One of the most important elements of a wedding celebration is the ceremony itself, because after all that is why you are bringing all your family and friends together right? Committing yourself to another individual in front of those who love you is a special experience. Modern couples are consistently looking for new, unique ideas to incorporate into their wedding ceremonies to make it a true representation of their relationship. View full post »

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.