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Inspired by 50 Shades of Grey

March 1, 2016

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From the photographer: We drew our inspiration for this shoot from the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. Instead of really following the story, we wanted to focus on a wedding inspiration that was truly modern with a palette of white, black, and many shades of grey. The bride’s dress was a beautiful platinum grey Sherri Hill gown from High Maintenance Formalwear and our groom wore a dark grey Tony Bowls tuxedo from Perno’s Formalwear. Of course, he needed to sport a Rolex (from Chadlee Jewelers)! Her hair was pulled back in a simple bun and her makeup featured greys with a pop of Marsala on her lips and nails. She had beautiful glittering grey stiletto platforms. The bouquet and the boutonniere consisted of only white calla lilies. Our reception table was set up in the Grand Hall of the museum adjacent to a beautiful sculpture by Barry Tinsley. The table was covered in a black pin tuck tablecloth with a mirrored runner. On each end, we placed tall, black candelabras. There were two calla lily and white rose centerpieces in square glass vases. Our escort cards were hand lettered paint samples that you can pick up at your paint store! All were in different shades of grey. Our place settings were white with a platinum rim. Love bottle openers and XOXO bookmarks from Kate Aspen adorned each place setting. We had a ruffled ombre grey cake with a sugar calla lily from Classic City Confections on a silver bar cart.

50Shades Wedding Shoot from James Dunn on Vimeo.

Photographer:  Andie Freeman Photography//Equipment Rentals: Barron’s Rental Center//Other: Barry Tinsley//Makeup Artist: Bombshell Creations//Jewelry: Chandlee Jewelers//Cake Designer: Classic City Confections//Museum:Georgia Museum of Art//Dress Store: High Maintenance//Cinema and Video: Image Media Works//Favors and Gifts: Kate Aspen//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Perno’s Formal Wear//Dress Designer: Sherri Hill//Event Planner: Southern Sophistication Designs//Paper Props: Sweet E’s Celebrations//Model:Tessa Thompson//Jewelry: TK Anderson Designs//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Tony Bowls//Model:Yarik Mettlesome//

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The First Chicago NotWedding | Recap

September 29, 2014
The NotWedding
Photo by Megan Saul Photography
Photo by Booth Photographics

Photos by Booth Photographics, John Dart Photography, and Megan Saul Photography

Since 2008, Callie Murray’s The NotWedding has been providing the affianced with a truly unique alternative to the conventions & commonalities of a typical bridal show. Rather than being accosted by competing vendors all vying for your commitment to their respective services, The NotWedding simulates a staged wedding in a mock-matrimonial fashion as each participating vendor demonstrates their serviceability by performing their function precisely as they would on wedding day. And while the ceremony is fake, the brides- and grooms-to-be enjoy the real benefit of dining, drinking, and dancing their way into a perfect fit. The NotWedding’s enormous success in Murray’s native Atlanta has inspired national demand for the event and, on August 14th, City View Loft saw the Chicago debut of the quasi-nuptial occasion. The “big, fake wedding” featured a variety of honorable vendors from the crafty confections of Courageous Bakery to the floral adornments of The Bread & Butterfly, all of which were merrily indulged against the backdrop of Chicago’s glimmering skyline.

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Photo by Megan Saul Photography
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JK Photoworks: Wedding Photography with a Personal Touch

September 3, 2014

JK Photoworks

Photos by James Kittendorf

The man behind Chicago studio JK Photoworks, James Kittendorf is a Lincoln Park-based wedding and portrait photographer whose breathtaking pictures capture everything from the formal ceremony to the reception and all of the candid, personality-drenched moments that happen in between. Modern Weddings sat down with the photographer to talk about his beginnings in the field, avoiding ‘fake’ smiles, and how to take a picture that will be treasured for years.

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The NotWedding Comes to Chicago

August 12, 2014


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Photos by Elle Golden Photgraphy, Hike Photography, and Lime Green Photography

There’s often a disconnect between the bridal show and the wedding ceremony: couples are bombarded by different cakes and catering companies but, until the big day arrives, they have no idea how these vendors will translate to the wedding itself. That’s exactly the problem Callie Murray wanted to address when she founded The NotWedding, a fake, large-scale wedding that gives couples an edgy alternative to the traditional show.

