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Pleasant Home, Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois | unique wedding venue | Steampunk theme open house

Pleasant Home is a Prairie Style house museum located in the heart of Oak Park. If you are looking for a truly unique venue to host your even this is the place for you!  They recently had a Steampunk themed Open House, below are some photos, enjoy!

Flowers by Fairy Godmothers.

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 Joseph , DJ Vourteque.

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 Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail by Food Obsession.

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 Bay Scallops by Food Obsession.

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 Brussels Sprouts by Food Obsession.

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 2MayToz Catering.

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  The Monkey’s Gland Cocktail (Gin, Absinthe, OJ and Grenadine) from Fig Catering.

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Brown Basmati Rice from  Fig Catering.

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Flowers by Fairy Godmothers

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Thomas Holmes is a very talented artist!

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Steampunk cookies from Fig Catering.

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For more information on  Historic Pleasant Home please contact Sarah Najera Event Coordinator, (708) 383-2654




3.2 Miles-

Addy & Griffin got married on 11-11-11, you can see the wedding here. In all my years of photographing weddings I have never heard vows like this, Carol and I wept though the whole thing. Even now when I read it it makes me all misty eyed. Recently Griffin gave Addy beautiful calligraphy of the vows he read to her on their wedding day.  Here’s a photo of it, it may be a little hard to read on the web so I wrote it up below the photo. Thank you for sharing Addy, and thank you Griffin for showing the world that romance is not dead. Much love and happiness to you both!

3.2 Miles

It’s 3.2 miles from our home to your work.

I’ve driven you every time I can for the past 2.5 years. And the truth is that I’ve been lying to you all that time. I say that I drive you to work because it’s easier or faster. And that’s true. But the real truth is that I do it for the simple fact that I get to be around you for a few minutes longer, at a time when it feels like there’s no one else on the world.

 

For 31 years I haven’t belonged anywhere. I’ve always been an outsider. But with you, I found a place where I belong. I finally found someone who understands me and loves me for all my faults. You’re an incredible person and even more incredible friend. The fact that you choose to spend your time with me truly humbles me.

 

I’m a pretty simple man Adelaide. Nothing was simpler than deciding to ask you to be my wife. So when you ask me to drive you to work those 3.2 miles I will do it forever. Because it’s not just a chance to make you coffee every morning, hold your hand or talk about the day together. It’s a chance to “belong” just a little bit longer. And I’d be a fool for letting even one of those chances go without taking advantage of it. All this time you thought I was doing a favor for you. The truth is that you’ve been doing the favor for me.

 

 

 





The Wit Chicago downtown Wedding photos, Kristen and Jerry photo of the week-

I appreciate couples like Kristen and Jerry…they will climb and sit without fear on anything…even when a button came off the dress before the wedding, Kristen didn’t even bat one beautiful eyelash. I still have your button Kristen, I’m keeping it as a souvenir form your wedding.  🙂

The Wit Hotel is just gorgeous! Excellent service, highly recommend them.

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Vera Wang Fashion show at the Trump International Hotel, Chicago IL [Bridal/fashion photography] *guest blogger*-

Greetings, Angel Eyes fans! I’m Whitney Middleton Gruber, a Chicago based fashion stylist. I write about fashion, fitness, beauty and everything else glam on my blog at www.whitneyambition.blogspot.com.

 

My friend Hilda asked me to comment on my favorite looks from the Vera Wang fashion show. I’m a huge fan of Vera’s designs, having worn one for my own wedding in May. To me, her work is pure magic. Here are my top 4 gown styles from Spring and Fall 2012.

Jacqueline – Fall 2012

This dress is one I’d suggest to a bride who envisions a new spin on a “vintage” themed wedding. The black and nude palate speaks of old world elegance, but also keeps this dress modern by straying from tradition. A chantilly lace overlay is always an excellent choice for the girl who dreams about the days of old.
Jacqueline would be stunning in a winter setting with deep maroon florals and bare tree branches. A fresh dusting of snow wouldn’t hurt, either!

