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Emily Steffen via Wedding Chicks

Statement jewelry pieces, especially necklaces in particular, are popular right now, both down the aisle and in day-to-day life. Think Bauble Bar, J. Crew, Kate Spade…Jewelry for your wedding day doesn’t necessarily need to be elegant and dainty, but it  can match your style, or that of your wedding party. Don’t be afraid to accentuate your gown or your bridesmaids dresses with something fun, bold and bright. Why not wear a big, fun piece as the bride (during the reception perhaps if you want to keep it simple and more traditional during the ceremony?) or let the bridesmaids each pick a fun piece that matches their personality? Or even let your maid or matron of honor have a fun, special piece just for her to stand out. There is a lot of fun that can be had with jewelry to add a bit of color or personality to your wedding day. Have fun playing around with different options. Here are a few favorites!


K Stone Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic


Courtney Bowlden Photography via Wedding Chicks


Lani Elias Fine Art Photography via Style Me Pretty


Bryce Covey Photography via Style Me Pretty


Matt Johnson Photography via Style Me Pretty


Anna Routh Photo via Southern Weddings


Heather Cook Elliott Photography via Style Me Pretty


Hello Studios via Ruffled Blog


Michelle Sullivan Photography via Style Me Pretty

This wedding is so precious I can’t stand it. To start there are the ladies getting ready in red flannel buttondowns while the groom is shaving. Then there’s the unconventional attire of both the bride and groom. Next we get the bride arriving on a boat to meet a teary eyed groom during the ceremony. Then we move on to koozies and decorated cups, toasts and homemade pie, s’mores and fireworks. The whole day seems so full of personality, fun, and true meaning for the bride and groom that I can’t help but love it.


From the Photographer:

There’s nothing quite like Wisconsin in the Fall so when my bride and groom told me that they were moving their wedding from Chicago to central Wisconsin I totally understood! Having grown up in the area, Erin got ready at a local lakefront cottage while her groom to be got ready at the Cambridge Country Club. After a few helping hands from her mom and girlfriends to get into her dress Erin was off to meet her Dad on the pier where he would escort her via boat to her ceremony site. Surrounded by Fall foliage and close childhood friends, Erin tried to keep Brad’s cheeks dry by wiping away tears of happiness during their vows. How quickly we sometimes forget just how emotional these events can be! Immediately following the ceremony guests were greeted with custom coozys that the couple had created for guests as a keepsake. Their casual backyard shindig actually felt quite intimate and soon everyone was led into a white airy tent that would house them for the next few hours under the stars. This made way for some exuberant toasts and homemade pies after dinner. Just when things started to get a bit more rowdy, fireworks (courtesy of Erin’s dad) sprung from the sky and with that Erin and Bradley’s wedding day was official!

Photographer: Steve Koo Photography / DJ: Pam's Fun Factor / Flowers & Decor: Ashland Addison / Bride’s Dress: Candela / Ceremony/Reception Venue: Private Residence at Lake Ripley in Wisconsin

With the start of spring just right around the corner (finally!), there is something so fresh and fulfilling about the sight of crisp black and white stripes whether it be used in the ribbon of your floral bouquet, on a table runner, a bow tie or other table linens, the look of the black and white stripes is so classic and beautiful. Here are a few of my favorite uses of the classic take on black and white stripes.


Matt and Julie Weddings via Ruffled Blog


EP Love via Green Wedding Shoes




Ryan Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty


Anna Elizabeth Cakes via Cakes Decor


Hazelnut Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs


Justin Lee via Hostess with the Mostess


Stephanie Saul Photography via Bridal Musings


Taylor Lord Photography via Style Me Pretty


Emma and Michael’s wedding is classically beautiful. From Emma’s intricate updo to her custom lace gown with unique flowers and a soft bow, her bridal style is so sophisticated. The magnificent church and elegantly designed ballroom were the perfect backdrop for such a soiree. And then the gorgeous flowers and color scheme, topped off with a quintessential wedding cake, finished the party so perfectly. Also, though, it looks like they had fun as all get out!