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Especially Heartfelt

May 16, 2014

Jodi & Matt


Jodi always wanted a fall-themed wedding. She loved the idea of transforming seasonal warmth and a bold palette into an atmosphere of ease and familiarity. Antonia Christianson of Antonia Christianson Events supplied the means to this end, creating an energetic autumn occasion for Jodi and Matt that exuded Southern charm and style. A rich atmosphere emerged from vibrant orange and jewel-toned linens and the stunning floral accents that were embellished with seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Handmade, farm-style tables were interspersed throughout the historic Chrysler Museum event space to foster casual mingling through the night. Guests dined on the heirloom China of both families and drank from Waterford crystal goblets—the perfect combination of style and practiced comfort. “Our favorite detail of the evening was the hand-carved Waterford-style vase that Matt recreated from the first day they met,” Christianson says. “Everything in the particulars was sentimental, making for a fun and heartfelt event.”


Daevid’s Flowers and Décor has specialized in designing for brides and special events for more than 20 years. Although the company works with Antonia Christianson Events about twice each year, Jodi and Matt’s wedding was particularly memorable because all of the floral components were kept a complete surprise from the bride and groom.






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Food + Drink:
A Taste for Every Type

August 9, 2013

It’s time to get creative with cocktails. Not every couple wants to present the same old sip at their wedding. We’re here to shake things up a bit and pour something new into the mix- here’s eight drinks that will have guests begging for more beverages throughout the night. 


For The :: Artsy Affair

Sip On The :: Strawberry Basil Fizz  



3 oz Crispin Original or Brut Cider

1.5 oz Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer 

1 oz Light white Rum

1 Large Strawberry Quartered 

2 Wedges of Lime

2 Large Basil Leaves, torn into pieces

1/2 tsp Sugar (plus extra to rim glass)


Using a slice of lime, rim the serving glass and dip into a small dish of  sugar.

In a mixing glass- squeeze and drop the lime slices, add basil, sugar, and   strawberry segments.

Muddle the ingredients together until they are broken up a bit.

Fill a shaker glass with ice, add in the rum & cider, top with a shaker tin.

Give the drink a couple firm shakes and pour into rimmed glass.

Garnish with a little lime, basil, and strawberry.

Cocktail created by Crispin Cider 


For The :: City Soirée 

Sip On The :: Crystal Blue 



1.5 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

1 dash Aztec Chocolate Bitters

1 barspoon Pepper Jazz 

1/2 oz Lemon Juice 

1/2 oz Caramel Syrup 

1 1/2 oz Blueberry Juice 


Build all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice. Shake.

Strain over fresh ice into into a glass with a dehydrated blueberry rim.

Garnish with mint and blueberry skewer and serve.

Cocktail created by Green City Market Cocktails 


For The :: Wedding Out West 

Sip On The :: Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita 



4 oz Watermelon Juice

4 oz Tequila

1 oz Lime Juice

1 oz Triple Sec

1 tsp Jalapeño Juice

1 Cup Ice

1 tbsp Coarse Salt 

Cocktail created by Two-Tarts 


For The :: Feminine Fête

Sip On The :: Champagne-Pomegranate Punch



1 tsp fresh Pomegranate Arils

4 oz Champagne

1/2 tsp Pomegranate Juice

1 tsp Cassis


Place fresh pomegranate arils into a Champagne flute.

Pour Champagne into flute, add pomegranate juice & cassis.


For The :: Rustic Barn Affair

Sip On The :: Aviation Lemon-Lavender Fizz



2 oz Aviation American Gin

1 1/2 Lavender Simple Syrup

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Dash of Club Soda

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Water

1 1/2 tbsp Dried Lavender Buds


Pour gin, simple syrup, and lemon into a shaker and shake with flair.

Strain into a martini glass.Top with Club Soda.

Garnish with lemon or lavender sprig, and serve.

Cocktail Created by Aviation American Gin


For The :: Bride on the Beach 

Sip On The :: Brazilian Caipirinhi 



1 2/3 oz Cachaca

1/2 Lime, cut into 4 wedges 

2 tsp Crystal or Refined Sugar 


Place lime and sugar into an old-fashioned glass and muddle ingredients together.

Fill glass with crushed ice and add the Cachaca.


 For The :: Wine Aficionado 

Sip On The :: Sangria Flora



1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or Dry White Wine 

1 Cup St-Germain

2 Fresh Peaches

5-6 Strawberries

6 Fresh Raspberries

1 Bunch of Fresh Grapes


Stir ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Soak for approximately 15 minutes.

Serve in an ice-filled glass.

Cocktail created by Epicurious 

For The :: Classy Soirée 

Sip On The :: Dirty Martini 



2 1/2 Shots Gin 

1/2 Shot of Brine from Cocktail Olives

1/8 Extra-Dry Vermouth


Shake ingredients with ice in Cocktail Shaker and strain.

