Nerissa + Joe’s Old St. Pat’s and Knickerbocker Wedding

Nerissa and Joe had a stunning fall wedding that incorporated many of the best parts of the city. From their gorgeous ceremony to the lively reception at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, every part of the day showcased their fun personalities and love for each other. Their elegant celebration was full of fun and personal touches, all captured beautifully by  Geber + Scarpelli photography. 

Cotton Candy Machine: Spin Spun
Photo Booth: Fotio
Makeup: Andie Cumber
Photography: Gerber + Scarpelli
Videography: LEAP Weddings

After a beautiful ceremony the bridal party gathered for photos in many of Chicago’s most scenic spots, including Lasalle Street, the Kinzie Street Bridge, and Olive Park. After taking pictures, it was time to dance the night away!

I had such a wonderful time working with this vivacious couple and am so happy that I was able to be a part of planning their special day. 

Jenny + Ron

Jenny and Ron were such a fun couple! I love doing Destination Weddings, and I’m so glad that I got a chance to share in their special day in Colorado. They chose breathtaking Spruce Mountain Ranch for their picturesque ceremony and rustic-inspired reception, and Angie Wilson Photography captured the lively colors and expansive sky like no one else could.


After the hustle and bustle of getting ready and taking photos, it was time for the serene ceremony. The weather could not have been more perfect for getting married under an unending sky, surrounded by the expanse of nature.


After the ceremony, everyone moved to the rustic lodge to top off the naturally-inspired celebration!

Jenny and Ron’s big day went off without a hitch—filled with beauty, nature, family, friends, and above all, love. Everyone was thrilled with the wedding, and I am so glad that I got to be a part of it.

Sharon + Carlos

Sharon and Carlos were planning an elegant and sophisticated wedding, but they definitely wanted to have fun, too! Their wedding was a perfect blend of both – the dance floor was packed all night.

Band Latin Street Dancing

Cake Rolf’s Patisserie

Ceremony St. Ita’s

DJ ETV Productions

Florist Vale of Enna

Hair Alice Salazar

Makeup Nika Vaughan

Photo Booth The Traveling Photo Booth

Photographer Jeremy Lawson Photography

Reception Chicago Marriott O’Hare

Transportation The Trolley Car & Bus Company

Videographer Ben Mahoney Productions

All photographs by Jeremy Lawson.

All the girls got ready at the couple’s home. The lighting was perfect – a sunny day always helps get everyone excited!

The beautiful church where the ceremony was held.

Sharon and Carlos incorporated their Filipino and Cuban traditions into the ceremony.

After, they stopped at one of their favorite restaurants, 90 Miles, for a quick spin.

Jeremy always captures unusual and fun photos!

The Best Man signs the photo mat during cocktail hour. This is always a great keepsake for the bride and groom.

Sharing a slice of yummy cake.

Carlos and Sharon thanked all of their guests who traveled from all over the country, and kicked off the party.

Though many of my brides no longer toss the bouquet, I think it can be a lot of fun with the right crowd. Sharon seems to agree!

Leading the way onto the dance floor!

Tomorrow, I’ll feature some of the details from their wedding.

Stephanie + Andy, the reception

Yesterday, I posted about Stephanie and Andy’s ceremony. Today, I’m posting all about the reception.

All photos by Paul Yamashiro.

For the escort card, the bride chose some flowers emerged in water with floating candles on top.

A DIY Queen, Stephanie made all of the escort cards. I loved the flowers attached to the corner of each card.

Guests enjoyed the cocktail hour on the balcony.

The couple made their guestbook with photos from their life together.

The ballroom looked stunning, as always.

The room is all set before the guests arrive.

Stephanie DIY her menus using a similar paper to the programs.

A view of the room from one of the tables.

An aerial shot of a table.

The couple’s Sweetheart Table was so cute!

I love all of the details.

The bride looks down and waves to guests that are arriving.

The Cake Girls made a stunning modern fondant cake.

I have to admit that although the wedding cake was beautiful, it was the groom’s cake that stole the show.
The groom trades corn, so it was the PERFECT cake and a huge hit.

Dancing all night! The guests filled the classic black and white dance floor.

Everyone remained energized by the late night snacks!

Guests took home a bag of Garrett’s Popcorn as their favor!

