{For the Modern Bride} Capturing the Steampunk Movement

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Steampunk, steam-powered, a mix between science + fantasy, Victorian, or vintage-inspired…whatever you call it, it all falls under the Steampunk Movement. It’s one of the biggest trends that many people have never heard of. A mix between music, movies, theatrics, and fashion, the Steampunk Movement mixes old and new. This potion consists of a bit emo with a tad goth, added with a little trendy.

Still confused? Our friends at Melissa Jordan Photography sent us this styled shoot put together by An Event Less Ordinary and some awesomely talented vendors that focused on collaborating a mix of soft feminine with industrial and quirky elements.

Bridal designer Sally Stauffer said, “It all started with the wedding dress. I became familiar with the Steampunk Movement last year and fell instantly in love with the incredible details and limitless range that it involved. I immediately had ideas for design concepts flooding my head and never looked back.” Sally’s goal was to create a piece that stayed true to the concepts and mythology of Steampunk while connecting with the modern bride.

Celebrating the limitless imagination that Steampunk ignites, Amelia Street Studio created an octopus hot air balloon in her “dare to dream” theme. “It is truly our favorite invitation to date,” ~ Amelia Street Studio added. Cake designer, Luscious Layers was able to recreate the artwork in the form of a super whimsical cake that looks almost too good to eat.

See how the vendors came together to capture this moment in time ~

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^^ Did you catch the bride’s bullet ring? The groom’s ring was a casing found on Etsy. ^^

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^^ Stand out! The flowers by Oh My! Floral were the perfect amount of bold and whimsy. ^^

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Reception Venue: Revolution Brewing  Ceremony Venue: Salvage One  Planner: An Event Less Ordinary Photographer: Melissa Jordan Photography  Beauty: Arch Apothecary  Invitations: Amelia Street Studio • Model: Hannah Bushong + Josh Knox • Makeup: Lauren Taylor Makeup Artist • Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery • Floral: Oh My! floral  • Dress Designer: Sally Stauffer Bridal Design • Apparel: Theatricks

Keep Evil Spirits Away ~ 15 Wedding Superstitions

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Ever wonder why a bride always wears a veil or why it’s best not to see the groom before the ceremony? We’ve rounded up some of the most crazy + common wedding traditions.

It’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony.

Guests throw items during the wedding sendoff such as rice, lavender, pom-poms, sprinkles and confetti to distract + keep evil spirits away from the newlywed couple.

The bride must wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Something old to represent the brides past, something new to represent the future and optimism, something borrowed to represent happiness, and something blue to represent fidelity, good fortune, love and purity.

A veil disguises the bride so spirits don’t recognize her and make mischief.

Bridesmaids dress alike to fool evil spirits + kidnappers and to distract them from identifying the bride.

According to English lore, a bride who finds a spider on her gown will have good luck.

It is unlucky for the bride or groom to wear their rings before the wedding ceremony. If the ring is too tight or small, his or her significant other is jealous.

The person who catches the bride’s bouquet or garter will be the next one to get married.

It is good luck for the bride and groom to save the top of their wedding cake and eat it on their first anniversary. It is believed a wedding cake that lasts a year will guarantee a longer marriage.

The noise of cans dragging behind the couple’s getaway vehicle frightens evil spirits.

According to Greek culture, a bride who keeps a sugar cube in her glove will have a sweeter marriage.

A bride should exit her house from the front door and step out right foot first to ensure a happy wedding.

The groom must carry his new wife across the threshold of their new home to prevent bad luck.

A rain shower on your wedding day is good luck. (Depending on whom you ask.)

The bride who writes her married name before the wedding is thought to doom her marriage.

Couple of the Week ((Gloria + Andrew))

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“You’re my serendipity. I went looking for you. I wasn’t expecting you. But I’m very lucky to have you.”

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We love stories of high school sweethearts just like ((Gloria + Andrew.)) ((Gloria + Andrew)) met through a mutual friend their junior year of high school and became friends. Shortly there after, the lovebirds started to date senior year. “I had no idea he liked me until our first date. He asked me to the homecoming dance and then kissed me. In that kiss, I knew he was something special.” ~ Gloria said.

{Their Proposal Story ~ from Gloria}

“We went to Andrew’s place because he said he had to pick something up. When we got inside, he asked if I could help him find something for his mom. When I went into his room, there was a collage of pictures of our 5 years together. On the top right corner was a QR code. He handed me his tablet and told me to scan it. The QR code took me to a letter he had written. It was a summary of our years together and it ended with, “I have a question for you, what are you doing for the rest of your life? Will you marry me?” When I looked up, Andrew had the ring down on one knee.”

