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Posted by Dawn

03.24.14  -  Weddings

Tracy & Chris | Wedding | The Art Institute Chicago


Event Planner: BCR Events
Event Design: Kehoe Designs | Vince Hart
Venue: The Art Institute of Chicago
Caterer: Bon Appetit at The Art Institute
Entertainment: Gentlemen of Leisure
Cake: Joe Covello | Joe Caputo and Sons
Printed Materials: Hannah Handmade
DJ After Party: Bill Pollack Music
Accommodations: Ritz-Carlton
Vince Hart from Kehoe Designs recalls that Tracy and Chris wanted the inspiration from their wedding to come from Tracy's love of fashion themed around a winter wonderland and the feeling of being in a beautiful glass atrium with the snow falling outside. They were lucky that it snowed all day and night creating the magical winter wonderland in the Chicago.


I've shared Tracy and Chris's engagement session with you and now it's time to share their incredible wedding! But before I do, I just have to say how incredibly blessed Bob and I are to have the most amazing clients. We are humbled beyond belief with the direction God has taken us, we take no credit for the talent we have, we know that He is working overtime through us. I hope that we can live up to one of my favorite quotes ever… "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'."

Onto the big day! It all began as Tracy got ready at her parent's private residence. It was fun to see her with her mom and sister as she slipped into her stunning couture gown by Caroline Herrara. It's one of a kind, at least, I've never seen one like this before. It is just beautiful. And her Lanvin shoes were gorgeous as well. Chris and his boys prepared for the day at the Ritz-Carlton. He wore a custom tailored tux that was a midnight blue in color and his purplish Ferragamo shoes were a perfect match. There is no doubt these two are stylish! Tracy has years of experience in both buying and selling for designers and luxury boutiques, such as Oscar de la Renta, Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel, Nicole Miller, Marissa Collections and Neiman Marcus. Crazy, I always feel like I need help in that area, and she is an expert! I can only dream to have such style!

Their reception was in the Griffin Court at the The Art Institue Chicago. It was one of the most elegant weddings we have ever worked on with Vince Hart from Kehoe Designs. He and his team are incredibly gifted and envisions things that just blow my mind. You are always in good hands with Kehoe! I'm so excited to share this wedding with you all so you can be transported to the love that was surrounding Tracy and Chris that evening! Incredible! Hats off the Gentlemen of Leisure for amazing entertainment all evening long. The night ended with an after party at the Ritz-Carlton. The theme was "Le Cirque". Who doesn't love to end the evening with mini burgers and vienna hotdogs!

A shout out" to second shooters, Zach Brake and Ben Pancoast. Together as a team, you both did an fantastic job taking care of our clients. Thank you!

A million thank yous Vince Hart from Kehoe Designs for sharing us with this amazing family.

And a lifetime of happiness to Tracy and Chris… we love you both!

xoxox,

~ Dawn































Samantha from Kehoe Designs shares that the evening was immersed in a breathtaking display of bodacious blooms including Calla Lilies, Peonies, white Orchids, Gardenias, and even a few jade green Roses, every inch was tailored to perfection. The beauty amongst this design cannot go without the acclaimed inspiration of the bride’s love for fashion. With an ambiance resembling the trendy details one would see in jewels and accessories, shimmering emerald green mingled with gilded champagne gold. The bride even included a little personal flair to the evening as white Gardenias laid atop each napkin in honor of her beloved grandmother.


The cocktail hour was set up like a lounge, cabaret style, with beautiful and comfortable furniture. Hors d houvres were passed along to the guests as they mingled about admiring all the decor and celebrating the love of Tracy and Chris. A trio from Gentlemen of Leisure played cocktail style music throughout the hour. And most often recognized as one of the Champions on season two of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Chef Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia prepared the culinary experience for the evening.



Transforming the spectacular Art Institute of Chicago, thirty-five tables filled the space adorn with towering gold leaf trumpet vases and cascading white Orchids, all of which were surrounded by brilliant rock crystal votives. Other tables included stunning gold leaf deco risers with hanging Malachite stones accompanied by lush white Amaryllis and Orchids. Such pristine details continued into the beautifully illuminated scape where low Quartz vessels filled with Peonies and jade green Roses along with Lucite candlesticks provided a soft glimmer of light into the room.

The evening could not have been more magical as the bride’s dream of a Winter Wonderland wedding came true. A marvelous scene of pure white snow covered the entire city, as guests celebrated, warm inside, a love that would never end.



































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Posted by Dawn  -  03.21.14

Weddings, News / Press

Inside Weddings | Spring 2014 Edition | Renee & Kevin


Magazine: Inside Weddings
Event Planner: Big City Bride | Chrissy Magliano
Venue: Venue Six10
Caterer: Wolf Gang Puck
Event Design: Heffernan Morgan Ronsley
Lighting: Frost Chicago
Entertainment: Monastero Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Linens: BBJ Linen
Printed Materials: Kustom Kreations
What bride doesn't LOVE Inside Weddings magazine? And if you haven't already, you can subscribe to it here. Thank you Walt and Art at Inside Weddings for featuring another one of our beautiful weddings! For brides looking for inspiration, this is the magazine to buy!

