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Farm-to-Table Wedding ((Nikki + Pete))

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((Nikki + Pete’s)) ultra romantic September wedding under a big oak tree warms our heart on a cold + snowy day. Showcasing summer at the beginning of fall, the couple’s ‘I dos’ were inspired by vintage and antique shops they love to visit. “We thought vintage would complement our family histories and Heritage Prairie Farm, Nikki said. “The farm added such a creative and personal touch in capturing our day.”

The lovebirds knew they wanted their family involved in the entire planning process, so every member helped make their wedding decor. “My mom used her antique ivory button collection to form framed table numbers and our florist, Daureen at The Designerie, placed some of these buttons on ribbons adorning my bridesmaids’ bouquets as well as hanging bouquets from shepherd hooks lining the aisle,” Nikki said.

“Pete’s father created two large distressed wooden frames and easels to showcase black and white prints of family wedding photos. He also created distressed trays to display our place cards. My aunt graciously cooked over 20 different finger desserts, adding rustic vintage wooden crates, metal pails, white-serving dishes, and distressed wooden shelving to create a gorgeous, and delicious, dessert table! Included in the desserts were some family favorites passed down through 3-4 generations.”

To warm your heart even more, the couple had a “ring warming” ceremony. Every wedding guests greeted ((Nikki + Pete)) one-by-one to “warm” their rings with their blessings, giving the pair a brief moment to spend with with every guest.

Grab a warm cup of hot coco and warm up to their beautiful photos sent to us by Brian Morrison Photography ~

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~ Nikki + Pete’s Advice for Couple’s Planning ~
Take deep breaths and exercise the stress away // Make lists and do what you feel is special // When you finish a major part of planning, go out for a beer, TOGETHER!

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Ceremony + Reception Venue: Heritage Prairie Farm  Photographer: Brian Morrison Florist: The Designerie Hair + Makeup: Appease  DJ: Toast & Jam

Two Weddings, Two Continents ((Yang + Rongbo))

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When we hear the word elopement, we often think of couple’s running to a courthouse to get married because they are overwhelmed with the decisions and just want to be married. For our Couple of the Week, ((Yang + Rongbo)) it’s not like that. ((Yang + Rongbo)) planned two different weddings — one in a Chicago Courthouse, the other in their hometown of China for a big, traditional Chinese-style reception.

Josh + Jamie of Pabst Photo described his day with the newlyweds ~

“We met the two at 10 am at the courthouse where we queued up in the surprisingly long line of couples set to be married that morning. Seeing all the couples made me love being a photographer even more. So many stories and I was so glad we got to tell one of them. After moving quickly through the herd of people, the intimate ceremony took only minutes. ((Yang + Rongbo)) had a couple close friends to take in the moment with them. As soon as they were declared married, I could see the stress lift off their shoulders. At that point, getting the two to stop smiling was our biggest challenge.”

((Yang + Rongbo)) spent the afternoon in taking in an engagement-like session throughout the city. From Millennium Park, the Bean, to Michigan Ave, Trump Tower Plaza, and then had a wardrobe change. After that, the lovebirds headed north to North Avenue Beach for some skyline pictures and then moved to Lincoln Park at the Caldwell Lilly Pond to finish. After pictures, ((Yang+ Rongbo)) took in lunch in Chinatown with their friends an family, and share their day with their photographers.

See a peek into their first celebration ~

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Happily Ever After ((Megan + Stefan))

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((Megan + Stefan’s)) September Klein Creek Golf Club wedding can best be described as traditional with a twist for many reasons. It all started with the way Stefan proposed.

When Stefan was preparing to ask Megan to marry him, he first asked Megan’s father for permission. Little did Megan know, her father had a paper application for him to fill out. Stefan made sure to include the application in their wedding program.

When planning, while Stefan didn’t know, Megan was inspired while she was wedding dress shopping. “I chose many of the feather accented decorations we used in our wedding because of my dress. My mom told me she thought the bottom of my gown looked like feathers. To play along with that theme, we added feathers to the centerpieces, bouquets, flower girl basket, and flower girl head piece.” ~ Megan said.

The couple also chose to have a wine box ceremony and wrote each other love letters (which they still have not read) and locked them in a box during the ceremony along with a box of wine. If and when they have hard times, they are planning to open the box, read their letters, and share the bottle of wine to remember why they chose to marry. If they do not need to open the box, they are planning to open it on their 5 year anniversary to celebrate and replenish the wine box for the next 5 years.

Throughout their reception, ((Megan + Stefan)) had several line dances, since they met while at a line dancing bar. “At the bar, I stopped to take a photo, and he almost ran into me. I later saw the photo and went up to him at the bar another night and told him about it. We started talking immediately after this!” ~ Megan said. The Chicago Bears loving duo also had a Bears garter that was wrapped around a football labeled, “Good catch! You’re next!” which was hidden under Megan’s large dress.