((Gloria + Andrew)) went through high school, community college, and college together. They are now looking forward to spending the rest of their life side-by-side, beginning on September 20, 2015!

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The Day of: How to Curb Cold Feet

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We all know the story. Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) is afraid to get married. Well, she’s not afraid, she’s just nervous. She finally finds the one while engaged to another guy, or the guy she thinks is the one, Ike Graham (Richard Gere) but the day of the wedding, Maggie gets cold feet, leaving Ike stranded at the alter. Ike chases after her, but she hitches a ride on a truck and gets away.

We’re referring to cold feet, or a case of wedding day jitters. Trust us, lots of couples get cold feet. You’re not alone. Even the most starry-eyed bride + groom get nervous.

Here’s how to curb the feeling ~ 

The Problem: Sweaty palms and shaky, weak knees

If your palms are sweaty, your knees are weak and your arms are heavy, talk to someone. Tell your MOH you are feeling nervous and don’t know how to shake the feeling. Being able to open up to your BFF will help the butterflies fade away. If you have a few moments, write down your thoughts in a journal or send your future bride or groom a love note. As soon as you start your walk down the aisle and lock eyes with your love, you’ll wonder why you were nervous in the first place.

Nervousness doesn’t mean you are making the wrong decision. Have you heard of performance anxiety? You want everything to run smoothly. All these thoughts are on your mind ~ you are nervous about declaring your love in front of everybody, forgetting your vows, or tripping down the aisle. This is the moment you’ve looked forward to all of your life and everything comes down to that one day and that one special moment of saying “I do” paired with a big, fat smooch. It’s enough to make anyone panic.

The Solution: Distract yourself! Think back to all of the happy moments and love you have shared with your significant other. Remember why you are getting married in the first place. Keep the mood light and cheery. It may also help to practice your vows. The worst thing you can do is think that you are the only one that’s nervous ~ your significant other is probably nervous too! Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment, because it will go by in a heartbeat.

DIY Uplighting On A Budget {Sponsored Post}

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Many couples often ask us if the cost of lighting a reception venue is really worth it. They often tell us that their reception has plenty of natural light or they just don’t see how the extra expense is worth it in the long run.

The truth is ~ lighting can bring your reception venue from drab to fab and can have such a huge impact. Lighting sets the tone in a different way than your wedding decor and flowers do – lighting helps beautify your big day. Think of it as an accent on details, but by setting the mood and tone for your reception.

With DIY Uplighting, you can create a gorgeous reception (on a budget) just like the weddings you always see in pictures. Personalizing your reception has never been easier. How do you do it, you ask?

All you need is a reliable friend and a reservation in advance. For a $25 deposit and $19 per light, you can have lighting that wows your guests, highlights your reception venue and guides your eyes. Just imagine seeing the perimeter of your reception venue light up, or seeing your sweetheart or cake table be accented underneath. With the average reception about 4-5 hours total, that leaves a little time after sunset to really enjoy them.

See how easy it is to set the lights up ~

These professional, energy efficient LED lights bring life to any room. They are also super affordable. With free shipping and no minimum rental, you’ll save hundreds of dollars by handling the lighting yourself.

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Get started by browsing through photos of DIY Uplighting and see if your wedding date is available. Happy wedding!

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((Becky + Craig)) Rustic Wedding for the City Folk

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((Becky + Craig)) got engaged on the day the world was supposed to end, 12-21-12. Instead of the world ending, the day turned out to be a day of world of new beginnings.

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For those that know the couple, their wedding fit their personalities to a T. “When we started on this road as a newly engaged couple, we knew we wanted something different for our wedding day,” Becky said. “We knew there were plenty of wedding venues out there to choose from, but we wanted something to meet our standards of uniqueness.”

When the pair toured The Pavilion at Orchard Farms, they knew they found their perfect venue. Often working in the city, ((Becky + Craig)) enjoyed going out into the country to camp with friends on the weekends. Orchard Farms had all of the qualities of a farm feel, but class and elegance of a top-notch city wedding venue.

Their big day went off without a hitch. Imagine a beautiful May day (which doesn’t happen a lot in Chicago), surrounded by nature with birds chirping and flowers blooming. “The morning of our wedding, we woke up to sun and 70’s. We knew we had some guardian angels watching over us.” ~ Becky added.

Green is Becky’s favorite color, so an emerald was custom designed into her engagement ring by Craig with Ancona Jewelers. Their green signature drink of Vodka, Green River Soda (a Chicago original), and lemonade was served in mason jars and garnished with fancy striped straws. Both ((Becky + Craig)) are also huge Chicago Bears fans, so her bridesmaids decided to get ready wearing Bears jerseys with “Team Gavril” on the front.

