Liz and Rob’s wedding day was the perfect city wedding in the park. Set in the middle of lincoln park, this couple had a wonderful intimate ceremony followed by reception at North Pond. Check out all these lovely photos from Michelle Lytle.

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I just love the small details Liz came up with, from farm-to-table looking escort cards and menus, to wine inspired guestbook and table numbers. And oh man- that cheese dessert display was an amazing way to cap the meal.

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Happy first year anniversary Liz and Rob!

 

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Liz and Joe are simply the sweetest couple ever! I met Liz through her work as a wedding photographer at Coachhouse Pictures and felt so honored when the hired me for their wedding. Their vision for the day was an amazing mix of rustic elegance and DIY glory- I loved every detail. Check out the beautiful work from the talented Allison Williams Photography!

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Liz and Joe chose to get married on the grounds of a garden shop, Blumen Gardens, in a small town outside of Chicago. The ceremony took place in a beautiful nook of the property nestled by exposed brick walls and cascading greenery. Liz and Joe added a ceremony backdrop of wooden embroidery rounds with ferns attached that hung from the exposed rafters. The couple stood on a vintage rug while the Groom’s brother officiated the wedding. Guests watched the nuptials from wooden mismatched chairs and the couple’s parents had a VIP spot on vintage plush chairs. This outdoor ceremony couldn’t have been more beautiful!

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The reception place was just as lovely with barn-like details and vintage hoosier cabinets. Liz and Joe dressed up the dance floor with hanging vintage books and lacy paper mache lanterns. The centerpieces incorporated a mix of handpainted mason jars and repurposed glass bottles with romantic blooms in shades of orange, peach, ivory, and green. The detail to love is the beautiful muslin table numbers and the table runners with ivory damask detailing.

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Liz also handmade the guestbook, favor bags, and all the chalkboard signage. They used those chalkboards for the signature bar menu as well as ceremony information for their guests. The guestbook was a framed 3D heart art piece that guests were encouraged to sign. Their favors were seeds where guests could take some of the garden home with them after the evening.

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What a wonderful day! Congrats to Liz and Joe and happy anniversary.

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VENDORS:

Photographer: Allison Williams Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Blumen Gardens

Hair + Makeup: Dolce Vita Salon

Florist: Becca Blue Flowers

Caterer: Wild Asparagus Catering

Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery

Furniture Rentals: Shadowbox Dreams Vintage Rentals

DJ: Music By Design, http://musicbydesign.com/

 

Gaby had always seen herself getting married at the Chicago Botanic Garden, but as the day got nearer she felt nervous to have the big wedding and be the center of attention all night- to the point she thought she wouldn’t have any fun. Well, she dropped those jitters and was all smiles the entire day. Both Gaby and Brad had a blast and at the end of the night they told me it was the best night of their lives!

Check out all these beautifully captured memories from Angel Eyes Photography.

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When the rain storm forced the ceremony indoors we had to improvise a new chuppah, since the old one was soaked. Four cousins stood up as the pole bearers and held a blanket (from the car) over the couple. The guitarist, Neil Dixon Smith, played while Gaby and her father walked down the aisle and you could just feel the love in the room. Gaby later told me she wouldn’t have changed the outcome, rain and all- it was a very special moment.

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I just loved the lush centerpieces, provided by Pollen, set atop the apple green linens. They chose florals with a vintage tone (blush, ivory, lavender, grey) and a soft, romantic ruffled look. We took the couple’s personal mercury glass votives and had them filled with soy based wax from our favorite non-profit, Bright Endeavors. With the pond in the background and the surrounding greenery, it was a perfect touch of elegance.

Gaby and Brad chose to have a blues band for their wedding entertainment and it was amazing! Morry Sochat and the Special 20′s is not a typical wedding band but they know how to get the dance floor packed. They had so much energy!

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Finally, check out this adorable video from Burton Charles Wedding Films:

 

Happy Anniversary Gaby and Brad!

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Vincent and Sarah got Married at Cai last year on June 22nd. It was a perfect sunny day for a wedding and photos at Ping Tom Park! Special thanks to Rojo Foto for all these wonderful images.

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Both families came together for an American style ceremony followed by a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. What a perfect blend of two wonderful cultures.

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Yay flags acted as escort cards and the favors were buttons that told a story about the couple. After a traditional multi-course Chinese meal, the couple cut their cake and dove into the sweets table. The sweets table backdrop was a combination of their last names to spell “Chunkins” in lights. So cute! And DJ Major Taylor kept the dance floor hoping all night.

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Happy Anniversary Vincent and Sarah!

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When Dan proposed at the iconic Chicago Crown Fountain in Millenium Park, Alexis knew they would be getting married in Chicago. Alexis, a residential interior designer, had an amazing vision for the wedding- an urban setting with a very chic feel, a little eclectic, but oh so romantic!

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Alexis and Dan got married at RM Champagne Salon. The eclectic rustic decor and chic French accents made it the perfect spot for this couple. They added a few green touches with cascading bunches of garland as their ceremony backdrop and stunning flowers on concrete pedestals. Their immediate family sat on a grouping of mismatched chairs, while other guests surrounded the couple in a standing ceremony. Family friends performed a beautiful duet as Alexis made her way down the aisle.

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After ceremony and cocktails in the outdoor patio, guests made their way to the beautiful Nellcote restaurant next door. With its wall of dried lavender, crystal chandeliers, concrete pillars, and mix of marble and wooden tables- this space is the epitome of rustic elegance with a French twist. In order to not overtake the room, Alexis and Dan chose florals in soft whites and blush to flow down the center of the tables. The flowers were accented with her mother’s collection of white antique marble and mercury glass. Lighting was key with this tablescape and we made sure to incorporate tons of soft glowing candles.

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One of may favorite details were these escort cards of dried lavender springs wrapped in raffia. We placed organic cotton muslin bags with a celtic ‘B’ stamp under the bag so guests could take them home to use as a sachets.

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Guests enjoyed a family style meal that was all seasonal and locally sourced. The couple then cut their cake and danced to John Prine’s ‘In Spite of Ourselves’ – which really set the perfect tone for their romantic evening. All these beautiful images of the day were captured by Heather DeCamp Photography.

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Happy first anniversary to Alexis and Dan!

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