((Bob + Luaunna’s)) Multicultural Wedding Day

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((Bob + Luaunna)) were able to accomplish something that many couples have trouble doing; bringing together to vastly different cultures in one celebration. “Both sides wanted to embrace the day and the event that I couldn’t have asked for more. Nothing speaks to an event like an Indian wedding.” ~ Luaunna said.

For their celebration, Luaunna’s non-Indian friends dressed traditionally and couldn’t stop talking about how fabulous they felt. In addition to attire, the couple opted to serve a combination of traditional Indian fare, along with expected American foods. Guests danced throughout the evening to American and Indian (Bollywood) music blended with a little salsa + merengue.

No rings were exchanged, no garter was removed and no bouquet was thrown. “My mother-in-law did give me some of her wedding jewelry to wear. At the time, I thought it was my ‘something borrowed,’ but when I tried to return it, she said it was now mine and became my something new.”

The inspiration behind their wedding was Luaunna’s in-laws. In South Asian culture, most people marry early in life. When Bob told his parents they were going to get married and they were planning to elope, his parents were devastated. After discussing the topic, they came to the decision that they could not take away such an important event in his parent’s lives, the marriage of their son. “It was a decision I will never regret,” Luaunna said.

Special thanks to Amy Aiello Photography for sharing their day with us. Many of these beautiful photos look as if they were taken abroad, but they were actually taken at Sri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett.

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Since Luaunna’s parents are deceased, her sister commissioned a penciled drawing of them which also featured ((Luaunna + Bob)). Luaunna said,“She presented the picture during our toast and faced it toward the dance floor so they could be there with us.”

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One of the most unique aspects of this wedding was ((Bob + Luaunna’s)) tri-layered, fondant peacock wedding cake by Oak Mill Bakery. The peacock is a cultural icon and the national bird of India.

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Ceremony: Sri Swaminarayan Mandir • Reception: Hotel Arista • Photographer: Amy Aiello • Bridal Salon: Sahil • Grooms + Groomsmen’s Attire: Sahil • Hair & Makeup: Sonu Patel • Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery

All you need is love ((Deana + Jason))

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Deana’s long time friend from grammar school (soon to be sister-in-law) is married to Jason’s brother. Jason and his brother started a 16 inch softball team a few years back and Deana was asked to join the team. “We didn’t date right away, but there was definitely always a strong connection between the two of us right from the start! It wasn’t until a couple years later we got together. We attended a wedding for one of the couple’s on the softball team, each without a date and had one of the best times ever.” ~ Deana said. That night, she caught the bouquet. They are now one year and 2 weeks away from their wedding!

The almost newlywed proposal story was like a movie. While in NYC to celebrate Jason’s birthday, they had planned to go to the top of the Empire State Building right before dinner. When they got there and were enjoying the city light view, Deana was busy snapping pictures with her back turned to Jason. Meanwhile, Jason was smoothly waving to the photographer and his parents (who had the ring!) over to where they were standing. Deana turned around and saw Jason with the ring, bending down on one knee!

“It was surreal, but such a beautiful moment. We were surrounded by hundreds of people from all over the world who cheered, clapped and congratulated us on our engagement. It was also very special to share that moment with Jason’s parents, who traveled all the way from Chicago with the ring, to surprise us and enjoy this special day with us.”

For their adorable engagement photos sent to us by Light Source Photography, ((Deana + Jason)) highlighted some of the most popular spots in the city (Buckingham Fountain + Millenium Park), but also some of their favorite, edgier areas of the meat packing neighborhood. Always fashionable, their two outfit choices were stunning and complimentary while the chemistry between the two was as flawless as their styling.

((Deana + Jason’s)) love story is filled with fun, love and excitement. It also proves that when you meet the “right” person, you know immediately. Congratulations to this couple as they say “I do” in a few short weeks!

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Simply Organic & Farm Fresh: Styled Vow Renewal

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Spread the love! Isn’t it wonderful that in Illinois, we can celebrate same-sex marriage becoming legal?

Petals n’ Bloom sent us this beautiful natural + organic vow renewal styled shoot where ((Connie + Jessie’s )) love shined through their photos. Along with the lovebird’s adorable flower girl, the brides walked together hand in hand to the song, “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne.

The styled shoot was set at the unique location of Kinnikinnick Organic Farm in Caledonia. Kinnikinnick Organic Farm specializes in growing triple-washed salad greens, Italian cooking greens, heirloom tomatoes, beets, onions and basil. The farm also raises old-fashioned broiler chickens, heritage pigs, sheep, laying chickens, bees and milk goats. All were used by the caterer to create the mouth-watering menu! All floral/greenery elements used throughout their day were grown and gathered from the farm too. Goat milk soaps acted as thank you favors, made from the farm’s fresh goat milk, which stuck with the farm fresh theme.

