Sam and Kyle: Reception

Part 3:  Ceremony and Cocktails

Kyle and I had the best night of our lives.  We were so thrilled to see our guests enjoying themselves. It was surreal seeing all my hard work fall in to place. I definitely had my dream wedding!

All photos by Steve Koo Photography.

As the guests entered the reception, they picked up their escort card. I embossed 3 white snow flakes and then my mom wrote the names of each guests in black.

Our gift table was also where we put the wine guest book. We decided to display the Merci sign during the reception. I thought it was perfect for the table.

I previously blogged about these lovely cake pops that were our favors. I can’t thank my mom enough for making all 150 in one day. They were a hit!

Using the same silver paper, I made menu cards for each place setting. We also decided to bring in silver linen. At first, I didn’t think it was necessary but I am SO thankful I spent the money. It made such a difference in the decor.

I previously blogged about the table numbers which were cities we’ve visited together. I decided on the silver stands which I think went great with the linen.

We were so happy the way our cake turned out!

Now it was finally time to enjoy the party. This is one of my favorite wedding photos! We were so excited!

The guests were clinging glasses all night.

My sister’s toast was the best that I have ever heard. A small part of it was about gifts Kyle has given me in our relationship. Unfortunately, when we were in high school, I thought this blanket was a good idea. I was shocked when my sister brought it out.  Our guests thought it was hilarious!

She was an amazing MOH.

I had to post this picture because of our expressions. Right before we were about to cut it Kyle told me he was going to smoosh it all over my face. Clearly, I didn’t like that idea and was telling him be better not. I’m glad he listed to me!

The first dance was one of the only moments where I felt like Kyle and I were the only ones in the room.

My dad and I dancing to Forever Young by Rod Stewart.

Then, it was Kyle and his mom’s turn.

Finally, after a great meal it was time to dance. We had such a great time dancing the night away!

Kyle hugging it out with his best friend/groomsmen. This picture makes me laugh every time!

The end of the night quickly came but this picture sums everything up for me. Kyle and I together surrounded by our friends and family.

We had the perfect day!

Sam and Kyle: Ceremony and Cocktails

Part 1: Getting Ready!
Part 2: First Look and City Photos

After the bridal party finished taking photos throughout the city, we went to Spiaggia and started our family formals. It was so much fun walking into Spiaggia and seeing everyone hard at work making my vision come to life!

All photos taken by Steve Koo Photography.

 Kyle and me with his family.

Kyle and me with my family.

I made these tissue pouches for every other chair at the ceremony. I picked up the paper and labels at Papersource and saw the design in a Martha Stewart wedding magazine.

My programs ended up being one of my favorites wedding item, which is ironic because prior to my engagement, I was not a paper person. That embossed whimsical silver wreath is gorgeous!

This is right before we walked down the aisle. I was so excited and ready!

Here are the moms lighting the first candles of the unity candle right after they walked down the aisle.

One last poof of the veil before I walk down. I have to say walking down the aisle was overwhelming.  Right before we were about to begin, I made my dad stop because the song that I obsessed over wasn’t at the exact moment. This was one of the few times the planner in me came out.

This picture perfectly captures the moment of my dad giving me away.

Steve did a great job of not only taking photos of our emotions but also the guests. This is Kyle’s grandmother who usually is not a crier…

…and my parents taking it all in.

A great room shot. I was obsessed with my baby’s breath centerpieces which lined the aisle during the ceremony.

Kyle and I lighting the unity candle to Love Never Fails by Brandon Heath.

The most romantic kiss!

This was right after the kiss. I had to post it because I love the lighting and the expression on our faces.

We are finally Mr. and Mrs. Roemer!

Right after the ceremony Kyle and I snuck into a room just the two of us. This is us walking there and me looking at him saying, “We did it!”

Our bridal party after the ceremony. They were happy to make it through, too!

Our guests enjoying the live Irish Music during the cocktail hour.
Steve got some great family pictures and this is one of them with my two aunts and great aunt!

Kyle and I joined our guests for the cocktail hour. I am so glad we did participated instead of taking photos. We were both able to visit with so many guests during this time.

Then right before the cocktail hour ended, Kyle and I took a quick look at the reception room.  It was another one of my favorite moments!

Next, I will finish with one last post about my reception!

Sam + Kyle’s Wedding: First Look and City Photos!

Part 1: Getting Ready!

All pictures were taken by the amazing Steve Koo Photography.

The morning of my wedding was a blast, but after I was all dressed up I could hardly wait to see Kyle. The first look was one of my favorite parts of the day. I can’t explain the excitement I was feeling.

We decided to do our look outside behind the hotel, where it was a little more private.

