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Who doesn’t love a wedding with a row of well-dressed groomsmen in adorable ties? If you want to guarantee that your fellows are looking as good as the women they are accompanying, Bows-n-Ties ensures that your gents look dapper and just as in-style as your fine ladies! Bows-n-Ties is an online retailer for fine neckties, bow ties, pocket, squares, and cufflinks and they offer matching ties to the bridal colors of JCrew, Alfred Angelo, and Davids Bridal! How great is great? Check out details below for your chance to win ties for your whole wedding party!

After you pick the perfect dresses for your bridesmaids, you can head over to Bows-n-Ties, to find the perfect matching ties. They’ve already done all the hard work of swatching for you, so they can present suggestions based on the colors you’re already working with. Easy Peasy! You can also check out more of their great ties in our previous Bows-N-Ties post!

One lucky Ruffled reader will win wedding ties for the entire wedding party: groom, groomsmen, ring bearer, father of the bride, etc. (up to 15 ties!). To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment below indicating which tie(s) you would choose for your wedding party + share a little about your wedding color theme and how the tie you picked would compliment it! Winner will be selected at random and announced this Friday, May 11 2012. Have fun choosing!

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Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

We can’t wait to meet you and make your celebration remarkable!

Serving Niagara Wine Country, The Greater Hamilton Toronto Area, Muskoka, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Areas

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Local Wedding Guide: Illinois + Indiana

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It’s that time again — time for another installment of our Local Wedding Guide! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their favorite pros they love to work with. We’ve tackled five locations so far: North Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, and the Pacific Northwest. Next up is Illinois + Indiana! Most vendors love to travel, so fret not if you’re not in their immediate area!

Chicago, IL:


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Above images by Chicago photographers Tru Studio Design

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Tru Studio Design: Try to remember when you are walking down the aisle, or anytime you are being photographed with flowers, to hold them down by your belly button. Usually the most interesting part of a dress is the intricate details of the bodice and, of course, the beautiful neckline and necklace. It’s always such a shame if you hold the flowers up by your neck and cover that all up!


studio starling chicago wedding photographers
studio starling chicago wedding photographers

Above images by Chicago photographers Studio Starling

Tell us a bit about you:
Studio Starling: We are natural born photographers. Nicole and Lizz met in the college darkroom where we both studied photography. We mix a little bit of our art school background by shooting film at every wedding. We like to say we are traditionally untraditional. We are here to document your day in an artful and meaningful way.

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Studio Starling: First, it’s best to relax and have fun. Let go of any stress you are having, breathe. You look beautiful, it’s your wedding day, you are standing next to the man you love, enjoy it! There is no need to always be “on”. The best images come naturally to you and your partner. We will also guide you to look your best, but the smile they make you feel is always is best.


studio finch chicago wedding photographers
studio finch chicago wedding photographers

Above images by Chicago photographers Studio Finch

Tell us a little bit about you.
Studio Finch: We like our clients to focus on the fun. We love love, especially when friends, family and love come together to be celebrated, and that’s what weddings are truly about. We (Jason and Ela) are relaxed, and love to see weddings play out in their true form.

melissa hayes chicago wedding photographers
melissa hayes chicago wedding photographers
Above images by Chicago photographer Melissa Hayes

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Studio Starling: Our favorite spots are the Calder Lilly Pool on Fullerton, Foster Beach, Fullerton Beach, Montrose Harbor, Morton Arboretum, Cantigny, Botanic Gardens, Hubbard St. Murals, West Loop for a more gritty urban feel, and 63rd st. beach.
Studio Finch: We are big fans of all of the lakes and parks in Chicago – along with urban areas like Kinzie Street Bridge, 8th Street and Hilton, North Avenue Beach, the koi pond in Lincoln Park and of course, Hyde Park!


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rojo foto design photography chicago wedding photographers

Above images by Chicago photographers Rojo Foto
See featured wedding here


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sweet monday photography chicago wedding photographers

Above images by Chicago photographers Sweet Monday Photography
See featured weddings here and here

Indianapolis, IN:


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Above images by Indianapolis photographers Rogue Art Photography

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Rogue Art Photography: Be yourself!!