Serve chilled.

Cocktail created by The Food Network 

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Locations + Destinations:
Bon Voyage Brides!

August 7, 2013

Last week, we flew our focus afar to the most romantic city of all. We received terrific tips and helpful hints for planning a Parisian wedding. It’s hard to let go of a country so picture perfect for pairing off – so we’re stretching our studies further across the country. From the valleys filled with vino to the regal Riviera, here’s six more spots to tie the knot! 

Go For :: Coastal Couture 



Location: Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc

On The Map: Antibes, France (Southeastern tip, French Riviera) 

The Perk: An exclusive 5-Star hotel resting on the Mediterranean with breathtaking views, a chic destination just 20 minutes from the airport and reachable by sea 

Coastal view, restaurants, lounges, and bars- what’s not to like about the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc? Treat yourself like a celebrity on your wedding day and let the French Riviera take your breath away. The hotel rests on the southern tip of the Cap d’Antibes and sits between Nice and Cannes, France. Even in its private establishment, this location also offers the most quintessential of luxuries. Smell the fresh foliage strolling by 22 acres of garden, and travel into the town of Antibes to admire world-renowned art galleries and museums. The hotel is home to the Champagne, Piano, Lounge, and Bellini Bar- which will have guests celebrating into the night. If getting married amidst the Mediterranean doesn’t tickle your fancy, best of luck brides.


Go For :: A Majestic Chateaux 



Location: Chateau Lamothe du Prince Noir

On The Map: Bordeaux, France

The Perk: A serene spot for a rural wedding, private yet accessible

Nestled in Mother nature’s beauty lies the Chateau Lamothe du Prince Noir. A spot where swans and ducks effortlessly swim about a mote that wraps around the establishment, and terraces rest both in front and behind the castle. The Chateaux’s bountiful and rural grounds are impeccable for an outdoor wedding. Newly renovated in 2013, the Chateau is home to a bed and breakfast. Charming and stylish bedrooms are located inside, fully equipped with spacious and elegantly decorated bathrooms to pamper yourself. Naturally, great foliage attracts great vineyards to the area, and those indulging in vino for the celebrations are going to please their pallets. Brides, this is your chance to have an exquisite getaway in a land far far away- and yet you still get Wi-Fi! Just a 30 minute drive from the Bordeaux airport leaves you in serenity for a glamorous day, yet allows accessibility for those traveling from afar.


Go For :: A Hotel Hotspot 


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Location: Le Meurice Hotel

On The Map: Paris, France 

The Perk: 5-Star hotel with two delectable restaurants, located in the heart of Paris 

Fly over to the Hotel Le Meurice and surround yourself with French elegance and historic culture for your wedding day. Conveniently located in the midst of Paris attractions, there is something for all who attend the wedding. Stroll over to renowned sites such as the Louvre, empty your wallets and grab some bags at the Hermés and Chanel store, or surround yourself with nature’s beauty at the Tuileries Garden. Take your pick between Le Meurice’s two savory restaurants- Restaurant Le Meurice or Restaurant Le Dalí for a classy celebratory dinner. This hotel won’t leave you disappointed. Before embarking for this Parisian wedding- you may want to consider packing light on the way over…for the fear of sacrificing a suitcase for those irresistible Christian Louboutins.


Go For :: A Cherished Church




Location: La Sainte Chapelle Church

On The Map: Paris, France

The Perk: Say your vows beneath 6,458 square feet of the oldest stained glass in Paris, while standing in one of the most beautiful churches in the world

You may see magic and fairy dust fall from the ceilings once saying your vows a La Sainte Chapelle. This gothic-styled mid-13th century church has all the components for a princess to await her fairytale wedding. Complete with a dazzling ceiling and golden arches on its lower level, combined with illuminating stained glass on its upper level, it’s tough to hold a candle to La Sainte Chapelle. Just as King Louis IX of France constructed the Chapelle for hosting the most holy of relics- a bride deserves an establishment just as special on her most treasured of days.

Go For :: A Private Mansion 



Location: Hôtel de Sully

On The Map: Rue Saint-Antoine (Paris, France)

The Perk: Celebrate your most beautiful day at one of the most beautiful private mansions in Paris 

Go big or go home. Celebrate your wedding at this iconic landmark, and it quickly becomes your private mansion at the same time. A site originally built for granting access into the Place Royale- which is now the Place de Vosges, can become your own private pass into Paris’ pristine. Since 1967, the Hôtel de Sully houses the society dedicated to the preservation of French monuments. Stand in front of the manner’s doors and the courtyard will become the new grounds for a wedding. With surrounding gardens and an orangery, captivating scenery infests the Hôtel de Sully. The mansion is not open to the public, however on your wedding day access may just have to be granted.