The styled ceremony began under a natural willow tree arch followed by an intimate dinner set among the unique feather down tents located throughout the property. Both girls opted for simple comfort, not the traditional white. They looked radiant in their cotton sundresses in shades of mushroom. This was a day filled with touches of simplistic and organic beauty, much like the farm itself.

The day ended with a breathtaking sunset among the organic farm fields.

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Ceremony: Kinnikinnick Farm  Photographer: Samantha Provenzano & Steph Stanger Shutterwinks Photography  Florist: Petals n’ Bloom • Hair & Makeup: Maggie McCord • Florist: The Sugar Circle  Caterer: Now We’re Cookin • Stationary: Kate Jerard • Decor Rental: Forever Birdy Rentals

Meet Luxurious Wedding Vendors at the The Wedding Salon

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Meet celebrity wedding planners, beauty experts, view stunning table décor, taste cakes, view bridal gowns, wedding invitations and favors at the upcoming Wedding Salon on October 13 at InterContinental Hotel in Chicago!

Wedding Salon is a luxury one-night event that allows couples to discover resources and top vendors to help plan their dream wedding. Brides + grooms will also be able to find some of the best venues, travel destinations, exotic honeymoon locations.

Wedding Salon Highlights ~

Cake Tastings
Beauty makeovers
Manicures by ManiCube
Gown previews
Men’s Formalwear from Alton Lane
Gorgeous reception table designs
meet with top vendors including The Container Store, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, Hard Rock Hotels, Jewelers Mutual Insurance, Tahiti Tourism & more
Teeth whitening and beauty consultations including Philips Zoom
Guests also have the chance to score a luxury goodie bag featuring Essie, Nivea and more.

Sassy Chicago Wedding + Wedding Guide Chicago readers can receive $15 promotional tickets (a $75 value). To RSVP, use code WGC15 at www.WeddingSalon.com. See you there!

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Nautical Yacht Club I Do’s ((Katie + Dan))

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((Katie + Dan’s)) love story started right after Katie graduated college. “I moved to Indianapolis, after originally being from Chicago, without any contacts. About a month after starting my new job, one of my coworkers offered to take me out with her one night to meet some of her friends,” Katie said. 

Dan happened to be one of those friends. “Dan was so great that about an hour into having met him, he was treating me like we had known each other forever. I was included in group hugs, inside jokes, and I think we spent 6 hours exploring bars just to keep hanging out together.” ImmediatelyKatie knew Dan was the one; the lovebirds had the desire to be around each other all of the time and knew they wanted to share their entire lives together. They have been inseparable ever since!

Fast forward to July 5. ((Katie + Dan)) now look back and consider their wedding day to be the best day of their lives. “It was everything we wanted and more,” Katie said. Katie’s mom made sure there were special surprises throughout their wedding day including engraved champagne glasses with an anchor that included their names and the wedding date. “My dad also helped me keep calm with silly jokes as we were running late due to some delays with hair and makeup.”

Boating her entire life during trips to Michigan, Wisconsin, weekends on Lake Michigan, dock parties and sailing races, the decision to have their wedding at Columbia Yacht Club was a “no brainer.” With nautical as their wedding theme, ((Katie + Dan)) designed their wedding colors to match that of signal flags and an anchor as their logo. Dan, not thrilled of going “incredibly-obvious-nautical,” themed, suggested toning down the wedding. “We used the colors and the logo to accent the already beautiful, and clearly nautical views and surroundings,” Katie said.

Both ((Dan + Katie)) agree the ceremony was incredible and the weather was perfect. For good luck, Mother Nature gifted ((Katie + Dan)) with 10 minutes of rain, cooling everything off.

Since it was a Saturday on the lake, the evening was complete with fireworks over the water, amplifying the Fourth of July weekend ~ a perfect beginning to their new lives together.

Staycation with ((Katie + Dan)) as you browse through their lovely wedding day photos sent to us by Timothy Whaley Photography ~

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Reception: Columbia Yacht ClubPhotographer: Timothy Whaley PhotographyEvent Planner: A Perfect Pair  Beauty: Balance Spa ChicagoFloral: Maria’s Floral Studio • Bakery: West Town Bakery

Couple of the Week ((Alexandra + Conor))

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“Home is where ever I’m with you.” 

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((Alexandra + Conor)) were introduced by Alexandra’s roommate’s mom after Alexandra and her roommate needed some “manly” help while moving into Indiana University. Friends for a semester, they had a good “heart to heart” before Conor made his move. “He asked me out in our friend’s basement to Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweetest Escape.” It was so goofy, but definitely memorable.” ~ Alexandra said.

