Lauren + Charlie – The Details

Earlier this week, we featured Lauren and Charlie’s ceremony and reception. Now we’ll highlight some details from their event.


All photos by Dennis Lee Photography.

Lauren wore a beautiful lace dress by Monique Lhuillier.


Her shoes added a playful touch.

Lauren carried a beautiful umbrella. This usually guarantees dry weather… and we did avoid rain for most of the day!

Their color scheme was black and white with pops of bright yellow. Here is the ceremony set up.

The flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow.


Runners on the dinner tables coordinated with the damask pattern. Vibrant flowers brightened up the space.

The cake perfectly matched the color scheme.

Lauren made the rosettes on the escort cards. It was such a pretty DIY project.

Congratulations again on a fabulous wedding!

Lauren + Charlie – The Reception

Yesterday’s post showed Lauren and Charlie’s ceremony. Now we’ll look at the party!

All photos by Dennis Lee Photography.

The maid of honor and best man gave some great toasts!


They shared their first dance to “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson.


After cutting the cake, the bride took a nibble off the decorations!

Winding up to toss the bouquet.

And Charlie threw the garter into the crowd!

The couple spent lots of time on the dance floor. This always makes me happy!


Guests always love stepping out on the balcony for the fireworks show.

In the last post, we’ll check out some details from their wedding.

Lauren + Charlie – The Ceremony

Lauren and Charlie were planning their ceremony and reception at Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, a location where I had previously coordinated a wedding. It’s always interesting to see the same space decorated in a totally different way!

Cake Amy Beck Cake Design
Caterer Phil Stefani Signature Events
Ceremony + Reception The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier
DJ Toast and Jam
Florist All Things Elegant
Linens Elite Chair Covers
Makeup Starlight Makeup
Officiant Meaningful Moments
Photographer Dennis Lee Photography

All photos by Dennis Lee Photography.

Almost ready at the hotel. Lauren was very calm the morning of the wedding.

Ready to go out and meet her groom.

Lauren and Charlie opted to have a first look before the ceremony.

The bridal party took photos at River Esplanade Park.

The groomsmen were a bit more animated!

Here’s a creative use of your surroundings!

Crystal Gardens is such a pretty, lush backdrop for a ceremony.

Members of the bridal party each took a moment to bless the couple’s rings.

In the next post, we’ll look at their reception.

E-Session Part 2

We received our pictures this week and are thrilled! I have looked through them more times than I can remember and am so excited to finally share them! It was hard, but I have picked out some of our favorites. Thank you again to Steve Koo! You are awesome!



Ring shot…I love these kind of pictures and was super excited when Steve asked for my ring.



The sun in this one is beautiful.



One of my favorites. The fog turned out to be pretty cool.



I saw a dandelion and had to do this…not sure if Kyle enjoyed it 🙂




Another one of my favorites. This is on the hill at Montrose Beach.


Kyle’s favorite


I can’t wait for the wedding pictures!


Stephanie + Cameron – The Details

You can see Stephanie and Cameron’s ceremony and reception in previous posts. Now, a look at some of the details.

All photos by Jeremy Lawson Photography.

All of the paper items coordinated throughout the event. Here is their ceremony program.

I love this view of the room with all the candle light.

Tent cards helped guests navigate the escort card table.

Stephanie’s mom created cards with an adorable poem explaining how the bride and groom met and got together.

The cupcakes were a huge hit among their guests.

Five Jordan almonds were at each place setting. These are often found at Italian weddings. The attached card explained the wishes of health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life.

Thankfully, the bride and groom were able to pop into the photo booth for some pictures!

Guests loved posing and leaving funny notes for the couple in the album.


This was such a fun wedding. Thanks for letting me share in your celebration!

Stephanie + Cameron – The Reception

Yesterday’s post featured Stephanie and Cameron’s ceremony. Today, we’ll look at their reception.

All photos by Jeremy Lawson Photography.

They took some fun shots around the city, starting with an L platform…

and ending with a dip in front of the Board of Trade!

Cafe Brauer is a popular reception site in Chicago. We were lucky to have a beautiful night.

Making their entrance into dinner. I love the detail on the back of Stephanie’s dress.

