• Rose and Lily of the Valley Bouquet

After five years of dating, Arthur Mertes finally proposed to Anja Ebele at the Lake Point Towers' CITE restaurant because of its fantastic views of the city skyline. Arthur wanted to get married immediately, but Anja persuaded him to wait eight months so that they could have a summer wedding. After teaming up with wedding planner Reddy Pederson of Bliss Weddings, the couple settled on the Lake Forest Academy's Armour House as the site for their wedding because it gave the couple the ability to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony setting, as well as a romantic interior for the reception.

Anja and Arthur in Lake Forest, IL

A long-awaited wedding takes place with garden elegance and charm

After five years of dating, Arthur Mertes finally proposed to Anja Ebele at the Lake Point Towers' CITE restaurant because of its fantastic views of the city skyline. Arthur wanted to get married immediately, but Anja persuaded him to wait eight months so that they could have a summer wedding. After teaming up with wedding planner Reddy Pederson of Bliss Weddings, the couple settled on the Lake Forest Academy's Armour House as the site for their wedding because it gave the couple the ability to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony setting, as well as a romantic interior for the reception.

For dessert, guests were offered slices of the couple's four-tier wedding cake. Decadent raspberry mouse filling separated layers of chocolate and white-chocolate cake, which were topped with yellow buttercream icing and sugar flowers. "I've been told the cake was amazing, but I don't remember even having a bite," says Anja.

Location: Lake Forest, IL