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((Megan + Matt’s)) Classic + Chic ‘I dos’

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((Megan + Matt)) are high school sweethearts and then attended college together at the University of Missouri. Over the years their relationship continued to grow and next thing you know, it was wedding day!

Surrounded by family and friends when they said their ‘I dos,’ the couple chose a classical affair. Their photographer, Becky Brown said, “Megan and Matt are one of the sweetest, most adorable couples I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Their wedding also had one of the most packed dance floors I’ve seen!”

Peek into their gorgeous day and check out what ((Megan+ Matt)) used for their wedding ceremony sendoff!

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Reception Venue: Westin Chicago Northwest Photographer: Becky Brown Photography Bridal Salon: A Joyful Occasion Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Hair + Makeup: Glimmer Salon Floral: Walden Floral Invitations: 221 Creations • Band: Magnificent Events

Glowing The Night Away ((Ali + Rich))

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((Ali + Rich)) had a lovely chic wedding at Concorde Banquets. Ali looked stunning in her gown, with her bold blue heels. The bridesmaids yellow flowers popped so beautifully in the photos against their silver bridesmaids dresses. So sweet and full of love for one another, ((Ali + Rich)) wanted their wedding to be full of dance music, giving the impression that guests were at a club downtown. “We even had glow sticks and glow jewelry for our guests to wear!” Ali said.

The most important advice the newlyweds have for couple’s planning their big day is to make sure they go with their gut instinct. “If a vendor seems off, don’t go with them, but be sure to ask lots of questions to everyone you come in contact with. Also, if you can hire a wedding planner — do it!”

Peek into their ‘I dos’ with photos sent to us by Brittany Lynn Studios!

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Ceremony + Reception Venue: Concorde Banquets Photographer: Brittany Lynn Studios Bakery: Central Continental Bakery • Makeup: Pin Me Up Chicago • Florist: Bill’s Grove FloristGroom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Couple of the Week ((Kelli + Bryan))

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Love is patient, love is kind. ((Kelli + Bryan’s)) love story is truth that love is worth waiting for.

In the midst of hundreds and hundreds of new students in welcome week at Michigan State University, Kelli and Bryan crossed paths. Days later, Bryan found himself smitten, “She was that smart beautiful girl in class and I was surprised that she even talked to me.” For over 5 years, Kelli and Bryan had nothing more then a beautiful friendship.

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Kelli later moved away to work as a missionary teacher, and on one of her breaks home, Bryan asked Kelli if she would like to catch up. The next day, Bryan called Kelli while she was packing to leave again and asked if he could come over to talk in person. This time, he had something on his heart. As Kelli packed, Bryan told Kelli he wanted to know her better and to pursue a relationship.

Over the next year even though they were on different continents, they made it a point to get to know each other even better. While they were worlds away, Kelli and Bryan fell in love. While Kelli was back for a summer break, Bryan took Kelli to the MSU gardens for their “real” first date!

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In December of 2013, Michigan was in the midst of a terrible ice storm that cut off traffic and power. This was also the only day Bryan had to propose to Kelli. Bryan’s plan to take Kelli on a romantic hike and propose diminished and Kelli watched Bryan mentally flip through Plan A, Plan B and Plan C. At the end of the day, Bryan found a quiet moment at night. He read Kelli entries from his journal about the first time he realized he loved her, the things he admires about her and a list of reasons why he longed to make her his wife. And of course, she said yes.

Emily Jane Photography captured these beautiful engagement photos of ((Kelli + Bryan)) in the same spot where they had their first date. Congratulations to this adorable couple as they plan their new life together.

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Anchors Away on Lake Michigan ((Elizabeth + Brian))

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A four hour intimate wedding ceremony on a private yacht during the day of the Air & Water Show weekend, Liz, Brian, and a little more than 20 of their closest family and friends set sail on a perfect summer night in Chicago.

Docking near Oak Street Beach, guests grabbed a seat as the bride and groom made their way to the bow of the boat. With the blowing of a conch to remember loved ones lost, the ceremony began. Liz & Brian wrote personal vows to one another that left everyone in tears, including Elizabeth Greve Photography, who submitted us pictures below of their beautiful wedding day.

After ((Elizabeth + Brian)) were announced husband and wife, group portraits were taken on the bow of the boat from above. “It was our first 10 minutes alone as a couple and there was a huge sense of calm and joy,” Elizabeth said. “We danced, we talked – it was bliss.”

