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Photos courtesy of Monica Z Photography

From the bride, Sara:

We met at my first job out of college at Target in Valparaiso. My husband worked at Target throughout college, and I received a job offer after I graduated from IU. Per policy, we were not allowed to date. As he would say, I was his boss. After I transferred stores the following year, we began a more serious relationship.

For our wedding day, I did not have a certain theme in mind, but wanted a summery feel with all different shades of pink. Everything for the wedding I personally choose and, did not always follow what was trendy. I wanted it to represent our taste but at the same time be elegant as well.

Our entire day was memorable!! My sister helped me get ready, to my father walked me down the aisle, and when my husband and I were announced as husband and wife. Along with having all of our family and friends together at one time was irreplaceable. But my most memorable was when my husband and I were announced to walk in at the reception. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup two days prior to our wedding, so just my husband and I walked in to Chelsey Dagger with air horns. All of our family and friends twirled rally flags which said “Congratulations Andy and Sara.” Of course, my husband did the Byfuglien infamous poise and we bumped fists with our bridal party as they were lined up. I really think everyone, Blackhawks fan or not, was on their feet cheering.

Reception Venue: Avalon Manor | Photographer: Monica Z Photography | Florist: Monarch

A couple after my own heart. AKA they are both wearing TOMS. Need I say more?


Photo courtesy of Lisa Hessel Photography

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It’s Fall. My favorite season. Soak it up.


Image courtesy of The Parsons Photographers


Image courtesy of bobbi + mike

It’s not that the details aren’t important, but they really help to make the day. So even the smallest of things, like a hanger, or cufflinks, or even the escort cards may be just a small part of the day – but they can leave a lasting impression on guests, and even in the photos.




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The weather is finally cooling off…so sporting a pair of these romantic beauties will only be okay for another weekend or two here in the Midwest. Then, it’s time to gear up for closed-toe pumps. Let’s hope for a Fall and Winter full of colorful shoes!


Photo courtesy of Emily Porter Photography

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Check out Part One here.






Images courtesy of Heather Parker Photography

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There’s something quite romantic about a simple, wedding where the couple really takes into consideration their decor with the locations. If you have the drastically alter a space – it might be a good idea to choose a different venue. BUT, when you really use the decor to complement your space – it makes the event fell more cohesive and put together.


Images courtesy of Heather Parker Photography

And….we have a winner (thanks to Random.org)!  After receiving 24 fabulous comments from you readers on your favorite wedding traditions, we have a winner!

Vanessa C – send an email to brit at landlockedbride dot com to claim your prize!

As for the rest of you – thank you for leaving some blog love! And, be sure to order a copy of Southern Weddings Magazine today – it’s so worth the wait to have it mailed right to your front door (than to not be able to find it anywhere in town)!!

Stay tuned for a fab Chicago real wedding coming up next from Heather Parker Phtography. Nothing better than starting your Monday with a little eye candy!

I love Fall. Tremendously. It’s why I got married in the Fall. But I particularly love pumpkin patches.



Photos courtesy of Jodi Schlosser