Chicago’s Top 7 Wedding Photo Locations

1: Industrial Chicago
The striking contrast of a perfectly styled couple against the grittiness of the city is a popular look for wedding day photography. Whether you pose in front of an abandoned warehouse or beneath the “L” tracks, these backdrops offer the opportunity for more editorial styled shots.Chicago, wedding photos, locationChicago, wedding photos, locationChicago, wedding photos, location

2: Chicago’s Murals
Add some color and texture to your wedding album by posing in front of one of the many murals that appear throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods. One such mural is located just outside Chez. The mural featuring Jimmy Durante and the Chez Paree ‘Adorables’ calls out the incredible history of Chez and The Chez Paree supper club.

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3: The Lakefront
It might seem like an obvious one, but if you’re getting married in Chicago you can’t miss the opportunity for wedding day photo on the lakefront. There are numerous places along the Lake Michigan shore that are ideal for capturing your wedding day with the beauty of nature and the Chicago skyline as your backdrop. North Avenue Beach, Olive Park, The Adler Planetarium, and Promontory Point are some of the favorites of Chez couples and their photographers.

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The Mag Mile sits just two blocks west of Chez so many of our brides and grooms make it their last stop on the way to Chez for their wedding ceremony. The Wrigley Building and the Michigan Avenue median are ideal if you’re looking to feature Chicago architecture in your wedding day photos.
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The iconic Board of Trade building offers a breathtaking backdrop for urban wedding photos. Just watch out for traffic whizzing by.

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With dozens of bridges traversing the Chicago river it’s easy to add this shot to your wedding day photography schedule. La Salle St. bridge, Kinzie St. bridge, and State St. bridge are the most popular.

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Lincoln Park is the ideal spot for wedding couples looking for a more natural backdrop for their wedding photos.
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Photography: 1. Industrial Chicago: Amanda Megan Miller PhotographyAmanda Megan Miller PhotographyElite Visions Photography, 2. Chicago Murals: Colin Lyons PhotographyChristy Tyler Photography, Allison Williams Photography, 3. The Lakefront: G Reyes Photography, Megan Saul, Tim Tab Studios, 4. Michigan Avenue: Ed & Aileen Photography, Esenam Photography, Jeremy Lawson Photography, 5. La Salle Street + The Board of Trade: Jeremy Lawson PhotographyTim Tab Studios, Michelle Lytle Photography, 6. Chicago’s Bridges: Tim Tab StudiosAmanda Megan Miller PhotographyTim Tab Studios, 7. Lincoln Park: Michelle Lytle Photography.

Emma & Tunji’s Wedding

After their first-look on the rooftop of the Ivy Boutique Hotel, Emma and Tunji strolled east along Ontario St to Chez where they said their vows in front of family and friends. Dozens of white calla lillies and candles set the tone for the elegant event. A menu influenced by traditional Nigerian dishes was served by Food For Thought. After dinner, the newlyweds changed into Nigerian dress and danced the traditional money dance. Congratulations Emma and Tunji.bridal style bride getting ready first look chicago wedding chicago wedding Chicago wedding newlyweds candles chez event space calla lilies

Photography: Bob Leavitt, Believe It! |  Catering: Food For Thought | Floral: Amelia Cole Events | Event Design: A Posh Production | Cake: Urban Icing | Music: Oluleke Owojori

Top 10 Chicago Event Planners To Follow On Instagram

A curated list of Chicago event planners with the most inspiring Instagram accounts. From photos of extravagant events to behind-the-scenes details of event planning action, this group of planners covers it all. Follow this list for the best quality wedding and event inspiration.

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@debililly | 10.5K Followers
A daily dose of the most incredible inspiration from celebrity party planner and author Debi Lilly, this Instagram feed seamlessly places images of floral details and party festivities alongside shots of travel and time with family.

Photography: @debililly

 

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@lkeventschicago | 5.5K Followers
Highlighting the talents of the LK Events team and the fantastic network of vendors they work with, this feed features images of beautiful weddings and events, exquisite florals and smiling newlyweds.

Photography: (l) @lkevents, (r) @gerberandscarpelliweddings via @lkevents

 

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@paulettewolfevents  |  1.4K Followers
Images of large scale events, live performances, and tips on event planning fill the Instagram feed of this national event management and event planning company.

Photography: (l) by @kingensmith via @paulettewolfevents (r) @paulettewolfevents

 

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@sqnevents | 7.6K Followers
Impeccable wedding details, happy newlywed clients, and a few personal posts fill the Instagram feed of SQN owner and event director, Beth Bernstein.

Photography: (l) @maypolestudios via @sqnevents, (r) @erickelley via @sqnevents

 

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KESH EVENTS
@keshevents  |  19.7K Followers
President of Kesh Luxury Group and author of “The Art of Floral and Event Design”, Akeshi Akinseye, fills this Instagram feed with images of opulent florals, destination weddings, and peeks behind-the-scenes at Kesh Luxury Group.

