Welcome to our blog, "From the Aisle Seat."  Everyone knows that one of the best seats at a wedding is always an the aisle so you never miss a thing. Our blog will give you a first-hand look at our weddings, editorial and styled shoots plus offer some valuable wedding planning advice.  Scroll on down to our latest post or select a category if you are looking for something specific. Enjoy the view!






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The Hyatt Zilara Cancun in Mexico sits on a pristine stretch of white sand beach in Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone).  Imagine a seaside ceremony adorned with beautiful flowers followed by a tropical wedding reception under the stars. With your toes in the sand, you can tie the knot with your closest friends and family. Your […]

Since international travel has been delayed for many couples this past year, Chelsea Kiely with The Gilded Aisle Weddings wanted to bring a little bit of Europe, more specifically France, into this fabulous shoot at The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. The inspiration drives from The Palace of Versailles focusing in on its glorious […]

Italy offers an untold of array of spectacular venues for your destination wedding and Masseria Salamina is no exception. The castle-like agriturismo in the Fasano area of Puglia exceeds expectations for a fairytale setting in the Italian countryside. Italian destination wedding venue in the Apulian countryside “Masseria” means a farm but in Italy it feels […]

On one of the busiest wedding days in Chicago on Saturday, September 4, 2021, Marlena and Michael said their I do’s at Holy Trinity Polish Church. The wedding festivities capped off at the fabulous Chicago Illuminating Company. The Gilded Aisle was so honored to be a part of this wonderful couple’s big day and what […]

Your wedding day is YOUR day. That means you decide what stays and goes! And although we love all wedding traditions, sometimes they just aren’t for you. That is what inspired Chelsea Kiely with The Gilded Aisle Weddings to create this vibrant and fun non-traditional styled wedding shoot at Waldorf Astoria in Chicago. Wedding Venue: […]

Wedding Day Inspiration at The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Our hope is that every bride feels like a princess on their big day and that is exactly what this shoot is about. From the stunning dresses to the magnificent cake and everything in between, Chelsea with The Gilded Aisle Weddings, along with Four Seasons Chicago […]

With so many incredible resorts and hotels throughout the world, planning a destination wedding can be a bit overwhelming.  We’ve compiled a list of important questions to help you narrow down the choices. Do you and your future spouse have a valid U.S. Passport? If you are contemplating a foreign destination, keep in mind that […]

One of my favorite moments from the movie “Father of the Bride” is the scene where Annie, played by Kimberly Williams Presley, tells her dad that she wants to get married in their backyard.  Her father, played by Steve Martin, has flashes of a sweet backyard event with picnic tables and a barbeque.  His famous […]

When planning your wedding in Chicago, it’s important to have a detailed timeline. This not only serves as a roadmap of your wedding day, but includes logistics and important details that help your wedding vendors work effectively.  The average timeline we create for our clients is around 16-18 pages long. This lengthy document ensures that […]

The tradition of toasts and speeches can be traced back to most ancient societies. Today, wedding toasts have developed into a tradition of its own but a typical order of speeches is the hosts (often the parents), honor attendants and then the newlyweds. But do all weddings need to follow this common trend? Surprisingly, more […]


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