One year ago today, Danielle and Edosa tied the knot! The couple met by chance while they were both interviewing for the same internship in 2013. They really brought their love of traveling and vintage elements to their wedding day. After they said their vows at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, their reception was at The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge. Their decor was eclectic and romantic vintage. Each table centerpiece was hand designed by the bride. Their wedding colors were silver, soft pink white ivory – very romantic and soft. Since Edosa is Nigerian, they wanted to bring his heritage into their wedding day. They did this by having Nigerian sweets – Chinchin – as their favors, supplied by Mo’s Morsels. The Baking Institute provided their gorgeous, four tier wedding cake. Other vendors involved in their wedding day were Flowers Flowers, Fourth Estate Audio, Reclaimed with Love Rentals, Rent Vintage Chicago, Elegant Event Lighting and Jocelyn Morris Makeup. Take a look at the photos of their big day, taken by Michelle Lytle Photography!

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We are very excited to announce that Naturally Yours Events will be collaborating with The Violet Hour to host an eco-friendly, pop-up wedding show called “Sustained by Love” on Tuesday, May 17th. This event will feature local Chicago vendors, all of which focus on maintaining sustainable, green practices in their businesses. It’s a fact that the wedding industry is notoriously a wasteful one, but this gathering will highlight green vendors and practices that exemplify an eco-conscious event!

The Violet Hour, located in the heart of Wicker Park, will be hosting “Sustained by Love” in their gorgeous space. Rooted in pre-prohibition style libations, the James Beard Award-winning bar program features a seasonally rotating cocktail list, as well as an extensive selection of approachable and sought-after spirits. Their green practices involve utilizing seasonal garnishes and producing all-natural homemade syrups and bitters.

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From 6-10pm on May 17th, we invite engaged couples to join us at The Violet Hour for amazing drinks, delicious bites, and a great atmosphere. This event will be unique and intimate – nothing like the wedding shows you’ve been to in the past. It’ll allow couples to experience some of Chicago’s best wedding vendors while hanging out in one of the coolest spots in the city. The Violet Hour will be offering a special, select drink menu crafted specially for this event.

Take a look at the list of participating vendors so far:

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Nimble WellCollective ResourceKara Nakfoor (clairvoyant reader), and Chicago Style Weddings (media partner) also join the roster of our amazing participants!

Mark your calendars, invite your friends and join us for a great night at The Violet Hour on May 17th. Cheers!

Amanda and Tarsicio (also known as T) got married today last year at the Adler Planetarium. The Adler is a city landmark for a reason – it’s a beautiful structure that sits at the end of a small peninsula, boasting gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline. Their invitations were found on Etsy.com from Inviting Moments. The girls got ready with the help from Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists, at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile. The bridal party used Viking Limousine to ride in style over to the Adler. Amanda and T had a lovely, sunny ceremony that included the cutest “ring bearers” and flower girls. Rev. Anne Styx (of The Rev for Whatev) officiated their romantic ceremony. All of the gorgeous floral (the bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres, center pieces, etc) was provided by Flowers by StemMDM Entertainment provided beautiful lighting details that were modern “chandeliers” hanging from the ceiling. Their delicious dinner was served by Food For Thought. Afterward, they had a super cute sweets table with all sorts of treats like mini cupcakes, candy, rice crispy treats, and mini donuts thanks to Scafuri BakeryLaurie Marie Photography and Studio Q Production captured their amazing day through photo and video. Take a peek at the photos below to relive their wedding day! Happy anniversary, Amanda and T!

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As wedding planners, we’ve heard all the reasons why some couples don’t think they should hire us: “I’m super organized”, “my venue manager is going to take care of all of it”, “it’s out of our budget”, “my friend’s friend is going to do it”, and the list goes on. Wedding planners are typically viewed as a luxury or a non-necessity when it comes to throwing a wedding; however we’re here to tell you some of the biggest reasons why you really should include this service into your wedding budget. Here’s a list of the top 5 reasons you should hire a wedding planner (ahem – Naturally Yours Events).

5. Save time. Researching vendors can take hundreds of hours, especially if you’re not sure what you are looking for or who is reputable. Since we’ve been doing this for quite sometime (it’s our 5th birthday this month!!), we know which vendors are particularly amazing at their jobs and who may be a good fit for your wedding vision and budget. This takes all the guesswork out of the process- and the time.

