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Industrial Chic Chicago Wedding

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This wedding from Clary Photo might just be the definition of pretty. The bride Megan, being a stationer herself and owner of Ruby the Fox Design, created all of the paper goods as well as stylishly designed her own wedding. Fleur brought softness and chic to her industrial venue with luscious florals in peach and gray tones. Don’t miss the rest of the images in the gallery!

Megan and Mike Chicago Wedding Clary Photo

Megan and Mike Chicago Wedding Clary Photo

chic industrial chicago wedding by clary photo

From the bride, Megan: Even before we got engaged on October 2, 2010, I knew we would plan a fall wedding. The timing worked out perfectly, and once I had a ring on my finger, my mom and I wasted no time in getting things going! Our first booking was with Gallery 1028, a rustic yet modern loft space in an industrial area of Chicago. With the rough wood floors and white walls, we knew this would be the perfect backdrop for our organic and eclectic wedding. A close second was choosing our photographer-Clary Pfeiffer of Clary Photo. We met her for the first time when she was in Chicago to shoot another wedding, and sitting in the lobby of the Palmer House, we knew it had to be her! Her calm, sweet demeanor and truly unparalleled artistic eye made her the obvious, and perfect, choice to capture our day. Around the same time we snatched up Clary, we booked with I Do Films, the most amazing wedding filmmakers. After meeting with Lori, and then our filmmaker, Louis, I am positive that they made our wedding day look as good as it felt!

Megan and Mike Chicago Wedding Clary Photo

chic chicago industrial wedding by clary photo

Megan and Mike Chicago Wedding Clary Photo

chic chicago industrial wedding by clary photo

As things started falling into place, I could start to think about details-and the dress! We chose my Christos Femme lace gown after trying on only a few other dresses. The look on my dad’s face said it all… and the trunk show pricing helped to make it a reality! Because I am a graphic designer and have a small stationery company, Ruby the Fox Design, we knew paper goods would be at the forefront of the day. We commissioned an illustration from the amazingly talented Shanna Murray and calligraphy from Angelique ink. I kept the whole suite soft, organic and simple. The flowers were from the unbelievably talented Kelly Marie Uss of Fleur. When the bouquets were delivered to the hotel in the morning, seeing them was the first time I cried all day! They absolutely blew me away, the colors and textures were spot on. It was like my vision was becoming a reality and Kelly really made it happen. The colors were even better than I could have imagined!

Megan and Mike Chicago Wedding Clary Photo

Megan and Mike Chicago Wedding Clary Photo

Chicago Gallery 1028 wedding by Clary Photo

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Megan and Mike Chicago Wedding Clary Photo

Megan and Mike Chicago Wedding Clary Photo

Clary Photo might just be the definition of pretty. The bride Megan, being a stationer herself and owner of Ruby the Fox Design, created all of the paper goods as well as stylishly designed her own wedding. Fleur brought softness and chic to her industrial venue with luscious florals in peach and gray tones. Don’t miss the rest of the images in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding vendors (Chicago, IL):

Wedding venue: Gallery 1028 / Wedding photographer: Clary Photo / Wedding videographer: I Do Films / Wedding dress: Christos “Femme” / Bride’s veil: Weddings 826 / Bride’s hair accessory: Twigs + Honey / Wedding flowers: Fleur / Wedding catering: Callahan Catering / Cupcakes: Amy Beck Cakes / DJ: Toast and Jam / String Quartet: Elle Musique / Smilebooth: Smilebooth / Event rentals: Kehoe / Linens: BBJ Linens / Invitations and Event styling: Ruby the Fox Design / Day-of coordination: SH Weddings / Calligraphy: Angelique Ink / Vintage stamps: The Paper Nickel / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groomsmen’s suits: J. Crew / Ties: Bows-n-Ties / Transportation: Windy City Limo

Fleur is a member of our wedding vendor guide Blue Label.

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap Ups

November came and went, and here we are signing off for the first weekend of December! We’ve been finding so many amazing inspiration for wedding from non-wedding related pins on Pinterest. We love the idea of this DIY wall art on canvas. On the canvas pictured below is an E.E.Cummings poem (I Carry Your Heart With Me), which is so fitting for the ceremony, but it would be just as sweet with your own vows. Be sure to follow us for more ideas!

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In case you missed any of this week’s features, here’s a quick recap:

Sarasota Romantic Fall Wedding
DIY Rustic Summer Wedding
Autumnal Mackinac Island Wedding
Carnival-Themed DC Wedding
Vintage Frontier Wedding
Vintage State Park Wedding
Dreamy Fall Inspiration Shoot
Rhode Island Coastal Wedding

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We’d like to offer a big open-armed welcome to our newest Blue Label vendors!

Portrait-based photographer Sherri J Photography (Los Angeles + Santa Barbara)
Dramatic yet balanced floral design from Hana Floral Design (Connecticut)
One-stop-shop wedding vendors Wylie Weddings (San Francisco Bay Area)
Vintage decor rental company Period Charm Rentals (Dallas)
Non-traditional fine art photographer Alessandro Roncaglione (Italy)
Divine Tuscan rental villa Podere Palazzo (Italy)
Reconstructed vintage bridal gowns and more from Daughters of Simone (Online)
Husband and wife team stationery studio Papillon Press (Ontario, Canada)
Event stylist and planning boutique Desiree Spinner Events (Cape Cod)
Inspiring documentary wedding photography from The Studio Nouveau (Boston)
Boudoir photography by The Studio Nouveau Boudoir (Boston)
Photojournalistic wedding photographer Tyra Bleek Photography (Boston)

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Budget Friendly Branch Arrangements

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Being a wedding blogger, I can’t help but mentally collect oodles of dream wedding scenarios. In these picture perfect settings, florals of all shapes and sizes are present in every.single.one of them. Large floral arrangements are infamous for blowing budgets, but our floral expert Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is here to show you an utterly gorgeous floral arrangement that is as pretty as it is wallet-friendly. Thank you Jessica Peterson for the images.

Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage large centerpieces Honey of a Thousand Flowers

From Sarah: it seems that we are putting flowers in just about anything that will hold them these days. I have flowers at my house in everything from clay pots to coffee dispensers to doll heads at my house. In this movement of being inventive with our containers, it seems that we are using a lot of smaller containers for arrangements. I love small arrangements, they are delicate, and they look great in clusters. But! I am a sucker for big arrangements too. Big statements pieces are important to wedding décor. Even if all of your other arrangements are small, it is important to have at least one large scale arrangement on display to set the mood. Once you have created an environment for your wedding with the big pieces, any small pieces on tables will be icing on the cake. The problem for most brides is that these big arrangements are budget drains. But they don’t have to be!

Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage large centerpieces Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Branches or woody greens of some sort are usually used as the base for larger arrangements to begin with. But aren’t they pretty by themselves? Just about any branch will make a gorgeous large scale arrangement. Here I have used crab apples and cherries in one, and wild grass plumes in another. I think any arrangement looks best on a pedestal. Throw these pieces on a wooden pedestal and stick them on either side of you for your ceremony, or at the entrance to your venue and you are good to go!

I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.

Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage large centerpieces Honey of a Thousand Flowers

View all floral arrangements in the gallery

In these arrangements: Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.

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