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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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Stylish Winter Wedding in Chicago

Since we are still shivering during this relentless winter, we might as well enjoy a lovely winter wedding! Captured by Jill Tiongco Photography, Laura and Bill were married in the iconic St. Vincent Ferrer church on the day after Thanksgiving in chilly Chicago. A rich, purple color palette was used throughout the attire and decor and Laura and her bridesmaids wore gorgeous fur shawls to keep them warm. The reception included tall vases with lush arrangements, hand painted table numbers and custom cookie favors. I especially love the images of Laura getting ready, so stunning!

A few words from the bride:

We met at “Mother’s” aka “Mom’s” which is a bar at Eastern Illinois University; the college we both went to. We found out we had some mutual friends which led to us hanging out more and officially started dating a couple months later. Fast forward 7 years later, Bill took me to dinner at our favorite restaurant in the city (Mastro’s) and completely surprised me when he popped the question.

Our inspiration/vision was elegant and romantic– with a hollywood glam feel. With the help of our wonderful family, friends and fabulous vendors we pulled off the exact look and feel we were going for and everyone seemed to have a great time! Bill and I never left the dance floor and we truly did enjoy every minute of our wedding day–which was the constant “word of advice” everyone seemed to share with us before our big day!

Photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography // Videographer: Joe Mastrino // Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent Ferrer // Reception Venue: Victoria in the Park // Catering: Victoria in the Park // Rentals: BBJ  // Bridal Gown Store: Jasmine Bridal Couture, T142059 // Bridal Shoes: Jasmine Galleria // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Cathedral Length Veil // Jewelry Designer: // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Alvina Valenta , Style 9273 // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaids // Groom’s Attire: BLACK by Vera Wang // Groom’s Shoes: // Groomsmen’s Attire: Mens Wearhouse // Cake Designer: Victoria in the Park // Floral Designer: Gail Gregor // Makeup Artist: Lauren Guillen- LG Makeup Design // Hair Stylist: Jillian Koch of Jillian’s Salon // Invitation Designer: Jenni! fer Rossi via RedHeartPaperCo // DJ: John Grammatis of Ultra Music Inc. // Photobooth: Victoria in the Park // Officiant: Fr. Matthew Strabala // Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton // Travel Agent: Chloe Cipollone of Tahiti Travel Planners // Honeymoon: Moorea, Hilton; Bora Bora, St. Regis Hotel // Transportation: Elite Chicago Limo  // All images by Jill Tiongco Photography

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I’m Still Here

I just wanted to let you all know that I am still here. Apologies for another long blogging break… sometimes life just gets too hectic! In the past month, my little family bought our first house and moved from Virginia to Pennsylvania! We are ecstatic to be homeowners and to live much closer to our families. We have, however, had a bit of a rough start as homeowners, with a flood in our first floor and a power outage all in the first week. I had ambitions of posting a mere two weeks after our move, but alas, I had not yet uncovered my computer. It turns out packing, moving, and unpacking with a 4.5 month takes MUCH longer than one would expect. Also, big apologies to all those who have emailed me in the past few weeks, responses are on the way.

I am happy to report that I was able to setup my computer yesterday in the new third floor office that I share with my husband… so new posts will be coming soon!

The post image is one I snapped of our family Christmas tree gathering snow on the porch in January. It is a fitting image for today, as I sit here and watch snowflakes fall on top the the more than twelve inches of white stuff already covering the streets of our new neighborhood. I hope everyone stuck in this winter storm stays safe and warm!

Image by Kate Myhre

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