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Today’s inspiration board is a bit personal.  It is the one I created when planning my own wedding more than two years ago.  When I started the entire planning process, I knew I wanted bold punches of color.  And, considering the fact that my husband and I love red, it was a given that our palette had to be surrounded by it.

The beauty of this palette is that (for the most part) it is pretty versatile.  You can adjust the level of each color’s use throughout your decor to make it fit.  Chocolate was the more subdued color for us – used as an accent here and there.  Red was the star, with hints of orange to balance it out.  And, the white was used to make everything pop – a true foundation color.


row 1: Blogger Brides; Ladybird Poppy; J.Crew
row 2: Martha Stewart; Luminous Designs; Martha Stewart; The Wedding Decorator
row 3: Demetrios; Megan Thiele Photography; GQ

Austin (bride numero uno) sent over this adorable engagement session of her and her fiance just the other day. It is filled with so much laughter and love. And, I can’t help but love it even more for that.




Kate Sommers Photography

Shannon from Clicking Through Life sent over this woodsy and vintage style shoot.  But what caught my eye the most was the bride’s vintage glam look.  It added that perfect touch of pop with all of those beautiful details.








Clicking Through Life


From Shannon:
I wanted to plan a stylized shoot to give brides an idea of different options for their wedding day rather than the traditional reception hall.  I’ve loved all of the inspired shoots and weddings I’ve seen and really wanted to be a part of one.  I had recently met some vendors whose work I admire have been wanting to work with, so I asked them if they would be interested in joining me.  Kevin Miller from Twigs & Branches Floral, Nicole Downey from Inviting Friendz and Jennie Wiegand from Beautiful Day Event Planning plus myself was our original team.  Jennie put together the rest of the amazing team.

The location was at the house of the sister of a friend of mine.  She has a beautiful home on amazing property and our friend was hoping to have their own wedding there.  Unfortunately that didn’t work and their they had to make some changes.  I knew it would be the perfect location and I wanted to show off what could be done there.

All of the details in the shoot were compiled by Jennie and myself.  Some of the items were our own, some purchased at local antique sales and the Habitat for Humanity store.  Kevin provided all of the flowers and styled the tables, locations and the desert display.

My favorite part about this shoot is the soft beauty and romance that it conveys.  I can picture an intimate, elegant celebration of love…  And I really I love how each member of the team brought their own individual vision that all came together so beautifully.


Reception Venue: Private Residence | Photography: Clicking Through Life | Event Planner: Beautiful Day Planning LLC | Floral Designer: Twigs & Branches Floral | Invitation Designer: Inviting Friendz | Dress Store: Barb’s Bridal Design | Makeup Artist / Hair Stylist: Emily Wiegand | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Molnar’s Tuxedo



Cate Jackson Photography

Sometimes you break your own rules because the story in the photos is enough to truly tell a story. Without having any background on this wedding, I could instantly tell it was full of heart. Important moments.  And, memories.  Peter and Carly even made sure to make a visit to Carly’s grandfather, who is gravely ill and could not attend the wedding.  Talk about pulling at your heartstrings.

Also, loving on Carly’s short hair.


















Tim Tab Studios


Ceremony Venue: Wayfarer’s State Park | Photographer: Tim Tab Studios

This post was originally scheduled to go up on November 3rd, but due to a glitch I rescheduled it. But, you can still catch “Part Two,” which features Joyce and Peter’s fabulous wedding video.

Classically Chicago in every way. There is something about a Chicago wedding that is so different that the other Midwest wedding. It probably has everything to do with that it’s Chicago, but every time I see a Windy City wedding, I swoon over it. The details, the love, the pretty.  Joyce and Peter’s wedding were just that. All the more reason to share, too.









Misha Media Photography


From the Bride:
Being a very organized person, we started planning early. We knew we wanted to invite a lot of guests, so the first steps we took were to set the date, book the photographer, and book the ceremony and reception venues. Then, we booked the live band and make-up.

All of vendors that we used were absolutely amazing. We never thought our wedding day would be so fun and stress-free, especially with all the details that it would entail (14 people in the bridal party, around 320 guests), but it was the best day of our lives. Misha ensured that we soak in the day and enjoy ourselves, and Chris Sarlas Orchestra was what made our reception amazing. We still reminisce about our day often and are proud to say that it was the most amazing we’ve been to :). If we would have to give advice to engaged couples, we would pass on the wise advice that Michele offered us: Stop and soak in every single event of the wedding for 1 minute. Also, so many brides think that wedding planning is stressful, but we would say that it is a whole lot of fun.


Ceremony Venue: Alice S. Millar Chapel | Reception Venue: Westin North Shore Hotel | Photographer: Misha Media Photography | Videographer: HWu Studios | Ceremony Music: Symphony Sounds | Reception Music: Chris Sarlas Orchestra | Florist: Blooming City Flowers | Make-Up Artist: Rebecca Males with Sonia Roselli Studio | Hair Stylist: Theodora Bourikas | Wedding Gown: Demetrios | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Wedding Cake: The Baking Institute



Sarah Postma Photography

Of course, when I found out Joyce and Peter hired a videographer, I had to hunt down the video and feature it, too. Enjoy!

row 1: CUTandPASTE via Paper Crave; Sweet and Saucy Shop; Ryan Garvin via Grey Likes Weddings
row 2: Trent Bailey via SMP; The Special Day via Southern Weddings; Katie Neal Photo via SMP
row 3: Simple Splendor Photography via The Bride’s Cafe; Jeremy Leffel via Valley and Co.