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Deanna and John’s Vintage Chicago Tiki Wedding

John knows just about everything there is to know about the topic of Tiki Bar Culture.  Which goes perfectly with Deanna’s love for anything retro and vintage inspired. Which made for some Chicago Tiki wedding amazingness. In my opinion, that makes John and Deanna the perfect match- especially since they met on The Onion. On top of that, John and Deanna’s wedding was the last event at Marriott O’hare‘s Nikko Room- scheduled to be remodeled from a classic Tiki Lounge to a convention center.  Bittersweet end of an era of sorts. Tiki culture you say? According to Wikipedia (which must be true) 🙂 The first Tiki Bar was built in Los Angeles in 1933.  Soon after, over the next decade, Tiki Bars started popping up all over the United States, with the common decor of primitive tropical cultures in a romanticized fashion.  Given, I know very little, but I bet John could write a 200 page info book filled with excellent factoids.

Deanna chose to go to the Tigerlilie Salon, to get ready with her mom and sister- a fun afternoon with the ladies filled with victory rolls and vintage waves.  Which, of course, go perfectly with tiki lounges, and Deanna’s Dolly Couture Wedding Dress, and her Grandmother’s pink crystal necklace.  The ladies at Tigerlilie were great, they knew all of the hairstyles (my personal favorite is the beehive) and used vintage hot coil rollers you just can’t find anymore.

John’s tie was made by the fabulous Lee Allison Company– which, ironically enough, we just read a mini article about them. English silk?  excellent. And! They’re a local Chicago Bucktown company.  The cake?  If you might notice, matches the exterior tile of the hotel. Deanna and John’s wedding focused on the fun, which always makes for a great time.  It was excellent meeting you guys and a blast to be at your special day, I wish you as much fun in life as you had on your wedding. 🙂




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Matt & Millie’s Wedding in Bethany Beach, DE!

So- first off….. Millie is one of the most considerate people I’ve ever met.  Seriously though!  Matt and Millie rented out a grand beautiful beach house named Seacolt in Bethany Beach and housed a large chunk of their guests at their Bethany Beach wedding.  I remember when we arrived that she wrote out exact times of shuttles plopped in goodie bags accompanied with delicious crab spiced UTZ chips, salt water taffy, and bottled water.  On top of that- they were totally game for my idea of waking up during sunrise to take some fabulous ocean shots. EPIC!

Matt and Millie had their family formal ceremony on Wednesday at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Baltimore over in Little Italy.  Now for today- they had a wedding for all of the fun friends and family, with Matt’s childhood pastor/friend as their officiant right on the delightful warm and sandy beach.  Excellent! Oh! Did I mention there were dolphins out when we took photos in the morning?

The space served as a fantastic house party filled with sand, drinks and plenty of cheer to go around.  After the festivities were over, Matt and Millie were able to enjoy the place to themselves for an extra couple of days.  Excellent mini-honeymoon destination indeed.

Matt and Millie, if you guys are ever in Chicago, hit us up!!!  We would love love love your visit!!  You guys are great. 🙂

Before the ceremony, we headed over to Delaware Beach, just up the road and over to the Indian River Inlet, where Matt spent many fun warm days throughout his childhood.

AND!! Last but not least- my favorite shot from the photobooth-

The story? So while the photobooth is coming along fabulously, Matt’s friend, PJ, comes up to me and asks “So… when’s the topless portion of this party?”

Unsure of what to say- I glance down at my watch and reply “um… 9:15 sounds about right.”  And about right indeed- all of the sudden the guys show up, lock the door and quickly pull off the photo while the ladies are banging on the door. Excellent. 🙂

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  • Jen - Woooooow!!!!! Such amazing pics!!! We just got married at Seacolt 2 weeks ago… such a great venue… you did a great job in capturing so many amazing things… the rooftop gargoygle : ) Loved him.ReplyCancel