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Carnivale restaurant in Chicago | unique Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue | Ritz & Ernie

I love intimate weddings! Especially when a couple is a s chill and easy going as these two. No fuss, they just had their kids and kid relatives for the ‘wedding party’ and the happily braved the rain for a few quick photos. The getting ready was at the James Hotel. And get a load of those shoes!!

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Of course the rain stopped when we finished the outdoor photos.

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If you’ve never been to Carnivale Restaurant just do yourself a favor and go. And be sure to get a margarita ūüėČ

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Make up by A Modern Face (Anjelica Santillan)

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Cakes by Karen

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Amazing blues music by Giles Corey of Stoned Soul, Roger Femalli and Roberto Agosto of Head Honchos.

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From the couple…

“Dresses by David’s Bridal, Make up by A Modern Face (Anjelica Santillan ), cake by , blues music by Giles Corey of Stoned Soul, Roger Femalli and Roberto Agosto of Head Honchos.¬†
Doug from Carnivale was an angel and made planning for our day so much easier and so much more enjoyable. I loved each and every purchase because it was made with my little gift from God, my maiden of honor, my daughter Alyssa! She was even there for my lingerie shopping for my bridal boudoir, ¬†which was the hubbie’s fave (besides the shoes)!¬†
As far as advice for other couples, take a week before the wedding to enjoy your loved ones and each other because the stress of that week can be unbearable.  You may feel like everything your husband to be is doing is wrong and annoying, but know that you will love him again once the big day is done! Enjoy your honeymoon phase to the umpteenth power.
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A special thank you and ultimate gratitude goes to Joseph Cuellar, the groom’s best friend from childhood, ¬†for being our officiant. He made me cry before I even heard from my groom. He really did an amazing job!¬†
And to my photographer…she made us feel even more special on an already special day. Hilda brought out the sunshine on a cloudy rainy day.
My favorite memory on a day full of wonderful memories would have to be having my 92 year old father there to give me away. As I got older and he got sicker, I never dreamed he would be there to see his only daughter wed; but, I am so blessed that I had a chance to share in that day with him.
The groom’s favorite memory of the night is a two parter : chasing his bride around the Wrigley building with an umbrella to get the perfect shots and standing in front watching his beautiful bride come down the aisle wondering “How did I get so lucky?”¬†
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Chicago Fashion Photographer- Beauty, Editorial, Portrait Photography | Kellie

Isn’t she just stunning? Photographed at my studio, using only natural light. Looking forward to our next shoot Kellie!

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Disney Themed Wedding | Century Memorial Chapel | Bobak’s Signature Events | Amanda & Fred

This day was full of emotions and lots of fun Disney details! Of course I loved all the red accents ūüėČ Kudos to the wedding party and the couple for braving the weather for a few fun photos.

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Dress: Clarice’s Bridal- St. Louis, MO

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Flowers: Dreamscapes Wedding Floral Designs

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Hair/Make-Up:  Zano Salon & Spa- Naperville

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One of my all time favorite Groom shots by Carol.

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Church: Century Memorial Chapel- Naperville, IL

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Venue: Bobak’s Signature Events:

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Flowers: Dreamscapes Wedding Floral Designs– Amanda

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From the couple…

“Venue: Bobak‚Äôs Signature Events: It was truly amazing getting to work with Liz at Bobaks. She helped us think of so many amazing personal touches to our wedding that truly made it magical.

Photography: When I was looking for a photographer for our wedding I wanted someone that could really capture our relationship and make the photography come alive. I could not have asked for a better photography team than Hilda and Carol. They were so accommodating and definitely allowed me to have a stress free wedding. Hilda basically walked with me throughout the entire day and gave me much needed direction. My husband got to hang out with Carol and she was an amazing sport and worked great with all the guys. Their photography is perfect and I would recommend them to everyone!!

Wedding Bands: HappyLaulea on Etsy– Hawaiian Koa Wood from Oahu, HI

Groom/Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal

Videographer: Imagination Designers

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DJ: Yazz Jazz Entertainment- Amy and David: they brought our wedding to the next level. They genuinely cared about our music interests and made our wedding an unforgettable experience for all of our guests.

Favorite Purchase: Our venue suggested the idea of us having an ice sculpture and we decided to get it made into Cinderella’s Castle, it was definitely a highlight of the wedding and was even more impressive since it also doubled as a martini bar.

Favorite Memory Bride: Seeing Fred start crying as I was walking down the aisle. Definitely a memory that I will never forget.

Favorite Memory Groom: Getting stuck in the elevator 2-3 times with the photographer at our hotel.

Advice: I think the wedding was a lot less stressful because I had my hair and make-up artists come to my house instead of going to a salon. I would recommend this because it eliminated all the stress of having to go somewhere and be there by a certain time and I definitely felt a lot more relaxed.”

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Chicago Art Institute Wedding, photo of the week, Katie & Stephen | Chicago wedding photographer

So many great photos from this day, here’s one of my favorites at the¬†Chicago Art Institute.

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