You may remember Bridget and Brian from their Montrose Harbor Engagement Session.  After we did this shoot, I was so excited for their wedding day to get here.  Not only did Bridget & Brian decide to have their wedding reception at City Winery (one of my favorite spots), they also had an awesome band that turned their celebration into a fun rock concert dance party.

These two were super excited and giddy to get the day underway!  B & B made sure to include their families in all the details and I could just feel the love and adoration emanating from their guests.  Bridget & Brian sure knew how to make their loved ones feel special… from ringing Irish Wedding Bells at the ceremony, making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Uncle Jim, to having guests sign a wine barrel top to be used as art in their home, their was no detail overlooked.

As I documented the day, I couldn’t help but feel like family… The wedding party was so sweet, and sitting as a guest at dinner was a total treat.

B & B, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both as you begin your life together.  I wish you much love and luck in the future and feel so honored you chose me to document your special day!

I’m so excited to share Bridget & Brian’s Chicago City Winery Wedding Photos with you.  Not only did City Winery serve delicious food, they coordinated a fabulous party!

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I loved Bridget’s Maggie Sottero cap-sleeve wedding gown.

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City Winery Chicago WeddingIn honor of their Irish heritage, the officiant and guests rang Irish Wedding Bells.

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We decided to head downtown for some classic “Chicago” nighttime photos in front of the Chicago Board of Trade.

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Bridget & Brian’s wedding party was so fun to hang out with on the trolley! They made sure we were comfortable and having a good time:)

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We finished up the couple’s shoot on the State Street Bridge in front of the Chicago Theatre.

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At the reception, guests signed this wine barrel top so they could hang it in their home as art and reminisce about the day.

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The details were to die for! Gorgeous flowers, place cards, cake, and uplighting.

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I love how Bridget & Brian decided to have “B & B” marquee lights as decor in the room… Super fun!

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Bridget & her Dad danced to the Rolling Stones…They made it a family affair!

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Their wedding band Recycle the Day nailed it!!  They were tons of fun and kept the dance floor hopping all night.

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Chicago City Winery Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony- Ascension Catholic Church, Oak Park, IL

Officiant- Father Larry McNally

Reception Venue & Catering- Emily Fitzgerald @ Chicago City Winery

Florals- A Stem Above, Erin Foster

Dress Boutique- Shelley’s Bridal Couture, Maggie Sottero

Shoes- Ivanka Trump

Hair- Nikki from Siren Salon

Make Up- Tara Frazier, Tara B Artistry

Bakery- Roeser’s Bakery

Entertainment-Recycle the Day Band

Invitation Designer- Erica O’Neil, ericamoneil123@gmail.com

Are you planning a Chicago Wedding and looking for a wedding photographer?  Drop me a line and let’s see if we’re a good match for each other.

With Chicago being such a large city, finding the entertainment for your celebration can be a daunting task… There are just so many Chicago wedding entertainers out there, it’s hard to decide which one is right for you.

That’s why I’m so excited to share the massive talent that is Arlen Music today!  I had the distinct pleasure of working with the Ken Arlen Orchestra when two of my favs, Liz & Eric, tied the knot at Cafe Brauer!

Aside from being amazingly talented musically, this group really knows how to bring down the house by facilitating an unforgettable celebration!  Check out the video below and then read up on these stars.

Caitlin Simone was kind enough to be interviewed today, and answered all these questions:)

Tell me about Arlen Music Productions- what do you specialize in?  Arlen Music Productions is a Chicago-based entertainment company that specializes in providing live customized music for special events. Arlen Music has established a nationwide presence with its premier band, the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra, with events ranging from New Year’s Eve at the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington DC.

How did the group get started?  Ken Arlen has been in the industry for over 25 years! He established the Ken Arlen Orchestra in the ‘90s and eventually it grew into Arlen Music Productions.

What is Arlen Music’s favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?  The fact that we get to share in one of the happiest days of people’s lives (if not THE happiest)! Everyone is always in a great mood and ready to dance the night away.

