Happy Anniversary: Jill and Chris! November 3, 2013 No Comments
Jill and Chris are a super sweet couple who tied the knot on November 3rd 2012! Their wedding couldn’t have been more perfect. All photos are shot by an associate of Jolie Images.
The bride chose to source flowers from Urban Meadows, a non-profit company who gives back to the community.
The couple like to spend their time boating on beautiful Chicago Summer days. So, they found it fitting to take photos with their wedding party at the boathouse in Evanston. They also used a boat paddle as a guestbook and asked guests to sign it as art for their home.
The ceremony itself was held at Gillson park. The day was a perfect fall afternoon and warm enough to open all the windows and let in some fall air. Guest were encouraged to hold a flickering candle while the couple said their vows.
My favorite part of their wedding was their venue SPACE, which is a music venue in Evanston. The couple chose to have more of a cabaret style seating with a huge dance floor in the middle. Guests mingled and enjoyed good comfort foods from Lou Malnati’s and Superdawg. I also just loved how the couple had their family bring in baked goods and sweets for the sweets table. Their is nothing like grandma’s favorite cookies at a family gathering!
They danced all night and added glow sticks to make it even more fun!
Happy Anniversary to Jill and Chris!
Guest Blog: SoNaturelle Tips on Fall Detox October 22, 2013 No Comments
Hi Everyone! I don’t often get guest bloggers here at Naturally Yours Events, but this post from SoNaturelle will really hit the spot for preparing the body for a healthy winter.
Milan, Owner of SoNaturelle, is a Healthy Lifestyle Design Consultant whose main focus is to assist you in radiating from the inside out and to feel great before you walk down the aisle. She will help you make smart health decisions that will lead you to a more beneficial, holistic, healthy, and positive lifestyle. As brides, it is so important how you feel on your wedding day and no matter what stage of planning you are in, Milan is here to help.
Enjoy her tips below!
Cleanse is a Lifestyle Therapy
Holistic healing clinics and spas are famous all over the world for their therapeutic methods of bringing the body back into balance. There exist many different ways of achieving total rejuvenation: from mineral clay, aromatherapy oils, seaweeds and enzyme herbs. These modalities are used to draw toxins out of the body through the skin and to restore nutrients into the body through your skin.
A Fall Cleanse Prepares your Body For Winter Months
On September 23, the autumn equinox signals a time of change. Cleansing during this period prepares your body for the coming months, both physically and emotionally, by preventing common winter illnesses, attaining a clearer and more focused mental state. This is the time that you should jump start your body from the long summer days and also shed those last 5-10 pounds you are possibly hanging onto.
In 11-Days Learn How to Eat for Your Unique Body
- Learn the tools to de-stress in life
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- Eliminate the cravings that makes you tired
Autumn is a wonderful time to slow down and move the focus inward, purging the toxicity that is keeping you from being the best version of your self. Imagine yourself as a tree losing its leaves; you are shedding what is no longer serving you as you ready yourself for the coming hibernation. Prepare to truly rejuvenate, refresh go Beyond Beautiful and step into balance.
Since the weather is changing, now is a perfect time to begin your fall cleanse and feel the change as you focus inward. You don’t need any fancy gadgets just a desire to change. A Refreshing cleanse that you can take advantage of anywhere in the World! Join me from the comforts of your home. Your virtual coach! Your body will show it’s signs of gratitude! CLICK HERE to LEARN MORE.
Happy Anniversary: Sara and Jason! October 19, 2013 No Comments
Sara and Jason were a really fun couple. They met online and just clicked. A few years later they got engaged after reenacting their first date with a long walk and Jason bending on one knee. Their wedding was just as sweet and captured perfectly by Shutter Sam.
Sara and Jason got married at the Chicago Cultural Center with reception to follow. Their lovely bridesmaids wore sage green dresses and the bride carried a beautiful bouquet of white florals and succulents from Anna Held Florist.
Since they are big bird watchers they found vintage art featuring birds of all types to use as their table numbers. Guests found their escort cards and matched the bird’s name to the table photo to find their seats. Their centerpieces of succulent terrariums in shallow bowls added the perfect touch.
This couple was a ton of fun and had a blast dancing all night with one of our favorite DJs- Cage and Aquarium. Guests enjoyed tasty bites from Food For Thought and a pie bar from Hoosier Mama Pie Company. Their cake, from Cafe Selmarie, was perfectly decorated with succulents and absolutely delicious.
Happy anniversary to Sara and Jason!
Happy Anniversary: Colleen and Nick! October 13, 2013 No Comments
I love intimate weddings! Colleen and Nick put so much of their love for family, friends, and food into their wedding day and it turned out just perfect! I am so happy to wish them a wonderful first year of marriage.
Colleen was living and working out of Berlin, with Nick back here in Chicago, when she hired us to pull together the details of the big day. Since they knew they would both be moving to London after the wedding, they wanted one of their last nights in Chicago to be at their favorite neighborhood restaurant- Birchwood Kitchen. It was a perfect cozy restaurant for their wedding day; and love how they focus on local and seasonal menus!
