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Handmade Illinois Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Looking through Sarah and John’s wedding at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Illinois is a tease to all sweet tooth folks. Just look at that cookie bar! We love the homespun feel captured by Jennica Jo Photography.

chalk globe wedding decorSarah & John

Sarah & John
Sarah & John

From the bride, Sarah: Our wedding was truly a reflection of our unique personalities and our attitude as a couple, we feel so lucky to have had such a fabulous time surrounded by our nearest and dearest! John & I dreamed of a wedding that would be classy and understated but with a lot of humor and quirk. We are total goofballs and the little details really allowed our guests to clown around with us; from the “fingerstache” temporary tattoos in the bathroom to the kazoos that guests could sound off to get us to kiss. Our friends and family really enjoyed snapping candid shots with the Instax camera and dancing with mustache props in hand! I had an enormous amount of help from my friends and family to pull together all of my DIY projects, and my vendors completely understood what I was going for. The result was a wedding that felt warm and creative, where I feel like I lived in every moment, and that is still making me laugh.


Sarah & John

Sarah & JohnSarah & John

Sarah & John

Sarah & JohnSarah & John

Sarah & John

My advice to any bride would be to stay true to yourself, if you want to scrap some traditional elements (I had pie instead of cake, and didn’t do a bouquet or garter toss) and make things unique, go for it! In the end, I had so many compliments on how relaxed the atmosphere was and it made everything more fun! Involve your family, and let them feel like a part of your day. I had frames with wedding photos from all our aunts and uncles, our parents and our grandparents lining the shelves in the library. They really felt special when they were pointing out their photos during the cocktail hour.


Sarah & John

Sarah & JohnSarah & John

tea tin centerpieces vintage number sign

Sarah & JohnSarah & John

Sarah & John


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Wedding Vendors (Oakbrook, IL):

Wedding Venue: Mayslake Peabody Estate / Wedding Photographer: Jennica Jo Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Kristy Webber of Special Occasion Services / Event Designer: Traci and Mark from Whimsy / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Hair Accessory: Twigs and Honey / Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: J. Crew / Groom’s Bow Tie: Forage / Ring Pillow: EmersonMade / Wedding Flowers: Bella Fiori / Wedding Caterer: Dan McGee’s Restaurant / Bartender: With a Twist / Dessert Pies: Hoosier Mama (Chicago) / Wedding Music: Indigo / Wedding Stationery: Maria Pelley of SwellInk

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Elle & Jae

Elle & Jae is a unique accessories line, which includes vintage inspired sashes, headpieces, veils and jackets that are couture made using the highest-quality crystals, pearls, laces, sequins, crepes and chiffon. There is also a bridesmaid collection of headbands and belts, made with special broaches and embellishments on stretch grosgrain, allowing for an easy fit for all body types.

All of Elle & Jae’s garments are hand-made locally in Los Angeles, California. Selecting only high-end, elegant fabrics and materials, designer Joey Brooks personally designs each garment and carefully supervises every facet of production to ensure the most skillful results.

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Winter Colorado Elopement

Elopements

There will forever be something so romantic about elopements — just the idea of one couple reveling alone in the joy of joining together for a lifetime is so touching! Kelly of Frosted Pink Weddings planned their dream celebration to the nines. James Christianson tagged along to photograph the couple as they exchanged vows, ate a peaceful meal together, and skated around Devil’s Thumb Ranch’s outdoor rink.


Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch
Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

From the bride: My idea of romance is a private cabin for two curled up next to a fireplace under twinkly lights. I always wanted a winter wedding and to celebrate at such a magical time of year. Chad wanted to be in the mountains, so we flew out to Colorado; just the two of us. Devil’s Thumb Ranch had the perfect blend of a rustic backdrop with luxury amenities. We were lucky enough to be the first couple to get married in the newly built Yager House, let alone the first couple to elope at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Ella Fitzgerald was playing while I was getting ready and it set the mood for the rest of the day. It was 25º all morning, but I didn’t care at all. I just hiked up my dress and ran through the snow as we took photos. I can’t even tell you how excited we were for ice skating. The sun was setting and we had the incredible mountains (including Devil’s Thumb) behind us while we skated around the outdoor rink.


Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

By then the temperature dropped to 9º and we ran inside to warm up with some hot chocolate. The staff was setting up our table for dinner and then our song came on, “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke. We took to the floor in a circle of peony petals and giggled about our day.

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

The food was incredible, we joked about how couples rarely get to eat at their own weddings while making the rounds. All four courses were served with its own wine pairing. At the end of the night we were served two petit fours in place of a wedding cake. There’s a special place in my heart for miniaturized food, so it was perfect. Everything was perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing. We spent the rest of the week exploring Colorado as our honeymoon before traveling back to New England for three days worth of parties.


Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb RanchWinter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch

Winter Elopement at Devil's Thumb Ranch


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Wedding Vendors (Colorado):

Wedding Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Photographer: James Christianson / Event Planning: Frosted Pink Weddings / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Hair Accessory: Lo Boheme / Earmuffs: Flat Tail Furs / Furs and Jewelry: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Miz Mooz / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Necktie: General Knot & Co. / Groom’s Shoes: Sebago / Wedding Flowers: Pink Posey Design / Officiant: Matt Raynek at Lyssabeth’s Wedding Officiants

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Coco Red Events

At Coco Red Events, we want to help create, facilitate and implement weddings that will make our client’s vision come to life. We also love to help clients imagine what their wedding can be, to collaborate creatively to enhance every experience of their guests. We work hard to maintain a high level of customer service throughout the whole planning process. We will be with you every step of the way. At the end of the day, a win for us is when our couple says, “today was the best day ever!”

We are a family-owned and operated company. Colette, or “Coco,” started our company almost 3 years ago. Since then, we’ve worked with many brides – budgets big and small. We love what we do and we love working together as a team to create exceptional weddings.

Although we are based in Atlanta, our team has executed events with excellence all over the country. Each person on our team has a specific strength–from environment design to logistics to building sets and crafting props–we will collaborate to make your wedding the one that every one talks about for years to come.

Thank you for considering us! We would be honored to work with you on your big day!!

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DIY Dip-Dye Ribbons

DIY Projects

The ladies from HEYLOOK created this quick Valentine’s Day gift packaging for the last minute gift you got your honey, complete with watercolor gift tags (also great for favors)! These lovely dip-dyed ribbons for packaging remind us of hand dyed silk ribbons, though for much less. You could use one of these ribbons and fabric stiffener or cornstarch to create a bow to embellish your a simple white wedding cake. Just sayin’.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

For this project, you will need:

– White cotton fabric (or any other non-synthetic fabric) torn or cut into strips. You can use muslin fabric (available at craft stores) or sheets
– Cloth dye or liquid fabric paint
– Water and dipping dishes

Prepare your fabric strips by rolling them into small rolls that will fit your dipping dishes. If you’re using fabric dye, follow the instructions on the package to prepare the dye (most likely you will need hot water). We used liquid fabric paint and mixed it with water in a ratio of 1:2. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be. Just experiment a little.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's daypink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

Dip the fabric rolls into the dye as shown on the picture. For the two colored ribbon, let the paint drip off a little, then turn the roll around and dip the other side into the other dye. For larger gradients, just let the roll sit in the dye for a moment until the paint is soaked through the roll about half way.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

For softer color, soak the fabric roll in water first, then dip shortly into paint. Try out different ways to get variating effects. Play around. Let the dipped rolls dry on a paper sheet until they are not wet anymore, only moist. Unroll and hang the ribbons to dry.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's daypink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's daypink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

Download Watercolor Favor tags. For personal use only.

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