Real Wedding: Francesca & August

March 30th, 2023

With the 2023 wedding season in the rear view mirror, we can finally catch our breath and appreciate all of the beautiful events and couples we had the privilege to plan and collaborate with over the past year. This was the first time since 2019 that a wedding season felt “normal,” without the demands of navigating pandemic trends and policies, postponing events, or executing postponed events. We saw our final pandemic couple down the aisle in July, and every other event was able to move forward as planned—what a relief for everyone!

One standout 2023 couple was Magdala and Rick, with whom we had the pleasure of working for a year and a half as we helped them curate their unique design in an equally unique venue. The Columbus Park Refectory is one of Chicago’s hidden gems and, with the right design and logistical planning, it comes to life so beautifully! Working with vendor partners Food For Thought catering and Atmosphere Events Group for design, we pulled out all the stops to ensure a romantic, impactful look that would exceed the couple’s expectations for a romantic wedding day style! 

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Jasmine of J Lauryn Photography truly captured the essence of the day. In addition to documenting the details, she accomplished something far more difficult: she also caught all the warmth of the couple’s personalities and the love that surrounded them from family and friends.
We are delighted that this lovely event has been shared on Style Me Pretty for all to admire! In the mean time, we’ll just be here basking in the joy of this photo set, and the couple’s kind words left in their review:
She’s been the kindest soul and best advocate throughout the wedding planning process and is the reason why I had 0 stress on my wedding day. If anything wasn’t perfect, no one (including my husband or myself) noticed. The entire wedding weekend was flawless from design to implementation
Thank you, Magdala and Rick, and congratulations!

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