The Royal Invitation


The Royal invitation has finally gone public! I love the classic look of an engraved invitation with gilded edges. However, I’m surprised at the lack of formality in the date and time.

But I love that a reply card isn’t included. Guests must RSVP on their own stationary. Did you know that was the tradition many years ago?

What do you think?

Susan + Conrad: Part Two

My last post shared Susan and Conrad’s ceremony. Now I’m excited to share their fun pictures around the city and their reception at Zed 451!

All photos by Maggie Rife Photography.

With how rainy the day started out, we were all happily surprised to see how sunny the rest of the day was!



The couple and their wedding party stopped by the Bean for a fun shot…I love that the bridesmaids chose dresses that fit their personalities and style!




I love this shot of Susan and Conrad – so pretty!



Roscoe Blooms featured sunflowers in the centerpieces so beautifully!



Susan and Conrad opted for a sweetheart table that was conveniently located right in front of a fireplace – perfect for a crisp fall evening!



Susan and Conrad hosted 50 guests, and the private room at Zed 451 was perfect for their guests.



And, of course, the best part was the food! Servers come around with every type of meat you could possibly want – the guests were happily full by the end of the evening.



Susan’s dad gave a heartfelt toast.



I love this sweet shot!


Susan’s mom spent hours putting together a slide show for Susan and Conrad. After working through some technology roadblocks, we were able to share it with the guests.



Susan and Conrad opted for a simple, elegant (and tasty!) cake from Tipsy Cake.


My favorite part of the reception is always when the couple cuts the cake – it’s the first thing they do together as a married couple!



Susan and Conrad shared their first dance…



…and then their guests joined them on the dance floor!



Congratulations, Susan and Conrad! I had so much fun working with you both – thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

Susan + Conrad: Part One

I was so excited to work with Susan and Conrad for their October wedding! Susan was so cool, calm and collected throughout the wedding planning process, she was a dream to work with as we ironed out all of the details of the big day. I didn’t meet Conrad until the wedding rehearsal, but I was excited to find that he was just as relaxed and easy going as Susan!

Cake: Tipsy Cake
Reception: Zed 451
Ceremony: First United Methodist Church Chicago Temple
Florist: Roscoe Blooms
Hair: Marianne Strokirk Salon
Makeup: Rachel Perrin, Beauty on Call
Photographer: Maggie Rife Photography
Transportation: Accent on Excellence
All photos by Maggie Rife Photography.

I loved Susan’s bright blue shoes! They were a great pop of color.


The wedding flowers featured sunflowers and were so fun and bright, especially on a day that started rainy and cold.


The bridesmaids showed off these great peacock feathers in their hair.


Susan was in great hands with Rachel from Beauty on Call.


Rachel even pulled double duty and fixed Susan’s hair that had been blown about after leaving the salon!



Susan is from Tennessee, and there was no shortage of football in the suite as everyone got ready!


Susan’s bridesmaids helped her get into her dress…


…and the finishing touches before it was time to go.


Before we could leave, though, Susan packed her overnight bag. She and Conrad were staying at the Conrad Hotel on their wedding night!


The sky decided to open up and downpour just as we left for the ceremony, but Susan was completely calm in the limo.


I normally don’t make it into pictures, but Maggie caught this great shot of me help Susan out of the limo – I did my very best to keep Susan from getting a drop of rain on her!


The Chicago Temple was so beautiful, Susan and Conrad didn’t need to add a thing for their ceremony – the sanctuary was perfect.


Finally, it was time to get Conrad and start the ceremony!



I love seeing all of the sunflowers in this shot!


Time to exchange rings…


…have their first kiss…


…and officially be husband and wife!


Up next I’ll share Susan and Conrad’s pictures around the city and their reception at Zed 451.

Francesca’s Baby Announcements




























I love paper so baby announcements were on my must-do list! After seeing all of the great photos that Laurie Peacock took, we decided that we had to use as many as possible on the baby announcement. (It’s funny how things change; before these photos, I had planned to do letterpress announcements via a friend.)

Francesca’s New Born Photos


We had the fabulous Laurie Peacock take newborn photos of Francesca Elise. These are the photos that we used for the birth announcements. Laurie blogged about taking Francesca’s photos. Click here to read her blog post.


Laurie is primarily a wedding photographer. I was her wedding planner so it was only fitting that she was the first person to shoot Francesca.



I’ll post a copy of her baby announcements tomorrow.