18 Jul

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Kate + Jeff wanted an urban rustic wedding that would feel like one epic party with all the people they love. Katie explains… We thought a lot about how this was our opportunity to have all of our favorite people in one room and how we really wanted to maximize that. So that meant finding the coolest officiant ever and awesome music and dancing and manhattans and fried chicken and pumpkin pie. And if you mix all of those things with the coolest friends and family it equals SO MUCH FUN. It’s basically science.

We think they’re on to something here, especially the part about the pie. So thrilled we could take a peek into their super fun day with these photos captured by the talented Woodnote Photography.

BHLDN wedding dress

Gold Michael Kors wedding shoes

Rose and succulent bouquet

Katie requested succulents and a light/dark floral mix, and Janessa of Forget Me Knodt got right to work. What a beauty!

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Maroon bridesmaid dresses

Glowing, much?

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Katie’s advice: If you can, write your own vows. It will be so stressful before, but it makes that part of the ceremony so much more personal and lovely. Let me put it this way: I cried when Jeff read his vows the first time. I’ve cried every time I’ve read his vows since then. I’m crying as I write this. And I probably wouldn’t be if we had done traditional vows. So sweet.

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

BHLDN wedding dress

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

BHLDN wedding dress

Maroon bridesmaid dresses

BHLDN wedding dress

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

Modern Chicago wedding | Photo by Woodnote Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75758

From Jeff: What was most incredible to me about our wedding day was the fact that every cliché I had ever heard was absolutely 100% accurate. People would tell me that you are overcome with joy to be surrounded by all of your friends and family who have traveled from near and far. True. People would tell me that it will be the greatest day of my life. True. People would tell me that everything is going to go by so fast and that it is very important to stop and take some time, even if it is just a few seconds, to stand back and enjoy the moment. Also true.

Congrats K + J!

Photographer: Woodnote Photography / Wedding Mass Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent de Paul Church  / Second Ceremony & Reception Venue: Loft on Lake / Wedding Planner: Kristine Aletha Weddings / Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty Chicago / Flowers: Forget Me Knodt / Catering: Hearty Boys / Dessert: Pies from Bang Bang Pie Shop / Ceremony Music: The Reverend John DeLore / Reception Music: Style Matters / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew

 
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18 Jul

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Ah, nature. Always coming up with the best backdrops around. Take these SoCal sand dunes, for example: vast, interesting, and such a fun place to go on a little photog adventure. Which is exactly why Megan + Adam shouted a big resounding “YES!” when photographers Luke + Katherine of Max & Friends asked if they’d be up for the trip four hours south of Los Angeles. Road trip, anyone?

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Megan says, It was an overcast day, which was so nice since there was a breeze and we weren’t melting in the heat. Kat and Luke made us feel so comfortable. We felt like we were just hanging out in the Sahara and not doing a portrait session near the Mexico border.

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

We’re not in the city anymore, guys…

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Katherine and Megan actually met via Instagram (Megan was always checking out her and Luke’s beautiful instas). So it was a perfect match. Megan says, Surprisingly, Adam and I had been wanting to go out to the same dunes so we jumped at the chance to see the dunes and be photographed by such a talented couple. The actual shoot was such a blast! 

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Sand Dune engagement shoot | Photos by Max and Friends | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75660

Great shots!

Photography: Luke + Katherine of Max & Friends / Megan’s Dress: Victoria’s Secret / Adam’s Top & Pants: Club Monaco / Oxfords: B Store

 
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17 Jul

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

There’s something so elegant about a black + gold color palette. Add in the biggest bunches of colorful flowers you can find, and you’ve got a recipe for a dramatic, sophisticated wedding theme. Photog Kristen Curette had the idea for a luxe vineyard shoot, and Jennifer of Jennifer Laura Designs put her spin on it with all the matte black details to contrast with all those big, beautiful florals.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Calligraphy, matte black, gold, and a single flower…

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Black velvet ribbon chair sashes by Le Petit Mariage, an oversized candelabra, and a lush garland sure make a pretty place to sit.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Can a centerpiece be too pretty? Jennifer says, We sprinkled in a ton of pretty with florals, fruit, and gold details.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Cake by Dream Slice Cakes | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Cake by Dream Slice Cakes | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

So unique and unexpected.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Ah, fruit + desserts rollin’ in on a vintage gold bar cart. Yes, just yes.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Cake by Dream Slice Cakes | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Kudos to the team below for such a beautiful setup…

Photography: Kristen Curette / Venue and Wine: Haak Vineyards and Winery / Design and Styling: Jennifer Laura Design / Florals: Maxit Flower Design / Cake: Dream Slice Cakes / Paper: BP Invites / Rentals: Aztec Events and Tents, Bourbon and Bloom, and Moonshine Vintage Rentals / Place cards and bride and groom chair sash: Le Petit Mariage / Model: Mallory White

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