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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

Leo + Kia’s Rockefeller Chapel and Hotel Sax Chicago Wedding

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“From a Christian wedding ceremony at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park to the super chic downtown reception at the eclectic Hotel Sax, every part of Leo + Tekia’s wedding day emanated romance, elegance and vintage. The day began with photographs of the bride and groom in separate hotel suites, where they got prepped and pampered. In the bridal suite, mothers and grandmothers and lifelong friends helped Kia slip into a gorgeous sequin and lace, tulip-style dress. Meanwhile on another floor of the hotel, the groom’s family and friends helped Leo put together his formal black and white attire. A favorite image from the morning is without a doubt of JJ, the couple’s son, brushing his teeth. Hiding from our camera a good majority of the day, JJ made it tricky for us to sneak a quick picture. What a priceless photographic moment; little JJ and dad getting ready together. Family was a big part of Leo + Kia’s wedding; you could just feel the love and support from the family and friends that were there to make it a memorable and completely personal occasion. A personalized touch, Kia’s mom who officiated the ceremony, left us speechless with her heartfelt oration. Together, literally every element reflected the bond of family and Leo + Kia’s new bond going forward in marriage.

 

The ceremony took place across town, just south on Lake Shore Drive in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus. This was not our first visit to the captivating church, but it was the first time being there to photograph a ceremony. The golden afternoon sun lit the cathedral and Kia’s beautiful smile intently glowed for Leo. A massive sanctuary, the Rockefeller chapel carried the couple’s recited vows and voices out into the pews where family and friends listened intently. Steps from where the couple exchanged their first kiss, we found some beautiful ivy, and captured romantic nature photos outside the chapel. Majestic church architecture, and specifically the limestone and gothic elements of the historic Rockefeller church built in the early 20th century, is always a favorite of ours and a simple backdrop for romantic and modern wedding photography in Chicago.

 

As the mid-Summer wedding went from sunny skies to starry night in a flash, we couldn’t help but think how gorgeous the day truly was. From the choice in selecting a vogue hotel, to the task of hand selecting pink and romantic details, Kia’s months of planning became a huge inspiration for our photos. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the bride and her incredibly talented wedding planner, Anika of Anika Kai Events who helped tie everything together, the two put together a fabulous event. In Kia’s own words about Anika, “I’m so glad we hired her. Anika gives the best advice and she is great at what she does.” While the bridal party was busy capturing photographs, meanwhile Anika was completing an elegant transformation of the hotel’s reception room. With the doors closed off to guests who were mingling in the nearby sci-fi and distinctive Hotel Sax rotunda cocktail hour space, both the bride + groom and later guests, were happily surprised when the doors opened to reveal Anika’s efforts behind the flowing curtains of the reception room.

 

Leo + Kia booked Hotel Sax Chicago to host the reception and it is one fabulous modern hotel reception choice. Located adjacent to the House of Blues in the heart of the River North neighborhood, and within close proximity to the nearby river walk and hustle bustle of Michigan Avenue, Hotel Sax mirrors the artsy vibe and décor of the famed rock venue and urban location. A trendy, cosmopolitan inspired lobby and hotel suites, the hotel mixes worldly textures, modern visually stimulating spaces with vintage styling. The suite and the building’s steel and glass city style architecture allowed tons of sunlight to rush through floor-to-ceiling, metal windows. The room mixed in a classic touch and vintage feeling of “being at home in good old-fashioned Chicago” with a checkered, black-and-white tile floors, reminiscent of classic flooring in Chicago-style brownstones or row houses. Downstairs, the hotels’ globally-inspired and intriguing Crimson Lounge bar featured dark walnut woods, plush velvet lounge seating, royal fabrics and wild candlelit wall sconces, which provided a perfect palette for some edgy, high chemistry photos of the bride + groom. Leo + Kia looked fabulous and we liked how the artsy atmosphere, worked well their stylish fashions. The luxury hotel provided us with an eclectic editorial setting for intimate photos of the couple and high-fashion wedding photography.

 

We can’t say thank you enough to Leo + Kia in allowing us to capture your love, and thank you for choosing us to be your photographers for the day. We hope you enjoy reliving some of the our favorite photographic moments and captured events from the memorable day. We wish you both and your family the very best. Congratulations!”

 

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Vendors and details that made it all possible:
Theme: Romantic, Classic Vintage
Colors: Classic black & white with a touch of blush pink
Ceremony Venue: University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Reception Venue: Hotel Sax Chicago
Cocktail Hour: Hotel Sax’s Hub and Rotunda
Coordinator: Anika Jackson of Anika Kai Events
Ceremony Officiant: Mother of the Bride
Pink Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Farrah Bledsoe of Remedy Salon
Bridal Makeup: Stacy Kelly Mitchell of Stacy Faces
Cake: Take the Cake
Flowers: Grace of Vale of Enna
Invitations and Programs: DIY by the Bride
Decor, Chuppah, Fabrics and Black Dance Floor: Precision Sound and Lighting
Music: DJ Vince Adams

 

Kia’s Favorite Moment + Advice: My favorite moment was the first glance and seeing my husband right before the ceremony. It was so exciting and it calmed my nerves a bit. To future brides, DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF! Things will happen and you will NOT have any control over them. Just stay on the dance floor and be happy!

 

Click this link to take a peek at Kia + Leo’s Miller + Miller engagement session.

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