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

Caitlin + Andrew’s Hotel Arista wedding in Chicago was a DREAM! Their Fall wedding was romantic and elegant- with lots of gorgeous, rich red and blush tones. What really stood out for us about the day, however, is how perfectly matched the couple is and how wonderful they were to work with! Ashely actually planned […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Caitlin + Andrew’s Hotel Arista Wedding

Now this couple may just be the cutest we have ever worked with! We have never seen so much love between a Bride & Groom. The Bride was actually in Indiana during the planning process, so the Groom was our main point of contact. He came to the walk through, and we actually did not […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Erica + Peter’s Kitchen Chi 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 – […]

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

Sarah and Benny had their Chicago wedding at Artifact Events on December 9th, 2017. On their day, everything came together flawlessly – like out of a dream serious perfection! From the *perfect* amount of snow dust on the streets of Chicago, to Sarah’s impeccable off-the-shoulder lace gown (not to mention, her Valentino shoes) and to every […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Artifact Events – Sarah + Benny’s STUNNING Winter Wedding!

Kate and Brian had their Chicago wedding at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago on July 29th. Their traditional ceremony was at St. Vincent DePaul Church, and their reception was outside underneath the bistro lights of Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! The day itself was hot, and bright – perfect for a summer wedding in Chicago. […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Kate and Brian’s Modern Wedding!

A plethora of bold hues in the moodiest of tones, this shoot was all about dramatic details that would make any couple stand out. Our style inspiration was a little bit boho, a touch whimsical, a tad gypsy and 100% luxury. From the calligraphed metallic invitation suite to the incredibly detailed floral shrug and the […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Bold, Moody Wedding Inspiration at Hotel Ivy