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Just in case you weren’t aware (or are living under a rock), it’s hot here in the Midwest. Like uncomfortably, everyone melts, not even ice cream or a cold pool helps, hot. BUT, there is something so magical about the beautiful glow from a late sunset. It’s warm. And, dreamy. And, delicious. It’s everything that this engagement session from Benfield Photography is.



Benfield Photography

This wedding from Shafer Photography has fun written all over it. From the bright colors, to the DIY details, galoshes, and boat ride, it definitely gets the fun points from me.









Shafer Photography


From the Bride:
We chose Camp Newaygo because it is on a lake and is a quiet unique setting. This allowed us to have our outdoor wedding and our reception at the same place. It also allowed our whole wedding party to go out on the boat in between the wedding and reception. The wedding attire was something that we thought long and hard about, we wanted it to showcase our personalities. It did just that, with the lime green shoes and suspenders and the rainboots and umbrellas. It was fun and different, we wouldn’t have changed a thing! The whole day was absolutely amazing.

It ended up sprinkling during the ceremony, but just enough to keep us all cool. We had a home cooked meal for dinner, thanks to my wonderful mother and the help of a few family members and close friends. She also made and decorated our wedding cake, which was delicious as always! During the reception Mikey, our DJ, was able to get everyone, and I mean everyone, up off their feet to dance or play games. He did so many things that I never would have suspected and have never seen before – he made it the best reception I’ve ever been to!

Shafer Photography provided a goof booth which added to the unforgettable, crazy fun night! Brandon, our photographer, was not only shooting pictures at the goof booth but also in the middle of the dance crowd. He got great pictures that will help tell the story of our wedding night perfectly. I’d like to send a big THANK YOU to all of the people that helped out at our wedding, you all helped make it perfect!!


Photographer: Shafer Photography | Ceremony / Reception Venue: Camp Newaygo | DJ: Absolute Entertainment


Courtney Callahan Paper
Chicago, Illinois

If I weren’t a blogger or wedding planner, I’m pretty sure paper would be my thing. I don’t know what it is about those natural fibers and a beautiful design, but I know I love it. Courtney’s designs, besides being just that (beautiful), are custom and unique. She takes the time to know her clients and understand their style, a quality I recommend couples look for when seeking out a custom stationery designer. Plus, the girl look a leap of faith to start her business – one that truly paid off.


How did you get started in the world of paper and stationery?
While I studied advertising in college and learned the fundamentals of design, I have always had a passion to create. After years of designing stationery and invitations for friends and family, I decided to take the leap and sent out an email to 200 people launching Courtney Callahan Paper. I had 5 clients in the first day and haven’t stopped since offering brides custom invitation suites in a variety of printing styles – letterpress, thermography and flat – to match all budgets.

What is your biggest source of inspiration when designing?
Since I personally meet with almost every couple, I draw inspiration from them, their overall vision for their wedding and the venues they have selected. The invitation (or Save the Date) is the first glimpse your guests receive regarding your big day, so I try to imagine them opening up the invitation to see what is in store – a romantic affair, beach side casual evening or black-tie soiree.

What would you classify your stationery/invitation style as?
My style is fresh and modern in the sense that each suite I create is completely customized to the couple to perfectly represent them and their big day.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
The personal attention I provide each and every client is something that is very important to me and what sets me apart from “big-book” vendors. My process begins with a face-to-face consultation (or phone call) where I want to know everything – wedding colors, venues, flowers, personal style, how the couple met. In combination with your style and vision, I will create an invitation suite that is one-of-a-kind and can include everything you will need for your big day from Save the Dates to wedding programs to thank you cards.

What advice would you give to a bride and/or groom who on the hunt for the perfect invitation suite?
To think about the little details that make you and your wedding unique – whether it be how you met, your favorite spot in the city or the signature cocktail you will be serving – because these touches can play a role in your invitation suite. Also, to be open-minded when starting your hunt and to have fun! I have enjoyed each and every couple I have worked with and cannot wait to meet the next couple and hear their story.

Outside of the world of paper, what do you enjoy doing?
If you could see my agenda…it’s the planner in me! My free-time is almost as packed as my work-time. I enjoy spending time with family, especially my niece Ellie and nephew John, friends, running, and enjoying all that Chicago has to offer. From fabulous restaurants to shopping to concerts, there is always something to look forward to. Plus, I am moving into a new home and can’t wait to decorate.

Photos courtesy of: Jennifer Kathryn Photography

I’m pretty partial to this particular pair of shoes. Namely because I know the beautiful bride who donned them on her wedding day. Not to mention, this wedding was just downright beautiful. Trust me.

