California Wedding Planner | Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse - Brittney + Alex's Modern Farmhouse Wedding

Brittney and Alex  had their STUNNING destination wedding at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse on November 4th in Santa Ynez Valley, California. The couple planned their California dream destination wedding from Chicago- and let us be the first to say, it LOOKED exactly like it was out of dream! The whole entire day was beyond magical - the sunny haze, the open fields, the rolling mountains, the perfect little farmhouse venue... and spoiler alert, the place cards were bundles of sage! #stunningmagicalwedding

The ceremony was outside in the Santa Ynez Valley, it featured a string quartet, rustic wood benches and the most amaaazing floor floral arrangement of all time (trust us on this!) After an intimate exchanging of rings, Alex and Brittney ventured off into the surrounding fields to celebrate being newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a sophisticated cocktail hour outside under the California sun. 

For reception, the guests were welcome into the farmhouse for dinner. The farmhouse was decorated like it was *literally* out of Martha Stewart Weddings by the way (scroll down and see for yourself!) Long exposed farm tables were complimented by simple yet modern ghost chairs  and soft bistro lighting. The tablescape was lots of fresh garland and fruits, so gorgeous! Table numbers were soft-marbled geodes and the place cards (as mentioned above) were sage sticks. IN.CRED.IBLE. 

Brittney and Alex were really intentional about the overall design and aesthetic of their wedding day; overall their day reflected just that.  Brittney and Alex's wedding reflected the natural elegance of nature while also being elevated too. The ambiance was warm, the smiles were big, and the entire day was SO full of love. The images show the true essence of the day, photographer Katch Silva captured the day perfectly too!  Santa Ynez Valley turned out to be such a great destination to celebrate love and beauty, not only every day but especially for Brittney and Alex! Scroll down and check out the pictures from one of the most beeeeautiful farmhouse weddings we ever did see :) 

+ Vendor List at the bottom

Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse

Photography: Katch Silva

Planning + Design: The Simply Elegant Group, Elisa

Floral: Unique Floral Design 

Caterer: Contemporary Catering

Bartending: Simply Cocktails

Bar Decor: Bar Car SoCAL

Decor Rentals: Party Pleasers

Ceremony Music: JSH Music Productions

Reception Music: Pacific Coast Strings

Live Music: DeBois Entertainment

Transportation: Jump on the Bus 

Bridal Fashion: Hayley Paige

 

SIP + SHOP | Exclusive Bridal Event hosted by The Simply Elegant Group and Kendra Scott

We had SO MUCH FUN hosting our THIRD ANNUAL exclusive Sip + Shop with Kendra Scott! This past Sunday (April 22) our Chicago team absolutely rocked it as we hosted clients, friends and vendors at Kendra Scott Chicago. We collaborated with some of our FAVORITE vendors in the industry, showcased some awesome wedding trends, and got to see Kendra Scott's new summer line!

We offered complimentary wedding planning advice and had a blast networking and meeting new faces.  We always are BEYOND thrilled to host this event, and this year was our BIGGEST AND BEST event to date! Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope you had as much fun as we did (scroll down photos for proof!) :)

HUGE thanks to all of our amazing vendors who made this event possible - click on their names and go visit their websites! Kendra Scott, AEG, Bella Bridesmaids, Calligraphy by CT, Juancho SC Photography, Blue Plate Chicago, Design that Flies, Vanilla Video, Kate Johnson Artistry, J. Toor, Okyne Live, BBJ Linen, Beyond your Dream Events, Decor 312, ezza nails, Garrett Popcorn, Spritzology

Colorado Wedding Planner | Copper Mountain Ski Resort - Melisa + Sam's Rocky Mountain Wedding!

Melisa and Sam had their mountain wedding at Copper Mountain on September 23rd. Copper Mountain is a special place for both Melisa and Sam - Melisa grew up skiing there before she could walk! Some of Melisa and Sam's best memories are at Copper Mountain, from skiing to hiking, to *now* their wedding. When they were looking at venues for their big day, Copper Mountain was at the top of their list. Melisa's family is a homeowner at Copper Mountain, so aside from the views and the personal ties, everything was SO convenient for them.  

