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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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

If you love glamorous, romantic weddings with a timeless quality, Tania and Sean’s wedding day will make your heart pitter patter. Tania is an absolute knock-out and was radiant in her couture gown. Her ladies were slaying it as well! Sean & the groomsmen were as dapper as ever. I mean, seriously, this group is […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Tania + Sean’s Bridgeport Art Center Wedding

Alyssa and Anthony were a DREAM! Seriously, we are SO fortunate to work with so many incredible couples and these two were no exception. The bride’s family made EVERYTHING & AEG added their amazing flare! All of the signage, Alyssa’s mother made (so impressive)! This family was absolutely incredible! SO kind, SO organized, and were […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Alyssa & Anthony’s Kitchen Chi + City View Lofts Wedding

Sarah and Brett are such a sweet couple. They made every single decision together and it was evident how much love and respect they have for one another. Sarah was so easy to work with and was probably one of the most organized brides we have ever worked with.  Although things didn’t go 100% according to […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Sarah + Brett’s Architectural Artifacts Chicago Wedding

Meredith and Matt’s Morgan Manufacturing wedding in Chicago was an EPIC party! It was a rowdy one that kept us on our toes- and we had a BLAST doing it! Working with these two was awesome. Meredith had a very clear design vision for her day and the decor was the most important aspect of […]

Morgan Manufacturing Chicago Wedding, Meredith + Matt

Mary Kate + Paul’s Architectural Artifacts wedding was glamorous, chic and SO MUCH FUN! These two were all about the celebration – the entire day was planned with this in mind.  The dynamic between Mary Kate and her Dad was the BEST! First off, he’s the most dapper Father of the Bride we’ve ever met.  […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Architectural Artifacts Wedding | Mary Kate + Paul

Rene and Frank’s Chicago wedding was timeless and classic, with an industrial twist! The florals, color palette and attire choices were SO Chicago! They were formal and elegant, with a touch of timeless glamour. I mean, do you see Rene’s dress? GORGEOUS!   These two had a really fun wedding party- Rene’s girlfriends were so doting […]

Chicago Wedding Planner| Rene + Frank’s Morgan Manufacturing Wedding featured in Black Tie Bride

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!