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Road Trip: Chicago

After two stops on the east coast, our road trip’s heading west to the Windy City, home to stylish brides and brooms, the famous “Bean,” and some gorgeous rooftop venues!

Nicole & Marla took advantage of the bright lights of the Chicago Theater to take this gorgeous engagement shot…

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And Lauren & Jessie‘s wedding party posed in front of the famous Cloud Gate sculpture!

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Navy Pier provides the perfect backdrop for Crissy & Erin‘s two dress gorgeousness…

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…while the Chicago skyline perfectly complements Amy & Amanda‘s, Nicole & Marla‘s, and Belinda & Phyllis’s photos.

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Julie & Laura & Crissy & Erin rock the rooftop wedding…

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And Lupe & LoriSusan & Julie, and Sarah & Jesse found the ideal graffiti-ed settings for these beautiful shots:

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We’ve got bridges, featuring Andrea & Kim and Sarah & Jesse

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…and streetscapes with Jen & Carien and Andrea & Julie.

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Plus, two awesome images from Jamie & Jesse‘s and Anna & Hannah‘s shoots at the Boardwalk Pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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The biggest Chicago fans of all? That might just be Susan & Julie, whose Illinois wedding cake makes the perfect conclusion to this stop on our road trip!

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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: 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: 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: Sarah & Jesse

From Carol, Sarah & Jesse’s photographer: Jesse contacted me last year about photographing her destination wedding in Chicago. Both she and Sarah now live in Las Vegas, but it was in Chicago where the met and fell in love. They got married at J2 Gallery in Chicago, which made an awesome wedding venue. I had never had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at an art gallery and now I can cross that off my list! They decorated with candy, pumpkins, and with orange and purple. Fall weddings are really my favorite since I love all the colors surrounding them and the weather is usually not sweltering.
Their ceremony was emotional! Hearing the letters that they had wrote each other expressing their love brought me to tears behind my camera. Yes, I still cry at pretty much every wedding I photograph. Seeing two people that in love is really inspiring! Jesse and Sarah were down for anything photo-wise, so we headed outside to get some great urban images showcasing Chicago, then we got lost a bit……then we found our way back! Getting a little lost was worth it for all the cool city art we found.
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Event Credits

Location: Chicago, IllinoisPhotography: Carol De Anda| http://www.deandaphotography.com/Venue: J2 Gallery| http://www.j2gallery.com/
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Wedding: Rachel & Zendzi

From Rachel and Zendzi’s event planning and design team: Rachel and Zendzi met 3 years ago while working with children, a passion they both share, at a public school in Chicago, IL. They started as friends and came to forge a deep friendship. Ultimately realizing there was so much more between them, they began dating. I had the pleasure of watching their amazing relationship grow from acquaintance, to friendship, to romantic interest, to their realization that they had found their soulmate. Together they inspire each other to be the best version of themselves, to always reach for their goals, and they challenge each other to constantly strive to make the world a better place through activism and advocacy.

Once Rachel and Zendzi, our long-time friends, got engaged and asked us to plan their wedding, we were beyond excited to try and translate their love into a personal and intimate celebration that represented them. Rachel and Zendzi got married this past October surrounded by their closest friends and family in Chicago, IL. Their wedding was so uniquely them from beginning to end. The ceremony, held at a repurposed fire station, began with Zendzi sliding down a fire pole to meet Rachel and walk down the aisle together. From that point on it was a nonstop rollercoaster of love and laughter. Zendzi’s outfit was not only stylish but also extremely sentimental as she wore a vest made out of her late father’s signature Dashiki and Rachel also honored his legacy by wearing the same pattern on the inside of her cape. The officiants, two close friends of the brides, filled the entire room with both tears and ear to ear smiles as they tackled the huge feat of putting into words the great love and relationship that is Rachel and Zendzi.

Other highlights from their amazing wedding included, the traditional African custom of jumping the broom, having their first dance sung live by Rachel’s college roommate, beautiful quotes displayed on wooden signs around the room from their parents, a wedding raffle with silly prizes, and the most epic dance party I’ve ever been apart of.

Rachel and Zendzi both independently light up a room with their vivacity and together brought all of their guests to another world during their wedding ceremony and reception and I love looking back at the photos to relive this exceptional day over and over!

Photos courtesy of Myra Thompson & Rachel Cackler.

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Event Credits

Catering: Biagio EventsFlorist: Anna Held Floral StudioLocation: Chicago, ILPhotography: Myra Thompson & Rachel CacklerPlanner or Event Designer: Garner & Lace EventsVenue: Firehouse Chicago
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Engagement: Nicole & Marla

From Marla: Nicole and I have known each other for almost thirteen years, and have been in a relationship for nearly nine. We became friends at our overnight summer camp, Camp JRF, when we were only 12 and 13 years old. At the end of high school/beginning of college, our age group went on a teen trip to Israel. It was on this trip that Nicole and I realized we had feelings for each other beyond friendship, and have been together ever since.

We both attended Brandeis University together, and upon my graduation the year after Nicole, we moved together to New York to pursue respective graduate schools. This past May, after I had finished law school, and we had decided to move back to our roots in Chicago, Nicole asked me to marry her, and I asked her to marry me in return.

Our wedding is scheduled for November 5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, and almost one year to the date in advance, our incredible photographer Hooman from Vesic Photography met us for some amazing engagement photos.

Nicole and I are bubbly, fun, and sometimes goofy people. We wanted our engagement photos to reflect that. We had picked out some stunning locations within our favorite city of Chicago to feature in our engagement photos, and concluded with spectacular shots of the city from Nicole’s mom’s roof-deck. Of course, we could not have a photo shoot without our cat Spencer stealing the spotlight.

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Event Credits

Date: 11/04/2015Location: Chicago, ILPhotography: Hooman Bahrani - Vesic Photography
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