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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In April of 2020, amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic, Alexandra and Danny reached out to plan their Spring wedding in Cathedral Hall at The University Club of Chicago. Originally set for May 2021, the couple, like many others, had to adapt their plans as the pandemic unfolded. By October, it became evident that a […]

It was so fun for our team to see Kelsey & Ben’s vision of a modern wedding at Greenhouse Loft come to life. The bride’s attention to detail and personal touches made it a night to remember! The couple chose a black and white color palette with touches of gold that fit perfectly in the […]

Planning Jenna and Frank’s wedding during a pandemic was not the easiest thing — especially in the City of Chicago. With mask and gathering mandates changing weekly, it kept our team on it’s toes. The day started with the ladies getting ready at the University Club of Chicago before heading to the ceremony at St. […]

When Hanna and Michael reached out to me about planning a wedding in Chicago from their home in California, COVID still ravaged the world. I toured several venues with Hanna’s mom while Hanna and Michael joined in virtually from afar. They ultimately chose The Michigan Shores Club after falling in love with the old world […]

Inspiration for a destination wedding at Offshore at Navy Pier Chicago Destinations have always been a popular choice when it comes to weddings but sometimes it doesn’t always work out. Whether it be because of budget, guests not being able to attend, or even travel restrictions, this does not have to mean you can’t bring […]

Wedding day inspiration at The Sable Hotel at Navy Pier Our “Effortlessly Glamorous” themed bridal styled shoot which took place at one of Chicago’s newer wedding venues, the Sable Hotel at Navy Pier, features an alluring Hollywood red-carpet vibe with a sophisticated elegance. wedding venue : The Sable Hotel at Navy Pier Sable Hotel at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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