Classic Chicago Ballroom Wedding

I may be a bit biased, but Chicago’s skyline is absolute perfection. And it’s on full display in Sarah and Greg’s gorgeous May wedding at the Millennium Knickerbocker, planned by Lola Event Productions. Almost all of the couple’s guests traveled to Chicago for the wedding, so they wanted to plan an elegant urban wedding showing off the best the city had to offer! The Michigan Avenue hotel’s ornate Crystal Ballroom was home to both the elegant ceremony and the reception, which featured an array of classic floral arrangements by Exquisite Designs atop glitzy gold linens. Pretty pink napkins folded into bows dressed the hotel’s traditional art deco inspired china. We adore the traditional vibe of the long, stunning head table for the wedding party, which was awash in a sea of candles in front of dramatic ivory draping. Ending the evening? A delectable buffet of traditional Chicago treats, including deep dish pizza, mini hot dogs, and Italian beef sandwiches. This quintessential Chicago wedding is one of our favorites, and we love each beautiful image from Emilia Jane Photography!

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From the bride: Greg and I went to colleges in different states and are not from the Chicago area. Therefore, almost everyone invited to our wedding traveled long distances to be a part of the special day. We wanted an urban, evening wedding that would be a night to remember! The wedding was held at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom. The evening begin with a personal ceremony where Greg and I committed to building a life together that would be far better than either of us could do alone. Guests then were escorted to cocktail hour on the Mezzanine Level and later returned to a transformed ballroom for dinner and dancing. The wedding was a true celebration with a champagne parade, dinner, cake, and a late night menu. For favors, guests took home mimosa kits so they could keep the party going (or recover the next morning)!

We wanted the wedding weekend to be a fun experience for our family and friends. The weekend started with a bridesmaids luncheon at our apartment followed by our rehearsal dinner at the Goose Island Brewery. As guests checked into the hotel they were given Chicago welcome bags containing Garrett’s Chicago Mix popcorn, bottled water, Wrigley’s gum, custom door hangs, and maps of the downtown area with suggestions for shopping and dining. The night before the wedding close sorority sisters of the bride returned to the bridal suite with her to have champagne and toast upcoming festivities. They then gave her their wedding gift- a pair of blue topaz David Yurman earrings. A wonderful something blue to remember the weekend and their amazing friendship. During this time the groom and many friends and family members went to a local rooftop to enjoy the evening. They returned to the hotel late in the night and ordered Chicago style deep dish pizza to the lobby. Luckily we were planning an evening wedding the next day so everyone had time to rest up!

On the big day the girls got ready in the bridal suite with custom polka dot robes, personalized totes, and earrings the bride designed to match their dresses. The groom, groomsmen, and ushers spent the morning before the wedding brunching together on the Tavern on Rush. The groomsmen were all given custom Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses with their nicknames on the inside of the bows. This was an important nod to Gus Guzinski, the grandfather of the bride. He passed away this year and was very close to the couple. Gus always wore his Wayfarers so having the groom and groomsmen donning the same style sunglasses in the wedding pictures was very touching to the family. Gus was truly there in spirit!

Greg returned to the hotel to get ready with all the groomsmen and delivered a dozen long stem roses to the bride on his way in. Once the festivities of the wedding were underway there was plenty of champagne- from a champagne parade to start the evening to mimosa kits on the way out! We also created a custom Chicago-themed late night menu with deep dish pizza, mini hotdogs, and hot Italian beef sandwiches. Our bakery also created a Chicago themed cake to bring out later in the evening that featured the Chicago skyline, Chicago flag, different lines on the El, and the bean. The morning after the wedding we offered a brunch at the hotel as a way to say a final thank you to our guests before they traveled home.

Everything was perfect and we are very grateful for our family members, friends, and vendors who helped us create a magical evening.

Photography – Emilia Jane Photography | Venue – Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel | Floral – Exquisite Designs | Wedding Planning – Lola Event Productions | Stationery – Courtney Callahan Paper | Videography – Rush Video Prodcutions | Bakery – Alliance Bakery | DJ – MaryMonica Music | Hair and Makeup – Sonia Roselli | Bridesmaids Dresses – Demetrios | Gown and Veil – Vera Wang | Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo | Suit – Formally Modern

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    Rustic + Romantic Wedding Ideas

    Be still our hearts! This inspiration shoot, set at Mendocino’s Cuffey’s Cove Ranch during the Erich McVey Workshop, is pure rustic elegance. Styled by Ginny Au, the ranch setting is accented with lush greenery and florals by Soil & Stem that feel just-foraged. A mix of textures grace the table, with linens from Alder & Co ​and ​Silk & Willow in shades of taupe and blush. We simply adore the Spanish-style sophistication of the Emily Riggs gown, accented with soft hair and makeup by Mimi & Taylor. Every single image from Rachel Gomez Photography is complete perfection!

