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!

Real Wedding: Jacey + Dan: The Details

Continuing from yesterday, here are more gorgeous photos from Jacey and Dan’s wedding.
Peonies are the brides’s favorite flowers.

Jacey was a DIY Bride.
To create a cohesive look for all of her paper goods, Jacey use the same fonts and monogram.
Below is her program.

The entry of the Grand Piazza is also the entry to the Museum. Guests were greeted by a table in the foyer with a centerpiece and a framed engagement photo of the couple.

Double Duty– Escort Cards as Favors.
Jacey and Dan gave each guest a clear bookmark sleeve for their photobooth photos. The bookmark was also used as an escort card. Jacey created these orgami corners to hold up the bookmarks. While beautiful and super creative, the escort cards fell over like dominos three times during the set up. My fingers were double crossed that the breeze would stop before the guests arrived. (It did.)

Since the Cocktail Hour was on the roof deck, Jacey had parasols for the guests incase the sun became too much. While thoughtful, the biggest fans were the littliest guests.

One of the High Boys for the Cocktail Hour.
Jacey had this gorgeous print material as a splash of color on each High Boy. It was complimented by floating orchids in square vases with some votive candles.
Also on the table is an example of the Bar Menu with her Signature Drinks.

A view of the decor in the reception venue. Flowers were from Kio Kreations

Jacey and Dan wanted an old school photobooth. Always a great choice for a wedding, MDM provided the service along with a DJ.

The first course was a Tower of Mango salad by Levy Catering.

Jacey adored her Ann Wood bird cake toppers on her otherwise unadorned white cake.
The wedding was that fun! Thanks for looking!

Wedding of Jacey + Dan

When I first met Jacey and Dan, I could tell that they weren’t from Chicago. While both have Midwestern roots, they are 100% LA in their creativity and fun! Dan is a screenwriter while Jacey works in fashion. Therefore, it was a total pleasure for me to work with them!
In this first photo, Jacey chose to buck the tradition of bridal white shoes to wear her gorgeous patent leather red Marc Jacobs shoes. They were the first gift that Dan ever gave to her.

All photos by Matt Schademann from Schademann Studios! Thank you Matt for getting these photos to me. I love them.

The couple took a number of photos around the church,
but not the run of the mill at the alter type.
Making use of their surroundings:
Holy Family is across the street from a firehouse.

The Grand Piazza has a gorgeous spiral staircase into the entrance to the ballroom.

Taxi anyone?

The bride walking down the aisle

Stay tuned for all of the fabulous details tomorrow!