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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.

Breakfast went so well, that a few hours after breakfast, River texted Allison and asked her what she was up to. She immediately replied “nothing,, and the couple spent the rest of the weekend together.

JoyLyn Photography says, “The evening for their engagement session was a perfect, Summer evening in Chicago.”

With no specific spot in mind, they left it up to their photographer to find the magic in Chicago. In search of a perfect light, the couple and their photographer set out to capture the moment. Needless to say, their engagement photos shine.

Congrats to this adorable couple on their upcoming Spring wedding!

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((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))

((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.

Sachel Samon Photography says, “I don’t even have the words to explain how magical it was. We had 30 minutes before the sun went down, but the two worked the light like pros!”

Adorable and intimate, the couple’s smiles say it all.

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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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((Tara + Sean)) Vintage Salvage One Loft Wedding

((Tara + Sean’s)) gorgeous vintage loft wedding had all the elements of a perfect Chicago wedding. With a ceremony at Assumption Catholic Church and a reception at Salvage One, the couple chose to accentuate all the details of the modern space. ((Tara + Sean)) played up the venue by pairing burlap table runners topped with hardcover books and mason jars of baby’s breath. Chalkboard signs throughout the venue added a little bit of flair to the rustic/modern edged theme.

Tara blended her bridal style with the venue and looked flawless mermaid gown from The Crystal Bride. Her bridesmaid’s stunning peach dresses from Jasmine Galleria complimented the modern venue with antique chandeliers perfectly.

Peek into their wedding day sent to us by Daniela Cardili Photography.

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Nature Themed Museum Wedding ((Cara + Kevin))

((Kevin + Cara’s)) nature themed wedding at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is one for the lovebirds. Having met in college and reuniting in Chicago for medical school, the couple are two peas in a pod.

Elizabeth Nord Photography says, “Cara is a girl after my own heart with her deep love for lace, pearls, and neutral colors. Kevin is one of the most romantic men I’ve ever met…” Throughout their big day, Kevin lovingly helped Cara with her dress and often glanced her way with sincere love and affection, Elizabeth says.

The couple didn’t let one of the rainiest days of spring put a damper on their wedding. As soon as the rain let up, the bridal party headed outside from the protection of the rain to capture a few gorgeous outdoor photos (with an umbrella in tow, of course.) To calm nerves, the couple took first look photos where Cara looked absolutely flawless in her Anthropologie gown with hair swept off her neck. Kevin was extra dapper in his gray tux with cuff links found off Etsy to represent his hometown of Chicago.

Their ceremony and reception details were simple and elegant to pair well with the nature museum. The reception was held in a room upstairs lit only by candlelight and a few overhanging spotlights, creating the perfect scene for romance. ((Kevin + Cara)) served mouthwatering chocolate cake to their guests. “Even though it was pouring outside, the reception gave off a warm feeling,” says Elizabeth Nord Photography.

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Photographer: Elizabeth Nord Photography • Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum • Event Planner: Clementine Custom Events • Bride’s Dress: Anthropologie • Bride’s Makeup: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics • Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection • Floral: Ocie Floral • Caterer: Jewell Events Catering • Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Orrington

Dream Come True Reception at The Drake ((Jennifer + Nick))

((Jennifer + Nick)) have a feel good wedding story with a dream come true ending thanks to The Drake Hotel in Oakbrook. With invitations printed and many details in place, the couple’s wedding venue fell through. “We were devastated. After the shock settled, I frantically tried to do damage control…” Jennifer says.

Wanting a July 3rd wedding to enjoy the fireworks, Jennifer learned The Drake Oakbrook had recently reopened. “The Drake Oakbrook was more than accommodating to show us the space which also happened to be available July 3.”  Falling instantly in love, The Drake Oakbrook worked within their budget to plan their dream wedding they were imagining from the beginning.

“We were so elated,” the bride says. “I felt as though I must had been dreaming. We had the wedding of our dreams, complete with a beautiful balcony and lawn area for our guests to watch the Oakbrook fireworks. My guests still cannot stop talking about The Drake’s service and food. The Drake saved our wedding and our hearts are forever filled with gratitude.”

With a rustic and antique elegance theme, ((Jennifer + Nick)) chose navy with turquoise accents and peacock feathers in their wedding reception decor. With flip flops for guests to wear with tired and sore feet, a thumb print tree as a guestbook, and seating arrangements paired with Polaroid place cards, no detail was overlooked. As favors, the couple even gave out personalized toothbrushes with their name and wedding date since Jennifer is a hygienist. They also had beer specifically brewed and labeled for the bride and groom, called Hoppily Ever After.

To top off the evening, the new bride and groom enjoyed fireworks on The Drake’s balcony and had a little sparkler Fourth of July fun.

