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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Chicago Wedding Planner | Karen + Chase’s Beautiful Jewish Wedding


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Have you ever wondered what a wedding planner’s wedding looks like? Well, you’re in for a treat because today we’re featuring our owner, Ashley’s wedding! In honor of her two year anniversary, we’re re-visiting the day! Here is the scoop on what it took to make Ashley and Nathan’s wedding dream come true! The common […]

Ashley & Nathan- Van Dusen Mansion Wedding

We love so many details from Heather and Grant’s romantic outdoor wedding! The golf cart looks like so much fun and the table settings were stunning! Enjoy looking through their beautiful photos, courtesy of Barclay Horner Images. Simply Elegant Planner: Katie / Photographer: Barclay Horner / Rentals: Aprés Party and Tent Rental / Caterer: Gastrotruck […]

Heather + Grant {September 7th, 2013}

Lisa Reinhardt is doing an October special on NovaLash eyelash extensions! $50 off (regularly $195). Call Lisa to take advantage of this great deal! Time is running out! Who doesn’t want gorgeous flirty lashes? NovaLash Eyelash Extensions are a glamorous new way to extend the length and thickness of eyelashes. They’re bonded to your natural lashes so you don’t […]

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This wedding is classic and elegant, with some very fun touches (hello superheroes!). The bride and groom looked adorable for their Landmark Center wedding and lauren b photography captured it all. Simply Elegant Planner: Ashley / Venue: Landmark Center / Photographer: lauren b photography / Hair & Makeup: Lisa Reinhardt Makeup and Hair Artistry / Linens: […]

Sarah + Robbie {June 8th, 2013}

The beautiful grounds of Bearpath Country Club offered the perfect backdrop for Christina and Brent’s August nuptials. Their classic elegance was captured by the talented photographers Sue and Tracy of KB too. We love the sophisticated look of Navy combined with touches of pink and Christina and Brent’s “Best Friends” signs are so adorable! Simply Elegant […]

Christina + Brent {8.16.13}