Lisa and Dave’s beautifully elegant and traditional wedding day started off at St. Michael’s in Old Town, and ended with a candle-lit reception at Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park. Their wedding was timeless and totally romantic – a perfect day (even with the minor hiccup in the morning that you’ll read about below) for the perfect couple.

Check out these lovely photos by Steve Koo Photography!

The gorgeous handmade invitations (and other paper goods) were made by Spilled Ink Invitations

Even though Lisa and Dave’s wedding day was the perfect celebration of their love, it didn’t start off flawlessly. Carlene got a call from Lisa early in the morning, saying that she had gotten food poisoning from the rehearsal dinner the night before. Lisa had spent the morning violently ill – to the point that they had to take her to the hospital! Needless to say, the timeline was compromised. We had to coordinate with everyone involved to ensure that the bridesmaids and all family members continued getting ready as planned. As soon as Lisa got out of the hospital, the beauty team was able to get her ready in time. Luckily the bride was able to pull through and had a great time. That was definitely a first for the NYE team!

St. Mike’s in Old Town always creates such a beautiful backdrop for wedding ceremonies. 

All of the personal floral, as well as the floral decor, was provided by Anthony Gowder Designs

At their reception, they had a nontraditional guest book in the form of wine bottles. Each wine bottle correlated to a future anniversary – and guests were encouraged to write a little note and place it into whichever anniversary bottle they choose. Lisa and Dave will have a fun activity to do together on many milestone anniversaries to come!

Blue Plate Catering provided dinner, and the amazing cake was provided by Cake Chicago

One of our favorite details was the gorgeous ribbon place cards. In addition to having escort cards, there were place cards in the form of ribbons sitting at each place setting. The elegant ribbons sat on each charger plate.  Since the guest list was quite large, this was a nice way to make each guest feel important and special. It was an elegant and intimate touch.

Tea lights were strung from the ceiling, creating a romantic candlelit environment. It was a great way to bring the tall ceilings of Cafe Brauer down, and to create a more intimate feel.

The band – Rendezvous – was amazing. One of our favorite moments was when a trio of violinists played during dinner, and had a choreographed dance as they played. It was a super cool moment!

We’re so glad to have been part of this gorgeous affair! The other vendors involved in Lisa and Dave’s wedding (not previously mentioned) are Shutter and Sound, Sound Investment, Premier Trolley and Limo, and Sonia Roselli.

Deena and Brian had an absolutely gorgeous, Orthodox Jewish wedding at Bridgeport Art Center last fall. Something that made this wedding so special was  the couple’s dedication to celebrating their shared Jewish heritage to the fullest. They crafted a wedding that truly honored their Jewish traditions and backgrounds, as well as incorporating their family to the highest degree. The pictures by Ed & Aileen Photography are absolutely gorgeous – they did an amazing job capturing the emotion and love of the wedding.

The decor in this wedding was very elegant and traditional, with lovely orchids hanging from the chuppah. Gorgeous white flower petals lined the aisle, as well as tall pieces holding candles and whole lillies. All of the floral was done by KLA Designs.

A friend made the escort cards, which were propped up with birch wood planks. We love the “D” and “B” which adorned the wall behind the escort card table. Together, the letters formed what looked like an “H” – the first letter of their married name “Horowitz”.

Deena and Brian embraced their heritage in this wedding by having a traditional Orthodox Jewish ceremony: first came the bedeken and tish, followed by the ketubah signing and then finally the Jewish ceremony.

We love the raw emotion that emanates from the photo of Brian lifting Deena’s veil – it was easy to see that the unveiling was such an emotional and important moment for the two of them.

They included many personal touches into their wedding ceremony, including the tallit and the different kiddush cups – which were family heirlooms.

The whole space coupled with the decor created a rustic glam feel. Tall centerpieces with a mix of mercury glass adorned the tables.

KLA Designs also provided the lighting.

Catering was provided by Wolfgang Puck, and their gorgeous wedding cake was provided by Zelda’s Kosher Gourmet

The other vendors involved that were not previously mentioned were Blowout Junkie, Leesi B Cosmetics, Limo-tainment, Aries Charter, Shutter and Sound, and Bluewater Kings Band.

Last September, we were fortunate enough to help fellow local business owner, Kevin Cary, get married to the woman of his dreams, Alison Keller! Kevin is Co-Owner of one of our favorite breweries, Begyle Brewing (which just so happens to be in our very own neighborhood – North Center in Chicago).

