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Chicago Wedding at Fennel & Iris Cafe

January 27, 2015 | nicole

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We love an urban wedding that takes place in a romantic nook in the middle of a big city. It was love at first sight when Elyse and Lu spotted Fennel & Iris Cafe, and they quickly booked their wedding venue and planned their day around the charming spot. Christopher F Photography captured such fun, intimate moments shared between the newlyweds as they took in their Chicago wedding.

The Couple:

Elyse and Lu

The Wedding:

Fennel & Iris, Chicago, Illinois

The Inspiration:

We knew we wanted to have a small wedding, and once we found Fennel & Iris, it really set the tone for our wedding day. Fennel & Iris has so much character that we used as our inspiration. We wanted everything to be classic, so we can look back on our pictures 50 years from now and still love them. We were also interested in not being wasteful – we didn’t need many decorations because Fennel & Iris is so beautiful, but the few things that we bought, we are now using to decorate our home!

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The Moments:

Lu: My first time seeing Elyse. We had chosen not to do a first look, so as soon as she walked in, I remember not seeing anything else but her. I’ll remember that forever.

Elyse: Right before I walked in, my dad and I were standing behind these sheer curtains that we had set up. I had been happy-crying all morning, and my dad helped me take a deep breath and be in the moment. I could see Lu through the curtains, but he couldn’t see me, and I was just so excited to marry him.

Another one of our favorite parts was how all of our siblings were a part of the ceremony. Elyse‘s brother got ordained online and officiated the ceremony and her sister was her maid of honor. Lu‘s sister was his best man. It was really special that the most important people in our lives stood so close to us as we joined our lives together.

The Couple Recommends:

Kathy, who runs Fennel & Iris, was wonderful. We were their first wedding, and she was so accommodating to us and we could tell she was excited about it too! She really did everything she could to make our day special – from drilling extra hooks in her wall to switching the room from a ceremony setup to a reception setting.

Christopher, our photographer, was amazing – aside from taking memorable pictures, he helped Lu put his tux on properly and gave us a lot of guidance on how to make our wedding day flow smoothly. He got our pictures to us in record time – two weeks! – and he was so much fun to hang out with the whole day.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Christopher F Photography
Venue – Fennel & Iris
Cake – Sweet T’s Bakery and Cake Studio
Videography – Autumn Tree Films
Hair Styling – Louis Anthony Salon & Spa
Wedding Dress – J.Crew
Groom’s Apparel – Formally Modern Tuxedo
Rings – Rosado’s Box, Keswick Jewelers

Thanks to Chrisopher F for sharing Elyse and Lu’s charming Chicago wedding with Junebug! For more urban wedding inspiration, check out Lindsey and Sean’s industrial Brooklyn loft wedding.

xoxoNicole

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Pretty Kitchen Chicago Wedding

October 10, 2014 | nicole

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Christopher F Photography shared with us a beautiful couple and a truly unique venue in this Kitchen Chicago wedding. Though Julia and Mike tied the knot in a traditional church, they went industrial for their reception by holding the event at Kitchen Chicago, a shared kitchen space in the city. Julia enlisted the talents of Chicago Vintage Weddings and Merci Beaucoup Floral to bring in soft, romantic elements to the reception space. Julia’s vision paid off, because their wedding is simply stunning.

The Couple: Julia and Mike

The Wedding: Kitchen Chicago, Chicago, IL

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The Moments:The ceremony ended up being our favorite part of the day because we both felt as if we were the only two people there and all the guests and wedding planning stress leading up to the moment just seemed to disappear while we pledge our vows.

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The Inspiration:I knew our wedding would be an urban affair when we found our industrial loft space in downtown Chicago, but I wanted to soften it up a bit. After I fell in love with a vintage-inspired lace dress, I decided to incorporate a lot of vintage style with a warm romantic color palette of mint, peach, and rose gold. My vision was brought to life by the antique vintage rentals from Chicago Vintage Weddings and the stunning floral arrangements from Merci Beaucoup Floral. Both were able to bring my Pinterest boards to life!

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The Couple Recommends:Our photographer, Christopher Foltz, went above and beyond his role as a photographer and was an integral part in making our wedding day a success. His presence felt like a friend helping us out on our wedding day rather than a professional. Chris is an extremely talented photographer with an eye for light and capturing raw emotions. We also appreciated his calm demeanor, his sense of humor, and even his surprising expertise in bustling my dress with a pair of pliers!

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Christopher F Photography
Ceremony Venue – St. Hedwig Catholic Parish
Reception Venue – Kitchen Chicago
Event Coordination – Chicago Vintage Weddings
Floral Design – Merci Beaucoup Floral
Catering – Irazu Chicago
Cake – Sweet Mandy B’s
DJ – DJUj
Videography – White Tree Studios
Makeup Artistry – Arch Apothecary
Bridal Apparel – Bedazzled Bridal
Ring – Eidel Precious
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Donna Morgan
Groom’s Apparel – Bedazzled Bridal
Pre-Wedding Location – Renaissance Blackstone Hotel
Transportation – Masters Trasportation
Favors – Parchment Stars

We’re so happy Christopher F Photography shared this wedding with Junebug! For more of the Chicago skyline, Lindsay and Kyle’s summer engagement session is sure to inspire.

xoxoNicole

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