Friday, October 30, 2009

Future Real Weddings

I promise, more real wedding posts are to come! Until then, check out some recent blog posts by photographers about our brides.

Meredith and Jeremy had a gorgeous wedding at St. Michael's before heading to what looks to be a fabulous party at the Chicago History Museum. The photographer, Joy Marie, took some fabulous photos that really capture the spirit of the wedding.

Paul Yamashiro did a post about a recent couple, Stephanie and Andy. The couple was married at Forth Presbyterian and then had the celebration at the Art Institute Ballroom. I can't wait to see the rest of the photos! Until then, read Paul's post.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Real Wedding: Meghan + Jack

All photos by Chris Ligeza and Kristen Barker from George Street.
Ceremony: Old St. Patrick's Church Reception: Allerton Hotel
Fig Media
Fragrant Design
Hair + Make-up:
R Bombshell Beauty
Photographer + Videographer:
George Street Photo + Video

I love the fashionista look the Meghan put together on her wedding day.
Mixing a vintage style birdcage veil with the modern thick gold cuff screams FABULOUS.

Old St. Pat's is one of my favorite churches in the city.

I adore this dress! The back of the dress fits Meghan perfectly!

The bride kept the flowers simple and small.

Nothing says Chicago like the Chicago Theatre.

The couple took some fabulous photos near the Water Tower.

Feeling lucky? Guests were given scratch off tickets as a favor.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What's new?

...or, where are all the real wedding posts?

I'm trying Readers, I'm trying! Honey Bee has been growing madly! I'm happy to report that we are in the final stages of hiring a forth coordinator. Training takes a tremendous amount of work. That, coupled with a wedding every single wedding has left little time for blogging. And as much as everyone loves real weddings posts, I haven't had time to dedicate to some proper posts.

But, with only a few weddings to go before our big trip to India, I am dedicated to posting them again! Woo-hoo!

I'm also going to do some recap posts. When I met up with a fellow blogger, she said she had never seen any of my wedding posts. The posts were before she entered the crazy world of wedding planning. That got me to thinking, wow, I have some really great posts from two years ago that are "lost" in this blog format. So, one of my many winter goals is to redesign the blog to include said posts.

Oh, and I am also going to go off the topic of weddings.


Yes, I have been married for almost 18 months (love you babu) and have entered some other worlds: home decor, babies, and my biggest passion: fashion. Maybe.

Any requests?

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Paper is the traditional first anniversary gift

...but an album of boudoir pictures is a modern twist!

Metropolitan Images is having an intimate moments marathon on November 21st and 22nd.

$400 gets you an hour long photo shoot at a couture hotel downtown, a private online gallery, a small pocket album with 30 images and a disc of all of the images. Hair and make-up artist will be on site for an additional fee.

For more information, contact Rachael at Met Images.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mrs. Ivanka Kushner nee Trump

I was expecting the worse. Golf club wedding in New Jersey on a Sunday doesn't sound fabulous. None of the ceremony or receptions details have been released except that the wedding planner is Preston Bailey. I'm expecting to see some fabulous lighting in a bright color.

The venue? Seems sort of generic.
If I had my choice, I would have picked The Breakers in Palm Beach. (Yes, it competes directly with Trump owned Mar-A-Lago). But I'm just saying! Really? You picked to get married here??

The dress and the hair screams Grace Kelly. What is going on with Jared's bow tie?
I'm so not loving her bouquet either.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Another Chicago Blogger...

I am late on this addition as Laura has been blogging since last March. Her blog,
style - for - style, focuses on her upcoming 2010 Detroit wedding but also has a lots of other great posts about home, decor, etc.

Best Wishes on your wedding!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Playboy Boudoir photos

Jai Girard Photography is taking b-pics to a whole new level. She is offering an exclusive opportunity to be photographed by our team partner and legendary PLAYBOY photographer. The shoot can be scheduled at the Playboy studios or at your home. Prices start at $1450.

Married ladies, the first anniversary gift is supposed to be paper. I think this would be a much more fun gift than some monogrammed stationary!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bridal Event: Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out
Thursday, November 5th
5 - 9PM

A L'Amour will be hosting an event for brides and their bridal party. Food and drinks will be served. 20% discount on bridesmaid and flowergirl dresses. Avalon Salon and Spa will be onsite to show you the finishing touches with your gown.