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4. Save money. One common misconception about hiring a wedding planner is that many people seem to think it will create a huge dent in your budget. But actually, we can help you save money along the planning process! We can let you in on common budget pitfalls and supply you with industry costs that you wouldn’t normally know. Also, since Naturally Yours Events is an eco-friendly wedding planner, we are always looking for and recommending ways to reduce waste (and therefore many times costs) on the day of your wedding.

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3. Put someone else in charge of the nitty gritty. Throughout the planning process, you and your fiance will be making lots of major decisions about your wedding: the venue, food, music, cake, photography, and everything else. But how about everything that falls in between – like your timeline? As your wedding planner, we will bring many tiny details to the foreground – things that you may not have even realized needed planning. We will always make sure nothing slips through the cracks, and that you’ve got every inch of your bases covered. patrick_corrina_1220

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2. Receive tons of planning guidance.  No matter whether you’d like your wedding to be traditional or quirky- we really get to know you so we can help make your wedding personal. We can help make all of your ideas and wedding dreams come to life. Working with us will also put you at ease knowing you can ask us any wedding etiquette questions that come to mind. We’ll tell you when it’s best to stick to “the norm”, and we will also confirm that you’re not crazy for straying away from certain wedding traditions.

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1. Allow yourself and your guests to just have fun and enjoy your wedding. On your wedding day, the last thing you want to be doing is stressing about vendors being late, or about the wrong color linens arriving to your venue. The only thing that you should be thinking about on your wedding day is the love of your life and all of the joy surrounding you two. Your parents and all other guests should also be able to enjoy their time stress free. In comes your wedding planner or day-of coordinator! We’ll deal with every single detail and communication between all of the vendors on the day of your wedding. We also trouble shoot any unexpected issue that may arise – and will do so efficiently and discreetly (many times without your knowledge of anything going wrong at all). So, when it comes to your wedding day, you can entrust the professionals to make sure everything goes according to plan.

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Email or call us today to chat about your wedding planning needs! We will help you through every bit of the wedding planning process. Even better yet- since we are celebrating our 5th birthday this month, we’re offering special rates on all our packages! Book by end of April 2016 to lock in your planning needs.

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As a wedding planner, Carlene Smith (Owner of Naturally Yours Events), is surrounded by weddings every day. Her mother Jerri, who proudly supports her and her business, likes almost every photo posted of her clients- both figuratively and literally on social media. She swoons over all of these beautiful wedding photos, as if she personally knew the couple. From time to time, Jerri talks about what she would do if she could plan her wedding all over again.

Last year, Jerri and her husband James celebrated their 25th anniversary. The two got married on March 30th, 1990, and celebrated modestly. Their reception was in a basement. They didn’t have a photographer, and they didn’t have flowers. They didn’t really have a wedding cake. To be honest, the bride didn’t even have much of a wedding dress – she borrowed her soon-to-be mother in law’s dress for the occasion. Despite having such an extremely minimal wedding, marrying Mr. James Moser was one of the happiest days of Jerri’s life (a good reminder that it’s the love that makes a wedding – not all the “stuff” that goes into it).

Since it was her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, Carlene wanted to help them celebrate in a truly special way. Carlene envisioned something very intimate and something that they could look back on fondly. So, she invited her parents to travel from their hometown in Michigan, to the big city of Chicago, to get professional anniversary photos (courtesy of Tuan B. & Co) of the happy couple. Carlene thought of everything her parent’s didn’t have the first time around-  a dress that made Jerri feel beautiful, an amazing space (The Guesthouse Hotel), gorgeous flowers, an amazing photographer, and a big celebration afterwards with cake!

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They viewed a little album of their wedding photos to reminisce about the day and Carlene surprised her mother with a bouquet from Pollen.

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The couple had never been to Chicago, so Carlene took them to the museum campus so they could take photos by the gorgeous lake with their photographer, Tuan.

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Jerri and James had the time of their lives celebrating the day they committed themselves to each other. Even months later, they are still talking how it was one of their favorite days ever.

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Happy 26th anniversary to you two lovebirds! Here’s to many more!