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Mara + Mike: Spiaggia, Chicago IL

Misty Winter Photography

I love listening to stories of how the couples I work with first met and the inspiration behind how they chose the creative details for their wedding day! This past week I was honored to work with Mara and Mike.  

Mara and Mike were set up on a blind date by mutual friends and instantly connected over their shared passions of travel (they plan to kick off their marriage with a six month around-the-world backpacking trip!), good food, marathon running, and most importantly, friends and family. Five years later, during a trip to Puerto Rico Mike dropped a knee as the sun set over the ocean.

Having a mutual love for the city of Chicago, they wanted to incorporate the "energy and romance" of the city into their big day. Italian restaurant Spiaggia, with its "world-class food" and a variety of stunning event spaces to choose from, was the ideal place for this couple to hold their special day.

Maggie + Ben : London House, Chicago IL

Going into an engagement or wedding photo shoot, I enjoy sitting down with every couple and learning more about their vision. Discovering ways to incorporate that vision into a uniquely tailored photo shoot is always a challenge, and I love being challenged! Recently, I had the pleasure of capturing Maggie and Ben’s beautiful wedding at the stunning London House in Chicago.

An element that stood out to me about Maggie and Ben’s story was the location in which they first met. Both Maggie and Ben worked in the news industry, Ben at NBC, Maggie at the Chicago Tribune. One day, Ben was scheduled to record an interview segment that Maggie had set up. So Ben walked out of the NBC entrance, Maggie walked out of the Tribune entrance, and in the plaza between the two buildings they shook hands for the first time. “I always left work at the same time Maggie was arriving. It was six years of near-misses until that fateful morning when I had to stay a little late and Maggie had to come in a little early” (Ben). I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to creatively illustrate this life changing moment than in that very spot!

Venue: London House, Chicago IL (Mercedes Ogorek)

Bride’s Gown: Ultimate Bride (Designer-Liancarlo)

Groom’s Tux: Formally Modern

Hair: Jean Ramos

Makeup: Tran Nguyen

Wedding Planner: Big City Brides (Chrissy Magliano)

Photographer: Misty Winter Photography

Videographer: Wholehearted (Josiah)

Florist: K.LA Designs

Lighting: VLS Lighting (Mark G.)

Ceremony Musicians: Artisitstrings

DJ: Monastero Entertainment (JD)

Photobooth: Monastero Entertainment (JD)

Jen + Michael

Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago

Bride’s gown: Mira Couture (Paloma Blanca was the designer)

Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade

Bride’s hair & makeup: Hair: Blend Beauty Salon; Make-up: Lauren Frenden

Groom’s attire: Grooms suit - Hugo Boss - Nordstrom

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bella Bridesmaids - Amsale

Rings: Joel Singer

Catering: Blue Plate Catering

Cake: Sweet Mandy B's

Florist: Juliet Tan Floral

Décor: Juliet Tan Floral

Escort Cards / Signs: Song and PenBand: Spazmatics

DJ: Style Matters

Invitations: Spilled Ink

Planner: Liven It Up Events

Transportation: Windy City Limo