We’re back to share the latest event from The Big Fake Wedding, who recently stopped through Chicago, Illinois to create some wedding goodness. A team of local vendors were tasked with creating a cyanotype inspired wedding, which means you’re about to see some rich blues at every turn! Let’s see how it all turned out, shall we?
Today’s shoot is giving us some dramatic vibes, and we don’t mind it one.single.bit. Ed & Aileen Photography captured the scene of a beautiful ceremony and reception space adorned with a Dutch-inspired wallpaper, lavishly decorated by A Fresh Event. May Floral created floral arrangements that enhanced the moodiness, adding up to a dreamy + romantic day.
This romantic garden wedding hits all the right notes — a sweet, soft color palette, beautiful scenery, and a celebration rich with the couple’s cultural traditions. Anxhela and Tao employed the talents of Codrean Photography, LOLA Event Productions, and Elizabeth Wray Designs to create a perfect day full of memorable moments, culminating in a dance party unlike any we’ve seen before.
This is one color palette that really sticks out at you and with just the right maneuvering, you could certainly pull it off for all four seasons. One July Photography showed us the beauty of a vibrant tangerine and blue wedding shoot designed by Elm Street Social and we haven’t been able to shake off the elegant glam vibes this inspiration is radiating. Wallflower Designs not only sought out the prettiest sunset-colored orange garden roses and delicate pale blue hydrangeas, but also added in lovely dashes of seasonal fruits like apricots, cherries, and even an aubergine-hued plum for some color depth. We love this editorial’s versatility!
From the photographer, One July Photography: We know everyone has seen the 2016 Pantone Colors of the year – but have you seen it with a healthy dose of TANGERINE? From the vintage corvette, to the masterful floral textures, and hand drawn stationery elements – the romantic color palette was echoed throughout the day. Some fun details included: a great DIY seating card project (all you need is a copper pen, marble backsplash tiles, and some gorgeous handwriting!), a fabulous short haired bridal hairstyle, and a fruit and floral filled tablescape paired with painted church pews. Marla from Wallflower Designs is the queen of floral texture. She created the perfect blend of vibrant seasonal fruit with an eclectic array of florals. The brides bouquet was an organically composed masterpiece! Ashley from Paper Love Club created a beautiful suite of products: invitation suite, menu, hand-drawn map, just married sign, and more. Each element incorporated fine paper, watercolor, copper leaf, and custom calligraphy.
Fun tip: Our stylist, Jen from Elm Street Social, purchased a set of hexagon marble tiles typically used in a backsplash. These backsplash tiles were transformed into escort/seating cards when Ashley added gorgeous hand lettering with a copper pen. The romantic dress was created by up-and-coming designer Ellyn Goodman. The illusion back is a showstopper. Carly Pribich created a fresh-faced look with makeup application and hair styling from Jen Spair added the perfect balance of soft feminine romance and modern appeal. Check out that hair for short-haired brides!
Heritage Prairie Farm is a farm-to-table venue nestled in the Chicago suburbs. This gorgeous location provided the perfect backdrop for a charming, romantic, and organic setting. Jen from Elm Street Social brought the vision together with her impeccable styling. She introduced perfectly paired tones, textures, and styling concepts that are fresh yet timeless. This real-life couple emoted so much JOY during this inspiration shoot. We are so blessed to capture this chapter in their love story!
Calligraphy and Wedding Invitations
Today, we’re heading into Chicago to find some lovely garden wedding inspiration in the midst of this beautiful and bustling city. With Beso Weddings & Events at the forefront of the conceptualizing and Kristin La Voie Photography behind the lens, it’s no doubt this styled shoot was going to be anything but amazing. It’s full of rich ruby reds to start off with, and it’s rounded off with impressive color accents like gold and champagne that Natural Beauties Floral, Inc. were clearly beyond thrilled to play with; those floral designs are out of this world!
From the photographer, Kristin: When we initially sat down with Gabriela of Beso Weddings & Events, we knew we wanted to create a European-inspired wedding look set in a venue that was not your typical Chicago scene. Chicago Botanic Gardens has numerous gardens, each with its own personality and style, and their English walled garden was the exact look we were after; romantic, colorful, and intimate. Every detail was chosen with this precise vision in mind and thoughtfully designed and executed perfectly by Gabriela and our amazing team of vendors.
Even if your wedding is set to take place in the fall or winter months, white is still a beautiful color to use in and around your wedding decor to enhance your color palette of choice. We love the concept of using stark white crossback chairs like these at an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony. It makes any ceremony chair decor really pop, especially with those deep and moody, cool weather colors seen here.
Did we mention how much we love patterned linens on wedding tables? It’s so much more eye-catching than your classic and crisp white tablecloth, and it provides another glam touch of added style to your wedding tablescapes.
Event Planning and Design
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Cake and Desserts
Napkins, Trays, and Barware
Live Wedding Illustrator
Wedding Stationery and Calligraphy
This shoot from Elle Rose Photo is your golden ticket for summer. Taking a break from the beloved blush pink and neutral palettes, Cheers! Chicago dreamt up this happy color palette of hot pinks, bright oranges, and bright blues. Hello Darling brought in the gorgeous florals that stole the show. Grab a popsicle and join us:
From the event planners, Cheers! Chicago: We decided to inject our shoot with bold, bright, vibrant colors in a fabulous variety of floral textures to spice things up for spring and summer! The florals by Hello Darling were truly the focal point of our shoot, showcasing individual, eye-catching arrangements in unique, asymmetrical gold vases that would make your eyes travel up and down the length of of our decor “runner”. Windy City Linen provided a soft pink lamour linen for our main table that we covered with a lace overlay, ensuring the delicate lace pattern detail wouldn’t get lost underneath the busy blooms. Chez was the perfect setting for our shoot with its chic, white wall s- we knew the striking colors and pops of gold from the flatware, geometric balls, urchins, and lanterns would really pop on a such a simple, clean space.
There are so many elements in nature that can give great wedding inspiration, so this Chicago event, the inspiration came from peacocks and the brilliant blues and greens found all over their feathers. Participating designers used the colors and were inspired by other fun shades of pinks, purples, and greens and pulled together to create some breathtaking centerpieces, stationery, and desserts and designed such a whimsical and sophisticated event. We’re crushing hard on all of the lovely details and because of them, this beauty is definitely a must-see!
Floral and Event Design, Ceremony Backdrop, Tables 1, 4
Floral and Event Design, Head Table, Personal Flowers, Tables 2, 5
Floral and Event Design, Table 3
Venue and Catering
DJ and Emcee
Wedding Invitations and Programs
Photo Booth Frames
White Wine Sponsor
I am definitely blown away by these stunning Amanda Megan Miller Photography images. I could never have dreamed up wedding inspiration more opulent or luxurious than this! Clementine Custom Events surely has their work cut out for them to create such an elegant setting within the walls of the beautiful Lyric Opera. Because of how crazy beautiful the venue is, no stone was left unturned when it came to this wedding design, so what else would be fitting but rich fabrics; a ruby-hued bouquet and boutonniere by Field & Florist along with the most lovely centerpieces; and a golden table for guests. This inspiration is such a swoon fest for me.