How would you describe Arlen Music’s business style?  Our overriding principles are collaboration and customization. We obviously bring a lot of expertise to the table regarding best practices for successful events, but we understand that no event is the same, so we always strive to tailor our services to each client’s individual needs. We will make recommendations based on our client’s musical preferences, venue, budget, and overall vision for the evening.

We establish long term relationships with many of our clients to serve their entertainment needs from their wedding day and beyond. We have a beautiful office in Evanston where we are able to meet each client in person to discuss all aspects of their event.

How far in advance should clients book services?  Our dance bands tend to book up 12-18 months in advance, but we also serve clients who require smaller ensembles on weeknights for corporate events, private parties, etc. Those can be booked 3-6 months in advance.

Where does the group’s inspiration come from?  Music is a unifying force between people, and we are inspired by all different types of music. We are constantly making sure our repertoire is up to date, and also try to find the diamonds in the rough that not every band plays. We pride ourselves on sounding authentic – and often even better than what you hear on the radio!

What does Arlen Music enjoy doing when they’re not performing?  Supporting the arts in any way, shape, or form!

What is one piece of advice all couples would benefit from knowing?  Trusting your vendors is important. We will make sure to ask you all the right questions regarding what you envision for the evening, and then leave it up to us and enjoy yourselves!

How can clients connect with Arlen Music Productions?

Website: www.arlenmusic.com

Email: info@arlenmusic.com

Phone: (847)869-8826

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arlenmusic

Twitter: @arlenmusic1

 

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Last week I introduced you to my new 12 x 12 Japanese Book Cloth Album, available when you book Wedding Collection #1, or as an upgrade.  You probably also remember the classic 10 x 10 European Leather Album I offer, available in Wedding Collection #2 (because I talk about Leather Craftsmen like ALL THE TIME).

Because I’ve decided that having something tangible from your wedding day is so important (and an insurance policy in the event that technology decides to fail), EVERY Alaina Bos Photography Wedding Collection now comes with an album.

I’m excited to announce that Wedding Collection #3 now comes complete with an 8.5 x 8.5 Eco-Friendly Coffee Table Book.  This hard cover coffee table book is custom bound and available in 7 different color fabrics, comes with a full dust jacket, and is printed on 100% recycled paper with matte finish.  The pages are designed for simplicity with one to two images per page and the book can hold up to 50 pages.

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For this book, I chose a neutral beige for the fabric cover.

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Here you can catch a glimpse of the spine and page thickness.

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The Cover Material Fabric is available in:

  • Gunmetal (Dark Heather Grey)
  • Smoke (Plain ‘ol Gray)
  • Parchment (Same as the book shown here)
  • Lemon Appeal (Yellow)
  • Ablaze (Red)
  • Blue Jay (Blue)
  • Lemongrass (Chartreuse)

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This low-key book was perfect for Revital and Will’s intimate celebration at Webster’s Wine Bar in Chicago.

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You can check out Revital and Will’s full blog post here.

Do you have questions about this new book? Let it in the comments or drop me a line.

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I’m so excited to be participating in my first bridal show on January 31st.  I’m mainly excited because this isn’t just any bridal show, it’s the “alternative” to the traditional bridal show you may be thinking of.

If you decide to check out Indie Wed, you won’t be seeing any boring pipe and drape booths.  You’ll see each vendor’s space artfully curated, letting your own imagination run WILD for your wedding celebration! There will be food and drinks, models “working” the aisles in the latest bridal styles- the handmade creations of local designers showcasing their work for you.

Oh, yeah… You don’t think your fiancé would enjoy themselves? How about a 3rd floor lounge complete with nibbles, drinks, and comfy lounge chairs! Check.  It’s seriously going to be awesome.

I’ve been working with a stylist to come up with a custom booth design just for Alaina Bos Photography! And I can’t wait for you to see it all come together.  You’ll be able to check out some of my work, the 3 albums I offer, and meet my Mom! Because she’s coming to Chicago to help a girl out…No one loves or adores you more than your Mama! She’ll be the perfect addition to my booth. As long as she behaves herself. LOL.

