Martha + Julio, the reception

Yesterday, I did the first blog post about Martha and Julio. And let me tell you, the had what was one of my favorite weddings last year!


The festivities continued at Catalyst Ranch.

Upon entering the venue, the couple had a picture for their engagement picture to greet guests.

Since both M + J are in the education profession, they used students to perform for the cocktail hour and dinner.


The escort cards were a DIY project by the Bride.

Instead of traditional and formal escort cards, guests received a card that was modeled after Lotería.

No detail was forgotten. Surrounding the cardbox were the couples initials.

Catalyst Ranch has a room that is perfect as a bridal suite.


Perfect for the funky vibe of the venue, each table was a little bit different.

A few of the room where the reception was held.

A DIY Goddess, Martha heat embossed the menus with a skull to keep with the Day of the Dead accents.

I love that the look of the wedding was bright and colorful!


Each of the tables had an enlarged Lotería card as the Table “Number”.

Rather than hide the table number sign, Martha used it as part of her centerpiece.

The couple cut one of the many layers of the delicious tres leche cake.


The couple took the floor for the first dance.


Jeremy does the best ring shots.

The wedding turns into a party!

Love it!!


I love the sweetness of this song.


The bride made fabulous DIY favors.

Martha could give Martha S a run for her money!

The couple had cookies for guests to take home!


Happily.

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Real Wedding: Shannon + Rick: The Details

Yesterday, I posted about Shannon and Rick’s wedding.  Today, it is all about the details!
All photos are by Monika Lozinska Lee from REM Photography.
The couple opted to have use traditional escort cards.  The benefit to having seperate envelope and card is that it is very easy to move “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” to Table 9 by just switching the envelope.

The cocktail hour was held on the patio at the MCA.  Waiters passed glasses of water and wine with their customized napkins by For Your Party.

Shannon’s Clever DIY Project
She had her monogram printed on the corner of pretty velumn paper.  Then, she curled the paper up and filled it with petals.

Shannon and Rick had one table serve many purposes:
gifts and the card box, the guest book, and photos of family as well as the couple.

The couple made their own menus,
which highlighted their gorgeous brown and pink color palette.

The room at the MCA.

A clever ring shot.

After dinner, the bar re-opened for the rest of the night.  There were more napkins from For Your Party announcing the after party at the Sofitel.

Shannon’s fabulous pink and brown candy buffet.  It was a huge hit!

DIY Gift Cardbox

The photo gift card box is a long time favorite of Chicago brides. Here are the DIY instructions for any interested brides.

Estimated Cost and Supplies:

  • $44 for 4 picture frames- 14 x 20 (or something close to that) with an 8 x 10 picture.
  • $3 for fabric – 1 yard
  • $2 for poster board
  • $10 for lazy susan
  • $20 base and supplies:1/4 to 1/2inch thick plywood base, 8 ft. of plastic
    “L” shaped molding, staples, Velcro.
  • A wood base
  • Lots of staples and staple gun (heavy duty)
  • Xtra thick poster board
  • Duct tape

Directions:

  1. Cut the plastic L shaped molding into 12 equal sizes. This will be used in the corners, base, and top of the box.
  2. Insert pictures in frames before assembling. Staple a bracket on the inside of 2 frames to create a corner, then the next frame until you have a square. I let the inside frame corners touch and created a indented outside corner rather than overlaping the frame edges.
  3. Cut the wood base the same size as the inside bottom edge of the assembled picture frames, so it will not be seen when you look at the disply.
  4. Insert the base into the bottom of the picture frame box and staple 4 plastic strips into where the bottom and frames meet.