With Strictly Weddings announcing its expansion into the United Kingdom, we are thrilled to share the stunning bridal artistry of one of our newest partners from across the pond! It took but one glance to fall head over heels in love with the bespoke headpieces by Designer, Ann McKavney of Eleventh Heaven. Handcrafted with only the finest wires, Ann tailors her designs to complement the individuality of each bride with rare vintage beads, Swarovski crystals, and lustrous pearls. “My work appeals to those discerning brides who want something special; a tailored piece that takes into account all the details of their wedding day,” says Ann. In addition to her hairpieces, Ann offers custom jewelled bouquet embellishments, a service exclusive to brides working with Manchester florist, Red Floral. All of her designs involve intricate traditional beading techniques with a stylish, contemporary twist. “It is a luxury, niche market but attainable for both the ultra glamorous or the girl next door,” assures Ann. Crafted to last using the highest quality materials, her hope is to provide a piece cherished in the present as well as an heirloom, beloved for years to come. Showcasing the exquisite beauty of Eleventh Heaven bridal accessories, we invite you to delight in the gorgeous imagery of Jeff Langhorne Photography, captured at a recent photo shoot affectionately named “Mirror Mirror.”
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“When a group of like minded creatives find themselves with a rare day to play with some ideas, amazing things can happen,” says Ann. The original idea behind this mostly impromptu shoot was to create a few looks highlighting Ann’s bridal accessories and Flossy and Leigh hair & makeup. “The gowns by Eliza Jane Howell, discovered a week prior at the prestigious Tatton Park Wedding Show, dictated the mood of the shoot,” explains Ann. Matching Ann’s love of unabashed extravagance, she invited Mat of Red Floral to put together floral designs reflecting an atmosphere fit for a high style, luxury bride. With no time restrictions and no other agenda but to put creativity at play, the talented team achieved a refined collection of looks, true to the beauty and grace of the Eleventh Heaven bridal accessory line.
Watch a behind-the-scenes video capture by Tony and Sara of Marry Me Films.
Headpieces & bouquet embellishments: Eleventh Heaven | Weddings gowns: Eliza Jane Howell generously provided by Agape Bridal / Floral design: Red Floral / Photography: Jeff Langhorne Photography / Videographer: Marry Me Films / Make up/Hairstylist: Flossy and Leigh / Models: Amy Gee from Boss Model Management and Rowan McKavney (Ann’s daughter).
There are so many things to love about this beautifully bold, multi-cultural wedding that it is hard to know where to begin! We adore the audaciousness of rich cerise playfully streaming through both the Indian and Western festivities. We swoon over the rich floral mandap and copper-gold sequins adding a modern glam twist throughout. Planning this flawlessly executed “two-in-one” wedding is Strictly Weddings partner, Bliss Weddings and Events who infused Nilay and Becky’s celebration with chic, high style and big fun. Capturing the love and excitement of this free spirited pair in complete authenticity with their impeccable eye is Strictly Weddings partner, Studio This Is.
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For Chicago residents, the Trump International Hotel & Tower is cherished as an architectural masterpiece affording arguably the most breathtaking, unobstructed views of the city. For the discerning bride, it is an all-inclusive luxury experience where she and her guests are perfectly pampered from the moment they arrive. “Our brides are our top priority,” says Director of Catering, Cyndi Rosenberg. “At the very beginning of the planning process, they are assigned a catering manager who will be with them from start to finish, providing them exclusive attention as their absolute dream wedding unfolds,” explains Cyndi. From the beautifully appointed guest suites, world class dining options to the awe inspiring ballroom views, Strictly Weddings shares the many reasons why we are madly in love with our partner Chicago’s Trump Hotel as the ultimate location for a high class, big city destination wedding.
World Class Weddings at the Trump
Rising an impressive 1,361 feet, the Trump International Hotel and Tower is the tallest residential building in North America, and a prominent fixture on the Chicago Skyline. The gorgeous, glass-clad skyscraper steps back at different floors to match the scale of neighboring structures. At the tower’s base, a landscaped promenade descends three levels until it meets the Chicago River — making this the first major building in Chicago’s central business district to take full advantage of its waterfront location. We are convinced that the views alone make the Trump hotel one of the most memorable locales one could wish for on their wedding day. The images below give but a glimpse of the Trump experience, featuring high style brides from a recent shoot by the ultra-talented Carasco Photography for ChicagoStyle Weddings magazine.
Five Luxury Weddings at Chicago’s Trump Hotel
Join us as we dream of the day in the life of a Trump bride; pampered with all the luxury comforts a world class hotel affords and completely at ease knowing a seasoned wedding team will care for your every detail. On this delightful journey, Strictly Wedding explores five weddings depicting the incomparable beauty of the Chicago Trump’s event spaces. The grand ballroom (seating 295 guest) is surrounded with soaring 24 ft. floor-to-ceiling windows affording panoramic views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. As seen in our first four wedding designs below, the circular layout of the space creates an opportunity for creative decor environments such as (Strictly Weddings partner) Kehoe Designs‘ custom crafted rounded dance floor. For more intimate gatherings, such as our last wedding shown in this set, the Grand Salon (seating 95 guests) provides an equally amazing backdrop of Chicago’s Iconic Wrigley Building Clock Tower, Chicago River and Lake Michigan views. “Given its unique view, this is such a special space for our smaller events whether a rehearsal dinner, intimate celebration, or post wedding brunch,” says Cyndi.
(Set of four images: photos by Nakai Photography)
And for the Grand Finale…
Now, imagine yourself a Chicago summertime bride… sipping on a glass of champagne as you watch this sunset drift below the horizon. Afterwards, enjoy a warm breeze on the renown eastside terrace for a perfect view of Navy Pier’s magical fireworks display, set to go off at 10:15 pm every Saturday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “The views of the Chicago fireworks are truly second to none,” adds Cyndi. “It is such a special moment for a bride and groom as they retreat on to an outdoor terrace while the rest of the party experiences all the magic from our expansive window views.”
(Top & Bottom: photos via Trump Hotel Chicago’s Facebook page!)
For More Information
If you’d like to inquire about hosting your wedding at Chicago’s Trump International Hotel and Tower, contact the catering coordinator at 312.588.8059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The hotel offers a number of customized wedding packages to personalize your stay and to provide guests with the best of Chicago’s world class offerings. “Brides are greeted in the lobby and are given the utmost special care,” says Cyndi, “treated with little surprises from the moment they walk into their suite until the time they return after a big night of celebration.” For all these reasons and more, Strictly Weddings is convinced that the Trump Hotel in Chicago could not be a more luxurious or memorable location for your Chicago destination wedding… or honeymoon, if you prefer!