A true fairy tale wedding is what comes to mind when we think of Maribeth + Tim’s big day. With Tim getting ready at his home and his lovely bride to be getting ready at the GORG Thompson Hotel, we couldn’t help but smile at how ridiculously excited everyone was. We’ll also be the first to admit that there’s no such thing as too much tulle when it comes to 1.) wedding dresses and 2.) flower girl dresses.  Not only was Maribeth able to incorporate beautiful shades of light pink and blush into her shoes and jewelry, but the soft colors she chose paired perfectly with her ceremony at St.Mary of the Angels. Sometimes, as photographers, we have to remind ourselves to just take a step back and let things happen. As Maribeth headed up the church steps to greet her future groom that’s exactly what happened and we gushed when Maribeth told us it was one of her favorite images from the day. With as busy as a wedding day can be, it’s so great when we see a couple carve out a fleeting moment of alone time like Maribeth + Tim did for themselves in Lincoln Park after the ceremony. If you find yourself creating a timeline for your wedding day that seems less than ideal, make sure revisit what points in the day you can slow down and take it all in like these two did! Guests were greeted at Gallery 1028 by a post card guest book and an Instax camera (let the selfies begin!) which was a really fun surprise for those expecting your typical guest book. If the picturesque + eclectic vibe (ahem, did you see their sweets table??) of this beautiful reception was what Maribeth + Tim were going for, then we couldn’t be more enrolled. Well done you two.

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Ceremony: St. Mary of the Angels | Reception: Gallery 1028 | Event Planner, Designer, + Florist: Christine Janda | Catering: Calihan Catering | DJ: Toast & Jam

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It isn’t all too often that our couple’s can say that they were successfully setup up on a blind date… by their mothers. True story though. We think the only thing cuter than the story of how Dana + Oliver met was their engagement portrait session at Chicago Botanic Garden (but we’ll let you be the judge). Tying in a beautiful space for your engagement shoot to a place that’s close to your heart will always add a little something special. In the case of these two, they both grew up down the street from the Chicago Botanic Garden with an almost identical address to each other. Sometimes fate can’t make it any more obvious. While they normally leave the big decisions to a discussion over margaritas, we’d have to say that their first little decision of taking a chance with love was huge.

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It feels like the perfect way to dive into December would be with the ultra luxe wedding of Emily + Adam. Not only does it brighten our day by creating this post and drifting back to that perfectly sunny day, but it’s a great reminder of just how much fun we had with them. While Emily got ready at the Whitehall Hotel (yes, that is a gorgeous rooftop patio you see!) her groom to be was just down the street at Chicago’s infamous Casino Club where they would later entertain guests for their reception. A happy bride on her wedding day truly warms our heart, but a bride AND her bridesmaids shedding tears from a groom’s thoughtful gift? Priceless. The classic + elegant vibe carried on throughout the day with champagne in a Rolls Royce and a crystal candelabra filled reception. With a full dance floor followed by a few dozen sparklers, we’re not exactly sure it gets much better than that.

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Ceremony: St. James Chapel | Reception: Casino Club | Event Coordinator/Florist: Designs By Jody | Catering: Casino Club | Band: Stu Hirsch Orchestra | Videographer: Wedding Masterpiece |

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While we wouldn’t say that our wedding season is dying down quite yet, we’ll definitely admit that we are starting to look back at the amazing year that 2014 has been. And with that being said, the single most rewarding part of our job is delivering a beautiful heirloom quality wedding album to our client. I think what we love most about the album process is that a single album envelopes all of our hard work and passion for photography into one perfectly bound book. Ha, that’s kind of a lot of pressure, but we assure you, we enjoy it. To get a better understanding of how it all goes down we’ve put together a series of events for you to make it less mysterious and more, um, romantic (?)…

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While you are lounging poolside (you deserve it!) on your honeymoon we’re already well on our way with the editing process of your wedding images. Throughout the editing of your images, we’re slowly curating a collection of our personal favorites that will later be sent over to our album designer. Shortly after you’ve received all of your wedding images from us (yay!) we send over the first design of your album so that we can collaborate with you on a few image swaps and design tweaks. It is, after all, your wedding album and we want you to love everything about it.

Once we get the green light from you about the inside of your album you then get to choose how you’d prefer to customize the look and feel of your wedding album from the outside. We’re lucky enough to work with an amazing company that has tons of beautiful + lush fabrics in addition to foils, fonts, and cover photo options. Just as unique as each couple we photograph are the options you have available.

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Once your album is sent off to print it takes a few weeks for our album company to meticulously hand craft and put all of the final touches on your album. We know, we know it’s so hard to wait! But the end result is always a gorgeous album and a beautiful showcase for your wedding day. The sustainably farmed, wooden box you will receive your album in, created just for our Averyhouse clients, will protect your album from damage and dust. We also hope it will serve as a reminder as to the care, love, and respect that we intertwine with each and every Averyhouse wedding album. Included with your wedding album will be a USB drive of all of your high resolution images. Sometimes you pick your album up, in which case hugs ensue, or we’re happy to ship it off to your new home as husband and wife. Either way, you’ll be missed.

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We love when we come across a venue that takes us off guard. Upon our first meeting with Nicole and Steven who gushed about their chosen venue, City Winery, we couldn’t have been more excited to shoot at one of Chicago’s newest event spaces. What we found after arriving that first time… Well, it was awesome. After splitting some time in the morning between their cute Wicker Park home and The Thompson Hotel we took a brief pause and let their scene stealing pups (with custom bow ties of course!) in on the fun. The sun was shining, Nicole + Steven were glowing, and then there it was-this stunning outdoor venue space aka City Winery! With it’s lush grape vines and creeping ivy we couldn’t help but swoon. It wasn’t too long before we were led indoors where Nicole’s chosen colors of ruby, amethyst, and emerald played perfectly with the wine theme. And if you really want to show your guests a good time think outside the box of a traditional DJ or band. Nicole + Steven chose the Talking Heads tribute band, This Must Be The Band, for their reception. If a packed dance floor was what they were looking for then they definitely got it (complete with tuxedo t-shirts). Ohhh what a night.

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Ceremony/Reception: City Winery | Event Design: Art of Imagination | Florist: Pistil & Vine | Cake: Amy Beck | Band: This Must Be The Band

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