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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We know what you’re thinking. AWWWWWW THAT BABY IS ADORBS!!! The star of the Pohlman family’s Lifestyle Session, Andrew, is probably one of the most easy going babies we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. And those blue eyes! Can you even believe it? We got to know Alissa and Ryan when we photographed their Ivy Room wedding a few years back, and my have things changed for them! It’s always awesome when we get to see our brides and grooms transform into a party of 3. We’d love to keep up with this growing family, but alas, they’re moving onto another phase of their life with a big move to NY. Pohlmans, you will certainly be missed. And please bring that happy baby back for a visit once in a while.

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We wish we could tell the cool story of how Sarah and Bill met all over again (it’s really quite cute), but we’ll save that just for you if you’d like to check out their wintery engagement portrait session  on the blog. The snow and sub zero temps were long behind us (thankfully!) and we had been looking forward to Sarah and Bill’s wedding at Prairie Production for some time now. There had been rumors of Big Star food trucks… So needless to say we were intrigued. A bit of rain set in that day, but there wasn’t a single somber face to be seen. In fact, Sarah was literally beaming as we left her family’s home so she could see her groom for the very first time in Wicker Park. Any day we get to shoot an event at Prairie Production is a great day. Not only is the space bright, cheery, and open, but it allows for our client’s characters really shine through in how they style it. Between the floating white lanterns, the custom chuppah, and the outrageously beautiful arrangements by Field + Florist, it was purely a photographers dream to shoot. And then, wait for it, the food trucks arrived as promised! If we could do this all over again next weekend, and then again the next, we would. Because it was amazing.

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Ceremony/Reception: Prairie Production | Florist: Field & Florist | Caterer: Big Star | Cake Artist: Sweet Many B’s | Band: Stitely

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There’s something about Sarah and Ethan that immediately puts you at ease when you meet them. Ha, in fact sometimes warming up to being the main subject in front of a camera can take some getting used to. Not for this cool couple. It could have been the perfect weather that day to stroll around Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden, or the way that this couple holds each other’s hand in between stealing a kiss, but this afternoon felt effortless. By the time we left for one of our favorite Chicago lakefront spots Sarah and Ethan were already kicking off their shoes and ready to take in the scene together. We like to think that on most engagement sessions we’re just along for the ride and ready to capture some amazing images of a couple along the way. In this case, we were especially glad we were.

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