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Posted by Dawn

11.17.12  -  Weddings

Danielle & Jeremy | Wedding | Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Event Planner: Jim Dillbeck, Heffernan Morgan
Venue: Four Seasons Chicago
Entertainment: Ken Arlen Orchestra
Florist, Lighting, Designing: Heffernan Morgan Ronsley
Wedding Cake: Bittersweet
Sweet Table: Jan Ehrenberg, Parties, Events & More
Programs + Table Cards: Amongst Lovely Things
Hair: Salon Buzz
Makeup: Lexi Christensen
Cake Forks: Jessica N Designs
Jeremy had a plan when he left work early and headed home. Danielle had no idea what was in store that evening. When she opened the door to their apartment to find rose petals covering the floor and when she was greeted by their puppy wearing a shirt that said "Mommy, will you marry Daddy?" and Jeremy around the corner waiting to pop the question, she was so shocked and not to mention, happy, she started laughing and crying at the same time. Needless to say, her answer was YES!

We can't thank Jim Dillbeck, from Heffernan Morgan Ronsley, enough for introducing us to this incredible family. I'm in awe everyday when God brings gracious and appreciative people into our lives. I clicked with Andie, Danielle's mom, the moment I met her in Jim's office. She's the glue that holds her family together and I can totally relate to that. She loves her husband, her kids and her dog, and I knew that she was my kind of girl. She stresses over the details, and she'd give you the shirt off her back. She's incredible and I adore her. When the bride's mom texts you photos of the bride in her dress from the Vera Wang store in New York, you know she is the BEST. I love our brides, but I truly love their moms. One day, far from now and God willing, I will be in their shoes helping to plan my daughter's wedding and I'm sure I will stress over the details too.

Thank you to our fabulous friend, Jenn Guadrau for second shooting with Bob at D+J's wedding. You are incredibly talented and we are always honored to have your assistance!

We hope you enjoy the images from this gorgeous wedding!

Much love!

~ Dawn + Bob

I love the way she looks at Danielle...

This is Andie..... one of the coolest Mother of the Brides you'll ever meet!

What girl doesn't love a Vera Wang gown and rings from Tiffany & Co.?

And what guy doesn't love a gorgeous tux from Ralph Lauren and shoes from Hugo Boss.

How blessed is Gabe, Danielle's dad? Surrounded by beautiful women... and cutie pie girls!

Danielle looked stunning in her VW gown and her vintage jewelry. And I loved that she kept her hair down and wavy.

Her veil was also a Vera Wang and it was one of the prettiest veils I've ever seen!

Heffernan Morgan Ronsley did an incredible job on the flowers.... and the entire wedding! Danielle's vintage cascade bouquet consisted of quicksand roses, vendela roses, white majolica roses, stephanotis and heavy mini white calla lilies with broaches and rhinestone accents. It was stunning!

These lovely programs were created by Amongst Lovely Things on Etsy (all links are above). They wer made of vintage style antiqued cream colored parchment, hand stamped in distressed grey ink with baroque flourishes and embellished with white pearl dots. Made as french doors tied together with an ivory ribbon. Inside is the prelude and thank yous. Just stunning!

The Four Seasons Chicago is such an incredible venue!

Their chuppah was adorned with white gladiola blossoms and crystal suspended around a gold and crystal chandelier. All the out of town guests received eco friendly canvas gift bags with vintage styled writing and chicago skyline.

I love everything about this photo of Danielle getting ready to walk out the door to see Jeremy for their "first look".

21 in the bridal party not including D+J...!

A Jewish ceremony of signing of the ketubah before the parents escort both the bride and groom down the aisle.

After seeing this exchange of rings so many times, I researched why the ring is initially put on the index finger and I learned that the Jewish wedding tradition goes back to the time of the Talmud and the differences in beliefs at that time about which finger is closer or more direct to the heart. Christianity taught the ring finger; Judaism taught the index finger. I hope I have stated that correctly.

There were three different table designs. The flowers in at each table were a mixture of white hydrangeas, polar star roses, and football mums.

- Flower centerpieces designed in mirror boxes with optic crystal lamps surrounded by eight diamond crystal voltage candles.

- Flower centerpieces surrounded by Heffernan Morgan crystal candelabras set on a mirror box with province vases and tea lights set in diamond voltages.

- Flower centerpieces designed on a ribbon vases, silver candlesticks with large numbed votive rolypoly and Bobeche hanging crystals and tea lights in diamond votives and a lighted mirror box.

And one of Chicago's finest, Ken Arlen Orchestra including the Sirens, entertained everyone all night long. When they are playing, the dance floor is always full with everyone dancing the night away!

And we are so excited to be part of Danielle's sister, Ashley's wedding to Ari's next year!

Bittersweet Bakery in Chicago designed this incredible 3 tiered cake with cabbage roses and pale ivory ribbon displayed on this sweet vintage silver tray.

I found these vintage forks on Etsy made by Jessica N Designs. I love her work!

The sweet table was coordinated by Jan Ehrenberg of Parties, Events & More and what a crazy, fantastic job she did! She always sends a treat bag of goodies home with us. I love that!

Every guest left the wedding with a bottle of wine in a burlap bag and chocolate goodies both garnishing D&J's initials. The notes on the burlap bags were also made by Amongst Lovely Things on Etsy.

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Posted by Dawn

11.17.12  -  Engagements

Danielle & Jeremy | Engagement Session | Glencoe

On my way to Heffernan Morgan Ronsley to meet with Jim Dillbeck and his client, I had NO idea what I was in for. When I walked in the meeting room, it took only moments for me to fall in love with Andie, Danielle's mom. We laughed and talked for a long time and she loves her puppy as much as I love mine!!! I left our meeting thanking God for bringing such an incredibly kind and beautiful woman into my life. You can't help but fall in love with Andie instantaneously. She is the most caring, loving, involved mom and I hope to be half as close to my kids as she is with hers as mine grow up.

Danielle + Jeremy met while attending the University of Denver together. They would say their fist date was almost a complete disaster. Jeremy asked Danielle to go to Rosh Hashanah services with him and then go out to dinner afterwards at a Chinese Restaurant, one of Jeremy's favorites. As it turned out, Danielle had not been to services in a long time and not a fan of Chinese food. But it didn't matter because they spent the next 7 years learning to love each other completely. They've traveled the world and have skied almost every resort in Colorado.

They have lived in New York together since early 2008. Jeremy is an attorney specializing in commercial litigation and international arbitration and Danielle has established herself as an internet marketing specialist for Yahoo! I'm so excited to share their engagement session with you all. We began at Danielle's parent's beautiful home, where she grew up and then we hit the streets of downtown, Glencoe. I love when our couples include their dogs. Meet Sohpie, she's so stinkin' cute!

Next blog post is their wedding! Yes, they said "I Do" and it was a perfectly dreamy wedding!

Definitely one of my favorite families of the year!!!



Dawn + Bob

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