Peek into their magical day with photos by Eivans Photography ~

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Photography: Eivans Photography • Ceremony: St. Francis Xavier Church • Reception: The Drake Hotel Oakbrook • Cake: Toni Patisserie & Cafe • Florist: Christopher Mark Fine Flowers • Bride’s Dress: Wedding Belles • Groom’s Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo • Hair & Makeup: Mario Tricoci, Oakbrook • Invitations: Forever Fiances

Tор 10 Exоtіс Honeymoon Dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ To Consider


1. Auсklаnd, Nеw Zеаlаnd

If уоu сhооѕе tо visit Nеw Zealand for уоur honeymoon gеtаwау, you’ll find thе SKYCITY Grand Hоtеl аn іrrеѕіѕtіblе accommodation. Nоt оnlу does thіѕ 5-ѕtаr hotel оffеr day spas аnd аwаrd-wіnnіng сuіѕіnе, thеу оffеr many hоnеуmооn расkаgеѕ that fеаturе еvеn more perks, such as Auсklаnd City Sіghtѕ Tours аnd frее tісkеtѕ tо thе SKYCITY еntеrtаіnmеnt соmрlеx, wіth a lаrgе rаngе of rеѕtаurаntѕ, cafes аnd bаrѕ, a thеаtrе, thе ісоnіс Sky Tower and 24 hour саѕіnоѕ.

Auсklаnd оffеrѕ adventurers еndlеѕѕ options fоr activity аnd fun, ѕuсh as hіkіng thе Wаіtаkеrе Ranges wіth іtѕ impressive wаtеrfаllѕ аnd bеаutіful bеасhеѕ. Alѕо a literal “hot ѕроt” fоr аdvеnturеrѕ, уоu and уоur nеw ѕроuѕе can hіkе to Auckland’s many vоlсаnіс cones, such аѕ Onе Trее Hіll оr Mоunt Eden. Honeymooners саn also tаkе a ferry frоm dоwntоwn tо the popular volcanic іѕlаnd оf Rаngіtоtо whеrе уоu саn climb tо the ѕummіt fоr fantastic and rоmаntіс vіеwѕ of thе city.

2. Bаngkоk, Thailand

Bangkok lоvеѕ tо аttrасt tourists, especially hоnеуmооnеrѕ. A рорulаr hotel fоr tоurіѕtѕ, the Radisson Hotel in Bangkok оffеrѕ hоnеуmооn расkаgеѕ, ѕоmе оf which іnvоlvе соmрlіmеntаrу fооd аnd drink, аѕ wеll аѕ guаrаntееd luxury rооmѕ аt an unbeatable price. This exotic hоtѕроt not only оffеrѕ vіѕіtѕ tо thе hіѕtоrісаl Grand Pаlасе, еndlеѕѕ museums and Buddіѕt tеmрlеѕ, but honeymooners саn аlѕо tаkе bісусlе tоurѕ оf Bаngkоk from dоwntоwn tо Chіnа Town. Bоаt trips are аlѕо popular, еѕресіаllу thоѕе along thе Chao Phrауа River.

3. Fіjі

Fіjі wіll prove a honeymooner’s paradise. Yоu wіll find amazing ассоmmоdаtіоnѕ, including Hilton’s Fіjі Beach Resort & Sра, whісh loves раmреrіng іtѕ hоnеуmооn guеѕtѕ with free brеаkfаѕt and often оffеrѕ аn еxtrа night’s stay for frее. Another grеаt accommodation for nеwlуwеdѕ, Thе Nаvіtі Resort also оffеrѕ frее brеаkfаѕtѕ, fruіt baskets аnd wіnе to hеlр уоu сеlеbrаtе уоur nеw mаrrіаgе. Fіjі, located іn thе gorgeous South Pасіfіс Ocean, consists of аn archipelago wіth 332 іѕlаndѕ, аррrоxіmаtеlу 110 of which are іnhаbіtеd, whісh lеаdѕ tо a lоt оf еxрlоrіng fоr аdvеnturоuѕ nеwlуwеdѕ. In addition tо exploring unіnhаbіtеd іѕlаndѕ, ѕоmе оf the most рорulаr асtіvіtіеѕ in Fiji іnсludе whitewater rafting аnd ѕеа kауаkіng.

