Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
August 1st – 2nd
A L' Amour Bridal Boutique
236 W. Northwest Hwy.
For an appointment, call 847.381.3838
August 1st – 3rd
Macy's State Street Bridal Salon
111 N State St.
For an appointment, call 312.781.3545
Receive 10 percent off any Lazaro purchase.
August 1st – 3rd
Vegas to Venice Bridal Boutique
1223 W. Diversey Pkwy.
For an appointment, call 312.850.0111
1 E. Delaware Pl.
For an appointment, call 312.255.1699
Receive 10 percent off any Paloma Blanca purchase.
Receive complimentary beauty services with cocktails.
Mortons Steak House
65 E. Wacker Place
To RSVP, call 773.474.7982
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Jacey was a DIY Bride.
To create a cohesive look for all of her paper goods, Jacey use the same fonts and monogram.
Below is her program.
Jacey and Dan gave each guest a clear bookmark sleeve for their photobooth photos. The bookmark was also used as an escort card. Jacey created these orgami corners to hold up the bookmarks. While beautiful and super creative, the escort cards fell over like dominos three times during the set up. My fingers were double crossed that the breeze would stop before the guests arrived. (It did.)
Since the Cocktail Hour was on the roof deck, Jacey had parasols for the guests incase the sun became too much. While thoughtful, the biggest fans were the littliest guests.
One of the High Boys for the Cocktail Hour.
Jacey had this gorgeous print material as a splash of color on each High Boy. It was complimented by floating orchids in square vases with some votive candles.
Also on the table is an example of the Bar Menu with her Signature Drinks.
A view of the decor in the reception venue. Flowers were from Kio Kreations
Monday, July 28, 2008
In this first photo, Jacey chose to buck the tradition of bridal white shoes to wear her gorgeous patent leather red Marc Jacobs shoes. They were the first gift that Dan ever gave to her.
but not the run of the mill at the alter type.
Holy Family is across the street from a firehouse.
Stay tuned for all of the fabulous details tomorrow!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
July 25 – 27
Dimitra's Bridal Couture
1011 N. Rush St. 3rd Floor
Schedule an appointment at 312.787.0920
Friday, July 25, 2008
A clue is from the old nursery rhyme: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage!
The tradition comes from the UK, where wedding cake is usually a fruit cake. If you have ever had a fruit cake, then probably know that all of that alcohol will allow the cake to stay good for about 9 months. 9 months being the perfect amount of time for the baby to come along.
Yup, the top layer tradition comes from having to make a second cake for when the baby arrives!
We were not planning on saving our top cake. However, since there were 2 slices per guest, the hotel chose to save the top layer for us since there was no way we were going to go through that much cake!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
After Getting Ready, I was off to meet my Groom.
When I walked up to him, we both stared at each other. Neither of us wanted to embrace each other, we both just took it all in. I couldn't believe how handsome he looked. The moment is best described as surreal.
Our first kiss of the day.
Denton is telling me that he is very anxious to see if I like my gift. He said that it took him months to find it!
See the little red logo in the corner? I saw it and screamed, VALENTINO!
I had a very good idea of what the gift might be.
My ultra cheesy smile is because I adore the red patent leather bow clutch that I have wanted for MONTHS!
Valentino and I share the same signature color, RED! If you aren't a big fan of hand bags, the top loop of the bow goes through your wrist.
I actually gave Denton two gifts. My Aunt Sandy, who passed away in 1999, gave me an ivory tie clip back in 1994 when I was still 17 years old. She made me swear that I would only give it to my husband, never a boyfriend. I kept it for 14 years, waiting for this moment. It is the only part of the day where I really started to cry.
It's not a good photo of the gift- but Denton's reaction makes me smile. I gave him a very traditional wedding day gift, a watch, from Tiffany's. Watches are given as it is a symbol of the time you will spend together.
For the pictures, I wanted to wear my ring. I was so excited to have it on my finger finally!
As I fixed his bow-tie, I learned that the guys had a lot of trouble with their real bow-ties! Thank goodness for You Tube. They watched a how to video about ten minutes before our first meeting.
Off to take photos!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
It took some time, especially the map, but the guests loved it. Denton used Google Maps to create a saved map. Then, he used this link to make the map printable. Finally, he had a lot of work to do to get the numbers out and arranged appropriately for our template.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
In-Store Cocktail Party
July 25th11AM-6PMJuly 26th10AM-5PM
Belle Vie Bridal Couture
34 E. Oak St.
Monday, July 21, 2008
(aka “The Running of the Brides”)
The Week Before the Sale:
Pick a team -- people whose taste you trust and are willing to get in there and do shopping battle for you.
Hold a pre-sale meeting with your team
• come up with a team uniform- matching hats, t-shirts, headbands, carry whistles-anything that would make it easier to find each other in the crowd
• assign jobs to team members—someone to gather, someone to trade, someone to help you in and out of the dresses, someone to guard your inventory from prowlers
• tear out pages from bridal magazines, or print styles from on-line wedding gown sites to show your team what you’re looking for
• pick place to rendezvous in the store
The Morning of the Sale:
Dress code-- wear a sports bra and shorts or a bathing suit so you can try on dresses anywhere in the store; DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS if you plan to participate in the “rush to the racks” (we’ve seen a couple of nasty tumbles)
Leave your handbag at home—you’ll need both hands for this.