From the event designer, Clementine Custom Events: The Civic Opera House has been a long time home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Built in 1929, it houses an interior of Art Deco design while being a major icon on the Chicago River. While operatic performances have made their mark on the stage, weddings have only been a whisper at this architectural treasure. Amanda Miller of Amanda Megan Miller Photography and Loreen Hospodar of Reenie Rose and Clementine Custom Events brought together a team of all-star Chicago vendors to set a different sort of stage at the Opera House to show off how spectacular a wedding could play out in such a grand space.
Hair and Makeup
Vintage Wares Rentals
Today’s wedding from Artistrie Co, LOLA Event Productions, and Avant Gardenia features a ceremony scene that’s just about as dreamy as we’ve ever seen. Bright white walls, ivory paper lanterns, and warm candlelight set the perfect tone for Dea and Sai’s wedding, while accents of purple and grey add a pop of modern pizzazz we can’t resist.
From the photographers, Artistrie Co: Dea and Sai’s Prairie Production wedding had me smiling over and over again. The day was filled with hugs, smiles, laughter and lots of love. I loved working with these two for their urban engagement session, and have been looking forward to the wedding day ever since. With coordination by LOLA Event Productions, flowers by Avant Gardenia and catering by Paramount Events, I knew it would be a picture-perfect celebration!
Whimsical and romantic in style, Dea described her wedding vision as a fairy tale, and it was just that. I loved the purple color palette in the bridesmaids BHLDN dresses paired with the men’s classic suits and plaid purple ties. The flowers by Avant Gardenia were picture-perfect, and paired beautifully with the whimsical style. After Dea and Sai’s special first look moment, we explored the West Loop area surrounding Prairie Production. As per our lovely bride’s request, we found a few colorful graffiti walls to use for portraits with the wedding party.
After portraits, we arrived to Prairie Production for the festivities. Their candlelit ceremony was surrounded by friends and family. The setting was incredibly beautiful and romantic. After reading their handwritten vows to one another, the crowd applauded the newlyweds as they became husband and wife. Guests enjoyed Indian-inspired hors d’oeuvres, homemade Italian cookies, and signature cocktails inspired by the bride and groom. For dinner, Paramount Events created a menu that blended Dea and Sai’s two cultures, presenting guests with Indian and Italian-inspired cuisine. The meal was delicious! After some heartfelt toasts, Dea and her bridesmaids changed into saris and the dance party began! Everyone was on their feet in celebration. It was a fun night for all!
The chillier it gets outside, the more and more we fall in love with weddings like Tess and Kevin’s in Chicago. This modern take on an indoor forest party is just what we needed, with its color palette of baby blue, bright red, and various shades of gold. Thanks to Geneoh Photography, Erin Braun, and Revel Decor for their wonderful work on this wedding!
From the event designer, Erin Braun: When I first met Tess she described her personal style as an eclectic mix of vintage, bohemian, modern, and whimsical. This aesthetic is translated through every aspect of her life from the interior design of her historic home to her sense of fashion, so it was only natural to have this be the starting inspiration for her wedding. There was so much thought, love, and personality poured into every detail of this enchanting event!
Tess and Kevin love the city of Chicago where they met and they also love traveling and adventures in nature. We brought an organic textural aesthetic into the historic Café Brauer in downtown Chicago in order to represent both aspects of their life. With hundreds of ferns, stumps, towering branches, blooms, and moss we transformed the venue into a breathtaking enchanted forest with countless thoughtful details.
We created a unique color palette of blush, red, rich burgundy, and deep green with touches of antique gold and sky blue. Whimsical touches were added throughout the event through the playful hand illustrated map in the invitations, sky blue icing on the five tiered red velvet cake, hand painted watercolor stationary, and blue feathers that the flower girls tossed down the aisle. Vintage containers passed down through their families were used for the centerpieces and I sourced vintage double faced velvet ribbons in the most perfect tones of blush and light blue for the bouquets. The bride and her mother hand made blue floating candles for the tablescapes and blue velvet acorns that embellished every place setting. Above all of the lovely details, the bride was an absolute vision and completely stole the show with her captivating sense of style. She wore a stunning custom blush organza voluminous skirt overtop a sleek and modern backless Vera Wang gown and accessorized with deep red Jimmy Choo shoes, her vintage engagement ring, and a fresh bohemian flower crown. The incredibly romantic ceremony took place right at sunset and the room began to glow with hundreds of candles. The moments of sheer joy and happy tears shed throughout the day made evident that Tess and Kevin’s wedding was truly magical!
Event Deisgn, Planning, and Wedding Invitations
Hair and Makeup
Who doesn’t love being surrounded by bright colors and confetti? Today’s vibrant shoot comes from Ed and Aileen Photography, It’s All Happening Events and The Bread and Butterfly. These talented vendors certainly know how to customize a venue. These bright pops of coral and yellow will make you long for spring!
From the event designer, It’s All Happening Events: Our Electric Love styled shoot was inspired by two favorites of ours: neon signs and great dance parties. Our ideal clients are bold and not afraid to break tradition a little, so we wanted to showcase our ability to create a modern vibe while using a neon color palette, proving that a fun wedding can still be romantic and elegant. The venue, Room 1520, was a perfect contrast to the bright pops of pink and yellow with it’s endless white walls and industrial feel.
The bride’s look was relaxed and fun but still glam – we wanted her hair to have an edgy vibe to contrast the romantic flowing Elie Saab gown, tied together with a hot pink lip and Debbie Petrelli totally nailed it. We also designed the tablescape with the same mindset – simple, romantic, and fun – and it came together perfectly with florals by Carolyn at the Bread and Butterfly and printed materials by Ari at Chykolphia Designs.
Everything was captured perfectly by Ed and Aileen Photography, who got our vision immediately and produced photos that you can’t help but smile at. Our team of vendors was a dream come true and made everything work together, better than we could have imagined.
Chicago’s Salvage One has long been one of our favorite venues for industrial weddings — it’s simply the perfect backdrop for a variety of so many different styles. Beth and Brandon chose to contrast the industrial space with romantic decor and floral design, bringing on board the talented Artistrie Co., A Stem Above, and North Shore Weddings and Events to round out their vision!
From the bride, Beth: I wanted my wedding to be the most amazing day surrounded by my closest family and friends. I wanted everyone to laugh, feel the love and good energy in the room, and most of all be smiling and have a great time! It was important to me that the day felt intimate, cozy and comfortable for everyone there.
I did not have any color theme as I usually tend to love neutrals, blacks and gray. I loved the brightness and the delicateness that the white/lighter color flowers brought to the wedding. I loved Salvage One for its brick walls, concrete and romantic darker lighting and I wanted to include design that complimented that natural setting. One of my favorite pieces of the wedding were the mismatched lace table runners that my mom and I found from all over the country. We started collecting them and each one was special in its own way and I love how they pulled together the gorgeous table settings. I was also lucky enough to have my sister in law Alissa do all of the graphic design work for the wedding, so everything we printed was tied together. The invitations, to the welcome bags, to the programs all had a similar theme which I loved! She also designed a logo for us that we used on a wide range of pieces throughout the wedding. See attached for an example of the logo used on our program.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make sure your wedding is the most amazing party you want to be at and never want to end! There are so many details, questions, decisions to be made, so try to remember to have fun with it and don’t stress about the small stuff! Also spend the most time on the details of the wedding that are the most important to you. Brandon and I knew we wanted our dance floor packed the entire evening, so the details around the music were very important to us. We found an amazing band (Front of House) and had so much fun working with the band to talk through songs and the theme for the night!
