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Gibsons Restaurant Chicago Wedding Reception | St. Clement Church | Cindy & Brian-

What happens when you marry your best friend in a gorgeous Church, have a reception with the best food,  dance the night away with friends and family? You get your happily ever after of course 🙂
  Dress by Reem Acra 
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 Shoes: Kate Spade
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Gibsons Restaurant Chicago Wedding Reception  St. Clement Church lue bridal shoes delicious wedding food (12)
  Hair and Makeup + Melissa Murphy at Jonathan Breitung Salon = One beautiful Bride!
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 Flowers: Pollen
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St Clement Church, Chicago.
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Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ann Taylor
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Love!! We have the most beautiful City!!
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Gibson’s  in Chicago. Best. Food. Ever.
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DJ: Natalie from Toast and Jam
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From the Bride…
‘Dress: Reem Acra 
Shoes: Kate Spade– I. love. these. shoes.
Tux: Vera Wang for Men’s Wearhouse (Brian is still mad at me for making him wear a gray tux, but it was the right choice)
Rings: United Gem– Dara was awesome and helped us find just what we wanted. She even designed my engagement ring (with a bit of help from Brian)!
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Hair and Makeup: Melissa Murphy at Jonathan Breitung Salon– Part of my glow was because I was marrying my best friend. The other part was because Melissa is such a wonderful stylist and did my makeup just right!
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ann Taylor
Flowers: Pollen – Lynn was amazing. I know nothing about flowers (at all) and so I basically told her that I wanted something “pretty” in “fall colors” and she somehow (very patiently) came up with exactly what I wanted!
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DJ: Natalie from Toast and Jam– Natalie was awesome. She was super patient with us when picking out first parent dance songs and she kept the dance floor full all night. I didn’t worry about a thing with Natalie in charge of the pacing and timing of all the events- everything was perfect.
Cake: Bittersweet – Super easy to work with and I think that the cake came out wonderfully- it was red velvet…yum (flowers on cake from Pollen).
Gibson’s: Wow! This could not have been better. I wanted to have our reception somewhere that had an on-site kitchen because the quality of the food that we served was really important to both of us. We got so many compliments on the food and the service was outstanding.
St Clement: Obviously, a beautiful venue. Father Manny made everything so personal by reading our own words about one another (surprise!) at the ceremony.
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Favorite memory- I have a few:
-Seeing Brian at the end of the aisle waiting for me when the doors swung open. Despite being nervous, I knew that everything was okay when I finally made it to him and grabbed his hand.
-Having everyone we know and love in one room together for US. Getting to share our special day with everyone we love made it that much more special…and so much fun.
-My dad’s speech. Classic. So, so funny and perfect.
-The surprise “bubble” first dance that Hilda arranged. So fun and whimsical.
My favorite wedding related purchase was probably my dress. I knew it was right because it fit perfectly when I first tried it on (I actually had to gain about 5 pounds for it to fit right with NO alterations on the fit – you can’t beat that!). OR those blue shoes. I am still trying to figure out what I have in my closet so I can wear them again. They are too fun to “save”!
Advice to Brides: The more relaxed you are through the process and the day, the more fun it is. Let the professionals take care of the things that you have hired them for – they know what they are doing!’
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Photography by Hilda Burke, Angel Eyes Photography Chicago. More photos on Facebook, stop by and leave a comment 🙂

 

 





Victoria Banquets Rosemont Wedding, Suzy and Mario–previews [Rosemont Holiday Inn Express] –

Some quick previews form Suzy & Mario’s wedding. Victoria Banquets in Rosemont is a beautiful venue, looking forward to working there again. Enjoy the previews Suzy 🙂

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 Suzy and her Dad, LOVE!!

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 Gorgeous!

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Venuti’s Ristorante & Banquet Hall wedding, Addison Illinois | Yanni Design Studio | Michelle and Eric-

Michelle & Eric wanted an Old Hollywood style, dramatic, fun wedding…and did they ever have one! Everything was flawless and beautiful.

Flowers by Yanni Design Studio.

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Dress from David’s Bridal.

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Pre-ceremony photos were at Eaglewood Resort & Spa. LOVE this photo of Michelle below.

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First look!

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One of my many favorites.

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Eric looking handsome in a tux from Men’s Wearhouse.

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Ceremony & Reception took place at Venuti’s .

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Ceremony decorations by Yanni Design Studio.

