Happy anniversary to Julie and Adam today! This sweet couple got hitched at Gallery 1028 during a Jewish ceremony. Chris Sarlas Orchestra provided the music while they exchanged their vows, and also for the lively reception afterward. Calihan Catering served a delicious dinner and even topped it off with a rice crispy treat wedding cake! Thanks to Studio AG for providing the lovely floral, and to Windy City Limousine for providing the transportation. Other vendors involved include Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair and FC Valet. Take a look at these lovely photos by Tricia Koning Photography to relive their big day!

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While Lauren just joined the NYE team in April 2016, we all agree that it feels like she’s been a part of the team forever. We learned early on that Lauren is the escort card whisperer, tipsy groomsmen wrangler, and seasoned timeline executer. And she does it all with poise and a smile. We couldn’t be more excited to have her on the team! Get to know our Lauren with this Q&A:

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How would you describe yourself? I’m a fun, quirky person with the soul of an 80 year old. I’m the person in my friend group who people come to for advice or just a listening ear. I’ve always pursued my passions and encourage everyone else to do the same.

What is your definition of “happiness”? Happiness is when I’m surrounded by loved ones and we are all laughing and having a good time together. I love enjoying and capturing the small moments in life.

If you had to pick one, which animal fits your personality? I would be a deer because I have a gentle but determined spirit, am able to react quickly, am occasionally clumsy, and explore nature’s beauty through my big ol’ doe eyes.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? I would love to be a better DJ. I’m always the first to turn over the responsibility of the car playlist, but I wish I were the cool person who always knows the best music to choose for the moment.

What’s the farthest from home you’ve ever been? The farthest from home I’ve been to is Cancun, Mexico and went even farther when we rented a car and took a 2.5 hour road trip to Chichén Itzá! My hope is for my travels to take me to many places across the world because I love to explore other cultures.

What do you like to do in your spare time? When I’m up for an adventure I love going out and exploring different parts of my wonderful city of Chicago. I also enjoy doing yoga, cooking favorite recipes with my boyfriend (well he cooks and sometimes lets me help), taking weekend road trips, pretending to be an interested buyer at an open house, drinking lots of coffee, daydreaming, watching movies, and cuddling with my newly adopted 12 year old yorkie.

Crafty, DIY, eco-friendly and so incredibly charming – this is how we’d describe Bridget and Dan’s wedding. This lovely couple got married one year ago today at City View Loft. They incorporated so many cute personalized details into their wedding – many of which were hand crafted by themselves! From their adorable invitations to their DIY centerpieces, Bridget and Dan’s wedding was truly crafted with love. Take a look at the amazing photos by Megan Saul Photography to relive their wedding!

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Some personal friends of the couple played the ceremony music.

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Bread and the Butterfly did all of their floral and garland decor. chicago-wedding-photography-at-city-view-loft-by-megan-saul-photography-ceremony-154-of-166chicago-wedding-photography-at-city-view-loft-by-megan-saul-photography-ceremony-161-of-166

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LM Catering served their delicious dinner.

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Firecakes Donuts supplied all of the amazing mini donuts. How cute is their (donut) topper?!chicago-wedding-photography-at-city-view-loft-by-megan-saul-photography-reception-details-3-of-42

All of the signage was made by the couple and their helpers.

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Other vendors involved in their wedding were First Student Charter Bus, The Traveling Photo Booth, Jeannie Giannone Makeup Artistry, Gold Noise DJs and Simply Wood Rings.

Happy first anniversary, Bridget and Dan! To many, many more.

Samantha and Justin got married one year ago today at DANK Haus – and it was a fantastically Halloween-themed party! Their celebration included a magician (Justin Purcell) and a photo booth (Chicago Memory Booth). For dinner, Baker Miller provided a variety of delicious pot pies – and Ambiente Chicago helped out with staffing. Mykol Rodriguez played all the tunes while guests danced the night away. Half Acre and Binny’s supplied the beverages. Check out all of the fun details of their Halloween wedding through these wonderful photos by Ed & Aileen Photography below!

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Happy Anniversary, Samantha and Justin!

Megan and Jay met at work while bonding over their love for running and biking. It wasn’t until a year after their first date that they officially began dating. Sooner than they knew, they got engaged in Vancouver!

The couple had their Hindu ceremony the day before their traditional American wedding at Gorton Community Center. Their Hindu ceremony was so colorful and vibrant, matching perfectly with their autumn surroundings. Take a look at the photos of their wedding weekend by Z+V Photography below.

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The next day, they had their more traditional American ceremony and reception at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest, Illinois. They incorporated many sweet details into their wedding and reception. They brought their two cultural backgrounds and made their wedding very unique to them.

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All of the amazing flowers were provided by Fab Flora11-1

Neil Dixon Smith provided the romantic ceremony music. 17
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Their beautiful, simplistic wedding cake was by Elysia Root Cakes – adorned with fresh floral by Fab Flora – and it featured a little figurine of their pup at the bottom taking a bite of their cake!3

The dinner reception was held in a tent outside – provided by Blue Peak Tents, Inc. It was warm and romantic inside. The food by FIG Catering was all very fall inspired, and incorporated both Indian and traditional American fare into their dinner. 2-1

Megan and Jay incorporated their love for reading into their centerpieces. These centerpieces were made up of amazing vintage books. Their table numbers were wooden leaf cutouts that hung from the centerpieces (resembling bookmarks!).6-17-114-3

We loved their vintage furniture vignette by Rent Vintage Chicago.

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There was more wood incorporated throughout the decor, such as their guest book (which was a wooden plank with a portrait of them and their dog etched in). The escort cards were also propped up by mini-tree stumps. All the paper goods were made by Spilled Ink Press204549

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Other vendors involved were Cage + Aquarium, Windy City Limousine, Pattie Campbell and Debra Petrielli.

Their wedding was the perfect combination of rustic, personal, and a fusion of their two cultures. There were so many sweet details that made this event truly their own. Happy anniversary, you two!