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




The Indiewed wedding show turned 10 years old! We were so excited to celebrate the milestone event with lots of couples and other wedding vendors that attended and exhibited the 2019 event last weekend. We kept the 2nd floor of Ravenswood Event Center hopping with Cage and Aquarium’s DJ Mykol and DJ Bothsides performing sets throughout the day.

We love Indiewed’s alternative option to the traditional wedding expo. It’s a chance for couples looking for something a little bit different for their weddings to plan their big days. We also love exhibiting next to like-minded wedding industry professionals offering top-quality services with a unique approach. We can’t wait to hear what the next ten years will look like for the Indiewed show! Congratulations!

Photographs by Cage and Aquarium's Kristin Parra

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


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