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 Venuti’s  has the best food,  thank you Michelle & Eric for making sure we got a plated meal, yum!

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How amazing is this place? Even the ceiling is pretty!

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Venuti's Ristorante & Banquet Hall Addison Illinois wedding Old Hollywood glamour wedding photos Yanni Design Studio decoration and flowers (10)

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Lighting by  MDM Entertainment.

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Cake by The Baking Institute.

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Music by MDM Entertainment (Hi, David!)

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😉

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Five minute break for some romantic photos 🙂

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Love!

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 Prefect end to the evening!

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Photography by Hilda Burke, Angel Eyes Photography, Chicago. More photos on Facebook.





Natalie & Matt, Eaglewood Resort & Spa Itasca, Illinois wedding-

A big Congratulations to Natalie & Matt who are expecting their first baby this fall…below is a recap of their beautiful wedding. Natalie here’s photographic proof that doing the first look was a great idea 😉  Aren’t you glad you listed to me and Matt?
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Mom and Bride beautiful moment hands
Mori Lee dress at Here Comes the Bride in Addison (1)
 Gorgeous!!! Make up by Gia Densford. Please contact me for her info.
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 Loved her bouquet! Flowers by Marisa in Wheaton.
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 Fist look = more time for photos!
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 Ceremony, photos and reception all took place at  Eaglewood Resort & Spa.
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 The groom brought his Harley-Davidson for more photo awesomeness!!
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 Suit from Black Tie Formal.
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 Love!!
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 You know it’s a good shot, when Carol whips her phone out 😉
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The handsome boys waiting for the ceremony.
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 We have lift-off! She was so cute!!
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 The DJ was Matt Windsor from A Posh Production, the dance floor was packed!
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From the Bride…
‘VENUE: Eaglewood Resort & Spa Itasca, Illinois. Just an absolutely beautiful venue! Everything from the lobby, to the ball room to the grounds! Every single person there is super helpful and work very hard to make your day run smoothly! my guests raved at the service during the reception too! GREAT FOOD!
 
DRESS: By Mori Lee. I bought my dress at Here Comes the Bride in Addison. It is a very small bridal shop with a great dress selection. They are very reasonable too. Alterations were amazing!!! 3 of my girlfriends bought their dresses there too!
 
FLOWERS: All Flowers by Marisa in Wheaton. You get the family owned feel from Marissa. She is very passionate about what she does and makes sure your flowers are exactly what you are looking for! She has tons of ideas!
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DJ: Matt Windsor from A Posh Production in Elmhurst. Very Professional! He is very good at keeping the party going! Our dance floor was packed the entire night….which is exactly what we wanted! He also provided our up-lighting which added a warm feeling to the whole ballroom.
 
CAKE: Oak Mill Bakery. I provided a picture of exactly what I wanted and they recreated it perfectly!
 
TUXEDOS: Black Tie Formal inside The House of Brides in Schaumburg. I also bought my invitations here at a discounted price.
 
SHOES: I wore Ivanka Trump flats and Paris Hilton Heels.
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JEWELERY: I had my earrings, bracelet and hair pieces hand made at a trunk show at VIP Occasions in Elmhurst.  Our wedding bands were from Jared.
 
HAIR: Kacie Amin, one of my best friends and also a bridesmaid is an extremely talented hair stylist who is very experienced in bridal hair.
 
MAKEUP: Gia Densford. Gia is a great friend of mine  She is awesome at what she does and has provided many brides with amazing makeup for their special day!
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Your favorite wedding related purchase?
I’M NOT JUST SAYING THIS…..but my amazing photographer!! Here is how I see it….i want to look back at my wedding day and see it captured in the best way possible!!  I will never be able to pull out my bouquet or a centerpiece and relive the best day of my life! So to me, the most important purchase is your photographer! And it helps when your photographer is super talented!! THANKS HILDA AND CAROL!!!!! 🙂
 
 Your favorite wedding memory?
I know this sounds cliche…but I cant pick just one memory! I was the luckiest bride in the world! Everythings went as planned. The entire day was amazing!’
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I love comments, please leave them below or on Facebook 🙂




Photo of the week, Old Hollywood Glamour wedding photo–Michelle & Eric-

During editing this photo caught my eye…I started playing around with it and this is the end result. I like it, hope you do too 🙂

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Crispina & Steve Wedding, Holy Name Cathedral | Kasbeer Hall at the Loyola University Chicago reception-

 Crispina & Steve are THE sweetest couple, Carol (my assistant) and I had so much with them. We had a great time running around Michigan ave, walking to Millennium Park trying to shake our our personal paparazzi, yep it’s true…keep reading to find out more…

Shoes: Twinkle Toes from Hey Lady

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Flowers Zenia from Flor del Monte

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Beautiful! Hair and Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago

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Dress and veil:  Modeca by Enzoani and Sara Gabriel veil both from Bella Bridal and Formal Wear

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Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral

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A quick stop at M Burger in the Water Tower Place.

