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Couple of the Week ((Felicia + Bart))

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“Worth the wait.”

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So there’s love at first sight, and then love at first sight.

Throughout Felicia’s life, her mom teased her about her preschool friend named Bart. Every day after preschool, Felicia would come home and tell her mother she was going to marry Bart. “Not only was I going to marry him, but we were going to have 13 kids!” ~ Felicia said. Felicia often thought her mother was just making the story up, wondering “Could a three year old really be planning a family already?” Felicia’s mom even kept a picture of them in her baby book and saved a birthday card Bart had given her. (See below!)

Fast-forward to the summer right before Felicia left for college. At a friend’s party, Felicia’s friend walked up to a group of her friends to introduce someone. “This is my college roommate, Bart,” the friend said. As soon as Felicia heard the name, she had a flashback to her mother’s stories. “I went to preschool with a Bart,” Felicia told him. Turns out, it was Bart from preschool. “I couldn’t wait to tell my mother!” Felicia exclaimed.

A few months later, Facebook brought the two together. Felicia said, “Bart messaged me sometime in November and said he would be home (Chicago) for Thanksgiving break and wanted to hang out. So we did just that. The rest is history.”

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{Their Engagement Story} as told by Felicia

“My best friend texted me saying she wanted to have a small brunch for her parents anniversary during Fourth of July weekend. She is the queen of planning celebrations so nothing was strange about this story. I kept telling her I wasn’t sure if I was going to go because I might have a barbecue that weekend. However, that morning came and Bart got dressed to head out to brunch with some of his friends. I figured I might as well go since Bart had plans of his own. My friend picked me up and drove downtown. As we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted with champagne. I had been to this restaurant before, but had never gotten champagne. “This is for the champagne toast for your parents,” the hostess said to Christina before walking us toward the back. I walked in and saw fifty members of my family and friends, including our pastor, standing and clapping. I immediately grabbed my Dad and put my head down. Bart asked my Dad in front of everyone for permission to marry me before getting down on one knee and popping the question. It was so emotional and exciting. The best day of my life so far!”

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After dating for eight years and growing together as a couple, ((Felicia + Bart)) cannot wait to say ‘I do’ on July 7, 2015! Congratulations to this adorable couple!

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((Diana + Kenneth’s)) Rustic Reception

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((Diana + Kenneth)) opted for a rustic + vintage wedding theme for their big day at Hyatt Lodge at McDonalds Campus. With recommendations from friends and family, as well as support from their vendors, the couple planned the perfect ‘I dos.’

“We wanted a rustic location to fit our vision and Hyatt Lodge was exactly what we wanted. It was big enough, but cozy enough all at the same time.” the bride said.

To play up their wedding theme, every centerpiece at ((Diana + Kenneth’s)) wedding was different. The couple used wood logs and then used different containers to display the flowers. Diana said, “We used mason jars, small vases, bowls, and glass domes to put together the look we were going for.” ((Diana + Kenneth)) also rented a vintage dresser from Violet & Pearl Design based on their florist, Petal Play‘s recommendations. On the dresser, a wood log held place cards during cocktail hour. The birdcages, along with centerpieces and vintage containers, came together to perfect the look.

For their favors, the lovebirds chose to give guests small wire birdcages with battery-operated candles. On the outside of the birdcage was a card that said, “Thank you from K&D. ”

Surrounded by their nearest and dearest friends and family, the dance floor at Hyatt Lodge was never empty. “We were both calm and trying to soak up every minute.” ~ Diana said.

As a surprise, the Chicago White Sox mascot, Southpaw made a special appearance. Diana also surprised Kenneth with a groom’s cake of his favorite Sox jersey.

Brittany Lynn Studios, ((Diana + Kenneth’s)) wedding photographer, said the pair was so comfortable with one another throughout the day, she could see the love between them. Browse through their wedding day to be inspired and hear from the bride why she chose the vendors she did ~

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“My dress was lace from head to toe. It was strapless with a train and accessorized with a jeweled belt. We went to White Satin Bridal in downtown Plainfield. I tried on 8 dresses and when I put this gown on, I kept saying, “I like this, I like this!” It just felt perfect. When I walked out of the dressing room, my mom and Kenneth’s mom starting getting teary eyed. I knew it was the dress. I have always driven past White Satin Bridal’s shop and I couldn’t wait until the day I could walk in and look for a wedding dress.” ~ Diana [on her gown]

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“Once I picked the peacock color for my bridesmaids, I let them chose whatever style they wanted as long as it was long. I wanted everyone to fell beautiful that day so I wanted them to choose something they loved. It just so happened they all picked chiffon which was perfect because it flowed really well.” [on her 'maids]

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“My bouquet made my heart so happy it was heavenly. It had peonies, ranunculus, English tea roses, roses, tulips, and succulents. It was exactly what I had envisioned.” [on her Petal Play bouquet]

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“Once we picked the theme, I browsed Pinterest and came acrossed a birch tree cake with the initials of the bride and groom “carved” with a heart. I loved it! Instead of a cake topper, we used fresh flowers from our florist.” [Diana on her rustic-inspired wedding cake]

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“Enjoy. Every. Minute. It truly goes so fast, try not to stress, and just take in everything. No one is going to know if something is out of place.” ~ from Diana + Kenneth {Advice for Couple’s Currently Planning}

Photographer: Brittany Lynn Studios • Wedding Planner: Tying the Knot • Reception Site: Hyatt Lodge at McDonalds Campus • Bridal Salon: White Satin Bridal • Hair Salon: A Cut Above • Florist: Petal Play  • Ceremony Site: St. Patrick’s Church • Bakery: Lezza Spumoni & Desserts, Inc. • Wedding Details: Duryea Place Designs  • Grooms + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse • Wedding Bands: Mark Peters Diamond Designs • Transportation: Naperville Trolley • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Couple of the Week ((Erika + Zachary))

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“Silly, weird, funny and in love.”

