If you ask Julia and Phil about their first date, the two versions are quite different. But if you ask them about their favorites things to do together as a couple the answers are simple and sweet. Having started off as a long distance duo, Julia and Phil were happy to let us in on some of the fun things they enjoy now that they don’t have to bid farewell at the end of every weekend. We bopped around the West Loop before setting off to the North side of town for a trip to one of Chicago’s amazing gardens. We ended at their favorite spot (which happens to be their rooftop patio) where they like to take in the view and relax the day away with a moscow mule. If absence makes the heart grow fonder, these two have certainly paid their dues. We can’t help but feel the love when in their presence.

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When we ask our clients about their vision for their wedding day or the aesthetic they are incorporating to reflect their personalities and they respond with, “Warm, lived-in, eclectic, rustic romance,” our heart smiles. Mostly because we know from the very beginning that we’re a good match. There was something about the rain that swept through on the morning of Melissa + Graham’s wedding while the two got ready at The Thompson Hotel combined with their cool + whatever goes vibe that made this day especially unique for us. We fell in love with Melissa’s color palette from the get go of soft yellows, burnt oranges, and cool navy blues that seemed ridiculously perfect for this kind of day. As luck would have it (how perfect is the card Graham gave Melissa??) the rain that once loomed overheard died down while these two hurried off to Gallery 1028 for their ceremony and reception. Wanting to add some extra romance and depth to your own venue? Take a hint from these two and keep it warmly lit with candles and soft lighting. If harsh weather is something you dread on your big day, have no fear. These two can show you how it’s done.

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Ceremony + Reception: Gallery 1028 | Coordinator: Liven It Up Events | Event Design + Floral: Revel Decor | Catering: Gallery 1028 | Cake Artist: Molly’s Cupcakes | DJ: Antonio Garcia

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We’ve been lucky enough over the years to see a ton of the hotels that Chicago has to offer while photographing weddings and events. Occasionally, a hotel will really stick out to us and I’m sure with the Thompson Hotel you’ll see why! It’s cool + contemporary interiors are comfortable while still being polished enough for the perfect weekend getaway. Recently, the Thompson Hotel and Christine Janda Design and Events paired up to create the most amazing Thanksgiving situation you could imagine! Think about it. Immaculate penthouse suite you can stay in, enough room for you and your favorite people at a stylishly dressed table, sweeping views of the city, and all of the cooking + cleaning done by the Thompson team. We photographed this beautiful setup and we just might have to say… Staycation it is.

 

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We all know that The Knot puts out a ridiculously awesome site and magazine for bride’s needing new and fab wedding inspiration, but it has to be said that these ladies throw one sweet party too! Averyhouse + Smilebooth recently met up with the super cool staff of The Knot and some brides-to-be on the ROOF at The Wit in downtown Chicago. This sleek space is an absolute dream at night when you get to see the city all lit up! Guests were able to mingle with tasty Tito’s cocktails in hand while sneaking sweet treats from the dessert bar too. These stylish ladies even snagged a copy of The Knot’s Fall 2014 issue… But not before taking Smilebooth for a spin! I mean, priorities.

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Occasionally for our weddings we’ll get whisked away from the busyness that is Chicago, and end up somewhere where things move a bit slower which is always a welcomed feeling. With it’s wide open spaces, sprawling lakes, and unfettered ideals we couldn’t have been happier than when we heard we’d be headed up to Wisconsin for Genevieve + Ryan’s Abbey Resort Wedding. The cool breeze from the lake mixed with the perfect sunshine overheard definitely made for one happy couple and their intimate outdoor ceremony. We especially loved how Genevieve and Ryan kept the atmosphere pretty loose for their 3 year old daughter, while still making sure that their tented reception was polished and pretty. These three have always been a family, but now they’re officially the Chamlins. Mazel Tov to that!

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