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Real Weddings: Ashley & Greg


Ashley and Greg got married on a beautiful Saturday in May at Galleria Marchetti. Beginning their special day at the the Renaissance Chicago, the ladies got their hair and makeup done by Pin Me Up Chicago while the guys relaxed and the groom surprised his groomsmen and ushers with personalized bottles of liquor, matching purple ties and purple argyle socks! Ashley gifted her lovely bridesmaids with stunning grey pashminas and sparkly earrings. After sharing a sweet First Look at the Riverwalk off Wacker Drive, Ashley and Greg met their bridal party and walked along the waterfront with Gilbert Africa from Abiana Photography for some quick shots before cruising  around the city with Second City Trolley, stopping at Lakeshore East Park, Maggie Daley Pergola, and the classic Kinzie Street Bridge. Ashley and Greg were then married by Ashley’s uncle in front of close family and friends in Galleria Marchetti’s outdoor courtyard, under the ceremony arch decorated with beautiful greenery and florals by The Green Branch . Cocktails were served in the Galleria Room, where guests found their escort cards on mini bottles of Limoncello favors. Once everyone was invited inside the beautiful Pavilion for dinner and dancing, Al Okyne of Okyne Medialab started the party off right by introducing the bridal party to “Feel So Close” and “Shut Up and Dance” before the couple shared their First Dance to the heartfelt tune “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor and John Legend. After the new Mr. and Mrs. cut their Chicago skyline cake from Bittersweet Bakery, guests were served a delicious dinner of tender medallions of beef, parmesan crusted tilapia, and eggplant parmesan. After funny and heartfelt speeches from the Father of the Bride, Best Man and Maid of Honor, Ashley danced with her father and Greg danced with his mother before opening the dance floor. A little later in the night, Ashley and Greg treated their guests to delicious late night food including beef sliders, margarita pizza, prosciutto and mozzarella paninis, sweet potato french fries, cookies, and mini milkshake shooters before all too long, the reception was over and guests headed back to the Renaissance to keep the party going!

Congratulations again, Ashley & Greg!! We were so incredibly honored to be a part of your wedding day!!

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Real Weddings: Cayla & Sean


Cayla and Sean tied the knot Memorial Day weekend at the illustrious and charming Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park! On their big day, Sean and his groomsmen relaxed at their apartment while Cayla, her bridesmaids, and the moms got their hair and makeup done by Diem Angie Nguyen and her team at the Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile. After the ladies rode in style over to Cafe Brauer with M&M Limousine, they ventured out into Lincoln Park to take some fun shots with Chris from studioCRAFT Design, who took AMAZING photos of the gorgeous day! Kloeckner Preferred Flowers brought Cayla’s stunning color palette to life, with blue, blush, and ivory blooms in the girls’ bouquets and centerpieces. When it finally came time for the ceremony, Cayla walked down the aisle with her father to beautiful music from TVK Orchestra. The wonderful Father Jef Johnson officiated their sweet ceremony, and after Cayla and Sean officially became Mr. and Mrs., Jewell Events Catering served delicious cocktails and appetizers for Cocktail Hour, complete with a fun photobooth from Magbooth out on the North Loggia. After a delicious dinner of grilled marinated whitefish or panko crusted chicken, Cayla surprised her hubby with a Detroit Lions groom’s cake, since the groom is originally from Detroit. DJ Risky Bizness kept everyone out on the dance floor all night with classic ’90s hip hop jams. Before sending their guests off, Cayla and Sean treated everyone to a Chicago classic: Garrett’s Popcorn! Congratulations Cayla and Sean!! We are beyond happy for you and can’t wait to see what married life has in store for you!









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Stamp your Style into Details!

Attention 2012 brides!  It is about that time to send out your save the dates!  Don’t forget to stamp your style in every detail, including the postage!  If you visit the post office, you may find a limited supply of wedding stamps.  Check out Zazzle.com to personalize your own stamps to match your theme! Below are some ideas:

Create a crest to use throughout your wedding theme, or use your engagement photo!











You can even customize stamps for your wedding responses:







Wedding Invitation stamp ideas:









Just don’t forget to weigh an assembled sealed invitation to determine how much postage it will require BEFORE you order the stamps!


Wedding To Do List: Thank You Notes

As any bride will tell you, wedding festivities and the wedding day come with lots of joy (but also lots of paperwork).  Contracts to review, guest lists to finalize and vows to write – but don’t forget about the thank you notes!

As Colin Cowie points out in his book, For The Bride, “Your wedding guests are your nearest and dearest friends and relatives-the most important people in the world to you as a couple.  You’ve chosen them above everyone else to share one of the most special days of your life. Some may have taken time off of work and traveled to be with you on top of putting time and thought into selecting a gift for you.  Letting your guests know how much you appreciate all that they have done to share in your special day takes just a few moments and means so much.”

So, grab your pen and get started!  There are lots of fun options…

And you can even match your wedding theme or colors…

Finally, 5 quick pointers to make the notes painless (c/o tresugar.com)…

  • 1) Divide the work.  Don’t let the task fall solely on one person. Split up the list or make it fun – bang them out over a long Sunday breakfast together one morning or sit in the sun writing them while you work on your tan.
  • 2) Say something specific. Describe the gift and add a bit of flair, such as “we’ll be sure to raise a toast to you with the beautiful glasses.” If it’s a gift card or money, say what you might spend it on.
  • 3) But don’t lie. Don’t say you love the gift if you don’t like it. Instead, focus on its unique attributes, the sentiment behind it, or something else entirely . . .
  • 4) Go beyond the gift. This is your chance to tell the givers how much you appreciate their being a part of your celebration.
  • 5) Send it ASAP. Experts disagree on the amount of time couples have to write thank-you notes, though within three months of getting a gift is a good rule of thumb. I say, do it as soon as possible, at least within a month. Your gracious guests won’t be left wondering if the gift arrived OK and doing the notes in smaller batches will save you some writer’s cramp.

