Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jorie and Scott celebrated their "I do" at Barrington's White House with a reception full of vintage charm and romantic details. All photos by Daniel Prawica of Jolie Images.
Jorie, on how she and Scott met...
"We met back in 2011 at a welcome home party for Scott, after he returned home from his first deployment in the Navy.  I was invited by Scott’s sister, who became my best friend after we met as randomly assigned roommates in college."
Jorie, on prepping for her wedding day...
"Waking up that morning of the wedding day was so exciting but nerve-racking!  It was a lovely 60 degrees and perfectly sunny.  The girls made their way to the salon where we were welcomed with breakfast treats and mimosas.  The salon took great care of us and did a wonderful job on all of our hair.  The girls moved to the White House’s bride room to get ready, while the men got ready and shared a good luck glass of Scotch at my parent’s house..."
"...Getting married at St. Anne’s was very special, as it was the church that I was baptized in.  Our priest, Fr. Britto, was a former priest of St. Anne’s who came back to marry us.  Everyone loved him, I can’t tell you how many compliments I received about him!"
Jorie and Scott, on how they knew they were perfect for each other...
"We instantly felt like we had known each other for years; the first night we met we stayed up until 5 a.m. talking and getting to know one another.  We were truly committed to one another, as Scott left the area and went back to Virginia, where he was stationed in the Navy.  We knew we could handle the four years of distance and a 10 month deployment because of our connection, communication, and love for one another."
Jorie and Scott, on choosing Barrington's White House...
"Having our reception at Barrington’s White House really made it a unique experience. We wanted something different other than typical reception venues, and the vintage charm and all of the amazing details the house had to offer created an intimate, romantic setting."
Jorie and Scott on their vendors...
"Our vendors were truly amazing. Our florist really understood my “vision” and captured it perfectly. Our photographer, Daniel, was amazing as well.  Not only did he capture the precious moments of our day, but he went above and beyond; he put the boutonnieres on all of the guys and even helped Jordan with her dress!"
 Jorie, on her favorite memory from her wedding day...
"The whole day was amazing, from the weather to getting ready to walking down to aisle to dancing the night away at the reception.  I truly enjoyed being surrounded by everyone we love and to finally be marrying Scott."
 Scott, on his favorite memory from his wedding day...
"My favorite part of the day was just seeing how happy Jordan was and knowing that her dream wedding had become a reality.  Also, it was amazing to see how much fun everyone was having and how well our families meshed together."


Daniel Prawica of Jolie Images (photography), Barrington's White House (reception), St. Anne Catholic Church (ceremony), Fr. Britto Berchmans (officiant), Kitty Chen Couture (bridal designer), Eva's Bridals International (bride's gown), Zac Posen (bride's shoes), Salon & Spa 530 (hair), Anna Bellagio (bride's jewelry), Formally Modern Tuxedo (formalwear), Zazzle (invites), Periwinkle Florist (floral), Wild Asparagus (catering), Bob the DJ (entertainment), Clarke's Bakery (cake)

Can't get enough Real Weddings? Check out Ed+Allison's gorgeous floral wedding or Cara+Sean's celebration at The Peninsula. Head over to and browse our gallery of Windy City nuptials!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Soon-to-be brides and grooms spent an afternoon planing their wedding and enjoying small bites at the Boutique Bridal Show earlier this month. All photos by David William Fuller.
The 3rd Annual Boutique Bridal Show took place on Sunday, March 5th, at the Metropolis Ballroom of downtown Arlington Heights. The afternoon featured a handful of new vendors; as well as, returning vendors which the venue looks forward to working with as wedding season approaches. The Director of Weddings, Shawna McGarry, introduced the boutique-style bridal show as a way for vendors to have quality conversation with brides from all over the Chicagoland area. The Metropolis Ballroom looks forward to the success of the show with each coming year!


The Metropolis Ballroom (venue), Shawna Hope McGarry (coordinator and wedding planner), Elegante Cuisine (catering), David William Fuller (photography), Kio Kreations (floral), Windy City Linen (linens), MDM Entertainment (backdrop decor), Mike Staff Productions (entertainment)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This beautiful destination shoot at Northerly Island delivered beachy vibes that normally aren't associated with Chicago. Discover how the lush greenery, crashing waves, and sandy shores of Lake Michigan can make for the perfect wedding venue. All photos by Erin Stubblefield Weddings & Portraiture. Shoot styled by Beso Weddings & Events.







Beso Weddings & Events (event design and styling), Erin Stubblefield Weddings & Portraiture (photos), Food For Thought (catering), The Fox Glove Studio (floral), inLoftCalligraphy (paper goods), Alyssa Kristin (gown), James Ciccotti Bridal Shoes & Accessories (bride's shoes and jewelry), Black Tie Formalwear (suit), CoChic Styling (wardrobe styling), Vanille Chicago (sweets), Steve Edwards Orchestra (music), La Tavola Linen (linens), Silk & Willow (runner and napkins), Northern Decor & Logistics Inc. (furniture and bar), Hollibeauty (hair), Joanna B Artistry (makeup), Nimble Well (vintage rentals), Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry (rings), Global Exotic Car Rentals 

Models: Emily and David Schmidt 
Newly engaged couples took to the streets of downtown Geneva to celebrate the 10th annual Geneva Bride Wedding Walk and start planning their special day. All photos by Tom Nicol Photography.
"The Geneva Bride team saw many happy brides and couples ready to plan, cross items off their checklist, and mingle with our group of incredible wedding vendors. To top it off, the weather was absolutely beautiful. It was a great day. 
"Of course, we have to give a huge shout-out to all our wonderful Geneva Bride vendors! This group of boutique and national retailers went the extra mile this year to contribute their time, valuable expertise, and amazing goodies to make this year the best one yet. It’s thanks to our members that Geneva, IL has become known as a wedding hub, and must-see destination in the Chicagoland area.

"And finally... A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Heather Siegrist and her fiancĂ©- they are this year’s grand prize honeymoon giveaway winners! The lucky couple will be enjoying a 5-day/6-night all-inclusive getaway at Sunscape Cove Montego Bay located in beautiful Jamaica provided by Travel Leaders."

Our organization is here to help newly engaged couples plan the wedding of their dreams with a network of incredible, award-winning vendors. Check out our weekly blog (on and social media outlets for inspiration all year long.