With ALL mountain weddings we tell all of our clients that it will rain on the day (every single time) but for Melisa and Sam it didn't just rain it poured (in the best way possible) and it was magical.  The mountain tops were dusted with clouds, and it created the most breath-taking landscape possible. Think Fall, think Rocky Mountains, think moody mystical perfection... and now scroll down to the see the amazing images (srsly!) 

Aside from the location of the wedding, one of our favorite parts of Melisa and Sam's wedding was their actual ceremony. Their first location for their ceremony was rained out, so they were forced to use their backup option - which was the third floor in Grand Hall at Copper Mountain. Not the most ideal, but with the help of their planner we made it the most perfect ceremony ever. We brought the archway up, and their family friend decorated it with gorgeous orange and navy floral arrangements. Melisa and Sam's vows were heartfelt, intentional and endearing.  During their ceremony, Melisa and Sam did a "ring warming." During the ceremony, the rings were passed around from guest-to-guest, to make a wish for the newlyweds. We LOVED this tradition, it was perfect - and SO Melisa and Sam. There wasn't a dry eye during the ceremony, us included. 

After the ceremony the wedding continued with a gorgeous reception on the second floor of Grand Hall. Their guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and drinks and Melisa and Sam adventured around the ski lifts nearby to take some epic photos (#MilkyWay!) 

This wedding was one of our favorites, not only because of the AMAZING views but because of the LOVE between Melisa and Sam. Melisa and Sam's love was radiating the entire day and night, in every detail.  Clients who are in love, truly, undeniably in love are OUR clients! We wish we could relive this day over and over and over again.   

+ Vendor List at the bottom (check it out!

Venue: Copper Mountain

Photography:  J. La Plante

Planning + Design: The Simply Elegant Group, Sam

Florals: Family Friend

Rentals: Butler Rentals

Caterer: Copper Mountain

Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Music: Dancin' Shoes DJ

Chicago Wedding Planner | Museum of Contemporary Art - Lindsey + Ryan's Elegant Summer Wedding

Lindsey and Ryan had their romantic wedding at the Museum Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago, Illinois, on September 16th 2017.  Summer weddings in Chicago are always beautiful, and this one in particular was no exception. The color palette focused on blush tones, greenery and neturals, it was incredibly dreamy, and not to mention, perfect for a summer wedding in the City. Lindsey and Ryan showcased their personal love story throughout their wedding by adding meaning behind some of their details For example their cake topper highlighted Ryan's home state of Colorado, and their canvas' displayed at their reception are from Ryan's proposal to Lindsey! So incredibly thoughtful and sweet! 

Another intimate highlighted detail was the song choice during the ceremony. When Lindsey walked down the aisle to meet Ryan, the song "All of Me" by John Legend was playing, this song was the first song that Lindsey and Ryan said I Love You to one another #HeartIsMelting. We love how personal, romantic and custom their entire wedding was! 

In addition to the couples intentional details (#weddinggoals) Lindsey and Ryan had so many different elements of the City present in their day. They had their first look at The Drumbar Rooftop Bar at Raffaello Hotel and then traveled via trolley around Chicago. Their pictures below showcase lush green gardens, cityscapes, rooftops as well as traditional shots too. Lindsey and Ryan's reception utilized four different spaces at MCA - very unique and fun for their guests! Also notable, their beloved dog Maddie walked down the aisle! 

This wedding was everything you should visualize of when you hear "Simply Elegant Chicago Summer Wedding." See what we did there? Seriously though, this wedding was simply elegant in every single way. From Lindsey's dress, to the florals, to their ceremony, to the reception, to everything in between, this day was the epitome of elegance. If we are being honest, their centerpieces alone are a reason to want a wedding that is every bit as romantic and dreamy as this one (seriously, scroll down!)

You can FEEL the romance in the images below - its effortless, its simple and we can't get enough! Sounds about right!  If you ask us, we are already counting down the days for the official start of summer weddings in Chicago. We aren't sure if any wedding will be as romantic, elegant and gorgeous as Lindsey and Ryan's but we do have this for inspiration, so we are thinking we can get pretty close ;) 

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