Downtown Chicago Yacht Club Wedding by Stacy Able Photography


















































Meg and Spencer’s Chicago Yacht Club Wedding by Stacy Able Photography

Meg and Spencer’s wedding was full of family, friends, and a crazy fall Chicago thunderstorm with tornado warning. Despite the booming thunder and downpours, Meg gracefully did not let it bother her. I really enjoyed hanging out with the bridesmaids and her as they got ready at the Hotel Lincoln as talking with Meg it is like she’s an old friend.

Every last detail, Meg and Spencer out did themselves. From the large boat  they painstakingly painted that displayed the place cards, to the vases wrapped with rope, these two threw an elegant nautical affair. The entire wedding party wore Sperry shoes which I wish I had donned a pair being the docks were a touch slippery from the rain.

No matter the weather, Meg and Spencer it was an honor and pleasure to document your big day and I hope to see you two again soon. Perhaps we will meet for a wintery trash the dress with Rambo.

Meg and Spencer Q&A:

A former mentor of mine used to start every bridal consultation with the question “what do you want your guests to walk away saying?”.  Early in our relationship, Spencer and I agreed we wanted people to say “that was an amazing, crazy, insane wedding!”.

As an active sailor, Spencer grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago sailing Lake Michigan and summering in Maine.  I am originally from Northern California and grew up going to Ludington, Michigan every summer.  Needless to say, we both feel the most relaxed when near large bodies of water.  Once engaged, we coordinated a site visit of the Chicago Yacht Club’s Monroe Harbor (downtown Chicago) with their fabulous Catering Director, Kate Newton.  We were about to sign the contract when Spencer noticed that there was a Belmont Station of Chicago Yacht Club only a few blocks from where we lived.  After viewing the Belmont Station location, we knew we had found the perfect location!  The Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station is the perfect amount of nautical combined with the laid back feel of Lincoln Park – and not to mention one of this best (and exclusive) views of Chicago’s skyline.

After selecting the venue, we went with a nautical inspiration for our big day.  Both Spencer and I love DIY projects – and we are fortunate enough to have amazing family & friends to help!  We found an old wooden dinghy at the Randolph Street Market and repurposed it to hang out place cards.  We purchased cylindrical vases from the dollar store and wrapped them with brown rope.  A friend donated 18 red and blue lanterns, which we spray painted a brush, hammered bronze color.  Although our beloved schnoodle, Rambo, was not present, a miniature sculpture of our pup was created for our cake topper.

I woke up at 5AM the day of the wedding to the television blaring weather warnings.  I know that rain is supposed to be good luck on a wedding day, but the weather man was saying hail and potential tornado – what was that superstition?!  The rain held off until 3:45PM, just as the ladies were heading to the venue.  Thankfully, we had prepared for rain and had a backup option.  Our guests swear it provided an intimate event having 170 people huddled on the deck of the sailing school as the rain fell behind us!  The rain lifted at 4:45PM just as the ceremony was ending – perfect timing for pictures.  The less than ideal weather had produced breathtaking clouds and, later, turned the entire sky this pink-purple color.  It was truly magical!

Words cannot express how thankful Spencer and I are to have had our family and closest friends gathered around us for this very special day.  Looking back on the day, we both laugh and say “that was an amazing, crazy, perfect wedding!”- totally and completely the way we imagined it!

Favorite moment(s)?

The lady’s dance party at Hotel Lincoln while getting ready; Richie (groomsmen) tying 8 bowties like a boss; the flower girl not wanting to let go of the maid-of-honor’s hand during the walk down the aisle (and then standing with the bridesmaids up front for the entire ceremony); the rain picking up at the perfect time during the two readings; capturing a photograph of the Sperry’s; table 14’s bet that the maid of honor would cry during her speech (she did not); the jug of apple-pie flavored moonshine being passed; the best man joining the band and rocking out to “Wagon Wheel”; ring fights; Spencer & Meg taking a minute to step outside and take in the entire day; dancing the last song “Sweet Caroline” with those that mean the most to us

Funniest moment:?

Our officiant was formerly on Spencer’s rugby team.  He does about 3-4 weddings per year and makes each one special and unique.  He never told us what he was going to say, or that he altered the traditional vows ever so slightly – but it made for one of the best, funniest moment of the wedding!

First Dance Songs?

