Annie and Josh | Chicago

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To start off with, I have to say that Annie is one of our sweetest brides ever. While we were in Chicago shooting Dyanne and Reid’s Oak Park wedding (which was coordinated by Kate, one of Annie’s bridesmaids!), she drove an hour just to meet with us and talk about the details of her wedding: Chandeliers, vintage hairstyles, black floor-length gowns, a warmly-lit ballroom at the Palmer House — one of the oldest hotels in Chicago. Everything about Annie and Josh’s wedding was full of simple elegance and tasteful sophistication. We could not wait to shoot it!

So, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, on a chilly morning in downtown Chicago, we headed to the Palmer House, by Hilton, where the girls were running in and out of the bridal suite with dresses and shoes, makeup and jewelry. And at the center of the storm, was the calm and cheerful Annie. Her bridesmaids were willingly at her beck and call, whether it was gluing on eyelashes, writing out placecards, or just giving an opinion on jewelry, they were there for her. Definitely one of the best group of bridesmaids and one of the best maid of honors I’ve seen yet. 🙂 And then came time to help Annie into her Kenneth Pool dress …. oh the dress. This had to be one of my FAVORITE wedding gowns ever. It is so breathtaking and suited Annie perfectly as she was walked down the aisle by both her mom and dad toward her handsome groom, Josh. 🙂

The ceremony and reception were so full of love and joy. The band was over-the-top AMAZING and played their heart outs all night long while the guests danced and partied just as hard. And I have to mention that for a guestbook, Josh and Annie laid out a collection of vintage postcards for their guests to write messages on. What an awesome idea!! Anyways, this wedding was an amazing celebration to photograph. The night fled by so quickly and we were sad to pack up and leave at the end of the night. Annie and Josh – Thanks so so much to you and your families for being so gracious, so real, and so full of joy. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the photos!!!! And here they are…

Just a couple last things. A VERY special thank you to the staff of the Palmer House, Hilton. Your hotel was one of the absolute best places we’ve ever worked. Not because of how gorgeous it is, but because of how courteous and attentive the staff were, treating us like guests of the wedding party and not just as vendors, and for their super-fantastic catering director Jane, who has the thing down to an art form. THANK YOU! If you’re getting married in Chicago, Illinois and want an amazing downtown location for your wedding, look no further.

Thanks again to Annie and Josh. You guys were so kind and awesome to work with. We had such a fun time with the both of you and your bridal party and family. Thank you! 😀

Chicago Wedding Vendors:
Hair: Tigerlilie Salon (They specialize in vintage hairstyles and did an AMAZING job!!!)
Flowers: Barrington Flower Shop
Ceremony and Reception: The Palmer House Hilton
Caterer: The Palmer House, Jane Himmel – Senior Catering Manager.
Cake: Take the Cake
Music: Don Cagen Orchestra
The Dress: Kenneth Pool by Armale, 2010

The Palmer House Hilton
Palmer House Wedding Website
17 East Monroe – Chicago, Illinois 60603
Ph. 312-917-7308

*Special thanks as well to Ruffled, for featuring her amazing vintage hairstyle on their wedding inspiration blog.*

*Special thank you to Style Me Pretty for listing this as one of their top three favorite weddings on 2009!*

Thanks for reading! – Cathy.

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