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Real Weddings: Ashley & Greg

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Ashley and Greg got married on a beautiful Saturday in May at Galleria Marchetti. Beginning their special day at the the Renaissance Chicago, the ladies got their hair and makeup done by Pin Me Up Chicago while the guys relaxed and the groom surprised his groomsmen and ushers with personalized bottles of liquor, matching purple ties and purple argyle socks! Ashley gifted her lovely bridesmaids with stunning grey pashminas and sparkly earrings. After sharing a sweet First Look at the Riverwalk off Wacker Drive, Ashley and Greg met their bridal party and walked along the waterfront with Gilbert Africa from Abiana Photography for some quick shots before cruising  around the city with Second City Trolley, stopping at Lakeshore East Park, Maggie Daley Pergola, and the classic Kinzie Street Bridge. Ashley and Greg were then married by Ashley’s uncle in front of close family and friends in Galleria Marchetti’s outdoor courtyard, under the ceremony arch decorated with beautiful greenery and florals by The Green Branch . Cocktails were served in the Galleria Room, where guests found their escort cards on mini bottles of Limoncello favors. Once everyone was invited inside the beautiful Pavilion for dinner and dancing, Al Okyne of Okyne Medialab started the party off right by introducing the bridal party to “Feel So Close” and “Shut Up and Dance” before the couple shared their First Dance to the heartfelt tune “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor and John Legend. After the new Mr. and Mrs. cut their Chicago skyline cake from Bittersweet Bakery, guests were served a delicious dinner of tender medallions of beef, parmesan crusted tilapia, and eggplant parmesan. After funny and heartfelt speeches from the Father of the Bride, Best Man and Maid of Honor, Ashley danced with her father and Greg danced with his mother before opening the dance floor. A little later in the night, Ashley and Greg treated their guests to delicious late night food including beef sliders, margarita pizza, prosciutto and mozzarella paninis, sweet potato french fries, cookies, and mini milkshake shooters before all too long, the reception was over and guests headed back to the Renaissance to keep the party going!

Congratulations again, Ashley & Greg!! We were so incredibly honored to be a part of your wedding day!!

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Real Weddings: Christina & Mike

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On a gorgeous Saturday in June, Christina and Mike became Mr. and Mrs. Procaccio during their sweet ceremony at Notre Dame Parish in Clarendon Hills, and celebrated at their fun-filled reception at the stunning Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus. Saturday morning, the lovely ladies had their hair and makeup done by Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry, and Town & Country Gardens delivered their dazzling bouquets. After taking a few separate portrait shots with Misha Media, Christina and Mike shared an emotional First Look outside the hotel in their beautiful gardens. A Touch of Class Limousine brought the bridal party to Notre Dame Parish, and after their traditional ceremony, the bride and groom sped away in the groom’s dad’s red Jaguar before Jimmy John’s delivered sandwiches for the bridal party for the ride back. Back at the Hyatt Lodge, MDM Entertainment provided draping behind the royal table, as well as pretty pink uplighting, a photobooth, and, of course, fabulous DJ services. Cocktail hour followed the ceremony in the Prairie Foyer, before guests were invited in to the Grand Prairie Ballroom for dinner and dancing. After a rowdy reception introduction to “Turn Down For What”, Mr. and Mrs. Procaccio cut their awesome blue ombrè cake together. The bride and groom then listened to heartfelt toasts from both sets of parents, the sister of the groom, and the groom’s best friend. The theme of this wedding reception was undoubtedly “no one goes home hungry”- Christina and Mike enjoyed a magnificent dinner of  grilled filet mignon with caramelized cipollinis and Sauce Perigourdine, pan roasted Amish chicken breast with tomatoes, basil, Fontina cheese and pesto cream, filet of salmon with oven roasted tomatoes and capers, and, of course, family-style pasta! For dessert, guests were served cake and ice cream, AND offered a delectable sweets buffet including Italian pastries, biscottis, chocolate covered strawberries, and lemon ricotta cookies! But that wasn’t all- Christina and Mike also surprised their guests with late night McDonald’s in between packing the dance floor with a wide range of music from classic slow oldies to bass- thumping hip hop.

Congratulations again, Christina & Mike!! We had so much fun being a part of your special day!!

 

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Real Weddings: Claire & John

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Claire and John tied the knot at Greenhouse Loft on her grandpa’s favorite holiday: July 4th! On the same weekend the Grateful Dead rocked the city of Chicago, Claire and John celebrated their wedding, and even got to see fireworks! The morning of the wedding, Claire and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done at her parent’s condo, courtesy of Magnificent Bride Chicago and Makeup By Jaycie. Claire and John shared their First Look at the LaSalle Street Bank where they first met with Christy and James Tyler, the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Christy Tyler Photography, before an Ideal Charter bus brought the rest of the bridal party to meet them. Claire, John, and their bridal party ventured around Chicago, where they stopped at the Board of Trade and Kinzie Street Bridge for some fun photos. At Greenhouse Loft, Fab Flora placed beautiful blooms all around the naturally lit space, while the Artistrings string quartet prepared for the indoor ceremony. Surrounded by family and friends, Claire and John were married by Judge Tom Hogan in a sweet and heartfelt ceremony before enjoying the gorgeous weather in the outdoor courtyard. Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers from Hearty Boys Catering and sipped on Claire and John’s signature drinks, the South Side and Whiskey Buck. In lieu of a traditional guest book, Claire and John asked guests to sign vintage records they would hang in their home. For dinner, Hearty Boys served a DELICIOUS buffet for dinner, complete with buttermilk lavender fried chicken, Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Jail Island Salmon, and Sliced Mustard and Chili Grilled Flank Steak, to start! Alli Klein from Toast & Jam got the party started with classic dance jams while the Fotio photobooth was a huge hit for guests, especially with the American flag backdrop! After dancing the night away, the new Mr. and Mrs. headed back downtown with their guests to the Hyatt Place Chicago River North.

Congratulations Claire and John! We had a BLAST working with you on your wedding day and wish you all the best!

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