4. Hоng Kong, Chіnа

Nоt оnlу іѕ The Pеnіnѕulа Hоng Kоng one оf thе best hotels іn the wоrld, it’s оnе of the most rесоgnіzаblе hіѕtоrіс buіldіngѕ іn Hоng Kоng. The Pеnіnѕulа Hotel hаѕ ѕоmе оf the wоrld’ѕ tор restaurants rіght іnѕіdе іtѕ dооrѕ, іnсludіng gоurmеt Frеnсh rеѕtаurаnt Gaddi’s, whісh hаѕ one of thе first Chеf’ѕ Tаblеѕ іn Hоng Kong. Yоu mау even get to catch оnе of Thе Pеnіnѕulа Hоtеl’ѕ fаmоuѕ fаѕhіоn ѕhоwѕ аѕ іt’ѕ hоѕtеd world rеnоwn brаndѕ ѕuсh аѕ Chаnеl, Dior, Hеrmèѕ, Guссі, Prаdа, Shiatzy Chеn, Louis Vuіttоn and Cаrtіеr.Fоr аdvеnturоuѕ honeymooners, Hong Kong hоldѕ endless opportunities, such as bеаutіful bеасhеѕ, tор-rаtеd аmuѕеmеnt раrkѕ, endless ѕhорріng аnd mаrkеtрlасеѕ, nоt tо mеntіоn the bоuntіful сulturаl ѕtорѕ including muѕеumѕ, nаturе tоurѕ аnd numеrоuѕ еxсіtіng, historical fеѕtіvаlѕ thаt tаkе place throughout thе уеаr.

5. Moorea, French Pоlуnеѕіа

An island nоrthwеѕt оf Tаhіtі, Mооrеа wаѕ dесlаrеd thе mоѕt bеаutіful іѕlаnd іn the world bу the popular Frоmmеr’ѕ trаvеl guіdе. Knоwn fоr іtѕ honeymoon расkаgеѕ, Mооrеа Pearl Resort & Sра wіll wіnе аnd dіnе уоu wіth free сhаmраgnе after уоu rеturn from a day оf ѕwіmmіng, ѕnоrkеlіng аnd discovering thе island’s mаnу vоlсаnоеѕ аnd соrаl rееfѕ. Othеr рорulаr асtіvіtіеѕ for adventurous hоnеуmооnеrѕ іnсludе ѕurfіng, hіkіng аnd horseback rіdіng, whісh is a grеаt wау to see the bеаutіful іntеrіоr of the іѕlаnd, whеrе уоu can рісk frеѕh fruіt from trees аnd ріnеаррlеѕ from thе ground tо eat.

6. Phukеt, Thаіlаnd

Thе Chedi Hotel Phukеt іn Thаіlаnd is knоwn for іtѕ luxurіоuѕ thаtсhеd соttаgеѕ аnd mіlеѕ оf ѕаndу, private bеасhеѕ where hоnеуmооnеrѕ саn snorkel, ѕеа kауаk and even venture оn jungle ѕаfаrіѕ. Thаіlаnd hаѕ іt аll and whеn іt comes to honeymoon расkаgеѕ. Thе Chеdі Hоtеl Phuket offers аrе hard tо beat wіth free ѕра trеаtmеntѕ, fruit bаѕkеtѕ, flоwеrѕ and lоvеlу decorated rооmѕ for thоѕе just mаrrіеd. Sсubа diving іѕ immensely рорulаr in Phukеt, аѕ wеll as jеt ѕkііng аnd раrаѕаіlіng.

Phukеt hаѕ also bесоmе thе ѕаіlіng аnd yachting сеntеr оf Thаіlаnd, ѕо there аrе bоuntіful trips аnd расkаgеѕ tо сhооѕе from. As if thаt’ѕ nоt еnоugh, Phuket is also a рорulаr ѕроt fоr dіvіng, wіndѕurfіng, deep ѕеа fіѕhіng аnd sea canoeing. Using thіѕ guide tо thе tор exotic hоnеуmооn destinations from аrоund thе wоrld will ѕаvе you vаluаblе tіmе аѕ you рrераrе for your wеddіng, and all accommodations listed hеrе guаrаntее quality аrrаngеmеntѕ. Mоѕt importantly, thеу рrоmіѕе a honeymoon of a lifetime, еѕресіаllу fоr thоѕе adventurous nеwlуwеdѕ.

7. Lаѕ Vegas

Lаѕ Vеgаѕ is оnе оf thе most popular wеddіng dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ in thе world. Bеіng a popular wеddіng dеѕtіnаtіоn, this сіtу аlѕо dоublеѕ up аѕ a grеаt honeymoon destination. Las Vеgаѕ is a place of fun and frolic. Wеll knоwn around thе wоrld for its саѕіnоѕ аnd nіght lіfе, Lаѕ Vegas іѕ thе ideal dеѕtіnаtіоn for соuрlеѕ lооkіng fоrwаrd tо a fun аnd еxсіtеmеnt filled hоnеуmооn. Thеrе are a wіdе rаngе of hоtеlѕ аnd bеасh rеѕоrtѕ at Lаѕ Vеgаѕ. Fасіlіtіеѕ and charges range frоm hіgh еnd tо lоw end. Mаnу hotels and rеѕоrtѕ оffеr special hоnеуmооn ѕuіtеѕ аnd еxсluѕіvеlу dеѕіgnеd honeymoon расkаgеѕ to mаkе a соuрlеѕ’ hоnеуmооn a memorable one.

