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“We can’t believe Spring is here and how fast the recent months have flown by. It feels like just yesterday when we were outside in the chilly December weather photographing Sean and Emily’s Chicago Winter engagement photography session and now… these two are happily married! Sean + Emily planned an early in March wedding day. It was a formal event, with classic details, style and utter sophistication. A mix of cultures and traditions from both the bride and groom’s families were tied into the day, including an Irish bagpiper during their exiting down the aisle at the ceremony, photos at the father of the Groom’s alma mater the University of Chicago, and later Persian music and gifts at the reception. The lavish Empire Room ballroom hosted the couple’s reception dinner and dancing. The Empire ballroom is located inside one of the most famous of hotels in Chicago The Palmer House Hilton Hotel. When planning the decor and florals for the room, S+E hired a florist located nearby their Hinsdale home where they could work closely with and refine the details of the space. What stunning results and we believe it was exactly what they sought out to achieve, a jaw dropping room and presentation to their guests.

 

“For the ballroom, we wanted the decor to reflect the beauty in our church and the Palmer House. We saw the hotel and room as regal, with romantic touches, so we spent a lot of time with Sadie Belman our florist at The English Garden Flower Shop creating the centerpieces. We wanted people to gasp when they walked into the Empire Room. We were not looking for something conventional such as flowers low on the table. Because the room is so special, we wanted to add height with a grand, mystical feel.”

 

Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton hotel offers a number of historically stunning rooms and grand ballroom spaces. Photographically, we found the hotel to have an abundance of amazing photo settings around every corner. ( And great for couple’s who enjoy romantic and magazine style Chicago editorial wedding photography as Sean + Emily love, where we incorporate the room. ) If your searching for a stylish venue with historic and architectural details, the Palmer house is a excellent downtown hotel venue. Sean + Emily choose the hotel’s Empire Room, and the room defines the word luxury and grandeur. With it’s rich tapestries, painted molding and metallic embellishments, a centered in the room stage where historically celebrity performers took that same stage, and balconies on the sides, The Empire Room is one of the most captivating atmospheric settings we have photographed a reception within. Undeniably the most memorable of of element in the ballroom is its gold, ornate ceiling details. The rich elegance of the room, gold and brilliantly gleaming chandeliers offers an unmatched feeling for the bride + groom to feel truly like a celebrity and royalty for the day. With recent renovations in 2009, the Palmer House has undergone a complete restoration back to the hotel’s architecture from its 1920’s era glamour. Historically the hotel has been re-constructed a few times, from it’s original and first construction dating to 1871. The original building was a casualty of the Great Chicago Fire, rebuilt in the 20’s, and today stands as the second largest hotel and acclaimed the fanciest post-fire in all of the City. It’s a legendary space and the perfect setting which defined Emily + Sean’s classic and formal wedding theme. We decided to not only photograph the couple inside at the hotel before dinner began, but also at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel. Another architectural significant building, the Rockefeller’s cathedral with it’s circular drive, Porte Cochere “covered doorway” entrances, and towering limestone and concrete walls presented another amazing setting for incorporating historical architecture and wedding photography together in pictures.

 

Thank you Emily + Sean in choosing us as your engagement and Chicago wedding photographers. What an amazing day it was, truly a memorable fairytale event. We can’t help but to feel like we’ve become close friends. We enjoyed the entire day, our photo shoot outside at the University, catching smiles as the cold March wind provided the perfect excuse for you two to get closer and warm up, the day’s Irish and Persian elements, and spending the day with you documenting all the celebrating. We hope you, family and friends enjoy seeing the photos. More will be coming soon.”

 

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Sean + Emily’s Vendor Details:
Theme: Classic + Formal Wedding
Ceremony: St. Thomas More and photography at Rockefeller Chapel University of Chicago
Reception: Empire Room at the Palmer House Hilton
Bridal Dress: Badgley Mischka
Bridal Dress Shop: Ultimate Bride, 106 E Oak Street, Chicago
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Jewelry: Family Heirlooms
Bands: Custom from Browning and Sons Fine Jewelry, Hinsdale
Engagement Ring: Family Heirloom Reset
Hair: TJ from Zazu Salon, Hinsdale
Make-Up: Morgan Byrnes, Freelance MUA
Bride’s Veil + Lace Bolero: Custom by Ultimate Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm
Catering + Day of Coordination: Jane S. Himmel of Palmer House Hilton
Dinner Details: Soup: asparagus and green pea; Salad: champagne and saffron poached baby pear, ripe brie cheese, dried cranberries and candied walnuts, with balsamic vinaigrette; Entree: grass fed filet of beef encrusted with blue cheese and a pinot noir reduction-or-phyllo pouch stuffed with sauteed spinach, mushrooms, onions, and sundried tomatoes, with a red pepper reduction
Cake Dessert: Red Velvet, Yellow Cake, Layer with Buttercream and Chocolate Fudge Frosting by Take the Cake
Flowers: The English Garden Flower Shop, Clarendon Hills
Invitations: Sass n Class, Hinsdale
Church Exit: Red Rose Petals + Irish Bagpiper
DJ: James Traut from Big Fish Productions
First Dance: Tu Recuerdo, Chambao
Transportation: White Vintage Rolls Royce from Chicago Trolley Rental
Videography: Keith Jorgenson of Poetic Productions

 

Favorite Memory: Emily said the entire day was so perfect. But she said Sean had the most perfect of all answers. Simply he said and Emily says “I have to agree seeing him at the church and promising our life together was by far the best memory I have of that day. :)”

 

Honeymoon: With a love of traveling Sean and Emily are hoping to spend 3 weeks in Switzerland and Italy exploring. Honeymoon plans include starting in Geneva, Switzerland and then driving through the Alps to Milan. On Emily’s “bucket list in life” ( that Emily says Sean has promised her they will complete together ) they plan to attend a horse race ‘the Palio’ in the center square in Sienna, Italy. After leaving Sienna, they plan to drive down the breathtaking Amalfi Coast and end the trip in the Island of Sardinia, and do nothing but swim, sail and drink wine in the Mediterranean.

 

 

♥ Check out our recent photo blog photos post of Sean + Emily’s Winter engagement photography session.

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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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