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I will never ever tire of city weddings. My love of the city comes in a close second behind my love of the mountains. It’s hard to beat city lines, skyscrapers and the urban and modern feel. Add a wedding to it, and bam, you have a modern soiree.

If you look beyond the joys of a city wedding, you’ll also find a lot of love in Lauren and Stu’s big day. Personal elements. A traditional Jewish ceremony (of which included them signing the Ketubah during). An emotional (and love-filled) first look. A stunning Chicago skyline view from the 67th floor of the Metropolitan Club. I hope you enjoy the city details in their wedding as much as I did!

Photographer: Thompson Wedding Photographers / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Five Grain Events / Reception Venue: Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower / Makeup Artist: edit Faces / Transportation: Windy City Limo / Flowers & Decor: The Wishing Well / Band: Orchestra 33 / Cake Baker: Sarah's Pastries / Portrait Station: ShutterBooth

Well, it’s been a good four months since the last color palette…but, that’ll be no more! Stay tuned for more inspiring color palettes!

Now that we have the apologies out of the way, I’m excited to share today’s color board. If you were over on Oh Lovely Day! earlier this week, you will have had a sneak peek (see here).  I love metallics. But, in a different way than most. I love mixing it with really bold and bright colors.  Especially in the winter time, because everyone is expecting you to pair gold and silver with icy blues and soft pinks. Black is the perfect pair for gold.  But, as I told Chandra’s readers on Monday, it also pairs well with red, green, blue, pink, yellow, orange….the list goes on.

row 1: Bella Figura; Cake Art Studio via Brides; Four-Studios via SMP; Paige Newton Photography via The Sweetest Occasion
row 2: Jenny Packham via Fashionologie; Crissie McDowelle Photography via SMP
row 3: Justin Marantz via SMP; Aruna B. Photography via SMP

What’s your favorite color to pair with gold?

Typically I’m not a fan of second reception dresses, because according to my logic, I’d want to wear my wedding dress for as long as possible, but in this case, I’m totally for it; One, because the first dress is an altered version of the bride’s mother’s dress, and two, because the second one is just fabulous. The dresses are just the beginning of awesome components to Shauna and Mike’s Chicago celebration, including a heartfelt ceremony, the bride’s gorgeous wrist flower, and the delicious looking cupcakes!

From the Photographer:

There are so many things that I love about this wedding, and about Shauna and Mike. I could tell from our very first meeting how very much in love they are. And not just giddy joyful love, but committed, lifetime love. It’s so beautiful to see. I had so much fun with them during their engagement pictures, I just knew the wedding was just going to be awesome. That love is the most important part, but there are SO many little details about their wedding that I just can’t help but share a few that I am so excited about. When I found out Shauna and Mike were getting married in a beer garden, I did a little happy dance. Then Shauna told me she was going to wear her mother’s wedding dress altered for the ceremony and a Badgley Mischka party dress for the reception!!! Then she wore one beautiful huge flower around her wrist instead of carrying a huge bouquet. And Mike walks in for the first look with a bow-tie on! Not only do Shauna & Mike clearly have such fun taste, but they’re so laid back (which is wonderful all the time, but especially on your wedding day!). It was raining when I arrived at the Westin so Shauna coolly decided to do the first look in their suite. I think it worked out beautifully, and then thank heavens the skies closed long enough for us to get some beautiful portraits outside. It rained again when we arrived for the ceremony, so again, totally calmly she pushed back the ceremony for 30 minutes. Hello cocktail hour before and after the ceremony! These two couldn’t be any more fun. And then it stopped raining again! They were able to be married outside, and enjoy a beautiful evening.

Photographer: Emilia Jane / Bride’s Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue / Bride’s Shoes: chloe / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Reception Venue: Chief O'Niel's Pub

This is probably my most favorite and least favorite post in quite some time. Why? Well, the heart and soul of this post is all about food. Writing this post was like researching Pinterest for recipes – everything looks so delicious, but then you want to eat. it. all.

