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Couple of the Week ((Jennifer + Zach))

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"I love you more than chocolate coffee forever and ever and a few more evers after that."

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((Jen + Zach)) met 11 years ago while at church. Growing up together, Zach had a crush on Jen from day one.  Soon after, Zach became Jen's best friend and someone she could always turn to for advice. Three years ago, Jen realized Zach was the one and the pair have been inseparable since.  

The couple consider themselves to be an old fashioned couple in a modern world.  With a lot of unique stories, ((Jen + Zach)) love to have fun and goof around.  "We say our love story is our own version of the Notebook!" Jen said.

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{Their Proposal Story} Jen and Zach went to the Brad Paisley concert at Wrigley Field in June of 2012.  Zach was coming home from drill that day beause he is in the National Guard. Jen said, "In between sets, he got down on one knee and proposed to me. Everyone around us started cheering, taking pictures and congratulating us. The entire section at one point started cheering GO U.S.A."

Their best date night together was their first date. "I had called him early in the day asking if he wanted to go to the pool with me and hang out. After spending the afternoon at the pool, we made a spur of the moment decision to hop on the train and spend the night in the city." Jen said.

With no solid plans, ((Jen + Zach)) wandered around and ate a dinner consisting of small snacks from Walgreens by the boat launch. Then, the pair went to Navy Pier and went on the Ferris Wheel, because even though Jen had lived in the Chicago suburbs her entire life, she had never been on the Ferris Wheel.  After watching the fireworks, they ended up walking back to the train station, but not before stopping at Buckingham Fountain where Zach first kissed Jen.  Jen thinks she fell asleep on his shoulder during their ride back home.

((Jen + Zach's)) wedding date is set for August 31, 2014!

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Lawerly Wedding Advice Before “I Do”

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The legal and financial aspects of your nuptials should be planned as carefully as your wedding service, ceremony, and reception.  There are a few unwritten rules that should be addressed during the dating and engagement period of a relationship before saying "I do."

Support Each Other.  This may sound simple easy as pie, but once you're married, you have a legal responsibility to support each other and your future children. This obligation includes family expenses, medical coverage, education, food and housing, and the general upkeep of your household.

Marital Property. Without a prenuptial agreement, marital law generally assumes that each partner's personal assets will become assets of the marriage, just like earnings or assets acquired after the marriage. In the event of a divorce, the court will equitably (but not necessarily equally) divide all assets, no matter whose name is on the title.

Spousal Debts. Know each other's financial histories! Marriage can make you legally responsible for your spouse's pre-existing debt. Even if your are not directly liable for your partner's debt, debt collection may impact your marital or jointly owned property, and beneficiary rights.

Inheritance. Without a will, you won't be able to decide how your estate gets divided between your surviving spouse, your children, and your other heirs, nor will you be able to designate a guardian for your children. Planning ahead and drafting a will can ensure that your estate is properly handled. It will also help you and your loved ones take full advantage of tax cuts.

Beneficiaries. Revisit all of your accounts ~ from retirement plans to insurance policies and update your beneficiaries where you see fit.  This includes reviewing and updating your medical, life, and car insurance plans. You may find that combining coverage may save you money or that you have insurance plans that overlap.

Property Ownership. Generally, married couples own property, as joint tenants with the right of survivorship, but some assets are better owned in other ways. For example, depending on the conditions of a trust, it may be safest and wisest if only one partner is entitled to the contents.

Record Keeping. You should keep important records and legal documents in a concise filing system, such as in a fireproof safe or in a safety deposit box so you both know where to find important files and folders. This will help you stay organized in the past and for the future.

It is important to remember that keeping an open line of communication between you and your significant other can help build trust and establish roles in your marriage. Happy wedding!

How to Fly First Class in a Coach Seat

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We all like to save a few dollars here and there, but there is something special about sitting in a first class seat. Those huge, comfy, unsardine-like seats, posh toiletries + five star services are hard to ignore. Don't feel down ~ here are a few tips we came up with to make your coach experience more like first class ~

1. If you are looking for a little bit more space, try to get a seat in the bulkhead of the airplane or in the exit row. You'll be able to put your carry-on bag in front of you after the plane takes off & you'll have a little bit of extra room to stretch your toes!

2. For a little snack on board, go DIY + bring some food from home. You can take some time and purchase luxury chocolates or snacks and take them with you on the plane. These treats can make all of the difference, especially if you're patience is running thin and you are getting a little restless on the plane. 

