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Handmade Rustic Yellow Fall Barn Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 22, 2014

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Callie and Aaron were married at the Midway Village Museum Center in Rockford, Ill. on September 29. “We loved the rustic, wooden barn, and the garden area next to it,” Callie said. “It was a gorgeous, relaxed setting for a gathering with our family and friends.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with braided, sideswept updo, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, and a brown herringbone tweed vest, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short yellow dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers, craspedia balls, berries, wheat, and greenery. “The moment we were giving our vows,” she said. “Although, it went quickly, we wrote them ourselves and that made them genuine.” The couple also incorporated a traditional Korean tea into the ceremony, which represented the uniting of two families. They previously lived in South Korea at one point in time. The reception was filled to the brim with homemade touches. Tables were decorated with white lienens, burlap-wrapped centerpieces, and galvanized metal buckets. “We had guests bring pies for dessert and held a ‘Cutie Pie’ contest complete with prizes. We snuck away for a bit during dinner and tried all 18 of them and then gave awards in various categories following. These details made the day feel uniquely ours,” she said. Aaron brewed beer too — “Happy Trails EPA” and “Speckled Heifer Farmhouse Ale.” A bluegrass band kept guests on the dance floor all night long. “Having live music really brought the party and got the mother-of-the-bride playing washboard,” Callie said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It is the one time you have everyone you love in one place,” she said. “Bask in the love and soak up the joy as much as you can. It truly is sharing your wedding with the ones you love most in the world that makes it special.”

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Photography: SweetCheeks Photography | Venue: Midway Village Museum Center | Dress Store: Great Hang-Ups Consigment Shop | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Floral Designer: Enders Flowers | Caterer: ABC Catering | Band: The Oak Street Ramblers 

Remembering The Legendary Oscar De La Renta

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 22, 2014

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Dress Designers (from left to right): Oscar de la Renta and Photos (from left to right): Dan Lecca 

With deepest sympathy, one of the most talented fashion and bridal industry designers, Oscar de la Renta, died at the age of 82 battling cancer on Monday. Not only was he favored by red carpet actresses but also First Ladies too from Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. And more recently brides everywhere — including Amal Clooney! De la Renta will always be remembered for shaping couture clothing in the 21st century. So, that’s why our Fashion Editor, wanted to showcase a few of his most iconic (and classic) runway looks.

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Jamie and Kevin were married at Ernest Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, Fla. on April 5. “They had the pleasure of getting married in the beautiful home of the author and journalist Ernest Hemingway, famous novelist and nobel prize and pulitzer prize winner of ‘The Old Man and the Sea’,” Claudia Cebrian of Clau Photography Fine Art said. “The location gifted the couple with history and converted their union into a very special moment for all.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a single bloom in her curly updo, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short and long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, calla lilies, stephanotis. “The bouquets were in pastel tones of white, cream, baby pink, and fuchsia added a touch of color,” she said. The ceremony took place outside in the garden underneath a pergola. Dinner and dancing began after the vows. Guests were welcomed with none other than a display with a vintage typewriter, books, and cigar boxes. Plus, a palm tree picture frame with the quote, “Palm trees and summer air, your love will always take me there,” that served double-duty as the book of well wishes and advice. Tables were decorated with white linens, lace runners, mercury glass centerpieces and candles, and thank-you favor boxes attached with a key at each place setting. At the end of the night, the reception was lit with paper lanterns, the three-tiered cake was cut, served, and devoured, and smiles, tears, and laughter could be seen and heard all around.

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Photography: Clau Photography Fine Art | Venue: Ernest Hemingway House and Museum | Event Planner: Anna Morawski | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Officiant: Kenna Ryman | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Mama Flowers, Inc. | Caterer: Catered Affairs of Key West | Cake: Key West Cakes | Rentals: Eventfully Yours | DJ: Soundwave 

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Favors from A to Z

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 21, 2014

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Photo: Grace Hill Photography

With fall wedding season officially in full swing, it’s hard not to “gobble” up goodies that make us feel all warm (and full) inside our tummies. In fact, our Favors Editor gathered enough to represent every letter of the alphabet! Don’t believe us? Then, be sure to check out the slideshow filled with freshly-picked apples at a bobbing station, booze or cider, pumpkin pies, jams and jellies, and maple syrup too!

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McKenna and Joseph were married at Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was gorgeous!” McKenna said. “It reminded us of a Tuscan villa.” The bride wore a strapless satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses with halter necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and orchids. The ceremony was held outside overlooking the canyons of the McDowell Mountains. “Holding Joseph’s hands when I met him at the altar [was the moment in my wedding I can't stop thinking about],” she said. “I was so happy and excited to call him my husband.” Guests were greeted into the courtyard with a fountain originially from the borders of France and Spain! “It was most likely used as a functional source of drinking water for villagers,” according to The Silverleaf Club’s website. Tables were decorated with white linens, floating vase centerpieces, and a wine bottle, which served double-duty as a favor, at each place setting, surrounded by chiavari chairs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Patience,” McKenna said. “Try to get as much done early on. It makes it much easier plus a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly.” Bonus: Be sure to check out The Bubbly Blonde

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Photography: Renee Clancy Photography | Videography: Images by Reed | Venue: Silverleaf Club | Event Planner: Amy Mancuso Events | Dress Designer: Vera Wang from Nordstrom | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair Stylist: Ray Issa | Makeup Artist: Erica Smith | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Debbi Brown | Ceremony Musicians: Sweetwater Strings | Invitations: Write On’s | Floral Designer: Teonna’s Floral Design | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake, Inc. | Band: Snake Eyes 

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