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Junebug Love Story – Veronique & Glen

October 23, 2014 | nicole
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After sharing Veronique and Glen’s wedding with you last week, we had to know more about how this creative couple met. Without giving too much away, it’s safe to say Veronique had a lasting effect on Glen during their very first encounter.

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How They Met:

Veronique: Glen was looking for a new tattoo. I was a tattoo artist. Thankfully, Mr. Google, when asked about “tattoo Calgary” spat out my business’ website. Click…Click…’Hmmm…She’s a great artist, and, in the pictures of her in her aprons, she looks pretty cute.’ He decided he wanted to meet me – for my art and my smile. A phone call later, the appointment was set.

I was a cute and strong woman from Montreal, running my own business in Calgary and being quite successful at it. I had many hobbies and a cute little dog. I didn’t know that this guy “Glen” who would be coming in for a tattoo just might wind up to be someone special.

After our first session for his tattoo, Glen couldn’t get me off his mind. I couldn’t forget his gentlemanly ways. 2 tickets to a show as a tip resulted in a memorable first-date (although we weren’t dating yet), complete with homemade picnic and live music, and left me with an impressed palate. Over the next few months, we began to know each other and spent time together at the symphony and over dinners. Eventually, the tattoo came to an end but the relationship started with an awesome ski trip to Banff where the shooting stars and visiting wildlife told them that this was ‘right’.

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The Moment They Knew:

Veronique: The courtship was a long 6 months where we both grew to know each other. I was impressed by the home-cooked picnic Glen brought to the show and his gentleman ways, and Glen was impressed by my beauty, knowledge, intelligence, and sense of humour. There wasn’t one particular moment when we knew it was love, but a series of events where love grew naturally. It’s pretty hard to ignore how awesome the person next to you is while shooting stars are firing over your head, though!

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The Proposal:

Veronique: Our relationship “officially” started in Golden BC on New Year’s, with our first kiss in a frozen gondola just after midnight. So, while driving out to the west coast of Canada for a vacation, Glen made the suggestion that we stop by the ski hill (during the summer) to take the gondola to the top and have a look around since he’d never seen it before during the summer. On the way up, while reminiscing about the happy events we had shared and the peace that our love brings to their life, Glen got down on one knee, in the same gondola where we first kissed, and asked for my hand in marriage. I said yes.

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I Always Think of My Partner When:

Veronique: I see the world. The air, the birds, the many hearts that we each find while walking around, the ground beneath us and the sky above all make us think of each other. We are constantly connected.

We’re so grateful to Veronique and Glen for sharing their day, and to Curtis Moore for sharing his stunning images. For more behind-the-scenes romance, read the story of Kim and Travis’ Christmas proposal.

xoxoNicole

Junebug’s Top 10 Chicago Venues

October 23, 2014 | nicole

Junebug loves an urban wedding, and we can’t get enough of the modern, stylish, and stunning venues the windy city has to offer. We’ve narrowed down our top 10 Chicago venues for you. Whether you’re a Chicago local or the city is your dream destination for your nuptials, these venues provide top notch service, unique architectural elements, and space for any sized event.

1. PUBLIC Chicago combines modern style and excellent service. This unique hotel aims to cater to your event needs, without weighing you down with services that are not relevant to your vision. PUBLIC provides sleek design throughout the space, with gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s urban landscape.

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2. Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is a premiere venue located in the Gold Coast Historic District in downtown Chicago. The brilliant architecture of the building lends itself to large windows that offer one-of-a-kind views of the city. Inspired by French hospitality, the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower ensures every elegant moment of your day is exactly as you envisioned.

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3. The Murphy provides the perfect mix of French Renaissance charm with contemporary Chicago style. The elegant venue has grand, intricately designed dome ceilings, which turns the volume up on your ceremony photos. The Murphy’s interior lends itself to a variety of wedding styling choices, from French rustic to urban vintage to purely elegant.

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4. Room 1520, located in the heart of Chicago’s Artistic West Loop, is the loft venue of your dreams due to its extraordinary versatility. The venue provides a spacious and elegant canvas for filling out your day exactly as you imagined it. Transform the 4,000 square foot space from minimalist to magical in whatever style and arrangement fits you wedding needs.