Go For :: A Wondrous Winery  

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Location: Château Mouton Rothschild 

On The Map: Pauillac, France ( The Médoc )

The Perk: Travel to one of the world’s greatest wine estates and absorb the prestigious Bordeaux flavor during your time away

Wed in wine region. The Chateau rests on 203 acres of grape vines, consequently spreading its various flavors throughout the vineyard. Predominantly consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet France, vino will not be in short supply for the festivities. The endless amount of outdoor space leaves the bride with infinite options to say her vows, and the guests can explore the wide terrain. The Château hosts several large rooms and artistic decor spreads from wall to wall. Whether you choose to hold the reception indoors, outdoors, or mix and match the ambiance- beauty and art is a guarantee at this stellar estate!


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Locations + Destinations:
Planning a Parisian Wedding

July 30, 2013

The city of lights and the city of love—what better place to tie the knot than Paris? This dream location sounds enchanting, but planning for a wedding abroad can overwhelm any bride. Thankfully, wedding planner Élodie Decaix-Nicolas from La Fabrique À Rêves gives advice about the ins and outs of arranging for your Parisian wedding. 


Élodie Decaix-Nicolas, wedding planner of La Fabrique À Rêves, Marseille France

MW: What are the top five things a bride should know before beginning to plan her Parisian wedding?

Élodie Decaix-Nicolas: Paris is the ideal city to get married! The most romantic city in the world. There are many ideas: Everyone has the opportunity to organize a ceremony like this. Seriously, you should know that it often rains—even if it does not take away the charm of the city, always think of places that are covered. Because it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, wedding venues are booked well in advance, so you have to start early to have a choice. Whatever the chosen place, it will provide a fairly substantial budget. And finally, we must know that it is possible to organize a ceremony in Paris with an officiant who speaks English or another language. There are also the English churches!

MW: During the planning process, what do you see brides stress over the most?

EDN: During the scheduling process, the bride is not really stressed. The secret to not stressing is confidence in the wedding professionals. However, a few days before the wedding, the bride is always stressed. She is afraid of the weather. Is it going to be nice? Is it going to be cold? She doubts her choices. ‘I should have chosen another hairstyle; I should have requested more flowers, I should have arranged three photographers!’ Don’t worry! You made the good choices. Take advantage of the most beautiful day of your life!


MW: What is the most important factor in choosing a venue?

EDN: You have to have a love at first sight! It has to look like you and you have to feel good inside. Of course, it must be consistent with your number of guests and your budget.

MW: How far in advance should brides begin planning for their Parisian wedding?

EDN: Generally, I would say that 10 to 15 months is very good timing. But there really is no rule. Some contact me only three or four months before.

MW: When all is said and done, what makes a Parisian wedding unlike any other?

EDN: It’s Paris! There is a kind of magic in this city. Quintessentially France, Paris is the destination romanticism. Elegant and full of history, this city of love is a perfect environment to celebrate your union—the famous Eiffel Tower, the magic of Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur, the grace of cobbled streets, the book sellers on the docks, the old neighborhoods, and the architecture.

MW: Are there any special design details or cultural customs brides can include that make the affair feel particularly Parisian?

EDN: Paris, it’s Parisian chic, you can dare to use shining gold, silver, crystal with white, red, blue, black or pink. Table names of streets of Paris, museums, or monuments. For your table plan, do not hesitate to give names to your tables such as Sacred Heart, Champs Elysées, Quai d’Orsay. An invitation with a simple Eiffel Tower, or old photos of Paris. You can also make a save the date video to be produced in Paris. Macaroons at Ladurée or a miniature Eiffel Tower for the guest gift. Create a bright and intimate setting with garlands, candles, and chandeliers to make it romantic. Musical entertainment with French cancan or a Parisian orchestra singing Edith Piaf. Candy bars with macaroons, cupcakes, the Paris-Brest, and sucre d’orge.















