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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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

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!

Emily and Mitch had their Minnesota wedding at The Machine Shop on Saturday, August 12th. For the record, let’s just go ahead and state that when you think of “perfect romantic summer wedding” this wedding is THE description (seriously!)   The couple planned their wedding from New York – they wanted “an extravagant wedding” in Minnesota, […]

Minnesota Wedding Planner | Machine Shop – Emily + Mitch’s Dreamy Wedding!

Mitra and Brad had their Chicago wedding at The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy on August 12th. Their ceremony was following the practices of traditional Persian culture, as Mitra herself is Persian – it was so uniquely gorgeous! The day itself was bright, sunny and beautiful, filled with an abundance of love and Persian […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | The Armour House – Mitra and Brad’s Persian Wedding Day

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

Meghan & Alex’s spring wedding was modern luxury, paired with festive, laid-back FUN!   We know that many of our Chicago weddings are hosted in ballrooms, but that wasn’t for Meghan & Alex. They selected the Bridgeport Art Center- which is industrial chic and oh so fabulous.  This couple is ridiculously in love. Watching them […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Bridgeport Art Center, Meghan & Alex

We’re SO excited to finally share images from the launch party of Simply Elegant’s new division, La Vie Charme! This was SUCH an exciting day for our company and we’re so fortunate to have had so many incredible vendors attend and help! If you missed the post about our acquisition of LVC, you can read […]

Minneapolis Event Planner | LVC Luxury Wedding Planning Launch Party