To RSVP, email

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bridal Event: Kitty Chen Trunk Show

Isn't this dress gorgeous? I love the va-va-voom factor coupled with a princess-ish feel. It is anything but simple, which makes me love it even more.

Kitty Chen Couture Trunk Show
October 23 - 25th

The Dress by Nicole

131 W Wesley St


To make an appointment,

Don't miss this chance to see the debut of her 2010 collection. The Dress by Nicole is one of the first stores in the country to show the new collection! All Kitty Chen orders taken this weekend will get 10% off.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The Obama's celebrated their anniversary two weeks ago. Don't they look like the perfect couple? Congratulations!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bridal Event: Erin Gallagher Grand Opening

I am not the type of girl that thinks less is more. More is more. Which is why I ADORE this necklace, Ellen. Designed by Erin Gallagher, it will be 25% off at the grand opening. That alone is reason to attend but the fact that they will be raffling off this ruby ring... well, expect me to cut to the front of the line.

Grand Opening
Thursday, October 22nd
2034 N. Halsted
To RSVP, email

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bridal Event: Bucktown Bridal Walk

Have any plans for this Saturday? Let me plan the perfect day for you. Wait in line for a delish brunch at The Bristol. Then, head to Bucktown Bridal Walk to find the perfect jewelry, flowers, and presents! You can end the day with the hot toddy at Hot Chocolate.

Bucktown Bridal Walk
Saturday, October 17th
11AM - 6PM

Crosell & Co 1922 N. Damen Ave.
Virtu 2034 N. Damen Ave.
Larkspur 2123 N. Damen Ave.
Radiance Fine Jewelry 2139 N. Damen Ave.

Let Crosell & Co., Larkspur, Radiance Fine Jewelry and Virtu help you design the wedding of your dreams, from flowers and jewelry to bridal registry and gifts. Shop at all four boutiques and receive an entry for an exciting bridal giveaway. The day will start at Radiance Fine Jewelry and proceed south on Damen.

Friday, October 9, 2009

My obsession with china continues...

I am obsessed with this china pattern by Kelly Wearstler. It's available at Neiman Marcus. I just wish that there were matching serving pieces. I am matchy-matchy type of girl.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Goodbye Love

I am very sad that both Modern Bride and Elegant Bride will be closing. My opinion has always been that both of these magazines are fantastic. I loved elegant bride much more than Modern Bride. That said, both of their websites are awful. I really think any great publication needs an amazing website to build their community.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

You're Welcome

It's always so nice to receive a review from a client. A very recent bride, Laura, who is also a bee on Wedding Bee, wrote a great review about Marilyn. Read about it here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Trunk Show: Debbie LaFromboise

In the market for all of those fun little extras, like ring pillows or a handbag? If you love Swarovski crystals, then you might want to stop by James Ciccotti on Tuesday for a trunk show featuring Debbie LaFromboise. Meet the designer and receive a $25 gift certificate towards any purchase.

Debbie LaFromboise Trunk Show
Tuesday, October 6th
6 - 9 PM
James Ciccotti Bridal Shoes & Accessories
2545 N. Clark Street
To RSVP, call 773.525.4280

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ask the Bee: Belated Reception wording

I am looking for wording for my wedding invitations. Two weeks after our ceremony, we are having a casual reception. Also, we would like to include our parents names on the invitation.

Here is an example of a belated reception. Since you are planning on having the reception two weeks after your wedding, the guests will be receiving the invitation before you are married. Therefore, I would not include the wedding date on the invitation as it might confuse guests.

Best Wishes!!

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Wilson
request the pleasure of your company
at a reception in honor of
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Michael Wilson
Saturday, the second of October
two thousand and ten
at half after three o'clock in the afternoon
Yellowgate Club
Hammond, North Carolina

If you have a wedding related question, Ask the Bee!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bridal Event: Dance Lessons

White Chicago and The Left Bank are teaming together to bring Angela Nuran. A shoe designer, Angela also helps couples plan their First Dance. Champagne will be served.

Monday, October 5th
White Chicago222 W. HuronTo RSVP, email

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