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Wedding: Rebecca & Katie

From Rebecca & Katie, #TheLuckyDucketts: The night before we got married our venue called to tell us they had just lost power. Our region was experiencing widespread flooding, wind damage and power outages due to Hurricane Matthew. We took a deep breath and tried to keep it in perspective because although we were running into challenges (delayed vendor arrivals, guests canceling) we knew there were others affected by the storm much more severely than we were.

The morning arrived quickly. Our bride tribe worked at lightning speed to set everything up in order to be ready for our scheduled three o’clock ceremony. We walked out to Patti Griffin’s “Heavenly Day” and as we said our vows, the sun began to come out. One of our good friends performed our first dance song, “Slow Pony Home” by the Weepies. We made the day our own by adding in a Chambong and jumping on stage with the band. At one point a bouquet landed in a chandelier during the bouquet toss (but that wasn’t intentional!).

Delicious food, lots of wood accents and flowers, and quite possibly the best 80’s cover band in the country made our wedding day a dream, but being surrounded by our loving friends and family made it perfect. We had spectacular vendors and people helping us, and we’re beyond grateful for all of the love and support we received. It was truly the most special day of our lives and we’re SO glad to be finally married!

Photos courtesy of Kirstyn Marie.

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Event Credits

Attire: Maggie Soterro and Calvin KleinCakes and Dessert: Lisa and MiMi WallaceCatering: Chef by DesignFlorist: The New LeafMusic: The DeloreansOfficiant: Reverend Julia-Dorsey Loomis and Reverend John RohrsOther: Makeup and Hair—Heather Michele Goodfield, Cierra Fremont, Samantha Jane RussellPhotography: Kirstyn Marie PhotoPlanner or Event Designer: Jessica TallettStationery: Wedding Paper DivasVenue: Woman's Club of Portsmouth
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Wedding: Tina & Julie

From Holly Birch, the couple’s photographer: Tina and Julie planned a gorgeous event at the elegant Pear Tree Estate. They chose to seat their friends and family in a semi-circle for the ceremony, with the couple centered under a chandelier of greenery. Tina’s daughters were a large part of the day and ceremony, as well as the couple’s dog Peach.

Tina and Julie’s engagement session was featured on the blog last year. Congrats on a beautiful wedding!

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Event Credits

Attire: Maggie Sottero; Richard Bennett Custom TailorsCakes and Dessert: The Cake Artist's Studio; LA GourmetCatering: LA GourmetFlorist: Flowers by KristineLocation: Champaign, ILMusic: Elite EntertainmentOfficiant: Wedding Ceremonies by Scott F. RaperOther: Brittany Koroyanis Makeup ArtistryPhotography: Holly Birch PhotographyStationery: Wedding Paper DivasVenue: Pear Tree Estate
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Wedding: Taylor & Taylor

From Jay, the couple’s photographerIt was my pleasure to capture this story for Taylor and Taylor. That’s right, both of these lovely ladies are named Taylor, and their birthdays are two days apart! We met when I was asked to do their engagement photos, where one Taylor proposed to the other! They met in high school in a nursing program, and have since been working as practicing nurses! They found out that not only is nursing their passion, but also each other. Soon they made their wedding plans and I was honored to photograph their wedding! 

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Gallardo's Cakes and BakeryCatering: http://www.misslucillesmarketplace.com/cafeLocation: Clarksville, TennesseeOfficiant: https://ivyandjune.com/Photography: www.jayfarrellphotography.comVenue: Belle Hollow Event Venue: http://www.thebellehollow.com/
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Wedding: Amy & Amanda

From Amanda: Amy and I have lived all over the country and have friends and family everywhere. We chose to have our wedding in Illinois for a few different reasons: 1) we love Chicago 2) it was legal in Illinois when we started planning and 3) it’s centrally located for guests to fly /drive to. Since we don’t live in Chicago, we needed someone to help us chose vendors and help us through the planning process. Our wedding planner, Lisa Gordon, did a phenomenal job.

Once Amy and I started discussing wedding plans, we quickly came to the conclusion that we wanted something small with lots of charm, simple, and most of all fun. When Lisa sent us the information for Firehouse Chicago, we immediately fell in love with its charm and character. Amy has an outspoken love for spiral staircases and when we saw it lit up, we knew that this was the place for us. We wanted simple decorations and the Firehouse delivered that with their candle and light package. Another great thing about the Firehouse was that we used the courtyard for the ceremony then went directly inside to start kick off the reception. Having the ceremony and reception at the same place made the logistics a lot easier. We chose to have an open bar from the moment guests arrived until the end of the night, which made potentially socially awkward moments early in the night due to some of our guests never having met before less of an issue. The fact that Binny’s will take back any non-opened alcohol allowed us to over-purchase and not worry about running out of drinks.

Amy’s favorite part of the day (besides marrying me and the spiral staircase of course) was riding around downtown Chicago and stopping to take pictures with our bridal party and photographer Agnes Malorny. We have several favorite photos from the day, but our absolute favorite is the one of us standing on a ledge hanging out over the Lake Michigan with the skyline in the background. We had that one printed on 3ft x 1ft piece of metal which is now the focal point in our living room. My personal favorites were the matching converse shoes that we had made with our wedding date sewn into the side and the mini cupcakes that Dave’s Specialty Foods provided. They were SO good. I ate them the next morning and still talk about them today. We don’t have any wedding day horror stories because ALL of the vendors we chose to work with were wonderful. We didn’t have to worry about a single thing that day except enjoying the moment and sharing our love for each other with family and friends.

