Project "Wedding Weekend"

The countdown is 20 days; I can’t believe how time if flying. Thanksgiving weekend has been planned since early fall as Project Wedding weekend. My fiance and I decided not to travel home and stay in Chicago to try to get as much done as possible! We did get to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with my cousins. The weekend was successful! In 3 days, we finished a bunch of projects.  The only thing left to do is embossing all my paper products.  We’re going to that next weekend!

Project 1: 16 Table Numbers
We decided to make our own table numbers.  Instead of numbers, we are using cities that we visited together. Below is the end result. I am so happy with how they turned out. I am the first to admit that I am not creative or crafty. In fact, I had never been in Paper Source before my engagement. However, these projects have now turned me into a semi-paper fanatic!

I bought silver paper for the background and velum for the city name. I printed out the pictures and glued them on the silver background. Then, with double sided tape, I sealed it with the velum. I still need to buy the stands. This is one I had laying around the house.

Project 2: Tissue Pouches
I found this picture on Martha Stewart’s website and thought it was adorable! I used it as my inspiration…

…and here are mine! Luckily, she provided directions online on how to make each little pouch. So I went to Paper Source and bought these two types of wrapping paper and folded 75 of them. (I am placing them on ever other chair at the ceremony). Then, I added a circle label saying, “for your tears of joy.” The week of the wedding I will put a tissue in each pouch!

Project 3: Wine Guest Book
I previously blogged about the guest book and it is finally complete. We are going to have 1 large (and empty) 750mL bottle with our personalized label.  There will also be two other bottles for the guest to sign. One is a chardonnay that we plan to open on our first anniversary.  The other is a Chateauneuf de Pap that we plan to open on our fifth anniversary. The guest will use silver pens to sign their bottle of choice!

We bought an empty Pinot Noir bottle from our local wine store that they just had in their window for decoration. However, we did not like the label so Kyle created his own. I love how it turned out! The picture is of us in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower. It’s hard to see but our wedding date is in the left corner, too! The label was purchased at Paper Source, which we then printed our design. Paper Source has been the overall theme of our wedding projects! 🙂

Project 4: Welcome Letter
I can’t attach a picture since it is a word document but that was another project that got finished this weekend! Each letter will be inside the welcome bag that we are giving out at the hotels.

The last two photos are projects, but I can’t take credit for them. I just thought they were fitting for the blog post. These are two ideas I saw online that I had made for me!

I had Lynn Claire form Etsy make my this personalized hanger for my dress on my wedding day!

Last project is a “Merci” sign I had Jackie from Shambora Studios make. Kyle and I will take a few pictures with the sign and then use the photo has our wedding thank you card!

Pop-up Shop on 12.10.11!

For the past few years, pop-up shops are probably one of my favorite ways to shop.  On December 10th, there is going to be a one day shop called Winter Local.  There will be a ton of amazing vendors including bridal gowns by Amanda Archer, jewelry by Elyse Marie Vieni, handmade clothing and accessories by With Love XOX. Feel free to bring the friend that is so not into weddings; the other dozen vendors are not wedding related.  Event will include complimentary drinks and treats, makeovers, music, and a swag bag raffle giveaway. 

Saturday, December 10th
Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery
217 N Carpenter

Bridal Weekend!

Two weekends ago, I had an entire weekend of bridal luxury. It started off with a shower hosted by my future mother in law in Indianapolis.

All of my bridesmaids were able to attend, which was the first time during my engagement.
I can’t wait to be with them on December 16!
Lots and lots of presents. My favorite was the stone wine chiller from Crate and Barrel!

My mother in law bought a beautiful carrot cake (my favorite) that was decorated in black and white.

After the shower, we intermediately headed over to my friends house to get ready to start my bachelorette party! As I was freshening up, all the girls started yelling for me to come outside and this is what pulled up, a stretch hummer limo. I do not remember the last time I was in a limo! It was taking us to Mallow Run, a small winery outside of Indianapolis.

A group shot!

A group cheers to moi in the tasting room.

