May is such a great time of year for us. The sun is out, the grass is green, and we’re back on the wedding scene from another relaxing Winter. With the cold months typically being our down time, we’re always happy when our clients come to us with a snowy engagement session in mind. With Stephanie and Brian’s May wedding quickly approaching, we stopped out to Montrose Harbor for their engagement session and had a blast kicking up some snow! It had us pumped for their wedding day for sure. Getting to know Stephanie and Brian has always been a treat. With her infectious laugh and his relaxed attitude, we can see why those two are inseparable. On the wedding day, we headed to the InterContinental Mag Mile hotel where everyone was getting ready and where the reception would be that evening. Not only was Stephanie’s dress light and airy (perfect for a Spring soiree!), but her whispy bouquet of ranunculus, roses, and anemone left a sweetly scented trail wherever she went. In an ode to the groom’s heritage, Stephanie and Brian had a bagpiper during their recessional from the famed Fourth Presbyterian which was an awesome way to kick off the party! When planning on the decor for your wedding it’s always great to work off of the existing colors and design aesthetic of your venue. We can’t help but tip our hats to Stephanie and Brian for hitting on the nail head when combining the InterContinental’s luxe gold ballroom with their color palette of navy, dark teal, and mallard green. And that chandelier!! It’s safe to say that this wedding was as epic as it was romantic. Oh May, we’re so glad you’re back.

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Ceremony: Fourth Presbyterian Church | Reception: InterContinenal Mag Mile | Planner: LK Events | Florist: Fleur | Makeup Artist: Muse Beauty Bar | Hair Stylist: Salon Blonde | Lighting/Drape: MDM Entertainment | Rentals: Hall’s Rentals | Band: The Party Faithful | Paperie: Greenstar Paperie | Bagpiper: Chicalba PagPiping | Transportation: VIP Valet Services

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With raindrops and whipping winds threatening our shoot for the entire afternoon we kept our fingers crossed that the stormy weather would pass. As luck would have it the skies parted, the sun shined, and we headed out to Lincoln Park eventually making our way towards the lakefront for what would definitely become one of my favorite afternoons thus far. Emily and Frank approached us about shooting their August wedding not too long ago and we’re oh so glad that they did. This couple is the epitome of all things kind, charismatic, and outgoing. We especially loved how even the faintest of smiles from Emily would make Frank light up. Her sweet demeanor and his magnetic personality couldn’t have us more excited to photograph their big day! Congrats you two!

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We don’t like to judge a book by it’s cover, but it’s safe to say that the chic styles and fun pops of color for this couple’s outfits are a great representative of Megan and Rob themselves. We loved the laid back attitude that these two exude and we can understand how their engagement at a Michigan winery was ever so perfect for them! With an Italian getaway on the books for their honeymoon we know that their lighthearted love will pave the way for a beautiful June wedding. Megan and Rob-we seriously couldn’t be more excited for you!

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We take Summer pretty seriously and with that being said we here at Smilebooth would LOVE to party it up with you! What’s better than sunshine, sips, and Smilebooth?? Ummm 15% off your Smilebooth! Weddings, events, picnics, and parties are our jam so make sure to give us a shout at vanessa@smilebooth.com so we can get you on our calendar. Just like your weekend romance at Castaways this 15% off won’t last forever. Get it while it’s hot!
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With this rain coming down today, we wanted to share with you a recent engagement session that will be leaving you with warm vibes and even sweeter (plus dry!) photos of our amazing future newlyweds, Emma + Curtis. With this adorable pair set to marry at Chicago’s iconic Art Institute we loved their appreciation for classic architecture and their fondness for their neighborhood, Bucktown, where they shared their first home together. Her favorite thing about her fiancé? His smile and the way he makes her relax + feel loved. His favorite thing about her? Her kindness and emotional generosity. Sheesh! If that doesn’t make you feel a little light in the loafers/rain boots we don’t know what will. Happy Monday everyone!

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