Have you always dreamt about getting married in the gardens of a French Chateau, but are looking to get married in Illinois? We have great news; you can have both! The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy is such a breathtaking and unique venue that will have your guests all in awe! When choosing this […]


Chicago Venue Highlight | The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy

Hello all! Ashley Carpenter here with The Simply Elegant Group!! I am taking over our blog this week, and I am SO excited to share with you the Top Ten Things I recommend doing once you’re engaged! My fiancé Josh proposed to me on July 10th (BEST day of my life) and we hit the […]


The Top Ten Things To Do Once You’re Engaged!

When thinking back to Karen + Chase’s gorgeous and romantic wedding last September at The Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, we get the biggest smiles on our faces! Their day was filled with so much love, beauty, and tradition, and it just could not have gone better! Karen + Chase from the very beginning wanted to […]


Chicago Wedding Planner | Karen + Chase’s Beautiful Jewish Wedding


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Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means love is in the air, engagements are happening, and the color red is everywhere! This romantic & bold color is one that we always LOVE to see incorporated into a wedding! With that being said, we decided to list off our Top 5 Favorite ways to incorporate RED […]

Our Top 5 Ways to Incorporate RED Into Your Wedding Day!

As a Wedding Planner, one of the things we LOVE about our job is meeting couples where you can instantly see & feel the true love they share, and that they are genuinely BEST friends! This was how our Planner, Ashley C, felt as soon as she met Kelsey and Grant for the first time […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Kelsey + Grant’s University Club Chicago Winter Wedding

Your first piece of wedding stationery! There are SO many amazing options and ideas for spreading the good news about your upcoming wedding, but for such a simple piece of mail, there are a LOT of decisions to make! We’ve broken it all down for you with our best advice on timing, what to include, styles, photo […]

Everything You Need to Know About: Save the Date’s

Time to share more photos and advice from The Simply Elegant girls’ real weddings!  Check out last week’s Real Weddings Part 1 post with Nicole, Maggie and Jenny! Ashley & Nathan January 4, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN Venue: The Van Dusen MansionPhotographer: Kendra Oxendale Photography Videographer: Sunset Blue ProductionsCalligrapher: Calligraphy With StyleWedding Coordinator: Blush & WhimFloral & Rentals: […]

The Simply Elegant Planners’ Real Weddings and Real Advice – Pt. 2

Weddings…We’ve planned them. We live and breathe them. We LOVE them. And some of us have had our own! We had to dig into our archives, but check out The Simply Elegant Group’s Minneapolis girls’ real wedding photos, best advice and biggest regrets.  Check out Real Weddings Part 2, featuring Ashley, Nadia, Jamie and Caitlin! Nicole & Aaron […]

The Simply Elegant Planners’ Real Weddings and Real Advice – Pt. 1