What a crazy day at “the office” yesterday! Naturally Yours Events was on FOX Chicago talking to the viewers about how to have a green wedding and save some green, too. Check out these lovely iPhone photos:

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We started the segment chatting about areas to reduce toxic products at weddings. We love using Bright Endeavors‘s soy-based candle wax instead of toxic petroleum-based candles that are commonly used. Petroleum candles release toxins into the air that your guests are breathing in while they eat dinner. Yuck! With Bright Endeavors, you can fill any type of container very affordably and it will last for hours.

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My next tip was to avoid flower foam!  Floral foam is that green foam that florists use to keep flowers in place and hydrated. It’s not biodegradable and it has chemicals that are considered toxic to the user and to the environment once it is chucked into the trash. Pollen shows us you don’t need that stuff! All of these beautiful flowers were arranged without the use of floral foam. Also, most of these flowers were locally grown here in Illinois!

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Lastly, I spoke about some benefits to renting items! It is always greener to rent plates and linens and glassware than to buy yourself. When you rent you are able to allow that item to get reused instead of going in the trash or sitting in storage. Who wants 250 dirty chargers after their wedding? Nimble Well and M&M have a ton of great items that can fit your vision and really allow you to create something special. 

All in all, it is so important to put your personality into your wedding day- you can totally do this, even while making greener choices. Enjoy the recap of my FOX segment below!

FOX 32 News Chicago

Liz and Rob’s wedding day was the perfect city wedding in the park. Set in the middle of lincoln park, this couple had a wonderful intimate ceremony followed by reception at North Pond. Check out all these lovely photos from Michelle Lytle.

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I just love the small details Liz came up with, from farm-to-table looking escort cards and menus, to wine inspired guestbook and table numbers. And oh man- that cheese dessert display was an amazing way to cap the meal.

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Happy first year anniversary Liz and Rob!

 

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  • Chelle - July 24, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    This wedding is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

Liz and Joe are simply the sweetest couple ever! I met Liz through her work as a wedding photographer at Coachhouse Pictures and felt so honored when the hired me for their wedding. Their vision for the day was an amazing mix of rustic elegance and DIY glory- I loved every detail. Check out the beautiful work from the talented Allison Williams Photography!

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Liz and Joe chose to get married on the grounds of a garden shop, Blumen Gardens, in a small town outside of Chicago. The ceremony took place in a beautiful nook of the property nestled by exposed brick walls and cascading greenery. Liz and Joe added a ceremony backdrop of wooden embroidery rounds with ferns attached that hung from the exposed rafters. The couple stood on a vintage rug while the Groom’s brother officiated the wedding. Guests watched the nuptials from wooden mismatched chairs and the couple’s parents had a VIP spot on vintage plush chairs. This outdoor ceremony couldn’t have been more beautiful!

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The reception place was just as lovely with barn-like details and vintage hoosier cabinets. Liz and Joe dressed up the dance floor with hanging vintage books and lacy paper mache lanterns. The centerpieces incorporated a mix of handpainted mason jars and repurposed glass bottles with romantic blooms in shades of orange, peach, ivory, and green. The detail to love is the beautiful muslin table numbers and the table runners with ivory damask detailing.

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Liz also handmade the guestbook, favor bags, and all the chalkboard signage. They used those chalkboards for the signature bar menu as well as ceremony information for their guests. The guestbook was a framed 3D heart art piece that guests were encouraged to sign. Their favors were seeds where guests could take some of the garden home with them after the evening.

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What a wonderful day! Congrats to Liz and Joe and happy anniversary.

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VENDORS:

Photographer: Allison Williams Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Blumen Gardens

Hair + Makeup: Dolce Vita Salon

Florist: Becca Blue Flowers

Caterer: Wild Asparagus Catering

Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery

Furniture Rentals: Shadowbox Dreams Vintage Rentals

DJ: Music By Design, http://musicbydesign.com/

 

Gaby had always seen herself getting married at the Chicago Botanic Garden, but as the day got nearer she felt nervous to have the big wedding and be the center of attention all night- to the point she thought she wouldn’t have any fun. Well, she dropped those jitters and was all smiles the entire day. Both Gaby and Brad had a blast and at the end of the night they told me it was the best night of their lives!

Check out all these beautifully captured memories from Angel Eyes Photography.

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When the rain storm forced the ceremony indoors we had to improvise a new chuppah, since the old one was soaked. Four cousins stood up as the pole bearers and held a blanket (from the car) over the couple. The guitarist, Neil Dixon Smith, played while Gaby and her father walked down the aisle and you could just feel the love in the room. Gaby later told me she wouldn’t have changed the outcome, rain and all- it was a very special moment.

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I just loved the lush centerpieces, provided by Pollen, set atop the apple green linens. They chose florals with a vintage tone (blush, ivory, lavender, grey) and a soft, romantic ruffled look. We took the couple’s personal mercury glass votives and had them filled with soy based wax from our favorite non-profit, Bright Endeavors. With the pond in the background and the surrounding greenery, it was a perfect touch of elegance.

Gaby and Brad chose to have a blues band for their wedding entertainment and it was amazing! Morry Sochat and the Special 20′s is not a typical wedding band but they know how to get the dance floor packed. They had so much energy!

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Finally, check out this adorable video from Burton Charles Wedding Films:

 

Happy Anniversary Gaby and Brad!

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Vincent and Sarah got Married at Cai last year on June 22nd. It was a perfect sunny day for a wedding and photos at Ping Tom Park! Special thanks to Rojo Foto for all these wonderful images.

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Both families came together for an American style ceremony followed by a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. What a perfect blend of two wonderful cultures.

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Yay flags acted as escort cards and the favors were buttons that told a story about the couple. After a traditional multi-course Chinese meal, the couple cut their cake and dove into the sweets table. The sweets table backdrop was a combination of their last names to spell “Chunkins” in lights. So cute! And DJ Major Taylor kept the dance floor hoping all night.

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Happy Anniversary Vincent and Sarah!

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