23Sep

Photographing the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago

By, September 23, 2013

After leaving Edmonton, Canada, we put on some serious miles, and made it east to “The Windy City” – Chicago! There, we were greeted by Michelle Jacob, the Catering Sales Manager of the the Five-Star, Five-Diamond Trump International Hotel and Tower. Right away, we could see the care and dedication Michelle puts into her weddings. It’s clear that she’s there every step of the way, ensuring that every wedding is perfect.

If you are wanting a luxurious destination wedding, the Tower is definitely the place to be. Located along the Chicago River, the hotel has become part of the iconic city skyline, and definitely stands out among the other surrounding buildings.
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The Terrace at the Trump is a breathtaking location to hold your cocktail hour, with primetime views of the Wrigley Clock Tower, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

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The hotel has plenty of space to accommodate the bride and groom, as well as the whole wedding party!  The property’s 339 rooms are all luxuriously appointed, with beautiful views and deluxe amenities.

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As you’ll see on the left, below, our puppy True insisted on trying the high thread count that the Trump beds offer. Ok… so this one was really shot at our hotel down the road :) But we learned that the Trump Hotel does welcome pets. It even has an extensive pet care program, complete with an in-room dining menu!

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The Grand Ballroom is the spot to have your formal wedding reception! While at the Tower, we photographed the details of a wedding happening that evening. Our favorite features to photograph included the 180-degree views of the downtown landscape, as well as the dramatic pendant lampshades. As you can see below, the resulting images really show off the sleek curved walls and 24-foot windows.

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We looked out of one of the ballroom windows, and the view to the river below is pretty amazing. The yacht sailing by really completes the shot!

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The unique aspects of The Trump Hotel and Tower just keep going on and on :)  There are so many interesting angles to capture! It truly does stand out and above the rest.

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Goodbye for now Chicago!  It’s been fun :)  P.S. Try to find us in the famous Chicago “Bean”.

11Sep

Unique Seattle Area Wedding Venues

By, September 11, 2013

Just 20 minutes from Seattle, across the Washington River, lies the town of Bellevue, Washington. Bellevue means “beautiful view,” and this town lives up to its name! If you are looking to get married near Seattle, and want a location with rich greenery and a gorgeous river backdrop, then this place may be perfect!

During our Bellevue venture, we scouted out one of the most popular venues in the city, Robinswood House and Cabana. Tucked inside Robinswood Park, and surrounded by evergreen trees, this venue is a wonderful place to exchange “I Do’s”. It can even handle more than 200 guests!

Robinswood House and Cabana features multiple indoor rooms, a formal English garden, and two patios. Both patios are suitable for a ceremony, cocktail hour and/or wedding reception. Who wouldn’t want to get married here?

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Our next stop was Kirkland, Washington, which is just 3 miles north of Bellevue. In Kirkland, we visited the only waterfront hotel on Lake Washington, the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club and Spa. In addition to a scenic lakefront, this hotel also boasts views of the Seattle Skyline and Olympic Mountains!

While we were there, we were were lucky enough to witness a wedding taking place. Guests enjoyed their dinner reception outside on the Olympic Terrace, and then moved into the Lake Washington Ballroom for music and dancing. It was very elegant and picturesque!

One more unique detail to this hotel is their personal Chris Craft boat, appropriately named the Woodmark II.  The morning after a wedding, Bride and Groom are treated to either a ceremonial sendoff, or a relaxing breakfast trip around the lake! What a fun way to start a new life together :)

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Overall, we were impressed by both the Robinswood House and the Woodmark Hotel. If you are a bride getting married in the Seattle area, these are two must-see venues!