The day was actually very rainy but the clouds parted just in time for the ceremony. We quickly pulled down the siding off the tent on Birchwood’s patio and everyone greeted the couple down the aisle for a standing ceremony. It was so wonderful to see their best pal and puppy as ring bearer.
Colleen and Nick kept things simple for decor with mason jars filled with roses and lovely lavender sprigs. Soft candle lighting with birch wood votive candles (made by the father of the bride) added the perfect touch.
This lovely wedding was beautifully captured by Continuum Photography. Happy anniversary Colleen and Nick!
Happy Anniversary: Becky and Charles! September 29, 2013 No Comments
Becky and Charles were such a lovely couple to work with. Very detailed and organized and they seemed to have the perfect vision! After all, they had their reception on a boat overlooking the sunset off Lake Michigan! The day was perfectly captured by Julia Franzosa Photography.
Becky and Charles said “I do” at Saint John Berchmans a few blocks from their home in Logan Square. Since the Bride’s family are members of the Columbia Yacht Club, it felt natural for the two of them to celebrate with dinner and dancing there, right off the lake with skyline views.
Because there was a light “nautical” theme to the wedding, Becky decided to incorporate that into the favors. These little bottles had candy fish along with a “message” that acted as double duty for guest’s escort cards. What a cute idea! Their guestbook also acted as both guestbook and table numbers. Keeping with the message in a bottle idea, guests where encouraged to leave a note inside the empty wine bottle that has the table number on it. The Bride and Groom would then open a bottle and read the messages on whatever number anniversary is on the bottle. Love it!
One of my favorite details of this wedding was the beautiful green lanterns that created the perfect soft glow in the space. Also, Becky’s taste in flowers were top notch! She went with a beautiful color pallet of blues, ivory, and greens that added an extra touch of elegance. Since, she herself works as a botanist, the florals were very important to her and they chose to work with Larskpur who is a member of the Green Wedding Alliance as well!
The cake and sweets table were brought in by Oak Mill Bakery and were absolutely delicious. Guests filled up on the little treats but didn’t let that stop them from dancing all night with TVK Orchestra.
Before the end of the night I had my most touching moment at a wedding to date– I had a past client (Kelly and Jeff), present client (Becky and Charles), and future client (Alexis and Dan), all attending this event. Kelly came up to me with a huge hug telling me her wedding was so perfect. Becky followed a moment later beaming with joy that this was the best day she has ever had! Then Alexis comes over in full excitement for her big day. It was such a humbling experience to have all three ladies there and I am so honored to have made these weddings special for each of them!
Congrats to Becky and Charles!
Engagement Session: Chelle and Dave September 13, 2013 No Comments
At the 2012 winter Indie Wed show, Tuan H. Bui Photographer and Naturally Yours Events held a contest for a stylized engagement session and the winners were an adorably quirky couple- Chelle and Dave. You can read about them and their contest submission HERE. My favorite line from their entry was “We dance silly, wrestle, and like to play dead and pull each other around on our kitchen floor.” Cracks me up every time!
For the finished product we have a super playful set of photos and a charming video showing the couple making a blanket fort right on lake Michigan in Chicago. And these photos were just published on Love and Lavender.
When designing this engagement shoot, we wanted to focus on the playfulness that the newly engaged, Chelle and Dave, share in their relationship. They are truly kids-at-heart and their love is so genuine! Many of their first dates and most memorable moments was picnicking near lake Michigan– like when Chelle and Dave got stuck in the rain under a viaduct on their second date. So, we took the idea of a picnic a step farther as they built a “home” out of blankets, right off lake Michigan complete with skyline views.
Click here to check out their amazing video from Bokeh Line.
coordination + styling: Naturally Yours Events // photography: Tuan H. Bui Photographer // videography: Bokeh Line // desserts: Fritz Pastry // hair + makeup: Saleha and Safaa with Alluring Artistry
Happy Anniversary: Nick and Cora! September 8, 2013 1 Comment
I just can’t believe it has been a year since Nick and Cora tied the knot. I came to know Nick as he is the partner at Real Kitchen Catering. I was honored when he asked me to help with their wedding. Every detail was thoughtfully planned around the two of them and their love together!
Nick and Cora chose to do a first look and a bunch more fun photos around town before heading over t the ceremony. I just love these images from Jeremy Lawson Photography, especially some of the couple shots with the amazing urban art.
Nick and Cora said “I do” on the rooftop garden of the Wooden Gallery with a standing ceremony. We had a few chairs for immediate family, but those standing really added to the closeness this group of people share. Nick walked down with his lifelong friend and officiant, while Cora greeted him shortly afterwards with her father.