Photography: (l) @carascophoto via @keshevents (r) @folalawal via @keshevents

 

5 tier wedding cakeLIVEN IT UP EVENTS 
@livenitup  |  4.1K Followers
Towering wedding cakes, rustic and romantic weddings and shots of creative cuisine fill the Instagram feed of Liven It Up Events, offering a look at the incredible work of their talented team of event planners.

Photography: @livenitup

 

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LOLA EVENT PRODUCTIONS
@lolaeventpros  |  3.9K Followers
Wedding inspiration galore! The Instagram feed of LOLA Event Productions inspires with details of glamorous weddings, designer dresses and special wedding day moments.

Photography: (l) @lolaeventpros (r) @genevievelaurenphoto via @loleventpros

 

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@jaevents  |  3.5K Followers
Offering inspiration for everything from wedding dresses to honeymoon locations, event design and florals, this Instagram feed has a wonderfully curated selection of posts.

Photography: (l) @kingensmith via @jaevents (r) @jaevents

 

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CLEMENTINE CUSTOM EVENTS
@clementinechicago  |  5.5K followers
Behind-the-scenes shots and details of custom weddings planned by the Clementine Custom Events team make this Instagram feed fun, fresh and filled with inspiration.

Photography: (l) @christytylerphotography via @clementinechicago, (r) @emiliajane_ via @clementinechicago

 

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@blisschicago  |  6.9K followers
Filled with details of real weddings and colorful florals, the BLISS Weddings & Events Instagram feed demonstrates the team’s talent at creating events that are sophisticated, playful, inspired and cohesive.

Photography: (l) @chrispluslynn via @blisschicago, (r) @lizbanfield via @blisschicago

Sarah & Christian’s Romantic October Wedding

On October 15th, 2016 Sarah and Christian were joined by their loved ones for their ceremony and reception at Chez. Their day began at the W Hotel Lakeshore for their first look, and then headed to Lake Michigan with their wedding party and photographer, Louie A Weddings.

Every detail of the day was planned by Linsday Gaeta of Storybook Weddings. While the wedding party took photos, Phil Cooper and the team of Kehoe Designs were putting the final touches on floral arrangements and each romantic detail for the ceremony. The mood for the ceremony was set by Bill Pollack String Quartet. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Jewell Events Catering.

Once the ceremony space was flipped for the reception, guests were invited back in to take their seats. Tables were covered with sequined linen and lined with Chez’s mirage ghost chairs creating a charming atmosphere. Kehoe Designs made sure every table was impeccable with elegant floral arrangements set in various gold and glass vessels. The tables were completed with custom escort cards by Minted.

After cutting the cake, the couple and their guests danced and enjoyed music from Style Matters. Congratulations Sarah & Christian!

 

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Photography: Louie A Weddings | Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven | Maids’ dresses: J. Crew | Groom’s Suit: Mens Warehouse | Groomsmens’ Suits: Mens Warehouse | Planning: Lindsay Gaeta of Storybook Weddings & Events | Floral & Design: Phil Cooper of Kehoe Designs | Caterer & Cake: Jewell Events Catering | Ceremony Music: Bill Pollack String Quartet | Reception Music: Style Matters | Menu & Program: AJ Powills | Escort Cards: Minted

Sarah & Konrad’s Elegant Wedding

After saying their vows at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Sauganash, newlyweds Sarah and Konrad stopped at Lurie Garden and the Wrigley Building to capture some urban wedding photographs. From the Wrigley Building, they made the short trip to Chez, where they joined friends and family for their wedding reception. Rectangular dining tables were draped with crisp white linens and lined with Chez’s lucite ghost chairs for an elegant, contemporary design. The creative teams from Art of Imagination and Steve’s Flower Market added the finishing touches to the wedding decor with arrangements of white hydrangea, lilies and roses, dozens of candles, and opaque draping. Guests were treated to specialty cocktails and dinner by Jewell Events Catering before dancing the night away beneath a sea of dramatic over-sized white balloons.
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Photographer: Ed & Aileen Photography | Day of Coordinator: Sarah Madonia | Catering: Jewell Events Catering | Floral: Steve’s Flower Market | Event Design: Art of Imagination | Balloons: Balloons by Tommy |  DJ: Style Matters

5 Luxurious Wedding Lounges

Chez’s all-white interior and soaring ceilings make decor and event design possibilities truly endless. Each Chez client has the opportunity to transform the space into their wedding vision, focusing on what is important to them and what they want to impart on their wedding guests.

It has been forecasted as a trend for 2017 weddings to ditch standard furniture pieces and opt for more creative choices that keeps the flow of the wedding day going throughout the entire event. Wedding lounge areas that incorporate plush lounge furniture, coffee tables, and ottomans are a popular wedding trend that can be set up for cocktail hour or the reception. The lounge areas that you create specifically for your big day now becomes the center of focus. Not only will your guests feel relaxed but people will be able to take in the beautiful atmosphere you have created. Here are a few of our favorites. corey_and_steve_145-genevieve-lauren-photography-bloggold-grid-studios-kesh-designs-blogchez-pic-blogseconda108605-blogkellydave-wed-571-christy-tyler-photography-blogPhotography: 1. Genevieve Lauren  Photography | 2. Gold Grid Studios | 3.  Chez | 4. Jeremy Lawson Photography | 5. Christy Tyler Photography

