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Sean + Emily’s Palmer House Hotel Wedding

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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.

Ross + Charmagne’s Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Wedding

Category: Hard Rock Hotel, Modern Wedding Photography Chicago, weddings   Thu. Oct 20. 2011

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“We had the pleasure in spending the day and photographing Ross + Charmagne’s modern chicago wedding ceremony and reception at the contemporary Michigan Avenue Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. The day was a festive celebration and party celebrated in rock-in-roll style. Ross + Charmagne kept surprising us with more and more personalized details, which began at the start of the day and proceeded all the way to the end. Many brides say they feel their dress selection helps to define their wedding’s style. Charmagne’s dress was an absolutely stunning choice with beautiful layers of feminine organza, and an incredible petal embellishment along the length of the dress… just gorgeous. And Ross he was styled in all class, cool and ready to marry the love of his life. Yellow bold florals and the ladies wearing sapphire blue, floor length dresses tied the bridal party as a group altogether.


This was personally our first visit to The Hard Rock Hotel, and yes we loved it as much as Ross + Charmagne had described it to us upon our first meeting. The hotel resides in the iconic Carbide & Carbon building offering a few unique party spaces and Michigan Ave address where everyone including guests can enjoy it’s centralized right in heart of downtown Chicago location. The hotel, often frequented by musicians and celebrities, boasts a similar upbeat ambiance, buzz and a feeling that the paparazzi is peeking around the corner vibe, and features stylish music playing. A perfect modern venue to celebrate the vibrant city, while mixing in an upbeat cultural ambiance. Ross + Charmagne said they were instantly drawn to the venue too because of it’s musically inspired atmosphere and the interior’s decorated Art Deco aspects blended with contemporary style.


The ceremony proceeded in the Gibson Room which was a elegant space, flooded with an abundance of natural window light, tall bold yellow bouquets, live music harmonizing elegant sounds of a classic guitar and cello together, and smiles exchanged during personalized vows recited by the bride and groom. The lobby level hosts the Angels & Kings nightclub where they say “there’s no need to act like an angel to feel like rock and roll royalty”. We decided to go with the royalty theme while composing a few fashionable bridal party group photos. During the later evening festivities, guests enjoyed cocktails in style within a city view room featuring a terrace and balcony with views of Michigan Avenue. Later, events of dinner, dancing and fun were experienced in the hotel’s Fender Ballroom. Leaving not even the tiniest of stylistic details unplanned, Ross and Charmagne incorporated hundreds of personalized touches, including incorporating an urban + yellow + lovebird theme, handmade printed menus, signs, place cards and DIY items included placecard holders, photo sleeves, welcome bags, wedding favor boxes, and the couple’s birdcage card box.


Ross + Charmagne you are both as sweet, thoughtful and genuine as they come. Capturing the love between you two was super easy. Your choice of bright and cheery yellow color was a perfect fit for your amazing personalities. The wedding was a true reflection of you from head to toe. Nothing but best wishes to you as you start your futures together now as husband + wife. Hope you enjoy our preview of your day, within the photos above.”


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Ross + Charmagne’s Planning Advice to Couples Who Are Engaged ♥ “Don’t be afraid to be creative and think outside the box!”


Theme: Lovebirds
Colors: Yellow and gray color combo
Modern Chicago Hotel Wedding Venue: Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Event Services Manager Erica McMillen
Ceremony: Hard Rock’s Gibson Room
Reception: The Hard Rock Fender Ballroom
Cocktails: The Hamer Room with Outdoor Terrace Overlooking Michigan Avenue
Dress + Veil Shop: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner from Here Comes The Bride
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Jewelry: Nordstrom Collection and Crislu
Wedding Rings: Gale Diamonds
Hair: Mario Tricoci Downtown Chicago
Makeup: Sephora at The Shops at North Bridge
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mori Lee
Tuxedos: Savvi Formalwear
Bridal Party Gifts: Coach and Kate Spade
Officiant: Bruce Otto from Spirited Weddings
Ceremony Musicians: Moeller Music
Sand Frame Set: Say Anything Design
Cake + Sweet Table: Luscious Layers Bakery
Love Angels Cake Topper: Kikuike Studio on Etsy
Flowers + Ceremony Decor: Kehoe Designs
DJ: Aris Enterprises
Linens: Chair Couture
Custom Invitations ( using Miller + Miller photos ): Keepsake Designs with DIY envelopes and inserts
Custom Ceremony Minibooks ( using Miller + Miller pictures ): Minted
Guest Book: Featured M+M engagement photos
Guest Favors: Frango Mint Chocolates
Honeymoon: Spain

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