Venue: Pavillon de Musique de la Comtesse du Barry / Hôtel de Crillon / Yachts de Paris / Le Pavillon Dauphine / Shangri-La Paris / France-Amériques

Wedding Planner: La Fabrique À Rêves

Floral & Décor: Frederic Garrigues / Madame Artisan Fleuriste / Canopea Design

Photographer: Studio Cabrelli

Videographer: MG IMAGE 

Caterer: Potel et Chabot / Butard Enescot

Wedding Cake: Sugarplum Cake Shop

Music: Discotecnik

Invitations & Signage: Papier et Poésie / Nabefabric / Atelier du Bilboquet / Véronique Deshayes / Mister M Studio

Calligraphy: Poppypress

Rentals: Options / Aktuel

Wedding Dress: Celestina Agostino / Delphine Manivet / Rime Arodaky

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Design + Decor:
Tablecloth Textiles

July 23, 2013

It’s all about the tabletops and tablecloths this wedding season! The ideal hot spot for guests to wine and dine, and the ultimate location for the bride to mingle amid her guests. Here are some tablecloths with a mixed bag of textiles that will make any guest pleased to take a seat – and inspire the bride searching far and wide for her tabletops to pop! 

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0174Event Design by Moon Canyon Design; Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Floral Design by Sierra Knot

ap2Floral & Event Design by Soirée Floral; Photo by Zofia & CO. 

blue-and-green-weddingEvent Design by Canvas & Canopy; Photo by Joielala Photographie; Floral Design by Studio Fiore Designs

034Event Planning by Laurie Arons; Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Floral & Event Design by Kathleen Deery Design

indian_shoot_004Floral & Event Design by Tenley Erin Young and Magnolia Event Design; Photo by Kali Lu Photography

sm-IMG_2873Event Planning by I Do Wedding Consulting; Photo by LunahZon Photography  

029Wedding & Event Design by Kristeen LaBrot Events; Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Floral Design by Primary Petals

photo04Event Design by Canvas & Canopy Events; Photo by Justin Lee Photography

mariage-cannes-xavier-navarro-md50Event Design by Lavender & Rose; Photo by Xavier Navarro Photographie; Floral Design by Sabine Flowers

vintageandlaceweddings046(pp_w840_h588)Event & Floral Design by Vintage & Lace; Photo by Kali Lu Photography

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Inspiration Shoot:
Glitter Meets Gatsby

July 22, 2013

There is no better time to theme your wedding like glamourous, circa 1920’s swaray, and that’s why this ‘Glitter meets Gatsby’ inspiration shoot by Teresa Fernandez of Simply Couture Weddings & Events and photography by Mirelis Sanchez of Brown Eyed Photographer is nothing short of magical. With plenty of glimmering gold table accents, elegant, sophisticated details, and bubbly champagne to pop, this wedding is a summer celebration fit for a Gatsby.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


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Locations: The Colony Hotel

Photography: Mirelis Sanchez of Brown Eyed Photographer

Michael Burgos Films

Invitations: Chirp Papery

Flowers: Simply Flowers

Make-up: GS Makeup Artistry

Furniture: Atlas Party Rentals

Cake & Desserts: Xpressive Design ,The Sugar Monkey

Mint Love Social Club

KM Calligraphy

Goose Grease

Models: Giselle and Bill Shock



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Inspiration Shoot:
Modern Luxe

July 19, 2013

Mason jars, hay bails, burlap table runners—check out any wedding blog and you’ll quickly see that rustic outdoor weddings are de rigueur these days. But if you’re more into Blahniks than boots then you’ll love this glamorous inspiration shoot by Davia Montoya. The principle designer and owner of Davia Lee Events puts a modern spin on old Hollywood glamour in a lavish way.

Her inspiration for the luxe looks come from the idea that there are no rules when it comes to your wedding. “The shoot was designed for the bride on top of fashion and not afraid to take risks like wearing a colored gown,” she says. The gorgeous jewels, created by Margaret Rowe Couture, help take the look from classic to contemporary. “We are seeing a lot of vintage pieces that are being made modern, so it is great for the bride that doesn’t have access to family heirlooms but wants to accomplish that same look,” she says. Check out her stunning shoot, with photography by Lindsey Hahn.

Move over, Ava Gardner.