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5. The Ivy Room brings rich nature into the center of the Chicago cityscape. The historic venue is covered from floor to ceiling in–you guessed it–ivy of luscious green. The intimate venue provides the perfect sense of romance to your affair, making you feel as if the whole world outside the walls of the venue has stopped to hear you exchange your vows.

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6. Winter Garden is located in the center of the Harold Washington Library Center. From marble floors to large glass-panel dome ceiling,  Winter Garden is a space filled with light. The refreshing turquoise color of the architecture pairs beautifully with many wedding styles, and there are several indoor trees providing a natural contrast to the contemporary structure.

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7. Venue One is an event space with pizzazz. The versatile space and accommodating staff are prepared to transform the venue into the wedding you’ve carefully planned. Modern, elegant, and stylish weddings perfectly fit into the Venue One’s setting. With dazzling views of downtown Chicago, a contemporary bride can’t say no to Venue One.

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8. The Crystal Gardens is exactly as luscious and dazzling as the name depicts. This indoor garden, located on Chicago’s Navy Pier, is filled with lavish greenery, elegant fountains, and is all surrounded by a glass atrium. The spacious venue boasts enough room for weddings with up to 500 guests, making it the perfect venue for your celebration, no matter the size.

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9. Loft on the Lake is a versatile space that mixes dark and light using exposed brick and warm oak timber for the interior, all illuminated by 65 foot-long skylight. This unique feature sets Loft on the Lake apart from other urban Chicago venues. The oak interior is perfect for a rustic affair in the city, but the space can also be transformed to fit your wedding vision.

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10. Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, located on the Loyola University campus, is the ideal location for your fairy tale nuptials. This elegant, old-world venue could appear in a storybook with its gardens, pathways, and terrace overlooking the mansion grounds. The space has even been famously featured in films like “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”

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The city of Chicago is filled with lights, art, and music that inspires these venues to provide a cutting-edge setting and phenomenal experience for your wedding day. For more of our venue favorites, see which Austin venues made our top 10 list.

xoxoNicole

Winter Wedding in New York

October 23, 2014 | nicole
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The only thing Nicola and David love more than snow is each other. The pair planned an intimate winter wedding in New York on the Bank Rock Bridge of Central Park. The snowy wonderland provided a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony and portraits captured by photographer Jason Mize. Nicola and David decided to keep the details of their day simple to emphasize the vintage glamour of the pieces they chose. Nicola looked stunning and cozy in her fur shrug, and we love the bright pop of red in David’s boutonniere. Having a vintage taxi cab transport the couple around the city was a perfect touch to amplify the New York charm of their day.

The Couple: Nicola and David

The Wedding: Central Park, New York City, New York

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The Moments: “My husband’s favorite part of the wedding was watching me walk to the bridge (ceremony location) with my dad. My favorite part of the wedding was the reception, we got to thaw out a little, enjoy laughs and memories with our families and be together as Mr. and Mrs. Gaulman.

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The Inspiration: “We never had a theme. We wanted New York City and it all fell into place around that. It had a vintage, glam feel to us and we loved it.

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The Couple Recommends: “Our photographer, Jason Mize, is the most outstanding man. He is such a talented individual. He fit in perfectly and became part of the family and he left us with the most incredible memories. I did not know it was possible to catch such intense, emotions on print. I would recommend him to anyone, if you want to capture every moment, emotion and memory in the most beautiful way possible, he’s your man. We also fell in love with our taxi driver, Peter. He was such a sweet, kind man, who told us such wonderful stories whilst carting us around to all our picture sites. He also had the idea to take us to a hidden gem in the City that made for the best picture we had. He left us with a wonderful experience and we will never forget his hospitality.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jason Mize Photography
Ceremony Venue – Central Park
Reception Venue – Lincoln Ristorante
Officiant – Jennifer Nies
Live Band – Sheldon Roden
Makeup Artist – MAC Cosmetics
Wedding Dress – BCBG Max Azaria
Groom’s Apparel – Men’s Warehouse
Vintage Taxi Cab – New York Checker

Nicola and David may have gotten married in the snow, but the warmth of their love melts our hearts. For more winter wedding inspiration, check out Megan and Eric’s snowy winter wedding at The Fairmont Banff Springs.

xoxoNicole