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Looking gorgeous at Millenium Park.

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Thank you random stranger for following us around and taking photos, take your time with the Bride…I’ll wait.

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I love how she’s looking at her groom in this photo, so in love 🙂

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Love!!!

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Favorite!!!!

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Reception Venue: Kasbeer Hall at the Loyola University Water Tower Campus.

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I love this photo so much! No Photoshop, just shooting the reflection 🙂

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DJ: Champion DJ Promotions

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From the Bride…

“Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral—Monsignor Mayall had all the right words and the Cathedral Music Department hit every note perfectly, they were absolutely phenomenal. One of the happiest moments of my wedding day was standing underneath the cross on the beautiful altar holding hands with my groom while the divine music played!
Ceremony flowers: Zenia from Flor del Monte in Pilsen did our ceremony flowers. I loved my bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquets. All the flowers were very beautiful.
Reception Venue: Kasbeer Hall at the Loyola University Water Tower Campus. It was amazing to walk into the room and see how beautiful everything turned out.

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Wedding favors from Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream in Geneva
Dress and veil: Modeca by Enzoani and Sara Gabriel veil both from Bella Bridal and Formal Wear
Shoes: Twinkle Toes from Hey Lady
Hair and Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago
Tux: Vera Wang Collection from Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: DJ Darknight our bilingual MC from Champion DJ Promotions was a great find. He did a fantastic job of getting and keeping the party going through a great mix of musical genres in English and Spanish.

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Cake and reception flowers: Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market—I really wanted to have natural flowers and good cake but did not want to break the bank. We did a mix of orchid plants and flower arrangements that included pink gerbera daisies and white hydrangeas. Guests were able to take all the flowers home after the reception. Our cake had three different flavor tiers; chocolate, vanilla and red velvet.

Favorite wedding related purchase: wedding rings
Two (among many) favorite wedding memories: Groom—getting tossed in the air by the bride’s family, the groomsmen and friends. Bride—watching everyone have a great time on the dance floor.
What we would have done differently: Finished the day of preparations earlier.

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Advice for Brides to be: It really is true that when you find what you need you’ll just know it. Don’t settle on anything that doesn’t feel quite right and really matters to you for your wedding day. We looked at a handful of venues within our budget that would have worked just fine. None really felt exactly right until we found the one that we chose. We were very happy that we didn’t sign until we were sure.
We had the best time with Hilda and Carol walking around downtown Chicago on what turned out to be a very beautiful and warm fall day! We can’t wait to see and share our wedding photographs with our families and friends.”





Photo of the week, Cindy and Brian [Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Chicago | Wedding planning] –

Love this photo, it’s so romantic. Lots more coming soon 🙂

If you’ve never been to Gibsons you must go there, the food is out of this world.

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Chicago wedding photography, The Rookery Building–Cory and Matt-

Cory and Matt had such an AWESOME wedding. The families and friends were fun and friendly, they made my job  super easy. I had plenty of time for photos because the Bride and Groom did a first look, YEY!!

I am obsessed with Cory’s bouquet…it’s so pretty and unique.  She got it from Etsy, the vendor’s name is Noaki Jewelry.

