Monday, May 22, 2017

Samreen and Afzaal's jubilant celebration spanned several days and incorporated a wide variety of venues and breathtaking traditional attire. Events coordinated by Regine Danielle Events. All photos by Maha Studios Inc

Red and Gold Romance


 Dazzling Silver Splendor

 Colorful Celebrations

 Pink Bejeweled Perfection

 Ornate Opulence

A Classic Escape

VENDORS:

Maha Studios Inc. (photography/videography), Regine Danielle Events (wedding coordinator), Islamic Foundation Mosque (ceremony), Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago (wedding reception), Westin Lombard (valima reception), Imam Musa Azam (officiant), SDK Makeup (makeup/hair), Saleha Beauty (wedding hair), Franc Lloyd (formalwear), Ashu Card (stationery), Amer Design Studio (floral), Usmania Fine Dining & Catering (catering), Alliance Bakery (cake), 1962 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce via Classic Wedding Car (transportation)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Corinne and Rob's laidback wedding at Prairie Street Brewhouse was an affair to remember. All photos by C. Tyson Photography.
Corinne, on how she and Rob met... 
"Rob and I met at work.  He has been working at Scot Forge for 12 years and when I first started 5 years ago there was an instant attraction between the two of us. He asked me out multiple times and for whatever the circumstance was at that point, I had to rejected his advances. It finally worked out when I was available to ask him out for a drink.  He happily accepted the request and it was history from there!"
Corinne, on how she and Rob knew they were perfect for each other... 
"He has a German Shepard named Oliver and I have a French Bulldog named Olive… Oliver and Olive… what are the chances? It had to be fate..." 
"...All joking aside, we knew we were perfect for one another the more and more we learned about each other.  His strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa.  We are opposites but complement each other very well.  I'm a better person with him as my other half.  I’m a notorious planner. He loves to go with whatever is going on.  He’s great at negotiating and handling tough situations, I’m more timid when it comes to those things so we each are crucial for certain aspects of the relationship."
Rob and Corinne, on getting married in Chicago... 
"We grew up in the area so we were partial to staying close for family and friends to attend.  We knew we wanted to have our wedding in a brewery and loved the industrial/rustic environment.  Coming across the Brewhouse was a great find and exactly what we were looking for our wedding."
Corinne, on friends, family, and prepping for her Big day... 
"Our wedding party was unique to begin with.  I have a close college roommate that was my bridesman and Rob had a close childhood friend as a groomswoman.  It worked out perfectly! For getting ready, we enjoyed Beermosas while getting our hair and makeup done at Lucette Salon and Spa. It seemed only fitting for our beer themed wedding. We finished getting dressed at the venue, where there were preserved hops hanging from our arbor for the ceremony and placed in all the boutonnieres and bouquets.  We also had the cake designer create hop vines on our cake in place of flowers or ivy."
Corinne, on her favorite memory from her wedding day...
"Pouring our crystals into the center vessel for our unity ceremony. It didn't go as smoothly as it should have and at the end I tried to secretly “high five” Rob but everyone still saw it!"
Corinne and Rob, on choosing Prairie Street Brewhouse...  
"Not only was our venue amazing looking and fit our style to a T, the beer and food was OUTSTANDING.  Only Child Brewing made a sour beer and that they allowed us to release at our wedding before they did in their own taproom (it was also pink in color).  For food, we decided on a taco bar with all the fixings and a late night tater tot station with beer cheese, chili, sour cream, etc.  What goes better with great beer than great tacos?!"
 
Rob, on his favorite memories from his wedding day...  
"One of my groomsmen brought cigars for my side of the bridal party. We were able to take some time outside to enjoy them on the pier along the water outside the venue. Also, when we got back from the reception I helped Corinne take the surplus of bobby pins out of her hair at the end of the night. She was so exhausted and just laid her head on my lap while I helped take them all out.  There were so many!"

