It is the one year anniversary of Kristine and Rex’s wedding celebration in Northern California and we are so excited to share a recap of their party on the blog! Kristine and Rex hail from Washington DC where they had their official wedding celebration with a small justice of the peace ceremony. They chose Sebastapol, CA for a central location of their family and friends scattered all over the world! The reception was held at the Barlow Event Space in the Barlow District with Zazu Kitchen and Farm Restaurant serving up all of the delicious food, including a roasted pig. Yum! The beautiful event was planned and coordinated by Rachel from the Milestone Events Group. Tyler and Jules from Cage and Aquarium also DJed a fantastic party that night!

We loved the HUGE group of girlfriends that showed up to celebrate with Kristine that day! The couple also had a steel drum band performance during cocktail hour, which definitely enhanced the laid back vibe of the event. The Barlow District in Sebastopol was the perfect backdrop for an intimate celebration with Kristine and Rex’s friends and family. Here are a few of our favorite photos!

C+A photographers: Shelley and Ariel

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of America's oldest and largest museums. Rich with history and art both inside and out, about 1.5 million people visit it annually. Ellie + Andrew held their ceremony in the Woman's Board Grand Staircase, where so many have walked before, but few have had this unique experience. 

Ellie + Andrew's wedding day began at the W Lakeshore Hotel with beautiful views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. After their first look in the lobby, their wedding party traveled to University of Chicago campus for photographs, before returning to the museum for more. Ellie was escorted down the grand staircase by her father before she took Andrew's hands on the landing.

Imagine for a moment - you're in the most beautiful art museum in the United States, standing on a grand staircase, marrying your best friend - isn't that the most romantic thing? It doesn't stop there. After the "I Do's" the couple gets privately escorted throughout the museum to take photographs with some of the world's most famous art pieces. Don't believe us? Luckily, we have photographs to prove it. 

Cocktail hour began after the ceremony and guests have the option of viewing the Impressionism Gallery. Afterward, the reception was held in McKinlock Court - the breathtaking outdoor courtyard nestled between the museum, complete with a fountain and views of the city. During the reception, Ellie briefly changed into a Hanbok - a traditional South Korean dress for formal events. 

It's safe to say Ellie + Andrew wanted a memorable wedding in addition to an experience for themselves and their guests. They wished for something elegant, historical, beautiful, and timeless - a true representation of their love. 


Photographers: Cage and Aquarium - Hadassah Brand + Eva Ho

Hotel: W Lakeshore Hotel

Venue: Art Institute of Chicago

Planner: SQN Events - Mina Lee

Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Diem Angie Co

Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design

DJ: Okyne Medialab






We are thrilled to announce that Cage and Aquarium Productions was published in Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago! It features one of our favorite couples, Megan Weaver and Adam Krivoshey. The New Romantics Fall/Winter 2019 edition was released June 12, 2019. Their wedding can be found in the Scene Chicago Weddings section, on page 284. 

Megan and Adam were married on October 5, 2018 at City View Loft. The bride dreamed of a fall wedding and it was executed perfectly with the help of their planner. The morning of their wedding it rained softly, then subsided, creating a cool breeze and wonderful autumn light for photos. 

They shared their first look in the heart of Grant Park. Afterward, they traveled to Lurie Garden, Olive Park, and LaSalle Street Bridge for wedding party portraits. The last stop before their ceremony was Goose Island Brewery. The couple was able to enter the barrel room and share a beer together!

As loving pet pawrents, they had their dog, Harvey, as their Ring Bearer. Many tears were shed during the ceremony as family members recited readings and the couple shared personal vows. They danced the night away surrounded by all their loved ones.

Pick up a copy of this print magazine at any retailer, the inspiration in this edition is endless! We are so thankful for all the wonderful vendors we had the opportunity to work with. A special thank you to Megan and Adam for choosing us to photograph and DJ their wedding day, we are so happy for you two!


To view the entire wedding day, you can see the full gallery here.


Photographers: Hadassah Brand and Jade Hull of Cage and Aquarium Productions

Videographer: Imagination Designers

Venue: City View Loft

Wedding Planner: Gina Mazzaferri - The Simply Elegant Group

Bride's Gown: Bodice - Justin Alexander ; Skirt: Allure Bridals - Weddings 826

Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka - Nordstrom

Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Tamara Makeup and Hair

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Brideside

Groom + Groomsmen's Tuxes: The Black Tux

Florals: Atmosphere Events Group

Rings: Blue Diamond, Inc.

Invitations: Minted

Catering: LM Catering

Cake: Vanille Patisserie

Ceremony Entertainment: Jubal Music

Reception DJ: Adam Peindl of Cage and Aquarium Productions


Cage + Aquarium hosted an 80s inspired styled shoot at Wicker Park Inn with an incredible team of vendors. A special thanks to Shelley Anderson and Kristin Parra for planning the whole photo shoot. We're heavily inspired by music here at C&A. The spark that lit the ideas behind this styled shoot came from Madonna's Like a Virgin and (of course) Blondie's Parallel Lines album covers

To our models, Michael and Cynthia - who are completely in love and the most fun human beings we could have asked for!

Our Photography Team at C&A captured the entire day, began at The Wicker Park Inn before we explored the neighborhood. You could say we've been waiting decades to share these photos! ;)

Take a look if you still love neon, rock scrunchies, blast 80s throwbacks, or just need some unique wedding inspiration. 


PHOTOGRAPHED FOR: Cage and Aquarium Productions

VENUES: @wickerparkinn + @recklessrecords

FLORALS: @flowersbystem

CALLIGRAPHY: @jessicadrapercalligraphy

STATIONARY: @lullabelledesign

HAIR/MAKEUP: @muaheatherb

BACKDROP: @scenicbackdrops

MODELS: @cinchi_mon + @djmykol

PHOTOGRAPHERS: @shelleyanderson, @jadehullphoto, @hadassahbphoto, @evahophoto, @hannaonlove, @ajabelmanphoto, @thaislovesstories, @garberophotography, @frozenframephotos


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