Couple of the Week ((Felicia + Bart))

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“Worth the wait.”

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So there’s love at first sight, and then love at first sight.

Throughout Felicia’s life, her mom teased her about her preschool friend named Bart. Every day after preschool, Felicia would come home and tell her mother she was going to marry Bart. “Not only was I going to marry him, but we were going to have 13 kids!” ~ Felicia said. Felicia often thought her mother was just making the story up, wondering “Could a three year old really be planning a family already?” Felicia’s mom even kept a picture of them in her baby book and saved a birthday card Bart had given her. (See below!)

Fast-forward to the summer right before Felicia left for college. At a friend’s party, Felicia’s friend walked up to a group of her friends to introduce someone. “This is my college roommate, Bart,” the friend said. As soon as Felicia heard the name, she had a flashback to her mother’s stories. “I went to preschool with a Bart,” Felicia told him. Turns out, it was Bart from preschool. “I couldn’t wait to tell my mother!” Felicia exclaimed.

A few months later, Facebook brought the two together. Felicia said, “Bart messaged me sometime in November and said he would be home (Chicago) for Thanksgiving break and wanted to hang out. So we did just that. The rest is history.”

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{Their Engagement Story} as told by Felicia

“My best friend texted me saying she wanted to have a small brunch for her parents anniversary during Fourth of July weekend. She is the queen of planning celebrations so nothing was strange about this story. I kept telling her I wasn’t sure if I was going to go because I might have a barbecue that weekend. However, that morning came and Bart got dressed to head out to brunch with some of his friends. I figured I might as well go since Bart had plans of his own. My friend picked me up and drove downtown. As we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted with champagne. I had been to this restaurant before, but had never gotten champagne. “This is for the champagne toast for your parents,” the hostess said to Christina before walking us toward the back. I walked in and saw fifty members of my family and friends, including our pastor, standing and clapping. I immediately grabbed my Dad and put my head down. Bart asked my Dad in front of everyone for permission to marry me before getting down on one knee and popping the question. It was so emotional and exciting. The best day of my life so far!”

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After dating for eight years and growing together as a couple, ((Felicia + Bart)) cannot wait to say ‘I do’ on July 7, 2015! Congratulations to this adorable couple!

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Wedding Salon Luxury Showcase {Recap}

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Wedding dreams came alive for over 450 brides and grooms at Wedding Salon on October 13 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Many vendors came together under one roof to assist couples in planning their wedding day.

Upon arrival, brides, grooms, and wedding party members alike were greeted by a model adorned in a couture wedding gown standing beneath a custom canopy while Taylor & Co. decorated the grand ballroom’s luxurious wedding feel. Couples had the opportunity to connect with professionals from some of the hottest locations for weddings & honeymoons.

In addition to wedding ideas and inspiration, attendees left with a luxury gift bag featuring delectable treats from KIND snacks, the latest bridal magazines and lavish beauty products including Essie nail polish, a hydrating face mask from Le Mieux, a whitening kit from Supersmile and so much more.

Other highlights featured at the show included:

~ Makeovers from Blink Mobile Spa who have worked with celebrities like Angelina Jolie

~ Beauty tips from Philips Zoom

~ Gelato tastings from Black Dog Gelato and freshly spun cotton candy from Spin-Spun collections

~ Couture gown displays by Jenny Yoo and Bella Bridesmaids

~ Cocktails and beverage choices from 360 Vodka Tequila Rose and Honest Tea

~ Gift registries including The container store and top resources such as Jewelers Mutual Insurance

~ Venue options from Club Corp

For more information on next year’s event, visit WeddingSalon.com. 

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((Diana + Kenneth’s)) Rustic Reception

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((Diana + Kenneth)) opted for a rustic + vintage wedding theme for their big day at Hyatt Lodge at McDonalds Campus. With recommendations from friends and family, as well as support from their vendors, the couple planned the perfect ‘I dos.’

“We wanted a rustic location to fit our vision and Hyatt Lodge was exactly what we wanted. It was big enough, but cozy enough all at the same time.” the bride said.

