As you can probably tell, I’m pretty terrible at keeping up with the blog, so I’m trying to post fewer photos in the hope that I can blog more weddings! I first worked with this couple on their engagement session, during which we had such a great time sailing on Lake Michigan.  For their wedding, we returned to just a few blocks from the harbor, to the beautiful University Club of Chicago for their wedding reception following a ceremony at my favorite church, Saint Clement. Danielle and Mike are so sweet and kind and really a perfect balance to each other! Their wedding last spring was a very large wedding that still felt intimate, with only their siblings comprising the wedding party and Danielle and Mike sticking close throughout the wedding, enjoying champagne in their vintage car after the ceremony, dancing the night away on the floor, and then stealing out to the UCOC’s terrace for a private moment and some beautiful night photos. My sweet friend, Anne Book, beautifully designed the celebration, which was full of so many amazing details. Having met at a wine festival, their cocktail hour featured wine tastings for guests (a very cute idea you can incorporate at really any budget!) and their escort cards were beautiful compasses as a nod to their fondness for sailing. Another dear friend, Natalie Walsh of Hello Darling did the flowers, and walking into the huge Cathedral Hall at UCOC was like walking into a garden — I truly have never had a wedding smell so beautiful (sounds so weird, but is so true!). It was like being in a beautiful spring garden, right on Michigan Avenue. This wedding was also featured in BRIDES magazine.

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Ceremony Venue: St. Clement Church || Reception Venue: The University Club of Chicago || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride’s Veil: Ultimate Bride || Bride’s Shoes: James Ciccotti || Bride’s Accessories: Gabrielle Sanchez || Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Wedding Design & Coordination: Anne Book Signature Style || Florist: Hello Darling || Stationery: Magnificent Milestones || Favors: LH Calligraphy || Rentals:Tablescapes || Entertainment: Colby Beserra and the Party Faithful || Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie

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