Here I am, walking up to Kyle, just before I tap him on the shoulder!

Right before the look, Steve was great and told us to take as much time as we needed . We stood there for what felt like forever just taking it all in!

One last hug and we were off to meet our bridal party.

We kept saying to each other throughout the day that we couldn’t believe the day was really happening!

Our first stop in the city was the classic Board of Trade. I love this photo!

In lieu of a traditional thank you card, I had Jackie from Shambora Studio’s create this Merci sign that we will use as our thank you card. She did an amazing job!

After the Board of Trade, we went to Millennium Park for more photos. It was a cold day so any chance we could, us girls would get close to keep warm.

After the park on our way up Michigan Avenue to Spiaggia, we jumped in the median for this awesome picture!

Right before we headed up to Spiaggia, Steve had just Kyle and I go accross the street to a small park for a few more pictures. I love this one of us crossing the street. My veil got in the way a lot through out the day!

There is this gorgeous gazebo outside of Spiaggia and Steve captured some amazing photos of Kyle and I underneath it. I love the lights and the dark sky!

Next up, ceremony and cocktail hour!

Sam + Kyle’s Wedding: Getting Ready!

I am SO excited to finally blog about my wedding! It was the best day of my life! Kyle and I were surrounded with our best friends and family and felt the love the entire time. Our vendors were amazing and everything went off without any problems. Surprisingly, I didn’t get stressed out and was able to fully enjoy every moment. When people say the day goes by fast, they are not lying!

The first blog is about getting ready and before the first look.

All pictures were taken by the amazing Steve Koo Photography.

I bought this hanger off of etsy to hang my gown before getting dressed. I saw one similar on a blog and felt thought it was too cute to pass up. 

I found my earrings at a trade store near my apartment. I loved them and thought they would compliment my gown perfectly.

For my something blue, I used a hat pin from my great grand-mother and pinned it in my bouquet.

I actually lasted until about 11PM wearing these 4 inch gems. Buying them 6 months before the wedding and wearing them around my apartment once a week to break them in was worth it.

I had the best glam team! Rebecca from Sonia Roselli did my make up and was putting finishing touches on me after I finally got into my dress. Also, Liv Caporale did my hair, which was exactly what I had imagined for my wedding day!

I was so excited when my bouquet arrived! It was my favorite accessory of the day…a bouquet of full, white peonies.

Here is my mom buttoning up my dress. She was so emotional all day, but I couldn’t have done it with out her!

I love this picture because it perfectly captures my bridesmaids seeing me in my dress for the first time. This was one of my favorite moments!

After I was all ready, I had to take a look for my self.

I didn’t end up wearing this sash util the reception, but we had a few moments before the first look so I put it on for some pictures. A friend from back home made this for me. It was stunning!

Here is my sister/maid of honor! She was amazing all day and so helpful.

Lastly, I have to post a picture of the guys getting ready. I’ve mentioned before on the blog how much I love “guys getting ready” pictures and here is on of my favorites! They seem to be having such a great time.

Next I will blog about the first look and city pictures!

Shower # 1

This past weekend I had my first shower! It was in Fort Wayne, Indiana where I grew up. I was able to visit with lots of great family and friends.

Me and my matron of honor who did a great job hosting, preparing all the food and gave one of the best gifts!

She had so many desserts, all the guests were taking to go boxes. My favorite carrot cake cupcakes, strawberry fruit pizza and sopapilla’s were all delicious.

After eating, we all sat down to open presents. My mother’s friend gave me my first apron, which I had to try on. It’s cute, but won’t be worn a lot because I hate to cook!

30 minutes later and lots of bows for my rehearsal bouquet, I had so many presents to take home! My matron of honor and her mother took the time to hand write all of her recipes, which was the sweetest gift. They both know how much I hate to cook and thought this would be a good start.

Here is me with my future sister-in-laws. I first met them when they were 10 and 12, now they are 20 and 22. Crazy!

All of my bridesmaids, but one who couldn’t attend. They are all so wonderful and I can’t wait for December 16th!

What should I buy for a Bridesmaids Gift?

With only two months to go, there are decisions that I have put off for too long! I have told my self that I must purchase bridesmaids gifts by next week, but of course can’t make a decision. I don’t want to give meaningless items that they will never use again, yet I don’t want to brake my bank. I have a few ideas that are from Etsy. I have never bought from the site so that leads to more hesitation. Since I got engaged in the winter and love scarves, I have already bought silver pashminas that I will give the girls to keep warm with, so I am looking to complete my gift.

Option 1: Victoria Secret robes. I think that these would be a fun gift for all the girls to wear while we are getting ready in the hotel. The other benefit is that they can wear them again and again!

