Matt & Neal's Sunset Beach Wedding

Matt and Neal’s sunset beach wedding is featured on Carats & Cake.

Close friends and family happily kicked off their shoes to walk the beach and enjoy a beautiful Michigan sunset. Guests were welcomed with cool drinks and Cagen Music’s enchanting string quartet.

The ceremony was intimate, authentic and romantic. A supportive circle of love was formed around Matt and Neal as they shared their vows.

The couple's talented friends made the ceremony even more special by playing their instruments and singing. There were no distractions, just the raw beauty of the beach, the sunset, and a couple deeply in love.

The celebration, orchestrated by Hope Weis, continued back at Matt and Neal’s stunning lake house. Hannah Handmade crafted modern menus reflecting the couple's fashionable style.

The dinner party quickly turned into a dance party as the band started playing crowd favorites. This very special celebration went into the wee hours of the night as no one, including us, wanted this magical night to end.

Consultant: Hope Weis, Invitations: Hannah Handmade, Florist: Tulipia Floral Design, Musicians/Band: Cagen Music, Suit Designer: Armani, Suit Shop: Syd Jerome

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We feel fortunate to live and work in the beautiful, Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, among many talented artists and entrepreneurs. We believe in the beauty of blending historic with modern. Built in 1916, our European style live-work building, is land-marked by the city of Chicago, full of character and modern style. It is a dream come true to have a charming studio, surrounded by beautiful boulevards, as the foundation of our creative endeavors.

"It is a pleasure to get to know our couples, become part of their inner circle, understand their connections, and hone in on what matters most. Every celebration has its own personality, vibe and feeling. To interpret and translate the feeling, love and joy, we look for the split-second glances, tender touches, belly laughs and genuine smiles. Emotionally connected, we sense magical moments; one must first feel, and then see to be able to interpret. This is the foundation of our creative process."

"Inspired by all art forms: paintings, architecture, fashion, cinema, music and food, we incorporate our sensibilities into everything we do. Blending emotional imagery with a modern and elegant viewpoint is how we tell very personal stories in a nuanced way. We do this so that you may savor your celebration, long after it ends, and remember those feelings forever. It would be our privilege to interpret your unique story."

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