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!

Despite attending the same college, Claudia and Ryan didn’t meet until they attended a serendipitous goodbye party for a mutual friend in New York. After their initial conversation, Ryan instantly felt moved by Claudia. He asked her out, and she said no! In the form of an email, Ryan laid out a convincing argument as to why she should go on a date with him – and she agreed! Fast forward a few years later, Ryan planned an elaborate proposal that involved a cute scavenger hunt (including their friends and family from all over the country) that ended with him on one knee on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building. Learn more about their wedding and see photos by Allison Williams Photography below!

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Planning Claudia and Ryan’s wedding was interesting because both had completely different ideas of what they wanted their big day to be like: Claudia envisioned a very casual, Sunday backyard pizza party, and Ryan wanted a lively and more formal Saturday night party. As the planner, we had to find solutions to bring two different tastes together in the same event, to make it feel cohesive and like their two tastes were coming together. We chose Bridgeport Art Center because it was a perfect mix of industrial, prohibition feel, but with warm rustic brick and wooden beams. Since Claudia is an architect, having skyline views was very appealing to her. We decided to do a light Chicago theme, emphasizing the skyline in their invitations and other printed goods. Combining their aesthetics, we utilized old whiskey crates for the escort cards, and the pie table. The pies for dessert tended to the more casual feel that Claudia wanted. They had a (kosher) southern barbecue family style meal which felt casual and fun.

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Two aspects that Claudia and Ryan agreed upon right away were that celebrating with their family and friends was the biggest priority and that they wanted to incorporate many Jewish traditions into their ceremony (Ryan, newly converted to Judaism, embraced Claudia’s family and Jewish traditions with excitement). Many of their friends and family flew in from across the country to help them celebrate their big day. The ceremony included the tish (joyous celebration with the men drinking whiskey and signing the marriage contract), the bedeken (the veiling of the bride and greeting her loved ones), and then they moved into the formal ceremony under the Chuppah. Many family were involved in this portion with the 7 blessings, the Ketubah signing, and the breaking of the glass.

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The whole room felt very vintage, eclectic, and slightly prohibition era-esque. And yet, the setting still set a classic, romantic wedding tone. After the ceremony and cocktail hour downstairs, guests were escorted to the upstairs space. From the moment they stepped off the industrial elevator, guests saw the bright and shining Chicago skyline.

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Vendors involved in their big day were Key Tov Orchestra, Charlie Hilbrant Films, Fab Flora, Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events, Fotio, Toast & Jam DJs, Atmosphere Events Group, The Festive Frog, Rent Vintage Chicago, Aries Charter, M&M Limousine Service, Nika Vaughan, Mignonette Bridal, and Super Sitters.

Happy anniversary, Claudia and Ryan!!

  • Roberto Fischmann - June 21, 2016 - 10:27 am

    As the father of the bride I can say that Carlene did an excellent job managing all of us and was instrumental in making the wedding such a happy event. I must also confess I miss all the emails from her. Thanks again Carlene!ReplyCancel

    • Carlene - June 21, 2016 - 7:22 pm

      We miss emailing you too! When’s the next party we can plan together 😉ReplyCancel

Rachel and Max tied the knot one year ago today! The adorable couple met thanks to a deep mutual love for the Chicago Blackhawks: Rachel was wearing her Blackhawks jersey, waiting for her friends to show up to a bar, when she caught Max’s eye. They hit it off right away, and so ensued their love story! After a few years together, he proposed with rose petal and candlelight romance – and their families showed up to congratulate them as a surprise.

They got married at a restaurant called Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport, IL – a space that a family friend of theirs owns. They truly transformed the space from a casual restaurant to a gorgeous, vintage-glamour celebration. There were lots of gold accents, candlelight, gorgeous hanging flowers (by HMR Designs), and other beautiful details. Symphony Sounds played during the ceremony, and their dog was their flower girl. Their amazing wedding cake was done by Julie Michelle Cakes, and it had the cutest personalized cake topper. Style Matters DJs played tunes all night and kept the party going. Other vendors involved were XO Pictures, Dillon Limo, Alexis Luxury Tours, and BloHaute. Relive their big day by looking at these photos by Emilia Jane Photography below!

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Happy one year anniversary to Margaret and Paul! The couple met during their senior year of college at Paul’s fraternity but really got to know each other while doing things like playing dodgeball and building their homecoming float together. They made it official and got engaged a few years later. Margaret and Paul got married on May 30th 2015 at Christ Church in Winnetka, Illinois during a formal and lovely ceremony. They then had their reception at Indian Hill Club. Their colors were navy, white, cream, gold. Edwards Florist provided their gorgeous flowers, and Three Tarts supplied their delicious wedding cake. Live music kept the party going all night, provided by a band called Entourage. Other vendors involved in their big day were Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists, Table Toppers, and Paul Rehder. Special thanks to their photographer, New Angus Studio, for providing us with this adorable photo. Happy anniversary, Margaret and Paul!

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The Naturally Yours Events team was lucky enough to meet Abby while working on her sister Kaitlin’s wedding  in November 2014. We were so happy to do not one but two weddings within the same family! Abby and Ryan met while they were both attending Purdue University. After a while, Ryan decided to propose. Ryan told Abby they were going to his “goodbye party”, but when she walked in, there were rose petals on the floor. She thought they were playing a prank on her, but when she turned around, he was down on one knee. And so, the wedding planning ensued!

The couple had their beautiful ceremony and reception at Pazzo’s at 311, who also catered their delicious dinner. Ceremony music was provided by Music by Design, and the gorgeous floral was by Becca Blue Flowers. They had a gorgeous cake by Oak Mill Bakery. Other vendors involved were Elite Chicago Limo, Masters Transportation, and Pin Me Up. Relive their wedding by taking a look at these photos below by Stunning Image Photo! Happy first anniversary, Abby and Ryan! We wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

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