My mom found an incredible folk guitar duo from the Old Town School of Music in Chicago. They were an adorable couple and they played an incredible variety of Bob Dylan songs which we loved hearing and knew everyone in attendance would enjoy as well. “Don’t Think Twice its Alright”, “Shelter From the Storm” and “Forever Young”.
Be sure to watch the film from Artistrie Co.!
Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Duet
As Halloween draws nearer, what could provide better inspiration than Edgar Allen Poe’s “Annabel Lee?” Tulip + Rose Photography and asrai garden are the creative minds behind this shoot inspired by one of Poe’s most famous works, and they filled the dreamy shoot with gobs of grey, black, and muted blues, setting the mood perfectly for a chic Halloween.
From the photographer, Tulip + Rose Photography: As lovers of all things romantic and the Halloween holiday, we have always wanted to do a dreamy wedding inspiration that played to both. We drew our inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee;” which is a story of lovelorn romance set at a kingdom by the sea that ultimately ends in tender tragedy. Steelwork Park, which is actually the ruins of the old US Steelworks in Chicago, is set right on Lake Michigan and made for the perfect kingdom by the sea. Chicago Vintage Rentals provided the antique table and chairs and the elegant place settings which were integral to our vision. The tablescape was completed with a graceful runner by Silk & Willow and delicate shells and driftwood from Asrai Gardens.
The florals, expertly crafted by Elizabeth Cronin of Asrai Gardens, were an amazing array of blooms many of which were sourced locally. The lush bouquet and centerpiece boasted an amazing architecture as the greenery and flowers delicately cascaded in a purposefully haphazard way – creating stunning artistic movement that mimicked the waves of the sea. Luscious Silk and Willow ribbon was tied around the stems of the bouquet to add even more romantic appeal. Jessica from Boho Ink‘s modern aesthetic merged with classic calligraphy techniques to create this incredible invitation suite. We simply couldn’t stop swooning over her attention to detail in every aspect of the design – from the paper to her intricately constructed words to the overall composition of the each piece – she truly creates works of art. While Edgar Allan Poe is traditionally rather macabre, this poem bears a slight deviation – incorporating unending love in the face of impending doom.
All you travel lovers out there, this one’s for you. Megan Saul Photography, Jayne Weddings and Events, and Field and Florist put together this safari inspired styled shoot, with loads of travel elements and a stunning black and gold color scheme — and just a hint of orange pincushion for a brilliant pop of color. Don’t miss the incredible wedding cake at the end!
From the photographer, Megan Saul: I have a fun styled shoot from Jayne Weddings in Chicago, Pure Kitchen Catering and myself. We bring to you a modern, safari themed shoot at City View Lofts here in Chicago. With winter coming up, we wanted to give brides a warm feeling indoors and they could bring that warmth indoors. With a homemade safari tent, beautiful florals and one awesome black and gold cake it truly was a shoot full of inspiration and we hope it inspires your readers.
Hair and Makeup
It’s our worst-kept secret that we absolutely love backdrops here at Ruffled, and today’s shoot is certainly in possession of one. Some of Chicago’s most talented vendors, including Ed & Aileen Photography, Dotted Events, and Blümgarten, came together to create this Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding shoot, blending blues and pinks together with whimsical vintage details for a look that’s straight out of Lewis Carroll’s imagination — all tied perfectly together by a tissue paper backdrop made by Lil Epic Event Design!
From Ed & Aileen Photography and Dotted Events: Lacuna Artist Loft Studios, with its uniqueness and eclectic nature, was the perfect platform for a shoot that was not only a little outside the box, but also something that could be out of a dream. The venue creates the perfect atmosphere for an Alice in Wonderland-inspired wedding shoot. And, as this year marks the 150th anniversary of the story written by Lewis Carroll, which has remained one of the most famous fairy tales of all time, it seemed fitting to pay tribute to this magical and unconventional work of art by reinterpreting it for the nuptials of a modern couple.
We started the shoot on the rooftop. With the city in the backdrop, but not quite within reach, the story unfolds. The bride and groom leave reality and the tumble down the rabbit hole begins. It takes them first down into a romantic dream world where they are backed by draping and meet again under a chandelier. Here, they try get their bearings straight, but things are getting “curiouser and curiouser!” Another tumble further down the rabbit hole takes them into a romantic tea-party inspired ceremony and reception. Captivated by a bright palette of purples, pinks, and greens, we used a mix of bright and neutral colors to bring out a whimsical feel. Enchanting florals, from oversized peony blossoms to layers of moss, were complimented by other natural pieces, such as handcrafted wooden furniture and a naked cake. Elements of the tale appear throughout, from mismatched hand-painted invitations, antique place settings, pocket watches, and golden chess pieces to bronze keys, vintage books, and miniature “drink me” and “eat me” favors. Each and every detail was added to bring in some of the most important pieces of the story through symbolism and presence.
Their journey ends in a white room that seems to be getting smaller and smaller. This perspective art exhibit at Lacuna Artist Lofts was absolutely perfect. And only a short elevator ride up to bring them back to reality. While Alice in Wonderland has a dark side, the focus of the shoot was on the lighter, romantic elements of the story, as we were inspired by Carroll’s writing to celebrate love and companionship. However, we did separate from the story at the very end; unlike for Alice, for our bride and groom, the experience is not intended to be a distant memory, but instead it will be a day that they will never forget — filled with romance, whimsy, and adventure. “‘I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.'”
Wedding Dress and Jewelry
Chairs and Linens
Lighting and Draping
No two words are music to my ears quite like “floral graffiti.” The Big Fake Wedding chose this as their theme for their recent visit to Chicago, which had a paper flower backdrop as the center of attention in varying shades of pink, purple, and white. Also adorable? The bride’s wedding dress had bits of floral adornments throughout!
Floral Graffiti Inspiration board photo credits, from left to right, top to bottom:
Mandy Kellogg Rye, Rustic White, Amy Merrick, designlovefest, Claudia Rose Carter, Miss Wyolene, Jonathan Saunders, Peggy Porschen | Board Curator: Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press
Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Table 4, 5, 6)
Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 1, 2, 3)
Reception Space + Bachelor Parties
Personalized Wedding Magazine
Invitations (Yellow and Purple Letterpress Suite)
Invitations (Pink and Coral Floral Suite)
Invitations (Coral and Purple Letterpress Suite) + Table Numbers
Programs + Menus
National Sparkling Wine Sponsor
National Travel Vendor
In the past few years it seems like romantic wedding inspiration has practically gone hand in hand with pastel hues. While we will always love pastels, this styled shoot from Olivia Leigh Photographie and Fleur keeps the focus on lots of romantic ideas, but uses a bold color palette with rich berry tones for a look that’s a bit more contemporary and absolutely out of this world.
From the photographer, Olivia of Olivia Leigh Photographie: Kelly Marie from Fleur and I together did creative direction on the shoot last spring and devised a beautiful theme inspired by classic still life paintings and an Italian countryside feel. In the past few years we’ve seen such a return back to soft, classic, romantic palettes with lots of pastels, blush, and cream (which are all so beautiful), and we were very interested to work together to create a shoot to showcase more contrasting, richer tones. Typically when we see bolder colors they are done in more of a “fun” or “party” style and we really strove to show that you can still an elegant, incredibly classic style while still incorporating richer colors that can really look so amazing in photographs!