((Alexandra + Conor’s)) favorite moments together are date nights where they can spend time with one another and not worry about daily struggles. “Some of the most uneventful date nights are my favorite because we can just focus on each other.” 

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{Their Proposal Story} as told from Alexandra ~

“The proposal was so sweet. Conor knew how I wanted it to be: special and private. Conor picked me up from where I tutored on Thursday nights. I thought we were just going to have take out at his apartment. When we missed the turn, I knew something was up. He took me to the Radisson Blu Aqua. He told me there was a flash sale on hotel rooms and he thought it would be fun to stay there. I wasn’t too surprised because Aqua is his favorite building in the city. We had a corner room, and when were in the corner looking down at the Chicago River and Wrigley Building all lit up for Christmas, he dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was very funny and awkward; we kissed and bumped faces. I even had a bloody lip! The whole thing was very us.”

((Alexandra + Conor)) had their magical engagement session in Lincoln Park with Kristin La Voie Photography. “They live in the most ideal location with so many nearby options for photo ops, I was in heaven. I am so excited for their upcoming wedding after creating these magical photographs! ” Kristin exclaimed.

Congratulations to ((Alexandra + Conor)) as they tie the knot on October 4!

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Traditional Indian Wedding at the Grand Geneva Resort
((Avanti + Sanjeev))

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Happy Tuesday, Sassy Chicago Couples! We wanted to pass along this gorgeous Hindu wedding that took place at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in May of this year.

((Avanti + Sanjeev)) hosted 400 guests at Grand Geneva, complete with the groom’s entrance on horseback and Sunday brunch with traditional Indian dishes. Knowing they wanted to hold their wedding at a destination close to their families in Milwaukee and Skokie, Grand Geneva was the perfect fit, especially because both ((Avanti + Sanjeev)) spent winters skiing at the resort.

"I wanted a modern and elegant wedding ceremony and a reception that was vibrant yet romantic," ~ Avanti said. Loving the color purple and all it signifies ~ regality, passion, beauty, and grace, ((Avanti + Sanjeev)) teamed up with florist + decorator, Yanni Design Studio to help them achieve their mission. "We used an all glass "mundap" (altar in Hindu weddings), which felt modern and elegant. The lighting they used for the reception, along with the large dramatic floral centerpieces created a romantic and lively evening." 

((Avanti + Sanjeev)) also incorporated many Hindu wedding ceremony traditions in their big day including: the groom riding in on a horse during his procession, the bride's family "stealing" the groom's shoes, the bride and groom reciting ancient Hindu scriptures and obtaining elder family members' blessings during the ceremony. "We had few speeches during the reception as the focus was on our guests enjoying a full traditional Indian buffet meal and dancing to high energy Indian and 90's music until 1 a.m." ~ Avanti noted. 

In lieu of favors, the bride and groom made donations to charities very close to their hearts – the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss and the Anti-Cruelty Society. For guests to enjoy their inner silliness, ((Avanti + Sanjeev)) also had a photo booth. After the reception, guests enjoyed the after party, which was held outdoor on a terrace. ((Avanti + Sanjeev's)) family + friends ordered pizza, sat around a cozy fire, and enjoyed the gorgeous views of the resort. 

We had so much fun browsing through their photos + had such a hard time choosing among the beautiful shots. Browse through photos of their "I do's" provided by by Sarah Rae Photo ~ 

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~ Favorite Memory from the Day from Avanti  ~ 

"We loved exploring the unique spaces of the resort within our wedding day. For after ceremony photos, we spent time on the beautiful golf course and on the cozy Embers Terrace. Another favorite memory was having our after-party right on the Embers Terrace, where our friends and family enjoyed cocktails, late night pizza, and comfy benches around a raging fire outside, overlooking the golf course."

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~ Advice for Couples Currently Planning their Wedding ~ 

"It is so easy to get bogged down with details and strain relationships unnecessarily. My husband and I kept reminding ourselves that even if everything went wrong (and many things did, which only I noticed!) that at the end of the day, this was about us and the incredible journey we were commencing. The honeymoon was a nice light at the end of a long wedding planning tunnel. Remember to take time to enjoy each other during the process so you remember why you're doing this together."

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Ceremony/Reception: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wis. • Photography: Sara Rae Photography, Santa Cruz, Calif.  Catering: Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine, Schaumburg • Cake: Grand Geneva Resort • Floral/Decorator/Mundap: Yanni Design Studio, Wheeling • Hair: Well Spa, Grand Geneva Resort • Makeup: Ania Tate, Bobbi Brown artist, Chicago • DJ: Shaadi Entertainment, Chicago • Photo Booth: Concept One Photo, Bloomingdale • Videographer: Highway 61 Films, Valparaiso • Wedding Coordinator: Roma Patel, Chicago • Invitations: Kellogg Printing Co., Monmouth •

5 Tips to Looking Great in Any Photo

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Unless you’re a world-renowned supermodel or an A-List actress, chances are you’re not used to being in front of a camera. You don’t spend your days jet-setting from photo shoot to photo shoot, and other than the daily glimpse of your Facebook profile picture, you don’t spend time studying photos of yourself, noting which angles work best and what lighting is most complimentary.

