Wedding season is now in full swing here in Chicago and I am thrilled to have begun the spring season with an amazing couple like Stella and David. Stella, the owner of a beautiful clothing store called Stella315, originally met David a few years ago through mutual friends. They fell in love soon after becoming friends and David proposed to Stella at the Chicago Botanical Gardens on their one year anniversary. We decided that the Chicago Botanical Gardens would be the perfect place for their engagement photos and you can see those HERE! As I walked in the hotel room on their wedding day, Stella had her beautiful Lazaro wedding gown hanging on the window seal and next to it were her Monolo Blahnik heels. As you can imagine, my detail-loving heart just exploded. The floral bouquets were absolutely stunning as well. They definitely go in my all time favorites book – KH Flowers did such an amazing job on those!
Stella told me how she went from hotel to hotel to find the one with the best interiors for portraits and man, did she deliver! The Loews Chicago O’Hare hotel was perfect for photos… neutral colors, bright with natural light and even some darker areas that made for some beautifully dramatic bridal portraits. I love how much detail went into their wedding day and how they chose to start the rest of their lives together. They were surrounded by their closest family and friends – laughing and dancing the whole day. There was never a doubt about how excited they were to become husband and wife. They simply radiated happiness!
Their ceremony and reception were held at Stonegate Banquets in Hoffman Estates, which was perfectly decorated with classic and royal colors like white, pinks, and gold. It took no time at all for this crew to get dancing! They were all so much fun to photograph on the dance floor! You’ll just have to check out the last few photos in this post to see what I’m talking about! From the moment David saw Stella for the first time to the tearful moments during Stella’s sisters’ speech, there were so many beautiful memories made on their wedding day. I know these two are going to create even more beautiful moments together throughout their marriage and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have been a part of their love story. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Lim!
Wedding Planner – Chi Chic Weddings
Getting Ready Venue – Loews O’Hare Chicago
Ceremony and Reception Venue – Stonegate Banquets
Floral – Flowers by KH
DJ – Mary Monica Music
Caterer – Stonegate Banquets
Shoes – Manolo Blahnik
Dress – Lazaro
Bridesmaid dresses – Davids Bridal, Vera Wang Collection
Suits – Formally Modern Tux
Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist – Makeup by Tiffany
Second Photographer – Elizabeth Greve