Earlier in the summer, I was in the planning stages of an upcoming, fabulous charity event I’m doing with hip Andersonville kid’s boutique, zozo for kids (will be blogging info about this later this week). Everything was going great with our plans, and out of the blue, I was asked if I’d be up for a rare Thursday wedding with the owner’s sister, Kara and her fiance Mike, both of whom live in L.A. I’m so thankful that karma apparently paid it forward in this instance, as I was able to be a part of a truly fantastic wedding, filled with more laughter and tears than any wedding I’ve been a part of. While I could ramble on incessantly about the people and details involved in this wedding, I’ll let the photos do the talking, as we have many for this one, all shot in downtown Chicago at at one of my favourite venues, A New Leaf.

Kara was wearing a variety of stunning estate jewelry.

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Kara and Mike had a personal, lovely and emotional first look.

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Stunning views from the Intercontinental.

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I often say Chicago is the biggest small town. It is next to impossible to have a day in which you don’t run into someone you know, apparently even if you’re from L.A.

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Aptly timed Good Humor truck…

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The ceremony was funny and emotional, just like Kara and Mike.

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First dance.

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Mac and cheese bar from Finesse Cuisine was a hit, as were the cupcakes from always-reliable Bleeding Heart.

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The girls from Toast and Jam did an awesome job. The crowd was dancing all night.

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A New Leaf