Design: 1: Kehoe Designs | 2. Kesh Designs | 3. Kesh Designs | 4. Kehoe Designs | 5. Exquisite Designs & Clementine Custom Events

Vanessa & Hayden’s Intimate Wedding

On September 24th, 2016 Vanessa and Hayden were joined by friends and family for an intimate wedding ceremony at First United Methodist Church in Evanston. After the ceremony, with the help of Amanda Megan Miller Photography, they captured photos along the lakefront and at several popular locations throughout Chicago.  While the wedding party was taking photos, Christine Janda Design & Events was working hard at Chez to set the tone for the reception. Soft and delicate floral arrangements were combined with cool metallics to create a classic and elegant atmosphere. Vanessa and Hayden made their grand entrance down the glass staircase, and enjoyed their first dance together as a married couple. After enjoying dinner from Food for Thought, guests took to the dance floor to celebrate. Congratulations Vanessa and Hayden!

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Photography: Amanda Megan Miller | Wedding Planner & Designer: Christine Janda Design & Events | Catering: Food for Thought | Ceremony Location: First United Methodist Church, Evanston | DJ: Vow Media

 

10 Unique Wedding Table Numbers From Real Chez Weddings

1: Hand-painted Watercolor Table Numbers
For the creative, artistic wedding. A hand-painted table number is a great way to add color and personality to your wedding decor.05801-amy-colin-4nights-blog2. Stainless Steel Table Numbers
For the contemporary wedding. These table numbers are like stainless steel sculptures.
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3. Printable Table Numbers in Vintage Mirrored Frames
For the opulent wedding. Vintage mirrored frames elevate the classic, printed table number. jlpa106914-710x4734. Barely-There Table Numbers
For the oh-so chic wedding. These white-on-white table numbers disappear into the decor.

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5. Log Slice Table Number
For the woodland-inspired wedding. These table numbers add a touch of whimsy while bringing the outdoors in.

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6. Colorful Printed Table Numbers in Acrylic Block Frames
For the non-traditional wedding. Use these acrylic block frames to display custom printed table numbers that match your decor or wedding stationary.
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For the glamorous, modern wedding. These acrylic blocks blend beautifully with other decor details.
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For the rustic-chic wedding. These table numbers pair beautifully with farmhouse tables.

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For the classic wedding. Use card holders to place these elegant table numbers alongside centerpieces. ryan-moore-photo-3410. Cities We’ve Visited
For the couple that loves to travel. A truly personal “table number” idea to that can be a conversation starter at the singles table.
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Photography credit: 1. Colin Lyons Photography, 2. Allison Williams Photography, 3. Jeremy Lawson Photography, 4. Christy Tyler Photography, 5. G Reyes Photography, 6. Chez, 7. Tim Tab Studios, 8. Caili Helsper Photography, 9. Ryan Moore Photography, 10. David Turner Photo.

 

 

 

 

5 Dessert Trends from Real Chez Weddings

1: Suspended Selection of Petit Fours
A unique way to impress guests. The team from Platinum Events suspended trays of sweet treats from Jordan’s Food of Distinction under the Chez glass staircase.

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2. Buffet of Small Bites
The organic floral arrangement surrounded by wooden wine boxes and a traditional cake stand made for an elegant, rustic-chic dessert display for this wedding catered by Calihan Catering. The white-painted brick and sheer drapes at Chez offered the perfect backdrop.
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The creative team at Bittersweet Pastry Shop created not one, but five wedding cakes for this glamorous Chez wedding. Acrylic block frames listed cake flavors. The illuminated glass staircase at Chez provided a wonderful contrast against the custom linen and textured frosting finishes. dessert trends, glass staircase4. Classic Cheese Bar
A classic touch for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. The catering team from Limelight Catering assembled cheeses, breads, and fruit for guests to enjoy at this summer wedding. Cheeses were identified using mini chalk-board signs.

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5. Ombre Cakes & Macarons
A delicate collection of cakes and macarons by Elysia Root Cakes are displayed in unique way. The vintage dresser, stack of designer books, and variety of cake stands brings a personal, residential touch to this statement dessert table.
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Photo credit: 1: Kent Drake Photography, 2: Caili Helsper Photography, 3: Tim Tab Studios, 4: Megan Saul Photography, 5: Tuan B
Dessert credit: 1: Jordan’s Food of Distinction, 2: Calihan Catering, 3: Bittersweet Pastry Shop, 4: Limelight Catering, 5: Elysia Root Cakes

Rachel & AJ’s Summer Wedding

Rachel & AJ began their beautiful summer wedding day getting ready at Loews Hotel and Pinstripes. As Rachel and her bridesmaids were pampered, AJ and his groomsmen headed to JP Burke’s to have a few drinks before heading over to the ceremony at St. Alphonsus. After an emotional ceremony and some photos around town, the couple and their guests headed to Chez to continue their celebration. The room was transformed with the help of Art of Imagination, Fleur du Jour, and Jewell Events Catering. Every second of the day was thoughtfully planned by Events by L, and each memory was captured by Michelle Lytle. Congratulations Rachel and AJ!
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