Couple of the Week ((Sarah + Mike))

Do you ever see photos of couples taking their wedding + engagement photos at hot tourist spots and wonder how they can take such beautiful photos with no one around? They get there bright and early… that’s why!

((Sarah + Mike)) met their photographer, Brandy Swartz Photography for a 9 a.m. shoot at Navy Pier. The bright eyed + bushy tailed couple looked like they had the world at their fingertips.

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Meet the Pro: Ola, owner of Ola la! IJORERE wedding & event venue

Architect. Stationer. Magic Maker. Meet Ola from Ola la! IJORERE. Ola wears many hats, each more beautiful than the last. In 2013, after 5 years of creating unique wedding invitations for David Tutera and other A list industry celebrities, Ola took IJORERE to a higher level when she designed/opened her event venue, Ola’ la’! IJORERE in Elgin.

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Just Wed: Sarah + Craig’s Blackstone Hotel Wedding

Sarah and Craig’s big day took place at The Blackstone Hotel, which is one of the prettiest hotels in downtown Chicago. They were married inside the grand cathedral on the Loyola Campus, Madonna de la Strada where they attended school together. The day was elegant, yet still a touch casual. They made sure the party stayed rocking late into the night by flying in Jonathan Cortez from Tampa, FL to MC and DJ the reception!
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Just Wed: Felicia + Bart at Pazzos in Chicago

Purple, love! We first met Felicia + Bart when we shared their engagement photos a few months back and we immediately fell in love with their beautiful smiles and love story!

The couple’s urban wedding at Pazzos took place on July 17 of last year. Their photographer Miss Motley Photography says, “Their marital union is a result of dreams, fate and the childhood wishes of a three year old girl.”

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Just Wed: Jocelyn + Earnest’s Sunset Adler Planetarium Wedding

((Jocelyn + Earnest’s)) big day was filled with smiles, love, and a whole lotta sunshine.  They could not have had more of a picture perfect wedding day and they have the most beautiful wedding photos to show for it.

Submitted to us by Lisa Kay Creative Photography ~ “Jocelyn + Earnest met their senior year of high school and after much determination on Earnest’s part, he finally won Jocelyn’s heart and they started dating. Ten years later, the couple got engaged and I had the honor of meeting them for their beautiful fall engagement photo shoot.” Continue reading


Meet the Pro: Hotel Arista

If you are trying to decide between a city and suburban venue, Hotel Arista, in Naperville will blow you away. With a number of unique spaces, the possibilities are endless. From a Grand Ballroom that accommodates up to 350, to smaller, more intimate celebrations, their professional wedding planners will truly make your day one of a kind.

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Meet the Pro: Alyson from Drumbar

There’s no better place to be than on sitting on a rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand, overlooking Lake Michigan and the John Hancock building! That’s exactly what you’ll get at Drumbar located at 201 E Delaware in Chicago. This cocktail-focused bar has an intimate indoor lounge and a beautiful outdoor terrace, perfect for weddings and events. Drumbar’s cocktail menu consists of sought after whiskeys, scotches, bourbons and cognacs, available by the glass. (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, remember?!)

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