Kelly did all floral styling which was just incredible, using vintage furniture and table top wear from re:Find Joy and Nimblewell, and Elysia Root did a gorgeous cake with a custom painted design on it. Alissa from Feast Calligraphy did amazing calligraphy for our table settings and menu cards that showcased a seasonal rustic menu concept, and we did a custom (and easy DIY!) amaro favor/bar to keep on trend (amaro is super hot in Chicago right now!) and provide a unique alternative to a regular signature cocktail. Our beautiful bride model, Hailey, wore a gorgeous Sarah Seven lace gown that carried through the romantic and dramatic but easy feel of the shoot. Shannon O’Brien created beautiful makeup looks for our bride and bridesmaid, with a bold lip on the bride and smokey eyes on the bridesmaid, and Danielle Keller did gorgeous romantic hairstyling that felt classic but still had relaxed modern twists with a braid for part of the shoot.
I really LOVE this shoot and I hope you will agree! I think it has a romantic and classic feel while still hopefully offering something a little fresh and different to readers that we hope will inspire them to consider some different palettes!
Photography and Creative Direction
Floral Styling and Creative Direction
Additional Tabletop Rentals
Calligraphy and Paper Goods
We’re thrilled to bring you today’s incredible styled shoot from the talented team of ladies known as the Photography Stylistas, including Keren Sarai Photography, Markit Photography, Nikole Marie Photography, and Dominique Strom Photography. This group joined with Accent on Events and Oliver Dogwood Florals to create a scene of marsala tones, copper, and brilliant white with plenty of romantic touches and just a dash of modern sensibility.
From the Photography Stylistas: The Photography Stylistas is a group of photographers from Chicago, IL that believe collaboration is a wonderful way to create beauty together. In our latest shoot we’ve taken the elegance of the Chicago loft style created an intimate romantic wedding shoot.
We started by bringing all of our elements and details to one of Chicago’s most up and coming venues, Brique. With all of the natural light, brick and white walls it provided, we were able to use it as the most perfectly, naturally lit backdrop. We started our inspiration with the color selections of cream, copper and marsala. From there came rich and full florals, a naked cake, copper pots, lace applique on the dress, a navy three-piece suite, custom-made pearl ring, and a farm table and chairs that everyone dreams of having in their home one day — every dreamed-up element came together perfectly.
For the shoot, we incorporated pieces of birch throughout the venue and dinner table which paired perfectly with the gorgeous naked cake designed by Alliance Bakery. Laura Ahern of Accent on Events helped style our tablescape and dessert bar which included marsala linen napkins, candles, wooden chargers and a delicate cream runner, which was the perfect contrast to our farm table provided by Tablescapes Rental. The shoot wouldn’t have come together without the stunning florals by Oliver Dogwood Co., providing the gorgeous, visual beauty which truly linked everything back to our original inspiration. Boutique Bites brought in that final, extra detail. Bringing the entire shoot together with their signature take on the famous pomegranate kir royale cocktail, catered dinner, copper pots and mugs, and hot chocolate bar. We are so incredibly proud of the support from our vendors, and the work put into this shoot to make it one of our most exciting and most beautiful styled shoots to date. We hope this brings some ideas and inspiration to brides all over.
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
This styled shoot from the marvelous team of Laura Witherow Photography, Camille Victoria Weddings, and Stemline Creative shows us what a wedding celebration may have looked like the morning after A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Eucalyptus crowns, mossy accents, a tower with macarons ready for the picking, and hints of whimsy in all the right places make this shoot as inspiring as it is romantic and woodsy!
From the event designer, Camille Victoria Weddings: The movie A Midsummer Night’s Dream brought Shakespeare’s famous play to life for me. I was mesmerized by the lush forest scenery that, when night fell, was a playground for mischievous fairies. But at the end of the play and the movie, the evening’s fun and merriment is covered up with a bit of magic. The imagery of the movie stuck with me, and, as an event planner, I knew I wanted to one day try to capture that aesthetic. The concept for this shoot came as I wondered: What if, instead of a cover-up, the playful fairies of the story had left evidence of their shenanigans the next day?
I imagined what it would be like for a wanderer in the woods to come upon a beautiful table set for a feast that hinted at the excitement that took place there. Even during the day, such an encounter could seem like a dream. With this shoot, I hoped to depict that magic of the forest and show that it doesn’t have to disappear during the day! In the actual story, the character Helena is madly in love with Demetrius, who, in turn, only has eyes for another. For our shoot, I envisaged a scenario where Helena finally gets her man (maybe with a little help from the fairies) and is celebrating her wedding.
I wanted the tablescape to seem like an offshoot from the forest floor, incorporating shades of deep greens, whites, ivories, and browns. To create a dream-like effect, I pictured flowers cascading from above. Ryan Turner from StemLine Creative brought the vision to life. The table truly became a forest floor by composing a runner of moss with various herbs, plants, and birch vases full of blooms sprouting upwards. A column covered in curly willow branches brought the forest indoors and gave the feeling of a large tree sheltering the party. Ryan hung strands of rose petals and dangling votives from above to give the feeling of chancing upon this hidden feast.
The bride’s bouquet was full of texture, showcasing dusty miller and fiddlehead ferns for just a touch of whimsy. Every detail was meant to highlight elements of the forest while still maintaining the elegance of a noble wedding. The place settings consisted of large tree slices as chargers. Even the Spode silverware features woodland animals on the handles. We used Chiavari chairs to maintain that formal feel, yet we mixed the type of chairs, from fruitwood to Lucite, for the eclectic feel of the forest. Windy City Linen provided the beautiful Shantung tablecloth and napkins. Letterpress by Lydia designed place cards using a wood grain paper to echo the organic feel of the forest. As a nod to Shakespeare’s play, each place card names one of characters, and baby artichokes served as a natural card holder. Lydia made menu scrolls tied with sprigs of Rosemary that we placed atop small birch tree slices that would act as bread plates. And if you look closely, the menu consists of ingredients that could be found in the forest. The letterpress wedding invitation is traditional and elegant with just a light dusting of glitter along the edges for a touch of the magical.
Sugar Fixe Patisserie provided two exquisite macaron topiaries that we positioned as part of the centerpieces to look as if they were also growing out of the forest floor. I also loved that the topiaries could be an interactive dessert, where our imagined guests could pull off their own macarons to snack on. Sugar Fixe also made a three-tiered wedding cake decorated with royal icing to look like moss. We draped the wooden cake table in moss and used a tree stump as the cake stand, so that even the wedding cake seemed to emerge from the forest. Michelle Jeremias of My Chicago Stylist coordinated the fashion. The gorgeous dresses came from Mignonette Bridal. The accessories came from Mignonette Bridal and Le Thrift, and the shoes came from James Ciccotti Bridal Shoes and Accessories.And, of course, Laura Witherow Photography took the incredible photos, highlighting every detail and turning our work into art.This shoot was truly a collaboration, mixing the organic with the elegant. I am still in awe of everyone’s talents. After creating such an amazing setting, I only wish that we could have actually sat down to a woodland dinner together at that stunning table!
Event Design and Planning
Who says garden weddings are just for the outdoors? This styled shoot from For the Love of It and Two Sisters Events shows us how easy it is to bring gorgeous floral design and lush settings inside. A tablescape with fresh fruit including cherries and peaches is just the icing on the cake!
From the event designers, Two Sisters Events: There’s nothing better than taking two very different design inspirations and merging them into something fun and unexpected. For this Wedding Inspiration shoot by Elyse Dawn and Besty Dawn of Two Sisters Events, we took the very popular Boho trend and lightened it up by adding some structure with a pastel palette and classic, “preppy” lines and elements. The style and color palettes of weddings in the 1960s also inspired this shoot.
