Elopement

  • Juliana + Max's Chicago Elopement at Cindy's Rooftop

    Juliana and Max are super stylish, trendy, and know what they want. In 2019, they chose to have a 25-person intimate elopement at Cindy's Rooftop in Chicago, IL. Little did we know they'd be setting the trend for the 2020 wedding season. So take notes from a couple who eloped before it was cool.

    Max and Juliana coordinated a day that was perfectly tailored to them. They met the morning of their elopement at the coolest park in Chicago, so they could include their pup in wedding photos! They invited 25 of their closest family and friends. Does that number sound familiar? Well, it might be our new cap on guest count for weddings in 2020. We told you this would be relevant!

    They chose Cindy's Rooftop as their elopement venue. Cindy's is an outdoor-indoor patio rooftop that overlooks Millennium Park and the streets of downtown. Their elopement ceremony was officiated by a best friend. Their guests surrounded them, many on video Facetime with distant relatives unable to make it. Does that ring a bell? It's the new normal.

    They shared hand-written vows, exchanged rings, and sealed their marriage with a kiss. Attending guests shared stories, recited readings, speeches, and gave wholesome toasts. The bride and groom then made their way around to each phone screen to say hello and receive congratulations from guests who witnessed their ceremony from their homes miles and miles away.

    Champagne was poured and candid group photos were taken. The guests took their seats for lunch while Juliana and Max soaked up the view from the rooftop, alone, together.

    Juliana and Max sat at the head of the long wooden table. Cindy's created a dining menu of all their favorite foods: pasta, hot dogs, french fries, gourmet salads, etc. while also pairing it with their signature cocktails and favored wine.

    There was absolutely no stress. They still got glammed up, and ate and drank their favorite foods. They still exchanged vows and rings. Their most important people attended their wedding, near or far. At the end of the day, Juliana and Max were married.

    If applicable, we highly suggest eloping on your actual wedding date and saving the large party for later. You might be shocked to find out that an elopement was what you should have been planning all along. You have more time to spend with each guest, your new husband or wife, and that makes the day infinitely more emotional and special.

    Technically a wedding is just the event to celebrate your marriage - sooo you could do that every year if you wanted! ;)

    C&A Photographer: Hanna Walkowaik

    Venue: Cindy's Rooftop

    Bride's Dress: Needle & Thread

    Groom's Suit: Suit Supply

    Ring Designer: Pli Restrepo

  • Wicker Park Inn Styled Wedding Shoot

    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

     

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