Hayley – Spring 2012

Can’t you just picture this dress flowing down a grassy aisle in a garden maze outside of a mansion? The bride would pair Hayley with a fresh wreath of flowers in place of a veil. Oh, how I love the organza petals streaming down the back of the dress to create the ultimate statement train. A bride needs to look outstanding both coming and going.

Janice – Fall 2012

I’m more of a full-skirt girl, but this soft mermaid really tugs at my heart. Perhaps it’s the layers of shirred organza that form an abstract take on the classic silhouette. Maybe it’s the buttery soft satin bodice that skims ever so gently into a plunging scoop back. At any rate, I love Janice. Perfect for the tall, statuesque bride-to-be.

Joelle – Fall 2012

This is what I would imagine happens when a Gothic bride and her traditional mother collaborate on a wedding gown. The sheer black corset bodice speaks to a very bold female, while the luxurious cascade of tulle and petals is a lofty princess dream. What better way to represent yourself while still holding true to the tradition of a wedding gown?

Thank you Whitney! More photos on Facebook 🙂

Make up by Aga……..Hair by Frankie





All you need is love…

Red is the color of Love, and it’s also my favorite color…so it seemed appropriate to post some photos featuring Love & red. Happy Valentines day to all your lovebirds out there 🙂  Scroll down to the end of this blog post to find out how you can win a photo shoot worth $500.00!!

BTW, anyone who leaves a blog comment on this post will be automatically entered to win a photo shoot 🙂 Winners will be chosen randomly on February 29th .

*Details and conditions, please read carefully*

One hour photo shoot for up to 6 people max. Includes CD and one 16×20 print. ($500.00 value!!) Shoot will take place in the Glenview/Niles/Northbrook/Park Ridge/ NW side of Chicago area in the Spring, during the week. You cannot transfer the shoot. This is perfect for head-shots, seniors, portraits, families, pets,  friends, sisters, couples, children, (babies 6 months or older please) Ladies this session could also be a sexy photo shoot for that special someone 😉 So please leave your comments below, with your e-mail…no worries your e-mail will never be published!

Good luck 🙂

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Chicago Wedding planning, Choosing a venue

For all you newly engaged couples below are some very helpful tips from Event Planner Patti Herioux, [With Love Weddings and Events]

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Q: What should I pay attention to when I visit a potential venue?