This era inspired a pastel palette, a modern Boho feel is added in the grayed-pastel shades. The bridesmaids, in their gorgeous flowing dresses from brideside.com by Joanna August, are the perfect mix for the vision. Hair and make-up artist, Tabatha Redar, gave the maids voluminous up-do’s mixed with the cat-eyes, giving a formal, yet exotic feel to the ladies. Each bridesmaid picked out her own dress style and jewelry, and they were asked to layer the jewelry on! By allowing them to pick out certain elements of their attire, each bridesmaid’s personal style comes through. In lieu of bridesmaid bouquets, floral crowns were used to add whimsy to this relaxed and fun look.
The bride’s stunning gown is named Maracaibo by YolanCris, from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture. It’s a softer take on a mermaid gown, with layer upon layer of beautiful lace that cascades down into a flowing train. The body-hugging top is a modern take on the traditional idea of flowing Boho dresses. The lace-trimmed veil adds a more formal touch for the ceremony. The veil also picked up the Spanish vibes from the dress, giving an eclectic touch to the bridal party. The men pull formality into the day with their black tuxedos from GQ Formalwear. A mix of patterns, colors and textures in the custom bow ties and pocket squares from Peter Field relax their look, while adding to the interesting variances throughout the decor. Chez, located in the heart of downtown Chicago, was the perfect space for this inspirational shoot! In its newly renovated location Chez offers a clean, modern space that showcases any event’s decor beautifully. The juxtaposition of white brick and cement floors with flowing fabrics, warms tones, and brass accents creates a modern, but approachable atmosphere. The ceremony arch designed by Two Sisters Events picks up on the industrial feel of the space with wood and metal, the pastel florals, along with tattered ribbons and brass chains add to this electric mix of two worlds.
The reception table design is opulent and eclectic, sitting under flowing billows of soft drapery. Layered table clothes in muted tones are the perfect base for this table that is overflowing with a mix of sumptuous and beautiful wedding essentials. Not only are the vases for the floral arrangements mixed- and-matched in style and material, but the floral types and arrangement styles mirror this, and add to the formal, elegant, yet fun vibe of the entire event. Pops of blue from the satin napkin and bright, sweet nectarines are the perfect pop of color at each place setting. A slightly different take on a naked cake is shown with soft pink frosting between the layers of yellow cake, and topped with a large soft Dahlia.
Shoot Location: Chicaco, IL / Photographer: For the Love of It / Event Design, Planning, and Flowers: Two Sisters Events / Venue: Chez / Wedding Dress: YolanCris “Maracaibo” via Dimitra’s Bridal Couture / Hair: St Charles Hair Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August via brideside.com / Groom’s Attire: GQ Formalwear / Wedding Cake: The Sugar Path / Rentals: M&M Special Events
Gold and black with plenty of greenery is always such a sophisticated color palette, and it matches perfectly with an Art Deco wedding theme. Martha and Ricardo exchanged their vows in the heart of Chicago, with Victoria Sprung Photography, Sweetchic Events, and Asrai Garden by their sides. The wedding day was full of darling details, from the bride’s gold sequin reception dress to the Day of the Dead figurines.
From the bride, Martha: Ricardo and I, along with our sons, Leo and Max were already a family but we wanted a beautiful celebration and reflection of our love to share our joy with everyone that is special to us. It could not have turned out better. The ceremony was beautiful and the entire night was so amazing that we were pinching ourselves at the end of the night. We told everyone the wedding was a joyous blur because that’s exactly how it felt to us, just one night of pure, unadulterated joy. We danced all night and loved it all. We just wish we could do it again… and again.
We were trying to include glamorous and vintage elements by husband and I both love while also incorporating important cultural traditions. I didn’t set out to have a color scheme but I kept gravitating to gold and black, after a while I stopped fighting it. I just wanted something that felt pulled together and beautiful. I can’t say I DIY’d a whole lot, I was more of a creative director. I did make the bridesmaid’s bouquets myself with flowers from Fiftyflowers, I’m very proud of those. I was sporting a blister on my hand that day to prove it. My mother made by veil by hand, French Chantilly lace on silk tulle, it took her hours and is totally precious to me so I guess that’s the most important DIY.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Trust your gut about vendors and be honest about your budget. If someone is not as responsive as you would like or doesn’t understand your vision, feel free to walk away. Most importantly, get a planner, especially if you have a lot of details you want to see come together in the end but don’t want to be the one making sure it’s done right. My planner was Courtney Brust from Sweetchic and she was liberating. We felt like guests at our wedding and that was invaluable. The day went by so fast and I loved it every minute. In hindsight I know we would have been upset to have precious time taken up by making sure details were taken care of properly, and we had a lot of them.
Bride’s Processional: Clair de Lune, Debussy
First Dance: “Across the Universe,” The Beatles
Cake Cutting: “By My Baby,” The Ronettes
Father/Daughter Dance: “Mi Niña Bonita”
Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Victoria Sprung Photography / Event Design: Sweetchic Events / Bride’s Bouquet, Altar Arrangement, Boutonnieres: Asrai Garden / Bridesmaid’s Bouquets: Bride / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Reception Venue: Kitchen Chicago / Wedding Dress: Tara Keeley “2306” / Reception Dress: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Veil: Bride’s mother / Bridal Sash: Sara Morgan Bridal / Crystal Comb: Percy Handmade / Jewelry: Ben-Amun / Hair: Ramsay Marston / Makeup: Briette Madrid / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway / Groom’s Attire: Indochino / Caterer: Hue-gah / Wedding Cake: Sweet Mandy B’s / DJ: Toast & Jam / Lighting: Elevated Event Design / Flatware and Linens: Ultrapom Rentals / Sequin Table Runners: Sparkle Pony / Napkins, Wine Tags: Foryourparty.com / Couple Figurine: LaCasaRoja / Photobooth: Magbooth / Gold Foil Invitations: Devco Foil / Paper Goods: Merrymint Designs / Transportation: Windy City Limo / Videographer: Sean Loftus
Camping might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chicago, but this styled shoot from Made to be Mine and Bittersweet Floral makes it clear that you can bring a bit of ‘glamping’ style into any surroundings. Also, we have to say that the bride’s floor-length sequin skirt is one we’d definitely like to see more of on wedding days!
From the photographer, Kristi of Made to be Mine: I grew up camping. It’s kind of the most peaceful and awesome thing ever. I know some people think it’s gross, difficult, maybe even pointless… but I think our collective minds are starting to appreciate nature more and what we share with it. This whole “glamping” trend started a while back but I’ve seen it more recently hitting feeds of all kinds. More specifically, I saw a pin about the Northern Lights… you can rent out IGLOOS to camp in and watch the lights in a comfy pile of linens. From there, my inspiration took off… the colors of the northern lights combined with the joys of camping. After a few weeks of planning it became clear that this is how my wedding will most likely go… as I said, my childhood was full of camping. It was almost as if I was planning my own wedding instead of a styled shoot. Needless to say, I’m holding onto all of these ideas for my special someday!
