Thursday, December 31, 2009

Susan + Dave, the wedding

Yesterday, I posted about the morning of Susan and Dave's wedding. Here is the rest of their lovely day. Besides a spot of rain in the morning, the day couldn't have been more perfect.
All photos by Peter Thurin.
The pillars at Union Station make for a gorgeous wedding photo.
I love that the couple's chose a unique Signature Drink, Martini's. The drink had a significant meaning to the couple as you can read below.

Some of the delicious Martini's that were offered to guests at the cocktail hour.
Not quite a martini... but an enjoyable kiddie cocktail for an adorable little girl.
Not that there was any doubt, but the couple had their seats decorated.

Isn't this photo make your heart swoon a bit? It was taken before the guests arrived.
They are such a sweet couple!

Susan wanted to keep the room decor understated with her choice of white linens and soft pastels for her flowers.
The centerpieces were all slightly different but romantic full roses were at every table.
A centerpiece at another table shows that although they were different, there was the same feel creating a cohesive look.

Right before the couple was about to be introduced!
There was another couple that was having their anniversary the same day. Dave and Susan ordered them a cake.
It was a lovely way to share the day!

Cafe Brauer is pretty during the day but it is gorgeous at night once the lights are dimmed.
Rather than serve dessert, the couple had a gorgeous cupcake buffet from Sweet Mandy B's.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Susan + Dave

Susan is nice. As in, I don't know if she even has a mean bone in her body. Full of graciousness, I knew that she would be an absolute delight on her wedding day. Although I didn't meet Dave until the rehearsal, he was just as nice. I thought that they were the perfect match! Although there was a bit of rain on their wedding day, Susan was full of smiles. It was one of those weddings where I just walked away loving my job.

DJ: Toast N Jam
Sweet Mandy B's
St. Rita
Zuzu's Petals
Sonia Roselli
Ambassador East
Sonia Roselli
Peter Thurin
Cafe Brauer
All photos by Peter Thurin.

Super cute card + note that Dave gave to Susan on the morning of her wedding.

Susan had many lovely family heirlooms in her wedding suite.

The wedding photo with the bouquets were gorgeous!

Susan is putting on her wedding jewelry before the 1st meet with Dave.

Peter took some amazing detail shots.
All brides should remember to bring a copy of their wedding invitation on their wedding day for the photos.

Rain on your wedding day is lucky.
As I wrote in the earlier post, Susan didn't even think to complain. She had a smile ear to ear the entire day.

The super cute ring bearer. He walked the entire aisle by himself.

OK, I realize that I am obsessed with this shot as I include it is almost every real wedding post. I can't help it; LOVE IT. And, I love that you can see Susan's shoes.

I'll be back tomorrow with a post about their gorgeous reception!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wouldn't this be perfect for your honeymoon?

I am in love with this kimono style robe. I can imagine strolling about my suite in this gorgeous robe and then heading out to the balcony of my room to eat croissants while looking at the sea.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sonia Roselli Make-up Class

So did you get a big wad of cash for the holidays? Or maybe one of those Visa gift cards? If you did, well, come on over my new Bestie! Just kidding. But if you do need a great way to spend your money, why not head over to Sonia Roselli? Book a private make-up lesson class with one of Sonia's fabulous make-up artists and receive a free set of amazing professional make-up air brushes. Air? The brushes are made of some uber-soft hair creating an airbrush look.

The $375 luxe brushes are gifted with the purchase of a class for $95. Tres chic and a very good deal indeed. Email for scheduling!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Magnificent Milestones Fantastic Invitation Giveaway!

Magnificent Milestones is teaming up with Honey Bee Weddings for a fantastic invitation giveaway. Located inside the Smitten Boutique, Magnificent Milestones is a gorgeous invitation design studio. Their selection is fantastic. Both Kara and I agree, the invitation sets the tone for the wedding.

Here is a small sampling of their fabulous wedding invitations:

To enter the contest:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Did you know that...

...35-40% of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.


PS. I'll be back tomorrow with a fabulous contest! Anyone want discounted invitations?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ines di Santo Trunk Show

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show
December 18th - 19th
10 - 6PM
To make an appointment, call 630.627.4027

Happy Anniversary Bella Bianca! To celebrate Bella Bianca's 1st anniversary, brides will receive 10% off gowns during the month of December. Bella Bianca will offer discounts when your Ines di Santo gown and accessories are purchased together.

17W527 Roosevelt Road
Oakbrook Terrace

Monday, December 14, 2009

Get Married

My, aren't we special?

Get Married has added us to their Blog Roll! Their extensive list tracks a ton of bride bloggers as well as vendors and others in the industry. Get Married in an amazing website that helps brides plan for their big day. There is articles about every possible aspect of planning to links to the latest bridal fashion shows. Besides the website and magazine, Get Married is also on We TV!

Thank you Get Married!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sample Sale!

Can you get up early this Sunday? Dimitra's is having their Annual Sample Clearance sale. Dresses are 50% off. Expect to find designers such as Pronovias, Ines Di Santo, and San Patrick. No appointments are necessary.

Sunday, December 6th
10 AM - 2 PM
Dimitra's Bridal
1009-11 Rush Street
Third Floor

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bridal Event: Michelle Rahn Couture Dressing Event

Ladies of luxury including mothers of the bride and groom are invited to a glamorous afternoon of couture dressing for their special occasion. Sip champagne and sample delectable sweets while indulging in the luxury of the Parisian couture dressmaking process with designer Michelle Gertzman as you create your one-of-a-kind gown.

Michelle Rahn Couture Dressing Event
December 16th + 17th
211 N. Green Street
To make an appointment, email

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Soniya + Erick, Part 6: The Details

Part of Soniya’s wedding day jewelry.

The beautiful henna designs from the Mehndi ceremony.

Close up shot of the bride’s two different gowns. The beadwork is so intricate.

Orchids rained down around a chandelier inside the mandap.

This statue of Ganesh was the focal point for the escort card table.
Seating assignments were nestled in small golden elephants.

The bride made the menus adorned with a peacock feather - so pretty and unique.

The delicately decorated cake was topped with crystals.
The sweetheart table in the background had an intimate feel in the large ballroom.

Favors were paper mache boxes hand made in India.
Guests loved choosing their favorite among the different designs and shapes.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Soniya + Erick, Part 5

Sharing their first dance: “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head” by Dean Martin.

A custom-made gobo shines on the dance floor.

Cutting the cake which had chocolate and banana flavors.

I love the movement in this photo.

Erick took a moment to thank all their guests and gave the sweetest toast to his new bride.

The photographer had guests walk down a “runway”...

And as you can see, they loved it!

Did you notice the sleeping baby amid all the joyful dancing?!

My next post will be a final look at some of the fabulous details.

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