March 2018

March 25, 2018

More and more couples are looking to have both their ceremony and reception at the same venue. More often than not, that means an outdoor ceremony. Videography truly started in the wedding industry in the 1980’s and the technology has since changed so much that when you look at your parent’s wedding video, you can’t help but cringe a little at the actual video quality. That is after you have transferred it from a VHS tape to at dvd. With today’s technology wedding video professionals have so many ways of making your wedding video look like a Hollywood production. If your budget allows for such a studio, you may enjoy their use of having a drone capturing your wedding ceremony and the exteriors of your reception venue added into your wedding video.

Drones and video have come such a long way that drones can be operated safely and provide a totally different vantage point. When you add in all of the different camera angles used in the creation of your wedding video, it really can look like a true Hollywood production.

Photo Credit Lindsey Michelle Photography

March 18, 2018

Attending a wedding almost always means “Open Bar” and that also means your guests can let their hair down, enjoy the night and Uber it home or spend the night in the hosting hotel. We all know that wine is a crowd pleaser, craft beers are always a hit with the men in attendance and bubbly is a must for any celebratory occasion. But if you want to do something really special, signature drinks are a unique way to make a statement on your big day.

You can select one or two beverages you both enjoy. A champagne cocktail is always a classic choice — make it your own by incorporating your favorite flavors or keep it seasonal with timely ingredients. Consider serving a non-alcoholic "mocktail" for guests who don't plan to drink. Get 'em creative names. The options are endless and it more than likely will not cost you even one extra penny!

Everyone loves trying something unique and different so take a minute to come up with a favorite or two that you know your guests will truly enjoy.

March 11, 2018

 Here are the 50 most popular first dance songs for weddings, according to Spotify. Photo courtesy of Fred Fox Studios

  

1. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran

2. "At Last" by Etta James

3. "You Are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne

4. "All of Me" by John Legend

5. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri.

6. "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele

7. "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz

8. "Everything" by Michael Bublé

9. "Better Together" by Jack Johnson

10. "Amazed" by Lonestar

11. "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones

12. "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes

13. "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

14. "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

15. "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley

16. "Marry Me" by Train

17. "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton

18. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

19. "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison

20. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz

21. "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds

22. "How Long Will I Love You" by Ellie Goulding

23. "Your Song" by Elton John

24. "Marry You" by Bruno Mars

25. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Tony Bennett

26. "Tenerife Sea" by Ed Sheeran

27. "Then" by Brad Paisley

28. "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King

29. "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers

30. "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers

31. "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker.

32. "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls

33. "My Girl" by The Temptations

34. "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole

35. "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden

36. "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You" by Bryan Adams

37. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith

38. "Kiss Me" by Ed Sheeran

39. "You and Me" by Lifehouse

40. "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol

41. "My Best Friend" by Tim McGraw

42. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Andy Williams

43. "When A Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge

44. "Your Song" by Ellie Goulding

45. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

46."Baby I'm Yours" by Arctic Monkeys

47. "Stay With You" by John Legend

48. "I Loved Her First" by Heartland

49. "That's How Strong My Love Is" by Otis Redding

50. "You and Me Song" by The Wannadies

March 4, 2018

Your wedding day will be one of the biggest days of your life!  This memorable day deserves great photos!  We are lucky to live in Chicago, one of the greatest backdrops for your pictures. We have compiled a list, in no specific order, of some of the prettiest and most unique places to have your wedding (or engagement) pictures taken.  Please be advised that some of these spots may require a permit, so please check before you make plans.

  • Adler Planetarium - 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
  • Olive Park - 500 N. Lake Shore Drive
  • Millenium Park/The Bean - 201 E. Randolph Street
  • The Chicago Theater - 175 N. State Street
  • Michigan Avenue Bridge/Chicago Riverwalk - Wacker Drive
  • Jackson Park - 1735 East Columbia Drive
  • Buckingham Fountain - Columbus Drive & Congress Parkway
  • The Wrigley Building - 410 N. Michigan Avenue
  • North Avenue Beach - West LaSalle Drive
  • Promontory Point at Burnham Park - 5491 S South Shore Dr
  • Navy Pier - 600 East Grand Ave
  • Lincoln Park Zoo/Lagoon - Fullerton Pkwy/Cannon Dr
  • Union Station - 225 S. Canal Street
  • Wrigley Field - 1060 West Addison Street


The most important thing to remember is this is your day!  Make it fun and make it special!  

 

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