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Festive Winter Elopement in Chicago

I always love the simplicity and relaxed atmosphere of elopements! Captured by Emily Alt Photography, Gretchen and Tom were married in a super intimate ceremony right before Christmas at the Chicago Cultural Center. Getting married at the Cultural Center is a once a month opportunity, with a number of couples exchanging vows and clapping for one another as they walk down the aisle. Gretchen wore a beautiful, short black lace dress and carried a pearl encrusted clutch; a perfect look for a wedding just before the holidays. I adore the festive atmosphere of this lovely winter wedding!

A few words from the bride:

We were introduced by a mutual friend in college and became friends. After graduation we ended up working for the same company and living in the same apartment complex. One thing lead to another and we started dating. Everyone that knew us sighed and said, “Finally!”. Tom says that he always knew.

Our inspiration was something fun, relaxed and easy. We wanted something that we both felt comfortable with everything. Our wedding came together in three weeks, after we threw our hands up in frustration at six months of planning with no progess. By that point we just wanted to be married! So simple was in, anything complicated was out. If it was easy and we wanted to do it, we did it. Otherwise, it didn’t happen. And that was okay. And it resulted in a fantastic, stress-free day that both of us cherish.

Our biggest lessons learned: trust yourself and your partner first. Lean on each other, you’re setting up the precedent for your marrige both in how you interate with each other and how you interate with the families you were born into.

Be kind but firm, if something really and truly matters to you – do it.

Photographer: Emily Alt Photography // Ceremony Venue: Chicago Cultural Center // Reception Venue: The Rosebud Prime // Bridal Gown Designer: Eliza J // Bridal Gown Store: Nordstrom // Bridal Shoes: J. Renee Lilliana Pump // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: DIY by Maid of Honor // Jewelry Designer: Moriarty’s Gem Art // Floral Designer: Bryan Florist // Lunch Reception: The Italian Village // All images by Emily Alt Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Simple Modern Gathering Wedding in Vancouver

This couple has such fabulous style! Captured by Simply Rose Photography, Karen and Mike were married on a gorgeous May day in an intimate gathering at a restaurant in Vancouver, Canada. Karen wore a lovely vintage dress with her hair pulled up in an elegant top knot adorned with the perfect bow headpiece. Mike looked dapper in a simple gray suit with a black tie. The gorgeous pink paper flower bouquet that Karen carried was lovingly handmade by a friend and transported all the way from Belgium for this special occasion. The ceremony and reception restaurant was set with simple and elegant potted succulent plants. I adore all the thoughtful and simple details of this intimate wedding!

From the bride:

We wanted our wedding day to be a simple and elegant gathering that focused on bringing together our friends and family to celebrate love.

Photographer: a  // Ceremony + Reception Venue, Catering: Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar // Bridal Gown Store: Vintage dress from Once Wed // Bridal Shoes: Klucia by Coclico // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: DIY, made by a friend // Jewelry Designer: Bride’s rings were Groom’s Great-grandmother’s // Groom’s Attire: Custom suit by Modernize Tailors // Groom’s Shoes: Park Avenue by Allen Edmonds // Groomsmen’s Attire: // Cake Designer: Made by the Mother of the Groom // Floral Designer: Paper bouquet made by a friend // Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Mink Makeup & Hair // Invitation Designer: DIY, by the Bride + Groom // Wedding Planner: Modern Mint Event Coordinators // DJ: DJ BFAD // Officiant: Just Breathe Wedding Officiant Services // All images by Simply Rose Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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Modern Purple Destination Wedding in Cancun

I adore the crisp white and bright purple palette of this destination wedding! Captured by Scot Woodman Photography, Christine and Andrew were married on a stunning April day on a private beach in Cancun, Mexico. The couple had a very intimate ceremony, surrounded by their closest family and friends. Christine took on a number of DIY projects, including the fabulous invitations, save the dates, and gift bags filled with beach day essentials for each guest.

A few words from the bride:

Andrew and I had decided early on we wanted a very intimate wedding since neither of us like huge productions or too much pomp and circumstance. Our friends had suggested a destination wedding, and it sounded like the perfect option for us. We choose Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun since our close friends had a membership there, which they offered as our wedding gift. Everything could not have been any better! The hotel was a luxury all-inclusive place so we didn’t feel the need to host every second of the day, and our guests had a great time! The staff there went above and beyond to make sure all needs were met and on the wedding day, everything was perfectly in place. I would highly recommend any couple to choose a destination wedding, whether you’re on a budget, you’re a practical person, of if you just want something unique and memorable!

Photographer: Scot Woodman Photography
Venue: Le Blanc Spa Resort
Ceremony Venue: Le Blanc Beach
Reception Venue: Le Blanc International
Bridal Gown Designer: Custom by Dressily Me
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka Humbie IV
Bridal Headpiece: Lola M Designs
Bridal Veil: Ebay
Jewelry Designer: J C Gems Jewelry
Grooms Attire: Custom Indochino
Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden Caddee
Cake Designer: Le Blanc Spa Resort, Pastry Chef
Floral Designer: Le Blanc Spa Resort, In-House Florist
Makeup Artist: Le Blanc Spa Resort Salon
Hair Stylist: Jenny Torres
Invitation Designer: DIY
Cards + Pockets: Cards and Pockets
Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Yanez
Wedding Coordinator: Natalia Eligio
Officiant: Provided by Hotel

All images by Scot Woodman Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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