The reception was hosted down in the gallery’s space and was filled with fantastic art that was both entertaining, decorative, and interactive! Since they are huge foodies, they incorporated floral elements and fruits in tin cans for their tabletop centerpieces from Pistil & Vine. There were various canned vegetables that also acted as their guest’s table numbers and favors. Finally, Real Kitchen Catering provided the best gourmet taco bar for dinner!
Congrats Nick and Cora!
Happy Anniversary: Kelly and Jeff! September 1, 2013 No Comments
Kelly and Jeff tied the knot on September 1st 2012. It was the best day for a Chicago wedding. Meaning, the wind wasn’t crazy and even with the sun shining the temperature was perfect for their outdoor ceremony.
I just love the modern and natural feel to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Kelly and Jeff married in the courtyard overlooking the pond. The beautiful bride made her way down the aisle to a string version of “Such Great Heights”. Pistil & Vine added more beauty with lush florals in purples, peach, and blush with lots of textured greens. The look was stunning!
After the ceremony Kelly and Jeff went around Lincoln Park to take photos and guests were encouraged to walk around the museum and enjoy the exhibits. Shelley with Cage and Aquarium took all of these beautiful photos of the day.
The reception took place at Loft on Lake where guests found their seats organized by Kelly and Jeff’s favorite vacation spots, designed by JULIE HANAN DESIGN l invitation + graphic design. The tables were a perfect mix of rounds and squares with ivory, grey, and pops of peach. The flowers compliment each table style with mercury glass and candles to add more warmth. Their cake from Luscious Layers Bakery was delicately decorated with ribbon details and ombre coloring.
Cheers to Kelly and Jeff for a happy first year of marriage!
Happy Anniversary: Jessica and Nate! August 31, 2013 No Comments
Jessica and Nate were married on August 30th 2012. They were such a fun couple who couldn’t stop smiling the entire day, were so happy to be married, and danced all night. Things even got a little crazy with props and that hit 2012 song “Call Me Maybe” (inside joke). Boy–do they know how to have one heck of a party!
Colin Lyons Wedding Photography captured their day and fun personalities perfectly. Jessica and Nate chose to do a first look instead of waiting to see each other until the walk down the aisle. And this is one of the cutest first looks I have seen!
Their gorgeous ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral was followed by a reception at Salvatores. I just love how their guests greeted them with bubbles after their “I dos”.
Flowers were done by the bride and her mother using a combinations of hot pink daisies and roses. Their lovely cake was from Oak Mill Bakery. Oh, and did I mention there were glow sticks and a massive dance party?!!?!
Congrats to Jessica and Nate on a happy first year of marriage!
Naturally Yours Events: Hello Jessie Martinez! August 27, 2013 No Comments
Jessie is a rockstar and has worked at Naturally Yours Events for over a year now. This lady can troubleshoot, calm the nerves, and stylize any sweets table to look award winning! She is amazing and that’s why she is on our team.
I am sure you are dying to know a little bit more about her. Without further adieu, I give you Jessie Martinez, Event Coordinator Extraordinaire!
How would you describe yourself? I’m a quirky little jumping bean that gets excited about so many things. I like turning nothing into something and believe in using your imagination any time you can. I am a hopeless optimist. I can be a bit shy and low-key until you know me, but as soon as I open up I’m goofy and sarcastic. I’m famous for telling awful jokes. I can be a bit intense about planning, since it has always been second nature to me. I am absolutely driven and have a lot of plans for “when I grow up”. Some of my hobbies include having ownership of the T.V. remote, never finishing my cup of coffee, and eating things I can’t pronounce.
What is your definition of “happiness”? Happiness is when I think about my Chicago family and realize Chicago is truly my home. Happiness is relaxing on the couch after a long couple of days with a nice glass of wine and your favorite most embarrassing reality television show. It is tasting that first bite of a meal that will change your life. It is traveling and having adventures in places you’ve never thought you’d find yourself. It is talking to your best friend about everything while eating junk food you would never admit to eating.
If you had to pick one, which animal fits your personality? I would most likely be a penguin. I am loyal, I am pretty darn adorable, and I like to do things right. I also look great in a suit.
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? I would love to be a good beat boxer! In all honestly though I would love to grow within the world of wine. I’ve been a wine enthusiast for nearly 4 years now, but there is still so many things I don’t know. I actually just won my first blind tasting recently, so maybe I’m not as bad as I thought!
What’s the farthest from home you’ve ever been? I have visited the Caribbean a few times and that place is absolutely amazing. Recently I have also explored Northern California and I am simply in love with it there. Northern California to me is looking into the Pacific ocean after tasting some incredible wines and eating in-season strawberries you bought from a stand off the side of the highway. One can see why I like it so much.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Spare time? When I’m not working at my chef-driven, farm to table, second job I am an avid thrifter, a social butterfly, and always searching for new and amazing restaurants. For some reason I have recently been reading a lot of those weird books about fixing things using house-hold solutions and very slowly been building a gin bar using interesting and offbeat gins.