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Lily and John wanted to have a destination wedding in Chicago.
Since it’s a main hub, it makes it easier for family to be able to attend. They decided that a Spiaggia Chicago Wedding overlooking Lake Michigan was the perfect venue for them and family to be able to enjoy delicious food and to later get their groove on.
When we met Lily and John, they were in the midst of planning their move to Hawaii- cargo loading and all of that craziness, as John was going to be stationed there after his homecoming.
John and Lily got ready together in their hotel room- which I loved. It was so zen and calming in the room. I thought it was pretty awesome that they are getting ready together, I mean- if you’re marrying your best friend, it’s only right to get to spend the whole day with them right? And not to mention, their view was pretty awesome as well.
They eloped before John was deployed, so they decided to have a family blessing instead of a traditional ceremony for their Spiaggia Chicago Wedding. You’ll be able to see it in the photos as both John and Lily’s dad’s performed the family blessing together. It was quite sweet. <3
Oh Lily, your smile is contageous. This shot of them getting ready together is one of my favorite photos from this year.
Succulents, Giant White orchids and Hydrangeas? Oh so amazing!!! Thank you Dilly Lily.
John’s sweet neice.
The sweet family blessing.
Last quick spot for the Spiaggia Chicago Wedding across the street. 🙂
I hope you guys are having an amazing time in Hawaii! Trust me, we are all jealous here in Chicago while the high temperatures are 0 degrees. Brrr.
And a thank you to all of the Chicago Wedding vendors at John and Lily’s Spiaggia Chicago Wedding
Getting Ready Location- Mile North Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Location- Spiaggia Wedding
Hair Stylist- Season McKesson, Mary Jane Salon– San Diego, CAFlorist- Dilly Lily
Invitations- Forever Fiances, San Diego CA
Shoes- Badgley Mischka
Caterer- Spiaggia Private Events
DJ- Mike Lopez
Suit- Black Lapel, NY (guys, custom suits are AWESOME, you won’t regret it!)
Tie- Calvin Klien
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There is so much fun amazingness to show for Jenna and Jim’s Chicago Wedding that I can’t even handle it! Ok, so here it goes…
Jenna and Jim planned their wedding from afar- having a long distance relationship, this was no sweat for them. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph their engagement session in New York City’s Gramercy Park last summer. (No fence jumping needed) Since living and working on the East Coast, Jenna and Jim moved to Germany together to follow Jim’s career in the Air Force. Which I say is pretty perfect, since Jenna’s dream would be to travel to unique and amazing places all over the world- what better than marrying a pilot?
They decided to have their wedding at Chicago’s Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft wedding, which was large enough to house all of their amazing family and friends. Also, just as important- it is large enough to hold a late night pasty food truck. Talk about awesome. Before their cocktail hour and reception, they got married at the beautiful Holy Family Catholic Church on Roosevelt and spent some time going around the city with their decked out navy blue wedding party.
Oh! And check out Jenna and Jim’s decor choices! They had friends trade place cards with Polaroid photos of the guests. Also, a huge thank you to Liven it Up Events for making the schedule and decor flow as smooth as possible. <3
We took photos on the football field at St. Ignatius (which is right next to Holy Family Catholic Church). The field is named after Jim’s Uncle, who was a proud Wolfpack coach in his prime.
Eeee! The decor from Exquisite Designs and Liven it Up Events is amazing!!! Not to mention, I think I’m in love- if we got married again, I would want to to be a Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft Wedding. Vow Renewal anyone? Jason? Hint? 🙂
Close up of the genius Polaroid Place card Station in action:
Congrats again Jenna and Jim- you guys are so much fun! Have an amazing time in Germany.
And a big thank you to the Chicago Wedding Vendors for Jenna and Jim’s Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft Wedding below:
Coordinator: Liven it Up Events– Linda
Getting Ready Location: VRBO Condo on State St
Hair: Anasa Salon in Park Ridge
Makeup: Anjelica Bannos Artistry
Flowers: Exquisite Designs
Invitations: Checkerboard from Hill’s Hallmark in Park Ridge
Catering: Stefani Catering
Music: Toast and Jam– Carrie
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Suit: Tommy Hilfiger
Ceremony: Holy Family Catholic Church Chicago
Reception: Bridgeport Art Center’s Skyline Loft
Not everyone can pull off a crazy beautiful wedding reception when the setting is where they went to high school- but then again, not everyone went to high school in an epic Harry Potter/Hogwarts/Marble Epicness/ landscape of amazment/jaw droppingly beautiful bit of architecture. Phew. Yes- but Carlee did go to school on a beautiful Chicago campus. So hence, why Carlee and Jeff decided to have a St Ignatius Wedding, at St. Ignatius’ Tully Hall in Chicago. Keep scrolling for beautiful green goodness.
Carlee and Jeff had their wedding ceremony at St. Daniel the Prophet, officiated by a family friend. But now, onto everyone getting ready at the Hilton downtown- conveniently located next to a wonderful colorful tiled wall. 😉 Oh, and conviniently across the street from Michigan Ave is the park. Perfect location indeed!
Ok, so there maybe a lot of photos of Carlee smiling from ear to ear- but that’s only because I’m kind of obsessed with her beautiful smile, oh- and it’s their wedding day, so smiles be had!
Oh yes, the St. Ignatius Chicago Wedding was inside the building’s Tully Hall. Sorry, I’m always bad with multiple names.
Eeek! Thank you to Foxglove Studio for making these amazing arrangements!
A huge thank you to all of the vendors who made Carlee and Jeff’s amazing St. Ignatius Wedding day possible!
Getting Ready Location: Hilton Chicago S Michigan Ave
Ceremony Location: St Daniel the Prophet
Reception Location: St. Ignatius Wedding in Tully Hall
Catering: Kenmare Catering & Events
Cake: Westtown Bakery
Florist: The Floxglove Studio
DJ: Dreamhouse Productions
Hair: Variations in Hair Design
Makeup: Rena Freeman
Transport: Chicago Trolly
Tracey and Chris are awesome. We got to essentially just roam around Pilsen with them for the Chicago engagement photography session, joking about cheese and other bits of silly-ness for the first half of their session.
I can’t wait for their wedding! Their city affair is going to be held at the beautifully historic Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Chicago later this fall. Fitting? Yes. Tracey and Chris got engaged in Las Vegas as he swept her off of her feet and they stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas.
Now, on to the engagement session. Might I add- Tracey, your hair is AMAZING. That is all. <3
Typically brides get really stressed out about the possibility of rain on their wedding day. Not Jenna though, she was beaming the whole day. Gah, and the emotional smiles and happy tears from everyone made it hard to not get a good shot at this Royal Fox Country Club Wedding. Seriously Jenna, your friends and family are amazing!
So, back to the rain- a thing we love about rain? The color of the trees and grass that go along with it. All of our wedding photos seem to get more vibrant after the rain. A huge thank you to Jenna and Matt for being willing to go out on the Green of the Royal Fox Country Club when the clouds still looked like they were going to burst.
Now… to start with the perfect wedding ballerina shoes for today.
My Favorite shot of the day. Thanks Jason for being the perfect photojournalist I can count on.
Jenna with all of her radiance. While Matt- learned to drive stick shift quicker than anyone I ever met.