Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Original Invitations, Part I

I have two brides that are planning some amazingly unique weddings. Don't get me wrong; I adore every wedding. However, after seeing many many white weddings, it is nice when someone decides to buck tradition and go their own way.

Take One...

Martha + Julio are getting married this August. Their invitations follow the golden rule that invitations are the first taste of a wedding. Using cardstock from Joann Fabrics and envelopes from M Staples and My Gatsby, the invitations were made by matting paper and a heat embossed stamp.
Inner Envelope
Invitation

Skeletons? Absolutely! Their wedding is inspired by their mutual love of the Day of the Dead. As someone with a major inanthropology, I literally jumped up and down when they told me about their plans. If you have never heard of the holiday, click here for the 411. Are you excited for this Real Wedding post?

Monday, June 29, 2009

DOCed + Blogged


I'm blogging about being blogged!

It's always exciting when a fellow blogger writes about you. Miss Stiletto on Wedding Bee aka Soon to be Koo wrote a lovely post about her reasons for hiring a Day of Coordinator aka a DOC. Check out the post. It was amazing to see all of the positive comments. It looks like there are several Honey Bee Brides that are also Wedding Bee readers!!

Recently, I had a Bride that opted not to use our services. She said that her caterer will handle everything that day. I'm sorry but I have never met a Catering Manager that does my job! Catering Managers aren't going to make sure that your hair stylist and/or make-up artist arrive on time. Nor are they going to help if there your limo driver never shows up. Or worse, if there is a problem with your gown. While they may set out your favors, they aren't going to make sure that the DJ is playing your Must Play list.

Let me end this post with a photo. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

Below is a photo of me organizing a 36 person bridal party at the rehearsal. I have my spreadsheets in hand and am calling out to the bridal party to get them organized. But don't look at me. Look at the beautiful bride-to-be, smiling and enjoying herself. That is what you get when you have a DOC.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I adore this gown.

If I could get married again, I think I just might wear short gown. In fact, I would wear this one. From the Reverie by Melissa Sweet line, the Fiesole dress is meant for me. And, it has pockets! Wouldn't it look lovely for a garden party style wedding?





Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Trunk Show


Martinez Valero Trunk Show
Thursday, July 2nd
2 - 8PM
The Left Bank

The owner will be available for personal fittings. There will be a 15% discount for shoes purchased during the Trunk Show. The Left Bank started a blog, Everything But The Dress, recently. The blog focuses on all of the fun bridal accessories.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Click to Cure 2009





One of my favorite photographers,
Dennis Lee, is offering a wonderful opportunity! Get your photo taken by him for a donation.

Sunday, July 12, 2009
10-6PM
Studio 415
415 W. Huron
Chicago

Come in to the studio and I will shoot portraits for a minimum donation of $100 to the Cancer Research Foundation. Bring your family, friends, dogs, cats, whatever. Write a check for a minimum of $100 and I'll shoot it for you.

This is a first come, first served event. There are no reservation times. Walk in, spend a few moments taking photos and leave with a disc of all the images. This won't be a full session. Rather, he will shoot maybe 10 minutes, but he'lI shoot fast; and you'll get a nice selection of images. This is to raise money for cancer and help support an important cause. Come and support a great cause.

PS. Be sure to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dennis.

Friday, June 19, 2009

CS Brides

I just spent the wee hours of last night reading my favorite local bridal magazine, Chicago Social Brides. Be sure to stop If you want to read online, click here. Our ad is on page 231.

Our fabulous ad!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Jewelry Discounts

Until June 22nd Erin Gallagher Jewelry is offering a 25% discount on custom jewelry. You can order the pieces online or at the West Loop studio at 1017 W. Lake Street. To order online, use the coupon code "bridalbling" to receive your 25% discount. To make an appointment, call 312.492.7548.

Although I never order online (not here, I just don't shop online), I love Erin's website. You can peruse the perfect jewelry by neckline, stone, or color. What more could you ask for? Instead of being overwhelming, the website is really fun and inspiring. I'm not even into jewelry and I just spent an hour designing some pieces for fun.

Here are my top three picks:


Something Blue. Olivia bracelet.


My Bestie would love the Gwen necklace with a blue topaz.

Long earrings usually overwhelm my petite frame but the thin Meg would be perfect for me.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dreaming of Aqua

Although I never wanted to have a modern wedding... if I did, I would do something like this. The photo reminds me of being underwater on a beautiful beach. The only thing that I would do differently is ghost chairs.


What is the perfect Chicago venue for such a vision? No doubt, the Chicago Illuminating Company.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Inventive Invitations

Below is a link to a clever wedding invitation that Denton found on You Tube. No sound is necessary.

Happy Monday!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Real Wedding: Liz + Calvin, The Evening

Yesterday, I posted about Liz and Calvin's wedding day. Today, I am going to post about the rest of the evening.


