The Ellis Family Lifestyle Session

We love watching our clients grow their families, it’s one of the most rewarding parts of our job. We met Sang and Shawn in 2011 when we photographed their beautiful August wedding at the Ivy Room and we were delighted to hear from them again last June when baby Caden arrived. We first photographed Caden last September when he was just 3 months old. Earlier this month we stopped by Sang and Shawn’s Lincoln Park home for a Spring family portrait session where baby Caden was just as smiley as ever!

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Sang + Shawn at their August 2011 wedding at the Ivy Room

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Baby Caden at 3 months last September

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Bride’s Choice

A few weeks ago we spent the evening with some of Chicago’s top wedding vendors at Room 1520 for Brides’s Choice. This event challenged wedding planners to execute their ideal celebration showcasing the latest trends in wedding decor. Brides and grooms then voted on their favorite ceremony, cocktail and reception styles. We were completely blown away by each and every design!

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Participating vendors: Platinum Strategic Marketing & Events, Soirée weddings & events, Fragrant Design, Drinks On Me Catering, Liven It Up Events, Cage And Aquarium Productions, Estera Events, Clementine Custom Events, The Flower Firm, Art of Imagination, Hall’s Rental Service, Binny’s, Valrhona & CS Brides. Food provided by Fifteen20 Catering.

 

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Andrew’s Newborn Portraits

We first met Alissa and Ryan in 2011 – long before sweet little Andrew came into their lives – photographing their engagement portraits and wedding ceremony at St. Michaels in Old Town and celebration to remember at the Ivy Room. We were delighted to when they asked us to photograph the newest addition to their trio (let’s not forget their fluffy golden retriever Brinkley prominently featured in Alissa and Ryan’s engagement portraits). They welcomed baby Andrew just days before we came to their Lincoln Park home!

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Wishing Alissa, Ryan, Andrew and Brinkley all the happiness in the world!

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Where to wed in Chicago

We’ve been lucky enough to check out some of Chicago’s newest wedding and event venues we are looking forward to working with. If you are searching for a wedding venue in Chicago, be sure to add these to your list!

Chez (Opening April 2014)

247 E. Ontario, Chicago

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Chez is the first open loft space downtown providing an  alternative to more traditional hotel venues typically found close to the Mag Mile. However, Chez’s close proximity to over 60 hotels ensures your guests will always have a place to stay. The venue once played host to Chez Paree, a swanky speakeasy in 1920′s which later became one of Chicago’s most popular live entertainment venues. The current space has been redesigned and features white-washed walls, exposed beams and stunning floor to ceiling windows.

City View Loft

324 N Leavitt St, Chicago

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City View Loft is the latest addition to the West Loop’s repertoire of raw, industrial venues. Situated facing east, City View offers amazing skyline views and locally sourced, organic menus from their in-house caterer, Pure Kitchen Chicago.

Symphony Center

220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

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While the Symphony Center isn’t a new venue, many people actually don’t know they host weddings and events. Fortunately the Chicago Symphony takes the summer off, allowing the venue to be rented during peak wedding season. With plenty of event spaces to choose from – ballrooms, lofty atriums, garden patios – there isn’t a pocket of the Center we don’t adore. 

Last but not least, keep Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan) on your radar. This West Loop spot isn’t open just yet, but we are looking forward to visiting soon.

Be sure to check out our Wedding Venue board on Pinterest for photos of other venues we work with!

 

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