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Chicago Conservatory Elopement with a Leopard Print Dress & a Surprise Act of Kindness

They were always going to elope and luckily, even though a lockdown was imminent, Jodi and Terry were still able to go ahead with their intimate March wedding. They’d booked into have their quicky ceremony at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago (which didn’t cost them a penny!) and a friend, who got ordained especially for the event, hosted the proceedings. They had no guests at the ceremony, which was always their plan. They really didn’t want a big wedding or any fuss. The idea was for it to just feel like a fancy day out.

“We wanted to keep things cheap and simple but finding a venue in Chicago in March isn’t easy”, Jodi explained. “The conservatory was perfect, because it’s free but also lush and beautiful year-round. My dream look would have probably been wearing a Maison Valentino haute couture gown, in the woods or on a cliff somewhere, but a 90s-meets-Old Hollywood-meets-pinup vibe combined many of my styles into one.”

“The day began with me going on my own to get my hair and makeup done, while Terry took time to get ready, pick up our flowers and have lunch. I then drove myself to the conservatory. On the way, I listened to the US president address the country, announcing a national emergency due to the pandemic. We stood in front of a little waterfall in the ‘fern room’ for the ceremony. It was very humid and my hair flattened and frizzed pretty quickly. Terry and I read the words that we wrote about one another and our officiant wrapped things up perfectly, speaking to how we’ve chosen to be with one another and go through all of life’s ups and downs with one another.”

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Tattoos, Smoke Bombs & Pups: Trash The Dress Wedding in Chicago

If this is how you do weddings in Chicago, I want in. Let me just list the boxes Brandi and David ticked on their incredible day: a romantic rooftop first look, getting hand tattoos in their hotel room, playing with smoke bombs against the backdrop of a spectacular rainbow, and their two pups were the ring bearer and flower girl! Then, as if that wasn’t kickass enough, a week later the bride contacted photographers¬†Ed and Aileen Photography to do a ‘trash the dress’ session, which took place in Lake Michigan on a 2¬įC day! That’s not just setting the bar high, that’s sending it stratospheric.

Brandi and David met through mutual friends when the bride worked at a burger bar. When he came in wearing a teal blazer from an ’80s party the night before, he made her laugh! “We started hanging out after that and I got that giddy feeling you get when you‚Äôre in middle school. I had no idea he had a crush on me, too”, she said.

The couple had a goal, rather than a set theme, which was to throw the biggest party they could, at ceremony venue¬†Concord Fifty Five,¬†filled with tacos, booze, food, music and love. Brandi said their inspiration was, “Really our personalities. We wanted everything to really show who we are as a couple. It is really the one time you get to throw a party and do what you want, so we definitely took advantage of that.” When we asked them what their budget was, Brandi said fabulously “What’s a budget? We fell just shy of $30K.”

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Goodbye San Francisco, Hello Chicago!

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Hello beautiful! This update comes to you from a very chilly Chicago, where I’m sat in my Air B&B digs with Gala and Shauna, hiding from the weather and planning our adventures in this brand new city.

Last weekend we taught out first Blogcademy workshop of the year in San Francisco. We had such an awesome time and I loved every single one of these girls who came to spend their weekend with us. Full report heading your way soon of course!

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Bright Red Wedding in Chicago: Grayson & Gareth

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Grayson and Gareth wanted a colourful wedding and opted for a bright red theme.¬†The bride’s dress, bouquet and nails were crimson red and there were flourishes throughout their reception d√©cor too.¬†The day was held at the¬†Waldorf Astoria hotel¬†in Chicago.

“First and foremost, my dress was red”, Grayson replied when I asked her what made their wedding unique, “I chose red because I wanted to be different from a normal bride. You don’t have to wear white to be a beautiful bride. I fell in love with Vera Wang’s red dress collection, but ended up going with a custom Anne Barge¬†one so I could pick the perfect shade!¬†I also didn’t want to walk down a normal aisle. I wanted a fashion show with a custom Minor in D remix. The ceremony was set up like a fashion show and I had a DJ spinning as I walked down the aisle. Guests were certainly blown away!”

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“That was actually my¬†favorite part of the day, walking down the aisle to see my man. His face and his emotion is something I will cherish forever. He kept telling me how beautiful I was and how much he loved me as the officiant was marrying us! Typical Gareth to not pay attention! I also loved sharing the night with our closest friends and family. I was on a high all night from love.”

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Party Backstage with Jason Kaczorowski Photography in Chicago

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With a background in music photography and a passion for wedding¬†imagery,¬†Chicago based photographer¬†Jason Kaczorowski¬†is combining the two and having one hell of a party to¬†celebrate…¬†and he wants to see you there! Today I’m thrilled to be showcasing the first showing of his new film as well as being able to offer Rock n Roll brides an exclusive¬†opportunity¬†to attend the party he’s throwing tomorrow night to celebrate!

Jason has been capturing weddings for almost eight years, having photographed over 400 clients, and has been photographing concerts and music festivals professionally since 1994. His photography has led him from the coast of California to the island of Jamaica and everywhere in between. Jason’s photographs have appeared in magazines like Rolling Stone, Spin & Relix and in newspapers such as The New York Post, The Miami Herald, The San Francisco Examiner, The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune.

So to celebrate his fifth year in his Chicago studio Jason is having a party Рdubbed Backstage Pass Рand is inviting clients, both past and present, as well as Rock n Roll Bride readers.The event will mirror the experience of attending a live concert Рmusic, food, drinks a-plenty and music & wedding photography to gawk at!

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Chicago Boat Wedding: Sonia & Balthazar

Sonia & Balthazar‘s wedding was anything but typical. This casual couple turned up late, got ready in minutes, sailed off on a boat for the ceremony and had a meal at a¬†Russian¬†restaurant¬†for their reception.

“My husband and I are in love with the sea – the smell, the mystery and the¬†expansiveness”, began the bride. “We feel most comfortable near large bodies of water, so the¬†idea of getting married on a boat seemed like the most appropriate. We had¬†sailed on the Red Witch in 2009 with Balthazar’s aunt and uncle¬†in Port Washington during a tall ship festival. We overheard¬†the Captain saying that they host parties and weddings and looked at each¬†other simultaneously, with the same thought in mind: this is our vessel of¬†love.”

“Pretty much the last word you could use to describe me or my immediate¬†family is ¬†‘traditional'”, she continued. “My parents and I were all born with pretty¬†stubborn independent and individualist streak, so getting married after a long¬†and thoughtful courtship probably constitutes its own act of rebellion.¬†That said, Balthazar and I weren’t interested in most of the corporatist,¬†patriarchal overtures of many modern weddings.¬†Also, money was definitely an object, both in¬†principle ($25,000 for an average wedding? WHAT!?) and in practice. We wanted an event that celebrated our love,¬†had a meaningful spiritual component, honored our community of friendship¬†and family, and gave everyone a memorable, joyful experience.”

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