Stacey and Chris, who met through mutual friends, wanted a wedding day with an emphasis on their ceremony and a good dance party. With the help of Naturally Yours Events, they planned a wedding that was full of love and party vibes.

They got ready at the Renaissance Hotel where they laughed all morning with their friends before heading down the hotel’s rooftop for their first look. Pure joy was spread across both of their faces the rest of the day despite the rainy, cloudy weather of Chicago.

Hosting ceremony in Lacuna Lofts‘ Blank Canvas room, Stacey and Chris exchanged vows that they had written themselves. They made their ceremony personal by asking Stacey’s friend to officiate and a couple of their friends to say readings.

Guests were invited down to the Reverie Gallery to continue the party. Dining tables were adorned with either gold pillar candle holders or various painted jars and vases filled with ivory blooms and greenery. The combination of Fab Flora‘s elegant blooms and the unique, rustic flair of the venue came together to set a beautiful backdrop for Stacey and Chris’ celebration. After the dance floor got rockin’ with Cage and Aquarium‘s tunes, guests were treated with lots of sweet goodies including gelato! Yum! Thank you to Uttke Photography for capturing their day.

Vendor Team

Wedding Planner: Naturally Yours Events, Kristen / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Lacuna Lofts / Caterer: LM Catering / Photographer: Uttke Photography / Videographer: fortyONE films inc. / Florist: Fab Flora / Hair Stylist: Blohaute / Makeup Artist: Shannon O’Brien / DJ: Cage & Aquarium / Lighting: SC Lighting Design / Photo Booth: Zippy Booth / Bakery: Vanille Patisserie / Gelato: Massa Cafe Italiano / Late Night Bites: Buddy’s Special Events / Hotel: Renaissance Chicago / Transportation: Third Coast Trolley and Limo

Tanya and Saumil exuded an immense amount of love on their wedding day. Their ceremony showcased their different cultural backgrounds including Indian, Puerto Rican, and African traditions. The fusion of the day truly represented them as a couple.

Their celebration was captured by I Luv Photo and filmed by Fox & Ivory. We absolutely loved their meaningful ceremony and bright, summer color palette. See all the details below!

Saumil wore a Sherwani, traditional Indian attire, for the ceremony and later changed into a Western style suit for the reception. Tanya wore a champagne colored, beaded dress that complimented all of the peaches, reds, and blushes in her flowers. They did a first look before ceremony where they just had the cutest reactions to each other and could not stop smiling through their photos.

The ceremony started with a traditional Indian Baraat, dancing outside the venue with a Dhol player. Tanya and Saumil incorporated a lasso ceremony symbolizing their bond and the African tradition of jumping the broom.

The reception space was bright and airy with centerpieces that added a pop of color. We adored the Spanish tile escort cards that doubled as guest favors and added even more colorful decor to the tables.

Vendor Team

Planner: Naturally Yours Events, Carlene Smith
Venue: Marriott Lincolnshire
Ceremony Officiant: Rev It Up
Florist & Lighting: Atmosphere Events Group
Photographer: I Luv Photo
Videographer: Fox & Ivory
DJ: Cage & Aquarium
Photo Booth: Mag Booth
Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s
Appetizers: India House Company
Hair and Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists
Dhol Player: Mehul Adhikari

After meeting at work, Megan and James hit it off when he sprained his ankle and they bonded over the injury since Megan did personal training. They started their relationship with a first date at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Cafe Brauer which would turn into their wedding venue a few years later!

Megan and James wanted a lighthearted, natural wedding that encompassed their love for each other and their families. They also knew they wanted Megan’s daughter to be a big part of the day as they came together to create a new family. See how the day unfolded with these beautiful photos from Ed & Aileen Photography.

These two were the cutest, we love how Megan winked at James as she walked down the aisle to marry him! They included Megan’s daughter by having her participate in a handfasting ceremony, wrapping the cords around each of their hands symbolizing their commitment to each other. This girl took her maid of honor duties very seriously as she made sure her mom’s dress always looked perfect.

We are in love with the way all of the floral and hand-designed paper details complimented both each other and the personal touches that Megan and James added. Take a look at their custom family cake topper!

And then we danced the night away!

Vendor Team:

Wedding Planner: Naturally Yours Events, Carlene Smith
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Cafe Brauer
Photographer: Ed & Aileen Photography
Officiant: Anita Weds
Ceremony Musician: Fretless Music
Florist: Vale of Enna
Videographer: Whitney Cinema
Lighting: Sound Investment
DJ: Toast & Jam
Photo Booth: Fotio
Caterer: Tigerlily Events
Bakery: Cacao Sweets & Treats
Hair and Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists
Invitations: Evr Paper

Wishing all moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day! As you celebrate mom this weekend, you may be thinking about ways you can make her feel special on your wedding day. Yes the day is about you and your partner – so don’t worry you’ll still be in the spotlight – but moms deserve a little credit and appreciation too. They’ve gotten you this far in life, right?

Involve her in getting ready.

Moms deserve some pampering so include her for hair and makeup services to make sure she’s feeling confident and at her best on your wedding day.