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 Her hair piece brooch was her grandmother’s.
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Dress: from Allure Bridals  it was so pretty, the non strapless trend continues.
Guiper lace re-embroidered stitched over to create a pattern, y in a floral motif. Alencon lace, popular on wedding gowns backless wedding dress chicago bridal (1)
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Picture-perfect-pretty. Hair and make-up by Erica Brewer.
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The Trolley Car & Bus Company took us around town for fun photos.
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Love this one, one of my favorites!!
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They were so much fun!!
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Love!!
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The ceremony and the reception took place at  The Rookery Building.
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The Rookery outside.
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The famous staircase inside the Rookery.
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First dance.
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 Photo-booth: Shutterbooth Chicago 
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They did it again, the rock it every time!! DJ: Rachel from Toast & Jam
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From the Bride…
‘Venue: The Rookery Building, 209 S. Lasalle, a beautiful historic building that is pure Chicago.
Caterer: Jewell Events Catering – Kristin and Dana were fantastic and handled all of our wedding day details.
DJ: Rachel from Toast & Jam – she kept the dance floor rocking all night long!
Photo-booth: Shutterbooth Chicago – the owner Cheryl is my friend from high school, and the rest of the staff was also incredible.
Dress: It was an Allure Bridals dress that was masterfully re-imagined and completely redesigned and re-sized by my seamstress Julia Needleman. I could not find my perfect dress in the stores, so I chose a beautiful lace dress to start with and let Julia work her magic to create the dress that I had envisioned.  http://www.julianeedlman.com/
Tux: Vera Wang collection from Men’s Warehouse.
Stylist: Our stylist for hair and make-up was Erica Brewer. She is also our regular stylist and always does an amazing job!
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 Flowers: We did our own centerpieces and general decor. This saved a lot of money and was a fun project for bride and groom to do together.
The bride’s bouquet was from Etsy, the vendor’s name is Noaki Jewelry. Many of the brooches were provided by me, and a number of them were from my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The resulting brooch bouquet was truly stunning. My hair piece brooch was also my grandmother’s. The bridesmaids bouquets were from Etsy, the vendor’s name is Emily K Botanic Studio. We had tried not to use a florist at all, but ended up getting our two ceremony displace pieces and men’s bouts from Cattleya, where we worked with Juliet Tan.
Cake: Costco 🙂 As you know we did not have a display cake. This was a huge cost saving measure, and still delicious!
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Trolley: The Trolley Car & Bus Company – working with them was a breeze and everything went smoothly.
Paper goods: Chicago-style escort cards and table numbers from Erickson Design. Ceremony programs and menus from Etsy, a Chicago based company called CT Designs, lead by Christy Toney. We also got our beautiful Chicago inspired Save the Dates from Christy Toney.
Officiant:  The groom’s sister, Cassie, gave our ceremony an extremely personal touch.
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Favorite wedding related purchase: It has to be a tie between our beautiful venue and our talented photographer! Incidentally, these were also our highest priorities and our most flexible budget items. We wanted a venue that was unique and spoke to the history and architectural beauty of Chicago.  We knew that the Rookery was right for us the moment we stepped into the Light Court and learned of its history that included Daniel Burnham and Frank Lloyd Wright. It was a beautiful and elegant backdrop to our wedding.
I also knew that I wanted Hilda as our photographer after about two minutes looking at her blog, and this was fully confirmed after our first meeting with her. My husband hates (HATES!) getting his picture taken, so he was initially not very excited about the wedding day photography. However, after meeting Hilda he also knew that we couldn’t go for anyone else. She brought so much raw energy and enthusiasm to our photo shoots, along with her amazing talent and natural eye for stunning shots. Carol was similarly amazing, and they work so well as a team to find and then create the perfect image. They also make you feel like real superstars, which helps to put people at ease and make them enjoy the process. Honestly, on the day after the wedding, the main topic of conversation among our family and wedding party was how amazing the photographers were!! And my husband – the one who hates pictures – is beyond excited to get our wedding pictures because he knows how special they will be.
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Favorite Wedding Memory: There are so many to choose from! Our first look was emotional and exciting, and getting that accomplished early in the day helped to calm our nerves. We had so much fun getting our pictures taken around the city with our bridal party. The ceremony was so heartfelt and personal, with the groom’s sister leading the ceremony, sweet readings from friends, and a homily of reflections on marriage from our parents.
 I honestly don’t think we would have changed a single thing. We worked so hard to plan this wedding together and were perfectly happy with the results.
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Advice for brides-to-be: My mom’s mantra was always, “Planning a wedding should be fun, not stressful”, and this is so true. My groom was an integral part of planning our wedding, and we made sure to keep the process as fun and light-hearted as possible. We made every decision together so we would both be happy with the results. I am also obsessively organized, and triple-checking everything beforehand ensured that we didn’t have anything to worry about on the wedding day and that everything went perfectly.’
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Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding, Lindsay and Chaz [Chicago photographer, wedding planning]-

Lindsay has got to be one of the most laid back brides I’ve ever met. She’s also kind and drop dead gorgeous. And she kept those Jimmy Choos on the entire night, now that’s dedication 😉
 Lindsay got ready at her parents home.  The house is so beautiful, it looks like it belongs in a magazine.
Dress – Monique Lhuillier Amaranth  from Ultimate Bride.