From the Photographer:

Emma and Michael got married on April 27th, 2013 on a gorgeous April day in Chicago. Despite them moving to St. Louis, they wanted to return to the city they fell in love to become Mr. and Mrs. Dore. Guests flew in from all over the globe for the event. The bride wore a gorgeous custom designed down from Victoria Sdoukos Couture Bridal. They were married at one of Chicago’s oldest and most gorgeous churches.
We spent some time taking photos and enjoying the day in a nearby West Loop park and the iconic Chicago Board of Trades before heading to the reception. KT and her team at Hotel Allegro left no detail out in creating an amazing space for the reception.
All in all it was the perfect day!

Photographer:  Becky Brown Photography//Cake Designer: Alliance Bakery//Ceremony Location: Holy Family Church//Floral Designer: Stemline Creative//Floral Designer: Stemline, Creative//DJ: Style Matters DJs//Makeup Artist: Tamara Makeup+Hair Artistry//Dress Designer:Victoria Sdoukos Couture Bridal//Ceremony Location: Hotel Allegro//

Gold makes a beautiful accent to just about anything, but cake? Even better! Take a look at some of these beautiful ways to incorporate gold into your wedding cake and desserts to make them look almost too good to eat (but don’t worry, they’ll still taste great too). Enjoy!


Mark Brooke Photography & Mathieu Photo via Wedding Chicks


Weddings by Scott and Dana via Ruffled Blog


Graeme Sharkey via A Blissful Nest


Flutter Glass Photography via 100 Layer Cake


Connie Lyu via Elizabeth Anne Designs


Brosnan Photographic via Grey Likes Weddings


Judy Pak Photography via The Knot Blog


Jen Huang Photography via Lael Cakes


Ruffled Blog


Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty


Today, we have an interesting take on a style shoot. This concept is based on the bride alone, and how she should relax and get focused before her wedding. I’m loving the colorful details and carefree feeling evoked. Read below for the full vision behind this shoot!

From the Designer:

The vision behind the shoot was first inspired by an article I read about how to relax before your wedding.  We wanted to take a single bride and capture these moments.  The advice included things like: get outside, be alone, pray/meditate, journal, drink herbal tea, and just let go. To keep the flow of the relaxing theme of the shoot, I decided head to toe chiffon and basically bare feet seemed to be the perfect choice, so you will see Kayla in a beautiful 2 piece, one-shoulder chiffon wedding gown and a chiffon and vintage lace bridal cap (an amazing alternative to the traditional veil).  Both will be available in my 2014 design collections which I am so excited about.  :)

 The venue was the property of an English artist.  She agreed to let us use it if she could have permission to spy on the shoot, proving there are still a few awesome people in the world.  :)  We were much obliged!  It was magical.  There were hills of fruit trees including apple, pear, and plum. There was a bridge and a bench and so many things that just made it a rustic dream all on its own… We felt very blessed to be accepted so warmly.

 As for the styling, Michelle (AKM Events), and I (Christina)-27 Dresses Designs, have collaborated on quite a few shoots this year.  With this particular shoot, she decided we should utilize our own resources since we had access to so many beautiful things that really complimented the boho theme we were going for.  We used a lot of pieces of our own/family and friends.  Many of the beautiful pieces came from basement shopping trips Michelle took to her sister-in-law’s house.  Her SIL was so excited to see us use her things, and was even a good sport when Mother Nature decided to rain on her REAL SILVER pieces right in the middle of the session!  Aaaahhhhh!  Don’t worry…We wiped everything down right away and it is fine.  :)  We also used an antique secretary’s desk that was passed down to me from my grandmother.  It has a great history…It first belonged to Marshall Field!  (Yes the store owner).  My great aunt and uncle, Dr. Bertash, moved into his old Chicago home back in the day, and it was one of the things he had left in the house.

