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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Kelly was such a beautiful bride at her and Blake’s scenic lake-side wedding! They took their photos at such unique locations! We’re loving the guys at the baseball field in particular. The brides blush wedding dress and the matching shawls are stunning. Take a look at the couple’s lovely wedding photos by Nylon Saddle!

Kelly + Blake {September 28, 2013}

Not only is Ashley a Simply Elegant Planner, she is the company’s owner! Yes, she is the head of our happy little wedding planning family. Simply Elegant is the result of her blood, sweat and tears-of-joy, and we couldn’t be more grateful! And she is a bride herself! Check out her engagement photos here! What […]

Meet the Planners {Ashley}

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}

What made you interested in becoming a wedding planner? I loved planning my own wedding and took care of every detail. I always thought I would make a great wedding planner and would love it. I’m so excited that my dream has become a reality! What is your background? My main area of expertise is […]

Meet the Planners {Jenny}

What made you interested in becoming a wedding planner? It involves my three favorites : pretty things, being helpful, and love What is your favorite part of the job? I love seeing all of the unique ways each couple personalizes their wedding. My favorite weddings are the ones with lots of personality and I think it’s […]

Meet the Planners {Cait}

What made you interested in becoming a wedding planner? I love being part of a wedding day, it’s such a special day! It is so fun to help with the planning and see the whole day unfold. What is your favorite part of the job? I love getting to know the couple, and then seeing all of […]

Meet the Planners {Kristin}

A little about Maggie I am quirky. I am creative in my element. I am a nerd, who laughs at her own jokes. I am a person who quotes Friends… A LOT. I am a proud mommy of two cats! Yes, cats! I am a dreamer of having children, visiting various parts of the globe, […]

Meet the Planners {Maggie}

What made you want to become a wedding planner? When I got married in July of 2011, I planned and executed every detail myself. My husband, friends and family jokingly called me OCD and a control freak. I never denied it. I obsess about details, am a stickler for perfection and am habitually early, never late. I […]

Meet the Planners {Katie}

What made you want to become a wedding planner? I became interested in becoming a wedding planner after planning my own wedding. It’s so much fun to see a vision come together! What is your favorite part of the job? Seeing the love, joy and happiness in the room. It’s such an honor to be apart of a family’s special […]

Meet the Planners {Kara}