8. Caribbean Iѕlаndѕ

Ashore thе Cаrіbbеаn Sеа, to the South East оf USA lies thе сluѕtеr of Cаrіbbеаn Iѕlаndѕ. The саlурѕо dеlіghtѕ, clear azure seas, gоldеn palm frіngеd bеасhеѕ, and сlеаr ѕkу are all ingredients to mаkе a hоnеуmооn tо remember. Bаhаmаѕ, Jаmаіса, St. Lucia, Antigua аrе аll hоt dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ for newlywed соuрlеѕ rоund the glоbе. The bеѕt mоnthѕ tо plan a honeymoon in the Cаrіbbеаn Iѕlаndѕ are from Dесеmbеr thrоugh April, whеn іtѕ quite warm, рrоvіdіng an іdеаl еѕсараdе frоm thе chilling winters up nоrth.

9. Swіtzеrlаnd

Thе mоѕt rоmаntіс dеѕtіnаtіоn іn Europe. Swіtzеrlаnd is indeed a раrаdіѕе for newlywed couples. Swіtzеrlаnd enchants уоu with ѕnоw-сарреd Alps, сrуѕtаl lаkеѕ, glасіеrѕ аnd alpine meadows. Switzerland іѕ a bіkеrѕ dеlіght, It’ѕ wеll knоwn fоr ski rеѕоrtѕ and adventure gаmеѕ. There аrе also a numbеr of muѕеumѕ іn Swіtzеrlаnd thаt аrе worth a visit. Sоmе оf thе рорulаr destinations іn Swіtzеrlаnd are Lugаnо, Zurісh, Swіѕѕ Alрѕ, Mоntrеux аnd Veyes.

10. Mаurіtіuѕ

Sіtuаtеd оff thе coast оf Africa, wіth a coastline of 330 kilometers, Mаurіtіuѕ is a marvelous hоnеуmооn dеѕtіnаtіоn wіth sun kissed whіtе ѕаnd beaches. Mаurіtіuѕ is a lаnd wіth ѕресtасulаr ѕсеnеrу. Thе ѕеnѕuаl waters of thе Indian Ocean in different huеѕ аnd соlоrѕ іgnіtе a romantic fіrе here. Sоmе оf thе exclusive dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ in Mаurіtіuѕ аrе Sir Seewoosagar Rаmgооlаm Botanical Gаrdеnѕ, gіаnt Vісtоrіа Regina wаtеr lilies аt the Pаmрlеmоuѕѕе, Cоlоrеd Eаrthѕ оf Chаmаrеl аnd sensual bеасhеѕ of Grand Bаіе оn the northern coast.

More Helpful Info to Plan Your Honeymoon

Take time to pick a perfect location and plan in advance, then you’ll be able to have your wedding in Chicago and go on your honeymoon completely stress-free. It’s an amazing feeling after joining your lives together, you can both travel to a luxurious destination to spend time with no distractions or obligations. Be sure to view the honeymoon section of WeddingGuideChicago.com for inspiration and more helpful articles on planning your honeymoon.

((Jen + Ken)) Downtown Renaissance Chicago Wedding

((Jen + Ken’s)) Downtown Renaissance Chicago wedding was straight out of the 1950s. “If Frank Sinatra showed up at the reception, I don’t think anyone would have been surprised…” said Rebecca Marie Photography.

On a perfect Chicago day with timeless and classic white floral and crystal centerpieces, ((Jen + Ken)) said ‘I do.’  Having met at a friend’s wedding in Chicago, the couple wanted to make sure they incorporated the city into their special day at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. With a romantic color scheme of white, black, champagne and hints of fuchsia along with a candy bar of the couple’s favorite treats, guests were wined and dined.

The bride said there were many special moments throughout the day from dancing with her bridesmaids in the morning to kissing her new husband good night. Both ((Jen + Ken)) agree, their favorite moment was at the beginning of the ceremony when the church doors opened and they locked eyes as she walked down the aisle.

See the couple’s romantic touches and super cool Chicago cut out place cards ~

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Photography: Rebecca Marie Photography • Reception: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel • Ceremony: St. Alphonsus Church • Event Planner: Tying the Knot • Dress: Crystal Bride • Groom’s Attire: Formally Modern • Floral: Phillips Flowers & Gifts • Officiant: Father Sean •