3. Bring your laptop, iPad, or tablet for more entertainment options.  Try to preplan and load your device with all of the television shows + movies you've been waiting to see, but have been too busy to catch-up on.  This is the perfect place to catch up with the latest episodes of Real Housewives & Pretty Little Liars. You can even throwback & watch Fresh Prince!

4. For a better chance of sleeping, bring a pillow, blanket, eye-mask or baseball hat, noise-cancelling headphones, or shawl/light sweater or jacket. No need to bring one of each, but a few of these items can go along way! There are many times we've worn a baseball cap low over our eyes and wrapped a shawl around our legs to catch some shuteye + keep warm.

5. Turn your carry on bag into a footrest. Kick off those shoes, put on your slipper socks, and put your bag at your feet.  You'll feel like you are at home on your Lazy Boy. Bonus points for those who recline!

U.S. Honeymoon Destination [Aspen, Colorado]

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If long flights, a delay or two, following the rules of obtaining a passport, and traveling overseas isn't your thing, there are many U.S. honeymoon destinations that are right in our backyard! On our last honeymoon blog, we covered the tiki land of Maui, Hawaii. This time around we're going to discuss something for our ski bunnies ~ Aspen, Colorado!

Aspen is known as a luxury ski destination.  Oftentimes, you'll hear of big name celebs visiting Aspen, but even couples on a budget can find romance + luxury.

Aspen features internationally renowned skiing during the winter, amazing hiking and biking in summer, and dining and entertainment year-round. This destination is perfect for those that crave a little adventure, relaxation, or a little bit of both! With the warm sunshine in the summer, and a cool fall, you can enjoy tons of activities, from hiking, biking, fishing, long walks, hot air balllooning, and soaking up the sun. If you aren't so sporty, visiting downtown Aspen is your place to see.

It's time to relax and have fun. Let's check out a few of the possibilities!

Resort 1: The Limelight Hotel

In the central of Aspen, the Limelight Hotel has some of the best views awaiting honeymooners.  With uber posh rooms, friendly staff, and live music, you'll be treated like an a-list celeb. The hotel is also in walking distance to Aspen's hotspots, including restaurants and landmarks.  The modern + contemporary design of the resort is perfect for those looking for a touch of sophistication and elegance!

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The Limelight Hotel is also dog friendly, so if you don't want to leave your pooch behind after you say "I do" bring him or her to Aspen to complete your new family.  The daily walks to and from Wagner Park, located across the street from Limelight are the perfect memories to begin your new life together.

Resort 2: St. Regis Resort

Who wouldn't want to stay in a castle? For amazing food and wine with a culture for those seeking adventure, St. Regis Resort offers a little bit of something for everyone.  Unlike any other place, St. Regis Resort emulates a guest suite in a historic late 19th century manor, with winter grays and warm summer tones throughout the room.  This is the perfect setting for those looking to enjoy the outdoor view.

You'll also enjoy refreshing your mind and revitalizing your body at the decadent Remede Spa or relaxing in several pools and saunas. The hotel also offers several romantic honeymooner packages that are customizable by night. Enjoy daily breakfast, sparkling wine + flowers, chocolate strawberries, or a day relaxing in the spa. Sounds good to me!

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Resort #3: Hotel Jerome

Located in the heart of Aspen is one of the most gorgeous + elegant + historic hotels, Hotel Jerome. This victorian and modern day hotel has spacious bedrooms with big bathtubs, making it the perfect escape and one of the finest boutique hotels.

In addition to the spa experience and outdoor activites, you can enjoy the ultimate culinary experience. Take part in a variety of hands-on cooking classes with the executive chef, wine tastings with their resident wine director and learn the art of baking desserts with Hotel Jerome's pastry chef. Sounds yummy!

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Whether you are looking to be a ski bunny and find adventure or relax for a few days in a Colorado spa, there is truly something for every couple.

In the picturesque valley of central Aspen, The Limelight Hotel awaits honeymooners with posh rooms, uber-friendly staff and live music three nights a week at the hotel bar. Though it's an easy walking distance to everything you'd want to see in Aspen, couples hoping to skip the walk can get driven by the hotel to just about anywhere they please.

