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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 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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AELO Alumni Sandi + Mike, 1/7/17

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CERMONY: ST. VINCENT FERRER CHURCH | RECEPTION: SALVAGE ONE | CATERER: BEYOND EVENTS | PHOTOGRAPHER: INGRID BONNE PHOTOGRAPHY | VIDEO: ORANGE WEDDING FILMS | BAKERY: DOMINOES PASTRIES | FLORIST: GLORIA @ LINDA'S FLOWERS + BALLOONS | LIGHTING:

On a cold January afternoon, Sandi and Mike happily took their wedding vows to become husband and wife. Despite the chill outside, a major party heated up at Salvage One shortly afterward that was perfectly personalized and colorful. The bride's aunt provided the gorgeous florals, the groom handmade several amazing art pieces like a replica of the iconic Chicago Theatre sign, two gigantic sugar skull wood pieces and a "love" lettered sign that lit up and complimented Salvage One's eclectic atmosphere. The reception was moving as well with a touching moment of silence and prayer for Sandi's grandfather who had passed away just days before, an outstanding performance by their mariachi band and dancing galore. This wedding is one to remember!

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AELO Alumni Christi + Rob, 9/17/16

CEREMONY: ST. JAMES CHAPEL | RECEPTION: THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY | PHOTOGRAPHY: INK RINGS | CATERING: SIMPLY ELEGANT CATERING | CAKE: VANILLE PATISSERIE | VIDEO: BELLA PHOTO + VIDEO | FLORALS AND DECOR: LIFE IN BLOOM | BAND: DAVID ROTHSTEIN MUSIC

This absolutely stunning couple had the most beautiful day in September! Rain threatened all week, but we are having some amazing luck with Mother Nature this year. An emotional ceremony at the St. James Chapel was followed by dinner and dancing at the Newberry Library, and led by David Rothstein Band, the dance floor was packed from start to finish! As a super sweet touch, their families snapped a couple of photos at the ceremony, went to Walgreens, had them printed and framed, and they joined the bevy of family wedding photos displayed at the reception. We loved that!

We had such a wonderful time with these two sweethearts. Christi and Rob, we know you are going to have a long and happy life together! Cheers!

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AELO Alumni Emily + Adrian, 10/1/16

AELO Alumni   Emily + Adrian, 10/1/16

We loved working with Emily and Adrian—they’re are the sweetest couple who spent a lot of time and effort really honing in on the vibe and design of their wedding and boy did it turn out fantastic! Their friend married them on the art deco steps of the famed Rookery Building in downtown Chicago on the first Saturday in October. After they said their “I dos”, cocktails were served upstairs where guests had a view of the amazing room flip taking place below them. The elegant ceremony space was transformed into a metropolitan menagerie complete with tree centerpieces inspired by Emily’s desire for a flowerless wedding. It was a magical evening, made even more special by the fact that it was also E+A’s 10 year dating anniversary! Congratulations you two, we wish you every happiness!