Now the table, that table is just one of my favorite things ever. My dad helped me build it out of pallet wood. The design is completely my own, I love the angles coming in and out of each other, and the clean lines combined with the rustic wood is just my favorite. I wish I would’ve kept it! I’ve been loving on concrete as well, and I was inspired by one of my favorite etsy shops (of which I included her pieces for this shoot), with the gold and concrete combination. So I got some cinder blocks and painted them for the base of the table. All in all this was a very easy DIY, both of those things I found for FREE btw! The brass candlesticks are just so beautiful against the wood… but I also wanted to tie in the blues of the NL as well… the combination of the two with the silver and white candles, I just drooled with every shot.
I found several lanterns and more concrete pieces as well for my floral designer to go crazy with, and she pulled it off flawlessly. I even took some of the pieces home to gaze over more until they dried up. There are small winks to camping with the lanterns, canteens, and binoculars. The invitations were designed from a single photograph of pine trees, with added camping icons, and fun nods to adventures in the woods, I loved how they turned out and looked with the rest of the shoot. Natural pieces like the wooden silverware, Jill’s necklace, and the wildflowers, kept the feel of the outdoors while being paired with very beautiful and modern pieces. One of my favorite aspects were the place cards; old camping badges from scouts that I found on etsy and through antique vendors, with the person’s name and table number attached, and old handkerchiefs to conceal the back of the badge. I love the idea of people pinning badges of all kinds to their person, or just having a fun little kitschy souvenir to take home. The place setting is just a dream to me; wooden silverware dipped in gold, something an eco-loving camper would adore for their wedding, fancy little woodland creatures adorn the plates, hand-dyed napkins, and copper mugs. OH, and you can’t have a campsite without s’mores and trail mix! The cake was inspired by the trail mix, with berries and nuts decorating the spread. Deconstructed s’mores were at a second dessert table, with graham cracker covered marshmallows from wondermade.com and little cups of caramel, nutella, and chocolate sauce for dipping. Along with an adorable s’mores pie, lit up with a tiny sparkler. My favorite piece of all were those amazing vintage postcards I found, easily diy-ed to be table numbers or a banner, all the images were of mountains and wooded areas all over the U.S… and they were REAL, what a fun treat to read the back and dive into someone’s past adventures! I am so grateful to Jill and Brad for their love, beauty, and willingness to participate, my amazing vendors for being perfect at what they do, and for the world around me that inspired this gorgeous, laid-back style. It all came together to reveal something unique and gorgeous, a wedding I wish was my own.
Shoot Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Made to be Mine / Floral Design: Bittersweet Floral / Long-sleeved Top: Fossil / Layered Tank Top: ASOS / Gold Skirt: Revolve / Druzy Necklace and Ring: DanaCastle / Hair and Makeup: Ali Onken of Bella’s Salon / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Tan Jacket: Zara / Grey Tie: Prada / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Wedding Cakes: Jordan Sneath
What could be a more perfect mix than a garden wedding ceremony followed by a chic downtown wedding at one of Chicago’s hippest spots? Pen Carlson recently captured the wedding of Sara and Martin, two lovelies who envisioned a wedding theme of “country picnic chic.” Thanks to Jayne Weddings & Events and Foxglove Studio, I’d say they certainly achieved it!
From the bride, Sara: Martin and I met working in a restaurant; we fell in love over drinks and food. We also share a strong love for entertaining. Martin is from Texas so we knew we wanted something that connected our guests with a few of our shared passions. We were kind of all over the place until we met Katie from Jayne weddings and she coined the “country picnic chic”. Our colors were based on florals that we loved. Lots of greens in all different tones, dusty pinks, bright coral and sage. The venue had rusted walls and lots of wood so we needed to fit in, not fight with the space.
Our flowers were amazing. We didn’t realize until we had already started booking that we were getting married on Mother’s Day, no biggie right? Well we had a heck of a time finding a florist willing to work on the busiest retail holiday of the year. When we finally found Caitlin I knew that the the search was well worth it. We had long picnic tables and family style dinner so she came up with a plan. Tons of tiny bottles, colored glass, ferns and fluffy single stem flowers. She even threw in a few cacti for the Texan!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Relax. And don’t drag it out. We ended up pushing our wedding back a few months (we found out we were expecting a baby!) by the time the wedding came we were both so ready!
Processional: “Run to Me,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Somebody to Love,” Queen
First Dance: “Something,” George Harrison/The Beatles
At the end of the night we played Bohemian Rhapsody and literally every person there sang along. It was epic.
From the event designers, Jayne Weddings & Events: Sara and Martin are one of the sweetest, loving, dotting couples we have ever had the honor to work with. You’ll see it in these pictures, the way they look at each other gives me goosebumps! They came to Jayne Weddings and Events for full event design and coordination. Martin is from Texas and wanted his guest to feel comfortable in the windy city. The couple both work in the restaurant industry, and knew they wanted to host their wedding in a place surrounded by industry friends and family. They choose Green St. Smoked Meats because it was a bit of country with a downtown address. They also brought in foods from other restaurants they are involved with , oysters from Maudes, Coffee from La Columbe, this was a foodie wedding for sure! The dinner service was family style, so we had to go light on the flowers, but we added fun pops of color by choosing a colorful mix of vintage glassware from Nimblewell, 4 different patterns of napkins in the same blue, and used butcher paper for the table runners! There were (bride and groom made) pickle favors, cacti, and many cowboy boots and hats! Jayne Weddings & Events also worked closely with Aged Vintage Rentals and Foxglove Studio to create some lovely hand lettered vintage signage draped in gorg garlands! The couple chose an amazing band who taught guests a few line dances mixed into their typical retro country sets. We made a giant 8 foot gold fringe star to shine over the entire occasion. Although it rained for the reception (which was fine, as it made the venue look even more magical!) The ceremony was held outdoors at the Humbolt Formal Gardens. Martin, the groom even mowed the aisle the morning of, just to make sure everything was perfect for his bride!
Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Pen Carlson / Event Design and Full Service Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events / Florist: Foxglove Studio / Ceremony Venue: Humbolt Park Formal Gardens / Reception Venue: Green Street Smoked Meats / Wedding Dress and Sash: BHLDN / Hair: Debbie Petrielli / Makeup: Nika Vaughan / Sister’s Dress: Free People / Groom and Best Man Attire: Brooks Brothers / Wedding Cake: Luscious Layers / Cookies and homemade pickle favors: Bride’s mother / Glassware Rentals: Nimblewell / Vintage Rentals: Aged Vintage Rentals / Wedding Musicians: Golden Horse Ranch Band / Sound Checks and Speakers: Uncanned Music / Photo Booth: Traveling Photo Booth / Wedding Invitations: Spilled Ink Press
The 1960s had so much to offer the world, from messages of peace and love to shortened hemlines. One of our favorite 1960s moments was the “mod” movement, which brought forward tailored suits, the popularity of jazz and R&B music, and bright colors aplenty. Tuan H. Bui Photographer, Naturally Yours Events, and Fab Flora put together this styled shoot with the mod aesthetic in mind, and we’re wild about the result.
From the event stylist, Naturally Yours Events: This shoot is inspired by the 1960s style of entertaining with small canapés and bright colors. We used vibrant orange and yellow in the flowers with accents of green in the foliage. The flowers were featured in a grouping of white modern vases, each with their own unique shape. Our florist, Fab Flora, made sure to use seasonal flowers by working with orange winter berries, yellow dahlias, and white anemones.
