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

DJ: HYPE

 

 

Happy 2019 - we will be posting a brand new blog every Wednesday for the rest of the year! Cage + Aquarium is a preferred vendor with Greenhouse Loft, so we are able to serve lots of clients at this beautiful venue, yet every wedding is unique because the space is so versatile.

We wanted to kick off the New Year with Jackie and Ryan, who just celebrated their 1st Anniversary as husband + wife! They were married at Greenhouse Loft in Chicago, IL on January 6, 2018. Jackie and Ryan said "I Do" at sunset with a fresh blanket of snow on the ground outside. 

Some of the most memorable moments of their day were spent on the dance floor. Ryan picked Jackie up and spun her around during their first dance, and as if that wasn't enough cuteness, afterward he sat Jackie down and performed a choreographed dance number for her! Ryan had everyone's attention! Then they participated in the "dollar dance," a long-standing tradition where guests tape money to the bride and groom so that they can have a brief dance with them. This pulled everyone out of their seats and onto the dance floor. 

Greenhouse Loft has a professional photo booth that they can be used for family photos and fun candids with friends. The entire room is filled with props, hats, and disguises. If that isn't enough to sell you, they make the prints on the spot so your guests can take them home!

 

Venue: Greenhouse Loft

C&A Photographers for Greenhouse Loft Photography: Eva Ho + AJ Abelman

 

Kim & Meade are one of our (many) favorite couples from this amazing wedding season. They got ready with their closest friends and family at the Chicago Marriott Downtown on Magnificent Mile. Kim and Meade had an emotional first look near the Wrigley Building with their bridal party and family crying and cheering them on. The bridal party gathered at the first stop for portraits - in the middle of Michigan Avenue. Then traveled to the Milton Lee Olive Park, finishing at the Greetings From Chicago Mural in Logan Square. 

Kim and Meade had an intimate wedding ceremony and reception at Greenhouse Loft, decorated with beautiful floral arrangements, bouquets, and centerpieces from Flowers for Dreams. The two brides hand-made their own corn-hole game for cocktail hour outside in the patio garden. With Kevin deejaying from Cage + Aquarium, all of their guests brought the house down on the dance floor!

We are grateful for all the vendors involved and to our lucky-in-love couple - Mrs. + Mrs. Sparks. Congratulations and cheers to many more happy years! #AllKimMeadesIsLove

Hotel: Chicago Marriott Downtown

Venue: Greenhouse Loft

C&A Photographers: Kristin Parra + Jade Hull

C&A DJ: Kevin Sanabrais

Florist: Flowers for Dreams

 

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