Architectural Chicago Destination Wedding

 
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When I first received Stephanie & John's inquiry for an intimate wedding (13 guests!) at the Thompson Hotel in Chicago followed by a dinner party reception at Stephanie Izard's world-famous restaurant Girl & the Goat - I couldn't have been more excited. This day offered the opportunity to slow down the normal whirlwind wedding pace and really dig in and create photographs celebrating the natural, push-pull chemistry that Steph & John share with one another. Even the chilly Chicago spring complied with their wedding plans, with not a single cloud in the sky and loads of beautiful sunshine for this bride & groom.

John and Stephanie planned every detail to be authentic to their own personalities and preferences. Stephanie's uniquely iconic diamond pavé engagement ring by David Yurman stunned in a green Mrs Box alongside her bouquet of calla lilies and roses created for her by The Flower Firm. If you find your breath caught by Stephanie in her divinely draped dress, you're not the only one - Maggie Sottero created her one-of-a-kind wedding gown. Stephanie's beauty squad, Glam by Stefanie and Kim Freyermuth, started her wedding day with mimosas and highlighted her naturally striking beauty (and dimples!!) with polished, sophisticated style. 

My personal favorite detail: these two world-traveling go-getters (they have two MBAs and a JD between them) also run together. To celebrate this bond, Steph & John had custom Nike running shoes made in his (black) & hers (white) style right down to the date stiched into the heels. Eat your hearts out, sneakerheads. This is love that goes the distance. 

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Epic Greek Orthodox Chicago Wedding

May 27, 2017 has been marked with a big red heart on my calendar for over a year. Carly and Chris planned a wedding day packed full of celebratory details, surprises and special moments. Kicking off the day with a wedding gift of Christian Louboutin pumps and a mother-daughter whiskey toast, this couple honored family tradition and faith with a Greek Orthodox ceremony at St. John the Baptist in Des Plaines. Following a rose petal-showered church exit, the party bus stopped by Catherine Chevalier Woods for photos of the wedding party and Chris and Carly. Wedding guests enjoyed cocktail hour at The Empress in Addison until the bridal party welcomed the bride and groom with a stunning sparkler entrance to the ballroom. 

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A terrific team of vendors included Gaby Raguso of GLAMD, Flowers for Dreams, I Do Video by Leo, Mario Tricoci: Oak Brook all coordinated by Ashley Nicole Events.