To complement these textured blooms, we used a layering effect with different pieces on the table. White linen was accented with a geometrical patterned runner, porcelain white plates sat atop textured wooden chargers, while green and blue glassware added in some color next to the mix-match of wooden and acrylic candle holders. One of my favorite elements in the shoot is the vintage mirror place cards and handmade table number. The venue, Firehouse Chicago, provide the perfect backdrop with white subway tiles and dark wooden doors. Because it was an old firehouse they even had lightly used furniture from the 1960’s in the basement, ready for our use. We incorporated the mod furniture into our craft cocktail lounge where FIG Catering whipped up some colorful old-fashioned drinks fit for entertaining.
They didn’t stop there — FIG Catering took classic 1960s canapés, like egg salad and pigs in a blanket, and presented them on vintage platters from Nimble Well. Their sweets table featured delicious small bites of grandma’s classic sweets like, pineapple upside down cake and lemon meringue. We added more of a mix-match layered look with different textured platters in wood, porcelain, and acrylic. The cake from Elysia Root Cakes, featured a square shape, smooth texture, with a pop of color and pattern. The pattern seen on the cake was incorporated throughout our stationery elements designed by Spilled Ink Press. That same pattern was carried over with the sweets table backdrop where we repurposed embroidery rounds painted royal blue and chicken wire as an architectural piece to hang floral elements from.
The whole shoot was perfectly brought together by Tuan H. Bui’s photographs. He capture the drama and excitement of the 1960’s style of entertaining and of our stylish models. Our bride wore a true 1960’s beaded dress with white gloves. Her makeup and hair, done by Debra Petrielli, captured the times perfectly. Our groom drew his inspiration from the Beatles with the skinny a pant and bright blue suite coat. His look was perfectly finished with a yellow patterned tie.
Shoot Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Tuan H. Bui Photographer / Event Planner: Naturally Yours Events / Florist: Fab Flora / Venue: Firehouse Chicago / Wedding Dress: Powdervtg / Hair and Makeup: Debra Petrielli / Savory Canapés, Sweets, and Cocktails: FIG Catering / Wedding Cake: Elysia Root Cakes / Table Rentals: Tablescapes / Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen / Tabletop Rentals: Nimble Well / Stationery: Spilled Ink Press / Models: Jena Nixon of Gold Noise DJs and Neil Cummins
Photography Stylistas is a team of six talented photographers from Chicago with an eye for drumming up fab styled shoots, and this time they’re bringing us an elegantly styled Parisian romance session with the help of Two Sisters Event Design and Sheila Jung of Ipomea Floral. There’s a lot about this styled shoot we can’t get out of our heads, but the minty-grey gown from Theia Couture might just take the cake.
From the Photography Stylistas: Tucked away in the busy city of Chicago is the gorgeous RM Champagne Salon. The Photography Stylistas immediately fell in love with this venue for its Parisian feel, brick walls, eclectic décor, and the overall vintage ambiance. We knew this would be the perfect venue and we were overjoyed when Two Sister Events styled the room for us.
We used soft mint and sparkling gold to add to the romantic yet chic atmosphere. The flowers were carefully curated by Ipomea Floral Design. Using white flowers with a hint of blush pink roses and soft greens. We tied everything together with a little bit of sparkle! From the bride’s shoes, glitter envelope lining, down to the stunning four tier gold cake from Luscious Layers Bakery.
Trusting the trends, the Photography Stylistas decided to go with a elegant mint lace wedding dress from Rent The Runway. We finished our bride’s look by adding a delicate gold floral headpiece from Percy Handmade. Our groom was in an ever-stylish black tuxedo and we completed his dashing look with a satin gold bow tie. Every detail of this shoot came together perfectly, helping us create the timeless romantic wedding every bride deserves.
Shoot Location: Chicago, IL / Photographers: Christine Brizendine of Dabble Me This, Jacqui Cole Photography, Keren Sarai Photography, Photography By Aparna Paul Jain, Kelly McCue Photography, and Nikole Marie Photography / Concept: Photography Stylistas / Event Design: Two Sisters Event Design / Floral Design: Sheila Jung of Ipomea Floral / Venue: RM Champagne Salon / Wedding Dress: Theia Couture “Heaven on Earth Gown” / Headpiece or Veil: Percy Handmade / Engagement Ring and Wedding Band: Oliverio Jewelers / Hair and Makeup: Samara and Krysten of Bridal Beauty Chicago / Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Formally Modern / Tie and Pocket Square: The Tie Bar / Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery / Cake Pops, Cakes in Jar: Fancy Me Cupcakes / Linens: Two Sister Event Design / Invitations and Details: Lindsey Kay Design / Models: Rachel Kluber and Timothy Whelan
“Love” isn’t nearly enough to capture how I feel about this wedding from Kate Romenesko. It was planned entirely by the bride and her mother, and by the looks of it, you’d think they’ve had a lifetime of wedding planning experience. Every bit of this Day of the Dead-inspired affair is perfection, right down to the floral design from Pistil and Vine.
From the bride, Marisa: Our theme for our wedding evolved over the planning process, one of the guiding images that shaped our style was a vintage postcard of a lovely lady picking oranges, this image’s mix of classic beauty and bright citrus tones captured my vision for the wedding. We started the design process by finding the perfect venue, Honky Tonk BBQ. The venue’s urban, rural, industrial mix perfectly fit our personalities and the staff there were so open to all of our ideas. It was like hosting an amazing party in a friend’s backyard. We were able to bring in all of our DIY projects and friends and family to help decorate and create the space.
The theme for our wedding was loosely based on some of our vintage Mexican art objects that we have gathered over the years. I knew from the beginning that I wanted the wedding to be bright, we chose warm citrus tones as our color scheme. Each bridesmaid chose their own dress in the citrus color scheme. Our venue was Honky Tonk BBQ’s Secret Garden, which is a beautiful old church convent that has been transformed into an urban oasis tucked into an old Chicago neighborhood. One of the many focal points for the wedding space was the wall of papel picados, or Mexican paper flags. We commissioned an amazing Etsy artist to create a string of customized papel picados. We had a crafting gathering with friends to cut the rest of the papel picados, this was a great way to connect with old friends, and give them a chance to create an original flag that would be a part of the wedding. Just about all of the decor was DIY, which proved to be a great way to slow down and connect with family and friends in the crazy weeks and months before the wedding. For each project we invited over different people to help us cut, glue, and assemble the little objects that all came together on the day of the wedding. It was fun to have these personal touches surrounding us on the day of the wedding.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advise for couples planning their wedding now is to make the arrangements for all the out of town guest early on, so the weeks and months before the big day are not filled with lodging logistics. That way you can spend more time before the wedding thinking about the fun design stuff, and making last minute DIY projects. Also, I recommend spending the time in the begging to find a venue that fits your wedding style, we found the perfect venue for our style, so we didn’t have to spend any time thinking about trying to turn a space into something that it was not. Our space was rustic and filled with beautiful old vintage furniture, so we did not have to think about ways to bring in vintage pieces on our own.
Processional: “You Make Me Smile,” Aloe Blacc
First Dance: “Tupelo Honey,” Van Morrison
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was hiring a live band to play. The band was The Weepin’ Willows, an amazing local Patsy Cline cover band. The band played a lovely mix of Patsy Cline standards and included a few choice songs that we requested (crowd favorites were “Jackson”, by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and the Eagles’ “One of these Nights”).
