Kristina + Vytas

Kristina and Vytas had such a beautiful wedding. The charm was in the details, from the bride wearing her Mother’s gown to all of the Lithuanian traditions.  Dennis Lee Photography caught all of the lovely little things that made the day special!

After the ceremony, the bridal party took photos on the golf course at the Silver Lake Country Club, and then everyone proceeded to party!

I had such a great time helping Kristina and Vytas make their wedding day as spectacular and vibrant as it turned out to be. Everyone loved the celebration, and the newlyweds could not have been happier.
Officiant: Father Lukas Laniauskas
Photographer: Dennis Lee Photography
Reception: Silver Lake Country Club
Wedding Coordinator: Honey Bee Weddings

Lizzie + Chase

Lizzie and Chase are a fantastic couple! I feel so lucky that I was apart of their wedding day. Planning the big event was such fun with Lizzie’s keen design eye.  The couple had a wonderful day that flew by in the blink of an eye.  Steve Koo was right in the middle of the action, documenting the whole thing.

 

After the grand bubble-laden ceremony exit, the newlyweds and their bridal party traversed the city for pictures, and then everyone met up at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the reception.

The sign of a great wedding is when the end of the night comes and people don’t want the party to stop. That is exactly what happened when Lizzie and Chase’s special day came to a close. The couple and their guests had a fantastic time, and the night proved to be absolutely unforgettable.
 DJ: DJ Harsh
Hair and Make-up: Sonia Roselli Beauty
 Photobooth: Fotio
Photographer: Steve Koo

Bridal Event: Afternoon of Bridal Luxury

This is one of my favorite events of the year.  I wouldn’t miss it!



Modern Luxury Brides
Afternoon of Bridal Luxury
October 16th
Oak Street and Michigan Ave.

For a day of shopping with a heart, please join CS Brides for the Afternoon of Bridal Luxury, 
the tenth-annual charitable wedding walk sponsored by Modern Luxury Brides. 

Shop to the sounds of Cagen Music as you feast your senses on couture gowns, breathtaking jewels, haute cuisine by Fig Catering, delectable cakes and exquisite florals provided by Platinum Events.
Brides will receive a luxury tote bag filled with extraordinary gifts from Oak Street’s most 
exclusive bridal destinations. The walk begins at The Private Dining Rooms at Spiaggia. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.


To purchase tickets, click here.   I’m giving away a pair of tickets on my Instagram account

Annie + Bill

Annie and Bill were a fun, modern couple, and their personalities were tangible on their wedding day. From early morning until late at night, the day was filled with fun details with a unique modern twist. Riverbend Studio captured all of the loveliness.

When a designer and an enthusiastic couple put their heads together, there is nothing they can’t do! Annie and Bill chose Fleur de Lis to help make their day beautiful, and together they put together an absolutely stunning decor for the reception at Galleria Marchetti

 At the end of the day, what really matters is whether or not the bride and groom enjoy the day—and they absolutely did! Along with their family and friends, Annie and Bill had a magnificent time, and I am so glad that I could be a part of one of the most important days of their lives.

Band: Dangerous Mike Music
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Ceremony: St. Joseph Church
Florist: Fleur de Lis Florist
Hair and Make-up: Art + Science
Photographer: Riverbend Studio
Reception: Galleria Marchetti
Wedding Coordinator: Honey Bee Weddings

Julie + John

Julie and John’s wedding was both stylish and classic—the perfect pairing. JPP Studios captured every moment of this special event. I am so thrilled that I had the opportunity to help make Julie and John’s special day so wonderful.

After everyone was ready, it was time to finally tie the knot at the beautiful St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church.

After the ceremony, Julie and John hit the road with their bridal party for photos around the city, and then kept the celebration going at Architectural Artifacts.

Julie, John, and their guests had a fantastic time, and everyone danced, partied, and celebrated the couple’s marriage with such exuberance that nobody wanted to leave! Every aspect of the event was beautiful, and each detail contributed to an absolutely perfect night.

Tana + Ben

Tana and Ben were such a fun couple, and I’m so glad that I got to be an integral part of their special day! Everything about the day was beautiful, from the warm design from Kehoe, to the spectacular sweets table from Calihan Catering! And of course JPP Studios did a fantastic job documenting the entire day, as always.

