Obsessing Over China: All Tied Up

Day 2: Bows! 

I can not get enough of them! I adore them on my shoes, dresses and my bags.  Can you believe that I sometimes have to take a bow off before I leave the house?

I even have bows on my china.  And who does bows better than Kate Spade New York?  Below is a link to their gorgeous Belle Boulevard Collection.  

Aren’t they just perfect? Elegant with a hint of identifiable Kate Spade charm! 

I actually use Belle Boulevard as my accent piece to the rest of my china.  My main pattern will be featured later this week.

Obsessing Over China: Quatrefoil

I thought that I would end this month by doing a week of China Patterns! There are so many fabulous ones out there but this week I will be highlighting five of my favorites.

Day 1: Quatrefoil! This pattern has been around for centuries but is most certainly not outdated. In fact, I’ve been noticing it pop up in everywhere from rugs to jewelry.  I love this pattern and think this china set would be perfect for someone keen on a geometric shape.  It is a tad to simple for me (More is More being my personal motto) but 

Connie and Brian: The Reception

Yesterday, I wrote about Connie and Brian’s morning as well as the Catholic ceremony and Korean tea ceremony.  Today, it is all about the reception at Terzo Piano.

All photos by Avery House.

Connie really wanted purple to dominate their decor.  Their escort cards were the traditional card in an envelope style.

Honey Bee Weddings has worked at Terzo Piano many times but this was the first client that wanted to transform the space.  We added uplighting, linens, and three gorgeous centerpiece designs by Revel Decor.

Amy Beck designed a cake that mimicked the bride’s gown.

One of the centerpieces sat on mirrored boxes to create a truly modern centerpiece.

Some brides mention a flower or a color that they would like to be used on their wedding day.  Connie was very specific: She wanted purple dendrobium orchid blossoms in the tall centerpieces.

The last centerpiece was my favorite: low and lush arrangements with tons of color saturation to create a linear tablescape.

Magnificent Milestones designed menus that reflected the modern look of the invitation suite and included their monogram.

The bride and groom had their monogram made into a gobo.


I love this photo because you can see the details of the dress and the cake.

Garter tosses are a rarity these days but you wouldn’t know it by looking at this expressive crowd of gentleman!

A kiss in front of the Restless Rainbow.

No one could have imagined the installation on terrace.  I thought that it was beautiful.  The shocking colors did make me think of a rainbow!

The bride and groom took photos on the walkway.  

Dancing the night away!

Connie + Brian: Morning and the Ceremonies

My first meeting with Connie and Brian was over the phone.  They lived in New York City and were looking for a Chicago based planner.  I was really in awe (and impressed) when they told me that they met in high school.  I have friends that have been married for ten years that are high school sweethearts but I have never planned a wedding for a pair!

Many months later, it was the big day.  Connie looked so beautiful and the couple looked like they were having so much fun.  It was a wonderful wedding and I was so glad to be apart of it.

Ceremony: St. Hyacinth
Reception: The Modern Wing
DJ: DJ Erik
Florist: Revel
Hair and Make-up: Sonia Roselli
Videographer: Chris and Oliver
Cake: Amy Beck

All photos by Avery House.

Connie and Brian’s gorgeous custom invitations by Magnificent Milestones.

Connie with her very sweet and beautiful Mother.

Do you get pampered any day like your wedding day?

Connie puts on a bit more lipstick before heading out the door to meet Brian.

A stunning bridal portrait.

The Bride and Groom take a few photos after their first look.

I love this photo downtown.  I’ve never seen a shot like this before and simply love it.

The entire bridal party in front of the Chicago Theatre.

The fine gents.

Back at the church, the ushers are ready to go.

Moments before she walks down the aisle, Connie has a laugh with her Dad.

I love that the photographer caught Brian looking at Connie.

After the ceremony, everyone headed to the Modern Wing for the Korean Ceremony.

Connie in her Korean tea ceremony attire.  

Tomorrow, we will have more photos of the couple and their reception!

Set to Shine

This post is sponsored by Anjolee.

I have been in the room when many brides open the gift from their groom.  There is no better gift than a perfect pair of diamond earrings. From dazzling hoop designs to the the most elegant of drop earrings, they are the ideal accessory.  Whether it be a bridal or anniversary gift, Anjolee has customizable jewelry to fit your personality.

Anjolee is known for customizing jewelry to the preferences of each customer. In addition to earrings, they create stunning bridal sets, gorgeous rings, and engagement rings tailored to fit each bride. 

Below are of my favorite pieces sure to make anyone look fabulous.  I love them all but this pair is definitely me!  

The trio below are great for every day!

I added a pair of ruby earrings because I think bezel is all the rage right now!

Bella Bleu Couture Summer Trunk Show

Looking for the prefect veil or hairpiece to add a bit of dazzle to your wedding? Well you are in luck. Bella Bleu Couture is hosting a Trunk Sale for Sara Gabriel Veiling and headpieces on July 27th to the 29th!  As an added bonus, guests will have the opportunity to meet the designer July 27th and 28th in addition to a bonus 10% off all orders placed at the show!

To make an appointment to work exclusively with the designer, RSVP at RSVP@bellableubridal.com, or call 847-696-7152. The first 20 RSVP’s will be entered into a raffle for a gift certificate.

 Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome!

Bella Bleu Couture is located at: 143 N. Northwest Highway Park Ridge, IL 60068.

Here is a sneak peak at some of my favorites from the sale!