Chicago Weddings

  • 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 

     

  • Gretchen and Anthony were wed June 06, 2017 at the Glen Rowan House in Lake Forest, Illinois. Their wedding day started with a few rain clouds, but that did not stop them from smiling one bit. After their intimate ceremony was moved inside due to rain, they were able to catch some sunshine after they said "I Do" and giggled through all of their portraits! They celebrated the rest of the evening with friends and family. 

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    Ceremony and Reception Venue: Glen Rowan House

  • 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

     

     

  • June 25, 2017 our clients Hannah and Cole chose one of the most unique wedding venues in Chicago, Salvage One, to celebrate their "I Do's." Salvage One is a 60,000 sq.-ft. showroom filled with salvaged furniture, but guess what?! It's also a rental space! Rain or shine, this venue offers endless creativity for wedding photos. From Hannah's two-piece wedding gown, to the ambience of chandeliers, reclaimed tables, vintage chairs, and a sparkler send-off, their wedding is one to take note of! 

    C&A Photographers: Kristin Parra and Liv DeHaan

    Venue: Salvage One

    Wedding Planner: An Event Less Ordinary

    Florist: Flowers for Dreams

     

  • Last Thursday evening we attended the W Chicago Lakeshore's Wedding Show: I Do With A View. Nestled right above Lake Shore Drive with beautiful views of Navy Pier, the lake, and the cityscape. The 33rd floor ballroom was set up by wonderful vendors to create the atmosphere of a real wedding with a live band, two of our DJ's, a wedding cake, tasty food and treats, beautiful gowns were showcased, and Platinum Events who set all the tables. 

    We were happy to be a part of it! 

    Cage and Aquarium Photographer: Jade Hull

    Cage and Aquarium DJ's: Michael Rodriguez and Lexi Zajdel

     

    Thanks to the vendors:

    Modern Luxury

    Trunk Club

    Platinum Events

    Cage + Aquarium

    Juancho SC Photography

    One Night Band

    Smitten Boutique

    Rare Bird Beauties

    Bubbling Brides

    Mira Couture

    Vanille

    Black Couch Studios

    PSAV

    AlexaPhotoBooth

    bbj

    Garrett's Popcorn

    Simon Coat Check

  • If a company is only as great as the people they serve, then we must be magic, because Liz and Scott are the sweetest, funniest, most loving people. We had a blast capturing their traditional, timeless, and elegant Chicago Wedding on April 21, 2018. They were wed at the beautiful St. Vincent DePaul Parish Church in Lincoln Park, took photos before the ceremony at Olive Park, and after the ceremony took a trolley to Lincoln Park Zoo for some more. Their reception was held at Salvatore's - a classic Italian restaurant known for hosting amazing parties! 

    To Liz and Scott, may your marriage be as much fun as your wedding day, as bright as the both of your smiles, we know it will be filled with love (we got to witness that!) Cheers!

     

    C&A Photographers: Kristin Parra + Jade Hull

    C&A DJ: Cooper Thomas

    Venue: Salvatore's

  • Cage and Aquarium Productions teamed up with some amazing Chicago vendors for a spring style shoot. We highly recommend these vendors for your wedding planning. These unique linens, stylish decor, and beautifully crafted floral arrangements are perfect for 2018 wedding inspiration! Full of color, class, unique presentation, and destined for a fun reception with your guests. 

    Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Jade Hull and Kristin Parra

    Venue: Metropolis Ballroom

    Linens: Windy City Linen

    Decor: Dish and Decor Vintage Rental

    Florist: Ashland Addison Events

  • Are you looking for a venue with the comforts of the suburbs but the convenience of Chicago? Look no further - Winnetka Community House in Winnetka, Illinois is a Northern Suburb right outside of Chicago. Make it easy on you and your guests with this location! It's rested on three beautiful, manicured acres and was originally built in 1911. It has tons of rustic charm but is open and versatile for any event or wedding!

     

    Venue: Winnetka Community House

    C&A Photographer: Kristin Parra

     

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