Perfect weather, perfect city and perfect wedding. This wedding was so gorgeous I had to go back and add more to the final edit just so everyone could see all the work and vision that Elana and Eric put into their event. We were able to get a great Same Day Edit done for the guests at the event, but it was only half the length of this highlights film. Just didn’t want these moments and details to go unnoticed!
When Elana called us up and said she found us on Google, fell in love with our videos and had to fly us up to Chicago, we obliged. :) The thing is, is our journey to Chicago has been exactly what we hope for for every client we film for. We have fostered a great relationship over the last few months, even meeting them in Chicago a month before the wedding to plan things out in detail. Eric and Elana are genuine and happy people, and I liked them immediately. Did we mention yet, that Eric not only designed Elana’s rings, but also custom designed the tuxedos!? Talent.
This was our first Russian wedding, and they are now the masters of partying in my book. Vodka, laughter and dancing flowed all night! But I’m getting ahead of myself…. The wedding took place at the stunning Elysian Hotel, downtown. One of my favorite things about filming weddings is when couples choose to do a “first look”. Builds up so much anticipation. I loved Eric’s reaction to seeing Elana in one of the most unique and amazing dresses we have ever seen. Afterwards, we had a hey day taking some creative shots throughout downtown Chicago, with the entire wedding party traveling in style in a stretch hummer. Chicago is FUN city to film in!
I wanted to include the vows in this video because they were perfectly said, and perfectly honest. We loved the way the ceremony and reception were lit and decorated. I loved the pink and purple glow in the video off their faces. Makes it feel so dreamy in there. Good lighting is necessary for great events!
The reception was something we won’t soon forget. Not only did MC Marat and his band entertain all night, but Eric and Elana had something up their sleeve too! Instead of both of them coming out to be introduced, Eric came out solo, with Elana strutting out in a feisty and elegant Salsa/Tango dress. Loved it. We were so giddy filming their first dance. So unique, and so them. Along with the toasts, Elana’s mom playing the piano for everyone, Elana’s grandma’s fish and 12 course meal, this event was the definition of spectacular, and we were honored to be there. Thanks so much Elana & Eric, for allowing us to celebrate and join in with your joy. Enjoy this glimpse into the best day of your lives! I hope we captured memories you not only remembered, but ones you didn’t even know happened.
Venue/Catering : Elysian Hotel
Entertainment: Marat – MC Extraordinaire
Photos: Alex Goykhman
Florist/Decor: Erin McDonald w/ Heffernan Morgan Designs
Custom tuxedos and accessories: Eric Kipp Custom Clothiers
Dance instruction: Jessica Owen, Arthur Murray Chicago