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The Knot Chicago Weddings Magazine

The Knot Chicago Weddings Magazine Spring/Summer 2018

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in this issue

1 min.
get the look

ON HER Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Ultimate Bride, UltimateBride.com (Chicago); veil, $995, LivHart.com; aquamarine cocktail ring, $48,570, CoastDiamond.com ON HER Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, DimitrasBridal.com (Chicago); engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $354, Oscar de la Renta, NeimanMarcus.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, Brilliant Earth.com; shoes, $120, AldoShoes.com ON HER Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, DimitrasBridal.com (Chicago); earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com behind the scenes BRIDAL IN BLOOM With its spectacular grounds full of living sculptures, Ladew Topiary Gardens was a natural fit for our lighthearted fashion feature, “Avant Garden.” After all, what better place to shoot floral-print dresses and whimsical accessories than a lush location with a distinctly magical feel? glam squad Hairstylist Alberto Guzman…

1 min.
the knot.com/chicago

REAL WEDDINGS get inspired Browse weddings from the Windy City, including the 2017 winners of our 50 Weddings, 50 States. Our Illinois pick, Eric (left) and Michael, realized that if the Cubs won the World Series, their victory parade could end up happening the day of their nuptials. “As fate would have it, these events did collide, but in an amazingly fun way,” Michael says. THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS Find the top-rated pros in your area and why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow. NEW! digital planning Organizing your wedding details and pros just got easier, thanks to the new digital planning tool from The Knot. Use it to help you and your fiancé define your style, book and communicate with vendors, and automatically create a personalized day-of timeline so everything goes off without a…

1 min.
editor’s letter

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”-Katharine Hepburn Every relationship is unique. So every wedding should be too. This doesn’t mean you need an over-the-top element to make it truly special, but rather that your wedding should reflect the two of you as a couple. It means you should forget the perceived “rules” and do what feels right. Are you less type A and more type “I never really thought about it?” A simple celebration at your family home might be right up your alley. Have you been dreaming of this moment since you were little? Then here’s your chance to go all out. Whoever you are and whatever you want, we’re here to help. So here’s to all of you—the planners, the procrastinators, the over-thinkers, the bridechillas,…

3 min.
let the planning begin

12+ MONTHS date: ______ /______ /______ □ Take our style quiz on TheKnot.com to help narrow in on your wedding vision, including color palettes and décor. □ Nail down a budget. □ Determine where and when you’d like to tie the knot. Not sure where to start? Use our app to get personalized suggestions based on a few key details, like guest count and general location. □ Hire any pros you just have to have on your wedding team, like your photographer or planner. □ Start searching for the dress, jumpsuit, skirt or tuxedo of your dreams. □ If you haven’t already, get your engagement ring appraised and insured. 9-11 MONTHS date: ______ /______ /______ □ Find a stationer and order save-the-dates. □ Propose to your wedding party. □ Create your website with The Knot, then pack it full with need-to-know info…

1 min.
the knot

DEFINE YOUR WEDDING STYLE Download The Knot Wedding Planner app, then take our style quiz to zero in on the perfect vibe for your wedding. Once complete, you can easily share key details of your aesthetics with potential vendors at the click of a button, so pros know exactly what you mean by “rustic chic.” COMPILE YOUR DREAM TEAM Receive personalized vendor suggestions based on your wedding style and budget, or browse hundreds of vetted pros in your area via The Knot Marketplace. STAY ON SCHEDULE Track RSVPs and completed tasks, and perfect your day-of plan. Bonus: As you check off to-dos, your personal wedding planner (that’s us!) is working in the background to populate a wedding day Blueprint (the ultimate day-of timeline of who, what, where and when) so you can walk down the…

1 min.
luxe safari lodge

“We were inspired by the beauty of luxe African resorts and wanted to dazzle guests with lush details, provide endless photo ops and delight everyone with exotic cuisine.” —Big City Bride LOCAL TREND ALERT The Knot editors are traveling the country reporting on the hottest wedding style and food trends brought to life by local wedding pros! Our favorite Chicago trend comes from Limelight Catering and Toni Patisserie and Café, who dished up hand-painted desserts, rum-punch cocktails and black tea bourbon slushies. THE TEAM VENUE Revel Motor Row PLANNER Big City Bride PHOTOGRAPHY Roberta Smi Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Old North Media FLOWERS Revel Decor STATIONERY Pulp & Ink RENTALS Bowery & Bash; Hall’s LIGHTING Frost Chicago LINENS BBJ Linen CATERING Limelight Catering DESSERT Toni Patisserie and Café ENTERTAINMENT BeatMix Music PHOTO BOOTH Fotio FAVORS Haversack…