See what surprised Megan during their reception + be inspired by the super adorable way they found to incorporate their beloved Boxer in their big day ~

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~ The Bride’s Favorite Moment ~

“My favorite memory for the day is a tie between our first dance and the surprise garter toss dance that Stefan and his brothers performed to “Pour Some Sugar” on me!”

~ The Groom’s Favorite Moment ~ 

 “The first of my favorite moments is seeing Megan walk down the aisle. It is a surreal moment and I’ll never forget it. The second is the garter toss dance because it was a surprise to everyone and I like surprising my wife!”

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^^ ((Megan + Stefan’s)) adorable ring bearer held the title of “ring security.” He wore a black tux, sunglasses, and carried a metal silver safe. ^^

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~ Advice for Couple’s Planning From the Bride ~ 

“Make sure your wedding reflects not only the bride, but your groom too! You don’t want your groom to feel like a guest the day of the wedding. Try to include him because groom’s often have great ideas! You may even end up with a surprise garter toss dance.”

~ Advice for Couple’s Planning From the Groom ~ 

“Be apart of the wedding planning. The day flies by, so soak up everything and have fun!”

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^^ Because the couple love their boxer Rocky so much, they had a chocolate molded dog made to look like he was taking a bite out of their wedding cake. ^^

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Venue: Klein Creek Golf Club  Photographer: Classical Glamour Photography  Florist: Paige Swenson  Bridal Salon: Wolsfelt’s Bridal & White Satin Bridal •  Grooms + Groomsmen’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse •  Hair Salon: Lucid Salon •  Makeup: Kalee Hooghkirk  Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery • DJ: Patrick Zywiec

((Megan + Kyle’s)) Intimate ‘I Dos’

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((Megan + Kyle’s)) wedding day was filled with blue skies, fluffy white clouds, kites, gorgeous light, lovely decor and little touches of detail at the Ravenswood Event Center Atrium & Loft

Everything from leading up to the wedding to the day itself, was joyful for ((Megan + Kyle)). With a little help from Megan’s mom who came in early from Michigan, Megan spent 5 hours gluing fabric on favors and escort cards, while drinking wine. “We had a blast even preparing for the wedding day!” ~ Megan said.

The morning of their big day, Megan took the time to have coffee with her two best friends. During this time, the ring bearer, flower girl, and Megan’s cat DC all became BFFs. Megan enjoyed being able to see how genuinely excited all my friends and family were for Kyle and her.

A sweet + funny moment happened during their ceremony (besides the vows, of course!). The couple’s flower girl, Natalie, got halfway down the aisle and stopped because she ran out of flowers. “She wanted to save two flowers for her stuffed rabbit, Bunny, who was saving her seat.” ~ Megan added, “It was the only way we would get her to walk down the aisle without him!”

Victoria Sprung Photography provided us a glimpse into their sweet wedding day ~

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^^ The groom wore a custom suit from Balani Custom Clothiers that had their names & wedding date embroidered inside ^^

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^^ The bride wore Kate Spade “Billie” shoes in ivory satin. With the help of a friend, Megan completed her “something blue” with crystal “I do” stickers for the bottom of her shoes. “I ended up putting them sideways, but that just gave them more personality,” ~ Megan said. ^^

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~ Advice for Future Brides + Grooms ~ from the bride ~ 

“Pick the best vendors you can find and trust them! We gave pretty general guidance on what we we’re looking for and relied heavily on the vendors for their expertise. As a result, we weren’t stressed out about small details, and everything turned our perfectly.”

“Enjoy the moment. There were a couple times I started to stress, and I just reminded myself how fast the day was going and not to let small deviations from the plan bother me and take me away from all the awesomeness that was happening. “

“Don’t forget to eat! Plan your meals in advance and make sure your bridesmaids are carrying snacks at all times!” 

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Ceremony, Reception, and Catering: Ravenswood Event Center Atrium & Loft Photographer: Victoria Sprung Photography • Wedding Coordinator: Aly McKenzi • Florist: Anna Held Floral Studio  DJ: Toast and Jam  Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s • Invitations: Bridesmaid Jennifer Luoma  Wedding Favors/Escort Carts:  The Succulent Source • Dress:  Wedding Belles  Hair & Makeup: Four Elements Salon

((Jessica + Aron)) Trash the Dress {and the tuxedo!}

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This ‘trash the dress’ session submitted to us by Lemon Twist Images will make you rethink saying ‘no’ to trashing the dress.

((Jessica + Aron)) were married October 12 of this year, which left a little extra room for them to schedule an outdoor session around the “golden hour” when photographing lighting is at it’s peak. The couple wanted to take beautiful wedding photos beforehand, but did not want to worry about Jessica’s dress getting dirty before walking down the aisle.