After everyone got spiffed up and traveled around the city for bridal party photos, it was time for the ceremony… and then the party, of course!

Tana and Ben had a show-stoppingly beautiful wedding, and they had enough fun to match! It was a fantastic night for all, filled with dancing, excitement, and love.

Catering: Calihan Catering
DJ: Cage And Aquarium Productions
Decor: Kehoe Designs
Hair: Agnes O

Hotel: The Public
Photographer: JPP Studios
Reception: Gallery 1028
Videographer: Hendzel Productions
Wedding Coordinator: Honey Bee Weddings

Jenny + Ron

Jenny and Ron were such a fun couple! I love doing Destination Weddings, and I’m so glad that I got a chance to share in their special day in Colorado. They chose breathtaking Spruce Mountain Ranch for their picturesque ceremony and rustic-inspired reception, and Angie Wilson Photography captured the lively colors and expansive sky like no one else could.



 


After the hustle and bustle of getting ready and taking photos, it was time for the serene ceremony. The weather could not have been more perfect for getting married under an unending sky, surrounded by the expanse of nature.

 

After the ceremony, everyone moved to the rustic lodge to top off the naturally-inspired celebration!



Jenny and Ron’s big day went off without a hitch—filled with beauty, nature, family, friends, and above all, love. Everyone was thrilled with the wedding, and I am so glad that I got to be a part of it.

An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury

This is one of my favorite events of the year. I wouldn’t miss it!

Modern Luxury Brides
Afternoon of Bridal Luxury
October 16th
Starting at Spiaggia

For a day of shopping with a heart, please join CS Brides for the Afternoon of Bridal Luxury, 
the tenth-annual charitable wedding walk sponsored by Modern Luxury Brides

Shop to the sounds of Cagen Music as you feast your senses on couture gowns, breathtaking jewels, haute cuisine, delectable cakes, and exquisite florals provided by Platinum Events.

Brides will receive a luxury tote bag filled with extraordinary gifts from Oak Street’s most exclusive bridal destinations. The walk begins at The Private Dining Rooms at Spiaggia. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Minted Giveaway!

I am so excited to announce that I have teamed up with the absolutely wonderful Minted. Together, we are raffling off a $100 Minted gift certificate! To enter, all you have to do is comment below with your name and tell us what you would buy from Minted. I will select a winner by Wednesday, August 31st.

Minted specializes in personalizing… well, anything. So of course they do a fantastic job with any wedding-related items your little DIY-bridal heart desires! Personalized items are an especially great touch for your Day of Paper Suite, such as programs, escort cards, and menus. Some of our favorite designs are posted below.  Or you can click here to explore some more and get inspiration!

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Unique, fun, AND sustainable? Sign me up!

I have recently fell in love with a really great website that I would like to share with the world! It’s called UncommonGoods, and they are totally committed to a lot of issues that are important to me (sustainability, corporate responsibility, and just being an ethical company, in general). That’s great and all but really keeps bringing me back is that they have really cool, unique products!

UncommonGoods prides itself on treating every living thing with which they have contact with dignity and respect—from providing a living wage to not offering products that contain leather, fur, or feathers. They’re also big on sustainability, offer a wide array of recycled and organic products, and source their catalog paper from only sustainable forests. I think that supporting companies with beliefs and ethics such as these is incredibly important—then, if these companies succeed, maybe the rest of the world will take notice and move towards a more sustainable, compassionate lifestyle.

Their curated collections are a great resource if you’re looking for specific types of gifts, but don’t know exactly what to get. For example, their picks for groomsmen gifts are incredibly well thought-out and diverse. Check out that collection here. There are some real gems in there, like this beard maintenance kit (gotta have those groomsmen looking spiffy on your big day!)

…and this necktie travel box (another way to ensure spiffiness)!

On the flip side, if you’re looking for a little something something for yourself and your significant other—or even for a couple you know—their Personalized Wedding collection has a ton of cute, unique ways to commemorate togetherness. You can explore those here. Some of my favorite pieces are this cute tree trunk vase…

 and this unique thumbprint guestbook!

I admittedly have spent a lot of time browsing this site—what can I say, I love fun, responsibly-sourced home goods and gift items! I hope you enjoy one of the newest websites in my “shopping” bookmark folder.