Share a special, private moment alone with mom and thank her for her support. You never know what last-minute words of wisdom she can offer you.

Have mom help you get dressed and put on your shoes & accessories. Make sure she’s dressed beforehand so she’s ready for the photos that will happen during this moment!

Pick out a special gift for her.

Find a memento that she can remember your wedding with like a piece of jewelry, embroidered handkerchief, or a personalized letter and photo album.

Feature her memory.

If your mom is passed, think of ways that you can honor her at your wedding. Include her favorite flowers in your bouquet, carry a photo of her with you, leave an empty chair for her at ceremony, read a letter from her during dinner, or pick out a song she loved for a specialty mother dance where you invite all guests to dance with their mother or someone special in their lives.

Give her a role during your wedding ceremony.

Choose to walk down the aisle with your mom or both of your parents so you can share in that moment together.

Have her involved in a tradition like lighting a unity candle, participating in a hand-fasting ceremony, or a blessing you and your partner in your new life.

Make her your dance partner.

Choose your mom’s favorite song for a specialty dance with her. Or, cut footloose and hit the dance floor while belting out some 80’s pop songs together.

Thanks to all the moms out there!

Photos courtesy of Ed & Aileen Photography, 430Studios, George Street Photo & Video, Allison Williams Photography, Laurel + Prairie, Cage + Aquarium and Ingrid Bonne Photography.

Earth Day on April 22nd reminds us to be a little more eco-conscious of the world we live in. However, being sustainable and considering our planet’s resources should be something that is thought of year round! One small step is looking at how you can be more sustainable for your wedding. And no, you don’t have to wear a burlap sack and expect all your guests to go barefoot.

Photo by Cattura Weddings

There are a lot of ways we can plan weddings with an eco-friendly approach. A great way to start is to work with vendors who are like minded in their green initiatives so they can guide you in the right direction. As members of the Green Wedding Alliance, Naturally Yours Events has a network of amazing vendors who all have a green perspective on weddings.

Let’s look at some ways you can have a more sustainable wedding!

Paper Goods: It’s okay to have paper for your wedding, just be responsible about it!

Photo by Allison Williams Photography, Invitations by Botanical Paperworks

Online save the dates or an online RSVP for your invitation will cut down on the amount of paper you use and it will save you some money too! Other ways your paper can do double duty is with your ceremony programs. Choose to have a sign with the ceremony details instead of printing anything or just have enough programs for every other person since most guests come as a couple or a family.

Go one step further with your invitations and choose a vendor that prints on seed paper so your guests can plant your invitation after the wedding is over! Additionally, pick soy-based inks and invitations without metallic, plastic finishes that are harder to recycle. Then, keep your invitations to a minimum and share information for other details on your website instead of having individual paper inserts (like info on hotels, transportation, and welcome parties).

The Bar: Go Local and Reduce Plastic!

Photo by Ed & Aileen Photography

Chicago has so many great local options for craft beer plus sustainable wines & liquors. Plus you’ll pay more homage to your city that will be fun for guests!

Skip the individual plastic water bottles during ceremony and instead offer guests a water station with fun flavored waters with glassware or compostable cups!

Recycle, recycle, recycle. Don’t let those aluminum cans and glass bottles end up in the trash by checking to see if your venue and/or bar staff recycles.

Beauty: Natural is beautiful!

Going natural doesn’t mean you have a bare face. You can still doll yourself up and choose a vendor that uses cruelty-free, vegan, or natural products and tools.

Photo by Anna Zajac, Makeup by Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists

Catering: ‘Tis the season to eat eco-friendly!

Photo by This is Feeling, Catering by Big Delicious Planet

When it comes to food always try and eat based on what is in season and what is local. For your wedding menu, choose lots of veggie options or a full vegetarian meal as the amount of water and energy used is significantly higher for meat options.

Work with a caterer that composts and recycles, like those that are a part of the Green Wedding Alliance. Additionally you can hire a composting service like Collective Resource to work on responsibly disposing of your food waste.

Rentals like plates and glassware are going to be more sustainable than using disposable plastics or paper goods. But if you need to use disposables for your dessert or appetizers, consider using biodegradable or compostable products like bamboo plates and utensils.

Favors: Less is more!

Let your favors serve double duty as an escort card, offer a favor that is a consumable tasty treat, use as little packaging as you can, or skip the favors all together and consider donating the funds you would have used to an eco-friendly charity!

Photo by This is Feeling

Florals: Eco-friendly never looked so good!

Let’s get this out of the way first – flower foam is a no go. It’s toxic, made of mostly plastic, and there’s way better alternatives that florists can use.

As with food, choosing local and in season flowers will always be more sustainable and cost effective. Then make arrangements to donate your wedding flowers or choose centerpieces like potted plants that can be easily given away as favors to a lucky couple at each table. It’s also a great idea to make sure you’re working with a florist that composts all organic waste at the end of the night.

Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography, Florals by Flowers by Stem

Hopefully, these few ideas will help you take a step in the direction of having a more sustainable wedding. Looking for more tips? We’d love to work with you on your green wedding vision! Let’s connect but first let’s all go appreciate being outside on this beautiful Earth day!