Congratulations Stephanie + Andrew!! I had so much fun working with the both of you!

Stephanie + Andy

Stephanie was an organized bride. It’s such a relief when you have a bride that fills out your spreadsheets and sends you lists of things to be done. As her Day of Coordinator, I appreciated it immensely. And she was very lucky, she had a perfect wedding day. It helped that all of her vendors were top notch.

All photos by Paul Yamashiro.

Isn’t she adorable? I kept wanting to pick her and her little brother up the entire day. I love babies.

The gentleman walked over from the Westin to the church.

The bride and her maids followed once the groom was out of sight.
The girls, of course, got a lot more attention than the guys!

Stephanie made the best looking DIY programs to date.
She found this gorgeous thick paper as the cover and then used ribbons to tie them together.

The bride walks with her father to the church.

The church is gorgeous.

The bride had a cord and veil ceremony to celebrate her Filipino heritage.

After the ceremony, the girls stood by while the bride and groom took photos.

Forth Presbyterian allows for some gorgeous photos.

The couple took some lovely photos together.

This one is my favorite!

The newlyweds radiate happiness.

I’ll be back tomorrow to post photos of their reception.

Real Wedding: Noelle + Joey

Yesterday, I posted about Noelle + Joey‘s wedding day. Here are the pictures from the reception.

All photos are by Michele Rivera from Mischa Media.

The tables were dramatic with brown and turquoise accents.

The menus were designed by Amanda from Made with Love Paperie.

Noelle had flip-flops for each of her bridesmaids so that they would dance all night long.
It worked!

The bridesmaids and groomsmen each came in to the room with their own funky dance.

One of their close friends performed a solo during the entree course.

The couple raise their glasses to the toast from the Father of the Bride.

Noelle and Joey chose a contemporary square cake: a swiss dot pattern was anything but simple with ribbon wrapped around each layer and roses on the top and rose petals around the edges.

The couple’s first dance. Don’t you love the bow on the back of Noelle’s dress?

It’s becoming more rare these days but Noelle had a bridal bouquet toss. There were plenty of single ladies out on the dance floor.

What is a sweeter way to say goodnight than a cookie?

Real Wedding: Noelle + Joey

I adored working with Noelle and Joey!
Noelle is a nurse so we met on a Sunday at a Starbucks in the surburbs. Although I hadn’t had any experience with filipino weddings, I talked about my interest in incorporating one’s culture into a wedding. Luckily, Noelle and Joey felt comfortable enough to book me without the experience. This can be difficult for some couple’s. One of the first questions that I often get is, “Have you ever done a X type wedding?”
I loved working with Noelle. Even with 350 guests attending her wedding, she didn’t forget the details. Instead, she focused on a contemporary design that highlighted her modern taste with many DIY projects. Her talent is amazing! I rarely see DIY projects look so professional. So let’s take a peak, shall we? All photos are by Michele Rivera from Mischa Media.

Cake: Allegretti’s Bakery
Ceremony: St. Isidore Ceremony
Musicians: Brass String Chamber Ensemble
Decor: Dayle D’Ann Edgeworth and The Chair Couture
DJ: Mark Del Rosario
Hair: Ann Bautista
Limo: American Coach Limo
Make-up: Tina Salazar for MAC
Photographer: Mischa Media
Reception: Marriott Schaumburg
Videographer: Carbon 14 Films

Noelle in her fabulous Bride silk robe getting the final touches on her hair.
This is the first of many detail: the bride and groom’s initials with their wedding date.
One of the lovely bridesmaids!
The Bride’s DIY invitations with her white bouquet — don’t you love the texture?

This was Shelly’s first wedding. She’s using her floral background to help pin bouts.
The programs were also DIY. Noelle has some made paper skills.
Noelle and Joey during the veil and cord ceremony.
St. Isadore is a modern Catholic Church in Bloomingdale.

Did I mention that Noelle is a DIY goddess? She even made the Unity Candle.
As the couple exited, there was a ton of bubbles! I love this photo!
After the ceremony, the bridal party headed out to take some fabulous photos in the city.
The escort “cards” were actually votive candles. It was a lovely sight when all 350 were lit!

Instead of a traditional guest book, the couple chose to make a book from their engagement photos.

Tomorrow, I will post photos of the reception.