Wedding Insurance?

No one wants to think about what can wrong on their wedding day.  It’s understandable.  Unfortunately, things CAN go wrong.  Last year, I wrote about the importance of Wedding Insurance.

After spending a small fortune, I knew that I had to go out to get insurance.  My mine would not rest otherwise.  Ultimately, we chose Wed Safe.  They were able to offer us the best pricing.  Luckily, we never ended up needing it.  

Recently, I heard about a bride that had her caterer go out of business.  She lost her deposit and is having to work with the credit card companies to get reimbursed. This unfortunate situation reminded me to a second post.

If you look at the comments in the first post, there was a Bride that posted about her reasons that she wished she had insurance.

Please keep it in mind!

Real Wedding: Julia + Brandon: Details

Julia and Brandon’s wedding was featured yesterday. Today’s post is all about the unique details.

All photos by Kelli Ward.

Julia wore two gardenias in her hair.

The bride’s family provided the cross, cup and plate used during the wedding ceremony.

Julia’s calla lily bouquet was simple yet stunning. It really complemented her dramatic gown. All flowers by Julia Rosa.

Julia designed elegant programs in the navy and dark pink color scheme.

The bridesmaids’ bouquets were made of green hypericum berries, steel grass, ti leaves and an artichoke.

Julia and Brandon gave Garrett’s Popcorn, a Chicago favorite, to guests. They created coordinating labels thanking everyone for coming.

The reception at Hotel Sax. The centerpiece includes moss, ti leaves and raspberry orchids. I love how the candlelight creates such an intimate feel to the space.

Real Wedding: Julia and Brandon

Julia and Brandon were married in August 2008 at the New Life Community Church in Lincoln Park. They held their reception at the Hotel Sax.

Julia’s mom, Barb, actually hired me as the coordinator. The bride and groom now live in Chicago and had a significant number of out of town guests. Barb and Julia were both very organized but were looking for someone to handle any last-minute details on the day of the wedding.

All photos by Kelli Ward.

Julia and Brandon shared a private moment before guests began arriving. Here they are seeing one another for the first time in the chapel.

This may be my favorite shot of the whole day. I love how it looks as if they are on the front steps of their new home, ready to start their life together.

Julia and her mom just before walking down the aisle. Mom was such a sweetheart!

The church was beautifully lit by the stained glass on a sunny day.

The beaming bridal party departing on a classic trolley.

Dancing to street musicians on Michigan Avenue.
Looks like they are having a great time!

Sharing their first dance as husband and wife to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Look for another post tomorrow highlighting personal touches.

Bridal Events: Trunk Shows + Trunks Shows

Elizabeth Fillmore Trunk Show
February 27 – 28th
Belle Vie Bridal Couture
34 E. Oak St.
To make an appointment, call 12.751.2222


Preview Elizabeth Fillmore’s fall 2009 collection of modern and sophisticated gowns. Receive 10% off bridal gowns, 25% off accessories and 15% off attendant’s gowns when purchased at your appointment.


Amy Michelson Trunk Show
February 27 – 28th
Dimitra’s Couture
1011 N. Rush St. #3
To make an appointment, call 312.787.0920


For a individualistic bride, Amy Michelson has the most amazing gowns. 


Tejani Bridal Collection
February 27th & 28th March 1st
The Peninsula Hotel
108 East Superior
To schedule an appointment, click here.


Visit the Peninsula Hotel to view Tejani’s exquisite bridal jewelry collection.
15% when purchased at your appointment.

DIY: Heat Embossing

I heard about heat embossing through various forms of wedding media.  This is the type of DIY task that I could handle! I made a trip to Stamp On In in Lincoln Park and bought my supplies:

  • heat gun

  • embossing powder

  • ink pad

  • stamps

The manager was kind enough to show me how to heat emboss. My husband and I practiced later that week. It really is pretty simple.

  1. Wet your stamp with the ink pad.
  2. Stamp the item.
  3. Pour embossing powder over the item.
  4. Shake off excess powder.
  5. Apply heat from heat gun to powder.
  6. Admire your crafty self!

My first adventure in embossing was our candy buffet. A bride gave me her 40 leftover white chinese boxes. I also had about some glassine envelopes that were sold along with the candy buffet. Since that wasn’t enough containers, I bought 40 petite red chinese boxes.

Heat Embossed chinese cartons
Since I did red on red, it doesn’t photograph as well but looks cool in person. 

The finished product!

Bridal Events: Haute Bride + Anne Barge Trunk Shows

February 20-22th
The Left Bank
1155 W. Webster
To make an appointment, please email

One of my favorite wedding accessory designers, Haute Bride is coming to Chicago.  There will be a champagne & chocolate bar by Vanille.

Anne Barge Trunk Shows
Thursday, February 19th
6 PM – 7PM
Belle Vie Bridal Couture
34 E. Oak Street
To make an appointment, call 312.751.2222

Meet the fabulous wedding gown designer Anne Barge. Limited discounts will be available. There will be trunk shows on February 20-21st as well.

Bridal Event: Out of the Box

The perfect alternative to those obnoxious Bridal Expos.  Out of the Box is a great group that puts on a stress free bridal event.

Thursday, February 19th
6 – 9 PM
MCA Chicago
220 E. Chicago
To RSVP, click here

Please come for an evening of complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beverages to taste and a chance to win a Wii game system, plus entertainment that will actually help with your planning! Try out a wedding coif and groove to a DJ’s tunes. Bedeck yourself with bridal jewels and examine an assortment of wedding fashions. Gather ideas on the practical aspects of married life (finances, mortgages, and all the rest) or just fantasize about your honeymoon with a travel advisor. Best of all, mix and mingle with an intimate assortment of the hippest wedding vendors—without fighting a crowd of thousands and admission is always free!