The new bride + groom’s wedding weekend continued with a next day reception at the East Bank Club. See how they celebrated with their closest family + friends ~

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 ~ Elizabeth + Brian’s Advice for Couples ~

1.) “Stay true to what you and your future spouse’s vision is of the big day/weekend. Many will give some great advice, but feel free to not take all of it. Our wedding was not traditional and caused a few rifts, but in the end, we had a truly memorable and fantastic time.”

2.) “The planning will take as long as you let it. We got engaged in March and had a beautiful event five months later – it’s doable and in the end, we loved that it didn’t take a year of our lives! We love being married and didn’t want to wait.”

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Ceremony Location: Good Times (Private Yacht) at Chicago Yacht Club Reception Location: East Bank Club Photographer: Elizabeth Greve Photography Florist: Ashland-Addison Florist Bridal Shop: Glamour Closet Grooms + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Hair & Makeup: Erik Misher, Salon Buzz, Nicole Kelly Bakery: Chicago Yacht Club

((Ashleigh + Jeff’s)) Traditional + Non Traditional Wedding

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((Ashleigh + Jeff)) created their own traditions on their wedding day. Rather than following a cookie cutter formula, the pair decided they would only observe traditions that felt right to them. Throughout the planning process, the couple worked together to split up responsibilities evenly, making sure their wedding day was a true reflection of their personalities as a couple and as individuals.

“We incorporated a swing dance as their first dance, our closest friends and family (regardless of their gender) stood by our sides, everyone in the bridal party wore a suit or dress they picked out themselves and felt comfortable in, chicken & waffles and beef brisket was served for dinner with our favorite beer (bride’s choice and groom’s choice) and delicious wedding pie. As a result, we felt comfortable and enjoyed every second of it” Ashleigh and Jeff said.

Both ((Ashleigh + Jeff)) were escorted down the aisle by both of their parents. Ashleigh walked down the aisle to the song “At Last” by Etta James, and the new bride and groom walked up the aisle together to “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates. After they said ‘I do,’ Jeff took Ashleigh‘s last name, rather than follow the tradition.

See how these modern lovebirds truly made their wedding day their own with beautiful photos sent to us by Elena Bazini Photography.

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Reception: Embassay Suites Chicago Photographer: Elena Bazini Photography Dress:BHLDN Hair: Bridal Beauty Chicago  Bride’s Jewelry: Ann Taylor • Floral: Fleur de Jour  Bakery: First Slice Pie Cafe DJ: Style Matters • Invitations/Signs: RSVP Paperie (Etsy Shop)

Farm-to-Table Wedding ((Nikki + Pete))

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((Nikki + Pete’s)) ultra romantic September wedding under a big oak tree warms our heart on a cold + snowy day. Showcasing summer at the beginning of fall, the couple’s ‘I dos’ were inspired by vintage and antique shops they love to visit. “We thought vintage would complement our family histories and Heritage Prairie Farm, Nikki said. “The farm added such a creative and personal touch in capturing our day.”

The lovebirds knew they wanted their family involved in the entire planning process, so every member helped make their wedding decor. “My mom used her antique ivory button collection to form framed table numbers and our florist, Daureen at The Designerie, placed some of these buttons on ribbons adorning my bridesmaids’ bouquets as well as hanging bouquets from shepherd hooks lining the aisle,” Nikki said.

“Pete’s father created two large distressed wooden frames and easels to showcase black and white prints of family wedding photos. He also created distressed trays to display our place cards. My aunt graciously cooked over 20 different finger desserts, adding rustic vintage wooden crates, metal pails, white-serving dishes, and distressed wooden shelving to create a gorgeous, and delicious, dessert table! Included in the desserts were some family favorites passed down through 3-4 generations.”

To warm your heart even more, the couple had a “ring warming” ceremony. Every wedding guests greeted ((Nikki + Pete)) one-by-one to “warm” their rings with their blessings, giving the pair a brief moment to spend with with every guest.

Grab a warm cup of hot coco and warm up to their beautiful photos sent to us by Brian Morrison Photography ~

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~ Nikki + Pete’s Advice for Couple’s Planning ~
Take deep breaths and exercise the stress away // Make lists and do what you feel is special // When you finish a major part of planning, go out for a beer, TOGETHER!

