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The NotWedding Chicago

The first NotWedding Chicago debuted filled with a rich color palette of blues, blacks, berries and gold. If you’re planning a Fall or Winter and you’re looking for ideas, get ready to pin these beauties. This dream team of Chicago vendors made Midwest weddings proud.

The NotWedding Chicago

bud vase centerpieces with mums
rhinestone bridal halo
The NotWedding Chicago
black and white wedding dress
purple and gold wedding centerpiece
modern floor length bridesmaid dresses
modern floor length bridesmaid dresses

Photos above by Megan Saul Photography


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The NotWedding Chicago
ceremony seating layout ideas
stamped favor bags idea red and gold wedding table
vintage camera wedding centerpieces
red and aqua wedding table
peplum bridesmaid dresses
The NotWedding Chicago
The NotWedding Chicago
bouts for modern tuxedos
The NotWedding Chicago
leafy floral arrangements for wedding tables
red and gold wedding table
Photos above by Booth Photographics


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wooden wedding rings
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NotWedding Chicago by John Dart Photography
The NotWedding Chicago
NotWedding Chicago by John Dart Photography

Photos above by John Dart Photography


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Venue: City View Loft / Catering: Pure Kitchen Catering / Rehearsal Dinner: City View Loft / Event Rentals and Specialty Linens: Ultrapom Event Rental / Photography: Megan Saul Photography, Booth Photographics, John Dart Photography / Save the Date Video + Stationery: Amelia Street Studio / Day-Of Coordination: Canvas Weddings / Floral + Event Design: Tables 2, 5 and Head Table: Ryan Alexander Events / Floral + Event Design: Tables 1, 4 and Ceremony Backdrop: The Bread & Butterfly: Handcrafted Weddings / Floral + Event Design: Tables 3 and 6: Naturally Yours Events / Invitations: Chykalophia Design / Programs: OrangeBeautiful / Menus + Catering Cards: Sugar Pear Design / Wedding Dress: Dame Couture / Bridesmaid Attire: Rent the Runway / Groomsmen Attire: Menguin / Hair + Makeup: Bride Style Beauty / Accessories: The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery / Jewelry: Simply Wood Rings / Entertainment: Gussied / Ceremony Music: Neil Dixon Smith, Guitarist / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company / Doodlebooth: Doodlebooth / Poetry/Guest Book: Poemgrown / Wedding Cake + Desserts: Courageous Bakery / Tabletop Vintage Rentals: re:find Joy / Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace / National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel/ National Linen Vendor: LinenTablecloth / National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari / National Magazine Media Partner: Flower Magazine, The Knot, Inspire Weddings and Marriage Magazine, Southern Bride and Groom Magazine

Ostertag Vistas Wedding

If ever there was a dress to build a wedding theme around, it’s got to be this gold and ivory winner from BHLDN. Kristin and Scott dreamt of a laid-back atmosphere on their big day, and the effortless blend of gold glitter and wood elements helped them realize that dream. Thanks to With Love & Embers and Monica’s Floral Design for your work on this one!

Ostertag Vistas wedding - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

From the bride, Kristin: I really think my BHLDN dress set the tone of our wedding. Once I got that dress, everything else just came together! We wanted the wedding to feel like us – fun, but not over the top. And definitely not cookie-cutter. We wanted a laid-back atmosphere. We spent a lot of time and attention to every detail; we were thrilled with how everything turned out.

photo wedding invitations - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

succulent boutonnieres - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

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wood wedding signs - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Blush and ivory garden roses, baby’s breath, succulents, dusty miller.

gold wedding dresses - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

wedding ceremony decor - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

guest book table - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

photo guest books - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

Ostertag Vistas wedding - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

ceremony kiss - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

Ostertag Vistas wedding - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

seating chart ideas - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

striped wedding straws - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

escort card ideas - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

Ostertag Vistas wedding - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

Our DIY projects included the wood slice save the dates, invitations and all paper goods, wood slice table centerpieces, Mason Jars dipped in gold glitter, gold glitter feathers, tissue tassel garlands, Gold Glitter banners (“Just Married”, “Mr” + “Mrs”, “Sweet Love” and “Cheers”, wood trellis for ceremony (Scott and his dad built), Whiskey Pallet Seating Chart, all wood Signs (hashtag, wedding logo sign, bar menu and ceremony sign), gold animals (table name holders), and gold succulent pots.

Ostertag Vistas wedding - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

sweetheart table signs - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

wedding signs - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

kraft paper goods - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

wedding logos - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

indoor rustic weddings - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

dessert tables - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Put your foot down where needed. If you have a vision for your day of how it should feel or look- do it!! People can be quick to question your plans or shoot them down. Don’t let them! Also, if you are planning a DIY wedding, get all of your projects done way in advance. I thought I started really early with everything but still found myself stressed two weeks before! Lastly, don’t sweat the small stuff. Things will go wrong BUT everything will come together perfectly.

