Cafe Brauer Wedding

There are so many awesome unique Chicago wedding venues that you might not know about.  Today I thought I’d highlight the top 10 venues that I’d love to shoot at!  These venues tend to exude personality and digress from the usual ballroom wedding venue.

  1. The Ivy Room at Tree Studios is located at 12 E Ohio St (between State St & Wabash Ave) in the Near North Neighborhood.  This facility boasts a gorgeous patio for ceremonies filled with, you guessed it, ivy!  They can be reached at (312) 645-7760 and the web address is www.ivyroomchicago.com.
  2. Salvage One is located at 1840 W Hubbard St (between Wood St & Wolcott Ave) in the Near West Neighborhood.  This venue has a colorful patio and sweet “Chicago” sign.  The inside is drenched in natural light and unique furnishings.  They can be reached at (312) 733-0098 and the web address is www.salvageone.com.
  3. The Ravenswood Event Center is located at 4011 N Ravenswood Ave (just North off Irving Park Road) in the Lakeview Neighborhood.  This is a perfect spot to “paint a blank canvas”.  There’s ample rustic charm, exposed brick, and TONS of natural light in their  glass walled atrium on the top floor.  They can be reached at (773) 388-2170 and the web address is www.ravenswoodeventcenter.com.
  4. The Chicago Illuminating Company is located at 19 East 21st Street in the Near Southside Neighborhood.  It is a two-story facility that was converted from an old 1920’s power plant/warehouse.  The renovated, modern architecture comes together nicely for a loft feel.  Features include hardwood floors, elegant tile mosaic detailing and original steel beams. There are built-in marble bars and tall arched windows that stand opposite a mezzanine balcony.  They can be reached at (312) 326-9500 and the web address is www.chicagoilluminatingcompany.com.
  5. Gallery 1028 is located at 1028 N Hooker St (between Halsted St & Haines St) in the Goose Island Neighborhood.  The gallery boasts vaulted ceilings, skylights, exposed brick, wood beams and floors.  This raw space is the perfect backdrop for any vision you could dream up!  They can be reached at (312) 945-6209 and the web address is www.gallery-1028.com.
  6. Room 1520 is located at 1520 W Fulton St (between Laflin St & Justine St) in the West Loop Neighborhood.  Room 1520 is a classical Urban spot draped in crystal chandeliers, white walls, and concrete floors.  It’s the perfect place to let your creativity run wild as options are endless for this great space.  They can be reached at (312) 952-1520 and the web address is www.room1520.com.
  7. Northerly Island is a peninsula located at 1400 S. Lynn White Dr. off the Museum Campus.  The 91 acre peninsula is an Urban Oasis with strolling paths, casual play areas, and a beautiful view of the Chicago Skyline.  Promontory Point is a quaint building on Northerly Island with skyline views and it’s surrounded by nature.  You can also utilize the stone verandas that are steps from Lake Michigan.  There’s also exposed brick!! Need I say more?!  They can be reached by (312) 745-2910 and the web address is http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Northerly-Island/#.U2uSQOZdXJl.
  8. The South Shore Cultural Center is located at 7059 S. South Shore Drive in the South Shore Neighborhood.  The SSCC is a cultural facility that has been recognized as a Chicago Landmark since 2004.  The SSCC has a country club-like interior and features a solarium, formal dining hall, the Paul Robeson Theater, the Washburne Culinary Institute, and the Parrot Cage Restaurant. There is a nature sanctuary and a butterfly garden, a nine-hole golf course, beach, and open spaces for picnics and walks.  They can be reached at (773) 256-0149 and the web address is http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/South-Shore-Cultural-Center/#.U2uNheZdXJk.
  9. The Newberry Library is located at 60 West Walton Street in the Gold Coast/Streeterville Neighborhood.  The Newberry Library is comprised of a grand staircase, architectural details, and spacious halls.  I love a historic venue and I also love books so I’m all set here!!:)  Although it is non-circulating, the Newberry is free and open to the public.  They can be reached at (312) 255-3595 and the web address is http://www.newberry.org/facility-rentals.
  10. The Great Hall of Cafe Brauer is located in the Lincoln Park, alongside the LP Zoo at 2021 N Stockton Drive in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood.  The classic architecture, exposed brick, glass ceiling, and wood floors make this venue a great choice for your wedding.  The Laggios offer views of the skyline and can be utilized for cocktail hour, etc.  Being in the park allows you to capture a variety of photos on your wedding day including some in nature and some with cityscape behind you.  It’s one of my all time FAVORITE spots to photograph!  They can be reached at (312) 742-2400 and the web address is http://www.lpzoo.org/events/host-private-event/cafe-brauer.