 Our little gypsy angel of a model, Kayla, is maybe one of the most naturally beautiful girls I know (inside and out btw).  She was such a trooper during this shoot, walking over rocks and sticks in her bare feet with a smile on her face the whole time.  She has been told numerous times that she should go pro, but claims she is “too shy” for that.  This summer she was even approached by Carson Daly while on vacation in Vegas and ended up in a Billboard Music Awards commercial that day!  The funniest part was she didn’t even know who Carson was…her mom had to tell her.

 We all had an amazing day together shooting this and I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed lending our talents to make it beautiful!

Photographer: Mel Klemz Photography / Flowers & Decor: AKM Events / Fashion (Gown, Bridal Cap, and Barefoot Sandals): 27 Dresses Designs / Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Hauser w/ Salon Paje’ / Model: Kayla Pomeroy / Venue: Walnut Creek Cottage, Valparaiso, IN (Private Property)

Although I’m sure many of us have spring and summer on our minds with the way this  crazy Midwest winter has been, this cold, icy day has me thinking about hot chocolate. What better treat after the ceremony or at the end of the reception than a hot chocolate bar complete with marshmallows and mint flavored candy sticks (or even consider including  coffee or cookies!) to warm you (and your guests) up during your winter wedding? Hot chocolate isn’t just for the holiday season. We’ve just got a few weeks left of this cold season, so we might as well embrace it, right? Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and these pretty hot chocolate bar ideas below.


Brinton Studios via Style Me Pretty


Birdsong Photography via Polka Dot Bride


Hostess with the Mostess


Ariel Renae Photography via The Knot Blog


Green Wedding Shoes


Benjamin Edwards via BridalHood


Harwell Photography via Style Me Pretty


Rachel Peters Photography via 100 Layer Cake


Paige Alisa Photography


Angela Fortin Snyder Photography


Whether you have a sweetie or not, and whether you believe in celebrating Valentine’s day traditionally, in a quirky way, or not at all, we hope you believe in celebrating love. Love in its many forms is a powerful and beautiful thing, and so today, we say hooray to love and loved ones!

Image via Honestly Yum*

*And recipe for the adorable looking Valentine’s cocktail pictured also via Honestly Yum! Go check it out!

February is here, and February is also known as the month of love. Valentine’s Day is this week, and we’ve got lots of pink and red and love inspired ideas to share with you! Of course weddings and engagements are already inspired by love, but Valentine’s Day has a way of making love seem extra special and stand out just a little bit more. Here are a few of my favorite red, pink and heart inspired trends to consider for your engagement sessions, bridal showers and wedding days. Enjoy!


Elizabeth in Love via Style Me Pretty


Mia Dee Photograph via Confetti Daydreams


Katelyn James Photography via Ruffled Blog


Zac Wolf Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Dasha Caffrey via Wedding Chicks


Gabriel Ryan via Green Wedding Shoes


Betwixt Studio via Style Unveiled


White Loft Studio via Ruffled Blog


Francesco Brunello Studio Fotografando via Wedding Chicks


Modern Moments Designs via Hostess with the Mostess


Christa Kimble Photography via Wedding Chicks

I adore big balloons. Whether it may be used as a prop in your engagement or wedding photos, with your groom or with your bridal party or as the perfect backdrop or focal point for your ceremony or reception venue, there is something so magical about the big, bright (or pastel) balloons. My favorite touch is the added tassels to the string of the balloon making them that much more fun. Here are a few of my favorite uses of these pretty, big balloons.


Elizabeth Messina via Style Me Pretty


Christian Cruz via Green Wedding Shoes


Rachel Parker of MHP via Southern Weddings


Shipra Panosian Photography via Elizabeeth Anne Designs


Rachwal Photography via Style Me Pretty


Jaylena Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Oli Sansom via Style Me Pretty


Nathan Russell Photography via Ruffled Blog


Cotton Candy Photography via Love My Dress