Please, NO MAKE-UP. You wouldn’t want to see the dress of your dreams only to find it smeared with lipstick. CLEAN HANDS are appreciated.
No food or drinks inside the store; get rid of trash before the doors open in the receptacles provided
Best Time to Arrive
The doors open at 8am. Brides-to-be and their teams who have been in line the longest will get to the racks first. In fact, it’s possible that the racks will be bare by the time you get into the store. DON’T DESPAIR! The dresses are not all gone. You’ll see brides trading or putting dresses back on the racks almost immediately. Use the first hour to look for brides who are trying on dresses you like. Then, be there to grab or trade for her “rejects.”
INSIDER TIP: If you’re not up to the chaos of store opening, arrive late morning or anytime up to store closing (8:00pm). Dresses will be back on the racks and the atmosphere will be much calmer. REMEMBER, this sale looks a lot more competitive than it really is—most of the hundreds of people you see in the rush to the racks are helpers, not buyers. Each team ends up with just one dress. (Alright, sometimes two, but that’s rare). There are still plenty of dresses to choose from. In fact, last year over 90% of the brides-to-be who came to this sale found their dream dress.
At the Event
Be nice—with all the excitement, shoppers have been known to get a little territorial and competitive. As our security manager once said to a TV reporter, “you don’t want to be walking down the aisle knowing you had to punch somebody out to get the dress.”
Be considerate—have your helpers put dresses you don’t want on the hangers and back on the racks. Think of how disappointed you’d be if you found your perfect wedding dress, but it had been trampled on and damaged.
Be fair–keep only the dresses you are seriously considering, and set the others free as soon as possible.
Remember, wedding gowns don’t always run true to size—look not only for your regular dress size, but try a size or two bigger as well. Even if a dress isn’t the perfect fit, at this price it may be worth the cost of alterations. An expert on gown cleaning and alterations will be on hand to advise you.
Try on whatever comes your way--sometimes a gown that isn’t what you pictured yourself wearing turns out to be “the one.”
Be decisive--it’s only a one-day sale and gowns are not returnable.
Have fun--if you find a dress, great. If not and you still have some time to look, go to Filene's Basement for the city and date of the next sale.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sonia Roselli Makeup Open House
Sunday, July 20th
Sonia Roselli will be introducing her new artists, Jo, Sana and Laura to all Chicago brides. She will be doing previews all day to prepare for our opening of our new store Sonia Roselli Esthétique!
Location prices will be increasing Sept 1st. Previews will be half off this day only ($37.50) If you book your wedding on July 20th, you will get the 2008 rates for your 2009 weddings as well as a free custom blended lip gloss made on site!
One lucky bride who books that day will be entered into a drawing to have her make-up done for free.
Email email@example.com to reserve a spot and location details.
Sonia Roselli is starting a mailing list. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone # and email address. There will be a drawing on September 25th, 2008. You will be entered to win:
- Free facials every 6 weeks for one year
- Free Set of Extreme Lashes
- Free On Location Wedding Makeup
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 24 th
Join Weddings 826 as we celebrate a White Summer at our bridal boutique. Mingle with our favorite bridal friends, from Dentists to Wedding planners --all Local Chicago businesses-- to create your perfect wedding!
Monday, July 14, 2008
While we were getting ready, we watched Love, Actually and Steel Magnolias.
Before I knew it, both Sonia and Livia were ready to start on our hair and make-up. While hanging around, I had the girls sign the guest book. It's a great idea to have your bridal party sign it before the wedding so that they have the time to write something meaningful.
There was a knock on the door, and it was the bellhop delivering flowers from my soon-to-be husband. The entire room erupted in "ohh's"
After a tasty lunch of Subway, it was my turn to get pretty. Sonia and Livia do amazing work.
I'm the sort of girl that loves to get her make-up and her done. But I was ready to go! I'm putting on the beautiful diamond earrings that my Maid of Honor bought me(us) as our wedding present.
Then, we started to run late. I act terrible when I am running late; I get totally stressed out. It's quite obvious in the pictures. It felt like it took an hour to get that dress on me! My bridesmaids hooked, zipped, and buttoned.
They also used a crochet hook to hook the buttons.
Finally, I grabbed my bouquet. The bouquet was wrapped in Denton's family hankerchief and tied with my initial brooch (a gift a few years ago from my bridesmaid, Shena).
Since Denton and I were meeting privately, the girls had to be ready about ten minutes after me. In this photo, my Maid of Honor is being helped by my Mother-in-law while her daughter is talking to my nieces.
No shoes! Well, for a bit anyway. Since the girls were wearing 3" heels, I told them not to put them on until they were walking out the door. I think they they were happy to follow my advice as their feet were killing them later!