Armin + Mike: Ceremony and Reception

Yesterday, I posted about Armin and Mike getting ready and taking photos around the city. Now, I am sharing their two ceremonies and reception at Loyola University.  Armin and Mike began with a non-traditional ceremony outside and then moved indoors for a Persian ceremony.  The cocktail hour followed immediately after.

All photos taken by Averyhouse.



Armin and her father waiting to walk down the aisle.


A beautiful view of the lake and ceremony. Although it was a little windy, the view was stunning.



You may kiss the bride!



As the Bride and Groom exited out of the first ceremony, they immediately headed inside to begin the Persian ceremony.



There are many traditions that take place during the Persian ceremony which involve these sweet treats made by Armin’s family.



The ceremony decor was beautiful. All the guests gathered around in the small room to make for an intimate ceremony.



After the second ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before heading over to the reception.



The reception was at a different location than the two ceremonies. Because it was on Loyola’s campus, guests took a short 5 minute walk to get there. On a gorgeous October day, it was very enjoyable.



The bride fell in love with these balloons and had them line the walkway to help the guests find their way.


Armin even gave her guests flip-flops so they didn’t have to walk in heals…she thought of everything!



The stunning 4-teir cake with the touch of turquoise and flowers.

The escort card table was decorated with family wedding photographs from both Bride and Groom’s family.



A full room shot!



The centerpieces consisted of short and tall flowers in turquoise and silver vases.

Armin made sure that everything was the same font, including the table numbers.

The first dance as Mr. and Mrs.!



After a few toasts and great 4 course dinner, the dance floor was packed the entire night!


Congratulations Armin and Mike!

Armin + Mike: Getting Ready

I am so excited to blog about this beautiful, October wedding! When I first met Armin and her mother, they had about 90% of everything planned and needed help with the final touches.  I am so glad I was able to help out and be a part of the day! It was my last wedding of the season and it was a perfect way to end the year.

Ceremony + Reception: Loyola University
Dj: Style Matters
Florists: Poppy
Hair: Liv Caporale
Make-Up: Sonia Roselli
Videographer: I Do Films
Cake: Oak Mill Bakery

All photos taken by Averyhouse.

Armin bought her own font for all the stationary and this sign was hanging on the front door of her apartment.

This dress was stunning!


It’s always nice to have your bridesmaids help put on the dress.
The Bride taking her first look at herself all ready to go.


Armin picked classic fall colors with a pop of turquoise. The flowers were perfect!



The bouquet full of garden roses.


Before Armin left to see Mike, she shared a sweet moment with her mother.


In the meantime, Mike was getting ready at the hotel.


Armin and Mike during their first look at Olive Park.


First looks are such a good way to have a few private moments like this one.


Then it was BP picture time.


A great city shot of the entire group. One of Armin’s desires was to get a skyline shot. I think this one is perfect.


The bride and groom sneaking off for a couple more photos.


Next, I will post about the beautiful ceremony and reception.

Amazing deal on Sonia Roselli’s brushes!



Sonia Roselli, one of my favorite make-up artists in the city, is in the process of creating a new line of make-up brushes.  She has put together a short and sweet survey. At the end of the survey, you’ll get a code for 60% off all existing make-up brushes.  I’ve been using these brushes for the past five years.  They are AMAZING.  

Go on.  It’s Friday the 13th.  What else do you have to do besides cleaning up your blog reader?

Christine and Marc Part II: Ceremony and Reception

Yesterday, I blogged about Christine and Marc getting ready.  Today’s post focused on the ceremony and reception.  If you haven’t been to the W City Center,  the W is very unique compared to other hotel ballrooms.  There is a smaller ballroom for the ceremony and a large ballroom for the reception.  Both ballrooms are on the same floor on the mezzanine level, overlooking the gorgeous lobby.  It was a perfect fit for Christine and Marc!

All Photos by Dennis Lee Photography.


The aisle had bright flowers, which was exactly what the bubbly Bride wanted.




The aisle was lined with tall arrangements


Christine had a custom unity candle made for their ceremony.

The monogram on the programs was designed by Christine’s Mother.

Marc walking up the aisle with his parents. Both families were involved in the family.  It is so wonderful when everyone participates in the planning.


Marc waiting for Christine.




Christine walking down the aisle with both of her parents.

The very chic bridesmaids all lined up.

I love a photo that catches a moment like this, during the ceremony.

Mazel tov!

The escort cards were also the favors!


A little special something for one of the guests?

Is this not the most amazing cake?  Yes, it is a cake.  Christine really wanted their dog to be apart of the wedding day but realized that it wouldn’t work out.  So, to surprise Marc, she had TipsyCake make a cake to look just like him!

The room set-up for the reception.

The room was decorated with two different centerpieces.  

Christine wanted pops of color with black and white.  The colorful centerpieces were so vibrant in the grand ballroom.

The cake was decorated with skylines of Chicago and Cleveland as well as swirls.  Christine came up with the clever design herself!

The hora is always my favorite part of the evening.

Congratulations Christine and Marc!  I had such a wonderful time being apart of your wedding day.

Christine and Marc: Getting Ready

It didn’t take long after meeting Christine and Marc to figure out that they are a fun couple.  In fact, their social life was probably the only “problem” during their wedding planning: they were always busy!

All joking aside, we had so much fun planning this wedding.  Christine and Marc really put a lot of thought into their wedding.  They combined many traditions (Christine is Catholic and Marc is Jewish) to create a distinctive wedding.  

Grooms Cake: TipsyCake
Reception: W Hotel
Make-Up Artist: Andie Cumber
Hair Stylist: Livia Caporale




Christine’s gorgeous ring!

Marc puts on his custom tie.

Can I tell you how much I adore this gown? 

It’s the fun details that make the day.  Christine in her Bride robe.

Can we say gorgeous?  I love the lushness of these flowers!

The finishing touches before the first look!

Having someone else put on your shoes always causes a few laughs!

The gents.

Christine heading out to the First Look.  (And, can I tell you that Christine looks like this almost every time I see her?  Christine is truly radiant!)  PS.  Do you see the flash of color on her fabulous shoes?

All tulle and silk.



I think everyone should do a First Look.  Seriously, take a look at these photos.


It’s so nice to have a few minutes alone in the middle of such a meaningful day.


…but it doesn’t last long!




After the first look, the bridal party went out to take photos around the city.








There will be a second post tomorrow of Christine and Marc’s ceremony and reception.