July 16, 2020
This elegant Fountain Blue wedding in Des Plaines was a highlight of the summer wedding season in Chicago! From getting ready at the bride’s parents’ home in the suburbs, to saying vows at the ornate Holy Trinity Polish Catholic Church, to classic wedding portraits at Olive Park, this day was rich with meaning and romance.
Renee and Roland met via dating app and shared drinks downtown on their first date. They hit it off immediately, and Renee’s family quickly came to love Roland too! He planned fun dates and their relationship grew as they lived and worked in downtown Chicago.
One weekend, Roland told Renee they should meet up with friends in Lincoln Park for drinks. As they walked he pointed out a great skyline view that Renee turned to take pictures of. When she turned back around, he was on one knee, asking her to marry him! They celebrated with a fun Chicago stay-cation, complete with a nice dinner, spa day, and surprise engagement party with family.
When choosing a space to get ready for your wedding day, you may find that a familiar location helps you feel more at ease. Renee chose to start her day at the home she grew up in, surrounded by her family and bridesmaids. For her, it was comforting to be in her childhood home – she had plenty of space to relax and enjoy intimate moments with loved ones. If your parents love hosting and live nearby, this is a great option for getting ready!
Renee and Roland’s love story is full of Chicago memories, so it made sense to plan many of their portraits for downtown locations. With an early ceremony and later cocktail hour, we had plenty of time to stop at LaSalle Street, the Art Institute Gardens, and Olive Park for bride and groom portraits, and portraits with their wedding party! The best way to keep this part of the day low-stress is to rent a party bus or trolley – let someone else handle the traffic and enjoy drinks and music with your people between locations.
Renee added a unique surprise to her ensemble – a dress with TWO skirts! She removed the ballgown skirt to reveal the sleek dress beneath halfway through portraits. Roland loved it!
Cocktail hour was held in the Lions Gate Garden at Fountain Blue – a floral-filled, private area that let guests mingle and enjoy live music. Renee and Roland rented custom furniture to give the space a fun, one-of-a-kind feel.
Cocktail hour adjourned to the lavish Versailles Room, where heartfelt speeches brought both laughter and tears. Then, the party started! These two hit the dance floor and celebrated their first night as newlyweds with all their loved ones.
Photographing a wedding at Fountain Blue in Des Plaines was dreamy – I highly recommend considering their venue!
P.S. Loved these downtown Chicago wedding portraits? See more here!
Venue: Fountain Blue (Lions Gate Garden & Versailles Room)
Hair and Makeup: Rare Bird Beauties
Florals: Dahlia Blooms Design
Bride’s Dress: Here Comes the Bride – Addison
Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside
Groom’s Suit: Macy’s (Calvin Klein)
Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Video: Whole Heart Video
Furniture Rental: Chicago Vintage Weddings
Linens: BBJ Linen