To play up their wedding theme, every centerpiece at ((Diana + Kenneth’s)) wedding was different. The couple used wood logs and then used different containers to display the flowers. Diana said, “We used mason jars, small vases, bowls, and glass domes to put together the look we were going for.” ((Diana + Kenneth)) also rented a vintage dresser from Violet & Pearl Design based on their florist, Petal Play‘s recommendations. On the dresser, a wood log held place cards during cocktail hour. The birdcages, along with centerpieces and vintage containers, came together to perfect the look.

For their favors, the lovebirds chose to give guests small wire birdcages with battery-operated candles. On the outside of the birdcage was a card that said, “Thank you from K&D. ”

Surrounded by their nearest and dearest friends and family, the dance floor at Hyatt Lodge was never empty. “We were both calm and trying to soak up every minute.” ~ Diana said.

As a surprise, the Chicago White Sox mascot, Southpaw made a special appearance. Diana also surprised Kenneth with a groom’s cake of his favorite Sox jersey.

Brittany Lynn Studios, ((Diana + Kenneth’s)) wedding photographer, said the pair was so comfortable with one another throughout the day, she could see the love between them. Browse through their wedding day to be inspired and hear from the bride why she chose the vendors she did ~

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“My dress was lace from head to toe. It was strapless with a train and accessorized with a jeweled belt. We went to White Satin Bridal in downtown Plainfield. I tried on 8 dresses and when I put this gown on, I kept saying, “I like this, I like this!” It just felt perfect. When I walked out of the dressing room, my mom and Kenneth’s mom starting getting teary eyed. I knew it was the dress. I have always driven past White Satin Bridal’s shop and I couldn’t wait until the day I could walk in and look for a wedding dress.” ~ Diana [on her gown]

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“Once I picked the peacock color for my bridesmaids, I let them chose whatever style they wanted as long as it was long. I wanted everyone to fell beautiful that day so I wanted them to choose something they loved. It just so happened they all picked chiffon which was perfect because it flowed really well.” [on her 'maids]

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“My bouquet made my heart so happy it was heavenly. It had peonies, ranunculus, English tea roses, roses, tulips, and succulents. It was exactly what I had envisioned.” [on her Petal Play bouquet]

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“Once we picked the theme, I browsed Pinterest and came acrossed a birch tree cake with the initials of the bride and groom “carved” with a heart. I loved it! Instead of a cake topper, we used fresh flowers from our florist.” [Diana on her rustic-inspired wedding cake]

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“Enjoy. Every. Minute. It truly goes so fast, try not to stress, and just take in everything. No one is going to know if something is out of place.” ~ from Diana + Kenneth {Advice for Couple’s Currently Planning}

Photographer: Brittany Lynn Studios • Wedding Planner: Tying the Knot • Reception Site: Hyatt Lodge at McDonalds Campus • Bridal Salon: White Satin Bridal • Hair Salon: A Cut Above • Florist: Petal Play  • Ceremony Site: St. Patrick’s Church • Bakery: Lezza Spumoni & Desserts, Inc. • Wedding Details: Duryea Place Designs  • Grooms + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse • Wedding Bands: Mark Peters Diamond Designs • Transportation: Naperville Trolley • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Couple of the Week ((Erika + Zachary))

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“Silly, weird, funny and in love.”

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((Erika + Zachary)) have a true Chicago love story. The lovebirds met at the train station heading to North Avenue Beach!

“He introduced himself to me and I had butterflies in my stomach immediately,” Erika said. “I thought he was so cute! We spent the whole day together with friends and later that night we found each other on Twitter. Two weeks later, he asked me out and here we are.”

The couple’s favorite date nights are watching movies until three or four in the morning. “We’ve never had a day where we don’t have anything to talk about. We are a simple couple,” ~ Erika added.

{Their Proposal Story}

Zachary proposed to Erika while celebrating Erika’s 21st birthday. “We just had a beautiful dinner at an Italian restaurant and we were sitting outside about to make s’mores. When I went to make one, he had the ring on the end of the skewer. Zachary then asked me to stand up so he could propose properly.” .” The couple has recently moved in together and is beginning to plan their walk down the aisle.

Erika wants other to people to know that true love is possible. “There are amazing guys out there and you never know when you will find your one true love. Maybe you’ll find him randomly at the train station like I met mine!”