From the photographer, Kate: This is by far the most colorful wedding I’ve ever shot and is full of creative, cultural decor that highlights the couple’s and their neighborhood’s Hispanic heritage. The wedding took place in the eclectic Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago in what they call “The Secret Garden,” a large open garden space enclosed by a vintage brick wall covered in vines with a small historic church which now serves as the indoor event space. It’s an absolutely fabulous event space and the couple decorated the space with some of the most creative, colorful, and unique items.
Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Kate Romenesko / Wedding Planner: Bride + mother / Florist: Pistil and Vine / Venue and Caterer: Honky Tonk BBQ’s Secret Garden / Wedding Dress: Vintage via Wedding Belles in Barrington, IL / Veil: family heirloom / Wedding Shoes: Modcloth / Wedding Dessert table: each pie, cake, cupcake was brought by family and friends – we prepared little flags for each dessert ahead of time for the bakers to label their dessert with / Band: The Weepin’ Willows / Papel Picado: Ay Mujer / Wedding Invitations: bride / Invitations Inserts: Minted
Every time I see a wedding at Chicago’s Salvage One, I fall more and more in love. This time, it’s captured by Olivia Leigh Photographie and decorated to perfection by Big Day Easy and A Stem Above. Keep reading for more from Leanna about her wedding day vision:
From the bride, Lennea: Kyle and I have always loved vintage and salvaged items. His escape is reading and mine is craft. So we definitely wanted handmade touches and literature involved. While we now live in California we will always love Chicago; where we met and fell in love. A great mix of urban grit and neighborhood gallery.
We knew we wanted Salvage One for the reception. A warehouse full of salvaged antiques that we used to roam many years before. For a soft romantic touch we used creams, pinks, and soft grey with a few highlights or creamy yellow. I hand-stamped the escort cards and table markers. I also used a Gocco printer to make the bookmark save-the-dates. We wanted the ceremony and reception to be as personal as possible. One of our dearest friends married us and we had such a special experience developing the ceremony including a ring warming and choosing meaningful poetry to include.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? No matter what, the day of, just let go of all your worries. It is such a meaningful experience and should be full of joy! We couldn’t believe how fast it all went and how much fun we had! If you have a lot of vendors or details, I found that a day of coordinator took all the stress off me and my ladies!
First dance: “The Very Thought of You,” Billie Holiday
Music is one of Kyle’s obsessions so we had many favorites. Dustin from Style matters worked with us to exhibit our eclectic taste and we included “Kiss Me On the Bus” because we met on a bus! Our ceremony music was largely based on suggestions from the organist because we were not as familiar with Organ appropriate tunes.
Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Day-Of Coordination: Amy Stockbridge of Big Day Easy / Florist: A Stem Above / Ceremony Venue: University of Chicago Bond Chapel / Reception Venue: Salvage One / Wedding Veil: hand sewn re-work of bride’s mom’s veil / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN / Earrings: Nordstrom / Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey / Hair: Ginger Damato / Makeup: Wendy City Faces / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Tuxedo: Jim’s Formalwear / Wedding Caterer: Food for Thought / Pies: Hoosier Mama Pies / Pie Plate Rental: Nimble Well / Ceremony Musician: organist Thomas Weisflog / Cocktail Hour Musicians: String Theory / DJ: Dustin Harris of Style Matters / Rubber Stamps for Escort Cards: Dragonflybuzz / Photo Booth: A&A studios / Wedding Invitations: Love vs. Design / Videographer: Studio 272
If you loved the backdrop from today’s shoot as much as I did, you will love this project made by Studio Finch. These doily domes can be simply added on a wall using double sided tape, perfect for any wall in need of a backdrop. Super easy to whip up for a bridal shower or dessert table.
– Vintage Doilies
– Cups (to place balloon doily molds upright while drying)
Blow balloons up to match the size of the doilies (smaller doilies require smaller balloons)
Mix 1 part flour to 1 part water for paste
Dip the doily fully into the Mixture
Wipe excess mixture off of doily
Place the doily on top of the balloon
Place the doily balloon form on top of the cup
Let sit for 3 days until the dome doily structure has hardened.
Let the air out of the balloon and the dry doily will hold the dome shape on its own for decorating.
Photographer: Studio Finch / Floral Design: Ipomea Floral / Decor: Revelry Creative / Dresses: BHLDN / Shoes: Nina / Engagement Ring: Janish Jewels / Doilies and Brooch for Bouquet: Thrift Store / Jewelry: Les Néréides / Perfume: Happ & Stahns / Wedding Cake: Lovely: A Bake Shop / Champagne Flutes: Crate & Barrel / Place Card Holders and Bird Salt and Pepper Shakers: Jonathan Adler / Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Cristine / Wedding Invitations: Twigs and Lace / Model: Jolene Grace
Being left-handed, I’ve always secretly envied those who knew how to crochet. These small works of art were styled to perfection in this inspiration shoot created by Studio Finch and Ipomea Floral. The shades of whites combined with aqua and blush are the perfect pops of color for this texture rich tablescape:
From Studio Finch: We always love the warm fuzzy feeling from visiting our grandma’s house. The doily idea taken from that soft warm feeling we wanted to incorporate a modern take with these vintage pieces. Ipomea Floral set out the idea of painting old bird cage decor elements and we paired them with modern Jonathan Adler bird salt-n-pepper shakers. They complimented the light and airy setting with the florals and glitter perfectly. The short doily inspired reception dress from BHLDN paired perfectly with the doily covered wall, which translated into the soft whimsical feel on the cake from Lovely- Bake Shop. The tulle in her long wedding dress further brought us in- each flower was carefully chosen for the shoot to complement the soft femininity of the bride with Peonies and Ranunculuses along with the King Protea and white Orchids complimenting the strong modern bits from the shoot. The Happ & Stahns perfume blended in with the florals.
To compliment the pale blue pink and antiqued cream, we added touches of gold and glitter sparkle to add a polished pop to the softness in the space.
The collaboration of this amazing team bought a bit of modern meets vintage whimsey together.
Photographer: Studio Finch / Floral Design: Ipomea Floral / Decor: Revelry Creative / Dresses: BHLDN / Shoes: Nina / Engagement Ring: Janish Jewels / Doilies and Brooch for Bouquet: Thrift Store / Jewelry: Les Néréides / Perfume: Happ & Stahns / Wedding Cake: Lovely: A Bake Shop / Champagne Flutes: Crate & Barrel / Place Card Holders and Bird Salt and Pepper Shakers: Jonathan Adler / Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Cristine / Wedding Invitations: Twigs and Lace / Model: Jolene Grace
Pun intended or not, the team at 24K Event Design put on their magic hats with this fun fete. Complete with carnival tickets and deep reds galore, this circus inspired wedding shot by Jenelle Kappe Photography is full of little things the couple loves – including the groom singing at the reception!
Peter and Erica could not be more perfect for each other. They live for one another. Working several jobs together they know their “better-half” like no other. And their elaborate gorgeously decorated circus-themed wedding is a direct reflection of their love and passion for their relationship.
Every detail was intimate and carefully thought out. Their wedding was about them. What they love and what they share with one another. From the hand-made bouquets by the bride, to the Ring Master ring-bearers, to a choreographed dance by the bride and groom.
What they put together and accomplished for their wedding can only be done by a couple that is more than madly in-love with each other, and willing to travel to the moon with one another.
Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer: Jenelle Kappe Photography / Event Designer: 24K Event Design / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Dress Designer: Marilyn Eason / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang Chicago / Shoes: Liz Claiborne