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I was totally obsessed with this dress, the  lace detail is to die for. I’m noticing a non strapless trend lately 🙂Chicago Botanic Gardens, Wedding Planning north shore Chicago Glencoe Jimmy Choo bridal shoes, Monique Lhuillier Amaranth lace wedding dress, wilmette wedding photographer (2)

  Make up by Dori Mae, who always does an amazing job and never makes me late. Hair by Lauren Logan.
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  Shoes – Jimmy Choo
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  You know I died  from happiness when I saw this chair in the living room. Everything  in this house was a work of art.
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Meanwhile Carolyn was hanging with the boys.
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Ceremony, reception, photos and first look all took place at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe Illinois. One of the best reasons to do a first look is that you get to do all the photos ahead of time, so after the ceremony you can join your guests at cocktail hour instead of rushing to do photos.
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  So sweet, the girls sneaking a peek at the first look.
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 Flowers – Rachel O Flowers, they were simply amazing.
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 Good thing Lindsay had the little shrug since it was 40 degrees!! What a trooper, she braved the weather without it in most of the photos. But when you have a dress like that it needs to be seen.
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 Love!
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  Tux – Ralph Lauren from Ralph Lauren
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 Yes, I know I can’t believe how gorgeous they are either.
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 Please note Chaz’s pocket square 😉
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My view…
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Carolyn’s view…
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  Favorite!! Well one of them anyway 😉
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  Ceremony time!
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  Best ‘aisle’ view ever!!
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 The Bridesmaids reactions are priceless!
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 Congratulations!!!
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  I  only had 3 minutes to do the detail shots. Don’t believe me? Ask Lauren, the most amazing wedding planner (Lauren Kneupfer from LK Events) Thank you for all your help Lauren 🙂
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 First dance.
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   Gentleman of Leisure were fantastic!
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 A couple of romantic night time photos.
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Another favorite, LOVE!
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 I was walking backwards just snapping away, a few seconds after taking this photo I landed butt first in a  giant flower pot. The happy couple tried to warn me, but I thought they were waving and yelling to the guests behind me. Totally worth it 😉
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 From the bride…
‘Dress – Monique Lhuillier Amaranth  from Ultimate Bride
Shoes – Jimmy Choo – i mean shit, I could barely walk in them but beauty is pain or whatever that saying is!
Planner – Lauren Kneupfer from LK Events (who is amazeballs!)
Flowers – Rachel O Flowers (Rachel Omundson — she is an independent florist, does such beautiful work that brought tears to my eyes and literally was able to take my scatter brained ideas/visions and bring them to life)
Band – Gentleman of Leisure (WOWZA they can party and know how to get everyone else to party! Whoop whoop!!! they even managed to get the wallflowers up and dancing)
Venue- Chicago Botanic Garden (my favorite place on earth, best backdrop!)
Photographer – Hilda Burke – seriously amazing! Made me and my bridal party feel like movie stars.  I would almost go as far to say that you made Chas feel comfortable in front of the camera which is near impossible.  Coming from the guy who didn’t want to have ANY photos taken! Now he can’t WAIT to see the end results 🙂
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 Favorite wedding related purchase would have to be my dress.  Even before we were engaged I knew the style dress I wanted, which is interesting because I am not (or at least I didn’t think I was) the type of girl who dreamt about and envisioned my wedding.  I knew that I wanted an open back, lace gown that was NOT strapless! When we got engaged, I saw that Monique made a dress with just that and even had a bit of flare with the leg slit up the front. That uniqueness made the dress! I stalked it down in Chicago and found it at Ultimate Bride. I set the appointment for early fall 2011 in anticipation of a “beach wedding” that following June.  I had also set up another dress trial at a nearby store just to have something to compare, but knew all along that it didn’t matter, I NEEDED that dress! Obviously, the dress worked. I cried like a baby! I didn’t end up buying the dress until a couple of months later after we had a change in wedding plans to get married at the Garden.  I think the whole outfit was completed by my spontaneous head piece, birdcage/fascinator that was created on the spot during a trial fitting.  The seamstress thought I was crazy when I said, “PERFECT! This will do!” I think she was expecting me to lay out all these details of what I wanted, but the second she threw some netting on my head and had it propped over one of my eyes I thought this is so me, impromptu and impulsive! love love love!
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 Favorite Wedding memory would have to be the ceremony.  I am secret lover of romance and I think that our ceremony was so romantic. That may be me being bias.  I loved the dramatic walk with the trees flanking and the candles lining the rows.  Having the ceremony at dusk was the icing on the cake.  Well…the real icing was having the temps in the mid 40s. WOWZA! Talk about shocker! Although, it did give me an impromptu wedding accessory — this amazing little fur shrug (or whatever they’re called). LOVED IT! Felt like old classic Hollywood glam.
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 I can honestly say there is nothing I wish we would have done differently.  Just typing this email to you reminds me of what a special, magical, and truly happy night that was for us and how I wish I could live it over and over day after day.  I can’t even imagine what I’m going to feel when I actually see the photos.  Omg I’m getting butterflies just writing! Truthfully, it’s been one of those “out of sight, out of mind” experiences.  I haven’t see too many photos because all my friends were in the wedding and didn’t take pics, so I haven’t seen many.  Also, now that the wedding is over and we’re onto our daily lives, we don’t talk about it that often.  Knowing we will be seeing our pictures makes me so excited because we can relive the night and maybe actually be able to remember parts of it!  I never believed anyone when they said their night was a blur, but they swear they weren’t drunk.  Now I can appreciate that, I swear the whole day/night is a blur and very distant memory!
 