Alison and Kevin got married at the one and only Ivy Room. This venue, located in the Magnificent Mile, not only has a gorgeous dinner space but also a luscious and green front garden. The couple did an amazing job at picking special touches throughout their wedding, both of them spending a good amount of time thinking about what would fit well with the space. Take a look at these photos by Rebecca Marie Photography!

Their gorgeous invitations were provided by Ork Posters. We loved the incorporation of the Chicago skyline!

Our favorite part about this wedding was the color palette and the florals. Alison was not afraid of color. Her main colors were teal and chartreuse, and she allowed the flowers to bring out accents of orange and navy, with pops of burgundy. It was the perfect palette for a fall wedding. Hello Darling provided all the amazing floral.

A friend officiated their romantic, outdoor ceremony. 

Their paper goods were on point, displaying their primary wedding colors- teal and chartreuse. The escort cards, signage, and menus all carried the same funky and mod theme throughout. 

They had a fun, interactive DIY photo booth with Polaroid instant cameras and a scrapbook. 

The frames that held the table numbers were purchased from a local, artisan vendor through Etsy.

Another one of our favorite aspects about their wedding was their custom wedding cider. They created this cider especially for the purpose of celebrating their union – how cute is that? Each guest got to take one home as a wedding favor. 

They chose to do their first dance outside, before leaving cocktail hour. They had their guests surround them with sparklers, creating a romantic moment between the two of them before dinner.

The other vendors involved in their beautiful day were Sway (musicians), Big Foot Media (video), M&M Limousine Service, Debra Petrielli (hair and makeup), and Mineralogy (jewelry).

Mari and Mikki’s wedding at Promontory Point was equal parts organic, elegant and extremely romantic. Their gorgeous ceremony looked over Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. They achieved their vision of having a beautiful, boho and personalized ceremony that truly felt special. Take a look at these photos of their wedding by Rebekah Albaugh.

We loved their central focal point of their ceremony – a white teepee adorned with a couple strands of free-flowing floral and greenery. All of their flowers were provided by Flowers for Dreams.

The romantic cello ceremony music was played by Desiree Miller.

After the ceremony, the celebration moved inside. Once again, they were able to achieve a bohemian look that still looked neat and elegant. We just loved how the green napkins matched the green windows and greenery on the tables. Jewell Events Catering provided all of the delicious food as well as the linens.

The gold terrariums and pops of pink floral looked amazing on the long tables.

Such a beautiful, personal touch was the poem that draped behind the gifts and guest book table. Their “guest book” was not your typical book – it was actually a globe that guests were encouraged to sign.

The glittery escort cards provided some pops of gold that matched the terrariums.

The petite, yet amazing, cake was provided by Cacao Sweets & Treats. They also provided the additional scrumptious sweet treats.

The day was so perfect that the couple was even able to take a photo in front of a darn rainbow! How romantic is that?

Other vendors involved in their special day were DJ Bonsu, Mario Tricoci, Lena Clark Beauty, and Event Brilliance.

We can hardly believe that another year has passed by, but we are SO excited for this year’s Wedtoberfest! This will be the fifth of its kind, and we’re convinced it’ll be the best one yet.

Cage & Aquarium Photography

For those who are not familiar with this event, here’s the 411: Wedtoberfest is a unique wedding show + beer festival hybrid, founded by Carlene Smith (owner and boss lady of Naturally Yours Events) and produced in conjunction with Kelly Horvath of Indie Wed. This one-of-a-kind wedding show allows couples to plan their wedding in a cool, laid-back atmosphere while drinking delicious beer, cider, and bubbly.

Ryan Moore Photography

This year’s event will be taking place at Artifact Events (AKA Architectural Artifacts) on Thursday, September 21st. Couples have the choice to purchase general admission or VIP tickets (individual tickets are available as well). VIP guests will be admitted early, enjoy additional beer samples, and will receive some pretty cool upgraded swag bags!

Cage & Aquarium Photography

All guests will receive a swag bag and branded tasting glass. In attendance will be tons of local wedding vendors including photographers, florists, caterers, planners, bakeries, stationers, and plenty others. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to meet the vendors you’ve seen online but haven’t decided on yet. Oh, and did we mention there will be snacks and live music? We’re telling you, it’s gonna make planning your wedding fun!

Ryan Moore Photography

If you are an engaged, craft beer lover in Chicago, you can’t miss this event! Grab your honey and enjoy a fun date night of wedding planning. Make sure to visit the Wedtoberfest website for more information, and click here to purchase your tickets today. See you there!