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Ceremony + Reception Venue: Heritage Prairie Farm  Photographer: Brian Morrison Florist: The Designerie Hair + Makeup: Appease  DJ: Toast & Jam

Two Weddings, Two Continents ((Yang + Rongbo))

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When we hear the word elopement, we often think of couple’s running to a courthouse to get married because they are overwhelmed with the decisions and just want to be married. For our Couple of the Week, ((Yang + Rongbo)) it’s not like that. ((Yang + Rongbo)) planned two different weddings — one in a Chicago Courthouse, the other in their hometown of China for a big, traditional Chinese-style reception.

Josh + Jamie of Pabst Photo described his day with the newlyweds ~

“We met the two at 10 am at the courthouse where we queued up in the surprisingly long line of couples set to be married that morning. Seeing all the couples made me love being a photographer even more. So many stories and I was so glad we got to tell one of them. After moving quickly through the herd of people, the intimate ceremony took only minutes. ((Yang + Rongbo)) had a couple close friends to take in the moment with them. As soon as they were declared married, I could see the stress lift off their shoulders. At that point, getting the two to stop smiling was our biggest challenge.”

((Yang + Rongbo)) spent the afternoon in taking in an engagement-like session throughout the city. From Millennium Park, the Bean, to Michigan Ave, Trump Tower Plaza, and then had a wardrobe change. After that, the lovebirds headed north to North Avenue Beach for some skyline pictures and then moved to Lincoln Park at the Caldwell Lilly Pond to finish. After pictures, ((Yang+ Rongbo)) took in lunch in Chinatown with their friends an family, and share their day with their photographers.

See a peek into their first celebration ~

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Happily Ever After ((Megan + Stefan))

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((Megan + Stefan’s)) September Klein Creek Golf Club wedding can best be described as traditional with a twist for many reasons. It all started with the way Stefan proposed.

When Stefan was preparing to ask Megan to marry him, he first asked Megan’s father for permission. Little did Megan know, her father had a paper application for him to fill out. Stefan made sure to include the application in their wedding program.

When planning, while Stefan didn’t know, Megan was inspired while she was wedding dress shopping. “I chose many of the feather accented decorations we used in our wedding because of my dress. My mom told me she thought the bottom of my gown looked like feathers. To play along with that theme, we added feathers to the centerpieces, bouquets, flower girl basket, and flower girl head piece.” ~ Megan said.

The couple also chose to have a wine box ceremony and wrote each other love letters (which they still have not read) and locked them in a box during the ceremony along with a box of wine. If and when they have hard times, they are planning to open the box, read their letters, and share the bottle of wine to remember why they chose to marry. If they do not need to open the box, they are planning to open it on their 5 year anniversary to celebrate and replenish the wine box for the next 5 years.

Throughout their reception, ((Megan + Stefan)) had several line dances, since they met while at a line dancing bar. “At the bar, I stopped to take a photo, and he almost ran into me. I later saw the photo and went up to him at the bar another night and told him about it. We started talking immediately after this!” ~ Megan said. The Chicago Bears loving duo also had a Bears garter that was wrapped around a football labeled, “Good catch! You’re next!” which was hidden under Megan’s large dress.

See what surprised Megan during their reception + be inspired by the super adorable way they found to incorporate their beloved Boxer in their big day ~

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~ The Bride’s Favorite Moment ~

“My favorite memory for the day is a tie between our first dance and the surprise garter toss dance that Stefan and his brothers performed to “Pour Some Sugar” on me!”

~ The Groom’s Favorite Moment ~ 

 “The first of my favorite moments is seeing Megan walk down the aisle. It is a surreal moment and I’ll never forget it. The second is the garter toss dance because it was a surprise to everyone and I like surprising my wife!”

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^^ ((Megan + Stefan’s)) adorable ring bearer held the title of “ring security.” He wore a black tux, sunglasses, and carried a metal silver safe. ^^

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~ Advice for Couple’s Planning From the Bride ~ 

“Make sure your wedding reflects not only the bride, but your groom too! You don’t want your groom to feel like a guest the day of the wedding. Try to include him because groom’s often have great ideas! You may even end up with a surprise garter toss dance.”

~ Advice for Couple’s Planning From the Groom ~ 

“Be apart of the wedding planning. The day flies by, so soak up everything and have fun!”

