“After spending the day with Ian + Erica earlier in the Summer on their urban Chicago high-fashion engagement photography session, we could hardly wait for their unique and modern Chicago wedding date at The Stan Mansion to arrive. First off, we loved working with Erica + Ian they are such a cool couple ( and not to mention the beautiful Erica is so easy to photograph… her daughter Meriah is a mer clone of the same beauty. ) But secondly, we LOVE unique venues and weddings which our couples are overly excited about. Which was exactly what I+E’s wedding was. It was distinctive and modern incorporating tons of contemporary mixed with romantic wedding details… With a number of Erica and Ian’s fellow music industry friends + DJs joining in on the festivities alongside both of their families from the Crystal Lake and the Naperville / Aurora burbs all in the City, we knew it would be a truly memorable wedding affair. If you weren’t at this wedding… you missed out on some fun.
Ian + Erica booked The Stan Mansion, a historic mansion located in the Logan Square neighborhood for both their reception and romantic wedding ceremony. The Stan Mansion is an open canvas and a wedding planners dream where couples bring in to the space their own decorating style making it their own. I+E loved the historic mansion and the flexibility of the space ( you can hire any caterer of their choice and even have the flexibility of saving money by bringing their own liquor. ) The historic mansion boasts of their relaxed atmosphere. The mansion is dark and moody, club like as Erica described it with rich colored carpets, textures, added luxurious renovations, modern brick, and an opulent ambiance. It’s the perfect venue for a musician and artist like Ian who’s a DJ. The venue is a mix of old fashion with the ornate stage and attached open banquet room, tied with an urban flair, as the attached brick bar section and outdoor front courtyard spaces invite guests to roam around the venue like a Chicago bar. For Ian and Erica, with The Stan Mansion’s being located in Logan Square it was especially an ideal location, as it’s also the neighborhood where Ian + Erica live.
Envisioning filling the space with awesome acoustics, bumping music, lights, and rich fabrics and with so many creative directions in front of Ian + Erica, they decided to hire the wedding planning and coordination expertise of Anthony Navarro from Liven It Up Events who appointed the idyllic setting artistry of Deborah Weisenhaus of Art of Imagination… we highly recommend contacting Liven It Up Events for day of coordination or for full wedding planning. Anthony’s personality and talents make any room light up. On your wedding day, having all the events of the day organized, set ups running smoothly, the room convert and a seamless coordination of vendors becomes easy and uncomplicated when Anthony is there to put all the artistry together. He’s super creative, high energy, and passionate about his job and most importantly transforming your wedding vision into life. We have worked with Anthony prior to I+E’s wedding and were excited to work with him again at the mansion wedding. From vendor suggestion, table decor, to large and small details, Anthony is a man of organization and tons of inventive ideas.
A few things we especially loved about their day, beyond the already discussed unique music, friends and guest DJs, Ian + Erica kept things modern + simple choosing quite a few vendors they personally knew. Loved Erica’s Mia Solano dress, the bridesmaids feather bouquets and the custom bridal bouquet. Ian + Erica prepared touching, personally written wedding vows to each other – it was a short, but an emotional ceremony on stage with a close friend of Ian’s officiating the ceremony. We loved the topsy turvy wedding cake and cute penguin toppers… I think just about everyone in the reception room took a photo of it. We always love added up lighting at weddings and for their reception + ceremony it provided the bold bright green color which reflected throughout the room. So glad we squeezed in just enough time on the venue’s stage for some dramatic wedding photos of the bride and groom for the first time, officially as a married couple. With the groomsmen and Ian prepped and waiting for his bride, the guys posing by the bar became the perfect photo to close with… we love it. And not to mention our time outside the Mansion for a few romantic and high-fashion wedding day shots in Logan Square amidst the local summer festivities that were taking place, memorable.
Ian and Erica… as always, Ryan and I had a blast spending the day with the two of you, photographing and helping to celebrate your day. We hope you enjoy our featured pictures from your wedding. The season and things are starting to slow down, so we’d love to meet up at one of your club DJing events… Many thanks again in hiring us as your engagement and Chicago wedding photographers. Hope you enjoy and talk to you soon.”
Have you catched a glimpse of Ian around town? He’s a Chicago Hip Hop DJ who frequents venues like Angels & Kings and the Roof @ the Wit Hotel in Chicago. For more information about his music and upcoming shows visit www.bigonce.com
Ian + Erica’s wedding day consisted of many friends contributing to their day. Below are a few of their hired Chicago wedding vendors and selections which they praise:
Ceremony + Reception: The Stan Mansion www.stanmansion.com in Logan Square, 2408 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL
Hotel Prep Locations: Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro www.thechicagometro.com, Chicago
Couture Wedding Dress: Mia Solano www.miasolano.com
Bridal Shoes: Aldo Shoes www.aldoshoes.com
Wedding Planning + Coordination by: Anthony from Liven It Up Events 773-727-4929 www.livenitup.com, Chicago
Make-Up Artist: Leah Berman www.loveleah.com
Florist: Fleur Inc. www.fleurchicago.com 3149 W Logan Blvd., Chicago (773) 395-2770
Officiant: A close friends of Ian’s and DJ www.bigapoc.com
DJ: Two friends of Ian’s
Catering: Natalie from D’Absolute Catering, Chicago
Wedding Cake: Yudycakes 630-803-4127 www.yudycakes.blogspot.com , Aurora | Oswego | Chicago
Event Fabric: Supreme Novelty Fabrics 312-226-1030 www.supremefabrics.com, Chicago
Idyllic Setting and Event Design ( including Draping, Hanging Flowers + Lighting ) by: Deborah Weisenhaus www.artofimagination.com, Chicago
♥ Want to see more… have you already viewed our blog post featuring our photographs of the beautiful Erica + Ian in and around Chicago, by graffiti and amidst urban decay? Take a peek at I+E’s urban high-fashion Chicago engagement session. Don’t forget to leave us, and the bride + groom a comment. : )