Erin and Matt’s Contemporary Chicago Real Wedding by Gina and Tony Photographers

The bride and groom pose with each other in the lobby of the venue.

Here’s another wedding from Gina & Tony Photographers that is FILLED with terrific inspiration. The bride added her own unique flair by purchasing cool accessories from Etsy vendors (love) and completing a few DIY projects (especially impressive considering that darling baby on her hip). This wedding ended up being a great example of a contemporary wedding with clean lines, dramatic backdrops (palm trees AND Greek statues!), and a consistent color palette. Enjoy all of Erin’s thoughts below!

The bride holds a baby girl as she looks at her wedding dress.Silver details on the bride's dress and her silver wedding shoes.A bridesmaid helps the bride put on a pair of earrings.A bridesmaid helps the bride put on a pearl bracelet.The groom helps his groomsman with his white collared shirt.The groom slips on a pair of patterned socks as he sits on a bed.The groom and his groomsmen sit with each other and enjoy a game of chess.The couple hold hands in the lobby of a modern building.The couple share a kiss inside of the venue as they hold hands.The bride and groom embrace as they pose in front of their wedding party.The bride and her bridesmaids pose with their floral wedding bouquets.The bride poses arm in arm with her bridesmaids in their grey dresses.The groom and his groomsmen pose in their grey tuxedos and yellow ties.The bride and groom hold hands together under the flowers of a large tree.The groom and his groomsmen pose in their grey tuxedos on the steps of a small urban building.The bride and groom share a kiss as they pose with their wedding party near steps.The bride poses in front her bridesmaids with their backs turned, revealing cut out designs.The large, classic church wedding ceremony.Yellow and white floral wedding program.A guest in a grey tuxedo holds a baby girl in his arms dressed in a yellow floral dress.The bride walks down the aisle arm in arm with her father in a black tuxedo.The groom stands with his mother at the altar.The large, church wedding ceremony.The bride and groom hold hands as they stand before their pastor at the altar.A small wedding guest smiles as she is held by another guest during the ceremony.The couple kneel with each other in front of the pastor at the wedding ceremony.The couple share their first kiss as husband and wife.The groom holds a small little girl in a yellow dress and white shoes.Yellow and green flowers in tall glass vases on a table at the wedding reception.Whimsical silver, white and gold centerpieces at the wedding reception.Large yellow flowers and branches in a glass vase on a table at the reception.Large indoor palm trees and a large green statue.Elegant, modern wedding reception decor.The couple share an intimate dance with each other at the reception.The couple smile and embrace as they dance with each other.The bride and groom laugh as they look on during the wedding reception.Silver, white and gold reception decor.Silver, white and gold place setting at the wedding reception.A small floral centerpiece in a glass vase bowl and a gold table number.Close up of the details on the wedding cake.The couple cut into their white and silver wedding cake together.Silver and white wedding cake adorned with yellow and orange flowers and a white heart cake topper.Guests dance in their wedding attire out on the dance floor.The couple share a laugh as they dance in front of their guests.

What was the theme to your wedding? Any DIY projects?

We planned our wedding in about 8 and half months! I live in Charlotte, NC and the wedding was in Chicago, so everything I had to do was long distance.  I would come to Chicago for a week and meet with like 5 people and make decisions.  It was stressful at times, but mostly fun. I knew I wanted our colors to be yellow and grey with a touch of coral, but I had no idea how to get there.

In an effort to save money I decided to do as much DIY as possible, which was overwhelming at times with working full time and raising an baby!  I ordered a digital print from my invitations; once I had them printed, I didn’t know how to put them all together.  I went to a paper store and looked into my options.  I then created the overall invitation and was very pleased with the way they turned out.  This is where my theme came more into place and I felt that I could do more DIY projects.  The same company that created the digital for the invitation created the menu and the program.  I really wanted to do a fan program (since our church didn’t have air condition and the ceremony was during a Chicago summer).  With the help of a bridesmaid, I printed, cut, glued and bowed all of the fans.  I also made the place cards.

The most special part of the wedding process was picking out my engagement ring.  I was given my grandmother’s engagement ring and used the center diamond to create my ring.  It has so much sentimental value to me, every time I look at it, I think about my family.

Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?

My parents are from Chicago. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and lived in Chicago for almost 10 years before moving to Charlotte.  I knew immediately I wanted to have my wedding take place in Chicago.  The moment we walked into Notre Dame de Chicago we fell in love! My husband really wanted to get married in an old church that had some history.  The church is beautiful and was such a wonderful place to say our vows.

What was the most meaningful part of your day?

The most meaningful part of the day was our first look shot.  We debated doing this for months, but ultimately decided that we wanted to spend the day together and really capture the special moment of seeing each other for the first time.  Obviously, the vows were pretty meaningful too.

Tell us details of the events surrounding the wedding.

My bridal shower was absolutely amazing!  My bridesmaids threw me an elegant and fun shower.  It was held at Westwood Tavern in Schaumburg.  The bachelorette party was in downtown Chicago; it was so great getting to spend time with my best friends!

How did you know your partner was “the one”?

I knew the moment I met him that he was going to be someone special.  We met the day after I moved to Charlotte, on my first day at work.  I still remember the first thing he said to me! I knew he was the one when I went home to Chicago for Thanksgiving and told my dad all about him, I’ve never really told my dad about a guy before.  I knew my family would adore him, which was very important to me.

Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?

Enjoy every minute of it! Ask for help, it’s okay if you can’t do everything on your own. Don’t get stressed out, it’s just a wedding.

Vendors:

Photographer: Gina and Tony Photographers

Venue: Notre Dame de Chicago, Reception and catering: Pazzo’s at 311

Cake: The Baking Institute

Dress: Claudine for Alyce Designs purchased at Wedding Belles

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Accessories: Bracelet: The Lucky Elephant, Hair comb: Amie Noel Designs

Flowers: Joyce Grattoni

DJ: John Simmons

Invitations: The Paper Plume

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