November at the Chicago Cultural Center

Digging through the archives, we realized that we never blogged about this beautiful wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center! One of the most majestic venues in the city, with views of Millennium Park it’s a location not to be missed whether you’re a tourist or planning your wedding. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Stoffer Photography. And a special nod to Shannon Gail Events for coordinating all the incredible details!

Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.  Bridal Bouquet.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.  Bridal Bouquet & Bridesmaid Bouquets
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.  Flower Girl Halo.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.  Elevated Centerpiece.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.
November wedding at the Chicago Culture Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, Planning by Shannon Gail, Images by Stoffer Photography.

Leaping

It's Leap Day, and the word "leap" is sticking out today.  The strides we've made (especially in the last few years) are large & long.  Although sometimes tiring, we're so very proud of all our work and so very grateful for your support.  Thank you!!!
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In other news, here is a beautiful Chicago wedding from this past November.  When I met Anna, I thought she was a designer.  Her ideas were so beautiful & well thought out.  Mix-matched metallics & crystal embellishments contrasted with soft blooms and deep textures.  Enjoy!

Anna's bouquet, above, is rich in texture.

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The following photos are dreamy, and all from Pen Carlson.

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Congratulations to Anna & Chris!!  And a lovely nod to Courtney Callahan Paper, Chicago Lighting DesignDettagli Weddings, Spiaggia, & Pen Carlson!!

The 11-11-11 Wedding Giveaway!!!!

Remember a year ago when we told you all about that amazing 11-11 wedding giveaway?  Greatest Expectations are so wonderful to once again offer this amazing opportunity, and there isn't a lot of time left to enter!  You can see the details HERE!

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This is a truly special giveaway.  Your dress, catering, venue, cake and *flowers* are all provided.  And so much more.  And even though it's all part of the giveaway, we still want you to customize the look and feel of the day so it represents *your* vision!  In case you don't know what we mean, see for yourself!  Below are some images Amanda Hein took from last year's wedding.

The bride (also named Amanda!) loved purple and we included vanda orchids in her bridal bouquet, among anemones, privet and brunia.

Also a few polo roses added in among dusty miller.

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I love these nora blue mokara orchid boutonnieres.  Fishing flies were added onto them for a personal touch.

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Who wouldn't want Amanda Hein to photograph their wedding?!  These images are just dreamy!

Yes, even the dress & tux are part of this contest.  Amanda picked out a gown that looks drop dead gorgeous!

Oh!  And the bridesmaid's dresses.  Yup.  Included as well!

Our vintage blue mason jars lined the aisle atop pillars and Amanda & Mike were wed under a romantic and beautiful floral wreath.

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And we provided the window frame chalk boards that displayed not only the menu, but the most important message of all:

Once again, congratulations to Amanda & Mike on their 11-11 wedding!  Don't forget to enter HERE.  Entries will no longer be taken place after April 15th!

Good Luck!!!!