Real Wedding: Kiki & Sam

Real Wedding: Kiki & Sam

There’s nothing quite like a Summer wedding in Chicago, and Kiki and Sam’s nuptials were no exception. When I first met with Kiki and Sam, I knew their wedding day would be magical. They are a fun-loving and modern couple with a great sense of humor, but they are also deeply rooted in tradition and both come from strong and close-knit families.

From Kiki’s Vera Wang gown to the dramatic statement pieces crowning the ceremony space, this wedding was full of drama and class. The Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago served as the perfect backdrop for this timeless day. Enjoy some of my all-time favorite moments below!

Simple tone-on-tone letterpress invitations combining a clean, block font and modern script featuring their names gave their invitation a contemporary feel, while classic gold rings provided a more traditional element.

Kiki took a moment alone to reflect on the wonderful day ahead.

The perfect lighting in the wedding suite gave this Vera Wang stunner an ethereal quality.

Fresh greenery and pops of white blooms was the perfect bouquet for this Summer wedding.

Of course you must have the bridesmaids robe shot!

Kiki’s mom made sure that the veil laid perfectly.

A classic, beautiful bridal portrait will make a wonderful keepsake.

First looks are our favorite!

We love the way Sam looks at Kiki.

Sam is clearly a charmer – no wonder why Kiki fell for him!

Sisters are the best!

The fresh greens and white blooms behind her perfectly complement Kiki’s bouquet.

Can we talk about those bridesmaids ensembles?! Kiki has a great sense for fashion and pulled together her maids’ look using separates and a chic belt.

Kiki & Sam surrounded themselves with close friends and family from start to finish on their wedding day.

The sweet moment when Dad “gives away” his little girl always makes us tear up just a bit.

They may be surrounded by a roomful of friends and family, but Kiki & Sam are clearly sharing an intimate moment.

YES! After all of the planning, they are finally Mr. & Mrs.!

A tender moment to celebrate their new union.

Getting married in an art museum afforded Kiki & Sam beautiful backdrops for their photos.




Fresh alliums gave the escort card table an unexpected pop of color.

Long, linenless tables mirrored the clean lines of the venue.

The lush garland of greenery dotted with white blooms created a romantic feel.

Kiki & Sam’s sophisticated style was carried through every element – including their cake.

The Chicago skyline is the perfect backdrop.

Sealed with a kiss!

Showered with love – and bubbles!

A private moment as they slipped into the getaway car was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Vendors //

Venue: The Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago | Catering: Bon Appetit | Floral Design, Rentals + Lighting: HMR Designs | Photography: Eric Kelley Photography | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Cake: Cake-ChicagoBridesmaid Dresses: TheoryMusic: Becca Kaufman OrchestraInvitations: Magnificent MilestonesLinens: BBJ Linens & Tablescapes | Hair + Makeup: Lora Kelley

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