Carolyn and Karl’s black tie November wedding is pure elegance…

A lot of the time, bride’s offer the advice not to spend time on details that your guests won’t notice, but I love Carolyn’s take on it: “We focused on the details that not every guest would notice. A few of our favorites were using my great grandmother’s silver vase to hold my bouquet at our sweetheart table, borrowing my grandmother’s mink shawl to keep me warm on our drive to the Art Institute in my uncle’s 1937 Lincoln, cutting the cake with Karl’s Nana’s cake cutter, and dancing to a song that we heard at our first concert together. They were small things, but they were details that allowed our families to contribute to and be intimately involved in our special day.”

Autumn leaves provided a dramatic backdrop for post-ceremony portraits of the bridal party.



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Chicago is a special city to me because its where I grew up and where Karl and I met and fell in love. When it came to locations, I had a vision of all our close family and friends in an intimate and dreamy setting.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I really just wanted a wedding that felt like us! I wanted something not too formal, but romantic and elegant (with a great band)!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To be present during the day, because it really does go by so fast!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Saying “I do” at the altar, our first dance, my dad’s speech and our close friend, Brian, singing “Fly Me To The Moon” on the trolly on the way to our reception.

Photography: Annie Sturgis / Event Planner: Five Grain Events / Venue: Galleria Marchetti in Chicago, Illinois / Dress: Robert Bullock / Shoes: Ivanka Trump / Earrings, necklace, bracelet: North American Jewelers / Suit, shirt, tie: Hugo Boss / Cufflinks: Nordstrom / Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy / Stationery: Katherine Fore / Floral designer: Natural Beauties / Music: TVK Orchestra / Cake: Elysia Root Cakes

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      It’s really a gorgeous wedding!

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    2. Annie

      Thank you for the lovely feature on Carolyn and Karl’s elegant wedding. Their timeless style was a joy to photograph!

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    3. Ron Miller

      Amazing Pics! That church is fantastic

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    4. Emilia Jane

      Stunning!! <3

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