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

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

Time to share more photos and advice from The Simply Elegant girls’ real weddings!  Check out last week’s Real Weddings Part 1 post with Nicole, Maggie and Jenny! Ashley & Nathan January 4, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN Venue: The Van Dusen MansionPhotographer: Kendra Oxendale Photography Videographer: Sunset Blue ProductionsCalligrapher: Calligraphy With StyleWedding Coordinator: Blush & WhimFloral & Rentals: […]

The Simply Elegant Planners’ Real Weddings and Real Advice – Pt. 2

Weddings…We’ve planned them. We live and breathe them. We LOVE them. And some of us have had our own! We had to dig into our archives, but check out The Simply Elegant Group’s Minneapolis girls’ real wedding photos, best advice and biggest regrets.  Check out Real Weddings Part 2, featuring Ashley, Nadia, Jamie and Caitlin! Nicole & Aaron […]

The Simply Elegant Planners’ Real Weddings and Real Advice – Pt. 1

 Business Name: Judd Sather Photography and Studio J, Inc. Contact: Judd Sather Website: www.JuddSather.com Email: judd@studiojphoto.com Phone: 615-342-1476 Tell us about your business: We love make people look “awesomer” with a unique, fun, and creative brand of photography.  We have been shooting weddings, seniors, and families since 2000 and get bored easily so we are always looking for […]

Spotlight Blog- Judd Sather Photography and Studio J, Inc.

Long Tuesday at the office? Stuck in the oh-so-lovely rush hour traffic for the last hour? FINALLY now at home? Well sit back, cozy up, and grab a good glass of wine! Then browse through all the pretty of Kayla and Kyle’s MAGICAL wedding day! This couple was truly a blast to work with- so […]

{Kayla + Kyle} Bright and Sunny Semple Mansion Wedding

When Sarah and I were going through the details of her wedding I couldn’t help but get excited! I absolutely love how it turned out on the day, it was even more beautiful than I had imagined! The soft ivory and blush hues of Sarah and Dan’s wedding created a very classic elegance. Golden details […]

{Sarah + Dan} Soft, Elegant, Romantic

As do-it-yourself designed weddings go, this is one of our new FAVES! Allison and David put in alot of work creating and designing so many pieces for their wedding at Hope Glen Farm. Their day was captured PERFECTLY by Justin Mark Photography! David’s work as a carpenter really shines through as he hand-crafted many of […]

{Allison + David} Metallic Sheen, Farmhouse Elegance

Outdoor weddings in Minnesota can be a stressful affair to plan. Weather just seems to happen randomly around here! It can be a nightmare, or provide the most beautiful imagery in the world. Luckily Michaella and Matt had a PERFECT day in June for their outdoor farm wedding. Our friends at Graddy Photography spectacularly captured […]

{Michaella+Matt} Outdoors in Minnesota

As a wedding planner, you have your favorite venues to work. Semple is that venue for many of our planners. We absolutely love our Semple Mansion weddings. And the couples we work with probably love it even more! Sabrina and Ryan are one of those lucky couples to have chosen Semple. The elegantly detailed ballroom, […]

{Sabrina+Ryan} Semple Elegance