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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Laura and Chris had an incredibly unique vision for their big day. Between their wedding venues, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and The Semple Mansion, and all of the amazing details they had planned, we knew it would be stunning.  And we weren’t wrong. Holy smokes, it was beyond OUR wildest dreams. It was truly incredible!  […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Semple Mansion Wedding, Laura & Chris

Avid dog lovers, Julia & Alex never expected to meet the love of their life, because of the love for their furry friends. After a chance meeting at a dog park between Julia and Alex’s boxers (both rescues), the two were drawn to one another. And into a new lifetime of love. Almost six years […]

Minneapolis Wedding Planner | Camrose Hill Flower Farm | Julia & Alex

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

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, […]

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Ashley and Nathan were married on a cold day in January, 1/4/14 to be exact. A date specifically chosen to be 6 months from the anniversary of when they began dating, July 4th. In their words, “We get to celebrate twice a year, once with wine and love notes written to each other, and once […]

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