Chicago Wedding Planner | School of the Art Institute Ballroom Wedding, Nora & Chris

One of the many things we love about Chicago weddings is that we get to see some of the grandest, most beautiful ballroom weddings. In some of the other markets we work in (Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Denver), ballroom weddings aren't as opulent. The variety makes us excited, and we spend a good amount of time swooning over the architectural details, classic color palettes, and cityscape photos!  

One of our favorite things about this couple was their joy. They smiled all day, and we would catch them canoodling and embracing throughout the afternoon and evening. They're really in tune with each other and have a great time with one another.  You can see it by the way they look at each other- like they're the only ones in the room. 

We also loved the way Nora's Dad reacted to seeing her for the first time. From the first look to the final toast, he was so proud and smitten by his little girl. And elated by Nora and Chris' union. 

Nora and Chris' beautiful church wedding ceremony, followed by the wedding reception, at School of the Art Institute Ballroom was definitely a show stopper for us! Both venues are remarkably beautiful.  

Because Nora serenaded Chris during the reception to Etta James' classic, "At Last," we leave you with these timelessly beautiful lyrics...   

"At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over, and life is like a song
Oh yeah yeah at last the skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover, the night I looked at you

I found a dream, that I can speak to
A dream that I, can call my own
I found a thrill, to press my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh yeah yeah, you smiled you smiled and then the spell was cast
And here we are, in Heaven
For you are mine at last"

Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: St. Michael's in Old Town

Reception Venue: School of the Art Institute Ballroom

Planning: The Simply Elegant Group, Ali

Photographer: Michelle Lyttle Photography

Beauty: Epoch Studio Salon

Dress + Alterations: Bella Bianca/Haute Couture

Catering: Food for Thought

Florals: Avant Gardenia

Uplighting: Endless Entertainment

Ceremony Music: St. Michael's string quartet musicians

Cocktail Hour Music: Gold Coast All Stars

Cake: Amy Beck Designs

Papergoods: Lolo Lincoln

Transportation: Premier Trolley and Limo

Videographer: Charlie Hilbrant Videography

Chicago Wedding Planner | InterContinental Chicago, Elizabeth & Jordan's Wedding

Elizabeth and Jordan's Chicago wedding was a classically beautiful affair- a church ceremony and a ballroom reception with the grandest of architecture painted a gorgeous backdrop for the start of g their life-long love story!

Elizabeth's gown was gorgeous- truly a timeless piece.  With the cathedral length veil and long lace sleeves, Elizabeth picked accessories that really transformed the dress into an ultra-elegant look. It's always a treat for us to see how brides personalize their wedding dress and we definitely admit to ah "oooooh, ahhhh, oh my, contented sigh" when we saw her for the first time!

After a traditional Christian ceremony, the bridal party and guests made their way to the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. We adore this venue! It's opulent, luxurious and the experience they provide is top-notch.  

The couple opted for white and gold with touches of greenery and an anchor of classic navy blue. We especially loved the use of magnolia leaves in the decor- it was exquisite! The mix of high and low centerpieces with bold linen was pefection!  The color palette was time-honored and we know they'll look back in 20 years and still love it as much as they did on the wedding day! 

Elizabeth and Jordan hosted a super fun party that included a packed dance floor and late-night hot dog snack (the BEST).   It was a blast working with these two and seeing the day unfold exactly as they had hoped. We feel honored to have been a part of it! 

Be sure to check out Elena's (the photographer) fantastic blog post and head on over to our Instagram as well!

Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: St. James Chapel  

Reception Venue: InterContinental Hotel Chicago 

Florist: Atmosphere Events Group 

Wedding Band: David Rothstein Music 

Wedding Coordination: Lindsay Mackey of The Simply Elegant Group 

 Videography: Lexoria Films

Wedding Gown: Amsale 

Groom’s Tux: Hickey Freeman 

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Packham 

 Wedding Photography: Elena Bazini Photography

Wisconsin Wedding Planner| The War Memorial Wedding, Samantha & Kyle

Summer weddings in Wisconsin are pretty much the best ever. From the comfortable temperate to the sunsets against a picture-perfect clouded sky, they're simply dreamy!

Samantha & Kyle held their ceremony in a local church, followed by an exquisite tented reception at Fitch Plaza at The War Memorial Center in Milwaukee. From start to finish, the wedding day was elegant and ethereal.

Fitch Plaza is a beautiful waterfront venue with incredible ambiance. Samantha and Kyle's reception was super fun. They had a super fun bridal party that kicked the night off by dancing, scooting or hoping into the reception. The couple was practically in tears by the time they made it to the tent. 

Their color palette was blush, white and gold (the new timeless). The centerpieces were rounded floral arrangements atop golden candelabras. It really drew the eye up to the beautiful white tent and added so much dimension to the space!  

bride with bridesmaids in pink satin robes
Beautiful bride outside of The War Memorial Center in Milwaukee
Groom and ring bearer during church ceremony
Groom seeing bride for first time during wedding ceremony
Bride walking down the aisle with Father for church wedding
Bride and groom at church ceremony
Bride and groom saying vows
First kiss as Mr & Mrs
Bride and Groom with bridal party outside of church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bride and groom in from of The War Memorial Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin wedding, bridal party with bride and groom. Blush and gold with white accents.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin wedding at the War Memorial Center, bride and groom pose for photo
Custom chalkboard sign outside of The War Memorial Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin summer wedding
Blush and gold wedding decor, white tented reception at The War Memorial Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin wedding planner
Blush and gold wedding decor, white tented reception at The War Memorial Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin wedding planner
Blush and gold wedding decor, white tented reception at The War Memorial Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin wedding planner
White and gold two tier wedding cake with blush roses
Blush and gold cupcake display for wedding reception dessert table
Wedding reception decor, candles, Mr & Mrs sign.
Miller High-Life favors. Blush and gold wedding decor, white tented reception at The War Memorial Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin wedding planner
Bridal party entrance, The War Memorial Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bridal party entrance, The War Memorial Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bridal party entrance, The War Memorial Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bride and Groom's grand entrance to reception at The War Memorial Center, Fitch Plaza wedding
Bride and groom on vintage couch
Bride and groom's reaction to best man's toast/ speeches
bride and groom's first dance, Fitch Plaza at The War Memorial Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin wedding

Vendors:

Photographer: HMS Photography

Wedding Planning: The Simply Elegant Group, Jamie

Venue: The War Memorial

Hair/Makeup: Sevva

Decor: Treasure Chest Relic and Rustic Rentals

Cake/cupcakes: Family friend

DJ: Premiere Entertainment

Papergoods/Stationery: Coqui Paperie & Gifts