Mari and Mikki’s wedding at Promontory Point was equal parts organic, elegant and extremely romantic. Their gorgeous ceremony looked over Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. They achieved their vision of having a beautiful, boho and personalized ceremony that truly felt special. Take a look at these photos of their wedding by Rebekah Albaugh.

We loved their central focal point of their ceremony – a white teepee adorned with a couple strands of free-flowing floral and greenery. All of their flowers were provided by Flowers for Dreams.

The romantic cello ceremony music was played by Desiree Miller.

After the ceremony, the celebration moved inside. Once again, they were able to achieve a bohemian look that still looked neat and elegant. We just loved how the green napkins matched the green windows and greenery on the tables. Jewell Events Catering provided all of the delicious food as well as the linens.

The gold terrariums and pops of pink floral looked amazing on the long tables.

Such a beautiful, personal touch was the poem that draped behind the gifts and guest book table. Their “guest book” was not your typical book – it was actually a globe that guests were encouraged to sign.

The glittery escort cards provided some pops of gold that matched the terrariums.

The petite, yet amazing, cake was provided by Cacao Sweets & Treats. They also provided the additional scrumptious sweet treats.

The day was so perfect that the couple was even able to take a photo in front of a darn rainbow! How romantic is that?

Other vendors involved in their special day were DJ Bonsu, Mario Tricoci, Lena Clark Beauty, and Event Brilliance.

We can hardly believe that another year has passed by, but we are SO excited for this year’s Wedtoberfest! This will be the fifth of its kind, and we’re convinced it’ll be the best one yet.

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For those who are not familiar with this event, here’s the 411: Wedtoberfest is a unique wedding show + beer festival hybrid, founded by Carlene Smith (owner and boss lady of Naturally Yours Events) and produced in conjunction with Kelly Horvath of Indie Wed. This one-of-a-kind wedding show allows couples to plan their wedding in a cool, laid-back atmosphere while drinking delicious beer, cider, and bubbly.

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This year’s event will be taking place at Artifact Events (AKA Architectural Artifacts) on Thursday, September 21st. Couples have the choice to purchase general admission or VIP tickets (individual tickets are available as well). VIP guests will be admitted early, enjoy additional beer samples, and will receive some pretty cool upgraded swag bags!

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All guests will receive a swag bag and branded tasting glass. In attendance will be tons of local wedding vendors including photographers, florists, caterers, planners, bakeries, stationers, and plenty others. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to meet the vendors you’ve seen online but haven’t decided on yet. Oh, and did we mention there will be snacks and live music? We’re telling you, it’s gonna make planning your wedding fun!

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If you are an engaged, craft beer lover in Chicago, you can’t miss this event! Grab your honey and enjoy a fun date night of wedding planning. Make sure to visit the Wedtoberfest website for more information, and click here to purchase your tickets today. See you there!

Our favorite type of wedding is the kind where it just oozes aspects of the couple’s combined personality. Mallory and Jimmy’s summer wedding at Room 1520 did exactly that. They took their love for music festivals, dream catchers, and even pizza- and created their perfect, boho wedding day. Take a look at these awesome photos of their perfect day by Jennifer Shaffer Photography:

How stunning was the bride’s succulent bouquet by SucculentlyUrban?

Pitchfork Music Festival was happening just down the street from Room 1520, so they went into the fest to take some pre-wedding photos! They incorporated their love for music festivals into their seating chart and their table numbers. 

Mallory and Jimmy personalized their wedding ceremony by incorporating a unity dream catcher. Their ceremony was officiated by Bernadette O’Brien.

Their matching dancing shoes were so rad!

As much as we love wedding cake, we love wedding pizza even more! Mallory and Jimmy cut into a pepperoni pizza and with it had their first bites as husband and wife.

The couple incorporated the dream catcher theme into their “guest book” as well. Each guest was encouraged to take a feather and attach it to this collection of dream catchers. We love the uniqueness of this idea! 

Music for their wedding day was provided by Lucky Dutch (cocktail hour) and DJ Calvin (reception). Their delicious dinner was served by Sweet Baby Ray’s Catering, and alcohol was provided by Prestige Drinks. G Spot did the ladies’ hair and makeup.

Marguarette and Andie got engaged while sailing, so it was no wonder that they wanted to get married at near proximity to the lake. The Adler Planetarium turned out to be just the perfect place for them to tie the knot: not only does it essentially sit on Lake Michigan, but it also boasts one of the best views of the Chicago skyline. The couple had a medium-sized (150 guests), more traditional wedding that incorporated some fun personalized details. Take a look at the photos below by Ann and Kam Photography to take a glimpse into their special day.

Since red is the color of luck in Chinese culture, Marguarette and Andie decided to incorporate it into their personal floral. The beautiful blooms were provided by Becca Blue Flowers.

I mean, could you ask for a better ceremony backdrop? 

One of our favorite details were the escort cards, which doubled as wedding favors. Each card was actually a scratch-off lotto ticket, so that guests could try their luck! They were held up by cute little golden elephants.

We loved their family photo display!

The couple incorporated their love for travel into their “guest book”. Instead of using a typical guest book, they used a hand painted globe (purchased through Etsy) and encouraged guests to sign it. We love this idea because it can be easily displayed in the couple’s home after the wedding, as opposed to sitting in a drawer! 

Other vendors not mentioned above who helped make their wedding day special were Food for Thought, West Town Bakery, Cage and Aquarium Productions, Atmosphere Events Group, Aries Charter Transportation, Super Sitters, and CHYLArtistry.

Addressing wedding invitations isn’t always super straightforward. Especially since snail mail is no longer a common form of communication, couples tend to find themselves confused when faced with addressing their wedding invitations. Some take addressing etiquette very seriously and follow it to a T, and others say “to hell with the old school rules!”. Either way, it’s ultimately up to you and your personal preference. Here are some common etiquette rules to consider when addressing your invitations.  

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1. Use your guest’s title and full names (no nicknames).

2. Take note of guests’ relationship statuses and properly address them as such. There is a lot that goes into how you address the person depending on if they are married, married yet kept their maiden name, or not married but living together. This link is helpful in answering some of those questions.

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3. Spell out everything except for the zip code-  street, direction, apartment, and state. Old school etiquette also suggests spelling out the street numbers (for example: One North State Street Chicago, Illinois 60601).

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4. List everyone invited. If you are offering your invitee the option to bring someone who you might not know, put “and guest” after the person’s name. On the other hand, if you know your guest is in a long term relationship, you should list their partner by name and not just “and guest”. For families with children, you should also list the kids by name (girls should have a ‘Miss’ in front of their name and boys do not have a title). If it is a large family and you do not have space to list everyone, it is okay to just put “and Family” after the adults’ names.

For more tips and guidance on how to properly address your wedding invitations, click here. Happy planning!