Kelly Dillon Photography via SMP | Beaux Arts Photographie via Santa Barbara Chic | Perez Photography via SMP

It’s no secret that a true foodie wouldn’t skimp on the food for their nuptials. But, that doesn’t mean you, as a “non-foodie” should skimp on food. Let’s be honest, if the food at your reception is bad, guests will remember. So, as you plan your menu and work with your caterer, remember that food is part of the overall experience – just like your gown, the flowers, and the venue.

So, how do you make your menu memorable? It’s easier than you think:

Helene DuJardin via Inspired By This | Heather Roth Fine Art Photography via SMP

Think seasonally.
When produce is in season, it’s fresher and more full of flavor. Not to mention, choosing in-season foods means your food bill could be lower.

Elizabeth Messina via Kiss the Groom | The Schultzes via Southern Weddings | Forte Catering & Events via Polka Dot Bride

Lean on your caterers + chefs.
Much like a florist would love for you to give them full creative reign, a chef would to. Use them as a resource to help create a menu that is seasonally inspired, unique and memorable.

Tapenade via Bridal Musings | The Nichols via Southern Weddings | Justin Marantz via SMP

It’s easy to get wrapped up in “this all tastes good so let’s just go with it” mentality. But, you want to ensure that everything from the appetizers to the salad to the entree pair well together. Think if it much in the same way a sommelier would plan a meal around a bottle of wine – you want everything to cohesively work and taste great.

Jackie Wonders via Inspired By This | Cameron Ingalls via Inspired By This

Taste test.
This one should be a given, but make sure you TASTE your proposed menu. Not only is it an opportunity to try everything before the big day, but it also gives you an opportunity to tweak the meal. From the sauce, to the vegetables or main entree. Plus, most caterers allow at least one complementary tasting when you work with them.

How important was food on your big day?

While the photos from this wedding are gorgeous on their own, the story that comes with them is one of my favorites. When the ceremony is so personal (and silly in the right places), it really just gets to me that this whole day is about celebrating two people joining their lives together forever. Okay, and the vintage details are to die for!

From the Photographer:

Dana & Aubrey were married on May 27th, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. Every part of their wedding day was jam-packed with meaning and emotion! Aubrey put together details to create a lovely, feminine, vintage theme to her day. From her shoes to her veil to the chandelier at the ceremony, everything was delightful! They got ready at the house Dana & Aubrey bought only a month before their wedding, and we began the portrait time in their beautiful front porch. Everyone in the bridal party was such a trooper to endure the thick Iowa heat! A few important details and stories: Aubrey’s father gave her a heart necklace years ago and told her that he will keep the key to her heart until the man comes along that she will marry. During the ceremony they did a very joy-filled, emotional “giving the key away” ceremony. It could not have been a more beautiful picture of a dad giving his daughter away to the man of her dreams! Right before the ceremony’s processional, Aubrey & Dana’s proposal video was played. The video was incredibly emotion-filled as well as quite humorous! Most of the guests were left with tears of joy. It was such a beautiful way to begin the ceremony, as the proposal laid the foundation of their commitment to each other. The video can be found on my blog post of their wedding here: http://www.allisonmariephotographyblog.com/kansas-city-wedding-photographer-aubrey-dana/ There were all sorts of surprises during the ceremony! Aubrey sang to her new husband (and she is not known as a singer!!), her brother performed quite the dancing act, and all the groomsmen and ushers sang a hilarious version of a boy band song to Aubrey! Details: A friend of Aubrey’s custom made the bridesmaid dresses, and another friend designed their bouquets! Words cannot express how deeply moving, joy-filled and emotional their wedding day was! Even I, the photographer, was in tears 🙂

Photographer: Allison Marie Photography / Reception Venue: Tuscany Event Center

The veil I find is an element of a wedding day that often gets overlooked. Some brides cannot wait to wear one while others prefer to skip this tradition. Brides now have a variety of choice as to what type of accessory to put in their hair on their wedding day, but there is something so timeless and romantic about wearing a veil. Whether you choose an elbow length veil with pearl detailing or a long, cathedral length veil with no detail at all, this small accessory can take your breath away; especially with moments captured like the ones below.