Tell us a little bit about you.
Rogue Art Photography: We shoot very much out of the box and try to take the environment that we are shooting and bring out the best parts of the couple with that background. We want our clients photos to be a piece of art they can put on the wall like a beautiful painting.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Rogue Art Photography: We love to shoot at Fountain square in a very vintage location in downtown Indy.

Venues:
The South Shore Cultural Center (Chicago)
Salvage One (Chicago)
Northerly Island (Chicago)
The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
Drake Hotel (Chicago)
Botanic Garden (Chicago)
Art Institute (Chicago)
The Mavris (Indianapolis)

Photographers:
Rogue Art Photography (view portfolio), based in Indianapolis + will travel worldwide
Melissa Hayes (view portfolio), Chicago + will travel worldwide
Robert Wojtowicz (view portfolio), Chicago + will travel worldwide
Rojo Foto (view portfolio), Chicago + will travel worldwide
Studio Finch (view portfolio), Chicago + will travel worldwide
Studio Starling (view portfolio), Chicago + will travel worldwide
Sweet Monday Photography (view portfolio), based in Chicago, IL + will travel worldwide
Tru Studio Design (view portfolio), Chicago + will travel worldwide

Florists:
Fleur (Chicago)
Exquisite Designs (Chicago)
Bottle and Branch (Chicago)
A New Leaf (Chicago)

Stylists + Planners:
Ryan Alexander Events (Chicago)

Makeup:
Nika Vaughan (Chicago)
Eye Max Studio (Indianapolis)

Invitations:
Paper Stories (Chicago)

Transportation:
Vintage Chauffeuring (view portfolio)

Studio Starling is offering free engagement session for couples that book their 2012 or 2013 wedding with Studio Starling by July 1 and mention they saw them on Ruffled!

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Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi

In 2002, I started my own company, to offer foreigners the possibility to get married in this magical region. Over the years, I have made creating unique weddings my mission, using the finest vendors and most picturesque venues and locations. We have received praise from our clients and the press, and many of our outstanding weddings have been featured in the most prestigious international magazines. I am proud to say that I have contributed to making dreams come true for so many couples.

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Melbourne Boathouse Wedding

Garden Weddings

When newlyweds Rob and Kim were dating, they visited the Fairfield Boathouse in Melbourne and immediately knew that’s where they wanted to marry. Taking a great deal of inspiration from their invitation suite from Rifle Paper Co., the couple and their friends planned an amazing day that was as much a treat for the guests as it was for Rob and Kim themselves. Our thanks goes out to the incredible Jonathan Ong for sending these images our way!


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Rob & Kim

From the bride, Kim: The style we envisioned for our wedding was vintage autumn picnic with a touch of boathouse dapper: Autumnal, eclectic, vintage, boating, whimsical, handmade, textured, fabric, florals, rifle paper co.


Rob & Kim

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Rob & Kim

Rob & Kim

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Rob & Kim

Rob & Kim

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Rob & Kim

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Rob & Kim

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Contrary to popular opinion, a wedding should be all about the guests! Focus on how you can make the day as special for them as it will be for you. If your friends and family are having a blast, you can be guaranteed that you will be too!


Rob & Kim

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Rob & Kim

Rob & Kim

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Rob & Kim

Rob & Kim
Melbourne Fairfield Boathouse wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Lover’s Prayer,” Gillian Welch
Recessional: “Love Train,” The O’Jays

Wedding Vendors (Melbourne, Australia):

Wedding Venue: Fairfield Boathouse / Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Wedding Decor: Bride and friends / Wedding Flowers: Nadia’s Studio Flowers / Wedding Dress: Mariana Hardwick “Carmina” / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson “Carmen” / Hair and Makeup: Y Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Made by bride’s mother / Wedding Music: Baker Boys Band / Wedding Cake: The Workers Food Room / Wedding Invitations: Rifle Paper Co.

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