Cutting into their cake. Some of their guests own a bakery in Ohio and delivered both the cake and cupcakes for the reception.

They shared their first dance to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson.


Stephanie and Cameron were paired up for a project in a college class. They invited several of their old professors and personally thanked them for the successful, if unintentional, matchmaking.

The dance floor was packed throughout the evening.


Check back for the last post featuring some of the great details from their event.

Stephanie + Cameron – The Ceremony

I actually stepped in to help with Stephanie and Cameron’s wedding fairly late in the process, and we didn’t even meet until the week of the wedding! However, she was not only organized, but super sweet so it was very easy. Her parents were also very involved – it’s so nice to see a family who’s genuinely excited about the wedding.

Cake and Cupcakes Bakery Gingham in Columbus, Ohio
Caterer Food For Thought
Ceremony St. Vincent DePaul
DJ Toast and Jam
Florist Scarlet Petal
Hair and Makeup Bridal Beauty Chicago
Photo Booth 312 Photo Booth
Photographer Jeremy Lawson
Reception Cafe Brauer

All photos by Jeremy Lawson Photography.

Getting ready at the Belden Stratford Hotel. My favorite thing is when a bride is not stressed but having a glass of champagne with her girls!


Stephanie’s gift to her mother. I think it’s a lovely keepsake.

In the assembly line of pinning the groomsmen’s boutonnieres, Jeremy took this shot. Do you see my detailed timeline in the background?

The ring bearers passing some time before the ceremony began.

Both Stephanie and Cameron are DePaul alumni, so this church had special meaning for them.

Officially husband and wife!

The bride and groom took a celebratory twirl in the back of the church.


In the next post, we’ll take a peek at their reception at a popular site, Cafe Brauer, in Chicago.

E-Session Part 1

Even after 10 years of dating, Kyle and I have never had professional pictures taken together. I was thrilled to finally schedule our engagement session and begin planning for it. I wanted our pictures taken in the city, but I also wanted a location that was unique and meaningful to our relationship. We both immediately agreed on HB or Home Bistro, which is one of our favorite restaurants. It is a great BYOB in Lakeview that Kyle took me to for our first Valentine’s Day in Chicago together. We have now been about 6 times in the past 2 years. They were extremely gracious and allowed us to come in while the restaurant was closed to use the entire space!


The picture is from their website and shows off the unique dining room. I always feel like we are in their family room because of the ambiance and aesthetics.

Since it is a BYOB, we brought in our own wine for the shoot. My fiance loves wine and introduced me to it on our first trip to France. It has become a hobby of ours from wine tastings, trips to vineyards, or drinking a bottle together on a Saturday night. We definitely wanted to include it in some of our pictures.

Next, we walked around Lakeview for a few minutes and finished at Montrose Harbor. Our first choice was Northerly Island because again Kyle and I have history there, but time did not permit. However, Montrose Harbor was a perfect compromise and we got some great outdoor pictures. Normally, the harbor offers a great skyline view, like the one below, but the night of our pictures there was a extremely dense fog.

Picture from google images

At the time, I was disappointed that we didn’t get a skyline shot, but after our shoot Steve Koo‘s wife, Laura, emailed me and said the pictures with the fog reminded her of Ireland! Now I just can’t wait to see how they turned out!

Marriage Prep Class

It was a strong desire of mine to take some sort of counseling or marriage class during our engagement as my fiance and I come from very different backgrounds. We currently attend Park Community Church, which offers a Marriage Prep Class.

We are currently in session and half way through the class. It has been SO beneficial and allowed us to have discussions that may have never happened if the class didn’t spark the conversation for us.

The topics of each week are below:

1. Biblical basis to Marriage
2. Communication
3. Conflict Resolution
4. Sex
5. Roles and Responsibilities
6. Family of Origin and Parenting
7. Finances
8. Building Each other Up

I realize that our class is religious based and that is not for everyone, but I would still highly recommend taking some sort of class or counseling. It has opened the door for conversation I never realized was needed before marriage.

Also, I look at it as another unique opportunity to experience during engagement! 🙂

Here is a recent picture of us…just for the fun of it 🙂