After a few hours on the town, the couple came back to the Stardust Suite to rest up and have a few drinks before the ceremony.

The room was dimly lit for a romantic feel. The decor was done by A Perfect Event.

The groom, Calvin, is Hawaiian. To celebrate his culture, the couple wore leis. After being pronounced husband and wife, Calvin moved the flower behind Liz's right ear to her left ear, signaling that she is married woman.

In lieu of a traditional guest book, the couple had a framed Cubs jersey for everyone to sign. It was quite the hit!

The couple opted to have a Suite Table.

The gorgeous centerpieces. I love that the candles were up high so that they did not interfere with the guests from talking across the table.

Below is a close-up of the centerpiece. It's modern yet romantic with all of that warm lighting from the pillars.

Liz's Dad, Ira, cut the Challah and said a prayer.

The couple had a delicious Candy Buffet with bags for guests to take some home as a favor.

The couple cut their cake after the salad course. The cake table was decorated with the bridesmaids bouquets.

After dinner, the couple had their first dance to "Better When We're Together" by Jack Johnson.

At around 11PM, the Allegro brought out some late night snacks to feed the hungry crowd.

A really cute ring shot!
Thank you so much for letting me be apart of your wedding day!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Real Wedding: Liz + Calvin

Would it be cheeky of me to say that Liz has great taste? Probably so, but that is only because we had so many of the same vendors! Liz and Calvin were married at the Hotel Allegro, used the same fantastic band, linen company, as well as had their rehearsal dinner at the same place. We even wore the same color nail polish (Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs. by OPI). And, we opted to incorporate our husband's culture into the ceremony. But you know what? Their wedding was completely different and I loved theirs just as much as mine.


Liz's wedding day, unfortunately, started off on the wrong foot. Liz had hung her dress on a billiard cue rack. While it probably would have made for an amazing gown shot, the dress ended up with blue chalk all over the back. A quick call to the gown experts, The Dress Doctor, and the stains were gone. If that wasn't enough, Liz had purchased an antique brooch to pin to her bow. As soon as we went to pin it on, the brooch broke in half. When her bridesmaid tried to sow it together, the brooch crumbled. Luckily, we have the same (great) taste and I had a brooch very similar at home. My husband came with the brooch and some much needed Starbucks. Like me, Liz never broke a sweat. She stayed totally calm after two minor freak accidents. And after that, it was smooth sailing.

Band - High Society Orchestra

Cake - Rolf's

Florist - A Perfect Event

Linens - Covered Affairs

Photographer - Jeff Owen at Modern Images

Reception - Hotel Allegro

Rehearsal Dinner - Giordano's

Transportation - Windy City Limo

Videographer - Modern Images


I have to include a few posts of Liz & Calvin's paper suite. It is gorgeous! I really do believe that invitations set the tone for a wedding. That said, how do you not love these invitations? They're a classic ecru with a modern bronze colored print and bow to seal it all up. I loved them.

Liz used Marilyn, one of the other Honey Bee Weddings coordinators, as her calligrapher.
Photo Stamps add a fun personal touch. Liz & Calvin used one of their engagement photos.
Their menu was printed on paper with a heat embossed stamp and then matted on bronze paper.

The dress with the borrowed brooch.
Inside of the dress was a patch with the couple's name and wedding date.
Liz's dress had pockets. I LOVE POCKETS.
The bride wore the cutest Kate Spade sequined ballet flats.

Liz also carried a hankerchief as her something blue as well as a family ring.
Liz was the perfect balance between a Modern yet Classic Bride.
For some bling, Liz wore the most gorgeous hair accessory.
Liz's Mom, who may be the nicest Mother of the Bride ever, with some of Liz's bridesmaids. Pashimas will always be in style for winter bridal parties!
The couple decided to have their first meeting on the grand staircase.
The Bridal Party took some great photos around the city, including the classic Chicago skyline shot.
Calvin and Liz on Michigan Ave.
The bride twirls away on the el.

The rest of the couple's day is coming tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Suspenders?

Cumberbunds remind me of prom. But... what do you think of suspenders?

Complimenting our black and white polka dot accents, I tried to convince my husband to wear them. He politely declined.

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Another Sample Sale

Bridal Sample Sale
Thursday, June 4th
Ultimate Bride
106 E. Oak St.
No appointments necessary.

Sample Sales are a great way to save money on a dress! Ultimate Bride was my favorite store to visit when I was dress shopping. The selection, which is up to 70% off, will probably be fantastic! Samples are available in the following sizes: 8, 10, 12.

If you find a dress at either sample sale, please post a comment! I'd love to know if any of my readers find The Dress!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sample Sale

Bridal Sample Sale
June 5th- 7th
A' L'Amour
236 West Northwest Highway
Barrington
To make an appointment, call 847.381.5858

Sample Sales are a great way to save money on a dress! A' L'Amour carries many gorgeous designers, including my favorite, Lazaro. Call today for an appointment!
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