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^^ Because the couple love their boxer Rocky so much, they had a chocolate molded dog made to look like he was taking a bite out of their wedding cake. ^^

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Venue: Klein Creek Golf Club  Photographer: Classical Glamour Photography  Florist: Paige Swenson  Bridal Salon: Wolsfelt’s Bridal & White Satin Bridal •  Grooms + Groomsmen’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse •  Hair Salon: Lucid Salon •  Makeup: Kalee Hooghkirk  Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery • DJ: Patrick Zywiec

((Megan + Kyle’s)) Intimate ‘I Dos’

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((Megan + Kyle’s)) wedding day was filled with blue skies, fluffy white clouds, kites, gorgeous light, lovely decor and little touches of detail at the Ravenswood Event Center Atrium & Loft

Everything from leading up to the wedding to the day itself, was joyful for ((Megan + Kyle)). With a little help from Megan’s mom who came in early from Michigan, Megan spent 5 hours gluing fabric on favors and escort cards, while drinking wine. “We had a blast even preparing for the wedding day!” ~ Megan said.

The morning of their big day, Megan took the time to have coffee with her two best friends. During this time, the ring bearer, flower girl, and Megan’s cat DC all became BFFs. Megan enjoyed being able to see how genuinely excited all my friends and family were for Kyle and her.

A sweet + funny moment happened during their ceremony (besides the vows, of course!). The couple’s flower girl, Natalie, got halfway down the aisle and stopped because she ran out of flowers. “She wanted to save two flowers for her stuffed rabbit, Bunny, who was saving her seat.” ~ Megan added, “It was the only way we would get her to walk down the aisle without him!”

Victoria Sprung Photography provided us a glimpse into their sweet wedding day ~

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^^ The groom wore a custom suit from Balani Custom Clothiers that had their names & wedding date embroidered inside ^^

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^^ The bride wore Kate Spade “Billie” shoes in ivory satin. With the help of a friend, Megan completed her “something blue” with crystal “I do” stickers for the bottom of her shoes. “I ended up putting them sideways, but that just gave them more personality,” ~ Megan said. ^^

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~ Advice for Future Brides + Grooms ~ from the bride ~ 

“Pick the best vendors you can find and trust them! We gave pretty general guidance on what we we’re looking for and relied heavily on the vendors for their expertise. As a result, we weren’t stressed out about small details, and everything turned our perfectly.”

“Enjoy the moment. There were a couple times I started to stress, and I just reminded myself how fast the day was going and not to let small deviations from the plan bother me and take me away from all the awesomeness that was happening. “

“Don’t forget to eat! Plan your meals in advance and make sure your bridesmaids are carrying snacks at all times!” 

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Ceremony, Reception, and Catering: Ravenswood Event Center Atrium & Loft Photographer: Victoria Sprung Photography • Wedding Coordinator: Aly McKenzi • Florist: Anna Held Floral Studio  DJ: Toast and Jam  Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s • Invitations: Bridesmaid Jennifer Luoma  Wedding Favors/Escort Cards:  The Succulent Source • Dress:  Wedding Belles  Hair & Makeup: Four Elements Salon

((Jessica + Aron)) Trash the Dress {and the tuxedo!}

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This ‘trash the dress’ session submitted to us by Lemon Twist Images will make you rethink saying ‘no’ to trashing the dress.

((Jessica + Aron)) were married October 12 of this year, which left a little extra room for them to schedule an outdoor session around the “golden hour” when photographing lighting is at it’s peak. The couple wanted to take beautiful wedding photos beforehand, but did not want to worry about Jessica’s dress getting dirty before walking down the aisle.

The couple chose to ‘trash the dress’ for one reason ~ “to enhance the gown through gorgeous photos,” and boy, are these images gorgeous.

((Jessica + Aron)) frolicked in the forest and jumped in the water. After the session, Jessica did what any other bride would do. She let her gown hang-dry for 12 hours, and took it to the cleaners. When Jessica asked if the cleaners preserved wedding dresses, she said the look on the woman’s face was hysterical, but not without telling Jessica first that she may “need a little more time.”  :o)

We often forget a wedding gown can easily get dirty leaning against a brick wall or sitting on the grass. Trash the Dress sessions offer a dramatic flair to traditional wedding photography, making the photos an exciting addition to a wedding album. Couples can be as dramatic as burning a wedding gown, or as beautiful as posing in the water like the photos below.

Get in on the fun like ((Jessica + Aron)) did and consider trashing your dress!

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