AELO Alumni Lauren + Brian, 12/8/18

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CEREMONY: ST. MICHAEL’S OLD TOWN | RECEPTION: CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER | CATERING: KENMARE CATERING | FLOWERS: STEVE’S FLOWER MARKET | DJ: TOAST + JAM | PHOTOGRAPHER: CRISTINA G PHOTOGRAPHY | VIDEOGRAPHER: OLD NORTH FILM COMPANY | STYLIST: TAMARA MAKEUP + HAIR ARTISTRY | CAKE + DESSERT: BAKING INSTITUTE

It was definitely the "most wonderful time of the year" for Lauren and Brian last December.  Lauren, a labor and delivery nurse, met Brian, a principal, through Brian's aunt.  They were set up on a blind date and the rest is history! These two amazing human beings got married at the historic St. Michael's in Old Town.  With the intricate details of the church in the background, Lauren and Brian's closest friends and family watched as they exchanged vows.  Brian's aunt, who set them up, was even the flower girl! 

The Chicago Cultural Center set the stage for a night of fun and dancing.  Of course it was fitting that they entered their reception to the song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". The speeches did not disappoint either.  From the Father of the Bride speech filled with sound effects to the reminiscent speech from the maids of honor, laughter and tears filled the room! It was a spectacular evening for a spectacular couple! Congratulations Lauren and Brian!

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AELO Alumni Laura + Brian, 11/3/18

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VENUE: DANK HAUS | PHOTOGRAPHY: MADDIE BLECHA | CATERING: AMAZING EDIBLES | HAIR + MAKEUP: WE ONLY DO PRETTY | DJ: TOAST + JAM | PHOTOBOOTH: I LOVE PHOTOBOOTH

What an incredible evening! Laura + Brian had the best day in November. We absolutely loved planning their day with them! These two sweethearts tied the knot in a day that was perfectly them. The board games, the incredible food, the glow sticks...everything came together perfectly for them, and we were so honored to be a part of it. It was a day that was truly about the two of them and their love.

Cheers, ya gorgeous kids! We love ya!

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AELO Alumni Colleen + Bob, 10/27/18

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VENUE: BRIQUE | CATERER: BOUTIQUE BITES | PHOTOGRAPHY: THIS IS FEELING | FLORALS: FLEUR | CAKE: SWEET MANDY B’S | SOUND AND LIGHTING: ROBERT KOZYRA | HAIR: HOUSE OF SOHO | BLOWOUTS: THE DRY BAR | MAKEUP: SUKY V STUDIO

What a couple! We absolutely adore Colleen + Bob and had the BEST time coordinating their day. These are two people who love to have fun, and after twelve years, they finally tied the knot! We were so honored to be a part of a celebration that was such a long time coming. Their friends and family were thrilled for them, and after a gorgeous ceremony, they partied the night away!


Congratulations Colleen + Bob! We’re so happy for you!

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AELO Alumni Karen + John, 9/29/18

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CHURCH: FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN | VENUE: GERMANIA PLACE | CATERER: KENMARE CATERING | FLORIST: DETAILS IN BLOOM | PHOTOGRAPHY: MARK FEDERIGHI | VIDEOGRAPHER: OUR WEDDING MOVIE | DJ: TOAST & JAM | HAIR: TAMARA HOLDEN | MAKEUP: JPARK ARTISTRY | BAKERY: INGRAM’S BUSY BEE BAKERY

What a memorable evening we had with Karen and John! These two are so sweet and fun and their wedding reflected those personalities perfectly. From a show stopping fan dance to “Sisters” from White Christmas performed by the bride’s sisters to the bouncing dance floor (literally— you could feel wood floors move when then dancing got ca-razy), to a server getting down with wedding guests on said dance floor. If Karen and John’s wedding is any indication of how they will spend the rest of their lives, it will be filled with style, fun, and a lot of laughter together.

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We need models for a styled shoot!

Calling all celebrants! We need models! As wedding season approaches, so does our need to celebrate the diversity of weddings and showcase how different people present their authentic selves on their wedding day. 

To do this, we are putting together a styled shoot themed,  “What Kind of Bride are You?” and are looking for models (REAL people, not those that do this as a career) to demonstrate the beautiful variety of marriers that exist today. Whether you use the term “bride” or just identify yourself in that role for your nuptials, we would like you to submit! We don’t discriminate on wedding status! Whether you have been married for 20 years, engaged to be married or not engaged yet, we still encourage you to submit and describe the type of nearlywed you would be now. Please click below to submit yourself as a model and all details required to participate:

Click here to submit!

Thank you for your interest and we are so excited to see your responses and honor all walks of brides!