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More Than Just An Invitation…by Basic Invite



A wedding invitation is more than just a pretty piece of card stock with nice font and a photo of the happy couple. A wedding invitation is the couples first chance to express themselves and their love in the exact way they plan to celebrate it with their guests. Whether it’s sweet and simple, woodsy and whimsical, or just as glamorous as the couple the wedding invitation sets the tone for celebrations to come. It’s like a mapped out guide of the most important day of two people’s lives personally curated and intended to be cherished and adorned which will allow guests a more intimate understanding of the lovely couple.   Continue reading

((Jennifer + Daniel)) Downtown Destination Rooftop Wedding



((Jen +Daniel)) chose Chicago for their destination wedding. They are both from Florida, but love the look and feel of The Windy City. The couple’s day started as they got ready for their ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria.  After a morning of rest and relaxation, the couple met for ‘first look’ photos and then headed to a few iconic Chicago destinations with their photographer and dog, Oliver in tow. After some adorable family photos, they met up with friends and family at  Little Goat in Chicago’s West Loop for an intimate rooftop ceremony and a seated dinner.

Be inspired by their pretty photos + low-key wedding day ~ Continue reading

Two-Weekend Michigan + Frankfort Wedding ((Taryn + Kirby))


((Taryn + Kirby)) had an epic two-weekend wedding celebration! The first weekend was Sept 19,  at Union Pier, Michigan. The couple rented out a small cottage for their close family and friends to have a very intimate beach-side wedding. This night consisted of their wedding ceremony and a small dinner gathering. The following weekend was held in their backyard in Frankfort, Illinois for more family and friends. Continue reading

((Juliana + Douglas)) Multicultural The Drake Hotel Wedding



There are few sweeter things in life than seeing a couple in love. Juliana + Dougas’ The Drake Hotel wedding photos are no exception. The couple’s smiles say 1,000 words through every part of their big day. From their first look photos to their adorable pictures taken around the city with their photographer to their beautiful wedding, many of these pictures are to be framed. Continue reading

((Nicole + Tim)) Fall Bull Valley Country Club Wedding

Everything about this sweet fall wedding was absolutely stunning. When Annie Steele Photography arrived, Nicole and all of her closest friends and family were busy getting ready. Final touches of hair and make-up were being fine tuned, and the bride-to-be glowed.

The Bridal, Rose Room overlooked the Bull Valley Country Club golf course and set-up of chairs were taking place where the ceremony was to take place at 5:30 p.m. A day, several years in the making, was beginning and you could just feel the excitement as the day was about to get started.

Nicole and Tim opted not to see one another before getting married. Instead Annie Steele Photography was able to capture gorgeous bridal portraits under weeping willow trees along the golf course. After a romantic ceremony, the rest of the night was spent celebrating with thoughtful toasts, dancing, and sparklers on the patio under the stars.

Cocktail hour was spent on the patio as the sun set lower into the sky. 150 friends and family toasted to a love 10 years in the making, as the bride and groom took pictures as the golden hour approached. Annie says, “Something about Golf Course Weddings is simply magical with the soft light and smell of a summer evening of the grass.”

Sparklers on the patio ended this romantic night of celebration.

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Photographer: Annie Steele Photography • Ceremony + Reception Venue: Bull Valley Country Club • Bride’s Dress: Brides by Demetrios • Bride’s Makeup: Makeup by Jaycie • Floral: Perwinkle Florists • Cake: Lovin Oven • Planner: Vickie Boysen •

Chicago Couple of the Week ((Allison + River))


((Allison + River)) live in Chicago, recently got engaged in the Windy City, and wanted their engagement session to take place in the city they work and fell in love in.

After meeting at work at an advertising firm, River knew he wanted to ask Allison out on a date. He also knew that breakfast was her favorite meal. So, thinking that breakfast would be a casual setting, he asked her out to breakfast. River thought if it didn’t go well, they would part ways and have the rest of the weekend to enjoy their brief time off. Continue reading

((Alissa + Chris)) Romantic Hyatt Lodge Oakbrook Wedding

One of the most well know superstitions is that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck. Boy did ((Alissa + Chris)) have a chance to experience this!

