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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

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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

This wedding inspiration shoot is seriously DREAMY! It’s romantic, bold and dramatic and we’re OBSESSED! It’s hard to pick a favorite gown or detail shot because we have a couple different looks for our brides and for our tablescape. We’re SUPER excited to share that this beauty is also featured in the Spring ‘19 issue […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Love Wins Lesbian Wedding Inspiration Hotel Ivy

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 – […]

California Wedding Planner | Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse – Brittney + Alex’s Modern Farmhouse 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 […]

Colorado Wedding Planner | Copper Mountain Ski Resort – Melisa + Sam’s Rocky Mountain 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 […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Museum of Contemporary Art – Lindsey + Ryan’s Elegant Summer Wedding

Kristin and Luke had their winter wedding at Aria in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 2nd 2017.  The two are from Minnesota and despite it being December in “the frozen tundra,” the weather was unpredictably warm and felt more like a crisp day in spring. Aside from the abundance of  sunshine, their decor, their FLORALS, her […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Aria – Kristin + Luke’s Modern Winter Wedding!

Natalie and Colby had their destination wedding in Moab, Utah on October 14th 2017.  Late fall is a perfect time for a desert wedding. The temperature is hot enough during the day, where you feel like you are in a desert, yet when the sun starts to dip in the canyon you can feel just […]

Destination Wedding Planner | Moab Utah – Natalie + Colby’s Dreamy Desert Wedding

We are THRILLED to announce that our Watercolor Inspired style shoot is featured on Artfully Wed!  From the beautiful invite suite to the creative paint brush place cards, the watercolor theme was executed flawlessly from start to finish!  We absolutely adored partnering with so many amazing vendors to bring together such a beautiful vision.  Erin […]

Floral Watercolor Wedding Inspiration: Featured on Artfully Wed!

Move over, brides — grooms are beginning to wear some killer attire on their wedding days! Check out our top picks for patterned shirts, ties, and suits. Showcase your groom’s unique style with cufflinks, hats, socks, etc!

Trend Tuesday – The Colorful Groom

This. Is. Everything. Gold glitter, bold stripes, and bright blushing orange floral? Yes, PLEASE! Not only was the design and concept for this photo shoot one of our favorites- but the vendors on board with this project were literally the most hilarious vendors of ALL TIME. Our team took the drive out to Maple Ridge […]

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