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The Real Chicago Wedding of Brooke & Beau

Posted by Lauren Wallis

Our Real Chicago Wedding: June 30, 2018

"It was so completely beneficial to bundle our three services with Mike Staff Productions. Not only because we got to save a little bit of money, but because it made the payment process and overall stress of having to deal with so many different companies nonexistent. If we had a question, we could email one contact as opposed to three. We felt confident going into our wedding day knowing that these people had worked together before which was one less moving part to worry about and put us at ease. I have already recommended Mike Staff to various friends who are in the planning process and will continue to do so. We were very happy with all three services and can confidently say we made the right choice going with Mike Staff Productions."- Happy Bride, Brooke

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Topics: chicago wedding video, Chicago Wedding Planning & Ideas, Chicago Wedding DJ & Music, Chicago Wedding Photography

Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Estate by Gene and Georgetti

Posted by Lauren Wallis

Mike Staff Productions is lucky enough to work in the The Windy City (x 2)! So, for all of our beautiful Chicago brides, this blog’s for you!

We’re going to be putting the spotlight on a variety of Chicagoland venues that are guaranteed to set your wedding apart from the rest. (What bride doesn’t want that?)  These features will not only provide information about particular venues but they'll show you what these venues look like in full wedding action through our professional videography and photography! Something you won't see during a venue tour.  

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Topics: Chicago, Wedding Venues, Chicago Wedding Planning & Ideas, Chicago Wedding Photography, Chicago Wedding Videography

Save The Date Card Ideas

Posted by Lauren Wallis

Consider your 'Save the Date' card the invitation before the invitation.

So what are the benefits?

  • Announce your wedding date in advance
  • Provide general location
  • Let guests know that a formal invitation will follow (and that they made the cut)
  • Allows guests to plan head

But it is one more thing you need to design and check off your (already lengthy) to-do list. The Mike Staff Productions team is here to help with ideas and tips!

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Topics: wedding photography, engagement, Michigan Wedding Photography, Chicago Wedding Photography

Real Chicago Wedding of Stephanie & Jacob

Posted by Lauren Wallis

Our Real Chicago Wedding: April 21, 2018

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Topics: Chicago Wedding Videography, Chicago Wedding Photography, Chicago Wedding DJ & Music

The Real Chicago Wedding of Lauren & Jacob

Posted by Mike Staff

 Our Real Chicago Wedding: October 21, 2017

"Mike Staff Productions was AMAZING! I was having a hard time finding a DJ that worked with our style as a couple. We did not want someone over the top but we wanted to someone who could read the crowd and work with our families on music that everyone wanted to dance to. After meeting with people at Mike Staff, I was immediately sold. The company was great to work with and I loved being able to watch video clips and pick the DJ that worked best. Once we picked the DJ, having the bundled video service was a no brainer. We would highly recommend Mike Staff Productions for both of the services provided. The DJ made our reception memorable because everyone had a blast and our videographer provided us with the ability to relive our priceless memories over and over again." - Happy Bride, Lauren Baleski

Lauren & Jacob kiss photo

Our Love Story 

"My husband and I met my senior year in high school and dated for eight years before getting married. After we started dating, I went to school at Illinois State University to become a special education teacher and he joined the Marines where he served for a little over four years. We dated throughout his enlistment including one deployment. He moved back home after his enlistment and we got engaged :) We had a two year long engagement so that I could finish grad school before getting married. We are now living our happily ever after together. "

Our Wedding Video

"I love everything about our video! The videographer was great to work with on the day of! Like really great - he was not in the way at all and captured all the beautiful moments that we had. Our highlight video is better than I could have ever imagined! It complimented our full video beautifully and was exactly the clips I would have wanted to be in my highlight video. It was important to have parts of just Jake and I as well as moments with my family members. It was really a great combination of everything that I wanted!"

The Wedding of Lauren and Jacob from Mike Staff Productions, Inc. on Vimeo.

Our Favorite Favorite Moments

"My favorite memory was seeing my husband for the first time during first looks. All of my stress and anxiety disappeared. We shared a short moment together alone in the green house at the garden and everything just fell into place after that.

First Look

"My second favorite moment was saying “I do”. It was such a perfect and happy moment. We are beyond blessed that our videographer captured it perfectly and we can live it over and over again whenever we want."

First Look

Our Mike Staff Productions DJ

"We played “I get to love you” by Ruelle for our first dance. We were having the hardest time picking out a song that we both loved and decided to stop thinking about and come back to it later. Then one day during a yoga class, “I get to love you” was playing in the background and it was perfect. I went home and played it for (my now) husband and we decided that was it.

Our families are full of dancers and they were so impressed with everything that our wedding DJ played. It was really great to see both of our families on the dance floor together having a great time.

It was beyond helpful when our wedding DJ called the week before to make sure that we were all set and walked us through the process. He asked questions about how we wanted the night to go and gave suggestions when we couldn’t decide on something. He really was the expert and we were so grateful for all of the help. One of my favorite suggestions was the anniversary dance. All of the married couples came out on the dance floor and when he called out a year, anyone married longer than that stayed on the floor and everyone else left until the longest married couple was left on the floor. They then gave us advice that helped them to have a long and happy marriage."

 Cutting the Cake

Thank you Lauren & Jacob! We loved working with you!

Ready to bring your wedding to life? Mike Staff Productions is here to help with any of your wedding planning questions! Feel free to give us a call (773-570-7707) or email us at

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Topics: Chicago Wedding Planning & Ideas, Chicago Wedding Photography, Chicago Wedding Videography