Merritt + Steve: The Details

Yesterday I posted from photos from Merritt and Steve’s ceremony and reception. Now for the details!

All photos by Brian Kinyon.

I loved how light Merritt’s dress looked.

Bouquets were white with green accents.

I know I’ve said this before, but I adore a colored shoe!

Merritt wore a beautiful, elaborate headband.

The programs explained the components of the ceremony to guests.

The beautiful ketubah.

These seats are reserved for the Bride and Groom!

Mixed shades of green brightened up the escort cards.

Instead of a cake, they served yummy cupcakes in a variety of flavors.

The tables were named after famous Chicago places.

Mazel Tov, Merritt and Steve!

Merritt & Steve

I met with Merritt and Steve about five months before their wedding. They were a very organized yet low key couple and just wanted someone to run the show the day of the wedding. That’s what I’m here for!

Band Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Phoebe’s Cupcakes
Caterer Hearty Boys
Ceremony and Reception
Temple Sholom
Florist Blumgarten
Jill Gosser
Photographer Brian Kinyon
Photobooth Chicagoland Photobooth

Toasting the beautiful bride.

Merritt and Steve opted to meet for the first time in their home.

The whole bridal party took some photos around their neighborhood.

They also visited one of their favorite local hangouts.

Isn’t this such a cool photo?

Off to the ceremony!

Merritt gave the ladies some great practical gifts
that matched the overall color scheme of the wedding.

Signing the ketubah with family.

The bride and groom were beaming throughout the ceremony.

Merritt’s Dad gave a heartfelt toast to the newlyweds.

I love to see couples enjoy the party!

Tomorrow, we’ll look at some of the details.

Real Wedding: Valerie + Jay: The Details

Yesterday, I posted about Valerie and Jay’s wedding. Today, it is all about the details!

All photos by Brian Kinyon.
Valerie’s lush red bouquet. Her bridesmaids’ bouquets featured the same shades of deep red plus a pop of green orchids. Flowers by G-n-G Designs.

The fan programs were designed to hang off the back of each chivari chair during the ceremony.

The decor of the room perfectly coordinated with the black, white and red color scheme. I loved the vintage looking floral linens.

Valerie and Jay opted to order personalized napkins which were placed throughout the cocktail and reception spaces.

The bride loved the tiered look of the centerpieces.

Chic black and white lounge furniture was set up near one of the bars. Valerie bought a variety of books including “How to Make Love: Secrets of Wooing From the 1930s”. They were a huge hit among the guests!

Their cake was topped with deep red roses and a crystal letter “E”.

Real Wedding: Valerie + Jay

Valerie and Jay were married in June 2008 at Grand Piazza at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago. I first met with Valerie about a month before the wedding. She was looking for someone to take over the details on the wedding day, as well as handle logistics such as taking the gifts off-site after the wedding.

All photos by Brian Kinyon.

Valerie and her bridesmaids got ready at the Hotel Monaco. I love this shot of the bride and her sister, Erica, striking a pose.

The bride and groom took most of their photos before the ceremony. They even ventured into the Taste of Chicago!

At North Avenue Beach. I think this is such a sweet picture.

Each of Valerie’s bridesmaids selected their own unique black cocktail dress. Her sister, and maid of honor, wore a white sash. I love the coordinated-but-not-matching look. This was taken at the Cancer Survivor’s Garden.

Though the sky looks so blue here, we nearly had to move the ceremony inside due to rain. It cleared up just in time! Check out the amazing view of the skyline.

The newly married couple posing on Grand Piazza’s beautiful, dramatic staircase.

Valerie and Jay cut their cake to “Grow Old With You”.

I heart a classic dip on the dance floor.

Look for more pictures tomorrow!