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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It doesn’t get more intimate than a backyard wedding. There is something utterly romantic and amazing about beginning the newlywed journey in your own home (or family home).  Devon and Breck opted for the best of both- a private ceremony & cocktail hour on the back lawn of their home and a reception following at The […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Devon + Breck

Katelyn & Chad hosted their wedding ceremony and reception at The Depot Renaissance Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We LOVE this venue, this couple, and their decor! Although this wedding was almost two years ago, it could be tomorrow and work for today’s “trends”. They opted for a timeless, elegant style with the prettiest of purple […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | The Depot RenaissanceHotel | Katelyn & Chad

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

Laura & Derek’s wedding was a fun & beautiful affair that made guest experience a priority. Minneapolis Event Center was the perfect venue for this, providing multiple unique areas for the wedding party, guests, family, and couple to mingle. The wedding reflected them in every way; full of love and laughter with nothing stuffy or too […]

{Laura + Derek} Classic Lace at Saint Anthony Main