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((Erika + Zachary)) have a true Chicago love story. The lovebirds met at the train station heading to North Avenue Beach!

“He introduced himself to me and I had butterflies in my stomach immediately,” Erika said. “I thought he was so cute! We spent the whole day together with friends and later that night we found each other on Twitter. Two weeks later, he asked me out and here we are.”

The couple’s favorite date nights are watching movies until three or four in the morning. “We’ve never had a day where we don’t have anything to talk about. We are a simple couple,” ~ Erika added.

{Their Proposal Story}

Zachary proposed to Erika while celebrating Erika’s 21st birthday. “We just had a beautiful dinner at an Italian restaurant and we were sitting outside about to make s’mores. When I went to make one, he had the ring on the end of the skewer. Zachary then asked me to stand up so he could propose properly.” .” The couple has recently moved in together and is beginning to plan their walk down the aisle.

Erika wants other to people to know that true love is possible. “There are amazing guys out there and you never know when you will find your one true love. Maybe you’ll find him randomly at the train station like I met mine!”

Best wishes to this Chicago couple as they begin their life together.

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What comes with cutting a wedding cake?

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The cake cutting ceremony during the reception is not a moment that should be rushed and should be carefully planned to capture the moment on film and video. I personally like my couples to cut their wedding cake after they have been announced into the reception, especially if the cake will be dessert. Of course, your guests are going to want to capture the ceremony with their cameras, but it’s pivotal that the coordinator or photographer’s assistant keep them out of the direct line of the photo.

Now what is the proper way to cut into this beautiful creation? The cake knife and server should be placed on the cake table along with a small plate, two forks and a nicely folded napkin. This is a perfect photo op before the actual ceremony begins. Once the bride and groom are in position, with the groom’s hand over the bride’s, the couple use the knife to cut into the bottom layer of the cake. Then with the couple’s hands positioned the same, they should use the server to remove the slice of cake and place the slice on the small plate. Of course the fun part comes when the couple begins to feed each other with the groom feeding the first piece of cake to his new wife.

The entire ceremony symbolizes the couple caring for each other and all the sweetness that is to come in their marriage.

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Couple of the Week ((Joey + Rosa))

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“Loud and in Love”

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It all started with the words, “Thanks for the add.” ((Joey + Rosa)) are high school sweethearts that met on MySpace. After Joey accepted Rosa’s friend request, Rosa replied, “Thanks for accepting… for all you know, I could be a weirdo.”

Long story short, Rosa says she gave Joey a fair warning from the beginning. The pair eventually exchanged numbers, and hung out after school. After one month of talking, they made it official in March of 2007.

“We’re all a little weird and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr. Seuss

{Their Proposal Story ~ see a video below!}

Joey has always wanted to go jet skiing. Every summer, it was either bad timing, too cold, or raining. On April 29, while on a cruise in Key West, the couple booked an all day adventure to go jet skiing and parasailing. As soon as the jet skiing portion was over, they waited on the boat to get suited up for parasailing. While sitting down talking to other guests, the captain announced there was one more announcement on board. Joey got down on one knee in front of everyone and asked Rosa to marry him.

“Of course, I didn’t think he was being serious,” Rosa said. “After 7 years of dating, it was not uncommon for Joey to get down on one knee and tie his shoe to pretend he was about to ask me to marry him. But it was for real this time. He had even asked my parents for their blessing right before our trip!”

These modern lovebirds are all about trying new things. “Day dates are better than night dates,” Rosa said. The pair enjoys taking in any activity that involves adventure. From repelling down Navy Pier, jet skiing, kayaking, and going parasailing, they love trying new things together.

((Joey + Rosa)) have recently moved into their first place together and have welcomed a dog into their family.

“Joey said having the puppy made him realize we’re pretty much a forever kind of thing. He bought the ring a few weeks later!” 

Congratulations to ((Joey + Rosa)) as they plan their June 26, 2015 wedding!

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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!

Hayden Shea Kristin La Voie Photography KristinLaVoiePhotographyChicagoWeddingPhotographerLincolnParkEngagementFilmFineArtPhotographer42 low Couple of the Week ((Alexandra + Conor))

Hayden Shea Kristin La Voie Photography KristinLaVoiePhotographyChicagoWeddingPhotographerLincolnParkEngagementFilmFineArtPhotographer17 low Couple of the Week ((Alexandra + Conor))

Hayden Shea Kristin La Voie Photography KristinLaVoiePhotographyChicagoWeddingPhotographerLincolnParkEngagementFilmFineArtPhotographer50 low Couple of the Week ((Alexandra + Conor))
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