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Chevy Chase Country Club Wedding | Nora & Nick

Ceremony & Reception: Chevy Chase Country Club, Wheeling IL See Full Gallery

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The Chicago area has been plagued with heavy rain during the entire months of June and July causing widespread flooding. But Nora & Nick was blessed with a perfect summer day. Their wedding took place at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling. Even though the entire golf course was closed due to flooding, their ceremony site was one of the few dry spots on the course. The reception was at Chevy Chase’s new modern Devonshire Room with the best view of the golf course.

Some cool details… Nora’s son joined the first look which made that moment extra special. Her son was also the ring bearer sporting a “Ring Security” lunch box, super cool! A special guest, a bee, got comfortable inside Nora’s veil during the ceremony made for some funny photo moments. Nick had personalized collar stays with an embossed first date and wedding date. They also personalized moscow mule mugs which made for some nice contrast on the table. See more details on our See more highlights on our FB Page!

We were so excited to hear from Nora & Nick, as they are familiar faces. We met Nora 11 years ago at her sister’s wedding Congratulations Nora & Nick! It’s always a treat to see previous couples and families. We’re very honored to be asked to return and be part of something special.

Northerly Island Wedding | Sarah & Anthony

Ceremony & Reception: Northerly Island, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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Sarah & Anthony certainly had a huge day with lots of big plans throughout!

Preparations began at Hilton Chicago with a spectacular view of the lakefront and Grant Park. The first look took place on Hilton’s rooftop pool deck to start the day. Running late is not unusual as you know with weddings so we had to cut some photo stops but we still made the top locations on their list. First stop was a short walk to Grant Park for some natural backgrounds. Anthony is a huge Chicago Bears fan so they found a unique wedding photo spot at the Winter Garden next to Soldier Field, very fitting for Anthony but was certainly painful for Greenbay Packer fans in the family. We then hopped back on the trolley for Adler Planetarium for the signature Chicago skyline photo.

The ceremony and reception took place at Northerly Island, a very special place to Sarah & Anthony where they spend most of their free time. We also took some amazing engagement photos at their ceremony spot which you can see here.

Some fun details…Absolutely nothing was spared for Sarah & Anthony’s arrival. The entire wedding party went beyond the traditional trolley and hopped on a yacht from Burnham Harbor to Notherly Island. Sarah was then taken on a horse carriage from Northerly Island’s dock to their ceremony spot overlooking the Chicago skyline with such a unique vantage point. In another unique fashion, Sarah & Anthony chose to have ring tattoos, doing a fist bump in place of a ring exchange. Snoopy, a big part of Sarah & Anthony’s family took part in the ceremony. Perhaps one of the most unforgettable part of the ceremony would be Steely Dan‘s timing on their sound check which took place just yards away. While their sound check was overpowering at times, their song selections during sound check certainly timed well within the ceremony timeline. Fun & unforgettable! Their cake was a Stanley Cup replica laced with important names and meaningful words. There’s just too much to write about so just go check out their gallery on our Facebook Page.

Congrats Sarah & Anthony! Thank you for having us around your adventure of a day!

South Branch Chicago River Wedding | Jennifer & Robert

Ceremony & Reception: South Branch, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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You see that old bench? That’s no ordinary bench. That’s the bench Jennifer & Robert first laid eyes on each other many years ago back when she was a freshman and he was a senior at Lane Tech High School. And on the morning of their wedding day, they decided to meet at the exact spot where it all began. And we can’t really write anything further to top that!

After a few photos around Lane Tech campus, which is very photogenic by the way, we headed out to Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain in downtown Chicago’s Riverwalk where Robert proposed to Jennifer. Not only are their photo location choices unique, but they truly have meaning behind their story. The ceremony and reception took place at South Branch which flanks the Chicago River in the loop area and set the stage for spectacular skyline views both during the outdoor ceremony and reception.

Some fun details…Jennifer & Robert displayed their prom photo next to a current photo, so much fun for the guests to see. They also included other prom accessories with the display. This was important as Robert recreated prom night for Jennifer. While we took photos on Monroe bridge, Jennifer unexpectedly threw her bouquet over the river to boaters cheering them on. Thankfully, we got a shot as she threw. The sad news is no one caught it. Still, great unscripted memories to look back to. You can see more of their highlights & details on our Facebook Page.

Congratulations Jennifer & Robert! We’re thankful you chose us to document such a special day and witnessing your wonderful story. Thank you for having LOP!

Adler Planetarium Wedding Ceremony | Ryann & Chad

Ceremony & Reception: Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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It goes without saying that your wedding day is a very special day. But for this wedding, it was also a special day for the father of the bride because the wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Adler Planetarium, a Chicago spot that’s special to both the bride and her father.

Preparations took place at the Westin Chicago River North. For Ryann, there were 2 first looks. The first with her groom Chad above the Chicago River, witnessed by many “passer by’s” but as you can see by the photo, they were all alone in their own emotional space. The second first look took place at the ceremony as her father did not want to see her until she walked down the aisle. You can also feel his “first look” reaction in one of the photos.

We had an adventurous photo schedule and also ran late throughout the day with the massive amount of tourists gridlocking the city. But we do have many photos to show for, starting at the Chicago River, a stop at Olive Park, and one “off the beaten path” stop at their Wrigley Field rooftop condo. We finished the evening with a breathtaking Navy Pier fireworks show.

Some cool details… They had a must-see floating escort card display which also lit up individually. The guests had a blast as they entered the reception area. The groomsmen sported new matching watches and the bridesmaids also had matching bracelets.

Congratulations Ryann & Chad! It was an honor and so much fun to witness your day as it had many special moments throughout. Thanks for having us!

A special thank you to Vanessa from Food For Thought for their hospitality and helping the event run smoothly.

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Chicago Botanic Garden McGinley Pavilion Wedding | Kara & Louis

Ceremony & Reception: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe IL See Full Gallery

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While Kara & Louis had a laid back day, there were plenty of emotions throughout the day. Although they had a late ceremony, they chose to not do a first look and save the suspense for the ceremony. And as you can see, there were plenty of suspense. The emotions continued into their speeches and first dance. They also lucked out with a gorgeous day (considering Chicago weather) for a gorgeous backdrop, what more can you ask for. The guests truly enjoyed the wonderful outdoor setting with the ceremony in the English Garden and reception at McGinley Pavilion, overlooking lily pond and gardens.

We want to extend a thank you to the ladies at Sweet Chic Events who helped keep the day running smooth.

Ceremony & Reception: Lake Bluff Golf Club, Lake Bluff IL See Full Gallery

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Ceremony & Reception: Café Brauer, Chicago IL See Full Gallery

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Ceremony & Reception: CD & ME, Frankfort IL See Full Gallery

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Reception Music by: Gil at DJ-Chicago Make-up by: Sonia Roselli

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Ceremony & Reception: Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook IL See Full Gallery

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Flowers by: Tina and Dollie Music by: Music By Design

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