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Tim + Morgan’s Crystal Gardens Chicago Navy Pier Wedding

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See Miller + Miller’s photos featured on the award-winning wedding style blog called “What Junebug Loves!”: http://junebugweddings.com/real-weddings/MorganTim.aspx and as a real wedding Junebug feature story.

 

 

“Just when we thought we had seen it all, a wedding comes along that redefines modern elegance. As soon as we began planning the photos for Tim + Morgan’s big day at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens, we were beyond excited for that mid-summer afternoon to arrive. For starters, we were going to be working with one of our favorite Chicago wedding planners, Anthony Navarro, from Liven It Up Events. Hired by Morgan for a full day of event planning, Anthony and the bride-to-be put together a team of stellar and amazing Chicago wedding vendors. Together, they transformed the Crystal Garden reception venue at Navy Pier from a popular public attraction to something completely awe-inspiring and unforgettable. As photographers, we truly appreciated the superior level of talent everyone provided and how that dedication works so well in helping us create with ease, show-stopping photos for the bride and groom. With a dynamic group of vendors, Tim + Morgan simply had nothing to worry about other than reciting vows and enjoying the events of the day. We were thrilled to be a part their team. Thanks!

 

At the very core of Tim + Morgan’s modern elegance theme was a neutral palette of pure white, crystal clear and deep grey, which made appearances everywhere from the venue décor to the bridal party (and even into photographs of the bride’s sparkly and glamorous high-heeled shoes). Grounded by a whimsical altar design of sheer, flowing fabrics and stark white chandeliers frosted in crystal, the ceremony space was a thoughtful demonstration of how the calming natural elements of palm trees, water and the open sky can be glamorized with a little glitz and a little glow. Fashionable, yet funky, arc-armed lamps punctuated the aisle along with understated freshwater flowers, blending the masculine feel of cool metal with an innocent, feminine lining. Crystal clear seating awaited guests and set the stage for a most memorable exchange of “I do” (as evidenced in these super romantic photos) along with a night that promised to be just as spectacular.

 

A magical transformation followed the ceremony when the Crystal Gardens’ light and airy environment was transformed and suddenly became a hip, upbeat party that made you want to get up and dance the night away. Visually, the room exuded a simplistic extravagance through subtle lighting effects and glowing chandeliers suspended from vaulted ceilings. The modern and elegant tablescapes mimicked the fresh, clean look from earlier in the day with radiant white flowers, crystal centerpieces and floating candles atop shimmery grey linens. During the cocktail hour, violinist Katarina (of Vip Violin) livened up the scene while guests mingled and noshed on light hors d’oeuvres. For the first dance, Tim + Morgan glided along under golden twinkling lights that gave a feeling of dancing under the stars (one of our favorite captured photographs). Additionally, the altar became a stage where one of the couple’s favorite bands, Maggie Speaks, put on “a get up and dance” live performance in front of what could possibly be the most elegant backdrop ever provided to a rock band. Just as they had hoped, the dance floor remained packed and the couple closed the night singing and dancing on stage. The Navy Pier Saturday night fireworks signaled the end of what had just been the most amazing wedding day in Chicago.

 

In keeping with their love for modern spaces, the bride + groom selected the Dana Hotel in downtown Chicago. Steps from Michigan Avenue, the hotel hosted their guests for the evening as well as the morning-after activities. With its modern, loft-style architecture, Dana Hotel offers clean lines, a trendy rooftop, and contemporary designed rooms. Like T+M, we too love loft venues and this hotel captivates those unique qualities.

 

Over this past year, we have gotten to know Morgan and Tim more and more, and we really enjoy their personalities and style. We were so thrilled to be there on such an important day in their lives and to help them capture all of those moments from the other side of the lens. Thanks to T+M for choosing M+M to capture photographs from the incredible wedding day.

