Jennifer & Alex

If I were to close my eyes and imagine a prince and a princess getting married, they would without a doubt look like Jennifer and Alex. I think I floated on air all day as I took in the beauty of this incredible couple, their love, and the magical day they created. Here is a little bit about their vision:

“The instant Alex and I got engaged, we knew we wanted to have our wedding in Chicago – it’s where we met, fell in love, and live. We knew that it would make for a memorable and romantic night. We were married at the very beautiful Assumption Catholic Church, followed by the reception at the Blackstone Renaissance. When we visited the Blackstone, it was love at first sight. Our search for a venue stopped then and there. The beauty of the hotel was overwhelming, with the perfect blend of old charm and new updates, but once we stepped into the ballroom, we were sold! It is one of the most breathtaking ballrooms we have ever seen. With the ballroom being as stunning as it was, we kept the color palette soft and simple, using blushes and ivories for the flowers and platinum and white for the linens. Our pop of color came from the bridesmaid dresses, which were royal blue. I picked out the fabric and the color, then let each bridesmaid pick out their style of dress, so that they could let their individuality shine!

Throughout the planning process we were constantly thinking of ways to make the wedding really feel like “us.” One way we did this was by incorporating our love of traveling. Instead of having regular table numbers, each table was named after a city we had traveled to with a picture of us from that trip. For the escort cards we used blank cardboard luggage tags, labeled each one with the guest’s name and their “destination” table, and completed the look with a passport-style stamp. Each luggage tag was placed in a bed of grass alongside a few large vintage-style suitcases as the centerpiece. We also used the suitcases as the card holder on the gift table to tie it all together.

The most important aspect of our reception is that we wanted our guests to have a night they wouldn’t forget, so having the right entertainment was key. First on the checklist was finding the perfect band. We chose Bradley Young Orchestra, and boy did they deliver! The dance floor was packed the entire night, and we even had to extend the party at the end. They learned our first dance song, as well as our cake cutting song – “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler (an inside joke between Alex and I). Next we hired Beyond the Booth to provide their version of a photo-booth, which was more like a little studio, with lots of fun props. This also functioned as our guest book & our guest’s party-favors, as a copy of each picture would go in our book along with their signature and a message, and another copy would go to each person in the picture. We loved coming home on Sunday and looking through the album to see how creative people were with their pictures! All in all, our vendors were absolutely incredible and were so great to work with. We knew that we were in great hands leading up to the big day, and we’re so thankful for the amazing work they did!

 

 

 

Looking back on the process, we would not want to change a single thing. We had an amazing time and will forever cherish the memories made that day! Thank you to our outstanding photographer, Cristina G, and videographer, Blu Couture, for capturing the most amazing day of our lives!”

This beauty is an Ivory Tulle Lazaro strapless bridal gown, Alencon Lace sweetheart bodice with vintage freshwater pearl applique at natural waist; handmade silk flowers and Alencon Lace appliqués accent skirt and chapel train. Model LZ3962.

Stunning hair and makeup by me personal favorite Enrique Enriquez.

Just as soon as Jennifer was ready and the guys were en route to church, she snuck away outside the room for a blindfolded first look. Just for a little smooch.

Back to getting ready!

The image above is one of my favorites of the day. I just love the energy and how everyone has a job to do and is rushing down the steps to get to the trolley, while Jennifer looks so serene, so ready to say “I do”.

Took his breath away!

Mom and grandpa beaming at the site of their gorgeous girl walking down the isle. Another favorite of mine!

Best and most touching part of the ceremony was the priest inviting the parents to stand by their children’s side as they exchanged vows.

Off we go around town for pictures!

The Blackstone Hotel ballroom is just so beautiful and grand, yet intimate and inviting.

Let the party begin!

Alex & Jennifer, THANK YOU for being so incredible to work with, so sweet, so great at following direction and posing, so gorgeous and most importantly SO IN LOVE!