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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Alyssa and Brian hosted their spring wedding at Ovation. This wedding and event venue was once a foundry, but is now a modern, industrial loft with so many beautiful architectural details that we love! It’s also super versatile and includes a ton of “extras” with the rental (always a nice perk).  We love how personal […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Ovation Chicago, Alyssa & Brian’s Spring Wedding

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

Nikki and Scott’s wedding day was incredible. They are an exquisite pairing and their style was, without a doubt, modern luxury. Every single element was carefully considered and tied together beautifully.  From the black and white color palette to the phenomenal cascading floral arrangements with plentiful greenery, we spent A LOT of time swooning. Then […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Aria Mpls Wedding featured in Minnesota Bride | Nikki & Scott

Stasia & Brian’s wedding was timeless. From the traditional Catholic ceremony to the beautiful navy, gold and white color scheme, the day just oozed with classic elegance.  They hosted their ceremony at one of Chicago’s most historic churches, Old Saint Pats. Following the ceremony, the celebratory gathering moved to the Adler Planetarium.   The view […]

Chicago Wedding Planner | Adler Planetarium Chicago Wedding | Anastasia & Brian

We wish that the words unique and eclectic were enough to describe Alida & Isaac. But they aren’t. This couple is such a match made in heaven. They are self proclaimed book nerds that have an undying love and appreciation for amazing music (preferably Indie and Flamenco) and fantastic food. Alida knew what she wanted […]

Alida & Isaac- The Boarding House Chicago Wedding