On April 3, 2019 we hosted a styled photo shoot for the Cage and Aquarium photography team at Wicker Park Inn. Although we have kept this styled shoot a secret for almost a year, we thought now would be the best time to release it. Chicago couples are postponing their weddings, several are being forced to search for different venues or vendors. Some are considering elopements until they can have their full reception, or are opting for an intimate ceremony altogether. Wicker Park Inn is the perfect place to do just that, it has: 9 guest rooms, a retro-inspired full functioning kitchen, commons spaces, the best wallpapers you will ever find, and gorgeous light fixtures!

We were so lucky to collaborate and work alongside so many talented vendors. Our photography team captured this entire style shoot. Every single one of them brought their own personality and flair, a new perspective, a different angle, and endless amounts of direction and laughter for our lovely models. The photographers had a blast spending quality time together, something we don’t often get to do with our busy schedules! We ate, we drank, we partied, we danced, we collaborated, and we created – together.

Now is the time for artists to be supporting artists, so we wanted to showcase all the talents Chicago has to offer! These local Chicago vendors are listed below, their name links you to their website, and their handles link you to their Instagram. Give them a follow, make a friend, find a vendor. You're welcome. :)

PHOTOGRAPHED FOR: Cage and Aquarium - @cageandaquarium

VENUE: Wicker Park Inn - @wickerparkinn

PLANNING: Joy Jones Planning - @joyjonesplanning

FLORALS: Angilily Flowers - @angililyflowers

BACKDROP: Scenic Backdrops - @scenicbackdrops

RENTALS: Dish and Decor Vintage Rental - @dishanddecorvintagerental

HAIR/MAKEUP: Heather Busulovich Artistry  - @muaheatherb

INVITATIONS/STATIONARY: Too Chic Little Shab@toochiclittleshab

MODELS: Cynthia and Michael Rodriquez - @cinchi_mon + @djmykol

C+A PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM MEMBERS:

@shelley_anderson

@jadehullphoto

@hadassahbphoto

@evahoweddings

@kristinberniceparra

@hannaonlove

@ajabelmanphoto

@thaislovesstories

@garberophotography

@frozenframephotos

 

As promised, this is part II of Anu + Andy's wedding day, but trust us you still want to see part I if you missed it!

They had a Hindu ceremony the morning of May 25, 2019. Afterward, they served lunch for their family and friends at the venue. The groomsmen then traveled to the Renaissance Hotel to get ready, while the girls got glammed up in their second outfits in the bridal room at Artifact Events. Andy and the guys proceeded to Milton Lee Olive Park for some groomsmen portraits. When Anu arrived, and they shared their *second* first look on the bridge over the water. After giving them their special moment, we photographed the wedding party in their new attire! 

The Honeycomb Structure at Lincoln Park Zoo was Anu and Andy's second stop for location portraits, and their wedding party loved it. They started climbing all over it and it made some really fun portraits! The last stop was at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond - a hidden oasis near Lincoln Park Zoo that is sooo romantic. When we arrived at the venue after all the locations, they had a friend bring their dog, Sprout, to the venue. Sprout is the prettiest girl and has ice blue eyes, she's an angel, and we couldn't get enough puppy kisses! 

Artifact Events is located in the Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago. It's a four-floor industrial antique space and has a beautiful courtyard. The antiques often change, making it totally unique for each and every wedding. Several floors allow for very creative wedding party introductions, as well as tons of different perspectives for your photographers! You can pick and choose which spaces you will use for your wedding, so no ceremony or reception is the same! We adore working at Artifact Events and they did such a great job setting up multiple ceremony and reception spaces for this lovely couple.

After their cocktail hour and wedding party introductions, Anu and Andy were welcomed into their reception. The groomsmen and bridesmaids lined the stairs. When Anu and Andy reached the bottom of the grand staircase, they shared their personal, handwritten vows in front of all of their guests and sealed it with a kiss and a tender hug. It was the perfect way to kick off their party! Dinner was served and many speeches were given, these two are so so loved.

Andy danced with his mom first to Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift. Anu's brother stood in for all the fatherly duties, after they lost their father a couple years prior. They danced with together to You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story. It was the cutest thing in the whole world!

Andy and Anu choreographed their first dance. They took the floor underneath the all the twinkly lights and danced to Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman soundtrackIt was so perfect that their guests flooded the dance floor immediately afterward. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dessert, tunes from the DJ, and the photo booth until everyone gathered in the middle of the dance floor for a "good night" portrait. A must-have wedding photo if your venue allows for it!

Right now we wish we could relive this day for all it's beauty and togetherness. We are so thankful for all the vendors that made this day possible, and to one of our favorite couples - Anu and Andy. Stay safe, stay healthy, and check back in next week for a new blog post!

VENDORS:

Cage & Aquarium Photographers: Jade Hull + Gina Garbero

Wedding Planner: The Simply Elegant Group - Ashley Carpenter

Venue: Artifact Events

Hotel: Renaissance Hotel

Hair + Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry + Be Glammed

Bride's Dress: BHDLN - The Sanders Dress

Bride's Shoes: Rebecca Simpson (Mimosa Heels) - BHDLN

Bride's Jewelry: Olive + Piper

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Groom's Suit: Indochino

Wedding Rings: Cartier + Rebecca Zemans

Florist: Trablume Floral Studio

Transportation: Windy City Limo

Linens: F&S Linens

Stationary: Etsy + Minted + Zazzle

Decor/Lighting: Art of Imagination

Caterer: Mantra

Cake + Desserts: Sweet Mandy B's

Cage & Aquarium DJ: Justin Ferranti

Photo Booth: Concept One

Videographer: Our Wedding Movie

Jennifer and Kristin are just the most adorable, fun loving, joy-to-be-around couple. They had a quiet morning getting ready together with a quick visit from their moms. The only thing better than one bride is two brides! They adventured around the city with matching bouquets and sandals, but they each wore their own gorgeous wedding dress that encapsulated who they are as individuals. 

They had their wedding at Greenhouse Loft on September 7, 2018. The beautiful floral arrangements and decor throughout the entire space served for both their ceremony and reception. They choreographed their first dance, had a doughnut wall for their guests, and shared a macaroon on the dance floor. 

These two were just so in love and their main goal was to have fun on their wedding day. We don't have to tell our readers that Jennifer and Kristin are best friends and a perfect match for one another, it is so apparent through these photographs.

C&A Photographers: Hadassah Brand + Kristin Parra

Venue: Greenhouse Loft

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