The stylish “living room” on the first floor is a chic hangout spot at any time of day, where you can lounge in front of the roaring fireplace and enjoy cocktails with light Italian cuisine. The rooms are spacious and modern, with two luxury “apartment” accommodations featuring fireplaces, private balconies and mountain views.

Enjoy long days of couples' recreation on the mountains and across the lakes, then sink into the jacuzzi or stroll into town and sip wine as the sun disappears behind the mountains. The Limelight Hotel in Aspen is a lovely lodge…a Colorado honeymoon location where you'll be surrounded by beauty both inside and out.

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In the picturesque valley of central Aspen, The Limelight Hotel awaits honeymooners with posh rooms, uber-friendly staff and live music three nights a week at the hotel bar. Though it's an easy walking distance to everything you'd want to see in Aspen, couples hoping to skip the walk can get driven by the hotel to just about anywhere they please. – See more at: http://honeymoons.com/destinations/usa/colorado/aspen/the-limelight-hotel/#sthash.GJlgcymW.dpuf

Couple of the Week ((Michelle + Ethan))

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"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!"

 Couple of the Week ((Michelle + Ethan))

((Michelle + Ethan)) met while attending Northeastern Illinois University.  Michelle said they had mutual friends and after playing hard-to-get for a little while, Ethan's persistancy to ask her out paid off.  "I finally gave in!" Michelle said.

The couple's favorite date night always includes dinner and a movie ~ with just the two of them.  ((Michelle + Ethan)) love spending time with their friends and family, but enjoy getting away and from their busy lives.  Michelle said "It's always great to do just us."

Through their ups and downs, the future bride and groom pride themselves in being able to communicate through their disagreements and come to a mutual agreement and understanding.  Michelle says Ethan is her best friend and their "downs" have led them to have a more thoughtful and meaning full relationship. <3

{Their Proposal Story} Michelle was throwing Ethan a surprise party, which he ended up knowing about. Instead, the surprise backfired on Michelle and Ethan got done on one knee.  The rest is history!

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The couple is now planning a June 2015 wedding! 

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5 Commonly Overlooked Wedding Expenses

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Most couples have no idea what wedding services cost and end up underestimating their wedding budgets. No one likes financial surprises and when you’re planning your dream wedding this can be a real downer. It is important to know upfront the types of unexpected costs that can come up for your wedding. These are 5 commonly overlooked wedding expenses:
 
Invitation “Suite”
Invitation suites present your wedding style and are a sneak peek of what your wedding will be like so they need to be personalized. Everything from the specialty paper selection and font type to the embellishments and envelope style can be customized. Save-the-date, invitations and inserts such as RSVP cards, hotel information, maps and other related items are all part of an invitation suite and factor in the total cost.
 
Postage For Invitations
Inevitably save-the-dates and invitations that are unique in size, shape and number of inserts will cost more to mail. Check with your stationer for guidelines on cost to mail your favorite invitations suite.
 
Sales Tax, Service Charges and Vendor Gratuities
Don’t forget to add sales tax and service fees to your catering costs. Also many venues and caterers charge a service fee to cover their costs for staffing. Expect to tip most vendors- from your hair stylist and the delivery staff to the band/DJ and bartenders. For catering only tip on the total for labor not the entire catering bill.
 
Videography
Everyone knows photography is a must have for weddings, but videography should not be forgotten. Capturing all of your special moments such as getting ready, first look, ceremony, toasts and special dances in motion as they occur with sound, gestures and all is priceless!
 
Wedding Planner and Wedding Day Coordinator
Some couples don’t think they need wedding planning help until they are knee deep in unfinished tasks, having anxiety over forgetting something important and nightmares about everything going wrong.
Having a professional guide you through all your planning tasks and on your wedding day taking charge to execute your vision as planned makes for an effortless planning experience and stress-free wedding day.

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Gabriela from Beso Events helps brides and grooms realize their wedding day vision by offering custom wedding planning and wedding day coordination services. Gabriela’s philosophy is to provide engaged couples the professional guidance, excellent service and personal attention their wedding deserves, so they can have an effortless planning experience and unforgettable wedding day.

Rustic Elegance at the Brand New Fishermen’s Inn
((Shannon + Tom))

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((Shannon + Tom)) are the most adorable couple! When we browsed through their wedding photos, we loved the chic + clean lines of their decor, as well as how genuine their love for one another is.  The navy chevron runners topped with white and spring green flower arrangements set the stage for their rustic, barn like wedding, giving their big day a fun and stylish feel.