Today I thought I’d share the Indie Wed Booking Special I’m running at the show! Book my services on the spot and walk away with:

  • A gold sparkly clutch by Dune London (I’m bringing my European Style back to the States with me!!)
  • Book Collection 1 and become a part of the “Client for Life” program.  Receive a free one hour photo session every year (as long as I’m alive).
  • Book Collection 2 or 3 and receive a Free Engagement Session
  • Truffles from Katherine Anne Confections- YUM!
  • $25 Gift Card to Binny’s
  • Moleskin Journal and Gold Pen to keep you organized while wedding planning
  • InStyle Wedding Magazine
  • Alaina Bos Weddings Magazine- It’s FULL of useful planning advice!

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Like what you see here? Come visit me at my booth and check out the goods in person! You won’t be disappointed! This is just a little sneak peek of what I’ve put together thus far.

If you’d like to take advantage of this special, I require a signed contract and 50% retainer fee… You can choose to pay by check or credit card via the Paypal Now app. I also offer payment plans if you’re interested, so just ask:)

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If you or someone you know is looking for a wedding photographer, I’d love it if you’d send them to see me at Indie Wed on January 31st.  The show is from 10-4 and admission is $15/person or $25/couple.  You can purchase tickets on EventBrite here.

I still have 2 complimentary tickets up for grabs so if you or someone you know would like them drop me a line or leave me a message in the comments below.

You can learn more about Indie Wed by watching the video above:)

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As a Chicago Wedding Photographer, you must determine what your client is looking for in terms of a Wedding Album.  To keep things simple I have always offered only one type of album.  The 10 x 10 Leather Craftsmen Heirloom Album is aspired to by many album companies and I will continue to offer it.

In light of this, I decided it was time to offer a higher end heirloom album with an artsy feel. Today I’m excited to introduce you to the 12 x 12 Leather Craftsmen Heirloom Book covered in Japanese Book Cloth.  This album is absolutely gorgeous.  Not only does it carry the Leather Craftsmen name and their unmatched quality, it also satisfies my couples who desire an heirloom album with a vintage and artsy feel.

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All albums come in a well constructed, thick black box bearing the Leather Craftsmen seal.

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Inside the box you will find a velour bag for protecting your investment.

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To showcase this album to clients, I decided to go with premium Japanese Book Cloth Fabric in the color Platinum.

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I chose a 3 x 5 inch horizontally inset photo with a silver liner.

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I decided to go with uppercase characters and silver imprint for the names.

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I love the thick lay flat pages of this album.  Each page is actually a photo print mounted to a thick core cotton board.

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You can see the thick lay flat pages & the well constructed spine above.  Interested in knowing if a book is constructed well? Check out the book’s spine and see how stiff it is when you move it around.  A lower quality book will have a more flexible spine, which will break down over years of page turning.  These books truly stand the test of time!

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I love when a couple elects to have a “First Look“… It allows me to capture emotional and intimate moments like the ones pictured above.

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I love these thick lay flat pages with a tiny gutter.  The tiny gutter allows you to design across the entire spread as above, whereas a “folded” gutter would crack over time, damaging the book.

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Don’t mind the date on the spread above… I had to use my Mom’s point and shoot for this blog post because I’m spending the week in Michigan.

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I love when a couple decides to include the details from their wedding celebration in their album.  Doing this really helps the viewer understand the whole “story” of the day.  Plus, all the hard work that went into these gorgeous details shouldn’t be ignored:)

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Last, Amanda and Doug were awesome sports and we ventured out into the wind and slight mist for this final nighttime shot.  I love it!

Are you interested in seeing this album in person? Come by and visit me at Indie Wed Chicago on January 31st and you can hold this baby in your hands!  I’ll also be running an AWESOME show special for booking on the spot… Be on the lookout for that blog post coming soon! Alternatively, if you’re getting married and looking for a wedding photographer, drop me a line.

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