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Francesca and Steve, Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare

From the bride:

Being high school sweethearts, Steve and I thought long and hard about how our wedding would be. After we got engaged, I suggested a January wedding date. Suffice to say, he was less than thrilled! Luckily, I was able to persuade him with the romanticism of winter and the possibilities of creating our own winter wonderland. Also, I was determined to go ice skating in my wedding dress, as it is something Steve and I love to do together! Although January 2014 brought on the coldest temperatures of the century, Andre rose to the challenge of capturing our blustery day just as we had imagined!

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Hotel- Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare
Photographer: Andre LaCour Photography
Church- St. Paul of the Cross
Video- One Fine Day
Ceremony and reception decor- Yanni Design Studio
Personal flowers- Lauren Cornille
Cocktail hour entertainment- Twin Strings
DJ- Spin Chicago
Wedding Coordinators: Brynn Marie Wedding & Events
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Jewelry: Cenzina Originals
Bridesmaid dresses: Mori Lee
Bridal dress: Enzoani
Hair and makeup: Ivana DiPiero Hair Studio
Ice Skating: Rosemont Park

Jill & Alex’s NYE Wedding at Architectural Artifacts

What happens when an event planner marries on New Year’s Eve?
A fabulous and unique event with plenty of personalized details of course!

New Years weddings are always extra festive and that was certainly the case for Jill and Alex’s wonderfully eclectic celebration. Architectural Artifacts provided the unique background for all of their personal touches, while their family and friends warmed the night with laughter, love and revelry.

Jill, owner of IC3 Events, choose an Art Deco “Architectural” style for an eclectic and vintage glamour vibe to their New Year’s Eve wedding.

With my bohemian style I thought I wanted something very simple. Well, that’s the furthest from what I ended up with! When I was shown this lovely hand-beaded Lazaro dress, my jaw dropped. It was a piece of art! The nod to an Art Deco and “Architectural” style was perfect for the wedding  “theme” I was adoring.

Venue: Architectural Artifacts
Photographer: Andre LaCour Photography
Floral: Randy Ballesteros from Revel Decor
Music: DJ Dominic Wayne
Caterer: Food for Thought
Accessories: Erin Cole and Susanne Gadegaard
Shoes: Caparros
Bride’s Ring: Jeff Carter Jewelers

More from the bride:

Susanne Gadegaard , located in Denmark, made all the custom pieces. I shared photos of the girls and their dresses over Google Docs. She sent quotes, sketches and photos of the materials throughout the process. I love the way each overall look turned out and all the ladies looked spectacular in their own ways.

“Ohm” is the tattoo on my back which I designed. It is to remind myself that everyone under the sun is created equally; that everything happens for a reason and is only controlled by your decisions, your actions and your interpretations of how life is presented to you.

My Hankee namesake – I was baptized with a bonnet my parent’s friend had given to me at birth. With the bonnet came a poem, it was always so special to me, that my mom and I managed to keep it in pristine condition.

One weekend , while cleaning mom’s garage we found my baby book and the magic hanky bonnet… I wanted a way to share this with our guests and decided they could all through up a hanky at midnight as a symbolic departing with my maiden name of Hankee. So, Alex and I  searched eBay for 200 hanky’s, Mite printed the envelopes with a poem I wrote for the guests and my mom carefully pressed all 200 squares!

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Wedding Guide Chicago Fashion Shoot 2014

I look forward every year to the editorial fashion shoot with Wedding Guide Chicago magazine. It’s a fun, exciting and creative day, where I get to work with a very talented group of professionals.

{I must confess… seeing my cover on the newsstand never gets old.}

In all seriousness, I do find that my wedding photography skills have enhanced, as I find myself photographing more fashion and editorial photo shoots. An interesting aspect of this type of work is trying to infuse the images with some emotion and spontaneity — the  two ingredients which typically exist on a wedding day between a couple in love. Finding this emotion can be challenging when photographing professional models who have just met. One thing that fashion photo shoots, like this, and “real life” wedding days have in common — the swiftness of transitions and the opportunity I have to create a variety of images in a very short span of time. Wether the clients are the happy couple and their parents or the art director and their publisher, you have to deliver the results. Lights! Camera! Action! It’s my passion.

These images below can be found in the Fashion section of Wedding Guide Chicago’s 2014 editions. You can find the entire issue of Wedding Guide Chicago on newsstands throughout Chicago and the suburbs today! I’ve also included a few photos that show off behind the scenes… enjoy!

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Client: Wedding Guide Chicago
Photographer: Andre LaCour Photography
Location: Lacuna Artist Lofts
Hair: Studio 10
Make-up: Total Image
Dresses: Bridal Elegance  |  Eva’s Bridal   |  Veiled in Elegance
Jewelry:  Caffray Jewellers  |  Studio 2015 Jewelry
Accessories:  Bridal Elegance  |  Eva’s Bridal   |  Veiled in Elegance  |  Veiled by Cha Cha
Formalwear: Black Tie Formalwear  |  GC Formalwear