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Allie + Tom | Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding

Babes. Where do I even start with these two and this amazing wedding at Chicago Botanic Garden. Allie + Tom are two of the sweetest humans to walk this earth. And their families are no different. They surround themselves with some of the most loving and kind-hearted people.

The day started at Tom’s family’s home in Barrington. Both Tom and Allie got ready there, Tom in the basement and Allie on the main floor. I just love when couples get ready together so I can sneak into both areas to say hi! It was nothing but giggles with the girls and all smiles for Allie as they got ready. And when she got into her dress, I froze in my tracks because she looked just so divine. Her two piece dress was unreal. The train by Calla Blanche? And that lace on her Sassi Holford top? Swoon-central.

Their first look had me in tears. First of laughter because of an extra long pause of Allie waiting to tell Tom to turn around. And then full of happy tears because they’re just so perfect for each other! The friends they surround themselves with are just amazing. Equal parts beautiful souls, best friends, and 100% hilarious! We did portraits on Tom’s family’s property (gorgeous right??) then walked across the street (literally) to the church.

And when we arrived to Chicago Botanic Garden, I was absolutely floored by the creative genius that Allie and Bianca of Estera Events created. It was beyond words and so so perfect! I loved seeing the design and how perfectly the invitation suite by Victoria Austin Designs and watercolor illustrations by EVR Paper pulled the day together!

Their speeches had me in tears. Hearing all their friends and family pouring out their love. Hearing the stories behind these two just made me fall more in love with them. I am beyond honored to know these two and their families, and I couldn’t be happier for them <3 So much love for you, Allie + Tom!

Photography — Jenna Marie Photography | Wedding Planning — Bianca of Estera Events | Venue — Chicago Botanic Garden | Bridal Dress — Sassi Holford (top) + Calla Blanche (skirt) | Bridal Shoes — Steve Madden | Bridesmaid Dresses — BHLDN + Anthropology | Groom + Groomsmen Attire — The Black Tux | Hair + Makeup — Bianca Sansosti Artistry | Invitations (calligraphy) — Victoria Austin Designs | Invitations (watercolor illustrations) — EVR Paper | Florist — Rachel at Life in Bloom | Church — St. Mark’s Episcopal Church | Cake — Alliance Bakery | DJ — Emilio | Videographer — Old North Film Co. | Photographer Assistant — Nikole

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