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The NotWedding (now known as the Big Fake Wedding) is a unique bridal show alternative that creates a “wedding” for engaged couples, in order to see various wedding vendors at work. This way, the couples can literally picture their big day – from the ceremony to the reception – and leave with a real idea of which vendors they want to play a part in the most special day of their lives. Naturally Yours Events had the privilege of contributing to the NotWedding this past August at City View Loft.

Photos by Booth Photographics and Megan Saul Photography.

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Naturally Yours contributed two different table designs- the first one being a modern and elegant look with some bold patterns. Beginning with the gold linens and fawn napkins (M&M Special Events), they set a soft, sophisticated tone as the backdrop of the table.  The plateware (Festive Frog) features lovely blush wine glasses that match perfectly with the salad plates sitting atop white vintage dinner plates. Beneath, the black and white patterned plate works as the charger for a modern, yet mismatched look paired with the vintage silverware. The gold and black menus (Sugar Pear Design) sit on top of the plate set, tying the whole look with the rest of the table.

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The gold-colored brass table number (BHLDN) and goblets (re:find Joy) add a chic, metallic accent that contrast beautifully with the black branch and taper candles (Naturally Yours Events). Further adorning the table are lovely flowers (re:find Joy) that are mostly ivory and blush with pops of fuchsia and plum. This design feels like what you’d expect at an elegant tea party: graceful and soft.
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The second table design offers a very different alternative- featuring an eclectic, rustic, textured setting. Mahogany chairs sit next to a wood table (M&M Special Events), topped with a patterned white and blue runner. Clusters of white and grey pottery (re:find Joy) along with the gemstones, geodes and petrified wood (re:find Joy) contribute to the rural, natural theme. The plentiful flowers (re:find Joy) are mostly ivory and blush with notes of plum, peach, navy thistle and textured greens.

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Plum bread & butter plates resting atop larger, grey plates create a simple place setting (Festive Frog). Each setting holds a modern color-blocked napkin topped with a vintage door knob (Nimble Well), holding fun, geometric-patterned place cards (Chykalophia). The whole design is tied together by the bold green bottles serving as water glasses (re:find Joy), with cute straws peeking out. And finally, a small wood square displays the table number (Etsy). Unlike the first design, this table setting evokes feelings of being at an outdoor dinner party surrounded by trees, hosted by a nature-loving, woodland goddess.

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These two table designs contributed wonderfully to the beautiful blue, black, berry and gold palette of the first NotWedding in Chicago. Naturally Yours Events can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year’s event!

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This past spring arrived late to Chicago, but when it did, birds chirped happily and flowers bloomed vibrantly. Any Chicagoan knows that spring is a beautiful time when countless layers can finally be shed, and the city is brought back to life by the shining sun. The sweet smell of blossoming flowers, the sight of budding trees, and the return of the gentle warmth have a peculiar effect on us, and before we know it, we start to feel a little twitterpated.

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Twitterpated? You ask. Come on, you know: it’s like that scene in the movie Bambi where the owl explains to the young woodland creatures what it’s like to be completely smitten and enamored by a special certain someone; when you can’t stop smiling and feel like your heart is going to jump out of your chest because you are head-over-heels in love. Ah, yes, that blissful, starry-eyed feeling. For those twitterpated love birds getting married, Naturally Yours Events put together a little photoshoot inspired by exactly this sentiment (as featured on Wedding Chicks).

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This shoot features a modern-meets-organic look with color-blocked antlers, featuring cascading greens along with romantic blooms. The venue is full of clean lines and white details, so we added some warm touches by including the farm table and woodsy garland centerpiece. One of our favorite details of the place setting is the wide-eyed owl water glasses. Pops of bright blue and pink are dispersed throughout the place setting, to go along with the watercolor in the invitation suite and escort cards.

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Our sweets table features a stunning cake with a watercolor pattern of romantic blush tones. The adorable twitterpated cake topper is a fitting addition, along with the subtle ferns atop the blush, vintage table. For an interesting, colorful backdrop, we placed a color-blocked faux taxidermy deer head between a couple of antlers with accents of blush florals.

