Emily and Eli created a truly unique wedding for themselves that reflected their taste for fresh, modern, and creative lifestyle. Ever seen a wedding take place on a staircase before? Now you will! Totally love that Emily and Eli literally surrounded themselves around their bridal party, stood above their guests so that every view was top-notch, and, whether they intended for this ritual or not, the couple was elevated to royalty like the bride and groom should be!
Taking advantage of a city’s views and landmarks is a great idea on the day of the wedding as long as time is allotted. You may see these beautiful spots regularly and take dozens of photos in front of them, but there’s nothing more special than a bride and groom posing near famous or iconic areas and having it documented by a professional photographer. Suddenly, every day views become sentimental attractions. Emily and Eli took advantage of their gorgeous city and their photos turned out great!
Sweet moments and emotions round out this real Jewish wedding, showcasing what a perfect day Emily and Eli enjoyed!
Mazel tov, Emily and Eli!
Photographer: Robert Holley Productions
Reception Venue: American Visionary Art Museum
DJ: Classic Disc Jockeys
Floral Designer: Rutland Beard Florist
Cake Designer: Sugar Bakers Cakes
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What a sweet wedding day for a couple of Northwestern college sweethearts! Katya and Frank now reside in Minnesota, but came back to Chicago for their wedding to change their title to “Chicago Wedding Sweethearts”.
The softer side of Frank quickly emerged the moment he saw Katya and it was love at first sight all over again. In order to document their love in the city that brought them together, Katya and Frank embarked on an ambitious four-location shoot in just three hours before the ceremony! Can’t blame them — Chicago is a beautiful city to photograph and adding a bride and groom into the mix only elevates its beauty!
One note for upcoming brides is that if you’re seeking to make more time for your portrait session on your wedding day, the easiest way to do it is to have your ceremony and reception in the same place. By not having to transfer from one location to another it can easily free up an additional hour or two on the day of your wedding. For those planning a Chicago Wedding, it’s ideal to then stay in the city for your portraits. If your wedding is in the suburbs then ideally your portraits should also be in the suburbs. Use your engagement session to head off to a location that you might not be able to make on the day of your wedding.
As the night got going there were shots, toasts, dancing, more shots, more dancing and most importantly, an ice cream truck. The Bridgeport Art Center has such a large elevator that even a truck can fit inside. This let the truck roll right on into the reception hall and serve guests a fun midnight treat!
Mazel tov, Katya and Frank!
Photographer: Michael Novo Photography
Reception Venue: Bridgeport Art Center
Ceremony Location: LaMirage Restaurant
Cake Designer: Oak Mill Bakery
Officiant: Rabbi Tillman
Specialty Foods: Sam’s Ice Cream Truck
Cinema and Video: Shadow Vision Films
Event Planner: You Name It Chicago
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Michelle and Michael’s perfect day at Rancho Del Cielo in Malibu is a wonderful example of allowing the wedding space to shine without too much clutter in other details. Simple, clean, refreshing florals helped adorn the natural environment, working in balance for a romantic style palette. The emotion that B&G Photography captured spills out of every image, with a complete documentation of the giggles, the sighs, the tears, and the love. And the view. Oh the view! Atop a mountain in Malibu, Rancho Del Cielo is an idyllic venue because the bride and groom truly dance in their own little slice of sky. And speaking of dance, look at their first boogie together as husband and wife; looks like it must’ve been quite a production! On the next season of “Dancing With The Stars”…
Mazel tov, Michelle and Michael!
Photographer: B&G Photography
Venue: Rancho Del Cielo
Wedding Coordinator: Crystal Clear Weddings & Occasions
Flowers: Peony & Plum Floral Design
Hair Stylist: Mariah Nicole Makeup & Hair Artistry
Cinematographer: Isabel Cinémathéque
DJ: Red Shoe
My sister-in-law’s one-year wedding anniversary was yesterday, and what better way to acknowledge 365 days of marital bliss than with the gift of blog post? Happy anniversary, Alison & Michael!
Nothing is more important to both Alison and Michael than loved ones, laughter, music, and good food. When planning their wedding day, they were sure to make those four passions take the spotlight. By using a regal purple as the main color (Alison’s favorite color and Michael’s college color, go Northwestern Cats!) and their take on a simple yet elegant aesthetic, they were able to make the day shine with the help of their loving family and friends, a rocking band, incredible food, and inevitable laughter.
Since both bride and groom are professional performers (as are many of their family and friends), the band played while various members of the party would sing their hearts out, including a special performance by the groom in which he surprised his wife by singing a song just for her (“Grow Old With Me” by Jason Robert Brown). The ceremony itself was a reform ceremony in which Michael drank most of the wine, Alison and Michael tearfully and giddily exchanged vows, and Michael crushed the glass to roaring sounds of “Mazel Tov.” It was a beautiful day, full of love and joy, which neither of them will ever forget!
Mazel tov, Alison and Michael!
Venue/Caterer: Skirball Center
Photographer: ES Photography
Coordinator: Melissa Jordan of Liquid Bliss
Florist: Happy Flowers
Band: Wayne Foster Entertainment
Cake: Cake Crumbs
Officiant: Cantor David Shukiar from Temple Adat Elohim
Wedding Dress: Camarillo Bridal
Bridesmaids/Flower Girl Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen’s Tuxes: Victor Talbots
Party Favors: Salty and Sweet Theme! Sweet from Penny’s Sweet Shoppe and bath salts from bath junkie
Bride’s Hair Stylist: Susie Hooper
Bridesmaids’ Hair Stylist: Briana Bayar, Bella B Salon
Bridal and Bridesmaids’ Makeup Artist: Samantha Salk
Grace and Jake have known each other since elementary school, but did not become friends until high school. Their first date was to homecoming in 2003. They dated off and on through the years as they both attended University of Georgia and later both lived in Atlanta. It was not until Grace was working abroad for a year in India that the two decided that they wanted to be together forever!
It was important to the couple to incorporate elements of Jake’s Jewish heritage into the wedding as well as respect Grace’s Christian background. Their wedding took place on a Sunday afternoon on a farm outside of Frankin, TN, with both a Christian minister and a Jewish cantor presiding. Decor was in a color palette of blues, grays, and peach, and their designer incorporated touches of the ikat pattern that Grace loves. Guests enjoyed an open air afternoon meal following the ceremony on the front lawn, and danced into the evening when shuttle buses transported them back to Nashville.
Mazel tov, Grace and Jake!
Venue: Southall Eden
Planning and Design: Sage Nines Event Production
Cake: Dessert Designs
Caterer: Bacon and Caviar
DJ: Mike Beaver
Flowers: The Enchanted Florist
Hair and Makeup: Ashlea Mullins and Stephanie Harrison
Officiant: Ralph Griggs
Cantor: Tracy Fishbein
Rentals: Music City Tents