During the ceremony, a few gusts of wind decided to check in to make for some fun veil blowing pictures. After the ceremony, the bridal party piled into a tractor pulled wagon for pictures as guests began to enjoy themselves in the barn like venue. Colored lights moved around the room changing the atmosphere from a powerful wood built room to an epic party to share the commitment and joining of two families.

The dance floor was packed all night until the house lights faded and a green glow filled the air. A lone bag piper marched proudly down the aisle. Just as the room’s focus was on this single bag piper, a powerful bass drum began beating behind the large wooden doors. As the doors opened, the commanding sound of a band of pipes and drummers demanded the attention of all in the room overcome by a standing ovation of ((Becky + Craig’s)) guests.

“As the night came to an end, we rejoiced in the fact that it wasn’t just us that everyone came to see. It was, in fact, them that we wanted to see,” ~ Becky and Craig added.

The couple’s photographer, Jenelle Kappe said ((Becky + Craig’s)) wedding day details were endless and meaningful. See a peek into their beautiful love affair ~

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Venue: The Pavilion at Orchard Farms • Floral: Stems  Bakery: Sugar Jones Photographer: Jenelle Kappe Photography   Lighting: Concept Effects  Hair Salon: Arch Apothecary  Band: Hey Jimmy • Caterer: Hoffman House Catering  Photo Booth: Must Have Photo Booth Jeweler: Ancona Jewelers

5 Steps To Glow On Your Wedding Day

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When planning your upcoming nuptials, the most important investment you can make is the one you make in yourself. As someone who planned weddings for over ten years, I know it’s very easy to get caught up in the quest for the perfect event. Trust me, when all is said and done no one will remember the gemstone chargers you had to have. What your guests will remember is the bride and how she glowed.

Every bride wants to feel beautiful on her wedding day so after you say, “yes” to the dress – say, “yes” to your skin. Loving the skin you’re in and being able to walk down the aisle with confidence is irreplaceable.

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Here are five skin care tips to help you achieve that wedding day glow:

Get a skin consultation. If you’ve never used skin care products before, it’s important to consult an expert to help partner you with the right products. Be sure to share all your skin care concerns along with your expectations. You want to be sure you’re using the correct treatments to maximize your results.

Start a skin care regimen now. It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin. Trust me – your older self with thank you for it! By starting a regimen now, not only can help you reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but you can also reverse any sun damage and help replenish the moisture in your skin for a natural, youthful glow. When starting a regimen you want to be sure to include a wash or daily cleansing mask, a toner, an AM cream with SPF, and a PM cream to moisturize your skin over night. Rodan+ Fields Dermatology, my skin care line of choice, offers four different regimens each covering a specific skin concern ranging from: fine lines and wrinkles, adult acne on face, chest or back, sun damage or dull skin, and sensitive skin prone to redness, Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis.

Always Wear SPF – It’s imperative to protect your skin from harmful UV rays on a daily basis, even when there is cloud cover. Harmful UV rays speed up the aging process by eliminating the moisture in your skin and ultimately giving your skin a hard, leathery-like appearance. These rays also react with melatonin, a natural chemical produced in your skin, to create brown spots and freckles. Protect your skin!

Exfoliate – It’s important to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. I exfoliate once a week with my at home microdermabrasion machine, the Macro E. Exfoliating removes thousands of dead skin cells so when you do apply your topical treatments, they actually penetrate the skin and provide the nourishment your skin needs. Besides, who wants dead skin cells on their face anyway?

Find A Good Eye Cream And Use It Religiously – Eye cream is a staple everyone should have on hand and use regularly. The skin around your eyes is the most delicate area on your face. This skin also begins to show the signs of aging first. You want to treat this skin with a cream formulated specifically for this area, and use one that also improves elasticity and collagen production.

Here’s to achieving a beautiful, healthy glow on your wedding day!

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About Rodan Fields Dermatology

Holly Rust, a former event planner and hotel executive and Timary Wyre, a former educator, are now skin care experts with Rodan+Fields Dermatology. After using Rodan+Fields to tackle their own skin insecurities and seeing amazing results themselves, they have decided to join the company to help others transform their skin. Also as former brides, they know just how important it is to feel beautiful on your wedding day. Their passion lies in the beauty industry where they are changing skin and changing lives. Both ladies reside in Chicago with their families. In Holly and Timary’s free time they like to share special moments with their children and donate their time to numerous philanthropic efforts.

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

 
 

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