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

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

Katelyn & Chad hosted their wedding ceremony and reception at The Depot Renaissance Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We LOVE this venue, this couple, and their decor! Although this wedding was almost two years ago, it could be tomorrow and work for today’s “trends”. They opted for a timeless, elegant style with the prettiest of purple […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | The Depot RenaissanceHotel | Katelyn & Chad

When the groom has a grand entrance that includes a horse (this is traditional for Indian weddings and is called the Baraat), you know a wedding is going to be epic. And Sarah + Samir’s wedding did NOT disappoint! We always gush over Indian weddings because there are so many details. And details are kind […]

Sarah & Samir- The Drake Hotel Chicago