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

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

Nicole and Davey had their Minnesota wedding at The White Bear Yacht Club, in Dellwood Minnesota on May 27th, 2017. The day itself was magical. Their ceremony was outside on the shores of White Bear Lake, and their reception was inside the luxurious Yacht Club. The sun was shining all day, and White Bear Lake […]

Minnesota Wedding Planner | White Bear Yacht Club – Nicole and Davey’s Classic 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!

Laura and Chris had an incredibly unique vision for their big day. Between their wedding venues, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and The Semple Mansion, and all of the amazing details they had planned, we knew it would be stunning.  And we weren’t wrong. Holy smokes, it was beyond OUR wildest dreams. It was truly incredible!  […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Semple Mansion Wedding, Laura & Chris

Katie + Ben’s wedding was classically beautiful, with gorgeous pops of color against navy and white. With the help of our planner Emily, the pair was able to plan a fantastic day from out of state.  Following one of the sweetest “first touches” we’ve ever witnessed, the couple was ready for their traditional church wedding (in […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | James J Hill Center Wedding | Katie & Ben

We’re suckers for weddings with dogs.  We know that logistically there may a few more things to consider when involving your pup in the big day, but they are often your first love.  And if they aren’t your first love, they’re sometimes your first child. And making them part of the wedding day just makes […]

Jenny & Ben- Dellwood Hills Country Club

You know those couples you meet that are on the same page regarding everything? They have such mutual respect, admiration and love for one another that you just know they are going to have a long lasting, prosperous marriage?  Well, we were fortunate enough to work with a couple just like that- Sam & Marcy. […]

Marcy & Sam- Hope Glen Farm, MN Wedding

Their middle names should be FUN because seriously, Raina and Nick are just joyous. Full of love, affection and plain and simple HAPPINESS!  The sunshine may have been absent from the big day, but the rain didn’t put a damper on these two at all. We could swear it added an element of fun that […]

Chicago Architectural Artifacts Wedding – Raina and Nick