The Armour House Mansion & Gardens in Lake Forest

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Weddings at The Armour House Mansion & Gardens in Lake Forest

After two weddings at The Armour House Mansion & Gardens in Lake Forest, we are without a doubt in love with this Chicago area favorite wedding venue.  From the mansion’s impressive marble double staircase to a luxurious ceremony on the lawn of the outdoor garden, the Armour House continues to impress us with an amazing combination of the best of historic architecture and nature providing for fairytale-like & glamorous weddings.  Above is a preview of photos from two weddings at Chicago’s premier North Shore wedding venue. Both of our bride’s weddings days planned for all the wedding day activities and all the photography occurring at the property.  Ideally simplifying the day with everything on-site, from getting ready photos until the evening celebrating with guests – all events proceed at the all encompassing Armour House venue.  An unmatched setting by most other all-in-one venues, the historic 1908 Italian villa wedding venue offers breathtaking and picturesque spaces for photographs both indoors and outside.  A bride and her photographer’s dream wedding location.

The historical, Chicago North Shore venue The Armour House Mansion & Gardens is located on Lake Forest Academy.  Hosting fairytale-like setting weddings, the Armour House is a 1908 built, Italian villa originally designed and built as a luxury, private residence by Jonathan Ogden Armour as a gift for his wife Lolita.  Inside all of the manor’s rooms of the Armour House are options for unique and memorable spaces to book for your wedding day.  The 29,000 square foot Chicago, multi million dollar mansion is impressive and many of the home’s hundred year old original architectural details still remain including numerous marble mantles & fireplaces imported from Paris, Vienna and London, the historic limestone and marble floors in the ballrooms, vintage lighting, and the grand double marble staircase. We love every room inside the venue the Great Hall, the Garden Room, the Library, the Little Theater, and the Marble Room – all offer breathtaking photo options, old world charm, grandeur and elegance. Outside the villa is equally impressive with the back lawn’s Pagoda garden, pond and nature surround making for an idyllic planned al fresco outdoor ceremony in Chicago.  We love the 100-year old towering trees, the Armor House’s Italian luxury architecture, patio, terrace, nature, flowers and rose gardens, pagoda and fountain all provide for an enchanting, picture perfect setting.

For additional reading and historical photos of the Armour House Mansion, visit:

The Armour House Mansion & Gardens
1500 West Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 615-3219

Send M+M Wedding Photography an email to discuss your wedding day.  If you’ve chosen this venue, we would love to become your Armour House wedding photographer.

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Thank you to both couple’s talented wedding vendors:
Ashley + Daniel
Wedding Planner Kaitlyn Gomez of A Perfect Event
Flowers Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event
Bridal Gown Alvina Valenta from Bella Bianca
Wedding Rings Kay Jewelers
Invitations William Arthur
Cake Deerfields Bakery
DJ Toast & Jam DJs
Carrie + Stephen
Makeup and Hair Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry
Florist Yanni Design Studio
Bride’s Gown Essense of Australia
DJ Okyne Medialab, Inc.
Live Music Artistrings Led by Carol Kalvonjian

Room 1520 Chicago Loft West Loop Wedding Photos

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Room 1520

This wedding venue Room 1520 is one of our favorite Chicago loft event spaces. The Chicago West Loop, urban ceremony and reception venue is a restored, historical gear factory loft building located on Fulton Street, just West of downtown Chicago.  Inside features numerous aspects of elegance with high ceilings, polished cement floors, portrait windows, exposed brick, white marble restrooms, white walls, elegant lighting, and chic stylish on-site lofty bridal suite.  Chicago brides and photographers alike love the loft’s elegant, airy and bright white rooms.  The Chicago raw, urban warehouse ballroom space is accented by 17 Italian crystal chandeliers and the main entrance features an artisan metal staircase grand entrance. Adjacent to Room 1520’s Chicago primary ceremony and reception warehouse ballroom space are two smaller event spaces.  The private glamorous bridal suite (amazing for a Chicago bride who love the idea of on-site getting ready photos and preparations) and adjoining the warehouse is the elegant, sophisticated and vintage bar lined with a wall of mirrors and crystal chandeliers.

Room 1520 is located in the heart of the artistic West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The white, urban loft venue and raw warehouse space makes customizing and hosts stunning simplistic wedding easy.  It’s blank modern warehouse architecture is unique and simplistic.  Like many Chicago wedding photographers, we are always in search for photographic  light.  The best indoor spaces for photography includes a searching for bright spaces indoors for amazing wedding photography.  Room 1520’s warehouse event space is stunningly different from other loft venues in the city offering 4,000 square feet of space.  Not only do we love the elegant, airy, bright and accented by Italian crystal chandeliers ballroom, an artisan staircase in the grand entrance, we especially love the natural light the building provides with its abundance of windows and sunlight.  Additionally, private clearance is provided for breathtaking rooftop Chicago skyline city views from up top of the West Loop industrial building located just West of the popular Randolph Street, Fulton Market and West Loop areas.

Jason + Papia’s wedding ceremony and reception all occurred at Room 1520. Decor and design courtesy of Art of Imagination. Room 1520 offers a bride’s a city wedding with it’s raw urban space. With a 4,000 square foot open floor plan, the ballroom is customized to meet your needs. The flexibility of the loft allows you to simply use its existing minimalist charm or create an opulent setting for both a ceremony and reception.  This elegant loft venue in Chicago is a must see.  You will fall in love with the space, the various room for photography, and the white palette… Just like our groom and bride Jason and Papia did.

Room 1520
1520 West Fulton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607

If you found this blog post, because you are looking for your Chicago wedding photographers for your West Loop wedding at Room 1520 wedding, email us  and contact us today to see if your upcoming Chicago wedding date is still open.  We can’t wait to talk about photography and photo plans for your day.

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