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Jamison + Jamie’s Chicago InterContinental Hotel Wedding Photography

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Jamison + Jamie’s day was filled with an abundance of love and romance. With an amazing couple, beautiful locations and great weather, it was our pleasure photographing this wedding. As the day went on, we noticed how everyone including the bridesmaids and groomsmen were being extra attentive to take photos. Soon we realized why… and that was because the bride Jamie was so psyched to work with us! Months prior to the big day, she was telling everyone she knew about her and Jamison’s Miller + Miller engagement photos and saying wonderful things about the pictures, our photo blog, and about us. So we’d like to personally thank you Jamie, your enthusiasm, and influence on others was obviously contagious. And your kind words are much appreciated!

 

Jamie had visions for a classic Chicago, city-style wedding celebration. With guests traveling from local suburbs and Jamie’s hometown of Wheaton, while others from further away states of Minnesota and Indiana, the convenience of nearby locations were important part of their planning. When Jamie + Jamison’s found what has been noted a “hidden jewel” concealed between various shops along Chestnut and Rush streets, St. James Chapel agreed is one of Chicago’s prettiest historic chapels for a Roman Catholic ceremony. Both great in it’s Gold Coast location and historical appeal, the chapel was a short trolley ride from our first stop along Michigan Avenue to Rush Street. The recently restored, the architectural French gothic style church and Caen stone chapel is undeniably one of the city’s most beautiful of historic church ceremony locations. Inspired by San Chapelle in Paris France, the intimate chapel setting, with rows after rows of pew seating, colorful stained glass windows, and stone sanctuary, painted a picturesque fairytale like location for Jamison + Jamie’s exchanging of vows.

 

When asking about their day, Jamie + Jamison say, “There were many favorite memories we will never forget from our day, but two specific memories stand out more than others. One memory we remember vividly was the first moment we saw on another for the first time, as Jamie was walking down the aisle with her father. For an entire year, we kept it a secret of how the other would look on the day of. Jamison did not share with Jamie what he was planning on wearing ( tuxedos, bow ties, etc. ) and Jamie kept the same secret not revealing with Jamison her bridal gown and all the bride’s accessories that went along with it. We both remember how handsome and beautiful each other looked at first sight.”

 

Out of 50+ reception venues Jamison + Jamie toured all while living in Indianapolis, Jamie said they were sold on The InterContinental Hotel. After visits to some modern venues in the Michigan Avenue and Riverfront areas, one being their rehearsal dinner space of Fulton’s on the River and neighboring venues of the Trump Hotel Chicago, ultimately the InterContinental hotel fit their vision. Jamie said: “Not only did we appreciate the history behind it and the striking architectural elements of the building, but every time we visited we were greeted with such hospitality.” The InterContinental Hotel first originated in 1928 as the Medinah Athletic Club and eventually became a hotel in 1944 operating for Sheraton and Radisson hotel chains. It became known as the InterContinental in 1988 and opened to the public in 1990. Today, the InterContinental Hotel offers more than it’s famous gold plated and historic Grand Ballroom. Each of the hotel’s four ballrooms and event spaces are equally, if not more stunning from one to the next. The Renaissance and King Arthur Court ballrooms are another couple favorite spaces with majestic backdrops, one-of-a-kind lavish chandeliers, ornate carved details, walls and windows featuring original stained glass, and rich dark colored wood beams, walls and ceilings, as the names imply the rooms have historical royalty and luxury qualities.

 

Another reason Jamison + Jamie loved the InterContinental was because of the hotel’s location. With a location right on Michigan Avenue, just minutes away and walking distance from great shopping, museums, restaurants, Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, the riverfront, and more, J+J loved the idea of guests being able to tour around Chicago’s main attractions in between the ceremony and reception and even into the next day if they wished. After touring the inside of the hotel and seeing the ballroom as a place to hold the reception, Jamie said “many other venue options afterward just could not compare. I was sold from the moment we walked into the Grand Ballroom. The Ballroom’s size was perfect for our number of guests and its balcony and chandelier added a bit of romance to room which made it unique from other venues.” As Jamie had dreamed, her and Jamison’s celebration unfolded as a series of unforgettable events. The evening even included one additional surprise for guests, Jamie’s personally choreographed a surprise dad and daughter dance, turning into a huge flash mob dance. “Our second favorite memory was when we performed a flash mob dance during the reception with our parents and entire bridal party. We had practiced this dance over and over for weeks, and it was so much fun to finally be able to surprise everyone with our moves to Black Eyed Peas’ “Dirty Bit”. Our parents and bridal party performed amazing! The excitement really set the tone for the rest of the night and it turned out to be an unforgettable time for all of our guests.”

