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Meson Sabika wedding photos| Naperville wedding venue | Amanda & Dave

From the first meeting Amanda told me that photos were the most important part of the wedding for her, she also warned me that Dave is not a fan of taking photos. That’s OK I said, me and Carol specialize in grooms who are not into photos 馃槈 聽We worked the magic light at the beautiful聽Meson Sabika and ended up with some pretty fantastic photos, if I do say so myself 馃檪
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Flowers – Hector Crespo / Mariano’s in Wheaton
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Flowers – Hector Crespo / Mariano’s in Wheaton
Hair – Amanda Kowalski
Make-Up – Samantha
Officiator – Tom Buell
Hotel – Marriott in Naperville
Shuttle Bus – Spare Wheels Transportation
Videographer – First Look Productions, St. Charles, IL
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聽From the Bride…’I can tell you my absolute favorite thing about our wedding is it was JUST what we wanted. We did what we wanted and truly enjoyed it. We did forget to bring our vow’s to the ceremony, so of course I wish we would have remembered that, but now it is a great story we can always share!
My whole “team” – dress, hair, make-up, our cousin who did the flowers…I honestly could not have asked for ANYTHING more. Of course every bride believes it but my dress was my absolute favorite thing. Every time I tried it on, I felt gorgeous. Without all of those people helping me be beautiful, my day would not have been the same.
And I am NOT just saying this, our photos (what we know) truly are perfection. I told you when we first met that the pictures were the most important part of our day, and knowing and seeing what perfection they are, makes my soul smile. Truly, our happiness and love is captured in every picture.
Also, MDM Entertainment, they are just amazing. I have already told anyone i know that is getting married to use them (you also lol).’
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St. Michael’s in Old Town | Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago wedding | Jana & Matt

This wedding left me speechless…every wedding detail was more stunning than the next. From the rings to the flowers, the whole day was pure elegance. 聽Even though it rained, the happy couple made the best of it and just enjoyed their gorgeous wedding surrounded by friends and family.
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Venue – Grand Ballroom of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
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聽From the Bride…
* 聽Venue – Grand Ballroom of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
* 聽Church – St. Michael in Old Town
* 聽Dress – Keaton dress by 聽Hayley Paige from Bella Bianca in Gold Coast
* 聽Flowers – Richard Remiard Designs
* 聽Matt’s suit – Balani Custom Clothiers
* 聽Shoes – Badgley Mischka
* 聽Clutch – Jimmy Choo
* 聽Jewelry – Ippolita
* 聽Theme – Coastal Italian steakhouse
* 聽Rehearsal dinner – Topo Gigio in Old Town
* 聽Transportation – M & M Limousine
* 聽Biggest wedding fear – rain
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* 聽Advice for couples – if it rains, make Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” your theme for the day, and buy lots of clear umbrellas!
* 聽Favorite wedding memory – the rain and our romantic umbrella pictures; singing Ironic in our limo and then dancing to it with our closest friends and family to kick off the night
* 聽Tear jerkers and comedic entertainment – excellent speeches by the father of the bride, sisters of the bride, and brother of the groom
* 聽Regret – bride and groom taking over the DJ booths at the end of the night
* 聽Funniest moment – when the previously excited ring bearer, with his new suit/tie and “here comes the bride” sign, moaned “Auntie Krista, this is terrible” just before walking down the aisle.
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Mes贸n Sabika wedding | Thank you | Angel Eyes Photography

I just have to share this sweet not from Amanda & Dave, thanks so much for the kind words!!

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“Dear Hilda and Carol,

This is just a small note to thank you both for the most incredible job!Dave and I are beyond grateful for your talents, professionalism and patience with us! Carol-I cannot imagine what it was like getting those boys together! Hilda-your presence around me was so calming and made me feel so safe and prepared! The pictures we have seen are literally perfection and we are blessed to have found our lifelong photographers!

Love, Dave and Amanda xo”

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Our Lady of the Woods Parish in Orland Park | Elements Conference & Banquet Center | Katie & Pat

Every time I think about Katie and Pat’s wedding I smile. This day was just so full of happiness. Even though it was a 12 hour day for me and Carol, it didn’t seem that long. Katie and Pat did a great job organizing everything, my favorite part was a well planned break for us and the bridal party at a bar….then on to the reception. As an added bonus one of the Matrons on Honor was one of my former Brides! Hi Heidi!!

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Ceremony–Our Lady of the Woods Parish in Orland Park

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I love these little moments…the groom checking out his new ring…

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…then Katie checking out hers, and Heidi giving them a thumbs up.