Ostertag Vistas wedding - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

cakes with succulents - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

rustic inspired receptions - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

Ostertag Vistas wedding - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding

Ostertag Vistas wedding - photo by With Love and Embers http://ruffledblog.com/ostertag-vistas-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Groom’s Processional: “Intro,” The XX
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “Northern Wind,” City and Colour
Bride’s Processional: “Untitled 3,” Sigur Ros
Recessional: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
First Dance: “Lover of the Light,” Mumford and Sons

Wedding Location: Myersville, MD / Photographer: With Love & Embers / Florist: Monica’s Floral Design / Venue: Ostertag Vistas / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Wedding Veil: The Yellow Peony / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Bride’s Jewelry: Chloe + Isabel / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever 21, BCBG, Free People, Nordstrom / Bridesmaids’ Robes: Singing Slowly / Flower Girl Dress: Monsoon / Caterer: Canapés / Wedding Cake: Angelcakes / Band: Mixed Business / DJ: CJ Curtis of Crow Entertainment / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: DIY Bride + Groom






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Joshua Tree Proposal

Prepare yourselves while we bring you one of the cutest couples to ever exist, Joe and Kathrina. The duo actually started their own photography business a few years back, and we’ve even had the pleasure of bringing you some of their weddings. When the time came to make things ‘official,’ groom-to-be Joe enlisted the help of photographer Megan Welker to capture every single moment.

Joshua Tree Proposal - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

From the groom-to-be, Joe: Kathrina and I have known one another since our Senior year of High School, became friends and started dating after we graduated. Over the past few years we have developed an itch of wanting to see and experience as much as we can, to go wherever the road takes us. The road often led to less traveled, remote places. I wanted it to be something meaningful, something fitting for someone as special as she is. It had to be unexpected yet not totally out of the norm for us. Kathrina is very inquisitive and turns into a little kid on Christmas morning when something is the slightest bit off or if I don’t give her a lot of details. We headed out to the desert under the guise of finding this “one spot” I heard of and thought we could take photos of and explore the desert. Totally normal for us. I had planned for my good friend Sam to head out early to set up for me – I gathered photos of us from the beginning of our friendship through our relationship, old letters, movie stubs and special things we’ve collected over the years. And of course I knew that I wanted our proposal to be captured in photos. One of the first people that knew that I was going to propose was Megan; I knew that I wanted her to be there to document our proposal. Honestly the best decision.

Joshua Tree Proposal - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

proposal styled shoots - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

wedding signs - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

surprise proposals - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

The day of, I couldn’t believe how beautiful she looked. I don’t remember at all being nervous, most likely because I was too busy being excited to ask her to be my wife and finally give her the ring I’d had for weeks – something I’m particularly proud of since I designed it myself, something that had to be unique and fitting for Kathrina. We made it to the spot I had scouted the week before and as we turned I pointed saying, “Look at that bird over there,” to distract Kathrina as I saw a flash of red as Megan quickly got into her hiding spot. We slowly made our way to the mirage of familiar items that was set up in the distance. She was confused at first but I sat her down and showed her some of the things that I had brought — when we were just kids spending lunches together, hanging out together in the ASB room and slowly growing on one another. Photos of us from Prom, with my pre-fro days and our baby faces. I started explaining how much she meant to me and how I couldn’t remember a time that I wasn’t in love with her and wanted to love her for the rest of my life. I got down on one knee and then the waterworks started. Kathrina can be a crier, which is cute, but this time was different. In between heavy sobs I think she managed to nod her head as a way of saying yes. After she calmed down there was a moment of silence when suddenly she said, “Do I hear a camera clicking?!” That was when Megan jumped from behind a Yucaipa tree and we all had a good laugh. It was a perfect day and I couldn’t thank Megan, Adam, Sam and Paige enough for celebrating it with us. Kathrina and I spent the next couple of days in Palm Springs letting it all soak in, together in our own little bubble, before the start of wedding planning stress. We are so excited for our wedding this December!

surprise proposals - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

surprise wedding proposal - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

surprise proposals - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

wedding engagement shoots - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

surprise proposals - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

wedding sign ideas - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

Joshua Tree Proposal - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

From the bride-to-be, Kathrina: The day was like any other Sunday. Church, coffee. A photo session and then off to the desert for some adventures. I had a terrible headache in the morning and all I could think of was how much I was looking forward to relaxing by the pool in the desert heat. The day was like any other Sunday. Until it wasn’t. We have been together for over 11 years. We met the summer before senior year. We had started off on the wrong foot, with him calling me “too quiet” which left me wondering who this guy thought he was. A friendship soon started and after a beautiful relationship. Throughout the years we had grown together, dreamed of a life together, started a business, and sought after personal goals – all with the strength of each other. Of course we had wanted to marry sooner. But sometimes Life happens and we continued to go along with it, patiently impatient.

Joshua Tree Proposal - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

engagement session ideas - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

Joshua Tree Proposal - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

engagement shoots - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

Joshua Tree Proposal - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

unique engagement rings - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

I never had any expectations for my own proposal. Joe could’ve simply asked me on the side of the road and I would’ve cried and said yes. I knew I’d cry – and cry I certainly did. Even when I felt the moment coming I still couldn’t brace myself from the well of tears. I couldn’t even say yes I was crying so much. And honestly I hadn’t even looked at the ring (again he could’ve given me a plastic toy ring and I would’ve cried), I was just so happy. My one request was to have someone photograph the moment. Because I knew I wanted to look back at this, to remember and to cherish it always. Having Megan part of it, now I couldn’t have asked anyone better to have been there for us. The moment was perfect for us and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I can’t wait to marry this boy!

engagement session outfits - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement

Joshua Tree Proposal - photo by Megan Welker Photography http://ruffledblog.com/joshua-tree-elopement


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Shoot Location: Joshua Tree, CA / Photographer: Megan Welker Photography / Dress: Free People / Joe’s Shoes (because everyone always asks!): Giorgio Brutini / Ring: custom designed by Joe with Ballard & Ballard

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