VENDORS:

C. Tyson Photography (photography), Prairie Street Brewhouse (ceremony/reception), Neil Bloom (videography), Brock Morlan (officiant), Morilee by Madeline Gardner (gown designer for bride's gown/bridesmaids' dresses), Kathryn's Bridal (gown provider for the bride/her bridesmaids), Kelly & Katie (bride's shoes), Lucette Salon & Spa (hair/makeup), Jos. A Bank (formalwear), Larson Jewelers (groom's jewelry), Twisted Stem Floral (floral), Prairie Street Brewhouse (catering), Only Child Brewery (beer), Jeti Entertainment (entertainment), Lovin' Oven Cakery (wedding cake), Van Galder (transportation)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jenny and Sammy's celebration at Bottom Lounge was full of love, laughter, and edgy touches. All photos by Matthew Reeves.
Jenny, on how she and Sammy met...
"We met a nightclub in Chicago called The Evil Olive. I thought Sammy was cute, and my sister and my friend took that and ran with it.  They brought him a shot 'from me' and it worked! Sammy came and talked to me and we have been together ever since."
Jenny, on how she and Sammy knew they were perfect for each other...

"We balance each other out.  We have the same sense of humor and make each other laugh constantly.  We both love live music and having fun with our friends. Sammy makes me feel like everything is going to be okay, no matter what happens. He's my best friend!"
 
Jenny and Sammy, on deciding to get married in Chicago... 
"We decided to get married in Chicago for a few reasons.  I [Jenny] am from Chicago – so all of my friends and family are there.  Sammy lived in Chicago for 10 years and has a huge circle of friends who are still there, and we met in Chicago!  It was the perfect place for us."
Jenny and Sammy, on their reception... 
"The ceremony was AMAZING.  Sammy’s high school friend, Nathan, officiated.  It made the whole thing so much more personal and really helped us to feel comfortable saying vows that we wrote ourselves in front of everyone."
Jenny and Sammy, on their reception decor and special touches... 
"Our d├ęcor was personal, modern vintage with some bohemian vibes.  We kept everything simple; framed photos of our adventures together over the years, candlesticks that were my great-grandmother’s, beautiful champagne roses, and romantic quotes on the walls.  Our favor was one of our favorite things – a cookie with both Sammy and my face on it!  It was the coolest."
Sammy and Jenny, on friends, family, and their reception...
"The reception was the best time of our lives.  We had all of our friends from around the world in one room together. We had the best DJ, our friend Avi, who kept the party going all night long. What made our whole day unique was that it was all about being together with our friends and family. We wanted to spend the most time we could with them, and that’s just what we did!"
Sammy, on his favorite memories from his wedding day...
"My favorite memories from the day were dancing with my beautiful bride, looking out at our friends and family as we ate together for the first time as a married couple, and having one of my best friends officiate our ceremony."
Jenny, on her favorite memories from her wedding day... 
"Seeing Sammy for our 1st look photo – alone – and having just a moment to ourselves before seeing everyone else, dancing with my dad to Frank Sinatra (his favorite!), and running through the sparklers outside on the deck at midnight with the love of my life!"
Jenny and Sammy, on getting married at Bottom Lounge...
"Bottom Lounge was the best place for us to get married.  We got to mix music and love together with our friends and family for the ultimate wedding day. Living in Kansas City, MO, it proved difficult at times to plan a wedding in Chicago.  Without Natalie, from the Bottom Lounge and Jenny's mom and sister, we  would have never been able to pull off such an amazing day!"

VENDORS:

Matthew Reeves (photography), Bottom Lounge (ceremony/reception/catering), Nathan Schremser (officiant), Truvelle (bride's gown), The Beehive Boutique Salon (bride's hair), Jamie Tannenbaum (bride's makeup), Black Tie Formalwear (formalwear), Minted (stationery), Fairy Godmothers Wedding & Event Design (floral), Avi Sic (DJ), Dom Brown (MC), Andrew Johnson (cocktail hour guitarist), Sweet Mandy B's (cake), RoboToaster (videography), Reggie's Rock Club Bus (transportation)