Clary Photo

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, hop over to Simply & Forever, bWed Exclusive, SWOONOVERIT, Meant to be Sent, Life in the Super Burbs, Brancoprata, Postcards and Pretties, Magnolia Rouge, Marry You Me and The Demoiselle!

You can really tell when a couple puts their love into their wedding details. Sure, it shows in how pretty or vintage-chic the details turn out, but those much smaller details, like the sparkle in their eyes and the warmth in their smiles bring the photos to life. Gretchen pretty much DIY’ed most of their wedding details, sticking with a cohesive look. Her florist did a fabulous job of tying into her vision. You can even catch some of the bride’s non-wedding projects over on her blog, Splendid Things.








Kate Miller Photography


Photographer: Kate Miller Photography | Caterer: Batavia VFW | Floral Designer: Treehouse Flowers | Reception Venue: Batavia VFW | Invitation Designer: Dave Yurkanin Design | Dress Designer: Mori Lee

This fun couple thought a little outside the box. After backpacking through Europe, they decided they wanted to tie the knot there. But, before the big day, they hired Matt from One Tree Photography to take them out for an adventurous engagement session. Bikes, chalkboard, and water balloons. Yes, water balloons.





One Tree Photography

This wedding, besides being filled with a beautiful palette of cornflower blue and green, is literally filled with love and support. From the sweet first look moments to the powerful prayer during the ceremony, my heart cannot help but be all warm and fuzzy. Plus, the groom serenaded the bride at the reception with a song. How can you not love this wedding?










Solar Photographers


Photographer: Solar Photographers | Ceremony / Reception Venue: Hawthorne House | Cake Designer: Cakes by Combs | Makeup Artist: Mink Artistry

Hello Lovelies! I am Alicia from The Charity Wedding and I am excited to present another round of Blog Around the World with some of my favorite wedding bloggers! I recently helped organized a styled shoot using the theme of a Vintage Desert Safari. Each blogger will be showcasing a photo from the shoot and sharing some tips, advice, or just some pretty-eye candy for you to enjoy! Be sure to visit all the blogs to make sure you catch all the goodness! Thanks so much to all of the participants!

You may have gotten a sneak peek of today’s fun feature with this morning’s color board.  While this styled shoot has many rustic elements, my favorite part is the vintage twist on it all.  The use of the muted and soft color palette, vintage china on the tables, and the bride’s chic and classic gown.  That hint of wild adds the perfect element of surprise.

For more on the Vintage Desert Safari Blog Around the World features, check out the other bloggers helping out! Next in line is Bow Ties and Bliss!

Bubble Rock Studios | Cap Classique | The Unreal Bride | Brancoprata | Bijoux Bride | Bridal Musings  | The Oceanside Bride | Hey Gorgeous | Sparkle and Hay | Wedding Pickle | The Perfect Palette | Oh Lovely Day | La Petite Coquin | Brenda’s Wedding Blog | Fab You Bliss | Landlocked Bride | Bow Ties and Bliss | A Paper Proposal | Engaged and Inspired | The Charity Wedding


Location: Out of Africa Wildlife Park and Along the Verde River, Camp Verde, AZ | Coordination & Concept: Alicia French of The Charity Wedding | Event Design: KD Event Designs | Photography:  Fancy Fin Photography | Bouquet: Glamorous Occasions | Cake & Pastries: Kick Ass Kakes | Invitations, Menu, Dessert Toppers and Hang Tags: Wedding Girl | Model: Dahlee | Makeup Artist: Sabrina Sweet Makeup | Hair Artist: Erin McDonald of Aveda Red 115 Salon | Gown: La Belle Reve | Jewelry: Genevieve | Cupcakes: Handmade by Alicia  

I’m not always drawn to the more muted color palettes, but when executed great – the outcome is always beautiful.  And, with a wonderful afternoon post for today in the works that inspired this palette, these colors are the perfect balance of vintage and classic.

Row 1: Kristi Wright Photography via Style Me Pretty, Sarah Yates Photography via Style Me Pretty
Row 2: Pobke Photography via Style  Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty
Row 3: Clary Photo, Emily Porter Photography

You’re getting a two-fer post today. A cute pair of d’orsay’s with the little feet of a flower girl. Cuteness all around.



Hetler Photography

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, hop over to Simply & Forever, bWed Exclusive, SWOONOVERIT, Meant to be Sent, Life in the Super Burbs, Brancoprata, Postcards and Pretties, Magnolia Rouge, Marry You Me and The Demoiselle!