Now that you’re engaged, you and your spouse-to-be are the center of attention, which means you’ll be posing for dozens of photos leading up to the big day! This is the time to be confident and make the most of every moment, looking your very best every time that shutter snaps! Here are a few tips to help you get prepped.

Comfort is Key: This might seem like a no-brainer, but the more comfortable you’re feeling, the more comfortable you’ll appear in photos! If you’re a glamour girl who doesn’t leave the house without her stilettos, bring along a pair of flats if you’re taking photos in multiple spots. Otherwise, the discomfort you’re feeling will start to show through your facial expressions. Also, don’t forget to dress for the weather! If you’re planning an outdoor engagement session during the fall, for instance, bring along your warm coat so you can wear it in between shots.

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Primp & Polish: Fresh, natural skin always looks better on camera, so opt for a matte powder or foundation that doesn’t contain any minerals or sparkles. And, unless you’re going to be shooting in the sun for a long period of time, skip the sunscreen, as it may create a washed out effect on camera. Last, but certainly not least, give your nails some extra love prior to your session. You want that engagement ring to look extra snazzy, don’t you?

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Consider Color: The right hues can bring out your best features and enhance your natural coloring and complexion. Pops of color are perfect, but stay away from super busy prints and patterns. The photographer will want to focus on you and too much distraction can take away from the most important parts of the photo! A pro tip? Consider wearing a color that brings out your eyes!

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Focus on Fashion: It’s important to put your best fashion foot forward, but try to avoid buying a brand new outfit before taking your photos. When you haven’t had time to get to know the outfit and love it, you might not like the way it looks in your photos. Aim for your favorite dress or that top you always get compliments on. The same goes for haircuts! When it doubt, wear something that never fails to make you feel fabulous.

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The Most Important Tip? Be yourself! It might sound cheesy or cliché, but you’ll look best in photos when you’re happy and enjoying every moment. Remember — you’re getting married to the love of your life. And nothing is more beautiful than that!

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About George Street Photo

George Street Photo & Video is a wedding photography & videography company with a photojournalistic style and trained team of experts that have become the signature behind the breathtaking images they create for couples nationwide. They employ only the best talent – passionate, contemporary artists who have made a career of framing and capturing the natural beauty of emotional moments. They are proud to be part of this collection of moments that expresses the true spirit and story of a couple’s wedding day!

Real Life Fairytale ((Emily + Tony))

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((Emily + Tony)) are both Disney fans at heart, so when it came to choosing a wedding theme, they had no issues. “Our design was more of a modern wedding, but in our minds, it was a fairytale.” ~ Emily said. It all started with their proposal. Tony proposed to Emily at Disney World with a view overlooking Cinderella’s Castle, treating Emily like a princess.

After planning the majority of their wedding out of state, both ((Emily + Tony)) pulled in some of their Chicago favorites for their big day, like hitting many popular downtown Chicago landmarks for photo ops before the celebration began.

Guests were also treated with to-go bags of Garrett’s Popcorn + the pair entered their reception showing off their Chicago Blackhawks pride by wearing custom jerseys.

“Just being able to be surrounded by friends and family, all smiling, laughing, and having a great time was enough. We knew we wanted to have a wedding that everyone enjoyed and would be talking about forever, and I think we accomplished our goal!”

Emily added, “From start to finish, it was such an amazing experience. We visited Embassy Suites Lakefront several years ago before we got married, and I told Tony then that Embassy Suites Lakefront was where we were going to get married. We both love downtown and love the look + feel of Embassy Suite, so it was an easy decision.” 

With supportive and helpful vendors, the entire planning process was smooth for the couple. “We received so many compliments on our entire wedding thanks to our vendors, from the bigger details like location to the smaller ones like our colors or flowers.”

Becky Brown Photography provided us a glimpse into their classic Chicago wedding and couldn’t help to add that ((Emily + Tony’s)) wedding was “the perfect wedding day.” See a glimpse into their wedding day ~

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~ First Dance ~

“Our first dance song was to “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore. We debated between a lot of different songs, but once we heard this one, we knew. Tony had no doubt this was our song. I cry every time I hear it.”

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Ceremony & Reception: Embassy Suites Lakefront • Photographer: Becky Brown Photography • Florist: Flowers by Stem • Bridal Salon: Memories Bridal Shop & Evening Wear • Grooms + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse • DJ: Luxe Productions

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