Stephanie & Matt's Golden Glamour Wedding

Stephanie and Matt's "Golden Glamour" wedding is featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Inside Weddings.

On a gorgeous day in September, Stephanie and Matt had an old Hollywood inspired wedding at Fourth Presbyterian Church, the only church on the famous Magnificent Mile. It was a dream come true for Stephanie to marry the love of her life in this grand and historic church. When Stephanie saw the church in the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding, she had a feeling she might get married there someday.

Over the last few years, we have seen a trend of large, destination weddings choosing Chicago. Our world-class city has many top rated hotels, is perfect for bicoastal families, and guests love to get their “foodie on” in Michelin rated restaurants. Stephanie and Matt decided it was a no brainer.

A couple blocks away from the ceremony, Stephanie and Matt greeted their guests on the Peninsula’s breathtaking terrace. Guests were treated to prime city views of Chicago, endless champagne, delicious hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment.

When Stephanie and Matt’s friends and family were invited into the luxurious ballroom, they were wowed by three varieties of stunning tabletop arrangements: tall, gold gilded urns full of white flowers; glamorous white feathers in crystal vases; and gilt candelabras dripping with crystals. Each table was layered with elegant details including gold-rimmed glassware. “Our inspiration was classic elegance and gilded glamour, with a touch of vintage,” Stephanie explained.  They definitely accomplished their goal! Guests felt like royalty as they dined like kings and danced all night to one of Chicago’s best bands.

To learn more about this “Golden Glamour” celebration plus Stephanie and Matt’s romantic love story that involves creative friends, eclectic socks, and a love of food, pick up the current issue of Inside Weddings magazine this week!

Consulting: Jennifer Anderson EventsPhotography: KingenSmithVenue: Peninsula Chicago, Floral Design & Decor: Kehoe Designs, Band: Rendezvous, Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav, Wedding Dresser: Caroline Shaw, Lighting: Frost Lighting, Linens: Tablescapes, Videography: I Do FilmsCake: Cake Sweet Food Chicago, Hair: AJ Schulze, Make-up artist: Shannon O'Brien

Shelby & Ben's Supper Club Soiree

Shelby and Ben's wedding is featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Inside Weddings.

Shelby and Ben first met in high school during a student council leadership retreat. The groom admits that ever since sophomore year of high school he knew Shelby was the one. Throughout the length of their ten-year relationship the couple talked about marriage frequently. Yet when Ben came to visit during spring break, Shelby had no idea what her soon to be groom had planned. A sentimental note written by one of Ben’s students turned into a personal love letter asking Shelby to be his wife.

This past fall Shelby married her best friend in a traditional Catholic church with personal touches spread throughout. The bride's mother, an interior designer, helped to inspire a modern supper club atmosphere for the reception. "The whole thing was beautiful,” said the groom. "HMR Designs really outdid themselves with the decor."

After an intimate cocktail reception, guests headed straight to the dance floor. “The band played the first set and got everyone hot and sweaty and ready to celebrate,” said Shelby. Ben requested live entertainment and Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra was a perfect fit. The band kept the couple and all of their guests on the dance floor the entire night. Shelby’s advice to future brides and grooms, “Make sure to be fully present in the day and stop to enjoy the most important moments.”

Consulting: Stacy Saltzman-Swislow, Photography: KingenSmith, Venue: Ritz Carlton Chicago, Make-up artist: Stella Mikhail Hair: Erin Ahern, Wedding Gown: Elizabeth Fillmore, Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade, Floral Design & Decor: Rishi Patel of HMR Designs, Entertainment: Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra, Ben "DJ Swizz" Swislow, Holy Name Cathedral Musicians, Lighting: Diamond Event Group,  Linens: Linen La Tavola, Videography: Xpress Video Productions, Cake: CAKE Chicago, Bridesmaids Dresses: La Petite Robe Di Chiara Boni, Calligraphy: Nico and Lala Invitations: Brian Breezer for Paperworks Design Co., Rentals: Tablescapes Evant Rentals

Take vs. Make

Ansel Adams observed, "Photography is an investigation of the outer and the inner worlds. The terms “shoot” and “take” are not accidental. They represent an attitude of conquest and appropriation. Only when the photographer grows in perception and creative impulse does the term “make" define a condition of empathy and understanding."

Take vs. Make

Annie & Ryan's Luxurious Summer Tent Wedding

Annie and Ryan’s wedding, featured in the Summer 2015 issue of Inside Weddings, is available on newsstands for a few more weeks! Don’t miss this beautiful magazine, full of many inspirational photographs and articles.

Want to see more images from this extraordinary wedding? Here are a few more of our photographs from that magical day.

Annie & Ryan's Luxurious Summer Tent Wedding

Michael's Surprise Birthday Party at The Geraghty

Imagine aerialists hanging from the rafters pouring champagne, platform dancers of all kinds, 1970's muscle cars and decor to die for. Surprises were at every turn for the birthday boy and all of his guests, including a very special concert with Joe Walsh of the Eagles. Kehoe Designs custom built a private club complete with VIP cabanas and a stage worthy of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Guests were blown away as they discovered new elements all night long. Chicago's newest venue, The Geraghty, proved to be the perfect location for this epic party. Imagine no longer, take a peek into this fabulous party!

Michael's Surprise Birthday Party at The Geraghty

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