Erin and Kevin were so fun to work with. They had such a great sense of humor, and when they talked about the wedding they would light up with excitement- to party! This day was all about celebration of the two of them and their families coming together. Enjoy these photos from Jeremy Lawson Photography.

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Erin and Kevin met in college and Kevin later proposed at the his parent’s lake house. The two spent the morning of the wedding getting ready with friends and family. And I just love their first look at the pub!

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They then got some great photos around town before heading to their ceremony and reception at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

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Erin and Kevin chose their closest friends to stand up with them at the ceremony, but they had an additional role to play- as ceremony musicians too. This wedding party serenaded the bride down the aisle to Litle Garcon by Born Ruffians. The guys came in first and hummed the tune as the ladies made their way down. Once they all came together, Kevin sang as Erin joined in with him at the front. It was an amazing a beautiful moment- one I, and no one there, will forget.

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After saying their “I dos” it was certainly time to party! Guests joined the couple for dinner in the greenhouse area of the venue. The centerpieces and other decor was handmade by the couple. They took wheat bundles as the centerpiece tied with twine, then sprinkled concrete and gold votives around the table. Their card box was a postbox with a succulent roof- so cute! One of my favorite details was the sweetstable with wood stumps and their initials made with potted succulents.

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And, to top off the night, Gold Noise DJs kept everyone on that dance floor!

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Happy First Year Anniversary Erin and Kevin!

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Chelle and Dave are truly young at heart and wanted to focus their wedding details on their love of Legos, movies, board games, and having a lot of laughs- all while having a sleek downtown Chicago wedding. This quirky pair made sure to put a lot of their personality in the details, and we were so glad to help make it happen. Check out these lovely photos from Tuan H. Bui Photographer and fun video at the bottom of this post from Bokeh Line.

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Chelle and Dave got married in the Hard Rock Hotel with their good friend as their officiant. Their programs were crossword puzzles and other fun games that guests could play before the “I Dos” took place. This couple had a very modern-gothic flair to their ceremony floral arrangements with deep pink and burgundy flowers accented by black peacock feathers all arranged in tall bronze urns. Chelle walked down the aisle with a brooch bouquet with heirloom pieces that her family members provided.

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After the cocktail hour, guests grabbed their movie ticket themed escort cards and headed to their tables. Theses cards created created double duty as favors too- Who doesn’t love popcorn boxes and movie tickets? Each table was named after one of Chelle and Dave’s favorite movies (many of them are super fun 80’s hits).

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The centerpieces that were filled with red and burgundy florals, from Flowers by Stem,  also had a little extra something inside- they were also filled with legos! We then sprinkled a few mini Legos around the votives like confetti. Guests even built some things with them during dinner. Super fun! Chelle and Dave’s cardbox was the container to their favorite board games and their guestbook was a fun photo booth with quirky props.

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Everyone had a blast on the dance floor (thanks to Toast and Jam) and taking goofy photos in the Traveling Photo Booth.

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Finally, a sweet ending to this wedding didn’t incorporate a traditional cake. Absolutely not! This couple had a S’mores bar- and not just any S’mores bar. Chelle and Dave chose interesting chocolate flavors, different types of crackers, and the most unique artisan marshmallows ever tasted from Katherine Anne Confections. How sweet it is!

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Happy first year anniversary Chelle and Dave!

What a crazy day at “the office” yesterday! Naturally Yours Events was on FOX Chicago talking to the viewers about how to have a green wedding and save some green, too. Check out these lovely iPhone photos:

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We started the segment chatting about areas to reduce toxic products at weddings. We love using Bright Endeavors‘s soy-based candle wax instead of toxic petroleum-based candles that are commonly used. Petroleum candles release toxins into the air that your guests are breathing in while they eat dinner. Yuck! With Bright Endeavors, you can fill any type of container very affordably and it will last for hours.

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My next tip was to avoid flower foam!  Floral foam is that green foam that florists use to keep flowers in place and hydrated. It’s not biodegradable and it has chemicals that are considered toxic to the user and to the environment once it is chucked into the trash. Pollen shows us you don’t need that stuff! All of these beautiful flowers were arranged without the use of floral foam. Also, most of these flowers were locally grown here in Illinois!

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Lastly, I spoke about some benefits to renting items! It is always greener to rent plates and linens and glassware than to buy yourself. When you rent you are able to allow that item to get reused instead of going in the trash or sitting in storage. Who wants 250 dirty chargers after their wedding? Nimble Well and M&M have a ton of great items that can fit your vision and really allow you to create something special. 

All in all, it is so important to put your personality into your wedding day- you can totally do this, even while making greener choices. Enjoy the recap of my FOX segment below!

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Liz and Rob’s wedding day was the perfect city wedding in the park. Set in the middle of lincoln park, this couple had a wonderful intimate ceremony followed by reception at North Pond. Check out all these lovely photos from Michelle Lytle.

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I just love the small details Liz came up with, from farm-to-table looking escort cards and menus, to wine inspired guestbook and table numbers. And oh man- that cheese dessert display was an amazing way to cap the meal.

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Happy first year anniversary Liz and Rob!

 

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  • Chelle - July 24, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    This wedding is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

Liz and Joe are simply the sweetest couple ever! I met Liz through her work as a wedding photographer at Coachhouse Pictures and felt so honored when the hired me for their wedding. Their vision for the day was an amazing mix of rustic elegance and DIY glory- I loved every detail. Check out the beautiful work from the talented Allison Williams Photography!

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Liz and Joe chose to get married on the grounds of a garden shop, Blumen Gardens, in a small town outside of Chicago. The ceremony took place in a beautiful nook of the property nestled by exposed brick walls and cascading greenery. Liz and Joe added a ceremony backdrop of wooden embroidery rounds with ferns attached that hung from the exposed rafters. The couple stood on a vintage rug while the Groom’s brother officiated the wedding. Guests watched the nuptials from wooden mismatched chairs and the couple’s parents had a VIP spot on vintage plush chairs. This outdoor ceremony couldn’t have been more beautiful!

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The reception place was just as lovely with barn-like details and vintage hoosier cabinets. Liz and Joe dressed up the dance floor with hanging vintage books and lacy paper mache lanterns. The centerpieces incorporated a mix of handpainted mason jars and repurposed glass bottles with romantic blooms in shades of orange, peach, ivory, and green. The detail to love is the beautiful muslin table numbers and the table runners with ivory damask detailing.

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Liz also handmade the guestbook, favor bags, and all the chalkboard signage. They used those chalkboards for the signature bar menu as well as ceremony information for their guests. The guestbook was a framed 3D heart art piece that guests were encouraged to sign. Their favors were seeds where guests could take some of the garden home with them after the evening.

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What a wonderful day! Congrats to Liz and Joe and happy anniversary.

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VENDORS:

Photographer: Allison Williams Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Blumen Gardens

Hair + Makeup: Dolce Vita Salon

Florist: Becca Blue Flowers

Caterer: Wild Asparagus Catering

Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery

Furniture Rentals: Shadowbox Dreams Vintage Rentals

DJ: Music By Design, http://musicbydesign.com/