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Designed by Davia Lee Events

Photography by Lindsey Hahn Photography

Bridal Accessories by Margaret Rowe Couture

Fashion by CLD PR

Hair & Makeup by All Dolled Up

Venue Villa Servillano


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Fashion + Beauty:
Monochromatic ‘Maids

July 16, 2013

One of the big trends among brides these days is that they’re giving their bridesmaids creative license to choose any dress they want. The only rule? It must be a certain color. From bright whites to light pinks, bold blues and beyond, here are 22 dresses in hues that will work for any wedding. 




d380wf-1Soiree Dress in White, $325,



One Shoulder Dress with Embellished Waist in White by David Meister, $578,


_7967199Tonal Stripe Fit & Flare Dress in Off White by ABS by Allen Schwartz, $328, 



Short Dress with Ribbon Embroidered in White by Sue Wong, $408,


_7865001Textured Lace Peplum Dress in Ice by Tadashi Shoji, $328, 




zsazsafZsa Zsa Dress in Silver, $350,



Strapless Sweatheart Chiffon Dress in Slate by Amsale, $310,



Metallic Lace Fit & Flare Dress in Silver by Aidan Mattox, $330, 



Metallic Cap-Sleeve Cocktail Dress in Pearl by Kay Unger New York, $530, 




d254f_1Camille Dress in Light Rose, $375,



Metallic Silk Fit & Flare Dress in Coral by Nicole Miller, $385, 



Valentina Peplum Dress in Wild Strawberry by Black Halo, $390,



Ruffle Trim Chiffon Halter Gown in Blush by Amsale, $310, 





Sleeveless Lace Gown in Navy by Monique Lhullier, $598,



Sleeveless V-Neck Techno Metal Dress in Electric Blue by Nicole Miller, $430,



Renatta Bandeau Dress in Cobalt Blue by Coast, $360,



“Walker” Lace Tube Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg, $365, 


Halston-Heritage-Ponte-Knit-Crisscross-Neck-DressPonte Knit Criss-Cross Neck Dress by Halston Heritage, $345,



Deep V Chiffon Waist Gown in Watermelon by Badgley Mischka, $795,


Halston-Heritage-V-Neck-Full-Skirt-DressV-Neck Full-Skirt Dress in Lemonade by Halston Heritage, $475,



Coby Stretch-Silk Dress in Aqua Splash by Alice + Olivia, $368,


_7919942Strapless Pleated Gown in Malachite by BCBGMAXAZRIA, $338, 




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Design + Decor :: Petite Petals

June 27, 2013

Who says big floral arrangements are the only way to achieve a beautiful wedding tabletop? Not us! We’ve collected eight sweet-and-simple examples that prove gorgeous things can come in small packages. 


_MG_6363Fleur du Jour, Chicago, IL.


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ajp-22Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Loudoun County, VA. Photo by Abby Jiu Photography.


events_large11Petals + Hedges, Charlestown Pike Paeonian Springs, VA. Photo by Vicki Grafton Photography.


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007577-R1-015Bash, Please, Culver City, CA. Photo by Tec Petaja Photography.


Centerpieces-meganPetals + Hedges, Charlestown Pike Paeonian Springs, VA. Photo by Joyeuse Photography


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Fashion :: Clutches for Summer Wedding Season

June 26, 2013

Whether you’re a a guest, a bridesmaid, or even a fashion-forward bride yourself, we’ve rounded up ten bright and bold clutches to accent any outfit. 


kayu-jen-straw-clutch-coral-e1361720591638KAYU Jenn Straw Clutch in Coral with Turquoise Stone, $170, 

picplaySanti Chevron Multi Colored Sequin Clutch, $225,

fs3766MOYNA Silk Clutch with Embellished Glass Beads, $168,

42692_zMar y Sol Opal Clutch in Navy Multi, $85, 


Shiraleah Milano Oversized Clutch in Fucshia, $85,

Prada-Degrade-Sequin-ClutchPrada Degrade Sequin Pouch Clutch in Felce, $995,


Tom Ford Two-Headed Serpent Silk Clutch in Coral, $1470,


Elaine Turner Bella Zigzag Raffia Envelope Clutch in Black, $195,


Alexander McQueen De-Manta Clutch, $525,

kat_blackKAYU Katherine Shell Clutch, $569, 

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Wedding Inspiration :: Mint Green

June 24, 2013

Hoping to liven up your wedding’s color palette? Mint green is the freshest hue to hit the wedding scene, bursting with a bevy of wedding decor, accessories, and yes, even mint green wedding dresses! Here are some fabulous ideas on all that glimmers and is green—mint green, that is.


 Wedding Invitation by Paper Moxie


Bouquet by Krista Jon

Bridal Couture by Romona Keveza
Color Stone Bracelet by J. Crew
 Wedding Cake by Erica OBrien Cake Design 
Bridesmaid Dress by BHLDN
Flower Girl Dress by Sweet Kids


 Menu & Table Setting by The Palace at Somerset Park
Tie  by Nautica

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