 

What an amazing celebration! Congrats, keep in touch, and thanks for letting us be a part of your memories!

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Jamison + Jamie’s day consisted of these details and amazing vendors:
Theme: Classic + Formal Chicago City Wedding
Ceremony Venue: St. James Chapel located in the Archbishop Quigley Center, the former minor seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago, 835 N. Rush Street
Priest: Father Robert Tuzik, Notre Dame De Chicago Parish
Reception Venue: Grand Ballroom of The InterContinental Hotel, 505 North Michigan Avenue
Catering Manager and Day of Coordinator: Chris Schmidt of The InterContinental Hotel
Planner: Missy Peterson of Bee Social Events, 630-484-7609
Sunday Brunch Venue: Grand Lux Café, 600 N. Michigan Ave
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Fulton’s on the River, 315 N. LaSalle
Cake: Cake Chicago, formerly Take the Cake
Cake Filling: Banana cake, crème brulee and salty carmel filling, buttercreme icing served with swirled sauces and mint garnish
Flowers: All Flowers By Marisa, Wheaton
Invitations: Style on Budget, Naperville
DJ: Phil Szaflarski Manna Music
Video: Jeff Rovik Video Creations Wheaton

 

Glamour + Fashion Info:
Groom + Groomsmen: Vera Wang Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Dress Designer: Ilissa
Veil + Dress Shop: Brides By Demetrios
Cobalt Blue Bridal Heels: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Jewelry & Accessories: The Left Bank ( gift from mother of the bride )
Bands + Rings: Distinctive Diamonds
Hair: Charles Ifergan, 106 East Oak Street
Makeup: Charles Ifergan ( air brush services)
Silver Bridesmaids Heels: each girl choose her own designer
Magenta Bridesmaid Dresses: Impression magenta dresses from Nancy’s Bridal Boutique
Garter: Camouflage Garter ( representing Jamison’s love for hunting ) from Alfred Angelo

 

Gifts + Decor:
Chicago Themed Table Numbers and Place Cards: Style on Budget
Blue Reception Up Lighting: Manna Music
Groomsmen Gifts: Groomsmen personalized man cave signs
Bridesmaids Gift Jewelry: Matching earrings, necklaces and wristlets from Charming Charlie
Groom’s Gift: Oakley polarized sunglasses for the honeymoon
Bride’s Gift: Dog tag with the name Josie engraved ( future labrador retriever puppy )
Reception Favors: Garrett’s Popcorn individual customized take home bags
Guestbook: Custom wine bottles for guests to leave messages from Etsy ( on each milestone anniversary J+J will be able enjoy a new bottle of wine and read guest’s well wishes )
First Dance Song: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
Honeymoon: Riviera Maya, Mexico, Secrets Maroma Resort and Spa

Sean + Emily’s Elegant Engagement Photography Pictures

Category: Chicago North Shores, engagements, Hinsdale   Sun. Nov 11. 2012

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Just like each of our couples are unique, so is every shoot location’s personality. We headed to the North Shore area of Chicago with Sean + Emily to capture editorial style engagement photography along the rocky shoreline of the lake, at a secluded location beyond a wooded forest bluff, and later at a historic architectural setting. For Sean + Emily’s photo session, despite chilly weather and shortened daylight conditions, our three locations all came together perfectly, matching well to the couple’s personalities, as well as close in similarities to the spot where Sean proposed to Emily at, in Stockholm. S+E’s personal interests are without a doubt strong in their enjoyment of traveling. Frequently spending time at destinations overseas, Sean told us “we travel abroad really whenever possible.” Emily was one to admit, life is pretty busy for the two of them, and they both work a lot “we are pretty much work alcoholics” she said ( which us at Miller + Miller could relate easily to. ) But when they are able to travel, Sean and Emily enjoy taking in each destination and learning of the local history of the location, as well as the local culture. When emailing each other about their session, the couple proposed a few new to M+M spots rich in their distinctive interests of history and culture. Which we loved and were very impressed, thanks Sean! One of our favorite moments during their engagement session photography shoot was when Emily told us about Sean’s proposal that took place in June. It was one of the most beautiful of stories and what an unbelievably elegant location for it to occur at too. One of the best stories we have heard in our years of being wedding photographers yet, Sean’s romantic proposal took place while vacationing together and visiting his family abroad in Sweden…

 