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    Photography – Rachel Gomez Photography at the Erich McVey Workshop | Venue – Cuffey’s Cove Ranch ​| Creative Direction and Styling – Ginny Au ​assisted by Charlene Tea | ​Art Direction – Kaela Rawson for Ginny Au ​| Floral – Soil & Stem ​assisted by Tess Comrie | ​Stationery – ​Mon Voir​ | Hair and Makeup – Mimi & Taylor​ | Gown – Emily Riggs​ | ​Suit – J.Crew​ | Ribbon – Froufrou Chic​ | ​Plates – The Commons​ | ​Tablecloth – Alder & Co ​| ​Napkins and Table Runner​ – ​Silk & Willow ​| Models – Nata Sarafincha​ ​​& Braeden Eufemia for Option Model & Media

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    Elegant St Louis Wedding

    Kim and Baback’s St. Louis wedding is absolutely enchanting! The couple wanted their wedding to be very classic and elegant, while giving nods to both of their families and cultures. Baback’s Persian culture was represented in the Sofreh Aghd—the traditional Persian wedding table, where each item on the table has a symbolic meaning for the life of the newly-married couple—and their Roman Catholic ceremony at Saint Francis Xavier College Church honored Kim’s family traditions. Kim’s bouquet from Belli Fiori was wrapped with a lace glove from her paternal grandmother’s wedding and decorated with earrings and charms from her maternal grandmother’s wedding. Their reception in The Coronado‘s ballroom featured soft pastel florals of garden roses, hydrangea and ranunculus, and each succulent (which doubled as place cards and favors) was planted by the bride’s mother. The love that this couple shares comes alive in the gorgeous images from Clary Pfeiffer Fine Art Photography!

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    Photography – Clary Pfeiffer Fine Art Photography | Ceremony Venue – Saint Francis Xavier College Church | Reception Venue, Catering, Linens, and Bakery – The Coronado | Floral – Belli Fiori | Stationery – The Service Bureau | Band – Spectrum | Transportation – St. Louis Carriage Company | Hair and Makeup – DanielleStyle | Bridesmaids Dresses – J.Crew | Gown – Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Shoes – Kate Spade | Suit, Tie, and Groom’s Shoes – Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse | Reception Signage – Paperkeet

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    Welcome To The Weekend

    We’re wrapping up this gorgeous week with welcoming Rachel Gomez Photography and Allison Mannella Photography to the EAD family! Rachel makes her home in Colorado and loves capturing moments that document legacies and capture history. Allison is a fine art film wedding photographer based in Westchester County New York. Her work tells the story of your love with genuine images that unobtrusively capture those quiet, intimate moments. We are so thrilled to end the week on such a high note and wish you and yours a fabulous weekend! xo

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    Elegant Styled Anniversary Session

    It’s been a year since Christian and Susie wed, and on a rainy Utah afternoon they gathered together with Mariel Hannah for a romantic anniversary shoot, creating beautiful memories to celebrate their first year together. Flower Afternoon created perfectly styled blooms for this magical set of images—we are swooning over the lush marigold, pale coral, crimson, and green bouquet. Kali Chris styled Susie with the most lovely sideswept updo and soft makeup. We’re so in love with the love these two share as captured by Mariel Hannah!

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    How did you meet?

    We met when my husbands friend started giving my roommate and I rides to campus. I had a huge crush on him but it didn’t help that a couple of his friends were actively pursuing me. After a few months of just being friends, he finally made the first move.

    When did you know he/she was the “one”?

    We took a road trip to Oregon with some friends to see a Sigur Ros concert. It was a long 12 hours in the car and I was shocked he still liked me afterwards because I tend to get cranky on long car rides. We stayed at a cabin and it was the first time we were together every minute of every day. Instead of getting sick of each other, we both realized that we couldn’t stand the idea of being apart from the other. 

    Tell us about your wedding:

    Our wedding was very low key. We had a morning ceremony, and then had the whole day to relax before the reception. The reception was at my aunt’s backyard in Midway, Utah. She has a beautiful yard and it was the perfect setting for a summer wedding. We kept the decorations to a minimum and let the backdrop of the mountains speak for themselves! The two things we were insistent on having were the photo booth and Dippin’ Dots for catering! We wanted our celebration to be laid back and fun for our guests.

    As you look back on your wedding is there anything you would have done differently?

    I would have relinquished some control and not have worried about all the little details! Everyone seems to say that and it’s true! We were so wrapped up in the love we had for each other that we hardly noticed how the tables were set up or what music the DJ played. I could have saved myself from a lot of unnecessary pre-wedding stress!

    What has been your favorite experience during the first year of marriage?

    Becoming our own little family! It has been so fun to live together and day dream about our future home, children and even pets. It’s best feeling to come home from work and know that someone will be waiting to greet me with a hug and a kiss. Really just everything about marriage is great, even with its ups and downs.

    Photography – Mariel Hannah | Creative Direction and Florals – Flower Afternoon | Hair and Makeup – Kali Chris | Dress – Revolve Clothing

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