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Couple of the Week ((John + Heather))

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“Goofy Love” 

((John + Heather)) met at a local bar and after any failed attempts of John asking Heather out, she finally agreed. “He called me the night I gave him my number and invited me to a party. Originally, I told him I would go, but after thinking about it, I decided not to go. After multiple phone calls, I finally answered and told him that my mom had a flat tire, and I needed to pick her up from work.” John proceeded to call and text Heather almost every day afterwards.

After about two weeks of being persistent, Heather gave John a shot. The pair have been inseparable since.

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{Their Proposal Story}

It was a normal Monday morning. Heather was at work looking forward to attending Dog Day at US Cellular Field. ((John + Heather’s)) neighbor, Tom, called her and was overly enthusiastic. “Tom wanted to make sure I was having a good day, as work tends to be quite stressful. I thought this was a little weird, but knowing Tom, I didn’t think to much into it.” Heather’s dad also checked in to see how her day was going. “He sounded very excited that we were going to US Cellular Field, but knowing he is a huge sox fan and loves new pictures of Rufis (John + Heather’s dog,) I did not think too much about it.” ~ Heather said.

Once Heather’s work day was over, Tom came over as they were getting ready for the game. Heather noticed how excited he was, but Tom told her he was just having a good day and wished he could bring his dog along too.

When the pair arrived at the field and went through security, the detector went off. Little did Heather know, John had Heather’s ring in his pocket.

As ((John + Heather)) lined up for the dog parade, they asked a couple to take their picture when they got on the field. “As I took Rufis to the field, John turned around and gave the camera to the two girls that were standing behind us. I did not realize, John told them, “he was about to do something.” John came over by me, and we took two pictures. I quickly said thank you, and as I started to walk off the field, John said, “One more picture.”

“It seemed like everything was in slow motion. I started to hear cheering and clapping as John got down on one knee. Once John and I locked eyes, he asked me to marry him and I immediately started to cry. It was the most perfect and amazing experience of my life.” ~Heather exclaimed.

The White Sox have always been a big part of ((John + Heather’s)) relationship and to have the opportunity to be on the field with their dog was “more than I could ask for” ~ Heather added. As the game went on, people went up to ((John + Heather)) to congratulate them and tell the couple they too had taken pictures of their proposal. “It was a day we will never forget,” Heather said.

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((John + Heather)) will be saying their “I dos” on June 13, 2015. Both are ecstatic cannot wait to see what the future has in store for them.

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((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

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

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

10 Ways to Include the Groom in Wedding Planning

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Most people, including the groom, accept the fact that a wedding is mostly about the bride and what she wants on their special day. But I'm seeing more often, the groom wanting to play a role in the planning of their wedding day. Heck, in some cases, "Groomzillas" have even surfaced! But if your groom isn't participating as much as you'd like, I've listed some ideas to make him feel special and join in the planning process.

1. The funniest thing to see at a wedding reception is a groom's cake that reflects the groom's personality or hobby. Make sure to include his favorite cake flavor. I had a groom's cake for a construction worker/Bears fan and the cake was a blue and orange hammer. Love it!

2. Have a couple's shower in which both the bride and groom are celebrated by family and friends.

3. Present a video at the reception with pictures, set with the groom's favorite music, of the groom's life leading up to wedding day.

4. I just had a bride do one of the most beautiful things I've seen in my 14 years as a planner. She wrote a poem for her groom and had it read aloud by one of her dear friends right before she walked down the aisle. I *heart* that idea!

5. If you are a dancer or singer, do a special tribute to your groom at the wedding reception, but PLEASE keep it classy.

6. When registering, include the groom and let him register for some of those fun man items!

7. Get the groom a sentimental pre-wedding gift or a massage the eve of the wedding.

8. You both should work with the band or DJ to make sure some of the groom's favorite songs are played during the reception.

9. Have the groom control one aspect of the planning process (photography, entertainment, transportation, etc.)

10. …and last but not least, invite him to all the planning meetings with your wedding planner even if he's unable to attend. 

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Couple of the Week ((Marisa + Daniel))

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"Goofy, Geeky, Lovey Dovey Fun."

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((Marisa + Daniel)) met through work over two and a half years ago. "It was a slow flirtation at the beginning that blossomed into full fledged love!" ~ Marisa said. "Our first date was the cutest. We were both so nervous and flirty."

While the couple was eating dinner, Daniel suddenly asked Marisa if the rumors he was hearing were true. Marisa asked him, "What rumors?" Daniel replied, "If you like me more than a friend." Bashfully, Marisa said yes, and the rest of their love story is history.

{Their Proposal}

Daniel proposed to Marisa using Harry Potter, which is a big part of their lives. "He cut out the pages of the 6th book to the chapter, The Unbreakable Vow. Inside was a snitch locket! When I opened the locket it said will you marry me? When I looked over, Daniel had the engagement ring out and ready to go!"

((Marisa + Daniel)) describes themselves as that couple at the grocery store that everyone stares at because they cannot keep their hands off of each other. "We make each other so happy and we want to scream it to the world that we are finally engaged!"

Congratulations to ((Marisa + Daniel)) as they plan their wedding!

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