“Sean decided to take me on a trip to Stockholm Sweden to visit his grandparents. It was somewhat of a routine trip as Sean goes back to Sweden quite often to visit them, but different this time, as I had only been with him to Sweden in the Winter months. This vacation was in June and Sean said that I had to see the other side of Sweden, and enjoy their long Summer nights. ( During the month of June, in Stockholm the sun brightens the sky the entire night, never getting fully dark. ) We packed our bags and got ready for a fun week of sightseeing and family outings. From the beginning of the trip until the end, we were running around sightseeing and visiting his relatives. On the last night Sean, told me that the two of us were going to spend the night out, and that I should dress up. I wondered what surprises were in store… but with him, I never could really know for sure what was going to happen. Well I got ready for the night and Sean called a cab and we were whisked into the city. When we arrived to our destination, I opened the door of the taxi and my eyes were filled with the view of Stockholm’s old town harbor. It was about 9pm and I could still see the sun closing in on the horizon. The sea was calm, the winds had died down and the water walk ways were busy with people enjoy an evening stroll. As I turned to Sean I saw him standing in front of a hotel called The Grand Hotel. It was a lavish hotel, from a different time. Men with long tailed tuxes, top hats and white gloves greet you as you enter through the gold and glass doors. A marble staircase gives way to a lobby filled with red velvet chairs, ornate chandeliers, marble statues and a smell of an old log cabin. Sean grabbed my hand and guided me to a small door on the side. As we made our way we passed a small library filled with books that seemed to be as old as the country, Sean opened the door and we were greeted by another man in a tux. It was a restaurant. It was a narrow restaurant, but on one side the walls were floor to ceiling glass. The view was of the beautiful harbor. We were seated at a table beside the glass wall. As we enjoyed a long dinner, Sean seemed relaxed, but as if his mind was somewhere else. After we ate the last spoon of our dessert, Sean next asked if I wanted to go for a walk by the water. The sun had passed the horizon, but there was still a faint glow in the sky. We walked towards the water and began to cross a small bridge that connected two small islands. Sean stopped me halfway through the bridge. He told me that we should just enjoy the moment and take everything in. The walkway was still quiet as most people had gone home from their walks. Sean asked me if I was chilly. I responded yes and he said, “ok you can have my jacket in a bit.” I though this was strange but didn’t think too much into it. Sean then took hold of my hands ask started telling me how much he loved me, and how much I meant to him. He asked me if I would love him forever. As he was saying this he put his hand into the inside pocket of his jacket and pulled out a small square box. I caught a glimpse of it and a million things ran through my mind. It wasn’t a typical ring box, so I really didn’t know if I was about to get a ring or some other sort of jewelry. He said he loved me and then opened the box. We both went silent. And then both began to tear up. He picked up the ring and gently slid it onto my finger. The first thing that came out of my mouth was “don’t drop it in the water.” We had just been resting our arms on the railing of the bridge. Sean just smiled and we both embraced. I quickly realized that he hadn’t actually asked me the question yet. As we pulled out of our embrace, I said with a chuckle you haven’t asked me anything yet? He just smiled and said: Emily will you marry me.”

 

Thanks Sean + Emily in sharing such an amazing story! You are two fabulous people, who are without a doubt madly in love with each other. Sean the proposal location sounds utterly breathtaking. We can’t but help to want to visit Stockholm now for ourselves. And Emily your engagement ring is simply gorgeous and quite unique, featuring a beautiful turquoise stone. We couldn’t help but ask about it’s significance… Sean’s selection of the round turquoise stone was him providing a part of his family legacy to her. The stone is an old family heirloom of the other side of his family, which is from Iran. Sean’s grandmother had come from the Persian Qajar dynasty in Iran and the stone has been passed down from her. Sean had the turquoise set and surrounded by diamonds… unbelievably stunning. Sean and Emily we hope you love seeing these preview photos and they remind you a bit of the proposal day in Sweden. We are looking forward to your upcoming wedding day and it being our first in 2012, only a few days away. Enjoy!

 

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♥ Sean + Emily’s ceremony is set to take place at Saint Thomas More Church and the reception will follow at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. The iconic and legendary Palmer House hotel is a perfect hotel selection for Sean + Emily’s personalized taste. The venue offers impressive rooms with modern luxurious renovations all historically kept to the hotel’s original Beaux Arts architecture. The Palmer House is a landmark hotel and a member of the Historic Hotels of America.

 

Emily’s visited Zazu Salon in Hinsdale on the morning of this engagement session. Hair stylist Andrew and make-up by an independent artist Morghan.

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