Shannon loves the color of green so the pair made sure to choose a venue that would feature the greens of spring. "The grounds at Fishermen's Inn offer so many scenic opportunities for both the ceremony and pictures. They recently renovated their space and the attention to detail and care they took resulted in three individual spaces that are beyond beautiful. It was the perfect combination of rustic charm and pure elegance. Their chef is also amazing so the food was complimented all evening long." 

From walking down the aisle to "I Choose You" by Sara Barielles to their moments of laughter during the ceremony, the day to celebrate their love was "so us!" Shannon said.

During the ceremony, ((Shannon + Tom)) passed their rings around to all of their ceremony and guests. When the couple received their rings, their guests sent them a wish.  Now, when Shannon looks at her ring, she not only sees Tom's love, but the love of their wedding guests cheering them on.

Shannon gives credit to her wedding vendors for making the day one to remember. "Thanks to a beautiful venue at Fishermen's Inn and an amazing florist in Wild Orchid Flowers, and MDM Entertainment making the day like a dream, our wedding looked as if it was plucked straight from the pages of a magazine."

((Shannon + Tom's)) wedding is pure proof that you want to fall in love not only with your significant other, but with your wedding vendors too. The right vendors can make your dream wedding become a reality.

See photos from their big day! Browse through their wedding photos sent to us by David and Stephanie Weddings!

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~ Advice for Couples Planning their Wedding ~
"Make the ceremony what you want. Don't worry about what tradition says you have to do." "Try not to sweat the small stuff. I wanted an outdoor wedding, but weather forced us inside. It was the perfect setting I had dreamed of." "Get a feel for their vendors. Our vendors made the day like a dream."

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~ Favorite Memory from the Day ~
"Every year, Tom gives me and anniversary mix tape. During our vows, he surprised me with our wedding mix and vowed to always make me mixtapes. It was such a sweet surprise followed by our ceremony selfie (that included all of the guests)."

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Venue:Gatherings at Fishermen's Inn •  Photographer: David and Stephanie Weddings • Florist: Wild Orchid Custom Floral Design • Bridal Shop: Catherine Simms Bridal  • Grooms + Groomsmen Attire: Nordstrom • Bride's Hair + Makeup: Antonette White • Bakery: Cupcakes for Courage • DJ: MDM Entertainment

Pros + Cons of a 4th of July Wedding

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Happy Belated 4th of July!  We hope you had a great weekend celebrating with the ones you love.

The Fourth of July is one of the most popular times for a wedding. While many of us attended a wedding this weekend, we thought we'd look back at the positives and negatives of having a July 4 wedding day.

Pros 

- It's a holiday weekend! Many have an extra day off and many businesses are closed leaving opportunties for more people to get together.

- If you are itching for a summer wedding, nothing says a summer like the 4th of July. There is something heartwarming about having all of your friends and family together on our nation's b-day.

- There are festivals occuring all week, which means many cities and towns have firework displays, letting many guests venture out and explore the area near where you live.

- With all of the events occuring, you'll never forget the day you said, "I do!"

Cons 

- With many people being off, consider the traffic going to and from your ceremony and reception. 

- A few places you may want to hold your reception at may be closed or may fill up ahead of time. Be sure to plan ahead! 

- Red, white, and blue weddings, though nautical, can get very patriotic. Before you know it, your wedding may be America themed.

- July 4 is a big family vacation week. You may have trouble booking future anniversary celebrations.

Our jury is tied on whether or not 4th of July weddings may be a little more costly.  It seems to depend on where you'd like to celebrate. Whether you opt for a July 4 wedding day, or a holiday weekend wedding, it all depends what your dream wedding consists of. Happy planning! :) 

 

Nontraditional Backyard Pig Roast ((Eric + Steph))

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((Eric + Steph)) share a strong common bond; their love for all things water. The couple spends much of their free time kayaking and being outdoors, which is what led them to choose a wedding location of one of their favorite places to kayak, Isle a la Cache Museum.

With water being the theme, bridesmaids wore colors of the water ~  blues, greys, and greens.  Steph's rings were also water-themed with both sapphiers and diamonds. As a nautical guestbook, guests signed wooden canoe paddles for ((Eric + Steph)) to cherish.