I hope this post has gotten your creative juices flowing and thinking about the unique places you can get married in the city!!

If you or someone you know is getting married at one of these venues, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!!  For a limited time I am offering a 10% discount on my first 2 Wedding Collections for (1) couple at each of these venues for 2015 weddings!

 

  • Jenn Gaudreau - This is such a great post, Alaina. Chicago has so many amazing and unique wedding venues, so it’s always so nice when a couple chooses something different than a traditional ballroom. You chose so many of my favorites! I’m in love with Room 1520, Gallery 1028 and CIC!May 8, 2014 – 8:12 pmReplyCancel

Today I’m excited to share my Northern Ireland Travel Photos with you!  When our neighbors from Chicago, Jay and Anthony, decided to pay us a visit, we thought it would be a great time to visit Northern Ireland.  The two locations we decided on were Belfast and Port Stewart (near the Giant’s Causeway).  We decided to be ambitious and did this in one night.  It took us about 2.5 hours to get to Belfast and then another 2-3 to get up to Port Stewart.  The Giant’s Causeway was quite scenic so I’ll let the photos do the talking…Mostly.  haha.

Dublin- Hapenny Bridge
Belfast- Titanic Museum
Belfast- Titanic Dry dock
Belfast- Titanic Dry Dock

It was crazy to see the place the Titanic was built… The dock was mammoth and it’s hard to showcase this with just a couple of images.  I remember having a little obsession with the Titanic when I was in elementary school thanks to a kid named Matt Stroup.

Belfast- Titanic Dry dock
Belfast- Titanic Dry dock

The Titanic sat on these steel platforms as it was being built…I think one stack weighed in at 8 tons or something crazy along those lines.

Belfast- Titanic Dry dock
Northern Ireland Travel Photos

We stopped along Whitebay to take some photos of the landscape…There’s always something pretty to see around here:)

Northern Ireland Travel Photos
Northern Ireland Travel Photos
Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway
Northern Ireland Travel Photos

These cliffs reminded me of the Cliffs of Moher on a much smaller scale.

Northern Ireland Travel Photos
Northern Ireland Travel Photos

Finally we made it to our final destination which was the Giant’s Causeway.  The Causeway was formed by a volcanic eruption…There is something like 40,000 columns in the shape of hexagons.

Giants Causeway

It doesn’t appear that high up, but I was seriously rock climbing and this nook was a little cliff that was about 20-30 feet up.

Giants Causeway

Jon insisted on taking my picture…

Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway
Here he is being funny, taking a picture of me taking his picture.

Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway

This was my favorite image from the day.

Northern Ireland Travel Photos

After we visited the Giant’s Causeway, we went on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.  Walking the plank between two massive rock formations.  The stuff my guy gets me to do…I was too scared to carry my “real” camera with me for this one but managed the point-and-shoot.

Northern-Ireland-Travel-Photos

The walk to get there was stunning but I was shaking in my boots. haha.

Northern-Ireland-Travel-Photos
Northern-Ireland-Travel-Photos
Northern-Ireland-Travel-Photos
Northern-Ireland-Travel-Photos
Northern-Ireland-Travel-Photos

Hopefully these photos will give a little perspective to how high up we were.

