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Lake Geneva Wedding

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Wedding in Lake Geneva


Lake Geneva in July is a quintessential Chicago experience and it provides a gorgeous backdrop for weddings. Phil grew up spending many summer days with his family at Aloha Lodge in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. His grandfather spoke in his toast about the first time Phil brought Chloe to a family gathering at the Lodge and about how that setting is special to them and to the whole family. The beautiful home on the lakeside was originally built by the Drake family from Chicago and has beautiful grounds and gardens.
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The couple’s dog joined for the entire day and popped in and out of photos as he pleased. He posed so perfectly for this photo with the vignette of the bride’s gown and accessories.
The bride and groom wanted natural, organic portraits that didn’t feel overly posed. Their choice of venue made them feel at home on their wedding day and their photos reflect how relaxed they were as they were able to enjoy each moment of their day.
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HMR Designs and Marina Birch collaborated to create the most beautiful decor all over the property. This ceremony arch around the grand french doors over looking the lake perfectly complemented the natural beauty of the property.
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Tangerines were woven into the decor everywhere from this escort card display to the centerpieces on the dinner tables.
Marina Birch, of Birch Design Studios, and Rishi Patel, of HMR Designs are our design and planning dream team! We’re swooning over this bright and colorful summer dinnerscape. Hydrangeas, tangerines, lilies, peonies, and other bright florals filled the sweeping tent with color.
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The couple’s family were all very close and it was so evident both while being present with them on the wedding day and also in the wedding photos. We love this shot of the bride’s sister at dinner during their dad’s toast.
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Our dream team wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Gold Coast All Stars. C’mon, guys. They’re just the best. Working late on a weekend never feels unfortunate when the GCAS are playing!
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