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Photography, Videography or Both for my Wedding

wedding-videography-photography-600x340Your Wedding is a once in a lifetime event – something that you will remember with fondness for the rest of your life. Most couples will hire a wedding photographer to capture all the intimate and fleeting moments of such a special day of bliss – but more and more people are hiring a videographer to record the ceremony as well. The thought may sound expensive, but recently, businesses have opened up which specialize in both – which can help save a lot.
Here are some reasons to go with just Wedding Photography, just Videography, or both. (more…)

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Best wedding location: Chicago suburbs vs Downtown

You’re making your wedding choices between cake or cupcakes, linens or disposable napkins, roses or lilies – and each decision is bringing you one step closer to having the wedding of your dreams. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make, however, is where to get married. Lucky for you, if you live in, or are planning to tie the knot in, Chicago, the options are endless. First thing is deciding whether to choose a place in the Chicago suburbs or downtown.millenniumpark-chicago-wedding-600-399

Things to Consider

  • • How Many Guests Do I Have?

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Couple married on a rooftop

Jenny and wedding-on-the-roof-2013Alex were married on a rooftop in midsummer, the dazzling skyline of the Windy City set the stage for this luxurious wedding venue. Jenny’s father, a woodworker, had built a beautiful wedding canopy for them, and beneath the couple had read their wedding vows. It was an intimate event, only 30 people filled the seats around them. (more…)

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Same-Sex Unions: Etiquette Q&A

same-sex-marriage-chicago-2013We live in a dynamic, beautiful, and ever changing world, and because of this, sometimes long held traditions are replaced by new ones. Learning what to do in these new situations is all a part of the fun, and the same applies to same-sex union and marriage etiquette. Here’s a quick and easy guide to the new way of thinking, so that you don’t have to waste any time guessing.

  1. What Rules Do We Have to Follow?

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Dealing with Bridesmaid-zilla

You’ve all heard the tale of Bridezilla, right? The bride-to-be who is so manic, micromanaging, and stressed out that she becomes a nightmare to her friends, family, and sadly her spouse-to-be? Yes, we’ve all seen it – and it’s just pitiful. I vowed to myself that when the time came for me to wear the white dress, even if I couldn’t manage to be cool, calm, and collected, at the very least I would be nice!

 

Little did I know that it wouldn’t be me who would try to make a mess of my wedding, but one of my bridesmaids.

 

Jamie K. was my best friend in Chicago when (more…)

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The Wedding Reception That Went Out with a Bang

wedding-fireworks-chicago-600x400There have been hundreds of Chicago weddings in the last year, but not a single one has used fireworks. Why? Well it’s illegal to buy fireworks in Illinois. Thousands of dollars worth of them are smuggled in from Wisconsin, Indiana, and Missouri each year for the forth of July – but the fines attached to them are so astronomical that only the most reckless souls will actually light them up.

 

As I child I always loved going into the city to watch the dazzling display of professional skylights overhead. There was something so exhilarating about watching enormous balls of flame burst above me in a spectacle of brilliant light and color. Getting ash in my hair because I sat closest to the front was always an added bonus.

 

So, I was getting married in two weeks – and we were having our wedding reception in the Chicago suburbs, well (more…)

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First Impressions

genoa-man-cooking-chicagoRaphael moved to Chicago from Genoa at the age of 16 and fell in love with American culture. He spent a majority of his youth waiting tables or working at cafés in Italy, and when he moved to the states he found it easy to find a job doing the same kind of work in a small restaurant in Little Italy. In such a place he had all the culture of back home -everyone who worked there spoke Italian – and the grandeur of the United States all wrapped into one. (more…)

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Preserving and Storing Your Wedding Dress

And we were dressed from head to toe in love…the only label that never goes out of style. – Carrie Bradshaw

wedding-dress-storing-chicagoYour wedding dress is more than just a dress. Like the rings, the bouquet, and the cake, your gown is a symbol of the love between you and your spouse, an enduring remembrance of the day you said “I Do.” But, even more than that, for a bride, the wedding gown has even greater personal significance – for all brides feel the most beautiful they’ve ever felt on their wedding day. (more…)

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