Northern-Ireland-Travel-Photos

What have you been afraid to do while traveling but sucked it up and did it anyhow?  This is just one of a few for me;)

P.S. Today is September 11th, and it’s not lost on me… Sending good karma to all those who were affected in some way.

 

Courtney Callahan Paper Chicago

When I first was thinking of starting a Vendor Spotlight Series on the blog, Courtney was one of the first people who came to mind.  She and I had previously spoken with each other about taking over each other’s blogs to talk shop with our readers.  When my idea morphed into a series featuring my favorite wedding vendors, Courtney was more than willing to help me get this project off the ground.

If you’re looking for Custom Wedding Invitations in Chicago, then look no further!  Courtney Callahan Paper is your go-to for custom wedding invitations and any other paper items your little heart desires.  What I love about Courtney’s work is her clean, modern, and romantic style.  She’s an ace at taking your ideas and putting them to life for your wedding day and beyond.

Not only is Courtney a kick-ass invitation designer, she also blogs about fashion and all kinds of other good stuff.  You have to check her out after you read this interview:

Courtney Callahan Paper Chicago

Tell me about your business- what do you specialize in? Courtney Callahan Paper is a custom design studio specializing in everything one needs for their wedding day – from save the dates, invitations, thank you notes and everything paper in between. A variety of printing techniques and paper choices are available to meet the individual needs of each client.

How did you get started? From the time I was eight and designing business cards for my dad as the President of the Letter People Club, I fostered a love of paper. Since crayons and glitter lack commercial appeal, I honed my design skills through my advertising degree from the University of Missouri Journalism School. It took a couple of years in the corporate world until I was able to follow my dreams and open my studio.

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What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry? I thoroughly enjoy hearing about all of the details of a couple’s wedding day and incorporating elements of their décor plus personal style into their wedding day paper. Teaming up with the client’s florist, event stylist and planner to weave their paper details into the overall vision for the day is a bonus!

How would you describe your business’ style? My business’ style is fresh, modern, and fun. The “paper” is an opportunity to play with color, patterns and personal elements about the couple.

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How far in advance should clients book your services? Due to the detailed nature of custom wedding invitations, clients should contact me at least 6 months before their wedding date and even earlier if they would like to send Save the Dates to their guests.

Where does your inspiration come from? My inspiration is a combination of a lot of things – the couple and their “story”, their personal style, the event location, season and color palette. Plus, I love to learn about all details of the wedding day to devise a way to incorporate the invitation design into other details.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? When I am not designing, you’ll find me enjoying some of these things: my loving husband and family, supportive friends, music, new restaurants, Chicago, a crisp magazine, a long run, a Venti Black Iced Tea Unsweetened and Swedish Fish.

Courtney Callahan Paper Chicago

What is one piece of advice you think all couples would benefit from knowing? Don’t be scared of going custom. This is a great opportunity to incorporate your personal style and reflect your journey as a couple. Although the custom invitation process is more involved than selecting a ready-made suite, the final product will be completely unique to you as a couple and often helps you zero in on what you want your wedding day experience to be.

Is there anything else you’d like to share? The Save the Date or invitation is the first look that your guests will have regarding your wedding day so it is a great opportunity to set the tone for your event and to reflect the overall vision for the day.

How can clients connect with you? Visit www.courtneycallahan.com to learn more about the custom wedding invitation process and fill out my contact form.

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCPaper

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ccpaper

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ccpaper/

 

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I think it’s safe to say that summer in Dublin is nearing the end of it’s run… It has been quite windy and rainy here (and not to mention cold!) over the last few weeks.  It was a little bit of a shock returning from the Maldives to this.

So while I’m happy to share some fall wardrobe choices for this installment of “What to Wear for Your Photo Session”, I’m going to be spending my time working on Amanda and Doug’s August wedding images and daydreaming about summer.