The couple chose to ‘trash the dress’ for one reason ~ “to enhance the gown through gorgeous photos,” and boy, are these images gorgeous.

((Jessica + Aron)) frolicked in the forest and jumped in the water. After the session, Jessica did what any other bride would do. She let her gown hang-dry for 12 hours, and took it to the cleaners. When Jessica asked if the cleaners preserved wedding dresses, she said the look on the woman’s face was hysterical, but not without telling Jessica first that she may “need a little more time.”  :o)

We often forget a wedding gown can easily get dirty leaning against a brick wall or sitting on the grass. Trash the Dress sessions offer a dramatic flair to traditional wedding photography, making the photos an exciting addition to a wedding album. Couples can be as dramatic as burning a wedding gown, or as beautiful as posing in the water like the photos below.

Get in on the fun like ((Jessica + Aron)) did and consider trashing your dress!

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An Inseparable Fairytale ((Kelly + Mitch))

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((Kelly + Mitch)) planned the perfect fairy tale wedding fit for a prince and princess. With a timeless dress, candles, and cream lush florals throughout their wedding at Patrick Haley Mansion, the couple’s big day could not have been more beautiful.

Patrick Haley Mansion was the perfect setting for our romantic and classic wedding. We got married outside in the beautiful mansion gardens and gazebo on a beautiful day.” ~ Kelly said. Wanting their ceremony and reception to be in the same place so their guests wouldn’t have to travel, the couple made sure their wedding reminded their guests of a “little piece of heaven.”

To play up their romantic theme, the couple had an aisle runner with petals going all the way down the aisle, lush floral arrangements at the front of the alter, and cream peonies on their chair bows during the reception. They also chose to have a fix of tall and shower centerpieces. “The beautiful cream and blush flowers by Flowers by Steen helped keep the romantic look I was going for.” ~ Kelly added.

Looking back, ((Kelly + Mitch)) say their vows were the best part of the ceremony. “We each wrote our own vows and read them to each other. It was a moment we will never forget.” 

Congratulations to the newlyweds & thanks so much to Laura and Mike Photography for providing a peek into their beautiful wedding day ~

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^^ Kelly chose a modified mermaid gown from Eva’s Bridals of Oak Lawn with a sweetheart neckline to don when she walked down the aisle. With lace all over and accents of Swarovski crystals, the chapel length turned out to be everything she had ever dreamed of. With her hair half up and half down to feel more like herself and her mother’s veil, Kelly’s bridal look was complete. ^^

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^^ Check out the couple’s gorgeous flowers on their 4-tiered strawberry + marble wedding cake! ^^

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 ~ Kelly’s advice for future brides ~ 

“Take every detail in and try not to worry about every little thing. I wanted everything to be perfect, so my greatest challenge was worrying too much.”

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Ceremony + Reception Venue: Patrick Haley Mansion  Photography: Laura and Mike Photography • Wedding Salon: Eva’s Bridal Oak Lawn • Bridesmaids Attire: Vanessa’s Bridal • Grooms+Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Ceremony Florist: Flowers by Steen  Cake: Patrick Haley Mansion’s Exclusive Baker  Makeup: Flawless by Tiffany • Officiant: Service Ministries  Entertainment: Dan Hayes Orchestra 

Couple of the Week ((Debbie + Jim))

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“Two peas that are lucky in love.”

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Last week, we told you how we love a good high school sweetheart story. Well, this love story goes back a little further.

((Debbie + Jim)) met in 5th grade homeroom. “We had HUGE crushes on each other from fifth to eighth grade. These were secret crushes, so neither of us really knew we liked each other!” ~ Debbie said.  At that young of an age, Jim apparently thought Debbie only went out with guys for 2 days. “Jim did not want to be a ‘2 day’ guy, so he never asked me out,” ~ Debbie said.

Fast-forward 37 years. A mutual friend sought out old classmates on Facebook and a group of them started hanging out. “The second we saw each other, it was like no time had passed. Within six months, we were living together and talking marriage.” Jim recently told Debbie that he really fell for her in eighth grade.

The couple’s favorite date night together was what they call, “red shoe night.” One night, the couple went out to listen to a band. Debbie says, “We were so relaxed and happy!” After a few cocktails, Debbie realized one of her heels fell off as she got into the car. “We laughed so hard and had so much fun!” ~ Debbie added.

((Debbie + Jim’s)) story is proof that it is never too late to find your soul mate. The lovebirds are planning on saying their “I do’s” on the luckiest day of the year ~ 12-13-14. Congratulations, ((Debbie + Jim!))

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{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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^^ 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!

PhotoGrid 1394575515352 Couple of the Week ((Gloria + Andrew))

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