Spencer & Meg – Everything by Michael Bublé | Father Daughter – What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong | Mother Son – How Sweet It Is by James Taylor

Vendor List:

Dress designer – Robert Bullock |  Place purchased – Weddings 826, Chicago, IL | Photographer: Stacy Able Photography | Both Sashes Purchased – Soutache, Chicago, IL | Rings (all three) – Julia Hadi Jewelry, Chicago, IL | Floral – Tina and Dollie, Chicago, IL | Band – Stephanie Rogers Band, Chicago, IL | Venue (both Ceremony and Reception) – Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station | Food – Executive Chef Jill Dedinsky, Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station | Invitations, Save the Dates, Thank You Cards – Olive and Violet | Bridesmaid dresses – J Crew | Hair – Christina Tassi, D’Amici Salon, La Grange Park | Makeup – Monica Tassi, D’Amici Salon, La Grange Park | Wedding cake – Chicago Yacht Club | Mens Suits – Jos A Bank | Cake Topper – Meg (the bride) Hellmuth | Getting Ready Location – Hotel Lincoln, Chicago, IL

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Ginny and Kevin’s Downtown Chicago Engagement Session












Ginny and Kevin’s Downtown Chicago Engagement Session

How did you two meet? Kevin and I met junior year at Indiana University. Kevin moved in to the house next door and made a habit out of stealing my parking space to admittedly get my attention. It must have worked because we starting dating a few months after becoming neighbors.

How did Kevin propose?  After Christmas shopping in downtown Chicago on a warm December day, Kevin convinced me to ride the ferris wheel at navy pier despite my fear of heights. I was beginning to doubt my decision when Kevin pulled out the ring and proposed.

Who chose the ring?  We had looked at rings together a couple months prior to our engagement.  I gave him a few ideas and he ultimately surprised me with my favorite one.

Wedding plans?  We are having a small ceremony on 6/14/14 at Beck Chapel on Indiana University’s campus.  The reception is being held at Sycamore Farms in Bloomington, Indiana. We chose Bloomington as a halfway point for my family in southern Indiana and his family in Chicago.

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Rawhide Ranch Nashville Indiana Barn Mint Pink and Gray Wedding





































 Rawhide Ranch Nashville Indiana Barn Mint Pink and Gray Wedding

Bride and Groom’s Q&A:

When we started planning our wedding, Phil and I had agreed from the get go that we wanted it to be a celebration above everything else.  We threw tradition out the window and decided to do everything our way. We chose the Rawhide Ranch in Nashville, Indiana because it offered the opportunity for so many our guests to stay onsite for the weekend while giving the out of towners a chance to see the side of Indiana that I’ve always loved – the Hoosier hospitality, the beautiful fall trees, and our southern rolling hills.  Once we had the venue booked, everything else fell in to place.  We went with a rustic vintage decor to suit the ranch setting made up of a collection of my parents’ vintage books and Ball jars.

Since Phil and I both have a passion for music we decided to forgo the traditional DJ and create playlists for each of the key moments throughout the day.  To help our guests get in the spirit of our down-home, laid back wedding, we chose one of our favorite songs, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp by Led Zeppelin as the song my Dad and I walked down the aisle to.  Being that friends have played such an important role in who we are, we asked our friend Albert to conduct our in a ceremony under an arbor painted in flowers.  We receited our vows we had written for one another as our niece and nephew (one of the Flower Girls and the Ring Bearer) traded candy back and forth (a bribe from their Grandmother to behave during the cereremony).

We couldn’t have asked for better weather throughout the day. As we posed for pictures in the fall afternoon glow, our guests sampled candied bacon and chicken and waffles on the patio during the cocktail hour.  Afterwards, the guests moved into the barn for dinner and a few toasts from our wedding party and parents before the celebration really began.  Our first dance as Husband and Wife was to Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic.  From there the night was a blur of drinks with friends, heart felt setiments, late night delivery from the local Pizza King, and lots and LOTS of dancing!

The day and weekend was everything and anything we could have every hoped for – the perfect Wedding Celebration!
Favorite moments:  We have tried, but we can’t seem to narrow it down.  The day, the weekend, was everything we had dreamed!  All of them were our favorites!

Funniest moment:  Phil’s brother’s speech.  Matt knows how to work a crowd and he didn’t disappoint when he gave his toast as best man.

First dance: Into the Mystic by Van Morrison

Father daughter dance: Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

Vendor List:
Bride’s Dress: Designer: Enzoani / Shop: Nancy’s Bridal Boutique | Bride’s shoes: Seychelles |  Bride’s jewelry: local flea market | Bridesmaid dresses: DressbLee on Etsy   | Bridesmaid jewelry: Francesca’s  | Groom’s/Groomsmen’s suits: Designer: Alta Moda / Shop: Men’s Warehouse   | Flowergirl dresses:  Made by bride/bride’s sister| Ring bearer tie & suspenders: Bebecha on Etsy | Florals: Gina at Claudia’s Flora Bunda  | Invitations: Minted |  Food: Lemley’s Catering  | Wedding & Reception site: the Rawhide Ranch | Wedding cake: Heartsville Sweets | Cake topper: the Glittered Barn on etsy | Hair & Makeup: Leslie White hair & makeup

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Brown County Nashville Indiana Fall Engagement Session with a Dog















Brown County Nashville Indiana Fall Engagement Session with a Dog

How did you two meet?
Matt and I met when we were in high school through mutual friends. We became close friends and did not begin dating until we both attended college in the Indianapolis area.

