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“We had the pleasure in spending the day and shooting photography for 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 a “rock n roll” urban wedding 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 edgy 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 rock & roll musicians, fans 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