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Posted by Dawn

01.18.11  -  Weddings

Tanya & Pete Say "I Do" | The Peninsula | Chicago

Both working on Michigan Avenue in the same building, they rode the elevator together for months sharing sweet glances at each other. One day, Pete recalls, after being out the night before and not feeling so great, he finds himself in the elevator with his crush and totally unable to think of anything witty or charming to say. And Tanya recalls Pete looking at her but not saying anything, so she decided finally to say something totally unoriginal (and that's her words) like "so, what's on the 22nd floor?" Well, that moment began the story of Tanya + Pete.

They were dating for about a year and a half when Pete proposed. Tanya had been at the gym that morning. When she met him back at their apartment, she was in total shock! Pete planned a scavenger hunt with notes that led from clue to clue, even tying one around their puppy, Spencer. The final note leading to the actual proposal was placed at the elevator to commemorate the day they actually first spoke. And Bob was there to cover the "YES! I will marry you". Pete then surprised Tanya with an amazing engagement party which he had been planning for months. Tanya's family came in from Ohio and their friends from all over the country were there to help celebrate their love!!!

Bob photographed their engagement session and then came their wedding day at the gorgeous Peninsula hotel in Chicago. They spent 9 months planning the wedding themselves; it was harder than they thought but it was worth every single effort. Lisa Zimbler, was their "Day Of" consultant and she did a wonderful job at keeping the day running smoothly. Thank you Lisa! She is such a joy to work alongside. We can't say thank you enough to our amazingly talented friend, Christine Bentley, who assisted Bob. Her images are mixed throughout and wow.... they are fantastic. Bob and I love you Christine!

Tanya and Pete, thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey together, from the proposal, engagement session, to your wedding day! We adore you both and think you're FABULICIOUS!!!

Much, much love!

~ Dawn and Bob


I love this photo collage below. The sweet details are always my favorite. The picture frame is holding old photos of Tanya's grandparents. And the purse was given to her by her mom who carried it on her wedding day 37 years ago.... makes me want to cry! The Ethan Lord rings are stunning. Pete's wedding gift to Tanya was her Bochic earrings. What a guy! And Tanya wanted her each of her bridesmaids to have a unique piece of jewelry from Cocotay. She worked with the owner, Courtney Blaisdell, to come up with some beautiful pieces. I think they were spectacular!

Tanya found her Monique Lhuillier gown in LA on a business trip. It totally reflects her personal style.... gorgeous!

Gorgeous and comfortable.... is that even possible? Well, Tanya says her pair of gold Jimmy Choo shoes were just that!

Tanya works for Elle Decor and for years she has been fine tuning what she likes. She chose hydrangeas, roses and orchids, all in white, as the main flowers. I think her bouquet is very romantic! Way to go Richard Remiard, amazing flowers indeed.

Tanya absolutely glowed on her wedding day!

And then there's Pete, who I think resembles Matthew McConaughey without the blue eyes. He exudes cool... don't ya think? Here he gets ready to rock his Hugo Boss tux.

Boys will be boys...

Tanya and Pete's first look...

There were 6 beautiful bridesmaids who all wore dresses from Miss Kate's Maids which is owned by one of the bridesmaids. Tanya chose a layered crinkled chiffon, midnight color dress by Thread, and allowed each one of the girls to pick their own style. Tanya, you officially rock! And Pete's best friend growing up is a girl, so he officially had a "best girl" stand by his side.

Great capture by Christine!

Stealing a last look and quiet moment before walking down the aisle.

I remember when I walked down the aisle with my Dad. He looked at me just like the way Tanya's dad is looking at her. I miss my dad so much! I am a blessed girl to have my step Dad who has always treated me like his daughter!

Tanya is Iranian and carried traditions of her faith, as well as Pete's, into their ceremony. They had a Persian wedding table called a "Sofreye Aghd". Items from the "sofre" were placed on a lucite table, which was placed in the center of the stage. Mirror of Fate and two candelabras are symbols of light and fire.

Bob and I truly love and respect other faiths and traditions. I love what the photos below represent. The gold coins symbolize prosperity. Symbols of Fertility are eggs, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. Pomegranates are the heavenly fruits. And the Sacred Text The Qur'an.

Tanya and Pete really wanted their cocktail hour to be outdoors. The Peninsula Hotel is not only known for their impeccable service and food, the outdoor terrace is spectacular!

Richard Remiard you rocked the "Romantic Chic" details! Between the flowers and the Swarovski crystal drops on the candelabras, the textured champagne linen and black Chivari chairs.... you didn't miss a beat! And Bob said the 3 tiered square lemon chiffon cake with black raspberry mousse filling by Flour, Cake and Pastry was not only beautiful but delish!

This was Tanya + Pete's "First Look" of the room before any of the guests were invited in. I love this photo!

Let's the party begin...........

Tanya has the cutest dad ever!!!

The band, Entourage, kept everyone on the dance floor all night long with a great mix of Motown and current top 20 hits.

Tanya and Pete wanted to surprise their guests with a few belly dancers. How fun!

Bob was able to get 5 minutes with Tanya and Pete at the end of the night to capture this gorgeous image!

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