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Top 6 Couple Photos To Take On Your Wedding Day

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 21, 2013

Photographers will most likely concentrate on documenting the traditional milestones of your wedding day (i.e. getting-ready, walking down the aisle, first dance, and cake cutting), but be sure to add some fun with these creative shots you won’t want to miss:

1. First Look

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Photo: Marlon Taylor Photography

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Summer Color Scheme: Plum + Silver

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 01, 2013

Our fourth favorite summer color scheme — plum and silver! This inspiration board is fit for a glamorous bride searching for her sparkle. Add a jeweled brooch or headpiece into your low chignon bun, wear dangling drop diamond earrings, and choose a pair of bridal shoes that have rhinestone decorations like these from Badgley Mischka to enhance your wedding day look. Don’t forget about your bridesmaids too. Let them mix and match their dresses and bouquets filled with lilacs, hydrangea, and hyacinth.

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Sweet and Saucy Shop, Echard Wheeler, 1313 Studio Photography, Jordan Quinn Photography, Studio by Carmen, Alex Bee Photo, and Jordan Quinn Photography

What was your color scheme? Let us know in the comments below!

Venue Color Schemes

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 17, 2013

Once you have finally booked your venue, it’s time to pick your color scheme! You may think the colors are completely up to you; however, you should take into account the setting of your venue, the time of year your wedding is taking place and how formal or informal your ceremony and reception will be.  Remember, not only do you want your color scheme to set the vibe for your wedding but also complement the venue. Here are our favorite color scheme combinations to inspire you:

Historic Home = Yellow + Gray

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Photo: Ned Jackson Photography

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Favorite Real Wedding Details of 2012, Part 2

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 28, 2012

Yesterday, we shared some of our favorite real wedding details of 2012, and we’re back today to bring you even more incredible style from this year.

Unique Bridesmaid Style

From the differing shades of gray and purple dresses to the statement pieces of jewelry, we love this entire bridal party’s style. Solid bridesmaid dresses are the norm, but having your maid of honor stand out in a patterned dress adds to the visual appeal. There’s no doubt these ladies will wear their dresses again and again. See more of Jesse and Ben’s elegant, loft wedding here.

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Elegant, Purple & Gray Loft Wedding in Illinois

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 14, 2012

Jesse & Ben

September 22

Chicago, Illinois

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The overall aesthetic just felt right. It was the first of 10 venues we visited. I remember we were walking out to the car, looking at each other and both said, “Yeah, that’s it.” We just knew. At our wedding, our friends and family kept telling us, “This place is so you guys.” The exposed brick, the timber beams and the natural light. It was like love at first sight.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The votives surrounding our venue: we purchased 500 votives and holders which took up a lot of space in our apartment for the months leading up to the wedding, but it was worth it. They gave the space a beautiful, warm glow.

2. The Jack Straw Band: we like to see them play at bars and festivals in Chicago, and they also played at our parents’ 25th anniversary party. One of the most memorable moments was when they started playing my favorite song, Blue Sky by the Allman Brothers Band as Ben and I walked into the cocktail hour.

3. The Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton: it’s a children’s story about two dinosaurs, who come to love each other despite their differences. I was a preschool teacher when I first came to Chicago (our flower girl was actually one of my students!) so the children’s story had even more meaning.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.

The most memorable for me will always be when I watched Ben read his vows. All of my bridesmaids were crying because Ben was crying, and I was just so filled with love. It was beautiful. The most hilarious moment though had to be the end of the night. We had just found out that we needed $500 cash if we wanted the DJ to play for an extra half hour. It was about three minutes before she was scheduled to stop playing when our family and friends started chipping in money. That extra half hour on the dance floor was totally worth it.

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