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Venue – Elements Conference & Banquet Center

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  • From the couple…
  • ‘Venue – Elements Conference & Banquet Center : We really loved having our wedding at Elements! Our on-site wedding planner, Jacqueline, did a great job coordinating with us on everything and making sure we had a perfect day. They have a large ballroom that can fit over 400 people, but commit to being a one-event venue for weddings and banquets. We had about 240 people at our wedding, and the room had lots of space for people to walk around and socialize.聽Their wedding packages are very inclusive, and very reasonably priced compared to other venues we looked at. They make all of their food on-site (which was delicious!), and they included the cake, chair covers, and uplights as part of our contract (items which many venues do not include). It was nice that they took care of all the coordination for us so we had one point person and didn’t have to worry about much when the big day came!聽Elements also has the added convenience of being connected to the Homewood Suites, which was great for us since more than half the people attending our wedding were traveling. I would highly recommend Elements to other couples looking for a fun, low-stress wedding planning experience!
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  • Cake-Leeson’s Cakes: The cake was included as part of our wedding package at Elements. Leeson’s is a family-owned business in Tinley Park, and the owner met with us personally to taste cakes and select a design. The cake turned out exactly how we pictured and was delicious!
  • Dress –David’s Bridal: I loved my wedding dress!! But then again, who doesn’t? 馃檪 I had a great experience with all of the people who worked with me at David’s Bridal picking out the dress and getting alterations. It was also nice that our bridesmaids were able to get discounts on their dresses at David’s Bridal.
  • Tuxes-Men’s Wearhouse: We had a great experience at Men’s Wearhouse.聽Since the groomsmen live all over the country, it was convenient to go through a national chain.聽The guys got discounts on their tuxes since I had bought my dress at David’s Bridal. They also had a promotion where we could get two free tux rentals, so it was nice that both of our dads could get a free rental. Everyone looked great!
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  • Limo–Aries Charter Transportation: The limo driver was very courteous and got us everywhere on time! We booked an extra large party bus and had a lot of fun listening to music and having drinks between the ceremony and reception. One of my Matrons of Honor had created a playlist on her phone ahead of time and we had no issues listening to our music.
  • Flowers–Zuzu’s Petals: I really liked working with Magda at Zuzu’s Petals. She has a true passion for what she does, and created beautiful floral arrangements for our big day. They were in the process of changing email systems while I was planning our wedding, so I did have some issues getting in touch with them at times, but I believe this has been resolved by now. I would recommend them to other couples as a wedding florist.
  • DJ–DJ’s 4 You: Dennis, the owner of DJ’s 4 You in Naperville, was the DJ for our wedding reception and he did an awesome job! We met with him in person twice before the wedding to go over all the details, and he gave us a lot of good suggestions for music planning. They have a great online tool which we used to select all of our music, and input all of our special dances, toasts, and introductions (with timing). We did not plan out our entire playlist, and Dennis did a great job of reading the crowd and picking out music that kept everyone on the dance floor. I would highly recommend Dennis and DJ’s 4 You to other couples!
  • Photographer —Angel Eyes Photography: Hilda and Carol were absolutely amazing to work with! You both brought so much positive energy to our wedding! You both have such great eyes and take beautiful photos. I also loved how you knew how to take charge and direct us when needed to make sure the photos turned out perfectly. I can’t wait to see all of them! I’ll be recommending you to all of my friends. 馃檪

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Our favorite purchase was an idea we borrowed from a friend’s wedding… We bought 4 wine bottles and labeled them ‘1 Year Anniversary’, ‘5 Year Anniversary’, ’10 Year Anniversary’, and ’25 Year Anniversary.’ We asked our guests to write us messages in the bottles, which we will plan to open on those anniversaries. I will definitely look forward to reading all of our messages in the years to come!
We also really enjoyed hearing all of the toasts at our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. Our parents and friends had planned such wonderful speeches; they definitely made the day extra special for us!
If we were to do it all over again, we would have definitely had more food on the party bus after the ceremony. We were originally planning to order Jimmy John’s, but found out the day before that our church was just outside of the delivery zone. We bought some granola bars and small snacks, but I think everyone would have appreciated something more substantive before pictures.
Thoughts and advice…
1 – If possible, try to set aside some time during the day where you can just relax with your wedding party. We had a few hours between our ceremony and reception, and made a reservation at a bar where we could order appetizers and have some drinks with just our bridesmaids and groomsmen before the reception. We rarely get all of our friends together at once, so it was really nice for us to have that time to just hang out/catch up with everyone. It was definitely one of the highlights of our day!
2 – I highly recommend doing a receiving line at either the end of your wedding ceremony or before your wedding reception. We did one as people were walking into the reception, and it worked out very well. We got to say hi to everyone there, and were able to just sit down during dinner and enjoy our meal.’
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