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The lovely brides in this shoot are wearing dresses with floral elements, that are the perfect mix of organic, yet crisp and modern. Their hair is styled wispy and flowwy, and their makeup is soft and natural. All of these details- from the color-blocked deer figures and the romantic ranunculus, to the fresh white space- fit perfectly with our vision of a beautifully twitterpated, springtime wedding in the city.

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Vendors:

Planning: Naturally Yours Events, http://naturallyyoursevents.com/
Photographer: Tuan H. Bui Photographer, http://tuanb.com/
Video: Studio Q Production, http://www.studioqproduction.com/
Venue: National Hellenic Museum, http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/
Florist: Pollen, http://pollenfloraldesign.com/
Glassware, silverware, plates: The Festive Frog, http://thefestivefrog.com/Sweetstable ; platters: Nimblewell, http://www.nimblewell.com/
Faux Taxidermy: Near and Deer, http://nearanddeer.com/
Antlers: Woolly Mammoth Antiques, http://www.woollymammothchicago.com/
Dresses and accessories: Alice Padrul, http://www.alicepadrul.com/
Hair: Nightingale Beauty, http://nightingalebeauty.com/
Makeup: Jenessa Blaine, http://jenessablaine.com/
Models: Dovile Stankute and Susan Mullenix
Stationery: Chykalophia, http://store.chykalophia.com/weddings/
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes, http://elysiarootcakes.com/
Table Rental: Chicago Farm Table, http://chicagofarmtables.com/
Furniture: Shadowbox Dreams, http://shadowboxdreamsvintagerentals.com/
Chairs: Tablescapes, http://www.tablescapes.com/

Caroline and Glenn got married in Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral with a traditional Greek ceremony. Their reception was at Mayne Stage and it was filled with old hollywood glamour. They chose a film themed wedding with film reel escort cards and table numbers along with old hollywood movies playing in the background. Their table seating really kept with the dinner at the theater feel with guests sitting at small tables two-by-two. The food selected from Paramount really fit with their foodie lifestyle. Candlelight and pops of florals from Larkspur added the perfect touch to this romantic night. Another detail to love is that dress! Caroline made it herself after the 1877 fashion of wedding gowns. Lovely! Finally, they wanted to really capture their love of old black and white images, much to the style of Steichen- and their photographer delivered! Check out all these lovely images from Gokhan Photography.

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Congratulations to Caroline and Glenn for their first year of marriage!

This couple couldn’t have been more fun! With their amazing – and colorful – wedding booked at Carnivale, Franny and Wendell needed help with a wedding vision. They came to us with a zillion ideas and together we worked to find something that was truly about them, their life here in Chicago, and their families coming together. The details I love most about this very colorful day is all the black and white paper goods from Spilled Ink Press. Guest enjoyed the flavorful food from Carnivale, amazing cake from Elysia Root Cakes and eclectic mix of candies from Chicago Wedding Candy Buffet.

Enjoy these photos from Dawn E Roscoe Photography and video from Shangri-la Wedding Films.

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Happy first year anniversary Wendell and Franny!

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I am a little late with this post, but happy first anniversary nonetheless to Meg and Jason. This couple is such a super sweet couple. They were so smitten with each other every step of the way and everyone could feel the chemistry they have. These photos from Allison Williams Photography capture those sweet glances they gave each other all night.

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Meg and Jason chose to have both their ceremony and reception at Osteria Via Stato. The exposed brick, candle light glow and soft draping in the space gave it such an intimate and warm feeling. The pops of burgundy and blush florals from Flowers by Stem added some romance to the wooden farm tables. Toast and Jam kept everyone out on the dance floor from the hora to the last song!

The detail I love most here, was the ceremony. Meg and Jason had their sisters perform the ceremony when their rabbi became unexpectedly ill. We all agreed that we couldn’t have imagined it done any other way. These ladies filled the room with laughter and tears as they performed Meg and Jason’s ceremony. It was a moment I have never forgotten and these images really show the joy of the day!

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 Happy first anniversary to Meg and Jason!

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