Kurt before the ceremony.  Having my beloved Pastor Chris Winkler perform the ceremony.  Kurt surprising me with TWO wedding rings.  Having my brother Jeff perform the ceremony music and my very shy brother Tom agree to do a reading.  And looking out upon family and friends, with my children at my side as I married the most wonderful man.
 
What would I have done differently?  Sprung for more time with Hilda, and moved the wedding to a Saturday.  It ended too quickly and I wanted the night to go on and on!
 
Advice for brides to be is to relax and not sweat the details.  Remember its about committing your lives to one another and celebrating your love with family and friends.  Give people a nice venue, good food and drinks and fill the day with love, the rest will come together.’
Glenview IL wedding photography,  Redfield Estate at the Grove, ceremony and reception in one place, fall wedding (25)

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