Ally and John are THAT couple… the ones you meet with over beers and comfortably feel like you have just made a great new connection with. Which is no surprise that this laid back couple first met at a summer BBQ thrown by mutual friends. John knew that Ally was the one when they took their first vacation together to see the Cubs spring training in Arizona. After spending 4 straight days together just 3 months into their relationship he just knew that they were headed to forever.
One of their favorite first memories involved a night when John invited Ally and a few friends over to his tiny 1 bedroom apartment for dinner. Since John only owned 2 sets of silverware- his dinner guests had to BYOF (bring their own forks)! Sharing so many interests together like taking road trips, bike rides, and visiting breweries to name a few- Ally and John wanted their wedding to reflect their causal and fun natured spirit.
Which made the Illinois Beach Resort in Zion IL the perfect natural backdrop to exchange their vows to each other in a private ceremony along the shoreline of Lake Michigan surrounded by their closest family and friends. A mutual friend of Ally and John’s set the stage for officiating an intimate ceremony followed by a beautiful reception featuring floor to ceiling windows displaying panoramic views of the beach below. Named one of the Top 10 Best Outdoor Wedding Sites by The Knot Chicago Magazine I love photographing at this unique venue located only 40 mins from Chicago because it feels worlds away from all the urban hustle.
Thank you to John and Ally for inviting us to capture their amazing day and for showing us that all you need is a white glove (that lights up) and a champagne bottle to channel Michael Jackson’s sweet dance moves all while keeping the dance floor alive- cheers to many more first dances! xo
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Illinois Beach Resort
Venue Coordinator: Kim Hall
Officiant: Anuja Patel (friend of Bride + Groom)
Florist: Anemone Creative
DJ: Parker Greenlund of The Total PKG
Catering: Illinois Beach Resort
Sweets/Desserts: Sweet Discoveries
Invitations: Groom’s Design
Bridal Shop: BHLDN
Hair: Lauren Sweenor
Makeup: Simply Perfect Makeup Artists
We were so thrilled to be a part of this years Wedtoberfest event for the second year in a row. Wedtoberfest is an alternative wedding show that includes all the fun of a beer festival within a casual and stress free wedding planning environment. Joining forces with many talented Chicago wedding vendors at the amazing Architectual Artifacts venue in Ravenswood. Joe and I love the kinds of couples we meet at this show simply because they are our ideal clients and we get so excited to chat with them and hear all about their unique and exciting wedding day plans. And no doubt that Joe loves to do some beer tasting in between meeting newly engaged couples too.
The vibe of this show is unlike no other tradition bridal show in that it has a very laid back feel and we love that we only get a round table to display our photography products and portfolio. It makes for an easy setup and tear down which at the end of the night is really nice. But what we really get excited to show potential clients are all the custom print products that we love to help envision their wedding day come to life with either wood canvases, mounted prints, mini accordian books, wood box with prints and of course everyones favorite our Heirloom Wedding Albums. Thanks to everyone who signed up for our mailing list and remember we are offering a special promotion to all our Wedtoberfest couples we met. That offer is good until Oct 28th. Can’t wait for next years show!
So many great things to celebrate after this weekends ahmazing Romantically Modern Chicago Wedding at the beautiful Greenhouse Loft in Logan Square. Collaborating with some of the best wedding vendors in this great city is just the beginning to creating a day
of incredible wedding day memories. A BIG thanks to the following talented people for creating such a perfect wedding day for Christy and Luke this past weekend. Here is just a sneak peek of their beautiful wedding day- cheers to creating many more happy memories!
Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft / Bridal Attire: Hayley Paige, Vow to be Chic, The Black Tux / Florist: Flowers for Dreams / Invitations: Pixie Chicago / Catering: Big Delicious Planet / Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s / DJ: Gusto Paz / Videographer: Plan A Studios / Photobooth: iMG Photobooth
This event is an exciting alternative to the wedding planning process that combines a casual wedding show with all the fun of a beer festival. We are so excited to have been selected for this years show.
So be sure to stop by our booth, preuse our collection of heirloom wedding albums and other printed goods, and tell us all about your exciting wedding day plans! Be sure to get your tickets before this show sells out -see you there!
We were thrilled to see one of our most favorite weddings we shot last summer featured on the Artfully Wed blog last week- we couldn’t wait to share a few highlights from Chris and Crisselda’s beautiful boho Chicago rooftop wedding! We had a beautiful bright summer day to celebrate alongside Chris and Crisselda’s nearest and dearest. Paired with a dream team to work alongside of making this romantic and bohemian Chicago style wedding one that will forever be one for the books! A special thanks to Naturally Yours Events for helping to pull the best Chicago wedding vendors to help make The Rudd’s wedding day a day to remember for a lifetime. Check out the Artfully Wed blog post for more details on this fab celebration!
Event Planner: Naturally Yours Events
Event Venue: Ignite Glass Studios
Lighting: Atmosphere Event Group
Floral Designer: Becca Blue Flowers
Cake Designer: Elysia Root Cakes
Bakery: Insomnia Cookies
Cinema + Video: Old North Film Co.
Photobooth: Glitter Guts
Heirlooms + Extras: Nimble Well
Catering: Paramount Events
Design + Decor: Shadowbox Dreams
I can honestly say that we work with THE best couples. Thankful for this great wedding review from one of our amazing 2015 couples Michelin & Will. They were married at beautiful http://www.qasbasilica.org/ where Michelin’s mother and father also held their own wedding ceremony at as well. Their elegant reception was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago. Such a special day for this couple that we were so honored to be a part of. Here is more from the bride:
“Planning our wedding from a far was a bit of a challenge.
“On our wedding day they were amazing. It was a long, HOT day and their energy kept us going. We were really ready to get into the air conditioni
The best way to jump start a wedding weekend? Capture love in action by photographing a wedding proposal with the greatest cityscape as your background. Planned by the best Proposal Event Planners (aka) The Heart Bandits– Along with the talented Run for Cover the University of Chicago’s A Cappella group sang the couples song “Sweet Disposition” while CJ got down on bended knee to propose to his love Elizabeth in front of Buckingham Fountain. Elizabeth’s surprised reaction was priceless and made the whole moment so amazing to capture! Congrats to you both CJ +Elizabeth- this is just the beginning!
Wedding Planning Proposal by: The Heart Bandits
A Cappella Group: Run for Cover
We couldn’t have ask for a more perfect way to jumpstart this weekend by having our FIRST (eek!) official wedding featured on my favorite blog Wedding Chicks. Hop over to see all the gorgeousness from this Chicago Garden Wedding and the coolest couple to date! We loved capturing Andy + Malerie’s romantic wedding story. There is truly no better feeling than spending the day in the presence of love, family, and friends. A BIG thank you to Tiffany of A Splendid Occasion for introducing us to Andy and Malerie. We loved working alongside you and your amazing team!!
Venue: Chief O’Neill’s Pub
Hair & Makeup: Lia of Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists
Dress Shop: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Dj: MaryMonica Music, Inc.
Lighting: UltraPom Rentals
Cake Stands & Dessertware: Vintage Place Settings
Macarons: Delightful Pastries