Okay, so I love these guys and it’s their (belated) anniversary. Hooray Lara and Matt!! So I am going to share a TON of really really amazing photos, because I can. Enjoy!

Thanks Maypole Studios for these lovely images.

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Lara and Matt are dance game tournament champions who wanted their wedding to be full of personality but not centered around their favorite pastime of playing Pump It Up or In the Groove. Gaming is what brought these two together and what so many of their friends and family expected to be at the wedding. However, they wanted to show that the foundation of their love was so much more than a metal platform and colorful arrows. So, we helped these two create a wedding without dancing but to included a fabulous night of mingling, cocktailing, and scavenger hunting. Yes, you heard right- scavenger hunt.

 

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What a blast the scavenger hunt was too! Family and friends loved running around the venue looking for clues and learning more about the couple. Lara and Matt created three different hunts (from easy to hard) by color coding the clues. The start of each trail was pretty visible but it led guests to wonder, and discover, what Matt gave Lara on their first date and what the heck their dog Ponzer sits on. The end of each hunt came complete with a prize varying from glow sticks to cans of Live Wire Mountain Dew (Lara’s choice caffeine fix).

 

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From their favorite season to Lara’s love of hand-blow glass and Matt’s love of every type of pie, all the details of this wedding was personalized to fit the two of them. One thing I loved about this event was how their family and friends, who otherwise never met before, were able to mingle and get to know one another. The day really felt like a celebration and a melding of two families.

 

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Congrats to a happy first year of marriage to Lara and Matt!

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Vendors who made it happen:

Planning: Naturally Yours Events (that’s us)
Photography: Maypole Studios
Florist: Field and Florist
Bakery: Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Ceremony and Reception Venue & Caterer: Riverside Receptions
Ceremony Musician: Renne Wilson
Vintage Tabletop Rental: Nimblewell
Vintage Furniture Rental: Shadowbox Dreams
Photo Booth: Traveling Photo Booth
Hair/Makeup: Alluring Artistry

Hilary and Phillip are such a fun and spunky duo. They have bold personalities and I love that it came out in the details of their wedding day. Everything from their coffee bean favors to the owl cake topper was very personalized. And that choreographed dance the couple did after dinner fit right in with their vintage Downton Abbey theme. Ohh I just love it!

Check out some of my favorite shots from Avant Garde Wedding Photography

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Happy first year anniversary Hilary and Phillip!!

Phyllis and Belinda have a real special kind of love. They are the two warmest and most kind individuals I have come across in my life. Their wedding was incredibly tailored to fit them as a couple and who they are as people. It was truly a magical day and I am so honored to have been a part of it. Enjoy these photos from Liesl Diesel Photo.

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Their ceremony was one of the most beautiful moments of the day. Several of their friends came up and spoke about the couple’s dedication to each other and commitment to living life to the fullest. The decor was simple, elegant, and very purposeful. Phyllis and Belinda chose a modern draping for the ceremony backdrop designed by Art of Imagination. Since they asked for no cut flowers to be used, they incorporated two large cylinder vases of moss and curly willow flanking each side of the aisle.

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Since they share a love of cooking together, I helped them plan an intimate cocktail-style reception with a private cooking class and demo at Centered Chef. During the cocktail hour guests learned, hands-on, how to make one of the passed apps that they would later eat at the reception. The detail I love was the favors were aprons with the couple’s names and wedding date on them. How thoughtful! Best yet— being that Belinda and Phyllis are both practicing Buddhists— everything was very eco-friendly, vegan, and no-kill.

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Most every vendor we hired for their wedding was a part of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance and the venue itself shared green practices. The florist, Fab Flora, was asked to create beautiful living terrariums with care instructions to keep them alive long after the wedding was over. Centered Chef prepared food from local sources and all items were in season and vegan to the client’s explicit request. Even the mini cupcakes from Luscious Layers Bakery were vegan. Phyllis and Belinda really wanted to minimize waste so we made sure to have green to-go boxes for guests to take home any extra food and plants used.

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 Congrats to Belinda and Phyllis- you did it!

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Sean and Sun are the cutest high school sweethearts ever! They got married last year on the fall equinox and wanted their wedding to be as eco-friendly as possible. Check out all these stunning images from HA! Photography.

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Sean and Sun chose to have their first look at Millennium Park and then went around town for more photos. I love that they didn’t have a wedding party and had a chance to really focus on them for their photos.

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Their ceremony was at their local church, Lakeview Presbyterian. The flowers were beautifully arranged by Pollen, an eco-friendly florist. The florals had the perfect mix of soft summer blooms and fall foliage.

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Sean and Sun celebrated their marriage with a dinner at The Bristol. Their menu was all seasonal and served family style. I love all the soy based candles, from Bright Endeavors, filling the room with a warm glow. The flowers placed in wooden boxes provided the perfect touch of rustic to the space. My favorite detail has to be the honey jar place cards that acted as favors. This honey is local and sourced from a non-profit, Sweet Beginnings LLC. Finally, I can’t stop looking at this lovely cake from Dinkels Bakery. The flowers added the perfect touch!

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Happy first year anniversary to Sean and Sun!

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