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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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

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

Lisa and Lindsey had their Chicago wedding at Co-Prosperity Sphere on July 22nd 2017. The day was filled with laughs, happiness, love and LAUGHS (so many!!) It was a perfect summer wedding in the City! Their vision was never the most traditional, but rather simple and thoughtful.  Lisa and Lindsey met in Chicago, got engaged […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Co-Prosperity Sphere – Lisa and Lindsey’s Eclectic Bright 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

Amanda and Jason hosted their Chicago wedding at the Ravenswood Event Center.  It was the perfect location for their 300+ guests & super festive Jewish wedding!  The bride rocked her fashion-forward dress with black shoulder bow. To us, it was an incredible, modern mix between Audrey Hepburn and Sex in The City. The classic black […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Ravenswood Event Center Wedding, Amanda & Jason

The two things that stick out to us most about Poonman & Shardul is how family-oriented and super sweet they are. This couple compliments one another so well, and they’re incredibly thoughtful. They obviously share a tender love! Although Indian weddings are often family affairs, it never ceases to amaze us how much importance and […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Intercontinental Chicago Indian Wedding, Poonman & Shardul’s

One of the many things we love about Chicago weddings is that we get to see some of the grandest, most beautiful ballroom weddings. In some of the other markets we work in (Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Denver), ballroom weddings aren’t as opulent. The variety makes us excited, and we spend a good amount of time swooning […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | School of the Art Institute Ballroom Wedding, Nora & Chris