Happy Anniversary: Carolyn & Dan
It has been an entire year since Carolyn and Dan tied the knot at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. One way to describe this fun and lovely duo is that they are just a couple of big kids at heart. Carolyn- a bubbly and smily theater actress- and Dan- a dapper social worker- knew that they wanted their big day to be very personalized and representative of who they are as a couple. They hired Naturally Yours Events for full, A to Z planning- and we’re so glad we were able to help them plan their perfect wedding. Have a look at their amazing big day by looking at these photos by Tuan H. Bui, Photographer.
Upon meeting and speaking with Carolyn and Dan, there were some things we learned about them: first, they LOVE breakfast (it is the most important meal of the day, after all). Second, they absolutely adore the book Where the Wild Things Are. This was one of their favorite books growing up, and they just really bonded over this similarity. So naturally, we thought “a Where the Wild Things Are-themed wedding with breakfast for dinner. It’s perfect!”
We had a lot of fun making their wedding very personal, even on a budget. The details are what’s to love about their special day: the bridesmaids wore whimsical floral print dresses and carried books with a small spray of flowers as their bouquets. The groomsmen wore adorable Where the Wild Things Are printed ties. Their decor consisted of a mixture of lights and paper garlands (made from Where the Wild Things Are printed paper), and we strung them up everywhere. At each of the tables, they had eclectic floral and greenery arrangements in vintage blue vases, along with books and chalkboard runners (encouraging guests to get creative and doodle). Another lovely little detail of the table decor is that each table had vintage, animal salt and pepper shakers. Their colors were blue, yellow and chalkboard.
The escort card table had little chalkboard signs with quotes from the book, and each escort card was a little origami boat like the one Max to to Oz. Their favors were little party crackers in which a crown would materialize after popping them (like the crown that Max wore in the book). Naturally, they used a copy of Where the Wild Things Are as their guestbook. Guests were also encouraged to take a poloroid of themselves and pin it up with a cute message.
After the romantic candlelight ceremony, dinner- or rather breakfast- was served. Babycakes (despite typically being a food truck), set up inside and made gourmet pancakes and hash browns hot from the griddle. Incredibly cute, breakfast finger foods- deviled eggs, mini quiches and fruit- were served during cocktail hour. For dessert they had a king cake by Defloured (a gluten free bakery!), because Carolyn is from New Orleans. Their bar consisted of bloody marys and mimosas by FIG Catering. They also had a gorgeous coffee bar set up by Crepes A Latte.
Happy anniversary, Carolyn and Dan! We hope your first year of marriage was wild and full of happiness.