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How to Create a Loft Wedding where Urban Meets Vintage {styled shoot in Chicago}

Today's styled wedding {which actually features a real couple that had been married for years but never had a formal wedding} has such a great inspiration behind it. Not only is the Chicago skyline a great backdrop to marry in front of - but marrying at City View Loft with panoramic windows and exposed brick walls is a beautiful setting. The following is a beautiful explanation behind the creation of this styled shoot from the design team - Vow & Knot Events, and Maria Nicole Photography . . .

"When designing this inspiration shoot we focused on bringing an old world charm to this urban oasis. Similar to bringing together a bride and a groom with their own styles, we wanted to bring together the feel of a urban venue with the details of a vintage affair. The beautiful juxtaposition of glass and steel to cobalt sky alludes to the rich history of Chicago, and we decided the perfect venue to show off both was the beautiful City View Lofts."

7 Design Ideas for Creating a Loft Wedding where Urban Meets Vintage Include:

1. Piling flowered vintage china onto gorgeous jade chargers
2. Layering hand printed tea towel menus at each place setting
3. Radiant florals that cascade out of the vase and onto the table
4. Top each place setting with a paper cone filled with mini blooms denoting seating arrangements
5. Rent a reclaimed wooden table to be reminiscent of Sunday family dinners at home
6. A hand-painted wedding cake
7. Display desserts on tiers above the dessert bar

The bride wore a one-of-a-kind Edith Elan custom wedding gown. With the gown being made right in Chicago it brought the entire styled shoot to a more intimate level. The bride was able to dance a first dance with her husband in a gown made by a woman who actually lives just blocks away from their apartment.

Making weddings is so very personal to us here at Vow & Knot Events, and Maria Nicole Photography. Whether it's the smallest of details, or the grandest of displays, we feel that your wedding should be a representation of who you are as a couple. In a city filled with possibilities, we're so glad to call this our sweet home Chicago.

Wedding Vendor Team
Photographer: Maria Nicole Photography — Ceremony + Reception Location: City View Loft — Dress Designer: Edith Elan — Invitation Designer: Lucky Invitations — Equipment Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago — Event Planner: Vow and Knot EventsSubmitted via Two Bright Lights
Hotel’s Rooftop Bees Help Create a Signature House Honey Cake

I loved reading this and had to share it with you . . . "Chicago Marriott Naperville Chef Creates Buzz with New Wedding Cake". My daughter will also love to hear about this as she just finished learning all about bees in her kindergarten class. We even had a curiosity bee showcase to attend so we could see all the amazing "bee knowledge" the kids now have.

Pastry Chef Erica Tomei of the Chicago Marriott Naperville has unveiled her latest creation: the Signature House Honey Wedding Cake. The cake, which is available exclusively to couples planning their wedding at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, is the first wedding cake in Marriott’s worldwide hotel network to be created using honey from the Marriott’s rooftop bees.

Signature House Honey Wedding Cake from Chicago Marriott Naperville

This sounds sooooo delicious . . . The Signature House Honey Wedding Cake is made from honey cake soaked in the Marriott’s house honey syrup, filled with a creamy honey mousse and iced with vanilla buttercream. Each cake is custom designed to fit the style and ambiance of the wedding. Brides- and grooms-to-be will work with Chef Tomei to choose a design, sample the signature cake at their tasting session with the Marriott’s wedding coordinator, and can even visit the more than 60,000 rooftop bees.

Free Tickets to The Wedding Bootcamp, Chicago

Coming up this Monday, August 8th is Chicago is another Wedding Salon Bootcamp and I have FREE tickets for you :) This bootcamp will be the 2nd one held in the windy city and will feature some incredible wedding vendors including Jenny Yoo, Blueprint Cleanse, makeup by pamela, Delish Cakes and many more. Please see the ad below with all the details and if you use coupon code you will receive complimentary tickets good for 2.

Real Engagement : love in the windy city {aka Chicago, IL}

Today's engagement session from Brett of Birdsong Photography holds a special place my heart as Kathy and Felipé found Brett thru my site and then booked him for their engagement session in Chicago and their wedding later this summer in Buffalo, NY. I'm so happy when I hear stories like this. And, I just love the photos below with amazing architecture of the cityscape and the sweet love between Kathy and Felipé.

Credit also to Tiffany of Avant Images for joining Brett in the photo taking.

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