Photos courtesy of Agnes Malorny.

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Event Credits

Catering: Dave's Speciality Foods, Inc. & Binny's Beverage DepotFlorist: KED Design & Planner: Lisa Gordon//http://lisagordonevents.com/Location: Chicago, IllinoisMusic: Stitely EntertainmentOfficiant: Rev. Rebecca ArmstrongOther: Elite Chicago LimoPhotography: Agnes Malorny Photography//www.agnesmalorny.comVenue: Firehouse Chicago//http://www.firehousechicago.com/ & Hotel Blake for getting ready
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Wedding: Trineice & Brigid

From Rebecca, Trineice & Brigid’s wedding planner & designer: When I first met Trineice and Brigid, I knew instantly that I wanted to work with them. Not only was I thrilled that they were planning their wedding in Oakland, California (my home turf!) and wanted to show off all the beauty and special spaces tucked away in this special town, but I was also really drawn to their energy and enthusiasm. I *LOVED* that they met while dancing at SF Pride, and knew that dancing — and really the pure joy that just glowed between these two — would be at the heart of the vision for their wedding. Their venue, the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, is a melding pot of historic elegance set amid gorgeous, open grounds. The brides wanted to play off of that vibe, combining the laid back energy of spending a summer day at the park with an elegant outdoor cocktail hour and seated dinner. And of course, ending the night with an epic dance party was a must!!

Photos courtesy of Kara Brodgesell Weddings.

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Event Credits

Attire: Trineice - Kipper Clothier (http://www.kipperclothiers.biz/); Brigid - JCrew (https://www.jcrew.com/)Cakes and Dessert: Susie Cakes (http://susiecakes.com/)Catering: Blue Heron (http://blueheroncatering.com/)Florist: Farm Girl Flowers (https://farmgirlflowers.com/)Location: Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, Oakland, CAMusic: Heart of Gold DJs (http://www.heartofgolddjs.com/)Officiant: Rev. Priya Friday-Pabros, M.Div.Photography: Kara Brodgesell Weddings (http://www.karabrodgesellweddings.com/)Planner or Event Designer: Be Hitched, Event Planning & Design (http://www.be-hitched.com/)Venue: Dunsmuir Hellman (http://www.dunsmuir-hellman.com/)
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Wedding: Julie & Laura

From Heather at Greatest Expectations, Julie & Laura’s wedding planner: Julie & Laura were married at Chicago’s Ignite Glass Studios. They are two of the most joyful, fun-loving women we’ve ever met. Their energy was contagious throughout their beautiful wedding day, and their personalities were carried through every detail – homemade candle favors, riddles on the table numbers, and s’mores for dessert. 

Photos courtesy of Steve Koo Photography.

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Event Credits

Catering: Boutique Bites// Florist & Decor: Fleur Location: Chicago, Illinois// Venue: Ignite Glass StudiosMusic: Matt Lewis & The Union// Rentals: TablescapesOfficiant: Richard Neely// Paper & Signage: Courtney Callahan Paper Photography: Steve Koo Photography// Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Heather Vickery, Greatest Expectations
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Wedding: Mariah & Natacha

From Mariah: Our wedding day was very special for many reasons. A big one was the location. We were fortunate enough to get married at Meech Lake, in the backyard of my childhood home, right on the water. This really added to the intimate outdoors/nature theme that we wanted. My partner and I were able to get away for a few minutes after the ceremony by escaping in a canoe. Being able to have a few private moments floating in the middle of the lake to just reflect on our union was priceless. We got engaged on a canoe trip, so it was fitting that there was a canoe on our wedding day.

We had unbelievable support from our family and friends who helped us with many DIY projects that added a very warm and personal touch to our setting. My brothers hiked into the woods to find birch logs and together built our archway that we were married under. It was a labour of love. We decided to have an open bar. In the eyes of our guests, best decision ever. We still hear about it! We were very fortunate to have found vendors and services with people who really took the time to hear what we wanted and who delivered exactly what we hoped for—from our awesome DJ who kept the party going late into the night to our awesome photographers who climbed onto the roof of the house to get that perfect group shot. It made the day run smoothly and provided us with everlasting memories.

Photos courtesy of Black Lamb Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: Alliance Bridal: www.alliancebridal.comCakes and Dessert: Claude's Wedding Cakes: https://sites.google.com/site/claudesweddingcakesCatering: Family and FriendsDate: 08/01/2015Florist: DIY by FriendsLocation: Gatineau, QC, CanadaMusic: In Touch Media: www.intouchmedia.caOfficiant: Sheila Winter Wallace of All Seasons Weddings: www.allseasonsweddings.comOther: Makeup: Amanda Wanamaker: www.facebook.com/Makeup-Design-By-Amanda-Wanamaker-583288591744883Photography: Black Lamb Photography: www.blacklambphotography.comStationery: Vista Print
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