Best wishes to this Chicago couple as they begin their life together.

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Hold You In My Arms: A Lincoln Park Wedding ((Kathleen + Mike))

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((Kathleen + Mike)) knew they wanted their wedding day to have a modern and polished feel. “We did our best to keep things simple and not overly complex. We relied especially heavily on our florist, Stems, and stationary vendor, Spilled Ink Press, to help us achieve this vision.” ~ Kathleen said.

To add their personality to their wedding day, the couple had a craft beer tasting station at cocktail hour, which featured beers from St. Louis, where ((Kathleen + Mike)) lived together after Mike’s deployment to Afghanistan and an assortment of beer from Chicago, their current home. They also incorporated craft greeting cards into table numbers as a nod to all of the cards the lovebirds exchanged during Mike’s various military commitments.

((Kathleen + Mike)) also chose to say their own vows at the ceremony, to share and reflect on how their relationship has grown over the nine years they have been together.

Ben Elsass Photography could not stop raving about how the couple’s wedding date fell on such a gorgeous day. Starting with the amazing and emotional first look photos, the couple made their way to their ceremony location, Saint Clement, then headed to Lincoln Park for more pictures surrounded by the Chicago Skyline. Finally, ((Kathleen + Mike)) made their way to their final destination: the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum.

“I have every couple I meet with fill out a questionnaire. I read back through ((Kathleen + Mike’s)) questionnaire, and it made me laugh… out loud. It was obvious, on paper, these two make each other happy. Being a part of their wedding day, you are able to see this in person and know it’s something that makes their relationship so unique.” ~ Ben Elsass said.

Enjoy a preview from ((Kathleen + Mike’s)) big day!

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Favorite Moment ~ from the bride

“After spending the morning getting ready, we boarded a trolley to the church. As we turned onto Deming Place, I could see Mike, down the street, waiting for me and ready for the “first look.” That moment felt very surreal, as it signified the very beginning of our happiest day. And after a morning of celebration and noise, as I walked towards Mike, I was able to experience a brief moment of quiet solitude. Of course, my excitement was bursting as I reached Mike, and after he turned around, the day officially began.”

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~ Advice for Couples Currently Planning ~

“Focus on a few aspects of the wedding that are important to you. For our wedding, we wanted great food, a great photographer, and a great videographer. All the rest will fall into place.”

“Have a wonderful wedding planner who you trust and who you can rely on unconditionally is extremely valuable.”

“Have as many vendor meetings as you need to feel comfortable with your selections, particularly if you live in the same town/city in which you are getting married.” ~ from Kathleen

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Reception Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum • Ceremony Venue: St. Clement Catholic Church • Photographer: Ben Elsass • Planner + Designer: LK Events • Florist: Stems • Bridal Salon: The Wedding Suite at Nordstroms • Groom’s + Groomsmen’s Attire: Nicholas Joseph & Formally Modern • Hair & Makeup: Salon Socca & Sonia Roselli • Bakery: Alliance Bakery & Chicago Diner • Catering: Limelight • Stationary: Spilled Ink Press • Videography: XO Pictures

What comes with cutting a wedding cake?

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The cake cutting ceremony during the reception is not a moment that should be rushed and should be carefully planned to capture the moment on film and video. I personally like my couples to cut their wedding cake after they have been announced into the reception, especially if the cake will be dessert. Of course, your guests are going to want to capture the ceremony with their cameras, but it’s pivotal that the coordinator or photographer’s assistant keep them out of the direct line of the photo.

Now what is the proper way to cut into this beautiful creation? The cake knife and server should be placed on the cake table along with a small plate, two forks and a nicely folded napkin. This is a perfect photo op before the actual ceremony begins. Once the bride and groom are in position, with the groom’s hand over the bride’s, the couple use the knife to cut into the bottom layer of the cake. Then with the couple’s hands positioned the same, they should use the server to remove the slice of cake and place the slice on the small plate. Of course the fun part comes when the couple begins to feed each other with the groom feeding the first piece of cake to his new wife.

The entire ceremony symbolizes the couple caring for each other and all the sweetness that is to come in their marriage.

