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 […]


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Today, I searched pinterest for “Painted Wedding Cakes” and there went my entire morning! These are totally unique works of edible art that can be anything you want them to be! I found some with illustrations of couples, some with the wedding vows written in beautiful calligraphy, and others that were just flat out gorgeous […]

Trend Tuesday: Painted Wedding Cakes

Succulents are simple, inexpensive, and oh-so pretty! Best of all, they’re versatile! They can easily be incorporated into your wedding look whether you’re going for a modern, classic, rustic, vintage, elegant, bohemian… anything! We’ve been seeing these little beauties everywhere and we absolutely love these gorgeous plants. Their thick, water-filled petals come in so many […]

Trend Tuesday: Sweet Succulents

Autumn is officially here and what says fall more than pumpkins!? One of our favorite things about autumn is that once fall arrives, everything is pumpkin flavored! From pumpkin lattes to pumpkin spice muffins, we love it all! Pumpkins also make for some very cute wedding decor! They can be incorporated into so many different […]

Trend Tuesday: Pretty Pumpkins

With the Holiday season in full swing, we felt it was only appropriate to share one of our all-time favorite winter inspirations that ironically ties in many of our previous Trend Tuesday looks! Chic cover-ups to splashes of emerald, not to mention the addition of some new favorites – grey and gold pairings, knit glove […]

{Trend Tuesday} Wintry Inspiration

For the style obsessed, last Friday brought some pretty fantastically fashionable news – Pantone’s announcement of their choice for “Color of the Year 2013”! Drum roll please… give a big warm welcome to the timelessly rich hue, Emerald! It’s no coincidence that this gem of an announcement is the focus for this week’s Trend Tuesday. […]

{Trend Tuesday} Elegant Emerald

This week’s SEBC Trend Tuesday focuses its attention on a craze that is quickly stitching its way to one of 2013’s most notable looks – prints! And boy do I mean it; prints, print, and more prints! From wedding party fashion to reception tables, pretty patterns will be seen just about everywhere. So tell us, […]

{Trend Tuesday} Pretty in Prints

Another week has come and gone and we find ourselves at another Trend Tuesday! Today’s trendy spotlight will shine on the deliciously fabulous, Food Truck! There is no question that these kitchens-on-wheels are going to be making a big presence in the wedding world over the 2013 season. Not only are food trucks stylishly unique […]

{Trend Tuesday} Fun Food

Happy Trend Tuesday! With the sudden surge of chilly weather, here at SEBC we cannot help but to crush on one of 2013’s biggest wedding dress trends – sleeves! With the recent royal nuptials between Price William and Duchess Kate it’s not a huge surprise that this brunette beauty’s inspired style has caught on! From […]

{Trend Tuesday} Sleeves, Sleeve, Sleeves

With cool weather setting in upon us, many fall brides understandably are left with the question – what do I wear to keep warm over my gorgeous gown?! If you are one of these brides have no fear, today’s Trend Tuesday just may have the answer! Here at SEBC we are LOVING the laid back look of […]

{Trend Tuesday} It’s a Wrap

Over the weekend the SEBC Girl’s had the pleasure of helping some of our beautiful Brides’ fairytale days come to life. In particular, one of our Bride’s big day was brimming in Baby’s Breath and you can bet the SEBC Girl’s took note! Baby’s Breath is fast becoming a 2012-2013 wedding staple and it’s easy […]

{Trend Tuesday} Crazy for Baby’s Breath