Room 1520 Chicago Brunch Wedding

Lauren & Michael’s Room 1520 Chicago Brunch Wedding

Lauren and Mike’s fall brunch wedding wedding at Room 1520, a white urban loft space in Chicago, was a modern and elegant affair. The white washed brick walls paired with heaps of natural light made their ceremony and reception a giant soft box of crisp light. The decor was a mix of white linen farm tables topped by natural vines and greenery. Each place setting had a soft green place card by Minted atop a black velvet ribbon tied napkin.

The bride wore a Priscilla of Boston belted gown (with pockets!) and the groom rocked a sharp suit with a fantastic bow tie and pocket square combination. Kelly, the maid of honor, who is the owner/blogger of Studio DIY, wore a black and white stripe cocktail dress which paired well with the striped ribbon on the bouquets. The bride’s Salvatore Ferragamo polka dot heels were the wedding shoe icing on the proverbial cake.

Since these two fancy themselves foodies, they had a spectacular brunch by Cocina Fusion added brought in the Beavers Coffee and Donut food truck for a “donut hour”, along with cocktails.

When the festivities concluded mid-afternoon, we headed downtown to leverage the skylines, urban textures and amazing backdrops that only Chicago can offer. The images speak for themselves

Lauren and Mike’s families could not have been more friendly and welcoming, which made my job all the more enjoyable. A huge thank you to Lauren and Mike for allowing Molly and I document your special day. It was truly a heartfelt honor and pleasure. I’m so thankful to have such awesome clients like you two!

Lauren and Mike’s Q&A coming soon

Vendor list: Stacy Able Photography, Film development: Pro Photo Irvine, Brides shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo, Brides Gown: Priscilla of Boston, Invitations: Minted, Makeup: Bride’s sister, Brides hair: Paige Balash, Catering: Cocina Fusion, Food Truck: Beavers Coffee and Donut

Downtown Chicago Fall Engagement Session

Becki & Steve’s Downtown Chicago Fall Engagement Session by Stacy Able Photography

I’m always fascinated by how people come by my work. With Becki, she was recommended by one of her stylists at her Salon, B. A Salon on Armitage which I’m super honored. I After many emails, and planning, it was time for Becki and Steve’s fall Chicago engagement portraits. Being these two are awesome foodies, we went to the west loop where many of their favorite restaurants are. There, they had cocktails, and showed me around to some hot Chicago culinary spots that Walter and I will have to try. After Randolph Street, we headed to Millennium park to catch the last bit of sunset, as a lake effect fog rolled in. Side note, Becki’s ginger tresses glowed in the fall light and her engagement photography clothing outfits were perfection! I’m super excited to see these two again for their January 2015 wedding at Spiaggia.

Q&A with Becki & Steve:

Steve and I have known each other since we were kids. Our parents were good friends while we were growing up. But we never went to school together or hung around together when we were kids. But later on, he was a neighbor of my parents before they retired to Las Vegas and he was friendly with my Dad. We finally became friends a few years ago after he reached out to me to refer him to a few restaurants in Chicago as he was coming in to visit and he knew I was just as much as a foodie as he is. Instead of just giving him some options, I took him around and we became friends through food.
How did Steve Propose?
We had talked about it a lot, but the proposal came as a surprise while having dinner at GT Fish and Oyster. It was very simple and sweet, but kind of surreal. I was looking at the menu and he took my left hand under the table and slipped the ring on my finger. I was stunned and asked him “Is this for real?” He said “It sure is.”  He sounded calm, but he was pretty nervous. The whole waitstaff new what was coming and after he popped the question we had a glass of champagne. Chef/Owner of GT, Giuseppe Tentori came over to congratulate us and offered Steve a shot of whiskey, he could even tell he was still coming down from the nervousness!

Who chose the ring?
We both did. I looked at pictures and told him the things I liked, but he picked out the diamond and put the two styles of rings together that we agreed upon. He really put a lot of thought and effort in to the whole ring. We worked with a great jeweler that was really helpful and took him to search for the perfect diamond down in Jewelers Row. Steve said it was a really cool experience.

Wedding plans?
Spiaggia. In picking out our wedding venue, we wanted first and foremost to celebrate this milestone by taking our best friends and family out to a wonderful dinner. Our wedding will be simple and intimate; just us, no one standing up.  

What did you wear for your session?
I bought my dress at P.45 in Bucktown. They carry very interesting stuff from Alexander Wang to really cool, local independent designers.  It was made by an Indy designer that I don’t remember. (Oops)  Steves blue shirt was Hugo Boss and John Varvatos jeans were from Bloomingdales. His Jacket was Banana Republic. My green shirt was Joie from Nordstrom and his shirt was Banana Republic and Jeans were from J. Crew.

Stacy Able Photography

Midwest Wedding Photographer based in Columbus Indiana/ Indianapolis and available for destinations worldwide