Option 2: Jewelry from JewelledPeachDesign on Etsy. The earrings would be a great accent to their black dress. If I went with the earrings, I think I may try to find another small gift.

Option 3: Clutch from LeelaPurse on Etsy. I love these clutches! The shop offers multiple different fabrics, bows, and rhinestone broaches so I could make each bag fit the girl’s individual style. They could use it on our wedding day but also again on a night out!

Which one should I get?

Sash or No Sash

Last weekend I had my final round of alterations for my wedding dress and everything went great! I lucked out with not needing a lot of alterations. Trying it on again made me re-think about getting a sash/belt though. My style and the dress is simple and minimalistic but a part of me wants something that will jazz it up a bit for the reception. I have found a few sashes that I am considering. I found this one etsy and love the elegance. It isn’t over the top so it won’t take away from the rest of the gown.

Little White Dresser

Here is another belt that I love. It is so different from the other one! It isn’t near as flashy but I love the rosettes and whimsical look.

My third option is a mix of both, as it has simple flowers but some rhinestones to add some charm. I love it!

Since it’s not possible to see the sashes with the gown, I am having a really hard time making a decision. I think I need to order and keep my fingers crossed.


With our love for wine, I knew it needed to have an important part in our big day…besides just drinking it 🙂 I had been struggling with deciding on a guest book for awhile and had settled on a picture book. I was satisfied but not thrilled with my decision. To be honest, I didn’t want to spend anymore time brainstorming. Click here for some ideas of other guest book options.

Then, one of my brides I worked with this fall used a large wine bottle with her own label as their guest book. I loved it! I want a large wine bottle like the one below and silver markers for all of our guests to sign. Eventually, we hope to live in a home where we can put this on our bar.

But then, I changed my mind when I saw this idea. We are going to pick two bottles of wine, one for our one year anniversary and one for our five year anniversary. Kyle is already excited to choose the two bottles! We’re doing to do both ideas and give the options to our guest to choose.
We won’t have as many bottles as this picture, but the overall look is beautiful and what I want to recreate. I like the candles and signs to let the guest know what each bottle represents.

The only thing I did not like about the wine bottle as a guest book is that guests can’t leave us notes or messages. So I’m going to include an advice jar. My only challenge is for these two ideas to go together and for it to fit into the rest of my theme.

Off to Paper Source to find some great options!

Groom Attire

I was inspired by an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” when Randy complained how often grooms do not put enough effort into their wardrobe. Groom’s usually settle for a tuxedo that is horribly fitted and/or not tried on until the day before the wedding. I see this all of the time in my job! It’s ironic how a groom will pay little attention to his attire, yet a bride spends hours picking the most important dress of her life! So, my desire is to have Kyle look as equivalently elegant as me. Fortunately this was not difficult as Kyle is well dressed and agreed with me, but he did almost take as long as me to make his final decision.

Anyway…a few stores later and many months of debating whether to buy or rent we are satisfied with our decision (This picture was our initial inspiration for a fitted suit ). I really love everything about this duo! We ended up choosing to rent a fitted tuxedo, not suit, with a black skinny tie. The reasoning for a tuxedo and not suit was all because of a fitting. Kyle liked the suit look better but after trying on both items with the correct measurements, he decided on the tuxedo. I am so glad we did a fitting so he knows exactly what it will look and feel like on our wedding day. I can’t wait to see him all dressed up!

For the groomsmen, we are having them wear the same black tuxedo but with a different tie, like the one below. It is polka dot, which I usually hate! However, I saw it in the store and it looks stunning. Its subtle and brings in the black and white theme perfectly. We will be providing our own ties, which means it will be one of the gifts to the groomsmen!

DIY Cake Pops

Last weekend, I had my first try at a DIY project. I attempted making cake pops, which I want to give as favors. I found a great recipe online with detailed instructions. I also decided to go back home since my Mom is always a great help (and I am not the best in the kitchen).

This first step which is mixing the cake mix and a can of icing. I used Funfetti since it was my favorite flavor as a kid. It brought back great memories!

Then we hand rolled them into small 1 inch balls.

I made most of them into cake pops.

I also left a few without the stick to just try as normal cake pops.

After leaving them in the freezer for six hours we iced them with candy coating. Since we were just trying them out we experimented with sprinkles, chopped peanuts, and different designs. My favorite were the ones with the peanut coating.

This is the final product. I used ribbon that we had in the house, but will upgrade the ribbon for the wedding. I also want to add a cute tag that says thank you and the flavor of the cake pop.

Not only was this a lot of fun, but they were extremely yummy. I hope my guests like them as much as I do!