 

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This summer event in Chicago brought to you by:
Planning Theme: Fresh Modern Vintage
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago
Prep-Locations: Dana Hotel, 660 North State Street
Wedding Planner: Consultant Anthony Navarro Liven It Up Events
Suits: Hugo Boss
Couture Bridal Gown Designer: Justina McCaffrey
Dress Shop: Belle Vie Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bride’s Jewelry: Ceremony mother’s earrings + vintage earrings for reception
Engagement Ring + Bands: LaRon Jewelers
Make-Up: Joshua Graham of Facade Make-Up Artistry
Hair: Stylist Marek Hartwig of Marek Bridal
Veil: Dress Doctor
Bridesmaids Dress: Jenny Yoo
Cocktail Hour: South Terrace of Navy Pier
Cocktail Hour Musician: Classical Violinist, Katarina Visnevska, of Vip Violin
Caterer: Phil Stefani’s
Menu: Sea Bass & Braised Short Rib with Burrata & Tomato salad
Décor: Jesse Deckard of Event Creative
Rentals: Tablescapes
Flowers: Event Creative
Invitations: Smitten Boutique
Transportation: Windy City Limos
Band: Maggie Speaks
First Dance Song: Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Honeymoon: Thailand & Hong Kong
Late Night Snacks: Hot dogs + French fries complete with a vintage hotdog cart

 

 

Extras:
View our second set of images with T+M. Click here to visit Tim + Morgan’s Chicago engagement pictures blog post.

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See Miller + Miller and Eric + Tiffany’s Chicago wedding photos featured on the Style Me Pretty bridal inspiration blog at: http://www.stylemepretty.com/illinois-weddings/2011/09/21/renaissance-hotel-wedding-by-miller-miller-photography/

 

 

“Eric + Tiffany are Married!! It was our pleasure in being chosen as Eric + Tiffany’s Chicago wedding photographers and you may remember Eric and the stunning Tiffany from the couple’s previous appearance on our blog last year when we posted the couple’s Chicago engagement photography session.

 

Although we have only known these two for a little over a year, it didn’t take long for us to feel like we have known them for much longer. Eric and Tiffany are a couple who are both beautiful inside and out. Through reception toasts, conversations and stories exchanged during their engagement session, and in meeting their closest friends and family on the wedding day, we found these two are truly genuinely great people. We loved working with you guys Eric and Tiff!! Eric + Tiffany currently reside in Valencia California near Santa Clarita. However both Eric and Tiffany are originally from the North Chicago suburbs. So planning a wedding in Illinois versus California was a big decision, but they felt definitely a “must have” having it back home in Chicago. Primarily why did they have their wedding here in Chicago… family and friends.

 

Tiffany and Eric’s day was streamlined and kept very simple, as Tiff decided she’d like to stay at the one location all day. All of the events of during the day such as bridal hair, make-up and getting ready were upstairs in the hotel’s huge and light filled suites. And following the couple’s morning preparations, our bridal dramatic, romantic and editorial style wedding photography, Tiffany and Eric’s indoor and romantic candle lit ceremony, and the events of their modern reception all took place at the same one location and their venue. The Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel is a Chicago modern wedding venue and we enjoyed it as much as Tiffany and Eric told us they did upon first booking it. Tiffany was telling us during our first conversation, how they were inspired by the venue and were planning on putting together a modern themed event. As the planning all came together, Tiffany added to the modernism a few more emphasizes for an overall themed “Modern Organic Clean Romantic” styled day. Tiff and Eric decided to hire on the help of an expert and a vendor we always enjoy working with Anthony Navarro from Liven It Up Events. Anthony and his team always do an amazing job helping to craft and produce fully a bride’s vision. Highly focused on putting together all the planned items and taking care of any unexpected parts of the day that may arise, we can’t recommend a planner enough. And Anthony is a delight and talent worth looking into working with.

