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


This past Monday, Chicago turned 182-years-old! No better way to say "Happy Birthday Chicago" than with this classic and totally timeless Chicago wedding.

On the morning of October 13, 2018, Carol and Jonathan got ready for their wedding day separately at the JW Marriott Chicago. A rather new addition to the city, the JW Marriott first opened their doors in late 2010. They saved their first look for when Carol's father walked her down the aisle to meet Jonathan at the altar. The bride and groom said their vows at Saint Vincent DePaul Parish in Lincoln Park, which was built in 1897!

After their beautiful ceremony, they traveled with their wedding party to some of our favorite Chicago locations. First stop, Milton Lee Olive Park - designed in 1965 and dedicated to the first African-American to receive a Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War. Next up, the LaSalle Street Bridge, constructed in 1928, officially known as the Marshall Suloway Bridge (does anyone call it that?) Last but certainly not least, The Chicago Board of Trade building. The Board of Trade building began construction one year after the LaSalle Street Bridge, in 1929, nearly 100 years ago! We told you Carol + Jonathan were timeless! 

Their reception was held at Biagio's. After cake-cutting, dinner, laugh-out-loud funny toasts, and lots of dancing they snuck outside for a beautiful end-of-the-night photo in Portage Park, which opened in 1913!

Thank you - Carol and Jonathan, for loving this city as much as we do and incorporating every little piece of it into your beautiful wedding day! 


C&A Photographers: Kristin Parra + Eva Ho

Hotel: JW Chicago Marriott

Ceremony Venue: Saint Vincent DePaul Parish

Reception Venue: Biagio's

DJ/Entertainment: Windy City Mix 


Haley and Mike were married at Loft 21 in Lincolnshire, Illinois on October 12, 2018. The bride and groom got ready separately at the Spring Hills Suites with their closest friends and family. The couple exchanged letters that they read alone in their hotel rooms before sharing their first look together outside in the gardens of the hotel. 

Haley wore a beautiful wedding gown with impressive details, and Mike wore a burgundy suit jacket with black lapels and pants. The bridal party wore all black with pops of burgundy and pink in the bouquets, boutonnieres, and ties. It was the perfect ensemble for a fall wedding! 

They carefully curated their entire day, from the beautiful portraits they did with an old fashioned Chevy, including their adorable dog Lucy in the festivities, and the big reveal of their reception space as they waved to their guests from below. They had incredible uplighting in their venue along the brick wall, which allowed the ceremony space to transform into their reception space effortlessly, while still creating a whole new atmosphere for their guests. They danced the night away with their friends and family, that is, until the doughnuts arrived! 


C&A Photographers: Kristin Parra + Hadassah Brand

Venue: Loft 21

Hotel: SpringHill Suites Marriott

Hair: Christopher Aaron Styling

Makeup: Rachel Uskert

Florist: Trellis Weddings

Caterer: Beyond Events

Doughnuts: Mika’s World Bakery




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