It's always an honor to be featured in one of the BEST wedding magazines in the country! Renee and Kevin's wedding was absolutely and simply wonderful. This was our first time photographing a wedding at the incredible Venue Six10. It is perfect venue for gourmet dining and artful entertaining! It was also our first time working with working with Chrissy Magliano at Big City Bride. She was a so comforting. Chrissy has such a calm presence and made the day flow effortlessly. We look forward to working with them a lot this year and feel so blessed to do so!

Wishing you all a wonderful Spring season!!! Being in Chicago, it's amazing to have a 60 degree day today!

xoxoxo!

~ Dawn






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Posted by Dawn

02.05.14  -  Weddings

Valerie & Donte's Wedding | Prarie Production Chicago


Venue: Prarie Production
Gown: Laurel Bridal
Hair: Marianne Strokirk
Makeup: Waldorf Spa
Shoes: Gucci
Invitations: Simply Designed
Flowers: Stemline Creative
Rentals: Tablescapes
Entertainment: Okyne Media
Cake: Whipped Bakery

Donte knew after his first official date with Valerie at the Irish pub, Dublins downtown Chicago, but Valerie wanted to make sure he was the real deal. A few months later, he unexpectedly arrived an hour early to a gallery opening where one of her photos was being displayed, and spent the whole evening getting to know her friends and supporting her passion for art, she knew this was a man she could spend the rest of her life with. And six months into their relationship, they went ring shopping! They were engaged 11 months before they wed.

Valerie was excited to use her creative background to plan their wedding right down to the smallest of details. She did an amazing job! We, of course, love that they both have an appreciation for photography! Their super sweet and chic wedding was at Praire Production in the West Loop of Chicago which is a commercial photography space with a modern vibe. The large windows bring is some fantastic light!

The day began with Valerie and her girls getting ready at Waldorf Astoria and Donte and his boys getting ready at Sofitel. Their first look was just beautiful… one of my favorites. They headed to the classic wing of The Art Institue of Chicago for a sweet photo walk. And the bridal party portraits were all taken at Olive Park.

Valerie and Donte jetted off to Paris, France on their honeymoon! What a dream!!!! Bob and I love you both and wish you a lifetime of happiness!!!

xx oo,

~ Dawn






































































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Posted by Dawn

02.02.14  -  Engagements

Tracy & Chris | Engagement Session | Chicago



A photographer's dream to photograph a beautiful couple in a beautiful kitchen, right?!!! And what a fun engagement session this was with Tracy and Chris! Truly, so genuine and in love, they were up for anything! They started in the kitchen, where Chris made an Italian pasta for lunch, and Tracy assisted along the way. They even slurped spaghetti until their lips met, just too cute! They watched the movie Rocky in their theater while snacking on popcorn and Twizzlers. They even played pool in the billiards room. I really love their playful side, they goof around with each other and love on each other, it's so nice to see.

Bob and I are really blessed to have amazing clients around the world. These two are so kind, so funny, and just so real, and so very appreciative. Their wedding was the first wedding we photographed in 2014 and I just can't wait to share the photos because their wedding was …. s.p.e.c.t.a.c.u.l.a.r….!

Thank you Vince Hart from Kehoe Designs for sharing us with this amazing family. I can't wait to share your work from their wedding with you!

Much love!

~ Dawn and Bob



































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Posted by Dawn

01.24.14  -  Engagements

Jillian & Matthew | Engagement Session | Private Residence



Jillian and Matthew are adorable…. I mean beautiful… ummmm gorgeous! They are just too cute for words. Jillian describes how they met at the Swedish Day Festival in Geneva while in High School and Matthew couldn't stop flirting with her. I mean, can you blame him?

But it wasn't until years later did their story begin. While Jillian was driving along the river, windows down, blaring "Tangerine" from the radio. There he was, Matt, jogging along the river. So she decided to send him a "it's been awhile, just saw you jogging" text and he replied "it wasn't me but let's hang out anyway!" He took her on their first date to her favorite pizza place, she said it was the best date she'd ever been on… and so their story continues…

They were dating for 13 months before Matthew proposed. It happened on a Friday night. Jillian had just passed her Pilates test, so he took her out to dinner at Catch 35. She had no idea what he was up to, she thought a nice dinner, some cocktails, and then head home to watch "Dexter". Matthew was very nonchalant about the box he put on the table. She opened it and said there was there most beautiful dainty ring she had ever seen. She recalls it all happening so fast, after he put the ring on her finger and asked her to be his girl, they celebrated with their family and friends. "It was the best night of my life" says Jillian "Oh, and we didn't end up watching Dexter!" That part cracked me up!

Their engagement session was nice and laid back at Jillian's private residence. Of course, we always love when our couple's want their puppies in the photos, so these two cuties, Jack and Bella, got to share in the fun. Jillian and Matthew are so sweet and have such a dreamy love. The way he picks her up and smiles into her eyes… can make a girl just swoon for that kind of love!

We are so excited to be part of their wedding day! We can't thank Susan Cordogan from Big City Bride enough for sharing us with this family!

xoxo!

~ Dawn and Bob



































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