Brovado Weddings

 Emily Steffen Photography

Victoria Souza Photography

Becca Dilley Photography

 Scott Lewis Images

 Angie Wilson Photography via Style Me Pretty

Orbie Pullen Photography | Blueberry Photography

Stacy Reeves Photography

Dorota Dybala Photography

Amy Carroll Photography | Jessica Schmitt Photography

From a traditional veil to a flower with a pop of color, there are so many ways to finish your wedding day look from head to toe. What type of hair accessory do you plan to wear for your big day?

Photographer: JBe Photography

Did someone say color?

Weddings with bright bold color tend to land at the top of my list. I love when a couple just goes for it, using color in every opportunity – from clothing and accessories to flowers, lighting and linens. I mean, I love a classic white on white look, but color speaks to me. Camille and Jeremy used ABODE’s beautiful urban space as the canvas to pop blues and pinks against. So colorful and fun.

Oh, and how could I forget the ceremony in-the-round. Genius idea for ensuring your guests can all see, and to create a more intimate setting.

Photographer: Jaclyn Marie Photography / Flowers & Decor: Moore Flowers / Ceremony Venue: ABODE Venue / Reception Venue: ABODE Venue

Let’s face it, we’re not all getting married in a house of worship.  So, how do you make your ceremony location stand out in a unique way? Flowers are the old standby.  Now, brides, stylists and planners are scouring for fun and unique ways for the altar to pop. Through color, textiles and found objects, the mission is accomplished.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres via Green Wedding Shoes

Having an evening warehouse / loft wedding? Hang strands of light from the ceiling for a simple yet dramatic look (with the added detail of ambient lighting).

Focus Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Your grandfather loved clocks? Honor him with an eclectic collection of vintage clocks as your backdrop. Not only is this quirky and fun, but it’s a nod to your beloved family member.

The Nichols via Style Me Pretty

Jason + Anna Photography via Style Me Pretty

Having an outdoor ceremony? Add streamers to the trees to create a colorful backdrop, and a dramatic element when the wind blows.  Or, use found objects, like Allison did with these old doors, and string a fun phrase to frame the shot.

Paige Newton Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Want to add a pop of color? Aim for something dramatic using colorful textiles and votives, hanging them against a muted wall, from a tree or wherever the color will shine.

Jenny Jimenez via Style Me Pretty

Are you a teacher, or just a lover of chalkboards? Create this backdrop using design cues from your stationer. Not only does it make a fun ceremony backdrop, but it also is the perfect background for your photobooth.

Your ceremony backdrop is the perfect opportunity to add a little flair and personality. How did you (or will you) spruce up your ceremony spot?

Most of us experienced our first snow of the season yesterday. Here in Denver? We hit snow number three for the season. The weird thing is I love winter – the snow, the chill in the air, an excuse to wear every sweater and pair of boots I own. But, I won’t lie, I do long for one 70-degree day here and their. So, where am I going with this?

Emily and Tim. First off, their wedding was outside – it was June after all. Secondly, look how green that grass is. Thirdly, how about the relaxed, classic style of their wedding? It has these beautiful details like the escort cards and chiavari chairs, but then you have the simple and natural backdrop for their wedding ceremony. Sounds like a good mix to me.

Photographer: Justine Bursoni Photography / Band: Travis Wesley Trio / Cake Baker: Sweet Indulgence / Jewelry: Leber Jeweler / Groomsmen Attire: The Proper Suit / Groom’s Attire: The Proper Suit / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Ceremony Venue: Allerton Park / Reception Venue: Allerton Park / Flowers & Decor: Fleurish Floral Art