A: You took careful consideration when selecting your beloved, now it’s time to take careful consideration when selecting your wedding venue! This venue sets the stage for all pieces of your wedding reception –and maybe your ceremony too- and will be one of the most crucial decisions you make. Hire a wedding planner, read bridal magazines, surf the web, and pay attention to the weddings you attend to get started in your quest to find the perfect setting for your big day. Select a few locations and schedule visits armed with this list of your top question to consider when making your venue selection.
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#1 What is your first impression?
It’s true, you only get one chance to make a first impression! As you arrive at your prospective venues employ your senses. What do you see as you drive up? Are the lawns and gardens well maintained? How is the lighting? Are there sidewalks (think about your guests in formal attire and high heels)? Once you are inside of the space what feeling is provoked? Do the curtains look like they came from Grandma’s house… or worse, does it smell like a locker room and stale cigarettes. Is there a lot of ambient noise? Take in all of these things, what you see… and smell and hear… is what you get on your wedding day, from the parking lot to the bathrooms.
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#2 How does the color scheme work with your wedding colors?
When you tour reception venues, you are likely to see the blank canvas. An empty hall can leave much to your imagination and envisioning can be a struggle for many brides and grooms. How will your things look in this room all set up? Look at what you can absolutely bet on… like wall color and carpet… do the color schemes enhance the colors you have selected for your day? Will your exquisite emerald green bridesmaid dresses look pleasing against pepto pink colored walls? And yes, that pink hall does exist; I’ve been there before!
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#3 What is the natural environment?
We’ve already taken into consideration what the lawns and gardens look like, and hopefully they are up to par. Now take a look at what you see from the room. Are there windows? If yes, what do these windows overlook? Do you have access to usable outdoor space? When will it get dark? Video montages and dancing are most popular when done after the sun goes down… with lots of windows on a sunny summer day that could be well into your party.
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#4 How many events run at once?
This is YOUR once in a lifetime day, consider who you want to spend it with. That vision probably doesn’t include another bride. Many venues can run multiple events at once. If your potential venue runs more than one wedding, that doesn’t mean it has to be ruled out and it may not even matter to you. However, if it is a concern, consider how close the event rooms are to each other and if all event guests will be entering from the same area and be using the same common space.
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#5 Is the space large enough AND small enough?
Most couples are concerned if the space will be large enough to accommodate their guests. As an event planner my concern is not only if the space will be comfortable for the guests and meal service logistics, but will it also be small enough to make the party look full and robust? You don’t want sardines, but you don’t want peas rolling around in a tin can either.
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#6 Is there a logical place for everything you need?
Once you have the venue picked out you have a number of things to fill the space with. While walking through a potential venue try to envision where you think each piece of the day will go – place card table, gift table, DJ or band set-up, dance-floor, guest tables, head table, cake table, buffet tables, late night snack table, sweets table, photo booth… whatever your personal needs are. Not only is there enough space, but also, is the space conducive to the logical flow of a party?
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#7 What staff will be on hand on your wedding day?
Food and beverage will take up the bulk of your budget, so spend wisely. The staff at your venue will be the point of contact for your guests. You want a beautiful venue, but also a top-notch service staff. Questions you’ll want to ask are how many tables does each server attend to? (1-2 is a good number) Is there a banquet captain? How many bartenders will be on staff? (1 per 75-100 guests is standard) How many valet staff will be available? Is there staff for a coat check?
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#8 Is this venue in your budget?
As we established, food and beverage is the bulk of what you will spend your money on. Be realistic in the consideration of what you can afford. There is much more to factor into your bottom line price than what is presented on the menu. Start by thinking about what you want to serve… chicken is obviously less expensive than surf-and-turf. Have an idea of your meal selection BEFORE you sign a contract, or I can pretty much guarantee you will blow your budget. Make your preliminary selections, consider any upgrades and add-ons (extra hour of bar or bar upgrade, chocolate fountain, late-night buffet…), factor in ALL of these things. Once that is done multiple that by your number of expected guest, then multiple that by your service charge (estimated 18-23%) and your sales tax. Yes, they tax the service charge. That is your true bottom line cost, don’t get shell shocked in the end when you are handed a bill that is over 30% higher than what you expected.
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#9 How is the Food?
This one is a bit tougher to tell because you won’t do a tasting until after you have signed the contract. You’ll have to depend on reviews (most wedding websites have them) and word of mouth. Going with a chain venue is usually a safe bet because there are certain quality control standards you can rely on. If you are going to a stand-alone venue or using a newer catering company, make sure you do thorough investigation prior to signing a contract!
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#10 Is this venue convenient for your guests?
Your guests will likely travel from far and wide. In extremes, I’ve planned a wedding that had representation from 31 countries; consider them in your decision. Is the event space convenient for them? Is it easy to find? Is it clearly marked? Is there a hotel close by that will give you a good group rate? Does that hotel have shuttle service? Since your guests are happy to give their time and travels to celebrating your big day with you, give them equal consideration!
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That is quite a list to consider, but you will be happy you did! Remember to bring your camera to take pictures of the venues that meet your standards for review later on. If a potential venue meets all your specifics, take a moment to consider your emotions, can you imagine yourself celebrating your wedding day in this space? If the answer is yes, congratulations, you’ve found your venue!
With love,
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Photography by Hilda Burke, Angel Eyes Photography Chicago.