As Steph's something blue, dyed leaves cascaded up the bottom of the hem of her Elda de la Rosa wedding gown. In addition to her new gown, Steph borrowed her mother's earrings, and wore her wedding ring made from family stones of both families. The family black lab was present during the whole reception, donning a white bowtie.

Guests played yard games throughout the entire reception.  To add to the casual, fun, and backyard party feel, kids of all ages blew bubbles, played with hula hoops, bags, frisbees, balls, bocce, among other games and toys.

Straying from tradition, the bride and groom roasted and carved a pig themselves, instead of a cake cutting ceremony.  With no official wedding cake, guests munched on an assortment of ((Eric + Steph's)) favorite desserts.

The bride and groom personally designed, drew, and handmade the wedding invitations, opting for a carefree wedding day.  Timothy Whaley & Associates provided a glimpse into this special day!

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~ Favorite Moment of the Day ~
"Walking up the stairs at Isle a la Cache through all our family and friends, once our ceremony ended."  ~ from the bride

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~ Musical Selections ~
"Our first dance song was John Fogerty "Joy of my Life" and we asked everyone to dance with us, but we personally picked every song for our eight hour reception. We had something from almost every genre of music; from hip hop, classic rock, blues, rap, reggae, latin, polka, dubstep, pop songs, and even our favorite viral YouTube video songs. My family is also Croatian so we did a traditional Croatian Kolo dancing (circle dancing)."

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 ~ Advice for Couples Currently Planning their Wedding ~
"Be yourself and do what makes you happy. Don’t get lost in the things people say you “should do” or “have to do.” Stand back together and soak in the atmosphere for a few moments a few times that day."

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Photographer + Videographer: Timothly Whaley & Associates • Ceremony: Isle a la Cache Museum  Venue: Groom's Parents Backyard • Planner + Designer: Kevin Sullivan Events • Reverend: Bruce Otto (Spirited Weddings) • Bridal Shop: Elda de la Rosa •  Bride's Rings: Eve Alfille • Florist: Grapevine Flowers and Gifts (bouquets + boutonniers + bride's hair) • Bride's hair: Mario Tricoci • Event Rentals: M&M Special Events  • Catering: Mabenkas Catering • Donuts: Naples Bakery • Assorted Cakes: Artopolis (Greektown) •

Couple of the Week ((Dayanna + Simon))

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"Sure, that sounds like a plan."

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Even though ((Simon + Dayanna)) will both tell you different versions on how they met, this is the true story according to Dayanna:

"It was a warm sunny day on July 7, 2007. I knew it was going to be a lucky day since it was 7-7-07. Simon and I had been working at the same Walgreens for the past three months and never ran into each other because Simon worked back in the pharmacy and I worked up front as a cashier. That day, I was hungry for some chocolates, which I knew the pharmacy always kept as snacks. They told me they did not have any at the moment, but then Simon then offered to buy me some.  After going back to work, Simon later left me a handful of Hershey Nuggets chocolates by the register. The rest is history…"

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{{Their Proposal Story}} Every year, the couple vacation for spring break. This year they decided to travel to Jamaica and stay at the Sandals Resort Grand Riviera. Sandals does a complimentary photoshoot to all its guest so Simon scheduled it for the day before Dayanna's 25th birthday.

When Simon told Dayanna prior to the trip that there was a photoshoot scheduled, Dayanna was skeptical of the idea that a resort would provide the service, so she began thinking if the magical moment might just happend. 

When the photoshoot was taking place, the photographer already knew the proposal was going to occur. The pair took many pictures, but one of their final photos was on a patio that overlooked the resort and the ocean. That was when the photographer directed Simon to get down on one knee and kiss Dayanna's hand. "I thought it was the most stupid picture ever, and I was completely still oblivious of what was going to happen!" Dayanna said.  Dayanna does not remember anything that Simon said in his proposal speech because she was elated on what was happening. 

IMG 38552 Couple of the Week ((Dayanna + Simon))Photos provided by Matt Bigelow Photography of Crown Point, Indiana

((Dayanna + Simon's)) best date night was when they had multiple secret mini-dates planned in downtown Chicago.  "I had Simon open up a notecard and after each event it told us where we should go next. We went to the Science and Industy Museum, ice skating, Gino's East, and to a couple's massage…all in Downtown Chicago!"

This quirky, fun and simple couple just tied the knot on June 28!

** Update** Dayanna sent us this photo below of their big day!

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