Emily + Jason, Part 1

Emily and Jason had this fabulous preppy chic with a dash of whimsical aesthetic that translated into a relaxed affair.  When we met for our initial consultation, Emily discusses her plans that included many DIY projects, balloons, and her desire not to worry.  Well, the day went off without a hitch.  

DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Family
Hotel: Wyndham
Make-up: Andie Cumber

All photos by Orris Photography.

Emily’s gown before getting dressed.

Emily wanted a fun shoe… I love the color!

My favorite part of Emily’s look was the look of her chic headband and the ties dangling in the back.

One very lovely bridal bouquet.

I love how bridal gowns take up the entire backseat.

Holding hands with her Dad, before she is about to walk down the aisle.

Emily and Jason took photos around town after their Catholic ceremony.

I love a long veil, well in Chicago.  The wind always gives the veil a life of its own!

Did someone say balloons?  

There will be more photos tomorrow of Emily and Jason’s reception!

Kelsey + Dave: Part 2

In my last post, I shared Kelsey and Dave’s getting ready and photos around the city. Now, I’m excited to share their ceremony and reception!

Kelsey and Dave held their ceremony in the atrium at the Ravenswood Event Center. The room was filled with beautiful, warm sunlight and the couple accented the room with big, red balloons! Their ring bearer was even lucky enough to walk down the aisle with a big red balloon of his own.

What a beautiful aisle for Kelsey to walk down in a fantastic space!

Finally, Kelsey and Dave were officially husband and wife!

While the ceremony was taking place upstair, I was downstairs making sure everything was ready for the cocktail hour and dinner.

Kelsey and Dave’s cake incorporated special details, including their cat, the Chicago skyline and the London skyline.

Mustaches were a theme throughout the day, and I love how the couple incorporated them into their escort cards! The gentlemen received mustaches and the ladies received big, red lips.

They were a big hit with the guests!

During dinner, I went back upstairs to the atrium to get ready for the dancing part of the reception. Kelsey and Dave crafted an amazing sweets table for their guests! They provided some chocolates and other items that were special to them, and then Luscious Layers provided delicious whoopie pies and all kinds of tasty treats.

The red balloons from the ceremony were also repurposed around the room.

Kelsey and Dave shared their first dance…

…and then the dance floor was opened up to everyone. This group was not shy and everyone had so much fun!

To keep the party going, a hot dog cart was rolled out and Chicago-style hotdogs were provided as a late night snack. Yum!

Kelsey changed back into her cheongsam and the couple danced the night away!

Kelsey and Dave, I had so much fun being a part of your day!

Kelsey + Dave: Part 1

When I first met with Kelsey and Dave, they were still mapping out a lot of details for their big day. But I could definitely tell that they wanted to have a lot of fun with their planning, incorporating special details and a lot of whimsical touches. As the day approached and I saw more and more of the plans, I knew this would be a party their friends and family wouldn’t soon forget!

I felt so lucky to be a part of Kelsey and Dave’s big day – they were so much fun to work with and enjoyed their day from start to finish!

Cake + Desserts: Luscious Layers
Ceremony + Reception: Ravenswood Event Center
Ravenswood Event Center
DJ: Leslie from Toast & Jam
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist
Hair: Dee Deefort
Hotel: Amalfi Hotel
Makeup: Mary Mazzuca

Kelsey and Dave were married on a very popular date this past year – 9.10.11. I loved the hanger Kelsey had made to commemorate the day.

Kelsey and her bridesmaids relaxed in Kelsey’s suite at the Amalfi Hotel while they had hair and makeup done. This is always a great way to start the wedding day!

To start off the festivities the couple chose to have a Chinese tea ceremony, held at the hotel. Kelsey donned a beautiful cheongsam for the ceremony.

After the tea ceremony, it was time for Kelsey to put on her beautiful white wedding dress! She had plenty of fantastic bridesmaids to help make sure she looked perfect.

Ashland Addison Florist took care of the flowers for the day and did an absolutely amazing job with Kelsey’s bouquet!

The final additions to Kelsey’s look included her birdcage veil…

…and a fabulous sequined pair of red TOMS! Kelsey was able to be cute and comfortable throughout the day.

Dave was dashing in a fabulous suit, and I can never resist a fun boutonniere shot.

Even though the couple had already seen each other during the tea ceremony, they had a “first look” once Kelsey had changed dresses.

The day brought beautiful Chicago weather, so the couple was able to go around the city for photos with their wedding party.

Did I mention there was a mustache theme to the day?

Kelsey and Dave also incorporated balloons into their wedding. This white balloon took a lot of helium to fill, but it was definitely worth it!

The wedding party ended photos at the ceremony and reception venue, Ravenswood Event Center. One area of the venue has an amazing collection of classic cars. Usually you cannot touch the cars, but an exception was made for the couple and they were able to pose in this fantastic red convertible…which happens to be the car from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!

Up next, I’m excited to share Kelsey and Dave’s ceremony and fantastic reception!