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


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!


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.


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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Sarah Sarah has been editing the blog at mywedding for four years. She enjoys watching classic movies, spending money on eyeliner that she never wears, and convincing brides to write thank you notes.

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