Real wedding: Sarah + Nick





Sarah from Truly Smitten emailed me these amazing photos from her recent wedding, and I had to get her to do a write-up of all the details.

Theme / Color / Decor: (Modern with Charm)
My taste in design style has always been described as simple yet sophisticated, modern and charming by friends and family…so naturally, coming up with our wedding theme and decor was very easy. We wanted to go for something simple and elegant and incorporate nice contrasting hues of yellows, marigolds paired up with black. I also designed clustered pattern of ginkgo leafs on all my printed materials such as programs, invitations, signage, etc… it’s a personal favorite tree of my dad’s and I knew he would find this charming.
Ceremony & Reception: (Westin Hotel – Lakeside Pavillion Tent, Itasca IL)
We got lucky and were able to snag our tent at the hotel to have our ceremony and reception in. We utilized the same room to do both and just flipped the room during our cocktail hour (which was in the lobby). Our florist lined the aisle with clusters of lemony yellow and white floral arrangements and tall stemmed votives on both sides. It was very important for me to have both my mom and dad give me away to my husband, so also decided to go with a extra wide aisle runner so that BOTH my parents were able to walk me down the aisle. We chose to go with gold chivari chairs and had my coordinators place programs on each seat and also I designed these “Bride” side and “Groom” side signages to be tied to the very last row of both sides of the aisle so that the guests would know which side to sit at. It was very efficient method and there was no need for ushers either. We had our string quartet play Handel “Water Suites” for the bridal party procession and I picked Vivaldi’s “Winter Largo” for my walk down the aisle. The cocktail hour was when we incorporated both our Thailand and Korean heritage by having thai appetizers and me changing into my traditional korean dress. The highlight of the night was our photobooth! We had a photobooth station with a technician and I also had a photobook/message table set up where guests could paste their photo and leave a message in this book. (www.partyphotobooths.com)
Floral Design: (Grace Ha-Kim from www.vale-of-enna.com)
I have a friend who’s a fantastic floral designer. Grace, Vale of Enna. We worked together to come up with low and lush centerpieces for the ceremony and reception. I told her that I wanted a “spring garden” look to our wedding and she chose lush, wide blooms in hues of yellows and whites and lined each vase with sliced lemons. Our tent ended up smelling so lemony! Grace also used tall dogwood branches and tulips for our ceremony altar piece arrangements and place card table. My bouquet consisted of beautiful creamy white ranunculus and rice flowers with black sash and my bridal party had this gorgeous eye popping green centered yellow-orange ranunculus.
Invitation & Printed Materials: (Myself, Truly Smitten – www.trulysmitten.com)
I designed all the invitations and paper materials with the gingko leaf patterns. We have a ginkgo tree growing in my parent’s back yard so I took a leaf and just digitally illustrated it and voila! I had a pattern for my letterpressed invitation, programs, signages, menus etc… Designing my invitations was my favorite part about this wedding =)
Photographer: (David Turner Photo – www.davidturnerphoto.com)
We had a fantastic photographer and assistant that captured everything so well! I highly recommend him! They were truly a joy to work with.
Bridal Attire:
My dress is actually a generic no-name brand. I had my aunt alter the design of it and I attached the black sash to it. To compliment my dress and sash, I wore a black satin d’orsay heels, a simple silk and feather vintage floral hair piece and a waist length veil. My bridesmaids dresses were from Vera Wang and I had all of them wear bright yellow flats during the reception and cocktail hour and wear their formal black heels for ceremony only. Groom and groomsmen wore classic black and white tux with black ties.
Weather:
It was HORRID! Raining, storming AND snowing.

[images by David Turner Photography]

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I’m really married??

Hot dog! It really happened! [couldn't resist sharing these] Annabel and Dorothée of Belathée must be freakin superheros to be getting me pictures a mere 3 WEEKS after the wedding! We’re picking the rest up on Thursday! So excited!

….more details to come….

[images by Belathée Photography]

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Greetings from Amsterdam + sneak peak


Hey everyone! I promised myself I was going to let the blog take its course while over here on my honeymoon, but I got this sneak peak from Belathee Photography and just had to show it to you! We’ve been having an amazing time so far, and its just going to get better because today we’re heading to Paris by train! I’ve been getting lots of emails while away, but will be responding when I return, so hold tight!


[images from Belathee Photography + Brooklyn Bride]

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Real wedding: Talida + Timothy






Talida sent me these fabulous pictures of her Houston, TX wedding last month, and they are just too fun! She really is the sweetest person [I still can taste her peppermint brownies from the Holiday Card Swap, yum] and I’m glad to see that her wedding went stunningly. You can find all the details of her day on her blog, Talida Bakes. [how adorable are those cowboy pictures?]

And with this, I’m signing off…..Friday will be filled with running around like a chicken with its head cut off, but I totally look forward to every bit of it. Saturday is the wedding, and Sunday we head off to Europe for 2 weeks! I’m sure you’ll get some immediate photo gratification of the day since Erica and Anne will both be in attendance, but of course I’ll post a ton when I get back. I’ll prepare some posts to tide you over while I’m away…in the meantime, definitely check out some of the blogs in my left column. All have helped me immensely.

OK, here we go…wish me luck!! See you in May!

[images by Laura Kay Photography]

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Real wedding: Melinda + Dan part 3


I received a few emails about Melinda’s vendors, so here they are….

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE
Prairie Production
1314 West Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 829-7499

www.prairieproduction.net

PHOTOGRAPHY
KingenSmith Productions
Chicago, IL
(773) 278-8401

www.kingensmith.com

CONSULTANT
Parties Etcetera
Chicago, IL
(847) 825-0028

www.partiesetcetera.com

OFFICIANT
Rev. Ron Crowley-Koch
Mount Prospect, IL
(847) 818-0918

GOWN & VEIL
Vwidon
100 E. Walton, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 654-9078

www.vwidon.com

SHOES
Blue Tux Shoes
1920 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
773) 252-3290

www.bluetuxshoes.com

HAIR & MAKEUP
Lilian Laureano
(704) 315-7458

www.lilianlaureano.com

FORMALWEAR
Formally Modern Tuxedo
2112 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 975-7700

www.formallymodern.com

INVITATIONS
Statement Design
Chicago, IL
(773) 525-1047

www.statementdesign.com

FLOWERS
Botanicals
Chicago, IL
(773) 269-3142

www.botanicalschicago.com

RENTAL EQUIPMENT
Hall’s Rental Services
Niles, IL
(847) 929-2222

www.hallsrental.com

LINEN
BBJ Linen
Skokie, IL
(847) 329-8400

www.bbjlinen.com

CATERING
Calihan Catering
Chicago, IL
(312) 587-3553

www.calihancatering.com

CEREMONY MUSIC
The Brass String Chamber Ensemble
Streamwood, IL
(630) 830-7464

www.thebsce.com

RECEPTION MUSIC
Speak Easy Swing
Chicago, IL
(773) 406-6603

www.speakeasyentertainment.com

FAVORS
Memory Snaps
Chicago, IL
(773) 457-8851

www.memorysnapschicago.com

[image from KingenSmith Productions]

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