Sally + Joe’s Fall Wedding

Sally and Joe had a traditional wedding last October. Sally opted to highlight the Fall colors, creating a warm cozy in the gorgeous Harold Washington Library.

Band: Steve Edwards Band
St. Vincent DePaul
Christopher Dimock Photography
Harold Washington Library

All photos by Christopher Dimock Photography.

The gentlemen all wore swanky Thomas Pink.

The bride heads to the church!
The ceremony was a traditional Catholic ceremony.
There was a pretty white ribbon run through the light green program.
The bride had a trio perform at the church for the processional and recessional.

After the ceremony, the couple headed to the city to take some photos.
The couple spent some time together taking photos in the city –
it is nice to leave everyone for the day of the wedding and go out on your own!
There will be more photos tomorrow of the couple’s reception!

Evernote is cool!

It’s like a big online scrapbook without the messy cutting & pasting!

Evernote allows you to clip things from different sites and compile them all into one easily viewable page – perfect for sharing with vendors, your wedding party, or taking with you on shopping trips. Just pull it up on your phone and you’re good to go! Now all your ideas and inspiration can be at hand at all times.

Check out a great example of shared notebook from Kasey Fleisher Hickey here to get inspiration. Happy clipping!

Clare + Tom, the party…

Yesterday, I posted about Clare + Tommy’s morning.
Today’s post is going to focus on their gorgeous wedding reception!
In lieu of traditional escort cards, the couple tied labels to Izze bottles of soda.

For their signature drink, the couple ordered custom stir sticks…

… as well as custom napkins.

I am never a fan of a boring guest book. Clare + Tommy had a gorgeous framed photo made for them on etsy.

The room was lovely! With the long tables, the bride worked with Scarlet Petal to come up with the most gorgeous decor. When guests brought their bottles of Izze soda, it just made the table look more colorful!

A close-up of the flowers. Like me, Clare favors dense arrangements.

I love this shade of sherbert orange used for the card box.

The couple’s cake was very chic and modern.

Since the venue boasted an extra long bar, the couple set the candy buffet at the far end in lieu of favors.

It was a sweet treat for the guests to take home that evening.

Clare + Tommy, I had a wonderful time spending your wedding day with you!

Clare + Tommy, The Morning…

Clare used to be roommates with my sister-in-law, Briana. So my initial consultation with Clare and Tommy was a breeze. We met at an awful coffee shop on a Sunday afternoon to talk about their wedding plans. They uttered the words that I heard all of the time, “We are non-traditional”… but this time, the couple meant it! There was to be no bridal party introductions, first dance, and they wanted to see each other before the ceremony. I appreciate the fact when a couple does exactly what they want.

Cake: Rolf’s
Chicago Temple
Ceremony Musicians:
Dolce Strings
Toast & Jam
Scarlet Petal
Hair + Make-up: Jen + Stephanie
Sonia Roselli
Photographer: Audrey Keller Photography with
Bella Pictures
The Townhouse

Clare was totally relaxed the morning of her wedding.

Bows on dresses always rank high in my book… but it was her Juicy Couture flats that I really adored!

Afll dressed up and ready to leave Sonia’s boutique.

Clare purchased her veil on Etsy.
I really adored the flower that pinned the veil in her hair. Very glamorous!

The couple met and took photos in the city.

Tommy rocked a skinny a tuxedo. I love the look!

How do you not love their shoes?

Clare asked all of her bridesmaids to wear their favorite black dress. I love that the necklines are all very different!

More city shots.

I loved Clare’s bouquet. Paring fuschia with orange could be overkill in a bridal bouquet but Esther made the arrangement so lovely.

After a few hours of photos, the couple headed to the church to get married!

The first look of the muted pink, orange, and yellow color scheme.

Before the ceremony, Tommy gave Clare a twirl.
No one was nervous and everyone felt very relaxed!

The church is absolutely gorgeous!

After the ceremony, the couple walked to the reception!

Photos of the reception will be up tomorrow!

Honey Bee Weddings in CS Brides

We are very excited to have a wedding featured in the current issue of CS Brides. If you want to read it online, click here. Otherwise, you can head to the newsstands to read all about their day. Clare + Tom’s wedding was fabulous… and we will be featuring it on our blog!

Jessic + Eric: The Details

Yesterday’s post featured Jessica and Eric’s wedding and reception. Here are some of the details.

All photos by Victoria Sprung.

I love it when a bride wears colorful shoes!

Jessica made her matron of honor’s bouquet, shown here, as well as her own.

The programs were another DIY project.

The bride and groom incorporated a wine and chocolate ceremony into the service.

Eric got in the spirit and wore colorful socks!

Jessica made these accordion trays to hold the escort cards.

The cake perfectly complements the warm, fall theme.

Candlelight always makes a room feel more romantic. Here is one of the centerpieces.

Other centerpieces included bunches of hydrangeas in a rustic looking nest. Candles were wrapped with vellum table numbers. Jessica added threading to the layered menu cards.

The bride and groom opted for a family style dinner, and asked members of their families to bring their own signature desserts to add to the sweet table.

There was a large assortment of cupcakes, including red velvet. Yum!

In lieu of a guest book, guests were asked to sign squares of fabric that the couple will later use to make a quilt.

Jessica is a sweet tooth – a girl after my own heart. In addition to the extensive dessert table and cake, guests were given different flavors of caramel apples to bring home.

Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of your big day. Congratulations!

Jessica + Eric

Jessica and Eric are both from the Chicagoland area, but recently moved to Arizona. My husband and I had planned a trip to Phoenix for our anniversary, so as luck would have it I was able to meet the couple while we were out in Arizona.

The bride and groom wanted their wedding to feel like Thanksgiving – warm, welcoming and shared with loved ones. Their bridal party was small and included only family, and everyone was really excited to be a part of their big day. Jessica and Eric were so sweet and a dream to work with.

Cake: Becks Crown Bakery
Caterer: Kia Ora Catering
Ceremony + Reception: Centennial Park
Ceremony + Cocktail Music: DiArte Entertainment
DJ: Toast and Jam
Makeup: Krissy VanderWoude
Photography: Victoria Sprung Photography

All photos by Victoria Sprung.

The bride is just about ready to go.

Jessica’s nieces were very excited about their roles as flower girls. They practiced in the suite to make sure they got it just right.

The couple offered hot apple cider to help warm guests on the chilly day. Needless to say, it was a huge hit.

Though it was a bit cold, you’d never know it by looking at the beaming bride!

Jessica had her heart set on getting married outside in the garden. It rained the night before, but luck was on our side!

The environmentally friendly park was a beautiful backdrop.

Once the ceremony was over, everyone could relax!

Here’s a shot of the beautiful room.

Jessica and Eric danced to “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson.

Like many of my couples, Jessica and Eric chose to sit at a sweetheart table. I love the way the light changes in the room throughout the evening.

The dance floor was packed all night. The kids definitely had a blast!

The water and city lights look so pretty.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at some details from their wedding.