How did he propose?
It was a pretty normal night for the two of us in December with nothing really to do because of the weather.  Oliver had ran upstairs and was being a little too quiet so I went to go check to make sure he wasn’t getting into any mischief.  Once I made sure Oliver was behaving, I made my way back downstairs.  When I turned the corner, Matt was down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  He knew that if he tried to plan something out of the ordinary, that I would start to think something was up, so the simple “night in” was perfect!  I was so surprised!
Who picked the ring?
Awhile before we became engaged, we both went and looked at rings to give him an idea of what I liked.  He picked out the ring on his own, going off of the few options I had selected.

Where did Oliver’s bowtie come from?
His bow tie is from SillyBuddy on Etsy.  They are based out of Chicago,IL.  The one we had him wear for our engagement pictures is his third one he has had since we got him and they are great!  The bow tie actually clips off so he can just wear the collar on its own when he doesn’t want to be so formal:)
Wedding plans?
We are getting married May 17,2014 at Matt’s church in Hobart, IN with our reception to follow at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, IN.  As a couple, we both are pretty classic and simple so our wedding will reflect that.  There will be lots of blush pinks and neutral colors. I LOVE flowers so I am sure there will be plenty:)

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Brown County Fall Engagement Photography by Stacy Able















How did you two meet?
Marc: We met working in the same office in Chicago! We became friends but almost immediately became an item after our first time going out in a social group… We have been nearly inseparable ever since.
Julie: We definitely had a little secret office romance going on for a while. I never expected to meet my (soon-to-be) husband at work! Looking back, I’m SO glad I took that job in Chicago and made the big move from Alabama (where I went to college). Best decision ever!

How did he propose?
Marc: We were packing to go to Memphis for Thanksgiving last year for me to meet the rest of Julie’s huge extended family. Starting as a normal night at home, packing up for our trip, I asked her if she had ever brought a boyfriend home for Thanksgiving and she said no… I told her I didn’t want to go home as her boyfriend and proposed to a very surprised girl who wasn’t expecting it! I wanted it to be a complete surprise so I did not plan a fancy date or anything that would lead her to believe a proposal was coming.
Julie: Yes, it was just your average Tuesday night at home. I was just packing my suitcase, and ii came out of nowhere! It was perfect though… just us two. I hate surprises and always catch on to them, so a down-to-earth proposal was unexpected and super sweet. We then went to Upland Brewery to celebrate over a pitcher!:)It was so thoughtful of Marc to propose right before Thanksgiving to because it is such a big holiday in my family (there are about 80 of us at Thanksgiving dinner every year), so we got to celebrate all weekend with my loved ones.

Who chose the ring?
Marc: Julie chose the ring and I purchased it within a couple of weeks. However, I held on to it for 6 months… just long enough (ha!) for her to forget about it and/or not believe I had purchased the one she picked out.
Julie: I definitely did NOT forget about it! It is an vintage/antique one-of-a-kind ring from a website I found called Brilliant Earth; I immediately fell in love with the ring,  so I showed it to him so he could get a sense of the “style” I liked since we were talking about getting engaged. This was in May 2012, and we were moving to Indiana that July so I thought he would propose sometime that summer. I have no idea how he kept it from me for 6 months!

Wedding plans?
Julie: We are having a large wedding in Memphis, TN on May 24, 2014. The ceremony will be at St. Louis Catholic Church with a reception will be at the Tower Room which is the top floor of a well-known building in Memphis. It has incredible views of the city, and I fell in love with the venue as soon as I saw it. Since we are having a year and half engagement, I feel like we are very organized in our planning. We have a wedding planner, and between my mom and I, we are well into our planning. We have gotten all of the big things done, so hopefully we won’t be losing our minds come spring time! We are so excited and cannot wait to celebrate our big day with all of our favorite people!

Why Stacy Able Photography?
Julie: I found you online when doing some research on local photographers. I absolutely love all of your work! We knew we wanted outdoor photos in Brown County, and you stuck out among all of the photographers I researched. The lighting in all of your pictures makes everything look so beautiful. I’m so glad I found you! You are so talented!

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