Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to hold (or even wear!) an antique wedding dress,
feel all that history and magic in the fragile lace and intricate buttons. Hopefully you knew the story behind it – maybe have a photo of your great aunt or grandmother wearing it. Sometimes half the fun is imagining the story of the women who experienced the most beautiful day of her life in it.
On May 22 the Chicago Historical Society opens a new exhibit offering an intimate look into the history of wedding dresses.
“I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot” features for the first time more than fifty dresses and heirlooms from the Museum’s Chicago wedding collection and illustrates how society affected the style and tradition of a timeless event. From a shop girl’s simple frock to a grand Givenchy gown, the pieces on display bring to life what weddings were like for our mothers, grandmothers, and even their grandmothers.
The exhibit also promises to include “early items of courtship” from the Frontier days… intriguing!
The first room we want complete is the Master Bedroom.
I can’t wait to hang out there all summer long!
And other reasons that I haven’t been blogging much:
- Between now and Memorial Day, Honey Bee Weddings has 12 weddings! This is are biggest Spring to date!
- Laura, our newest Honey Bee, has her first upcoming wedding. Go Laura!!
- I may have under-estimated how much energy it takes to make/carry/grow a baby. Babies in utero do not like 12 hour days or 80 hour work weeks.
- I’m going to be on the tele! Details coming soon.
- See title. We bought a home. And while there are a ton of people that love home buying and look forward to decorating, I am filled with a sense of dread and doom. If any readers/fellow bloggers are wanting to pitch in, I am open to suggestions.
I promise to be back with lots of pictures and ideas. But first, I need to get to May. 9 days to go!
I really enjoyed working with you both. Laura, I am excited to work with you as fellow coordinators as well!
Steve gave a heartfelt toast to his new bride and all their guests.
The last post will highlight some of the fabulous details.
Turns out the wedding world is quite small, after all! Laura, our newest Honey Bee coordinator, was one of my brides last September.
I met with Laura and Steve about eight months before their wedding. At the time, Laura was working in events for a not-for-profit organization. She later became a blogger for the Wedding Bee (aka Mrs. Stilleto), a popular resource that I myself used as a bride. Steve is an up and coming wedding photographer in Chicago who is already gaining quite the following. You can see some of his work here.
On the day of their final walk through, Laura told me that she was interested in possibly joining Honey Bee as a coordinator. She mentioned that she may watch me on the wedding day to get a sense for the role, and I told her that she must absolutely be nothing but a bride on her big day! (Sometimes we coordinators have to be firm…I hope my brides thank me for this 🙂
Laura was very interested in DIY projects and really thought through all the details. These types of personal, meaningful touches are really what makes weddings special and memorable.
Cake: The Sugar Syndicate
Caterer: TwoMayToz Catering
Ceremony: Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, Oak Park
DJ: First Class Weddings
Florist: fleurLily Chic
Hair + Makeup: Morgan Blaul
Photographer: Laurie Peacock
Reception: 19th Century Club
Room Block: Carleton Hotel
Transportation: Deja Vu Limos