 

The Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg is a hotel with an abundant amount of beautiful and natural lighting. The convention center is a large building with nice grand spaces and it incorporates a clean, urban and chic esthetic, with an ultra modern style. The venue has an airy appeal with many white walls and towering columns and contrasted colorful details with within the decor, vertical lines in metals, cement and glass. The glass stair case and huge floor to ceiling windows in both the guest’s hotel rooms and throughout the second story hotel’s grand foyer are great. ( We can’t express how much we LOVED the abundance of natural lighting and windows everywhere, creating perfect and ideal lighting conditions for photographs. The window lighting allowed us to use the space as our photo studio, to artistically create and capture editorial style wedding photography images for Tiffany and Eric. This venue was a photographer’s dream location! ) The hotel offers an ideal situation for bride’s whom prefer if a humid Chicago weather or rainy day comes along, the venue offers great indoor space to shoot inside. For Eric + Tiffany’s day, lucky it may be, it did thunderstorm and rain. So already having the indoor space, made for less stressing about staying dry and more time for shooting artistic pictures. Tiffany looked stunning in her Winnie Couture gown which she purchased directly from the boutique’s flagship store on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Eric complemented her beauty in his classic fit tuxedo. We felt spoiled in having such a glamourous couple to photograph! Tiffany you looked stunning and compliments to her make-up and hair stylists who did an amazing job enhancing her natural beauty.

 

Eric + Tiffany again, thank you in your hospitality and we had a great time alongside you both. Best wishes to the two of you! When we are near Los Angeles or Valencia for a future wedding or vacationing out your way in California, we will surely be calling to visit you guys. Hope you love our selection of favorites from the day we chose to feature above as much as we do. Enjoy + Congrats!”

 

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Eric + Tiffany’s day consisted of these details and amazing vendors:
Theme: Modern Organic Clean Romantic
Reception + Ceremony Venue: Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, Illinois
Wedding Planner: Liven It Up Events, Anthony Navarro 773.727.4929
Bouquets, Floral and Wheat Grass Florist: Vale of Enna, Grace Ha-Kim, 847.942.3629
Décor: Art of Imagination, Deborah Weisenhaus, 773.632.8553

 

Beauty + Fashion:
Hair Stylist: Michael Thomas Salon, Isela, 847.716.0584 + Renee Feldman Salon of Studio 110 Salon, Chicago
Make-Up Artist: Suzanna Avakian, Neiman Marcus, 224.730.1900
Officiant: Church of Atonement, Pastor Don Wink, Barrington, IL 847.381.0243 ext. 172
Bridal Dress & Veil Designer: Winnie Couture Haute Bridal Fashion, 9393 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA
Brides Bridal Shoes: Glitter Fabric Platform Sandal by Jimmy Choo
Reception Shoes: Sparkly Tom’s
Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. + Bloomingdales (switched earrings)
Bride’s Hair Accessories, Ceremony Flower Accessory + Reception Feather and Brooch: Tigerlilly Jewelry
Bridesmaids Shoes: Caparros
Bridesmaids Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Jewelry Bridesmaids: Tigerlilly Jewelry
Flowergirl Dress + Shoes: Amazing Gracie’s Children’s Shoppe, South Barrington, IL
Flowergirl Accessories: Tigerlilly Jewelry
Tuxedos: Formally Modern Tuxedo
Engagement Ring + Bands: Tiffany & Co.

 

Reception Details:
Ceremony Recessional Exit Elements: Ribbon Wands ( Black & Ivory ) from Etsy
Cocktail Napkins: Betsy White Stationary Boutique
DJ: Okyne Medialab, Al Okyne 847.275.3619
Audio + Visuals: Swank Audio Visuals
First Dance Song: The Way You Look Tonight by Michael Buble
Videographer: Orange Wedding Films, JJ Kim, 847-520-0123
Catering + Cake: Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel
Cake: Yellow Chiffon, Fresh Strawberries, Vanilla Buttercream by Pastry Chef Ms. Kathy Plucinski from The Renaissance Hotel
Menu: Pretzel roll, roasted tomato bisque, Summer blend salad, Riesling poached pear sorbet and choice of Mediterranean chicken, center cut beef tenderloin or porcini seared halibut
Guest Favor as a Donation: Children’s Cancer Foundation, California
Invitations + Papers by: Social Savvy Invitation Studio, Pasadena, CA
Honeymoon: Bora Bora, in 2012

 

Don’t leave our ♥ blog without viewing photos from Eric + Tiffany’s Chicago engagement photography session last Summer.

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