Between the romantic light snow that swept through on the morning of their wedding to their intimate candlelit reception we can’t help but gush about how much we adored Chrystine + Josh’s wedding at A New Leaf. There’s something about this particular venue that, we think, gives it’s guests a glimpse of a laid back and elegant Chicago vibe. With Chrystine’s keen style (she designed the couple’s wedding invites) and the rich shades of navy, gold, and cream they chose this unique space for their ceremony and reception was just lux enough without being too formal. We especially love how a few succulents in a bride’s bouquet always make greenery feel just that much softer and well rounded.  If this couple was going for the perfect mix of sophisticated and welcoming we’d say the chemistry was spot on.

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Ceremony/Reception: A New Leaf | Caterer: Hearty Boys | Florist: A New Leaf

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Just as quickly as we had heard the news that one of our favorite clients was expecting a new baby this little one arrived. To know baby Quinn is to love her. She melted our hearts from the moment we laid eyes on her and we’re sure you’ll feel the same after taking a peek at her tiny toes and adorable owl onesie. Not to mention that big brother, DJ, is over the moon excited to have a little sister. Every superhero needs a sidekick.

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Spring has FINALLY arrived and we couldn’t be happier to step outside to blue skies and warm temps. The saving grace for us from these past blustery months has been clients like Lisa + Adam who didn’t let a chilly day or two deter them from a fab wedding day. While photographing their Streeterville + Olive Park Engagement Session last year we got to see just how playful, relaxed, and kind these two were. Knowing that the same vibe would translate over to their wedding day, we couldn’t have been more thrilled for their wedding! Lisa + Adam’s Fairmont Hotel wedding definitely perked up our wintery blues with their elegant style and a sleek palette of mixed metallics. Lisa and Adam chose to do their first look underneath their chuppah and looking back at it now I can’t imagine doing it any other way. How romantic, we thought, to see your future spouse under the same canopy in which you’ll be saying your vows beneath in just a few hours. With a stylish touch from famed coordinator, Kara Superfine, their warm + candle lit ceremony was followed by what we could only call a ridiculously awesome party (to say the least). If there’s one thing that Lisa and Adam know how to do, it’s treat friends and family to a wedding that is just as fun as it is graceful. With Winter a distant memory on days like today we’re confidant that this bride and groom’s wedding will always be a warm ray of sunshine for us.

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Ceremony/Reception: Fairmont Hotel Chicago | Event Coordinator: Kara Superfine | Event Designer: Kehoe Designs | Catering: Fairmont Hotel Chicago | Band: Ken Arlen Orchestra | Cinematographer: Poetic Productions | Paperie: Clementine Ink | Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: RC Beauty

 

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We love Winter for a number of reasons. Maybe it’s the slower pace that this time of year brings, but it also allows for some super amazing couples to swoop in with their chic aesthetic while breathing some serious life into Chicago’s coolest venues. So what does one of the windy city’s best chefs and a Neonatal ICU nurse have in common? Well, for starters, a love for great food and a passion for travel. We also knew that their romantic and elegant Cafe Brauer wedding would be perfect in every way. We really loved how Erika and Jeff’s easy breezy attitudes, warm smiles, and entertaining personalities tied into every piece of their Winter wedding day. They were also especially excited to be getting married at the same seminary that Jeff’s father attended as a child. Wedding planning can be a pretty daunting process at times, but we think that being able to incorporate special locations or traditions can truly lay the groundwork for an especially meaningful day. And for those of you who are already familiar with Chicago’s Cafe Brauer we bet this stunning color palette of gold, blush, ivory, and rose gold will definitely up the ante. Thinking of creating a special space for guests to wind down between trips to the dance floor? Take a peek at Erika + Jeff’s luxuriously cozy lounge setup right next to the Smilebooth. Thoughtful and ridiculously adorable, this couple sets the bar for a fabulous Chicago Winter wedding!

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Ceremony: St. Vincent de Paul | Reception: Cafe Brauer | Catering: Calihan Catering | Florist: HMR Designs | Band: Arlen Music | Cake Artist: Cake Chicago | Paperie: LBrown Design

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Oh. My. Oscar. These are just a few of the words that crossed our minds when we entered Samantha’s room and saw one of Oscar De La Renta’s masterpieces hanging in her bridal suite. We knew that Samantha + Tommy’s wedding was going to be elegant and romantic after hearing all of the amazing details during their Madison Engagement Session, but we definitely weren’t prepared for the beautiful day that would unfold. We could gush for hours about Samantha’s blush Valentino shoes  and a dreamy Winter palette of ivory, pink and gold, but honestly Samantha + Tommy’s big day was so much more than that. In fact, we’re pretty sure that between the first time her dad saw her as a bride-to-be and her Park Hyatt rooftop portraits with Tommy there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. And I mean, why not stop at Chicago’s Butch McGuire’s for an impromptu pitstop after the ceremony?? It is, after all, one of their favorites and the perfect way to get the party started before heading to their Cafe Brauer reception. At the end of the day, it’s all about having a good time. We’d like to think that our high fashion bride, her handsome groom, and their perfectly meshed style of classic + chic paved the way for what was definitely one of our favorite weddings this year. #butchstobakas, you rock.

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Ceremony: St. James Chapel | Reception: Cafe Brauer | Event Coordinator: LK Events | Event Design/Florist: Kehoe Designs | Catering: Food For Thought | Band: Colby Beserra | Cake Artist: Cake Chicago | Hair Stylist: Sonia Roselli | Makeup Artist: Brian Sutherby | Paperie: Magnificent Milestones 

 

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