OK, sorry for the ramble!
I AM SO SO SO EXCITED!’
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Kathy and Shane, Villa Olivia Bartlett, IL Wedding [Schaumburg City Hall, Cadillac Ranch Bartlett]-

I met Kathy though one of my former Brides whose wedding I shot my first year in bushiness!  I didn’t actually meet Shane till the first look, but he’s such a sweet easygoing guy it was smooth sailing all day despite the chilly weather.

 Everyone got ready at the Hyatt Place Hoffman Estates.

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 Kathy you’re beautiful.

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 Fist look, so happy 🙂

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 These ladies were smart! Heels don’t really hold up on wet grass.

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Our first photo stop was  Schaumburg City Hall.

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 Cute!

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 Love her laugh!

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 Handsome groom, got his tux from the Men’s Wearhouse.

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I love a Bride with a fun personality!

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So sweet.

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Next stop for photos  Cadillac Ranch Bartlett. 

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This bar reminded me of an old time tavern.

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Yeah, we had the place to ourselves…my couples are awesome like that.

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 Both the ceremony and the reception took place at Villa Olivia  Bartlett, IL 

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Their grounds are beautiful! Love the next four photos, a lot!

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Ceremony time.

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First dances.

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This boy tore up the dance floor.

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 From Kathy…
‘- David’s Bridal for dress & shoes (I did not spend a lot of money on my dress and was extremely happy with it. The dress was not one of the items I put on high cost list).
 
– Men’s Warehouse for Tux’s (It worked out perfect because the Groomsmen got fitted in FL but picked them up in IL where the wedding was)
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– Villa Olivia was an all inclusive (ceremony, reception, dinner, drinks & cake) which made it convenient and affordable. It was terrific. The only thing that I did not like was the lighting in the room once the dancing started, it’s a little dark.
 
Flowers were another thing I did not have marked as a high ticket item as it was not that big of a deal for me. My flowers were not real, I purchased all the supplies at Michaels (using those 40% off coupons and waiting until they were on sale for 50% off). My Matron of Honor’s sister in law put them together and they looked amazing. I was so happy!

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 You of course were the photographer and so far we are very pleased, I did set aside a higher budget for the pics because everything goes so fast that is a way to keep our memories.
 
 I made my centerpieces and loved it! It was very inexpensive and I got to spend time with Shane & my friends being creative. It really was an amazing day. But my favorite part was the first dance with husband and the first dance with my Dad. Those two men are the most special part of my life and it was surreal.
 
The day and night goes so quickly I wish I would have took 10 minutes alone with my husband and I would have tried to get to more tables to chat with people if possible.

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Advice for Brides-to-be… Try to slow down and take it all in. Do not stress because things will go wrong but remember it’s not about the wedding day but about the man you chose to spend your life with. Try to keep the guest list as small as you can, the more people the quicker it goes. Make sure you enjoy  your day (mine was amazing), remember your guests are there because they love you and the day is about you and your husband. Make you sure you include your husband to be in the process of planning and decision making and do not second guess yourselves, your gut is rarely wrong.’

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One of my favorite photos, ^ this one…so ‘cheeky’ I love it 🙂

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