With the forecast of 90 percent rain and a whole lot of wind, ((Alissa + Chris)) had more ‘luck’ than they knew what to do with. Thankfully the rain subsided and the sun came out to make their day, the perfect day for a wedding.

The morning of the big day, Alissa found herself in her childhood home surrounded by loving family and best friends. This only erupted in joyous tears from all those helping prepare her for the big day.

As Maria Harte Photography captured the moments, she could feel the love and warmth of Alissa’s family as she got ready and among Chris and his groomsmen.  Maria says, “Anyone could see these two complement each other in the best way; with the love and support they have from those around them. Alissa and Chris’s love story is one that most college going kids dream of, as college sweethearts.”

The couple met while attending Law School. From the moment they were together they knew this was the real thing, and have been together ever since. They celebrated their love by marrying at the Loyola Chapel, a fitting backdrop to their story. The day was complete with the weather finally cooperating for their reception at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus.

Browse their beautiful day + catch a glimpse of Alissa’s Cinderella-inspired gown!

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Reception: The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus • Floral: Addison Floral •  Photographer: Maria Harte Photography • Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Bride’s Hair: CM Salon • Bride’s Dress: Eva’s of Oak Lawn • Event Planner: Events by City Sisters • Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo • Bride’s Makeup: LG Makeup Design

((Linnea + Kevin)) Eagle Ridge Resort Destination Wedding

The vibrant colors of fall popped through ((Linnea + Kevin’s)) destination wedding at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa. With both the ceremony and reception taking place at the Resort, Linnea, Kevin and their bridal party rented one house on the resort to get ready together.

Rebecca Marie Photography said, “With the boys tucked away downstairs and the girls hiding upstairs, it kept the morning exciting and logistically calm at all the same time.”

After getting ready, the couple’s first look photo became a family affair, complete with their  dogs. With a rustic-themed wedding planned to go with the fall colors, the couple pulled out all the stops to make sure their wedding day resembled themselves. The bride and groom had an exact replica of themselves made for their cake topper, right down to the clothes they were wearing when Kevin proposed. And how is this for a wedding sendoff? The couple caught gorgeous views from the sky.

See their family-filled day with sky blue touches ~

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Photographer: Rebecca Marie Photography • Ceremony + Reception Venue: Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa • Bride’s Dress: Bridal Dreams, Iowa • Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Rachael Mora Roth • Event Planner: Megan Dombeck • Musicians: A Posh Production • Bakery: Sweetheart Bakery •

Chicago Couple of the Week ((Brian + Lexi))

Level_Level_Sachel_Samone_Photography_sachelsamonephotogra9350371_low((Lexi + Brian)) met through the power of social media. Becoming friends on Facebook and lovers on Skype and ooVoo, the couple got engaged and married within a few weeks. (We’ll peek into their wedding in a few weeks on our blog too, they may even pop up in our upcoming edition!) Their downtown Chicago engagement session was nothing short of adorable. With a pit stop at Millennium Park to see The Bean and time running out before nightfall, ((Brian + Lexi)) and Sachel Samone Photography made their way over to Buckingham Fountain. Continue reading

Event Recap: Engaged Events at The James Hotel

Engaged Events at The James Hotel was the place for engaged couples to be on October 13!

Couples were treated to gourmet dishes from David Burke’s Primehouse including lobster bisque, filet mignon, 40 day dry-aged rib eye, seared salmon and more. Future bride and grooms also sipped on a premium open bar, learned about what The James Hotel has to offer, networked, and shared wedding planning stories.

Sponsored by The Local Tourist and Wedding Guide Chicago, Engaged Events introduces couples to wedding venues throughout Chicago and suburbs in an informal environment giving future newlyweds the opportunity to talk about their wedding with others who are excited to do the same. With a few surprises in store, couples got a preview of the work of wedding planner extraordinaire florist P3 Events creates for weddings, as well as invite designs from Lucky Invitations, and even took home goody bags.

Head to EngagedEventsChicago.com for information on future events and peek into the October event with photos provided by The Local Tourist.

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