These looks are great for late summer/early fall because they offer layers…You never know, a heat wave could hit us;)

What to Wear For Your Photo Session

Hot pink heels?! Yes Please!!

WHERE TO BUY:

WOMAN/TEEN

blazer- http://rstyle.me/~2nzHt

graphic tee- http://rstyle.me/~2nzNt

heels- http://rstyle.me/~2nzMP

jeans- http://goo.gl/iFl8Ss

Style Guide: What to Wear for Your Photo Session

I think adding a denim jacket or button down shirt would be cute for mom and/or daughter.

WHERE TO BUY:

FAMILY

MOM // top, skirt, shoe

http://rstyle.me/~2nCRt

http://rstyle.me/~2nA3h

http://rstyle.me/~2nDcv

DAD // shirt, pant, shoe

http://rstyle.me/~2dLFl

http://rstyle.me/n/mgrrvwy6w

GIRL // dress, shoe

http://rstyle.me/~2nA2L

http://rstyle.me/~2nD1F

BOY // shirt, pant, shoe

http://rstyle.me/~2nCSX

http://rstyle.me/~2nDdN

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You can also get more ideas for what to wear for your photo shoot hereherehere, and here.

I’m so excited to share Amanda and Doug’s gorgeous Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos with you!  You may remember Amanda and Doug from a preview I recently posted on my blog.  These two infamously met at a wedding and didn’t hit it off right away.  But after warming up to each other and exchanging numbers at the end of the night, Amanda and Doug became fast friends and perfected the art of the FaceTime conversation.  When he flew to Colorado for the first time for a visit, it was then that Amanda knew Doug was someone special.  Doug is is kind, calm, and considerate.  Maybe even a little shy.  Whereas Amanda is the perfect “Yin” to his “Yang”…She is funny, independent, and outspoken.

On August 10th, I had the pleasure of documenting their commitment to build a future together.  The love in the room was palpable and their families support made me giddy to witness.  Amanda’s brothers were an integral part of their ceremony, as Alex officiated and Adam provided the awesome music!  Doug’s sister Jaclyn did the reading.  Seeing a family that is so close reminded me of my own.  And boy, do the Vannis and the Bradleys know how to dance!

Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos

Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos
Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos

Adler Planetarium Wedding Vendors

Venue- Adler Planetarium

Officiant- Adam Vanni

Music- Alex Vanni

Florals- Ashland Addison

Dress Boutique- Berkachi Bridal Designer- Winnie Couture

Shoes- Gucci

Hair – Christy Matthews {christhermann@yahoo.com}

Make Up- Diedre Kelly {d.craver@comcast.net}

Bakery- Bittersweet Bakery

Entertainment- Rich Bednara from Essence Entertainment

Caterer- Food For Thought, Michelle Eastham

Thanks so much to Jenn Gaudreau for shooting with me!

Are you planning a classic Chicago wedding and looking for a photographer?  Drop me a line and let me know how I can help you.

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  • Deedee Colussy - Beautiful couple, wedding and photography by Alaina Bos Photography! September 5, 2014 – 1:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Jenn Gaudreau - These look gorgeous!!! So glad to have been there with you! xoxoxoSeptember 5, 2014 – 6:09 amReplyCancel

  • Emily Erin - Phenomenal job Alaina, so gorgeous!!September 3, 2014 – 10:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda Rau - A wonderful collection of memories you will have forever. An incredibly beautiful Bride and handsome Groom with their family and friends!September 3, 2014 – 12:47 pmReplyCancel

  • Amanda Monney - I LOVE ALL OF THEM!!! Your beautiful wedding day was captured perfectly! I think I need a canvas of the silly one of Doug and Nathan to display in our house !September 3, 2014 – 1:14 amReplyCancel

  • Amanda Bradley - Alaina, thank you for capturing the day so beautifully. Love Love Love! #ABP
    September 2, 2014 – 6:52 pmReplyCancel