The picture isn’t the best because of the sun, but here is my lovely mother and sister.

Before we left, we took a photo in front of the vineyard.

On our ride back, my sister had a fun “Who knows Kyle and Sam the best” quiz that we played, while drinking more wine of course!

Then when we arrived back to my friends house, we quickly changed and were out again for dinner. This is a group picture of us before we left and unfortunately the last one of the night.

I had such a blast and this was my ideal bachelorette party. I wanted something more low key and not super crazy which was exactly what my sister did…soo fun!

Alison + Mitch: Part Two

My last post, I shared the first part of Alison and Mitch’s Labor Day weekend wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

All photos by Artisan Events.

Their escort card table and gift table was stunning! A Stem Above hung the all of the bridesmaid’s escort cards from the branches.

Each table number was hand painted by Alison.

Cute personalized tins of gum as favors!

They opted to have a sweetheart table at the front of the room.

A picture of the room, ready for guests! Alison and Mitch really lucked out with perfect artwork on the walls. It was a modern black and white design that went perfectly with their decor.

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, they had a sweet table with bite size desserts and fresh fruit.

After dinner, the gallery doors were opened and guests were allowed to walk around throughout the night. Alison and Mitch took some great photos in front of the different pieces of art!

A city shot to end such a wonderful night!

Congratulations Alison and Mitch!

Alison + Mitch: Part One

I first met Alison and Mitch at a Starbucks in River North. Although Alison have been engaged for only a month, she had a binder filled with wedding plans. One of her wishes was to make sure someone was there to allow her to relax and be in the moment. I am so glad I could be apart of their special day and fulfill her wish!
Ceremony and Reception: The Museum of Contemporary Art
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Florists: A Stem Above
Hair + Make-Up: Beauty on Call
DJ: Okyne Medialab, Inc.

Photography: Artisan Events
All photos by Artisan Events.

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Alison with her sister before she put on her dress. Alison’s sister was a wonderful matron of honor.

Alison and Mitch each carried a monogrammed handkerchief to wipe their happy tears throughout the day.

After getting dressed, it was time for the first look.

The first look was in Olive Park. Their wedding was over Labor Day weekend and the weather could not have been better!

After Olive Park, they were off to get a classic city line picture.
It was was finally time to get married. The ceremony in the gardens behind the MCA was beautiful!

Following the ceremony and formal pictures, Alison and Mitch met alone with their adorable dog, Monster. They had their dog walker drive him to Seneca Park to have a quick moment. Being a dog love, this was my favorite detail!

And then one quick photo to enjoy the artwork out front of the Museum before the reception.

I will post about the reception tomorrow!

Kathy + Jason: Part Two

In my last post, I shared the start of Kathy and Jason’s day with their getting ready and ceremony. I’m excited to share the rest of their wedding day!

Kathy and Jason’s wedding party was so much fun, and they all look great in their navy blue!

We’d had terrible storms in Chicago the night before the wedding. I always try and do my “no rain dance” for all of my couples, and it worked for Kathy and Jason! They had a beautiful, sunny day.

So cute!

Kathy and Jason opted for a vintage car to take them around – it fit the theme of their day perfectly.

While everyone was out taking pictures, I was at Bistrot Margot setting everything up.

This room was perfect for their wedding, and would also work well for a rehearsal dinner.

Kathy and Jason wanted their guests to enjoy board games during the reception so they had two big game tables.

For a guest book, the couple created a marriage certificate for their guests to sign. So fun to frame after the wedding!

Once everyone had enjoyed some hors d’oeuvres and champagne during cocktail hour, it was time to sit down for toasts and dinner.

While everyone was eating, we set up the wedding pie! The couple chose a key lime pie to cut and share with their guests.

Even though it wasn’t a dancing reception, I was so happy when Kathy and Jason shared a dance. Such a special moment on the wedding day!

Finally, the festivities wound down and it was time for the bride and groom to call it a night.

Kathy and Jason, it was so wonderful being a part of your day! I wish you nothing but the best for a wonderful, wonderful marriage.