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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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“Matt + Stephanie selected us to photograph their Chicago wedding day which took place at one of our downtown favorites the Chicago Blackstone Hotel. We absolutely love this hotel venue. What an awesome venue selection you choose Matt + Stephanie, one of the best in the City, and fitting for two equally amazing people. The Blackstone Hotel is located on Michigan Avenue and Stephanie mentioned that her and Matt fell in love with this hotel for it’s bold decor, location, historical significance, and architectural details. The feeling was mutual, we also love the hotel for it’s amazingly designed rooms which were a treat to photograph the bridal party and bride & groom in… narrowing down our choices to just a few rooms was difficult. When discussing the Blackstone’s English Room, this was one room the four of us especially liked the decor. It’s an architectural gem as the hotel describes it. The historic English Room is “a board room within the hotel featuring 17th century walnut paneling, slate and Colorado white stone flooring, a beautifully carved ceiling, original stained-glass windows from 1910.” Not only this room, but overall the hotel features a great mix of both unique, modern and historical decor. Lucky us, we are already looking forward to our second visit to the Blackstone hotel and Crystal Ballroom where we will be wedding photographers again for another couple later this summer.

 

Matt and Steph’s friends and family stayed at the hotel and traveled to downtown Chicago from around the country. The Blackstone is located in the heart of the City, in the South Loop, and across from Grant Park perfect for out of town guests to enjoy the views of the City’s architecture and stroll around visiting museums and the Loop. Noted as historically a favorite of movie stars, sports legends, royalty and presidents dating back to 1910, the hotel today has retained it’s legendary flair of hollywood, glamour and luxurious splendor. The glitzy and luxury selections Stephanie choose in her dress, shoes, jewelry and modern color palette, tied the venue and her day’s details altogether beautifully. From the colorful lobby, walking through the doors of the both their ceremony and reception at the Blackstone’s Crystal Ballroom, or mingling in the art hall where guests enjoyed pre-function hors’devours and cocktails, guests couldn’t help to mention how impressed they were with the legendary and Chicago style wedding they were attending.

 

Stephanie did an amazing job in hiring local vendors and completing the design and details behind her day decorating the hotel in lovely style. Be sure to check out her vendors listed below and Stephanie also offered up a few extra words of advice for those couples who are still organizing their plans for a wedding day. Steph writes:

 

“Take some time during the wedding to really look around and take everything in. Try not to separate from your husband too much during the night, as once you separate it is hard to get back together because everyone wants to talk to you. Great advice is have a receiving line to make sure you are able to at least say hi to everyone that is there. Matt wanted one and I did not. I was so glad we had one because we would have not spoken to everyone that night had we not had one. People had travelled from all over the country to come to the wedding and had I not even said hi to some of them I would have felt so bad.”

 

Stephanie and Matt we were SOOO excited you choose the two of us as your wedding photographers, we love the Blackstone, documenting your day, working with you two, family and friends, and it was exciting seeing you two united in marriage. Best wishes to the two of you and congratulations.”

 

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Matt + Stephanie’s recommended Chicago wedding vendors:
Marriott Chicago Hotel Wedding Venue: Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Wedding Planning, Hotel + Event Information Contact: Ashley Sneddon at the Blackstone Hotel 312.542.3436
Reception + Ceremony Ballroom: The Blackstone Hotel Crystal Ballroom which overlooks Michigan Avenue
Before Dinner Cocktails: The Art Hall in the Blackstone
Bridal Dress Designer: Amsale by Christos
Dress Shop: Bella Via Bridal Couture, 34 East Oak Street, 4th Floor, Chicago
Bridal Shoes: Hondola Platform Pumps Guess
Bridal Jewelry: Monet, a gift from Stephanie’s mom
In Hotel Room Bridal Hair + Make-Up by: Trisha of Sine Qua Non, Four locations in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Andersonville and West Town
Bridesmaids Shoes: Each bridesmaid selected their own shoes
Bridesmaids Dress: White House Black Market Evening Collection
Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Caterer: Mercat a la Planxa inside the Blackstone
Cake: Tipsy Top, Red Velvet Cake by Take the Cake
Topper: Mr. and Mrs. Smith Cake Topper
Bouquets, Tabletops + Flowers: Kehoe Designs
DJ: Mike Veccach
Honeymoon: Aruba at the Ocean Club Marriott

 

 

Stephanie and Matt work for the same organization, but Steph lives here in Chicago and Matt in Washington D.C. With Matt often traveling around the world for his job, when he caught a break and was in town visiting Steph for a long weekend, we scheduled their session. Be sure to visit our blogged favorites images from Matt + Stephanie’s Chicago engagement photography session.

 

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