The Columbia Yacht Club nuptuals of Ashley & Chas - a sneak peek

Summer has finally arrived in Chicago but the heat last weekend didn't keep Ashley, Chas and their amazing bridal party from having a great time and dancing the night away.  Here's a peek into this happy day!  Many thanks to the these great vendors for working their magic:

Bride Prep Location: Hilton Downtown Chicago
Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady
Florist: Dahlia Blooms
Ceremony: Old St. Mary's Catholic Church Chicago
Reception: Columbia Yacht Club
Catering: Columbia Yacht Club
Photography: Rada Portzer Photography

Montrose Harbor Engagement - Alexandra & Derek

She loved spotting the tallest guy in the room and striking up a conversation. He would find the prettiest girl in the room, make sure he'd position himself directly behind her at the bar, so when she grabbed her drink and turned around, she'd be bound to run into him and they'd have a not so random, random interaction (genius by the way Derek!) Who would have thought that in what started out as an innocent dating strategy, would lead to a truly serendipitous love story.

A few weeks ago I got to spend a truly magical afternoon with Alexandra & Derek at Montrose Harbor. Not only did I get to witness how amazing these two are together, but I also got to share their love for the open water on their stunning boat. It's easy to see what Derek sees in Alexandra – she's not just a pretty face, but a genuine, warm soul that truly shares his love for all things nautical. Between the sweet story of how they met and their easy going demeanor, these two truly charmed me - I can't wait for the wedding at Columbia Yacht Club this August! 

The Columbia Yacht Club Commodore's Reception 2015

There are many beautiful views of the Chicago skyline, but how many can you enjoy feeling as comfortable as in your own back yard, eating food that rivals any of the city's top restaurants in the company of great people? This is the Columbia Yacht Club and for years now, I've had the privilege and the honor of documenting some very special events happening in this truly magical place.

One of the more recent occasions was the Commodore's Reception. Despite the fact that Chicago has yet to see a decent summer day, the weather gods were on our side. That combined with the amazing entertainment by Chicago's own Paris Swing Band, a world class menu by the hard working kitchen of the Columbia Yacht Club and glorious desserts by Vanille Patisserie – a good time was had by all!!! On a side note, can I just mention that the “Royal” dessert was SO amazing, I tracked that baby down the next week and surprised my husband with it for his birthday!

Location: Columbia Yacht Club
Entertainment: Paris Swing Band
Dessert: Vanille Patisserie
Photography: Rada Portzer Photography