Obsessed with Photos

Before getting engaged, I would spend hours looking over wedding photography blogs and admiring all of the beautiful pictures. So once I was engaged, finding a photographer was at the top of my list. I wanted a photojournalist that could capture the special moments throughout the day. I searched a lot of websites and narrowed it down to 3 different photographers that were in our budget. After interviewing them, we decided to go with Steve Koo Photography! We are very excited and can’t wait to shoot our engagement pictures. He also happens to be married to another Honey Bee Wedding Day-of-Coordinator. 🙂

Below are a few of my favorite pictures that I found on WPJA, which is a great website for photography inspiration!

I love the lighting and cute moment captured in this engagement picture!

One of the reasons I wanted a second photographer was to have photographs of my fiance and his groomsman getting ready like the photo above.

These make me so excited to have a winter wedding. I hope the weather is as beautiful as it is in these pictures!

I can’t wait to blog about our engagement pictures. We are hoping to shoot them in May!

Watching the Royal Wedding

If you are interested in getting up very very early to watch the royal wedding, click here for a website that will be streaming live. Are you getting up to watch the royal wedding? I’m not sure if I’ll be able to wake-up in time. I do have a fond memory of watching Princess Diana when I was a little girl. I remember being so impressed with the size of her wedding gown.

Either way, there will be lots to talk about tomorrow!

Saying Yes to the Dress

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I found my dress on the first day of shopping and am in love!

I was not a bride who knew exactly what kind of dress I wanted, but instead I knew what I did not want. Princess gowns, lace, and tulle were out. I am very petite and did not want to be swimming in fabric. I wanted a mix between a mermaid dress and a full skirt that started at a natural waste, which after a long day of dress shopping I found the perfect mix a fit-n-flare.

My first stop was Wedding Belles. I tried on about 8 dresses but there was one I couldn’t stop looking at myself in and it took my breath away. However, it was at the top of my budget, so with accessories and alterations I would have gone over. Its like the picture below minus the one shoulder strap and sash. Besides the price, it was perfect! But I knew I had 2 other appointments so we moved on.

Next stop, Weddings 826. I only liked 1 dress and it definitely competed with the first one. I loved the top of the 2nd dress but the skirt of the first dress. The top was like the one in the picture below; it had a dramatic sweetheart cut. I wanted to put the two dress together to make my perfect dress, but I couldn’t. So I took pictures and moved on to White Chicago.

At this point, it was 5pm and we were all a bit tired. After pulling the gowns off the rack, I was convinced my dress wasn’t there. I tried on five dress and the very last one was it. It was the perfect fitted top that was tight all the to my hips, but then had a full skirt with a long train. There are buttons all the way down the back and on the skirt. And…it was WAY under my budget. I know have a lot more money to work with to buy great shoes, jewelry and a veil. The best picture I could fine without posting me in the dress is the one below. I am SO excited and can’t wait to wear it!

Is it December 16th yet??

Giveaway Winner is…

Last week, I blogged about a giveaway with Slim-Fast + Filene’s Basement. The winner is…Catie! Catie just won $100 gift card to Filene’s Basement and a Slim-Fast product bundle.

Catie, send me an email so that I can get you your prize!

Sharon + Carlos: The Details

Yesterday, I showed some photos from Carlos and Sharon’s wedding. Here are some details from their big day.

All photos by Jeremy Lawson.

I thought their wedding invitation was formal but a little edgy.

The unity candle for their ceremony.

Ceremony programs. The chandelier motif was featured on many of their paper items.

Sharon made these signs. What a cute way to thank your guests!

Bird cages of different sizes held cards from guests.

Favors provided guests with a treat and an invitation to take some silly pictures in the photo booth.

A sweet take on a rings photo. Even the candy matched the color scheme!

Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day! Congratulations!

Sharon + Carlos

Sharon and Carlos were planning an elegant and sophisticated wedding, but they definitely wanted to have fun, too! Their wedding was a perfect blend of both – the dance floor was packed all night.

Band Latin Street Dancing

Cake Rolf’s Patisserie

Ceremony St. Ita’s

DJ ETV Productions

Florist Vale of Enna

Hair Alice Salazar

Makeup Nika Vaughan

Photo Booth The Traveling Photo Booth

Photographer Jeremy Lawson Photography

Reception Chicago Marriott O’Hare

Transportation The Trolley Car & Bus Company

Videographer Ben Mahoney Productions

All photographs by Jeremy Lawson.

All the girls got ready at the couple’s home. The lighting was perfect – a sunny day always helps get everyone excited!

The beautiful church where the ceremony was held.

Sharon and Carlos incorporated their Filipino and Cuban traditions into the ceremony.

After, they stopped at one of their favorite restaurants, 90 Miles, for a quick spin.

Jeremy always captures unusual and fun photos!

The Best Man signs the photo mat during cocktail hour. This is always a great keepsake for the bride and groom.

Sharing a slice of yummy cake.

Carlos and Sharon thanked all of their guests who traveled from all over the country, and kicked off the party.

Though many of my brides no longer toss the bouquet, I think it can be a lot of fun with the right crowd. Sharon seems to agree!

Leading the way onto the dance floor!

Tomorrow, I’ll feature some of the details from their wedding.

Finding the Perfect Venue

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After creating our guests lists and finalizing our budget, venue selection was next on my list. I wanted to get married in a venue that was modern, but classic and offered our guests a unique Chicago experience. I didn’t want a traditional ballroom, but also didn’t want a super trendy loft. However, Kyle is a foodie and loves wine so that meant we needed to find a place that allowed an over the top caterer or a venue that would not serve average meals.

So through lots of searching we chose…..SPIAGGIA! We are so excited! Here are some pictures below of their private dining where they hold events and weddings.

Once we walked in, we immediately loved the elegance of the lobby where the cocktail hour will be held. They also can open up a part of their main room to offer our guests a lounge like experience.

Then, when you walk into the dining room you look right out onto Lake Michigan, which is a beautiful view! We can not wait for our guests to arrive and be blown away. The wedding coordinator in me immediately noticed the aesthetics and chairs. The walls are a lavender, shimmery silver which fits perfectly for our theme and the chairs are perfect as they are. Even though I love chivarli chairs, this was a huge bonus not having to pay extra for them.

Kyle fell in love with the ambiance and of course, the food. He can not wait until our tasting!

Fun Giveaway!

Although Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides sale is over, I am not yet done tweeting or blogging because I have an fun giveaway sponsored by Slim-Fast, an official partner of ROTB.

While I’m not trying to lose weight for my wedding, I am trying to lose the last of my baby weight. Yesterday, I posted 3 tips to success at Running of the Brides. Today, I am posting 3 tips for success in weight loss.

1- Always have healthy snacks on hand.
If you are running from bridal appointments, it probably makes sense to have some healthy to eat. I try to eat something with protein and carbs with a tiny bit of fat. Bars are great but there are some other healthy combos like pretzels with low-fat peanut butter.

2- Water is your best friend.
Drink loads of water. My obsession with sparking water led me to buy a Soda Stream for the home so that I can drink some bubbles during the day, and bottled water while I’m out at appointments and errands.

3- Keep a food journal.
Can’t figure out why the weight isn’t coming off? If you are honest about every single bite, the journal will help you understand.

Want to win a $100 gift card to Filene’s Basement and a Slim-Fast product bundle to jumpstart to a healthy you?

To enter the contest, leave a comment below with your favorite product from the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan. A winner will be selected at random on Monday, April 18th. Good luck!