Sam + Kyle’s Wedding: First Look and City Photos!

Part 1: Getting Ready!

All pictures were taken by the amazing Steve Koo Photography.

The morning of my wedding was a blast, but after I was all dressed up I could hardly wait to see Kyle. The first look was one of my favorite parts of the day. I can’t explain the excitement I was feeling.

We decided to do our look outside behind the hotel, where it was a little more private.

Here I am, walking up to Kyle, just before I tap him on the shoulder!

Right before the look, Steve was great and told us to take as much time as we needed . We stood there for what felt like forever just taking it all in!

One last hug and we were off to meet our bridal party.

We kept saying to each other throughout the day that we couldn’t believe the day was really happening!

Our first stop in the city was the classic Board of Trade. I love this photo!

In lieu of a traditional thank you card, I had Jackie from Shambora Studio’s create this Merci sign that we will use as our thank you card. She did an amazing job!

After the Board of Trade, we went to Millennium Park for more photos. It was a cold day so any chance we could, us girls would get close to keep warm.

After the park on our way up Michigan Avenue to Spiaggia, we jumped in the median for this awesome picture!

Right before we headed up to Spiaggia, Steve had just Kyle and I go accross the street to a small park for a few more pictures. I love this one of us crossing the street. My veil got in the way a lot through out the day!

There is this gorgeous gazebo outside of Spiaggia and Steve captured some amazing photos of Kyle and I underneath it. I love the lights and the dark sky!

Next up, ceremony and cocktail hour!

Elizabeth + Jim: The Reception

The first post was about Elizabeth’s and Jim’s morning and ceremony. Now it’s time for the party!

All photos by ZR photography.

I loved how well the bridesmaids dresses and shoes went together. They were such a fun option!

After the church, the group went to Olive Park for great skyline shots.

While everyone was beginning to enjoy the cocktail hour, E+J took a moment to get great shots on La Salle Street Bridge.

During the cocktail hour, nearly all of the guests enjoyed the outdoor cocktail hour with great drinks, food and weather!

During the cocktail hour, guests signed the photo book which included photos from their engagement.

Before entering the reception, all the guests were able to talk with E+J in a receiving line. I don’t see these very often, but it’s a great opportunity for the bride and groom to visit with every guest.

I love baby’s breath!

Elizabeth’s centerpieces went perfectly with the decor at Fulton’s. There was a mix of tall and short arrangements.

The cake decorated with purple flowers.

Finally, it is time to eat and party!

Following the first course, the bride and groom danced their first dance.

Then it was time for everyone to join in the fun. I have never seen such a packed dance floor all night! High Society Orchestra were amazing!

Elizabeth and Jim stayed until the party stopped! The band had everyone surround them to dance the last song of the night.

I am so glad to have worked with these two and wish them all the best!

Elizabeth + Jim: Getting Ready and the Ceremony

After my first meeting with Elizabeth and Jim, I left thrilled to work as their Day of Coordinator. I was immediately drawn to their calm yet enthusiastic personalities. They wanted to throw a great party and I am happy to be apart of it! There wedding was featured in Style Me Pretty.

Florist: Stemline Creative
Make-Up: M for Makeup
Videographer: Lexoria Wedding Films
Transportation: Emperor Limousine

All photos taken by ZR Weddings.

Elizabeth shoes were beautiful and perfectly complimented her dress!

Stemline Creative’s flowers were gorgeous with the bold colors.

Elizabeth checks her hair one more time before putting on her dress.

Elizabeth’s bridesmaids help with the final buttons.

And, of course, the bride has to get a quick look for herself.

After everyone was ready, there were a few minutes for photos around the hotel of just the girls.

Then it was off to Assumption Church to get married!

Elizabeth had a friend design her monogrammed programs.

Elizabeth and Jim opted to not have a first look. These photos show the emotional moments before Elizabeth walked down the aisle. Here is Jim waiting at the alter….

…and Elizabeth seeing the groom for the first time all day!

This is a great shot from the balcony at Assumption of the entire bridal party.

Right after the ceremony as husband and wife!

After the ceremony E+J took formals with the family. They wanted a quick moment together before the pictures so they snuck up on the balcony to take it all in.

This is a great shot of the back of Elizabeth’s dress.
After the ceremony, the bridal party went around the city for pictures.

Tomorrow, I will blog about the reception!

Sam + Kyle’s Wedding: Getting Ready!

I am SO excited to finally blog about my wedding! It was the best day of my life! Kyle and I were surrounded with our best friends and family and felt the love the entire time. Our vendors were amazing and everything went off without any problems. Surprisingly, I didn’t get stressed out and was able to fully enjoy every moment. When people say the day goes by fast, they are not lying!

The first blog is about getting ready and before the first look.

All pictures were taken by the amazing Steve Koo Photography.

I bought this hanger off of etsy to hang my gown before getting dressed. I saw one similar on a blog and felt thought it was too cute to pass up. 

I found my earrings at a trade store near my apartment. I loved them and thought they would compliment my gown perfectly.

For my something blue, I used a hat pin from my great grand-mother and pinned it in my bouquet.

I actually lasted until about 11PM wearing these 4 inch gems. Buying them 6 months before the wedding and wearing them around my apartment once a week to break them in was worth it.

I had the best glam team! Rebecca from Sonia Roselli did my make up and was putting finishing touches on me after I finally got into my dress. Also, Liv Caporale did my hair, which was exactly what I had imagined for my wedding day!

I was so excited when my bouquet arrived! It was my favorite accessory of the day…a bouquet of full, white peonies.

Here is my mom buttoning up my dress. She was so emotional all day, but I couldn’t have done it with out her!

I love this picture because it perfectly captures my bridesmaids seeing me in my dress for the first time. This was one of my favorite moments!

After I was all ready, I had to take a look for my self.

I didn’t end up wearing this sash util the reception, but we had a few moments before the first look so I put it on for some pictures. A friend from back home made this for me. It was stunning!

Here is my sister/maid of honor! She was amazing all day and so helpful.

Lastly, I have to post a picture of the guys getting ready. I’ve mentioned before on the blog how much I love “guys getting ready” pictures and here is on of my favorites! They seem to be having such a great time.

Next I will blog about the first look and city pictures!