Tara and Mitch were mutual friends before they began dating, and they ended up falling in love! Mitch proposed to Tara while they were in Portland, on a hill overlooking the city. The two wanted a casual, yet romantic day to celebrate their matrimony. They decided to have their wedding in the west loop of Chicago, at a unique venue called City Winery. They had their romantic ceremony (officiated by Rev It Up!) out on the patio, as well as cocktail hour, then the reception inside. Since it was a hot July day, they provided paper fans for all of their guests, adding a little whimsy to their decor. Live music was played for both their ceremony and their reception (by Garrett Degnan & Lisa Martirena and Orchestra 33). The bridesmaids dresses were selected by each bridesmaid – all long, summer dresses in a variety of warm colors. The groomsmen wore navy suits. The flowers (done by Fab Flora) consisted of deep purples, lavender, peach, and pink, and also included gorgeous succulents. The lighting, provided by Sound Investment, really created a romantic tone in the reception. West Town Bakery, Tara and Mitch’s favorite, supplied their dessert – in the form of cake balls. Other vendors involved in their big day were Sound InvestmentDebra Petrielli, Aries Charter, and 5411 Empanadas. Check out their awesome photos by Matushek Photography!

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Happy anniversary, Tara and Mitch! To many, many more.

Happy anniversary to a lovely couple – Jennifer and Liz! These love birds celebrated their love by having a Treasure Island-themed wedding at Columbus Park Refectory. Their venue was perfect for the occasion: the dining room boasting an awesome, vintage boat mural that complimented their decor. Centerpieces consisted of various pirate-themed books stacked on one another, with a lamp filled with flowers as well as framed table numbers. Other unique aspects of their wedding were a tattoo station (to acquire faux body ink) and a board game station (for guests who didn’t want to dance). Their incredibly romantic ceremony was held outdoors, officiated by a friend. Tyme Music supplied both the ceremony and dance party music. Conn’s Catering supplied their delicious meal. Special thanks to Debra Petrielli for making the brides look exceptionally beautiful that day. Check out photos of their details below by Cherrybrook Studio!jenandliz-gettingready-07182015-019jenandliz-reception-07182015-407jenandliz-reception-07182015-350jenandliz-reception-07182015-345jenandliz-reception-07182015-341jenandliz-reception-07182015-337jenandliz-reception-07182015-327jenandliz-reception-07182015-325jenandliz-reception-07182015-321jenandliz-reception-07182015-313jenandliz-reception-07182015-296jenandliz-reception-07182015-294jenandliz-reception-07182015-293jenandliz-reception-07182015-290
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We love tattoos – especially when they signify the love you have for your significant other. In honor of National Tattoo Day (which is coming up this Sunday), Naturally Yours Events put together some ways that tattoos can express this wonderful emotion in a meaningful way. What better way is there to express your undying love than a permanent mark on your skin?

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Photos above by Megan Saul Photography

1. Matching, personalized tattoos. In the photos seen above, the bride has a black flame tattooed on her forearm, with multiple red stars emanating from it. Each of the red stars represent 1 year that the couple has spent together, and her husband has the same tattoo. They also incorporated this symbol of their love throughout their wedding decor, and it was so sweet and a beautiful personal touch to their wedding day.

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2. Wedding bands. Get permanent wedding bands tattooed on your ring fingers!

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3. Corresponding tattoos. Instead of getting the same exact tattoo, get ones that go together like PB&J (or Calvin and Hobbes) instead.

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4. Roman numerals. Get a special date inked on your skin: whether it be your first date, wedding anniversary, or each other’s birthdays, remembering this special day won’t ever be hard.

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5. Continuous tattoos. Go for artwork that becomes complete when joining it with your other half’s tattoo.

 

Who needs flowers or jewelry when you can show your love permanently? Show off your love and get inked together!

Today, we’d love to extend a very happy anniversary to Kathryn and Evan! The two got married at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Pilsen, during a Jewish ceremony. Moeller Music provided the lovely ceremony music. Afterward, they had a lively reception to celebrate their love. Pollen provided the gorgeous floral that was a mix of white flowers and pops of pink. Real Kitchen served a delicious dinner, while Bom Bon provided their amazing wedding cake. Toast & Jam DJs kept the party going all night with awesome tunes. Other vendors involved were Windy City Limousine, Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists, SC Lighting Design, and Binny’s. Take a look at the photos below by Gerber + Scarpelli Photography to relive their big day. Happy anniversary, you two!

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Happy anniversary to a very special couple, Crisselda and Chris! Crisselda (a California native) met Chris while they were attending Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. They hit it off thanks to the “snowpocalypse” that happened in Chicago during the winter of 2011. For those who are not familiar with this infamous snow storm, this was a blizzard that shut Chicago down- bringing Lake Shore Drive and every other major street to a standstill. Closed in a house with mutual friends, Crisselda and Chris began to feel warm and fuzzy for each other and then started dating!

Chris proposed to Crisselda by reenacting one of their first dates using a photo book that he made. Photos are very important to them, so they made it a point to hire an amazing photographer: Coach House Pictures. Take a look at their wedding day photos and relive their big day below.
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Their lovely wedding was in the summer, during a gorgeous sunny day. The couple said their I Dos on the rooftop of a really cool space called Ignite Glass Studios, overlooking the Chicago skyline. There were lovely fern chair garlands strewn about, and chair ties adding romantic and soft, natural components to the setting. The bridesmaids carried ferns, while the bride carried a gorgeous floral bouquet by Becca Blue Flowers.

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The gorgeous wedding cake by Elysia Root Cakes was a semi-naked cake topped with fresh floral.

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Crisselda and Chris’ wedding style was modern, romantic and bohemian. Their wedding colors were blush, peach, pink, and pops of purple. They incorporated a lot of copper/rose gold details throughout the decor: from vases to the really cool copper wire table numbers. Half of the table centerpieces were cool glass lanterns and the other half were whimsical and wispy floral centerpieces. Their escort cards were displayed in copper frames, clipped and hanging from twine. Reminiscent of their engagement story, their guest book was a photo book.

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Their wedding reception was so fun and lively. Beatboxing AND breakdancing both occurred, and everyone just had a fantastic time celebrating the couple’s love.

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Other vendors involved in their big day were Paramount Events, Old North Film Company, Cage and Aquarium Productions, GlitterGuts, Insomnia Cookies, Shadow Box Dreams Vintage, Nimble Well, Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists, Atmosphere Events Group, and Binny’s.

Happy anniversary, you two!