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Be sure to catch Part One if you have not already!

How cute are these two?! I’m loving the bow ties.

reception details:


Images courtesy of Tim Tab Studios

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How can you not love a wedding when a bride pays attention to the details? Not to mention, when there are some cute little old men wearing bow ties! Lauren and Rob were wed in Geneva, Illinois, and their wedding was photographed by the talented Tim Tab Studios.

getting ready:


post-ceremony shots:

Images courtesy of Tim Tab Studios

Church: Chapel on the Green, Yorkville, IL
Reception: Oscar Swan Inn, Geneva, IL
Dress: La Sposa
Cake: Kirby’s Korner Bakery
Florist: flowers were bought wholesale and taken from my parents’ garden, arranging done by my mom and uncle!
Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie
Groomsmen Attire: Groom – Hugo Boss, Groomsmen – Calvin Klein, JoS. A Banks and American Living
Photographer: Tim Tab Studios

Mr. A is from a semi-small town in Illinois. And, I was recently introduced to the fantastic photography of Kyle Shultz thanks to Meagan.

He recently shot a wedding where the bride and groom visited the State Fair Grounds. It’s too bad he couldn’t get the bride to go down the slides – now those would have been some photos!

Images courtesy of Kyle Shultz

P dot S How gorgeous is the bride?

Edited to add:

A big thanks to Meagan and the Pilot’s Mom for confirming that these photos were in fact taken at the State Fair Grounds!

So, let’s face it. Not all of us want to search high and low for a Gocco – especially since they are no longer in production. And, well, not everyone has the resources to have a ton of custom cocktail napkins printed.

Julianne Smith, better known as The Garter Girl, recently held her launch party a few weeks ago. She wanted custom cocktail napkins, but didn’t want to pay the price. Stephanie at Couture Parties clued her in on a little secret:

Rubber Stamp

So, how does it work?

  1. Design (or use your logo) a custom graphic and have a custom rubber stamp made.
  2. Buy cocktail napkins in the quantity and color(s) of your choice.
  3. Buy rubber stamp ink.
  4. Begin stamping away – allowing plenty of time to dry!

Images courtesy of A Britton Photography via The Garter Girl

A big congrats to Julianne for her launch. If you are not familiar with her garters – go check them out now! (I have featured her work in the past, because, well, she does awesome work)!

Image courtesy of Picotte Photography via Lucky Me!

Guys love to get creative with their shoes, too!

Image courtesy of Kate Webber Photography via Style Me Pretty

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, hop over to Swatchbook Weddings, Simply & Forever, Meant to be Sent, Gwyneth Paige, Life in the Super Burbs and Weddings and Pretty Things!

So it has rained a lot this past weekend. A lot. Thunder, lightning, winds, tornadoes (yes, tornadoes). But, not only is it Spring, it’s always wedding season. Which means a lot of wedding showers will be planned in the next few months (including mine, woot!).

Local planner, Katie of Simply & Forever, recently hosted a wedding shower for her soon-to-be sister in law, which I just adored.

Katie used floral foam and fresh cut flowers to create this arrangement on the cake platter. She picked up all of the flowers and greenery from the Floral Market downtown the morning of the shower.

This centerpiece was created using artichokes and white spider mums. Super simple, AND you can use the artichokes afterward to cook with.

Katie had all of the shower guests bring a recipe to share with the bride, which were housed in a simple wooden box she purchased from Michaels and decorated with an adorable fascinator from Ink & Button.

And, she shared all of the recipes from the shower here. I’m quite a fan of the tea and plan on making it for myself!

Have you hosted a shower lately? What fun decor did you use?

Not too long ago, Wish Upon a Wedding made its way to St. Louis.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this organization, let me provide a bit of background:

Wish Upon a Wedding is a non-profit organization that was “founded based on the concept that two people in love should never be denied the chance to marry their soul mate, even if they only have months (or weeks) to live,” as stated by founder, Liz Guthrie. Wish Upon a Wedding provides weddings at destinations throughout North America for individuals facing terminal illness, regardless of sexual orientation. (Courtesy of Wish Upon a Wedding web site)

The even cooler piece of knowledge is the fact that this organization is extremely young – but the outpouring of support from the wedding industry has lead to its incredible success.

The Chicago chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding recently granted its first wish on April 18 to Beth and Nick.  Beth was diagnosed with cancer back in December in 2009, and had to have surgery right away to remove part of her bladder, her navel and several lymph nodes. It was during Beth’s surgery that Nick ventured off to buy her a ring and propose. You can learn more about this deserving couple on the Wish Upon a Wedding site.

I wanted to share with you all the video, shot by the fantastic team at I Do Films (shout out to the owner Lori, who happens to be a Missouri native).

Beth & Nick from I Do Films on Vimeo.

I encourage all of you to volunteer with your local chapter (if you have one).  You do NOT need to be in the wedding industry, as they can use all sorts of help.  And, I encourage you all to spread the word about this awesome organization!

Cherish the little moments.

Image courtesy of Katy Gray Photography