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Couple of the Week ((Joey + Rosa))

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“Loud and in Love”

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It all started with the words, “Thanks for the add.” ((Joey + Rosa)) are high school sweethearts that met on MySpace. After Joey accepted Rosa’s friend request, Rosa replied, “Thanks for accepting… for all you know, I could be a weirdo.”

Long story short, Rosa says she gave Joey a fair warning from the beginning. The pair eventually exchanged numbers, and hung out after school. After one month of talking, they made it official in March of 2007.

“We’re all a little weird and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr. Seuss

{Their Proposal Story ~ see a video below!}

Joey has always wanted to go jet skiing. Every summer, it was either bad timing, too cold, or raining. On April 29, while on a cruise in Key West, the couple booked an all day adventure to go jet skiing and parasailing. As soon as the jet skiing portion was over, they waited on the boat to get suited up for parasailing. While sitting down talking to other guests, the captain announced there was one more announcement on board. Joey got down on one knee in front of everyone and asked Rosa to marry him.

“Of course, I didn’t think he was being serious,” Rosa said. “After 7 years of dating, it was not uncommon for Joey to get down on one knee and tie his shoe to pretend he was about to ask me to marry him. But it was for real this time. He had even asked my parents for their blessing right before our trip!”

These modern lovebirds are all about trying new things. “Day dates are better than night dates,” Rosa said. The pair enjoys taking in any activity that involves adventure. From repelling down Navy Pier, jet skiing, kayaking, and going parasailing, they love trying new things together.

((Joey + Rosa)) have recently moved into their first place together and have welcomed a dog into their family.

“Joey said having the puppy made him realize we’re pretty much a forever kind of thing. He bought the ring a few weeks later!” 

Congratulations to ((Joey + Rosa)) as they plan their June 26, 2015 wedding!

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Out of This World: A Planetarium Wedding ((Malorie + Tom))

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((Malorie + Tom)) knew exactly what they wanted when they planned their Chicago wedding: something classic, but bold that reflected their love for music and the city of Chicago.

“I have always love red, black and white together and knew that would be a very classy look when paired together.” ~ Malorie said. “Also, both of our school colors are red, so you can say we had a very soft spot for the color!”

((Malorie + Tom)) both wanted a “Chicago moment,” during their reception which is one of the reasons why they chose Adler Planetarium to host their family + friends. “From our reception venue, you could see Navy Pier. On Saturday nights in the summer, they shoot off fireworks. Therefore, when the fireworks went off, we had the DJ play all Chicago music and the catering service serve Chicago style hot dogs!”

Their wedding represented their personalities; both ((Malorie + Tom)) love music. The couple knew if they were to choose a theme, music would have to be it. Doing everything themselves (save the dates, invitations, menus, favors, escort cards, table numbers, programs, and dessert signs), ((Malorie + Tom)) wanted to save money so they could spend money on the areas that meant the most to them.

“For our music, we wanted songs that everyone would know. One of our favorite things to do is to go to cover band concerts and I wanted it to have that sort of feel. I wanted music that my parents, friends and grandparents all could dance to as I did not want anyone excluded on the dance floor.” ~ Malorie added. The couple also asked their bridal party to pick their favorite songs so they could come out to a song of their choosing during the bridal party entrance of the reception, instead of picking one bridal party tune. “Our bridal party had a great time and felt that it was a way they could show their personalities.” ~ Malorie added.

Looking back on their big day, the couple reflect on the times they were able to take in the moment. “I just remember stopping, looking around, and seeing all of our families and friends having a great time. I enjoyed being able to take in the look of the reception including the Chicago view, the place settings and centerpieces.”

Congratulations to ((Malorie + Tom)) as they enjoy their first holidays as a married couple.