So, go on and make Emily Post proud, I promise you won’t regret it!

Any questions re: thank you note etiquette? – feel free to ask

Photography By: shaunandrenee.com, weddingbee.com, newandblue.com and w-weddingplanner.com

Cocktail Hour Idea: Personalized Coasters

Rainy Monday morning in Chicago…great time to daydream about fun wedding cocktail hours.  We can discuss drink recipes later, but first let’s take a look at some cute monogrammed coasters.

These options from Bella Figura caught my eye…

Including the recipe for the signature cocktail so guests can make them again at home and toast the newlyweds…great idea!

Some fun options from Crane & Co. as well…

Pass along your thoughts on recipes and we’ll get them posted.

Cheers to Monday!


Photography by: Bella Figura and Crane&Co

Wedding Stationery: Saving the Date

As I beamingly shared with you last week, I’m playing double duty these days as wedding coordinator and – gasp!bride. As of this upcoming Saturday, we’ll be 6 months away from the big day. So far, we have a date, March 24, 2012, and have settled on Café Brauer for our ceremony and Gallery 1028 for our reception. It was time to break the big news to our family and friends and ask them to save-the-date to celebrate with us.

Save-the-date designed by Jenna Plonka of Clementine Ink and Paper

Save-the-date designed by Jenna Plonka of Clementine Ink and Paper

Save-the-dates are a relatively new component to a wedding celebration, and can be as serious or as fun as you would like them to be. I love little nods to a couple’s personalities that set the tone for the event, or perhaps include a fun photo of their dog in a save the date.  To me, the save-the-date is the first glimpse to the big event, which was why I wanted my save the date to be a sneak peak of what to expect at the wedding.

Enter Jenna Plonka of Clementine Ink and Paper, whose creativity, patience and professionalism makes her one of the most talented graphic designers I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  Jenna and I had the fun opportunity to sit across from each other at a holiday party a few years ago, and not only did we become fast friends, but I knew she was the only person who could interpret the vision I had for my wedding stationery.

From save-the-date cards to event programs, Clementine Ink and Paper can manage every paper need

Save-the-date designed by Jenna Plonka of Clementine Ink and Paper

your event will require, incorporating your unique design throughout your day. Jenna has a truly spectacular portfolio of original creations she’s accumulated since she launched her business in 2004, which makes her website fun to browse and her sample books even more exciting to flip through. If an original design isn’t in the cards for your budget, have no fear.  The Studio Collection offers numerous ready-to-order options just waiting for your personal touch.

After tossing around a few creative ideas, Jenna came up with the most wonderful concept that highlighted the city’s skyline, my love for lower-case lettering and showed off our color palate beautifully.  An unbelievable pattern on the back of the card has already found its way into the design concept for the event itself (which we’ll talk about later, of course!)

The best part, though, is the amazing response our cards have gotten. Guests are thrilled and excited by this little sneak peek and have found the wedding website we set-up in advance and highlighted on our cards to be tremendously helpful as they save-the-date for special day.

Thanks to Jenna, our wedding is really starting to come to life.  I can hardly wait to start working on the invitations!

Images courtesy of www.clementineink.com

Menu Cards at Wedding Receptions

While planning your wedding, one last task (and decision) may be deciding if you’d like to have a menu card present during the meal portion of your reception.

In addition to complementing the overall ‘look’ of your wedding and other printing done by your printing and paper vendor (i.e. save the date, wedding invitation, program, etc.),  a menu card helps inform your guests of exactly what they will be enjoying to eat during your reception.

Generally speaking, we feel it is a good idea to include a menu card as it helps guests truly become engaged in the experience and also helps prevent issues with food allergies, etc.  However, if you’re looking to stay within budget – keep in mind that the menu card does not need to be too fancy.  It just needs to get guests ready for the meal, so they can eat and enjoy the party!

Menu cards created by Chicago wedding stationery designer Clementine Ink. Photos by Chicago wedding photographers Sarah Alair, Becky Hill Weddings, Chad Husar and Glen Abog.

What Does the M on an RSVP Card Mean?

M on a wedding RSVP card

Response card by Clementine Ink

If you’ve ever received an invitation to a wedding, you’ve likely seen the RSVP card with a space that looks like this:


As wedding planners, we’ve seen that space filled out in some pretty interesting (and creative!) ways. Here’s the deal on what the M on the RSVP card means: it’s for you to include your title when you fill out your name. For example:

Ms. Juanita Jorge

Miss Juanita Jorge

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Oh

Mr. Steven Oh

Mrs. Steven Oh (or Mrs. Juanita Oh depending on your style)

Sometimes you’ll receive an RSVP card without the M. This is just a more modern way of sending them and allows for other titles that don’t begin with the letter M, such as Dr. or military designations.

Photo of Juanita and Steven’s response card courtesy of Chicago wedding stationery designer Clementine Ink.