Our hope is that every bride feels like a princess on their big day and that is exactly what this shoot is about. From the stunning dresses to the magnificent cake and everything in between, our company, The Gilded Aisle Weddings, along with their fabulous vendor team brought these princess dreams to reality. The inspiration behind this shoot started by looking at the bride and what themes inspire them when deciding their dress, venue, etc. The team took a handful of these themes and turned them into something much bigger.
The Four Seasons Chicago, which just recently reopened in 2021, couldn’t have been a more perfect place for our shoot. The venue is breathtaking the minute you step off the elevators into the lobby with a stunning grand staircase, rooftop views, and a fabulous ballroom overlooking the lake providing us with the classiest shots. The Four Seasons’ extraordinary pastry chef showed us what a true wedding cake should look like standing a few feet high with ornate features topped with beautiful florals provided by Anthony Gowder Designs to match the sweetheart table and bouquet. He didn’t stop there when creating the most perfect dessert table including various delicious desserts such as cake pops, donuts, and much more.
The incredibly talented Andre LaCour of LaCour Images was the first to dive into the collaboration and truly captured all glorious details down to the monogramed velvet napkin while bringing out the elegance and joy from our bride in every shot. Stunning video was taken by Lara with Old North Film Company who beautifully shot all aspects of the day.
Anthony Gowder Designs brought the floral vision beyond expectations with a mix of blush, pinks, and purple florals mixed with bright greenery. The fabulous cascading bouquet provides a hint of blue florals to give it a little extra pop in color. The sweetheart table is one only seen in fairytales with florals overflowing from the top of the table onto the floor and surrounded by candles. Also on the sweetheart table is a detailed blue linen provided by BBJ Linen with garland like swirls in silver and gold with The Four Seasons’ classic table setting and a monogramed velvet napkin with an engraved silver napkin ring.
Our fabulous beauty team did an outstanding job glamming up our princess bride. Elise Brill, owner of Leesi B., first gave our bride a glowing yet sophisticated look with a pop of lip color then transitioning into a softer tone. Nicci Loiacono, owner of Luxe Brides by Nicci, gave our bride a soft high messy updo transitioning into a soft romantic bun.
Mira Couture, one of the best of the best in bridal fashion stores in Chicago, IL, brought multiple timeless gowns to make our bride feel like a true princess. The first dress worn by our bride was a blush strapless ballgown by Otilia with corset detailing Our bride then wore a more classic white ballgown by Netta Benshabu with lace detailing on the skirt and beading throughout the top.
Since what bride doesn’t love shoes, James Ciccotti owner of James Ciccotti Bridal Shoes & Accessories, provided several pairs of stunning shoes for our bride to wear. The shoes have a perfect variety of your classic white shoes as well as pops of color to match the colorful florals in the bouquet.
The jewelry so graciously provided by M.J. Miller Jewelers who truly made our bride sparkle. Our bride first wore a few eye-popping pieces from their pink diamond collection to match her first blush dress and then changed into stunning white diamonds where our bride was dripping in jewels. And what is a princess without her jewels?
Nicole, the owner of Emery Ann Design, created the most elegant and classy invitation suites using thermography in silver on dusty blue paper with intricate designs surrounding the border. To match the invitations, Nicole also created a menu with savory dishes The Four Seasons provides to their wedding clients.
Our signature cocktail built by Ross, the owner of UnMuddled Bartending, created a dainty vodka-based drink with a hint of brew glitter to give it that extra sparkle. The drink is then topped with a lemon peel for garnish.
Ring Designer:M.J. Miller and Co.//Invitation Designer: Emery Ann Design//Shoes: James Ciccotti//Floral Designer: Anthony Gowder Designs//Cinema and Video: Old North Film Company//Dress Store: Mira Couture//Model: BMG//Event Planner: The Gilded Aisle Weddings//Event Venue:Four Seasons Chicago//Other: UnMuddled Bartending//Hair Stylist: Luxe Brides By Nicci//Makeup Artist: Lessi B. Cosmetics//Event Planner: The Gilded Aisle//Photographer: Andre LaCour Photography//