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Photographer: Becky Brown Photography • Planner + Designer: Shannon Gail Weddings, Carolynn Powers • Florist: Stemline Creative • Bridal Salon: Vwidon • Grooms + Groomsmen’s Attire: Joseph A. Bank • Hair + Makeup: Blueberry Moon • Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s • DJ: Style Matters • Catering: Food for Thought Bridal • Guest Accommodations: Palmer House • Lighting: Art of Imagination

Couple of the Week ((John + Heather))

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“Goofy Love” 

((John + Heather)) met at a local bar and after any failed attempts of John asking Heather out, she finally agreed. “He called me the night I gave him my number and invited me to a party. Originally, I told him I would go, but after thinking about it, I decided not to go. After multiple phone calls, I finally answered and told him that my mom had a flat tire, and I needed to pick her up from work.” John proceeded to call and text Heather almost every day afterwards.

After about two weeks of being persistent, Heather gave John a shot. The pair have been inseparable since.

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{Their Proposal Story}

It was a normal Monday morning. Heather was at work looking forward to attending Dog Day at US Cellular Field. ((John + Heather’s)) neighbor, Tom, called her and was overly enthusiastic. “Tom wanted to make sure I was having a good day, as work tends to be quite stressful. I thought this was a little weird, but knowing Tom, I didn’t think to much into it.” Heather’s dad also checked in to see how her day was going. “He sounded very excited that we were going to US Cellular Field, but knowing he is a huge sox fan and loves new pictures of Rufis (John + Heather’s dog,) I did not think too much about it.” ~ Heather said.

Once Heather’s work day was over, Tom came over as they were getting ready for the game. Heather noticed how excited he was, but Tom told her he was just having a good day and wished he could bring his dog along too.

When the pair arrived at the field and went through security, the detector went off. Little did Heather know, John had Heather’s ring in his pocket.

As ((John + Heather)) lined up for the dog parade, they asked a couple to take their picture when they got on the field. “As I took Rufis to the field, John turned around and gave the camera to the two girls that were standing behind us. I did not realize, John told them, “he was about to do something.” John came over by me, and we took two pictures. I quickly said thank you, and as I started to walk off the field, John said, “One more picture.”

“It seemed like everything was in slow motion. I started to hear cheering and clapping as John got down on one knee. Once John and I locked eyes, he asked me to marry him and I immediately started to cry. It was the most perfect and amazing experience of my life.” ~Heather exclaimed.

The White Sox have always been a big part of ((John + Heather’s)) relationship and to have the opportunity to be on the field with their dog was “more than I could ask for” ~ Heather added. As the game went on, people went up to ((John + Heather)) to congratulate them and tell the couple they too had taken pictures of their proposal. “It was a day we will never forget,” Heather said.

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((John + Heather)) will be saying their “I dos” on June 13, 2015. Both are ecstatic cannot wait to see what the future has in store for them.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Gown

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For most brides, choosing a wedding gown is an event of a lifetime. Your gown sets the tone of your wedding day and is a reflection of your personality and bridal style. When shopping for your wedding dress, start early and set a budget.

1. Browse through bridal magazines and the internet (Pinterest, included!). Save, cut out and pin dresses that appeal to you.

2. Look over the images you have saved and see if you have any similar styles or patterns. Are all of the dresses you like lace ball gowns? Start there. Make a list of the features you’d like.

3. Make appointments to try on gowns at two or more stores. Ask your friends + family for recommendations. Be sure to bring a few images to the salon and tell them the style of dress you are interested in. Don’t forget to tell them what your budget is. Bring your MOH, mother or/and a close friend.

4. Wear a strapless bra to try on gowns + bring a camera (if you’re allowed). You’ll want to have a memory of the dresses you liked. If you can’t take photos, get the style number and designer of the gown so you can look the dress up online to jog your memory. After trying on a few dresses, you may forget some of the special details + features. It also never hurts to bring a bottle of water ~ you’ll want to stay hydrated!

5. Don’t say “no” to trying on several different styles of dresses. You may be surprised and choose a gown you least expect. When you find the one, get confirmation in writing of your fittings, pick-up, and delivery date. Make a list of everything you still need (accessories, make up and lingerie) and keep everything in one place. When you bring your dress home, keep it safe from moisture, dirt, stains and wrinkles.

Don’t be discouraged if you do not find you dream wedding gown in the first store. It’s not normal to not find the perfect wedding gown on your first trip to a salon. After all, you’d rather find a dress you fall in love with than make a rash decision you’ll regret later. Have fun + happy wedding!

 
 

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